Jeremiah 13

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The Book of the Prophet Jeremiah

Chapter 14


The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah concerning the dearth.


Judah mourneth,1 and the gates thereof languish;49 they are black1 unto the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up.1


And their nobles have sent1 their little ones to the waters: they came1 to the pits, 1360 [and] found1 no water; they returned1 with their vessels empty; they were ashamed1 and confounded,90 and covered1 their heads.


Because the ground is chapt,1 for there was no rain in the earth, the plowmen were ashamed,1 they covered1 their heads.


Yea, the hind also calved1 in the field, and forsook2 [it], because there was no grass.


And the wild asses did stand1 in the high places, they snuffed up1 the wind like dragons; their eyes did fail,1 because [there was] no grass.


O LORD, though our iniquities testify1 against us, do3 thou [it] for thy name's sake: for our backslidings are many;1 we have sinned1 against thee.


O the hope of Israel, the saviour56 thereof in time of trouble, why shouldest thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring man6 [that] turneth aside1 to tarry for a night?2


Why shouldest thou be as a man astonied,12 as a mighty man [that] cannot 3201 4 save?53 yet thou, O LORD, [art] in the midst of us, and we are called8 by thy name; leave55 us not.


Thus saith1 the LORD unto this people, Thus have they loved1 to wander,2 they have not refrained1 their feet, therefore the LORD doth not accept1 them; he will now remember4 their iniquity, and visit4 their sins.


Then said4 the LORD unto me, Pray101 not for this people for [their] good.


When they fast,4 I will not hear6 their cry; and when they offer55 burnt offering and an oblation, I will not accept6 them: but I will consume18 them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence.


Then said4 I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, the prophets say6 unto them, Ye shall not see4 the sword, neither shall ye have famine; but I will give4 you assured peace in this place.


Then the LORD said4 unto me, The prophets prophesy12 lies in my name: I sent1 them not, neither have I commanded14 them, neither spake14 unto them: they prophesy102 unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.


Therefore thus saith1 the LORD concerning the prophets that prophesy12 in my name, and I sent1 them not, yet they say,6 Sword and famine shall not be in this land; By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed.11


And the people to whom they prophesy12 shall be cast out94 in the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; and they shall have none to bury18 them, them, their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters: for I will pour1 their wickedness upon them.


Therefore thou shalt say1 this word unto them; Let mine eyes run down4 with tears night and day, and let them not cease:4 for the virgin daughter of my people is broken8 with a great breach, with a very grievous12 blow.


If I go forth1 into the field, then behold the slain with the sword! and if I enter1 into the city, then behold them that are sick with famine! yea, both the prophet and the priest go about1 into a land that they know1 not.


Hast thou utterly2 rejected1 Judah? hath thy soul lothed1 Zion? why hast thou smitten52 us, and [there is] no healing for us? we looked15 for peace, and [there is] no good; and for the time of healing, and behold trouble!


We acknowledge,1 O LORD, our wickedness, [and] the iniquity of our fathers: for we have sinned1 against thee.


Do not abhor4 [us], for thy name's sake, do not disgrace17 the throne of thy glory: remember,3 break55 not thy covenant with us.


Are there [any] among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain?56 or can the heavens give4 showers? [art] not thou he, O LORD our God? therefore we will wait17 upon thee: for thou hast made1 all these [things].

Jeremiah 15





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