Jeremiah 14
NASB 1977
Drought and a Prayer for Mercy

     1That which came as the word of the LORD to Jeremiah in regard to the drought:

     2“Judah mourns,
            And her gates languish;
            They sit on the ground in mourning,
            And the cry of Jerusalem has ascended.

     3“And their nobles have sent their servants for water;
            They have come to the cisterns and found no water.
            They have returned with their vessels empty;
            They have been put to shame and humiliated,
            And they cover their heads.

     4“Because the ground is cracked,
            For there has been no rain on the land;
            The farmers have been put to shame,
            They have covered their heads.

     5“For even the doe in the field has given birth only to abandon her young,
            Because there is no grass.

     6“And the wild donkeys stand on the bare heights;
            They pant for air like jackals,
            Their eyes fail
            For there is no vegetation.

     7“Although our iniquities testify against us,
            O LORD, act for Thy name’s sake!
            Truly our apostasies have been many,
            We have sinned against Thee.

     8“Thou Hope of Israel,
            Its Savior in time of distress,
            Why art Thou like a stranger in the land
            Or like a traveler who has pitched his tent for the night?

     9“Why art Thou like a man dismayed,
            Like a mighty man who cannot save?
            Yet Thou art in our midst, O LORD,
            And we are called by Thy name;
            Do not forsake us!”

     10Thus says the LORD to this people, “Even so they have loved to wander; they have not kept their feet in check. Therefore the LORD does not accept them; now He will remember their iniquity and call their sins to account.” 11So the LORD said to me, “Do not pray for the welfare of this people. 12“When they fast, I am not going to listen to their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and grain offering, I am not going to accept them. Rather I am going to make an end of them by the sword, famine and pestilence.”

False Prophets

     13But, “Ah, Lord GOD!” I said, “Look, the prophets are telling them, ‘You will not see the sword nor will you have famine, but I will give you lasting peace in this place.’” 14Then the LORD said to me, “The prophets are prophesying falsehood in My name. I have neither sent them nor commanded them nor spoken to them; they are prophesying to you a false vision, divination, futility and the deception of their own minds. 15“Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who are prophesying in My name, although it was not I who sent them— yet they keep saying, ‘There shall be no sword or famine in this land’— by sword and famine those prophets shall meet their end! 16“The people also to whom they are prophesying will be thrown out into the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; and there will be no one to bury them—neither them, nor their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters—for I shall pour out their own wickedness on them.

     17“And you will say this word to them,
            ‘Let my eyes flow down with tears night and day,
            And let them not cease;
            For the virgin daughter of my people has been crushed with a mighty blow,
            With a sorely infected wound.

     18‘If I go out to the country,
            Behold, those slain with the sword!
            Or if I enter the city,
            Behold, diseases of famine!
            For both prophet and priest
            Have gone roving about in the land that they do not know.’”

     19Hast Thou completely rejected Judah?
            Or hast Thou loathed Zion?
            Why hast Thou stricken us so that we are beyond healing?
            We waited for peace, but nothing good came;
            And for a time of healing, but behold, terror!

     20We know our wickedness, O LORD,
            The iniquity of our fathers, for we have sinned against Thee.

     21Do not despise us, for Thine own name’s sake;
            Do not disgrace the throne of Thy glory;
            Remember and do not annul Thy covenant with us.

     22Are there any among the idols of the nations who give rain?
            Or can the heavens grant showers?
            Is it not Thou, O LORD our God?
            Therefore we hope in Thee,
            For Thou art the one who hast done all these things.

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