16 If they will diligently learn the ways of my peopleb—to swear by my name, ‘As the Lord lives,’ just as they taught my people to swear by Baal—they will be built up among my people. 17 However, if they will not obey, then I will uproot and destroy that nation.”c
This is the Lord’s declaration.
3 Then the word of the Lord came to me a second time: 4 “Take the underwear that you bought and are wearing,B and go at once to the EuphratesC and hide it in a rocky crevice.”e 5 So I went and hid it by the Euphrates, as the Lord commanded me.
6 A long time later the Lord said to me, “Go at once to the Euphrates and get the underwear that I commanded you to hide there.” 7 So I went to the Euphrates and dug up the underwear and got it from the place where I had hidden it, but it was ruined—of no use at all.
8 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 9 “This is what the Lord says: Just like this I will ruin the great pride of both Judah and Jerusalem.f 10 These evil people, who refuse to listen to me, who follow the stubbornness of their own hearts,g and who have followed other gods to serve and bow in worship—they will be like this underwear, of no use at all. 11 Just as underwear clings to one’s waist, so I fastened the whole house of Israel and of Judah to me”h—this is the Lord’s declaration—“so that they might be my people for my fame, praise, and glory,i but they would not obey.
12 “Say this to them: ‘This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Every jar should be filled with wine.’ Then they will respond to you, ‘Don’t we know that every jar should be filled with wine?’ 13 And you will say to them, ‘This is what the Lord says: I am about to fill all who live in this land—the kings who reign for David on his throne, the priests, the prophets, and all the residents of Jerusalem—with drunkenness. 14 I will smash them against each other, fathers and sons alike—this is the Lord’s declaration. I will allow no mercy, pity, or compassion to keep me from destroying them.’ ”j
15 Listen and pay attention. Do not be proud,
for the Lord has spoken.
16 Give glory to the Lord your Godk
before he brings darkness,
before your feet stumble
on the mountains at dusk.
You wait for light,
but he brings darkest gloomD
and makes total darkness.
my innermost being will weep in secret
because of your pride.
My eyes will overflow with tears,
for the Lord’s flockl has been taken captive.
18 Say to the king and the queen mother:m
Take a humble seat,
for your glorious crowns
have fallen from your heads.
no one can help them.
All of Judah has been taken into exile,
taken completely into exile.
those coming from the north.n
Where is the flock entrusted to you,
the sheep that were your pride?
21 What will you say when he appoints
close friends as leaders over you,
ones you yourself trained?
Won’t labor pains seize you,o
as they do a woman in labor?
“Why have these things happened to me?”
it is because of your great guiltp
that your skirts have been stripped off,q
your body exposed.A
or a leopard his spots?
If so, you might be able to do what is good,a
you who are instructed in evil.
before the desert wind.
what I have decreed for you—
this is the Lord’s declaration—
because you have forgotten mec
and trusted in lies.d
so that your shame might be seen.e
27 Your adulteries and your lustful neighing,f
your depraved prostitution
on the hills, in the fields—
I have seen your abhorrent acts.
Woe to you, Jerusalem!
You are unclean—
for how long yet?g
14 This is the word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah concerning the drought:h
her city gates languish.i
Her people are on the ground in mourning;
Jerusalem’s cry rises up.j
3 Their nobles send their servantsC for water.
They go to the cisterns;
they find no water;
their containers return empty.
They are ashamed and humiliated;
they cover their heads.k
since no rain has fallen on the land.
The farmers are ashamed;l
they cover their heads.
gives birth and abandons her fawn
since there is no grass.
6 Wild donkeys stand on the barren heightsm
panting for air like jackals.
Their eyes fail
because there are no green plants.
Lord, act for your name’s sake.
Indeed, our rebellionsn are many;
we have sinned against you.o
8 Hope of Israel,p
its Savior in time of distress,
why are you like a resident alien in the land,
like a traveler stopping only for the night?
like a warrior unable to save?q
Yet you are among us, Lord,r
and we bear your name.
Don’t leave us!
Truly they love to wander;s
they never rest their feet.
So the Lord does not accept them.
Now he will remember their iniquity
and punish their sins.t
11 Then the Lord said to me, “Do not pray for the well-being of these people.u 12 If they fast, I will not hear their cry of despair. If they offer burnt offering and grain offering, I will not accept them. Rather, I will finish them off by sword, famine, and plague.”v
13 And I replied, “Oh no, Lord God! The prophets are telling them, ‘You won’t see sword or suffer famine. I will certainly give you lasting peace in this place.’ ”w
14 But the Lord said to me, “These prophets are prophesying a lie in my name. I did not send them, nor did I command them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a false vision, worthless divination, the deceitx of their own minds.y
15 “Therefore, this is what the Lord says concerning the prophets who prophesy in my name, though I did not send them, and who say, ‘There will never be sword or famine in this land.’ By sword and famine these prophets will meet their end. 16 The people they are prophesying to will be thrown into the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword. There will be no one to bury themz—they, their wives, their sons, and their daughters. I will pour out their own evil on them.”
17 You are to speak this word to them:
Let my eyes overflow with tears;
day and night may they not stop,a
for the virgin daughter of my people
has been destroyed by a crushing blow,b
an extremely severe wound.c
look—those slain by the sword!
If I enter the city,
look—those illd from famine!
For both prophet and priest
travel to a land they do not know.
Do you deteste Zion?
Why do you strike us
with no hope of healing for us?
We hoped for peace,
but there was nothing good;
for a time of healing,
but there was only terror.f
the iniquity of our fathers;g
indeed, we have sinned against you.
Don’t disdain your glorious throne.h
Remember your covenanti with us;
do not break it.
22 Can any of the worthless idols of the nationsj bring rain?
Or can the skies alone give showers?
Are you not the Lord our God?
We therefore put our hope in you,k
for you have done all these things.
15 Then the Lord said to me: “Even ifl Moses andm Samuel shouldn stand before me,o my compassions would not reach out to these people. Send them from my presence, and let them go.p 2 If they ask you, ‘Where will we go?’ tell them: This is what the Lord says:
Those destined for death,q to death;
those destined for the sword, to the sword.
Those destined for famine, to famine;
those destined for captivity, to captivity.
3 “I will ordain four kindsA of judgment for them”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“the sword to kill, the dogs to drag away,r and the birds of the sky and the wild animals of the lands to devour and destroy. 4 I will make them a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth because of Manasseht son of Hezekiah, the king of Judah, for what he did in Jerusalem.
5 Who will have pity on you, Jerusalem?u
Who will show sympathy toward you?v
Who will turn aside
to ask about your well-being?
6 You have left me.”w
This is the Lord’s declaration.
“You have turned your back,
so I have stretched out my hand against you
and destroyed you.
I am tiredx of showing compassion.
at the city gates of the land.
I made them childless; I destroyed my people.
They would not turn from their ways.y
than the sand of the seas.z
I brought a destroyer at noon
against the mother of young men.
I suddenly released on her
agitation and terrors.
9 The mother of seven grew faint;aa
she breathed her last breath.
Her sun set while it was still day;
she was ashamed and humiliated.
The rest of them I will give over to the sword
in the presence of their enemies.”
This is the Lord’s declaration.
10 Woe is me, my mother,
that you gave birth to me,ab
a man who incites dispute and conflict
in all the land.
I did not lend or borrow,
yet everyone curses me.ac
11 The Lord said:
Haven’t I set you loose for your good? Haven’t I punished you
in a time of distress
with the enemy?A
iron from the north, or bronze?
and your treasures as plunder,
without cost,a for all your sins
in all your borders.
14 Then I will make you serve your enemiesB
in a land you do not know,
for my anger will kindle a fire
that will burn against you.b
15 You know,c Lord;
remember me and take note of me.d
Lit around your waist
Lit wearing around your waist
Perhaps a place near Anathoth with the same spelling as the river
Or brings a shadow of death
Lit your heels have suffered violence
Lit little ones