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Jeremiah 13:1–11

The Linen Loincloth

13 Thus Yahweh said to me: “Go and buy for yourself a loincloth of linen and put it on your loins, but you must not placea it in water.” So I bought the loincloth according to the word of Yahweh and I put itb on my loins.

Now the word of Yahweh came to me a second time, saying,c “Take the loincloth that you bought, that is on your loins, and stand up, go to the Euphrates and hide it there in the cleft of the rock.” So I went and hid it by the Euphrates just as Yahweh had commanded me.

And then,d after a long time,e then Yahweh said to me, “Stand up, go to the Euphrates and take from there the loincloth that I commanded you to hide there.” Then I went to the Euphrates and I dug, and I took the loincloth from the place where I had hidden it, and look, the loincloth was ruined; it was not good for anything.

And thenf the word of Yahweh came to me, saying,g “Thus says Yahweh: ‘So I will ruin the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem. 10 This evil people, who refuse to listen to my words, who goh in the stubbornness of their hearts,i and have gone after other gods, to serve them, and to bow in worship to them, let them be like this loincloth which is not good for anything. 11 For as the loincloth clings to the loins of a person, so I caused to cling to me all the house of Israel and all the house of Judah,’ declaresj Yahweh, ‘to be for me a people, and a name, and a praise, and a glory, but they would not listen.’

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