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Sword, Famine, and Pestilence

14 The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah concerning the droughts.

2 “Judah mourns,

And aher gates languish;

They bmourn for the land,

And cthe cry of Jerusalem has gone up.

3 Their nobles have sent their lads for water;

They went to the cisterns and found no water.

They returned with their vessels empty;

They were dashamed and confounded

eAnd covered their heads.

4 Because the ground is parched,

For there was fno rain in the land,

The plowmen were ashamed;

They covered their heads.

5 Yes, the deer also gave birth in the field,

But 1left because there was no grass.

6 And gthe wild donkeys stood in the desolate heights;

They sniffed at the wind like jackals;

Their eyes failed because there was no grass.”

7 O Lord, though our iniquities testify against us,

Do it hfor Your name’s sake;

For our backslidings are many,

We have sinned against You.

8 iO the Hope of Israel, his Savior in time of trouble,

Why should You be like a stranger in the land,

And like a traveler who turns aside to tarry for a night?

9 Why should You be like a man astonished,

Like a mighty one jwho cannot save?

Yet You, O Lord, kare in our midst,

And we are called by Your name;

Do not leave us!

10 Thus says the Lord to this people:

l“Thus they have loved to wander;

They have not restrained their feet.

Therefore the Lord does not accept them;

mHe will remember their iniquity now,

And punish their sins.”

11 Then the Lord said to me, n“Do not pray for this people, for their good. 12 oWhen they fast, I will not hear their cry; and pwhen they offer burnt offering and grain offering, I will not accept them. But qI will consume them by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence.”

13 rThen I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, the prophets say to them, ‘You shall not see the sword, nor shall you have famine, but I will give you 2assured speace in this place.’ ”

14 And the Lord said to me, t“The prophets prophesy lies in My name. uI have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, 3divination, a worthless thing, and the vdeceit of their heart. 15 Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who prophesy in My name, whom I did not send, wand who say, ‘Sword and famine shall not be in this land’—‘By sword and famine those prophets shall be consumed! 16 And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; xthey will have no one to bury them—them nor their wives, their sons nor their daughters—for I will pour their wickedness on them.’

17 “Therefore you shall say this word to them:

y‘Let my eyes flow with tears night and day,

And let them not cease;

zFor the virgin daughter of my people

Has been broken with a mighty stroke, with a very severe blow.

18 If I go out to athe field,

Then behold, those slain with the sword!

And if I enter the city,

Then behold, those sick from famine!

Yes, both prophet and bpriest go about in a land they do not know.’ ”


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The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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