|1||The word of Yahweh which came to Jeremiah concerning the drought:||The terrible drought.|
|2||"Judah mourns and her gates languish; |
her people lament on the ground,
and the cry of Jerusalem goes up.
|3||Her nobles send their servants for water; |
they come to the cisterns,
they find no water,
they return with their vessels empty;
they are ashamed and confounded
and cover their heads.
|4||Because of the ground which is dismayed, |
since there is no rain on the land,
the farmers are ashamed,
they cover their heads.
|5||Even the hind in the field forsakes her newborn calf |
because there is no grass.
|6||The wild asses stand on the bare heights, |
they pant for air like jackals;
their eyes fail because there is no herbage.
|7||"Though our iniquities testify against us, |
act, O Yahweh, for your name's sake;
for our backslidings are many,
we have sinned against you.
|8||O you hope of Israel, |
its saviour in time of trouble,
why should you be like a stranger in the land,
like a wayfarer who turns aside to tarry for a night?
|9||Why should you be like a man confused, |
like a mighty man who cannot save?
Yet you are in the midst of us, O Yahweh,
and we are called by your name;
leave us not."
|10||Thus says Yahweh concerning this people: |
"They have loved to wander thus,
they have not restrained their feet;
therefore Yahweh does not accept them,
now he will remember their iniquity
and punish their sins."
|11||Yahweh said to me: "Do not pray for the welfare of this people.|
|12||Though they fast, I will not hear their cry, and though they offer burnt offering and cereal offering, I will not accept them; but I will consume them by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence."|
|13||Then I said: "Ah, the Lord Yahweh, behold, the prophets say to them, 'You shall not see the sword, nor shall you have famine, but I will give you assured peace in this place.' "|
|14||And Yahweh said to me: "The prophets are prophesying lies in my name; I did not send them, nor did I command them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a lying vision, worthless divination, and the deceit of their own minds.|
|15||Therefore thus says Yahweh concerning the prophets who prophesy in my name although I did not send them, and who say, 'Sword and famine shall not come on 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, victims of famine and sword, with none to bury them - them, their wives, their sons, and their daughters. For I will pour out their wickedness upon them.|
|17||"You shall say to them this word: |
'Let my eyes run down with tears night and day,
and let them not cease,
for the virgin daughter of my people is smitten with a great wound,
with a very grievous blow.
|18||If I go out into the field, |
behold, those slain by the sword!
And if I enter the city,
behold, the diseases of famine!
For both prophet and priest ply their trade through the land,
and have no knowledge.' "
|19||Have you utterly rejected Judah? |
Does your soul loathe Zion?
Why have you smitten us
so that there is no healing for us?
We looked for peace, but no good came;
for a time of healing, but behold, terror.
|The people plead with the LORD.|
|20||We acknowledge our wickedness, O Yahweh, |
and the iniquity of our fathers,
for we have sinned against you.
|21||Do not spurn us, for your name's sake; |
do not dishonour your glorious throne;
remember and do not break your covenant with us.
|22||Are there any among the false gods of the nations that can bring rain? |
Or can the heavens give showers?
Are you not he, O Yahweh our God?
We set our hope on you,
for you do all these things.
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