The Lord's Negative Response

1 Then the Lord said to me: "Even if Moses and Samuel should stand before Me, My compassions would not [reach out] to these people. Send them from My presence, and let them go.

References for Jeremiah 15:1

      2 If they ask you: Where will we go? you must tell them: This is what the Lord says: Those [destined] for death, 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,b and the birds of the sky and the wild animals of the landc to devour and destroy.

      References for Jeremiah 15:3

        • a 15:3 - Lit families
        • b 15:3 - Jr 22:19; 49:20-50:45
        • c 15:3 - Jr 7:33; 19:7; Isa 18:6
          4 I will make them a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth because of Manassehd son of Hezekiah, the king of Judah, for what he did in Jerusalem.

          References for Jeremiah 15:4

            • d 15:4 - 2 Kg 21:1-18; 2 Ch 33:1-20
              5 Who will have pity on you, Jerusalem?e Who will show sympathy toward you?f Who will turn aside to ask about your welfare?

              References for Jeremiah 15:5

                • e 15:5 - Lm 1:1-2; Am 5:2
                • f 15:5 - Isa 51:19; Nah 3:7
                  6 You have left Me. [This is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the Lord's declaration. You have turned your back, so I have stretched out My hand against you and destroyed you. I am tired of showing compassion.
                  7 I scattered them with a winnowing fork at the gates of the land. I made [them] childless; I destroyed My people. They would not turn from their ways.g

                  References for Jeremiah 15:7

                    • g 15:7 - Jr 18:11; 25:5; 35:15
                      8 I made their widows more numerous than the sand of the seas.h I brought against the mother of young men a destroyer at noon. I suddenly released on her agitation and terrors.

                      References for Jeremiah 15:8

                        • h 15:8 - Gn 22:17; 32:12; 41:49
                          9 The mother of seven grew faint;i 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.

                          References for Jeremiah 15:9

                            • i 15:9 - Ru 4:15; 1 Sm 2:5; Jb 42:13

                              Jeremiah's Complaint

                              10 Woe is me, my mother, that you gave birth to me,j a man who incites dispute and conflict in all the land. I did not lend or borrow, yet everyone curses me.

                              References for Jeremiah 15:10

                                  The Lord's Response

                                  11 The Lord said: Assuredly, I will set you free and care for you.k Assuredly, I will intercede for you in a time of trouble, in your time of distress, with the enemy.

                                  References for Jeremiah 15:11

                                    • k 15:11 - Lit free for good
                                      12 Can anyone smash iron, iron from the north, or bronze?
                                      13 Your wealth and your treasures I will give as plunder, without cost,l for all your sins, and within all your borders.

                                      References for Jeremiah 15:13

                                        • l 15:13 - Ps 44:12; Isa 52:3
                                          14 Then I will make you serve your enemiesm in a land you do not know, for My anger will kindle a fire that will burn against you.n

                                          References for Jeremiah 15:14

                                            • m 15:14 - Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr, Tg; other Hb mss read you pass through
                                            • n 15:14 - Jr 17:4

                                              Jeremiah's Prayer for Vengeance

                                              15 You know, Lord; remember me and take note of me. Avenge me against my persecutors. In Your patience,o don't take me away. Know that I suffer disgrace for Your honor.

                                              References for Jeremiah 15:15

                                                • o 15:15 - Lit In the slowness of Your anger
                                                  16 Your words were found, and I ate them. Your words became a delight to me and the joy of my heart, for I am called by Your name, Lord God of Hosts.
                                                  17 I never sat with the band of revelers, and I did not celebrate [with them]. Because Your hand was [on me], I sat alone, for You filled me with indignation.
                                                  18 Why has my pain become unending, my wound incurable,p refusing to be healed? You truly have become like a mirage to me- water that is not reliable.

                                                  References for Jeremiah 15:18

                                                    • p 15:18 - Jr 19:8; 30:12,14,17

                                                      Jeremiah Told to Repent

                                                      19 Therefore, this is what the Lord says: If you return, I will restore you; you will stand in My presence. And if you speak noble [words], rather than worthless ones, you will be My spokesman.q It is they who must return to you; you must not return to them.

                                                      References for Jeremiah 15:19

                                                          20 Then I will make you a fortified wall of bronze to this people. They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you to save you and deliver you.r [This is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the Lord's declaration.

                                                          References for Jeremiah 15:20

                                                            • r 15:20 - Jr 1:8,19; 30:11; 42:11
                                                              21 I will deliver you from the power of evil people and redeem you from the control of the ruthless.