The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah concerning the drought:
Judah mourns; her gates languish. [Her people] are on the ground in mourning; Jerusalem's cry rises up.
Their nobles send their servantsa for water. They go to the cisterns; they find no water; their containers return empty. They are ashamed and humiliated; they cover their heads.b4
The ground is cracked since no rain [has fallen] on the land. The farmers are ashamed;c they cover their heads.
Even the doe in the field gives birth and abandons [her fawn] since there is no grass.
Wild donkeys stand on the barren heights panting for air like jackals. Their eyes fail because there are no green plants.
Though our guilt testifies against us, Lord, act for Your name's sake. Indeed, our rebellionsd are many; we have sinned against You.
Hope of Israel,e its Savior in time of distress, why are You like an alien in the land, like a traveler stopping only for the night?
Why are You like a helpless man, like a warrior unable to save? Yet You are among us, Lord, and we are called by Your name. Don't leave us!
This is what the Lord says concerning these people: Truly they love to wander;f they never rest their feet. So the Lord does not accept them. Now He will remember their guilt and punish their sins.g