Jeremiah 14:1-10 (Holman Christian Standard)

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The Drought

1 The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah concerning the drought: 2 Judah mourns; her gates languish. [Her people] are on the ground in mourning; Jerusalem's cry rises up. 3 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.b 4 The ground is cracked since no rain [has fallen] on the land. The farmers are ashamed;c they cover their heads. 5 Even the doe in the field gives birth and abandons [her fawn] since there is no grass. 6 Wild donkeys stand on the barren heights panting for air like jackals. Their eyes fail because there are no green plants. 7 Though our guilt testifies against us, Lord, act for Your name's sake. Indeed, our rebellionsd are many; we have sinned against You. 8 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? 9 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! 10 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
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