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Jeremiah 15:1-9 (Holman Christian Standard)

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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. 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. 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. 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? 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 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. 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.
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