The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah concerning 1the drought:
22"Judah mourns, and 3her gates languish; her people lament on the ground, and 4the cry of Jerusalem goes up.
Her nobles send their servants for water; they come to the cisterns; they find no water; they return with their vessels empty; they are 5ashamed and confounded and 6cover their heads.
Because of the ground that is dismayed, since there is 7no rain on the land, the farmers are ashamed; they cover their heads.
Even 8the doe in the field forsakes her newborn fawn because there is no grass.
69The wild donkeys stand on the bare heights; they pant for air like jackals; their eyes fail because there is no vegetation.
"Though our iniquities testify against us, act, O LORD, 10for your name's sake; 11for our backslidings are many; 12we have sinned against you.
813O you hope of Israel, its savior in time of trouble, why should you be like a stranger in the land, like a traveler who turns aside to tarry for a night?
Why should you be like a man confused, 14like a mighty warrior who cannot save? Yet 15you, O LORD, are in the midst of us, and 16we are called by your name; 17do not leave us."
Thus says the LORD concerning this people: "They have loved to wander thus; they have not restrained their feet; 18therefore the LORD does not accept them; 19now he will remember their iniquity and punish their sins."
The LORD said to me: 20"Do not pray for the welfare of this people.
Though they fast, I will not hear their cry, 21and though they offer burnt offering and grain offering, I will not accept them. But I will consume them 22by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence."