This is the word of the LORD to Jeremiah concerning the drought:12
"Judah mourns,2 her cities languish; they wail for the land, and a cry goes up from Jerusalem.
The nobles send their servants for water; they go to the cisterns but find no water.3 They return with their jars unfilled; dismayed and despairing, they cover their heads.44
The ground is cracked because there is no rain in the land;5 the farmers are dismayed and cover their heads.
Even the doe in the field deserts her newborn fawn because there is no grass.66
Wild donkeys stand on the barren heights7 and pant like jackals; their eyesight fails for lack of pasture."87
Although our sins testify9 against us, O LORD, do something for the sake of your name.10 For our backsliding11 is great; we have sinned12 against you.
O Hope13 of Israel, its Savior14 in times of distress,15 why are you like a stranger in the land, like a traveler who stays only a night?
Why are you like a man taken by surprise, like a warrior powerless to save?16 You are among17 us, O LORD, and we bear your name;18 do not forsake19 us!
This is what the LORD says about this people: "They greatly love to wander; they do not restrain their feet.20 So the LORD does not accept21 them; he will now remember22 their wickedness and punish them for their sins."2311
Then the LORD said to me, "Do not pray24 for the well-being of this people.
Although they fast, I will not listen to their cry;25 though they offer burnt offerings26 and grain offerings,27 I will not accept28 them. Instead, I will destroy them with the sword,29 famine30 and plague."3113
But I said, "Ah, Sovereign LORD, the prophets32 keep telling them, 'You will not see the sword or suffer famine.33 Indeed, I will give you lasting peace34 in this place.' "
Then the LORD said to me, "The prophets are prophesying lies35 in my name. I have not sent36 them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions,37 divinations,38 idolatriesa and the delusions of their own minds.
Therefore, this is what the LORD says about the prophets who are prophesying in my name: I did not send them, yet they are saying, 'No sword or famine will touch this land.' Those same prophets will perish39 by sword and famine.4016
And the people they are prophesying to will be thrown out into the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and sword. There will be no one to bury41 them or their wives, their sons or their daughters.42 I will pour out on them the calamity they deserve.4317
"Speak this word to them: " 'Let my eyes overflow with tears44 night and day without ceasing; for my virgin45 daughter--my people-- has suffered a grievous wound, a crushing blow.4618
If I go into the country, I see those slain by the sword; if I go into the city, I see the ravages of famine.47 Both prophet and priest have gone to a land they know not.48' "
Have you rejected Judah completely?49 Do you despise Zion? Why have you afflicted us so that we cannot be healed?50 We hoped for peace but no good has come, for a time of healing but there is only terror.5120
O LORD, we acknowledge52 our wickedness and the guilt of our fathers;53 we have indeed sinned54 against you.
For the sake of your name55 do not despise us; do not dishonor your glorious throne.56 Remember your covenant57 with us and do not break it.
Do any of the worthless idols58 of the nations bring rain?59 Do the skies themselves send down showers? No, it is you, O LORD our God. Therefore our hope is in you, for you are the one who does all this.60