Although they fast, I will not listen to their cry;1 though they offer burnt offerings2 and grain offerings,3 I will not accept4 them. Instead, I will destroy them with the sword,5 famine6 and plague."713
But I said, "Ah, Sovereign LORD, the prophets8 keep telling them, 'You will not see the sword or suffer famine.9 Indeed, I will give you lasting peace10 in this place.' "
Then the LORD said to me, "The prophets are prophesying lies11 in my name. I have not sent12 them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions,13 divinations,14 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 perish15 by sword and famine.1616
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 bury17 them or their wives, their sons or their daughters.18 I will pour out on them the calamity they deserve.1917
"Speak this word to them: " 'Let my eyes overflow with tears20 night and day without ceasing; for my virgin21 daughter--my people-- has suffered a grievous wound, a crushing blow.2218
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.23 Both prophet and priest have gone to a land they know not.24' "
Have you rejected Judah completely?25 Do you despise Zion? Why have you afflicted us so that we cannot be healed?26 We hoped for peace but no good has come, for a time of healing but there is only terror.2720
O LORD, we acknowledge28 our wickedness and the guilt of our fathers;29 we have indeed sinned30 against you.
For the sake of your name31 do not despise us; do not dishonor your glorious throne.32 Remember your covenant33 with us and do not break it.
Do any of the worthless idols34 of the nations bring rain?35 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.36