But I said, "Ah, Sovereign LORD, the prophets1 keep telling them, 'You will not see the sword or suffer famine.2 Indeed, I will give you lasting peace3 in this place.' "
Then the LORD said to me, "The prophets are prophesying lies4 in my name. I have not sent5 them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions,6 divinations,7 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 perish8 by sword and famine.916
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 bury10 them or their wives, their sons or their daughters.11 I will pour out on them the calamity they deserve.1217
"Speak this word to them: " 'Let my eyes overflow with tears13 night and day without ceasing; for my virgin14 daughter--my people-- has suffered a grievous wound, a crushing blow.1518
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.16 Both prophet and priest have gone to a land they know not.17' "
Have you rejected Judah completely?18 Do you despise Zion? Why have you afflicted us so that we cannot be healed?19 We hoped for peace but no good has come, for a time of healing but there is only terror.2020
O LORD, we acknowledge21 our wickedness and the guilt of our fathers;22 we have indeed sinned23 against you.
For the sake of your name24 do not despise us; do not dishonor your glorious throne.25 Remember your covenant26 with us and do not break it.
Do any of the worthless idols27 of the nations bring rain?28 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.29