"Judah mourns,1 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.2 They return with their jars unfilled; dismayed and despairing, they cover their heads.34
The ground is cracked because there is no rain in the land;4 the farmers are dismayed and cover their heads.
Even the doe in the field deserts her newborn fawn because there is no grass.56
Wild donkeys stand on the barren heights6 and pant like jackals; their eyesight fails for lack of pasture."77
Although our sins testify8 against us, O LORD, do something for the sake of your name.9 For our backsliding10 is great; we have sinned11 against you.
O Hope12 of Israel, its Savior13 in times of distress,14 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?15 You are among16 us, O LORD, and we bear your name;17 do not forsake18 us!
This is what the LORD says about this people: "They greatly love to wander; they do not restrain their feet.19 So the LORD does not accept20 them; he will now remember21 their wickedness and punish them for their sins."2211
Then the LORD said to me, "Do not pray23 for the well-being of this people.
Although they fast, I will not listen to their cry;24 though they offer burnt offerings25 and grain offerings,26 I will not accept27 them. Instead, I will destroy them with the sword,28 famine29 and plague."30