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Jeremiah 14:2-12 (New International Version)

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2 "Judah mourns,1 her cities languish; they wail for the land, and a cry goes up from Jerusalem. 3 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.3 4 The ground is cracked because there is no rain in the land;4 the farmers are dismayed and cover their heads. 5 Even the doe in the field deserts her newborn fawn because there is no grass.5 6 Wild donkeys stand on the barren heights6 and pant like jackals; their eyesight fails for lack of pasture."7 7 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. 8 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? 9 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! 10 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."22 11 Then the LORD said to me, "Do not pray23 for the well-being of this people. 12 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
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