Jeremiah 10:19-25 NIV

19 Woe to me because of my injury! My wound1 is incurable! Yet I said to myself, "This is my sickness, and I must endure2 it."

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20 My tent3 is destroyed; all its ropes are snapped. My sons are gone from me and are no more;4 no one is left now to pitch my tent or to set up my shelter.

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21 The shepherds5 are senseless6 and do not inquire of the LORD;7 so they do not prosper8 and all their flock is scattered.9

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22 Listen! The report is coming-- a great commotion from the land of the north!10 It will make the towns of Judah desolate,11 a haunt of jackals.12

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Jeremiah's Prayer

23 I know, O LORD, that a man's life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps.13

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24 Correct me, LORD, but only with justice-- not in your anger,14 lest you reduce me to nothing.1516

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25 Pour out your wrath on the nations17 that do not acknowledge you, on the peoples who do not call on your name.18 For they have devoured19 Jacob; they have devoured him completely and destroyed his homeland.20

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