Jeremiah 14:2-12 NIV

2 “Judah mourns, her cities languish; they wail for the land, and a cry goes up from Jerusalem.

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3 The nobles send their servants for water; they go to the cisterns but find no water. They return with their jars unfilled; dismayed and despairing, they cover their heads.

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4 The ground is cracked because there is no rain in the land; the farmers are dismayed and cover their heads.

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5 Even the doe in the field deserts her newborn fawn because there is no grass.

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6 Wild donkeys stand on the barren heights and pant like jackals; their eyes fail for lack of food.”

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7 Although our sins testify against us, do something, LORD, for the sake of your name. For we have often rebelled; we have sinned against you.

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8 You who are the hope of Israel, its Savior in times of distress, why are you like a stranger in the land, like a traveler who stays only a night?

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9 Why are you like a man taken by surprise, like a warrior powerless to save? You are among us, LORD, and we bear your name; do not forsake us!

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10 This is what the LORD says about this people: “They greatly love to wander; they do not restrain their feet. So the LORD does not accept them; he will now remember their wickedness and punish them for their sins.”

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11 Then the LORD said to me, “Do not pray for the well-being of this people.

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12 Although they fast, I will not listen to their cry; though they offer burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Instead, I will destroy them with the sword, famine and plague.”

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