Jeremiah 15:10-21 NIV

10 Alas, my mother, that you gave me birth,1 a man with whom the whole land strives and contends!2 I have neither lent3 nor borrowed, yet everyone curses4 me.

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11 The LORD said, "Surely I will deliver you5 for a good purpose; surely I will make your enemies plead6 with you in times of disaster and times of distress.

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12 "Can a man break iron-- iron from the north7--or bronze?

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13 Your wealth8 and your treasures I will give as plunder,9 without charge,10 because of all your sins throughout your country.11

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14 I will enslave you to your enemies ina a land you do not know,12 for my anger will kindle a fire13 that will burn against you."

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    • a 15:14 - Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint and Syriac (see also Jer. 17:4); most Hebrew manuscripts "I will cause your enemies to bring you / into"
      15 You understand, O LORD; remember me and care for me. Avenge me on my persecutors.14 You are long-suffering15--do not take me away; think of how I suffer reproach for your sake.16

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      16 When your words came, I ate17 them; they were my joy and my heart's delight,18 for I bear your name,19 O LORD God Almighty.

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      17 I never sat20 in the company of revelers, never made merry with them; I sat alone because your hand21 was on me and you had filled me with indignation.

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      18 Why is my pain unending and my wound grievous and incurable?22 Will you be to me like a deceptive brook, like a spring that fails?23

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      19 Therefore this is what the LORD says: "If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve24 me; if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman.25 Let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them.

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      20 I will make you a wall26 to this people, a fortified wall of bronze; they will fight against you but will not overcome27 you, for I am with you to rescue and save you,"28 declares the LORD.

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      21 "I will save29 you from the hands of the wicked30 and redeem31 you from the grasp of the cruel."32

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