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Jeremiah 14 (New American Standard)

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Drought and a Prayer for Mercy

1 That which came as the word of the LORD to Jeremiah in regard to the 1drought: 2 "Judah mourns And 2her gates languish; They sit on the ground 3in mourning, And the 4cry of Jerusalem has ascended. 3 "Their nobles have 5sent their aservants for water; They have come to the 6cisterns and found no water. They have returned with their vessels empty; They have been 7put to shame and humiliated, And they 8cover their heads. 4 "Because the 9ground is bcracked, For there has been 10no rain on the land; The 11farmers have been put to shame, They have covered their heads. 5 "For even the doe in the field has given birth only to abandon her young, Because there is 12no grass. 6 "The 13wild donkeys stand on the bare heights; They pant for air like jackals, Their eyes fail For there is 14no vegetation. 7 "Although our 15iniquities testify against us, O LORD, act 16for Your name's sake! Truly our 17apostasies have been many, We have 18sinned against You. 8 "O 19Hope of Israel, Its 20Savior in 21time of distress, Why are You like a stranger in the land Or like a traveler who has pitched his tent for the night? 9 "Why are You like a man dismayed, Like a mighty man who 22cannot save? Yet 23You are in our midst, O LORD, And we are 24called by Your name; Do not forsake us!" 10 Thus says the LORD to this people, "Even so they have 25loved to wander; they have not 26kept their feet in check. Therefore the LORD does 27not accept them; now He will 28remember their iniquity and call their sins to account." 11 So the LORD said to me, "29Do not pray for the welfare of this people. 12 "When they fast, I am 30not going to listen to their cry; and when they offer 31burnt offering and grain offering, I am not going to accept them. Rather I am going to 32make an end of them by the 33sword, famine and pestilence."

False Prophets

13 But, "Ah, Lord cGOD!" I said, "Look, the prophets are telling them, 'You 34will not see the sword nor will you have famine, but I will give you dlasting 35peace in this place.' " 14 Then the LORD said to me, "The 36prophets are prophesying falsehood in My name. 37I have neither sent them nor commanded them nor spoken to them; they are prophesying to you a 38false vision, divination, futility and the deception of their own eminds. 15 "Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who are prophesying in My name, although it was not I who sent them-yet they keep saying, 'There will be no sword or famine in this land '-39by sword and famine those prophets shall fmeet their end! 16 "The people also to whom they are prophesying will be 40thrown out into the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; and there will be no one to 41bury them-neither them, nor their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters -for I will 42pour out their own wickedness on them. 17 "You will say this word to them, '43Let my eyes flow down with tears night and day, And let them not cease; For the virgin 44daughter of my people has been crushed with a mighty blow, With a sorely 45infected wound. 18 'If I 46go out to the country, Behold, those gslain with the sword! Or if I enter the city, Behold, diseases of famine! For 47both prophet and priest Have hgone roving about in the land that they do not know.' " 19 Have You completely 48rejected Judah? Or have iYou loathed Zion? Why have You stricken us so that we 49are beyond healing? We 50waited for peace, but nothing good came; And for a time of healing, but behold, terror! 20 We 51know our wickedness, O LORD, The iniquity of our fathers, for 52we have sinned against You. 21 Do not despise us, 53for Your own name's sake; Do not disgrace the 54throne of Your glory; Remember and do not annul Your covenant with us. 22 Are there any among the j55idols of the nations who 56give rain? Or can the heavens grant showers? Is it not You, O LORD our God? Therefore we k57hope in You, For You are the one who has done all these things.
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