That whichcame as the word of the LORD to Jeremiah in regard to the 1drought:
2"Judahmourns And 2her gateslanguish; They sit on the ground3in mourning, And the 4cry of Jerusalem has ascended.
"Their nobles have 5sent their aservants for water; They have come to the 6cisterns and foundnowater. They have returned with their vesselsempty; They have been7put to shame and humiliated, And they 8cover their heads.
4"Because the 9ground is bcracked, For there has been10norain on the land; The 11farmers have beenput to shame, They have covered their heads.
"For even the doe in the field has givenbirth only to abandon her young, Because there is 12nograss.
"The 13wilddonkeysstand on the bareheights; They pant for air like jackals, Their eyesfail For there is 14novegetation.
7"Although our 15iniquitiestestify against us, O LORD, act16for Your name'ssake! Truly our 17apostasies have beenmany, We have 18sinned against You.
"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 mandismayed, Like a mightyman who 22cannotsave? Yet 23You are in our midst, O LORD, And we are 24called by Your name; Do not forsake us!"
10Thussays the LORD to thispeople, "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."
So the LORDsaid to me, "29Do not pray for the welfare of thispeople.
12"When they fast, I am 30not going to listen to their cry; and when they offer31burntoffering 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."
But, "Ah, LordcGOD!" I said, "Look, the prophets are telling them, 'You 34will not see the swordnor will you havefamine, but I will give you dlasting35peace in thisplace.' "
Then the LORDsaid to me, "The 36prophets are prophesyingfalsehood in My name. 37I have neithersent them norcommanded them norspoken to them; they are prophesying to you a 38falsevision, divination, futility and the deception of their own eminds.
15"Thereforethussays the LORDconcerning the prophets who are prophesying in My name, although it was not I who sent them-yet they keep saying, 'There will be nosword or famine in thisland '-39by sword and faminethoseprophets shall fmeet their end!
"The people also to whom they are prophesying will be 40thrown out into the streets of Jerusalembecause of the famine and the sword; and there will be noone to 41bury them-neither them, nor their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters -for I will 42pour out their own wickedness on them.
"You will saythisword to them, '43Let my eyesflowdown with tearsnight and day, And let them not cease; For the virgin44daughter of my people has been crushed with a mightyblow, With a sorely45infectedwound.
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 47bothprophet and priest Have hgone rovingabout in the land that they do not know.' "
Have You completely48rejectedJudah? Or have iYou loathedZion? Why have You stricken us so that we 49are beyondhealing? We 50waited for peace, but nothinggood came; And for a time of healing, but behold, terror!
We 51know our wickedness, O LORD, The iniquity of our fathers, for 52we have sinned against You.
Do not despise us, 53for Your own name'ssake; Do not disgrace the 54throne of Your glory; Remember and do not annul Your covenant with us.
Are thereany among the j55idols of the nations who 56giverain? Or can the heavensgrantshowers? Is it not You, O LORD our God? Therefore we k57hope in You, For You are the one who has doneallthesethings.