Jeremiah 13 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The LORD proclaimed to me: Go and buy a linen undergarment. Wear it for a while without washing it. 1 This is what the LORD said to me: "Go and buy a linen belt and put it around your waist, but do not let it touch water."
2 So I bought a linen undergarment, as the LORD told me, and I put it on. 2 So I bought a belt, as the LORD directed, and put it around my waist.
3 The LORD spoke to me again: 3 Then the word of the LORD came to me a second time:
4 Take the undergarment that you are wearing and go at once to the Euphrates and put it under a rock. 4 "Take the belt you bought and are wearing around your waist, and go now to Perath and hide it there in a crevice in the rocks."
5 So I went and buried it at the Euphrates, as the LORD instructed. 5 So I went and hid it at Perath, as the LORD told me.
6 After a long time, the LORD said to me: Return to the Euphrates and dig up the undergarment that I commanded you to bury there. 6 Many days later the LORD said to me, "Go now to Perath and get the belt I told you to hide there."
7 So I went to the Euphrates and I dug up the linen undergarment from the place I had buried it. But it was ruined and good for nothing. 7 So I went to Perath and dug up the belt and took it from the place where I had hidden it, but now it was ruined and completely useless.
8 Then the LORD's word came to me: 8 Then the word of the LORD came to me:
9 The LORD proclaims: In the same way I will ruin the brazen pride of Judah and Jerusalem! 9 "This is what the LORD says: 'In the same way I will ruin the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem.
10 Instead of listening to me, this wicked people follow their own willful hearts and pursue other gods, worshipping and serving them. They will become like this linen garment—good for nothing! 10 These wicked people, who refuse to listen to my words, who follow the stubbornness of their hearts and go after other gods to serve and worship them, will be like this belt--completely useless!
11 Just as a linen undergarment clings to the body, so I created the people of Israel and Judah to cling to me, declares the LORD, to be my people for my honor, praise, and grandeur. But they wouldn't obey. 11 For as a belt is bound around a man's waist, so I bound the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah to me,' declares the LORD, 'to be my people for my renown and praise and honor. But they have not listened.'
12 So deliver this word to them: The LORD the God of Israel proclaims: Every wine jug should be filled with wine. And they will answer you, "Don't we already know that? Obviously every wine jug should be filled with wine!" 12 "Say to them: 'This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Every wineskin should be filled with wine.' And if they say to you, 'Don't we know that every wineskin should be filled with wine?'
13 Then you should say to them: The LORD proclaims: I'm going to fill everyone who lives in this country with wine that makes them drunk, including the kings on David's throne, the priests, the prophets, and all those living in Jerusalem. 13 then tell them, 'This is what the LORD says: I am going to fill with drunkenness all who live in this land, including the kings who sit on David's throne, the priests, the prophets and all those living in Jerusalem.
14 And I will shatter every one of them, even parents and children, declares the LORD. I won't take pity; I won't have compassion; I will show no mercy when I destroy them. 14 I will smash them one against the other, fathers and sons alike, declares the LORD. I will allow no pity or mercy or compassion to keep me from destroying them.' "
15 Listen closely, don't be arrogant, for the LORD has spoken. 15 Hear and pay attention, do not be arrogant, for the LORD has spoken.
16 Honor the LORD your God, before it's too late, before you stumble on the mountain paths in the evening shadows. Then you will hope for light, only to find darkness and gloom. 16 Give glory to the LORD your God before he brings the darkness, before your feet stumble on the darkening hills. You hope for light, but he will turn it to thick darkness and change it to deep gloom.
17 If you are too proud to listen, I will go off alone and cry my eyes out. I will weep uncontrollably because the LORD's flock will be dragged off into exile. 17 But if you do not listen, I will weep in secret because of your pride; my eyes will weep bitterly, overflowing with tears, because the LORD's flock will be taken captive.
18 Tell the king and the queen mother: Come down from your lofty place, because your glorious crowns will soon be removed from your heads. 18 Say to the king and to the queen mother, "Come down from your thrones, for your glorious crowns will fall from your heads."
19 The towns of the arid southern plain will be surrounded; no one will get in or out; all Judah will be taken into exile; everyone will be led away. 19 The cities in the Negev will be shut up, and there will be no one to open them. All Judah will be carried into exile, carried completely away.
20 Lift up your eyes and see who is approaching from the north. Where is the flock entrusted to you, your beautiful flock? 20 Lift up your eyes and see those who are coming from the north. Where is the flock that was entrusted to you, the sheep of which you boasted?
21 What will you say when he appoints someone as head over you your defenders, your trusted allies? Won't pain grip you like that of a woman in labor? 21 What will you say when [the LORD] sets over you those you cultivated as your special allies? Will not pain grip you like that of a woman in labor?
22 And when you ask yourself, Why have all these things happened to me? it is because of your many sins that you have been stripped and violated. 22 And if you ask yourself, "Why has this happened to me?"-- it is because of your many sins that your skirts have been torn off and your body mistreated.
23 Can a Cushite change his skin or a leopard its spots? Neither can you do good when doing evil comes so naturally. 23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.
24 So I will scatter you like straw that is blown away by the desert winds. 24 "I will scatter you like chaff driven by the desert wind.
25 This is the future that I have prepared for you, declares the LORD, because you have forgotten me and trusted in lies. 25 This is your lot, the portion I have decreed for you," declares the LORD, "because you have forgotten me and trusted in false gods.
26 I myself will pull up your skirt over your face and expose your shame. 26 I will pull up your skirts over your face that your shame may be seen--
27 I have seen your adultery and lust, your disgusting idols and shameless prostitution on the hills and in the fields. How terrible for you, Jerusalem! How long will you remain dirty? 27 your adulteries and lustful neighings, your shameless prostitution! I have seen your detestable acts on the hills and in the fields. Woe to you, O Jerusalem! How long will you be unclean?"