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Jeremiah 13:1-11 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Thus said the LORD to me, "Go and buy a linen waistcloth, and put it on your loins, and do not dip it in water." 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 waistcloth according to the word of the LORD, and put it on my loins. 2 So I bought a belt, as the LORD directed, and put it around my waist.
3 And the word of the LORD came to me a second time, 3 Then the word of the LORD came to me a second time:
4 "Take the waistcloth which you have bought, which is upon your loins, and arise, go to the Euphra'tes, and hide it there in a cleft of the 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 hid it by the Euphra'tes, as the LORD commanded me. 5 So I went and hid it at Perath, as the LORD told me.
6 And after many days the LORD said to me, "Arise, go to the Euphra'tes, and take from there the waistcloth which I commanded you to hide 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 Then I went to the Euphra'tes, and dug, and I took the waistcloth from the place where I had hidden it. And behold, the waistcloth was spoiled; it was 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 word of the LORD came to me: 8 Then the word of the LORD came to me:
9 "Thus says the LORD: Even so will I spoil the pride of Judah and the great pride of 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 This evil people, who refuse to hear my words, who stubbornly follow their own heart and have gone after other gods to serve them and worship them, shall be like this waistcloth, which is 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 For as the waistcloth clings to the loins of a man, so I made the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah cling to me, says the LORD, that they might be for me a people, a name, a praise, and a glory, but they would not listen. 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.'