Jeremiah 15

The Lord's Negative Response

1 Then the Lord said to me: "Even if Moses and Samuel should stand before Me, My compassions would not [reach out] to these people. Send them from My presence, and let them go.
2 If they ask you: Where will we go? you must tell them: This is what the Lord says: Those [destined] for death, to death; those [destined] for the sword, to the sword. Those [destined] for famine, to famine; those [destined] for captivity, to captivity.
3 "I will ordain four kindsa [of judgment] for them"-[this is] the Lord's declaration-"the sword to kill, the dogs to drag away,b and the birds of the sky and the wild animals of the landc to devour and destroy.
4 I will make them a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth because of Manassehd son of Hezekiah, the king of Judah, for what he did in Jerusalem.
5 Who will have pity on you, Jerusalem?e Who will show sympathy toward you?f Who will turn aside to ask about your welfare?
6 You have left Me. [This is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the Lord's declaration. You have turned your back, so I have stretched out My hand against you and destroyed you. I am tired of showing compassion.
7 I scattered them with a winnowing fork at the gates of the land. I made [them] childless; I destroyed My people. They would not turn from their ways.g
8 I made their widows more numerous than the sand of the seas.h I brought against the mother of young men a destroyer at noon. I suddenly released on her agitation and terrors.
9 The mother of seven grew faint;i she breathed her [last] breath. Her sun set while it was still day; she was ashamed and humiliated. The rest of them I will give over to the sword in the presence of their enemies." [This is] the Lord's declaration.

Jeremiah's Complaint

10 Woe is me, my mother, that you gave birth to me,j a man who incites dispute and conflict in all the land. I did not lend or borrow, yet everyone curses me.

The Lord's Response

11 The Lord said: Assuredly, I will set you free and care for you.k Assuredly, I will intercede for you in a time of trouble, in your time of distress, with the enemy.
12 Can anyone smash iron, iron from the north, or bronze?
13 Your wealth and your treasures I will give as plunder, without cost,l for all your sins, and within all your borders.
14 Then I will make you serve your enemiesm in a land you do not know, for My anger will kindle a fire that will burn against you.n

Jeremiah's Prayer for Vengeance

15 You know, Lord; remember me and take note of me. Avenge me against my persecutors. In Your patience,o don't take me away. Know that I suffer disgrace for Your honor.
16 Your words were found, and I ate them. Your words became a delight to me and the joy of my heart, for I am called by Your name, Lord God of Hosts.
17 I never sat with the band of revelers, and I did not celebrate [with them]. Because Your hand was [on me], I sat alone, for You filled me with indignation.
18 Why has my pain become unending, my wound incurable,p refusing to be healed? You truly have become like a mirage to me- water that is not reliable.

Jeremiah Told to Repent

19 Therefore, this is what the Lord says: If you return, I will restore you; you will stand in My presence. And if you speak noble [words], rather than worthless ones, you will be My spokesman.q It is they who must return to you; you must not return to them.
20 Then I will make you a fortified wall of bronze to this people. They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you to save you and deliver you.r [This is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the Lord's declaration.
21 I will deliver you from the power of evil people and redeem you from the control of the ruthless.