Jeremiah 14:4

4 The ground is cracked because there is no rain in the land; the farmers are dismayed and cover their heads.

Read Jeremiah 14:4 Using Other Translations

Because the ground is chapt, for there was no rain in the earth, the plowmen were ashamed, they covered their heads.
Because of the ground that is dismayed, since there is no rain on the land, the farmers are ashamed; they cover their heads.
The ground is parched and cracked for lack of rain. The farmers are deeply troubled; they, too, cover their heads.

What does Jeremiah 14:4 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Jeremiah 14:4

Because the ground is chapt
Through the violent heat of the sun, and want of rain; or, is broken F25; and crumbles into dust. The Targum is,

``because of sins, the inhabitants of the earth are broken:''
for there was no rain in the earth;
this was the reason of the dearth, and of the famine, and why there was no water in the pits, and the ground was parched. It is to be understood of the land of Judea only, not of the whole earth: the ploughmen were ashamed;
because they could not work the earth with their plough; were obliged to sit still, could do no work, or go on with their husbandry; nothing could be done for want of rain: they covered their heads; as before; (See Gill on Jeremiah 14:3).
FOOTNOTES:

F25 (htx) "confracta", Schmidt; "attritam", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.
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