Jeremiah 15

Judgment Must Come

1 Then the LORD said to me, "Even 1though 2Moses and 3Samuel were to 4stand before Me, My heart would not be with this people; 5send them away from My presence and let them go!
2 "And it shall be that when they say to you, 'Where should we go?' then you are to tell them, 'Thus says the LORD: "Those destined 6for death, to death; And those destined for the sword, to the sword; And those destined for famine, to famine; And those destined for captivity, to captivity."'
3 "I will 7appoint over them four kinds of doom," declares the LORD: "the sword to slay, the 8dogs to drag off, and the 9birds of the sky and the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy.
4 "I will 10make them an object of horror among all the kingdoms of the earth because of 11Manasseh, the son of Hezekiah, the king of Judah, for what he did in Jerusalem.
5 "Indeed, who will have 12pity on you, O Jerusalem, Or who will 13mourn for you, Or who will turn aside to ask about your welfare?
6 "You who have 14forsaken Me," declares the LORD, "You keep 15going backward. So I will 16stretch out My hand against you and destroy you; I am 17tired of relenting!
7 "I will 18winnow them with a winnowing fork At the gates of the land; I will 19bereave them of children, I will destroy My people; 20They did not repent of their ways.
8 "Their 21widows will be more numerous before Me Than the sand of the seas; I will bring against them, against the mother of a young man, A 22destroyer at noonday; I will suddenly bring down on her Anguish and dismay.
9 "She who 23bore seven sons pines away; Her breathing is labored. Her 24sun has set while it was yet day; She has been 25shamed and humiliated. So I will 26give over their survivors to the sword Before their enemies," declares the LORD.
10 27Woe to me, my mother, that you have borne me As a 28man of strife and a man of contention to all the land! I have not 29lent, nor have men lent money to me, Yet everyone curses me.
11 The LORD said, "Surely * I will 30set you free for purposes of good; Surely * I will cause the 31enemy to make supplication to you In a time of disaster and a time of distress.
12 "Can anyone smash iron, 32Iron from the north, or bronze?
13 "Your 33wealth and your treasures I will give for booty 34without cost, Even for all your sins And within all your borders.
14 "Then I will cause your enemies to bring it Into a 35land you do not know; For a 36fire has been kindled in My anger, It will burn upon you."

Jeremiah's Prayer and God's Answer

15 37You who know, O LORD, Remember me, take notice of me, And 38take vengeance for me on my persecutors. Do not, in view of Your patience, take me away; Know that 39for Your sake I endure reproach.
16 Your words were found and I 40ate them, And Your 41words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been 42called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.
17 I 43did not sit in the circle of merrymakers, Nor did I exult. Because * of Your hand upon me I sat 44alone, For You 45filled me with indignation.
18 Why has my pain been perpetual And my 46wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Will You indeed be to me 47like a deceptive stream With water that is unreliable *?
19 Therefore, thus says the LORD, "48If you return, then I will restore you- 49Before Me you will stand; And 50if you extract the precious from the worthless, You will become My spokesman. They for their part may turn to you, But as for you, you must not turn to them.
20 "Then I will 51make you to this people A fortified wall of bronze; And though they fight against you, They will not prevail over you; For 52I am with you to save you And deliver you," declares the LORD.
21 "So I will 53deliver you from the hand of the wicked, And I will 54redeem you from the grasp of the violent."
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