10 1Woe to me, my mother, that you have borne me As a 2man of strife and a man of contention to all the land! I have not 3lent, nor have men lent money to me, Yet everyone curses me.
11 The LORD said, "Surely * I will 4set you free for purposes of good; Surely * I will cause the 5enemy to make supplication to you In a time of disaster and a time of distress.
12 "Can anyone smash iron, 6Iron from the north, or bronze?
13 "Your 7wealth and your treasures I will give for booty 8without cost, Even for all your sins And within all your borders.
14 "Then I will cause your enemies to bring it Into a 9land you do not know; For a 10fire has been kindled in My anger, It will burn upon you."

Jeremiah's Prayer and God's Answer

15 11You who know, O LORD, Remember me, take notice of me, And 12take vengeance for me on my persecutors. Do not, in view of Your patience, take me away; Know that 13for Your sake I endure reproach.
16 Your words were found and I 14ate them, And Your 15words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been 16called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.
17 I 17did not sit in the circle of merrymakers, Nor did I exult. Because * of Your hand upon me I sat 18alone, For You 19filled me with indignation.
18 Why has my pain been perpetual And my 20wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Will You indeed be to me 21like a deceptive stream With water that is unreliable *?
19 Therefore, thus says the LORD, "22If you return, then I will restore you- 23Before Me you will stand; And 24if 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 25make you to this people A fortified wall of bronze; And though they fight against you, They will not prevail over you; For 26I am with you to save you And deliver you," declares the LORD.
21 "So I will 27deliver you from the hand of the wicked, And I will 28redeem you from the grasp of the violent."