14 1The word of Jehovah that came to Jeremiah concerning the drought.
2Judah mourneth, and the gates thereof languish, they sit in black upon
the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up.
3And their nobles send
their little ones to the waters: they come to the cisterns, and find no
water; they return with their vessels empty; they are put to shame and
confounded, and cover their heads.
4Because of the ground which is
cracked, for that no rain hath been in the land, the plowmen are put to
shame, they cover their heads.
5Yea, the hind also in the field calveth,
and forsaketh her young, because there is no grass.
6And the wild
asses stand on the bare heights, they pant for air like jackals; their eyes
fail, because there is no herbage.
7Though our iniquities testify against
us, work thou for thy name's sake, O Jehovah; for our backslidings are many;
we have sinned against thee.
8O thou hope of Israel, the Saviour thereof
in the time of trouble, why shouldest thou be as a sojourner in the land, and
as a wayfaring man that turneth aside to tarry for a night?
shouldest thou be as a man affrighted, as a mighty man that cannot save? yet
thou, O Jehovah, art in the midst of us, and we are called by thy name; leave
10Thus saith Jehovah unto this people, Even so have they loved to
wander; they have not refrained their feet: therefore Jehovah doth not accept
them; now will he remember their iniquity, and visit their sins.
Jehovah said unto me, Pray not for this people for their good.
12When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer
burnt-offering and meal-offering, I will not accept them; but I will consume
them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence.
I, Ah, Lord Jehovah! behold, the prophets say unto them, Ye shall not see the
sword, neither shall ye have famine; but I will give you assured peace in
14Then Jehovah said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my
name; I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake I unto
them: they prophesy unto you a lying vision, and divination, and a thing of
nought, and the deceit of their own heart.
15Therefore thus saith Jehovah
concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, yet
they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land: By sword and famine
shall those prophets be consumed.
16And the people to whom they prophesy
shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the
sword; and they shall have none to bury them-them, their wives, nor their
sons, nor their daughters: for I will pour their wickedness upon them.
17And thou shalt say this word unto them, Let mine eyes run down with
tears night and day, and let them not cease; for the virgin daughter of my
people is broken with a great breach, with a very grievous wound.
go forth into the field, then, behold, the slain with the sword! and if I
enter into the city, then, behold, they that are sick with famine! for both
the prophet and the priest go about in the land, and have no knowledge.
19Hast thou utterly rejected Judah? hath thy soul loathed Zion? why hast
thou smitten us, and there is no healing for us? We looked for peace, but no
good came; and for a time of healing, and, behold, dismay!
acknowledge, O Jehovah, our wickedness, and the iniquity of our fathers; for
we have sinned against thee.
21Do not abhor us, for thy name's
sake; do not disgrace the throne of thy glory: remember, break not thy
covenant with us.
22Are there any among the vanities of the nations that
can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? art not thou he, O Jehovah
our God? therefore we will wait for thee; for thou hast made all these