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1The word of Yahweh that came to Jeremiah concerning the drought.

 2 “Judah mourns,

 and its gates languish,

 they sit in black on the ground,

 and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up.


 3 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 disappointed and confounded,

 and cover their heads.


 4 Because the ground is cracked,

 because there has been no rain on the land,

 the plowmen are ashamed,

 they cover their heads.


 5 Yes, the hind also in the field calves,

 and forsakes her young

 because there is no grass.


 6 The wild donkeys stand on the bare heights,

 they pant for air like jackals;

 their eyes fail because there is no herbage.”


 7 “Though our iniquities testify against us,

 work for your name’s sake, Yahweh;

 for our backslidings are many;

 we have sinned against you.


 8 O Hope of Israel,

 its Savior in the time of trouble,

 why should you be as a foreigner in the land

 and as a wayfaring man who turns aside to stay for a night?


 9 Why should you be like a scared man,

 as a mighty man who cannot save?

 Yet you, Yahweh, are in the midst of us,

 and we are called by your name;

 do not leave us.”


10This is what Yahweh says to this people:

 “Even so have they loved to wander;

 they have not refrained their feet,

 therefore Yahweh does not accept them;

 now he will remember their iniquity

 and visit their sins.”


11Yahweh said to me, “Do not pray for the welfare of this people.
  12When they fast, I will not hear their cry, and when they offer burnt offering and grain offering, I will not accept them; but I will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence.”

13Then I said, “Ah, Lord Yahweh! Behold, the prophets tell them, ‘You will not see the sword, neither will you have famine, but I will give you assured peace in this place.’”

14Then Yahweh said to me, “The prophets prophesy lies in my name. I did not send them, nor have I commanded them, nor did I speak to them; they prophesy to you a lying vision, and divination, and a worthless thing, even the deceptions of their own heart.

15Therefore this is what Yahweh says concerning the prophets who prophesy in my name, and I didn’t send them, yet they say, ‘Sword and famine will not be in this land’: By sword and famine will those prophets be consumed.
  16The people to whom they prophesy will be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword, and they will have none to bury them–them, their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters, for I will pour their wickedness on them.

 17 You are to say this word to them:

 ‘Let my 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.


 18 If I go out into the field,

 then behold, the slain with the sword!

 And if I enter into the city,

 then behold, those who are sick with famine!

 For both the prophet and the priest

 go about in the land, and have no knowledge.’”


Have you utterly rejected Judah?

 Has your soul loathed Zion?

 Why have you struck 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!


 20 We acknowledge, O Yahweh, our wickedness

 and the iniquity of our fathers,

 for we have sinned against you.


 21 Do not abhor us, for your name’s sake;

 do not disgrace the throne of your glory;

 remember, do not break your covenant with us.


 22 Are there any among the vanities of the nations that can cause rain?

 Or can heaven give showers?

 Aren’t you he, Yahweh our God?

 Therefore we will wait for you,

 for you have made all these things.


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