and its gates languish,
they sit in black on the ground,
and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up.
they come to the cisterns
and find no water,
they return with their vessels empty;
they are disappointed and confounded,
and cover their heads.
and forsakes her young
because there is no grass.
they pant for air like jackals;
their eyes fail because there is no herbage.”
work for your name’s sake, Yahweh;
for our backslidings are many;
we have sinned against you.
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?
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.”
“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.”
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.
‘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.
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.’”
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!
and the iniquity of our fathers,
for we have sinned against you.
do not disgrace the throne of your glory;
remember, do not break your covenant with us.
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.