NASB — Jeremiah 13 — KJV

The Ruined Waistband

1 Thus the LORD said to me, “Go and abuy yourself a linen waistband and put it around your waist, but do not put it in water.” 2 So I bought the waistband in accordance with the aword of the LORD and put it around my waist. 3 Then the word of the LORD came to me a second time, saying, 4 “Take the waistband that you have bought, which is around your waist, and arise, go to Ithe aEuphrates and hide it there in a crevice of the rock.” 5 So I went and hid it by the Euphrates, aas the LORD had commanded me. 6 After many days the LORD said to me, “Arise, go to the Euphrates and take from there the waistband which I commanded you to hide there.” 7 Then I went to the Euphrates and dug, and I took the waistband from the place where I had hidden it; and lo, the waistband was ruined, it was totally worthless.

[1] aJr 13:11
[2] aIs 20:2; Ezk 2:8
[4] IOr Parah, cf Jsh 18:23; so through v 7 aJr 51:63
[5] aEx 39:42, 43; 40:16

8 ¶ Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 9 “Thus says the LORD, ‘Just so will I destroy the apride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem. 10 This wicked people, who arefuse to listen to My words, who bwalk in the stubbornness of their hearts and have gone after other gods to serve them and to bow down to them, let them be just like this waistband which is totally worthless. 11 For as the waistband clings to the waist of a man, so I made the whole household of Israel and the whole household of Judah acling to Me,’ declares the LORD, ‘that they might be for Me a people, for Ibrenown, for cpraise and for glory; but they ddid not listen.’

[9] aLv 26:19; Is 2:10-17; 23:9; Jr 13:15-17; Zp 3:11
[10] aNu 14:11; 2Ch 36:15, 16; Jr 11:10 bJr 9:14; 11:8; 16:12
[11] ILit a name aEx 19:5, 6; Dt 32:10, 11 bJr 32:20 cIs 43:21; Jr 33:9 dPs 81:11; Jr 7:13, 24, 26

Captivity Threatened

12 ¶ “Therefore you are to speak this word to them, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, “Every jug is to be filled with wine.”’ And when they say to you, ‘Do we not very well know that every jug is to be filled with wine?’ 13 then say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Behold I am about to fill all the inhabitants of this land—the kings that sit for David on his throne, the priests, the prophets and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem—with adrunkenness! 14 I will adash them against each other, both the bfathers and the sons together,” declares the LORD. “I will cnot show pity nor be sorry nor have compassion so as not to destroy them.”’”

[13] aPs 60:3; 75:8; Is 51:17; 63:6; Jr 25:27; 51:7, 57
[14] aIs 9:20, 21; Jr 19:9-11 bJr 6:21; Ezk 5:10 cDt 29:20; Is 27:11; Jr 16:5; 21:7

  15 ¶ Listen and give heed, do not be ahaughty,
  For the LORD has spoken.
  16 aGive glory to the LORD your God,
  Before He brings bdarkness
  And before your cfeet stumble
  On the dusky mountains,
  And while you are hoping for light
  He makes it into ddeep darkness,
  [And] turns [it] into gloom.
  17 But aif you will not listen to it,
  My soul will bsob in secret for [such] pride;
  And my eyes will bitterly weep
  And flow down with tears,
  Because the cflock of the LORD has been taken captive.
  18 Say to the aking and the queen mother,
  “bTake a lowly seat,
  For your beautiful ccrown
  Has come down from your head.”
  19 The acities of the Negev have been locked up,
  And there is no one to open [them];
  All bJudah has been carried into exile,
  Wholly carried into exile.

[15] aPv 16:5; Is 28:14-22
[16] aJsh 7:19; Ps 96:8 bIs 5:30; 8:22; 59:9; Am 5:18; 8:9 cPv 4:19; Jr 23:12 dPs 44:19; 107:10, 14; Jr 2:6
[17] aMal 2:2 bPs 119:136; Jr 9:1; 14:17; Lk 19:41, 42 cPs 80:1; Jr 23:1, 2
[18] a2K 24:12, 15; Jr 22:26 b2Ch 33:12, 19 cEx 39:28; Is 3:20; Ezk 24:17, 23; 44:18
[19] aJr 32:44 bJr 20:4; 52:27-30

  20 ¶ “Lift up your eyes and see
  Those coming afrom the north.
  Where is the bflock that was given you,
  Your beautiful sheep?
  21 “What will you say when He appoints over you—
  And you yourself had taught them—
  Former Iacompanions to be head over you?
  Will not bpangs take hold of you
  Like a woman in childbirth?
  22 “If you asay in your heart,
  ‘bWhy have these things happened to me?’
  Because of the cmagnitude of your iniquity
  dYour skirts have been removed
  And your heels have Ibeen exposed.
  23aCan the Ethiopian change his skin
  Or the leopard his spots?
  [Then] you also can bdo good
  Who are accustomed to doing evil.
  24 “Therefore I will ascatter them like drifting straw
  To the desert bwind.
  25 “This is your alot, the portion measured to you
  From Me,” declares the LORD,
  “Because you have bforgotten Me
  And trusted in falsehood.
  26 “So I Myself have also astripped your skirts off over your face,
  That your shame may be seen.
  27 “As for your aadulteries and your [lustful] neighings,
  The blewdness of your prostitution
  On the chills in the field,
  I have seen your abominations.
  Woe to you, O Jerusalem!
  dHow long will you remain unclean?”

[20] aJr 1:15; 6:22; Hab 1:6 bJr 13:17; 23:2
[21] IOr chieftains aJr 2:25; 38:22 bIs 13:8; Jr 4:31
[22] IOr suffered violence aDt 7:17 bJr 5:19; 16:10 cJr 2:17-19; 9:2-9 dIs 47:2; Ezk 16:37; Na 3:5
[23] aPv 27:22; Is 1:5 bJr 4:22; 9:5
[24] aLv 26:33; Jr 9:16; Ezk 5:2, 12 bJr 4:11; 18:17
[25] aJb 20:29; Ps 11:6; Mt 24:51 bPs 9:17; Jr 2:32; 3:21
[26] aLm 1:8; Ezk 23:29; Ho 2:10
[27] aJr 5:7, 8 bJr 11:15 cIs 65:7; Jr 2:20; Ezk 6:13 dPv 1:22; Ho 8:5


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In the type of a linen girdle, hidden at Euphrates, God prefigureth the destruction of his people.

1 ¶ Thus saith the LORD unto me, Go and get thee a linen girdle, and put it upon thy loins, and put it not in water. 2 So I got a girdle according to the word of the LORD, and put [it] on my loins. 3 And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time, saying, 4 Take the girdle that thou hast got, which [is] upon thy loins, and arise, go to Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole of the rock. 5 So I went, and hid it by Euphrates, as the LORD commanded me. 6 And it came to pass after many days, that the LORD said unto me, Arise, go to Euphrates, and take the girdle from thence, which I commanded thee to hide there. 7 Then I went to Euphrates, and digged, and took the girdle from the place where I had hid it: and, behold, the girdle was marred, it was profitable for nothing. 8 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 9 Thus saith the LORD, After this manner will I mar the pride of Judah, and the great pride of Jerusalem. 10 This evil people, which refuse to hear my words, which walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as this girdle, which is good for nothing. 11 For as the girdle cleaveth to the loins of a man, so have I caused to cleave unto me the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah, saith the LORD; that they might be unto me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory: but they would not hear.

[1] Jr 13:11; 19:1; 27:2; Ezk 4:1; He 1:1.
[2] Pv 3:5; Is 20:2; Ezk 2:8; Ho 1:2; Jn 13:6; 15:14.
[3] Jr 13:3, 8.
[4] Ps 137:1; Jr 51:63; Mi 4:10.
[5] Ex 39:42; 40:16; Mt 22:2; Jn 2:5; Ac 26:19; 2Ti 2:3; He 11:8, 17.
[6] Jr 13:2.
[7] Is 64:6; Jr 13:10; 24:1; Ezk 15:3; Zc 3:3; Lk 14:34; Ro 3:12; Phm 1:11.
[9] Lv 26:19; Jb 40:10; Pv 16:18; Is 2:10; 16:6; 23:9; Jr 13:15; 18:4; 48:29; Lm 5:5; Ezk 16:50, 56; Na 2:2; Zp 3:11; Lk 18:14; Jm 4:6; 1P 5:5.
[10] Nu 14:11; 2Ch 36:15; Ps 78:8; Ec 11:9; Is 3:24; Jr 3:17; 5:23; 7:24, 25; 8:5; 9:14; 11:7, 8, 18; 13:7; 15:1; 16:4, 12; 25:3; 34:14; Ac 7:51; Ep 4:17; He 12:25.
[11] Ex 19:5; Dt 4:7; 26:18; 32:10; Ps 81:11; 135:4; 147:20; Is 43:21; 62:12; Jr 6:17; 13:10; 33:9; Jn 5:37; 1P 2:9.

Under the parable of the bottles filled with wine he foretelleth their drunkeness in misery.

12 ¶ Therefore thou shalt speak unto them this word; Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Every bottle shall be filled with wine: and they shall say unto thee, Do we not certainly know that every bottle shall be filled with wine? 13 Then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will fill all the inhabitants of this land, even the kings that sit upon David's throne, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, with drunkenness. 14 And I will dash them one against another, even the fathers and the sons together, saith the LORD: I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy, but destroy them.

[12] Ezk 24:19.
[13] Ps 60:3; 75:8; Is 29:9; 49:26; 51:17, 21; 63:6; Jr 25:15, 27; 51:7; Hab 2:16.
[14] Dt 29:20; Jg 7:20; 1S 14:16; 2Ch 20:23; Ps 2:9; Is 9:20; 27:11; Jr 6:21; 19:9; 21:7; 47:3; 48:12; Ezk 5:10, 11; 7:4, 9; 8:18; 9:5, 10; 24:14; Mt 10:21; Mk 13:12.

He exhorteth to prevent their future judgments.

15 ¶ Hear ye, and give ear; be not proud: for the LORD hath spoken. 16 Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while ye look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death, [and] make [it] gross darkness. 17 But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for [your] pride; and mine eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears, because the LORD'S flock is carried away captive. 18 Say unto the king and to the queen, Humble yourselves, sit down: for your principalities shall come down, [even] the crown of your glory. 19 The cities of the south shall be shut up, and none shall open [them]: Judah shall be carried away captive all of it, it shall be wholly carried away captive. 20 Lift up your eyes, and behold them that come from the north: where [is] the flock [that] was given thee, thy beautiful flock? 21 What wilt thou say when he shall punish thee? for thou hast taught them [to be] captains, [and] as chief over thee: shall not sorrows take thee, as a woman in travail?

[15] Is 28:14; 42:23; Jr 26:15; Jol 1:2; Am 7:15; Ac 4:19; Jm 4:10; Rv 2:29.
[16] Ex 10:21; Jsh 7:19; 1S 6:5; Ps 44:19; 96:7; Pv 4:19; Ec 11:8; 12:1; Is 5:30; 8:22; 59:9; 60:2; Jr 4:23; 8:15; 14:19; Lm 4:17; Am 8:9; Jn 12:35; 1P 2:8; 1Jn 2:10.
[17] 1S 15:11, 35; Ps 80:1; 119:136; Is 63:11; Jr 9:1; 13:15, 19; 14:17; 17:16; 22:5; Lm 1:2, 16; 2:18; Ezk 34:31; 36:38; Mal 2:2; Lk 19:41; Ro 9:2.
[18] Ex 10:3; 2K 24:12, 15; 2Ch 33:12, 19, 23; Is 3:26; 47:1; Jr 22:26; Lm 2:10; Ezk 19:2; Jna 3:6; Mt 18:4; Jm 4:10; 1P 5:6.
[19] Lv 26:31; Dt 28:15, 52, 64; Jsh 18:5; 2K 25:21; Jb 12:14; Jr 17:26; 33:13; 39:9; 52:27; Ezk 20:46.
[20] Is 56:9; Jr 1:14; 6:22; 10:22; 13:17; 23:2; Ezk 34:7; Hab 1:6; Zc 11:16; Jn 10:12; Ac 20:26.
[21] 2K 16:7; Is 10:3; 13:8; 21:3; 39:2; Jr 4:31; 5:31; 6:24; 22:23; 30:6; 48:41; Ezk 28:9; 1Th 5:3.

He sheweth their abominations are the cause thereof.

22 ¶ And if thou say in thine heart, Wherefore come these things upon me? For the greatness of thine iniquity are thy skirts discovered, [and] thy heels made bare. 23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? [then] may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil. 24 Therefore will I scatter them as the stubble that passeth away by the wind of the wilderness. 25 This [is] thy lot, the portion of thy measures from me, saith the LORD; because thou hast forgotten me, and trusted in falsehood. 26 Therefore will I discover thy skirts upon thy face, that thy shame may appear. 27 I have seen thine adulteries, and thy neighings, the lewdness of thy whoredom, [and] thine abominations on the hills in the fields. Woe unto thee, O Jerusalem! wilt thou not be made clean? when [shall it] once [be]?

[22] Dt 7:17; 8:17; 18:21; Is 3:17; 20:4; 47:2, 8; Jr 2:17; 5:19; 9:2; 13:26; 16:10; Lm 1:8; Ezk 16:37; 23:27; Ho 2:3, 10; 12:8; Na 3:5; Zp 1:12; Lk 5:21.
[23] Pv 27:22; Is 1:5; Jr 2:22, 30; 5:3; 6:29; 9:5; 17:9; Mt 19:24.
[24] Lv 26:33; Dt 4:27; 28:64; 32:26; Ps 1:4; 83:13; Is 17:13; 41:16; Jr 4:11; Ezk 5:2, 12; 6:8; 17:21; Ho 13:3; Zp 2:2; Lk 21:24.
[25] Dt 32:16, 37; Jb 20:29; Ps 9:17; 11:6; 106:21; Is 17:4; 28:15; Jr 2:13, 32; 7:4; 10:14; Mi 3:11; Hab 2:18; Mt 24:51.
[26] Jr 13:22; Lm 1:8; Ezk 16:37; 23:29; Ho 2:10.
[27] Ps 94:4, 8; Pv 1:22; Is 57:7; 65:7; Jr 2:20; 3:1, 2, 6; 4:13, 14; 5:7; Ezk 2:10; 6:13; 16:15; 20:28; 23:2; 24:6, 13; 36:25, 37; Ho 1:2; 4:2; 8:5; Zp 3:1; Mt 11:21; Lk 11:9; 2Co 7:1; 12:21; Jm 4:4; Rv 8:13.


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