NASB — Jeremiah 14 — KJV

Drought and a Prayer for Mercy

1 That which came as the word of the LORD to Jeremiah in regard to the adrought:
  2 “Judah mourns
  And aher gates languish;
  They sit on the ground bin mourning,
  And the ccry of Jerusalem has ascended.
  3 “Their nobles have asent their Iservants for water;
  They have come to the bcisterns and found no water.
  They have returned with their vessels empty;
  They have been cput to shame and humiliated,
  And they dcover their heads.
  4 “Because the aground is Icracked,
  For there has been bno rain on the land;
  The cfarmers have been put to shame,
  They have covered their heads.
  5 “For even the doe in the field has given birth only to abandon [her young],
  Because there is ano grass.
  6 “The awild donkeys stand on the bare heights;
  They pant for air like jackals,
  Their eyes fail
  For there is bno vegetation.
  7 “Although our ainiquities testify against us,
  O LORD, act bfor Your name’s sake!
  Truly our capostasies have been many,
  We have dsinned against You.
  8 “O aHope of Israel,
  Its bSavior in ctime of distress,
  Why are You like a stranger in the land
  Or like a traveler who has pitched his [tent] for the night?
  9 “Why are You like a man dismayed,
  Like a mighty man who acannot save?
  Yet bYou are in our midst, O LORD,
  And we are ccalled by Your name;
  Do not forsake us!”

[1] aJr 17:8
[2] aIs 3:26 bJr 8:21 c1S 5:12; Jr 11:11; 46:12; Zc 7:13
[3] ILit little ones a1K 18:5 b2K 18:31; Jr 2:13 cJb 6:20; Ps 40:14 d2S 15:30
[4] ILit shattered aJol 1:19, 20 bJr 3:3 cJol 1:11
[5] aIs 15:6
[6] aJb 39:5, 6; Jr 2:24 bJol 1:18
[7] aIs 59:12; Ho 5:5 bPs 25:11; Jr 14:21 cJr 5:6; 8:5 dJr 3:25; 8:14; 14:20
[8] aJr 17:13 bIs 43:3; 63:8 cPs 9:9; 50:15
[9] aNu 11:23; Is 50:2; 59:1 bEx 29:45; Ps 46:5; Jr 8:19 cIs 63:19; Jr 15:16

10 ¶ Thus says the LORD to this people, “Even so they have aloved to wander; they have not bkept their feet in check. Therefore the LORD does cnot accept them; now He will dremember their iniquity and call their sins to account.” 11 So the LORD said to me, “aDo not pray for the welfare of this people. 12 When they fast, I am anot going to listen to their cry; and when they offer bburnt offering and grain offering, I am not going to accept them. Rather I am going to cmake an end of them by the dsword, famine and pestilence.”

[10] aJr 2:25; 3:13 bPs 119:101 cJr 6:20; Am 5:22 dJr 44:21-23; Ho 8:13; 9:9
[11] aEx 32:10; Jr 7:16; 11:14
[12] aPv 1:28; Is 1:15; Jr 11:11; Ezk 8:18; Mi 3:4; Zc 7:13 bJr 6:20; 7:21 cJr 8:13 dJr 21:9

False Prophets

13 ¶ But, “Ah, Lord IGOD!” I said, “Look, the prophets are telling them, ‘You awill not see the sword nor will you have famine, but I will give you IIlasting bpeace in this place.’” 14 Then the LORD said to me, “The aprophets are prophesying falsehood in My name. bI have neither sent them nor commanded them nor spoken to them; they are prophesying to you a cfalse vision, divination, futility and the deception of their own Iminds. 15 Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who are prophesying in My name, although it was not I who sent them—yet they keep saying, ‘There will be no sword or famine in this land’—aby sword and famine those prophets shall Imeet their end! 16 The people also to whom they are prophesying will be athrown out into the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; and there will be no one to bbury them—[neither] them, [nor] their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters—for I will cpour out their [own] wickedness on them.
  17 “You will say this word to them,
  ‘aLet my eyes flow down with tears night and day,
  And let them not cease;
  For the virgin bdaughter of my people has been crushed with a mighty blow,
  With a sorely cinfected wound.
  18 ‘If I ago out to the country,
  Behold, those Islain with the sword!
  Or if I enter the city,
  Behold, diseases of famine!
  For bboth prophet and priest
  Have IIgone roving about in the land that they do not know.’”

[13] IHeb YHWH, usually rendered LORD IILit peace of truth aJr 5:12; 23:17 bJr 6:14; 8:11
[14] ILit hearts aJr 5:31; 23:25 bJr 23:21 cJr 23:16, 26; 27:9, 10; Ezk 12:24
[15] ILit be finished aJr 23:15; Ezk 14:10
[16] aPs 79:2, 3; Jr 7:33; 15:2, 3 bJr 8:1, 2 cPv 1:31; Jr 13:22-25
[17] aJr 9:1; 13:17; Lm 1:16 bIs 37:22; Jr 8:21; Lm 1:15; 2:13 cJr 10:19; 30:14
[18] ILit pierced IIOr gone around trading aJr 6:25; Lm 1:20; Ezk 7:15 bJr 6:13; 8:10

  19 ¶ Have You completely arejected Judah?
  Or have IYou loathed Zion?
  Why have You stricken us so that we bare beyond healing?
  [We] cwaited for peace, but nothing good [came];
  And for a time of healing, but behold, terror!
  20 We aknow our wickedness, O LORD,
  The iniquity of our fathers, for bwe have sinned against You.
  21 Do not despise [us], afor Your own name’s sake;
  Do not disgrace the bthrone of Your glory;
  Remember [and] do not annul Your covenant with us.
  22 Are there any among the Iaidols of the nations who bgive rain?
  Or can the heavens grant showers?
  Is it not You, O LORD our God?
  Therefore we IIchope in You,
  For You are the one who has done all these things.

[19] ILit Your soul aJr 6:30; 7:29; 12:7; Lm 5:22 bJr 30:13 cJb 30:26; Jr 8:15; 1Th 5:3
[20] aNe 9:2; Ps 32:5; Jr 3:25 bJr 8:14; 14:7; Dn 9:8
[21] aPs 25:11; Jr 14:7 bJr 3:17; 17:12
[22] ILit vanities IIOr wait for aIs 41:29; Jr 10:3 b1K 17:1; Jr 5:24 cLm 3:26


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The grievous famine

1 ¶ The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah concerning the dearth. 2 Judah mourneth, and the gates thereof languish; they are black unto the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up. 3 And their nobles have sent their little ones to the waters: they came to the pits, [and] found no water; they returned with their vessels empty; they were ashamed and confounded, and covered their heads. 4 Because the ground is chapt, for there was no rain in the earth, the plowmen were ashamed, they covered their heads. 5 Yea, the hind also calved in the field, and forsook [it], because there was no grass. 6 And the wild asses did stand in the high places, they snuffed up the wind like dragons; their eyes did fail, because [there was] no grass.

[1] Jr 17:8.
[2] Ex 2:24; 1S 5:12; 9:16; Jb 34:28; Is 3:26; 5:7; 15:5; 24:4, 7; 33:9; Jr 4:28; 8:21; 11:11; 12:4; 18:22; Lm 2:9; 4:8; 5:10; Ho 4:3; Jol 1:10; 2:6; Zc 7:13.
[3] 2S 15:30; 19:4; 1K 17:7; 18:5; 2K 18:31; Es 6:12; Ps 40:14; 109:29; Is 45:16; Jr 2:13, 26; 14:4; 20:11; Jol 1:20; Am 4:8.
[4] Lv 26:19; Dt 28:23; 29:23; Jol 1:11, 17, 19.
[5] Jb 39:1; Ps 29:9.
[6] 1S 14:29; Jb 39:5; Jr 2:24; Lm 4:17; 5:17; Jol 1:18.

causeth Jeremiah to pray.

7 ¶ O LORD, though our iniquities testify against us, do thou [it] for thy name's sake: for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against thee. 8 O the hope of Israel, the saviour thereof in time of trouble, why shouldest thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring man [that] turneth aside to tarry for a night? 9 Why shouldest thou be as a man astonied, as a mighty man [that] cannot save? yet thou, O LORD, [art] in the midst of us, and we are called by thy name; leave us not.

[7] Dt 32:27; Jsh 7:9; Ezr 9:6, 15; Ne 9:33; Ps 25:11; 115:1; Is 59:12; Jr 2:19; 3:6; 5:6; 14:20; Ezk 20:9, 14, 22; Dn 9:5, 9, 18; Ho 5:5; 7:10; Ep 1:6, 12.
[8] Jg 19:17; Ps 9:9; 10:1; 37:39; 46:1; 50:15; 91:15; 138:7; Is 43:3, 11; 45:15, 21; Jr 17:13; 50:7; Jol 3:16; Ac 28:20; 2Co 1:4; 1Ti 1:1.
[9] Ex 29:45; Lv 26:11; Nu 11:23; 14:15; Dt 23:14; 1S 12:22; Ps 27:9; 44:23; 46:5; Is 12:6; 50:1; 51:9; 59:1; 63:19; Jr 15:16; Dn 9:18; Zc 2:5; 2Co 6:16; He 13:5; Rv 21:3.

The LORD will not be intreated for the people.

10 ¶ Thus saith the LORD unto this people, Thus have they loved to wander, they have not refrained their feet, therefore the LORD doth not accept them; he will now remember their iniquity, and visit their sins. 11 Then said the LORD unto me, Pray not for this people for [their] good. 12 When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and an oblation, I will not accept them: but I will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence.

[10] 1S 15:2; 1K 17:18; Ps 109:14; 119:101; Jr 2:23, 25, 36; 3:1; 6:20; 8:5; 31:34; 44:21; Ho 8:13; 9:9; 11:7, 9; Am 5:22; Mal 1:8; He 8:12.
[11] Ex 32:32; Jr 7:16; 11:14; 15:1.
[12] Pv 1:28; 15:8; 21:27; 28:9; Is 1:11, 15; 58:3; Jr 6:20; 7:21; 9:16; 11:11; 15:2; 16:4; 21:7; 24:10; 29:17; Ezk 5:12; 8:18; 14:21; Mi 3:4; Zc 7:13.

Lying prophets are no excuse for them.

13 ¶ Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! 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 this place. 14 Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart. 15 Therefore thus saith the LORD 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. 16 And 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.

[13] Jr 1:6; 4:10; 5:31; 6:14; 8:11; 23:17; 28:2; Ezk 13:10, 22; Mi 3:11; 2P 2:1.
[14] Is 9:15; 30:10; Jr 23:14, 21, 25, 26; 27:9, 10, 14, 15; 28:13, 15; 29:8, 21, 31; 37:19; Lm 2:14; Ezk 12:24; 13:6, 23; 21:29; Mi 3:11; Zc 10:2; 13:3; 2Th 2:9; 1Ti 4:2.
[15] 1K 22:25; Jr 5:12; 6:15; 8:12; 20:6; 23:14; 28:15; 29:20, 31; Ezk 14:10; Am 7:17; 2P 2:1, 14; Rv 19:20.
[16] Ps 79:2; Pv 1:31; Is 9:16; Jr 2:17; 4:18; 5:31; 7:33; 9:22; 13:22; 15:2; 16:4; 18:21; 19:6; Mt 15:14; Rv 16:1.

Jeremiah is moved to complain for them.

17 ¶ Therefore 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 blow. 18 If I go forth into the field, then behold the slain with the sword! and if I enter into the city, then behold them that are sick with famine! yea, both the prophet and the priest go about into a land that they know not. 19 Hast thou utterly rejected Judah? hath thy soul lothed Zion? why hast thou smitten us, and [there is] no healing for us? we looked for peace, and [there is] no good; and for the time of healing, and behold trouble! 20 We acknowledge, O LORD, our wickedness, [and] the iniquity of our fathers: for we have sinned against thee. 21 Do not abhor [us], for thy name's sake, do not disgrace the throne of thy glory: remember, break not thy covenant with us. 22 Are there [any] among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? [art] not thou he, O LORD our God? therefore we will wait upon thee: for thou hast made all these [things].

[17] Ps 39:10; 80:4; 119:136; Is 37:22; Jr 8:18, 21; 9:1; 13:17; 30:14; Lm 1:15, 16; 2:13, 18; 3:48; Am 5:2; Mi 6:13.
[18] Dt 28:36, 64; Is 28:7; Jr 2:8; 5:31; 6:13; 8:10; 23:21; 52:6; Lm 1:20; 4:9, 13; Ezk 7:15; Mi 3:11; 2P 2:3.
[19] 2K 17:19; 2Ch 36:16; Jb 30:26; Ps 78:59; 80:12; 89:38; Jr 6:30; 8:15, 22; 12:8; 15:1, 18; Lm 2:13; 4:17; 5:22; Zc 11:8; Ro 11:1; 1Th 5:3.
[20] Lv 26:40; 2S 12:13; 24:10; Ezr 9:6; Ne 9:2; Jb 33:27; Ps 32:5; 51:3, 4; 106:6; Jr 3:13, 25; Dn 9:5; Lk 15:18; 1Jn 1:7.
[21] Ex 32:13; Lv 26:11, 42; Dt 32:19; Ps 51:11; 74:2, 3, 18, 20; 79:9; 89:39; 106:40, 45; Is 64:9; Jr 3:17; 14:7, 19; 17:12; Lm 1:10; 2:6, 7, 20; Ezk 7:20; 24:21; 36:22; 39:25; 43:7; Dn 8:11; 9:7, 15; Am 6:8; Zc 11:10; Lk 1:72; 21:24; Ep 2:7; He 8:6; Rv 11:2.
[22] Dt 28:12; 32:21; 1K 8:36; 17:1, 14; 18:1, 39; Jb 5:10; 38:26; Ps 25:3, 21; 27:14; 74:1; 130:5; 135:7; 147:8; Is 30:18, 23; 41:29; 44:12; Jr 5:24; 10:13, 15; 16:19; 51:16; Lm 3:25; Jol 2:23; Am 4:7; Mi 7:7; Hab 3:17; Zc 10:1; Mt 5:45; Ac 14:15.


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