NASB — Jeremiah 15 — KJV

Judgment Must Come

1 Then the LORD said to me, “Even athough bMoses and cSamuel were to dstand before Me, My Iheart would not be IIwith this people; esend them away from My presence and let them go! 2 And it shall be that when they say to you, ‘Where should we go?’ then you are to tell them, ‘Thus says the LORD:
  “Those [destined] afor death, to death;
  And those [destined] for the sword, to the sword;
  And those [destined] for famine, to famine;
  And those [destined] for captivity, to captivity.”’
3 I will aappoint over them four kinds [of doom],” declares the LORD: “the sword to slay, the bdogs to drag off, and the cbirds of the sky and the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy. 4 I will amake them an object of horror among all the kingdoms of the earth because of bManasseh, the son of Hezekiah, the king of Judah, for what he did in Jerusalem.

[1] ILit soul IILit toward aPs 99:6; Ezk 14:14, 20 bEx 32:11-14; Nu 14:13-20; Ps 99:6; 106:23 c1S 7:9; 12:23 dJr 15:19; 18:20; 35:19 e2K 17:20; Jr 7:15; 10:18; 52:3
[2] aJr 14:12; 24:10; 43:11; Ezk 5:2, 12; Zc 11:9; Rv 13:10
[3] aLv 26:16, 22, 25; Ezk 14:21 b1K 21:23, 24 cDt 28:26; Is 18:6; Jr 7:33
[4] aLv 26:33; Jr 24:9; 29:18; Ezk 23:46 b2K 21:1-18; 23:26, 27; 24:3, 4; 2Ch 33:1-9

  5 ¶ “Indeed, who will have apity on you, O Jerusalem,
  Or who will bmourn for you,
  Or who will turn aside to ask about your welfare?
  6 “You who have aforsaken Me,” declares the LORD,
  “You keep bgoing backward.
  So I will cstretch out My hand against you and destroy you;
  I am dtired of relenting!
  7 “I will awinnow them with a winnowing fork
  At the gates of the land;
  I will bbereave [them] of children, I will destroy My people;
  cThey did not Irepent of their ways.
  8 “Their awidows will be more numerous before Me
  Than the sand of the seas;
  I will bring against them, against the mother of a young man,
  A bdestroyer at noonday;
  I will suddenly bring down on her
  Anguish and dismay.
  9 “She who abore seven [sons] pines away;
  IHer breathing is labored.
  Her bsun has set while it was yet day;
  She has been cshamed and humiliated.
  So I will dgive over their survivors to the sword
  Before their enemies,” declares the LORD.

[5] aPs 69:20; Is 51:19; Jr 13:14; 21:7 bNa 3:7
[6] aJr 6:19; 8:9 bIs 1:4; Jr 7:24 cJr 6:12; Zp 1:4 dJr 6:11; 7:16
[7] ILit turn back from aPs 1:4; Jr 51:2 bJr 18:21; Ho 9:12-16 cIs 9:13
[8] aIs 3:25, 26; 4:1 bJr 22:7
[9] IOr She has breathed out her soul a1S 2:5; Is 47:9 bJr 6:4; Am 8:9 cJr 50:12 dJr 21:7

  10aWoe to me, my mother, that you have borne me
  [As] a bman of strife and a man of contention to all the land!
  I have not clent, nor have men lent money to me,
  [Yet] everyone curses me.
  11 The LORD said, “Surely I will aset you free for [purposes of] good;
  Surely I will cause the benemy to make supplication to you
  In a time of disaster and a time of distress.

[10] aJb 3:1, 3; Jr 20:14 bJr 1:18, 19; 15:20; 20:7, 8 cEx 22:25; Lv 25:36, 37; Dt 23:19
[11] aPs 138:3; Is 41:10 bJr 21:2; 37:3; 38:14; 42:2

  12 ¶ “Can anyone smash iron,
  aIron from the north, or bronze?
  13 “Your awealth and your treasures
  I will give for booty bwithout cost,
  Even for all your sins
  And within all your borders.
  14 “Then I will cause your enemies to bring I[it]
  Into a aland you do not know;
  For a bfire has been kindled in My anger,
  It will burn upon you.”

[12] aJr 28:14
[13] aJr 17:3; 20:5 bPs 44:12; Is 52:3
[14] II.e. your possessions aDt 28:36, 64; Jr 16:13 bDt 32:22; Ps 21:9; Jr 17:4

Jeremiah’s Prayer and God’s Answer

  15aYou who know, O LORD,
  Remember me, take notice of me,
  And btake vengeance for me on my persecutors.
  Do not, in view of Your patience, take me away;
  Know that cfor Your sake I endure reproach.
  16 Your words were found and I aate them,
  And Your bwords became for me a joy and the delight of my heart;
  For I have been ccalled by Your name,
  O LORD God of hosts.
  17 I adid not sit in the circle of merrymakers,
  Nor did I exult.
  Because of Your hand [upon me] I sat balone,
  For You cfilled me with indignation.
  18 Why has my pain been perpetual
  And my awound incurable, refusing to be healed?
  Will You indeed be to me blike a deceptive [stream]
  With water that is unreliable?

[15] aJr 12:3 bJr 11:20 cPs 44:22; 69:7-9; Jr 20:8
[16] aEzk 3:3 bJb 23:12; Ps 119:103 cJr 14:9
[17] aPs 1:1; Jr 16:8; 2Co 6:17 bPs 102:7; Jr 13:17; Lm 3:28; Ezk 3:24, 25 cJr 6:11
[18] aJb 34:6; Jr 30:12, 15; Mi 1:9 bJb 6:15, 20; Jr 14:3

  19 ¶ Therefore, thus says the LORD,
  “aIf you return, then I will restore you—
  bBefore Me you will stand;
  And cif you extract the precious from the worthless,
  You will become IMy spokesman.
  They for their part may turn to you,
  But as for you, you must not turn to them.
  20 “Then I will amake you to this people
  A fortified wall of bronze;
  And though they fight against you,
  They will not prevail over you;
  For bI am with you to save you
  And deliver you,” declares the LORD.
  21 “So I will adeliver you from the hand of the wicked,
  And I will bredeem you from the Igrasp of the violent.”

[19] ILit as My mouth aJr 4:1; Zc 3:7 b1K 17:1; Jr 15:1; 35:19 cJr 6:29; Ezk 22:26; 44:23
[20] aJr 1:18, 19; Ezk 3:9 bPs 46:7; Is 41:10; Jr 1:8, 19; 15:15; 20:11
[21] ILit palm aPs 37:40; Is 49:25; Jr 20:13; 39:11, 12 bGn 48:16; Is 49:26; 60:16; Jr 31:11; 50:34


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The utter rejection and manifold judgments of the Jews.

1 ¶ Then said the LORD unto me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, [yet] my mind [could] not [be] toward this people: cast [them] out of my sight, and let them go forth. 2 And it shall come to pass, if they say unto thee, Whither shall we go forth? then thou shalt tell them, Thus saith the LORD; Such as [are] for death, to death; and such as [are] for the sword, to the sword; and such as [are] for the famine, to the famine; and such as [are] for the captivity, to the captivity. 3 And I will appoint over them four kinds, saith the LORD: the sword to slay, and the dogs to tear, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the earth, to devour and destroy. 4 And I will cause them to be removed into all kingdoms of the earth, because of Manasseh the son of Hezekiah king of Judah, for [that] which he did in Jerusalem. 5 For who shall have pity upon thee, O Jerusalem? or who shall bemoan thee? or who shall go aside to ask how thou doest? 6 Thou hast forsaken me, saith the LORD, thou art gone backward: therefore will I stretch out my hand against thee, and destroy thee; I am weary with repenting. 7 And I will fan them with a fan in the gates of the land; I will bereave [them] of children, I will destroy my people, [since] they return not from their ways. 8 Their widows are increased to me above the sand of the seas: I have brought upon them against the mother of the young men a spoiler at noonday: I have caused [him] to fall upon it suddenly, and terrors upon the city. 9 She that hath borne seven languisheth: she hath given up the ghost; her sun is gone down while [it was] yet day: she hath been ashamed and confounded: and the residue of them will I deliver to the sword before their enemies, saith the LORD.

[1] Gn 19:27; Ex 32:11; Nu 14:13; Jg 5:9; 1S 7:9; 12:23; 2K 17:20; Ps 99:6; 106:23; Pv 14:35; Jr 7:15, 16; 11:14; 14:11; 18:20; 23:39; 52:3; Ezk 14:14, 21; Zc 3:3; He 9:24.
[2] Is 24:18; Jr 14:12; 24:9; 43:11; Ezk 5:2, 12; 14:21; Dn 9:12; Am 5:19; Zc 11:9; Rv 6:3.
[3] Lv 26:16, 22, 25; Dt 28:26; 1K 21:23; 2K 9:35; Is 18:6; 56:9; Jr 7:33; Ezk 14:21; Rv 6:8; 19:17.
[4] Lv 26:33; Dt 28:25, 64; 2K 21:11; 23:26; 24:3; Jr 9:16; 24:9; 29:18; 34:17; Lm 1:8; Ezk 23:46.
[5] Ex 18:7; Jg 18:15; 1S 10:4; 17:22; 25:5; Jb 19:21; Ps 69:20; Is 51:19; Jr 16:5; 21:7; Lm 1:12; 2:15; Na 3:7.
[6] Ps 78:38; Is 1:4; 28:13; Jr 1:16; 2:13, 17, 19; 6:11; 7:24; 8:5; 20:9; Ezk 12:26; 14:9; 25:7; Ho 4:16; 11:7; 13:14; Am 7:3; Zp 1:4; Zc 7:11.
[7] Dt 28:18, 32, 41, 53; Ps 1:4; Is 9:13; 41:16; Jr 4:11; 5:3; 8:4; 9:21; 18:21; 51:2; Ezk 24:21, 25; Ho 9:12; Am 4:10; Zc 1:4; Mt 3:12.
[8] Is 3:25; 4:1; Jr 4:16; 5:6; 6:4; Lk 21:35.
[9] 1S 2:5; Is 47:9; Jr 15:2; 44:27; Lm 1:1; 4:10; Ezk 5:12; Am 8:9.

Jeremiah, complaining of their spite, receiveth a promise for himself,

10 ¶ Woe is me, my mother, that thou hast borne me a man of strife and a man of contention to the whole earth! I have neither lent on usury, nor men have lent to me on usury; [yet] every one of them doth curse me. 11 The LORD said, Verily it shall be well with thy remnant; verily I will cause the enemy to entreat thee [well] in the time of evil and in the time of affliction.

[10] Ex 22:25; Dt 23:19; 1K 18:17; 21:20; 22:8; Ne 5:1; Jb 3:1; Ps 15:5; 109:28; 120:5; Pv 26:2; Jr 1:18; 15:20; 20:7, 14; Ezk 2:6; 3:7; Mt 5:44; 10:21; 24:9; Lk 2:34; 6:22; Ac 16:20; 17:6; 19:8, 25; 28:22; 1Co 4:9.
[11] Ps 37:3; 106:46; Pv 16:7; 21:1; Ec 8:12; Jr 29:11; 39:11; 40:2.

and a threatening for them.

12 Shall iron break the northern iron and the steel? 13 Thy substance and thy treasures will I give to the spoil without price, and [that] for all thy sins, even in all thy borders. 14 And I will make [thee] to pass with thine enemies into a land [which] thou knowest not: for a fire is kindled in mine anger, [which] shall burn upon you.

[12] Jb 40:9; Is 45:9; Jr 1:18; 21:4; Hab 1:5.
[13] Ps 44:12; Is 52:3, 5; Jr 15:8; 17:3; 20:5.
[14] Lv 26:38; Dt 28:25, 36, 64; 29:23; 32:22; Ps 21:9; Is 42:25; 66:15; Jr 4:4; 14:18; 15:4; 16:13; 17:4; 52:27; Am 5:27; Na 1:5; He 12:29.

He prayeth,

15 ¶ O LORD, thou knowest: remember me, and visit me, and revenge me of my persecutors; take me not away in thy longsuffering: know that for thy sake I have suffered rebuke. 16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts. 17 I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of thy hand: for thou hast filled me with indignation. 18 Why is my pain perpetual, and my wound incurable, [which] refuseth to be healed? wilt thou be altogether unto me as a liar, [and as] waters [that] fail?

[15] Ne 5:19; 6:14; 13:22, 31; Jb 10:7; Ps 7:3; 17:3; 39:13; 69:7; 102:24; 106:4; 109:26; 119:84, 132; Is 38:3; Jr 11:18, 21; 12:3; 15:10; 17:16; 20:8, 12; Mt 5:10; 10:22; 19:29; Lk 6:22; 18:7; 21:17; Jn 21:15; Ro 8:35; 12:19; 2Co 5:11; 2Ti 4:14; 1P 4:14; Rv 6:10; 18:20.
[16] Jb 23:12; Ps 19:10; 119:72, 97, 101, 111; Jr 14:9; Ezk 3:1; Rv 10:9.
[17] Ps 1:1; 26:4; Jr 1:10; 6:11; 13:17; 20:8; Lm 3:28; Ezk 3:24; Dn 7:28; 2Co 6:17.
[18] Jb 6:15; 34:6; Ps 6:3; 13:1; Jr 1:18; 14:3, 19; 20:7; 30:12, 15; Lm 3:1; Mi 1:9.

and receiveth a gracious promise.

19 ¶ Therefore thus saith the LORD, If thou return, then will I bring thee again, [and] thou shalt stand before me: and if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth: let them return unto thee; but return not thou unto them. 20 And I will make thee unto this people a fenced brasen wall: and they shall fight against thee, but they shall not prevail against thee: for I [am] with thee to save thee and to deliver thee, saith the LORD. 21 And I will deliver thee out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem thee out of the hand of the terrible.

[19] Ex 4:12, 15; 6:29; Lv 10:10; 1K 17:1; Pv 22:29; Is 32:5; Jr 15:1, 10; 20:9; 38:20; Ezk 2:7; 3:10; 22:26; 44:23; Jna 3:2; Zc 3:7; Lk 1:19; 10:16; 12:12; 21:15, 36; Ac 20:27; 2Co 5:16; Ga 1:10; 2:5; He 5:14; Jde 1:24.
[20] Ps 46:7, 11; 124:1; 129:1; Is 7:14; 8:9; 41:10; Jr 1:18; 6:27; 20:11; Ezk 3:9; Ac 4:8, 29; 5:29; 18:9; Ro 8:31; 2Ti 4:16, 17, 22.
[21] Gn 48:16; Ps 27:2; 37:40; Is 25:3; 29:5, 20; 49:24; 54:17; Mt 6:13; Ro 16:20; 2Co 1:10.


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