Jeremiah 14 ©

1 A grievous dearth. 7 The prophet's prayer. 10 God will not be entreated for the people. 13 Both the lying prophets, and the people who believe them, shall perish. 17 Jeremiah is commanded to bewail their calamities.


THE aword of the LORD that came to Jeremiah concerning the 1dearth.


bJudah mourneth, and cthe gates thereof languish; they are black unto the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up.

c La. 1.4.

And their nobles have sent their little ones to the waters: they dcame to the 2pits, and found no water; they returned with their vessels empty; ethey were ashamed and confounded, and fcovered their heads.


Because gthe ground is *chapt, for hthere was no rain in the earth, ithe plowmen were ashamed, they covered their heads.

h ch. 3.3.

Yea, jthe hind also calved in the field, and forsook it, because there was no grass.


And kthe wild asses did stand in the high places, they snuffed up the wind like *dragons; ltheir eyes did fail, because there was no grass.


¶O mLORD, though our iniquities ntestify against us, odo thou it for thy name's sake: for pour backslidings are many; we have sinned against thee.


O qthe hope of Israel, rthe saviour thereof in time of trouble, swhy shouldest thou be as a stranger in the land, and tas a wayfaring man that turneth aside to tarry for a night?


uWhy shouldest thou be as a man *astonied, as a mighty man that cannot save? yet thou, O LORD, art vin the midst of us, and 3we are called by thy name; wleave us not.


¶Thus saith the LORD unto this people, xThus have they loved to wander, they have not refrained their feet, ytherefore the LORD doth not accept them; zhe will now remember their iniquity, and visit their sins.


Then said the LORD unto me, aPray not for this people for their good.


bWhen they fast, I will not hear their cry; and cwhen they offer burnt offering and an *oblation, I will not accept them: but dI will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence.


¶Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! ebehold, the prophets say unto them, Ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye have famine; but I will give you assured 4peace in this place.


Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets fprophesy lies in my name: gI sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and h*divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.


Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, iyet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land; jBy sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed.


And the people to whom they prophesy kshall 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 ltheir wickedness upon them.


¶Therefore thou shalt say this word unto them; mLet mine eyes run down with tears night and day, and let them not cease: for nthe virgin daughter of my people ois broken with a great breach, with a very grievous blow.


If pI 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 5go about into a land that they know not.


qHast thou utterly rejected Judah? hath thy soul lothed Zion? why hast thou smitten us, and there is rno healing for us? swe looked for peace, and there is no good; and for the time of healing, and behold trouble!


We tacknowledge, O LORD, our wickedness, and the iniquity of our fathers: for uwe have sinned against thee.


vDo not abhor us, for thy name's sake, do not disgrace the throne of thy glory: wremember, break not thy covenant with us.


Are there any among the xvanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? art ynot thou he, O LORD our God? therefore we will wait upon thee: for thou hast made all these things.