The Message about the Drought
14 1 That which came as the word of the Lord to Jeremiah in regard to the drought : 2 "Judah mourns And her gates languish ; They sit on the ground in mourning , And the cry of Jerusalem has ascended . 3 "Their nobles have sent their servants for water ; They have come to the cisterns and found no water . They have returned with their vessels empty ; They have been put to shame and humiliated , And they cover their heads . 4 "Because the ground is cracked , For there has been no rain on the land ; The farmers 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 no grass . 6 "The wild donkeys stand on the bare heights ; They pant for air like jackals , Their eyes fail For there is no vegetation . 7 "Although our iniquities testify against us, O Lord , act for Your name's sake ! Truly our apostasies have been many , We have sinned against You. 8 "O Hope of Israel , Its Savior in time 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 cannot e save ? Yet You are in our midst , O Lord , And we are called by Your name ; Do not forsake us!"
10 Thus says the Lord to this people , "Even so they have loved to wander ; they have not kept their feet in check . Therefore the Lord does not accept them; now He will remember their iniquity and call their sins to account ." 11 So the Lord said to me, " Do not pray for the welfare of this people . 12 "When they fast , I am not going to listen to their cry ; and when they offer burnt offering and grain offering , I am not going to accept them. Rather I am going to make an end of them by the sword , famine and pestilence ." 13 But, "Ah , Lord GOD !" I said , "Look , the prophets are telling them, 'You will not see the sword nor will you have famine , but I will give you lasting peace in this place .' " 14 Then the Lord said to me, "The prophets are prophesying falsehood in My name . I have neither sent them nor commanded them nor spoken to them; they are prophesying to you a false vision , divination , futility and the deception of their own minds . 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 '- by sword and famine those prophets shall meet their end ! 16 "The people also to whom they are prophesying will be thrown out into the streets of Jerusalem because e of the famine and the sword ; and there will be no one to bury them-neither them, nor their wives , nor their sons , nor their daughters -for I will pour out their own wickedness on them.
17 "You will say this word to them, ' Let my eyes flow down with tears night and day , And let them not cease ; For the virgin daughter of my people has been crushed with a mighty blow , With a sorely infected wound . 18 'If I go out to the country , Behold , those slain with the sword ! Or if I enter the city , Behold , diseases of famine ! For both prophet and priest Have gone roving about in the land that they do not know .' " 19 Have You completely rejected Judah ? Or have You loathed Zion ? Why have You stricken us so that we are beyond healing ? We waited for peace , but nothing good came; And for a time of healing , but behold , terror ! 20 We know our wickedness , O Lord , The iniquity of our fathers , for we have sinned against You. 21 Do not despise us, for Your own name's sake ; Do not disgrace the throne of Your glory ; Remember and do not annul Your covenant with us. 22 Are there any among the idols of the nations who give rain ? Or can the heavens grant showers ? Is it not You, O Lord our God ? Therefore we hope in You, For You are the one who has done all these things .