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Symbol of the Linen Sash

13 Thus the Lord said to me: “Go and get yourself a linen sash, and put it [a]around your waist, but do not put it in water.” So I got a [b]sash according to the word of the Lord, and put it around my waist.

And the word of the Lord came to me the second time, saying, “Take the [c]sash that you acquired, which is [d]around your waist, and arise, go to the [e]Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole in the rock.” So I went and hid it by the Euphrates, as the Lord commanded me.

Now it came to pass after many days that the Lord said to me, “Arise, go to the Euphrates, and take from there the sash which I commanded you to hide there.” Then I went to the Euphrates and dug, and I took the [f]sash from the place where I had hidden it; and there was the sash, ruined. It was profitable for nothing.

Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Thus says the Lord: ‘In this manner (A)I will ruin the pride of Judah and the great (B)pride of Jerusalem. 10 This evil people, who (C)refuse to hear My words, who (D)follow[g] the dictates of their hearts, and walk after other gods to serve them and worship them, shall be just like this sash which is profitable for nothing. 11 For as the sash clings to the waist of a man, so I have caused the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah to cling to Me,’ says the Lord, ‘that (E)they may become My people, (F)for renown, for praise, and for (G)glory; but they would (H)not hear.’

Symbol of the Wine Bottles

12 “Therefore you shall speak to them this word: ‘Thus says the Lord God of Israel: “Every bottle shall be filled with wine.” ’

“And they will say to you, ‘Do we not certainly know that every bottle will be filled with wine?’

13 “Then you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Behold, I will fill all the inhabitants of this land—even the kings who sit on David’s throne, the priests, the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem—(I)with drunkenness! 14 And (J)I will dash them [h]one against another, even the fathers and the sons together,” says the Lord. “I will not pity nor spare nor have mercy, but will destroy them.” ’ ”

Pride Precedes Captivity

15 Hear and give ear:
Do not be proud,
For the Lord has spoken.
16 (K)Give glory to the Lord your God
Before He causes (L)darkness,
And before your feet stumble
On the dark mountains,
And while you are (M)looking for light,
He turns it into (N)the shadow of death
And makes it dense darkness.
17 But if you will not hear it,
My soul will (O)weep in secret for your pride;
My eyes will weep bitterly
And run down with tears,
Because the Lord’s flock has been taken captive.

18 Say to (P)the king and to the queen mother,
“Humble yourselves;
Sit down,
For your rule shall collapse, the crown of your glory.”
19 The cities of the South shall be shut up,
And no one 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 see
Those who come from the (Q)north.
Where is the flock that was given to you,
Your beautiful sheep?
21 What will you say when He punishes you?
For you have taught them
To be chieftains, to be head over you.
Will not (R)pangs seize you,
Like a woman in [i]labor?
22 And if you say in your heart,
(S)“Why have these things come upon me?”
For the greatness of your iniquity
(T)Your skirts have been uncovered,
Your heels [j]made bare.
23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots?
Then may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil.

24 “Therefore I will (U)scatter them (V)like stubble
That passes away by the wind of the wilderness.
25 (W)This is your lot,
The portion of your measures from Me,” says the Lord,
“Because you have forgotten Me
And trusted in (X)falsehood.
26 Therefore (Y)I will uncover your skirts over your face,
That your shame may appear.
27 I have seen your adulteries
And your lustful (Z)neighings,
The lewdness of your harlotry,
Your abominations (AA)on the hills in the fields.
Woe to you, O Jerusalem!
Will you still not be made clean?”

Sword, Famine, and Pestilence

14 The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah concerning the droughts.

“Judah mourns,
And (AB)her gates languish;
They (AC)mourn for the land,
And (AD)the cry of Jerusalem has gone up.
Their nobles have sent their lads for water;
They went to the cisterns and found no water.
They returned with their vessels empty;
They were (AE)ashamed and confounded
(AF)And covered their heads.
Because the ground is parched,
For there was (AG)no rain in the land,
The plowmen were ashamed;
They covered their heads.
Yes, the deer also gave birth in the field,
But [k]left because there was no grass.
And (AH)the wild donkeys stood in the desolate heights;
They sniffed at the wind like jackals;
Their eyes failed because there was no grass.”

O Lord, though our iniquities testify against us,
Do it (AI)for Your name’s sake;
For our backslidings are many,
We have sinned against You.
(AJ)O the Hope of Israel, his Savior in time of trouble,
Why should You be like a stranger in the land,
And like a traveler who turns aside to tarry for a night?
Why should You be like a man astonished,
Like a mighty one (AK)who cannot save?
Yet You, O Lord, (AL)are in our midst,
And we are called by Your name;
Do not leave us!

10 Thus says the Lord to this people:

(AM)“Thus they have loved to wander;
They have not restrained their feet.
Therefore the Lord does not accept them;
(AN)He will remember their iniquity now,
And punish their sins.”

11 Then the Lord said to me, (AO)“Do not pray for this people, for their good. 12 (AP)When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and (AQ)when they offer burnt offering and grain offering, I will not accept them. But (AR)I will consume them by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence.”

13 (AS)Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, the prophets say to them, ‘You shall not see the sword, nor shall you have famine, but I will give you [l]assured (AT)peace in this place.’ ”

14 And the Lord said to me, (AU)“The prophets prophesy lies in My name. (AV)I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, [m]divination, a worthless thing, and the (AW)deceit of their heart. 15 Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who prophesy in My name, whom I did not send, (AX)and who say, ‘Sword and famine shall not be in this land’—‘By sword and famine those prophets shall 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; (AY)they will have no one to bury them—them nor their wives, their sons nor their daughters—for I will pour their wickedness on them.’

17 “Therefore you shall say this word to them:

(AZ)‘Let my eyes flow with tears night and day,
And let them not cease;
(BA)For the virgin daughter of my people
Has been broken with a mighty stroke, with a very severe blow.
18 If I go out to (BB)the field,
Then behold, those slain with the sword!
And if I enter the city,
Then behold, those sick from famine!
Yes, both prophet and (BC)priest go about in a land they do not know.’ ”

The People Plead for Mercy

19 (BD)Have You utterly rejected Judah?
Has Your soul loathed Zion?
Why have You stricken us so that (BE)there is no healing for us?
(BF)We looked for peace, but there was no good;
And for the time of healing, and there was trouble.
20 We acknowledge, O Lord, our wickedness
And the iniquity of our (BG)fathers,
For (BH)we have sinned against You.
21 Do not abhor us, for Your name’s sake;
Do not disgrace the throne of Your glory.
(BI)Remember, do not break Your covenant with us.
22 (BJ)Are there any among (BK)the idols of the nations that can cause (BL)rain?
Or can the heavens give showers?
(BM)Are You not He, O Lord our God?
Therefore we will wait for You,
Since You have made all these.

Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 13:1 Lit. upon your loins
  2. Jeremiah 13:2 waistband
  3. Jeremiah 13:4 waistband
  4. Jeremiah 13:4 Lit. upon your loins
  5. Jeremiah 13:4 Heb. Perath
  6. Jeremiah 13:7 waistband
  7. Jeremiah 13:10 walk in the stubbornness or imagination
  8. Jeremiah 13:14 Lit. a man against his brother
  9. Jeremiah 13:21 childbirth
  10. Jeremiah 13:22 Lit. suffer violence
  11. Jeremiah 14:5 abandoned her young
  12. Jeremiah 14:13 true
  13. Jeremiah 14:14 Telling the future by signs and omens

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