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14 I will have your enemies take you as slaves to a land where you have never been before, for my anger burns like fire, and it shall consume you.

15 Then Jeremiah replied, “Lord, you know it is for your sake that I am suffering. They are persecuting me because I have proclaimed your word to them. Don’t let them kill me! Rescue me from their clutches, and give them what they deserve! 16 Your words are what sustain me; they are food to my hungry soul. They bring joy to my sorrowing heart and delight me. How proud I am to bear your name, O Lord.

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14 I will enslave you to your enemies
    in[a] a land you do not know,(A)
for my anger will kindle a fire(B)
    that will burn against you.”

15 Lord, you understand;
    remember me and care for me.
    Avenge me on my persecutors.(C)
You are long-suffering(D)—do not take me away;
    think of how I suffer reproach for your sake.(E)
16 When your words came, I ate(F) them;
    they were my joy and my heart’s delight,(G)
for I bear your name,(H)
    Lord God Almighty.

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 15:14 Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint and Syriac (see also 17:4); most Hebrew manuscripts I will cause your enemies to bring you / into