Jeremiah 13Names of God Bible (NOG)
Jeremiah’s Linen Belt
13 This is what Yahweh said to me: “Buy a linen belt. Put it around your waist. Don’t let it get wet.” 2 So I bought the belt, as Yahweh had told me, and put it around my waist.
3 Yahweh spoke his word to me again. He said, 4 “Take the belt that you bought, the one you’re wearing. Go to the Euphrates River, and bury it there in a crack in the rocks.” 5 So I went and buried it by the Euphrates, as Yahweh had told me.
6 After many days Yahweh said to me, “Go to the Euphrates, and get the belt from where I told you to bury it.” 7 So I went back to the Euphrates and dug it up. I got the belt from where I had buried it. Now the belt was ruined. It was good for nothing.
8 Then Yahweh spoke his word to me. He said, 9 “This is what Yahweh says: This is how I will destroy Judah’s arrogance and Jerusalem’s extreme arrogance. 10 These wicked people refuse to listen to me. They go their own stubborn ways and follow other gods in order to serve them and worship them. They are like this good-for-nothing belt. 11 As a belt clings to a person’s waist, so I have made the entire nation of Israel and the entire nation of Judah cling to me,” declares Yahweh. “I did this so that they would be my people and bring fame, praise, and honor to me. However, they wouldn’t listen.
12 “Give this message to them, ‘This is what Yahweh Elohim of Israel says: Every bottle will be filled with wine.’ Then they will say to you, ‘We know that every bottle will be filled with wine.’ 13 Say to them, ‘This is what Yahweh says: I’m going to make everyone who lives in this land drunk. The kings who sit on David’s throne, the priests, the prophets, and all those who live in Jerusalem will become drunk. 14 Then I will smash them like bottles against each other. I will smash parents and children together, declares Yahweh. I will have no pity, mercy, or compassion when I destroy them.’”
15 Listen, and pay attention!