12 When they fast, I am (A)not going to listen to their cry; and when they offer (B)burnt offering and grain offering, I am not going to accept them. Rather I am going to (C)make an end of them by the (D)sword, famine and pestilence.”

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And it shall be that when they say to you, ‘Where should we go?’ then you are to tell them, ‘Thus says the Lord:

“Those destined (A)for death, to death;
And those destined for the sword, to the sword;
And those destined for famine, to famine;
And those destined for captivity, to captivity.”’

I will (B)appoint over them four kinds of doom,” declares the Lord: “the sword to slay, the (C)dogs to drag off, and the (D)birds of the sky and the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy. I will (E)make them an object of horror among all the kingdoms of the earth because of (F)Manasseh, the son of Hezekiah, the king of Judah, for what he did in Jerusalem.

“Indeed, who will have (G)pity on you, O Jerusalem,
Or who will (H)mourn for you,
Or who will turn aside to ask about your welfare?
“You who have (I)forsaken Me,” declares the Lord,
“You keep (J)going backward.
So I will (K)stretch out My hand against you and destroy you;
I am (L)tired of relenting!
“I will (M)winnow them with a winnowing fork
At the gates of the land;
I will (N)bereave them of children, I will destroy My people;
(O)They did not [a]repent of their ways.
“Their (P)widows will be more numerous before Me
Than the sand of the seas;
I will bring against them, against the mother of a young man,
A (Q)destroyer at noonday;
I will suddenly bring down on her
Anguish and dismay.
“She who (R)bore seven sons pines away;
[b]Her breathing is labored.
Her (S)sun has set while it was yet day;
She has been (T)shamed and humiliated.
So I will (U)give over their survivors to the sword
Before their enemies,” declares the Lord.

10 (V)Woe to me, my mother, that you have borne me
As a (W)man of strife and a man of contention to all the land!
I have not (X)lent, nor have men lent money to me,
Yet everyone curses me.
11 The Lord said, “Surely I will (Y)set you free for purposes of good;
Surely I will cause the (Z)enemy to make supplication to you
In a time of disaster and a time of distress.

12 “Can anyone smash iron,
(AA)Iron from the north, or bronze?
13 “Your (AB)wealth and your treasures
I will give for booty (AC)without cost,
Even for all your sins
And within all your borders.
14 “Then I will cause your enemies to bring [c]it
Into a (AD)land you do not know;
For a (AE)fire has been kindled in My anger,
It will burn upon you.”

Jeremiah’s Prayer and God’s Answer

15 (AF)You who know, O Lord,
Remember me, take notice of me,
And (AG)take vengeance for me on my persecutors.
Do not, in view of Your patience, take me away;
Know that (AH)for Your sake I endure reproach.
16 Your words were found and I (AI)ate them,
And Your (AJ)words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart;
For I have been (AK)called by Your name,
O Lord God of hosts.
17 I (AL)did not sit in the circle of merrymakers,
Nor did I exult.
Because of Your hand upon me I sat (AM)alone,
For You (AN)filled me with indignation.
18 Why has my pain been perpetual
And my (AO)wound incurable, refusing to be healed?
Will You indeed be to me (AP)like a deceptive stream
With water that is unreliable?

19 Therefore, thus says the Lord,
(AQ)If you return, then I will restore you—
(AR)Before Me you will stand;
And (AS)if you extract the precious from the worthless,
You will become [d]My spokesman.
They for their part may turn to you,
But as for you, you must not turn to them.
20 “Then I will (AT)make you to this people
A fortified wall of bronze;
And though they fight against you,
They will not prevail over you;
For (AU)I am with you to save you
And deliver you,” declares the Lord.
21 “So I will (AV)deliver you from the hand of the wicked,
And I will (AW)redeem you from the [e]grasp of the violent.”

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 15:7 Lit turn back from
  2. Jeremiah 15:9 Or She has breathed out her soul
  3. Jeremiah 15:14 I.e. your possessions
  4. Jeremiah 15:19 Lit as My mouth
  5. Jeremiah 15:21 Lit palm

10 I will send the (A)sword, the famine and the pestilence upon them until they are destroyed from the land which I gave to them and their forefathers.’”

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17 thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Behold, I am sending upon them the (A)sword, famine and pestilence, and I will make them like (B)split-open figs that cannot be eaten due to rottenness. 18 I will pursue them with the sword, with famine and with pestilence; and I will (C)make them a terror to all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a (D)curse and a horror and a (E)hissing, and a reproach among all the nations where I have driven them, 19 because they have (F)not listened to My words,’ declares the Lord, ‘which I sent to them again and again by (G)My servants the prophets; but you did not listen,’ declares the Lord. 20 You, therefore, hear the word of the Lord, all you exiles, whom I have (H)sent away from Jerusalem to Babylon.

21 “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, concerning Ahab the son of Kolaiah and concerning Zedekiah the son of Maaseiah, who are (I)prophesying to you falsely in My name, ‘Behold, I will deliver them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he will slay them before your eyes. 22 Because of them a (J)curse will be [a]used by all the exiles from Judah who are in Babylon, saying, “May the Lord make you like Zedekiah and like Ahab, whom the king of Babylon (K)roasted in the fire, 23 because they have (L)acted foolishly in Israel, and (M)have committed adultery with their neighbors’ wives and have (N)spoken words in My name falsely, which I did not command them; and I am He who (O)knows and am a witness,” declares the Lord.’”

24 To (P)Shemaiah the Nehelamite you shall speak, saying, 25 “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Because you have sent (Q)letters in your own name to all the people who are in Jerusalem, and to (R)Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah, the priest, and to all the priests, saying, 26 “The Lord has made you priest instead of Jehoiada the priest, to be the [b](S)overseer in the house of the Lord over every (T)madman who (U)prophesies, to (V)put him in the stocks and in the iron collar, 27 now then, why have you not rebuked Jeremiah of (W)Anathoth who prophesies to you? 28 For he has (X)sent to us in Babylon, saying, ‘The exile will be (Y)long; (Z)build houses and live in them and plant gardens and eat their [c]produce.’”’”

29 (AA)Zephaniah the priest read this letter [d]to Jeremiah the prophet. 30 Then came the word of the Lord to Jeremiah, saying, 31 “Send to (AB)all the exiles, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord concerning (AC)Shemaiah the Nehelamite, “Because Shemaiah has (AD)prophesied to you, although I did not send him, and he has (AE)made you trust in a lie,” 32 therefore thus says the Lord, “Behold, I am about to (AF)punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite and his [e]descendants; he will (AG)not have anyone living among this people, (AH)and he will not see the good that I am about to do to My people,” declares the Lord, “because he has [f](AI)preached rebellion against the Lord.”’”

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 29:22 Lit taken
  2. Jeremiah 29:26 Lit overseers
  3. Jeremiah 29:28 Lit fruit
  4. Jeremiah 29:29 Lit in the ears of
  5. Jeremiah 29:32 Lit seed
  6. Jeremiah 29:32 Lit spoken

12 One third of you will die by (A)plague or be consumed by famine among you, one third will fall by the sword around you, and one third I will (B)scatter to every wind, and I will (C)unsheathe a sword behind them.

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17 Moreover, (A)I will send on you famine and wild beasts, and they will bereave you of children; (B)plague and bloodshed also will pass through you, and I will bring the sword on you. I, the Lord, have spoken.’”

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21 For thus says the Lord God, “How much more when (A)I send My four [a]severe judgments against Jerusalem: sword, famine, wild beasts and plague to cut off man and beast from it!

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Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 14:21 Lit evil

“I will (A)abandon you to the wilderness, you and all the fish of your [a]rivers;
You will fall on the [b]open field; you will not be brought together or [c](B)gathered.
I have given you for (C)food to the beasts of the earth and to the birds of the sky.

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Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 29:5 Or Nile
  2. Ezekiel 29:5 Lit faces of the field
  3. Ezekiel 29:5 Or with several mss and Targum, buried

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