Jeremiah 10-13 Contemporary English Version (CEV)
The Lord Talks about Idols
10 The Lord said:
Listen to me,
5 An idol is no better
Jeremiah Praises the Lord
6 Our Lord, great and powerful,
10 You, Lord, are the only true
11 You told me to say
12 With your wisdom and power
14 People who make idols
16 But you, Israel’s God,
Judah Will Be Thrown from Its Land
17 I said to the people of Judah,
19 The people answered,
21 But I told them,
22 “Sounds of destruction
23 I know, Lord, that we humans
Judah Has Broken the Lord’s Agreement
11 1-3 The Lord God told me to say to the people of Judah and Jerusalem:
I, the Lord, am warning you that I will put a curse on anyone who doesn’t keep the agreement I made with Israel. So pay attention to what it says. 4 My commands haven’t changed since I brought your ancestors out of Egypt, a nation that seemed like a blazing furnace where iron ore is melted. I told your ancestors that if they obeyed my commands, I would be their God, and they would be my people. 5 Then I did what I had promised and gave them this wonderful land, where you now live.
“Yes, Lord,” I replied, “that’s true.”
6 Then the Lord told me to say to everyone on the streets of Jerusalem and in the towns of Judah:
Pay attention to the commands in my agreement with you. 7 Ever since I brought your ancestors out of Egypt, I have been telling your people to obey me. But you and your ancestors 8 have always been stubborn. You have refused to listen, and instead you have done whatever your sinful hearts have desired.
You have not kept the agreement we made, so I will make you suffer every curse that goes with it.
9 The Lord said to me:
Jeremiah, the people of Judah and Jerusalem are plotting against me. 10 They have sinned in the same way their ancestors did, by turning from me and worshiping other gods. The northern kingdom of Israel broke the agreement I made with your ancestors, and now the southern kingdom of Judah[c] has done the same.
11 Here is what I’ve decided to do. I will bring suffering on the people of Judah and Jerusalem, and no one will escape. They will beg me to help, but I won’t listen to their prayers. 12-13 Then they will offer sacrifices to their other gods and ask them for help. After all, the people of Judah have more gods than towns, and more altars for Baal than there are streets in Jerusalem. But those gods won’t be able to rescue the people of Judah from disaster.
14 Jeremiah, don’t pray for these people or beg me to rescue them. If you do, I won’t listen, and I certainly won’t listen if they pray!
15 Then the Lord told me to say to the people of Judah:
You are my chosen people,
17 I am the Lord All-Powerful. You people of Judah were like a tree that I had planted, but you have made me angry by offering sacrifices to Baal, just as the northern kingdom did. And now I’m going to pull you up by the roots.
The Plot To Kill Jeremiah
18 Some people plotted to kill me.
21 Then the Lord said:
Jeremiah, some men from Anathoth[e] say they will kill you, if you keep on speaking for me. 22 But I will punish them. Their young men will die in battle, and their children will starve to death. 23 And when I am finished, no one from their families will be left alive.
Jeremiah Complains to the Lord
12 Whenever I complain
3 But you know, Lord,
4 How long will the ground be dry
The Lord Answers Jeremiah
5 Jeremiah, if you get tired
The Lord Is Furious with His People
7 I loved my people and chose them
9 My people are like a hawk
12 A destroying army
13 My people, you planted wheat,
The Lord Will Have Pity on Other Nations
14 The Lord said:
I gave this land to my people Israel, but enemies around it have attacked and robbed it. So I will uproot them from their own countries just as I will uproot Judah from its land. 15 But later, I will have pity on these nations and bring them back to their own lands. 16 They once taught my people to worship Baal. But if they admit I am the only true God, and if they let my people teach them how to worship me, these nations will also become my people. 17 However, if they don’t listen to me, I will uproot them from their lands and completely destroy them. I, the Lord, have spoken.
Jeremiah’s Linen Shorts
13 The Lord told me, “Go and buy a pair of linen shorts. Wear them for a while, but don’t wash them.” 2 So I bought a pair of shorts and put them on.
3 Then the Lord said, 4 “Take off the shorts. Go to Parah[h] and hide the shorts in a crack between some large rocks.” 5 And that’s what I did.
6 Some time later the Lord said, “Go back and get the shorts.” 7 I went back and dug the shorts out of their hiding place, but the cloth had rotted, and the shorts were ruined.
8 Then the Lord said:
9 Jeremiah, I will use Babylonia to[i] destroy the pride of the people of Judah and Jerusalem. 10 The people of Judah are evil and stubborn. So instead of listening to me, they do whatever they want and even worship other gods. When I am finished with these people, they will be good for nothing, just like this pair of shorts. 11 These shorts were tight around your waist, and that’s how tightly I held onto the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. I wanted them to be my people. I wanted to make them famous, so that other nations would praise and honor me, but they refused to obey me.
The Lord said:
12 Jeremiah, tell the people of Judah, “The Lord God of Israel orders you to fill your wine jars with wine.”
They will answer, “Of course we fill our wine jars with wine! Why are you telling us something we already know?”
13 Then say to them:
I am the Lord, and what I’m going to do will make everyone in Judah and Jerusalem appear to be full of wine. And the worst ones will be the kings of David’s family and the priests and the prophets. 14 Then I will smash them against each other like jars. I will have no pity on the young or the old, and they will all be destroyed. I, the Lord, have spoken.
The People of Judah Will Be Taken Away
15 People of Judah,
18 The Lord told me to tell you
Look north, and you will see
22 Do you know why
24 I will scatter you,
You rejected me
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