Jeremiah 12:1-14:10 Contemporary English Version (CEV)
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[c] 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[d] 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
The Land Dries Up
14 When there had been no rain for a long time, the Lord told me to say to the people:
2 Judah and Jerusalem weep
4 There has been no rain,
5 A deer gives birth in a field,
The Lord’s People Pray
7 Our terrible sins may demand
The Lord’s Answer
10 My people,
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