Drought, Famine, Sword
14:1 The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah
concerning the dearth.
14:2 Judah mourneth, and the gates thereof languish; they
are black unto the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone
14:3 And their nobles have sent their little ones to the
waters: they came to the pits, and found no water; they
returned with their vessels empty; they were ashamed and
confounded, and covered their heads.
14:4 Because the ground is chapt, for there was no rain in
the earth, the plowmen were ashamed, they covered their
14:5 Yea, the hind also calved in the field, and forsook
it, because there was no grass.
14:6 And the wild asses did stand in the high places, they
snuffed up the wind like dragons; their eyes did fail,
because there was no grass.
14:7 O LORD, though our iniquities testify against us, do
thou it for thy name's sake: for our backslidings are many;
we have sinned against thee.
14:8 O the hope of Israel, the saviour thereof in time of
trouble, why shouldest thou be as a stranger in the land,
and as a wayfaring man that turneth aside to tarry for a
14:9 Why shouldest thou be as a man astonied, as a mighty
man that cannot save? yet thou, O LORD, art in the midst of
us, and we are called by thy name; leave us not.
14:10 Thus saith the LORD unto this people, Thus have they
loved to wander, they have not refrained their feet,
therefore the LORD doth not accept them; he will now
remember their iniquity, and visit their sins.
14:11 Then said the LORD unto me, Pray not for this people
for their good.
14:12 When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when
they offer burnt offering and an oblation, I will not accept
them: but I will consume them by the sword, and by the
famine, and by the pestilence.
14:13 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, the prophets say
unto them, Ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye have
famine; but I will give you assured peace in this place.
14:14 Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy
lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded
them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a
false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the
deceit of their heart.
14:15 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets
that prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, yet they say,
Sword and famine shall not be in this land; By sword and
famine shall those prophets be consumed.
14:16 And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast
out in the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and
the sword; and they shall have none to bury them, them,
their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters: for I will
pour their wickedness upon them.
14:17 Therefore thou shalt say this word unto them; Let
mine eyes run down with tears night and day, and let them
not cease: for the virgin daughter of my people is broken
with a great breach, with a very grievous blow.
14:18 If I go forth into the field, then behold the slain
with the sword! and if I enter into the city, then behold
them that are sick with famine! yea, both the prophet and
the priest go about into a land that they know not.
14:19 Hast thou utterly rejected Judah? hath thy soul
lothed Zion? why hast thou smitten us, and there is no
healing for us? we looked for peace, and there is no good;
and for the time of healing, and behold trouble!
14:20 We acknowledge, O LORD, our wickedness, and the
iniquity of our fathers: for we have sinned against thee.
14:21 Do not abhor us, for thy name's sake, do not disgrace
the throne of thy glory: remember, break not thy covenant
14:22 Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that
can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? art not
thou he, O LORD our God? therefore we will wait upon thee:
for thou hast made all these things.