Sword, Famine, and Pestilence
1The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah concerning the droughts.
And #2 Kin. 25:3; Is. 3:26her gates languish;
They #Jer. 8:21mourn for the land,
And #1 Sam. 5:12; Jer. 11:11; 46:12; Zech. 7:13the cry of Jerusalem has gone up.
3Their nobles have sent their lads for water;
They went to the cisterns and found no water.
They returned with their vessels empty;
They were #Job 6:20; Ps. 40:14ashamed and confounded
#2 Sam. 15:30And covered their heads.
4Because the ground is parched,
For there was #Jer. 3:3; Ezek. 22:24no rain in the land,
The plowmen were ashamed;
They covered their heads.
5Yes, the deer also gave birth in the field,
But left because there was no grass.
6And #Job 39:5, 6; Jer. 2:24the wild donkeys stood in the desolate heights;
They sniffed at the wind like jackals;
Their eyes failed because there was no grass.”
7O Lord, though our iniquities testify against us,
Do it #Ps. 25:11; Jer. 14:21for Your name’s sake;
For our backslidings are many,
We have sinned against You.
8#Jer. 17:13O the Hope of Israel, his Savior in time of trouble,
Why should You be like a stranger in the land,
And like a traveler who turns aside to tarry for a night?
9Why should You be like a man astonished,
Like a mighty one #Is. 59:1who cannot save?
Yet You, O Lord, #Ex. 29:45; Lev. 26:11; Ps. 46:5; Jer. 8:19are in our midst,
And we are called by Your name;
Do not leave us!
10Thus says the Lord to this people:
#Jer. 2:23–25“Thus they have loved to wander;
They have not restrained their feet.
Therefore the Lord does not accept them;
#(Jer. 44:21–23); Hos. 8:13He will remember their iniquity now,
And punish their sins.”
11Then the Lord said to me, #Ex. 32:10; Jer. 7:16; 11:14“Do not pray for this people, for their good. 12#Prov. 1:28; (Is. 1:15; 58:3–6); Ezek. 8:18; Mic. 3:4; Zech. 7:13When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and #Jer. 6:20when they offer burnt offering and grain offering, I will not accept them. But #Jer. 9:16I will consume them by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence.”
13#Jer. 4:10Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, the prophets say to them, ‘You shall not see the sword, nor shall you have famine, but I will give you assured #Jer. 8:11; 23:17peace in this place.’ ”
14And the Lord said to me, #Jer. 27:10“The prophets prophesy lies in My name. #Jer. 29:8, 9I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the #Jer. 23:16; Ezek. 12:24deceit of their heart. 15Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who prophesy in My name, whom I did not send, #Jer. 5:12; Ezek. 14:10and who say, ‘Sword and famine shall not be in this land’—‘By sword and famine those prophets shall be consumed! 16And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; #Ps. 79:2, 3; Jer. 7:32; 15:2, 3they will have no one to bury them—them nor their wives, their sons nor their daughters—for I will pour their wickedness on them.’
17“Therefore you shall say this word to them:
#Jer. 9:1; 13:17; Lam. 1:16‘Let my eyes flow with tears night and day,
And let them not cease;
#Is. 37:22; Jer. 8:21; Lam. 1:15; 2:13For the virgin daughter of my people
Has been broken with a mighty stroke, with a very severe blow.
18If I go out to #Jer. 6:25; Lam. 1:20; Ezek. 7:15the field,
Then behold, those slain with the sword!
And if I enter the city,
Then behold, those sick from famine!
Yes, both prophet and #Jer. 23:11priest go about in a land they do not know.’ ”
The People Plead for Mercy
19#Jer. 6:30; 7:29; 12:7; Lam. 5:22Have You utterly rejected Judah?
Has Your soul loathed Zion?
Why have You stricken us so that #Jer. 15:18there is no healing for us?
#Job 30:26; Jer. 8:15; 1 Thess. 5:3We looked for peace, but there was no good;
And for the time of healing, and there was trouble.
20We acknowledge, O Lord, our wickedness
And the iniquity of our #Neh. 9:2; Ps. 32:5; Jer. 3:25fathers,
For #Ps. 106:6; Jer. 8:14; 14:7; Dan. 9:8we have sinned against You.
21Do not abhor us, for Your name’s sake;
Do not disgrace the throne of Your glory.
#Ps. 106:45Remember, do not break Your covenant with us.
22#Zech. 10:1Are there any among #Deut. 32:21the idols of the nations that can cause #1 Kin. 17:1; Jer. 5:24rain?
Or can the heavens give showers?
#Ps. 135:7Are You not He, O Lord our God?
Therefore we will wait for You,
Since You have made all these.