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The Lord Will Not Relent
1#1Sa 7:9; Ps 99:6Then the Lord said to me: Even though Moses and Samuel were to stand before Me, yet My heart would not be with this people. Cast them out of My sight and let them go! 2#Jer 14:12; 43:11It shall come to pass if they say to you, “Where should we go?” then you shall tell them: Thus says the Lord:
Those destined for death, to death;
and those destined for the sword, to the sword;
and those destined for the famine, to the famine;
and those destined for the captivity, to the captivity.
3#Lev 26:16; 26:22I will appoint over them four kinds of disaster, says the Lord: the sword to slay, the dogs to tear, the birds of the heaven, the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy. 4#Jer 24:9; 29:18I will cause them to be removed into all kingdoms of the earth, because of Manasseh the son of Hezekiah king of Judah, for that which he did in Jerusalem.
5#Isa 51:19; Na 3:7 For who shall have pity on you, OJerusalem?
Or who shall bemoan you?
Or who shall go aside to ask how you are doing?
6#Jer 7:24; Zep 1:4 You who have forsaken Me, says the Lord,
you keep going backward.
Therefore I will stretch out My hand against you and destroy you.
I am weary of relenting!
7#Isa 9:13; Jer 18:21 I will winnow them with a winnowing fork
in the gates of the land;
I will bereave them of children. I will destroy My people,
since they did not repent from their ways.
8#Isa 3:25–4:1 Their widows will increase before Me
more than the sand of the seas;
I will bring against them, against the mother of a young man,
a destroyer at noonday;
I will suddenly bring down on her
sorrow and terrors.
9#1Sa 2:5; Isa 47:9 She who has borne seven sons languishes;
she has given up the spirit;
her sun has gone down while it was yet day;
she has been ashamed and humiliated.
And the rest of them I will deliver to the sword
before their enemies,
says the Lord.
Jeremiah’s Sorrow
10#Ex 22:25; Ps 15:5 Woe is me, my mother, that you have borne me
as a man of strife and a man of contention to the whole earth!
I have not lent with usury, nor have men lent to me on usury,
yet every one of them curses me!
11The Lord said:
Truly I will set you free for good purposes.
Truly I will cause the enemy to entreat you
in the time of evil and in the time of affliction.
12Can anyone break the northern iron
or the bronze?
13#Ps 44:12; Jer 17:3 Your wealth and your treasures
I will give to the destroyer without price,
and that for all your sins,
even within all your borders.
14#Dt 32:22; Jer 16:13 I will make you to pass with your enemies
into a land which you do not know;
for a fire is kindled in My anger,
which shall burn upon you.
15#Jer 12:3; Ps 69:7–9 O Lord, You who know, remember me,
and take notice of me,
and take vengeance on my persecutors.
Because of your longsuffering, do not take me away.
Know that for Your sake I have suffered rebuke.
16#Jer 14:9; Job 23:12 Your words were found and I ate them.
And Your word became to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart,
for I am called by Your name,
O Lord God of Hosts.
17#Ps 1:1; La 3:28 I did not sit in the assembly of mockers,
nor did I rejoice;
I sat alone because of Your hand,
for You have filled me with indignation.
18#Jer 30:15; Job 34:6 Why is my pain perpetual
and my wound incurable, which refuses to be healed?
Shall You be altogether to me as a deceptive stream
and as waters that fail?
The Lord Reassures Jeremiah
19#Jer 15:1; Zec 3:7Therefore thus says the Lord:
If you return, then I will bring you back,
and you shall stand before Me;
and if you take out the precious from the worthless,
you will be My spokesman.
Let them return to you,
but do not return to them.
20#Jer 1:18–19; Ps 46:7 I will make you to this people
a fortified bronze wall;
and they shall fight against you,
but they shall not prevail against you;
for I am with you
to save you and to deliver you,
says the Lord.
21#Ge 48:16; Ps 37:40 I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked,
and I will redeem you out of the hand of the violent.