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The Lord’s Negative Response
1Then the Lord said to me: “Even if#Ps 99:6; Ezk 14:14 Moses and#Ex 32:11-14; Ps 106:23 Samuel should#1Sm 7:9; 12:23 stand before me,#Jr 15:19; 35:19 my compassions would not reach out to these people. Send them from my presence, and let them go.#Ex 6:1; 8:2; 9:2; 10:27; Jr 50:33 2If they ask you, ‘Where will we go? ’ tell them: This is what the Lord says:
Those destined for death,#Jr 14:12; 43:11; Ezk 5:12; Zch 11:9 to death;
those destined for the sword, to the sword.
Those destined for famine, to famine;
those destined for captivity, to captivity.
3“I will ordain four kinds#15:3 Lit families of judgment for them” — this is the Lord’s declaration — “the sword to kill, the dogs to drag away,#Jr 22:19; 49:20—50:45 and the birds of the sky and the wild animals of the land#Is 18:6; Jr 7:33; 19:7 to devour and destroy. 4I will make them a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth because of Manasseh#2Kg 21:1-18; 2Ch 33:1-20 son of Hezekiah, the king of Judah, for what he did in Jerusalem.
5Who will have pity on you, Jerusalem?#Lm 1:1-2; Am 5:2
Who will show sympathy toward you?#Is 51:19; Nah 3:7
Who will turn aside
to ask about your well-being?
6You have left me.”#Dt 32:15
This is the Lord’s declaration.
“You have turned your back,
so I have stretched out my hand against you
and destroyed you.
I am tired#Is 1:14; 7:13; Jr 6:11; 20:9 of showing compassion.
7I scattered them with a winnowing fork
at the city gates of the land.
I made them childless; I destroyed my people.
They would not turn from their ways.#Jdg 2:19; 2Kg 17:13; 2Ch 7:14; Neh 9:35; Jr 18:11; 25:5; 35:15
8I made their widows more numerous
than the sand of the seas.#Gn 22:17; 32:12; 41:49
I brought a destroyer at noon
against the mother of young men.
I suddenly released on her
agitation and terrors.
9The mother of seven grew faint;#Ru 4:15; 1Sm 2:5; Jb 42:13
she breathed her last breath.
Her sun set while it was still day;
she was ashamed and humiliated.
The rest of them I will give over to the sword
in the presence of their enemies.”
This is the Lord’s declaration.
Jeremiah’s Complaint
10Woe is me, my mother,
that you gave birth to me,#Jb 3:1-10
a man who incites dispute and conflict
in all the land.
I did not lend or borrow,
yet everyone curses me.#Is 53:3
The Lord’s Response
11The Lord said:
Haven’t I set you loose for your good?
Haven’t I punished you
in a time of trouble,
in a time of distress with the enemy?#15:11 Hb obscure
12Can anyone smash iron,
iron from the north, or bronze?
13I will give up your wealth
and your treasures as plunder,
without cost,#Ps 44:12; Is 52:3 for all your sins
in all your borders.
14Then I will make you serve your enemies#15:14 Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr, Tg; other Hb mss read you pass through
in a land you do not know,
for my anger will kindle a fire
that will burn against you.#Dt 32:22; Jr 17:3-4; Ezk 32:9
Jeremiah’s Prayer for Vengeance
15You know,#Jr 12:3 Lord;
remember me and take note of me.#Jdg 16:28; Neh 5:19; 13:14,22,31; Ps 106:4; Lk 23:42
Avenge me against my persecutors.#Jr 11:20
In your patience,#15:15 Lit In the slowness of your anger don’t take me away.
Know that I suffer disgrace for your honor.#Ps 69:7-9
16Your words were found, and I ate them.#Ezk 3:3
Your words became a delight to me
and the joy of my heart,
for I bear your name,#Jr 14:9
Lord God of Armies.
17I never sat with the band of revelers,
and I did not celebrate with them.
Because your hand was on me, I sat alone,#2Kg 3:15; Ps 102:7; Is 8:11; Lm 3:28
for you filled me with indignation.
18Why has my pain become unending,
my wound incurable,#Jr 19:8; 30:12,14,17
refusing to be healed?
You truly have become like a mirage to me —
water that is not reliable.
Jeremiah Told to Repent
19Therefore, this is what the Lord says:
If you return, I will take you back;
you will stand in my presence.
And if you speak noble words,
rather than worthless ones,
you will be my spokesman.#Ex 4:16
It is they who must return to you;
you must not return to them.
20Then I will make you a fortified wall of bronze
to this people.
They will fight against you
but will not overcome you,
for I am with you
to save you and rescue you.#Jr 1:8,19; 30:11; 42:11
This is the Lord’s declaration.
21I will rescue you from the power of evil people
and redeem you from the grasp of the ruthless.