Famine, Sword, and Pestilence
1The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah concerning #ch. 17:8the drought:
Lam. 1:4 “Judah mourns,
and #Isa. 3:26; [Lam. 2:8] her gates languish;
her people lament on the ground,
and #[1 Sam. 5:12]the cry of Jerusalem goes up.
3Her nobles send their servants for water;
they come to the cisterns;
they find no water;
they return with their vessels empty;
they are #Ps. 40:14 ashamed and confounded
and #[2 Sam. 15:30]cover their heads.
4Because of the ground that is dismayed,
since there is #ch. 3:3no rain on the land,
the farmers are ashamed;
they cover their heads.
5Even #Job 39:1; Ps. 29:9the doe in the field forsakes her newborn fawn
because there is no grass.
6 # ch. 2:24 The wild donkeys stand on the bare heights;
they pant for air like jackals;
their eyes fail
because there is no vegetation.
7“Though our iniquities testify against us,
act, O Lord, #ver. 21; Ps. 25:11 for your name’s sake;
# ch. 2:19 for our backslidings are many;
# ver. 20 we have sinned against you.
8 # ch. 17:13; 50:7; Ps. 71:5 O you hope of Israel,
its savior in time of trouble,
why should you be like a stranger in the land,
like a traveler who turns aside to tarry for a night?
9Why should you be like a man confused,
# [Isa. 59:1] like a mighty warrior who cannot save?
Yet #[Ex. 29:45] you, O Lord, are in the midst of us,
and #Dan. 9:18; [Eph. 3:15] we are called by your name;
do not leave us.”
10Thus says the Lord concerning this people:
“They have loved to wander thus;
they have not restrained their feet;
Hos. 8:13 therefore the Lord does not accept them;
now he will remember their iniquity
and punish their sins.”
11The Lord said to me: #See ch. 7:16“Do not pray for the welfare of this people. 12Though they fast, I will not hear their cry, #Prov. 1:28; Isa. 1:15; Ezek. 8:18; Mic. 3:4; See ch. 6:20 and though they offer burnt offering and grain offering, I will not accept them. But I will consume them #ch. 16:4; 24:10; 32:24; Ezek. 14:21by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence.”
13Then I said: “Ah, Lord God, behold, the prophets #[ch. 4:10; 6:14]say to them, ‘You shall not see the sword, nor shall you have famine, but I will give you assured peace in this place.’” 14And the Lord said to me: “The #See ch. 5:31 prophets are prophesying lies in my name. #ch. 23:21; 27:15; Deut. 18:20; [Matt. 7:15; Mark 13:22] I did not send them, nor did I command them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a lying vision, #Ezek. 13:6; [ch. 27:9; 29:8] worthless divination, and #ch. 23:26the deceit of their own minds. 15Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who prophesy in my name although #[See ver. 14 above] I did not send them, and who say, #[See ver. 12 above] ‘Sword and famine shall not come upon this land’: #[ch. 23:34]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, victims of famine and sword, #Ps. 79:3with none to bury them—them, their wives, their sons, and their daughters. For I will pour out their evil upon them.
17“You shall say to them this word:
# See ch. 13:17 ‘Let my eyes run down with tears night and day,
and let them not cease,
for the virgin #See ch. 8:21 daughter of my people is shattered with a great wound,
# ch. 10:19; 30:12 with a very grievous blow.
Ezek. 7:15 If I go out into the field,
behold, those pierced by the sword!
Ezek. 7:15 And if I enter the city,
behold, the diseases of famine!
# [ch. 5:31] For both prophet and priest ply their trade through the land
and have no knowledge.’”
Lam. 5:22 Have you utterly rejected Judah?
Does your soul loathe Zion?
Why have you struck us down
# [ch. 15:18] so that there is no healing for us?
# ch. 8:15 We looked for peace, but no good came;
# ch. 8:15 for a time of healing, but behold, terror.
20 # [Ps. 106:6; Dan. 9:5, 8] We acknowledge our wickedness, O Lord,
and the iniquity of our fathers,
# [Ps. 106:6; Dan. 9:5, 8] for we have sinned against you.
21Do not spurn us, #ver. 7 for your name’s sake;
do not dishonor your glorious throne;
Lev. 26:42; Ps. 106:45 remember and do not break your covenant with us.
22Are there any among #ch. 10:15; [Deut. 32:21] the false gods of the nations #Job 28:26; 38:26, 28; Zech. 10:1, 2 that can bring rain?
Or can the heavens give showers?
Are you not he, O Lord our God?
We set our hope on you,
Job 12:9; Isa. 66:2 for you do all these things.