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Jeremiah 15 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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The LORD’s Negative Response
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Then the LORD said to me: “Even if Moses and Samuel should stand before me, my compassions would not reach out to these people. Send them from my presence, and let them go.

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“If they ask you, ‘Where will we go? ’ tell them: This is what the LORD says:

Those destined for death, to death;

those destined for the sword, to the sword.

Those destined for famine, to famine;

those destined for captivity, to captivity.

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“I will ordain four kinds[fn] of judgment for them” ​— ​this is the LORD’s declaration ​— ​“the sword to kill, the dogs to drag away, and the birds of the sky and the wild animals of the land to devour and destroy.

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“I will make them a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth because of Manasseh son of Hezekiah, the king of Judah, for what he did in Jerusalem.

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“Who will have pity on you, Jerusalem?

Who will show sympathy toward you?

Who will turn aside

to ask about your well-being?

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“You have left me.”

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 of showing compassion.

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“I 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.

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“I made their widows more numerous

than the sand of the seas.

I brought a destroyer at noon

against the mother of young men.

I suddenly released on her

agitation and terrors.

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“The mother of seven grew faint;

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
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Woe is me, my mother,

that you gave birth to me,

a man who incites dispute and conflict

in all the land.

I did not lend or borrow,

yet everyone curses me.

The LORD’s Response
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The 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?[fn]

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Can anyone smash iron,

iron from the north, or bronze?

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I will give up your wealth

and your treasures as plunder,

without cost, for all your sins

in all your borders.

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Then I will make you serve your enemies[fn]

in a land you do not know,

for my anger will kindle a fire

that will burn against you.

Jeremiah’s Prayer for Vengeance
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You know, LORD;

remember me and take note of me.

Avenge me against my persecutors.

In your patience,[fn] don’t take me away.

Know that I suffer disgrace for your honor.

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Your words were found, and I ate them.

Your words became a delight to me

and the joy of my heart,

for I bear your name,

LORD God of Armies.

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I never sat with the band of revelers,

and I did not celebrate with them.

Because your hand was on me, I sat alone,

for you filled me with indignation.

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Why has my pain become unending,

my wound incurable,

refusing to be healed?

You truly have become like a mirage to me —

water that is not reliable.

Jeremiah Told to Repent
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Therefore, 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.

It is they who must return to you;

you must not return to them.

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Then 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.

This is the LORD’s declaration.

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I will rescue you from the power of evil people

and redeem you from the grasp of the ruthless.

CSB Footnotes
Lit families
Hb obscure
Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr, Tg; other Hb mss read you pass through
Lit In the slowness of your anger

Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers.

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