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Jeremiah 13 :: New International Version (NIV)

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A Linen Belt

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:1 - This is what the LORD said to me: “Go and buy a linen belt and put it around your waist, but do not let it touch water.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:2 - So I bought a belt, as the LORD directed, and put it around my waist.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:3 - Then the word of the LORD came to me a second time:
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:4 - “Take the belt you bought and are wearing around your waist, and go now to Perath[fn] and hide it there in a crevice in the rocks.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:5 - So I went and hid it at Perath, as the LORD told me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:6 - Many days later the LORD said to me, “Go now to Perath and get the belt I told you to hide there.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:7 - So I went to Perath and dug up the belt and took it from the place where I had hidden it, but now it was ruined and completely useless.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:8 - Then the word of the LORD came to me:
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:9 - “This is what the LORD says: ‘In the same way I will ruin the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:10 - These wicked people, who refuse to listen to my words, who follow the stubbornness of their hearts and go after other gods to serve and worship them, will be like this belt—completely useless!
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:11 - For as a belt is bound around the waist, so I bound all the people of Israel and all the people of Judah to me,’ declares the LORD, ‘to be my people for my renown and praise and honor. But they have not listened.’


Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:12 - “Say to them: ‘This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Every wineskin should be filled with wine.’ And if they say to you, ‘Don’t we know that every wineskin should be filled with wine?’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:13 - then tell them, ‘This is what the LORD says: I am going to fill with drunkenness all who live in this land, including the kings who sit on David’s throne, the priests, the prophets and all those living in Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:14 - I will smash them one against the other, parents and children alike, declares the LORD. I will allow no pity or mercy or compassion to keep me from destroying them.’ ”

Threat of Captivity

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:15 - Hear and pay attention, do not be arrogant, for the LORD has spoken.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:16 - Give glory to the LORD your God before he brings the darkness, before your feet stumble on the darkening hills. You hope for light, but he will turn it to utter darkness and change it to deep gloom.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:17 - If you do not listen, I will weep in secret because of your pride; my eyes will weep bitterly, overflowing with tears, because the LORD’s flock will be taken captive.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:18 - Say to the king and to the queen mother, “Come down from your thrones, for your glorious crowns will fall from your heads.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:19 - The cities in the Negev will be shut up, and there will be no one to open them. All Judah will be carried into exile, carried completely away.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:20 - Look up and see those who are coming from the north. Where is the flock that was entrusted to you, the sheep of which you boasted?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:21 - What will you say when the LORD sets over you those you cultivated as your special allies? Will not pain grip you like that of a woman in labor?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:22 - And if you ask yourself, “Why has this happened to me?”— it is because of your many sins that your skirts have been torn off and your body mistreated.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:23 - Can an Ethiopian[fn] change his skin or a leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:24 - “I will scatter you like chaff driven by the desert wind.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:25 - This is your lot, the portion I have decreed for you,”

declares the LORD,

“because you have forgotten me and trusted in false gods.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:26 - I will pull up your skirts over your face that your shame may be seen—
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:27 - your adulteries and lustful neighings, your shameless prostitution! I have seen your detestable acts on the hills and in the fields. Woe to you, Jerusalem! How long will you be unclean?”
NIV Footnotes
Or possibly to the Euphrates; similarly in verses 5-7
Hebrew Cushite (probably a person from the upper Nile region)

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