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Jeremiah 13 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Jeremiah’s Linen Loincloth
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:1 - This is what the LORD said to me: “Go and buy a linen loincloth and put it on, but do not wash it.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:2 - So I bought the loincloth as the LORD directed me, and I put it on.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:3 - Then the LORD gave me another message:
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:4 - “Take the linen loincloth you are wearing, and go to the Euphrates River.[fn] Hide it there in a hole in the rocks.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:5 - So I went and hid it by the Euphrates as the LORD had instructed me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:6 - A long time afterward the LORD said to me, “Go back to the Euphrates and get the loincloth I told you to hide there.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:7 - So I went to the Euphrates and dug it out of the hole where I had hidden it. But now it was rotting and falling apart. The loincloth was good for nothing.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:8 - Then I received this message from the LORD:
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:9 - “This is what the LORD says: This shows how I will rot away the pride of Judah and Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:10 - These wicked people refuse to listen to me. They stubbornly follow their own desires and worship other gods. Therefore, they will become like this loincloth—good for nothing!
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:11 - As a loincloth clings to a man’s waist, so I created Judah and Israel to cling to me, says the LORD. They were to be my people, my pride, my glory—an honor to my name. But they would not listen to me.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:12 - “So tell them, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: May all your jars be filled with wine.’ And they will reply, ‘Of course! Jars are made to be filled with wine!’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:13 - “Then tell them, ‘No, this is what the LORD means: I will fill everyone in this land with drunkenness—from the king sitting on David’s throne to the priests and the prophets, right down to the common people of Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:14 - I will smash them against each other, even parents against children, says the LORD. I will not let my pity or mercy or compassion keep me from destroying them.’”
A Warning against Pride
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:15 - Listen 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 it is too late.
Acknowledge him before he brings darkness upon you,
causing you to stumble and fall on the darkening mountains.
For then, when you look for light,
you will find only terrible darkness and gloom.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:17 - And if you still refuse to listen,
I will weep alone because of your pride.
My eyes will overflow with tears,
because the LORD’s flock will be led away into exile.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:18 - Say to the king and his mother,
“Come down from your thrones
and sit in the dust,
for your glorious crowns
will soon be snatched from your heads.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:19 - The towns of the Negev will close their gates,
and no one will be able to open them.
The people of Judah will be taken away as captives.
All will be carried into exile.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:20 - Open up your eyes and see
the armies marching down from the north!
Where is your flock—
your beautiful flock—
that he gave you to care for?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:21 - What will you say when the LORD takes the allies you have cultivated
and appoints them as your rulers?
Pangs of anguish will grip you,
like those of a woman in labor!
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:22 - You may ask yourself,
“Why is all this happening to me?”
It is because of your many sins!
That is why you have been stripped
and raped by invading armies.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:23 - Can an Ethiopian[fn] change the color of his skin?
Can a leopard take away its spots?
Neither can you start doing good,
for you have always done evil.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:24 - “I will scatter you like chaff
that is blown away by the desert winds.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:25 - This is your allotment,
the portion I have assigned to you,”
says the LORD,
“for you have forgotten me,
putting your trust in false gods.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:26 - I myself will strip you
and expose you to shame.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:27 - I have seen your adultery and lust,
and your disgusting idol worship out in the fields and on the hills.
What sorrow awaits you, Jerusalem!
How long before you are pure?”
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew Perath; also in 13:5, 6, 7.
Hebrew a Cushite.

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