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Jeremiah 14 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Judah’s Terrible Drought
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 14:1 - This message came to Jeremiah from the LORD, explaining why he was holding back the rain:
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 14:2 - “Judah wilts;
commerce at the city gates grinds to a halt.
All the people sit on the ground in mourning,
and a great cry rises from Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 14:3 - The nobles send servants to get water,
but all the wells are dry.
The servants return with empty pitchers,
confused and desperate,
covering their heads in grief.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 14:4 - The ground is parched
and cracked for lack of rain.
The farmers are deeply troubled;
they, too, cover their heads.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 14:5 - Even the doe abandons her newborn fawn
because there is no grass in the field.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 14:6 - The wild donkeys stand on the bare hills
panting like thirsty jackals.
They strain their eyes looking for grass,
but there is none to be found.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 14:7 - The people say, “Our wickedness has caught up with us, LORD,
but help us for the sake of your own reputation.
We have turned away from you
and sinned against you again and again.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 14:8 - O Hope of Israel, our Savior in times of trouble,
why are you like a stranger to us?
Why are you like a traveler passing through the land,
stopping only for the night?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 14:9 - Are you also confused?
Is our champion helpless to save us?
You are right here among us, LORD.
We are known as your people.
Please don’t abandon us now!”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 14:10 - So this is what the LORD says to his people:
“You love to wander far from me
and do not restrain yourselves.
Therefore, I will no longer accept you as my people.
Now I will remember all your wickedness
and will punish you for your sins.”
The LORD Forbids Jeremiah to Intercede
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 14:11 - Then the LORD said to me, “Do not pray for these people anymore.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 14:12 - When they fast, I will pay no attention. When they present their burnt offerings and grain offerings to me, I will not accept them. Instead, I will devour them with war, famine, and disease.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 14:13 - Then I said, “O Sovereign LORD, their prophets are telling them, ‘All is well—no war or famine will come. The LORD will surely send you peace.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 14:14 - Then the LORD said, “These prophets are telling lies in my name. I did not send them or tell them to speak. I did not give them any messages. They prophesy of visions and revelations they have never seen or heard. They speak foolishness made up in their own lying hearts.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 14:15 - Therefore, this is what the LORD says: I will punish these lying prophets, for they have spoken in my name even though I never sent them. They say that no war or famine will come, but they themselves will die by war and famine!
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 14:16 - As for the people to whom they prophesy—their bodies will be thrown out into the streets of Jerusalem, victims of famine and war. There will be no one left to bury them. Husbands, wives, sons, and daughters—all will be gone. For I will pour out their own wickedness on them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 14:17 - Now, Jeremiah, say this to them:
“Night and day my eyes overflow with tears.
I cannot stop weeping,
for my virgin daughter—my precious people—
has been struck down
and lies mortally wounded.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 14:18 - If I go out into the fields,
I see the bodies of people slaughtered by the enemy.
If I walk the city streets,
I see people who have died of starvation.
The prophets and priests continue with their work,
but they don’t know what they’re doing.”
A Prayer for Healing
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 14:19 - LORD, have you completely rejected Judah?
Do you really hate Jerusalem?[fn]
Why have you wounded us past all hope of healing?
We hoped for peace, but no peace came.
We hoped for a time of healing, but found only terror.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 14:20 - LORD, we confess our wickedness
and that of our ancestors, too.
We all have sinned against you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 14:21 - For the sake of your reputation, LORD, do not abandon us.
Do not disgrace your own glorious throne.
Please remember us,
and do not break your covenant with us.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 14:22 - Can any of the worthless foreign gods send us rain?
Does it fall from the sky by itself?
No, you are the one, O LORD our God!
Only you can do such things.
So we will wait for you to help us.
NLT Footnotes
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