|Jeremiah 14 |
1 This is the word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah concerning the droughts.
2 "Judah mourns, and the gates of it languish; they are black to the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem has gone up.
3 Their nobles have sent their little ones to the waters. They went to the cisterns and found no water; they returned with their vessels empty; they were ashamed and confounded, and covered their heads.
4 Because the ground is cracked, for there was no rain in the earth, the plowmen were ashamed, they covered their heads.
5 Yes, the doe also calved in the field, and abandoned it, because there was no grass.
6 And the wild asses stood in the high places and panted for air like jackals; their eyes failed because there was no grass."
7 O LORD, though our iniquities testify against us, do for us because of your name's sake, though our backslidings are many, and we have sinned against you.
8 O the hope of Israel, the saviour of it in time of trouble, why should you be as a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring man that turns aside to stay only for a night?
9 Why should you be as a man astonished as a mighty man who cannot save? You, O LORD, are still in the midst of us, and we are called by your name; do not leave us.
10 Thus says the Lord to this people, "Thus have they loved to wander, they have not refrained their feet, therefore the LORD does not accept them; he will now remember their iniquity, and visit [in judgment] their sins."
11 Then says the Lord to me, "Do not pray for this people and for their good.
12 When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and an oblation, I will not accept them; but I will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence."
13 Then I said, "Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, the prophets say to them, 'You shall not see the sword, neither shall you have famine; but I will give you assured peace in this place.'"
14 Then the LORD said to me, "The prophets prophesy lies in my name. I did not send them, neither have I commanded them, nor spoken to them.1 They prophesy to you a false vision and divination, worthless from the deceit of their heart.
15 Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, yet they say, 'Sword and famine shall not be in this land.' By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed.
16 And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; and they shall have none to bury them: themselves, not their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters for I will pour their wickedness upon them.
17 Therefore you shall say this word to them; 'Let my eyes run down with tears night and day, and let them not cease for the virgin daughter of my people has been inflicted with a great wound and with a very grievous blow.
18 If I go forth into the field, then behold the slain with the sword! And if I enter into the city, then behold those who are sick with famine!' Yes, both the prophet and the priest wander in a land where they have no understanding."
19 Have you utterly rejected Judah? Has your soul loathed Zion? Why have you smitten us, and there is no healing for us? We looked for peace, but there is no good; and we looked for the time of healing, and have only trouble!
20 We acknowledge, O LORD, our wickedness, and the iniquity of our fathers for we have sinned against you.
21 Do not abhor us, for your name's sake, do not disgrace the throne of your glory. Remember, do not break your covenant with us.
22 Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? Or can the heavens give showers? Are not you the one, O LORD our God? Therefore we will wait upon you for you have made all these things.
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1 The prophets prophesy lies in my name. I did not send them, neither have I commanded them, nor spoken to them. Many people believe that to prophesy is to predict the future, but to prophesy is: to preach; to instruct in religious doctrines; to interpret or explain Scripture or religious subjects; to exhort. 1 Cor 14:1-3. So your preachers, who have not been sent by God, who have not been commanded by God, who have not been spoken to by God, are false prophets. Hear what the Lord says about preachers who have not been sent, who preach for money:
He who says to the wicked, 'You are righteous;' him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him; Pro 24:24. (Telling those still sinning they are saved.)
Preaching for a salary is the error of Balaam, which is spiritual adultery, loving wages and profit — both Peter and Jude had some very grave things to say about those who solicit donations or preach for a salary: Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah. They have a heart trained in covetous practices, and are accursed children — for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness.
You make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within are full of extortion and excess.
You are blind, first cleanse the inside of the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
You are like whitewashed tombs, outwardly beautiful, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.
So you also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. Mat 23:25-28
blackest darkness is reserved for those promising freedom to those just beginning to escape from sin. 2 Pet 2:15-18, Jude 1:11-13.
I will bring, upon them an everlasting reproach and perpetual shame that shall never be forgotten, Jer 23:40.
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