|Jeremiah 15 |
1 Then says the Lord to me, "Even if Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my mind could not be inclined to this people. Cast them out of my sight, and let them go forth.
2 And it shall come to pass, if they say to you, 'Where shall we go forth?' Then you shall tell them, 'Thus says the Lord; Such as are for death, to death; and such as are for the sword, to the sword; and such as are for the famine, to the famine; and such as are for the captivity, to the captivity.'
3 And I will appoint over them four kinds," says the Lord: "the sword to slay, and the dogs to tear, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the earth, to devour and destroy.
4 And I will cause them to be removed into all kingdoms of the earth, because of Manasseh, the son of Hezekiah king of Judah, did in Jerusalem.
5 For who shall have pity upon you, O Jerusalem? Or who shall bemoan you? Or who shall go aside to ask how you are?
6 You have forsaken me," says the Lord. "You have gone backward; therefore will I stretch out my hand against you, and destroy you. I am weary with reversing my anger.
7 And I will winnow them with a fan and winnowing fork in the gates of the land; I will bereave them of children, I will destroy my people since they do not turn from their ways.
8 Their widows are increased in number to me above the sand of the seas, I have brought upon them at noonday a spoiler against the mother of the young men. I have caused him to fall upon them suddenly with terrors upon the city.
9 She that has borne seven languishes. She has given up the ghost. Her sun is gone down while it was yet day. She has been ashamed and confounded; and I will deliver the residue of them to the sword before their enemies," says the Lord.
10 Woe is me, my mother, that you have borne me a man of strife and a man of contention to the whole earth! I have neither lent on usury, nor men have lent to me on usury. Yet everyone of them curses me.
11 The LORD said, "Truly it shall be well with your remnant. Truly I will cause the enemy to entreat you well in the time of evil and in the time of affliction.
12 Shall iron break the northern iron and the bronze?
13 Your substance and your treasures I will give to the spoil without price, and that for all your sins, even in all your borders.
14 And I will make you to pass with your enemies into a land that you do not know for a fire is kindled in my anger, which shall burn upon you."
15 O LORD, you know; remember me, and visit me, and revenge me of my persecutors; take me not away in your longsuffering. Know that for your sake I have suffered rebuke.
16 Your words were found, and I ate them. Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart for I am called by your name, O LORD God of hosts.
17 I did not sit in the assembly of the mockers, nor did I rejoice. I sat alone because of your hand [on me] for you have filled me with indignation.
18 Why is my pain perpetual, and my wound incurable, which refuses to be healed? Will you be to me deceitful, as waters that fail?
19 Therefore thus says the Lord, "If you return, then will I bring you again, and you shall stand before me; and if you separate the precious from the vile, you shall be as my mouth. Let them return to you; but do not return to them.
20 And I will make you to this people as a fenced, bronzed wall. They shall fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you for I am with you to save you and to deliver you," says the Lord.
21 "And I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem you out of the hand of the terrible."
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