Jeremiah 15
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The People of Judah Will Die

1 The Lord said to me:

Even if Moses and Samuel were here, praying with you, I wouldn't change my mind. So send the people of Judah away. 2 And when they ask where they are going, tell them that I, the Lord, have said:

Some of you are going to die

of horrible diseases.

Others are going to die in war

or from starvation.

The rest will be led away

to a foreign country.

3I will punish you

in four different ways:

You will be killed in war

and your bodies dragged off

by dogs,

your flesh will be eaten by birds,

and your bones will be chewed on

by wild animals.

4 This punishment will happen

because of the horrible things+

your King Manasseh+ did.

And you will be disgusting

to all nations on earth.

5People of Jerusalem,

who will feel sorry for you?

Will anyone bother

to ask if you are well?

6My people, you abandoned me

and walked away.

I am tired of showing mercy;

that's why I'll destroy you

7by scattering you like straw

blown by the wind.

I will punish you with sorrow

and death,

because you refuse

to change your ways.

8There will be more widows

in Judah

than grains of sand on a beach.

A surprise attack at noon!

And the mothers in Jerusalem

mourn for their children.

9A mother is in deep despair

and struggles for breath.

Her daylight has turned

to darkness—

she has suffered the loss

of her seven sons.

I will kill anyone who survives.

I, the Lord, have spoken.

Jeremiah Complains

10I wish I had never been born!

I'm always in trouble

with everyone in Judah.

I never lend or borrow money,

but everyone curses me

just the same.

11Then the Lord replied,

“I promise to protect you,

and when disaster comes,

even your enemies

will beg you for help.”+

The Enemy Cannot Be Defeated

The Lord told me to say:

12People of Judah,

just as you can't break iron

mixed with bronze,

you can't defeat the enemies

that will attack

from the north.

13I will give them

everything you own,

because you have sinned

everywhere in your country.

14My anger is a fire

that cannot be put out,+

so I will make you slaves

of your enemies

in a foreign land.+

Jeremiah Complains Again

15You can see how I suffer

insult after insult,

all because of you, Lord.

Don't be so patient

with my enemies;

take revenge on them

before they kill me.

16When you spoke to me,

I was glad to obey,

because I belong to you,

the Lord All-Powerful.

17I don't go to parties

and have a good time.

Instead, I keep to myself,

because you have filled me

with your anger.

18I am badly injured

and in constant pain.

Are you going to disappoint me,

like a stream that goes dry

in the heat of summer?

The Lord Replies

19Then the Lord told me:

Stop talking like a fool!

If you turn back to me

and speak my message,

I will let you be my prophet

once again.

I hope the people of Judah

will accept what you say.

But you can ignore their threats,

* 20because I am making you strong,

like a bronze wall.

They are evil and violent,

but when they attack,

21I will be there to rescue you.

I, the Lord, have spoken.


15.4 the horrible things: See 2 Kings 21.1-16.
15.4 Manasseh: Hebrew “Manasseh son of Hezekiah”; he ruled 687–642 b.c.
15.11 help: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 11.
15.14 that cannot be put out: Some Hebrew manuscripts; most Hebrew manuscripts “against you.”
15.14 I will make … land: Many Hebrew manuscripts; most Hebrew manuscripts “I will make your enemies go through to a land you don't know about.”

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