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Jeremiah chapter 13

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This is what the LORD said to me: "Go and buy yourself linen underwear and put it on, but don't get it wet."
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So I bought underwear as the LORD instructed me and put it on.
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Then the word of the LORD came to me a second time:
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"Take the underwear that you bought and are wearing, and go at once to the Euphrates River and hide it in a rocky crevice."
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So I went and hid it by the Euphrates, as the LORD commanded me.
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A long time later the LORD said to me, "Go at once to the Euphrates and get the underwear that I commanded you to hide there."
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So I went to the Euphrates and dug up the underwear and got it from the place where I had hidden it, but it was ruined-- of no use whatsoever.
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Then the word of the LORD came to me:
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"This is what the LORD says: Just like this I will ruin the great pride of both Judah and Jerusalem.
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These evil people, who refuse to listen to Me, who walk in the stubbornness of their own hearts, and who have followed other gods to serve and worship-- they will be like this underwear, of no use whatsoever.
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Just as underwear clings to one's waist, so I fastened the whole house of Israel and of Judah to Me"-- [this is the LORD's declaration]-- "so that they might be My people for My fame, praise, and glory, but they would not obey.
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"Say this to them: This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Every jar should be filled with wine. Then they will respond to you: Don't we know that every jar should be filled with wine?
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And you will say to them, This is what the LORD says: I am about to fill all who live in this land-- the kings who reign for David on his throne, the priests, the prophets and all the residents of Jerusalem-- with drunkenness.
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I will smash them against each other, fathers and sons alike"-- the LORD's declaration. "I will allow no mercy, pity, or compassion [to keep Me] from destroying them."
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Listen and pay attention. Do not be proud, for the LORD has spoken.
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Give glory to the LORD your God before He brings darkness, before your feet stumble on the mountains at dusk. You wait for light, but He brings darkest gloom and makes thick darkness.
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But if you will not listen, my innermost being will weep in secret because of your pride. My eyes will overflow with tears, for the LORD's flock has been taken captive.
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Say to the king and the queen mother: Take a humble seat, for your glorious crowns have fallen from your heads.
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The cities of the Negev are under siege; no one can help [them]. All of Judah has been taken into exile, taken completely into exile.
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Look up and see those coming from the north. Where is the flock entrusted to you, the sheep [that were] your pride?
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What will you say when He appoints close friends as leaders over you, ones you yourself trained? Won't labor pains seize you, as [they do] a woman in labor?
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And when you ask yourself: Why have these things happened to me?-- it is because of your great guilt that your skirts have been stripped off, your body ravished.
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Can the Cushite change his skin, or a leopard his spots? If so, you might be able to do what is good, you who are instructed in evil.
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I will scatter you like drifting chaff before the desert wind.
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This is your lot, what I have decreed for you-- [this is] the LORD's declaration-- because you have forgotten Me and trusted in Falsehood.
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I will pull your skirts up over your face so that your shame might be seen.
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Your adulteries and your [lustful] neighings, your heinous prostitution on the hills, in the fields-- I have seen your detestable acts. Woe to you, Jerusalem! You are unclean-- for how long yet?

Jeremiah chapter 14

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The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah concerning the drought:
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Judah mourns; her gates languish. [Her people] are on the ground in mourning; Jerusalem's cry rises up.
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Their nobles send their servants for water. They go to the cisterns; they find no water; their containers return empty. They are ashamed and humiliated; they cover their heads.
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The ground is cracked since no rain [has fallen] on the land. The farmers are ashamed; they cover their heads.
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Even the doe in the field gives birth and abandons [her fawn] since there is no grass.
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Wild donkeys stand on the barren heights panting for air like jackals. Their eyes fail because there are no green plants.
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Though our guilt testifies against us, LORD, act for Your name's sake. Indeed, our rebellions are many; we have sinned against You.
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Hope of Israel, its Savior in time of distress, why are You like an alien in the land, like a traveler stopping only for the night?
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Why are You like a helpless man, like a warrior unable to save? Yet You are among us, LORD, and we are called by Your name. Don't leave us!
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This is what the LORD says concerning these people: Truly they love to wander; they never rest their feet. So the LORD does not accept them. Now He will remember their guilt and punish their sins.
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Then the LORD said to me, "Do not pray for the well-being of these people.
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If they fast, I will not hear their cry of despair. If they offer burnt offering and grain offering, I will not accept them. Rather, I will finish them off by sword, famine, and plague."
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And I replied, "Oh no, Lord God! The prophets are telling them, 'You won't see sword or suffer famine. I will certainly give you true peace in this place.'"
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But the LORD said to me, "These prophets are prophesying a lie in My name. I did not send them, nor did I command them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a false vision, worthless divination, the deceit of their own minds.
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"Therefore, this is what the LORD says concerning the prophets who prophesy in My name, though I did not send them, and who say: There will never be sword or famine in this land: By sword and famine these prophets will meet their end.
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The people they are prophesying to will be thrown into the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword. There will be no one to bury them-- they, their wives, their sons, and their daughters. I will pour out their own evil on them."
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You are to speak this word to them: Let my eyes overflow with tears; day and night may [they] not stop, for the virgin daughter of my people has been destroyed by a great disaster, an extremely severe wound.
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If I go out to the field, look-- those slain by the sword! If I enter the city, look-- those ill from famine! For both prophet and priest travel to a land they do not know.
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Have You completely rejected Judah? Do You detest Zion? Why do You strike us with no hope of healing for us? We hoped for peace, but there was nothing good; for a time of healing, but there was only terror.
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We acknowledge our wickedness, LORD, the guilt of our fathers; indeed, we have sinned against You.
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Because of Your name, don't despise [us]. Don't disdain Your glorious throne. Remember Your covenant with us; do not break it.
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Can any of the worthless idols of the nations bring rain? Or can the skies alone give showers? Are You not the LORD our God? We therefore put our hope in You, for You have done all these things.

Jeremiah chapter 15

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Then the LORD said to me: "Even if Moses and Samuel should stand before Me, My compassions would not [reach out] to these people. Send them from My presence, and let them go.
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If they ask you: Where will we go? you must tell them: This is what the LORD says: Those [destined] for death, to death; those [destined] for the sword, to the sword. Those [destined] for famine, to famine; those [destined] for captivity, to captivity.
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"I will ordain four kinds [of judgment] for them"-- [this is] the LORD's declaration-- "the sword to kill, the dogs to drag away, and the birds of the sky and the wild animals of the land to devour and destroy.
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I will make them a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth because of Manasseh son of Hezekiah, the king of Judah, for what he did in Jerusalem.
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Who will have pity on you, Jerusalem? Who will show sympathy toward you? Who will turn aside to ask about your welfare?
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You have left Me. [This is] the LORD's declaration. You have turned your back, so I have stretched out My hand against you and destroyed you. I am tired of showing compassion.
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I scattered them with a winnowing fork at the gates of the land. I made [them] childless; I destroyed My people. They would not turn from their ways.
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I made their widows more numerous than the sand of the seas. I brought against the mother of young men a destroyer at noon. I suddenly released on her agitation and terrors.
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The mother of seven grew faint; she breathed her [last] breath. Her sun set while it was still day; she was ashamed and humiliated. The rest of them I will give over to the sword in the presence of their enemies." [This is] the LORD's declaration.
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Woe is me, my mother, that you gave birth to me, a man who incites dispute and conflict in all the land. I did not lend or borrow, yet everyone curses me.
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The LORD said: Assuredly, I will set you free and care for you. Assuredly, I will intercede for you in a time of trouble, in your time of distress, with the enemy.
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Can anyone smash iron, iron from the north, or bronze?
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Your wealth and your treasures I will give as plunder, without cost, for all your sins, and within all your borders.
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Then I will make you serve your enemies in a land you do not know, for My anger will kindle a fire that will burn against you.
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You know, LORD; remember me and take note of me. Avenge me against my persecutors. In Your patience, don't take me away. Know that I suffer disgrace for Your honor.
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Your words were found, and I ate them. Your words became a delight to me and the joy of my heart, for I am called by Your name, LORD God of Hosts.
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I never sat with the band of revelers, and I did not celebrate [with them]. Because Your hand was [on me], I sat alone, for You filled me with indignation.
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Why has my pain become unending, my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? You truly have become like a mirage to me-- water that is not reliable.
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Therefore, this is what the LORD says: If you return, I will restore you; you will stand in My presence. And if you speak noble [words], rather than worthless ones, you will be My spokesman. It is they who must return to you; you must not return to them.
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Then I will make you a fortified wall of bronze to this people. They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you to save you and deliver you. [This is] the LORD's declaration.
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I will deliver you from the power of evil people and redeem you from the control of the ruthless.