The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah concerning the dearth.
Judah mourneth, and the gates thereof languish; they are black unto the ground; and
the cry of Jerusalem is gone up.
And their nobles have sent their little ones to the waters: they came to the pits,
and found no water; they returned with their vessels empty; they were ashamed and
confounded, and covered their heads.
Because the ground is chapt, for there was no rain in the earth, the plowmen were
ashamed, they covered their heads.
Yea, the hind also calved in the field, and forsook it, because there was no
And the wild asses did stand in the high places, they snuffed up the wind like
dragons; their eyes did fail, because there was no grass.
O LORD, though our iniquities testify against us, do thou it for thy name’s
sake: for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against thee.
O the hope of Israel, the saviour thereof in time of trouble, why shouldest thou be
as a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring man that turneth aside to tarry for a
Why shouldest thou be as a man astonied, as a mighty man that cannot save? yet
thou, O LORD, art in the midst of us, and we are called by thy name; leave us not.
Thus saith the LORD unto this people, Thus have they loved to wander, they have not
refrained their feet, therefore the LORD doth not accept them; he will now remember
their iniquity, and visit their sins.
Then said the LORD unto me, Pray not for this people for their good.
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.
Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, the prophets say unto them, Ye shall not see the
sword, neither shall ye have famine; but I will give you assured peace in this
Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not,
neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false
vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.
Therefore thus saith 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.
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, them, their
wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters: for I will pour their wickedness upon
Therefore thou shalt say this word unto them; Let mine eyes run down with tears
night and day, and let them not cease: for the virgin daughter of my people is broken
with a great breach, with a very grievous blow.
If I go forth into the field, then behold the slain with the sword! and if I enter
into the city, then behold them that are sick with famine! yea, both the prophet and
the priest go about into a land that they know not.
Hast thou utterly rejected Judah? hath thy soul lothed Zion? why hast thou smitten
us, and there is no healing for us? we looked for peace, and there is no good; and for
the time of healing, and behold trouble!
We acknowledge, O LORD, our wickedness, and the iniquity of our fathers: for we
have sinned against thee.
Do not abhor us, for thy name’s sake, do not disgrace the throne of thy
glory: remember, break not thy covenant with us.
Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? or can the
heavens give showers? art not thou he, O LORD our God? therefore we will wait upon
thee: for thou hast made all these things.