Famine, Sword, and Pestilence
The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah concerning y the drought:
z "Judah mourns,
and a her gates languish;
her people lament on the ground,
and b the cry of Jerusalem goes up.
Her nobles send their servants for water;
they come to the cisterns;
they find no water;
they return with their vessels empty;
they are c ashamed and confounded
and d cover their heads.
Because of the ground that is dismayed,
since there is e no rain on the land,
the farmers are ashamed;
they cover their heads.
Even f the doe in the field forsakes her newborn fawn
because there is no grass.
g The wild donkeys stand on the bare heights;
they pant for air like jackals;
their eyes fail
because there is no vegetation.
"Though our iniquities testify against us,
act, O Lord, h for your name's sake;
i for our backslidings are many;
j we have sinned against you.
k O you hope of Israel,
its savior in time of trouble,
why should you be like a stranger in the land,
like a traveler who turns aside to tarry for a night?
Why should you be like a man confused,
l like a mighty warrior who cannot save?
Yet m you, O Lord, are in the midst of us,
and n we are called by your name;
o do not leave us."
Thus says the Lord concerning this people:
"They have loved to wander thus;
they have not restrained their feet;
p therefore the Lord does not accept them;
q now he will remember their iniquity
and punish their sins."
The Lord said to me: r "Do not pray for the welfare of this people.
Though they fast, I will not hear their cry, s and though they offer burnt offering and grain offering, I will not accept them. But I will consume them t by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence."
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.
The roads to Zion mourn, for none come to the festival; all her gates are desolate; her priests groan; her virgins have been afflicted, and she herself suffers bitterly.
And her gates shall lament and mourn; empty, she shall sit on the ground.
The Lord determined to lay in ruins the wall of the daughter of Zion; he stretched out the measuring line; he did not restrain his hand from destroying; he caused rampart and wall to lament; they languished together.
1 Samuel 5:12
The men who did not die were struck with tumors, and the cry of the city went up to heaven.
Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether who seek to snatch away my life; let those be turned back and brought to dishonor who delight in my hurt!
2 Samuel 15:30
But David went up the ascent of the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went, barefoot and with his head covered. And all the people who were with him covered their heads, and they went up, weeping as they went.
Therefore the showers have been withheld, and the spring rain has not come; yet you have the forehead of a whore; you refuse to be ashamed.
Do you know when the mountain goats give birth? Do you observe the calving of the does?
The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth and strips the forests bare, and in his temple all cry, "Glory!
A wild donkey used to the wilderness, in her heat sniffing the wind! Who can restrain her lust? None who seek her need weary themselves; in her month they will find her.
Do not spurn us, for your name's sake; do not dishonor your glorious throne; remember and do not break your covenant with us.
For your name's sake, O Lord, pardon my guilt, for it is great.
Your evil will chastise you, and your apostasy will reprove you. Know and see that it is evil and bitter for you to forsake the Lord your God; the fear of me is not in you, declares the Lord God of hosts.
We acknowledge our wickedness, O Lord, and the iniquity of our fathers, for we have sinned against you.
O Lord, the hope of Israel, all who forsake you shall be put to shame; those who turn away from you shall be written in the earth, for they have forsaken the Lord, the fountain of living water.
All who found them have devoured them, and their enemies have said, 'We are not guilty, for they have sinned against the Lord, their habitation of righteousness, the Lord, the hope of their fathers.
For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth.
Behold, the Lord 's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear.
I will dwell among the people of Israel and will be their God.
O my God, incline your ear and hear. Open your eyes and see our desolations, and the city that is called by your name. For we do not present our pleas before you because of our righteousness, but because of your great mercy.
From whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.
I have done what is just and right; do not leave me to my oppressors.
As for my sacrificial offerings, they sacrifice meat and eat it, but the Lord does not accept them. Now he will remember their iniquity and punish their sins; they shall return to Egypt.
They have deeply corrupted themselves as in the days of Gibeah: he will remember their iniquity; he will punish their sins.
As for you, do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer for them, and do not intercede with me, for I will not hear you.
Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but will not find me.
When you spread out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood.
Therefore I will act in wrath. My eye will not spare, nor will I have pity. And though they cry in my ears with a loud voice, I will not hear them.
Then they will cry to the Lord, but he will not answer them; he will hide his face from them at that time, because they have made their deeds evil.
What use to me is frankincense that comes from Sheba, or sweet cane from a distant land? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices pleasing to me.
They shall die of deadly diseases. They shall not be lamented, nor shall they be buried. They shall be as dung on the surface of the ground. They shall perish by the sword and by famine, and their dead bodies shall be food for the birds of the air and for the beasts of the earth.
And I will send sword, famine, and pestilence upon them, until they shall be utterly destroyed from the land that I gave to them and their fathers.
Behold, the siege mounds have come up to the city to take it, and because of sword and famine and pestilence the city is given into the hands of the Chaldeans who are fighting against it. What you spoke has come to pass, and behold, you see it.
For thus says the Lord God : How much more when I send upon Jerusalem my four disastrous acts of judgment, sword, famine, wild beasts, and pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast!