Famine, Sword, and Pestilence

Jeremiah 14

1 The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah concerning the droughts.

2 "Judah mourns,
And a her gates languish;
They b mourn for the land,
And c the cry of Jerusalem has gone up.
3 Their nobles have sent their lads for water;
They went to the cisterns and found no water.
They returned with their vessels empty;
They were d ashamed and confounded
e And covered their heads.
4 Because the ground is parched,
For there was f no rain in the land,
The plowmen were ashamed;
They covered their heads.
5 Yes, the deer also gave birth in the field,
But 1 left because there was no grass.
6 And g the wild donkeys stood in the desolate heights;
They sniffed at the wind like jackals;
Their eyes failed because there was no grass."

7 O LORD, though our iniquities testify against us,
Do it h for Your name's sake;
For our backslidings are many,
We have sinned against You.
8 i O the Hope of Israel, his Savior in time of trouble,
Why should You be like a stranger in the land,
And like a traveler who turns aside to tarry for a night?
9 Why should You be like a man astonished,
Like a mighty one j who cannot save?
Yet You, O LORD, k are in our midst,
And we are called by Your name;
Do not leave us!

10 Thus says the LORD to this people:
l "Thus they have loved to wander;
They have not restrained their feet.
Therefore the LORD does not accept them;
m He will remember their iniquity now,
And punish their sins."

11 Then the LORD said to me, n "Do not pray for this people, for their good. 12 o "When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and p when they offer burnt offering and grain offering, I will not accept them. But q I will consume them by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence."

  1. Cross References
    2 Kings 25:3
    By the ninth day of the fourth month the famine had become so severe in the city that there was no food for the people of the land.
    Isaiah 3:26
    Her gates shall lament and mourn, And she being desolate shall sit on the ground.
  2. Cross References
    Jeremiah 8:21
    For the hurt of the daughter of my people I am hurt. I am mourning; Astonishment has taken hold of me.
  3. Cross References
    1 Samuel 5:12
    And the men who did not die were stricken with the tumors, and the cry of the city went up to heaven.
    Jeremiah 11:11
    Therefore thus says the LORD: "Behold, I will surely bring calamity on them which they will not be able to escape; and though they cry out to Me, I will not listen to them.
    Jeremiah 46:12
    The nations have heard of your shame, And your cry has filled the land; For the mighty man has stumbled against the mighty; They both have fallen together.
    Zechariah 7:13
    Therefore it happened, that just as He proclaimed and they would not hear, so they called out and I would not listen," says the LORD of hosts.
  4. Cross References
    Job 6:20
    They are disappointed because they were confident; They come there and are confused.
    Psalms 40:14
    Let them be ashamed and brought to mutual confusion Who seek to destroy my life; Let them be driven backward and brought to dishonor Who wish me evil.
  5. Cross References
    2 Samuel 15:30
    So David went up by the Ascent of the Mount of Olives, and wept as he went up; and he had his head covered and went barefoot. And all the people who were with him covered their heads and went up, weeping as they went up.
  6. Cross References
    Jeremiah 3:3
    Therefore the showers have been withheld, And there has been no latter rain. You have had a harlot's forehead; You refuse to be ashamed.
    Ezekiel 22:24
    "Son of man, say to her: 'You are a land that is not cleansed or rained on in the day of indignation.'
  7. Cross References
    Job 39:5
    Who set the wild donkey free? Who loosed the bonds of the onager.
    Job 39:6
    Whose home I have made the wilderness, And the barren land his dwelling?
    Jeremiah 2:24
    A wild donkey used to the wilderness, That sniffs at the wind in her desire; In her time of mating, who can turn her away? All those who seek her will not weary themselves; In her month they will find her.
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 25:11
    For Your name's sake, O LORD, Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.
    Jeremiah 14:21
    Do not abhor us, for Your name's sake; Do not disgrace the throne of Your glory. Remember, do not break Your covenant with us.
  9. Cross References
    Jeremiah 17:13
    O LORD, the hope of Israel, All who forsake You shall be ashamed. "Those who depart from Me Shall be written in the earth, Because they have forsaken the LORD, The fountain of living waters.
  10. Cross References
    Isaiah 59:1
    Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear.
  11. Cross References
    Exodus 29:45
    I will dwell among the children of Israel and will be their God.
    Leviticus 26:11
    I will set My tabernacle among you, and My soul shall not abhor you.
    Psalms 46:5
    God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
    Jeremiah 8:19
    Listen! The voice, The cry of the daughter of my people From a far country: " Is not the LORD in Zion? Is not her King in her?" "Why have they provoked Me to anger With their carved images - With foreign idols?
  12. Cross References
    Jeremiah 2:23 - 25
    How can you say, 'I am not polluted, I have not gone after the Baals'? See your way in the valley; Know what you have done: You are a swift dromedary breaking loose in her ways.
  13. Cross References
    Jeremiah 44:21 - 23
    The incense that you burned in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem, you and your fathers, your kings and your princes, and the people of the land, did not the LORD remember them, and did it not come into His mind?
    Hosea 8:13
    For the sacrifices of My offerings they sacrifice flesh 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.
  14. Cross References
    Exodus 32:10
    "Now therefore, let Me alone, that My wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them. And I will make of you a great nation."
    Jeremiah 7:16
    Therefore do not pray for this people, nor lift up a cry or prayer for them, nor make intercession to Me; for I will not hear you.
    Jeremiah 11:14
    So do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer for them; for I will not hear them in the time that they cry out to Me because of their trouble.
  15. Cross References
    Proverbs 1:28
    Then they will call on me, but I will not answe...
    Isaiah 1:15
    When you spread out your hands, I will hide My ...
    Isaiah 58:3 - 6
    Why have we fasted,' they say, 'and You have no...
    Ezekiel 8:18
    "Therefore I also will act in fury. My eye will...
    Micah 3:4
    Then they will cry to the LORD, But He will not...
    Zechariah 7:13
    Therefore it happened, that just as He proclaim...
  16. Cross References
    Jeremiah 6:20
    For what purpose to Me Comes frankincense from Sheba, And sweet cane from a far country? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable, Nor your sacrifices sweet to Me.
  17. Cross References
    Jeremiah 9:16
    "I will scatter them also among the Gentiles, whom neither they nor their fathers have known. And I will send a sword after them until I have consumed them."
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