r Then I said, "Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, the prophets say to them, 'You shall not see the sword, nor shall you have famine, but I will give you assured s peace in this place.' "
And the LORD said to me, t "The prophets prophesy lies in My name. u I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the v deceit of their heart.
"Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who prophesy in My name, whom I did not send, w and who say, 'Sword and famine shall not be in this land' - 'By sword and famine those prophets shall 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; x they will have no one to bury them - them nor their wives, their sons nor their daughters - for I will pour their wickedness on them.'
"Therefore you shall say this word to them:
y 'Let my eyes flow with tears night and day,
And let them not cease;
z For the virgin daughter of my people
Has been broken with a mighty stroke, with a very severe blow.
If I go out to a the field,
Then behold, those slain with the sword!
And if I enter the city,
Then behold, those sick from famine!
Yes, both prophet and b priest go about in a land they do not know.' "
c Have You utterly rejected Judah?
Has Your soul loathed Zion?
Why have You stricken us so that d there is no healing for us?
e We looked for peace, but there was no good;
And for the time of healing, and there was trouble.
We acknowledge, O LORD, our wickedness
And the iniquity of our f fathers,
For g we have sinned against You.
Do not abhor us, for Your name's sake;
Do not disgrace the throne of Your glory.
h Remember, do not break Your covenant with us.
i Are there any among j the idols of the nations that can cause k rain?
Or can the heavens give showers?
l Are You not He, O LORD our God?
Therefore we will wait for You,
Since You have made all these.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Then I said, "Ah, Lord GOD! Surely You have greatly deceived this people and Jerusalem, Saying, 'You shall have peace,' Whereas the sword reaches to the heart.
For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of My people slightly, Saying, 'Peace, peace!' When there is no peace.
They continually say to those who despise Me, 'The LORD has said, "You shall have peace" '; And to everyone who walks according to the dictates of his own heart, they say, 'No evil shall come upon you.'
For they prophesy a lie to you, to remove you far from your land; and I will drive you out, and you will perish.
For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are in your midst deceive you, nor listen to your dreams which you cause to be dreamed.
For they prophesy falsely to you in My name; I have not sent them, says the LORD.
Thus says the LORD of hosts: "Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They make you worthless; They speak a vision of their own heart, Not from the mouth of the LORD.
For no more shall there be any false vision or flattering divination within the house of Israel.
They have lied about the LORD, And said, " It is not He. Neither will evil come upon us, Nor shall we see sword or famine.
And they shall bear their iniquity; the punishment of the prophet shall be the same as the punishment of the one who inquired.
The dead bodies of Your servants They have given as food for the birds of the heavens, The flesh of Your saints to the beasts of the earth.
Their blood they have shed like water all around Jerusalem, And there was no one to bury them.
Therefore behold, the days are coming," says the LORD, "when it will no more be called Tophet, or the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter; for they will bury in Tophet until there is no room.
"And it shall be, if they say to you, 'Where should we go?' then you shall tell them, 'Thus says the LORD: "Such as are for death, to death; And such as are for the sword, to the sword; And such as are for the famine, to the famine; And such as are for the captivity, to the captivity."'
And I will appoint over them four forms of destruction, " says the LORD: "the sword to slay, the dogs to drag, the birds of the heavens and the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy.
Oh, that my head were waters, And my eyes a fountain of tears, That I might weep day and night For the slain of the daughter of my people!
But if you will not hear it, My soul will weep in secret for your pride; My eyes will weep bitterly And run down with tears, Because the LORD's flock has been taken captive.
"For these things I weep; My eye, my eye overflows with water; Because the comforter, who should restore my life, Is far from me. My children are desolate Because the enemy prevailed."
This is the word which the LORD has spoken concerning him: "The virgin, the daughter of Zion, Has despised you, laughed you to scorn; The daughter of Jerusalem Has shaken her head behind your back!
For the hurt of the daughter of my people I am hurt. I am mourning; Astonishment has taken hold of me.
The Lord has trampled underfoot all my mighty men in my midst; He has called an assembly against me To crush my young men; The Lord trampled as in a winepress The virgin daughter of Judah.
How shall I console you? To what shall I liken you, O daughter of Jerusalem? What shall I compare with you, that I may comfort you, O virgin daughter of Zion? For your ruin is spread wide as the sea; Who can heal you?
Do not go out into the field, Nor walk by the way. Because of the sword of the enemy, Fear is on every side.
See, O LORD, that I am in distress; My soul is troubled; My heart is overturned within me, For I have been very rebellious. Outside the sword bereaves, At home it is like death.
The sword is outside, And the pestilence and famine within. Whoever is in the field Will die by the sword; And whoever is in the city, Famine and pestilence will devour him.
For both prophet and priest are profane; Yes, in My house I have found their wickedness," says the LORD.
People will call them rejected silver, Because the LORD has rejected them.
'Cut off your hair and cast it away, and take up a lamentation on the desolate heights; for the LORD has rejected and forsaken the generation of His wrath.'
I have forsaken My house, I have left My heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of My soul into the hand of her enemies.
Unless You have utterly rejected us, And are very angry with us!
Why is my pain perpetual And my wound incurable, Which refuses to be healed? Will You surely be to me like an unreliable stream, As waters that fail?
But when I looked for good, evil came to me; And when I waited for light, then came darkness.
We looked for peace, but no good came; And for a time of health, and there was trouble!
1 Thessalonians 5:3
For when they say, "Peace and safety!" then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.
Then those of Israelite lineage separated themselves from all foreigners; and they stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers.
I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD," And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
We lie down in our shame, And our reproach covers us. For we have sinned against the LORD our God, We and our fathers, From our youth even to this day, And have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God.
We have sinned with our fathers, We have committed iniquity, We have done wickedly.
Why do we sit still? Assemble yourselves, And let us enter the fortified cities, And let us be silent there. For the LORD our God has put us to silence And given us water of gall to drink, Because we have sinned against the LORD.
O LORD, though our iniquities testify against us, Do it for Your name's sake; For our backslidings are many, We have sinned against You.
O Lord, to us belongs shame of face, to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, because we have sinned against You.
And for their sake He remembered His covenant, And relented according to the multitude of His mercies.
Ask the LORD for rain In the time of the latter rain. The LORD will make flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain, Grass in the field for everyone.
They have provoked Me to jealousy by what is not God; They have moved Me to anger by their foolish idols. But I will provoke them to jealousy by those who are not a nation; I will move them to anger by a foolish nation.
1 Kings 17:1
And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, " As the LORD God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.
They do not say in their heart, "Let us now fear the LORD our God, Who gives rain, both the former and the latter, in its season. He reserves for us the appointed weeks of the harvest.
He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; He makes lightning for the rain; He brings the wind out of His treasuries.