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G. Jehovah's punishment of Israel (actually Judah) with drought 14:1—15:9
1. Jehovah's message concerning their drought 14:1-6
Jer. 14 :1 14:1 The word of Jehovah that came to Jeremiah concerning the 1drought:
Jer. 14 :2 14:2 Judah mourns,
And her gates languish;
In black they mourn on the ground,
And the cry of Jerusalem goes up.
Jer. 14 :3 14:3 And their nobles send their servants for water;
They come to cisterns,
And they find ano water;
They return with their vessels empty;
They are ashamed and confounded
And cover their heads.
Jer. 14 :4 14:4 Because the ground is cracked,
For there has been no rain on the earth,
The farmers are ashamed;
They cover their heads.
Jer. 14 :5 14:5 For even the hind in the field gives birth and abandons its young
Because there is no grass.
Jer. 14 :6 14:6 And the wild asses stand on the bare heights;
They pant after the wind like jackals;
Their eyes fail,
For there is no herbage.
2. Jeremiah the prophet's intercession 14:7—15:9
a. His intercession 14:7-9
Jer. 14 :7 14:7 Although our iniquities testify against us,
O Jehovah, act for Your aname’s sake,
For our apostasies have become many;
We have sinned against You.
Jer. 14 :8 14:8 O aHope of Israel,
Its Savior in a time of distress,
Why should You be like a sojourner in the land,
Like a traveler who turns aside to lodge for the night?
Jer. 14 :9 14:9 Why should You be like an astonished man,
Like a mighty man who is unable to save?
Yet You are in our amidst, O Jehovah,
And we are called by Your bname;
Do not leave us.
b. Jehovah's refusal 14:10-12
Jer. 14 :10 14:10 Thus says Jehovah to this people, Even so they have loved to wander; they have not restrained their feet. Therefore Jehovah has no delight in them; now He will aremember their iniquity and punish their sins.
Jer. 14 :11 14:11 And Jehovah said to me, Do not apray for the welfare of this people.
Jer. 14 :12 14:12 When they fast, I will not listen to their cry; when they offer up a burnt offering and a meal offering, I will not accept them; but by sword and by famine and by pestilence I will consume them.
c. The prophet's prayer concerning the false prophets, and Jehovah's answer 14:13-16
Jer. 14 :13 14:13 And I said, Ah, Lord Jehovah! Indeed, the prophets say to them, You will not see sword, nor will you have famine, for I will give you assured peace in this place.
Jer. 14 :14 14:14 And Jehovah said to me, The prophets prophesy afalsehood in My name; I did not send them or command them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a false vision and divination and a worthless thing and the deceit of their own heart.
Jer. 14 :15 14:15 Therefore thus says Jehovah concerning the prophets who prophesy in My name, although I did not send them, yet they say, A sword and famine will not be in this land: By sword and by famine those prophets will be consumed.
Jer. 14 :16 14:16 And the people to whom they prophesy will be cast out into the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; and there will be no one to bury them — them, their wives, and their sons and their daughters — and I will pour out their own wickedness on them.
d. The reaction of the prophet, who was one with the punishing Jehovah 14:17-18
Jer. 14 :17 14:17 And you shall speak this word to them,
Let 1my eyes run down with atears
Night and day, and let them not cease;
For the virgin daughter of my people is broken with great brokenness,
A very grievous wound.
Jer. 14 :18 14:18 If I go forth into the field —
Look, those slain by the sword;
And if I come into the city —
Look, those diseased with famine.
For both the prophet and the priest
Will go about in a land that they do not know.
e. The prophet's further intercession 14:19-22
Jer. 14 :19 14:19 Have You utterly arejected Judah?
Or does Your soul loathe Zion?
Why have You stricken us
So that there is no healing for us?
bWe looked for peace, but no good came;
And for a time of healing, but there was terror.
Jer. 14 :20 14:20 We acknowledge, O Jehovah, our wickedness,
The iniquity of our fathers, for we have asinned against You.
Jer. 14 :21 14:21 Do not hold us in contempt, for Your name’s sake;
Do not dishonor Your throne of glory;
Remember and do not break Your covenant with us.
Jer. 14 :22 14:22 Are there among the avanities of the nations any that can bring rain,
Or in the heavens any that can give showers?
Are You not He, O Jehovah our God?
Therefore we wait for You,
For You have made all these things.
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