1 The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah concerning the matter of droughts.
2 Judah mourns, and its gates droop. They are black to the ground, and the cry of Jerusalem has gone up.
3 And their nobles have sent their little ones to the waters; they came to the cisterns, [and] found no water. They returned with their vessels empty; they were ashamed and confounded, and covered their heads.
4 Because the ground was cracked, for there was no rain in the earth, the plowmen were ashamed; they covered their heads.
5 Yea, the doe also calved in the field and forsook [it], because [there was] no grass.
6 And the wild asses stood in the high places; they snuffed up the wind like jackals; their eyes failed because [there was] no grass.
7 O LORD, though our iniquities testify against us, act for Your name's sake; for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against You.
8 O the Hope of Israel, its Savior in time of trouble, why should You be as a stranger in the land, and as a traveler turning in to lodge?
9 Why should You be as a man stunned, as one mighty, [yet] who cannot save? Yet You, O LORD, [are] in our midst, and we are called by Your name. Do not leave us!
10 So says the LORD to this people; So they have loved to wander; they have not restrained their feet; therefore the LORD does not accept them. He will now remember their iniquity and visit their sins.
11 Then the LORD said to me, Do not pray for this people for good.
12 When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and a grain offering, I will not accept them. But I will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the plague.
13 Then I said, Ah, O Lord Jehovah! Behold, the prophets are saying to them, You shall not see the sword, nor shall you have famine; but I will give you true peace in this place.
14 And the LORD said to me, The prophets prophesy lies in My name; I did not send them, nor have I commanded them, nor did I speak to them. They prophesy to you a false vision and a worthless divination, and a thing of no value, and the deceit of their heart.
15 So the LORD says this concerning the prophets who prophesy in My name, and I did not send them; yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land; by sword and famine those prophets shall be consumed.
16 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, [either] them, their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters. For I will pour their evil on them.
17 And you shall speak this word to them: Let my eyes run down with tears night and day, and do not let them cease. For the virgin daughter of my people is broken with a great break, [with] a very grievous blow.
18 If I go out into the field, then I see those killed with the sword! And if I enter into the city, then, behold, sicknesses of famine! Yes, both the prophet and the priest have gone up into a land that they do not know.
19 Have You utterly rejected Judah? Or has Your soul hated Zion? Why have You stricken us, and [there is] no healing for us? [We] looked for peace, but no good [came]; and for the time of healing, and behold, trouble!
20 We acknowledge, O LORD, our wickedness, the iniquity of our fathers; for we have sinned against You.
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.
22 Are there [any] among the vanities of the nations who make rain fall? Or can the heavens give showers? [Is] it not You, O LORD our God? Then we will wait on You; for You do all these things.