The grievous famine
Jeremiah 14:1 The word of the LORD that came to Ieremiah concerning the dearth. Jeremiah 14:2 Iudah mourneth, and the gates thereof languish, they are blacke vnto the ground, and the crie of Ierusalem is gone vp. Jeremiah 14:3 And their nobles haue sent their litle ones to the waters, they came to the pits [and] found no water, they returned with the vessels emptie: they were ashamed and confounded, and couered their heads. Jeremiah 14:4 Because the ground is chapt, for there was no raine in the earth, the plowmen were ashamed, they couered their heads. Jeremiah 14:5 Yea the hinde also calued in the field, and forsooke [it], because there was no grasse. Jeremiah 14:6 And the wilde asses did stand in the hie places, they snuffed vp the winde like dragons: their eyes did faile because [there was] no grasse.
causeth Jeremiah to pray.
Jeremiah 14:7 O LORD, though our iniquities testifie against vs, doe thou [it] for thy Names sake: for our back-slidings are many, we haue sinned against thee. Jeremiah 14:8 O the hope of Israel, the Sauiour thereof in time of trouble, why shouldest thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring man, [that] turneth aside to tarie for a night? Jeremiah 14:9 Why shouldest thou bee as a man astonied, as a mightie man [that] cannot saue? yet thou, O LORD, [art] in the midst of vs, and we are called by thy Name, leaue vs not.
The LORD will not be intreated for the people.
Jeremiah 14:10 Thus saith the LORD vnto this people, Thus haue they loued to wander, they haue not refrained their feete, therefore the LORD doeth not accept them, hee will now remember their iniquitie, and visite their sinnes. Jeremiah 14:11 Then said the LORD vnto mee, Pray not for this people, for [their] good. Jeremiah 14:12 When they fast I will not heare their crie, and when they offer burnt offering and an oblation I wil not accept them: but I will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence.
Lying prophets are no excuse for them.
Jeremiah 14:13 Then said I Ah Lord GOD, behold, the prophets say vnto them; Ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye haue famine, but I will giue you assured peace in this place. Jeremiah 14:14 Then the LORD said vnto me, The prophets prophecie lies in my Name, I sent them not, neither haue I commanded them, neither spake vnto them: they prophecie vnto you a false vision and diuination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart. Jeremiah 14:15 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that prophecie in my Name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land, By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed. Jeremiah 14:16 And the people to whom they prophecie, shall be cast out in the streets of Ierusalem, because of the famine and the sword, and they shall haue none to burie them, them, their wiues, nor their sonnes, nor their daughters: for I will powre their wickednesse vpon them.
Jeremiah is moved to complain for them.
Jeremiah 14:17 Therefore thou shalt say this word vnto them, Let mine eies runne downe with teares night and day, and let them not cease, for the virgin daughter of my people is broken with a great breach, with a very grieuous blow. Jeremiah 14:18 If I goe forth into the field, then behold the slaine with the sword, and if I enter into the citie, then behold them that are sicke with famine, yea both the prophet and the priest goe about into a land that they know not. Jeremiah 14:19 Hast thou vtterly reiected Iudah? hath thy soule loathed Zion? why hast thou smitten vs, and [there is] no healing for vs? we looked for peace, and [there is] no good, and for the time of healing, and behold trouble. Jeremiah 14:20 We acknowledge, O LORD, our wickednes, [and] the iniquitie of our fathers: for wee haue sinned against thee. Jeremiah 14:21 Do not abhorre [vs], for thy Names sake, doe not disgrace the Throne of thy glorie: remember, breake not thy Couenant with vs. Jeremiah 14:22 Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause raine? or can the heauens giue showres, [Art] not thou he, O LORD our God? therefore we will waite vpon thee: for thou hast made all these things.