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Jeremiah 14

The grievous famine

Jeremiah 14:1 The worde of the Lord that came vnto Ieremiah, concerning the dearth. Jeremiah 14:2 Iudah hath mourned, and the gates thereof are desolate, they haue bene brought to heauinesse vnto the grounde, and the cry of Ierusalem goeth vp. Jeremiah 14:3 And their nobles haue sent their inferiours to the water, who came to the welles, and founde no water: they returned with their vessels empty: they were ashamed and confounded, and couered their heads. Jeremiah 14:4 For the grounde was destroyed, because there was no rayne in the earth: the plowmen were ashamed, and couered their heads. Jeremiah 14:5 Yea, the hinde also calued in the fielde, & forsooke it, because there was no grasse. Jeremiah 14:6 And the wilde asses did stande in the hygh places, & drew in their winde like dragons their eyes did faile, because there was no grasse.

causeth Jeremiah to pray.

Jeremiah 14:7 O Lorde, though our iniquities testifie against vs, deale with vs according to thy name: for our rebellions are many, we sinned against thee. Jeremiah 14:8 O the hope of Israel, the sauiour thereof in the time of trouble, why art thou as a strager in ye land, as one that passeth by to tary for a night? Jeremiah 14:9 Why art thou as a man astonied, and as a strong man that cannot helpe? Yet thou, O Lord, art in the middes of vs, and thy Name is called vpon vs: forsake vs not.

The LORD will not be intreated for the people.

Jeremiah 14:10 Thus saith the Lord vnto this people, Thus haue they delited to wander: they haue not refrained their feete, therefore the Lorde hath no delight in them: but he will now remember their iniquitie, and visite their sinnes. Jeremiah 14:11 Then sayd the Lord vnto me, Thou shalt not pray to do this people good. Jeremiah 14:12 When they fast, I will not heare their cry, and when they offer burnt offering, and an oblation, I will not accept them: but I will consume them by the sworde, and by the famine and by the pestilence.

Lying prophets are no excuse for them.

Jeremiah 14:13 Then answered I, Ah Lord God, beholde, the prophets say vnto them, Ye shal not see the sworde, neither shal famine come vpon you, but I wil giue you assured peace in this place. Jeremiah 14:14 Then the Lord said vnto me, The prophets prophecie lyes in my Name: I haue not sent them, neither did I command them, neither spake I vnto them, but they prophecie vnto you a false vision, and diuination, and vanitie, and deceitfulnes of their owne heart. Jeremiah 14:15 Therefore thus saith the Lord, Concerning the prophets that prophecie in my Name, whom I haue not sent, yet they say, Sworde and famine shal not be in this land, by sword and famine shal those prophets be consumed. Jeremiah 14:16 And the people to whome these prophets doe prophecie, shalbe cast out in the streetes of Ierusalem, because of the famine, & the sword, & there shall be none to bury them, both they, and their wiues, and their sonnes, and their daughters: for I wil powre their wickednes vpon them.

Jeremiah is moved to complain for them.

Jeremiah 14:17 Therefore thou shalt say this worde vnto them, Let mine eyes drop downe teares night & day without ceasing: for the virgine daughter of my people is destroyed with a great destruction, and with a sore grieuous plague. Jeremiah 14:18 For if I go into the field, behold the slaine with the sworde: and if I enter into the citie, behold them that are sicke for hunger also: moreouer the Prophet also & the Priest go a wandring into a land that they know not. Jeremiah 14:19 Hast thou vtterly reiected Iudah, or hath thy soule abhorred Zion? why hast thou smitten vs, that we cannot be healed? Wee looked for peace, and there is no good, and for the time of health, and behold trouble. Jeremiah 14:20 We acknowledge, O Lord, our wickednesse and the iniquitie of our fathers: for we haue sinned against thee. Jeremiah 14:21 Doe not abhorre vs: for thy Names sake cast not downe the throne of thy glory: remember and breake not thy couenant with vs. Jeremiah 14:22 Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles, that can giue raine? or can the heauens giue showres? is it not thou, O Lorde our God? therefore we will waite vpon thee: for thou hast made all these things.

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