The grievous famine
Jeremiah 14:1 The worde of þe Lorde shewed vnto Ieremy, concernynge þe derth of þe frutes. Jeremiah 14:2 Iuda hath mourned, his gates are desolate: they are broughte to heuynesse euen vnto þe grounde, & the crye of Ierusalem goeth vp. Jeremiah 14:3 The lordes sent theyr seruauntes to fetch water, & when they came to þe welles, they dyd fynde no water, but caried their vessels home emptie. They be ashamed & confounded, & couer theyr heades. Jeremiah 14:4 For the grounde is dryed vp, because there commeth no rayne vpon it. The plowmen also be ashamed, & couer theyr heades. Jeremiah 14:5 The Hynde also forsoke þe yonge fawne, þt he brought forth in the felde, because there was no grasse. Jeremiah 14:6 The wylde Asses dyd stande in the hye places, and drewe in theyr wynde lyke the dragons, theyr eyes dyd fayle for want of grasse.
causeth Jeremiah to pray.
Jeremiah 14:7 Doutles oure awne wyckednes doth rewarde vs. But lorde do þu accordyng to thy name, though oure transgressyons & synnes be many, and agenst the haue we synned. Jeremiah 14:8 For þu art þe comfort & helpe of Israel in þe tyme of trouble. Why wilt þu be as a straunger in þe lande, & as one þt goeth ouer þe felde, & commeth in only to remayne for a nyght? Jeremiah 14:9 Why wilt þu make thy selfe a cowarde, & as it were a gyaunt þt yet maye not helpe? For thou (O Lorde) art in the myddest of vs, & thy name is called vpon of vs: forsake vs not.
The LORD will not be intreated for the people.
Jeremiah 14:10 Thus hath þe Lord sayd vnto this people: seyng they haue had suche a lust to wander abrode, & haue not refrayned theyr fete, & therfore displeased the Lord: but he wyll now bringe agayne to remembraunce all their mysdedes, & ponyshe all theyr synnes. Jeremiah 14:11 Yee, euen thus sayde the Lorde vnto me: Thou shalt not praye to do thys people good. Jeremiah 14:12 For though they fast, I wil not heare their praiers and though thei offre burntoffringes & sacrifyces, yet wyll not I accepte them. For I will destroye them with the sweard, honger & pestilence.
Lying prophets are no excuse for them.
Jeremiah 14:13 Then answered I: O Lorde God, þe prophetes saye vnto them: Tush, ye shall nede to feare no sweard & no honger shall come vpon you, but þe Lorde shall geue you contynuall rest in this place. Jeremiah 14:14 And the Lorde sayde vnto me: The prophetes preach lyes in my name, where as I haue not sent them, nether gaue I them eny charge, nether dyd I speake vnto them: yet they preach vnto you false visions, charming, vanite, & disceatfulnes of their awne herte. Jeremiah 14:15 Therfore, thus sayeth þe Lord. As for those prophetes þt preach in my name (whom I neuerthelesse haue not sent) & that saye: Tush, there shall no swerde ner honger be in this land. With swearde & with honger shall those prophetes perysh, Jeremiah 14:16 & þe people to whom they preache shalbe cast out of Ierusalem, dye of honger, & be slayne wt the swearde, (& there shalbe no man to burye them) both they & theyr wyues, theyr sonnes and theyr daughters. For thus wyll I poure theyr wyckednesse vpon them.
Jeremiah is moved to complain for them.
Jeremiah 14:17 Thys shalt thou say also vnto them. Myne eyes shall wepe without ceassynge daye & nyght. For my people shalbe destroyed wt greate harme, & shall perysh with a greate plage. Jeremiah 14:18 For yf I go into the felde, lo, it lyeth all full of slayne men. If I come into the cytie, lo, they be all famyshed of honger. Yee, theyr prophetes also & prestes shalbe led into an vnknowne lande. Jeremiah 14:19 Hast thou then vtterly forsaken Iuda? Dost thou so abhorre Syon? Or hast thou so plaged vs, þt we can be healed nomore? We loked for peace, and there commeth no good: for the tyme of health, and lo, here is nothing but trouble. Jeremiah 14:20 We knowledge (o Lorde) all our mysdedes, & the synnes of our fathers, þt we haue offended þe. Jeremiah 14:21 Be not displeased, (O Lorde) for thy names sake, forget not thy louing kyndnesse. Remembre the throne of thyne honoure, breake not the couenaunt, that þu hast made wt vs. Jeremiah 14:22 Are there eny amonge þe goddes of the Gentyles, that sende rayne or geue the showers of heauen? Or may þe heuens drope rayne without thy commaundement? Dost not thou it, O Lorde our God, in whom we trust? Yee Lorde, thou dost all these thynges.