14:1 The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah concerning the
14:2 Judah mourneth, and her gates languish; they are black to
the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up.
14:3 And their nobles have sent their little ones to the waters:
they came to the pits, [and] found no water; they returned with
their vessels empty; they were ashamed and confounded, and
covered their heads.
14:4 Because the ground is chapt, for there was no rain on the
earth, the plowmen were ashamed, they covered their heads.
14:5 Yes, the hind also calved in the field, and forsook [it],
because there was no grass.
14:6 And the wild asses stood in the high places, they snuffed
up the wind like dragons; their eyes failed, because [there
was] no grass.
14:7 O LORD, though our iniquities testify against us, do thou
[it] for thy name's sake: for our backslidings are many; we
have sinned against thee.
14:8 O the hope of Israel, his Savior in time of trouble, why
shouldst thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a way-faring
man [that] turneth aside to tarry for a night?
14:9 Why shouldst thou be as a man astonished, as a mighty man
[that] cannot save? yet thou, O LORD, [art] in the midst of us,
and we are called by thy name; leave us not.
14:10 Thus saith the LORD to this people, Thus have they loved
to wander, they have not restrained their feet, therefore the
LORD doth not accept them; he will now remember their iniquity,
and visit their sins.
14:11 Then said the LORD to me, Pray not for this people for
14:12 When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they
offer burnt-offering and an oblation, I will not accept them:
but I will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and by
14:13 Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! behold, the prophets say to
them, Ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye have famine;
but I will give you assured peace in this place.
14:14 Then the LORD said to me, The prophets prophesy lies in my
name: I have not sent them, neither have I commanded them,
neither spoken to them: they prophesy to you a false vision and
divination, and a thing of naught, and the deceit of their
14:15 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that
prophesy 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.
14:16 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, them, their wives, nor
their sons, nor their daughters: for I will pour their
wickedness upon them.
14:17 Therefore thou shalt say this word to them; Let my eyes
run down with tears night and day, and let them not cease: for
the virgin daughter of my people is broken with a great breach,
with a very grievous blow.
14:18 If I go forth into the field, then behold the slain with
the sword! and if I enter into the city, then behold them that
are sick with famine! yes, both the prophet and the priest go
about into a land that they know not.
14:19 Hast thou utterly rejected Judah? hath thy soul loathed
Zion? Why hast thou smitten us, and [there is] no healing for
us? we looked for peace, and [there is] no good; and for the
time of healing, and behold trouble!
14:20 We acknowledge, O LORD, our wickedness, [and] the iniquity
of our fathers; for we have sinned against thee.
14:21 Do not abhor [us], for thy name's sake; do not disgrace
the throne of thy glory: remember, break not thy covenant with
14:22 Are there [any] among the vanities of the Gentiles that
can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? [art] not thou
he, O LORD our God? therefore we will wait upon thee: for thou
hast made all these [things].