14:1 The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah concerning the droughts.
14:2 Judah mourneth, and the gates thereof languish, they bow down in black unto the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up.
14:3 And their nobles send their lads for water: they come to the pits, and find no water; their vessels return empty; they are ashamed and confounded, and cover their heads.
14:4 Because of the ground which is cracked, for there hath been no rain in the land, the plowmen are ashamed, they cover their heads.
14:5 Yea, the hind also in the field calveth, and forsaketh her young, because there is no grass,
14:6 And the wild asses stand on the high hills, they gasp for air like jackals; their eyes fail, because there is no herbage.
14:7 Though our iniquities testify against us, O the Lord, work Thou for Thy name's sake; for our backslidings are many, we have sinned against Thee.
14:8 O Thou hope of Israel, the Saviour thereof in time of trouble, why shouldest Thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring man that turneth aside to tarry for a night?
14:9 Why shouldest thou be as a man overcome, as a mighty man that cannot save? Yet Thou, O the Lord, art in the midst of us, and Thy name is called upon us; leave us not.
14:10 Thus saith the Lord unto this people: Even so have they loved to wander, they have not refrained their feet; therefore the Lord doth not accept them, now will He remember their iniquity, and punish their sins.
14:11 And the Lord said unto me: 'Pray not for this people for their good.
14:12 When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt-offering and meal-offering, I will not accept them; but I will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence.'
14:13 Then said I: 'Ah, Lord GOD! behold, the prophets say unto 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 unto me: 'The prophets prophesy lies in My name; I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spoke I unto them; they prophesy unto you a lying vision, and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their own heart.
14:15 Therefore thus saith the Lord: As for 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 evil upon them.'
14:17 And thou shalt say this word unto them: Let mine 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! For both the prophet and the priest are gone about to a land, and knew it 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, but no good came; and for a time of healing, and behold terror!
14:20 We acknowledge, O the Lord, our wickedness, even the iniquity of our fathers; for we have sinned against Thee.
14:21 Do not contemn us, for Thy name's sake, do not dishonour the throne of Thy glory; remember, break not Thy covenant with us.
14:22 Are there any among the vanities of the nations that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? Art not Thou He, O the Lord our God, and do we not wait for Thee? For Thou hast made all these things.