Jeremiah 14: Drought,
Comment : Drought was so often a sign of the Lord's displeasure
with His people [Deut 28:22-24], a specific curse on their disobedience,
and so it appears there is now a drought over the land. Jeremiah
sees this as a time where there is a need to intercede for his
people which includes confession and a plea for the Lord to act
on their behalf. He acknowledges that the people are being led
astray by false prophets who prophesy peace when he knows that
will not be. He knows the drought will bring famine and the sword
will also come upon this people. It is a chapter of anguish.]
A severe drought has come on the land
This is the
word of the Lord
to Jeremiah concerning the drought:
her cities languish;
they wail for the land,
and a cry goes up from Jerusalem.
nobles send their servants for water;
they go to the cisterns
but find no water.
They return with their jars unfilled;
dismayed and despairing,
they cover their heads.
ground is cracked
because there is no rain in the land;
the farmers are dismayed
and cover their heads.
the doe in the field
deserts her newborn fawn
because there is no grass.
donkeys stand on the barren heights
and pant like jackals;
their eyes fail
for lack of food.'
A plea for the Lord to intervene
our sins testify against us,
do something, Lord, for the sake of your
For we have often rebelled;
we have sinned against you.
who are the hope of Israel,
its Saviour in times of distress,
why are you like a stranger in the land,
like a traveller who stays only a night?
are you like a man taken by surprise,
like a warrior powerless to save?
You are among us, Lord,
and we bear your name;
do not forsake us!
The Lord rejects them
is what the Lord
greatly love to wander;
they do not restrain their feet.
So the Lord does not accept them;
he will now remember their wickedness
and punish them for their sins.'
said to me, ‘Do not pray for the well-being of this people.
He will not listen even though they offer sacrifices for there
is false prophecy
they fast, I will not listen to their cry; though they offer burnt
offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Instead,
I will destroy them with the sword, famine and plague.'
I said, ‘Alas, Sovereign Lord!
The prophets keep telling them, “You will not see the sword or
suffer famine. Indeed, I will give you lasting peace in this place.”'
The prophets say there will be no famine or sword – but there
said to me, ‘The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have
not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying
to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions
of their own minds.
this is what the Lord
the prophets who are prophesying in my name: I did not send them,
yet they are saying, “No sword or famine will touch this land.”
Those same prophets will perish by sword and famine.
the people they are prophesying to will be thrown out into the
streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and
sword. There will be no one to bury them, their
wives, their sons and their daughters. I will pour out on them
the calamity they deserve.
Jeremiah knows the truth and anguishes and pleads for them
this word to them:
my eyes overflow with tears
night and day without ceasing;
for the Virgin Daughter, my people,
has suffered a grievous wound,
a crushing blow.
I go into the country,
I see those slain by the sword;
if I go into the city,
I see the ravages of famine.
Both prophet and priest
have gone to a land they know not.”'
you rejected Judah completely?
Do you despise Zion?
Why have you afflicted us
so that we cannot be healed?
We hoped for peace
but no good has come,
for a time of healing
but there is only terror.
He acknowledges their guilt and pleads with the Lord
acknowledge our wickedness, Lord,
and the guilt of our ancestors;
we have indeed sinned against you.
the sake of your name do not despise us;
do not dishonour your glorious throne.
Remember your covenant with us
and do not break it.
any of the worthless idols of the nations bring rain?
Do the skies themselves send down showers?
No, it is you, Lord our God.
Therefore our hope is in you,
for you are the one who does all this.
to Chapter 15