A putrid stench will replace the smell of spices, 1 a rope will replace a belt, baldness will replace braided locks of hair, a sackcloth garment will replace a fine robe, and a prisoner’s brand will replace beauty.
Indeed 1 Israel 2 is the vineyard of the Lord who commands armies, the people 3 of Judah are the cultivated place in which he took delight. He waited for justice, but look what he got – disobedience! 4 He waited for fairness, but look what he got – cries for help! 5
So in this way Jacob’s sin will be forgiven, 1 and this is how they will show they are finished sinning: 2 They will make all the stones of the altars 3 like crushed limestone, and the Asherah poles and the incense altars will no longer stand. 4
Your thinking is perverse! 1 Should the potter be regarded as clay? 2 Should the thing made say 3 about its maker, “He didn’t make me”? Or should the pottery say about the potter, “He doesn’t understand”?
1 “This will be your reminder that I have spoken the truth: 2 This year you will eat what grows wild, 3 and next year 4 what grows on its own. But the year after that 5 you will plant seed and harvest crops; you will plant vines and consume their produce. 6
Who stirs up this one from the east? 1 Who 2 officially commissions him for service? 3 He hands nations over to him, 4 and enables him to subdue 5 kings. He makes them like dust with his sword, like windblown straw with his bow. 6
For this is what the Lord says, the one who created the sky – he is the true God, 1 the one who formed the earth and made it; he established it, he did not create it without order, 2 he formed it to be inhabited – “I am the Lord, I have no peer.
I said, 1 “Oh, the feeling in the pit of my stomach! 2 I writhe in anguish. Oh, the pain in my heart! 3 My heart pounds within me. I cannot keep silent. For I hear the sound of the trumpet; 4 the sound of the battle cry pierces my soul! 5
If people want to boast, they should boast about this: They should boast that they understand and know me. They should boast that they know and understand that I, the Lord, act out of faithfulness, fairness, and justice in the earth and that I desire people to do these things,” 1 says the Lord.
The Lord answered, 1 “If you have raced on foot against men and they have worn you out, how will you be able to compete with horses? And if you feel secure only 2 in safe and open country, 3 how will you manage in the thick undergrowth along the Jordan River? 4
These wicked people refuse to obey what I have said. 1 They follow the stubborn inclinations of their own hearts and pay allegiance 2 to other gods by worshiping and serving them. So 3 they will become just like these linen shorts which are good for nothing.
Show the Lord your God the respect that is due him. 1 Do it before he brings the darkness of disaster. 2 Do it before you stumble 3 into distress like a traveler on the mountains at twilight. 4 Do it before he turns the light of deliverance you hope for into the darkness and gloom of exile. 5
The people to whom they are prophesying will die through war and famine. Their bodies will be thrown out into the streets of Jerusalem 1 and there will be no one to bury them. This will happen to the men and their wives, their sons, and their daughters. 2 For I will pour out on them the destruction they deserve.” 3
Do any of the worthless idols 1 of the nations cause rain to fall? Do the skies themselves send showers? Is it not you, O Lord our God, who does this? 2 So we put our hopes in you 3 because you alone do all this.”
Because of this, the Lord said, 1 “You must repent of such words and thoughts! If you do, I will restore you to the privilege of serving me. 2 If you say what is worthwhile instead of what is worthless, I will again allow you to be my spokesman. 3 They must become as you have been. You must not become like them. 4
Those who stay in this city will die in battle or of starvation or disease. Those who leave the city and surrender to the Babylonians who are besieging it will live. They will escape with their lives. 1
Then Jeremiah got another scroll and gave it to the scribe Baruch son of Neriah. As Jeremiah dictated, Baruch wrote on this scroll everything that had been on the scroll that King Jehoiakim of Judah burned in the fire. They also added on this scroll several other messages of the same kind. 1
“The Lord says, ‘Those who stay in this city will die in battle or of starvation or disease. 1 Those who leave the city and surrender to the Babylonians 2 will live. They will escape with their lives.’” 3
Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, “The Lord, the God who rules over all, the God of Israel, 1 says, ‘You must surrender to the officers of the king of Babylon. If you do, your life will be spared 2 and this city will not be burned down. Indeed, you and your whole family will be spared.