For though I, the Lord who rules over all, 1 planted you in the land, 2 I now decree that disaster will come on you 3 because the nations of Israel and Judah have done evil and have made me angry by offering sacrifices to the god Baal.” 4
You will probably ask yourself, 1 ‘Why have these things happened to me? Why have I been treated like a disgraced adulteress whose skirt has been torn off and her limbs exposed?’ 2 It is because you have sinned so much. 3
People of Jerusalem, 1 I have seen your adulterous worship, your shameless prostitution to, and your lustful pursuit of, other gods. 2 I have seen your disgusting acts of worship 3 on the hills throughout the countryside. You are doomed to destruction! 4 How long will you continue to be unclean?’”
I said, 1 “Lord, you know how I suffer. 2 Take thought of me and care for me. Pay back for me those who have been persecuting me. Do not be so patient with them that you allow them to kill me. Be mindful of how I have put up with their insults for your sake.
You are the one in whom Israel may find hope. 1 All who leave you will suffer shame. Those who turn away from you 2 will be consigned to the nether world. 3 For they have rejected you, the Lord, the fountain of life. 4
The Lord says, 1 “As surely as I am the living God, you, Jeconiah, 2 king of Judah, son of Jehoiakim, will not be the earthly representative of my authority. Indeed, I will take that right away from you. 3
For the land is full of people unfaithful to him. 1 They live wicked lives and they misuse their power. 2 So the land is dried up 3 because it is under his curse. 4 The pastures in the wilderness are withered.
He said through them, 1 ‘Each of you must turn from your wicked ways and stop doing the evil things you are doing. 2 If you do, I will allow you to continue to live here in the land that I gave to you and your ancestors as a lasting possession. 3
One of their own people will be their leader. Their ruler will come from their own number. 1 I will invite him to approach me, and he will do so. 2 For no one would dare approach me on his own. 3 I, the Lord, affirm it! 4
sent and had Jeremiah brought from the courtyard of the guardhouse. They turned him over to Gedaliah, 1 the son of Ahikam and the grandson of Shaphan, to take him home with him. 2 But Jeremiah stayed among the people. 3
All the people who are determined to go and settle in Egypt will die from war, starvation, or disease. No one will survive or escape the disaster I will bring on them.’
None of the Judean remnant who have come to live in the land of Egypt will escape or survive to return to the land of Judah. Though they long to return and live there, none of them shall return except a few fugitives.’” 1
I the King, whose name is the Lord who rules over all, 1 swear this: I swear as surely as I live that 2 a conqueror is coming. He will be as imposing as Mount Tabor is among the mountains, as Mount Carmel is against the backdrop of the sea. 3
This is what the Lord who rules over all 1 says, “Babylon’s thick wall 2 will be completely demolished. 3 Her high gates will be set on fire. The peoples strive for what does not satisfy. 4 The nations grow weary trying to get what will be destroyed.” 5
He had Zedekiah’s eyes put out and had him bound in chains. 1 Then the king of Babylon had him led off to Babylon and he was imprisoned there until the day he died.
ט (Tet) Her menstrual flow 1 has soiled 2 her clothing; 3 she did not consider 4 the consequences of her sin. 5 Her demise 6 was astonishing, 7 and there was no one to comfort her. She cried, “Look, 8 O Lord, on my 9 affliction because my
ר (Resh) Look, O Lord! I am distressed; 1 my stomach is in knots! 2 My heart is pounding 3 inside me. Yes, I was terribly rebellious! 4 Out in the street the sword bereaves a mother of her children; 5 Inside the house death is present. 6