Jeremiah 15

1The Lord said to me, “Jeremiah, even if Moses and Samuel were here to pray for the people of Judah, I would not feel sorry for these people. Send the people of Judah away from me. Tell them to go. 2Those people might ask you, 'Where will we go?’ You tell them this: This is what the Lord says: 'I have chosen some people to die. Those people will die. I have chosen some people to be killed with swords. Those people will be killed with swords. I have chosen some people to die from hunger. Those people will die from hunger. I have chosen some people to be captured and carried to a foreign country. Those people will be prisoners in that foreign country. 3I will send four kinds of destroyers against them.’ This message is from the Lord. 'I will send the enemy with a sword to kill. I will send the dogs to drag their bodies away. I will send birds of the air and wild animals to eat and destroy their bodies. 4I will make the people of Judah an example of some terrible thing for all the people on earth. I will do this to the people of Judah because of what Manasseh did in Jerusalem. Manasseh was the son of King Hezekiah. Manasseh was a king of Judah.’ 5“No person will feel sorry for you, city of Jerusalem. No person will be sad and cry for you. No person will go out of his way to even ask how you are! 6Jerusalem, you left me.” This message is from the Lord. “Again and again you left me! So I will punish and destroy you. I am tired of holding back your punishment. 7I will separate the people of Judah with my pitchfork. I will scatter them at the city gates of the land. My people have not changed. So I will destroy them. I will take away their children. 8Many women will lose their husbands. There will be more widows than there is sand in the sea. I will bring a destroyer at noontime. The destroyer will attack the mothers of the young men of Judah. I will bring pain and fear on the people of Judah. I will make this happen very quickly. 9The enemy will attack with swords and kill the people. They will kill the survivors from Judah. A woman might have seven sons, ˻but they will all die.˼ She will cry and cry until she becomes weak and not able to breathe. She will be upset and confused. Her bright day will become dark from sadness.” 10Mother, I ˻(Jeremiah)˼ am sorry that you gave birth to me. I am the person that must accuse and criticize the whole land. I have not loaned or borrowed anything. But every person curses me. 11Truly, Lord, I have served you well. In time of troubles, I prayed to you about my enemies. 12“Jeremiah, you know that no person can shatter a piece of iron. I mean the kind of iron that is from the north. And no person can shatter a piece of bronze either. 13The people of Judah have many treasures. I will give those riches to other people. Those other people will not have to buy them. ˻I will give those riches to them.˼ Why? Because Judah has many sins. People sinned in every part of Judah 14People of Judah, I will make you slaves of your enemies. You will be slaves in a land that you never knew. I am very angry. My anger is like a hot fire, and you will be burned.” 15Lord, you understand me. Remember me and take care of me. People are hurting me. Give those people the punishment that they deserve. You are being patient with those people. But don’t destroy me while you remain patient with them. Think about me. Think about the pain I suffer for you, Lord. 16Your message came to me and I ate your words. Your message made me very happy. I was happy to be called by your name. Your name is Lord All-Powerful. 17I never sat with the crowd as they laughed and had fun. I sat by myself because of your influence on me. You filled me with anger at the evil around me. 18I don’t understand why I still hurt. I don’t understand why my wound is not cured and cannot be healed. Lord, I think you have changed. You are like a spring of water that became dry. You are like a spring whose water has stopped flowing. 19Then, the Lord said, “Jeremiah, if you change and come back to me, then I will not punish you. If you change and come back to me, then you can serve me. If you speak important things, and not those worthless words, then you can speak for me. The people of Judah should change and come back to you ˻Jeremiah˼. But don’t you change and be like them. 20I will make you strong. Those people will think you are strong like a wall made of bronze. The people of Judah will fight against you. But they will not defeat you. They will not defeat you. Why? Because I am with you. I will help you and I will save you.” This message is from the Lord. 21“I will save you from those evil people. Those people scare you. But I will save you from those people.”

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