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Jeremiah 14

A drought upon the land of Judah. (1-7) A confession of sin in the name of the people. (8-9) The Divine purpose to punish is declared. (10-16) The people supplicate. (17-22)

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A drought upon the land of Judah

1 The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah concerning the dearth.

2 Judah mourneth, and the gates thereof languish; they are black unto the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up.

3 And their nobles have sent their little ones to the waters: they came to the pits, and found no water; they returned with their vessels empty; they were ashamed and confounded, and covered their heads.

4 Because the ground is chapt, for there was no rain in the earth, the plowmen were ashamed, they covered their heads.

5 Yea, the hind also calved in the field, and forsook it, because there was no grass.

6 And the wild asses did stand in the high places, they snuffed up the wind like dragons; their eyes did fail, because there was no grass.

7 O LORD, though our iniquities testify against us, do thou it for thy name’s sake: for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against thee.

A confession of sin in the name of the people

8 O the 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?

9 Why shouldest thou be as a man astonied, as a mighty man that cannot save? yet thou, O LORD, art in the midst of us, and we are called by thy name; leave us not.

The Divine purpose to punish is declared

10 Thus saith the LORD unto this people, Thus have they loved to wander, they have not refrained their feet, therefore the LORD doth not accept them; he will now remember their iniquity, and visit their sins.

11 Then said the LORD unto me, Pray not for this people for their good.

12 When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and an oblation, I will not accept them: but I will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence.

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 Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.

15 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning 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.

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 wickedness upon them.

The people supplicate

17 Therefore 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.

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! yea, both the prophet and the priest go about into a land that they know not.

19 Hast thou utterly rejected Judah? hath thy soul lothed Zion? why hast thou smitten us, and there is no healing for us? we looked for peace, and there is no good; and for the time of healing, and behold trouble!

20 We acknowledge, O LORD, our wickedness, and the iniquity of our fathers: for we have sinned against thee.

21 Do not abhor us, for thy name’s sake, do not disgrace the throne of thy glory: remember, break not thy covenant with us.

22 Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? art not thou he, O LORD our God? therefore we will wait upon thee: for thou hast made all these things.

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G Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Ver. 1. Drought, during the last siege, (v. 18. S. Jer.) or after the captivity of Jechonias; (C. viii. 13.) though the famine might happen in the days of Josias. Joel i. C. — This scourge was in punishment of sin, and signified the privation of grace. W.

Ver. 3. Water. Siloe was the only spring near, and it was often dry, (S. Jer.) though it was formerly abundant, (Jos. Bel. vi. 6.) as well as the fountain of Gehon. The city was furnished with cisterns. C. — But all was now dry. H. — Heads; mourning. 2 K. xv. 30.

Ver. 5. Field. They prefer places frequented by men. Pliny viii. 32.

Ver. 6. Wind, for refreshment. — Failed, through want, though they be very piercing.

Ver. 7. Sake. We have the honour to be called thy people. We urge no merit of our own.

Ver. 8. Lodge. The Fathers apply this to our Saviour, in a spiritual sense. C.

Ver. 9. Wandering. Sept. “sleeping;” (H.) or as a boaster, who thinks himself strong. W. — Upon us. Shall strangers rule over thy people?

Ver. 10. Rested. They are inconstant, fond of novelties, and apply to idols.

Ver. 11. Good, that the drought may be removed. C. See C. vii. 16. and xi. 14. M. — “It is folly to pray for him who has sinned unto death,” (S. Jer. 1 Jo. v. 16.) by final impenitence. C. — Sacrifices will not benefit the impenitent. S. Jer.

Ver. 13. Ah. Hebrew has only one exclamation, or three letters, which Aquila renders, Ah, ah, ah. C. i. 6. Ezec. iv. 14. H. — Jeremias lays the blame on false prophets. C. — Yet they afford no excuse to thy followers. Both fall into the ditch. W.

Ver. 17. My. Sept. “your eyes.” Jeremias shews by his tears the future misery. C. — Virgin. Though many were sinners, the Church had some just souls. W.

Ver. 18. Famine. Under Jechonias many were slain, and the chiefs carried into captivity. 4 K. xxiv. 12. — Into. Heb. “through the land, and are ignorant.” Chal. “they apply to their business, to earthly concerns, and care not.” C. v. 31.

Ver. 21. Glory; heaven, the temple or Jerusalem. How will infidels blaspheme!

Ver. 22. Rain. Let not the people have recourse to idols, (C.) in despair. H.