Jeremiah 13
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Jeremiah’s Linen Belt

1This is what the LORD told me: “Go and buy a linen belt for yourself, and put it around your waist.a But don’t let it get wet.” 2So I bought the belt according to the LORD’s instruction, and put it around my waist.

3Then this message from the LORD came to me a second time: 4Take the belt that you bought and that is around your waist. Get up and go to the Euphrates,b and hide it there in a crevice in the rock.” 5So I went and hid it at the Euphrates,c just as the LORD had commanded me.

6After a long time,d the LORD told me, “Arise, go to the Euphrates,e and get the belt that I commanded you to hide there.” 7I went to the Euphrates and dug it up. I got the belt from the place where I had hidden it. The belt was ruined! It was not good for anything.

8Then this message from the LORD came to me: 9“This is what the LORD says: ‘In the same way I’ll ruin the pride of Judah and the pride of Jerusalem. 10This evil people that refuses to listen to my words, that stubbornly pursues their own desires,f and that follows other gods to serve and worship them, will be like this belt that is not good for anything. 11For just as the belt clings tightly to a person’s waist, so I’ve made all the peopleg of Israel and all the peopleh of Judah cling tightly to me,’ declares the LORD. ‘I did thisi so that they would be my people, name, praise, and glory. But they wouldn’t listen.’

The Wineskins

12“This is what you’re to tell them: ‘This is what the LORD God of Israel says: “Every wineskin is to be filled with wine.”’ When they say to you, ‘Don’t we know very well that every wineskin is to be filled with wine?’, 13then say to them, ‘This is what the LORD says: “I’m about to make all the inhabitants of this land drunk—the kings who sit on David’s throne, the priests, the prophets, and all the residents of Jerusalem. 14I’ll smash them against each other, even fathers against their sons,”j declares the LORD. “I’ll have no pity, mercy, or compassion when I destroy them.”’”

15Listen and pay attention!k

Don’t be proud, for the LORD has spoken.

16Give glory to the LORD your God

before he brings darkness,

before your feet stumble on the

mountains at twilight.

You hope for light,

but he turns it into deep darkness.

He changes it into heavy gloom.

17If you don’t listen, I’ll cry secretly

because of your pride.

My eyes will cry bitterly, flowing tears,

because the LORD’s flock has been taken captive.

18Say to the king and the queen mother,l

“Come take a lowly seat,

because your beautiful crowns have fallen off your heads.”

19The towns in the Negevm will be closed up,

and there will be no one to open them.

All Judah will be taken into exile

and be completely exiled.

20“Look up and see those who are coming from the north.

Where is the flock that was given to you—

your beautiful sheep?

21What will you say when the LORDn

appoints over you as your head

those whom you taught to be your allies?o

Pain will seize you like that seizing a woman

about to give birth, will it not?

22When you say to yourselves,

‘Why have all these things happened to me?’

It’s because of the extent of your iniquity

that your skirt has been lifted up,

and your heels have suffered violence.p

23Can an Ethiopian change his skin,

or a leopard his spots?

Then you who are trained to do evil

will also be able to do good.

24I’ll scatter them like chaff

blown away by a desert wind.

25“This is your fate,

the portion I’ve measured out for you,”

declares the LORD,

“because you have forgotten me

and have trusted in false gods.q

26I’ll also pull your skirt up over your face,

so your shame will be seen,

27I’ve seen your detestable behavior:

your adulteries, your passionate neighing,

your lewd immorality on the hills in the field.

How terrible it will be for you, Jerusalem!

You are unclean. How much longer will this go on?”

a 13:1 Or loins
b 13:4 Or Perath
c 13:5 Or Perath
d 13:6 Lit. At the end of many days
e 13:6 Or Perath
f 13:10 Lit. that walks in the stubbornness of their hearts
g 13:11 Lit. house
h 13:11 Lit. house
i 13:11 The Heb. lacks I did this
j 13:14 Lit. fathers and sons together
k 13:15 Lit. give ear
l 13:18 i.e. the king’s mother
m 13:19 i.e. the southern regions of the Sinai peninsula; cf. Josh 10:40
n 13:21 Lit. he
o 13:21 i.e. the Babylonians
p 13:22 i.e. you have been violated
q 13:25 Or deception

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