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Jeremias 14

1Engang, da der var tørke i landet, sagde Herren til mig:

„Judas folk er fortvivlede. Byernes travle liv er forsvundet, og folk sidder i støvet og sørger. Klageskrig stiger op til mig fra Jerusalem. Velhavende folk sender deres slaver efter vand, men alle vandreservoirer er tomme, og slaverne vender skuffede og fortvivlede tilbage med tomme hænder og bøjet hoved. Jorden er knastør og slår revner, og der er ingen udsigt til regn. Landmændene er desperate og skjuler ansigtet i hænderne. Selv hjorten opgiver sit nyfødte kid på marken, for der er intet græs. Vildæslerne står på de nøgne bakketoppe. De stønner som tørstige sjakaler og spejder uden håb efter den plantevækst, der ikke er der.”

Jeg svarede: „Ak Herre, gang på gang har vi syndet imod dig. Alligevel vover vi at råbe til dig om hjælp, for vi kender dig som en barmhjertig Gud. Ak, Israels Håb, du er vores Frelser i nødens stund. Hvorfor er du blevet en fremmed for os, som en rejsende, der kun gør holdt for natten? Er du da magtesløs, ude af stand til at frelse os? Herre, du er vores Gud, og vi er kendt som dit folk. Herre, lad os ikke i stikken nu!”

10 Derpå talte Herren om sit genstridige folk: „De elsker at gå deres egne veje. Gang på gang gør de oprør imod mig. Det kan jeg ikke acceptere, og derfor er jeg nødt til at straffe dem for deres synder.”

11 Så sagde Herren til mig: „Lad være med at bede mig velsigne dette folk. 12 Selv om de faster, vil jeg ikke høre deres bønner. Og deres offergaver tager jeg ikke imod. Jeg straffer dem med krig, hungersnød og sygdom.”

13 Da sagde jeg: „Herre, min Gud, mange profeter har jo fortalt folket, at der hverken vil komme krig eller hungersnød, og at du vil give landet fremgang og fred!”

14 Herren svarede: „Det var løgnagtige profeter. Jeg har hverken sendt dem eller talt til dem. De syner og åbenbaringer, som de påstår at have fået fra mig, er noget, de selv har fundet på. 15 Derfor vil jeg straffe de løgneprofeter, som påstår, at de taler på mine vegne, selvom jeg ikke har sendt dem. De siger, at der hverken kommer krig eller hungersnød, men de kommer selv til at dø på grund af krig og hungersnød! 16 Og folket, som de profeterer for, får samme skæbne. Deres lig vil ligge og rådne i Jerusalems gader, fordi der ikke er nogen til at begrave dem. Mænd og kvinder, børn og unge, alle vil dø som straf for deres ondskab.

17 Derfor skal du sige til dem fra mig: Dag og nat strømmer mine øjne over med tårer. Jeg græder uafbrudt, for mit elskede folk er dødeligt såret. 18 Går jeg udenfor byen, ser jeg dræbte krigere over det hele. Går jeg gennem byens gader, ser jeg dem, som er helt udmattede af sult. Det er sket, fordi både profeter og præster har udført deres hverv uden en sand forståelse af mig.”

19 „Ak, Herre,” udbrød jeg, „har du helt forkastet Judas folk? Hader du Jerusalem? Hvorfor har du såret os så hårdt, at alt håb er ude? Vi håbede på fred, men freden udeblev. Vi håbede på fremgang, men oplevede terror og ødelæggelse. 20 Herre, vi bekender både vores egen og vores forfædres ondskab. Vi har alle syndet imod dig. 21 Men forkast os ikke, Herre, for dit eget navns skyld! Bring ikke skam over Jerusalem, hvor din herlige trone står! Opsig ikke din pagt med os! 22 Kan nogen af de fremmede afguder sende regn? Falder den fra himlen helt af sig selv? Er det ikke dig, Herre, vores Gud, som gør det? Derfor sætter vi vores lid til dig, som står bag det alt sammen.”

Amplified Bible

Jeremiah 14

Drought and a Prayer for Mercy

1The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah concerning the drought:


“Judah mourns
And her gates languish;
Her people sit on the ground in mourning clothes
And the cry of Jerusalem has gone up.

“Their nobles have sent their servants for water;
They have come to the cisterns and found no water.
They have returned with empty vessels;
They have been shamed and humiliated,
And they cover their heads.

“The ground is cracked
Because there has been no rain on the land;
The farmers are distressed,
And they have covered their heads [in shame].

“The doe in the field has given birth only to abandon her young
Because there is no grass.

“And the wild donkeys stand on the barren heights;
They pant for air like jackals,
Their eyesight fails
Because there is no grass.

“O Lord, though our many sins testify against us” [prays Jeremiah],
“Act now [for us and] for Your name’s sake [so that the faithless may witness Your faithfulness]!
For our backslidings are countless;
We have sinned against You.

“O Hope of Israel,
Her Savior in time of distress and trouble,
Why should You be like a sojourner (temporary resident) in the land
Or like a traveler who turns aside and spreads his tent to linger [only] for a night?

“Why should You be [hesitant and inactive] like a man astounded and perplexed,
Like a mighty man unable to save?
Yet You, O Lord, are among us,
And we are called by Your name;
Do not leave us!”

10 Thus says the Lord to this people [Judah], “In the manner and to the degree [already pointed out] they have loved to wander; they have not restrained their feet. Therefore the Lord does not accept them; He will now remember [in detail] their wickedness and punish them for their sins.” 11 So the Lord said to me, “Do not pray for good things for this people. 12 Though they fast, I will not hear their cry; and though they offer burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them [because they are done as obligations, and not as acts of loving obedience]. Instead I will consume them by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence.”

False Prophets

13 But I said, “Alas, Lord God! Behold, the [false] prophets are telling them, ‘You will not see the sword nor will you have famine, but I [the Lord] will give you lasting peace in this place.’” 14 Then the Lord said to me, “The [counterfeit] prophets are prophesying lies in My Name. I have neither sent them nor authorized them nor spoken to them. They are prophesying to you made-up visions [pretending to call forth responses from handmade gods], a worthless divination and the deceit of their own mind. 15 Therefore, thus says the Lord concerning the [false] prophets who are prophesying in My Name, although I did not send them—yet they keep saying, ‘Sword and famine shall not be in this land’: by sword and famine those prophets shall meet their end and be consumed. 16 And the people to whom they are prophesying will be thrown out into the streets of Jerusalem, victims of famine and sword; and they will have no one to bury them—neither them, nor their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters. For I will pour out their [own] wickedness on them [and not only on the imposters posing as prophets, for the people could not have been deceived without their own consent].

17 
“Therefore [Jeremiah] you will say this word to them,
‘Let my eyes flow with tears night and day,
And let them never cease;
For the virgin daughter of my people has been crushed with a great blow,
With a very serious and severely infected wound.
18 
‘If I go out into the field,
Then I gaze on those slaughtered with the sword!
And if I enter the city,
Then I gaze on [those tormented with] the diseases of famine!
For both prophet and priest [who should have guided the people]
Go about [bewildered and exiled] in a land (Babylon) that they do not know or understand.’”

19 
Have You [O Lord] completely rejected Judah?
Do You loathe Zion?
Why have You stricken us so that there is no healing for us?
We looked for peace and completeness, but nothing good came;
And [we hoped] for a time of healing, but behold, terror!
20 
We know and acknowledge, O Lord,
Our wickedness and the iniquity of our fathers; for we have sinned against You.
21 
Do not treat us with contempt and condemn us, for Your own name’s sake;
Do not disgrace Your [a]glorious throne;
Remember [with consideration] and do not break Your [solemn] covenant with us.
22 
Are there any among the idols of the nations who can send rain?
Or can the heavens [of their own will] give showers?
Is it not You, O Lord our God?
Therefore we will wait and hope [confidently] in You,
For You are the one who has made all these things [the heavens and the rain].

Notas al pie

  1. Jeremiah 14:21 The temple in Jerusalem.