The LORD responds to their cry for deliverance. The people of Jerusalem had rejected the LORD God. Jeremiah laments his own life.
VERSE 1. Then the LORD said to me, “Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my mind would not turn toward this people. Cast them out of my sight, and let them go out!
Though Moses and Samuel stood before me. Even if Moses and Samuel intervened for these people, the LORD God would not relent.
VERSE 2. It will happen, when they ask you, ‘Where shall we go out?’ then you shall tell them, ‘The LORD says: “Such as are for death, to death; such as are for the sword, to the sword; such as are for the famine, to the famine; and such as are for captivity, to captivity.” ’
God’s people would face four different judgments:
Judgement 1. for death, to death. Some people would die. This probably means death by plague.
Judgement 2. for the sword, to the sword. Other people would be cut down with the sword.
Judgement 3. for the famine, to the famine. Still other people would die from starvation.
Judgement 4. for captivity, to captivity. And some people would escape death but would be taken into captivity.
VERSE 3. “I will appoint over them four kinds,” says the LORD: “the sword to kill, the dogs to tear, the birds of the sky, and the animals of the earth, to devour and to destroy.
VERSE 4. I will cause them to be tossed back and forth among all the kingdoms of the earth, because of Manasseh, the son of Hezekiah, king of Judah, for that which he did in Jerusalem.
VERSE 5. For who will have pity on you, Jerusalem? Who will mourn you? Who will come to ask of your welfare?
VERSE 6. You have rejected me,” says the LORD. “You have gone backward. Therefore I have stretched out my hand against you and destroyed you. I am weary of showing compassion.
You have rejected me,” says the LORD. This was the chief sin of the people. Sure, they disobeyed the commands. And sure, they worshipped other gods. But above all and primarily, the rejected the Most High God.
VERSE 7. I have winnowed them with a fan in the gates of the land. I have bereaved them of children. I have destroyed my people. They didn’t return from their ways.
VERSE 8. Their widows are increased more than the sand of the seas. I have brought on them against the mother of the young men a destroyer at noonday. I have caused anguish and terrors to fall on her suddenly.
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VERSE 9. She who has borne seven languishes. She has given up the spirit. Her sun has gone down while it was yet day. She has been disappointed and confounded. I will deliver their residue to the sword before their enemies,” says the LORD.
VERSE 10. Woe is me, my mother, that you have borne me, a man of strife, and a man of contention to the whole earth! I have not lent, neither have men lent to me; yet every one of them curses me.
NCV translation. Mother, I am sorry that you gave birth to me since I must accuse and criticize the whole land. I have not loaned or borrowed anything, but everyone curses me.
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I am sorry that you gave birth. Jeremiah’s life was by no means easy.
VERSE 11. The LORD said, “Most certainly I will strengthen you for good. Most certainly I will cause the enemy to make supplication to you in the time of evil and in the time of affliction.
VERSE 12. Can one break iron, even iron from the north, and bronze?
VERSE 13. I will give your substance and your treasures for a plunder without price, and that for all your sins, even in all your borders.
VERSE 14. I will make them to pass with your enemies into a land which you don’t know; for a fire is kindled in my anger, which will burn on you.”
VERSE 15. LORD, you know. Remember me, visit me, and avenge me of my persecutors. You are patient, so don’t take me away. Know that for your sake I have suffered reproach.
for your sake I have suffered reproach. Have you been persecuted for living in a holy way?
Matthew 5:10. Blessed are those who have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
VERSE 16. Your words were found, and I ate them. Your words were to me a joy and the rejoicing of my heart, for I am called by your name, the LORD, God of Hosts.
KJV translation. Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.
I ate them. God’s words, the Sacred Scriptures, are like food for our spiritual life. You have found them (the Bible). And you are “eating them.” You are reading the Bible. Let’s devour ’em!
Psalm 19:10. More to be desired are they than gold, yes, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the extract of the honeycomb.
Jeremiah 15:16. Your words were found, and I ate them. Your words were to me a joy and the rejoicing of my heart, for I am called by your name, LORD, God of Armies.
Revelation 10:9. I went to the angel, telling him to give me the little book. He said to me, “Take it, and eat it. It will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.”
VERSE 17. I didn’t sit in the assembly of those who make merry and rejoice. I sat alone because of your hand, for you have filled me with indignation.
VERSE 18. Why is my pain perpetual, and my wound incurable, which refuses to be healed? Will you indeed be to me as a deceitful brook, like waters that fail?
VERSE 19. Therefore the LORD says, “If you return, then I will bring you again, that you may stand before me; and if you take out the precious from the vile, you will be as my mouth. They will return to you, but you will not return to them.
you will be as my mouth. God’s people can speak for him.
They will fight against you. Jeremiah’s calling was by no means easy.
to save you and to deliver you. Jeremiah could count on the LORD God intervening for him.
VERSE 21. “I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem you out of the hand of the terrible.”
NIV translation. I will save you from the hands of the wicked and redeem you from the grasp of the cruel. (1984)
I will save you from the hands of the wicked. This promise from God is a great hope.
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