Jeremiah 13


13:1 Thus saith the LORD to me, Go and get for thee a linen
 girdle, and put it upon thy loins, and put it not in water.
13:2 So I procured a girdle according to the word of the LORD,
 and put [it] on my loins.
13:3 And the word of the LORD came to me the second time,
 saying,
13:4 Take the girdle that thou hast procured, which [is] upon
 thy loins, and arise, go to Euphrates, and hide it there in a
 hole of the rock.
13:5 So I went, and hid it by Euphrates, as the LORD commanded
 me.
13:6 And it came to pass after many days, that the LORD said to
 me, Arise, go to Euphrates, and take the girdle from thence,
 which I commanded thee to hide there.
13:7 Then I went to Euphrates, and digged, and took the girdle
 from the place where I had hid it: and behold, the girdle was
 marred, it was profitable for nothing.
13:8 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
13:9 Thus saith the LORD, After this manner will I mar the pride
 of Judah, and the great pride of Jerusalem.
13:10 This evil people, who refuse to hear my words, who walk in
 the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to
 serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as this girdle,
 which is good for nothing.
13:11 For as the girdle cleaveth to the loins of a man, so have
 I caused to cleave to me the whole house of Israel and the
 whole house of Judah, saith the LORD; that they might be to me
 for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a
 glory: but they would not hear.
13:12 Therefore thou shalt speak to them this word; Thus saith
 the LORD God of Israel, Every bottle shall be filled with wine:
 and they shall say to thee, Do we not certainly know that every
 bottle shall be filled with wine?
13:13 Then shalt thou say to them, Thus saith the LORD, Behold,
 I will fill all the inhabitants of this land, even the kings
 that sit upon David's throne, and the priests, and the
 prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, with
 drunkenness.
13:14 And I will dash them one against another, even the fathers
 and the sons together, saith the LORD: I will not pity, nor
 spare, nor have mercy, but destroy them.
13:15 Hear ye, and give ear; be not proud: for the LORD hath
 spoken.
13:16 Give glory to the LORD your God, before he shall cause
 darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains,
 and while ye look for light, he shall turn it into the shades
 of death, [and] make [it] gross darkness.
13:17 But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret
 places for [your] pride; and my eye shall weep bitterly, and
 run down with tears, because the LORD'S flock is carried away
 captive.
13:18 Say to the king and to the queen, Humble yourselves, sit
 down: for your principalities shall come down, [even] the crown
 of your glory.
13:19 The cities of the south shall be shut up, and none shall
 open [them]; Judah shall be carried away captive all of it, it
 shall be wholly carried away captive.
13:20 Lift up your eyes, and behold them that come from the
 north: where [is] the flock [that] was given thee, thy
 beautiful flock?
13:21 What wilt thou say when he shall punish thee? for thou
 hast taught them [to be] captains, [and] as chief over thee:
 shall not sorrows take thee, as a woman in travail?
13:22 And if thou shalt say in thy heart, Why come these things
 upon me? For the greatness of thy iniquity are thy skirts
 uncovered, [and] thy heels made bare.
13:23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his
 spots? [then] may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do
 evil.
13:24 Therefore will I scatter them as the stubble that passeth
 away by the wind of the wilderness.
13:25 This [is] thy lot, the portion of thy measures from me,
 saith the LORD; because thou hast forgotten me, and trusted in
 falsehood.
13:26 Therefore will I uncover thy skirts upon thy face, that
 thy shame may appear.
13:27 I have seen thy adulteries, and thy neighings, the
 enormity of thy lewdness, [and] thy abominations on the hills
 in the fields. Woe to thee O Jerusalem! wilt thou not be made
 clean? when [shall it] once [be]?
 
 

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