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Jeremiah 16
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Jeremiah Forbidden to Marry

16The Lord gave me another message. He said,H1697H3068H559 2“Do not get married or have children in this place.H3947H802H1121H1323H4725 3For this is what the Lord says about the children born here in this city and about their mothers and fathers:H559H3068H1121H1323H3205H4725H517H3205H1H3209H776 4They will die from terrible diseases. No one will mourn for them or bury them, and they will lie scattered on the ground like manure. They will die from war and famine, and their bodies will be food for the vultures and wild animals.”H4191H8463H4463H5594H6912H1828H6440H127H3615H2719H7458H5038H3978H5775H8064H929H776

Judah’s Coming Punishment

5This is what the Lord says: “Do not go to funerals to mourn and show sympathy for these people, for I have removed my protection and peace from them. I have taken away my unfailing love and my mercy.H559H3068H935H1004H4798H3212H5594H5110H622H7965H5971H5002H3068H2617H7356 6Both the great and the lowly will die in this land. No one will bury them or mourn for them. Their friends will not cut themselves in sorrow or shave their heads in sadness.H1419H6996H4191H776H6912H5594H1413H7139 7No one will offer a meal to comfort those who mourn for the dead—not even at the death of a mother or father. No one will send a cup of wine to console them.H6536H60H5162H4191H3563H8575H8248H1H517 8“And do not go to their feasts and parties. Do not eat and drink with them at all.H935H1004H4960H3427H398H8354 9For this is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: In your own lifetime, before your very eyes, I will put an end to the happy singing and laughter in this land. The joyful voices of bridegrooms and brides will no longer be heard.H559H3068H6635H430H3478H7673H4725H5869H3117H6963H8342H6963H8057H6963H2860H6963H3618 10“When you tell the people all these things, they will ask, ‘Why has the Lord decreed such terrible things against us? What have we done to deserve such treatment? What is our sin against the Lord our God?’H5046H5971H1697H559H3068H1696H1419H7451H5771H2403H2398H3068H430 11“Then you will give them the Lord’s reply: ‘It is because your ancestors were unfaithful to me. They worshiped other gods and served them. They abandoned me and did not obey my word.H559H1H5800H5002H3068H3212H310H312H430H5647H7812H5800H8104H8451 12And you are even worse than your ancestors! You stubbornly follow your own evil desires and refuse to listen to me.H6213H7489H1H2009H1980H376H310H8307H7451H3820H8085 13So I will throw you out of this land and send you into a foreign land where you and your ancestors have never been. There you can worship idols day and night—and I will grant you no favors!’H2904H776H776H3045H1H5647H312H430H3119H3915H5414H2594

Hope despite the Disaster

14“But the time is coming,” says the Lord, “when people who are taking an oath will no longer say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who rescued the people of Israel from the land of Egypt.’H3117H935H5002H3068H559H3068H2416H5927H1121H3478H776H4714 15Instead, they will say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the people of Israel back to their own land from the land of the north and from all the countries to which he had exiled them.’ For I will bring them back to this land that I gave their ancestors.H3068H2416H5927H1121H3478H776H6828H776H5080H7725H127H5414H1 16“But now I am sending for many fishermen who will catch them,” says the Lord. “I am sending for hunters who will hunt them down in the mountains, hills, and caves.H7971H7227H1771H1728H5002H3068H1770H310H7971H7227H6719H6679H2022H1389H5357H5553 17I am watching them closely, and I see every sin. They cannot hope to hide from me.H5869H1870H5641H6440H5771H6845H5048H5869 18I will double their punishment for all their sins, because they have defiled my land with lifeless images of their detestable gods and have filled my territory with their evil deeds.”H7223H7999H5771H2403H4932H2490H776H4390H5159H5038H8251H8441

Jeremiah’s Prayer of Confidence

19Lord, you are my strength and fortress, my refuge in the day of trouble! Nations from around the world will come to you and say, “Our ancestors left us a foolish heritage, for they worshiped worthless idols.H3068H5797H4581H4498H3117H6869H1471H935H657H776H559H1H5157H8267H1892H3276 20Can people make their own gods? These are not real gods at all!”H120H6213H430H430 21The Lord says, “Now I will show them my power; now I will show them my might. At last they will know and understand that I am the Lord.H6471H3045H3045H3027H1369H3045H8034H3068


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