The Destruction of Jerusalem

15 But Yahweh, the God of their ancestors sent word against them by the hand of His messengers, sending them time and time again,(A) for He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place. 16 But they kept ridiculing God’s messengers,(B) despising His words,(C) and scoffing at His prophets, until the Lord’s wrath was so stirred up against His people that there was no remedy.(D)

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24 Since I called out and you refused,(A)
extended my hand and no one paid attention,(B)

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28 When I look, there is no one;
there is no counselor among them;
when I ask them, they have nothing to say.(A)

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Why was no one there when I came?
Why was there no one to answer when I called?
Is My hand too short to redeem?(A)
Or do I have no power to deliver?
Look, I dry up the sea by My rebuke;(B)
I turn the rivers into a wilderness;
their fish rot because of lack of water
and die of thirst.

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So I will choose their punishment,
and I will bring on them what they dread
because I called and no one answered;
I spoke and they didn’t hear;
they did what was evil in My sight
and chose what I didn’t delight in.(A)

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13 Now, because you have done all these things”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“and because I have spoken to you time and time again[a] but you wouldn’t listen,(A) and I have called to you, but you wouldn’t answer,(B)

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 7:13 Lit you rising early and speaking

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