They sink to the ground dejected,
And a cry goes up from Jerusalem.
They go to the water holes* and find no water.
They return with their vessels empty.
They are ashamed and disappointed,
And they cover their heads.
4 Because the ground is cracked,
For there is no rain on the land,+
The farmers are dismayed and cover their heads.
5 Even the doe in the field forsakes her newborn
Because there is no grass.
6 The wild donkeys stand on the bare hills.
They pant for air like jackals;
Their eyes fail because there is no vegetation.+
For our acts of unfaithfulness are many,+
And it is against you that we have sinned.
Why are you like a stranger in the land,
Like a traveler who stops only to spend the night?
9 Why are you like a man who is stunned,
Like a mighty man who cannot save?
Do not abandon us.
10 This is what Jehovah says concerning this people: “They love to wander about;+ they have not restrained their feet.+ So Jehovah finds no pleasure in them.+ Now he will remember their error and call them to account for their sins.”+
11 Then Jehovah said to me: “Do not pray for good to come to this people.+ 12 When they fast, I do not listen to their entreaties,+ and when they offer whole burnt offerings and grain offerings, I take no pleasure in them,+ for by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence,* I will do away with them.”+
13 At this I said: “Alas, O Sovereign Lord Jehovah! Here the prophets are saying to them, ‘You will not see the sword, and famine will not come upon you, but I will give you true peace in this place.’”+
14 Jehovah then said to me: “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name.+ I have not sent them or commanded them or spoken to them.+ A lying vision and a worthless divination and the deceit of their own heart is what they are prophesying to you.+ 15 Therefore this is what Jehovah says concerning the prophets who are prophesying in my name, though I did not send them, and who say that no sword or famine will occur in this land: ‘By sword and by famine those prophets will perish.+ 16 And the people to whom they are prophesying will be cast out into the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword, with no one to bury them+—them, their wives, their sons, or their daughters—for I will pour out on them the calamity they deserve.’+
17 “You must speak this word to them,
‘Let my eyes stream with tears night and day, let them not cease,+
For the virgin daughter of my people has been completely crushed and broken,+
With an extremely severe wound.
And if I come into the city,
I see the diseases from the famine!+
For both the prophet and the priest have gone around in a land that they do not know.’”+
Why have you struck us, so that there is no healing for us?+
There was a hope for peace, but nothing good came,
For a time of healing, but there is terror!+
20 We acknowledge our wickedness, O Jehovah,
And the error of our forefathers,
For we have sinned against you.+
Remember, and do not break your covenant with us.+
22 Can any of the worthless idols of the nations give rain,
Or can even the heavens send showers of rain on their own?
Are you not the only One, O Jehovah our God?+
And we hope in you,
For you alone have done all these things.