That which came as the word of the Lord to Jeremiah in regard to the drought:
“Judah mourns And her gates languish;They sit on the ground in mourning, and the cry of Jerusalem has ascended.
“Their nobles have sent their servants for water; They have come to the cisterns and found no water.
They have returned with their vessels empty; They have been put to shame and humiliated,And they cover their heads.
“Because the ground is cracked,For there has been no rain on the land; The farmers have been put to shame, They have covered their heads.
“For even the doe in the field has given birth only to abandon her young,Because there is no grass.
“The wild donkeys stand on the bare heights;They pant for air like jackals,Their eyes fail for there is no vegetation.
“Although our iniquities testify against us,O Lord, act for Your name’s sake!
For our backslidings are many,We have sinned against You.
“O Hope of Israel,Its Savior in time of distress,Why are You like a stranger in the land or like a traveler who has pitched his tent for the night?
“Why are You like a man dismayed,Like a mighty man who cannot save?
Yet You are in our midst, O Lord,and we are called by Your name;Do not forsake us!”
Thus says the Lord to this people, “Even so they have loved to wander; they have not kept their feet in check. Therefore the Lord does not accept them; now He will remember their iniquity and call their sins to account.”
So the Lord said to me, “ Do not pray for the welfare of this people.
When they fast, I am not going to listen to their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and grain offering, I am not going to accept them. Rather I am going to make an end of them by the sword, famine and pestilence.”