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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 15

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1The LORD said to me: Even if Moses and Samuel stood before me, my heart would not turn toward this people. Send them away from me. w Ps 99, 6; Ez 14, 14. 16 . 2If they ask you where they should go, tell them, Thus says the LORD: Whoever is marked for death, to death; whoever is marked for the sword, to the sword; whoever is marked for famine, to famine; whoever is marked for captivity, to captivity. x Jer 14, 12; Ez 5, 12 . 3Four kinds of scourge I have decreed against them, says the LORD: the sword to slay them; dogs to drag them about; the birds of the sky and the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy them. y Ez 14, 21 . 4And I will make them an object of horror to all the kingdoms of the earth because of what Manasseh, son of Hezekiah, king of Judah, did in Jerusalem. z Jer 24, 9; 2 Kgs 21, 11–16; 23, 26; 24, 3f .

Scene of Tragedy

5Who will pity you, Jerusalem, who will console you? Who will stop to ask about your welfare? a Is 51, 19 . 6You have disowned me, says the LORD, turned your back upon me; And so I stretched out my hand to destroy you, I was weary of sparing you. b Am 7, 8 . 7I winnowed them with the fan in every city gate. I destroyed my people through bereavement; they returned not from their evil ways. c Is 41, 16 . 8Their widows were more numerous before me than the sands of the sea. I brought against the mother of youths the spoiler at midday; Suddenly I struck her with anguish and terror. 9The mother of seven swoons away, gasping out her life; Her sun sets in full day, she is disgraced, despairing. Their survivors I will give to the sword before their enemies, says the LORD. d 1 Sm 2, 5 .

Jeremiah's Complaint

10Woe to me, mother, that you gave me birth! a man of strife and contention to all the land! I neither borrow nor lend, yet all curse me. e Jer 20, 14 . 11Tell me, LORD, have I not served you for their good? Have I not interceded with you in the time of misfortune and anguish? f Jer 39, 11–14 . * 15You know I have. Remember me, LORD, visit me, and avenge me on my persecutors. Because of your long-suffering banish me not; know that for you I have borne insult. g Jer 11, 20; 12, 3; Ps 69, 8 . 16When I found your words, I devoured them; they became my joy and the happiness of my heart, Because I bore your name, O LORD, God of hosts. 17I did not sit celebrating in the circle of merrymakers; Under the weight of your hand I sat alone because you filled me with indignation. h Ps 25, 4 . 18Why is my pain continuous, my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? You have indeed become for me a treacherous brook,* whose waters do not abide! i Jer 14, 19; 30, 15 . 19Thus the LORD answered me: If you repent, so that I restore you, in my presence you shall stand; If you bring forth the precious without the vile, you shall be my mouthpiece. Then it shall be they who turn to you, and you shall not turn to them; 20And I will make you toward this people a solid wall of brass. Though they fight against you, they shall not prevail, For I am with you, to deliver and rescue you, says the LORD. j Jer 1, 18; 6, 27 . 21I will free you from the hand of the wicked, and rescue you from the grasp of the violent.

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