A grievous famine: and the prophet's prayer on that occasion. Evils denounced to false prophets. The prophet mourns for his people.
1 The Word of the Lord that came to Jeremias concerning the words of the drought.
Quod factum est verbum Domini ad Jeremiam, de sermonibus siccitatis.
2 Judea hath mourned, and the gates thereof are fallen, and are become obscure on the ground, and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up.
Luxit Judaea et portae ejus corruerunt, et obscuratae sunt in terra, et clamor Jerusalem ascendit.
3 The great ones sent their inferiors to the water: they came to draw, they found no water, they carried back their vessels empty: they were confounded and afflicted, and covered their heads.
Majores miserunt minores suos ad aquam : venerunt ad hauriendum; non invenerunt aquam, reportaverunt vasa sua vacua. Confusi sunt, et afflicti, et operuerunt capita sua.
4 For the destruction of the land, because there came no rain upon the earth, the husbandmen were confounded, they covered their heads.
Propter terrae vastitatem, quia non venit pluvia in terram, confusi sunt agricolae : operuerunt capita sua.
5 Yea, the hind also brought forth in the field, and left it, because there was no grass.
Nam et cerva in agro peperit, et reliquit, quia non erat herba.
6 And the wild asses stood upon the rocks, they snuffed up the wind like dragons, their eyes failed, because there was no grass.
Et onagri steterunt in rupibus, traxerunt ventum quasi dracones, defecerunt oculi eorum, quia non erat herba.
7 If our iniquities have testified against us, O Lord, do thou it for thy name's sake, for our rebellions are many, we have sinned against thee.
Si iniquitates nostrae responderint nobis, Domine, fac propter nomen tuum : quoniam multae sunt aversiones nostrae, tibi peccavimus.
8 O expectation of Israel, the Saviour thereof in time of trouble: why wilt thou be a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring man turning in to lodge?
Exspectatio Israel, salvator ejus in tempore tribulationis, quare quasi colonus futurus es in terra, et quasi viator declinans ad manendum?
9 Why wilt thou be as a wandering man, as a mighty man that cannot save? but thou, O Lord, art among us, and thy name is called upon by us, forsake us not.
Quare futurus es velut vir vagus, ut fortis qui non potest salvare? Tu autem in nobis es, Domine, et nomen tuum invocatum est super nos : ne derelinquas nos.
10 Thus saith the Lord to this people, that have loved to move their feet, and have not rested, and have not pleased the Lord: He will now remember their iniquities, and visit their sins.
Haec dicit Dominus populo huic, qui dilexit movere pedes suos, et non quievit, et Domino non placuit : nunc recordabitur iniquitatum eorum, et visitabit peccata eorum.
11 And the Lord said to me: Pray not for this people for their good.
Et dixit Dominus ad me : Noli orare pro populo isto in bonum.
12 When they fast I will not hear their prayers: and if they offer holocausts and victims, I will not receive them: for I will consume them by the sword, and by famine, and by the pestilence.
Cum jejunaverint, non exaudiam preces eorum : et si obtulerint holocautomata et victimas, non suscipiam ea, quoniam gladio, et fame, et peste consumam eos.
13 And I said: Ah, ah, ah, O Lord God, the prophets say to them: You shall not see the sword, and there shall be no famine among you, but he will give you true peace in this place.
Et dixi : A, a, a, Domine Deus : prophetae dicunt eis : Non videbitis gladium, et fames non erit in vobis : sed pacem veram dabit vobis in loco isto.
14 And the Lord said to me: The prophets prophesy falsely in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, nor have I spoken to them: they prophesy unto you a lying vision, and divination and deceit, and the seduction of their own heart.
Et dicit Dominus ad me : Falso prophetae vaticinantur in nomine meo : non misi eos, et non praecepi eis, neque locutus sum ad eos. Visionem mendacem, et divinationem, et fraudulentiam, et seductionem cordis sui, prophetant vobis.
15 Therefore thus saith the Lord concerning the prophets that prophecy in my name, whom I did not send, that say: Sword and famine shall not be in this land: By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed.
Idcirco haec dicit Dominus de prophetis qui prophetant in nomine meo, quos ego non misi, dicentes : Gladius et fames non erit in terra hac : In gladio et fame consumentur prophetae illi.
16 And the people to whom they prophecy, shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword, and there shall be none to bury them: they and their wives, their sons and their daughters, and I will pour out their wickedness upon them.
Et populi quibus prophetant erunt projecti in viis Jerusalem prae fame et gladio, et non erit qui sepeliat eos : ipsi et uxores eorum, filii et filiae eorum : et effundam super eos malum suum.
17 And thou shalt speak this word to them: Let my eyes shed down tears night and day, and let them not cease, because the virgin daughter of my people is afflicted with a great affliction, with an exceeding grievous evil.
Et dices ad eos verbum istud : Deducant oculi mei lacrimam per noctem et diem, et non taceant, quoniam contritione magna contrita est virgo filia populi mei, plaga pessima vehementer.
18 If I go forth into the fields, behold the slain with the sword: and if I enter into the city, behold them that are consumed with famine. The prophet also and the priest are gone into a land which they knew not.
Si egressus fuero ad agros, ecce occisi gladio : et si introiero in civitatem, ecce attenuati fame. Propheta quoque et sacerdos abierunt in terram quam ignorabant.
19 Hast thou utterly cast away Juda, or hath thy soul abhorred Sion? why then hast thou struck us, so that there is no healing for us? we have looked for peace, and there is no good: and for the time of healing, and behold trouble.
Numquid projiciens abjecisti Judam? aut Sion abominata est anima tua? Quare ergo percussisti nos ita ut nulla sit sanitas? Exspectavimus pacem, et non est bonum : et tempus curationis, et ecce turbatio.
20 We acknowledge, O Lord, our wickedness, the iniquities of our fathers, because we have sinned against thee.
Cognovimus, Domine, impietates nostras, iniquitates patrum nostrorum, quia peccavimus tibi.
21 Give us not to be a reproach, for thy name's sake, and do not disgrace in us the throne of thy glory: remember, break not thy covenant with us.
Ne des nos in opprobrium, propter nomen tuum, neque facias nobis contumeliam solii gloriae tuae : recordare, ne irritum facias foedus tuum nobiscum.
22 Are there any among the graven things of the Gentiles that can send rain? or can the heavens give showers? art not thou the Lord our God, whom we have looked for? for thou hast made all these things.
Numquid sunt in sculptilibus gentium qui pluant, aut caeli possunt dare imbres? Nonne tu es Dominus Deus noster, quem exspectavimus? tu enim fecisti omnia haec.