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Jeremiah 13 Tree of Life Version (TLV)

Linen Waistband and Wine Jugs

13 Thus Adonai said to me: “Go, and buy yourself a linen waistband and put it around your waist, and do not put it in water.”

So I got a waistband in keeping with the word of Adonai, and put it on my waist. Then the word of Adonai came to me a second time, saying: “Take the waistband that you bought, which is on your waist, and get up, go to Perath[a] and hide it there in a cleft of the rock.”

So I went and hid it at Perath, as Adonai commanded me. Now it came to pass after many days that Adonai said to me: “Get up, go to Perath, and take the waistband that I commanded you to hide there.” So I went to Perath, dug it up and took the waistband from the place where I had hidden it. But to my surprise, the waistband was marred, worth nothing at all.

Then the word of Adonai came to me, saying, thus says Adonai: “Just so I will mar the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem. 10 This wicked people, who refuse to hear My words, who walk in the stubbornness of their own heart, and go after other gods to serve them and worship them, will be just like this waistband—worth nothing at all. 11 For just as the waistband clings to a man’s waist, so I will make the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah cling to Me,” declares Adonai, “to be to Me a people, a name, a praise and a glory. But they would not obey.”

12 Moreover, speak this word to them, thus says Adonai, the God of Israel: “Every jug should be filled with wine.” When they say to you, ‘Don’t we know very well that every jug should be filled with wine?’ 13 Then you will say to them, thus says Adonai, ‘I am about to fill all the inhabitants of this land—even the kings who sit on David’s throne, the kohanim, the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem—with drunkenness. 14 And I will smash them against each other, even fathers and sons,’ says Adonai. ‘I will show no pity, nor regret, nor compassion, to keep Me from destroying them.’”

Darkness and Downfall

15 Hear and give ear!
o not be haughty!
    For Adonai has spoken.
16 Give glory to Adonai your God,
    before it grows dark,
    and before your feet stumble
        on mountains at dusk.
    When you look for light,
        He turns it into the shadow of death,
        and turns it into deep darkness.
17 But if you will not listen,
    my soul will sob in secret
        before such pride,
    and my eyes will weep bitterly
        and overflow with tears,
    for Adonai’s flock will be taken captive.

18 Say to the king and the queen mother:
    “Sit down low,
    for your glorious crown
        has fallen from your head.”
19 The towns of the South will be shut up,
    with no one to open them.
All Judah is taken into exile—
    utterly swept into exile.
20 Lift up your eyes and see
        those coming from the north.
    Where is the flock given to you,
        Your beautiful sheep?
21 What will you say, when He sets up the allies
    you cultivated for yourself, over you as head?
    Will not labor pains seize you,
        like a woman in travail?
22 Suppose you say in your heart,
    “Why did these things happen to me?”
    Because of your great iniquity,
        your skirts are uncovered
        and your heels suffer violence.
23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin?
        Or the leopard his spots?
    So, could you do good,
        that are accustomed to doing evil?
24 “Therefore I will scatter them
    like drifting straw in the desert wind.
25 This is your lot, the portion
        measured for you from Me.”
It is a declaration of Adonai.
    “For you have forgotten Me
        and trusted in falsehood.
26 Therefore I will also uncover your skirts over your face,
    expose your shame.
27 Your adulteries, your lustful neighings,
    the lewdness of your prostitution—
    on the hills in the field
        I have seen your loathsome acts.
    Oy you, Jerusalem! You are unclean!
        How much longer?”

Footnotes:

  1. Jeremiah 13:4 Possibly Euphrates, so through v. 7.
Tree of Life Version (TLV)

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Jeremiah 13 New International Version (NIV)

A Linen Belt

13 This is what the Lord said to me: “Go and buy a linen belt and put it around your waist, but do not let it touch water.” So I bought a belt, as the Lord directed, and put it around my waist.

Then the word of the Lord came to me a second time: “Take the belt you bought and are wearing around your waist, and go now to Perath[a] and hide it there in a crevice in the rocks.” So I went and hid it at Perath, as the Lord told me.

Many days later the Lord said to me, “Go now to Perath and get the belt I told you to hide there.” So I went to Perath and dug up the belt and took it from the place where I had hidden it, but now it was ruined and completely useless.

Then the word of the Lord came to me: “This is what the Lord says: ‘In the same way I will ruin the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem. 10 These wicked people, who refuse to listen to my words, who follow the stubbornness of their hearts and go after other gods to serve and worship them, will be like this belt—completely useless! 11 For as a belt is bound around the waist, so I bound all the people of Israel and all the people of Judah to me,’ declares the Lord, ‘to be my people for my renown and praise and honor. But they have not listened.’

Wineskins

12 “Say to them: ‘This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Every wineskin should be filled with wine.’ And if they say to you, ‘Don’t we know that every wineskin should be filled with wine?’ 13 then tell them, ‘This is what the Lord says: I am going to fill with drunkenness all who live in this land, including the kings who sit on David’s throne, the priests, the prophets and all those living in Jerusalem. 14 I will smash them one against the other, parents and children alike, declares the Lord. I will allow no pity or mercy or compassion to keep me from destroying them.’”

Threat of Captivity

15 Hear and pay attention,
    do not be arrogant,
    for the Lord has spoken.
16 Give glory to the Lord your God
    before he brings the darkness,
before your feet stumble
    on the darkening hills.
You hope for light,
    but he will turn it to utter darkness
    and change it to deep gloom.
17 If you do not listen,
    I will weep in secret
    because of your pride;
my eyes will weep bitterly,
    overflowing with tears,
    because the Lord’s flock will be taken captive.

18 Say to the king and to the queen mother,
    “Come down from your thrones,
for your glorious crowns
    will fall from your heads.”
19 The cities in the Negev will be shut up,
    and there will be no one to open them.
All Judah will be carried into exile,
    carried completely away.

20 Look up and see
    those who are coming from the north.
Where is the flock that was entrusted to you,
    the sheep of which you boasted?
21 What will you say when the Lord sets over you
    those you cultivated as your special allies?
Will not pain grip you
    like that of a woman in labor?
22 And if you ask yourself,
    “Why has this happened to me?”
it is because of your many sins
    that your skirts have been torn off
    and your body mistreated.
23 Can an Ethiopian[b] change his skin
    or a leopard its spots?
Neither can you do good
    who are accustomed to doing evil.

24 “I will scatter you like chaff
    driven by the desert wind.
25 This is your lot,
    the portion I have decreed for you,”
declares the Lord,
“because you have forgotten me
    and trusted in false gods.
26 I will pull up your skirts over your face
    that your shame may be seen
27 your adulteries and lustful neighings,
    your shameless prostitution!
I have seen your detestable acts
    on the hills and in the fields.
Woe to you, Jerusalem!
    How long will you be unclean?”

Footnotes:

  1. Jeremiah 13:4 Or possibly to the Euphrates; similarly in verses 5-7
  2. Jeremiah 13:23 Hebrew Cushite (probably a person from the upper Nile region)
New International Version (NIV)

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