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Jeremiah Chapter 13 | Parsha:

1Thus the Lord said to me: “Go buy yourself a loincloth of linen, and put it around your loins, but do not dip it into water.” 2So I bought the loincloth in accordance with the Lord’s command, and put it about my loins. 3And the word of the Lord came to me a second time: 4“Take the loincloth which you bought, which is about your loins, and go at once to Perath and cover it up there in a cleft of the rock.” 5I went and buried it at Perath, as the Lord had commanded me. 6Then, after a long time, the Lord said to me, “Go at once to Perath and take there the loincloth which I commanded you to bury there.” 7So I went to Perath and dug up the loincloth from the place where I had buried it; and found the loincloth ruined; it was not good for anything.

8The word of the Lord came to me: 9Thus said the Lord: Even so will I ruin the overweening pride of Judah and Jerusalem. 10This wicked people who refuse to heed My bidding, who follow the willfulness of their own hearts, who follow other gods and serve them and worship them, shall become like that loincloth, which is not good for anything. 11For as the loincloth clings close to the loins of a man, so I brought close to Me the whole House of Israel and the whole House of Judah—declares the Lord—that they might be My people, for fame, and praise, and splendor. But they would not obey.

12And speak this word to them: Thus said the Lord, the God of Israel: “Every jar should be filled with wine.” And when they say to you, “Don’t we know that every jar should be filled with wine?” 13say to them, “Thus said the Lord: I am going to fill with drunkenness all the inhabitants of this land, and the kings who sit on the throne of David, and the priests and the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 14And I will smash them one against the other, parents and children alike—declares the Lord; no pity, compassion, or mercy will stop Me from destroying them.”

15Attend and give ear; be not haughty,
For the Lord has spoken.

16Give honor to the Lord your God
Before He brings darkness,
Before your feet stumble
On the mountains in shadow—
When you hope for light,
And it is turned to darkness
And becomes deep gloom.

17For if you will not give heed,
My inmost self must weep,
Because of your arrogance;
My eye must stream and flow
With copious tears,
Because the flock of the Lord
Is taken captive.

18Say to the king and the queen mother,
“Sit in a lowly spot;
For your diadems are abased,
Your glorious crowns.”

19The cities of the Negeb are shut,
There is no one to open them;
Judah is exiled completely,
All of it exiled.

20Raise your eyes and behold
Those who come from the north:
Where are the sheep entrusted to you,
The flock you took pride in?

21What will you say when they appoint as your heads
Those among you whom you trained to be tame?
Shall not pangs seize you
Like a woman in childbirth?

22And when you ask yourself,
“Why have these things befallen me?”
It is because of your great iniquity
That your skirts are lifted up,
Your limbs exposed.

23Can the Ethiopian change his skin,
Or the leopard his spots?
Just as much can you do good,
Who are practiced in doing evil!

24So I will scatter you like straw that flies
Before the desert wind.

25This shall be your lot,
Your measured portion from Me
—declares the Lord.
Because you forgot Me
And trusted in falsehood,

26I in turn will lift your skirts over your face
And your shame shall be seen.

27I behold your adulteries,
Your lustful neighing,
Your unbridled depravity, your vile acts
On the hills of the countryside.
Woe to you, O Jerusalem,
Who will not be clean!
How much longer shall it be?

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