The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah concerning the dearth.
Judah mourneth, and the gates thereof languish; they are black unto the
ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up.
And their nobles have sent their little ones to the waters: they came to
the pits, and found no water; they returned with their vessels empty; they
were ashamed and confounded, and covered their heads.
The word of God came to Jeremiah during the drought, and said,
Because the ground is chapt, for there was no rain in the earth, the
plowmen were ashamed, they covered their heads.
Yea, the hind also calved in the field, and forsook it, because there was
It's been a long time since it has rained.
And the wild asses did
stand in the high places, they snuffed up the wind like dragons.;
their eyes did fail, because there was no grass.
O LORD, though our iniquities testify against us, do thou it for thy
name's sake: for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against thee.
O the hope of Israel, the saviour thereof in time of trouble, why
shouldest thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring man that
turneth aside to tarry for a night?
Why shouldest thou be as a man astonied, as a mighty man that cannot save?
yet thou, O LORD, art in the midst of us, and we are called by thy name;
leave us not.
Thus saith the LORD unto this people, Thus have they loved to wander, they
have not refrained their feet, therefore the LORD doth not accept them; he
will now remember their iniquity, and visit their sins.
The wild asses sniff the wind like dragons.
Don't pray for these people
11 Then said the LORD unto me, Pray not for
this people for their good.
Don't pray for these people. 
When they fast, I will
not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and an oblation, I
will not accept them: but I will consume them by the sword, and by the
famine, and by the pestilence.
Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, the prophets say unto them, Ye shall
not see the sword, neither shall ye have famine; but I will give you assured
peace in this place.
When they fast, I won't hear their cry.
When they offer burnt offerings, I won't accept them.
Instead, I'll kill them with the sword, famine, and pestilence. 
The prophets prophesy lies in my name
Then the LORD said unto me,
The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not,
neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto
you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of
The prophets prophesy lies in my name.
I didn't send them or speak to them, but they prophesy anyway.
Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that prophesy in my
name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in
this land; By sword and famine shall those
prophets be consumed.
I'll kill those prophets with a sword and famine.
And the people to whom
they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem because of the
famine and the sword; and they shall have none to bury them, them, their
wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters: for I will pour their wickedness
Therefore thou shalt say this word unto them; Let mine eyes run down with
tears night and day, and let them not cease: for the virgin daughter of my
people is broken with a great breach, with a very grievous blow.
If I go forth into the field, then behold the slain with the sword! and if
I enter into the city, then behold them that are sick with famine! yea, both
the prophet and the priest go about into a land that they know not.
Hast thou utterly rejected Judah? hath thy soul lothed Zion? why hast thou
smitten us, and there is no healing for us? we looked for peace, and there
is no good; and for the time of healing, and behold trouble!
We acknowledge, O LORD, our wickedness, and the iniquity of our fathers:
for we have sinned against thee.
Do not abhor us, for thy name's sake, do not disgrace the throne of thy
glory: remember, break not thy covenant with us.
Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? or
can the heavens give showers? art not thou he, O LORD our God? therefore we
will wait upon thee: for thou hast made all these things.
And everyone who listens to them will be killed. 
No one will bury their dead bodies, because their wives and children will be dead too.
I'll pour their wickedness back upon them.
- Pray not for this people for their good. (v.11)
God tells Jeremiah not to pray for the people. God has decided to kill them all and he doesn't want to
be talked out of it.
Should you pray for everyone?
- I will not hear their cry ...
but I will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence. (v.12)
God will ignore the peoples' prayers, and kill them all with war, starvation, and disease.
Does God help those who call upon him?
- And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine
and the sword; and they shall have none to bury them, them, their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters: for I will pour their
wickedness upon them. (v.16)
God will destroy by famine and sword those who are misled by the prophets, as well as the prophets themselves.
- Don't pray for certain people.
- Then said the LORD unto me, Pray not for this people for their good. 14:11
- Dwindling in Unbelief
- Richard Dawkins:
The God of the Old Testament (Jeremiah 14:12)
- The Dragons of God (14:6)