Jeremiah 14

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When Jeremiah understands that the time for repentance has past, and the people have chosen destruction, he prays for the people and the suffering their will endure.  The Lord responds to His prayer and explains more of what will happen (verse 1).

Things will be so bad that the surviving people mourn the loss of their spouses and children, and the gates of the city are left unprotected because there is no one else to protect them (verse 2).  The wealthy and powerful will have to send their own children to fetch water for them, and there will be none to find (verse 3).  There will be no rain, and the farmers will not be able to grow crops (verse 4).  The animals will die, because there is no grass (verse 5).  The work-animals will have nothing to do, because there will be no work (verse 6).

These are the literal ramifications of the consequences Israel suffered (suffers), the physical (Aaronic) interpretation of those verses.  There is also a spiritual (Melchizedek) interpretation (since all things are both spiritual and physical, see 1 Nephi 22:3 and D&C 29:31).  The people have refused the Lord, not repenting and perverting the ordinances.  It was their obedience that protected them, and having the Spirit of the Lord that nourished them.  By their disobedience they have lost their protection, and by refusing the Spirit of the Lord they have lost their nourishment.  Without these, there is no priesthood power, no covenant blessings for posterity, and no eternal lives.  Without these, there is no prospering, no callings, no provision.

The Lord points all this out, and reminds them it is because of their many sins and much backsliding (verse 7).  The Lord is the only one who can deliver them, and yet He is a stranger to them and they do not call to Him for help (verse 8).  Some even blame Him for the hard experiences, not understanding He is waiting on them to choose His help (verse 9).  The people have enjoyed their sins, and have stepped outside the bounds He has set, and chosen their sin (verse 10).  For these reasons, they will receive their consequences (verse 11).

Because they have not prayed to Him, their fasts means nothing; because they have perverted the ordinances, their sacrifices mean nothing (verse 12).  They have their own false priests who promise peace but do not require the obedience that establishes it (verse 13), and the Lord says these are lies and there is no easy way of doing anything you want and receiving blessings for bad behavior (verse 14).  Only His way is righteous, and only by His atonement are we made righteous.

The Lord has not authorized these false priests and false prophets (verse 15), and He will hold them accountable for leading the people astray (verse 16).   He compares the severity of what they have done to rape, that this priestcraft has spiritually violated the people (verse 17).  These false priests and fake prophets don’t even know what they are doing (verse 18).

Jeremiah asks if there is not anyone left that has not yet rejected the covenants of Zion, if there is anyone left who is still faithful.  He says there cannot be peace without righteousness, and there cannot be healing when trouble is caused by contention and priestcraft (verse 19).

On behalf of the people, Jeremiah confesses to the Lord their sins, acknowledging their wickedness, and declaring their sin against Him.  He, as prophet, understands the judgment the Lord has delivered, and knows it is what the people have chosen (verse 20).  He testifies also that the Lord will remember His part of the covenant (verse 21), and acknowledges that God is truly God.  He intercedes for the people, advocating for them, reminding the Lord that He is big enough and able to rescue even these rebellious people in this corrupt land (verse 22).

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