Jeremiah 14:19-22

A prayer that the Lord would save his people

14:19This prayer may be the words of the people or the words of Jeremiah.

19 ‘Lord, have you completely turned away from the people of Judah?

Do you really hate the people of Zion?

You have knocked us down

so that we will never get better.

We hoped to live in peace,

but nothing good happened to us.

We hoped to have rest from our troubles,

but instead we live in fear.

20 Lord, we agree that we are wicked people.

Our ancestors also did bad things.

We have turned against you.

21 But please do not refuse to help us.

Show that you are a faithful God.

Jerusalem is the place where you have your beautiful throne.

So do not go away and leave us.

Remember the covenant that you made with us.

Please do what you promised to do for us.

22 The idols of other nations are useless.

None of them can cause rain to fall.

And the sky itself does not make rain.

No, it is you, Lord, our God, who sends rain.

You alone do all these things,

so we trust you to help us.’