Jeremiah complains to the Lord
I am sorry, mother, that you gave birth to me.
I cause trouble and arguments
wherever I go in the land.
I never lend money to people,
and I do not ask them to lend money to me.
‘I will take care of you
so that it brings something good for you.
I will cause your enemies to ask you for help.
They will come to you when they are in trouble.
is like a
You will never break it.
They will take them all away.
You will receive nothing in return.
That will pay for the
everywhere in your land.
in a land that you do not know.
I will punish you as if in a hot fire,
because I am very angry with you.’
Remember me and take care of me.
Please punish those people who
Do not be so patient with them that they kill me.
Remember that they have
because I am serving you.
I took them into me like sweet food.
I belong to you, Lord, God Almighty,
so your words made me very happy.
I did not join with them.
I sat alone, because you held me.
You caused me to be angry with those people.
People have hurt me and nothing makes it better.
Why are you not there to help me?
You are like a stream that becomes dry
and it has no water.’
‘If you turn back to me,
I will help you to be strong.
Then you can continue to serve me.
Speak valuable words instead of
Then you can speak on my behalf.
These people must change to be like you have been.
You must not change to become like them.
I will make you like a strong wall.
You will be like a wall that is made of
The people will not be able to knock you down.
I will be with you to
I will keep you safe.’
That is what the Lord says.
I will keep you safe from those cruel people.’