The Great Drought
1The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah concerning the drought:2Judah mourns
and her gates languish;
they lie in gloom on the ground,
and the cry of Jerusalem goes up.3Her nobles send their servants for water;
they come to the cisterns,
they find no water,
they return with their vessels empty.
They are ashamed and dismayed
and cover their heads,4because the ground is cracked.
Because there has been no rain on the land
the farmers are dismayed;
they cover their heads.5Even the doe in the field forsakes her newborn fawn
because there is no grass.6The wild asses stand on the bare heights,
they pant for air like jackals;
their eyes fail
because there is no herbage.
7Although our iniquities testify against us,
act, O Lord, for your name's sake;
our apostasies indeed are many,
and we have sinned against you.8O hope of Israel,
its savior in time of trouble,
why should you be like a stranger in the land,
like a traveler turning aside for the night?9Why should you be like someone confused,
like a mighty warrior who cannot give help?
Yet you, O Lord, are in the midst of us,
and we are called by your name;
do not forsake us!