The vision of Jeremiah, son of Hilkiah,
To whom God's word came in the days of Josiah.
Before I formed you in the belly, I knew what you would be.
As a prophet I ordained you, to go and speak for me.
But I'm a child who can't speak. I'll make your plan go south.
God said I'm the one who gives you words, and then he touched my mouth.
Now go tell Judah, that I will, bring conquerors from the north.
When you were small in Egypt, did I not bring you forth?
But you forgot your maker and turn to other gods.
Like a wife that is unfaithful, though I chastened you with rods.
Yet if you follow me, after all this, I'll forgive.
But if you forsake my offering you surely shall not live.
God is pleading with Judah to turn back to Him.
He chastened, sent prophets; they continued in sin.
God wants so to forgive them. And now at the last,
He sends Jeremiah before they're outcast.
God pleads once again. He says, seek the old path.
And you shall find rest. Come on, do the math.
I plead and I plead and I warn you again.
But you backslide, rebel, and continue to sin.
In Gilead I question. Is there now no balm.
No healing, no doctor, no David, no Psalm?
You've forsaken my law, disregarded my voice;
Followed idols and Baalim. Now you leave me no choice.
I gave you the land. Drove out other nations.
Now you follow their gods; offer them your oblations.