“You shall say to them this word.
‘Let my eyes run down with tears
Night and day!
Let them not cease!
The virgin daughter!
Is struck down
With a crushing blow,
With a very grievous wound.
If I go out into the field,
Those were killed by the sword!
If I enter the city,
Those are sick with famine!
Both the prophet with the priest
Ply their trade through the land.
But they have no knowledge.’”
Yahweh once again asks Jeremiah to speak about the coming devastation. Yahweh was going to cry both night and day with tears rolling down his face all the time. His virgin daughter, his people, has been struck a crushing blow so that they were grievously wounded. If you looked in the field, you could see the people killed by the sword. If you went into the city, you could see people sick with the famine. Both the priest and the prophet were plying their trade, but they did not know what they were doing.