Jer 14:1
14:1 The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah concerning the
     {a} dearth.

     (a) Which came for lack of rain as in Jer 14:4.

Jer 14:2
14:2 Judah mourneth, and her gates languish; they are {b} black
     to the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up.

     (b) The word signifies extreme sorrow.

Jer 14:3
14:3 And their nobles have sent their little ones to the waters:
     they came to the pits, [and] found no water; they returned
     with their vessels empty; they were ashamed and confounded,
     and {c} covered their heads.

     (c) That is, with ashes in token of sorrow.

Jer 14:5
14:5 Yea, the hind also calved in the field, and forsook {d}
     [it], because there was no grass.

     (d) Meaning, that the brute beasts for drought were
         compelled to forsake their young, contrary to nature,
         and to go seek water which they could not find.

Jer 14:6
14:6 And the wild donkeys stood in the high places, they snuffed
     up the wind like {e} dragons; their eyes failed, because
     [there was] no grass.

     (e) Who are so hot by nature, that they cannot be cooled by
         drinking water, but still gasp for the air to refresh

Jer 14:7
14:7 {f} O LORD, though our iniquities testify against us, do
     thou [it] for thy name's sake: for our backslidings are
     many; we have sinned against thee.

     (f) He shows the only way to remedy God's plagues, which is
         by true confession of our sins, and returning to him by

Jer 14:8
14:8 O the hope of Israel, his saviour in time of trouble, why
     shouldest thou be as a {g} stranger in the land, and as a
     wayfaring man [that] turneth aside to tarry for a night?

     (g) That takes no care for us.

Jer 14:9
14:9 Why shouldest thou be as a man astonished, as {h} a mighty
     man [that] cannot save? yet thou, O LORD, [art] in the
     midst of us, and we are called by thy name; leave us not.

     (h) That takes no care for us.

Jer 14:11
14:11 Then said the LORD to me, {i} Pray not for this people for
      [their] good.

      (i) Read Jer 7:16,11:14.

Jer 14:13
14:13 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, the {k} prophets say to
      them, Ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye have
      famine; but I will give you assured peace in this place.

      (k) He pities the people, and accuses the false prophets
          who deceived them: but the Lord answered that both the
          prophets who deceived and the people who permitted
          themselves to be seduced, will perish,
          Jer 23:15,27:8,9,29:8.

Jer 14:17
14:17 Therefore thou shalt say this word to them; Let my eyes
      run down with {l} tears night and day, and let them not
      cease: for the virgin daughter of my people is broken with
      a great breach, with a very grievous blow.

      (l) The false prophets promised peace and assurance, but
          Jeremiah calls to tears, and repentance for their
          affliction, which is at hand, as in
          Jer 9:1, Lam 1:16,2:18.

Jer 14:18
14:18 If I go forth into the field, then behold the slain with
      the sword!  and if I enter into the city, then behold them
      that are sick with famine! yea, both the prophet and the
      priest go about {m} into a land that they know not.

      (m) Both high and low will be led captive into Babylon.

Jer 14:19
14:19 Hast thou utterly rejected {n} Judah?  hath thy soul
      abhorred Zion?  why hast thou smitten us, and [there is]
      no healing for us? we looked for peace, and [there is] no
      good; and for the time of healing, and behold trouble!

      (n) Though the prophet knew that God had cast off the
          multitude, who were hypocrites and bastard children,
          yet he was assured that for his promise sake he would
          still have a Church, for which he prays.

Jer 14:20
14:20 We {o} acknowledge, O LORD, our wickedness, [and] the
      iniquity of our fathers: for we have sinned against thee.

      (o) He teaches the Church a form of prayer to humble
          themselves to God by true repentance, which is the
          only way to avoid this famine, which was the beginning
          of God's plagues.

Jer 14:22
14:22 Are there [any] among the {p} vanities of the Gentiles
      that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers?
      [art] not thou he, O LORD our God? therefore we will wait
      upon thee: for thou hast made all these [things].

      (p) Meaning their idols, read Jer 10:15.