7 Though our iniquities testify against us, Act, Hashem, for the sake of Your name; Though our rebellions are many And we have sinned against You.
im a-vo-NAY-nu A-nu VA-nu a-do-NAI a-SAY l’-MA-an sh’-ME-kha kee ra-BU m’-shu-vo-TAY-nu l’-KHA kha-TA-nu
ז אִם־עֲוׂנֵינוּ עָנוּ בָנוּ יְהֹוָה עֲשֵׂה לְמַעַן שְׁמֶךָ כִּי־רַבּוּ מְשׁוּבֹתֵינוּ לְךָ חָטָאנוּ׃
14:7 We have sinned against You
This chapter contains a prophecy to Yirmiyahu “concerning the droughts” (verse 1). Due to lack of water, neither people nor animals have enough to eat or drink, and therefore Yehuda is in a state of mourning. Since Israel is a land with few rivers and lakes, it is dependent on rain from Heaven for its subsistence. As such, Sefer Devarim (11:11-12) states that Eretz Yisrael “soaks up its water from the rains of heaven. It is a land which Hashem your God looks after, on which Hashem your God always keeps His eye.” Because the Israelites are dependent on Hashem for their water, the amount of rain that falls is reflective of the relationship between the people and their Creator. Droughts are sent to encourage Israel to repent and to reevaluate their relationship with God. The lack of water at this time is indicative of the fact that the people have sinned against Hashem.