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The Jews' desolation foretold. JEREMIAH. The complaint of Jeremaak. burnt-offerings unto Baal, which I com-The LORD hath not called thy name Pamanded not, nor spake it, neither came it shur, but Magor-missabib.

into my mind:

4 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I

6 Therefore, behold, the days come, will make thee a terror to thyself, and to saith the LORD, that this place shall no all thy friends: and they shall fall by the more be called Tophet, nor The valley of sword of their enemies, and thine eyes the son of Hinnom, but The valley of shall behold it: and I will give all Judah Slaughter. into the hand of the king of Babylon, and 7 And I will make void the counsel of he shall carry them captive into Babylon, Judah and Jerusalem in this place; and I and shall slay them with the sword. will cause them to fall by the sword before 5 Moreover I will deliver all the strength their enemies, and by the hands of them of this city, and all the labours thereof, that seek their lives: and their carcasses and all the precious things thereof, and will I give to be meat for the fowls of the all the treasures of the kings of Judah will heaven, and for the beasts of the earth. I give into the hand of their enemies, 8 And I will make this city desolate, which shall spoil them, and take them, and a hissing: every one that passeth and carry them to Babylon. thereby shall be astonished and hiss be- 6 And thou, Pashur, and all that dwell cause of all the plagues thereof. in thy house shall go into captivity: and

9 And I will cause them to eat the flesh thou shalt come to Babylon, and there of their sons and the flesh of their daugh- thou shalt die, and shalt be buried there, ters, and they shall eat every one the flesh thou, and all thy friends, to whom thou of his friend in the siege and straitness hast prophesied lies. wherewith their enemies, and they that seek their lives, shall straiten them.

10 Then shalt thou break the bottle in the sight of the men that go with thee,

7¶O LORD, thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived: thou art stronger than I, and hast prevailed: I am in derision daily, every one mocketh me.

8 For since I spake, I cried out, I cried

11 And shalt say unto them,Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Even so will I break violence and spoil; because the word of this people and this city, as one breaketh the LORD was made a reproach unto me, a potter's vessel, that cannot be made and a derision, daily. whole again: and they shall bury them in 9 Then I said, I will not make mention Tophet, till there be no place to bury. of him, nor speak any more in his name. 12 Thus will I do unto this place, saith But his word was in my heart as a burnthe LORD, and to the inhabitants thereof, ing fire shut up in my bones, and I was and even make this city as Tophet: weary with forbearing, and I could not

13 And the houses of Jerusalem, and stay. the houses of the kings of Judah, shall be 10T For I heard the defaming of many, defiled as the place of Tophet, because of fear on every side. Report, say they, and all the houses upon whose roofs they have we will report it. All my familiars watchburned incense unto all the host of heaven, ed for my halting, saying, Peradventure and have poured out drink-offerings unto he will be enticed, and we shall prevail other gods. against him, and we shall take our revenge

14 Then came Jeremiah from Tophet, on him. whither the LORD had sent him to pro- 11 But the LORD is with me as a mighty phesy; and he stood in the court of the terrible one: therefore my persecutors LORD's house; and said to all the people, shall stumble, and they shall not prevail; 15 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the they shall be greatly ashamed; for they God of Israel; Behold, I will bring upon shall not prosper: their everlasting conthis city and upon all her towns all the fusion shall never be forgotten. evil that I have pronounced against it, because they have hardened their necks, that they might not hear my words. CHAP. XX.


12 But, O LORD of hosts, that triest the righteous, and seest the reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for unto thee have I opened my cause.

[OW Pashur the son of Immer the priest, who was also chief governor in the house of the LORD, heard that Je- the poor from the hand of evil-doers. remiah prophesied these things.

13 Sing unto the LORD, praise ye the LORD: for he hath delivered the soul of

14 ¶ Cursed be the day wherein I was 2 Then Pashur smote Jeremiah the born: let not the day wherein my mother prophet, and put him in the stocks that bare me be blessed." were in the high gate of Benjamin, which was by the house of the LORD.

15 Cursed be the man who brought tis dings to my father, saying, A man-child is 3 And it came to pass on the morrow, born unto thee; making him very glad. that Pashur brought forth Jeremiah out of 16 And let that man be as the cities which the stocks. Then said Jeremiah unto him, the LORD overthrew, and repented not

A hard siege foretold.

CHAP. XXI, XXII. An exhortation to repentance. and let him hear the cry in the morning, 12 O house of David, thus saith the and the shouting at noon-tide; LORD; Execute judgment in the morning, 17 Because he slew me not from the and deliver him that is spoiled out of the womb; or that my mother might have hand of the oppressor, lest my fury go out been my grave, and her womb to be al-like fire, and burn that none can quench ways great with me. it, because of the evil of your doings. 18 Wherefore came I forth out of the 13 Behold, I am against thee, O inhabitwomb to see labour and sorrow, that my ant of the valley, and rock of the plain, days should be consumed with shame? saith the LORD; which say, Who shall come down against us? or who shall en


THE word which came unto Zeremiah ter into our habitations?

from the LORD, when king Zedekiah 14 But I will punish you according to sent unto him Pashur the son of Melchiah, the fruit of your doings, saith the LORD: and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the and I will kindle a fire in the forest therepriest, saying, of, and it shall devour all things round about it.


US saith the LORD; Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and

2 Inquire, I pray thee, of the LORD for us; for Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon maketh war against us; if so be that the LORD will deal with us according to a his wondrous works, that he may go up from us. 2 And say, Hear the word of the LORD, 3 Then said Jeremiah unto them, O king of Judah, that sittest upon the Thus shall ye say to Zedekiah: throne of David, thou, and thy servants, and

speak there this word,

4 Thus saith the LORD God of Israel; thy people that enter in by these gates: Behold, I will turn back the weapons of 3 Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye war that are in your hands, wherewith ye judgment and righteousness, and deliver fight against the king of Babylon, and the spoiled out of the hand of the oppresagainst the Chaldeans, which besiege you sor: and do no wrong, do no violence to without the walls, and I will assemble the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, them into the midst of this city. neither shed innocent blood in this place.

5 And I myself will fight against you 4 For if ye do this thing indeed, then with an out-stretched hand and with a shall there enter in by the gates of this strong arm, even in anger, and in fury, house kings sitting upon the throne of Daand in great wrath. vid, riding in chariots and on horses, he,


6 And I will smite the inhabitants of and his servants, and his people. this city, both man and beast: they shall 5 But if ye will not hear these words, die of a great pestilence. swear by myself, saith the LORD, that 7 And afterward, saith the LORD, I will this house shall become a desolation. deliver Zedekiah king of Judah, and his 6 For thus saith the LORD unto the servants, and the people, and such as are king's house of Judah; Thou art Gilead left in this city from the pestilence, from unto me, and the head of Lebanon: yet the sword, and from the famine, into the surely I will make thee a wilderness, and hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Baby-cities which are not inhabited.

lon, and into the hand of their enemies, 7 And I will prepare destroyers against and into the hand of those that seek their thee, every one with his weapons: and life and he shall smite them with the they shall cut down thy choice cedars, and edge of the sword; he shall not spare cast them into the fire.

them, neither have pity, nor have mercy. 8 And many nations shall pass by this 8 And unto this people thou shalt say, city, and they shall say every man to his Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I set before neighbour, Wherefore hath the LORD done you the way of life, and the way of death. thus unto this great city?

9 He that abideth in this city shall die 9 Then they shall answer, Because they by the sword, and by the famine, and by have forsaken the covenant of the LORD the pestilence: but he that goeth out, and their. God, and worshipped other gods, falleth to the Chaldeans that besiege you, and served them.

he shall live, and his life shall be unto him 10 ¶ Weep ye not for the dead, neither for a prey. bemoan him: but weep sore for him that 10 For I have set my face against this goeth away: for he shall return no more, city for evil, and not for good, saith the nor see his native country. LORD: it shall be given into the hand of 11 For thus saith the LORD touching the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it Shallum the son of Josiah king of Judah, with fire. which reigned instead of Josiah his father, 11 And touching the house of the king which went forth out of this place; He of Judah, say, Hear ye the word of the shall not return thither any more: LORD; 12 But he shall die in the place whither

The judgment of Coniah.

JEREMIAH. The restoration of God's people.

they have led him captive, and shall see and are cast into a land which they know not? this land no more. 29 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word

13¶ Wo unto him that buildeth his of the LORD. house by unrighteousness, and his cham- 30 Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this bers by wrong; that useth his neighbour's man childless, a man that shall not prosper service without wages, and giveth him not in his days: for no man of his seed shall. for his work; prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, 14 That saith, I will build me a wide and ruling any more in Judah. house and large chambers, and cutteth him


70 be unto the pastors that destroy

out windows; and it is ceiled with cedar, W and scatter the sheep of my pasture!

and painted with vermilion.

15 Shalt thou reign, because thou saith the LORD. closest thyself in cedar? did not thy father eat and drink, and do judgment and justice, and then it was well with him?

16 He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with him: was not this to know me? saith the LORD.

17 But thine eyes and thy heart are not but for thy covetousness, and for to shed innocent blood, and for oppression, and for violence, to do it.

2 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD.

3 And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and . increase.

18 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king 4 And I will set up shepherds over them, of Judah; They shall not lament for him, which shall feed them: and they shall fear saying, Ah my brother! or, Ah sister! no more, nor be dismayed, neither shal! they shall not lament for him, saying, Ah they be lacking, saith the LORD. lord! or, Ah his glory!


5 Behold, the days come, saith the 19 He shall be buried with the burial LORD, that I will raise unto David a rightof an ass, drawn and cast forth beyond the eous Branch, and a King shall reign and gates of Jerusalem prosper, and shall execute judginent and 20 T Go up to Lebanon, and cry; and justice in the earth. lift up thy voice in Bashan, and cry from 6 In his day's Judah shall be saved, and the passages: for all thy lovers are de-Israel shall dwell safely and this is his stroyed. name whereby he shall be called, THE 21 I spake unto thee in thy prosperity; LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. but thou saidst, I will not hear. This hath 7 Therefore, behold, the days come, been thy manner from thy youth, that thou saith the LORD, that they shall no more obeyedst not my voice. say, The LORD liveth, which brought up 22 The wind shall eat up all thy pas- the children of Israel out of the land of tors, and thy lovers shall go into captivity: surely then shalt thou be ashamed and confounded for all thy wickedness.


8 But, the LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of 23 O inhabitant of Lebanon, that makest Israel out of the north country, and from thy nest in the cedars, how gracious shalt all countries whither I had driven them; thou be when pangs come upon thee, the and they shall dwell in their own land. pain as of a woman in travail! 9 My heart within me is broken be

24 As I live, saith the LORD, though cause of the prophets; all my bones shake; Coniah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah I am like a drunken man, and like a man were the signet upon my right hand, yet whom wine hath overcome, because of the would I pluck thee thence; LORD, and because of the words of his

25 And I will give thee into the hand holiness. of them that seek thy life, and into the 10 For the land is full of adulterers; for hand of them whose face thou fearest, even because of swearing the land mourneth; into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of the pleasant places of the wilderness are Babylon,and into the hand of the Chaldeans. dried up, and their course is evil, and their 26 And I will cast thee out, and thy force is not right.

mother that bare thee, into another country, 11 For both prophet and priest are prowhere ye were not born; and there shall fane; yea, in my house have I found their ye die. wickedness, saith the LORD.

27 But to the land whereunto they de- 12 Wherefore their way shall be unto sire to return, thither shall they not return. them as slippery ways in the darkness: 28 Is this man Conial a despised broken they shall be driven on, and fall therein: idol? is he a vessel wherein is no pleasure? for I will bring evil upon them, even the wherefore are they cast out, he and his seed, year of their visitation, saith the LORD.

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The complaint of Jeremiah


against false prophets. 13 And I have seen folly in the prophets 28 The prophet that hath a dream, let of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. caused my people Israel to err. 14 I have seen also in the prophets of What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the Jerusalem a horrible thing: they commit LORD. adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evil-doers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.


32 Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and 16 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken do tell them, and cause my people to err not unto the words of the prophets that by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I prophesy unto you: they make you vain: sent them not, nor commanded them: at all, saith the LORD. they speak a vision of their own heart, and therefore they shall not profit this people 33 T And when this people, or the pronot out of the mouth of the LORD. 17 They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have phet, or a priest, shall ask thee, saying, peace; and they say unto every one that What is the burden of the LORD? thou walketh after the imagination of his own shalt then say unto them, What burden? will even forsake you, saith the LORD. 34 And as for the prophet, and the heart, No evil shall come upon you. priest, and the people, that shall say, The that man and his house. his word? who hath marked his word, burden of the LORD, I will even punish 35 Thus shall ye say every one to his and heard it? 19 Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirl-neighbour, and every one to his brother, What hath the LORD spoken? wind: it shall fall grievously upon the What hath the LORD answered? and, 36 And the burden of the LORD shall head of the wicked. 20 The anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have executed, and till he ye mention no more: for every man's have performed the thoughts of his heart: word shall be his burden; for ye have the LORD of hosts our God.. in the latter days ye shall consider it per-perverted the words of the living God, of fectly.

37 Thus shalt thou say to the prophet, What hath the LORD spoken? What hath the LORD answered thee? and,

38 But since ye say, The burden of the 22 But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my LORD; therefore thus saith the LORD; Bewords, then they should have turned them cause ye say this word, The burden of the from their evil way, and from the evil of LORD, and I have sent unto you, saying, their doings.

Ye shall not say, The burden of the LORD:

39 Therefore behold, I, even I, will utterly forget you, and I will forsake you, and the city that I gave you and your fa40 And I will bring an everlasting rethers, and cast you out of my presence: proach upon you, and a perpetual shame, which shall not be forgotten.

HE LORD shewed me, and behold,

Two baskets of figs were set before

of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, the temple of the LORD, after that Nebu-
away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoia-
they are prophets of the deceit of their own chadrezzar king of Babylon had carried
27 Which think to cause my people to kim king of Judah, and the princes of Ju-
forget my name by their dreams which dah, with the carpenters and smiths, from
they tell every man to his neighbour, as Jerusalem, and had brought them to Ba-
2 One basket had very good figs, even
their fathers have forgotten my name for bylon.


The two baskets of figs.

JEREMIAH. Captivity of the Jews foretold.

like the figs that are first ripe: and the 6 And go not after other gods to serve other basket had very naughty figs, which them, and to worship them, and provoke could not be eaten, they were so bad. me not to anger with the works of your

3 Then said the LORD unto me, What hands; and I will do you no hurt. seest thou, Jeremiah? and I said, Figs; the 7 Yet ye have not hearkened unto me, good figs, very good; and the evil, very saith the LORD; that ye might provoke me evil, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil. to anger with the works of your hands to 4 Again the word of the LORD came your own hurt.

unto me, saying,

8 Therefore thus saith the LORD of

5 Thus saith the LORD, the God of Is- hosts; Because ye have not heard my rael; Like these good figs, so will I ac-words,

knowledge them that are carried away 9 Behold, I will send and take all the captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of families of the north, saith the LORD, and this place into the land of the Chaldeans Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my for their good. servant, and will bring them against this

6 For I will set mine eyes upon them land, and against the inhabitants thereof, for good, and I will bring them again to and against all these nations round about, this land and I will build them, and not and will utterly destroy them, and make pull them down; and I will plant them, them an astonishment, and a hissing, and and not pluck them up. perpetual desolations."

7 And I will give them a heart to know 10 Moreover I will take from them the me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, my people, and I will be their God: for they the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice shall return unto me with their whole heart. of the bride, the sound of the millstones, 8 ¶ And as the evil figs, which cannot and the light of the candle. be eaten, they are so evil; surely thus 11 And this whole land shall be a desaith the LORD, So will I give Zedekiah solation, and an astonishment; and these the king of Judah, and his princes, and nations shall serve the king of Babylon the residue of Jerusalem, that remain in seventy years.

this land, and them that dwell in the land 12 And it shall come to pass, when of Egypt: seventy years are accomplished, that I 9 And I will deliver them to be removed will punish the king of Babylon, and that into all the kingdoms of the earth for their nation, saith the LORD, for their iniquity, hurt, to be a reproach and a proverb, a and the land of the Chaldeans, and will taunt and a curse, in all places whither I make it perpetual desolations. shall drive them.

10 And I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, among them, till they be consumed from off the land that I gave unto them and to their fathers. CHAP. XXV.

13 And I will bring upon that land all my words which I have pronounced against it, even all that is written in this book. which Jeremiah hath prophesied against all the nations.

HE word that came to Jeremiah con-shall serve themselves of them also: and 1 14 For many nations and great kings THE cerning all the people of Judah in will recompense them according to their the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of deeds, and according to the works of their Josiah king of Judah, that was the first year own hands.

of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon; 15 T For thus saith the LORD God of Is 2 The which Jeremiah the prophet rael unto me; Take the wine-cup of this spake unto all the people of Judah, and to fury at my hand, and cause all the nations, all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, to whom I send thee, to drink it.

3 From the thirteenth year of Josiah 16 And they shall drink, and be moved, the son of Amon king of Judah, even unto and be mad, because of the sword that I this day, that is the three and twentieth will send among them.

year, the word of the LORD hath come 17 Then took I the cup at the LORD'S unto me, and I have spoken unto you, hand, and made all the nations to drink, rising early and speaking; but ye have not unto whom the LORD had sent me: hearkened. 4 And the LORD hath sent unto you all Judah, and the kings thereof, and the 18 To wit, Jerusalem, and the cities of his servants the prophets, rising early and princes thereof, to make them a desolation, sending them; but ye have not hearkened, an astonishment, a hissing, and a curse; nor inclined your ear to hear. as it is this day;

5 They said, Turn ye again now every one from his evil way, and from the evil of your doings, and dwell in the land that the LORD hath given unto you and to your fa

thers for ever and ever:

vants, and his princes, and all his people; 19 Pharaoh king of Egypt, and his ser the kings of the land of Uz, and all the 20 And all the mingled people, and all kings of the land of the Philistines, and

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