Изображения страниц

The restoration of Israel.


Christ is promised. plant, and shall eat them as common things. pented; and after that I was instructed, I 6 For there shall be a day, that the smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea, watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall even confounded, because I did bear the cry, Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto reproach of my youth.

the LORD our God. 20 Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a 7 For thus saith the LORD; Sing with pleasant child? for since I spake against gladness for Jacob, and shout among the him, I do earnestly remember him still: chief of the nations: publish ye, praise therefore my bowels are troubled for him; ye, and say, O LORD, save thy people, the I will surely have mercy upon him, saith remnant of Israel.

the LORD.

8 Behold, I will bring them from the 21 Set thee up way-marks, make thee north country, and gather them from the high heaps: set thy heart toward the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind highway, even the way which thou wentest: and the lame, the woman with child and turn again, O virgin of Israel, turn again her that travaileth with child together: a to these thy cities. great company shall return thither.

22 ¶ How long wilt thou go about, 0 9 They shall come with weeping, and thou backsliding daughter? for the LORD with supplications will I lead them; I will hath created a new thing in the earth, A cause them to walk by the rivers of waters woman shall compass a man. in a straight way, wherein they shall not 23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and God of Israel; As yet they shall use this Ephraim is my first-born. speech in the land of Judah and in the

10 Hear the word of the LORD, O ye cities thereof, when I shall bring again nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, their captivity; The LORD bless thee, O and say, He that scattered Israel will ga- habitation of justice, and mountain of holither him, and keep him, as a shepherd ness. doth his flock.

11 For the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he.

12 Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the LORD, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all.

13 Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.

24 And there shall dwell in Judah itself, and in all the cities thereof together, busbandmen, and they that go forth with flocks.

25 For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul. 26 Upon this I awaked, and beheld; and my sleep was sweet unto me.

27¶Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man, and with the seed of beast.

28 And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict; so will watch over them, to build and to plant,

14 And I will satiate the soul of the saith the LORD. priests with fatness, and my people shall be 29 In those days they shall say no more, satisfied with my goodness, saith the LORD. The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and

saith the

15 Thus saith the LORD; A voice the children's teeth are set on edge. was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and 30 But every one shall die for his own bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her iniquity: every man that eateth the sour children refused to be comforted for her grape, his teeth shall be set on edge. children, because they were not. 31 Behold, the days come, 16 Thus saith the LORD; Refrain thy LonD, that I will make a new covenant voice from weeping, and thine eyes from with the house of Israel, and with the house tears for thy work shall be rewarded, of Judah : saith the LORD; and they shall come again 32 Not according to the covenant that from the land of the enemy. I made with their fathers, in the day that 17 And there is hope in thine end, saith took them by the hand to bring them out the LORD, that thy children shall come of the land of Egypt; which my covenant again to their own border. they brake, although I was a husband 18 I have surely heard Ephraim be- unto them, saith the LORD: moaning himself thus; Thou hast chastised 33 But this shall be the covenant that I me, and I was chastised, as a bullock un- will make with the house of Israel; Arter accustomed to the yoke: turn thou me, and those days, saith the LORD, I will put my I shall be turned; for thou art the LORD law in their inward parts, and write it in my God. their hearts; and will be their God, and 19 Surely after that I was turned, I re- they shall be my people.

[ocr errors]

The stability of the church.

Imprisonment of Jeremiah. CHAP. XXXII. 8 So Hanameel mine uncle's son came 34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his bro- to me in the court of the prison, according ther, saying, Know the LORD: for they to the word of the LORD, and said unto shall all know me, from the least of them me, Buy my field, I pray thee, that is in unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: Anathoth, which is in the country of Benfor I will forgive their iniquity, and I will jamin: for the right of inheritance is thine, and the redemption is thine; buy it for thyremember their sin no more. 35 Thus saith the LORD, which giveth self. Then I knew that this was the word the sun for a light by day, and the ordi- of the LORD. 9 And I bought the field of Hanamee! nances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when mine uncle's son, that was in Anathoth, and shekels of silver. the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts weighed him the money, even seventeen is his name:

10 And I subscribed the evidence, and 36 If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of sealed it, and took witnesses, and weighed 11 So I took the evidence of the purIsrael also shall cease from being a nation him the money in the balances. before me for ever.

37 Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above chase, both that which was sealed accordcan be measured, and the foundations of ing to the law and custom, and that which the earth searched out beneath, I will also was open: cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD.

38 ¶ Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the city shall be built to the LORD from the tower of Hananeel unto the gate of the corner.

39 And the measuring line shall yet go forth over against it upon the hill Gareb, and shall compass about to Goath.

12 And I gave the evidence of the purchase unto Baruch the son of Neriah, the son of Maaseiah, in the sight of Hanameel mine uncle's son, and in the presence of the witnesses that subscribed the book of the purchase, before all the Jews that sat in the court of the prison.

13 And I charged Baruch before them, saying,

14 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the 40 And the whole valley of the dead bodies, and of the ashes, and all the fields God of Israel; Take these evidences, this unto the brook of Kidron, unto the corner evidence of the purchase, both which is of the horse-gate toward the east, shall be sealed, and this evidence which is open; holy unto the LORD; it shall not be plucked and put them in an earthen vessel, that 15 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the up, nor thrown down any more for ever. they may continue many days. CHAP. XXXII. HE word that came to Jeremiah from God of Israel; Houses and fields and vine

[ocr errors]

THE came tonth year of Ze-yards shall be possessed again in this land.

dekiah king of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar.

2 For then the king of Babylon's army besieged Jerusalem: and Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the court of the prison, which was in the king of Judah's house.

16 Now when I had delivered the evidence of the purchase unto Baruch the son 17 Ah LORD God! behold, thou hast of Neriah, I prayed unto the LORD, saying. made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:

3 For Zedekiah king of Judah had shut 18 Thou shewest loving-kindness unto him up, saying, Wherefore dost thou proThus saith the LORD, Be- thousands, and recompensest the iniquity phesy, and say, hold, I will give this city into the hand of of the fathers into the bosom of their chilthe king of Babylon, and he shall take it; dren after them: The Great, The Mighty 4 And Zedekiah king of Judah shall not God,The LORD of hosts, is his name, 19 Great in counsel, and mighty in escape out of the hand of the Chaldeans, but shall surely be delivered into the hand work: for thine eyes are open upon all the of the king of Babylon, and shall speak ways of the sons of men; to give every one with him mouth to mouth, and his eyes according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings: shall behold his eyes;

5 And he shall lead Zedekiah to BabyJon, and there shall he be until I visit him, saith the LORD: though ye fight with the Chaldeans, ye shall not prosper?

6 And Jeremiah said, 'The word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

20 Which hast set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, even unto this day, and in Israel, and among other men; and hast made thee a name, as at this day;

21 And hast brought forth thy people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs,

7 Behold, Hanameel, the son of Shallum and with wonders, and with a strong hand, thine uncle, shall come unto thee, saying, and with a stretched out arm, and with

Buy thee my field that is in Anathoth: for great terror;

589 the right of redemption is thine to buy it. 22 And hast given them this land, which

[ocr errors]

The captivity confirmed.


A gracious return promised. thou didst swear to their fathers to give ther came it into my mind, that they should them, a land flowing with milk and honey; do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.

23 And they came in, and possessed it; 36 And now therefore thus saith the but they obeyed not thy voice, neither LORD, the God of Israel, concerning this walked in thy law; they have done nothing city, whereof ye say, It shall be delivered of all that thou commandedst them to do: into the hand of the king of Babylon by therefore thou hast caused all this evil to the sword, and by the famine, and by the come upon them: pestilence;

24 Behold the mounts, they are come 37 Behold, I will gather them out of all unto the city to take it; and the city is countries, whither I have driven them in given into the hand of the Chaldeans, that mine anger, and in my fury, and in great fight against it, because of the sword, and wrath; and I will bring them again unto of the famine, and of the pestilence: and this place, and I will cause them to dwell what thou hast spoken is come to pass; safely: and behold, thou seest it.

25 And thou hast said unto me, O Lord GOD, Buy thee the field for money, and take witnesses; for the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans.

26 Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying,

38 And they shall be my people and I will be their God:

39 And I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them:

40 And I will make an everlasting cove27 Behold, I am the LORD, the God of nant with them, that I will not turn away all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me? from them, to do them good; but I will put 28 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Be- my fear in their hearts,that they shall not hold, I will give this city into the hand of depart from me.

the Chaldeans, and into the hand of Nebu- 41 Yea, I will rejoice over them to do chadrezzar king of Babylon, and he shall them good, and I will plant them in this take it: land assuredly with my whole heart and 29 And the Chaldeans, that fight against with my whole soul. this city, shall come and set fire on this 42 For thus saith the LORD; Like as I city, and burn it with the houses, upon have brought all this great evil upon this whose roofs they have offered incense unto people, so will I bring upon them all the Baal, and poured out drink-offerings unto good that I have promised them. other gods, to provoke me to anger. 43 And fields shall be bought in this 30 For the children of Israel and the land, whereof ye say, It is desolate without children of Judah have only done evil be- man or beast; it is given into the hand of fore me from their youth: for the children the Chaldeans. of Israel have only provoked me to anger 44 Men shall buy fields for money, and with the work of their hands, saith the subscribe evidences, and seal them, and LORD. take witnesses in the land of Benjamin, 31 For this city hath been to me as a and in the places about Jerusalem, and in provocation of mine anger and of my fury the cities of Judah, and in the cities of the from the day that they built it even unto mountains, and in the cities of the valley, this day; that I should remove it from be- and in the cities of the south: for I will fore my face, cause their captivity to return, saith the 32 Because of all the evil of the chil- LORD. dren of Israel and of the children of JuCHAP. XXXIII. dah, which they have done to provoke me TOREOVER the word of the LORD to anger, they, their kings, their princes, came unto Jeremiah the second time, their priests, and their prophets, and the while he was yet shut up in the court of men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jeru- the prison, saying,



2 Thus saith the LORD the maker there. 33 And they have turned unto me the of, the LORD that formed it, to establish it; back, and not the face: though I taught TheLORD is his name; them, rising up early and teaching them, 3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, yet they have not hearkened to receive and shew thee great and mighty things,


defile it.

which thou knowest not.

34 But they set their abominations in 4 For thus saith the LORD, the God of the house which is called by my name, to Israel, concerning the houses of this city, and concerning the houses of the kings of 35 And they built the high places of Judah, which are thrown down by the Baal, which are in the valley of the son of mounts, and by the sword;

Hinnom, to cause their sons and their 5 They come to fight with the Chaldedaughters to pass through the fire unto Mo-ans, but it is to fill them with the dead bo lech; which I commanded them not, nei- dies of men, whom I have slain in mine

Christ the Branch of


righteousness promised. anger and in my fury, and for all whose want a man before me to offer burnt-offerwickedness I have hid my face from this ings, and to kindle meat-offerings, and to city. do sacrifice continually. 6 Behold, I will bring it health and 19 T And the word of the LORD came cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto Jeremiah, saying, unto them the abundance of peace and truth. 20 Thus saith the LORD; If ye can 7 And I will cause the captivity of Ju-break my covenant of the day, and my codah and the captivity of Israel to return, venant of the night, and that there should and will build them, as at the first. not be day and night in their season;

8 And I will cleanse them from all their] 21 Then may also my covenant be iniquity, whereby they have sinned against broken with David my servant, that he me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, should not have a son to reign upon his whereby they have sinned, and whereby throne; and with the Levites the priests, they have transgressed against me. my ministers.

9 And it shall be to me a name of joy, 22 As the host of heaven cannot be numa praise, and an honour, before all the na-bered, neither the sand of the sea measured: tions of the earth, which shall hear all the so will I multiply the seed of David my sergood that I do unto them: and they shall vant, and the Levites that minister unto fear and tremble for all the goodness and me. for all the prosperity that I procure unto it.

23 Moreover the word of the LORD

10 Thus saith the LORD; Again there came to Jeremiah, saying, shall be heard in this place, which ye say

24 Considerest thou not what this people shall be desolate without man and without have spoken, saying, The two families beast, even in the cities of Judah, and in which the LORD hath chosen, he hath even the streets of Jerusalem, that are desolate, cast them off? thus they have despised my without man, and without inhabitant, and people, that they should be no more a nawithout beast, tion before them.

11 The voice of joy, and the voice of 25 Thus saith the LORD; If my covegladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and nant be not with day and night, and if I the voice of the bride, the voice of them have not appointed the ordinances of heathat shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: ven and earth;

for the LORD is good; for his mercy en- 26 Then will I cast away the seed of dureth for ever: and of them that shall Jacob, and David my servant, so that I bring the sacrifice of praise into the house will not take any of his seed to be rulers of the LORD. For I will cause to return over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jathe captivity of the land, as at the first, cob: for I will cause their captivity to saith the LORD. return, and have mercy on them. CHAP. XXXIV.

12 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Again in this place, which is desolate without

HE word which came unto Jeremiah

ties thereof, shall be a habitation of shep-zar king of Babylon, and all his army, and herds causing their flocks to lie down. all the kingdoms of the earth of his do13 In the cities of the mountains, in the minion, and all the people fought against cities of the vale, and in the cities of the Jerusalem, and against all the cities thereof, south, and in the land of Benjamin, and in saying,

the places about Jerusalem, and in the 2 Thus saith the LORD, the God of Iscities of Judah, shall the flocks pass again rael; Go and speak to Zedekiah king of under the hands of him that telleth them, Judah, and tell him, Thus saith the LORD; saith the Lord. Behold, I will give this city into the hand 14 Behold, the days come, saith the of the king of Babylon, and he shall burn LORD, that I will perform that good thing it with fire:

Israel and to the house of Judah.

which I have promised unto the house of 3 And thou shalt not escape out of his hand, but shalt surely be taken, and deli15 In those days, and at that time, vered into his hand; and thine eyes shall will I cause the Branch of righteousness to behold the eyes of the king of Babylon, grow up unto David; and he shall execute and he shall speak with thee mouth to Judgment and righteousness in the land. mouth, and thou shalt go to Babylon.

16 In those days shall Judah be saved, 4 Yet hear the word of the LORD, O and Jerusalem shall dwell safely and this Zedekiah king of Judah; Thus saith the is the name wherewith she shall be called, LORD of thee, Thou shalt not die by the The LORD ourRighteousness. sword:

17 ¶ For thus saith the LORD; David 5 But thou shalt die in peace: and with shall never want a man to sit upon the the burnings of thy fathers, the former throne of the house of Israel; kings which were before thee, so shall they 18 Neither shall the priests the Levites burn odours for thee; and they will lament

Jeremiah prophesies the


captivity of Zedekiah, &c thee, saying, Ah lord! for I have pro- moved into all the kingdoms of the earth. nounced the word, saith the LORD. 18 And I will give the men that have

6 Then Jeremiah the prophet spake all transgressed my covenant, which have not these words unto Zedekiah king of Judah performed the words of the covenant which in Jerusalem, they had made before me, when they cut the calf in twain, and passed between the parts thereof,

7 When the king of Babylon's army fought against Jerusalem, and against all the cities of Judah that were left, against 19 The princes of Judah, and the princes Lachish, and against Azekah: for these of Jerusalem, the eunuchs, and the priests, defenced cities remained of the cities of and all the people of the land, which passed Judah. between the parts of the calf;

8 This is the word that came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, after that the king Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people which were at Jerusalem, to proclaim liberty unto them;

20 I will even give them into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of them that seek their life: and their dead bodies shall be for meat unto the fowls of the heaven, and to the beasts of the earth. 9 That every man should let his man- 21 And Zedekiah king of Judah and servant, and every man his maid-servant, his princes will I give into the hand of being a Hebrew or a Hebrewess, go their enemies, and into the hand of them free; that none should serve himself of that seek their life, and into the hand of them, to wit, of a Jew his brother. the king of Babylon's army, which are gone up from you.

10 Now when all the princes, and all the people which had entered into the 22 Behold, I will command, saith the covenant, heard that every one should let LORD, and cause them to return to this his man-servant, and every one his maid- city; and they shall fight against it, and servant, go free, that none should serve take it, and burn it with fire: and I will themselves of them any more, then they make the cities of Judah a desolation withobeyed, and let them go. out an inhabitant.

11 But afterwards they turned, and caused the servants and the handmaids,


whom they had let go free, to return, and THE word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, in the days of Jehoibrought them into subjection for servants akim the son of Josiah king of Judah, and for handmaids.


12 Therefore the word of the LORD 2 Go unto the house of the Rechabites, came to Jeremiah, from the LORD, saying, and speak unto them, and bring them into 13 Thus saith the LORD, the God of the house of the LORD, into one of the Israel; I made a covenant with your fathers chambers, and give them wine to drink. in the day that I brought them forth out of 3 Then I took Jaazaniah the son of Jethe land of Egypt, out of the house of remiah, the son of Habaziniah, and his bond-men, saying, brethren, and all his sons, and the whole house of the Rechabites;

14 At the end of seven years, let ye go every man his brother a Hebrew, which 4 And I brought them into the house of hath been sold unto thee; and when he the LORD, into the chamber of the sons of hath served thee six years, thou shalt let Hanan, the son of Igdaliah, a man of God, him go free from thee; but your fathers which was by the chamber of the princes, hearkened not unto me, neither inclined which was above the chamber of Maaseiah their ear. the son of Shallum, the keeper of the door:

15 And ye were now turned, and had 5 And I set before the sons of the house done right in my sight, in proclaiming of the Rechabites, pots full of wine, and liberty every man to his neighbour; and cups, and I said unto them, Drink ye wine. ye had made a covenant before me in the 6 But they said, We will drink no wine: house which is called by my name: for Jonadab the son of Rechab our father

16 But ye turned and polluted my name, commanded us, saying, Ye shall drink no and caused every man his servant, and wine, neither ye, nor your sons for ever: every man his handmaid, whom he had set 7 Neither shall ye build house, nor sow at liberty at their pleasure, to return, and seed, nor plant vineyard, nor have any: brought them into subjection, to be unto but all your days ye shall dwell in tents; you for servants and for handmaids. that ye may live many days in the land 17 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Ye where ye be strangers.

have not hearkened unto me, in proclaim- 8 Thus have we obeyed the voice of ing liberty, every one to his brother, and Jonadab the son of Rechab our father in all every man to his neighbour: behold, I that he hath charged us, to drink no wine proclaim a liberty for you, saith the LORD, all our days, we, our wives, our sons, nor to the sword, to the pestilence, and to the our daughters; famine; and I will make you to be re

9 Nor to build houses for us to dwell in:

« ПредыдущаяПродолжить »