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The impenitent Jews upbraided. CHAP. VIII, IX. Their judgment shewed. set their abominations in the house which is 9 The wise men are ashamed, they are called by my name, to pollute it.

31 And they have built the high places jected the word of the LORD; and what of Tophet, which is in the valley of the wisdom is in them? son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and 10 Therefore will I give their wives their daughters in the fire; which I com-unto others, and their fields to them that manded them not, neither came it into my shall inherit thein : for every one from the heart.

least even unto the greatest is given to 32 | Therefore, behold, the days come, covetousness, from the prophet even unto saith the Lord, that it shall no more be the priest every one dealeth falsely. called Tophet, norThe valley of the son of 11 For they have healed the hurt of the Hinnom, but The valley of Slaughter: for daughter of my people slightly, saying, they shall bury in Tophet, till there be no Peace, peace; when there is no peace. place.

12 Were they ashamed wben they had 33 And the carcasses of this people shall committed abomination? nay, they were be meat for the fowls of the heaven, and not at all ashamed, neither could they for the beasts of the earth; and none shall blush: therefore shall they fall among fray them away:

them that fall : in the time of their visita34 Then will I cause to cease from the tion they shall be cast down, saith the Lord. cities of Judah, and from the streets of 13 1 I will surely consume them, saith Jerusalem, the voice of mirth, and the the LORD: there shall be no grapes on the voice of gladness, the voice of the bride- vine, nor figs on the fig-tree, and the leaf groom, and the voice of the bride : for the shall fade ; and the things that I have given land shall be desolate.

them shall pass away from them. CHAP. VIII.

14 Why do we sit still? assemble yourA

T that time, saith the LORD, they selves, and let us enter into the defenced of Judah, and the bones of his princes, and LORD our God hath put us to silence, and the bones of the priests, and the bones of given us water of gall to drink, because the prophets, and the bones of the inhabit- we have sinned against the LORD. ants of Jerusalem, out of their graves : 15 We looked for peace, but no good

2 And they shall spread them before the came; and for a time of health, and besun, and the moon, and all the host of hold, trouble ! heaven, whom they have loved, and whom 16 The snorting of his horses was heard they have served, and after whom they from Dan; the whole land trembled at the have walked, and whom they have soughi, sound of the neighing of his strong ones : and whom they have worshipped: they for they are come, and have devoured the shall not be gathered, nor be buried; they land, and all that is in it; the city, and shall be fordung upon the face of the earth. those that dwell therein.

3 And death shall be chosen rather than 17 For behold, I will send serpents, life by all the residue of them that remain cockatrices, among you, which will not be of this evil family, wbich remain in all the charmed, and they shall bite you, saith the places whither I have driven them, saith Lord. the Lord of hosts.

18 When I would comfort myself 4 TT Moreover, thou shalt say unto them, against sorrow, my heart is faint in me. Thus saith the LORD ; Shall they fall, and 19 Behold the voice of the cry of the not arise? shall be turn away, and not daughter of my people because of them return?

that dwell in a far country: Is not the 5 Why then is this people of Jerusalem Lord in Zion? is not herKing in ber? Why slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? have they provoked me to anger with their they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return. graven images, and with strange vanities?

6 I hearkened and beard, but they spake 20 The harvest is past, the summer is not aright: no man repented him of his ended, and we are not saved. wickedness, saying, What have done? 21 For the hurt of the daughter of my every one turned to his course, as the horse people am I hurt; I am black; astonishrusheth into the battle.

ment bath taken hold on me. 7 Yeas the stork in the heaven knoweth 22 Is there no balm in Gilead; is there her appointed times; and the turtle, and no physician there? why then is not the the crane, and the swallow, observe the health of the daughter of my people retime of their coming ; but my people covered? know not the judgment of the LORD.

CHAP. IX.

H the law of the Lord is with us? Locer- eyes a fountain of tears, that I might tainly in vain made he it; the pen of the weep day and night for the slain of the scribes is in vain.

daughter of my people !

The sins of the Jews bewailed. JEREMIAH. The cause of their calamaty.

2 Oh that I had in the wilderness a'after them, till I have consumed them. lodging-place of way-faring men; that I 17 | Thus saith the Lord of hosts, might leave my people, and go from them ! Consider ye, and call for the mourning for they be all adulterers, an assembly of women, that they may come; and send for treacherous mien.

cunning women, that they may come: 3 And they bend their tongues like their 18 And let them make haste, and take bow for lies: but they are not valiant for up a wailing for us, that our eyes may run the truth upon the earth; for they proceed down with tears, and our eyelids gusb out from evil to evil, and they know not me, with waters. saith the LORD.

19 For a voice of wailing is heard out of 4 Take ye heed every one of his neigh-Zion, How are we spoiled! we are greatly bour, and trust ye not in any brother: for confounded, because we have forsaken every brother will utterly supplant, and the land, because our dwellings have cast every neighbour will walk with slanders. us out.

5 And they will deceive every one his 20 Yet hear the word of the LORD, O neighbour, and will not speak the truth: ye women, and let your ear receive the they have taught their tongue to speak word of his mouth, and teach your daugh. lies, and weary themselves to commit ini- ters wailing, and every one ber neighbour quity.

lamentation. 6 Thy habitation is in the midst of 21 For death is come up into our windeceit; through deceit they refuse to know dows, and is entered into our palaces, to me, saith the LORD.

cut off the children from without, and the 7 Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, young men from the streets. Behold, I will melt them, and try them; 22 Speak, Thus saith the LORD, Even for how shall I do for the daughter of my the carcasses of men shall fallas dung upon people?

the open field, and as the handful after the 8 Their tongue is as an arrow shot out; harvest-man, and none shall gather them. it speaketh deceit: one speaketb peacea- 23 | Thus saith the LORD, Let not the bly to his neighbour with his mouth, but in wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let heart he layeth bis wait.

the mighty man glory in bis might, let not 9 I Shall I not visit them for these the rich man glory in his riches: things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul 24 But let him that glorieth, glory in be avenged on such a nation as this? this, that he understandeth and knoweth

10 For the mountains will I take up a me, that I am the LORD which exercise weeping and wailing, and for the habita- loving-kindness, judgment, and righteous, tions of the wilderness a lamentation, be- ness, in the earth: for in these things I cause they are burned up, so that none can delight, saith the LORD. pass through them; neither can men hear 25 T Behold, the days come, saith the the voice of the cattle: both the fowl of LORD, that I will punish all them which the heavens and the beast are ded; they are circumcised with the uncircumcised; are gone.

26 Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and 11 And I will make Jerusalem heaps, the children of Ammon, and Moab, and and a den of dragons; and I will make the all that are in the utmost corners, that cities of Judah desolate, without an in- dwell in the wilderness: for all these nahabitant.

tions are uncircumcised, and all the house 12 | Who is the wise man, that may of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart. understand this? and who is he to whom

CHAP. X. the mouth of the LORD hath spoken, that he may declare it, for what the land perish

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speaketh unto you, house of Israel: eth and is burned up like a wilderness, 2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the that none passeth through?

way of the heathen, and be not dismayed 13 And the LORD saith, Because they at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are have forsaken my law which I set before dismayed at them. them, and have not obeyed my voice, 3 For the customs of the people are peither walked therein;

vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the fo14 But have walked after the imagina- rest, the work of the hands of the worktion of their own heart, and after Baalim, man, with the axe. which their fathers taught them:

4 They deck it with silver and with 15 Therefore thus saith the LORD of gold; they fasten it with nails and with hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will hammers, that it move not. feed them, even this people, with worm- 5 They are upright as the palm-tree, wood, and give them water ofgall to drink. but speak not: they must needs be borne,

16 I will scatter them also among the because they cannot yo. Be not afraid of heathen, whom neither they nor their fa- them; for they cannot do evil, neither also thers have known: and I will send a sword is it in them to do good.

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No comparison with God. CHAP. XI.Jeremiah proclaims God's covenant.

6 Forasmuch as there is none like unto north country, to make the cities of Judah thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy desolate, and a den of dragons. name is great in might.

23 TO LORD, I know that the way of 7 Who would not fear thee, O King of man is not in bimself: it is not in man that nations ? for to thee doth it appertain: for-walketh to direct his steps. asmuch as among all the wise men of the 24 O LORD, correct me, but with judgnations, and in all their kingdoms, there is ment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring none like unto thee.

me to nothing. 8 But they are altogether brutish and 25 Pour out thy fury upon the heathen foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities. that know thee not, and upon the families

9 Silver spread into plates is brought that call not on thy name : for they have from Tarshish, and gold froin Uphaz, the eaten up Jacob, and devoured him, and work of the workman, and of the hands of consumed bim, and have made his habitathe founder: blue and purple is their cloth- tion desolate. ing: they are all the work of cunning men.

CHAP. XI.

THE word that came to Jeremiah from the living God, and an everlasting King; at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and 2 Hear ye the words of this covenant, the nations shall not be able to abide his and speak unto the men of Judah, and to indignation.

the inhabitants of Jerusalem ; 11 Thus shall ye say unto them, The 3 And say thou unto them, Thus saith gods that have not made the heavens and the LORD God of Israel ; Cursed be the the earth, even they shall perish from the man that obeyetk not the words of this earth, and from under these heavens. covenant,

12 He hath made the earth by his pow- 4 Which I commanded your fathers in er, he hath established the world by his the day that I brought them forth out of the wisdom, and hath stretched out the hea- land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, say. vens by his discretion.

ing, Obey iny voice, and do them, accord13 When he uttereth his voice, there is ing to all which I command you: so shall a multitude of waters in the heavens, and ye be my people, and I will be your God: he causeth the vapours to ascend from the 5 That I may perform the oath which I ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings have sworn unto your fathers, to give them with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out a land flowing with milk and honey, as it of bis treasures.

is this day. Then answered I, and said, 14 Every man is brutish in his know. So be it, O Lord. ledge: every founder is confounded by the 6 Then the Lord said unto me, Prograven image: for his molten image is claim all these words in the cities of Jufalsehood, and there is no breath in them. dah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, say

15 They are vanity, and the work of ing, Hear ye the words of this covenant, errors: in the time of their visitation they and do them. shall perish.

7 For I earnestly protested unto your 16 "The Portion of Jacob is not like fathers in the day that I brought them up them: for he is the former of all things ; out of the land of Egypt, even unto this and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: day, rising early and protesting, saying, The Lord of hosts is his name.

Obey my voice. 17 T Gather up thy wares out of the 8 Yet they obeyed not, nor inclined land, O inhabitant of the fortress. their ear, but walked every one in the im

18 For thus saith the LORD; Behold, I agination of their evil heart: therefore I will sling out the inhabitants of the land will bring upon them all the words of this at this once, and will distress them that covenant, which I commanded them to do; they may find it so.

but they did them not. 19 T Wo is me for my hurt ! my wound 9 And the LORD said unto me, A conis grievous: but I said, Truly this is a spiracy is found among the men of Judah, grief, and I must hear it.

and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 20 My tabernacle is spoiled, and all my 10 They are turned back to the iniquicords are broken: my children are gone ties of their forefathers, which refused to forth of me, and they are not: there is hear my words; and they went after other none to stretch forth my tent any more, gods to serve them: the house of Israel and to set up my curtains.

and the house of Judah have broken my 21 For the pastors are become brutish, covenant which I made with their fathers. and have not sought the LORD: therefore 11 | Therefore thus saith the LORD, they shall not prosper, and all their flocks Behold, I will bring evil upon them which shall be scattered.

they shall not be able to escape; and 22 Behold, the noise of the bruit is though they shall cry unto me, I will not come, and a great commotion out of the hearken unto them.

Evil to the Jews prophesied. JEREMIAH. Prosperity of the wicked.

12 Then shall the cities of Judah and have taken root : they grow, yea, they inhabitants of Jerusalem go, and cry unto bring forth fruit: thou art near in their the gods unto whom they offer incense : mouth, and far from their reins. but they shall not save them at all in the 3 But thou, O LORD, knowest me: thou time of their trouble.

hast seen me, and tried my heart toward 13 For according to the number of the thee: pull them out like sheep for the cities were thy gods, 0 Judah; and ac- slaughter, and prepare them for the day cording to the number of the streets of of slaughter. Jerusalem have ye set up altars to that 4 How long shall the land mourn, and shameful thing, even altars to burn incense the herbs of every field wither, for the unto Baal.

wickedness of them that dwell therein? the 14 Therefore pray not thou for this peo- beasts are consumed, and the birds; beple, neither lift up a cry or prayer for cause they said, He shall not see our last them : for I will not hear them in the time end. t's at they cry unto me for their trouble. 5 | If thou hast run with the footmen,

15 What hath my beloved to do in my and they have wearied thee, then how house, seeing she hath wrought lewdness canst thou contend with horses? and if in with many; and the holy flesh is passed the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, from thee?' when thou doest evil, then they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do thou rejoicest.

in the swelling of Jordan? 16 The Lord called thy name, A green 6 For even thy brethren, and the house olive-tree, fair, and of goodly fruit: with of thy father, even they have dealt treachthe noise of a great tumuit he hath kindled erously with thee; yea, they have called fire upon it, and the branches of it are a multitude after thee : believe them not, broken.

though they speak fair words unto thee. 17 For the Lord of hosts, that planted 71 I have forsaken my house, I have thee, hath pronounced evil against thee, left my heritage ; I have given the dearfor the evil of the house of Israel and of ly beloved of my soul into the band of her the house of Judah, which they have done enemies. against themselves to provoke me to anger 8 My heritage is unto me as a lion in in offering incense unto Baal.

the forest ; it crieth out against me: there. 18 | And the LORD hath given me fore have I hated it. knowledge of it, and I know it: then thou 9 My heritage is unto me as a speck shewedst me their doings.

led bird, the birds round about are against 19 But I was like a lamb or an ox that her; come ye, assemble all the beasts of is brought to the slaughter; and I knew the field, come to devour. not that they had devised devices against 10 Many pastors have destroyed my me, saying, Let us destroy the tree with vineyard, they have trodden my portion the fruit thereof, and let us cut him oft under foot, they have made my pleasant from the land of the living, that his name portion a desolate wilderness: may be no more remembered.

11 They have made it desolate, and 20 But, O LORD of hosts, that judgest being desolate it mourneth unto me; the righteously, that triest the reins and the whole land is made desolate, because no heart, let me see thy vengeance on them : man layeth it to heart. for unto thee have I revealed my cause. 12 The spoilers are come upon all high

21 Therefore thus saith the Lord of the places through the wilderness : for the men of Anathoth, that seek thy life, say- sword of the Lord shall devour from the ing, Prophesy not in the name of the one end of the land even to the other end LORD, that thou die not by our hand: of the land: no flesh shall have peace.

22 Therefore thus saith the Lord of 13 They have sown wheat, but shall hosts, Behold, I will punish them: the reap thorns : they have put themselves to young men shall die by the sword ; their pain, but shall not profit ; and they shall sons and their daughters shall die by be ashamed of your revenues because of famine:

the fierce anger of the LORD. 23 And there shall be no remnant of 14 | Thus saith the Lord against all them: for I will bring evil upon the men of mine evil neighbours, that touch the inheAnathoth, even the year of their visitation. ritance which I have caused my people Is. CHẤP. XII.

rael to inherit; Behold, I will pluck them a out the house I plead with thee: yet let me talk of Judah from among them. with thee of thy judgments : Wherefore 15 And it shall come to pass, after that doth the way of the wicked prosper? I have plucked them out I will return, and wherefore are all they happy that deal have compassion on them, and will bring very treacherously?

them again, every man to his heritage, 2 Thou hast planted them, yea, they and every man to his land.

Type of a linen girdle. CHAP XIII, XIV. A grievous

famine. 16 And it shall come to pass, if they will; 15 T Hear ye, and give ear; be not diligentiy learn the ways of my people, to proud: for the Lord hath spoken. swear by my name, The Lord liveth ; as 16 Give glory to the Lord your God, they taught my people to swear by Baal; before he cause darkness, and before your then shall they be built in the midst of my feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and people.

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look for light, he turn it into the 17 But if they will not obey, I will ut- shadow of death, and make it gross darkterly pluck up and destroy that nation, ness. saith the LORD.

17 But if ye will not hear it, my soul CHAP. XIII.

shall weep in secret places for your pride; THUS saith the Lord unto me, Go and and mine eye shall weep sore, and run THUS

get thee a linen girdle, and put it down with tears, because the Lord's flock upon thy loins, and put it not in water. is carried away captive.

2 So I got a girdle according to the word 18 Say unto the king and to the queen, of the Lord, and put it on my loins. Humble yourselves, sit down: for your

3 And the word of the LORD came unto principalities shall come down, even the me the second time, saying,

crown of your glory. 4 Take the girdle that thou hast got, 19 The cities of the south shall be shut which is upon thy loins, and arise, go to up, and none shall open them: Judah shall Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole of be carried away captive all of it, it shall the rock.

be wholly carried away captive. 5 So I went, and hid it by Euphrates, 20 Lift up your eyes, and behold them as the Lord commanded me.

that come from the north: where is the flock 6 And it came to pass after many days, that was given thee, thy beautiful flock ? that the Lord said unto me, Arise, go to 21 What wilt thou say when he shall punEuphrates, and take the girdle from thence, ish thee? for thou hasi taught them to be which I commanded thee to hide there. captains, and as chief over thee: shall not

7 Then I went to Euphrates, and digged, sorrows take thee, as a woman in travail ? and took the girdle from the place where i 22 | And if thou say in thy heart, had hid it: and behold, the girdle was Wherefore come these things upon me? For marred, it was profitable for nothing. the greatness of thine iniquity are thy

8 Then the word of the LORD came unto skirts discovered, and thy heels made bare. me, saying,

23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, 9 Thus saith the LORD, After this man- or the leopard his spots? then may ye also ner will I mar the pride of Judah, and the do good, that are accustomed to do evil. great pride of Jerusalem.

24 Therefore will I scatter them as the 10 1'his evil people, which refuse to hear stubble that passeth away by the wind of my words, which walk in the imagination the wilderness. of their heart, and walk after other gods, to 25 This is thy lot, the portion of thy serve them, and to worship them, shall measures from me, saith the Lord; be, even be as this girdle, which is good for cause thou hast forgotten me, and trusted nothing.

in falsehood. u For as the girdle cleaveth to the loins 26 Therefore will I discover thy skirts of a man, so have I caused to cleave unto upon thy face, that thy shame may appear. me the whole house of Israel and the whole 27 I have seen thine adulteries, and thy house of Judah, saith the LORD; that they neighings, the lewdness of thy whoredom, might be unto me for a people, and for a and thine abominations on the hills in the name, and for a praise, and for a glory: but fields. Wo unto thee, O Jerusalem! wilt they would not hear,

thou not be made clean ? when shall it 12 | Therefore thou shalt speak unto once be ? them this word; Thus saith the Lord God

CHAP. XIV.

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concerning the dearth we not certainly know that every bottle 2 Judah mourneth, and the gates thereof shall be filled with wine?

languish; they are black unto the ground; 13.Then shalt thou say unto them, Thus and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up. saith the Lord, Behold, I will fill all the 3 And their nobles have sent their little inhabitants of this land, even the kings that ones to the waters: they came to the pits, sit upon David's throne, and the priests, and found no water; they returned with and the prophets, and all the inhabitants their vessels empty; they were ashamed of Jerusalem, with drunkenness.

and confounded, and covered their heads. 14 And I will dash them one against ano- 4 Because the ground is chapt, for there ther, even the fathers and the sons together, was no rain in the earth, the ploughmen were saith the LORD: I will not pity, nor spare, ashamed, they covered their heads. nor bave mercy, but destroy them. 5 Yea, the hind also calved in the field,

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