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A hard siege foretold. CHAP. XXI, XXII. An exhortation to repentance. and let him hear the cry in the morning, l. 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.

lit, because of the evil of your doings. 18 Wherefore came i forth out of the 13 Behold, I am against thee, O inhabite womb 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 CHAP. XXI.

come down against us? or who sball enTHE word which came unto Jeremiah 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 2 Inquire, I pray thee, of the LORD for about it. us; for Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon

CHAP. XXII. maketh war against us ; if so be that the THhe haise of the king' of Judah, and his wondrous works, that he may go up speak there this word, from us.

2 And say, Hear the word of the LORN, 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 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.

I 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 saitb 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 T 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 T Weep ye not for the dead, neither

bemoan him: but weep sore for him that 10 For I have set my face against this goeth away: for he shall retum no more, city for evil, and not for good, saith the nor see his native country. Lond: 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 :

12 But he shall die in the place whitber

for a prey.


The judgment of Coniah. JEREMIAH. The restoration of God's people. they have led him captive, and shall see sandare castintoaland which they know not? this land no inore.

29 O earth, earth, earth, bear the word 13 T 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.

CHAP. XXIII. but we indows and it is ceiled with cedar, Wandescatter 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 2 Therefore thus saith the Lord God eat and drink, and do judgment and jus- of Israel against the pastors that feed my tice, and then it was well with him ? people ; Ye have scattered my flock, and

16 He judged the cause of the poor and driven them away, and have not visited needy, then it was well with him: was not them : behold, I will visit upon you the this to know me? saith the LORD, evil of your doings, saith the Lord.

17 But thine eyes and thy heart are 3 And I will gather the remnant of my not but for thy covetousness, and for to flock out of all countries whither I have shed innocent blood, and for oppression, driven them, and will bring them again to and for violence, to do it.

their folds; and they shall be fruitful and . 18 Therefore thus saith the Lord con- increase. cerning 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 days 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: Egypt; surely then shalt thou be ashamed and 8 But, the LORD liveth, which brought confounded for all thy wickedness. 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 shaltfall 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 !

99 My heart within ine is broken be24 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 shum wine hath overcome, 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 handofthe 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 hare thee, into another country, 11 For both prophet and priest

are prowhere ye were not born; and there shali fane ; yea, in my house have I found their

wickedness, saith the LORD. 27 But to the land whereunto they desire to return, thither shall they not return. them as slippery ways in the darkness :

12 Wherefore their way shall be unto 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 CHAP. XXIV. 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 caused my people Israel to err.

word, let him speak my word faithfully. * 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 strength- 29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith en also the hands of evil-doers, that none the LORD; and like a hammer that breakdoth return from his wickedness : they are eth the rock in pieces? all of them unto me as Sodom, and the in- 30 Therefore behold, I am against the habitants thereof as Gomorrah.

prophets, saith the LORD, that steal my 15 Therefore thus saith the LORD of words every one from his neighbour. hosts concerning the prophets; Behold, I 31 Behold, I am against the propbets, will feed them with wormwood, and make saith the LORD, that use their tongues, and them drink the water of gall: for from the say, He saith. prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness gone 32 Behold, I am against them that proforth into all the land.

phesy 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: they speak a vision of their own heart, and therefore they shall not profit this people not out of the mouth of the LORD. at all, saith the LORD.

17 They say still unto them that despise 33'T And when this people, or the 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? thout walketh after the imagination of his own shalt then say unto them, What burden? heart, No evil shall come upon you. I will even forsake you, saith the Lord.

18 For who hath stood in the counsel of 34 And as for the prophet, and the the LORD, and hath perceived and heard priest, and the people, that shall say, The his word? who hath marked his word, burden of the LORD, 'I will even punish and heard it?

that man and his house. 19 Behold, a whirlwind of the Lord is 35 Thus shall ye say every one to his gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirl- neighbour, and every one to his brother, wind: it shall fall grievously upon the What hath the LORD answered? and, head of the wicked.

What hath the LORD spoken? 20 The anger of the LORD shall not re- 36 And the burden of the LORD shall turn, 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 in the latter days ye shall consider it per- perverted the words of the living God, of fectly.

the Lord of hosts our God.. · 21 I have not sant these prophets, yet 37 Thus shalt thou say to the prophet, they ran; I have not spoken to them, yet What hath the Lord answered thee? and, they prophesied.

What hath the Lord spoken? 22 But if they had stood in my counsel, 38 But since ye say, The burden of the 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; 23 Amla God at hand, saith the LORD, 39 Therefore behold, I, even I, will utand not a God afar off?

terly forget you, and I will forsake you, 24 Can any hide himself in secret and the city that I gave you and your faplaces that I shall not see him? saith the thers, and cast you out of my presence: Lort. Do not I fill heaven and earth? 40 ́And I will bring an everlasting resaith the LORD.

proach upon you, and a perpetual shame, 25 I have heard what the prophets said, which shall not be forgotten. that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I

CHAP. XXIV. have dreamed, I have dreamed.

26 How long shall this be in the heart THE LORD shewed me, and bchold, of the prophets that prophesy lies ? yea, the temple of the Loro, after that Nebuthey are prophets of the deceit of their own chadrezzar king of Bahylon had carried beart;

away captive Jeooniah the son of Jehoin27 Which think to cause my people to kim king of Judah, and the princes of Juforget 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 Batheir fathers have forgotten my name for bylon. Baal.

2 One hasket had very good figs, even 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 bands 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 beard 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 de. saith 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: * 9 And I will deliver them to be removed will punish the king of Babylon, and that

seventy years are accomplished, that I 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.

13 And I will bring upon that land all 10 And I will send the sword, the fa- my words which I have pronounced against mine, and the pestilence, among them, till it, even all that is written in this book, they be consumed from off the land that I which Jeremiah hath prophesied against gave unto them and to their fathers. all the nations. CHAP. XXV.

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of cerning all the people of Judah in will recompense them according to their the fourth year of Jehoiakim 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 | For thus saith the LORD God of ls.

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 1 send thee, to drink it.

3 From the thirteenth year of Josiah 16 And they shall drink, and be mored, 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, sising 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 19 Pharaob king of Egypt, and his se one from his evil way, and from the evil of vants, and his princes, and all his people; your doings, and dwell in the land that the LORD hath given unto you and to your fa- the kings of the land of Uz, and all the

20 And all the mingled people, and all thers for ever and ever:

kings of the land of the Philistines, and


Prophecies of destruction. CHAP. XXVI.

Jeremiah is arrested. Ashkelon, and Azzah, and Ekron, and the to fce, nor the principal of the flock to remnant of Ashdod,

escape. 21 Edom, and Moab, and the children 36 A voice of the cry of the shepherds, of Ammon,

and a howling of the principal of the flock, 22 And all the kings of Tyrus, and all shall be heard: for the Lord hath spoiled the kings of Zidon, and the kings of the their pasture. isles which are beyond the sea,

37 And the peaceable habitations are 23 Dedan, and Tema, and Buz, and all cut down because of the fierce anger of the that are in the utmost corners,

LORD. 24 And all the kings of Arabia, and all 38 He hath forsaken his covert, as the the kings of the mingled people that dwell lion: for their land is desolate because of in the desert,

the fierceness of the oppressor, and be25 And all the kings of Zimri, and all cause of his fierce anger. the kings of Elam, and all the kings of the

CHAP. XXVI. Medes, 26 Ảnd all the kings of the north, far IN the beginning of the reign of Jehoia

kim the son of Josiah king of Judah and near, one with another, and all the came this word from the LORD, saying, kingdoms of the world, which are upon the 2 Thus saith the Lord; Stand in the face of the earth: and the king of She-court of the Lord's house, and speak unto shach shall drink after them.

all the cities of Judah, which come to 27 Therefore thou shalt say unto them, worship in the LORD's house, all the words Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of that I command thee to speak unto them; Israel; Drink ye, and be drunken, and diminish not a word : spue, and fall, and rise no more, because 3 If so be they will hearken, and turn. of the sword which I will send among you. every man from his evil way, that I may

28 And it shall be, if they refuse to take repent me of the evil, which I purpose to the cup at thy hand to drink, then shalt do unto them because of the evil of their thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD doings. of hosts; Ye shall certainly drink.

4 And thou shalt say unto them, Thus 29 For lo, I begin to bring evil on the saith the LORD, If ye will not hearken to city which is called by my name, and me to walk in my law, which I have set should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall before you, not be unpunished: for I will call for a 5 To hearken to the words of my sersword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, yants the prophets, whom I sent unto you, saith the Lord of hosts.

both rising up early, and sending to em, 30 Therefore prophesy thou against but ye have not hearkened; them all these words, and say unto them, 6 Then will I make this house like The LORD shall roar from on high, and Shiloh, and will make this city a curse to utter his voice from his holy habitation; all the nations of the earth. he shall mightily roar upon his habitation; 7 So the priests and the prophets and all he shall give a shout, as they that tread the the people heard Jeremiah speaking the se grapes, against all the inhabitants of the words in the house of the Lord. earth.

8 9 Now it came to pass, when Jere31 A noise shall come even to the ends miah had made an end of speaking all that of the earth ; for the Lord hath a con- the Lord had commanded him to speak troversy with the nations, he will plead unto all the people, that the priests and the with all flesh; he will give them that are prophets and all the people took him, saywicked to the sword, saith the LORD. ing, Thou shalt surely die.

32 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Be- 9 Why hast thou prophesied in the name hold, evil shall go forth from nation to na- of the LORD, saying, This house shall be tion, and a great whirlwind shall be raised like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate up from the coasts of the earth. without an inhabitant? And all the people

33 And the slain of the LORD shall be were gathered against Jeremiah in the at that day from one end of the earth even house of the LORD. unto the other end of the earth : they shall 10 TWhen the princes of Judah heard not be lamented, neither gathered, nor these things, then they came up from the buried; they shall be dung upon the king's house unto the house of the LORD,

and sat down in the entry of the new gate 34 | Howl, ye shepherds, and cry; and of the Lord's house. wallow yourselves in the ashes, ye princi- 11 Then spake the priests and the propal of the flock: for the days of your phetsunto the princes and to all the people, slaughter and of your dispersions are ac- saying, This man is worthy to die; for le complished; and ye shall fall like a plea-hath prophesied against this city, as yı; sant vessel.

bave heard with your ears. 35 And the shepherds shall have no way 12 T Then spake Jeremiah unto all the


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