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The rebellion of Zedekiah. CHAP. LII. Jerusalem taken and spoiled. be weary. Thus far are the words of Je- 15 Then Nebuzar-adan the captain of remiah.
the guard carried away captive certain of CHAP. LII.
the poor of the people, and the residue of EDEKIAH was one and twenty years the people that remained in the city, and reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And Babylon, and the rest of the multitude. bis mother's name was Hamutal the daugh- 16 But Nebuzar-adan the captain of the ter of Jeremiah of Libnah.
guard left certain of the poor of the land 2 And he did that which was evil in the for vine-dressers and for husbandmen. eyes of the Lord, according to all that 17 Also the pillars of brass that were in Jehoiakim had done.
the house of the Lord, and the bases, and 3 For through the anger of the Lord it the brazen sea that was in the house of the came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, till LORD, the Chaldeans brake, and carried he had cast them out from his presence, all the brass of them to Babylon. that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of 18 The caldrons also, and the shovels, Babylon.
and the snuffers, and the bowls, and the 4 1 And it came to pass in the ninth spoons, and all the vessels of brass where. year of his reign, in the tenth month, in with they ministered, took they away. the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchad- 19 And the basins, and the fire-pans, and rezzar king of Babylon came, he and all the bowls, and the caldrons, and the canhis army, against Jerusalem, and pitched dlesticks, and the spoons, and the cups; against it, and built forts against it round that which was of gold in gold, and ihat about.
which was of silver in silver, took the 5 So the city was besieged unto the captain of the guard away. eleventh year of king Zedekiah.
20 The two pillars, one sea, and twelve 6 And in the fourth month, in the ninth brazen bulls that were under the bases, day of the month, the famine was sore in which king Solomon had made in the the city, so that there was no bread for house of the Lord: the brass of all these the people of the land.
vessels was without weight. 7 Then the city was broken up, and all 21 And concerning the pillars, the height the men of war Hed, and went forth out of one pillar was eighteen cubits; of the city by night by the way of the fillet of twelve cubits did compass it ; and gate between the two n lls, which was by the thickness thereof was four fingers: it the king's garden; (now the Chaldeans was hollow. were by the city round about:) and they 22 And a chapiter of brass was upon it; went by the way of the plain.
and the height of one chapiter was five 8 But the army of the Chaldeans pur- cubits, with net-work and pomegranates sued after the king, and overtook Zede- upon the chapiters roundabout, all of kiah in the plains of Jericho; and all his brass. The second pillar also and the army was scattered from him.
pomegranates were like unto these. 9 Then they took the king, and carried 23 And there were ninety and six pomehim up unto the king of Babylon to Rib-granates on a side ; and all the pome lab, in the land of Hamath; where be granates upon the net-work were à hungave judgment
dred round about. 10° And the king of Babylon slew the 24 ! And the captain of the guard took sons of Zedekiah before his eyes : he slew Seraiah the chief priest, and Zephaniah the also all the princes of Judah, in Riblah. second priest, and the three keepers of the
11 Then he put out the eyes of Zede- door: kiah ; and the king of Babylon bound him 25 He took also out of the city a eunuch, in chains, and carried him to Babylon, and which had the charge of the men of war; put him in prison till the day of his death. and seven men of them that were near the
12 Now in the fifth month, in the king's person, which were found in the tenth day of the month, which was the city ; and the principal scribe of the host, nineteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar king who mustered the people of the land; and of Babylon, came Nebuzar-adan, captain threescore men of the people of the land, of the guard, which served the king of that were found in the midst of the city. Babylon, into Jerusalem,
26 So Nebuzar-adan the captain of the 13 And burned the house of the Lord, guard took them, and brought them to the and the king's house; and all the houses king of Babylon to Riblab. of Jerusalem, and all the houses of the 27 And the king of Babylon smote them, great men, burned he with fire :
and put them to death in Riblah in the 14 And all the army of the Chaldeans, land of Hamath. Thus Judah was carried that were with the captain of the guard, away captive out of his own land. brake down all the walls of Jerusalem 28 This is the people whom Nebuchad. round about.
rezzar carried away captive: in the seventh
Misery of Jerusalem : LAMENTATIONS. Her complaint and confession. year three thousand Jews and three and that Evil-merodach king of Babylon in the twenty:
first year of his reign lifted up the head of 29 In the eighteenth year of Nebuchad- Jehoiachin king of Judah, and brought him rezzarhe carried away captive from Jerusa-fortin out of prison, lem eight hundred thirty and two persons : 32 And spake kindly unto him, and set
30 In the three and twentieth year of Ne- his throne above the throne of the kings buchadrezzar, Nebuzar-adan the captain of that were with him in Babylon, the guard carried away captive of the Jews 33 And changed bis prison garments: seven bundred forty and five persons: all the and he did continually eat bread before persons were four thousand and six hundred. him all the days of his life.
31 | And it came to pass in the seven 34 And for his diet, there was a conand thirtieth year of the captivity of Jehoi- tinual diet given him of the king of Baby. achin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, Ion, every day a portion until the day of in the five and twentieth day of the month, his death, all the days of his life.
I The Lamentations of JEREMIAH.
10 The adversary hath spread out his OW doth the city sit solitary, that was hand upon all her pleasant things: for she a widow ! she that was great among the na- sanctuary, whom thou didst command that tions, and princess among the provinces, they should not enter into thy congregation. how is she become tributary!
11 All her people sigh, they seek bread; 2 She weepeth sore in the night, and her they have given their pleasant things for tears are on her cheeks: among all her meat to relieve the soul: see, O LORD, lovers she hath none to comfort her: all her and consider; for I am become vile. friends have dealt treacherously with her, 12 | Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass they are become her enemies.
by? behold, and see if there be any sor3 Judah is gone into captivity because row like unto my sorrow, which is done of affliction, and because of great servi- unto me, wherewith the LORD hath afilicttude: she dwelleth among the heathen, ed me in the day of his fierce anger. she findeth no rest : all her persecutors
13 From above hath he sent fire into my overtook her between the straits. bones, and it prevaileth against them: he
4 The ways of Zion do mourn, because hath spread a net for my feet, he hath turnnone come to the solemn feasts: all hered me back: he hath made me desolate gates are desolate: her priests sigh, her and faint all the day. virgins are afflicted, and she is in bitterness. 14 The yoke of my transgressions iş
5 Her adversaries are the chief, her ene- bound by his hand: they are wreathed, and mies prosper; for the Lord hathalicted come up upon my neck: he hath made my her for the multitude of her transgressions : strength to fall, the LORD hath delivered her children are gone into captivity before me into their hands, from whom I am not the enemy
able to rise up. 6 And from the daughter of Zion all her 15 The Lord hath trodden under foot beauty is departed: her princes are be- all my mighty men in the midst of me: he come like harts that find no pasture, and hath called an assembly against me to they are gone without strengih before the crush my young men: the LORD bath trodpursuer.
den the virgin, the daughter of Judah, as 7 Jerusalem remembered in the days of in a wine- e-press. her affliction and of her miseries all her 16 For these things I weep; mine eye, pleasant things that she had in the days of mine eye runneth down with water, beold, when her people fell into the hand of cause the comforter that should relieve my the enemy, and none did help her: the ad- soul is far from me: my children are desoversaries saw her, and did mock at her late, because the enemy prevailed. sabbaths.
17 Zion spreadeth forth her hands, and 8 Jerusalem hath grievously sinned; there is none to comfort her: the LORD hath therefore she is removed: all that honour-commanded concerning Jacob, that his aded her despise her, because they have seen versaries should be round about him: Jeher nakedness: yea, she sigheth, and turn-rusalem is as a menstruous woman among eth backward.
them. 9 Her filthiness is in her skirts ; she re- 18 1 The Lord is righteous; for I have membereth not her last end; therefore she rebelled against his commandment: hear, came down wonderfully: she had no com- I pray you, all people, and behold my sorforter. O Lord, behold my affliction : for row: my virgins and my young men are the enemy hath magnified himse!f. gone into captivity.
Jerusalem's misery lamented. CHAP. II.
Jeremiul's complaint. i 19 I called for my lovers, but they de- 9 Her gates are sunk into the ground;
ceived me: my priests and mine elders he hath destroyed and broken her bars : gave up the ghost in the city, while they her king and her princes are among the sought their meat to relieve their souls. Gentiles: the law is no more: her prophets
20 Behold, O LORD; for I am in distress: also find no vision from the LORD. my bowels are troubled; my heart is 10 The elders of the daughter of Zion turned within me; for I have grievously sit upon the ground, and keep silence; rebelled: abroad the sword bereaveth, at they have cast up dust upon their heads : home there is as death.
they have girded themselves with sack21 They have heard that I sigh: there is cloth: the virgins of Jerusalem hang down none to comfort me: all mine enemies their heads to the ground. have heard of my trouble; they are glad 11 Mine eyes do fail with tears, my bowthat thou hast done it: thou wilt bring the els are troubled, my liver is poured upon day that thou hast called, and they shall the earth, for the destruction of the daugbbe like unto me.
ter of my people; because the children and 22 Let all their wickedness come before the sucklings swoon in the streets of the city. thee;
and do unto them, as thou hast done 12 They say to their mothers, Where is unto me for all my transgressions: for my corn and wine? when they swooned as the sighs are many, and my heart is faint. wounded in the streets of the city, when CHAP. II.
their soul was poured out into their moHY
TOWhath the LORD covered the daugh-ther's bosom.
ter of Zion with a cloud in his anger, 13 What thing shall I take to witness for and cast down from heaven unto the earth thee? what thing shall I liken to thee, O the beauty of Israel, and remembered not daughter of Jerusalem? What shall I equal his footstool in the day of his anger! to thee, that I may comfort thee, O virgin
2 The Lord hath swallowed up all the daughter of Zion? for thy breach is great habitations of Jacob, and hath not pitied: like the sea: who can heal thee? he hath thrown down in his wrath the strong 14 Thy prophets have seen vain and holds of the daughter of Judah; he hath foolish things for thee: and they have not brought them down to the ground: he hath discovered thine iniquity, to turn away thy polluted the kingdom and the princes captivity ; but have seen for thee false burthereof.
dens and causes of banishment. 3 He hath cut off in his fierce anger all 15 All that pass by, clap their hands at the horn of Israel: he hath drawn back his thee; they hiss and wag their head at the right hand from before the enemy, and he daughter of Jerusalem, saying, Is this the burned against Jacob like a flaming fire, city that men call the Perfection of beauty, which devoureth round about.
the Joy of the whole earth? 4 He hath bent his bow like an enemy: 16 All thine enemies have opened their he stood with his right hand as an adver-mouth against thee: they hiss and gnash the sary and slew all that were pleasant to the teeth : they say, We have swallowed her eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of up: certainly this is the day that we lookZion: he poured out his fury like fire. ed for; we have found, we have seen it.
5 The Lord was as an enemy: he hath 17 The Lord hath done that which he swallowed up Israel, he hath swallowed up had devised; he hath fulfilled his word that all herpalaces: he hath destroyed his strong he had commanded in the days of old : he holds, and hath increased in the daughter hath thrown down, and hath not pitied: of Judah mourning and lamentation. and he hath caused thine enemy to rejoice
6 And he hath violently taken away his over thee, he hath set up the horn of thine tabemacle, as if it were of a garden: he adversaries. hath destroyed his places of the assembly : 18 Their heart cried unto the Lord, O the Lord hath caused the solemn feasts and wall of the daughter of Zion, Let tears run sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion, and hath down like a river day and night: give thydespised in the indignation of his anger the self no rest; let not the apple of thine eye king and the priest.
7 The Lord hath cast off his altar, he 19 Arise, cry out in the night: in the behath abhorred his sanctuary, he hath given ginning of the watches pour out thy heart up into the hand of the enemy the walls of her like water before the face of the LORD: lift palaces; they have made a noise in the house up thy hands toward him for the life of of the Lord, as in the day of a solemn feast. thy young children, that faint for hunger in
8 The Lord hath purposed to destroy the top of every street. the wall of the daughter of Zion : he hath 20 T Behold, O Lord, and consider to stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn whom thouhast done this. Shall the women his band from destroying : therefore he eat their fruit, and children of a span long? made the rampart and the wall to lament; shall the priest and the prophet be slain in they languished together.
the sanctuary of the Lord?
his own calamities. 21 The young and the old lie on the hope and quietly wait for the salvation of ground in the streets; my virgins and my the LORD. young men are fallen by the sword; thou 27 It is good for a man that he bear the hast slain them in the day of thine anger; yoke in his youth. thou hast killed, and not pitied.
28 He siiteth alone, and keepeth si22 Thou hast called as in a solemn day lence, because he hath borne it upon him. my terrors round about, so that in the day 29 He putteth his month in the dust; if of the Lord's anger none escaped or re- so be there may be hope. mained: those that I have swaddled and 30 He giveth his cheek to him that brought up, hath mine enemy consumed. smiteth him: he is filled full with reproach. CHAP. III.
31 For the LORD will not cast off for I be the man that hath seen afliction by even
32 But though he cause grief, yet will 2 He hath led me, and brought me into he have compassion according to the muldarkness, but not into light.
titude of his mercies. 3 Surely against me is he turned; he 33 For he doth not afflict willingly, nor turneth his hand against me all the day. grieve the children of men.
4 My flesh and my skin hath he made 34 To crush under his feet all the old; he hath broken my bornes.
prisoners of the earth, 5 He hath builded against me, and 35 To turn aside the right of a man becompassed me with gall and travail. fore the face of the Most High,
6 He hath set me in dark places, as they 36 To subvert a man in his cause, the that be dead of old.
LORD approveth not, 7 He hath bedged me about, that I can- 37 T Who is he that saith, and it comnot get out: he hath made my chain heavy. eth to pass, when the LORD commandeth
8 Also when I cry and shout, he shut-it not? teth out my prayer.
38 Out of the mouth of the Most High 9 He hath enclosed my ways with hewn proceedeth not evil and good? stone, he hath made my paths crooked. 39 Wherefore doth a living man como
10 He was unto me as a bear lying in plain, a man for the punishment of his sins? wait, and as a lion in secret places. 40 Let us search and try our ways, and
11 He hath turned aside my ways, and turn again to the LORD. pulled me in pieces: he hath made me 41 Let us lift up our heart with our desolate.
hands unto God in the heavens. 12 He hath bent his bow, and set me 42 We have transgressed and have reas a mark for the arrow.
belled: thou hast not pardoned. 13 He hath caused the arrow's of his 43 Thou hast covered with anger, and quiver to enter into my reins.
persecuted us: thou hast slain, thou hast 14 I was a derision to all my people; not pitied. and their song all the day.
44 Thou hast covered thyself with a 15 He hath iilled me with bitterness, he cloud, that our prayer should not pass hath made me drunken with wormwood. through.
16 He hath also broken my teeth with 45 Thou hast made us as the off-scourgravel-stones, he hath covered me with ing and refuse in the midst of the people. ashes.
46 All our enemies have opened their 17 And thou hast removed my soul far mouths against us. off from peace: I forgat prosperity. 47 Fear and a snare is come upon us,
18 And I said, My strength and my desolation and destruction. hope is perished from the Lord:
48 Mine eye runneth down with rivers 19 Remembering mine affliction and of water for the destruction of the daughter my misery, the wormwood and the gall. of my people.
20 My soul hath them still in reinem- 49 Mine eye trickleth down, and ceaseth brance, and is humbled in me.
not, without any intermission, 21 This I recall to my mind, therefore 50 Till the Lord look down, and behave I hope.
hold from heaven. 22 It is of the Lord's mercies that we 51 Mine eye affecteth my heart be. are not consumed, because his compas- cause of all the daughters of my city. sions fail not.
52 Mine enemies chased me sore, like 23 They are new every morning: great a bird, without cause. is thy faithfulness.
53 They have cut off my life in the dun24 The Lord is my portion, saith my geon, and cast a stone upon me, soul; therefore will I hope in him.
54 Waters flowed over my head; then 25 The Lord is good unto them that I said, I am cut off. wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. 55 | I called upon thy name, O LORD, 26 It is good that a man should both out of the low dungeon.
Zion's pitiful estate.
CHAP. IV, V. The complaint to God. 56 Thou hast heard my voice: hide not fury ; he hath poured out his fierce anger, thine ear at my breathing, at my cry. and hath kindled a fire in Zion, and it
57 Thou drewest near in the day that hath devoured the foundations thereof. I called upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not. 12 The kings of the earth, and all the
58 O LORD, thou hast pleaded the causes inhabitants of the world, would not have of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life. believed that the adversary and the enemy
59 0 LORD, thou hast seen my wrong : should have entered into the gates of Jejudge thou my cause.
rusalem. 60 Thou hast seen all their vengeance 13 | For the sins of her prophets, and and all their imaginations against me, the iniquities of her priests, that have shed
61 Thou hast heard their reproach, O the blood of the just in the midst of her, LORD,and all their imaginations against me; 14 They have wandered as blind men
62 The lips of those that rose up against in the streets, they have polluted themme, and their device against me all the day. selves with blood, so that men could not
63 Behold their sitting down, and their touch their garments. rising up; I am their music.
15 They cried unto them, Depart ye; 64 T Render unto them a recompence, it is unclean; depart, depart, touch not: O LORD, according to the work of their when they fled away and wandered, they hands.
said among the heathen, They shall no 65 Give them sorrow of heart, thy curse more sojourn there. unto them.
16 The anger of the Lord hath divided 66 Persecute and destroy them in anger them; he will no more regard them: they from under the heavens of the LORD. respected not the persons of the priests, CHAP. IV.
they favoured not the elders. OW
is the gold become dim ! how is 17 As for us, our eyes as yet failed for
the most fine gold changed! the our vain help: in our watching we have stones of the sanctuary are poured out in watched for a nation that could not save us. the top of every street.
18 They hunt our steps, that we cannot 2 The precious sons of Zion, compara-go in our streets: our end is near, our ble to fine gold, how are they esteemed as days are fulfilled; for our end is come. earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of 19 Our persecutors are swifter than the the potter!
eagles of the heaven: they pursued us 3 Even the sea-monsters draw out the upon the mountains, they laid wait for us breast, they give suck to their young ones: in the wilderness. the daughter of my people is becoine cruel, 20 The breath of our nostrils, the like the ostriches in the wilderness. anointed of the Lord, was taken in their
4 The tongue of the sucking child pits, of whom we said, Under his shadow cleaveth to the roof of his mouth for thirst: we shall live among the heathen. the young children ask bread, and no man 21 Rejoice and be glad, o daughter of breaketh it unto them.
Edom, that dwellest in the land of Uz; the 5 They that did feed delicately are de- cup also shall pass through unto thee: thou solate in the streets: they that were brought shalt be drunken, and shalt make thyself up in scarlet embrace dunghills.
naked. 6 For the punishment of the iniquity of 22 The punishment of thine iniquity is the daughter of my people is greater than accomplished, O daughter of Zion; he will the punishment of the sin of Sodom, that no more carry thee away into captivity: was overthrown as in a moment, and no he will visit thine iniquity, O daughter of hands stayed on her.
Edom; he will discover thy sins. 7 Her Nazarites were purer than snow,
CHAP. V. they were whiter than milk, they were EMEMBER, O Lord, what is come more ruddy in body than rubies, their po- upon us: consider, and behold our lishing was of sapphire:
reproach. 8 Their visage is blacker than a coal ; 2 Our inheritance is turned to strangers, they are not known in the streets: their our houses to aliens. skin cleaveth to their bones; it is withered, 3 We are orphans and fatherless, our it is become like a stick.
mothers are as widows. 9 They that be slain with the sword are 4. We have drunken our rater for mobetter than they thai be slain with hunger: ney; our wood is sold unto us. for these pine away, stricken through for 5 Our necks are under persecution: we want of the fruits of the field.
labour, and have no rest. 10 The hands of the pitiful women have 6 We have given the band to the Egypsodden their own children: they were trans, and to the Assyrians, to be satisfied their meat in the destruction of the daugh- with bread. ter of my people.
7 Our fathers have sinned, and are not; 11 The Lord hath accomplished hisland we have borne their iniquities.