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ye say unto your masters; I have Therefore hearken not unto the made the earth, the man and the words of the prophets that speak beast that are upon the ground, by unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve My great power and by My out the king of Babylon : for the prestretched arm, and have given it phesy a lie unto you. For I have unto whom it seemed meet unto not sent them, saith the LORD, yet Me. And now have I given all these they prophesy a lie in My name; lands into the hand of Nebuchad- that I might drive you out, and that nezzar the king of Babylon, My ye might perish, ye, and the proservant; and the beasts of the field phets that prophesy unto you. Also have I given him also to serve him. I spake to the priests and to ail And ail nations shall serve him, this people, saying, Thus saith the and his son, and his son's son, until | Lord; Hearken not to the words the very time of his land come: and of your prophets that prophesy onto then many nations and great kings you, saying, Behold, the vessels of shall serve themselves of him. And the Lord's house shall now shortly it shall come to pass, that the nation be brought again from Babyloo: and kingdom which will not serve for they prophesy a lie unto you. the same Nebuchadnezzar the king Hearken not unto them; serre the of Babylon, and that will not put king of Babylon, and live: whers: their neck under the yoke of the fore should this city be laid waste? king of Babylon, that nation will I But if they be prophets, and if the punish, saith the Lord, with the word of the Lord be with them, let gword, and with the famine, and them now make intercession to the with the pestilence, until I have con LORD of hosts, that the vessels sumed them by his hand. Therefore which are left in the house of the hearken not ye to your prophets, Lord, and in the house of the king nor to your diviners, nor to your of Judah, and at Jerusalem, go Dut dreamers, nor to your enchanters, to Babylon." nor to your sorcerers, which speak For thus saith the Lord of hoste unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve concerning the pillars, and concertthe king of Babylon : for they pro- ing the sea, and concerning the phesy a lie unto you, to remove bases, and concerning the residee you far from your land; and that I of the vessels that remain in this should drive you out, and ye should city, which Nebuchadnezzar king perish. But the nations that bring of Babylon took not, when he car. their neck under the yoke of the ried away captive Jeconiah the sea king of Babylon, and serve him, of Jehoiakim king of Judah from those will I let remain still in their Jerusalem to Babylon, and all the own land, saith the Lord; and they nobles of Judah and Jerusalem ; shall till it, and dwell therein. yea, thus saith the Lord of hoes
I spake also to Zedekiah king of the God of Israel, concerning the Judah according to all these words, vessels that remain in the hoes saying, Bring your necks under the of the Lord, and in the house o! yoke of the king of Babylon, and the king of Judah and of Jeruserve him and his people, and live. salem ; They shall be carried to Why will ye die, thou and thy peo- Babylon, and there shall the le ple, by the sword, by the famine, until the day that I visit them, and by the pestilence, as the LORD saith the Lord; then will I bring hath spoken against the nation that them up, and restore them to the will not serve the king of Babylon? | place.
JULY 31. Evening, JEREMIAH XXVIII.
JULY 31. AN
ND it came to pass the same of peace, when the word of the pro
year, in the beginning of the phet shall come to pass, then shall reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, the prophet be known, that the LORD in the fourth year, and in the fifth hath truly sent him. month, that Hananiah the son of Then Hananiah the prophet took Azur the prophet, which was of Gi the yoke from off the prophet Jereheon, spake unto me in the house mian's neck, and brake it. And Ha*f the LORD, in the presence of the naniah spake in the presence of all priests and of all the people, saying, the people, saying, Thus saith the Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, LORD; Even so will I break the the God of Israel, saying, I have yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babroken the yoke of the king of Ba- bylon from the neck of all nations bylon. Within two full years will I within the space of two full years. tring again into this place all the And the prophet Jeremiah went his reasels of the Lord's house, that way. Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon
Then the word of the LORD came took away from this place, and car unto Jeremiah the prophet, after ried them to Babylon : and I will that Hananiah the prophet had bring again to this place Jeconiah broken the yoke from off the neck the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, of the prophet Jeremiah, saying, Go with all the captives of Judah, that and tell Hananiah, saying, Thus went into Babylon, saith the LORD: saith the LORD; Thou hast broken for I will break the yoke of the king the yokes of wood; but thou shalt of Babylon.
make for them yokes of iron. For Then the prophet Jeremiah said thus saith the Lord of hosts, the unto the prophet Hananiah in the God of Israel ; I have put a yoke presence of the priests, and in the of iron upon the neck of all these presence of all the people that stood nations, that they may serve Nebuin the house of the LORD, even the chadnezzar king of Babylon; and prophet Jeremiah said, Amen : the they shall serve him : and I have LORD do so: the LORD perform thy given him the beasts of the field words which thou hast prophesied, also. to bring again the vessels of the Then said the prophet Jeremiah Lord's house, and all that is carried unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear away captive, from Babylon into now, Hananiah ; The Lord hath this place. Nevertheless hear thou not sent thee; but thou makest this now this word that I speak in thine people to trust in a lie. Therefore ears, and in the ears of all the peo thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will ple; the prophets that have been cast thee from off the face of the before me and before thee of old earth: this year thou shalt die, prophesied both against many coun because thou hast taught rebellion tries, and against great kingdoms, against the Lord. So Hananiah the of war, and of evil, and of pesti- prophet died the same year in the lence. The prophet which prophesieth | seventh month.
Morning, JEREMIAH XXIX. August 1. NO TOW these are the words of the all the people whom Nebuchadnez
letter that Jeremiah the pro zar had carried away captive from phet sent from Jerusalem unto the Jerusalem to Babylon ; after that residue of the elders which were Jeconiah the king, and the queen, carried away captives, and to the and the eunuchs, the princes of Jupriests, and to the prophets, and to dah and Jerusalem, and the carpen
ters, and the smiths, were departed Because ye have said, The LORD from Jerusalem ;) by the hand of hath raised us up prophets in BabyElasah the son of Shaphan, and Ge- lon; know that thus saith the LORD mariah the son of Hilkiah, (whom of the king that sitteth upon the Zedekiah king of Judah sent unto throne of David, and of all the per Babylon to Nebuchadnezzar king ple that dwelleth in this city, and of Babylon) saying, Thus saith the of your brethren that are not gone LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, forth with you into captivity; Thus unto all that are carried away cap- saith the Lord of hosts; Behold, I tives, whom I have caused to be will send upon them the sword, the carried away from Jerusalem unto famine, and the pestilence, and will Babylon; build ye houses, and dwell make them like vile figs, that cannot in them; and plant gardens, and eat be eaten, they are so evil. And I the fruit of them; take ye wives, will persecute them with the sword, and beget sons and daughters; and with the famine, and with the pes. take wives for your sons, and give tilence, and will deliver them to be your daughters to husbands, that removed to all the kingdoms of the they may bear sons and daughters ; earth, to be a curse, and an astonish. that ye may be increased there, and ment, and an hissing, and a reproach, not diminished. And seek the peace among all the nations whither I hare of the city whither I have caused driven them: because they have to you to be carried away captives, and hearkened to My words, saith te pray unto the Lord for it: for in the Lord, which I sent unto them by peace thereof shall ye have peace. My servants the prophets, rising op
For thus saith the Lord of hosts, early and sending them; but ye the God of Israel ; Let not your would not hear, saith the LORD. prophets and your diviners, that be Hear ye therefore the word of the in the midst of you, deceive you, nei LORD, all ye of the captivity, whom ther hearken to your dreams which I have sent from Jerusalem to Ba. ye cause to be dreamed. For they bylon: Thus saith the Lord of hosts prophesy falsely unto you in My the God of Israel, of Ahab the name: I have not sent them, saith of Kolaiah, and of Zedekiah the sea the Lord. For thus saith the LORD, of Maaseiah, which prophesy a lie That after seventy years be accom unto you in My name ; Behold, I plished at Babylon I will visit you, will deliver them into the hand of and perform My good word toward Nebuchadrezzar king of Babykti you, in causing you to return to this and he shall slay them before yogi place. For I know the thoughts that eyes; and of them shall be taken up I think toward you, saith the LORD, a curse by all the captivity of Je thoughts of peace, and not of evil, dah which are in Babylon, saying, to give you an expected end. Then The Lord make thee like Zedekiak shall ye call upon Me, and ye shall and like Ahab, whom the kingd go and pray unto Me, and I will Babylon roasted in the fire; because hearken unto you. And ye shall they have committed villany in lo seek Me, and find Me, when ye rael, and have committed adult. Ti shall search for Me with all your with their neighbours' wives, 1 heart. And I will be found of you, have spoken lying words in my saith the Lord: and I will turn name, which I have not commanded away your captivity, and I will ga them; even I know, and am s 174. ther you from all the nations, and ness, saith the LORD. from all the places whither I have Thus shalt thou also speak to She driven you, saith the Lord; and i maiah the Nehelamite, saying, The will bring you again into the place speaketh the Lord of hosts, the Good whence I caused you to be carried of Israel, saying, Because thou baie away captive.
sent letters in thy name unto all the 446
people that are at Jerusalem, and the priest read this letter in the ears to Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah of Jeremiah the prophet. the priest, and to all the priests, Then came the word of the LORD saying, The LORD hath made thee unto Jeremiah, saying, Send to all priest in the stead of Jehoiada the them of the captivity, saying, Thus priest, that ye should be officers in saith the LORD concerning Shemaiah the house of the LORD, for every the Nehelamite ; Because that Sheman that is mad, and maketh him- maiah hath prophesied unto you, self a prophet, that thou shouldest and I sent him not, and he caused pat him in prison, and in the stocks. you to trust in a lie: therefore thus Now therefore why hast thou not re saith the LORD; Behold, I will puprored Jeremiah of Anathoth, which nish Shemaiah the Nehelamite, and maketh himself a prophet to you ? his seed: he shall not have a man For therefore he sent unto us in to dwell among this people ; neither Babylon, saying, This captivity is shall he behold the good that I will kong: build ye houses, and dwell in do for My people, saith the LORD; them; and plant gardens, and eat because he hath' taught rebellion the fruit of them. And Zephaniah | against the LORD. August 1.
Evening, JEREMIAH XXX. August 1. word that came to Jere Therefore fear thou not, O My Thas speaketh the LORD God of ther be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, Israel, saying, Write thee all the I will save thee from afar, and thy words that I have spoken unto thee seed from the land of their captiin a book. For, lo, the days come, vity; and Jacob shall return, and saith the Lord, that I will bring shall be in rest, and be quiet, and again the captivity of My people none shall make him afraid. For I Israel and Judah, saith the LORD: am with thee, saith the LORD, to and I will cause them to return to save thee: though I make a full end the land that I gave to their fathers, of all nations whither I have scatand they shall possess it.
tered thee, yet will I not make a full And these are the words that the end of thee: but I will correct thee LORD spake concerning Israel and in measure, and will not leave thee concerning Judah. For thus saith altogether unpunished. For thus the Lord; We have heard a voice of saith the LORD, Thy bruise is intrembling, of fear, and not of peace. curable, and thy wound is grievous. Ask ye now, and see whether a man There is none to plead thy cause, doth travail with child? wherefore that thou mayest be bound up: thou do I see every man with his hands hast no healing medicines. All thy
a his loins, as a woman in travail, lovers have forgotten thee; they seek und all faces are turned into pale- thee not; for I have wounded thee test? Alas! for that day is great, with the wound of an enemy, with so that none is like it : it is even the chastisement of a cruel one, for the time of Jacob's trouble ; but he the multitude of thine iniquity; beshall be saved out of it. For it shall cause thy sins were increased. Why time to pass in that day, saith the criest thou for thine affliction? thy LORD of hosts, that I will break his sorrow is incurable for the multitude barst thy bonds, and
strangers shall were increased, i have done these to more serve themselves of him : things unto thee. Therefore all they but they shall serve the Lord their that devour thee shall be devoured'; God, and David their king, whom I and all thine adversaries, every one will raise up unto them.
of them, shall go into captivity; and
they that spoil thee shall be a spoil, and their congregation shall be es and all that prey upon thee will I tablished before Me, and I wil give for a prey. For I will restore punish all that oppress them. And health unto thee, and I will heal thee their nobles shall be of themselves, of thy wounds, saith the Lord; be- and their governor shall proceed from cause they called thee an Outcast, the midst of them; and I will canse saying, This is Zion, whom no man him to draw near, and he shall apseeketh after.
proach unto Me: for who is this Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I that engaged his heart to approsch will bring again the captivity of Ja unto Me? saith the LORD. And ya cob's tents, and have mercy on his shall be My people, and I will be dwellingplaces; and the city shall be your God. Behold, the whirlwind builded upon her own heap, and the of the LORD goeth forth with fury, palace shall remain after the man a continuing whirlwind: it shall fa ner thereof. And out of them shall with pain upon the head of the proceed thanksgiving and the voice wicked. The fierce anger of the of them that make merry: and I LORD shall not return, until He will multiply them, and they shall have done it, and until He hare not be few ; I will also glorify them, performed the intents of His heart: and they shall not be small. Their in the latter days ye shall consider children also shall be as aforetime, it. AUGUST 2. Morning, JEREMIAH XXXI. August T the same time, saith the LORD, the coasts of the earth, and with
them the blind and the lame, the families of Israel, and they shall be woman with child and her that traMy people. Thus saith the LORD, vaileth with child together: a great The people which were left of the company shall return thither. Thes sword found grace in the wilderness; shall come with weeping, and wi!! even Israel, when I went to cause supplications will I lead them: I will him to rest. The Lord hath appear. cause them to walk by the rivers of ed of old unto me, saying, Yea, I waters in a straight way, wherein have loved thee with an everlasting they shall not stumble: for I ans love: therefore with lovingkindness father to Israel, and Ephraim is My have I drawn thee. Again I will firstborn. build thee, and thou shalt be built, Hear the word of the LORD, 0.5* O virgin of Israel: thou shalt again nations, and declare it in the isipin be adorned with thy tabrets, and afar off, and say, He that scattered shalt go forth in the dances of them Israel will gather him, and keep his, that make merry. Thou shalt yet as a shepherd doth his flock. Fut plant vines upon the mountains of the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, 19! Samaria: the planters shall plant, ransomed him from the hand of life and shall eat them as common things. that was stronger than he. Then For there shall be a day, that the fore they shall come and sing in the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim height of Zion, and shall How tec shall cry, Arise ye, and let us go up ther to the goodness of the LORM to Zion unto the Lord our God. For for wheat, and for wine, and for the thus saith the Lord; Sing with glad- and for the young of the flock and ness for Jacob, and shout among the of the herd : and their soul shall lo chief of the nations : publish ye,
as a watered garden ; and they sha'l praise ye, and say, 0 LORD, save not sorrow any more at all. Then Thy people, the remnant of Israel
. shall the virgin rejoice in the dance. Behold, I will bring them from the both young men and old together : north country, and gather them
from for I will turn their mourning inte