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CHAP. IV. Lamentation over Judah. 21 A voice was heard upon the high whereas the sword reacheth unto the soul. places, weeping and supplications of the 11 At that time shall it be said to this children of Israel : for they have pervert- people and to Jerusalem, A dry wind of ed their way, and they have forgotten the the high places in the wilderness toward Lord their God.
the daughter of my people, not to fan, nor 22 Return, ye backsliding children, and to cleanse, I will beal your backslidings. Behold, 12 Even a full wind from those places we come unto thee ; for thou art the LORD shall come unto me: now also will I give our God.
sentence against them. 23 Truly in vain is salvation hoped for 13 Behold, he shall come up as clouds, from the bills, anit from the multitude of and his chariots shall be as a whirlwind : mountains : truly in the LORD our God is his horses are swifter than eagles. Wo the salvation of Israel.
unto us! for we are sporled. 24 For shame hath devoured the labour 14 O Jerusalem, wash thine heart' from of our fathers from our youth; their flocks wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. and their herds, their sons and their How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge daughters.
within thee? 25 We lie down in our shame, and our 15 For a voice declareth from Dan, and confusion covereth us: for we have sinned publisheth affliction from mount Ephraim. against the LORD our God, we and our fa 16 Make ye mention to the nations ; thers, from our youth even unto this day, behold, publish against Jerusalem, that and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD watchers come from a far country, and give our God.
out their voice against the cities of Judah. CHAP. IV.
17 As keepers of a field, are they against thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the her round about; because she hath been put away thine abominations out of my 18 Thy way and thy doings have prosight, then shalt thou not remove. cured these things unto thee; this is thy
2 And thou shalt swear, TheLord liveth, wickedness, because it is bitter, because in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; it reacheth unto thine heart. and the nations shall bless themselves in 19 | My bowels, my bowels! I am him, and in him sball they glory. 3' 7 For thus saith the Lord to the men a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace,
pained at my very heart; my heart maketh of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your because thou hast heard, O my soul, the fallow ground, and sow not among thorns. sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.
4 Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, 20 Destruction upon destruction is and take away the foreskins of your heart, cried; for the whole land is spoiled : sudye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jeru- denly are my tents spoiled, and my cursalem; lest my fury come forth like fire, tains in a moment. and burn that none can quench it, because 21 How long shall I see the standard, of the evil of your doings.
and hear the sound of the trumpet? 5 Declare ye in Judah, and publish in 22 For my people is foolish, they have Jerusalem; and say, Blow ye the trumpet not known me; they are sottish children, in the land: cry, Gather together, and say, and they have none understanding: they Assemble yourselves, and let us go into the are wise to do evil, but to do good they defenced cities.
have no knowledge. 6 Set up the standard toward Zion : 23 I beheld the earth, and lo, it was retire, stay not, for I will bring evil from without form, and void; and the heavens, the north, and a great destruction. and they had no light.
7 The lion is come up from his thicket, 24 I beheld the mountains, and lo, they and the destroyer of the Gentiles is on his trembled, and all the hills moved lightly. way; he is gone forth from his place to 25 I beheld, and lo, there was no man, make thy land desolate; and thy cities and all the birds of the heavens were ied. shall be laid waste, without an inhabitant. 26 I beheld, and lo, the fruitful place
8 For this gird you with sackcloth, was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof lament and bowl: for the fierce anger of were broken down at the presence of the the Lord is not turned back from us. LORD, and by his fierce anger.
9 And it shall come to pass at that day, 27 For thus hath the Lord said, The saith the LORD, that the heart of the king whole land shall be desolate; yet will I shall perish, and the heart of the princes; not make a full end. and the priests shall be astonished, and the 28 For this shall the earth mourn,
and prophets shall wonder.
the heavens above be black : because I 10. Then said I, Ah, Lord God! surely have spoken it, I have purposed it, and thou bast greatly deceived this people and will not repent, neither will I turn back Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall have peace ;' from it.
God's judgments on the Jews JEREMIAH. for their manifold corruptions.
29 The whole city shall 'flee for the her battlements; for they are not the noise of the horsemen and bowmen ; they LORD's. shall go into thickets, and climb up upon 11 For the house of Israel and the house the rocks: every city shall be forsaken, of Judah have dealt very treacherously and not a man dwell therein.
against me, saith the LORD. 30 And when thou art spoiled, what 12 They have belied the LORD, and wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself said, It is not be; neither shall evil come with crimson, though thou deckest thee upon us; neither shall we see sword nor with ornaments of gold, though thou rendest famine: thy face with painting, in vain shalt thou 13 And the prophets shall become wind, make thyself fair : thy lovers will despise and the word is not in them : thus shall it thee, they will seek thy life.
be done unto them. 31 For I have heard a voice as of a 14 Wherefore thus saith the LORD God woman in travail, and the anguish as of of hosts, Because ye speak this word, beher that bringeth forth her first child; the hold, I will make my words in thy mouth voice of the daughter of Zion, that be- fire, and this people wood, and it shall de waileth herself, that spreadeth her hands, vour them. saying, Wo is me now! for my soul is 15 Lo, I will bring a nation upon you wearied because of murderers.
from far, O house of Israel, saith the LORD: CHAP. V.
it is a mighty nation, it is an ancient naUN
of Jerusalem, and see now, and est not, neither understandest what they know, and seek in the broad places there- say. of, if ye can find a man, if there be any 16 Their quiver is as an open sepulchre, that executeth judgment, that seeketh the they are all mighty men. truth; and I will pardon it.
17 And they shall eat up thine harvest, 2 And though they say, The Lord liveth; and thy bread, which thy sons and thy surely they swear falsely.
daughters should eat: they shall eat up thy 30 Lord, are not thine eyes upon the flocks and thine herds : they shall eat up truth? thou hast stricken them, but they thy vines and thy fig-trees : they shall have not grieved; thou hast consumed impoverish thy fenced cities, wherein thou them, but they have refused to receive trustedst, with the sword. correction : they have made their faces 18 Nevertheless in those days, saith the harder than a rock; they have refused to LORD, I will not make a full end with you. return.
19 | And it shall come to pass, when ye 4 Therefore I said, Surely these are shall say, Wherefore doeth the LORD our poor ; they are foolish: for they know not God all these things unto us? then shalt the way of the LORD, nor the judgment of thou answer them, Like as ye have fortheir God.
saken me, and served strange gods in your 5 I will get me unto the great men, and land, so shall ye serve strangers in a land will speak unto them; for they have known that is not yours.. the way of the LORD, and the judgment 20 Declare this in the house of Jacob, of their God: but these have altogether and publish it in Judah, saying, broken the yoke, and burst the bonds. 21 Hear now this, O foolish people, and
6 Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall without understanding; which have eyes, slay them, and a wolf of the evenings shall and see not; which have ears, and hear not: spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their 22 Fear ye not me? saith the LORD : cities: every one that goeth out thence will ye not tremble at my presence, which shall be torn in pieces: because their have placed the sand for the bound of the transgressions are many, and their back- sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot slidings are increased.
pass it, and though the waves thereof toss 7 How shall I pardon thee for this? thy themselves, yet can they not prevail; children have forsaken me, and sworn by though they roar, yet can they not pass them that are no gods: when I had fed over it? them to the full, they then committed 23 But this people hath a revolting and adultery, and assembled themselves by a rebellious heart; they are revolted and troops in the harlots' houses.
gone. 8 They were as fed horses in the morn 24 Neither say they in their heart, Let ing : every one neighed after his neigh- us now fear the Lord our God, that giveth bour's wife.
rain, both the former and the latter, in his 9 Shall I not visit for these things? saith season: he reserveth unto us the appointed the LORD: and shall not my soul be aveng- weeks of the harvest. ed on such a nation as this?
25 | Your iniquities have turned away 10 ? Go ye up upon her walls, and de- these things, and your sins have withholden stroy; but inake not a full end: take away!good things from you.
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The enemies of Judah encouraged. CHAP. VI. God's judgments proclaimed
26 For among my people are found for even the husband with the wife shall wicked men : they lay wait, as be that set- be taken, the aged with him that is full of teth snares; they set a trap, they catch men. days.
27 As a cage is full of birds, so are their 12 And their houses shall be turned unta houses full of deceit: therefore they are others, with their fields and wives together: become great, and waxen rich.
for I will stretch out my hand upon the in28 They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, habitants of the land, saith the LORD. they overpass the deeds of the wicked! 13 For from the least of them even unto they judge not the cause, the cause of the the greatest of them every one is given to fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right covetousness; and from the prophet even of the needy do they not judge. unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.
29 Shall I not visit for these things? saith 14 They have healed also the hurt of the the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged daughter of my people slightly, saying, on such a nation as this?
Peace, peace; when there is no peace. 30 T A wonderful and horrible thing is 15 Were they ashamed when they had committed in the land;
committed abomination? nay, they were 31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and not at allashamed, neither could they blush; the priests bear rule by their means; and therefore they shall fall among them that my people love to have it so: and what fall: at the time that I visit them they shall willye do in the end thereof?
be cast down, saith the LORD. CHAP. VI.
16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in YE children of Benjamin, gather the ways, and see, and ask for the old Jerusalem, and blow the trumpet in Tekoa, therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. and set up a sign of fire in Beth-haccerem: But they said, We will not walk therein. for evil appeareth out of the north, and 17 Also I set watchmen over you, saying, great destruction.
Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But 2 I have likened the daughter of Zion they said, We will not hearken. to a comely and delicate woman.
18 1 Therefore hear, ye nations, and 3 The shepherds with their flocks shall know, Ocongregation, what is among them. come unto her; they shall pitch their tents 19 Hear, earth : Behold, I will bring against her round about; they shall feed evil upon this people,
even the fruit of their every one in his place.
thoughts, because they have not hearkened 4 Prepare ye war against her; arise, unto my words, nor to my law, but reand let us go up at noon. Wo unto us!jected it. for the day goeth away, for the shadows of 20 To what purpose cometh there to me the evening are stretched out.
incense from Sheba, and the sweet cane 5 Arise, and let us go by night, and let from a far countryyour burnt-offerings us destroy her palaces.
are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices 6 | For thus hath the LORD of hosts sweet unto me. said, Hew ye down trees, and cast a mount 21 Therefore thus saith the Lorn, Be., against Jerusalem: this is the city to be hold, I will lay stumbling-blocks before visited; she is wholly oppression in the this people, and the fathers and the sons midst of her.
together shall fall upon them; the neigh7. As a fountain casteth out her waters, bour and his friend shall perish. 'so she casteth out her wickedness: vio 22 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, a peolence and spoil is beard in her; before me ple cometh from the north country, and a .continually is grief and wounds.
great nation shall be raised from the sides 8 Be thou instructed, 0 Jerusalem, lest of the earth. my soul depart from thee; lest I make 23 They shall lay hold on bowand spear; thee desolate, a land not inhabited. they are cruel, and have no mercy; their
9.1 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, They voice roareth like the sea; and they ride shall thoroughly glean the remnant of Is- upon horses, set in array as men for war rael as a vine: turn back thine hand as a against thee, o daughter of Zion. grape-gatherer into the baskets.
24 We have heard the fame thereof: our 10. To whom shall I speak, and give hands wax feeble: anguish hath taken hold warning, that they may hear? Behold, their of us, and pain, as of a woman in travail. ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot 25 Go not forth into the field, nor walk bearken : behold, the word of the Lord is by the way; for the sword of the enemy unto them a reproach; they have no de- and fear is on every side. light in it.
26 TO daughter of my people,'gird thee 11 Therefore I am fall of the fury of the with sackcloth, and wallow thyself in LORD; I am weary with bolding in: I will ashes: make thee mouring, as for an only pour it out upon the children abroad, and son, most bitter lamentation: for the spoiler upon the agsembly of young men together: shall suddenly come upon us,
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An exhortation to repentance. JEREMIAH.
Idolatry threatened, 27 I have set thee før a tower and a 15 And I will cast you out of my sight, fortress among my people, that thou may- as I have cast out all your brethren, even est know and try their way.
the whole seed of Ephraim. 28 They are all grievous revolters, 16 Therefore pray not thou for this peowalking with slanders: they are brass and ple, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, iron; they are all corrupters.
neither make intercession to me: for I will 29 The bellows are burned, the lead is not hear thee. consumed of the fire; the founder melteth 17 | Seest thou not what they do in the in vain: for the wicked are not plucked cities of Judah and in the streets of Jeruaway.
salem? 38 Reprobate silver shall men call them, 18 The children gather wood, and the because the LORD hath rejected them. fathers kindle the fire, and the women CHAP. vii.
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offerings unto other gods, that they may 2 Stand in the gate of the LORD's house, provoke me to anger. and proclaim there this word, and say, 19 Do they provoke me to anger? saith Hear the word of the LORD, all ye of Ju- the LORD: do they not provoke themselves dah, that enter in at these gates to worship to the confusion of their own faces ? the LORD.
20 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; 3 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Behold, mine anger and my fury shall be Israel, Amend your ways and your doings, poured out upon this place, upon man, and and I will cause you to dwell in this place. upon beast, and upon the trees of the field,
4 Trust ye not inlying words, saying, The and upon the fruit of the ground; and it temple of the LORD, The temple of the shall burn, and shall not be quenched. LORD, The temple of the Lord, are these. 21 | Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the
5 Forisye thoroughly amend your ways God of Israel; Put your burnt-offerings and your doings; if ye thoroughly execute unto your sacrifices, and eat fesh. judgment between a man and his neigh 22 For I spake not unto your fathers, nor bour;
commanded them in the day that I brought 6 If ye oppress not the stranger, the them out of the land of Egypt, concerning fatherless, and the widow, and shed not burnt-offerings or sacrifices : innocent blood in this place, neither walk 23 But this thing commanded I them, after other gods to your burt;
saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your 7 Then will I cause you to dwell in this God, and ye shall be my people: and walk place, in the land that I gave to your ye in all the ways that I have commanded fathers, for ever and ever.
be well unto you. 8 T Behold, ye'trust in lying words, 24 But they hearkened not, nor inclined that cannot profit.
their ear, but walked in the counsels and 9 Will ye steal, murder, and commit in the imagination of their evil heart, and adultery, and swear falsely, and burn in- went backward, and not forward. cense unto Baal, and walk after other gods 25 Since the day that your fathers came whom ye know not;
forth out of the land of Egypt unto this day 10 And come and stand before me in I have even sent unto you all my servants this house, which is called by my name, the prophets, daily rising up early and and say, We are delivered to do all these sending thein: abominations?
26 Yet they hearkened not unto me, nor 11 Is this house, which is called by my inclined their ear, but hardened their name, become a den of robbers in your neck: they did worse than their fathers. eyes ? Behold, even I have seen it, saith 27 Therefore thou shalt speak all these the LORD.
words unto them; but they will not heark. 12 But go, ye now upto my place which en to thee: thou shalt also call unto them; was in Shiloh, where I set my name at the but they will not answer thee. first, and see what I did to it for the wick 28 But thou shalt say unto them, This edness of my people Israel.
lis a nation that obeyeth not the voice of 13 And now, because ye have done all the LORD their God, nor receiveth corthese works, saith the Lord, and I spake rection: truth is perished, and is cut off unto you, rising up early and speaking, from their mouth. but ye heard not; and I called you, but 29 1 Cut off thine hair, Jerusalem, ye answered not;
and cast it away, and take up a lamenta 14. Therefore will I do unto this house, tion on high places; for the LORD hath res which is called by my name, wherein yé jected and forsaken the generation of bis trust, and unto the place which I gave to wrath. you and to your fathers, as I have done to 30 For the children of Judab bave done Shiloh.
evil in my sight, saith the LORD: they have
you, that it
The impenitent Jews upbraided. CHAP. VIII, IX. Their judgment showed. set their abominations in the house wbich is! 9 The wise men are ashamed, they are called by my name, to pollute it. dismayed and taken: lo, they have re
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 thein 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 1 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, nor The 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 when 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, peither could they for the beasts of the earth; and none shall blush: therefore shall they fall among fray theon away;
them that fall : in the time of their visita. 34 Then will I cause to cease from the tion they shall be cast down, saith the LORD. cities of Judab, and from the streets of 13 I will surely consume them, saith Jerusalem, the voice of mirth, and the the LORD : there shall be po 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 bave given land shall be desolate.
them shall pass away from them." CHAP. VIII.
14 Why do we sit still? assemble your T that time, saith the LORD, they selves, and let us enter into the defenced of Judah, and the bones of bis 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 de 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 sought, 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 4 When would comfort myself 4 | Moreover, thou shalt say u to 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 he 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 her King in her? 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 heard, 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 burt 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 hath taken hold on me. 7 Yea, 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.
H the law of the Lord is with us? Lo, cer 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 !