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The captivity of Judah. JEREMIAH. In God alone is sure salvatron. and after will I send for many hunters, and his ways, and according to the fruit of his they shall hunt them from every mountain, doings. and from every hill, and out of the holes 11 As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and of the rocks.

hatcheth them not; so he thatgetteth riches, 17 For mine eyes are upon all their and not by right, shall leave them in the ways: they are not hid from my face,nei- midst of his days, and at his end shall be a ther is their iniquity hid from mine eyes. fool.

18. And first I will recompense their 12 ? A glorious high throne from the iniquity and their sin double ; because they beginning is the place of our sanctuary. have defiled my land, they have filled mine 13 O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that inheritance with the carcasses of their de- forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they testable and abominable things.

that depart from me shall be written in the 19 O. LORD, my strength and my for- earth, because they have forsaken the tress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, LORD, the fountain of living waters. the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the 14 Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and thou art my praise. things wherein there is no profit.

15 | Bebold, they say unto me, Where 20. Shall a man make gods unto himself, is the word of the LORD? let it come now. and they are no gods?

16 As for me, I have not hastened from 21 Therefore behold, I will this once being a pastor to follow thee: neither have cause them to know, I will cause them to I desired the woful day; thou knowest : know mine hand and my might; and they that which came out of my lips was right shall know that my name is The Lord. before thee. CHẮP. XVII.

17 Be not a terror unto me: thou art THE sin of Judah is written with a pen my hope in the day of evil.

of iron, and with the point of a dia '18 Let them be confounded that persemond: it is graven upon the table of their cute me, but let not me be confounded: heart, and upon the horns of your altars ; let them be dismayed, but let nok me be

2 Whilst their children remember their dismayed: bring upon them the day of evil, altars and their groves by the green trees and destroy them with double desiruction. upon the high hills.

19 T Thus said the Lord unto me; Go 3 Omy mountain in the field, I will give and stand in the gate of the children of thy substance and all thy treasures to the the people, whereby the kings of Judah spoil, and thy high places for sin, through- come in, and by the which they go out, out all thy borders.

and in all the gates of Jerusalem; 4 And thou, even thyself, shalt discon 20 And say unto them, Hear ye the word tinue from thine heritage that I gave thee; of the Lord, ye kings of Judah, and all and I will cause thee to serve thine ene- Judah, and all the inhabitants of Jerusamies in the land which thou knowest not: lem, that enter in by these gates: for ye have kindled a fire in mine anger, 21 Thus saith the LORD; Take heed which shall burn for ever.

to yourselves, and bear no burden on the 5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of the man that trusteth in man, and maketh Jerusalem; flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth 22 Neither carry forth a burden out of from the LORD.

your houses on the sabbath day, neither do 6 For he shall be like the heath in the ye any work, but hallow ye the sabbath desert, and shall not see when good day, as I commanded your fathers. cometh ; but shall inhabit the parched 23 But they obeyed not, neither inclined places in the wilderness, in a salt land and their ear, but made their neck stiff, that not inhabited.

they might not hear, nor receive instruction. 7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the 24 And it shall come to pass, if ye diliLORD, and whose hope the Lord is. gently hearken unto me, saith the LORD,

8 For he shall be as a tree planted by to bring in no burden through the gates of the waters, and that spreadeth out her this city on the sabbath day, but hallow the mots by the river, and shall not see when sabbath day, to do no work therein; beat cometh, but her leaf shall be green ; 25 Then shall there enter into the gates and shall not be careful in the year of of this city kings and princes sitting upon drought, neither shall cease from yielding the throne of David, riding in chariots and fruit.

on horses, they and their princes, the men 9 | The heart is deceitful above all of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusathings, and desperately wicked: who can lem: and this city shall remain for ever. know it?

26 And they shall come from the cities 10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the of Judah, and from the places about Je. reins, even to give every man according to rusalem, and from the land of Benjamin,

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The type of the potter. CHAP. XVIII, XIX. Judgments threatened. and from the plain, and from the moun- and they have caused them to stumble in tains, and from the south, bringing burnt- their ways from the ancient paths, to walk offerings, and sacrifices, and meat-offer- in paths, in a way not cast up; ings, and incense, and bringing sacrifices 16 To make their land desolate, and a of praise, unto the house of the Lord. perpetual hissing ; every one that passeth

27 But if ye will not hearken unto me to thereby shall be astonished, ard wag his hallow the sabbath day, and not to bear head. a burden, even entering in at the gates of 17 I will scatter them as with an east Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then will I wind before the enemy; I will shew them kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it the back, and not the face, in the day of shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and their calamity. it shall not be quenched.

18 T Then said they, Come, and let us CHAP. XVIII.

devise devices against Jeremiah; for the THE word which came to Jeremiah law shall not perish from the priest, nor from the LORD, saying,

counsel from the wise, nor the word from 2 Arise, and go down to the potter's the prophet. Come, and let us smite him house, and there I will cause thee to hear with the tongue, and let us not give heed my words.

to any of his words. 3 Then I went down to the potter's 19Give heed tome, OLORD,and hearken house, and behold, he wrought a work on to the voice of them that contend with me. the wheels.

20 Shall evil be recompensed for good ? 4 And the vessel that he made of clay for they have digged a pit for my soul. was marred in the hand of the potter: so Remember that I stood before thee to he made it again another vessel, as seemed speak good for them, and to turn away thy good to the potter to make it.

wrath from them. 5 Then the word of the LORD came to 21 Therefore deliver up their children me, saying,

to the famine, and pour out their blood by 6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you the force of the sword; and let their wives as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as be bereaved of their children, and be the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye widows; and let their men be put to death; in mine hand, 0 house of Israel. let their young men be slain by the sword

7 At what instant I shall speak concern- in battle. ing a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to 22 Let a cry be heard from their houses, pluck up, and to pull down, and to de- when thou shalt bring a troop suddenly

upon them: for they have digged a pit to 8 If that nation against whom I have take me, and hid snares for my feet. pronounced, turn from their evil, I will re 23 Yet, LORD, thou knowest all their pentoftheevil that I thought to do untothem. counsel against me to slay me : forgive not

9 And at what instant I shall speak con- their iniquity, neither blot out their sin cerning a nation, and concerning a king- from thy sight, but let them be overthrown dom, to build and to plant it;

before thee; deal thus with them in the 10 If it do evil in my sight, that it obey time of thine anger. not my voice, then I will repent of the good,

CHAP. XIX. 11 Now therefore go to speak to the THUS saith the Lord, Go and get a

potter's earthen bottle, and take of men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Je- the ancients of the people, and of the anrusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD ; cients of the priests; Behold, I frame evil against you, and de 2 And go forth unto the valley of the vise a device against you: return ye now son of Hinnom, which is by the entry of every one from his evil way, and make the east gate, and proclaim there the words your ways and your doings good. that I shall tell thee.

12 And they said, There is no hope: but 3 And say, Hear ye the word of the LORD, we will walk after our own devices, and 0 kings of Judah, and inhabitants of Jeruwe will every one do the imagination of his salem; Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the evil heart.

God of Israel; Behold, I will bring evil 13 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Ask upon this place, the which whosoever hearye now among the heathen, who hath heard eth, his ears shall tingie. such things: the virgin of Ísrael bath done 4 Because they have forsaken me, and a very horrible thing.

have estranged this place, and have burned 14 Will a man leave the snow of Leba. incense in it unto other gods, whom neither non which cometh fromythe rock of the field ? they nor their fathers have known, nor the or shall the cold flowing waters that come kings of Judah, and have filled this place from another place be forsaken?

with the blood of innocents; 15 Because my people hath forgotten 5 They have built also the high places me, they have burned incense to vanity, lof Baal, to burn their sons with fire for

stroy it:

The Jews' desolation foretold. JEREMIAH. The complaint of Jeremiah. burnt-offerings unto Baal, which I com- The Lord hath not called thy name Pae manded not, nor spake it, neither came it shur, but Magor-missabih. into my mind :

4 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I 6 Therefore behold, the days come, will make thee a terror to thyself, and to saith the Lord,

that this place shall no all thy friends : and they shall fall by the more be called Tophet, nor The valley of sword of their enemies, and thine eyes the son of Hinnom, but The valley of shall behold it: and I will give all Judah Slaughter.

into the hand of the king of Babylon, and 7 And I will make void the counsel of he shall carry them captive into Babylon, Judah and Jerusalem in this place; and I and shall slay them with the sword. will cause them to fall by the sword before 5 Moreoverlwill deliver all the strength their enemies, and by ihe hands of them of this city, and all the labours thereof, that seek their lives: and their carcasses and all the precious things thereof, and will I give to be meat for the fowls of the all the treasures of the kings of Judah will heaven, and for the beasts of the earth. I give into the hand of their enemies,

8 And I will make this city desolate, which shall spoil them, and take them, and a hissing: every one that passeth and carry them to Babylon. thereby shall be astonished and hiss be 6 And thou, Pashur, and all that dwell cause of all the plagues thereof. in thine house shall go into captivity: and

9 And I will cause them to eat the flesh thou shalt come to Babylon, and there of their sons and the flesh of their daugh-thou shalt die, and shalt be buried there, ters, and they shall eat every one the flesh thou, and all thy friends, to whom thou of his friend in the siege and straitness bast prophesied lies. wherewith their enemies, and they that 7 TO LORD, thou hast deceived me, seek their lives, shall straiten them. and I was deceived: thou art stronger

10 Then shalt thou break the bottle in than I, and hast prevailed: I am in derithe sight of the men that go with thee, sion daily, every one mocketh me.

11 And shalt say unto them, Thus saith 8 For since l'spake, I cried out, I cried the Lord of hosts; Even so will I break violence and spoil ; because the word of (his people and this city, as one breaketh the Lord was made a reproach unto me,

potter's vessel, that cannot be made and a derision, daily. whole again: and they shall bury them in 9 Then I said, I will not make mention Tophet, till there be no place to bury. of him, nor speak any more in bis name.

12 Thus will I do unto this place, saith But his word was in mine heart as a burnthe LORD, and to the inhabitants thereof, ing fire shut up in my bones, and I was and even make this city as Tophet: weary with sorbearing, and I could not

13 And the houses of Jerusalem, and stay. the houses of the kings of Judah, shall be 10 For I heard the defaming of many, defiled as the place of Tophet, because of fear on every side. Report, say they, and all the houses upon whose roofs they have we will report it. All my familiars watchburned incense unto all the host of heaven, cu for my halting, saying, Peradventure and have poured out drink-offerings unto he will be enticed, and we shall prevail other gods.

against him, and we shall take our revenge 14 Then came Jeremiah from Tophet, on him. whither the Lord had sent him to pro 11 But the LORD is with me as a mighty phesy; and he stood in the court of the terrible one: therefore my persecutors LORD's house ; and said to all the people, shall stumble, and they shall not prevail;

15 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the they shall be greatly ashamed; for they God of Israel ; Behold, I will bring upon shall not prosper: their everlasting conthis city and upon all her towns all the fusion shall never be forgotten. evil that I have pronounced against it, be 12 But, O Lord of hosts, that triest the cause they have hardened their necks, righteous, and seest the reins and the that they might not hear my words. heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: CHAP. XX.

for unto thee have I opened my cause. NOWY TOW Pashur the son of Immer the 13 Sing unto the LORD, praise ye the

priest, who was also chief governor Lord: for he hath delivered the soul of in the house of the LORD, heard that Je- the poor from the hand of evil-doers, remiah prophesied these things.

14 T Cursed be the day wherein I was 2 Then Pashur smote Jeremiah the born: let not the day wherein iny mother prophet, and put him in the stocks that bare me be blessed. were in the high gate of Benjamin, which 15 Cursed be the man who brought tiwas by the house of the Lond.

dings to my father, saying, A man child is 3 And it came to pass on the morrow, born unto thee; making him very glad. that Pashur brought forth Jeremiah out of 16 And let that man be as the citics which the stocks. Then said Jeremiah unto him, Ithe LORD overthrew, and repented not:

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A hard siege foretold. CHAP. XXI, XXII. An exhortation to repentance. and let him hear the cry in the morning, 12 O house of David, thus saith the and the shouting at noon-tide ;

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 cut been my grave, and her womb to be al- like fire, and burn that none can quench ways great wilh me.

it, because of the evil of your doings. 18 Wherefore came I forth out of the 13 Behold, I am against thee, O inhabit. vyomb 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 shall enTHE word wbich came into Jeremiah ter into our habitations?

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; it so be that the VHUS saith the LORD; Go down to his wondrous works, that he may go up speak there this word, from us.

2 And say, Hear the word of the LORD, 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 asseinble 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 saith 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 bim : but weep sore for him that 10 For I have set my face against this goeth away: for he shall return no more, city for evil, and not for good, saith the nor see his native country. LORD: 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 TAnd 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 whither

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LORD;

The judgment of Coniah. JEREMIAH. The restoration of God's people. they have led him captive, and shall see and are cast intoa land which they know not? this land no more.

29 earth, earth, earth, hear the word 13 | 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. house and large chambers, and cutteth him

CHAP. XXIII.

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and scatter sheep of 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 thine 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 shall they shall not lament for him, saying, Ah they be lacking, saith the Lord. Jord! or, Ah his glory!

5 T 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 judgment and 20 4 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 bis 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 rest in the cedars, how gracious shalt all 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 !

9 | Mine heart within me 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 whom wine hath overcome, because of the 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 hand of the 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 bare thee, into another country, 11 For both prophet and priest are prowhere ye were not born; and there shall sane; yea, in my house have I found their

wickedness, saith the LORD. 27 But to the land whereunto they de 12 Wherefore their way shall be unto sire to return, thither shall they not return. them as slippery ways in the darkness :

28 Is this man Coniah a despised broken they shall be driven on, and fall therein : 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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