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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.
Idolatry threatened. 27 I have set thee for 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? 30 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 Thussaith 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 Trustyenot 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 flesh. 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 hurt;
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 1 have commanded fathers, for ever and ever.
you, that it may 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 them: 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 unto 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 yie have done all the LORD their God, nor receivetb 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 | Cut off thine hair, O Jerusalem, ye answered not;
and cast it away, and take up a lamenta14 Therefore will I do unto this house, tion on high places; for the Lord bath rewhich is called by my name, wherein ye jected and forsaken the generation of his 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 Judah bave done Shiloh.
evil in my sight, saith the LORD: they have
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 !
The sins of the Jews bewailed. JEREMIAH. The cause of their calamity.
2 Oh that I had in the wilderness a after them, till I have consumed them lodging-place of way-faring men; that I 17 | Thus saith the LORD of hosts, might leave my people, and go from them! Consider ye, and call for the mourning for they be all adulterers, an assembly of women, that they may come; and send for treacherous men.
cunning women, that they may come: 3 And they bend their tongues like their 18 Ånd let them make haste, and take bow for lies: but they are not valiant for up a wailing for us, that our eyes may run the truth upon the earth; for they proceed down with tears, and our eyelids gush out from evil to evil, and they know not me, with waters. saith the LORD.
19 For a voice of wailing is heard out of 4 Take ye heed every one of his neigh- Zion, How are we spoiled! we are greatly bour, and trust ye not in any brother: for confounded, because we have forsaken every brother will utterly supplant, and the land, because our dwellings have cast every neighbour will walk with slanders. us out.
5 And they will deceive every one his 20 Yet hear the word of the LORD, O neighbour, and will not speak the truth: ye women, and let your ear receive the they have taught their tongue to speak word of his mouth, and teach your daughlies, and weary themselves to commit ini- ters wailing, and every one her neighbour quity.
lamentation. 6°Thine habitation is in the midst of 21 For death is come up into our windeceit; through deceit they refuse to know dows, and is entered into our palaces, to me, saith the LORD.
cut off the children from without, and the 7 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, young men from the streets. Behold, I will melt them, and try them; 22 Speak, Thus saith the LORD, Even for how shall I do for the daughter of my the carcasses of men shall fall as dung upon people?
the open field, and as the handful after the 8 Their tongue is as an arrow shot out; harvest-man, and none shall gather them. it speaketh deceit: one speaketh peacea- 23 | Thus saith the LORD, Let not the bly to his neighbour with his mouth, but in wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let heart he layeth his wait.
the inighty man glory in his might, let not 9 T Shall I not visit them for these the rich man glory in his riches: things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul 24 But let him that glorieth, glory in be avenged on such a nation as this? this, that he understandeth and knoweth
10 For the mountains will I take up a me, that I am the LORD which exercise weeping and wailing, and for the habita- loving-kindness, judgment, and righteous. tions of the wilderness a lamentation, be- ness, in the earth: for in these things I cause they are burned up, so that none can delight, saith the LORD. pass through them; neither can men hear 25 T Behold, the days come, saith the the voice of the cattle: both the fowl of LORD, that I will punish all them which the heavens and the beast are fled; they are circumcised with the uncircumcised; are gone.
26 Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and 11 And I will make Jerusalem heaps, the children of Ammon, and "Moab, and and a den of dragons; and I will make the all that are in the utmost corners, that cities of Judah desolate, without an in- dwell in the wilderness: for all these nahabitant.
tions are uncircumcised, and all the house 12 4 Who is the wise man, that may of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart. understand this ? and who is he to whom
CHAP. X. the mouth of the Lord hath spoken, that he may declare it, for what the land perish
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speaketh unto you, house of Israel: eth and is burned up like a wilderness, 2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the that none passeth through?
way of the heathen, and be not dismayed 13 And the LORD saith, Because they at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are have forsaken my law which I set before dismayed at them. them, and have not obeyed my voice, 3 For the customs of the people are neither walked therein;
vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the fo14 But have walked after the imagina-rest, the work of the hands of the work tion of their own heart, and after Baalim, man, with the axe. which their fathers taught them:
4 They deck it with silver and with 15 Therefore thus saith the LORD of gold; they fasten it with nails and with hosts, the God of Israel; behold, I will hammers, that it move not. feed them, even this people, with worm 5 They are upright as the palm-tree, wood, and give them water of gall to drink. but speak not: they must needs be borne,
16 I will scatter them also among the because they cannot go. Be not afraid of heathen, whom neither they nor their fa- them; for they cannot do evil, neither also thers have known; and I will send a sword is it in them to do good.