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The Jews are rejected. CHAP. LXVI. The humble comforted. Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of fore they call, I will answer; and while my mountains : and mine elect shall in- they are yet speaking, I will hear. herit it, and my servants shall dwell there. 25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed to.
10 And Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, gether, and the lion shall eat straw like the . and the valley of Achor a place for the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's herds to lie down in, for my people that meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in have sought me.
all my holy mountain, saith the LORD. 11 But ye are they that forsake the
THUS saith , prepare a table for that troop, and that furnish the drink-offering unto that number. stool : where is the house that ye build
12 Therefore will1 number you to the unto me? and where is the place of my rest? sword, and ye shall all bow down to the 2 For all those things hath mine hand slaughter: because when I called, ye did made, and all those things have been, saith not answer; when I spake, ye did not the LORD: but to this man will I look, even hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and to him that is poor and, of a contrite spirit, did choose that wherein I delighted not. and trembleth at my word.
13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, 3 He that killeth an ox is as if he slew Behold, my servants shall eat, but ye shall a man; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he be hungry: behold, my servants shall cut off a dog's neck; be that offereth an drink, but ye shall be thirsty: behold, my oblation, as if he offered swine's blood; servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be he that burneth incense, as if he blessed ashamed:
an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own 14 Behold, my servants shall sing for ways, and their soul delighteth in their joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of abominations. heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit. 4 I also will choose their delusions, and
15 And ye shall leave your name for a will bring their fears upon them; because curse unto my chosen': for the Lord God when I called, none did answer; when I shall slay thee, and call his servants by spake, they did not hear: but they did evil another name :
before mine eyes, and chose that in which 16 That he who blesseth himself in the I delighted not. earth, shall bless himself in the God of 5 Ï Hear the word of the LORD, ye truth; and he that sweareth in the earth that tremble at his word; Your brethren shall swear by the God of truth; because that hated you, that cast you out for my the former troubles are forgotten, and be- name's sake, said, Let the LORD be glori, cause they are bid from mine eyes. fied: but he shall appear to your joy, and
17 T For behold, I create new heavens they shall be ashamed. and a new earth: and the former shall not 6 A voice of noise from the city, a be remembered, nor come into mind. voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD
18 But be ye glad and rejoice for ever that rendereth recompense to his enemies. in that which I create: for behold, I create 7 Before she travailed, she brought Jerusalem a rejoicing, and ber people a forth; before her pain came, she was dejoy.
livered of a man child. 19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and 8 Who hath heard such a thing? who joy in my people : and the voice of weep- bath seen such things ? shall the earth be ing shall be no more heard in her, nor the made to bring forth in one day? or shall a voice of crying.
nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion 20 There shall be no more thence an travailed, she brought forth her children. infant of days, nor an old man that hath 9 Shall I bring to the birth, and not not filled his days: for the child shall die cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall a hundred years old: but the sinner being I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? a hundred years old shall be accursed. saith thy God.
21 And they shall build houses and in 10 Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be habit them; and they shall plant vine-glad with her, all ye dhat love her: rejoice yards, and eat the fruit of them. for joy with her, all ye that mourn for ber:
22 They shall not build, and another 11 That ye may suck, and be satisfied inhabit; they shall not plant, and another with the breasts of her consolations; that eat: for as the days of a tree are the days ye may milk out, and be delighted with of my people, and mine eleet shall long the abundance of her glory. enjoy the work of their hands.
12 For thus saith the Lord, Behold, I 23 They shall not labour in vain, nor will extend peace to her like a river, and bring forth for trouble; for they are the the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be offspring with them.
borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon 24 And it shall come to pass, that be- her knees.'
God's judgments az the wicked. JEREMIAH. The calling of Jeremiah.
13 As one whom his mother comforteth, Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not 90 will I comfort you; and ye shall be heard my fame, neither have seen my comforted in Jerusalem.
glory; and they shall declare my glory 14 And when ye see this, your heart among the Gentiles. shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish 20 And they shall bring all your brethlike an herb: and the hand of the LORD ren for an offering unto the LORD, out of shall be known toward his servants, and all nations, upon horses, and in chariots, his indignation toward his enemies. and in litters, and opon mules, and upon
15 For behold, the LORD will come with swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusahre, and with his chariots like a whirl-lem, saith the LORD, as the children of Iswind, to render his anger with fury, and rael bring an offering in a clean vessel into his rebuke with flames of fire.
the house of the Lord. 16 For by fire and by his sword will the 21 And I will also take of them for LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of priests
and for Levites, saith the LORD. the Lord shall be many.
22 For as the new heavens and the new 17 They that sanctify themselves, and earth, which I will make, shall remain purify themselves in the gardens behind before nie, saith the Lord, so shall your one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, seed and your name remain. and the abomination, and the mouse,
shall 23 And it shall come to pass, that from be consumed together, saith the LORD. one new-moon to another, and from one
18 For I know their works and their sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to thoughts; it shall come, that I'will gather worship before me, saith the LORD. all nations and tongues; and they shall 24 And they shall go forth, and look come, and see my glory:
upon the carcasses of the men that have 19 And I will set a sign among them, transgressed against me: for their worm and I will send those that escape of them shall not die, neither shall their fire be unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and quenched; and they shall be an abhorring Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and lunto all flesh.
I The Book of the Prophet JEREMIAH.
the nations and over the kingdoms, to root THE THE words of Jeremiah the son of Hil- out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and
kiah, of the priests that were in Ana- to throw down, to build, and to plant. thoth in the land of Benjamin:
11 | Moreover the word of the LORD 2 To whom the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, What came in the days of Josiah the son of seest thou? And I said, I see a rod of an Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth almond-tree. year of his reign.
12 Then said the LORD unto me, Thou 3 It came also in the days of Jehoiakim hast well seen: for I will hasten my word the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the to perform it. end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the 13 And the word of the LORD came unto son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the car-me the second time, saying, What seest rying away of Jerusalem captive in the thou? And I said, I see a seething-pot; fifth month.
and the face thereof is toward the north. 4 Then the word of the LORD came 14 Then the LORD said unto me, Out unto me, saying,
of the north an evil'shall break forth upon 5 Before I formed thee in the belly I all the inhabitants of the land. knew thee; and before thou camest forth 15 For lo, I will call all the families of out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I the kingdoms of the north, saith the LORD; ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. and they shall come, and they shall set
6 Then said I, Ah, Lord God! bebold, every one his throne at the entering of the I cannot speak: for I am a child. gates of Jerusalem, and against all the
7 But the LORD said unto me, Say walls thereof roundabout, and against all not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all the cities of Judah. that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I 16 And I will-utter my judgments against command thee thou shalt speak. them touching all their wickedness, who
8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am have forsaken me, and have burned inwith thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord. cense unto other gods, and worshipped
9 Then the LORD put forth his hand, the works of their own hands. and touched my mouth. And the LORD 17 T Thou therefore gird up thy loins, said unto me, Behold, I have put my words and arise, and speak unto them all that I in thy mouth.
command thee: be not dismayed at their 10 See, I have this day set thee over faces, lest I confound thee belore them,
The expostulation of God CHAP. II.
writh the dews 18 For behold, I have made thee this terns, broken cisterns, that can hold na day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and water. brazen walls against the whole land, 14 | Is Israel a servant? is be a bomen against the kings of Judah, against the born slave? why is he spoiled? princes thereof, against the priests thereof, 15 The young lions roared upon him, and against the people of the land. and yelled, and they made bis land waste:
19 And they shall fight against thee; but his cities are burned without inhabitant. they shall not prevail against thee; for I 16 Also the children of Noph and Tahaam with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver panes bave broken the crown of thy head. thee.
17 Hast thou not procured this unto CHAP. II.
thyself, in that thou hast forsaken the LORD MOREO
COREOVER the word of the LORD thy God, when he led thee by the way? came to me, saying,
• 18 And now what hast thou to do in the 2 Go, and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sisaying, Thus saith the LORD; I remember hor? or what hast thou to do in the way of thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love Assyria, to drink the waters of the river? of thine espousals, when thou wentest after 19 Thine own wickedness shall correct me in the wilderness, in a land that was thee, and thy backslidings shall reprore not sown.
thee: know therefore and see that it is an 3 Israel was holiness unto the LORD, evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forand the first-fruits of his increase: all that saken the LORD thy God, and that my fear devour him shall offend; evil shall come is not in thee, saith the Lord God of hosts. upon them, saith the Lord.
20 | For of old time I have broken thy 4 Hear ye the word of the LORD, O yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou house of Jacob, and all the families of the saidst, I will not transgress; when upon house of Israel?
every high hill and under every green tree 57 Thus saith the LORD, What iniquity tbou wanderest, playing the harlot. have your fathers found in me, that they 21 Yet I had planted thee a noble are gone far from me, and have walked vine, wholly a right seed: how then art after vanity, and are become vain? thou turned into the degenerate plant of a
6 Neither said they, Where is the LORD strange vine unto me? that brought us up out of the land of 22 For though thou wash thee with niet Egypt, that led us through the wilderness, tre, and take thee much soap, yet thine through a land of deserts and of pits, iniquity is marked before me, saith the through a land of drought, and of the sha-Lord God. dow of death; through a land that no man 23 How canst thou say, I am not polpassed through, and where no man dwelt? luted, I have not gone after Baalim! See
7 And I brought you into a plentiful thy way in the valley, know what thou country, to eat the fruit thereof and the bast dope: thou art a swift dromedary goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye traversing her ways; defiled my land, and made mine heritage. 24 A wild ass used to the wilderness, an abomination.
that snuffeth up the wind at her pleasure 8 The priests said not, Where is the in her occasion who can turn her away? LORD? and they that handle the law knew all they that seek her will not weary me not: the pastors also transgressed themselves; in her month they shall find against me, and the prophets prophesied her. by Baal, and walked after things that do 25 Withhold thy foot from being unnot profit.
shod, and thy throat from thirst: but thou 9'q Wherefore I will get plead with saidst, There is no hope: no; for I have you, saith the LORD, and with your chil- loved strangers, and after them will I go. dren's children will I plead.
26 As the thief is ashamed when he is 10 For pass over the isles of Chittim, found, so is the house of Israel ashamed; and see; and send unto Kedar, and con- they, their kings, their princes, and their sider diligently, and see if there be such priests, and their prophets, a thing;
27 Saying to a stock, Thou art my fa11 Hath a nation changed their gods, ther; and to a stone, Thou hast brought which are yet no gods? but my people me forth: for they have turned their back have changed their glory for that which unto me, and not their face: but in the doth not profit.
time of their trouble they will say, Arise, 12 Be astonished, Oye heavens, at this, and save us. and be horribly afraid, be ye very deso 28 But where are thy gods that thou late, saith the LORD.
hast made thee? let them arise, if they can 13 For my people have committed two save thee in the time of thy trouble: for evils; they have forsaken me the fountain according to the number of thy cities are of living waters, and hewed them out cis- thy gods, 0 Judah.
God's great mercy to Judah. JEREMIAH. The promises of the gospel.
29 Wherefore will ye plead with me? things, Turn thou unto me. But she reye all have transgressed against me, saith turned not. And her treacherous sister the Lord.
Judah saw it. 30 In vain have I smitten your chil 8 And I saw, when for all the causes dren; they received no correction : your whereby backsliding Israel committed own sword hath devoured your prophets, adultery, I had put her away, and given her like a destroying lion.
a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous 31 1 O generation, see ye the word sister Judah feared not, but went and play. of the LORD. Have I been a wildernessed the harlot also. unto Israel? a land of darkness? where 9 And it came to pass through the fore say my people, We are lords; we will lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled come no more unto thee?
the land, and committed adultery with 32 Can a maid forget her ornaments, or stones and with stocks. a bride her attire? yet my people have 10 And yet for all this her treacherous forgotten me days without number. sister Judah hath not turned untome with her
33 Why trimmest thou thy way to seek whole heart, but feignedly, saith the LORD. love? therefore hast thou also taught the 11 And the LORD said unto me, The wicked ones thy ways.
backsliding Israel bath justified herself 34 Also in thy skirts is found the blood more than treacherous Judah. of the souls of the poor innocents : I have 12 T Go and proclaim these words to. not found it by secret search, but upon all ward the north, and say, Return, thou these.
backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; and I 35 Yet thou sayest, Because I am inno- will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: cent, surely his anger shall turn from me. for I am merciful, saith the LORD, and I Behold, I will plead with thee, because will not keep anger for ever. thou sayest, I have not sinned.
13 Only acknowledge thine iniquity, 36 Why gaddest thou about so much to that thou hast transgressed against the LORD change thy way?-thou also shalt be ashamed thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to of Egypt, as thou wast ashamed of Assyria. the strangers underevery greentree, and ye
37 Yea, thou shalt go forth from him, bave not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD. and thine hands upon thine head : for the 14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith LORD hath rejected thy confidences, and the LORD; for I am married unto you: and thou shalt not prosper in them.
I will take you one of a city, and two of a CHAP. III.
family, and I will bring you to Zion: THEY say, If a man put away his wife, 15 And I will give you pastors accord
and she go from him, and become ing to mine heart, which shall feed you another man's, shall he return unto her with knowledge and understanding, again ? shall not that land be greatly pol 16 And it shall come to pass, when ye luted? but thou hast played the harlot with be multiplied and increased in the land, in many lovers ; yet return again to me, saith those days, saith the LORD, they shall say the Lord.
no more, The ark of the covenant of the 2 Lift up thine eyes unto the high LORD: neither shall it come to mind : places, and see where thou hast not been neither shall they remember it; neither lien with. In the ways hast thou sat for shall they visit it; neither shall that be them, as the Arabian in the wilderness; done any more. and thou hast polluted the land with thy 17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem whoredoms, and with thy wickedness. the throne of the LORD; and all the nations
3 Therefore the showers bave been shall be gathered unto it, to the name of withholden, and there hath been no latter the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they rain; and thou hadst a whore's forehead, walk any more after the imagination of thou refusedst to be ashamed.
their evil heart. 4 Wilt thou not from this time cry unto 18 In those days the house of Judah me, My father, thou art the guide of my shall walk with the house of Israel, and youth?
they shall come together out of the land of 5 Will he reserye his anger for ever? the north to the land that I have given for will he keep it to the end? Behold, thou an inheritance unto your fathers. hast spoken and done evil things as thou 19 But I said, How shall I put thee couldest.
among the children, and give thee a plea. 6 1 The Lord said also unto me in the sant land, a goodly heritage of the losis of days of Josiah the king, Hast thou seen nations ? and I said, Thou shalt call me, that which backsliding Israel hath done? My father; and shalt not turn away from me. she is gone up upon every bigh mountain, 20 | Surely as a wife treacherously de. and under every green tree, and there hath parteth from her husband, so have ye dealt played the harlot.
treacherously with me, O house of Israel, * And I said after she had done all these saith the Lord.
IF , ,
sus Israel called to repentance.
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.