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Jeremiah's letter to the

JEREMIAH.

captives of Babylon. and the smiths, were departed from Je 18. And I will persecute them with the rusalem;)

sword, with the famine, and with the pes3 By the hand of Elasah the son of Sha-stilence, and will deliver them to be rephan, and Gemariah the son of Hilkiah, moved to all the kingdoms of the earth, to (whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent unto be a curse, and an astonishment, and an Babylon to Nebuchadnezzar king of Ba- hissing, and a reproach, among all the nabylon) saying,

tions whither I have driven them: 4 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God 19 Because they have not hearkened to of Israel, unto all that are carried away my words, saith the LORD, which I sent captives, whom I have caused to be car- unto them by my servants the prophets, ried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon; rising up early and sending them; but ye

5 Build ye houses, and dwell in them; would not hear, saith the Lord. and plant gardens and eat the fruitof them; 20 f Hear ye therefore the word of the

6 Take ye wives, and beget sons and Lord, all ye of the captivity, whom I daughters; and take wives for your sons, have sent from Jerusalem to Babylon : and give your daughters to husbands, that 21 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the they may bear sons and daughters; that God of Israel, of Ahab the son of Kolaiah, ye may be increased there, and not di- and of Zedekiah the son of Maaseiah, minished.

which prophesy a lie unto you in my 7 And seek the peace of the city whither name; Behold, I will deliver them into I have caused you to be carried away cap- the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Batives, and pray unto the Lord for it: for in bylon; and he shall slay them before the peace thereof shall ye have peace. your eyes;

89 For thus saith the Lord of hosts, 22 Ånd' of them shall be taken up a the God of Israel; Let not your prophets curse by all the captivity of Judah which and your diviners, that be in the midst of are in Babylon, saying, the LORD make you, deceive you, neither hearken to your thec like Zedekiah and like Ahab, whom dreams which ye cause to be dreamed. the king of Babylon roasted in the fire ;

9 For they prophesy falsely unto you 23 Because they have committed vilin my naine : l'have not sent them, saith lany in Israel, and have committed adulthe Lord.

tery with their neighbours' wives, and 10 T For thus saith the LORD, That af- have spoken lying words in my name, ter seventy years be accomplished at Ba- which I have not commanded them; even bylon I will visit you, and perform my I know, and am a witness, saith the LORD. good word toward you, in causing you to 24 T Thus shalt thou also speak to Shereturn to this place.

maiah the Nehelamite, saying, 11 For I know the thoughts that I think 25 Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of the God of Israel, saying, Because thou peace, and not of evil, to give you an ex- hast sent letters in thy name unto all the pected end.

people that are at Jerusalem, and to Ze12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye phaniah the son of Maaseiab the priest, shall go and pray unto me, and I will and to all the priests, saying, hearken unto you.

26 The Lord hath made thee priest in 13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, the stead of Jehoiada the priest, that ye when ye shall search for me with all your should be officers in the house of the Lord, heart.

for every man that is mad, and maketh 14 And I will be found of you, saith the himself a prophet, that thou shouldest put Lord: and I will turn away your cap- him in prison, and in the stocks. tivity, and I will gather you from all the 27 Now therefore why hast thou not nations, and from all the places whither I reproved Jeremiah of Anathoth, which have driven you, saith the LORD; and I maketh himself a prophet to you? will bring you again into the place whence 28 For therefore he sent unto us in BaI caused you to be carried away captive. hylon, saying, This captivity is long;

15 T Because ye have said, The Lord build ye houses, and dwell in them; and hath raised us up prophets in Babylon; plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them.

16 Know that thus saith the Lord of the 29 And Zephaniah the priest read this king that sitteth upon the throne of David, letter in the ears of Jeremiah the prophet. and of all the people that dwelleth in this 30 | Then came the word of the LORD city, and of your brethren that are not unto Jeremiah, saying, gone forth with you into captivity; 31 Send to all them of the captivity,

17 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Be- saying, Tbus saith the Lord concerning hold, I will send upon them the sword, the Shemaiah the Nehelamite; Because that famine, and the pestilence, and will make Shemaiah hath prophesied unto you, and I them like vile figs, that cannot be caten, sent him not, and he caused you to trust in they are so evil.

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Jacob is comforted.

CHAP. XXX, XXXI. Return of the Jews. 32 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Be 15 Why criest thou for thine affliction? hold, I will punish Shemaiah the Nehe- thy sorrow is incurable for the multitude lamite, and his seed: he shall not have a of thine iniquity: because thy sins were inman to dwell among this people ; neither creased, I have done these things unto thee. shall lie behold the good that I will do for 16 Therefore all they that devour thee my people, saith the LORD; because he shall be devoured ; and all thine adversahath taught rebellion against the LORD. ries, every one of them shall go into capCHAP. XXX.

tivity; and they that spoil thee shall be a THE word that came to Jeremiah from spoil, and all that prey upon thee will I

give for a prey: 2 Thus speaketh the LORD God of Is 17 For I will restore health unto thee, rael, saying, Write thee all the words that and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith I have spoken unto thee in a book. the LORD; because they called thee an

3 For lo, the days come, saith the Outcast, saying, This iš Zion, whom no Lord, that I will bring again the cap- man seeketh after. tivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith 18 | Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I the LORD: and I will cause them to return will bring again the captivity of Jacob's to the land that I gave to their fathers, and tents, and have mercy on his dwelling. they shall possess it.

places; and the city shall be builded upon 4 4 And these are the words that the her own heap, and the palace shall remain LORD spake concerning Israel, and con- after the manner thereof. cerning Judah.

19 And out of them shall proceed thanks5 For thus saith the LORD ; We have giving and the voice of them that make heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and merry: and I will multiply them, and they not of peace.

shall not be few; I will also glorify them, 6 Ask ye now, and see whether a man and they shall not be small. doth travail with child ? wherefore do I 20 Their children also shall be as aforesee every man with his hands on his loins, time, and their congregation shall be esas a woman in travail, and all faces are tablished before me, and I will punish all: turned into paleness ?

that oppress them. 7 Alas! for that day is great, so that 21 And their nobles shall be of themnone is like it: it is even the time of Ja- selves, and their governor shall proceed cob's trouble, but he shall be saved out of it. from the midst of them; and I will cause

8 For it shall come to pass in that day, him to draw near, and he shall approach saith the Lord of hosts, ihat I will break unto me: for who is this that engaged his his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst heart to approach unto me? saith the LORD. thy bonds, and strangers shall no more 22 And ye shall be my people, and I serve themselves of him :

will be your God. 9 But they shall serve the LORD their 23 Behold, the whirlwind of the LORD God, and David their king, whom I will goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirlraise up unto them.

wind : it shall fall with pain upon the 10 | Therefore fear thou not, O my head of the wicked. servant Jacob, saith the LORD; neither be 24 The fierce anger of the LORD shall dismayed, O Israel : for lo, I will save not return, until he have done it, and until thee from afar, and thy seed from the land he have performed the intents of his heart: of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, in the latter days ye shall consider it. and shall be in rest, and be quiet,and none

CHAP. XXXI. shall make hiin afraid.

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I to save thee: though I make a full end of Israel, and they shall be my people. all nations whither I have scattered thee, 2 Thus saith the LORD, The people yet will I not make a full end of thee : but which werc left of the sword found grace I will correct thee in measure, and will in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went 'not leave thee altogether unpunished. to cause him to rest.

12 For thus saith the Lord, Thy bruise 3 The Lord hath appeared of old unto is incurable, and thy wound is grievous. me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with

13 There is none to plead thy cause, an everlasting love: therefore with lovingthat thou mayest be bound up: thou hast kindness have I drawn thee. no healing medicines.

4 Again I will build thee, and thou shalt 14 All thy lovers have forgotten thee; be built, o virgin of Israel: thou shalt they seek thee not ; for I have wounded again be adorned with thy tabrets, and thee with the wound of an enemy, with shalt go forth in the dances of them that the chastisement of a cruel one, for the make merry. multitude of thine iniquity ; because thy 5 Thou shalt yet plant vines upon the eins were increased.

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mountains of Sainaria : the planters shall

The restoration of Israel. JEREMIAH.

Christ is promised. plant, and shall eat them as common things. pented; and after that I was instructed, I

6 For there shall be a day, that the smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea, watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall even confounded, because I did bear the cry,

Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto reproach of my youth. the LORD our God.

20 Is Ephraim my dear son ? is he a 7 For thus saith the LORD; Sing with pleasant child? for since I spake against gladness for Jacob, and shout among the him, I do earnestly remember him still: chief of the nations : publish ye, praise therefore my bowels are troubled for binn; ye, and say, O LORD, save thy people, the I will surely have mercy upon him, saith remnant of Israel.

the Lord. 8 Behold, I will bring them from the 21 Set thee up way-marks, make thee north country, and gather them from the high heaps: set thine heart toward the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind highway, even the way which thou wentest: and the lame, the woman with child and turn again, O virgin of Israel, 'turn again her that travaileth with child together: a to these thy cities. great company shall return thither. 22 T How long wilt thou go about, O

9 They shall come with weeping, and thou backsliding daughter? for the LORD with supplications will I lead them; I will hath created a new thing in the earth, A cause them to walk by the rivers of waters woman shall compass a man. in a straight way, wherein they shall not 23 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and God of Israel; As yet they shall use this Ephraim is my first-born.

speech in the land of Judah and in the 10 T Hear the word of the LORD, O ye cities thereof, when I shall bring again nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, their captivity ; The Lord bless thee, O and say, He that scattered Israel will ga- habitation of justice, and mountain of holither him, and keep him, as a shepherd ness. doth his flock.

24 And there shall dwell in Judah itself, 11 For the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and in all the cities thereof together, husand ransomed him from the hand of him bandmen, and they that go forth with flocks. that was stronger than he.

25 For I have satiated the weary soul, 12 Therefore they shall come and sing and I have replenishedevery sorrowfulsoul. in the height of Zion, and shall flow to 26 Upon this I awaked, and beheld; gether to the goodness of the LORD, for and my sleep was sweet unto me. wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for 27 T Behold, the days come, saith the the young of the flock and of the herd: and LORD, that I will sow the house of Israel their soul shall be as a watered garden; and and the house of Judah with the seed of they shall not sorrow any more at all. man, and with the seed of beast.

13 Then shall the virgin rejoice in the 28 And it shall come to pass, that like dance, both young men and old together : as I have watched over them, to pluck up, for I will turn their mourning into joy, and and to break down, and to throw down, will comfort them, and make them rejoice and to destroy, and to afflict; so will from their sorrow.

watch over them, to build and to plant, 14 And I will satiate the soul of the saith the Lord. priests with fatness, and my people shall be 29 In those days they shall say no more, satisfied with my goodness, saith the LORD. The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and

15 | Thus saith the LORD; A voice the children's teeth are set on edge. was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and 30 But every one shall die for his own bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her iniquity: every man that eateth the sour children refused to be comforted for her grape, his teeth shall be set on edge; children, because they were not.

31 Behold, the days come, saith the 16 Thus saith the Lord; Refrain thy LORD, that I will make a new covenant voice from weeping, and thine eyes from with the house of Israel, and with the house tears : for thy work shall be rewarded, of Judah : saith the LORD; and they shall come again 32 Not according to the covenant that from the land of the enemy:

I made with their fathers, in the day that I 17 And there is hope in thine end, saith took them by the hand to bring them out the LORD, that thy children shall come of the land of Egypt; which my covenant again to their own border.

they brake, although I was an husband 18 T I have surely heard Ephraim be- unto them, saith the LORD: moaning himself thus; Thou hast chastised 33 But this shall be the covenant that I me, and I was chastised, as a bullock un- will make with the house of Israel ; After accustomed to the yoke : turn thou me, and those days, saith the LORD, I will put my I shall be turned; for thou art the LORD law in their inward parts, and write it in

their hearts; and will be their God, and 19 Surely after that I was turned, I re- they shall be my people.

my God.

The stability of the church. CHAP. XXXII. Imprisonment of Jeremiah.

34 And they shall teach no more every| 8 So Hanameel mine uncle's son caine man his neighbour, and every man his hro- to me in the court of the prison, according ther, saying, Know the LORD: for they to the word of the LORD, and said unto shall all know me, from the least of them me, Buy my field, I pray thee, that is in unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: Anathoth, which is in the country of Benfor I will forgive their iniquity, and I will jamin: for the right of inheritance is thine, remember their sin no more.

and the redemption is thine; buy it for thy, 35 T Thus saith the LORD, which giveth self. Then I knew that this was the word the sun for a light by day, and the ordi- of the Lord. nances of the moon and of the stars for a

9 And I bought the field of Hanameel light by night, which divideth the sea when ine uncle's son, that was in Anathoth, and the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts weighed him the money, even seventeen is his name:

shekels of silver. 36 If those ordinances depart from be 10 And I subscribed the evidence, and fore me, saith the LORD, then the seed of sealed it, and took witnesses, and weighed Israel also shall cease from being a nation him the money in the balances. before me for ever.

11 So I took the evidence of the pur37 Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above chase, both that which was sealed accord. can be measured, and the foundations of ing to the law and custom, and that which the earth searched out beneath, I will also was open: cast off all the seed of Israel for all that 12 And I gave the evidence of the pur. they have done, saith the LORD.

chase unto Baruch the son of Neriah, the 38 | Behold, the days come, saith the son of Maaseiah, in the sight of Hanameel LORD, that the city shall be built to the mine uncle's son, and in the presence of LORD from the tower of Hananeel unto the the witnesses that subscribed the book of gate of the corner.

the purchase, before all the Jews that sat 39 And the measuring line shall yet go in the court of the prison. forth over against it upon the hill Gareb, 13 And I charged Baruch before and shall compass about to Goath. them, saying,

40 And the whole valley of the dead 14 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the bodies, and of the ashes, and all the fields God of Israel; Take these evidences, this unto the brook of Kidron, unto the corner evidence of the purchase, both which is of the horse-gate toward the east, shall be sealed, and this evidence which open; holy unto the LORD; it shall not be plucked and put them in an earthen vessel, that up, nor thrown down any more for ever. they may continue many days. CHAP. XXXII.

15 For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the THE THE word that came to Jeremiah from God of Israel ; Houses and fields and vine

the Lord in the tenth year of Ze-yards shall be possessed again in this land. dekiah king of Judah, which was the 16 T Now when I had delivered the evieighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar. dence of the purchase unto Baruch the son

2 For then the king of Babylon's army of Neriah, I prayed unto the Lord, saying, besieged Jerusalem: and Jeremiah the pro 17 Ah LORD God! behold, thou hast phet was shut up in the court of the prison, made the heaven and the earth by thy which was in the king of Judah's house. great power and stretched-out arm, and

3 For Zedekiah king of Judah bad shut there is nothing too hard for thee: him up, saying, Wherefore dost thou pro 18. Thou shewest loving-kindness unto phesy, and

say,

Thus saith the LORD, Be-thousands, and recompensest the iniquity bold, I will give this city into the hand of of the fathers into the bosom of their chilthe king of Babylon, and he shall take it; dren after them : The Great, The Mighty

4 And Zedekiah king of Judah shall not God, The LORD of hosts, is his name, escape out of the hand of the Chaldeans, 19 Great in counsel, and mighty in but shall surely be delivered into the hand work: for thine eyes are open upon all the of the king of Babylon, and shall speak ways of the sons of men; to give every one with him mouth to mouth, and his eyes according to his ways, and according to shall behold his eyes;

the fruit of his doings: 5 And he shall lead Zedekiah to Baby 20 Which hast set signs and wonders in lon, and there shall he be until I visit him, the land of Egypt, even unto this day, and saith the LORD: though ye fight with the in Israel, and among other men; and hast Chaldeans, ye shall not prosper ? made thee a name, as at this day;

6 And Jeremiah said, The word of 21 And hast brought forth thy people the Lord came unto me, saying, Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs,

7 Behold, Hanameel the son of Shallum and with wonders, and with a strong hand, thine uncle shall come unto thee, saying, and with a stretched-out arm, and with Buy thee my field that is in Anathoth: for great terror; the right of redemption is thine to buy it.] 22 And hast given them this land, which

The captivity confirmed. JEREMIAH. A gracious return promised. thou didst swear to their fathers to give ther came it into my mind, that they should them, a land flowing with milk and honey; do this abomination, to cause Judah tosin.

23 And they came in, and possessed it; 36 | And now therefore thus saith the but they obeyed not thy voice, neither Lord, the God of Israel, concerning this walked in thy law; they have done nothing city, whereof ye say, It shall be delivered of all that thou commandedst them to do: into the hand of the king of Babylon by therefore thou hast caused all this evil to the sword, and by the famine, and by the come upon themi

pestilence; 24 Behold the mounts, they are come 37 Behold, I will gather them out of all unto the city to take it, and the city is countries, whither I have driven them in given into the hand of the Chaldeans, that mine anger, and in my fury,and in great nght against it, because of the sword, and wrath; and I will bring them again unto of the famine, and of the pestilence: and this place, and I will cause them to dwell what thou hast spoken is come to pass; safely: and behold, thou seest it.

38 And they shall be my people and I 25 And thou hast said unto me, O Lord will be their God: God, Buy thee the field for money, and 39 And I will give them one heart and take witnesses; for the city is given into one way, that they may fear me for erer, the hand of the Chaldeans.

for the good of them, and of their children 26 T Then came the word of the LORD after them: unto Jeremiah, saying,

40 And I will make an everlasting cove27 Behold, I am the LORD, the God of nant with them, that I will not turn away all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me? from them, to do them good; but I will put

28 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Be- my fear in their hearts, that they shall not hold, I will give this city into the hand of depart from me. the Chaldeans, and into the hand of Nebu 41 Yea, I will rejoice over them to do chadrezzar king of Babylon, and he shall them good, and I will plant them in this take it:

land assuredly with my whole heart and 29 And the Chaldeans, that fight against with my whole soul. this city, shall come and set fire on this 42 For thus saith the LORD; Like as I city, and burn it with the houses, upon have brought all this great evil upon this whose roofs they have offered incense unto people, so will I bring upon them all the Baal, and poured out drink-offerings unto good that I have promised them. other gods, to provoke me to anger. 43 And fields shall be bought in this

30 For the children of Israel and the land, whereof ye say, It is desolate without children of Judah have only done evil be- man or beast; it is given into the hand of fore me from their youth: for the children the Chaldeans. of Israel have only provoked me to anger 44 Men shall buy fields for money, and with the work of their hands, saith the subscribe evidences, and seal them, and LORD.

take witnesses in the land of Benjamin, 31 For this city hath been to me as a and in the places about Jerusalem, and in provocation of mine anger and of my fury the cities of Judah, and in the cities of the from the day that they built it even unto mountains, and in the cities of the valley, this day; that I should remove it from be- and in the cities of the south: for I will fore my face,

cause their captivity to return, saith the 32 Because of all the evil of the chil- LORD. dren of Israel and of the children of Ju

CHAP. XXXIII.

to anger, they, their kings, their princes, came unto Jeremiah the second time, their priests, and their prophets, and the while he was yet shut up in the court of men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jeru- the prison, saying, salem.

2 Thus saith the Lord the maker there33 And they have turned unto me the of, the Lord that formed it, to establish it; back, and not the face : though I taught TheLorDis his name; them, rising up early and teaching them, 3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, yet they have not hearkened to receive and shew thee great and mighty things, instruction.

which thou knowest not. 34 But they set their abominations in 4 For thus saith the Lord, the God of the house which is called by my name, to Israel, concerning the houses of this city, defile it.

and concerning the houses of the kings of 35 And they built the high places of Judah, which are thrown down by the Baal, which are in the valley of the son of mounts, and by the sword; Hinnom, to cause their sons and their 5 They come to fight with the Chaldedaughters to pass through the fire unto Mo- ans, but it is to fill them with the dead bolech; which I commanded them not, nei-dies of men, whom I have slain in mine

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