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The complaint of Jeremrah CHAP. XXIV. ugatnst false prophets.

13 And I have seen folly in the prophetsl. 28 The prophet that hath a dream, let of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and him tell a dream; and he that hath my caused my people Israel to err.

word, let him speak my word faithfully. 14 I have seen also in the prophets of What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the Jerusalem a horrible thing: they commit LORD. adultery, and walk in lies: they strength 29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith en also the hands of evil-doers, that none the LORD; and like a hammer that breakdoth return from his wickedness: they are eth the rock in pieces? all of them unto me as Sodom, and the in 30 Therefore behold, I am against the habitants thereof as Gomorrah.

prophets, saith the Lord, that steal my 15 Therefore thus saith the LORD of words every one from his neighbour. hosts concerning the prophets; Behold, I 31 Behold, I am against the prophets, will feed them with wormwood, and make saith the LORD, that use their tongues, and them drink the water of gall: for from the say, He saith. prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness gone 32 Behold, I am against them that proforth into all the land.

phesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and 16 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken do tell them, and cause my people to ert not unto the words of the prophets that by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I prophesy unto you: they make you vain: sent them not, nor commanded them: they speak a vision of their own heart, and therefore they shall not profit this people not out of the mouth of the LORD. at all, saith the LORD.

17 They say still unto them that despise 33 T And when this people, or the prome, The Lord hath said, Ye shall have phet, or a priest, shall ask thee, saying, peace; and they say unto every one that What is the burden of the Lord? thou walketh_after the imagination of his own shalt then say unto them, What burden? heart, No evil shall come upon you. I will even forsake you, saith the LORD.

18 For who hath stood in the counsel of 34 And as for the prophet, and the the LORD, and hath perceived and heard priest, and the people, that shall say, The his word? who hath marked his word, burden of the LORD, I will even punish and heard it?

that man and his house. 19 Behold, a whirlwind of the Lord is 35 Thus shall ye say every one to his gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirl- neighbour, and every one to his brother, wind: it shall fall grievously upon the What hath the LORD answered ? and, head of the wicked.

What hath the LORD spoken? 20 The anger of the Lord shall not re 36 And the burden of the LORD shall turn, until he have executed, and till he ye mention no more: for every man's have performed the thoughts of his heart: word shall be his burden;. for ye have in the latter days ye shall consider it per- perverted the words of the living God, of fectly.

the Lord of hosts our God. 21 I have not sent these prophets, yet 37 Thus shalt thou say to the prophet, they ran; I have not spoken to them, yet what hath the Lord answered thee?'and, they prophesied.

What hath the Lord spoken? 22 But if they had stood in my counsel, 38 But since ye say, The burden of the and had caused my people to hear my Lord; therefore thus saith the LORD; Bewords, then they should have turned them cause ye say this word, The burden of the from their evil way, and from the evil of LORD, and I have sent unto you, saying, their doings.

Ye shall not say, The burden of the LORD; 23 Amla God at hand, saith the LORD, 39 Therefore behold, I, even I, will utand not a God afar off?

terly forget you, and I will forsake you, 24 Can any hide himself in secret and the city that I gave you and your faplaces that I shall not see him? saith the thers, and cast you out of my presence: Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? 40' And I will bring an everlasting resaith the LORD.

proach upon you, and a perpetual shame, 25 I have heard what the prophets said, which shall not be forgotten. that prophesy lies in my name, saying, 1

CHAP. XXIV. have dreamed, I have dreamed.

26 How long shall this be in the heard THE LORD shewed me, and behold, of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, tne temple of the LORD, after that Nebu. they are prophets of the deceit of their own chadrezzar king of Babylon had carried heart;

away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoia27 'Which think to cause my people to kim king of Judah, and the princes of Juforget my name by their dreams which dah, with the carpenters and smiths, from they tell every man to his neighbour, as Jerusalem, and had brought them to Batheir fathers have forgotten my name for bylon. Baal.

2 One basket had very good figs, even

The two baskets of figs. JEREMIAH. Captiving of the Jews foretold. like the figs that are first ripe: and the 6 And go not after other gods to serve other basket had very naughty figs, which them, and to worship them, and provoke could not be eaten, they were so bad. me not to anger with the works of your

3 Then said the Lord unto me, What hands; and I will do you no hurt. seest thou, Jeremiah? and I said, Figs; the 7 Yet ye have not hearkened unto me, good figs, very good; and the evil, very saith the Lord; that ye might provoke me evil, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil. to anger with the works of your bands to

4 T Again the word of the LORD came your own hurt. unto me, saying,

8 1 Therefore thus saith the LORD of 5 Thus saith the Lord, the God of Is- hosts; Because ye have not heard my pael; Like these good figs, so will I ac- words, knowledge them that are carried away 9 Behold, I will send and take all the captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of families of the north, saith the Lord, and this place into the land of the Chaldeans Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my for their good.

servant, and will bring them against this 6 For I will set mine eyes upon them land, and against the inhabitants thereof, for good, and I will bring them again to and against all these nations round about, this land : and I will build them, and not and will utterly destroy them, and make pull them down; and I will plant them, them an astonishment, and a hissing, and and not pluck them up.

perpetual desolations. 7 And I will give them a heart to know 10 Moreover I will take from them the me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, my people, and I will be their God: for they the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice shall return unto me with their whole heart. of the bride, the sound of the millstones,

8 | And as the evil figs, which cannot and the light of the candle. be eaten, they are so evil; surely thus 11 And this whole land shall be a desaith the LORD, So will I give Zedekiah solation, and an astonishment; and these the king of Judahı, and his princes, and nations shall serve the king of Babylon the residue of Jerusalem, that remain in seventy years. this land, and them that dwell in the land 12 And it shall come to pass, when of Egypt:

seventy years are accomplished, that I 9 And I will deliver them to be removed will punish the king of Babylon, and that into all the kingdoms of the earth for their nation, saith the LORD, for their hurt, to be a reproach and a proverb, a and land of the Chaldeans, taunt and a curse, in all places whither I make it perpetual desolations. shall drive them.

13 And I will bring upon that land all 10 And I will send the sword, the fa- my words which I have pronounced against mine, and the pestilence, among them, till it, even all that is written in this book, they be consumed from off the land that I which Jeremiah hath prophesied against gave unto them and to their fathers. all the nations. CHAP. XXV.

14 For many nations and great kings THE THE word that came to Jeremiah con- shall serve themselves of them also: and I

cerning all the people of Judah in will recompense them according to their the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of deeds, and according to the works of their Josiah king of Judah, that was the first year own hands. of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon; 15 | For thus saith the LORD God of Is

2 The which Jeremiah the prophet rael unto me; Take the wine-cup of this spake unto all the people of Judah, and to fury at my hand, and cause all the nations, all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, to whom I send thee, to drink it.

3 From the thirteenth year of Josiah 16 And they shall drink, and be moved, the son of Amon king of Judah, even unto and be mad, because of the sword that I this day, that is the three and twentieth will send among them. year, the word of the Lord hath come 17 Then took I the cup at the LORD'S unto me, and I have spoken unto you, hand, and made all the nations to drink, rising early and speaking ; but ye have not unto whom the Lord had sent me: hearkened.

18. To wit, Jerusalem, and the cities of 4 And the LORD hath sent unio you all Judah, and the kings thereof, and the his servants the prophets, rising early and princes thereof, to make thema desolation, sending them; but ye have not hearkened, an astonishment, an hissing, and a curse; nor inclined your ear to hear.

as it is this day; 5 They said, Turn ye again now every. 19 Pharaoh king of Egypt, and his serone from his evil way, and from the evil of vants, and his princes, and all his people your doings, and dwell in the land that the 20 And all the mingled people, and all Lord hath given unto you and to your fa- the kings of the land of Uz, and all the thers for ever and ever:

kings of the land of the Philistines, and

) Prophecies of destruction. CHAP. XXVI.

Jeremiah is arrested. Ashkelon, and Azzah, and Ekron, and the to flee, nor the principal of the flock to remnant of Ashdod,

escape. 21 Edom, and Moab, and the children 36 A voice of the cry of the shepherds, of Ammon,

and a howling of the principal of the flock, 22 And all the kings of Tyrus, and all shall be heard: for the Lord hath spoiled the kings of Zidon, and the kings of the their pasture. isles which are beyond the sea,

37 And the peaceable habitations are 23 Dedan, and Tema, and Buz, and all cut down because of the fierce anger of the that are in the utmost corners,

LORD. 24 And all the kings of Arabia, and all 38 He hath forsaken his covert, as the the kings of the mingled people that dwell lion: for their land is desolate because of in the desert,

the fierceness of the oppressor, and be25 And all the kings of Zimri, and all cause of his fierce anger. the kings of Elam, and all the kings of the

CHAP. XXVI. Medes,

the beginning of the reign of Jehoia. and near, one with another, and all the came this word from the LORD, saying, kingdoms of the world, which are upon the 2 Thus saith the LORD ; Stand in the face of the earth: and the king of She-court of the Lord's house, and speak unto shach shall drink after them.

all the cities of Judah, which come to 27 Therefore thou shalt say unto them, worship in the Lord's house, all the words Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of that I command thee to speak unto them; Israel; Drink ye, and be drunken, and diminish not a word: spue, and fall, and rise no more, because 3 If so be they will hearken, and turn of the sword which I will send among you. every man from his evil way, that I may

28 And it shall be, if they refuse to take repent me of the evil, which I purpose to the cup at thine hand to drink, then shalt do unto them because of the evil of their thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD doings. of hosts ; Ye shall certainly drink. 4 And thou shalt say unto them. Thus

29 For lo, I begin to bring evil on the saith the Lord, If ye will not hearken to city which is called by my name, and me to walk in my law, which I have set should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall before you, not be unpunished: for I will call for a 5 To hearken to the words of my sersword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, vants the prophets, whom I sent unto you, saith the LORD of hosts.

both rising up early, and sending them, 30 Therefore prophesy thou against but ye have not hearkened; them all these words, and say unto them, 6 Then will I make this house like The LORD shall roar from on high, and Shiloh, and will make this city a curse to utter his voice from his holy habitation; all the nations of the earth. he shall mightily roar upon his habitation 7 So the priests and the prophets and ai. he shall give a shout, as they that tread the the people heard Jeremiah speaking the se grapes, against all the inhabitants of the words in the house of the Lord. earth.

8. Now it came to pass, when Jere31 A noise shall come even to the ends miah had made an end of speaking all that of the earth ; for the Lord hath a con- the Lord had commanded him to speak troversy with the nations, he will plead unto all the people, that the priests and the with all flesh; he will give them that are prophets and all the people took him, saywicked to the sword, saith the LORD. ing, Thou shalt surely die.

32 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Be 9 Why hast thou prophesied in the name hold, evil shall go forth from nation to na- of the Lord, saying, This house shall be tion, and a great whirlwind shall be raised like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate up from the coasts of the earth.

without an inhabitant? And all the people 33 And the slain of the Lord shall be were gathered against Jeremiah in the at that day from one end of the earth even house of the Lord. unto the other end of the earth: they shall 10 | When the princes of Judah heard not be lamented, neither gathered, nor these things, then they came up from the buried; they shall be dung upon the king's house unto the house of the Lord, ground.

and sat down in the entry of the new gate 34 | Howl, ye shepherds, and cry; and of the Lord's house. wallow yourselves in the ashes, ye princi 11 Then spake the priests and the propal of the flock: for the days of your phets unto the princes and to all the people, slaughter and of your dispersions are ac- saying, This man is worthy to die ; for he complished; and ye shall fall like a plea-hath prophesied against this city, as ye sant vessel,

have heard with your ears. 35 And the shepherds shall have no way 12 T Then spake Jeremiah unto all the

Jeremiah is acquitted.

JEREMIAH.

Sundry prophecies. princes, and to all the people, saying, The 2 Thus saith the LORD to me; Make LORD sent me to prophesy against this thee bonds and yokes, and put them upon house and against this city all the words thy neck, that ye have heard.

3 And send them to the king of Edom, 13 Therefore now amend your ways and and to the king of Moab, and to the king of your doings, and obey the voice of the LORD the Ammonites, and to the king of Tyrus, your God; and the LORD will repent him of and to the king of Zidon, by the hand of the evil that he hath pronounced against you. the messengers which come to Jerusalem

14 As for me, behold, Lam in your hand : unto Zedekiah king of Judah; do with me as seemeth good and meet unto 4 And command them to say unto their you:

masters, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the 15 But know ye for certain, that if ye God of Israel; Thus shall ye say unto your put me to death, ye shall surely bring in- masters; nocent blood upon yourselves, and upon 5 I have made the earth, the man and this city, and upon the inhabitants thereof: the beast that are upon the ground, by my for of a truth the LORD hath sent me unto great power and by my out-stretched arm, you to speak all these words in your ears. and have given it unto whom it seemed

16 T Then said the princes and all the meet unto me. people unto the priests and to the prophets; 6 And now have I given all these lands This man is not worthy to die: for he hath into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king. spoken to us in the name of the LORD our of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts of God.

the field have I given him also to serve him. 17 Then rose up certain of the elders of 7 And all nations shall serve him, and the land, and spake to all the assembly of his son, and his son's son, until the very the people, saying,

time of his land come: and then many 18 Micah the Morasthite prophesied in nations and great kings shall serve themthe days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and selves of him. spake to all the people of Judah, saying, 8 And it shall come to pass, that the naThus saith the LORD of hosts; Zion shall tion and kingdom which will not serve the be ploughed like a field, and Jerusalem shall same Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babybecome heaps, and the mountain of the lon, and that will not put their neck under house as the high places of a forest. the yoke of the king of Babylon, that na

19 Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all tion will I punish, saith the LORD, with the Judah put him at all to death ? did he not sword, and with the famine, and with the fear the Lord, and besought the LORD, and pestilence, until I have consumed them by the Lord repented him of the evil which he his hand. had pronounced against them? Thus might 9 Therefore hearken not ye to your prowe procure great evil against our souls. phets, nor to your diviners, nor to your

20 And there was also a man that pro- dreamers, nor to your enchanters, nor to phesied in the name of the LORD, Urijah your sorcerers, which speak unto you, saythe son of Shemaiah of Kirjath-jearim, who ing, Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon: prophesied against this city and against this 10 For they prophesy a lie unto you, to land according to all

the words of Jeremiah : remove you far from your land; and that I 21. And when Jehoiakim the king with should drive you out, and ye should perish. all his mighty men, and all the princes, 11 But the nations that bring their neck heard his words, the king sought to put him under the yoke of the king of Babylon; to death: but when Urijab heard it, he was and serve him, those will I let remain still afraid, and Red, and went into Egypt; in their own land, saith the LORD; and

22 And Jehoiakim the king sent men into they shall till it, and dwell therein. Egypt, namely, Elnathan the son of Ach 12 T I spake also to Zedekiah king of bor, and certain men with him into Egypt. Judah according to all these words, saying,

23 And they fetched forth Urijah out of Bring your necks under the yoke of the Egypt, and brought him unto Jehoiakim king of Babylon, and serve him and his the king; who slew him with the sword, people, and live. and cast his dead body into the graves of 13 Why will ye die, thou and thy peothe common people.

ple, by the sword, by the famine, and by 24 Nevertheless the hand of Ahikam the the pestilence, as the Lord hath spoken son of Shaphan was with Jeremiah, that against the nation that will not serve the they should not give him into the band of king of Babylon? the people to put him to death.

14 Therefore hearken not unto the words CHAP. XXVII.

of the prophets that speak unto you, sayN the beginning of the reign of Jehoia-ing, Ye shall not serve the king of Babycame this word unto Jeremiah from the 15 For I have not sent them, saith the LORD, saying,

LORD, yet tbey prophesy a lie in any

Hananiah's false prophecy. CAAP. XXVNI, XXIX. Jeremiah's yoke broken. pame; that I might drive you out, and that. 6 Even the prophet Jeremiah said, ye might perish, ye, and the prophets that Amen: the LORD do so: the LORD per: prophesy unto you.

form thy words which thou hast prophe16 Also I spake to the priests and to all sied, to bring again the vessels of the this people, saying, Thus saith the Lord; LORD's house, and all that is carried away Hearken not to the words of your prophets captive, from Babylon into this place. that prophesy unto you, saying, Behold, 7 Nevertheless hear thou now this word the vessels of the Lord's house shall now that I speak in thine ears, and in the ears shortly be brought again from Babylon:fof all the people; for they prophesy a lie unto you.

8 The prophets that have been before 17 Hearken not unto them; serve the me and before thee of old prophesied both king of Babylon, and live: wherefore against many countries, and against great should this city be laid waste?

kingdoms, of war, and of evil,

and of pes18 But if they be prophets, and if the tilence. word of the LORD be with them, let them 9 The prophet which prophesieth of now make intercession to the LORD of peace, when the word of the prophet shall hosts, that the vessels which are left in the come to pass, then shall the prophet be house of the LORD, and in the house of the known, that the Lord hath truly sent him. king of Judah, and at Jerusalem, go not to 10 T Then Hananiah the prophet took Babylon.

the yoke from off the prophet Jeremiah's 19 | For thus saith the LORD of hosts neck, and brake it. concerning the pillars, and concerning the 11'And Hananiah spake in the presence sea, and concerning the bases, and con- of all the people, saying, Thus saith the cerning the residue of the vessels that re- LORD; Even so will I break the yoke of main in this city,

Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon from the 20 Which Nebuchadnezzar king of neck of all nations within the space of two Babylon took not, when he carried away full years. And the prophet Jeremiah captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king went his way. of Judah from Jerusalem to Babylon, and 12 | Then the word of the LORD came all the nobles of Judah and Jerusalem; unto Jeremiah the prophet, after that Ha

21 Yea, thus saith the LORD of hosts, naniah the prophet had broken the yoke the God of Israel, concerning the vessels from off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah, that remain in the house of the Lord, and saying,

in the house of the king of Judah and of 13 Go and tell Hananiah, saying, Thus i Jenisalem;

saith the LORD; Thou hast broken the 22 They shall be carried to Babylon, yokes of wood; but thou shalt make for and there shall they be until the day that I them yokes of iron. visit them, saith the LORD; then will I bring 14 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the them up, and restore them to this place. God of Israel; I have put a yoke of iron CHAP. XXVIII.

upon the neck of all these nations, that A

the beginning of the reign of Zede- Babylon; and they shall serve him: and I kiah king of Judah, in the fourth year, and have given him the beasts of the field also. in the fifth month, that Hananiah the son 15 | Then said the prophet Jeremiah of Azur the prophet, which was of Gibeon, unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, spake unto me in the house of the LORD, in Hananiah; the Lord hath not sent thee; the presence of the priests, and of all the but thou makest this people to trust in a lie. people, saying,

16 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Be. 2 Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, the hold, I will cast thee from off the face of God of Israel, saying, I have broken the the earth: this year thou shalt die, because yoke of the king of Babylon.

thou hast taught rebellion against the LORD. 3 Within two full years will I bring 17 So Hananiah the prophet died the again into this place all the vessels of the same year in the seventh month. LORD's house, that Nebuchadnezzar king

CHAP. XXIX. of Babylon took away from this place, and Now these are the words of the letter

4 And I will bring again to this place Jerusalem unto the residue of the elders Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Ju- which were carried away captives, and to dah, with all the captives of Judah, that the priests, and to the prophets, and to all went into Babylon, saith the LORD; for I the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had will break the yoke of the king of Babylon. carried away captive from Jerusalem to

5 Then the prophet Jeremiah said Babylon; unto the prophet Hananiah in the presence 2 (After that Jeconiah the king, and the of the priests, and in the presence of all the queen, and the eunuchs, the princes of people that stood in the house of the Lord, Judah and Jerusalem, and the carpenters,

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