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CHAP. XVIII, XIX. the gates thereof, and it shall devour the pala

19 Give heed to me, O LORD, and he
ces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched to the voice of them that contend wie

20 Shall evil be recompensed for Roa
THE word which came to Jeremiah from they have digged a pit for my soul

ber that I stood before thee to speak go
2 Arise, and go down to the potter's house, them, and to turn away thy wrath from
and there will cause thee to bear my words.

21 Therefore deliver up theirchildrens
3 Then I went down to the potter's house, lamine, and pour out their blood by the
and, belsold, he wrouylt a work on the wheels. of the sword; and let their wives be bere

4 And the vessel that he made of clay was of their children, and be widows; and ler
marred in the hand of the potter ; so he me be put to death; let their you ng men
made it again another vessel, as seemed good slain by the sword in battle.
the to it.

22. Let a cry be heard from ideen oudes,
me, saying,

6 Olouse of Israel, cannot I do with you and hid snares for my leet.
es this potter? saith the Lord). Behold, as
the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in sel against me to slay me : forgive not their
mine bänd, ( house of Israel.

iniquity, neither blot out their sin from thy
7 At whut instant I shall speak concerning sight; but let them be overthrown before
a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck thee: deal thus with them in the time of
up, and to pull down, and to destroy it';
& If that nation, against whom I have pro-

nounced, turn from ligeir.evils 1.6.repen Thus savirlle barely, Go tand get a pot:

9 And at what instant I sha! speak con- cients of the people, and of the ancients of
cerning a vation, and concerning a king the priests;
dom, lo build, and to plant it;

2 And go forth unto the valley of the son
jo ir il do evil in my sight, that it obey nou of Ilinnom, which is by the entry of the east
my voice, then I will repent of the good gate, and proclaim there the words that I
wherewithi I said I would benefit them. shall tell thee;

Il Now therefore go to, speak to the men 3 And say, Hear ye the word of the LORD,
of Judalı, and to the inhabitants of Jerusa- O kings of Judah, and inhabitants of Jerusa-
em, saviug, Thus saith the Lorn, Behold, 1 lem ; Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God
frame evil against you, and devise a device of Israel, Behold, I will bring evil open this
against you: return ye now every one from place, thie which whosoever heareth, his ears
nis evil way, and make your ways and your shall tingle.
doings good.

4 Because they have forsaken me, and liave
12 And they said, There is no hope; but estranged this place, and have burned incense
we will walk after our own devices, and we in it unto other gods, whom neither they nor
will every one do the imagination of his evil their fathers bave known, nor the kings of

Judah, and have filled this place with the
13 Therefore, thus saith the LORD, Ask ye blood of innocents;
now among the beathen, who hath heard 5 They have built also the high places of
such things the virgin of Isrcel bath done Baal, to burn their sous with fire for burnt-
a very lorrible thing.

offerings unto Baal, which I cominanded not
14. Will a man leave the snow of Lebanon nor spake it, neither came it into my mind
which cometh from the rock of the field ? or 6 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith
shall the cold-Nowing waters that come from the LORI), that this place shall no more be
another place be forsaken?

called Tophet, nor The valley of the son of
15 Because my people liath forgotten nie. Hinnom, but The valley of Slaughter.
they have burnt incense to vanity, and they 7 And I will make void the counsel of Ju-
have caused them to stumisle in their ways dal and Jerasalem in this place; and I will
from the ancient patlis, to walk in patlis, in cause them to fall by the sword before their
* way not cast up;

enemies, and by the hands of them that seek
16 To make their land desolate, and a per- their lives, and their carcases will I give to
petual lising every one that passeth there he meat for the lowls of the heaven, and for
by shall be astunished, and wag lis head. the beasts of the earth.

17 I wili scate them as witi an east wind 8 And I will make this city desolate, and
before the eneng I will shiew them the back, an bissing : every one that passeth thereby
and not the face, is the day of their calamity shall be astonislied and liss, because of all

18 1 Then said they, Come, and let us de- the piagues thereof.
vise devices against Jeremial; for the law 9 And I will cause thein to eat the flesh of
shall not perist from the priest, nor counsel their sons, and the flesh of their daughters,
from the wise, nor the word from the pro- and they shall eat every one the flesh of his
phet : come, and let us smite him with the friend, in the siege and straitness wherewith
tongue, and let us noi give heed to any of their enemies, and they that seek their lives,
his words.

shall straiten them.

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10 Then shalt thou break the bottle in the Lord was made a reproach onto me, and a right of the men that go with thee,

derision daily. 11 And snalt say unto them, Thus saith the 9 Then I said, I will not make mention of Lord of hosts, Even so will I break this peo- him, nor speak any more in his name: but ple, and this city, as one breaketh a poiier's his word was in mine heart as a burning fire vessel, that cannot be made whole again : shut up in my bones, and I was weary with and they shall bury them in Tophet, till there forbearing, and I could not stay. be no place to bury.

10 1 For I heard the defaming of many, 12 Thus will I do unto this place, saith fear on every side. Report, say they, and we the LORD, and to the inhabitants thereof, will report ii. All my familiars watched for and even make this city as Tophet : my balting, saying, Peradventure he will be

13 And the houses of Jerusalem, and the enticed, and we shall prevail against him, houses of the kings of Judah, shall be defiled and we shall take our revenge on him. as the place of Tophet, because of all the II But the Lord is with me as a mighty houses upon whose roofs they have burnt in- terrible one; therefore my persecutors shall cense unio all the host of heaven, and have stumble, and they shall not prevail; they prured out drink-offerings unto other gods. Islall be greatly ashamed; for they shall not

14 Then came Jeremiah from Tophet, prosper : their everlasting confusion shall whither the Lord had sent him to propliesy; never be forgotten. and he stood in the court of the Lori's 12 But, () Lord of hosts, that triest the house, and said to all the people,

righteous, and seest the reins and the heart, 15 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God let me see thy' vengeance on them: for unta of Israel, Behold, I will bring upon this city, thee have I opened my cause. and upon all lier towns, all the evil that I 13 Sing unto the LORD, praise ye the lave pronounced against it: because they Lord; for he hath delivered the soul of the have iiardened their necks, that they might poor froin the band of evil-doers. not i:ear my words.

14 1 Cursed be the day wherein I was CHAP. XX.

born: let not toe day wherein iny mother TOW Pashur il:e son of Immer the priest, bare me be blessed.

wlio was also chief governor in the 15 Cursed be the man who brought tidings house of the Lord, heard that Jeremiah pro- to my father, saying, A man-child is born phesied these things.

unto thee, making him very glad. . Tien Pashur smote Jeremiah the prophet, 16 And let thai man be as the cities wliich and put him in the stocks that were in the the Lorv overthrew, and repented not; and ligli gate of Benjamin, which was by the let him hear the cry in the morning, and the house of the LORD.

shouting at noon-lide : 3 And it came to pass on the inorrow, that 17 Because he slew me not from the womb; Paslıur brouglit forth Jeremialı out of the orthal my mother miglit have been my grave, stocks. Then said Jeremialı unto liim, The and her womb to be always great with me. 1.OkL hath not called thy name Pashur, but

18 Wherefore came i forth out of the Magor-inissabib.

womb to see labour and sorrow, that nıy days For thus saith the Lor), Beloid, I will should be consumed with shame? make thee a terror to thyself, and to all thy


Them word whicly came into Jeremiah their enemies, and thine eyes shall behold it: and I will give all Judalı into the band of the sent unto him Pashur the son of Melchiah king of Babylon, and he shall carry them and Zephaniah the son of Maaseial tie captive into Babylon, and shall slay them priest, saying, will the sword.

2 Enquire, I pray thee, of the Lord for us, 5 Moreover, I will deliver all the strength (for Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon makof this city, and all the labours thereof, and etli war against usy) if so be that the Lor all the precious things thereof, and all the will deal with us according to all his won treasures of the kings of Judalı will I give drous works, that lie may go up from ns. inio llie land of their enemies, which shall 3 Then said Jeremiali unto them, Thus spoil them, and take them, and carry them shall ye say to Zedekialı; to Babylon.

4. Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Be6 And thou. Paslıur, and all that dwell in hold, I will turn back the weapons of war thine house, shall go into captivity: and thou that are in your hands, wherewith ye high shalt come to Bahylon, and there thou shall against the king of Balıylon, and against die, and slialt be buried there, thou, and all the Chaldeans, which besiege you without thy friends, to whom tlou last prophesied the walls, and I will assemble thiein into the lies.

midst of illis city: 7 10 Lori), thou hast deceived me, and 5 And I myseil will fight against you with I was deceived ; thou art stronger than 1, an out-stretched hand, and with a strong arın, and hast prevailed: I am in derision daily, even in anger,and in fury,and in greai wrath. every one mocketh me.

6 And I will smite uie inhabitants of this 8 For since I spake, I cried out, I cried city, both man and beast : they shal! Jie of a violerce and spoil; because the word of the great pestilence.

7 And afterward, saith the LORD, I will thee, every one with his weapons; and they deliver Zedekiah king of Judah, and his ser- shall cut down thy choice cedars, and cast vants, and the people, and such as are lest in them into the fire. this city, from the pestilence, from the sword, 8 And many nations shall pass by this city, And from the famine, into the hand of Ne- and they shall say every man to his neighbuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the bour, l'herefore hath the Lord done thus hand of their enemies, and into the hand of unto this great city? those that seek ebeir life; and he shall smile 9 Then they shall answer, Because they them with the edge of the sword; he shall have forsaken the covenant of the LORD their pol spare them, neither have pity, nor have God, and worshipped other gods, and served mercy.

them. 8'And unto this people thou shalt say, 10 9. Weep ye not for the dead, neither heThus saith the Lord, Behold, I set before you moan him; but weep sore for him that goeth u'e way of life, and ile way of death. away: for he shall return no more, nor see

9 He that abideth in this city shall die by his native country: the sword, and by the faniine, and by the pes 11 For thus saith the LORD touching Shaltilence: but lie ihat goelh oni, and falleth to lum the son of Josiah king of Judah, which the Chaldeans that besiege you, he shall live, reigned instead of Josiali his father, which and his life shall be unto him for a prey. went forth out of this place, He shall not re

10 For I have set iny face against this city turn thither any more; for evil, ard not for good, sailh the LORD; 12 But he shall die in the place whither it shall be given into the liand of the king or they bave led him captive, and shall see this Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire. land no more.

11 9 And tonching the bou se of ihe king of 13 || \oe unto him that buildeth his house Judalı, say, Hear ye the word of the Lori); by imrighteousness, and his chambers by

12 0 bouse of David, thus saith the Lord, wrong; thul useth his neighbour's service Execute judgment in the morning, and deli- without wages, and give h him not for liis ver him ihal is spoiled out of the hand of the work; oppressor, lest my sury go out like fire, and 14 That saith, I will build me a wide house, burn that none can quench it, because of the and large chambers, and cutieth him out winevil of your doings.

dows; and it is ceiled with cedar, and paint. 13 Beboll, I am against thee, O inha!,itant ed with vermilion ! of the valley, anu rock of tise plain, saith the 15 Shalt thou reign, because thou closest LORN); wliichi say, Who shall come down thyself in cedar? Did not thy father eat and against us? or who shall enter into cyr habi- drink, and do judgment and justice, and then tations?

lil wus well with bim? 14 But I will punish you according to the 16 He judged the cause of the poor and fruit of your doings, saith the Lord: and I neeuy; then it was well with him: was not will kindle a fire in the forest thereof, and it is to know mne ? saith the Lord. shall devour all things round about it. 17 But thine eyes and thine heart are not CHAP. XXII.

but for thy covelousness, and for to sbed inof the king of Judaliolence, to do there this word,

18 Therefore thus saith the Lord concern2 And say, Hear the word of the LORD, O ing Jehoiakim the son of Josialı king of Juking of Judalı, that sittest upon the throne of dalı, They shall not lament for him, saying, David, thou, and thy servants, and thy peo- Ah my brother! or, Ah sister! they shall ple that enter in by these gates;

not lament for him, saying, Ah lord! or, Al 3 Thus saith the Lord, Execute ye judg. His glory! inent and righteousness, and deliver the spoil 19 He shall be buried with the burial of an ed out of the hand of the oppressor: and do ass, drawn and cast forth beyond the gates of no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the Jerusalem. fatherless, nor the widow, neither sbed inno 20 $ Go up 10 Leban-n, and cry; and lift cent blood in this place.

up thy voice in Bashan, and cry from the 4 For if ye do this thing indeed, then shall passages: for all thy lovers are destroyed. there enter in by the gates of this house kings 21 I spake unto thee ir thy prosperity ; bue sitting upon the throne of David, riding in thou saidst, I will not hear: this halh been thy charivis and on horses, he, and his servants, manner from thy youth, that thou obeyedst and his people.

not my voice. 5 But if ye will not hear these words. I 22 The wind shall eat up all thy pastors, swear by myself, saith the Lord, that this and thy lovers shall go into captivity; surely nouse sball become a desolation.

then shalt thou be ashamed and confounded 6 For thus saith the Lord unto the king's for all thy wickedness. bouse of Judah, Thou art Gilead unto me,und 23 ( inhabitant of Lebarion, that makest the hend of Lebanon: yet surely I will make thy nest in the cedars, bow gracious shalt thou thee a wilderness, and cities which are not in- he when pangs come upon thee, the pain as habited.

of a woman in travail ! 7 And I will prepare destroyers against 24 As I liva, saith the LORD, though Co

Those sa le corps Gas down to the oferece blood

, and for oppression, and for vi

niah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judalijand their course is evil, and their force is not were the signet upon my right hand, yeh right. would I pluck thee thence;

Il For both propliet and priest are profane; 5 And I will gire thee into the hand or vea, in my house have I found their wickedhem that seek thy life, and into the land ofness, saitli the LORD). men whose face ihou learest, even into the 12 Wherefore their way sliall be unto them nand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, as slippery ways in the darkness; they shal! and into the hand of the Chaldeans. be driven on, and (a!! therein: for I will bring

26 And I will cast thee out, and thy mother evil upon them, eren the year of their visitathat bare thee, into another country, where tion, saith the LURI). ye were not born ; and there shall ye die. 13 And I have seen folly in the prophets of

27 But to the land whereunto they desire Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caus16 relurn, thither shall they nut return. ed iny people Israel 19 err.

28 Is this man Coniah a despised broken 14 1 liave seen also in the prophets of Jerudol? is he a vessel wherein is no pleasure? salem an horrible thing: they commit adul wherefore are they cast out, he and his seed, tery, and walk in lies; they strengthen also and are cast into a land which they know not the hands of evil-doers, ibai none douk return

290) earth, earth, eartlı, hear ihe word of from his wickedness: they are all of them unthe Lord;

to me as Sodom, and the inbabitants thereof :30 Thus saith the Lorn, Write ye this man as Gomorrah. childless, a man that shall not prosper in his 15 Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts davs: for no man of his seed shall prosper, concerning the prophets, Behold, I will feed sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling them withi wormwood, and make them drink any more in Judah.

the water of gall: for from the prophets of JeCHAP. XXIII.

rusalem is prolaneness gone forth into all the JOE be unto the pastors that destroy and land.

16 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Hearken tbe LORD.

not into the words of the prophets that pro2 Therefore thus saith the Lorn God of pbesy unto you; they make you vain: they Israel against the pastors that feed my people, speak a vision of their own beart, and noe Ye have scallered my flock and driven them out of the mouth of the LORD. away, and have not visited them; belield, I 17 They say still unto them that despise me, will visit upon you the evil of your doings, The Lord hath said, Ye shall have peace; saith the LORD.

and they say unto every one that walketh aí. 3. And I will gatlier the remnant of myter the imagination of his own heart, No evil flock out of all countries whither { lavedriv- shall come upon you. en them, and will bring them aga o to their 18 For who hath stood in the counsel of folds, and they shall be fruitfid an increase. the Lord, and liath perceived and heard bis

4 And I will set up shepherds over them. word? who hatlı marked his word, and heard which shall feed them; and they shall fear no it? more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be 19 Behold, a whirlwind of thie Lord is Backing, saith the LORD).

gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirl51 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, wind: it shall fall grievously upon the head thall willraise uutoDavida righteous Branch, of the wicked. and a king shall reign and prosper, and suall 20 The anger of the LORD shall not reuurn execute jagment and justice in the earth. until he have executed, and till he have per.

oln lielavs Judal shall be saved, and Is- torined the thoughts of his heart: in the late rael shall alwell sately; and this is his name ter days ye shall consider il perfectly. wherelor de shall be called, TIE LORD 21 [ have not sent these prophets, yet they OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they pro7 Therefore, beliolu, the days coine, saithephesied. de LUX), tut they shall no more say, The 22 But if they had stood in my counsel, LORD liveth, which brought up the children and had caused my people to hear my words, 2: Israel out of the land of Egypt;

then they should have turned them from Blol, The Lordliveth, which brought up their evil way, and from the evil of their and which leci the seed of the house of Israel doings. out of the north country, and from all coun 23. Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, tries whither I had driven them; and they and not a God afar off? shall dwell in their onn land.

+ Can any bide himself in secret places 9 line heart within me is broken be- Wat I shall not see liim? saith the Lord: do cause of the propliets; all iny bones shake: bil fill heaven and eartb. saith the LORD. I am like a drunhen man, and like a man 2.5I have heard what the prophets said, whom wine bath overcome, because of the that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I bave LORD, and because of the words of his holi- dreamed, I have dreained.

26 How long shall this be in the leart of 10 For the lanıl is full of adulterers; for the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they and because of swearing the land mourueth; the prophets of the deceit of iheir own heart; pleasant places of the wilderness are dried

ар, !

27 Which think to cause iny peple to for


get my name by their dreams, wbich they 3 Then said the LORD) unto me, What iell every man to his neighbour, as their la. seest thou, Jeremiah? and I said, Figs; the thers have forgotten my name for Baal. good figs, very good: and the evil, very evil,

28 The prophet that hath a dream, let him that cannot be eaten, they are so evil. tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let 4. Again the word of thie Lord came unaim speak my word faithfully: what is the to me, saying, ebaff to the wheat ? saith the LORD.

5 Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, 29 Is not my word like as a fire ? saith the Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge LORD ; and like a hammer that breaketh the them that are carried away captive of Judah, rock in pieces?

whom I have sent out of this place into the 30 Therefore, beliold, I am against the pro- land of the Chaldeans for their good. phets, saith the Lord, that steal my words 6 For I will set mine eyes upon them for every one from his neighbour.

good, and I will bring them again to this 31 Behold, I am against the prophets, saith Tand: and I will build them, and not pull the Lorn, that use their tongues, and say, them down; and I will plant them, and not He saith.

pluck them up: 32 Behold, I am against them that prophesy 7 And I will give them an heart to know false dreams,saith the Lord, and do iell them, me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be and cause my people to err by their lies, and my people, and I will be their God for they by their ligbiness; yet I seni them not, nor shall return unto me with their whole beart. commanded them: therefore they shall not 8 9 And as the evil figs, which cannot be profit this people at all, saith the Lorn. eaten, they are so evil; surely thus saith the

33 1 And when this people, or the prophet, LORD, So will I give Zedekiah the king of or a priest, shall ask inee, saying, What is Judah, and bis princes, and the residue of the burden of the Lord? l!ou shalt then say Jerusalem, that remain in this land, and them unto them, What burden? I will even forsake that dwell in the land of Egypt; you, saith the LORD).

9 And I will deliver them to be removed 31 And as for the prophet, and the priest, into all the kingdoms of the earth for their end the people, that sliall say, The burden of hurt, to be a reproach and a proverb, a taunt, the Lori, will even punish that man and and a curse, iu all places whither I shall drive his house,

them. 35 Thus shall ye say every one to his 10 And I will send the sword, the famine, neighbour, and every one to his brother, and ebe pestilence, among them, till they be What hath the Lord answered ? and, What consumed from off the land that I gave uato hath the Lord spoken?

then and to their fathers. 36 And the burden of the LORD shall ye

CHAP. XXV. mention to more; for every man's word Te Word that came to Jeremial como his

cerning the the words of the living Gud, of the Lord of fourth year of Jehoiakiin the son of Josiah hosts our God.

king of Judalı, that was the first year of Ne37 Thus shalt thou say to the prophet, bucliadrezzat king of Babylon ; What liath, the LOR) au-wered thee? and, 2 The which Jeremiah the propbet spake What hath the Loru spoken?

unin all tle people of Judalı, and to all the 38 But since ve say, The burden of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, LORI); therefore thus aith the LORI), Be 3 From the thirteenth year of Josial the cause ye say this word, The burden of the son of Aion king of Judalı, even unto this LORD, and I have sent into you, saying, Ye day, (that is the three and twentieth year,) shall not say, the burden of die LORD): Ilie word of the Lord hath come unto me,

39 Therefore, behold, i, even I, will utter-aud I have groken unto you, rising early and ly forget you, and I will forsake you, and peahing; but ye have not hearkened. The city that I gave you and your fathers,

+ And the Lord hath sent unto you all and cust you out of my presence:

his servants the prophets, rising early and 10 And I will bring an everlasting reproach sending them; but ye have not hearkened, upon you, and a perpetual shame, 'which nor inclined your ear io liear. shall not be forgotin).

5 T bey said. Tur ye again now every CHAP. XXIV.

one from his evil way, and from the evil of THE LORD sliene:) me, and, behold.tuo your loing, and dwell in die land that the of the Lord, after that lebuchadrezzar king ters for ever and ever: of Babylon liad carried away caprive Jeco- E And go uot alier other gods to serve nial the son of Jehoiakiin ning of Junali, them, and to worship them, and provoke me and : le princes of Judalı, with the ca peni- not to anger will the works of your hands, ters and smiths, from Jerusalem, and had and I will do you no hurt. borought then to Babylon.

i let ye have not bearkened unto me, 2 One bashethul very good liga, eren like saith the LART); that ye miglit provoke me the figs thul ure first ripe; and the other 15 anger with the works of your hands to baskei hud very naughty figs, which could your own hurt. pot be calen, they were so bad

(8! Therefore theus saith the LORD of


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