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Judah exhorted JEKEM1AH. my fury go out like lire, and bum tl>at| none can quench if,because of liie evil ol" your doings.
13 Behold, 1 am against thee, O habitant of the valley, and rock of the plain, eaith the Lord; which say,. Who bliall come down against us? or| who shall enter into our habitations?
14 But I will punish you according to the fruit of your doings, eitilh the| Lord: and 1 will kindle a Are in the forest thereof, and it shall devour all
\things round about it.
CHAP. XXII. rpHUS saith the Lord, Go down to
JL the house of the king of Judah, and speak there this word,
'2 And eay, Hear the word of the: Lord, 0 king of Judah, that eiltest] upon the thruneof David, tliou, and thy servants, and thy people that enter in by these gates:
3 Thus saith the Loud, Execute ye judgment and righteousness, and de liver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: ami do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless,) nor the widow, neither shed blood in litis place.
4 For if ye do this thing indeed, then shall there enter in by the gates of this house kings sitting upon the throne ol' David, riding in chariots and on horses, he, and his servants, and his people.
5 Bui if ye williiot hear these word9,l 1 swear by myself, saith the Lord,| that this house shall become a desolate For tlrtjs saith the Lord unto the
king's house of Judah, Thou art GU-| ead unto me, and the head of Lebanon: t/tc surely 1 will make thee a wilderness, aivd cities ichich are not! inhabited. I
7 And 1 will prepare destroy against thee, every one with his weapons; and they shall cue down thy choice cedars, and cast them into the fire.
8 And many nations shall pass by this city, and they shall say every man to his neighbour, W here lb re bulli the Lord done thus unto this great city?
y Then they shall answer, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the Lord their God, and worshipped other gods, and served them.
10 1! We^p ye not for the dead.
to repentant*. him that goeth away: for he shall return no more, nor 6ee his native country.
11 For thus sailh the Lord touching Shallum the son of Joeiah king of Ju dah, which reigned instead ol Josiah his father, which went lbrth out .if this place; He shall not return thither any more:
12 But he shall die in the place whither they have led him captive, and shall see this land no more.
13 TT Wo unto him that buildeih his louse by unrighteousness, and his
chambers by wrong; that useth his neighbour's service without wages, and giveth him not for his work
14 That eaith, I will build me a wide bouse and large chambers, and cuttellt him out windows; and it is ceiled with cedar, and painted with vermil
15 Shalt thou reign, because thou closest tliystlj' in cedar? didnotihy father eat and drink, and do judgment and justice,and then-it teas well with
16 He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was wr-il it-it/i him: teas not this to know me? t-aitlj the Lono.
17 But thine eyes and thy heart ai~e lot but lor thy covetousuess, and l'or to shed innocent blood, and for oppression, and for violence, to do it.
18 Therefore thua sailh the Lord concerning Jehoakim the son of Josiah king of Judah'; They shall not lament for him, saying, Ah my brother 1 or, Ah sister! th»;y shall not kirnent for him, saying, Ah lord! or, Ah his glory 1
19 lie shall be buried with the burial of an ass, drawn and cast forth beyond the gates of Jerusalem.
20 TT Go up to Lebanon, and cry. and lift up thy voice in Bashan, and cry from the passages; for all thy lovers are destroyed.
21 I spake unto thee in thy prosperity; bta thou saidst, I will not hear. This hath been thy manner from thy youth, that thou obeydeet not my
22 The wind shall eat up all thy pastors, and thy lovers shall go inio captivity: surely then shall limu lie ashamed and confounded for all thy ickeduess.
titer bemoaiu him: but weep sore for] 23 0 inhabitant of Lebanon, that
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makest, thy nest in llie cedars, ho'
gracious eiialt thou be when pangs come upon thee, the pain as of a woman in travail I
24 As 1 live, sailh the Lord, though Coniahthe son of Jehoiakim king of Judah were the signet upon my right hand, yet would 1 pluck thee thence;'
25 And I will give thee into the hand of them that seek thy life.and into the hand of litem whose face thou fearest, even into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of the Chaldeans.
26 And I will cast thee out, and thy mother that bare thee, into another country, where ye were not born; and there shall ye die.
27 But to the land whereunto they desire to return, thither shall liiey not
'28 Js this man Coniah a despised broken idol ? is he a vessel wherein w no pleasure? wherefore are they cast out, he and his seed, and are east into a land which they know not?
29 0 earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the Loud.
'.SO Thus saith the Loiid, Write ye this man childless, a man that shall not prosrver in his duys : for no man of| his seed shall prosper.sitt'mg upon throne of David, and ruling any rr ii. Judah.
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6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
7 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that they 6hall no more say, The Lord livetb, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;
8 But, The Lord liveth, which limught up, and which led the seed of
ouse of Israel out of the north try, and from all countries whilnhad driven them ; and they shall dwell in their own land.
9 IT My heart within me is broken because of the prophets : all my bones shake ; I am like a drunken man, and like a -man whom wine hath over
ome, because of the Lord, and beauso of the words of his holiness.
10 For the land is full of adulterers; nr because of swearing the land .louniefh ; the pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up, and thei* ourse is evil, und their force is not ight.
11 For both prophet and priest arc profane ; yea, in my house have I found their wickedness, saith tinLord.
12 Wherefore their way shall be unto them as slippery ways in the dark
; they shall be driven on, and fall therein: for 1 will bring evil upon r;i the year of their visitation eaith the Lord.
13 And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel lo err.
14 I have seen also in the prophets
4 And I'will set up shepherds over them, which shall feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking saith the Lord.
5 TT Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that 1 will raise unto David a
) Branch, and a .King shall
of Jerusalem a horrible thing: they
16 Thus saith the Lord of hosts,
A prosper, and shall execute] Hearken not unto the words of tinyidgmenl and justice in the earth. (prophets that prophesy unto you : thejt
God thrcatencth make you vain; they speak a . .„.„.. or their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the Loud.
17 They say still unto them that despise me, The Loud hath said.Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walkelh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you. IS For who hath stood in the counsel of the Loan, and hath perceived and heard his word ? who hath mark ed his word,and heard t't? 19 Behold, a whirlwind of the L<
gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind : it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked.
20 The anger of the Lord shall
return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly.
21 I have not sent these propbels.yet lliey ran: I have not spoken Lo them, yet they prophesied.
22 But if they had stood in my coun sel, and had caused my people to hear| my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doin-gs.
23 Am I a God at hand.sailh the Lord, and not a God afar off?
21 Can any hide himself in secret places that 1 shall not see him ? saith the Lord: do not lfill heaven rarth? saith the Lord.
25 1 have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, aaying, 1 have dreamed, 1 have dreamed.
26 How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy <^s ? yen, they aj-e prophets of the deceit of their own heari;
27 Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams, which they tell every man to his neighhour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal.
28 The prophet that bath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he thathatb my word, let him speak my word faithfully : what is the chaff to the wheal ? saith the Lord.
29 Is not my word like as afire? saith the Lord: and like a hammer that Dreaketh the rock in pieces?
00 Therefore,behold,I am against the prophets,saith the LoRo.lbat steal my words every one from his neighbour.
MIAM. false prophets.
31 Behold, I aw against the prophets, saith the Lord, that use their tongues, and say, He saith.
32 Behold, I am against them that prophesy false tlreains.saith the Loitn, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not,nor
mandfd them; therefore tln-y shall not profit this people at all, suiili the Lord.
33 And when this people, or the prophet, or a priest, shall ask thee, saying, What is the burden of the Lord? thoushalt then say unto them, What burden ? I will even forsake you, saith the Lord.
34 And as for the prophet, and the priest, and the people, that shall eay, The burden of the Lord, I will even punish that man and his house.
35 IT Thus shall ye say every one to his neighbour, and every one to his brother, What hath the Lord answered ? and, What hath the Lord spoken?
3(5 And the burden of the Lord shall •e mention no more; for every man's word shall be bis burden :fur ye have perverted the words of the living God, of the Lord of hosts our God.
37 Thus shalt thou say to the propb :t, What hath the Lord answered thee? and, What hath the Lord spoken?
38 But since yc say, The burden of the Lord ; therefore thus saith the Lord, Because ye say this word, The burden of the Lord, and I have sent
you, saying, Ye shall not say, The burden of the Lord ■ 39Therefore, behold, 1, even 1,will utterly forget.you, and 1 will forsake ou, and the city that 1 gave you and our fathers, and cast you out of my presence:
40 And 1 will bring an everlasting
THE Lord showed me, and, be
Seventy years like the figs that arc first ripe: and the other basket had very naughty figs, which could not be eatea, they were so bad.
3 Then eaid the Lorb unto me, What eeeflt thou, Jeremiah? And I eaid, Figs; Hie good figs, very good; and the evil, very evil, that cannot be e.tten, they are Bo evil.
4 IF Again the word of the Lord came uuio me, eaying,
5 Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, Like these good figs, so will 1 acknowledge them that are carried away captive of Judah, whom T have sent out of this place into the land of Hie Chaldeans for t/uir good.
fi For I will set mine eyes upon them for pood, and I will bring them again to this Jand: and I will build them, and not pull t/ion down; and I will plant them,and not pluck them up.
7 And 1 will give tnem a heart to know me, that 1 am the Lord: and they shaJ be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto ine with their whole heart.
8 IT And as the evil tigs, which cannot be calen, they are so evil; surely time saith the Lord, So will I give Zfdekiah the king of Judah, and his princes, and the residue of Jerusalem, that remain in this land, and them that dwell in the land of Egypt:
9 And I will deliver them to be removed inlo nil the kingdoms of the earth for their hurt-, to be a reproach anil a proverb, a taunt and a curse, in all places whither 1 shall drive them.
10 And I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, among them, till they be consumed from oft' the land that 1 gave unto them and to their fathers.
CHAP. XXV. fin HE word that came to Jeremiah
X concerning all the people of Judah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakiin the son of Josiah king of Judah, that teas the first year of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon;
2 The which Jeremiah the prophet ppake unto all the people of Judah, and to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying,
"From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Anion king of Judah, even unto this day, that £? the three and twentieth year, the word of the Loan had) come unto me, and 1 have spoken
CHAP. XXV. captivity foretold.
unto you, rising early aud speaking;
They said, Turn ye again now every one from his evil way, and from the evil of your doings, and dwell in the land that the Lorji hath given unto you and to your fathers for ever and
6 And go not after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, ami provoke me not to anger with Unwove of your bands; and I will do
on no hurt.
7 Yet ye have not hearkened uni<% ne, saith the Loun; that ye might provoke me to anger with the work* of your hands to your own hurt.
3 TT Therefore thus saith the Lord of iosts; Because ye have not heard my vords,
9 Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, saith the Lord, and Nebuchadrezzar the kingofBaby
i, my servant, and will bring thc;u ^ainst this land, and against the i;ihabitunts thereof, and against all these nations round about, and will utterly destroy them, anil make them an astonishment, and a hissing, and perpet ual desolations.
10 Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the'.voice of the bridegroom, jand the voice of the bride, the sound [of the millstones, and the light of Hit candle.
11 And this whore hand shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.
12 TT And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, thai I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the Lord, for their iniquity, and the land of thr Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations.
13 And 1 will bring upon that land all my words which 1 have pronounced against it, even all that is written in this book,which Jeremiah hath prophesied against all the nations.
14 For many nations and great kings shall serve themselves of them also; ,and F will recompense them according The destruction JEREMIAH. of all nation*.
to their deeds, and according lo the | Ye shall not be unpunished: for 1 will
>rks of their own hands. 15 IT For thus sailh the Lord God of Israel unto me, Take the wine-cup of lliis fury at my hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send thee, to drink it. 1 lb' And they shall drink, and be moved, and be mad, because of the sword that I will send among them.
17 Then took 1 the cup at the Loao's /mud, and made all the nations to drink, unto whom the Lord had
18 To wit, Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah, and the kings thereof, and the princes thereof, to make them a desolation, an astonishment.a hissing, and a curse; as a is this day;
19 Pharaoh king of Egypt, and his, servants, and his princes, and all his people;
20 And all the mingled people, and all the kings of the land of Uz, and all the kings of the land of the Philistines, and Ashkelon, and Azzah, and F.kron, and the remnant of Ashdod,
21 Edom, andMoab.and the children cf Amnion,
22 And all the kings of Tyrus, and ail the kings of Zidou, and the kings] v.f the isles which are beyond the sea,
23 Dedan, and Tenia, and Buz, and all that art in the utmost
2-1 And all the kings of Arabia, and all the kings of the mingled people Uiat dwell in the desert,
26 And all the kings of Zimri, and all
26 And all the kings of the north, far and near, one with another, and all Hie kingdoms of the world, which arc\ upon the face of the earth: and the king of Sheshach shall drink after| them.
27 Therefore thou shall say unto them, Thus saith the Loud of hosts, the God of Israel, Drink ye, and be drunken, and spue, and fall, and rise no more, because of the sword which I will send among you.
28 And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thy hand to drink, then shnlt thou say unto tliem, Thus sailh the Lord of hosts, Ye ehall certainly drink.
i!it l'or, lo, I begin lo briug evil on the cjt.y which is called by my name, uud should ye be utterly unpunished?
call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the Lord of hosts.
30 Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words, and say unto them, The Lono shall roar from on high, ami utter his voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily roar upon his habitation: he shall give \\ shout, as tliey that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth
31 A noise shall come even to the. ends of the earth; for the Lord bath a controversy with the nations: he will plead with all llesh, he will give them that arc wicked lo the sword, saith the Lord.
3-2 Thus sailh the Lord of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth.
33 And the slain of the Lord shall be at that day from one end of tcie earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not tie lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.
34 IT Howl, ye shepherds, and cry and wallow yourselves hi the asA«,ye principal of "the flock: for the days of your slaughter and of your dispersions are accomplished; and ye shall fall like a pleasant vessel.
35 And the shepherds shall have no vay to llee, nor the principal of the flock to escape.
36 A voice of the cry of the shepherds, and a howling of the principal of the flock, shall be heard: for the Lord hath spoiled their pasture,
37 And the peaceable habitations are cut down, because of the fierce anger of (he Lord.
38 He hath forsaken his covert, as the lion; for their land is desolate, because of the fierceness of the oppressor, and because of his fierce anger.
IN the beginning of the reign of Jcho iakim the eon of Josiah king of Ju this word from the Lord, saving,
2 Thus saith the Lord, Stand in the ourt of the Lord's house, and speak into all the cities or Judah, wuich oine lo worship in Uiclord'h house, all the words that 1 command thee to ipeak unto them ; diminish tiottiwonii