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f> Uui thoushalt die in peace: and willi ilie burning* of (Jiy lathers, tlie Conner kings which were before thee, so shall they burn odours for thee; and they will lament tliee, $ayi?ig, Ah lord 1 for I have pronounced the word, saith llie Lord.
fi Then Jeremiah llie prophet spake all these words unto Zedekiali ting of Judah in Jerusalem,
7 When the king of Babylon's army fought against Jerusalem, and against all the cities of Judah. that were left, iigainst Lachish, and agm'nst Azekah: for these defenced cilies remained of the cities of Judah.
8 TT This is llie word that came unto Jeremiah from the Loao, after that the king Zedekiali had made a covenant tvith all the people which were at Jerusalem, to proclaim liberty untothein;
9 Tlmt every man should let his manservant, and every man his maid-servant, being a Hebrew or a Hebrewess, go free; that none should serve himself of them, to vjit, of a Jew his brother.
10 Now when all the princes, and all the people, which had entered into the Covenant, heard that every one should let his iiuui-servant, and every one his maid-servant, go free, that none should serve themselves of them any more, then they obeyed, and letf/ie»i go.
It But afterward they turned, and caused the servautsand thehandmaids, whom they had let go free, to return, and brought them into subjection for servants and for handmaids.
121T Therefore the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah from the Loud, saying,
13 Tims saith the Loud, Ibe God of Israel; I made a covenant with your fathers in the day that I brought them forih out of the laud of Egypt, out of the house of bondmen, saying,
1-1 At the end of seven years let ye go every man his brother a Hebrew, winch hath been sold unto thee: and when he hath 6erved thee six years thou shall let him go free from thee; but your fathers hearkened not unto me, neither inclined their ear.
hi And ye were now turned, and had done right in my sight, in proclaiming liberty every man to his neighbour; and ye had made a covenant before me in the house which is called by my name:
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16 But ye turned and polluted my name, and caused every man his servant, and every man his handmaid, whom he had set at liberty at theij pleasure, to return, and brought them into subjection, to be unto youibr servants and for handmaids.
17 Therefore thus saith the Lord , Ye have not hearkened unlo me, in proclaiming liberty, every one to hia brother, and every man to his neigii hour: behold, I proclaim a liberty for you, saith the Lord, to the sword, to the pestilence, and to the famine; and I will make you to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.
18 And 1 will £ive the men that have transgressed my covenant, which have not performed the words of the covenant which they had made before me, when they cut the calf in twain, and passed between the parts thereof,
19 The princes of Judah, and the princes of Jerusalem, the eunuchs,aiid the priests, and all the people of the land, which passed between the parts of the calf;
20 1 will even give them into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of them that seek their life : and their dead bodies shall be for meat unto the fowls of the heaven, and to the beasts of tiie earth.
21 .And Zedekiali king of Judah and his princes will 1 give into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of them that seek their life, and into the baud of the king of Babylon's army, which are gone up from you.
22 Behold, I will command, saith the Lord, and cause them to return to this city; and they shall light against it, and take it, and burn it with fire: and 1 will make the cities of Judah a desolation without an inhabitant.
THE word which came unto Jeremiah from the Lord, in the days: ol Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of J mlah, saying,
2 Go unto the house of theRechabitcs, and speak unto them, and bring them into the house of the Lo-id, into one of the chambers, and give them wine to drink.
3 Then I took Jaazaniah the son of Jeremiah, the sou of Habaziniah, and his brethren, and all his sons, and the whole house of the Rechabites;
4 And I brought them into the house
of the Loud, into the chamber of the( sous of Hanan, the son of lgdaliah, a :nan of GoJ, which was by the chamber of the princee, which was above the chamber of Maaseiah the son of Shallum, the keeper of the door:
5 And I set before the sons of the house of the Rechabites pots full of wine, and cups, and I eaid unto them, Drink ye wine:
6 Bui they said, We will drink no wine: for Jonadabthe son of Rechab, our father, commanded us, saying, Ye| shall drink, no wine, neither ye, nor your sons forever:
7 Neither shall ye build house, nor sow seed, nor plant vineyard, nor have ant/: but all yourdays ye shall dwell in tents; that ye may live many days in the land where ye be strangers.
8 Thus have we obeyed the voice of | Jonadab the son of Rechab, our fa ther, in all that he hath charged us, to drink no wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons, nor our daughters;
9 Nor to build houses for us to dwell in; neither have we vineyard, nor lield, nor seed:
10 But we have dwelt in tents, and have obeyed,and done according to all UialJoiKtdabourfather commanded us.
11 But it came to pass, when Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon came up into the land, that we said, Come,and .ctusgo to Jerusalem for fear of the army of the Chaldeans, and for fear of | die army of the Syrians: so wed at Jerusalem.
12 IT Then came the word of the Lord unto Jeremiah, saying,
13 Thus saitli the Lord of hosts, the -God of Israel,Go and tell the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, Will ye not receive instruction to hearken to my words? eakh the "lord.
M The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his sons not to drink wine, are performed; for unto this day they drink none, but obey their father's commandment: notwithstanding 1 have spoken unto you, i\3ing early and speaking; but ye hearken not unto me.
15 1 have sent also unto you all my servants the prophets, rising up early j ;i■ l<I sending them, saying, Return ye now every man from his evil way, and, p.iuend your doing, and go not after] other gods to serve them, and ye shalll
dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers; but yc have not inclined your ear, nor heark ened unto me.
16 Because the sons of Jonadab the son of Rechab have performed the commandment of their lather, which he commanded them; but this people hath not hearkened unto me:
17 Therefore thus saith the Lord God of hosts, tiie God of Israel, Behold, 1 will bring upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, all the evil that 1 have pronounced against them: because 1 have spoken unto-them, but they have not heard; and I have called unto them, but they have not answered.
18 TT And Jeremiah eaid unto the house of the Rechabites, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Because ye have o'.eyedthe command ment of Jonadab yt ir father, and kept all his precepts, and done according unto all that he hath commanded you;
19 Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Jonadab the son of Rechab, shall not want a man to stand before me for ever.
CHAP. XXXVI. A ND it came to pass in the fourth f\. year of Jehoiakim the eon of Josiah king of Judah, that this word came unto Jeremiah from the Lord, saying,
2 Take thee a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken unto thee Hgainst Israel, and against Judah, and against all the na Lions, from the day I"spake unto thee, from the days of Josiah, even unto this clay.
3 It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evi7 which I purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from his evil way. that I may forgive their iniquity anu their sin.
4 Then Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah; and Baruch wrote from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the Lono, which he had spoken unto him, upon a roll of a book.
5 And Jeremiah commanded Baruch, saving, I</OTshut up; 1 cannolgointo .he house of Die Lord:
6 Thercf.ire go U."U, and read in the oil, •■Yind. 'jinn h«n wnllen f.om
The king causdh CHAP, my mouth, the words of (lie Lord, in the ears of the people, in the lxmo's house upon the lasting day: and also t.iou shalt read them in the ears of all Judah that come out of their cities.
7 It msy be they will present their supplication before the Lord, and will return every one from iiis evil way: for great is the anger and the fury that the Lord hath pronounced against this people.
3 And Baruch the son of Neraiah did according to all that Jeremiah the prophet commanded him, reading in the book the words of the Lord in the Lord's house.
9 And it came to pass in the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, in the ninth monlh, thai they proclaimed a fnst before the Lord to all the people in Jerusalem, nnd to all the people that came from the cities of Judah unto Jerusalem.
10 Then read Buruch in the book the words of Jeremiah in the house of the Lord, in the chamber of Geinariah the sou of Shnphan the scribe, in the higher court, at the entry of the new gate o( the Lord's house, in the ears of all the people.
U TT When Michaiah the eon of Gcjnariah, the son ofShaphan, had benrd
•>ut of the book all the words of the Lout),
12Then he went down into the king's house, into the scribe's chamber: and, lo, all the princes sat there, even Elish;ini;V the scribe, and Del;itah the son of Shemaiah, and Elnalhnn the son of Achbor, and Gemariah the son of Sha;>han, nnd Zedekiah the son of Hananiah, and all the princes.
13 Then iUichaiah declared unto them nil the words that he had heard, when Baruch read the book in the ears of iJie people.
U Therefore all the princes sent Jehudi the son of Nethrmiah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Cusbi, unto Baruch, saying, Take in thy hand the roll wherein thou hast read in the ears of the people, and come. So Baruch the <onof fs'eriah look the roll m his hand, nnd came unto them.
J5 And they said unto him, Sit down now, and read it in our ears. So Baruch read it in their ears.
16 *>ow it came lo pass, when they had heard all the words, Ihey were]
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Iafraid, both c.ie and other, and ea.vi unto Baruch, We will surely tell the king of all these words.
17 And they asked Baruch, saying, Tell us now, How didst thou write all these words at his mouth?
18 Then Baruch answered them, He pronounced nil ihese words unto me with his mouth, and 1 wrote them with ink in the book.
19 Then said the princes unto Baruch, Go, hide thee, thou and Jeremiah; and let no man know where ye be.
20 IT And they went in to the king into the court, but they laid up the roil in the chamber of Elisharna thescribej and told all the words in the ears ol the king.
21 So the king sent Jehudi to fetch the roll: and he took it out of Elisharna the scribe's chamber. And Jehudi read it in the ears of the king, and in the ears of all the princes which stood beside the king.
22 Now the king sat in Hie winterhouse in the ninth month: and there teas afire on the hearth burning before him.
23 And it came to pass, that when Jehudi had read three or four leaves, he cut it with Ihe penknife, and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the roll was consumed in the fire that icas on the hearth.
'2-1 Vet they were not afraid, nor rent their garments, neither the king, nor any of his servants that heard all these words.
25 Nevertheless Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah had made intercession to the king that be would not burn the roll: but he would not hear them.
26 But the king commanded Jerahmeel the son of Hammelech, mid Seraiah the son of Azriel, and Snelemiah the son of Abdeel, to take Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet: but the Lord hid them.
27 IT Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, after that ibe king had burned the roll, and the words which Baruch wrote at the mouth of Jeremiah, saying,
28 Take thee again another roll, and write in it all the former words that were in the first roll, which Jehoiakim Hie king of Judah both burned.
2'J Ami lls-ju shalt say 'o JehoraU'tJa Jcrcmiuh JEREMIAH. imv-isr.ncd.
king of Judah,Thus feTiith the Lord;i 8 And the Chaldeans shall cume
Thou hast burned this roll, sny Why hast thou written therein, saying, The king of Babylon shall certainly come, and destroy this land, and shall cause to cease from thence man and beast?
.30 Therefore thus sailh the Loud of Jehoiakim king of Judah; He shall .have none to sit upon the throne of David: and his dead body shall be cast out iu the day to the heat, and in the night to the frost.
31 And 1 will punish him and his seed and his servants for their iniquity: and I will bring upon them, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem,and upon the men of Judah, all the evil that 1 have pronounced against them; but they hearkened not.
32 TT Then took Jeremiah another roll, and gave it to Baruch the scribe, the son ol Neriah; who wrote therein from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the book which Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the (ire: find there were added besides unto Uiern manv like words.
A ND kini; Zedekiah the son of J'o/l siah reigned instead of Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, whom Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon made king in the land of Judah.
2 But neither he, nor his servants, nor the people of the land, did hearken unto the words of the Lord, which lie spake by the prophet Jeremiah.
:j And Zedekiah the king sent Jehueal the son of Shelemiah and Zephai.iah the son of Maaseiah the priest, lo the prophet Jeremiah, saying, Pray now unto the Loud our God for us.
4 Now Jeremiah came in and went| out among the people; for they had not put him into prison.
5 Then Pharaoh's army was come forth out of Egypt: and when the Chaldeans that besieged Jerusalem heard tidings of them, they departed from Jerusalem.
0 H Then came the word of the Loud
Israel; Thus shall ye say to the king of Judah, that sent you unto me to inquire of me; Behold, Pharaoh's army, which is come forth to help win, ohall return to Egypt into their
again, and tight against this city, and take it, and burn it with lire.
9 Thus saith the Lord; Deceive not yourselves, saying, The Chaldeans shall surely depart from us: for they shall not depart.
10 For though ye had 6mitten the whole army of the Chaldeans that fight against you, and there remained but wounded men among them, yr.i should they rise up every man in hi* tent, and burn this city with fire.
11 IT And it came to pass, that when the army of the Chaldeans was broken up from Jerusalem for fear of Pharaoh's army,
12 Then Jeremiah went forth out of Jerusalem to go into the land of Benjamin, to separate himsell thence in the midst of the people.
13 And when he was in the gate of Benjamin, a caprain of the ward was there, whose name was Irijah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Hananiah; and he look Jeremiah the prophet, saying, Thou fallest away to the ChaJ deans.
14 Then said Jeremiah, It is false: I fall not away to the Chaldeans. But he hearkened not to him: so Irijah took Jeremiah, and brought him lo the princes.
15 "Wherefore the princes were wroth with Jeremiah, and smote him, and put him in prison, in the house of Jonathan the scribe: for they had made that the prison.
16 TT When Jeremiah was entered into the dungeon, and into the cabin*, and Jeremiah had remained there many days;
17 Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took him out : and the king asked him secretly in his house, and said, Is there «?rywurd from the Lord? And Jeremiah said, There is: for, said he, thou shalt be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon.
18 Aloreover Jeremiah said unto king Zedekiah, What have 1 olierided against thee, or against thy servants, or against this people, that ye have put me in prison?
19 Where are now your prophets which prophesied unto you, saying, The king of Babylon shall not come against you, nor against this land?
20 Therefore hear now, I pray thee, 0 my lord llir kinj:: lei mypuppli-a
tion, 1 pray Utee, be accepted before thee; that tliou cause me not to return to the bouse of Jonathan the 6cribe, lest I die there.
'21 Then Zedekiah the king commanded thai they should commit Jeremiah into Die court of the prison, i>nd that they 6hould give him daily a piece of bread out of the bakers' street, until all the bread in the city were| f-pent. Thus Jeremiah remained in Hie court of the prison.
CHAP. XXXVIII. '"pHEIf Shephatiab the son ofMat
_1 tan, and Gedaliah the eon of Pafhus, and Jucalthe son of Slnlcmiah, and Paebur the son of JUakhiab, heard the words that Jeremiah had spoken unto all the people, saying,
■2 Thus saith the Lord, He that remaineth in this city, shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence: but he that goeth forth lo the Chaldeans shall live; for he shall have his life for a prey, and shall live.
3 Thus smith the Loan, This city shall surely be given into the hand of the king of Babylon's army, which shall take it.
■I Therefore the princes said unto the k.'ng, We beseech thee, let this man 6e put to death : for thus he weakened the hands of the men of war that r« main in this city, and the hands of all ihe people, in speaking such words unto them: for this man seeketh not the welfare of this people,but the hurt.
5 Then Zedekiah the king, said, Behold, he is in your hand: lor the king| not he that can do any thing against
ti Then took they Jeremiah,and cast him into the dungeon of Malchiah the son of Hammelech, that teas in t, court of the prison : and they let down Jeremiah with cords. And in the dungeon there mas no water, but nitre so Jeremiah sunk in the mire.
7 Tf Now whenEbed-melech the Ethiopian, one of the eunuchs which in tho king's house, heard that they li:;J put Jeremiah in (he dungeon, (the K ;g then tilting in the gate of Benja
8 Ebed-melech went forth out of the king's house, and spake to the kin; paying,
H My lord the king, these man have o'one evil in all that they have dom ui Jeiemiuh the prophet, whom they
cast into .be dungeon; and he like lo die for hunger in the place here he is: for there is no more bread in the city.
10 Then the king commanded Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, saying, Take from hence thirty men with thee, and take up Jeremiah the prophet out of the dungeon, before he die.
11 So Ebed-melech took the men with him, and went into the house ol the king under the treasury, and took thence old cast clouts and old rotten rags, and let them down by cords into the dungeon to Jeremiah.
12 And Ebed-melech the Ethiopian said unto Jeremiah, Put now these old
ast clouts and rotten rags under thine rm-holes under the cords. And Jermiah did so.
13 So they drew up Jeremiah with ords, and" look him up out of the
dungeon: and Jeremiah remained in the court of the prison.
14 TT Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took Jeremiah the prophet unto
to the third entry that is in llie
of the Lord: and the kingsaid
unto Jeremiah, 1 will ask thee a thing; hide nothing from me.
15 Then Jeremiah said unto Zedekiah, If 1 declare it unto thee, wilt ihou not surely put me to death? and if 1 give thee counsel, wilt thou not hearken unto me?
16 So Zedekiah the king sware secretly unto Jeremiah, saying, As the
Ld liveth, that made us this soul, 1 not put thee lo death, neither will I give thee into the hand of these men hat seek thy life.
17 Then said Jeremiah unto Zedekiah,Thus eaith the Lord, the God of hosts, the God of Israel; If thou wilt assuredly go forth unto the king oi Babylon's princes, then thy soul shall live, and this city shall not be burned with fire; and thou thalt live, and thy house:
18 But if thou wilt not go forth to the king of Babylon's princes, then shall this city be given into the hand of the Chaldeans, and they shall bum it with fire: and thou shalt not escape out of their band.
ly And Zedekiah the kingsaid unto Jeremiah, 1 am afraid of the Jews that are fallen to the Chaldeans, lest they deliver me into their hand, and they mock me.