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23 I will also break in pieces with thee the be cast into Euphrates, in token of the per

shepherd and his flock; and with thee will I petual sinking of Babylon.

break in pieces the husbandman and his yoke of THUS saith the LORD: Behold, I will raise up oxen; and with thee will I break in pieces capI against Babylon, and against them that tains and rulers, dwell in the midst of them that rise up against 24 And I will render unto Babylon and to all me, a destroying wind;

the inhabitants of Chaldea all their evil that 2 And will send unto Babylon, fanners that they have done in Zion in your sight, saith the shall fan her, and shall empty her land : for in LORD. the day of trouble they shall be against her round 25 Behold, I am against thee, O destroying about.

mountain, saith the LORD, which destroyest all 3 Against him that bendeth let the archer the earth: and I will stretch out my hand upon bend his bow, and against him that lifteth him thee, and roll thee down from the rocks, and self up in his brigandine: and spare ye not her will make thee a burnt mountain. young men ; destroy ye utterly all her host.

26 And they shall not take of thee a stone for 4 Thus the slain shall fall in the land of the a corner, nor a stone for foundations ; but thou Chaldeans, and they that are thrust through in shalt be desolate for ever, saith the LORD. her streets.

27 Set ye up a standard in the land, blow the 5 For Israel hath not been forsaken, nor Judah trumpet among the nations, prepare the nations of his God, of the LORD of hosts ; though their against her, call together against her the kingland was filled with sin against the Holy One of doms of Ararat, Minni, and Ashchenaz; apIsrael.

point a captain against her ; cause the horses to 6 Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and de. come up as the rough caterpillars. liver every man his soul: be not cut ott' in her 28 Prepare against her the nutions with the iniquity : for this is the time of the Lord's ven. kings of the Medes, the captains thereof, and all gennce; he will render unto her a recompense. the rulers thereof, and all the land of his do.

7 Babylon hath been a golden cup in the minion. LORD's hand, that made all the earth drunken: 29 And the land shall tremble and sorrow : for the nations have drunken of her wine ; therefore every purpose of the LORD shall be performed the nations are mud.

against Babylon, to make the land of Babylon 8 Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed : a desolation without an inhabitant. howl for her ; take balm for her pain, if so be 30 The mighty men of Babylon have forborne she may be healed.

to fight, they have remained in their holds : 9 We would have healed Babylon, but she is their might hath failed; they became as women: not healed: forsake her, and let us go every one they have burned her dwelling-places ; her bars into his own country: for her judgment reacheth are broken. unto hea ven, and is lifted up even to the skies. 31 One post shall run to meet another, and one

10 The LORD hath brought forth our righte. messenger to meet another, to shew the king of ousness : come, and let us declare in Zion the Babylon that his city is taken at one end, work of the LORD our God.

32 And that the passages are stopped, and the 11 Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: reeds they have burned with fire, and the men the LORD hath raised up the spirit of the kings of war are a ffrighted. of the Medes : for his device is against Babylon, 33 For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God to destroy it; because it is the vengeance of the of Israel: The daughter of Babylon is like a LORD, the vengeance of his temple.

threshing.floor, it is time to thresh her: yet a 12 Set up the standard upon the walls of Bab. little while, and the time of her harvest shall ylon, make the watch strong, set up the watch. come. men, prepare the ambushes : for the LORD hath 34 Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon hath both devised and done that which he spake devoured me, he hath crushed me, he hath made against the inhabitants of Babylon.

me an empty vessel, he hath swallowed me up 13 ( thou that dwellest upon many waters, like a dragon, he hath filled his belly with my abundant in treasures, thine end is come, and delicates, he hath cast me out the measure of thy covetousness.

35 The violence done to me and to my flesh be 14 The LORD of hosts hath sworn by himself, upon Babylon, shall the inhabitant of Zion say ; saying, Surely I will fill thee with men, as and, My blood upon the inhabitants of Chaldea, with caterpillars, and they shall lift up a shout shall Jerusalem say. against thee.

36 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I 15 He hath made the enrth by his power, he will plead thy cause, and take vengeance for hath established the world by his wisdom, and thee; and I will dry up her sea, and make her hath stretched out the heaven by his under springs dry. standing.

37 And Babylon shall become heaps, a dwell. 16 When he uttereth his voice, there is a mul. ing place for dragons, an astonishment, and an titude of waters in the heavens ; and he causeth hissing, without an inhabitant. the vapours to ascend from the ends of the 38. They shall roar together like lions: they earth : "he maketh lightnings with rain, and shull yell as lions' whelps. bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures. 39 In their heat I will make their feasts, and I

17 Every man is brutish by his knowledge; will make them drunken, that they may rejoice, every founder is confounded by the graven and sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake, saith image: for his molten image is falsehood, and the LORD. there is no breath in them.

40 I will bring them down like lambs to the 18 They are vanity, the work of errors : in the slaughter, Jike rams with he-goats. time of their visitation they shall perish.

41 How is Sheshach taken ! and how is the 19 The portion of Jacob is not like them ; for praise of the whole earth surprised! how is he is the former of all things: and Israel is the Babylon become an astonishment among the rod of his inheritance: the LORD of hosts is his nations! name,

42 The sea is come up upon Babylon : she 20 Thou art my battle-nxe, and weapons of 1 is covered with the multitude of the waves war: for with thee will I break in pieces the thereof. nations, and with thee will I destroy king. 43 Her cities are a desolation, a dry land, and doms;

a wilderness, a land wherein no man dwelleth, 21 And with thee will I break in pieces the neither doth any son of man pass thereby. horse and his rider; and with thee will I break 44 And I will punish Bel in Babylon, and I in pieces the chariot and his rider :

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The sinking of Babylon. JEREMIAH. Jerusalem besieged and taken. hath swallowed up: and the nations shall not and taken. 8 Zedekiah's sons killed, and his flow together any more unto him: yea, the wall own eyes put out. 12 Nebuzar-alan burneth of Babylon shall fall.

and spoileth the city. 24 He carrieth away 45 My people, go ye out of the midst of her, the captives. 32 Evil-merodach advanceth and deliver ye every man his soul from the fierce Jehoiachin. anger of the LORD.

Z EDEKIAH was one and twenty years old 46 And lest your heart faint, and ye fear for U when he began to reign, and he reigned the rumour that shall be heard in the land ; a eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother's rumour shall both come one year, and after that name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah in another year shall come a rumour, and vio. of Libnah. lence in the land, ruler against ruler.

2 And he did that which was evil in the eyes 47 Therefore behold, the days come, that I of the LORD, according to all that Jehoiakim will do judgment upon the graven images of had done. Babylon: and her whole land shall be con 3 For through the anger of the LORD it came founded, and all her slain shall fall in the midst | to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, till he had cast of her.

them out from his presence, that Zedekiah re48 Then the heaven and the earth, and all that belled against the king of Babylon. is therein, shall sing for Babylon : for the spoil. 4 1 And it came to pass in the ninth year of ers shall come unto her from the north, saith the his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day LORD.

of the month, that Nebuchadrezzar king of 49 As Babylon hath caused the slain of Israel Babylon came, he and all his army, against Je. to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the slain of all rusalem, and pitched against it, and built forts the earth.

against it round about. 50 Ye that have escaped the sword, go away, 5 So the city was besieged unto the eleventh stand not still: remember the LORD afar off, year of king Zedekiah. and let Jerusalem come into your mind.

6 And in the fourth month, in the ninth day 51 We are confounded, because we have of the month, the famine was sore in the city, so heard reproach: shame hath covered our faces; that there was no bread for the people of the for strangers are come into the sanctuaries of the land. LORD's house.

7 Then the city was broken up, and all the 52 Wherefore behold, the days come, saith the men of war fled, and went forth out of the city LORD, that I will do judgment upon her graven by night by the way of the gate between the two images : and through all her land the wounded walls, which was by the king's garden ; (now shall groan.

the Chaldeans were by the city round about :) 53 Though Babylon should mount up to heav. and they went by the way of the plain, en, and though she should fortify the height of 81 But the army of the Chaldeans pursued her strength, yet from me shall spoilers come after the king, and overtook Zedekiah in the unto her, saith the LORD.

plains of Jericho; and all his army was scatter. 54 A sound of a cry cometh from Babylon, ed from him. and great destruction from the land of the 9 Then they took the king, and carried him Chaldeans:

up unto the king of Babylon to Riblah, in the 55 Because the LORD hath spoiled Babylon, land of Hamath; where he gave judgment upon and destroyed out of her the great voice : when him. her waves (lo roar like great waters, a noise of 10 And the king of Babylon slew the sons of their voice is uttered:

Zedekiah before his eyes : he slew also all the 56 Because the spoiler is come upon her, princes of Judah, in Riblah. even upon Babylon, and her mighty men are 11 Then he put out the eyes of Zedekiah : and taken, every one of their bows is broken : for the king of Babylon bound him in chains, and the LORD God of recompenses shall surely re carried him to Babylon, and put him in prison quite.

till the day of his death. 57 And I will make drunk her princes, and 12 11 Now in the fifth month, in the tenth day her wise men, her captains, and hei rulers, and of the month, which was the nineteenth year of her mighty men: and they shall sleep a perpet. Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, came Ne. ual sleep, and not wake, saith the King, whose buzar-adan, captain of the guard, which served name is the LORD of hosts,

the king of Babylon, into Jerusalem, 58 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The broad 13 And burned the house of the LORD, and walls of Babylon shall be utterly broken, and the king's house ; and all the houses of Jerusaher high gates shall be burned with fire; and the lem, and all the houses of the great men, burned people shall labour in vain, and the folk in the he with fire: fire, and they shall be weary.

14 And all the army of the Chaldeans, that 59 | The word which Jeremiah the prophet were with the captain of the guard, brake down commanded Seraiah the son of Neriah, the son all the walls of Jerusalem round about. of Maaseiah, when he went with Zedekiah the 15 Then Nebuzar-adan the captain of the king of Judah into Babylon in the fourth year guard carried a way captive certain of the poor of his reign. And this Seraiah was a quiet of the people, and the residue of the people that prince,

remained in the city, and those that fell away, 60 So Jeremiah wrote in a book all the evil that fell to the king of Babylon, and the rest of that should come upon Babylon, even all these the multitude. words that are written against Babylon.

16 But Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard 61 And Jeremiah said to Seraiah, When thou left certain of the poor of the land for vine. comest to Babylon, and shalt see, and shalt read dressers and for husband men.

17 Also the pillars of brass that were in the 62 Then shalt thou say, O LORD, thou hast house of the LORD, and the bases, and the bra. spoken against this place, to cut it off, that zen sea that was in the house of the LORD, the none shall remain in it, neither man nor beast, Chaldeans brake, and carried all the brass of but that it shall be desolate for ever.

them to Babylon. 63 And it shall be, when thou hast made an 18 The caldrons also, and the shovels, and the end of reading this book, that thou shalt bind a snuffers, and the bowls, and the spoons, and all stone to it, and cast it into the midst of Euphra the vessels of brass wherewith they ministered, tes:

took they away. 64 And thou shalt say, Thus shall Babylon 19 And the basins, and the fire-pans, and the sink, and shall not rise from the evil that I will bowls, and the caldrons, and the candlesticks, bring upon her: and they shall be weary. Thus and the spoons, and the cups; that which was far are the words of Jeremiah.

of gold in gold, and that which was of silver in CHAPTER LII.

silver, took the captain of the guard away.

20 The two pillars, one sea, and twelve brazen 1 Zedekiah rebelleth. 4 Jerusalem is besieged | bulls that were under the bases, which king Sol.

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CHAPTER 1. Jerusalem by reason of her sin. omon had made in the house of the LORD: the math. Thus Judah was carried away captive brass of all these vessels was without weight. I out of his own land.

21 And concerning the pillars, the height of 28 This is the people whom Nebuchadrezzar one pillar was eighteen cubits; and a fillet of carried away captive: in the seventh year three twelve cubits did compass it; and the thickness thousand Jews and three and twenty: thereof was four fingers: it was hollow.

29 In the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar 22 And a chapiter of brass was upon it; and he carried away captive from Jerusalem eight the height of one chapiter was five cubits, with hundred thirty and two persons : net-work and pomegranates upon the chapiters 30 In the three and twentieth year of Nebu. round about, all of brass. The second pillar chadrezzar, Nebuzar-adan the captain of the also and the pomegranates were like unto these. guard carried away captive of the Jews seven

23 And there were ninety and six pomegran. hundred forty and five persons : all the persons ates on a side; and all the pomegranates upon were four thousand and six hundred. the net-work were an hundred round about.

31 1 And it caine to pass in the seven and thir. 24 1 And the captain of the guard took Serai. tieth year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king ah the chief priest, and Zephaniah the second of Judah, in the twelfth inonth, in the five and priest, and the three keepers of the door:

twentieth day of the month, that Evil-merodach 25 He took also out of the city an eunuch, king of Babylon in the first year of his reign which had the charge of the men of war; and lifted up the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah, seven men of them that were near the king's and brought him forth out of prison, person, which were found in the city; and the 32 And spuke kindly unto him, and set his principal scribe of the host, who mustered the throne above the throne of the kings that were people of the land : and threescore men of the with him in Babylon, people of the land, that were found in the midst 38 And changed his prison garments : and he of the city.

did continually eat bread before him all the days 26 So Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard of his life. took them, and brought them to the king of 34 And for his diet, there was a continual diet Babylon to Riblah.

given him of the king of Babylon, every day a 27 And the king of Babylon smote them, and portion until the day of his death, all the days put them to death in Riblah in the land of Ha of his life.

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CHAPTER I.

8 Jerusalem hath grievously sinned ; therefore 1 The miserable estate of Jerusalem by reason

she is removed: all that honoured her despise

her, because they have seen her naked ness: yea, of her sin. 12 She complaineth of her grief,

she sigheth, and turneth backward. 18 and confesseth God's judgment to be right

9 Her filthiness is in her skirts ; she remem. eous.

bereth not her last end; therefore she came down How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of wonderfully: she had no comforter. O LORD, 1 people! how is she become as a widow ! she behold my affliction: for the enemy hath mag. that was great among the nations, and princess | nified himself. among the provinces, how is she become tribu. 10 The adversary hath spread out his hand up. tary !

on all her pleasant things : for she hath seen that 2 She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears the heathen entered into her sanctuary, whom are on her cheeks: among all her lovers she hath thou didst command that they should not enter none to comfort her: all her friends have dealt into thy congregation. treacherously with her, they are become her en. 11 All her people sigh, they seek bread; they

have given their pleasant things for meat to re3 Judah is gone into captivity because of lieve the soul: see, O LORD, and consider ; for affliction, and because of great servitude: she I am become vile. dwelleth among the heathen, she findeth no 12 11 Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by ? rest: all her persecutors overtook her between behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto the straits.

my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith 4 The ways of Zion do mourn, because none the LORD hath afflicted me in the day of his come to the solemn feasts: all her gates are deso. fierce anger. late: her priests sigh, her virgins are afflicted, 13 From above hath he sent fire into my bones, and she is in bitterness.

and it prevaileth against them: he hath spread a 5 Her adversaries are the chief, her enemies net for my feet, he hath turned me buick : he prosper ; for the LORD hath afflicted her for the I hath made me desolate and faint all the day. multitude of her transgressions : her children are 14 The yoke of my transgressions is bound by gone into captivity before the enemy.

his hand : they are wrenthed, and come up upon 6 And from the daughter of Zion all her beau. my neck: he hath made my strength to fall, the ty is departed : her princes are become like harts Lord hath delivered me into their hands, from that find no pasture, and they are gone without whom I am not able to rise up. strength before the pursuer.

15 The Lord bath trodden under foot all my 7 Jerisalem remembered in the days of her mighty men in the midst of me: he hath called affliction and of her miseries all her pleasant an assembly against me to crush my young men : things that she had in the days of old, when her the LORD hath trodden the virgin, the daughter people fell into the hand of the enemy, and none of Judah, as in a wine-press. did help her: the adversaries saw her, and did 1 16 For these things I weep; mine eye, mine mock at her sabbaths.

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"Jeremiah lamenteth the LAMENTATIONS. misery of Jerusalem.

forter that should relie ve my soul is far from me: | troubled, my liver is poured upon the earth, for my children are desolate, because the enemy the destruction of the daughter of my people : prevailed.

because the children and the sucklings swoon in 17 Zion spreadeth forth her hands, and there is the streets of the city. none to comfort her: the LORD hath commanded 12 They say to their mothers, Where is corn concerning Jacob, that his adversaries should be and wine? when they swooned as the wounded round about him: Jerusalem is as a menstruous in the streets of the city, when their soul was woman among them.

poured out into their mothers' bosom. 18 The Lord is righteous : for I have re. 13 What thing shall I take to witness for thee? belled against his commandment: hear, I pray what thing shall I liken to thee, O daughter of you, all people, and behold my sorrow: my Jerusalem? What shall I equal to thee, that I virgins and my young men are gone into cap. may comfort thee, O virgin daughter of Zion ? tivity.

for thy breach is great like the sea : who can 19 I called for my lovers, but they deceived heal thee? me: my priests and mine elders gave up the 14 Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish ghost in the city, while they sought their meat things for thee: and they have not discovered to relieve their souls.

thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity ; but 20 Behold, O LORD ; for I am in distress : my have seen for thee false burdens and causes of Dowels are troubled ; mine heart is turned with. banishment. in me; for I have grievously rebelled : abroad 15 All that pass by, clap their hands at thee; the sword berea veth, at home there is as death. they hiss and wag their head at the daughter of

21 They have heard that I sigh: there is none | Jerusalem, saying, Is this the city that men call to comfort me: all mine enemies have heard of The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole my trouble ; they are glad that thou hast done eurth? it: thou wilt bring the day that thou hast called, 16 All thine enemies have opened their mouth and they shall be like unto me.

against thee: they hiss and gnash the teeth; they 22 Let all their wickedness come before thee : say, We have swallowed her up: certainly this and do unto them, as thou hast done unto me for is the day that we looked for ; we have found, all my transgressions : for my sighs are many, we have seen it. and my heart is faint.

17 The LORD bath done that which he had de. CHAPTER II.

vised; he hath fulfilled his word that he had

commanded in the days of old : he hath thrown 1 Jeremiah lamenteth the misery of Jerusalem.

down, and hath not pitied: and he hath caused 20 He complaineth thereof to God.

thine enemy to rejoice over thee, he hath set up JOW hath the Lord covered the daughter of the horn of thine adversaries, 1 Zion with a cloud in his anger, and cast 18 Their heart cried unto the Lord, O wall of down from heaven unto the earth the beauty of the daughter of Zion, Let tears run down like a Israel, and remembered not his footstool in the river day and night: give thyself no rest ; let not

the apple of thine eye cense. 3 The Lord hath swallowed up all the habita. 19 Arise, cry out in the night: in the begin. tions of Jacob, and hath not pitied: he hath ning of the watches pour out thy heart like wa. thrown down in his wrath the strong holds of the ter before the face of the Lord : lift up thine daughter of Judah ; he hath brought them down hands toward him for the life of thy young chil. to the ground: he hath polluted the kingdom and dren, that faint for hunger in the top of every the princes thereof.

street, 3 He hath cut off in his fierce anger all the 20 i Behold, O LORD, and consider to whom horn of Israel : he hath drawn back his right thou hast done this. Shall the women eat their hand from before the enemy, and he burned fruit, and children of a span long ? shall the against Jacob like a flaming fire, which devour. priest and the prophet be slain in the sanctuary eth round about.

of the Lord ? 4 He hath bent his bow like an enemy : he 21 The young and the old lie on the ground in stood with his right hand as an adversary and the streets ; my virgins and my young men are slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the taber fallen by the sword; thou hast slain them in the nacle of the daughter of Zion: he poured out his day of thine anger, thou hast killed, and not fury like fire.

pitied. 5 The Lord was as an enemy: he hath swal. 22 Thou hast called as in a solemn day my ter. lowed up Israel, he hath swallowed up all her rors round about, so that in the day of the Lord's palaces: he hath destroyed his strong holds, and anger none escaped or remained: those that I hath increased in the daughter of Judah mourn. have swaddled and brought up, hath mine eneing and lamentation.

my consumed. 6 And he hath violently taken away his taber.

CHAPTER III. nacle, as if it were of a garden: he hath de. stroyed his places of the assembly: the LORD

11 The faithful bewail their calamities. 22 By hath caused the solemn feasts and sabbnths to be

the mercies of God they nourish their hope. forgotten in Zion, and hath despised in the indig

37 They acknowledge God's justice. 55 They nation of his anger the king and the priest.

pray for deliverance, 64 and vengeance on 7 The Lord hath cast off his altar, he hath ab. their enemies. horred his sanctuary, he hath given up into the T AM the man that hath seen affliction by the hand of the enemy the walls of her palaces; they rod of his wrath, have made a noise in the house of the LORD, as 2 He hath led me, and brought me into dark. in the day of a solemn feast.

ness, but not into light. 8 The Lord hath purposed to destroy the wall 3 Surely against me is he turned; he turneth of the daughter of Zion: he hath stretched out a | his hand against me all the day. line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from de. 4 My flesh and my skin hath he made old; he stroying : therefore he made the rampart and the hath broken my bones. wall to lament; they languished together.

5 He huth builded against me, and compassed 9 Her gates are suink into the ground; he hath me with gall and travail. destroyed and broken her bars: her king and her 6 He hath set me in dark places, as they that princes are among the Gentiles: the law is no be dend of old. more : her prophets also find no vision from the I He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get LORD).

out: he hath made my chain heavy.. 10 The elders of the daughter of Zion sit upon 8 Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out the ground, and keep silence; they have onstop my prayer, dust upon their heads: they have girded them. 9 He hath inclosed my ways with hewn stone, selves with sockcloth : the virgins of Jerusalem he hath made my paths crooked. hang down their heads to the ground.

10 He was unto me as a bear lying in wait, 11 Mine eyes do fuil with tears, my bowels are l and as a lion in secret places.

Even the workle they Zion,

God's justice acknowledged. CHAPTER IV. The faithful pray for deliverance.

11 He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled 1, 54 Waters flowed over mine head; then I said, me in pieces : he hath made me desolate.

I am cut off. 12 He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark 55 11 I called upon thy name, O LORD, out of for the arrow.

the low dungeon. 13 He hath caused the arrows of his quiver to 56 Thou hast heard my voice: hide not thine enter into my reins.

ear at my breathing, at my cry. 14 I was a derision to all my people ; and their 57 Thou drewest near in the day that I called song all the day.

upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not. 15 He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath 58 O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my made me drunken with wormwood.

soul; thou hast redeemed my life. 16 He hath also broken my teeth with gravel. 59 O LORD, thou hast seen my wrong: judge stones, he huth covered me with ashes.

thou my cause. 17 And thou hast removed my soul far off from 60 Thou hast seen all their vengeance and all peace: I forgat prosperity.

their imaginations against me. 18 And I said, My strength and my hope is 61 Thou hast heard their reproach, O LORD, perished from the LORD:

and all their imaginations against me; 19 Remembering mine affliction and my mise. 62 The lips of those that rose up against me, ry, the worm wood and the gall

and their device against me all the day. 20 My soul hath them still in remembrance, 63 Behold their sitting down, and their rising and is humbled in me,

up; I am their music. 21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I 64 I Render unto them a recompense, O LORD, hope,

according to the work of their hunds. NT It is of the LORD's mercies that we are 65 Give them sorrow of heart, thy curse unto not consumed, because his compassions fail not. them.

23 They are new every morning : great is thy 66 Persecute and destroy them in anger from faithfulness.

under the heavens of the LORD. 24 The LORD is my portion, saith my soul : therefore will I hope in him.

CHAPTER IV. 25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for

1 Zion bewaileth her pitiful estate. 13 She con. him, to the soul that seekech him.

fesseth her sins. 21 Edon is threatened. 22 26 It is good that a man should both hope and

Zion is comforted. quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.

27 It is good for a man that he bear the yoke HOW is the gold become dim! how is the in his youth.

I most fine gold changed the stones of the 28 He sitteth alone, and keepeth silence, be. sanctuary are poured out in the top of every cause he hath borne it upon him.

street. 29 He putteth his mouth in the dust ; if so be 2 The precious sons of Zion, comparable to there may be hope.

fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen 30 He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter! him: he is filled full with reproach..

3 Even the sea-monsters draw out the breast, 31 For the LORD will not cast off for ever: they give suck to their young ones: the daughter

32 But though he cause grief, yet will he have of my people is become cruel, like the ostriches compassion according to the multitude of his in the wilderness mercies.

4 The tongue of the sucking child cleaveth to 33 For he doth not afflict willingly, nor grieve the roof of his mouth for thirst: the young chil. the children of men.

dren ask bread, and no man breaketh it unto 34 To crush under his feet all the prisoners of them. the earth,

5 They that did feed delicately are desolate in 35 To turn aside the right of a man before the the streets: they that were brought up in scarlet face of the Most High,

embrace dunghills. 36 To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord ap. 6 For the punishment of the iniquity of the proveth not.

daughter of my people is greater than the pun. 37 | Who is he that saith, and it cometh to ishment of the sin of Sodom, that was over. pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?

thrown as in a moment, and no hands stayed on 38 Out of the mouth of the Most High proceed.

her. eth not evil and good ?

7 Her Nazarites were purer than snow, they 39 Wherefore doth a living man complain, a were whiter than milk, they were more ruddy man for the punishment of his sins?

in body than rubies, their polishing was of sap. 40 Let us search and try our ways, and turn phire : again to the LORD.

8 Their visage is blacker than a coal; they are 41 Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto not known in the streets: their skin clea veth to God in the heavens.

their bones; it is withered, it is become like a 42 We have transgressed and have rebelled : stick. thou hast not pardoned.

9 They that be slain with the sword are better 43 Thou hast covered with anger, and perse. than they that be slain with hunger : for these cuted us: thou hast slain, thou hast not pitied. pine away, stricken through for want of the

44 Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, fruits of the field. that our prayer should not pass through..

10 The hands of the pitiful women have sod. 45 Thou hast made us as the offscouring and den their own children: they were their meat in refuse in the midst of the people.

the destruction of the daughter of my people. 46 All our enemies have opened their mouths 11 The LORD hath accomplished his fury; he against us.

hath poured out his fierce anger, and hath kin47 Fear and a snare is come upon us, desola dled å fire in Zion, and it hath devoured the tion and destruction.

foundations thereof. 48 Mine eye runneth down with rivers of wa. 12 The kings of the earth, and all the inhabit. ter for the destruction of the daughter of my ants of the world, would not have believed that

the adversary and the enemy should have en. 49 Mine eye trickleth down, and ceaseth not,

tered into the gates of Jerusalem. without any intermission,

13 For the sins of her prophets, and the in. 50 Till the LORD look down, and behold from iquities of her priests, that have shed the blood heaven.

of the just in the midst of her, 51 Mine eye affecteth mine heart because of 14 They have wandered as blind men in the all the daughters of my city.

streets, they have polluted themselves with 52 Mine eneinies chased me sore, like a bird, blood, so that men could not touch their gar. without cause.

ments. 53 They have cut off my life in the dungeon, 15 They cried unto them, Depart ye; it is and cast a stone upon me,

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