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The people's miery foretold. Chap. xiv. A grievous famine. 599 ship them, shall even be as this girdle, 11 stubble that passeth away by the wind of which is good for nothing."

| the wilderness. 11 For as the girdle cleaveth to the 25 This is thy lot, the portion of thy Joins of a man, so have I caused to cleave measures from me, saith the L02; beunto methe whole house of Israel and the cause thou hast forgotten me, and trusted whole house of Judah, saith the LORD ; in falsehood. that they might be unto me for a people, 1 26 Therefore will I discover thy skirts and for a name, and for a praise, and for upon thy face, that thy shame may appear. a glory: but they would not hear. ,'. * 27 I have seen thine adulteries, and thy

12 í Therefore thou shalt speak unto neighings, the lewdness of thy whorethem this word ; Thus saith the LORD || dom, and thing abominations on the hills God of Israel, Every bottle shall be filled in the fields. Woe unto thee, O Jerusawith wine; and they shall say unto thee, lem! wilt thou not be made clean? when Do we not certainly know that every l shall it once be?. bottle shall be filled with wine?

13 Thon shalt thou say unto them, || 1 A grievous famine, 7 causeth Jeremiah Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will fill to pray. 10 The Lord will not be ena all the inhabitants of this land, even the treated. 13 Lying prophets are no exi kingsthat sit upon David's thronc, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the inhab- 1 THE word of the LORD that came to itants of Jerusalem, with drunkenness.

Jeremiah concerning the dearth. 14 And I will dash them one against 2 Judah mourneth, and the gates there another, even the fathers and the sons of languish ; thiey are black unto the together, saith the LORD: I will not ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone pity, nor spare, nor have mercy, but up. destroy them.

*3 And their nobles have sent their lit15 | Hear ye, and give ear; be not tle ones to the waters: they came to the proudl: for the Lord hath spoker. pits, and found no water; they returned

16 Give glory to the LORD your God, with their vessels elopty ; they were 2before he cause darkness, and before your il shamed and confounded, and covered feet stumble upon the dark mountains, li their heads. and while ye look for liglit, he turn it is 4 Because the ground is chapt, for there into the shadow of death, and make it was no rain in the earth, the plowmen gross darkness.

were ashamed, they covered their heads. 17 But if ye will not hear it, my soul 5 Yea, the hind also calved in the field, shall werp in secret places for your pride; || and forscok it, because there was no grass, and mine eye shall weep sore, and run 6 And the wild asses did stand in the down with tears, because the Lord's high places, they snufted up the wind like flock is carried away captive.

dragons; their eyes did fail, because there. 18 Say unto the king and to the queen, I was no grass Humble yourselves, sit down : for your 71 O'LORD, though our iniquities tesprincipalities shall come down, even the tify against is, do thou it for thy name's crown of your glory.

sake: for our backslidings are many; we 19 The cities of the south shall be shut have sinned against thee... up, and none shall open them : Judali shall 8 () the hope of Israel, the Saviour be carried away captive all of it, it shall thereof in time of trouble, why shouldest be wholly carried away caplive.

thou be as a stranger in the land, and as 20 Lift up your eyes, and behold there a way-faring man that turneuli aside to that conse from the north :' where is carry for a night? the flock that was given thee, thy beauti 1 9 Why shouldest thou be as a månastonfot flock?

ied, as a mighty man that cannot save yet 21 What wilt thou say when he shall thou, O Lord, art in the midst of us, and punish thee? for thou hast taught them we are called by thy name ; leave us not. 10 de captains, and as chief over thee:1 10 & Thus saith the LORD unto this shall not sorrows take thee, as a woman I people, Thus have they loved to wander, in travail ?

they have not refrained their feet, there*99 And if thon say in thine heart, fore tlic LORD doth not accept them; he

erefore come these things upon me? will now remerober their iniquity, anıl For the greatness of thine iniquity are il visit their sijis. thy skirts discovered, and thy huculs made 11 Then said the LORD unto pc, Prat Vare.

not for this people for their good.. 23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, 12 When they fast, I will not hear their cr the leopard his spots ? then may ye cry; and when they offer burnt-offering

do evil.

Il but I will consume thcin by the sword, 24 Therefore will I scatter them as the lund by the famine, and by die pescilence.

600 Lying prophets are no excuse. JEREMIAH. Jeremiah receiveinapromise.

13 Then said I, Ah LORD God! be- i 2 And it shall come to pass, if they hold, the prophets say unto them, Ye shall say unto thee, Whither shall we go not see the sword, neither shall ye have forth. then thou shalt tell them, Thus famine; but I will give you assured peace saith the LORD; Such as are for death. in this place.

to death; and such as are for the sword, 14 Then the LORD said unto me, The to the sword ; and such as are for the prophets prophesy lies in my name: Ifamine, to the famine; and such as are sent them not, neither have I command for the captivity, to the captivity. ed them, neither spake unto them: they l 3 And I will appoint over them four prophesy into you a false vision and divi- | kinds, saith the LORD: the sword to slav, nation, and a thing of nought, and the de- and the dogs to tear, and the towls of the ceit of their heart.

heaven, and the beasts of the earth, to 15 Therefore thus saith the LORD con- 1| devour and destroy. cerning the prophets that prophesy in my 1 4 And I will cause them to be removed name, and I sent them not, yet they say, | into all kingdoms of the earth, because of Sword and famine shall notle in this land; Manasseh the son of Hezekiah king of JuBy sword and famine sliall those prophets dah, for that which he did in Jerusalem. be consumed.

5 For who shall have pity upon thec, O 16 And the people to whom they proph-Jerusalem? or who shall beinoan thee or esy shall be cast out in the streets of who shall go aside to ask how thou doest? Jerusalem, because of the famine, and the l 6Thouhast forsaken me, saith the LORD; sword; and they shall have none to bury || thou art gone backward : therefore will i them, them, their wives, nor their sons, stretch out my hand against thee, and denor their daughters : for I will pour their stroy thee; I am weary with repenting. wickedness upon them.

7 And I will fan them with a fan in the 17 Therefore thou shalt say this word gates of the land ; I will bereave them of unto them ; Let mine eves run down with children, I will destroy my people, since tcars night and day, and let them not they return not from their ways. cease: for the virgiu daughter of my peo 8 Their widows are increased to me aple is brokeu with a great breach, with a bove the sand of the seas: I have brought · very grievous blow.

upon them against the mother of the 13 If I go forth into the field, then be young men a spoiler at noon-day: I have hold the slain with the sword ! and if I caused him to fail upon it suddenly, and enter into the city, then behold then that terror's upon the city. are sick with famine! yea, both the proph 9 She that hath born seven languishet et and the priest go about into a land she hath given up the ghost; her sun is that they know not.

gone down while it was yet day: she hath 19 last thou utterly rejected Judah been ashamed and confounded : and the hath thy soul loatlied Zion? Why hast thou residue of them will I deliver to the sword smitten us, and there is no healing for us? | before their enemies, saith the LORD. we looked for peace, and there is no good ; ! 10 I Woe is me, my mother, that thou and for the time of healing, and behold hast born me a man of strife and a man trouble!

of contention to tlie whole earth! I have 20 We acknowledge, () Lord, our il neither lent on usury, nor men have lent wickedness, and the iniquity of our fa- | to me on usury; yet ercry one of them thers; for we have sinned against thee. doth curse me.

21. Do not abhor us, for thy name's 11 The LORD said, Verily it shall be sake, do not disgrace the throne of thy well with thy remnant; verily I will cause glory: remember, break noi thy cove- || the enemy to entreat thee well in the time mant with us.

of evil and in the time of affliction. 22 Are there any among the vanities of 12 Shall iron break the northern iron the Gentiles that can cause rain? or can and the steel? the heavens give showers? art not thou 13 Thy substance and thy treasures will lie, (LORD our God? therefore we will | I give to the spoil without price, and that wait upon thee: for thou last made all for all thy sins, even in all thy borders. these things.

14 And I will make thee to pass with CHAP. XV.

thine enemies into a land which the 1 The uttor rojiction and mani fold judg knowest diot: for a fire is kind in ments of the Jesos. 10 Jeremiah com mine anger, which shall burn upon you. fiining, 19 receioetha gracious pirum- 15 TOLORD, thou knowest: remember

me, and visit we, and revenge me of my THEY said the LORD unto me, ll persecutors ; take me not away in tiiv

Though Moses and Samuel stood long-suffering: know that for thy sake I before me, yet ur mind coulil not be il have suffered rebuke. toward this people: cast then out of my l 16 Thy words were found, and I did eat sight, and let them go furth.

il them; and thy word was uzito me the insa The Jerus ruin foretold. CHAP. xvi. Their return from captivity foretold, 601 s, and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am call- of feasting, to sit with them to eat and to

ed by thy name, O LORD God of hosts. || drink. * 17 I sat not in the assembly of the 9 For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat aloire be- | God of Israel ; Behold, I will cause to cause of thy hand: for thou last filled cease out of this place in your eyes, and · me with indignationis '

. in your days, the voice of 'mirth, and the .: 18 Why is my pain perpetual, and voice of gladness, the voice of the bridemy wound incurable, which refuseth to be groom, and the voice of the bride. healed? wilt thou be altogether unto me 10 | And it shall come to pass, when as a liar, and as water's that fail?

thou shalt shew this people all these words, 19 | Therefore thus saith the LORD, If | and they shall say unto thee, Wherefore thou return, then will I bring thee again, hath the Lord pronounced all this great and thou shalt stand before me: and if evil against us? or wliat is our iniquity ? thou take forth the precious from the vile, l or what is our sin that we have committhou shalt be as niy mouth; let them re- ||ted against the Lord our God? turn unto thee; but return not thou unto 1 11 Then shalt thou say unto them, Bethem.

cause your fathers have forsaken me, saith ..20 And I will make thee unto this peo- | the LORD, and have walked after other · ple a fenced brazen wall; and they shall || gods, and have served them, and have fight against thee, but they shall not pre- worshipped them, and have forsaken me, vail against thee: for I am with thee to, and have not kept my law; save thee and to deliver thee, saith the 12 And ye have done worse than your Lord.

fathers; for, behold, ye walk every one $ 21 And I will deliver thee out of the after the imagination of his evil heart,

hand of the wicked, and I will redeem that they may not hearken unto me: . thee out of the hand of the terrible.

13 Therefore will I cast you out of this CHAP. XVI. . land into a land that ye know not, nei1 The utter ruin of the Jerus foreshewn. ther ye nor your fathers; and there shall - 14 Their return from captivity stranger ye serve other gods day and night; where

than their deliverance out of Egylit. I will not shew you favour. THE word of the LORD came also | 14 | Therefore behold, the days come, 1 unto me, saying,

li saith the LORD, thatit shallnomorebe said, od 2 Thou shalt not take thee a wife, nei- || The Lord liveth, that brought up the chil

ther shalt thou have sons nor daughters in dren of Israel out of the land of Egypt ; this place.

15 But, The Lord liveth, that brought -3 For thus saith the Lord concerning up the children of Israel from the land of * the sons and concerning the daughters the north, and from all the lands whither

that are born in this place, and concern- | he had driven them: and I will bring ing their mother's that bare them, and them again into their land that I gave unconcerning their fathers that begat them to their fathers. in this land;

| 16 | Behold, I will send for many fishers, • 4 They shall die of grievous deaths; saith the Lord, and they shall fish them; they shall not be lamented ; neither shall and after will I send for many hunters, they be buried; but they shall be as dung li and they shall hunt them from every lipon the face of the earth: and they shali il mountain, and from every hill, and out be consumed by the sword, and by fam- l of the lioles of the rocks, ine; and their carcases shall be meat for 17 For mine eyes are upon all their the fowls of heaven, and for the beasts of ways: they are not hid from my face, nejthe earth.

ther is their iniquity hid from mine eyes. 5 For thus saith the LORD, Enter not 18 And first I will recompense their into the house of mourning, neither go iniquity and their sin double ; because they to lament nor bemoan them: for I have have defiled my land, they have filled s taken away my peace from this people, li mine inheritance with the carcases of

saith the LORD, even loving-kindness and their detestable and abominable things. - mercies.

19 O Lord, my strength and my for• 6 Both the great and the small shall die tress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, in this land : they shall not be buried, nei- || the Gentiles shall come unto thee from 'ther shall men lament for them, nor cut the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely themselves, nor make themselves bald for our fathers have, inherited lies, vanity, them :

and things wherein there is no profit. · 7 Neither shall men tear themselves for || 20 Shalla man make gods unto himself, them in mourning, to comfort them for and they are no gods? the dead; neither shall men give them 21 Therefore behold, I will this once

the cup of consolation to drink for their cause them to know, I will cause them to • father or for their mother.

know mine hand and my might; and they E 8- Thou shalt not also go into the house II shall know that my name is The LORD. 602 Judan's captivity for sin. JEREMIAH. The sabbath to be hallowed. CHAP. XVII.

ll I desired the woeful day; thou knowest : 1 The captivity of Jucah for sin. 5 Trust | that which came out of my lips was right

in man is cursed, 7 in God is blessed before thee. 9 The decei. ful heart cannot deceive 17 Be not a terror unto me: thou art God. 12 The salvation of God. my hope in the day of evil. THE sin of Judah is written with a pen 18 Let them be confounded that perse

of iron, and with the point of a dia cute me, but let not me be confounded : mond : it is graven upon the table of their let them be dismayed, but let not me be heart, and upon the horns of your altars; || dismayed : bring upon them the day of

2 Whilst their children remember their evil, and destroy them with double dealtars and their groves by the green trees struction. upon the high hills.

19 9 Thus said the Lord unto me; Go 3 ) my mountain in the field, I will and stand in the gate of the children of give thy substance and all thy treasures to the people, whereby the kings of Judah the spoil, and thy high places for sin, come in, and by the which they go out, throughout all thy borders.

and in all the gates of Jerusalem ; 4 And thou, even thyself, shalt discon-|| 20 And say unto them, Hear ye the tinue from thine heritage that I gave thee; 1 word of the LORD, ye kings of Judah, and I will cause thee to serve thine ene- || and all Judah, and all the inhabitants of mies in the land which thou knowest not: Jerusalem, that enter in by these gates : for ye have kindled a fire in mine anger, 21 Thus saith the LORD; Take heed which shall burn for ever.

to yourselves, and bear no burden on the 5 9 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates the man that trusteth in man, and maketh of Jerusalem; flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth 22 Neither carry forth a burden out of from the LORD.

Il your houses on the sabbath day, neither 6 For he shall be like the heath in the do ye any work, but hallow ye the sabdesert, and shall not see when good bath day, as I commanded your fathers. cometh ; but shall inhabit the parched 23 But they obeyed not, neither inplaces in the wilderness, in a salt fand and clined their ear, but made their neck stiff, not inhabited.

that they might not hear, nor receive in7 Blessed is the man that trusteth instruction. the LORD, and whose hope the Lord is. 24 And it shall come to pass, if ye dili

8 For he shall be as a tree planted by gently hearken unto me, saith the LORD, to the waters, and that spreadeth out her | bring in no burden through the gates of roots by the river, and shall not see when this city on the sabbath day, but hallow heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; the sabbath day, to do no work therein ; and shall not be careful in the year of 25 Then shall there enter into the gates drought, neither shall cease from yielding of this city kings and princes sitting upon fruit.

the throne of David, riding in chariots 9 The heart is deceitful above all and on horses, they and their princes, the things, and desperately wicked : wlio can men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jeknow it?

rusalem : and this city shall remain for 10 I the LORD search the heart, I try ever. the reins, even to give every man accord 26 And they shall come from the cities ing to his ways, and according to the fruit of Judah, and from the places about Jeof his doings.

rusalem, and from the land of Benjamin, 11 As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and and from the plain, and from the mounhatcheth them not; so he that getteth tains, and from the south, bringing burntriches, and not by right, shall leave them offerings, and sacrifices, and meat-offerin the midst of his days, and at his end ings, and incense, and bringing sacrifices shall be a fool.

of praise, unto the house of the LORD. 12 | A glorious high throne from the 27 But if ye will not hearken unto me beginning is the place of our sanctuary. to ballow the sabbath day, and not to

13 O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that bear a burden, even entering in at the forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day ; that depart from me shall be written in then will I kindle a fire in the gates the earth, because they have forsaken the thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of LORD, the fountain of living waters. Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched. 14 Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be

CHAP. XVIII. healed; save me, and I shall be saved: 1 Under the type of a potter, God sheweth for thou art my praise.

hisabsolute power of disposing of nations. 15 Behold, they say unto me, Where is 11 Judgments threatened to judah. the word of the Lord? let it come now. THE word which came to Jeremiah

16 As for me, I have not hastened from 1 from the LORD, saying, being a pastor to follow thee: neither have l 2 Arise, and go down to the potter's The type of the potter. CHAP. XIX. The Jews desolation foreshewn. 603 house, and there I will cause thee to hear || counsel from the wise, nor the word from my words.

|| the prophet. Come, and let us smite him 3 Then I went down to the potter's || with the tongue, and let us not give heed house, and behold, he wrought a work to any of his words. on the wheels.

i 19 Give heed to me, O Lord, and 4 And the vessel that he made of clay || hearken to the voice of thein that conwas marred in the hand of the potter: so tend with me. he made it again another vessel, as seem- | 20 Shall evil be recompensed for good? ed good to the potter to make it.

for they have digged a pit for my soul. 5 Then the word of the LORD came to Remember that I stood before thee to me, saying,

speak good for them, and to turn away 6 O'house of Israel, cannot I do with thy wrath from them. you as this potter? saith the LORD. Be 21 Therefore deliver up their children hold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, to the famine, and pour out their blood so are ye in mine hand, I house of Israel. by the force of the sword; and let their

7 Ai what instant I shall speak con- wives be bereaved of their children, and cerning a nation, and concerning a king be widows ; and let their men be put to dom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and death ; let their young men be slain by to destroy it ;

the sword in battle. 8 If that nation against whom I have 22 Let a cry be heard from their houses, pronounced, turn from their evil, I will || when thou shalt bring a troop suddenly repent of the evil that I thought to do || upon them : for they have digged a pit unto them.

to take me, and hid snares for my feet. 9 And at what instant I shall speak 23 Yet, LORD, thou knowest all their concerning a nation, and concerning a counsel against me to slay me : forgive kingdom, to build and to plant it ; not their iniquity, neither blot out their

10 If it do evil in my sight, that it obey sin from thy sight, but let them be overnot my voice, then I will repent of the thrown before thee; deal thus with them good, wherewith I said I would benefit | in the time of thine anger. them.

CHAP. XIX. 11 | Now therefore go to, speak to the Under the type of breaking a potter's men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of vessel is foreshewed the desolation of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD;

the Jews for their sins. Behold, I frame evil against you, and de THUS saith the LORD, Go and get a vise a device against you: return ye now 1 potter's carthen bottle, and take of every one from his evil way, and make the ancients of the people, and of the your ways and your doings good.

ancients of the priests; 12 And they said, There is no hope : 2 And go forth unto the valley of the but we will walk after our own devices, son of Hinnom, which is by the entry of and we will every one do the imagination the east gate, and proclaim there the of his evil heart.

words that I shall tell thee, 13 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Ask I 3 And say, Hear ye the word of the ye now among the heathen, who hath | LORD, O kings of Judah, and inhabitheard such things : the virgin of Israel ants of Jerusalem ; Thus saith the LORD hath done a very horrible thing. . of hosts, the God of Israel ; Behold, I will

14 Will a man leave the snow of Leb- bring evil upon this place, the which wlioanon which cometh from the rock of the soever heareth, his ears shall tingle. field ? or shall the cold flowing waters 4 Because they have forsaken me, and that come from another place be for- have estranged this place, and have burnsaken?

ed incense in it unto other gods, whom 15 Because my people hath forgotten neither they nor their fathers have known, me, they have burned incense to vanity, nor the kings of Judah, and have filled and they have caused them to stumble in this place with the blood of innocents; their ways from the ancient paths, to walk 5 They have built also the high places in paths, in a way not cast up;

of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for 16 To make their land desolate, and a burnt-offerings unto Baal, which I comperpetual hissing; every one that passeth manded not, nor spake it, neither came ihereby shall be astonished, and wag his it into my mind : head.

6 Therefore behold, the days come, 17 I will scatter them as with an east saith the LORD, that this place shall no wind before the enemy; I will shew more be called Tophet, nor The valley them the back, and not the face, in the of the son of Hinnom, but The valley day of their calamity.

of slaughter. 18 | Then said they, Come, and let us 7 And I will make void the counsel of devise devices against Jeremiah ; for the Judah and Jerusalem in this place; and I aw shall pot perish from the priest, nor ll will cause them to fall by the sword be.

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