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604 Pashur's fearful doom. JEREMIAH.

Jeremiah's complaint. fore their enemies, and by the hands of i1 shall behold it : and I will give all Judah them' that seek their lives : and their || into the hand of the king of Babylon, carcases will I give to be meat for the and he shall carry them captive into Babyfowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of lon, and shall slay them with the sword. the earth.

5 Moreover) will deliver all the strength 8 And I will make this city desolate, l of this city, and all the labours thereof, and an hissing ; every one that passeth and all the precious things thereof, and thereby shall be astonished and hiss be all the treasures of the kings of Judah cause of all the plagues thereof.

will I give into the hand of their enemies, 9 And I will cause them to eat the flesh which shall spoil them, and take them, of their sons and the flesh of their daugh and carry them to Babylon... " ters, and they shall eat every one the flesh 6 And thou, Pashur, and all that dwell of his friend in the siege and straitness in thine house shall go into captivity: and wherewith their enemies, and they that | thou shalt come to Babylon, and there seek their lives, shall straiten them. thou shalt die, and shalt be buried there,

10 Then shalt thou break the bottle in thou, and all thy friends, to whom thou the sight of the men that go with thee, hast prophesied lies.

11 And shalt say unto them, Thus | 7 À O LORD, thou hast deceived me, saith the Lord of hosts; Even so will I || and I was deceived: thou art stronger break this people and this city, as one than I, and hast prevailed: I am in debreaketh a potter's vessel, that cannot rision daily, every one mocketh me. be made whole again : and they shall 8 For since I spake, I cried out, I cried bury them in Tophet, till there be no violence and spoil ; because the word of place to bury.

the Lord was made a reproach unto me, 12 Thus will I do unto this place, saith and a derision, daily. the LORD, and to the inhabitants thereof, 9 Then I said, I will not make menand even make this city as Tophet: tion of him, nor speak any more in his

13 And the houses of Jerusalem, and name. But his word was in mine heart the houses of the kings of Judah, shall be as a burning fire shut up in my bones, defiled as the place of Tophet, because of and I was weary with forbearing, and I all the houses upon whose roots they have burned incense unto all the host of heav- 10 q For I heard the defaming of maen, and have poured out drink-offerings ny, fear on every side. Report, say they, unto other gods.

and we will report it. ` All my familiars 14 Then came Jeremiah from Tophet, watched for my halting, saying, Peradwhither the LORD had sent him to proph- venture he will be enticed, and we shall esy ; and he stood in the court of the prevail against him, and we shall take. LORD's house ; and said to all the people, our revenge on him..

15 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the 11 But the LORD is with me as a mighGod of Israel; Behold, I will bring upon | ty terrible one: therefore my persecutors this city and upon all her towns all the shall stumble, and they shall not prevail : evil that I have pronounced against it, || they shall be greatly ashamed; for they because they have hardened their necks, shall not prosper: their everlasting confuthat they might not hear my words. CHAP. XX.'

| 12 But, I LORD of hosts, that triest the 1 Pashur, smiling Jeremiah, receiveth a righteous, and seest the reins and the

new name, and a frarful doom. 7 Jere- heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: miah complainein of contempi, 10 of' || for unto thee have I opened my cause. treachery, 14 and of his birin.

13 Şing unto the LORD, praise ye the N OW Pashur the son of Immer the LORD: for he hath delivered the soul of

V priest, who was also chief governor | the poor from the hand of evil-doers. in the house of the LORD, heard that 14 Cursed be the day wherein I was Jeremiah prophesied these things. born : let not the day wherein my moth

2 Then Pashur smote Jeremiah the er bare me be blessed. prophet, and put him in the stocks that 15 Cursed be the man who brought tidwere in the high gate of Benjamin, which || ings to my father, saying, A man child is was by the house of the LORD.

born unto thee; making him very glad. 3 And it came to pass on the morrow, 16 And let that man be as the cities that Pashur brought forth Jeremiah out which the LORD overthrew, and repentof the stocks. Then said Jeremiah unto | ed notand let him hear the cry in the him, The Lord hath not called thy name morning, and the shouting at noon-tide; Pashur, but Magor-missabib.

17 Because he slew me not from the 4 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I womb; or that my mother might have will make thee a terror to thyself, and to been my grave, and her womb to be alall thy friends : and they shad fall by the ways great with me. sword of their enemies, and thine eyes I 18 Wherefore came I forth out of the

A hard siege foretold. CHAP.XXI, XXII. An exhortation to repentance. 605 womb to see labour and sorrow, that my : it, because of the evil of your doings days should be consumed with shame?' 13 Behold, I am against thee, O inhabCHAP. XXI.

itant of the valley, and rock of the plain, 1 Zedekiah inquireth the event of Nebu saith the LORD ; which say, Who shall

chadrezzar's war. 3 A hard siege fore- || come down against us? or who shall entold.

ter into our habitations? THE word which came unto Jeremiah 14 But I will punish vou according to

from the LORD, when king Zedekiah the fruit of your doings, saith the Lord: sent unto him Pashur the son of Melchiah, and I will kindle a fire in the forest thereand Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the of, and it shall devour all things round priest, saying,

about it. 2 Inquire, I pray thee, of the Lord

CHAP. XXIJ. for us; for Nebuchadrezzar king of Bab- | 1 An exhortation to repentance. 10 The ylon maketh war against us ; if so be judgment of Shallum, 20 and of Coniah. that the Lord will deal with us accord- THUS saith the LORD ; Go down to ing to all his wonderous works, that he 1 the house of the king of Judah, and may go up from us.

speak there this word, 3 Then said Jeremiah unto them, 2 And say, Hear the word of the LORD, Thus shall ye say to Zedekiah :

O king of Judah, that sittest upon the 4 Thus saith the Lord God of Israel; throne of David, thou, and thy servants, Behold, I will turn back the weapons of and thy people that enter in by these war that are in your hands, wherewith gates : ye fight against the king of Babylon, and 3 Thus saith the LORD ; Execute ye against the Chaldeans, which besiege you judgment and righteousness, and deliver without the walls, and I will assemble the spoiled out of the hand of the opthem into the midst of this city.

pressor : and do no wrong, do no violence 5 And I myself will fight against you to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the with an outstretched hand and with a widow, neither shed innocent blood in strong arm, even in anger, and in fury, || this place. and in great wrath.

* 4 For if ye do this thing indeed, then 6 And I will smite the inhabitants of shall there enter in by the gates of this this city, both man and beast : they shall house kings sitting upon the throne of die of a great pestilence.

| David, riding in chariots and on horses, 7 And afterward, saith the LORD, Ihe, and his servants, and his people. will deliver Zedekiah king of Judah, and 5 But if ye will not hear these words. his servants, and the people, and such as I swear by myself, saith the LORD, that are left in this city from the pestilence, this house shall become a desolation. . from the sword, and from the famine, 6 For thus saith the LORD unto the into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king king's house of Judah ; Thou art Gilead of Babylon, and into the hand of their ene | upto me, and the head of Lebanon : yet mies, and into the hand of those that seek surely I will make thee a wilderness, and their life: and he shall smite them with the cities which are not inhabited. edge of the sword; he shall not spare them, | 7 And I will prepare destroyers against neither have pity, nor have mercy.

thee, every one with his weapons : and 8 9 And unto this people thou shalt say, they shall cut down thy choice cedars, Thus saith the Lord; Behold, I set before and cast them into the fire. you the way of life, and the way of death. | 8 And many nations shall pass by this

9 He that abideth in this city shall die city, and they shall say every man to his by the sword, and by the famine, and by neighbour, Wherefore hath the LORD the pestilence : but he that goeth out, | done thus unto this great city? and falleth to the Chaldeans that besiege 9 Then they shall answer, Because they you, he shall live, and his life shall be have forsaken the covenant of the LORD unto him for a prey.

their God, and worshipped other gods, 10 For I have set my face against this I and served them. city for evil, and not for good, saith the 10 | Weep ye not for the dead, neiLORD : it shall be given into the hand of ther bemoan him: but weep sore for him the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it that goeth away : for he shall return no with fire.

| more, nor see his native country. 11 | And touching the house of the king 11 For thus saith the LORD touching of Judah, say, Hear ye the word of the Shallum the son of Josiah king of Judah, LORD ;

which reigned instead of Josiah his father, 12 0 house of David, thus saith the which went forth out of this place; He LORD; Execute judgment in the morning, shall not return thither any more: and deliver him that is spoiled out of the 12 But he shall die in the place whither hand of the oppressor, lest my fury go out they have led him captive, and shall see like fire, and burn that none can quench ll this land no more,

606 The judgment of Coniah. JEREMIAH. The restoration of God's people.

13 7 Woe unto him that buildeth his !! 29 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word house by unrighteousness, and his cham- || of the Lord. bers by wrong; that useth his neighbour's 30 Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this service without wages, and giveth him man childless, a man that shall not prosnot for his work ;

per in his days : for no man of his seed 14 That saith, I will build me a wide | shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of house and large chambers, and cutteth | David, and ruling any more in Judah. him out windows; and it is cciled with

CHAP. XXIII. cedar, and painted with vermilion. # 1 He prophesieth a restoration of the scat

15 Shalt thou reign, because thou closest tered flock. 9 Against false jurophets. thyself in cedar? did not thy father eat W OE be unto the pastors that destroy and drink, and do judgment and justice, || WV and scatter the sheep of my pasand then it was well with him ?

ture! saith the LORD. 16 He judged the cause of the poor and 2 Therefore thus saith the LORD God needy; then it was well with him : was of Israel against the pastors that feed my not this to know me? saith the LORD. people; Ye have scattered my flock, and

17 But thine eyes and thine heart are driven them away, and have not visited not but for thy covetousness, and for to them: behold, I will visit upon you the shed innocent blood, and for oppression, evil of your doings, saith the LORD. and for violence, to do it.

3 And I will gather the remnant of my 18 Therefore thus saith the LORD con- flock out of all countries whither I have cerning Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king | driven them, and will bring them again of Judah; They shall not lament for him, to their folds; and they shall be fruitful saying, Ah my brother ! or, Ah sister ! || and increase. they shall not lament for him, saying, Ah 4 And I will set up shepherds over them lord ! or, Ah his glory!

which shall feed them: and they shall fear 19 He shall be buried with the burial no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall of an ass, drawn and cast forth beyond they be lacking, saith the LORD. the gates of Jerusalem.

5 ? Behold, the days come, saith the 20 I Go up to Lebanon, and cry ; | LORD, that I will raise unto David a and lift up thy voice in Bashan, and cry | righteous Branch, and a King shall reign from the passages : for all thy lovers are and prosper, and shall execute judgment destroyed.

and justice in the earth. 21 I spake unto thee in thy prosperity ; | 6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and but thou saidst, I will not hear. This hath Israel shall dwell sately : and this is his been thy manner from thy youth, that name whereby he shall be called, THE thou obeyedst not my voice.

LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. 22 The wind shall eat up all thy pas 7 Therefore, behold, the days come, turcs, and thy lovers shall go into captivi- l saith the LORD, that they shall no more ty : surely then shalt thou be ashamed say, The LORD liveth, which brought up and confounded for all thy wickedness. ll the children of Israel out of the land of

23 O inhabitant of Lebanon, that mak- || Egypt ; est thy nest in the cedars, how gracious 8 But, the LORD liveth, which brought shalt thou be when pangs come upon up and which led the seed of the house of thee, the pain as of a woman in travail ! Israel out of the north country, and from

24 As I live, saith the LORD, though all countries whither I have driven them; Coniah the son of Jehoiakim king of Ju and they shall dwell in their own land. dah were the signet upon my right hand, 9f Mine heart within me is broken yet would I pluck thee thence ;

because of the prophets ; all my bones 25 And I will give thee into the handshake; I am like a drunken man, and of them that seek thy life, and into the like a man whom wine hath overcome, hand of them whose face thou fearest, even because of the LORD, and because of the into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king words of his holiness. of Babylon, and into the hand of the 10 For the land is full of adulterers ; Chaldeans."

for because of swearing the land mourn26 And I will cast thee out, and thy eth; the pleasant places of the wilderness mother that bare thee, into another coun- are dried up, and their course is evil, and try, where ye were not born ; and there their force is not right. shall ye die.

11 For both prophet and priest are 27 But to the land whereunto they desire profane ; yea, in my house have I found to return, thither shall they not return their wickedness, saith the LORD.

28 Is this man Coniah a despised brok- | 12 Wherefore their way shall be unto en idol? is he a vessel wherein is no pleas- them as slippery ways in the darkness : sure? wherefore are they cast out, he and they shall be driven on, and fall therein : his seed, and are cast into a land which for I will bring evil upon them, even the they know not

year of their visitation, saith the LORD.

Against false prophets, &c. CHAP. XXIV. The two baskets of figs. 607

13 And I have seen folly in the prophets! 28 The prophet that hath a dream, let of Samaria ; they prophesied in Baal, and him tell a dream ; and he 'that hath my caused my people Israel to err.

word, let him speak my word faithfully. 14 I have seen also in the prophets of What is the chaff to the wheat ? saith Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit | the LORD. adultery, and walk in lies: they strength-| 29 Is not my word like as a fire ? saith en also the hands of evil-doers, that nonethe Lord; and like a haminer that breakdoth return from his wickedness: they | eth the rock in pieces ? are all of them unto me as Sodom, and 30 Therefore behold, I am against the the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah. prophets, saith the LORD, that steal my

15 Therefore thus saith the LORD of words every one from his neighbour. hosts concerning the prophets; Behold, 31 Behold, I am against the prophets, I will feed them with worm wood, and saith the LORD, that use their tongues, make them drink the water of gall : for and say, He saith. from the prophets of Jerusalem is pro-|| 32 Behold, I am against them that faneness gone forth into all the land. prophesy false dreams, saith the Lord,

,16 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, and do tell them, and cause my people to Hearken not unto the words of the proph- || err by their lies, and by their lightness; ets that prophesy unto you : they make yet I sent them not, nor commander you vain : they speak a vision of their || them: therefore they shall not profit this own heart, and not out of the mouth of people at all, saith the LORD. the LORD.

33 | And when this people, or the 17 They say still unto them that despise prophet, or a priest, shall ask thee, saying, me, The Lord hath said, Ye shall have Wliat is the burden of the LORD ? 'thore peace ; and they say unto every one that shalt then say unto them, What burden? walketh after the imagination of his own I will even forsake you, saith the Lord. heart, No evil shall come upon you. 1 34 And as for the prophet, and the

18 For who hath stood in the counsel priest, and the people, that shall say, The of the LORD, and hath perceived and burden of the LORD, I will even punislı heard his word? who hath marked his that man and his house. word, and heard it ?

! 35 Thus shall ye say every one to his 19 Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD neighbour, and every one to his brother, is gone forth in fury, even a grievous | What hath the LORD answered ? and, whirlwind : it shall fall grievously upon | What hath the LORD spoken? the head of the wicked.

· 36 And the burden of the Lord shall 20 The anger of the LORD shall not ye mention no more : for every man's return, until he have executed, and till word shall be his burden ; for ye have he have performed the thoughts of his perverted the words of the living God, heart: in the latter days ye shall consider of the LORD of hosts our God. it perfectly.

37 Thus shalt thou say to the prophet, 21 I bave not sent these prophets, yet What hath the LORD answered thee? they ran: I have not spoken to them, and, What hath the Lord spoken? yet they prophesied.

38 But since ye say, The burden of the 22 But if they had stood in my coun- LORD ; therefore thus saith the LORD ; sel, and had caused my people to hear Because ye say this word, The burden of

them from their evil way, and from the ing, Ye shall not say, The burden of the evil of their doings.

LORD; 23 Am I a God at hand, saith the 39 Therefore behold, 1, even I, will utLORD, and not a God afar off ?

terly forget you, and I will forsake you, 24 Can any hide himself in secret and the city that I gave you and your places that I shall not see him ? saith the fathers, and cast you out of my presence : LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth ? 40 And I will bring an everlasting re

proach upon you, and a perpetual shame, 25 I have heard what the prophets said, which shall not be forgotten. that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I

CHAP. XXIV. have dreamed, I have dreamed.

1 By good and bad figs, 4 he foreshcrueth 26 How long shall this be in the heart the restoration from captivity, 8 and of the prophets that prophesy lies ? yea, the desolation of Zetlekiah and the rest. they are prophets of the deceit of their THE LORD shewed me, and belold, own heart;

1 two baskets of figs were set before 27 Which think to cause my people to the temple of the LORD, after that Nebforget my name by their dreams which i uchadrezzar king of Babylon had carthey tell every man to his neighbour, as ried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jetheir fathers have forgotten my name for | hoiakim king of Judah, and the princes Baal

of Judah, with the carpenters and smiths, 608 The disobcdient Jezus refiroved. JEREMIAH. Their captivity foretold.. from Jerusalem, and had brought them all his servants the prophets, rising early to Babylon.

ll and sending them; but ye have not heark2 Ore basket had very good figs, even | enerl, nor inclined your ear to hear. like the figs that are first ripe : and the 5 They said, Turn ye again now every other basket had very naughty figs, which | one from his evil way, and from the evil could not be eaten, they were so bad. ll of your doings, and dwell in the land that

3 Then said the LORD unto me, What | the LORD hath given unto you and to seest thou, Jeremiah ? and I said, Figs ; | your fathers for ever and ever: the good figs, very good ; and the evil, T. 6 And go not after other gods to serve very evil, that cannot be eaten, they are them, and to worship them, and provoke so evil.

me not to anger with the works of your 4 | Again the word of the LORD came || hands; and I will do you no hurt. unto me, saying,

7 Yet ye have not hearkened unto me, 5 Thus saith the LORD, the Gol of Is- | saith the LORD; that ye might provoke rael; Like these good tigs, so will I ac- || me to anger with the works of your knowledge them that are carried away | hands to your own hurt. captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of 8 Therefore thus saith the LORD of this place into the land of the Chaldeans hosts ; Because ye have not heard my for their good.

words, 6 For I will set mine eyes upon them 9 Behold, I will send and take all the for good, and I will bring them again to families of the north, saith the LORD, and this land : and I will build them, and not Nebuchadrezzar 'he king of Babylon, my pull them down; and I will plant them, servant, and will bring them against this and not pluck thein up.

land, and against the inhabitants thereof, 7 And I will give them an heart to and against all these nations round about, know me, that I am the LORD : and they and will utterly destroy them, and make shall be my people, and I will be their them an astonislıment, and an hissing, and God : for they shall return unto me with perpetual desolations. their whole heart.

10 Moreover I will take from them 8 | And as the evil figs, which cannot the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladbe eaten, they are so evil ; surely thus I ness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the saith the LORD, So will I give Zedekiah voice of the bride, the sound of the millthe king of Judah, and his princes, and stones, and the light of the candle. the residue of Jerusalem, that remain in 11 And this whole land shall be a desthis land, and them that dwell in the l olation, and an astonishment ; and these land of Egypt:

nations shall serve the king of Babylon 9 And I will deliver them to be re- || seventy years. moved into all the kingdoms of the earth 12 And it shall come to pass, when for their hurt, to be a reproach and a prov- seventy years are accomplished, that I will erb, a taunt and a curse, in all places punish the king of Babylon, and that nawhither I shall drive them.

tion, saith the LORD, for their iniquity, 10 And I will send the sword, the fam- || and the land of the Chaldeans, and will ine, and the pestilence, among them, till make it perpetual desolations, they be consumed from off the land that 13 And I will bring upon that land I gave unto them and to their fathers. all my words which I have pronounced CHAP. XIV.

against it, even all that is written in this 1 Jeremial, reproving the Jews disobedi book, which Jeremiah hath prophesied

ence to the prophets, 8 foreielieth the against all the nations. seventy yeurs captivity, 12 and afier | 14 For many nations and great kings that the destruction of Babylon. shall serve themselves of them also: and THE word that came to Jeremiah con- I will recompense them according to their

1 cerning all the people of Judah in the deeds, and according to the works of their fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah own hands. king of Judah, that was the first year of 15 For thus saith the LORD God of IsNebuchadrezzar king of Babylon; rael unto me; Take the wine cup of this

2 The which Jeremiah the prophet fury at my hand, and cause all the naspake unto all the people of Judal, and to | tions, to whom I send thee, to drink it. all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, 16 And they shall drink, and be moved,

3 From the thirteenth year of Josiah and be mad, because of the sword that I the son of Amon king of Judah, even un will send among them. to this day, that is the three and twen- | 17 Then took I the cup at the Lord's tieth year, the word of the Lord hath hand, and made all the nations to drink, come unto me, and I have spoken unto unto whom the Lord had sent me : you, rising early and speaking; but ye 18 To wit, Jerusalem, and the cities of have not hearkened.

| Judah, and the kings thercof, and the 4. And the LORD hath sent unto you ll princes thereof, to make them a desola

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