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A prophecy of destruction. CHAP. XXVI. Jeremiah arrested. 609 tion, an astonishment, an hissing, and a wallow yourselves in the ashes, ve princurse ; as it is this day ;

!cipal of the flock : for the days of your 19 Pharaoh king of Egypt, and his ser- ' slaughter and of your dispersions are acvants, and his princes, and all his people; complished ; and ye shall fall like a pleas

20 And all the mingled people, and all ant vessel. the kings of the land of Uz, and all the : 35 And the shepherds shall have no kings of the land of the Philistines, and way to fee, nor the principal of the flock Ashkelon, and Azzah, and Ekron, and to escape. the remnant of Ashdod,

| 36 A voice of the cry of the shepherds, 21 Edom, and Moab, and the children and an howling of the principal of the of Ammon,

flock, shall be heard : for the LORD inath 22 And all the kings of Tyrus, and all spoiled their pasture. the kings of Zidon, and the kings of the 37 And the peaceable habitations are isles which are beyond the sea,

| cut down because of the fierce anger of 23 Dedan, and Tema, and Buz, and the LORD... all that are in the utmost corners,

38 He hath forsaken his covert, as the 24 And all the kings of Arabia, and all | lion: for their land is desolate because of the kings of the mingled people that the fierceness of the oppressor, and bedwell in the desert,

cause of his fierce anger. 25 And all the kings of Zimri, and all

CHAP. XXVI. the kings of Elam, and all the kings of 1 Jeremiah, exhorting to repentance, 8 is the Medes,

apprehended, 10 and arraigned. 12 His 26 And all the kings of the north, far apology. 16 He is acquitted in judgment. and near, one with another, and all the IN the beginning of the reign of Jehoikingdoms of the world, which are upon ! I akim the son of Josiah king of Judah the fice of the earth : and the king of came this word from the Lord, saying, Sheshach shall drink after them.

2 Thus saith the LORD ; Stand in the 27 Therefore thou shalt say unto them, court of the Lord's house, and speak unThus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of to all the cities of Judah, which come to Israel; Drink ye, and be drunken, and : worship in the Lord's house, all the spue, and fall, and rise no more, because of words that I command thee to speak unto the sword which I will send among you. them ; diminish not a word:

28 And it shall be, if they refuse to take : 3 If so be they will hearken, and turn the cup at thine hand to drink, then shalt | every man from his evil way, that I may thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD repent me of the evil, which I purpose of hosts ; Ye shall certainly drink, to do unto them because of the evil of

29 For lo, I begin to bring evil on the their doings. city which is called by my name, and 4 And thou shalt say unto them, Thus should ye be utterly unpunished ? Ye shall saith the LORD, If ye will not hearken to not be unpunished : for I will call for a me to walk in my law, which I have set sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, before you, saith the Lord of hosts.

5 To hearken to the words of my ser30 Therefore prophesy thou against vants the prophets, whom I sent unto them all these words, and say unto them, you, both rising up early, and sending The Lo3D shall roar from on high, and Thein, but ye have not hearkened; utter his voice from his holy habitation ; || 6 Then will I make this house like Shihe shall mightily roar upon his habita- | loh, and will make this city a curse to all tion ; he shall give a shout, as they that i the nations of the earth. tread the grapes, against all the inhabit 7 So the priests and the prophets and ants of the earth.

all the people heard Jeremiah speaking 31 A noise shall come even to the ends these words in the house of the Lord. of the ear;h ; for the LORD hath a con 8 [ Now it came to pass, when Jeretroversy with the nations, he will plead miah had made an end of speaking all with all flesh ; he will give them that are that the Lord had commanded him to wicked to the sword, saith the Lord. Speak unto all the people, that the priests

32 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Be- ! and the prophets and all the people took hold, evil shall go forth from nation to him, saying, Thou shalt surely die nation, and a great whirlwind shall be 9 Why last thou prophesied in the name raised up from the coasts of ile earth. lof the Lord, saying, This house shall be

33 And the slain of the LORD shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate at that day from one end of the earth even without an inhabitant? And all the peounto the other end of the earth : they Il ple were gathered against Jeremiah in shall not be lamented, neither gatheredi, i the house of the LORD. por buried; they shall be dung upon the 10 ? When the princes of Judah heard ground.

these things, then they came up from the $7 | Howl, ye shepherds, and cry; and Il king's house unto the house of the Lord,

610 Jeremiah's trial.

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Divers prophecies. and sat down in the entry of the new gate in Egypt, and brought him unto Jehoiaof the LORD's house.

kım the king ; who siew him with the 11 Then spake the priests and the word, and cast his dead body into the prophets unto the princes and to all the graves of the common people.“ people, saying. This man is worthy to il 24 Nevertheless the hand of Ahikam

die ; for he hath prophesied against this the son of Shaplan was with Jeremiah, • city, as ve hare hcard with your ears. that they should not give him into the

| 12 Then spake Jeremiah unto all the 11 hand of the people to put him to death. princes, and to all the people, saying,

CHAP. XXVII. The Lord sent me to prophesy against Under the type of bonds and yokes, he this house and against this city all the prophesieth the subduing of the neighwords that ye have heard.

bouring kings unto Nebuchadnezzar, 13 Therefre now amend your ways In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiand your deings, and obey the voice of| aki:n the son of Josiah king of Judah the LORD your God; and the LORD will came this word unto Jeremiah from the repent hiin of the evil that he hath pro- || LORD, saying, nounced against you.

2 Thus saith the LORD to me; Make 14 As for me, tehold, I am in your thce bonds and yokes, and put them upon hand : do with me as seemeth good and 'thy neck, meet unto you.

3 And send them to the king of E15 But know ye for certain, that if redom, and to the king of Moab, and to put me to death, ve shall surely bring in- | the king of the Ammonites, and to the nocent blood upon yourselves, and upon king of Tyrus, and to the king of Zidon, this city, and upon the inhabitants there by the hand of the messengers which of: for of a truth the Lord hath sent me come to Jerusalem unto Zedekiah king of unto you to speak all these words in your Judalı; ears.

4 And command them to say unto 16 | Then said the princes and all the their masters, Thus saith the LORD of people unto the priests and to the proph- hosts, the God of Israel ; Tiius shall ye ets; This man is not worthy to die : say unto your masters ; for he hath spoken to us in the name of 5 I have made the earth, the man and the LORD our God.

the beast that are upon the ground, by my 17 Then rose up certain of the elders great power and by my out-stretched arm, of the land, and spake to all the assembly and have given it upto whom it seemed of the people, saying,

meet unto me. 18 Micah the Morasthite prophesied 6 And now have I given all these lands in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the and spake to all the people of Judah, king of Babylon, my servant ; and the saying, Thus saich the Lord of hosts ; || beasts of the field have I given him also Zion shall be plowed like a field, and to serve him. Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the il 7 And all nations shall serve him, and mountain of the house as the high places | his son, and his son's son, until the very of the forest.

ime of his land come : and then many 19 Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all nations and great kings shall serve themJudah put him at all to death ? did he selves of him. not fear the LORD, and besougin the LORD, 8 And it shall come to pass, that the and the LORD repented him of the evil nation and kingdom which will not serve which he had pronounced against them ? the same Nebuchadnezzar the king of Tlus might we procure great evil against Babylon, and that will not put their neck our souls.

under the yoke of the king of Babylon, 20 And there was also a man that proph- that nation will I punish, saith the LORD, esied in the name of the LORD, Urijah , with ihe sword, and with the famine, and the son of Shemaiah of Kirjath-jearim, with the pestilence, until I have consumed who prophesied against this city and a them by his hand. gainst this land according to all the words i 9 Thereiore hearken not ye to your uf Jeremiah :

prophets, nor to your diviners, nor to 21 And when Jehoiakim the king with your dreamers, nor to your enchanters, all his mighty men, and all the princes, nor to your sorcerers, which speak unto heard his words, the king sought to put you, saving, Ye shall not serve the king him to death : but when Livijah heard of Babvion : it, he was afraid, and fed, and went in- 1 10 For they prophesy a lie unto you, to Egypt;

to remove you far from your land ; and 22 Aud Jehoiakim the king sent men in- that I should drive you out, and ye should to Egypt, namely, Elnathan the schof Ach- i perisli. bor, and certain men with him into Egypt. 1' 11 But the nations that bring their neck

25 And they feiched forth Urijith out under the yoke of the king of Babyton,

Babylon's yoke.

CHAP. XXVIII. Hananiah's false prophecy. 611 and serve him, those will I let remain still and in the fifth month, that Hananiah the in their own land, saith the LORD; and son of Azur the prophet, which was of they shall till it, and dwell therein. Gibeon, spake unto me in the house of

12 ! 1 spake also to Zedekiah king of the LORD, in the presence of the priests, Judah according to all these words, say and of all the people, saying, ing, Bring your necks under the yoke of 12 Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, the king of Babylon, and serve him and the God of Israel, saying, I have broken his people, and live.

the yoke of the king of Babylon. 13 Why will ye die, thou and thy peo 3 Within two full years will I bring ple, by the sword, by the famine, and by ll again into this place all the vessels of the the pestilence, as the Lord hath spoken Lord's house, that Nebuchadnezzar against the nation that will 1100 serve the king of Babylon took away from this king of Babvlon?"

place, and carried them to Babylon : 14 Therefore hearken not unto the 4 And I will bring again to this place words of the prophets that speak unto | Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of you, saying, Ye shall not serve the king of Judah, with all the captives of Judali, Babylon; for they prophesy a lie unto you that went into Babylon, saith the LORD;

15 For I have not sent them, saith the for I will break the yoke of the king of LORD, yet they prophesy a lie in my Babylon. name; that I might drive you out, and 5 | Then the prophet Jeremiah said that ye might perish, ye, and the proph- unto the prophet Hananiah in the presence ets that prophesy unto you.

of the priests, and in the presence of all 16 Also I spake to the priests and to all the people that stood in the house of the this people, saying, Thus saith the LORD; LORD, Hcirken not to the words of your proph 6 Even the prophet Jeremiah said, Aets that prophesy unto you, saying, Be men : the LORD do so : the Lord perhold, the vessels of the Lord's house shall || form thy words which thou hast prophenow shortly be brought again from Bab sied, to bring again the vessels of the

17 Hearken not unto them; serve the captive, from Babylon into this place. king of Babylon, and live : wherefore Nevertheless hear thou now this i should this city be laid waste?

word that I speak in thine ears, and in 18 But if they be prophets, and if the the ears of all the people; word of the LORD be with them, let them 8 The prophets that have been before now make intercession to the Lord of me and before thee of old prophesied hosts, that the vessels which are left in || both against many countries, and against . the house of the Lord, and in the house great kingrloms, of war, and of evil, and of the king of Judah, and at Jerusalem, of pestilence. go not to Babylon.

9 The prophet which prophesieth of 19 ? For thus saith the LORD of hosts peace, when the word of the prophet shall concerning the piliais, and concerning come to pass, then shall the prophet be the sea, and concerning the bases, and known, that the Lord hath truly sent concerning the residue of the vessels that li him. remain in this city,

10 | Then Hananiah the prophet took 20 Which Nebuchadnezzar king of Bab- the yoke from off the prophet Jeremiah's ylon took not, when he carried away cap-neck, and brake it. tive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of 11 And Hananiah spake in the presence Judah from Jerusalem to Babylon, and l of all the people, saying, Thus saith the all the nobles of Judah and Jerusalem ; LORD; Even so will I break the yoke of

21 Yea, thus saith the LORD of hosts, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon from the God of Israel, concerning the vessels the neck of all nations within the space that remain in the house of the LORD, of two full years. And the prophet Jereand in the house of the king of Judah and miah went his way. of Jerusalem ;

12 | Then the word of the LORD came 22 They shall be carried to Babylon, il unto Jeremiah the fironhei, after that and there shall they be until the day that I Hananiah the prophet had 'broken the visit them, saith the LORD; then will I bring yoke from off the neck of the prophet them up, and restore them to this place. || Jeremiah, saying, CHAP. XXVIII.

13 Go and tell Hananiah, saying, Thus 1 Hananiah's false prophecy. 10 He saith the LORD; Thou hast broken the

breaketh Jeremiah's yoke. 12 Jeremiah vokes of wood; but thou shalt make for foretelleth of an iron yoke, 15 and Ha- || them yokes of iron. naniah's death.

14 For thus saith the LORD of hosts,

the beginning of the reign of Zede- || iron upon the neck of all these nations, kiah king of Judah, in the fourth year, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzarking

612 Jeremiah's letter to the JEREMIAH.

captives of Babylon. of Babylon; and they shall serve him: 11 i For I know the thoughts that I think and I have given him the beasts of the toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of field also.

peace, and not of evil, to give you an ex15 Then said the prophet Jeremiah un- lpecied end. to Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, Han * 12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye aniah; The Lord hath not sent thee; but shall go and pray unto me, and I will thou makest this people to trust in a lie. hearken unto you.

16 Therefore thus sajth the LORD; Be 13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, hold, I will cast thee from off the face of when ye shall search for me with all your the earth : this year thou shalt die, be heart. cause thou hast taught rebellion against

14 And I will be found of you, saith the LORD.

the LORD: and I will turn away your 17 So Hananiah the prophet died the captivity, and I will gether you from all same year in the seventh month.

| the nations, and from all the places whithCHAP. XXIX.

ler I have driven you, saith the LORD; 1 Jeremiah's letter to the captives in and I will bring you again into the place

Babulon. 20 The fearful end of Ahab whence I caused you to be carried away and Zedekiah, two lying firophets.

cap ive. ATOW these are the words of the letter il 15 | Because ye have said, the LORD TV that Jeremiah the prophet sent from hath rai ed us up prophets in Babylon; Jerusalem unto the residue of the elders 16 Know that thus saich the Lord of the which were carried away captives, and to king that sitteth upon the throne of David, the priests, and to the prophets, and to and of all the people that dwelleth in this all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar city, and of your brethren that are not had carried away captive from Jerusa gone forth with you into captivity ; lem to Babylon;

17 Thus saith the Lord of hosts ; Be2 (After that Jeconiah the king, and hold, I will send upon them the sword, the queen, and the eunuchs, the princes the famine, and the pestilence, and will of Judah and Jerusalem, and the carpen make them like vile tigs, that cannot be ters, ard the smiths, were departed from caten, they are so evil. Jerusalem;)

18 And I will persecute them with the 3 By the hand of Elasah the son of Sha- sword, with the famine, and with the pesphan, and Gemariah the son of Hilkiah, tilence, and will deliver them to be re(whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent unto moved to all the kingdoms of the earth, Babylon to Nebuchadnezzar king of Bab to be a curse, and an astonishment, and ylon) saying,

an hissing, and a reproach, among all the 4 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God nations whither I have driven them: of Israel, unito all that are carried away 19 Because they have not hearkened to captives, whom I have caused to be car: my words, saith the LORD, which I sent ried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon ; | unto them by my servants the prophets, • 5 Build ye houses, and dwellin them; and rising up early and sending them ; but ye plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them; would not hear, saith the LORD.

6 Take ye wives, and beget sons and 20 Hear ye therefore the word of the daughters; and take wives for your sons, Lord, all ye of the captivity, whom I and give your daughters to husbands, have sent from Jerusalem to Babylon : that they may bear sons and daughters ; 21 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the that ye may be increased there, and not God of Israel, of Ahab the son of Kolaidiminished.

ah, and of Zedekiah the son of Maasei7 And seek the peace of the city whith ah, which prophesy a lie unto you in my er I have caused you to be carried a. name; Behold, I will deliver them into way captives, and pray unto the Lord the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of for it : for in the peace thereof shall ye Babylon; and he shall slay them before have peace.

ll our eyes ; 8 1 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, 22 And of them shall be taken up a the God of Israel; Let not your prophets curse by all the captivity of Judah which and your diviners, that be in the midst of Jure in Babylon, saying, The LORD make you, deceive you, neither hearken to you thee like Zedekiah and like Ahab, whom dreams which ye cause to be creamed. the king of Babylon roasted in the fire ;

9 For they prophesy falsely unto you 23 Because they have committed villany in my name : I have not sent them, saith in Israel, and have committed adultery the LORD.

with their neighbour's wives, and have 10 | For thus saith the LORD, That | spoken lying words in my name, which I after seventy years be accomplished at have not commanded them ; even I know, Babylon I will visit you, and perform my | and am a witness, saith the LORD. good word toward you, in causing you to 24 | Thus shalt thou also speak to return to this place.

"Shemaiah the Nehelamite, saying,

The Jews return.

CHAP. XXX.

Jacob comforted. 613 25 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, || his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst the God of Israel, saying, Because thou l'hy bonds, and stringers shall no more hast sent letters in thy name unto all the serve themselves of him : people that are at Jerusalem, and to Zeph 9 But they shall serve the Lord their aniah the son of Maaseiah the priest, and God, and David their king, whom I will to all the priests, saying,

raise up unto them. • 26 The Lord bath made thee priest in 10 Therefore fear thou not, O my the stead of Jehoiada the priest, that ye servant Jacob, saith the Lord ; neither should be officers in the house of the LORD, be dismayed, O Israel: for lo, I will save for every man that is mad, and maketh thee from afar, and thy seed from the himself a prophet, that thou shouldest put land of their captivity ; and Jacob shall him in prison, and in the stocks.

return, and shall be in rest, and quiet, 27 Now therefore why hast thou not and none shall make him afraid. reproved Jeremiah of Anathoth, which 11 For I am with thee, saith the LORD, maketh himself a prophet to you? to save thee: though I make a full end of

28 For therefore he sent unto us in Bab. all nations whither I have scattered thee, ylon, saying, This captivity is long : build yet will I not make a full end of thee : ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant but I will correct thee in measure, and gardens, and eat the fruit of them. will not leave thee altogether unpunished.

29 And Zephaniah the priest read this 12 For thus saith the Lord, Thy bruise letter in the ears of Jeremiah the prophet is incurable, and thy wound is grievous.

30 | Then came the word of the LORD 13 There is none to plead thy cause, unto Jeremiah, saying,

that thou mayest be bound up: thou hast 31 Send to all them of the captivity, || no healing medicines. saying, Thus saith the LORD concerning 14 All thy lovers have forgotten thee ; Shemaiah the Nehelamite; Because that they seek thee not ; for I have wounded Shemaiah hath prophesied unto you, and

thee with the wound of an enemy, with I sent him not, and he caused you to trust

the chastisement of a cruel one, for the in a lie :

multitude of thine iniquity ; because thy 32 Therefore thus saith the LORD; | sins were increased. Behold, I will punish Shemaiah the Nehe 15 Why criest thou for thine affliclamite, and his seed : he shall not have a | tion ? thy sorrow is incurable for the man to dwell among this people; neither | multitude of thine iniquity : brcause thy shall he behold the good that I will do for | sins were increased, I have done these my people, saith the LORD ; because he things unto thee. hatli taught rebellion against the LORD. 16 Therefore all they that devour thee CHAP. XXX.

shall be devoured ; and all thine adrer1 The Jews return. 10 Jacob comforted. saries, every one of them shall go into

18 Their return shall be gracio118. captivity; and they that spoil thee shall THE word that came to Jeremiah from be a spoil, and all that prey upon thee 1 the Lord, saying,

will I give for a prey. 2 Thus speaketh the LORD God of Is 17 For I will restore health unto thee, rael, saying, Write thee all the words that and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith I have spoken unto thee in a book. the LORD ; because they called thee an

3 For lo, the days come, saith the LORD; Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom na that I will bring again the captivity of my man seeketh after people Israel and Judah, saith the Lord: 18 Thus saith the LORD ; Behold, and I will cause them to return to the I will bring again the captivity of Jicob's land that I gave to their fathers, and they tents, and have mercy on his dwellingshall possess it.

places; and the city shall be builded up4 | And these are the words that the on her own hep, and the palace shall LORD spake concerning Israel and con remain after the manner thereof. cerning Judah.

19 And out of them shall proceed 5 For thus saith the LORD ; We have thanksgiving and the voice of them that heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and make merry : and I will multiply them, not of peace.

and they shall not be few; I will also glo6 Ask ye now, and see whether a man rify them, and they shall not be small. doth travail with child ? wherefore do I 20 'Their children also shall be as asee every man with his hands on his lains, | foretime, and their congregation shall be as a woman in travail, and all faces are established before me, and I will punish turned into paleness?

all that oppress them. 7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none 21 And their nobles shall be of themis like it : it is even the time of Jacob's selves, and their governor shall proceed trouble, but he shall be saved out of it. from the midst of them; and I will cause

8 Fur it shall come to pass in that day, him to draw near, and he shall approacle saith the Lord of hosts, chat I will break unto me : for who is this that engaged

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