It came also in the days of Jehoiakim, the son of Josiah, king of Judah, to the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah, the son of Josiah, king of Judah, to the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month.
But the Lord said to me, "Do not say, 'I [am] a child,' for you will go to all that I will send you, and whatever I command you, you will speak. *21:27
For, look, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north," the Lord says; "And they will come, and everyone will set his throne at the entering of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all the cities of Judah.
Therefore gird up your loins, and arise, and speak to them all that I command you, *21:27 do not be dismayed at their faces, unless I confound you before them.
For, behold, I have made you a defensed city this day, and an iron pillar, and brazen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land.
"Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, 'Thus the Lord says; 'I remember you, the kindness of your youth, the love of your espousals, when you went after Me in the wilderness, in a land [that was] not sown.
Neither did they say, 'Where [is] the Lord who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, who led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and of pits, through a land of drought, and of the shadow of death, through a land that no man passed through, and where no man dwelt?'
The priests did not say, 'Where [is] the Lord?' And those who handle the law did not know Me, the pastors also transgressed against Me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after [things that] do not profit.
'Your own wickedness will correct you, and your backslidings will reprove you, know therefore and see that [it is] an evil [thing] and bitter, that you have forsaken the Lord your God, and that My fear [is] not in you,' the Lord says, God of hosts.
'For of old time I have broken your yoke, [and] burst your bands; and you said, 'I will not transgress;' when you wandered upon every high hill and under every green tree, playing the harlot.
A wild donkey used to the wilderness, [that] snuffs up the wind at her pleasure; in her occasion who can turn her away? All those who seek her will not weary themselves; they will find her in her month.
Saying to a stock, 'You [are] my father;' and to a stone, 'You have brought me forth,' for they have turned [their] back to Me, and not [their] face, but in the time of their trouble they will say, 'Arise, and save us.'
But where [are] your gods that you have made? Let them arise, if they can save you in the time of your trouble, *7:194, *21:43 for your gods are [according to] the number of your cities, O Judah.
They say, 'If a man puts away his wife, and she goes from him, and becomes another man's, will he return to her again?' Will that land not be greatly polluted? But you have committed prostitution with many lovers; yet return again to Me,' the Lord says.
Lift up your eyes to the high places, and see where you have not been lien with. You have sat in the ways for them, as the Arabian in the wilderness; and you have polluted the land with your whoredoms and with your wickedness.
The Lord also said to me in the days of Josiah the king, "Have you seen [that] backsliding which Israel has done? She has gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree, and has committed prostitution there.
And I saw, when, for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery, I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but went and also committed prostitution.
Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, 'Return, you backsliding Israel,' the Lord says; '[And] I will not cause My anger to fall upon you, for I [am] Merciful,' the Lord says, '[And] I will not keep [anger] forever.'
Only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed against the Lord your God, and have scattered your ways to the strangers under every green tree, and you have not obeyed My voice,' the Lord says.
And it will come to pass, when you are multiplied and increased in the land, in those days,' the Lord says, 'They will no longer say, 'The ark of the covenant of the Lord,' it will neither come to mind, neither will they remember it; neither will they visit [it]; neither will [that] be done anymore.
At that time they will call Jerusalem the Throne of the Lord; and all the nations will be gathered to it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem, they will neither walk anymore after the imagination of their evil heart.
In those days the house of Judah will walk with the house of Israel, and they will come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance to your fathers.'
But I said, 'How will I put you among the children, and give you a pleasant land, a good heritage of the hosts of nations?' And I said, 'You will call Me, 'My Father;' and will not turn away from Me.
We lie down in our shame, and our confusion covers us, for we have sinned against the Lord our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even to this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God.'
Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, and take away the foreskins of your heart, you men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, unless My fury comes forth like fire, and burns that none can quench [it], because of the evil of your doings.
The lion has come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the Gentiles is on his way; he has gone forth from his place to make your land desolate; [and] your cities will be laid waste, without an inhabitant.'
'And it will come to pass at that day,' the Lord says, '[That] the heart of the king will perish, and the heart of the princes; and the priests will be astonished, and the prophets will wonder.'"
And [when] you [are] spoiled, what will you do? Though you clothe yourself with crimson, though you deck yourself with ornaments of gold, though you rent your face with painting, in vain you will make yourself fair; [your] lovers will despise you, they will seek your life.
For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, [and] the anguish as of her who brings forth her first child, the voice of the daughter of Zion, [who] bewails herself, [who] spreads her hands, [saying], 'Woe [is] me now! For my soul is wearied because of murderers.'
Run here and there through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if you can find a man, if there are [any] who execute judgment, who seek the truth; and I will pardon it.
O Lord, [are] Your eyes not upon the truth? You have stricken them, but they have not grieved; You have consumed them, [but] they have refused to receive correction, they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return."
I will get myself to the great men, and will speak to them; for they have known the way of the Lord, [and] the judgment of their God, but these have altogether broken the yoke, [and] burst the bonds.
Therefore a lion out of the forest will slay them, [and] a wolf of the evenings will spoil them, a leopard will watch over their cities, everyone who goes out from there will be torn in pieces, because their transgressions are many, [and] their backslidings have increased."
"How will I pardon you for this? Your children have forsaken Me, and sworn by [those that are] not gods, when I had fed them to the full, then they committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots' houses.
Behold, I will bring a nation upon you from afar, O house of Israel," the Lord says, "It [is] a mighty nation, it [is] an ancient nation, a nation whose language you do not know, neither do you understand what they say.
And they will eat up your harvest, and your bread, [which] your sons and your daughters should eat, they will eat up your flocks and your herds, they will eat up your vines and your fig trees, they will impoverish your fenced cities, wherein you trusted, with the sword."
And it will come to pass, when you will say, 'Why does the Lord our God do all these [things] to us?' Then you will answer them, 'As you have forsaken Me, and served strange gods in your land, so will you serve strangers in a land [that is] not yours.
'Do you not fear Me?' The Lord says, 'Will you not tremble at My presence, who has placed the sand [for] the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it, and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet they cannot prevail; though they roar, yet they cannot pass over it?'
Neither do they say in their heart, 'Let us now fear the Lord our God, who gives rain, both the former and the latter, in his season, He reserves the appointed weeks of the harvest to us.'
They are waxed fat, they shine, indeed, they overpass the deeds of the wicked, they do not judge the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and they do not judge the right of the needy.
O you children of Benjamin, gather yourselves to flee out of the midst of Jerusalem, and blow the trumpet in Tekoa, and set up a sign of fire in Bethhaccerem, for evil appears out of the north, and great destruction.
To whom will I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? Behold, their ear [is] uncircumcised, and they cannot listen, behold, the word of the Lord is a reproach to them; they have no delight in it.
Therefore I am full of the fury of the Lord; I am weary with holding in, I will pour it out upon the children abroad, and upon the assembly of young men together, for even the husband will be taken with the wife, the aged with [him who is] full of days.
Were they ashamed when they had committed an abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush, therefore they will fall among those who fall, at the time [that] I visit them they will be cast down," the Lord says.
Thus the Lord says, "Stand in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, 'Where [is] the good way,' and walk therein, and you will find rest for your souls. But they said, 'We will not walk [therein].'
Therefore the Lord thus says, "Behold, I will lay stumblingblocks before this people, and the fathers and the sons together will fall upon them; the neighbor and his friend will perish."
They will lay hold on bow and spear; they [are] cruel, and have no mercy; their voice roars like the sea; and they ride upon horses, set in array as men for war against you, O daughter of Zion."
O daughter of my people, gird [yourself] with sackcloth, and wallow yourself in ashes, make mourning, [as for] an only son, most bitter lamentation, for the spoiler will suddenly come upon us.
The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead [their] dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings to other gods, that they may provoke Me to anger.
Therefore thus the Lord God says; "Behold, My anger and My fury will be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and it will burn, and will not be quenched."
But this thing commanded I them, saying, 'Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you will be My people, and walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well to you.' *Barnabas 2:7 - 8
And they have built the high places of Tophet, which [is] in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I did not command [them], neither did it come into My heart. *6:137
Therefore, behold, the days come," the Lord says, "That it will no longer be called Tophet, nor the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of slaughter, for they will bury in Tophet, until there is no place.
Then I will cause the voice of mirth to cease from the cities of Judah, and from the streets of Jerusalem, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, for the land will be desolate.
At that time," the Lord says, "They will bring out the bones of the kings of Judah, and the bones of his princes, and the bones of the priests, and the bones of the prophets, and the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, out of their graves.
And they will spread them before the sun, and the moon, and all the host of heaven, whom they have loved, and whom they have served, and after whom they have walked, and whom they have sought, and whom they have prostrated to, they will not be gathered or buried; they will be for dung upon the face of the earth.
I listened and heard, [but] they did not speak aright, no man repented himself of his wickedness, saying, 'What have I done?' Everyone turned to his course, as the horse rushes into the battle.
Indeed, the stork in the heaven knows her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but My people do not know the judgment of the Lord.
Therefore I will give their wives to others, [and] their fields to those who will inherit [them], for everyone from the least even to the greatest is given to covetousness, from the prophet even to the priest, everyone deals falsely.
Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush, therefore they will fall among those who fall, in the time of their visitation they will be cast down,'" the Lord says.
"I will surely consume them," the Lord says, "[There will be] no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree, and the leaf will fade; and [the things that] I have given to them will pass away from them.
Why do we sit still? Assemble yourselves, and let us enter into the defensed cities, and let us be silent there, for the Lord our God has put us to silence, and given us water of gall to drink, because we have sinned against the Lord.
The snorting of his horses was heard from Dan, the whole land trembled at the sound of the neighing of his strong ones; for they have come, and have devoured the land, and all that is in it; the city, and those who dwell therein.
Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people because of those who dwell in a far country, "[Is] the Lord not in Zion? [Is] her king not in her?" Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, [and] with strange vanities?
"And they bend their tongues [like] their bow [for] lies, but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they do not know Me," the Lord says.
For the mountains, I will take up a weeping and wailing, and for the habitations of the wilderness, a lamentation, because they are burned up, so that none can pass through [them]; neither can [men] hear the voice of the cattle; both the fowl of the heavens and the beast have fled; they are gone.
Who [is] the wise man, who may understand this? And [who is he] to whom the mouth of the Lord has spoken, that he may declare it, why the land perishes [and] is burned up like a wilderness, that none passes through?"
But let him who glories, glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, *1 Corinthians 1:31 that I [am] the Lord who exercises loving kindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth, for I delight in these [things]," the Lord says.
Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and Moab, and all [who are] in the utmost corners, who dwell in the wilderness, for all [these] nations [are] uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel [are] uncircumcised in the heart. *Barnabas 9:4
They [are] upright as the palm tree, but do not speak, they need to be borne, because they cannot go. Do not be afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither [is it] also in them to do good."
Silver spread into plates is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of the workman, and of the hands of the founder, blue and purple [are] their clothing, they [are] all the work of cunning [men].
When He utters His voice, [there is] a multitude of waters in the heavens, and He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; He makes lightnings with rain, and brings forth the wind out of His treasures.
My tabernacle is spoiled, and all my cords are broken, my children have gone forth of me, and they [are] not, [there are] none to stretch forth my tent anymore, and to set up my curtains.
Pour out Your fury upon the heathen who do not know, and upon the families who do not call on Your name, for they have eaten up Jacob, and devoured him, and consumed him, and have made his habitation desolate."
Which I commanded your fathers in the day [that] I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, 'Obey My voice, and do them, according to all which I command you, so you will be My people, and I will be your God.
Yet they did not obey, nor incline their ear, but everyone walked in the imagination of their evil heart, therefore I will bring upon them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded [them] to do; but they did not do [them]."
They have turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, who refused to hear My words; and they went after other gods to serve them, the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken My covenant which I made with their fathers."
Then the cities of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem will go, and cry to the gods to whom they offer incense, but they will not save them at all in the time of their trouble. *11:101
For your gods were [according to] the number of your cities, O Judah; and you have set up altars to [that] shameful thing [according to] the number of the streets of Jerusalem, [even] altars to burn incense to Baal.
For the Lord of hosts, who planted you, has pronounced evil against you, for the evil of the house of Israel and of the house of Judah, which they have done against themselves to provoke Me to anger in offering incense to Baal."
But I [was] like a lamb [or] an ox [that] is brought to the slaughter; and I did not know that they had devised devices against me, [saying], "Let us destroy the tree with the fruit thereof, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be no longer remembered."
Righteous [are] You, O Lord, when I contend with You, yet let me talk with You of [Your] judgments, why does the way of the wicked prosper? [Why] are all of them happy who deal very treacherously?
How long will the land mourn, and the herbs of every field wither, for the wickedness of those who dwell therein? The beasts are consumed, and the birds; because they said, "He will not see our last end."
If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with horses? And [if] in the land of peace, [wherein] you trusted, [they wearied you], then how will you do in the swelling of Jordan?
For even your brethren, and the house of your father, even they have dealt treacherously with you; indeed, they have called a multitude after you, do not believe them, though they speak fair words to you.
The spoilers are brought upon all high places through the wilderness, for the sword of the Lord will devour from the [one] end of the land even to the [other] end of the land, no flesh will have peace.
Thus the Lord says, "Against all My evil neighbors, who touch the inheritance which I have caused My people Israel to inherit; behold, I will pluck them out of their land, and pluck out the house of Judah from among them.
And it will come to pass, that after I have plucked them out, I will return, and have compassion on them, and will bring them again, every man to his heritage, and every man to his land.
And it will come to pass, if they will diligently learn the ways of My people, to swear by My name, The Lord lives; as they taught My people to swear by Baal; then they will be built in the midst of My people.
This evil people, who refuse to hear My words, who walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to prostrate to them, will even be as this girdle, which is good for nothing.
For as the girdle cleaves to the loins of a man, so have I caused the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah to cleave to Me,'" the Lord says; "That they might be for a people to Me, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory, but they would not hear.
Therefore you will speak to them this word; 'Thus the Lord says, God of Israel, 'Every bottle will be filled with wine,' and they will say to you, 'Do we not certainly know that every bottle will be filled with wine?'
Then you will say to them, 'Thus the Lord says, 'Behold, I will fill all the inhabitants of this land, even the kings who sit upon David's throne, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, with drunkenness.
Give glory to the Lord your God, before He causes darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while you look for light, He turns it into the shadow of death, [and] makes [it] gross darkness.
I have seen your adulteries, and your neighings, the lewdness of your whoredom, [and] your abominations on the hills in the fields. Woe to you, O Jerusalem! Will you not be made clean? When [will it] once [be]?"
And their nobles have sent their little ones to the waters, they came to the pits, [and] found no water; they returned empty with their vessels; they were ashamed and confounded, and covered their heads.
Thus the Lord says to this people, "Thus they have loved to wander, they have not refrained their feet, therefore the Lord does not accept them; He will now remember their iniquity, and visit their sins."
When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and an oblation, I will not accept them, but I will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence."
Then the Lord said to me, "The prophets prophesy lies in My name, I did not send them, neither have I commanded them, neither did I speak to them, they prophesy to you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nothing, and the deceit of their heart."
Therefore the Lord thus says, "Concerning the prophets who prophesy in My name, and I did not send them, yet they say, 'Sword and famine will not be in this land;' those prophets will be consumed by sword and famine.
And the people to whom they prophesy will be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; and they will have none to bury them, their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters, for I will pour their wickedness upon them.
Therefore you will say this word to them; 'Let my eyes run down with tears night and day, and do not let them cease, for the virgin daughter of my people is broken with a great breach, with a very grievous blow.
If I go forth into the field, then behold the slain with the sword! And if I enter into the city, then behold those who are sick with famine! Indeed, both the prophet and the priest go about into a land that they do not know.
Have You utterly rejected Judah? Has Your soul loathed Zion? Why have You struck us, and [there is] no healing for us? We looked for peace, and [there is] no good; and for the time of healing, and behold trouble!
And it will come to pass, if they say to you, 'Where will we go forth?' Then you will tell them, 'Thus the Lord says; 'Such who [are] for death, to death; and such who [are] for the sword, to the sword; and such who [are] for the famine, to the famine; and such who [are] for the captivity, to the captivity.'
Their widows have increased above the sand of the seas to Me, I have brought a spoiler at noonday upon them, against the mother of the young men, I have caused [him] to fall upon it suddenly, and terrors upon the city.
She who has borne seven languishes, she has given up the ghost; her sun has gone down while [it was] still day, she has been ashamed and confounded, and I will deliver the residue of them to the sword before their enemies," the Lord says.
Woe is me, my mother, that you have borne me a man of strife and a man of contention to the whole earth! I have neither lent on usury, nor men have lent to me on usury; [yet] every one of them curses me.
I did not sit in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of Your hand, for You have filled me with indignation. *4:140
Therefore the Lord thus says, "If you return, then I will bring you again, [and] you will stand before Me, and if you take forth the precious from the vile, you will be as My mouth, let them return to you; but do not return to them.
And I will make you a fenced brazen wall to this people, and they will fight against you, but they will not prevail against you, for I [am] with you to save you and to deliver you," the Lord says.
For thus the Lord says concerning the sons and concerning the daughters who are born in this place, and concerning their mothers who bore them, and concerning their fathers who fathered them in this land;
"They will die of grievous deaths; they will not be lamented; neither will they be buried; [but] they will be as dung upon the face of the earth, and they will be consumed by the sword, and by famine; and their carcasses will be meat for the fowls of heaven, and for the beasts of the earth."
For the Lord thus says, "Do not enter into the house of mourning, neither go to lament or bemoan them, for I have taken away My peace from this people," the Lord says, "[Even] loving kindness and mercies.
Neither will [men] tear [themselves] for them in mourning, to comfort them for the dead; neither will [men] give them the cup of consolation to drink for their father or for their mother.
For the Lord of hosts thus says, the God of Israel; "Behold, I will cause the voice of mirth to cease out of this place in your eyes, and in your days, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride.
And it will come to pass, when you will show this people all these words, and they will say to you, 'Why has the Lord pronounced all this great evil against us? Or what [is] our iniquity? Or what [is] our sin that we have committed against the Lord our God?'
Then you will say to them, 'Because your fathers have forsaken Me,' the Lord says, 'And have walked after other gods, and have served them, and have prostrated to them, and have forsaken Me, and have not kept My law;
Therefore I will cast you out of this land into a land that you do not know, [neither] you or your fathers; and there you will serve other gods day and night; where I will not show you favor.
But, 'The Lord lives, who brought up the Children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands where He had driven them,' and I will bring them again into their land that I gave to their fathers.
Behold, I will send for many fishers," the Lord says, "And they will fish them; and after, I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.
And I will first recompense their iniquity and their sin double; because they have defiled My land, they have filled My inheritance with the carcasses of their detestable and abominable things."
O Lord, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles will come to You from the ends of the earth, and will say, "Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and [things] wherein [there is] no profit.
And you, even yourself, will discontinue from your heritage that I gave you; and I will cause you to serve your enemies in the land which you do not know, for you have kindled a fire in My anger, [which] will burn forever."
For he will be as a tree planted by the waters, and [who] spreads out her roots by the river, and will not see when heat comes, but her leaf will be green; and will not be careful in the year of drought, neither will cease from yielding fruit.
O Lord, the hope of Israel, all who forsake You will be ashamed, [and] those who depart from me will be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the Lord, the fountain of living waters.
As for me, I have not hastened from [being] a pastor to follow You, neither have I desired the woeful day; *13:6, *22:47, *29:53 You know, that which came out of my lips was [right] before You.
Let them be confounded who persecute me, but do not let me be confounded, let them be dismayed, but do not let me be dismayed, bring upon them the day of evil, and destroy them with double destruction.
Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the sabbath day, neither do any work, but make the sabbath day holy, as I commanded your fathers.' *4:154
And it will come to pass, if you diligently hear Me," the Lord says, "To bring in no burden through the gates of this city on the sabbath day, but make the sabbath day holy, to do no work therein;
Then kings and princes will enter into the gates of this city, sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they and their princes, the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and this city will remain forever.
And they will come from the cities of Judah, and from the places about Jerusalem, and from the land of Benjamin, and from the plain, and from the mountains, and from the south, bringing burnt offerings, and sacrifices, and meat offerings, and incense, and bringing sacrifices of praise, to the House of the Lord.
But if you will not hear Me to make the sabbath day holy, and to not bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then I will kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it will devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it will not be quenched."
Now therefore go, speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, 'Thus the Lord says; 'Behold, I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you, return now, everyone from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good.'"
Because My people have forgotten Me, they have burned incense to vanity, and they have caused themselves to stumble in their ways [from] the ancient paths, to walk in paths, [in] a way not cast up;
Then they said, "Come, and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; for the law will not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, and let us strike him with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his words."
Therefore deliver up their children to the famine, and pour out their [blood] by the force of the sword; and let their wives be bereaved of their children, and [be] widows; and let their men be put to death; [let] their young men [be] slain by the sword in battle.
Yet, Lord, You know all their counsel against me to slay [me], do not forgive their iniquity, neither blot out their sin from Your sight, but let them be overthrown before You; deal [thus] with them in the time of Your anger."
And say, 'Hear the word of the Lord, O kings of Judah, and inhabitants of Jerusalem; the Lord of hosts thus says, the God of Israel; 'Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, by which, whoever hears, his ears will tingle.
Because they have forsaken Me, and have estranged this place, and have burned incense in it to other gods, whom neither they or their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and have filled this place with the blood of innocents;
They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire [for] burnt offerings to Baal, which I did not command, nor spoke [it], neither did [it] come into My mind. *6:137
And I will make the counsel of Judah and Jerusalem void in this place; and I will cause them to fall by the sword before their enemies, and by the hands of those who seek their lives, and I will give their carcasses to be meat for the fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth.
And I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters, and they will eat everyone the flesh of his friend in the siege and straitness, whereby their enemies, and those who seek their lives, will straiten them.'
And will say to them, 'Thus the Lord of hosts says; 'Even so I will break this people and this city, as [one] breaks a potter's vessel, that cannot be made whole again, and they will bury [them] in Tophet, until [there is] no place to bury.
And the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses of the kings of Judah, will be defiled as the place of Tophet, because of all the houses upon whose roofs they have burned incense to all the host of heaven, and have poured out drink offerings to other gods.'"
"Thus the Lord of hosts says, the God of Israel; 'Behold, I will bring upon this city and upon all her towns all the evil that I have pronounced against it, because they have hardened their necks, that they might not hear My words.'"
For the Lord thus says, 'Behold, I will make you a terror to yourself, and to all your friends, and they will fall by the sword of their enemies, and your eyes will behold [it], and I will give all Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he will carry them captive into Babylon, and will slay them with the sword.
Moreover I will deliver all the strength of this city, and all the labors thereof, and all the precious things thereof, and I will give all the treasures of the kings of Judah into the hand of their enemies, who will spoil them, and take them, and carry them to Babylon.
And you, Pashur, and all who dwell in your house will go into captivity, and you will come to Babylon, and there you will die, and will be buried there, you and all your friends, to whom you have prophesied lies.'
Then I said, "I will not make mention of Him, nor speak in His name anymore." But [His word] was in my heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not [stay].
For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. "Report, [they say], and we will report it." All my familiars watched for my halting, [saying], "Perhaps he will be enticed, and we will prevail against him, and we will take our revenge on him."
But the Lord [is] with me as a mighty terrible one, therefore my persecutors will stumble, and they will not prevail, they will be greatly ashamed; for they will not prosper, [their] everlasting confusion will never be forgotten.
"Please inquire of the Lord for us; for Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon, makes war against us; if it so is that the Lord will deal with us according to all His wondrous works, that he may go up from us."
'Thus the Lord says, God of Israel; 'Behold, I will turn back the weapons of war that [are] in your hands, whereby you fight against the king of Babylon, and [against] the Chaldeans, who besiege you outside the walls, and I will assemble them into the midst of this city.
And afterward,' the Lord says, 'I will deliver Zedekiah, king of Judah, and his servants, and the people, and such who are left in this city from the pestilence, from the sword, and from the famine, into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon, and into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of those who seek their life, and he will strike them with the edge of the sword; he will not spare them, neither have pity, nor have mercy.'
He who abides in this city will die by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence, but he who goes out, and falls to the Chaldeans that besiege you, he will live, and his life will be to him for a prey.
O house of David, thus the Lord says; 'Execute judgment in the morning, and deliver [him who is] spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor, unless My fury goes out like fire, and burns that none can quench [it], because of the evil of your doings.
Thus the Lord says; 'Execute judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor, and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place.
For if you do this thing indeed, then kings sitting upon the throne of David will enter in by the gates of this house, riding in chariots and on horses, he and his servants and his people.
For thus the Lord says to the king's house of Judah; 'You [are] Gilead to Me, [and] the head of Lebanon, [yet] I will surely make you a wilderness, [and] cities [that] are not inhabited.
For thus the Lord says touching Shallum, the son of Josiah, king of Judah, who reigned instead of Josiah his father, who went forth out of this place; 'He will not return there anymore.
Therefore the Lord thus says concerning Jehoiakim, the son of Josiah, king of Judah; 'They will not lament for him, [saying], 'Ah my brother!' Or, 'Ah sister!' They will not lament for him, [saying], 'Ah lord!' Or, 'Ah his glory!'
And I will give you into the hand of those who seek your life, and into the hand [of those] whose face you fear, even into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon, and into the hand of the Chaldeans.
Thus the Lord says, 'Write this man childless, a man [who] will not prosper in his days, for no man of his seed will prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling anymore in Judah.
Therefore the Lord thus says, God of Israel, against the pastors who feed My people; 'You have scattered My flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them, behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings,' the Lord says.
But, 'The Lord lives, who brought up and who led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country,' and from all countries where I had driven them; and they will dwell in their own land.'
My heart within me is broken because of the prophets; all my bones shake; I am like a drunk man, and like a man whom wine has overcome, because of the Lord, and because of the words of His holiness.
'Therefore their way will be to them as slippery [ways] in the darkness, they will be driven on, and fall therein, for I will bring evil upon them, [even] the year of their visitation,' the Lord says.
I have also seen in the prophets of Jerusalem a horrible thing, they commit adultery, and walk in lies, they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none return from his wickedness, all of them are to Me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.'
Therefore the Lord thus says of hosts concerning the prophets; 'Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall, for profaneness has gone forth from the prophets of Jerusalem into all the land.'
Thus the Lord of hosts says, 'Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, they make you vain, they speak a vision of their own heart, [and] not out of the mouth of the Lord.
They still say to those who despise Me, 'The Lord has said, 'You will have peace;' and they say to everyone who walks after the imagination of his own heart, 'No evil will come upon you.'
Behold, I [am] against those who prophesy false dreams,' the Lord says, 'And tell them, and cause My people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I did not send them, nor command them, therefore they will not profit this people at all,' the Lord says.
'And when this people, or the prophet, or a priest, will ask you, saying, 'What [is] the burden of the Lord?' You will then say to them, 'What burden? I will even forsake you,' the Lord says.
But since you say, 'The burden of the Lord;' therefore the Lord thus says; 'Because you say this word, 'The burden of the Lord,' and I have sent to you, saying, 'You will not say, 'The burden of the Lord;'
The Lord showed me, and, behold, two baskets of figs [were] set before the temple of the Lord, after that, Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon, had carried away Jeconiah captive, the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and the princes of Judah, with the carpenters and smiths, from Jerusalem, and had brought them to Babylon. *Matthew 1:11
"Thus the Lord says, the God of Israel; 'Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge those who are carried away captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans for [their] good.
And as the evil figs, which cannot be eaten, they are so evil;' surely the Lord thus says, 'So will I give Zedekiah, the king of Judah, and his princes, and the residue of Jerusalem, who remain in this land, and those who dwell in the land of Egypt.
The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah in the fourth year of Jehoiakim, the son of Josiah, king of Judah, that [was] the first year of Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon;
"From the thirteenth year of Josiah, the son of Amon, king of Judah, even to this day, that [is] the twenty third year, the word of the Lord has come to me, and I have spoken to you, rising early and speaking; but you have not listened.
Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north,' the Lord says, 'And Nebuchadrezzar, the king of Babylon, My servant, *17:5 and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, and a hissing, and perpetual desolations.
Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle.
And it will come to pass, when the seventy years are accomplished, *Daniel 9:2 [that] I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation,' the Lord says, 'For their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations. *17:6
[To knowledge], Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah, and the kings thereof, and the princes thereof, to make them a desolation, an astonishment, a hissing, and a curse; as [it is] this day;
And all the kings of the north, far and near, one with another, and all the kingdoms of the world, which [are] upon the face of the earth, and the king of Sheshach will drink after them.
"Therefore you will say to them, 'Thus the Lord of hosts says, the God of Israel; 'Drink and be drunk, and spue, and fall, and rise no more, because of the sword which I will send among you.'
For, look, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by My name, and should you be utterly unpunished? You will not be unpunished, for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth,' the Lord of hosts says.
Therefore prophesy against them all these words, and say to them, 'The Lord will roar from on high, and utter His voice from His holy habitation; He will mightily roar upon His habitation; He will give a shout, *37:19, *79:13 as those who tread [the grapes], against all the inhabitants of the earth.
A noise will come [even] to the ends of the earth; for the Lord has a controversy with the nations, He will judge all flesh; He will give those [who are] wicked to the sword,' the Lord says.
And the slain of the Lord will be at that Day, from [one] end of the earth even to the [other] end of the earth, they will not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they will be dung upon the ground.
Howl, you shepherds, and cry; and wallow yourselves [in the ashes], you principal of the flock, for the days of your slaughter and of your dispersions are accomplished; and you will fall like a pleasant vessel.
"Thus the Lord says; 'Stand in the court of the Lord's House, and speak to all the cities of Judah, who come to prostrate in the Lord's House, all the words that I command you to speak to them; *21:27 do not diminish a word.
Now it came to pass, when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking all that the Lord had commanded [him] to speak to all the people, that the priests and the prophets and all the people took him, saying, "You will surely die.
Why have you prophesied in the name of the Lord, saying, 'This House will be like Shiloh, and this city will be desolate without an inhabitant?'" And all the people were gathered against Jeremiah in the House of the Lord.
Then the priests and the prophets spoke to the princes and to all the people, saying, "This man [is] worthy to die; for he has prophesied against this city, as you have heard with your ears."
But know for certain, that if you put me to death, you will surely bring innocent blood upon yourselves, and upon this city, and upon the inhabitants thereof, for of a truth, the Lord has sent me to you to speak all these words in your ears."
"Micah the Morasthite prophesied in the days of Hezekiah, king of Judah, and spoke to all the people of Judah, saying, 'Thus the Lord of hosts says; 'Zion will be plowed [like] a field, and Jerusalem will become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of a forest.'
Did Hezekiah, king of Judah, and all Judah put him to death at all? Did he not fear the Lord, and besought the Lord, and the Lord repented Himself of the evil which He had pronounced against them? Thus we might procure great evil against our souls."
And there was also a man who prophesied in the name of the Lord, Urijah, the son of Shemaiah of Kirjathjearim, who prophesied against this city and against this land according to all the words of Jeremiah.
And when Jehoiakim the king, with all his mighty men, and all the princes, heard his words, the king sought to put him to death, but when Urijah heard it, he was afraid, and fled, and went into Egypt;
And send them to the king of Edom, and to the king of Moab, and to the king of the Ammonites, and to the king of Tyre, and to the king of Sidon, by the hand of the messengers who come to Jerusalem to Zedekiah, king of Judah;
And now I have given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, My servant; *17:5 and I have also given him the beasts of the field to serve him.
And it will come to pass, [that] the nation and kingdom which will not serve the same Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, and that will not put their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, that nation will I punish,' the Lord says, 'With the sword, and with the famine, and with the pestilence, until I have consumed them by his hand.
Therefore do not listen to your prophets, nor to your diviners, nor to your dreamers, nor to your enchanters, nor to your sorcerers, who speak to you, saying, 'You will not serve the king of Babylon.'
But the nations that bring their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and serve him, I will let those still remain in their own land,' the Lord says; 'And they will till it, and dwell therein.'"
I also spoke to the priests and all this people, saying, "Thus the Lord says; 'Do not listen to the words of your prophets who prophesy to you, saying, 'Behold, the vessels of the Lord's House will now shortly be brought again from Babylon,' for they prophesy a lie to you.
But if they [are] prophets, and if the word of the Lord is with them, let them now make intercession to the Lord of hosts, that the vessels which are left in the House of the Lord, and [in] the house of the king of Judah, and at Jerusalem, do not go to Babylon.
'Which Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, did not take, when he carried away Jeconiah captive, the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, from Jerusalem to Babylon, and all the nobles of Judah and Jerusalem;' *Matthew 1:11
And it came to pass the same year, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah, in the fourth year, [and] in the fifth month, [that] Hananiah, the son of Azur the prophet, who [was] of Gibeon, spoke to me in the House of the Lord, in the presence of the priests and of all the people, saying,
Within two full years I will bring all the vessels of the Lord's House again into this place, which Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, took away from this place, and carried them to Babylon.
And I will bring Jeconiah, the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, again to this place, with all the captives of Judah, who went into Babylon,' the Lord says, 'For I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.'"
Even the prophet Jeremiah said, "Amen, the Lord, do so, the Lord, perform Your words which You have prophesied, to bring the vessels of the Lord's House again, and all that is carried away captive, from Babylon into this place.
And Hananiah spoke in the presence of all the people, saying, "Thus the Lord says; 'Even so will I break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, from the neck of all nations within the space of two full years.'" And the prophet Jeremiah went his way.
For the Lord of hosts thus says, the God of Israel; 'I have put a yoke of iron upon the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon; and they will serve him, and I have given him the beasts of the field also.'"
So Hananiah the prophet died *Deuteronomy 18:20 the same year in the seventh month.
Now these [are] the words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem to the residue of the elders who were carried away captives, and to the priests, and to the prophets, and to all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon;
Take wives, and father sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; that you may be increased there, and not diminished.
For the Lord of hosts thus says, the God of Israel; "Do not let your prophets and your diviners, who [are] in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hear your dreams which you cause to be dreamed.
For the Lord thus says, "That after seventy years are accomplished at Babylon, I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. *Daniel 9:2
And I will be found of you," the Lord says, "And I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather from all the nations, and from all the places where I have driven you," the Lord says; "And I will bring you again into the place from where I caused you to be carried away captive."
[Know] that the Lord thus says of the king who sits upon the throne of David, and of all the people who dwell in this city, [and] of your brethren who have not gone forth with you into captivity;
And I will persecute them with the sword, with the famine, and with the pestilence, and will deliver them to be removed to all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a curse, and an astonishment, and a hissing, and a reproach, among all the nations where I have driven them.
Because they have not listened to My words," the Lord says, "Which I sent to them by My servants the prophets, rising up early and sending [them]; but you would not hear," the Lord says.
Thus the Lord of hosts says, the God of Israel, of Ahab, the son of Kolaiah, and of Zedekiah, the son of Maaseiah, who prophesy a lie to you in My name; "Behold, I will deliver them into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon; and he will slay them *Deuteronomy 18:20 before your eyes;
And a curse of them will be taken up, by all the captivity of Judah who [are] in Babylon, saying, 'The Lord make like Zedekiah and like Ahab, whom the king of Babylon roasted in the fire;
Because they have committed villainy in Israel, and have committed adultery with their neighbors' wives, and have spoken lying words in My name, which I have not commanded them; even I know, and [am] a Witness," the Lord says.
"Thus speaks the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, saying, 'Because you have sent letters in your name to all the people who [are] at Jerusalem, and to Zephaniah, the son of Maaseiah the priest, and to all the priests, saying,
'The Lord has made you priest in the stead of Jehoiada the priest, that you should be officers in the House of the Lord, for every man [who is] mad, and makes himself a prophet, that you should put him in prison, and in the stocks.'
"Send to all them of the captivity, saying, 'Thus the Lord says concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite; 'Because Shemaiah has prophesied to you, and I did not send him, and he caused you to trust in a lie.'
Therefore the Lord thus says; 'Behold, I will punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite, and his seed, he will not have a man to dwell among this people; neither will he behold the good that I will do for My people,' the Lord says; 'Because he has taught rebellion against the Lord.'"
For, look, the days come,' the Lord says, 'That I will bring the captivity of My people Israel and Judah again,' the Lord says, 'And I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they will possess it.'"
For it will come to pass in that day," the Lord of hosts says, "[That] I will break his yoke from off your neck, and will burst your bonds, and strangers will no longer serve themselves of him.
Therefore do not fear, O My servant Jacob," the Lord says; "Neither be dismayed, O Israel, for, look, I will save you from afar, and your seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob will return, and will be in rest, and be quiet, and none will make [him] afraid.
For I [am] with you," the Lord says, "To save you, though I make a full end of all nations where I have scattered you, yet I will not make a full end of you, but I will correct you in measure, and will not leave you altogether unpunished."
All your lovers have forgotten you; they do not seek you; for I have wounded you with the wound of an enemy, with the chastisement of a cruel one, for the multitude of your iniquity; [because] your sins have increased.
Therefore all those who devour you, will be devoured; and all your adversaries, every one of them, will go into captivity; and those who spoil you, will be a spoil, and all who prey upon you, I will give for a prey.
Thus the Lord says; "Behold, I will bring again the captivity of Jacob's tents, and have mercy on his dwelling places; and the city will be built upon her own heap, and the palace will remain after the manner thereof.
And their nobles will be of themselves, and their governor will proceed from the midst of them; and I will cause him to draw near, and he will approach Me, for who [is] this who engaged his heart to approach Me?" The Lord says.
Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, [and] the blind and the lame with them, the woman with child and her who travails with child together, a great company will return there.
They will come with weeping, and I will lead them with supplications, I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they will not stumble, for I am a Father to Israel, and Ephraim [is] My firstborn. *2:116, *9:30, *10:68, *18:4, *19:88, *37:151 - 152
Therefore they will come and sing in the height of Zion, and will flow together to the goodness of the Lord, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd, and their soul will be as a watered garden; and they will not sorrow anymore at all.
Thus the Lord says; "A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, [and] bitter weeping; Rahel, weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they [were] not." *Matthew 2:17 - 18
I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself [thus]; 'You have chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed [to the yoke], turn me, and I will be turned; for You [are] the Lord my God.
[Is] Ephraim My dear son? [Is he] a pleasant child? For since I spoke against him, I earnestly remember him still, therefore My bowels are troubled for him; I will surely have mercy upon him," the Lord says.
Thus the Lord of hosts says, the God of Israel; "As they will still use this speech in the land of Judah and in the cities thereof, when I will bring their captivity again; 'The Lord bless you, O habitation of justice, [and] mountain of holiness.'"
And it will come to pass, [that] as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict; so I will watch over them, to build, and to plant," the Lord says.
Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day [that] I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which covenant of Mine they broke, although I was a husband to them," the Lord says.
"But this [will be] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; after those days," the Lord says, "I will put My law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they will be My people.
And they will no longer teach, every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them," *John 6:45 the Lord says, "For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will no longer remember their sin." *Hebrews 8:8 - 12, *Hebrews 10:16 - 17
Thus the Lord says, who gives the sun for a light by day, [and] the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, who divides the sea when the waves thereof roar; "The Lord of hosts [is] His name.
Thus the Lord says; "If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done," the Lord says.
And the whole valley of the dead bodies, and of the ashes, and all the fields to the brook of Kidron, to the corner of the horse gate toward the east, [will be] holy to the Lord; it will not be plucked up, nor thrown down anymore forever."
For Zedekiah, king of Judah had shut him up, saying, "Why do you prophesy, and say, 'Thus the Lord says, 'Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he will take it;
And Zedekiah, king of Judah will not escape out of the hand of the Chaldeans, but will surely be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon, and will speak with him mouth to mouth, and his eyes will behold his eyes;
So Hanameel, my uncle's son, came to me in the court of the prison according to the word of the Lord, and said to me, "Please buy my field that [is] in Anathoth, which [is] in the country of Benjamin, for the right of inheritance [is] yours, and the redemption [is] yours; buy [it] for yourself." Then I knew that this [was] the word of the Lord.
And I gave the evidence of the purchase to Baruch, the son of Neriah, the son of Maaseiah, in the sight of Hanameel, my uncle's [son], and in the presence of the witnesses who subscribed the book of the purchase, before all the Jews who sat in the court of the prison. *2:282
"Thus the Lord of hosts says, the God of Israel; 'Take these evidences, this evidence of the purchase, both which is sealed, and this evidence which is open; and put them in an earthen vessel, that they may continue many days.'
You show loving kindness to thousands, and recompense the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them, the Great, the Mighty God, the Lord of hosts, [is] His name,
And they came in, and possessed it; but they did not obey Your voice, neither walked in Your law; they have done nothing of all that You commanded them to do, therefore You have caused all this evil to come upon them.
Behold the mounts, they are brought to the city to take it; and the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans, who fight against it, because of the sword, and of the famine, and of the pestilence, and what You have spoken has come to pass; and, behold, You see [it].
And the Chaldeans, who fight against this city, will come and set fire on this city, and burn it with the houses, upon whose roofs they have offered incense to Baal, and poured out drink offerings to other gods, to provoke Me to anger.
For the Children of Israel and the Children of Judah have only done evil before Me from their youth, for the Children of Israel have only provoked Me to anger with the work of their hands," the Lord says.
Because of all the evil of the Children of Israel and of the Children of Judah, which they have done to provoke Me to anger, they, their kings, their princes, their priests, and their prophets, and the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
And they built the high places of Baal, which [are] in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through [the fire] to Molech; which I did not command them, neither did it come into My mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin." *6:137
And now therefore the Lord thus says, the God of Israel, concerning this city, whereof you say, "It will be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence;
Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, where I have driven them in My anger, and in My fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again to this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely.
Men will buy fields for money, and subscribe evidences, and seal [them], and take witnesses in the land of Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, and in the cities of the mountains, and in the cities of the valley, and in the cities of the south, for I will cause their captivity to return," the Lord says.
'They come to fight with the Chaldeans, but [it is] to fill them with the dead bodies of men, whom I have slain in My anger and in My fury, and for all whose wickedness I have hidden My Face from this city.
And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against Me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against Me.
And it will be a name of joy to Me, a praise and an honor before all the nations of the earth, which will hear all the good that I do to them, and they will fear and tremble for all the goodness and for all the prosperity that I procure to it.'
Thus the Lord says; 'Again there will be heard in this place, which you say [will be] desolate without man and without beast, [even] in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, that are desolate, without man, and without inhabitant, and without beast,
The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of those who will say, 'Praise the Lord of hosts, for the Lord [is] good; for His mercy [endures] forever,' [and] of those who will bring the sacrifice of praise into the House of the Lord. For I will cause the captivity of the land to return, as at the first,' the Lord says.
Thus the Lord of hosts says; 'Again in this place, which is desolate without man and without beast, and in all the cities thereof, will be a habitation of shepherds causing [their] flocks to lie down.
In the cities of the mountains, in the cities of the vale, and in the cities of the south, and in the land of Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, the flocks will pass again under the hands of him who tells [them],' the Lord says.
"Do you not consider what this people has spoken, saying, 'The two families whom the Lord has chosen, has He even cast them off?' Thus they have despised My people, that they should no longer be a nation before them.
Then I will cast away the seed of Jacob, and David My servant, [so] that I will not take [any] of his seed [to be] rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, for I will cause their captivity to return, and have mercy on them.'"
The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, when Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, and all his army, and all the kingdoms of the earth of his dominion, and all the people, fought against Jerusalem, and against all the cities thereof, saying,
Thus the Lord says, the God of Israel; "Go and speak to Zedekiah, king of Judah, and tell him, 'Thus the Lord says; 'Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he will burn it with fire.
And you will not escape out of his hand, but will surely be taken, and delivered into his hand; and your eyes will behold the eyes of the king of Babylon, and he will speak with you mouth to mouth, and you will go to Babylon.'
[But] you will die in peace, and with the burnings of your fathers, the former kings who were before you, so they will burn [odors] for you; and they will lament you, [saying], 'Ah lord!' For I have pronounced the word," the Lord says.
When the king of Babylon's army fought against Jerusalem, and against all the cities of Judah that were left, against Lachish, and against Azekah, for these defensed cities remained of the cities of Judah.
That every man should let his manservant, and every man his maidservant, [being] a Hebrew or a Hebrewess, go free; that none should serve himself of them, [to knowledge], of a Jew his brother.
Now when all the princes, and all the people, who had entered into the covenant, heard that everyone should let his manservant, and everyone his maidservant, go free, that none should serve themselves of them anymore, then they obeyed, and let [them] go.
'At the end of seven years let go every man his brother a Hebrew, who has been sold to you; and when he has served you for six years, you will let him go free from you,' but your fathers did not listen to Me, neither incline their ear.
And you were now turned, and had done right in My sight, in proclaiming liberty, every man to his neighbor; and you had made a covenant before Me in the House which is called by My name.
But you turned and polluted My name, and caused every man his servant, and every man his handmaid, whom you had set at liberty at their pleasure, to return, and brought them into subjection, to be to you for servants and for handmaids."
Therefore the Lord thus says; "You have not listened to Me, in proclaiming liberty, everyone to his brother, and every man to his neighbor, behold, I proclaim a liberty for you," the Lord says, "To the sword, to the pestilence, and to the famine; and I will make you to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.
And I will give the men who have transgressed My covenant, who have not performed the words of the covenant which they had made before Me, when they cut the calf in two, and passed between the parts thereof,
I will even give them into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of those who seek their life, and their dead bodies will be for meat to the fowls of the heaven, and to the beasts of the earth.
And I will give Zedekiah, king of Judah, and his princes, into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of those who seek their life, and into the hand of the king of Babylon's army, who have gone up from you.
Behold, I will command," the Lord says, "And cause them to return to this city; and they will fight against it, and take it, and burn it with fire, and I will make the cities of Judah a desolation without an inhabitant."
And I brought them into the House of the Lord, into the chamber of the sons of Hanan, the son of Igdaliah, a man of God, who [was] by the chamber of the princes, who [was] above the chamber of Maaseiah, the son of Shallum, the keeper of the door.
Neither will you build a house, nor sow seed, nor plant a vineyard, nor have [any], but you will dwell in tents all your days; that you may live many days in the land where you [are] strangers.
But it came to pass, when Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon came up into the land, that we said, "Come, and let us go to Jerusalem for fear of the army of the Chaldeans, and for fear of the army of the Syrians, so we dwell at Jerusalem."
'The words of Jonadab, the son of Rechab, that he commanded his sons to not drink wine, are performed; for to this day they drink none, but obey their father's commandment, notwithstanding I have spoken to you, rising early and speaking; but you did not listen to Me.
I have also sent all My servants the prophets to you, rising up early and sending [them], saying, 'Return now, every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and do not go after other gods to serve them, and you will dwell in the land which I have given to you and your fathers,' but you have not inclined your ear, nor listened to Me.
Therefore the Lord thus says God of hosts, the God of Israel; 'Behold, I will bring upon Judah and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the evil that I have pronounced against them, because I have spoken to them, but they have not heard; and I have called to them, but they have not answered."
And Jeremiah said to the house of the Rechabites, "Thus the Lord of hosts says, the God of Israel; 'Because you have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done according to all that he has commanded you.'
"Take a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken to you against Israel, and against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spoke to you, from the days of Josiah, even to this day.
It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do to them; that they may return, every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin."
Therefore go, and read in the roll, which you have written from my mouth, the words of the Lord in the ears of the people in the Lord's House upon the fasting day, and you will also read them in the ears of all Judah, who come out of their cities.
It may be they will present their supplication before the Lord, and will return, everyone from his evil way, for great [is] the anger and the fury that the Lord has pronounced against this people."
And it came to pass in the fifth year of Jehoiakim, the son of Josiah, king of Judah, in the ninth month, [that] they proclaimed a fast before the Lord to all the people in Jerusalem, and to all the people who came from the cities of Judah to Jerusalem.
Then Baruch read the words of Jeremiah in the book in the House of the Lord, in the chamber of Gemariah, the son of Shaphan the scribe, in the higher court, at the entry of the new gate of the Lord's House, in the ears of all the people.
Then he went down into the king's house, into the scribe's chamber, and, look, all the princes sat there, [even] Elishama the scribe, and Delaiah, the son of Shemaiah, and Elnathan, the son of Achbor, and Gemariah, the son of Shaphan, and Zedekiah, the son of Hananiah, and all the princes.
Therefore all the princes sent Jehudi, the son of Nethaniah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Cushi, to Baruch, saying, "Take the roll in your hand, wherein you have read in the ears of the people, and come." So Baruch, the son of Neriah, took the roll in his hand, and came to them.
So the king sent Jehudi to fetch the roll, and he took it out of Elishama the scribe's chamber. And Jehudi read it in the ears of the king, and in the ears of all the princes who stood beside the king.
And it came to pass, [that] when Jehudi had read three or four leaves, he cut it with the penknife, and cast [it] into the fire that [was] on the hearth, until all the roll was consumed in the fire that [was] on the hearth.
But the king commanded Jerahmeel, the son of Hammelech, and Seraiah, the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah, the son of Abdeel, to take Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet, but the Lord hid them.
And you will say to Jehoiakim king of Judah, 'Thus the Lord says; 'You have burned this roll, saying, 'Why have you written therein,' saying, 'The king of Babylon will certainly come and destroy this land, and will cause to cease from there man and beast?'
Therefore the Lord thus says of Jehoiakim, king of Judah; 'He will have none to sit upon the throne of David, and his dead body will be cast out in the day to the heat, and in the night to the frost.
And I will punish him and his seed and his servants for their iniquity; and I will bring upon them, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and upon the men of Judah, all the evil that I have pronounced against them;'" but they did not listen.
Then Jeremiah took another roll, and gave it to Baruch the scribe, the son of Neriah; who wrote therein from the mouth of Jeremiah, all the words of the book which Jehoiakim, king of Judah, had burned in the fire, and many like words were added besides them.
"Thus the Lord says, the God of Israel; 'Thus you will say to the king of Judah, who sent you to Me to inquire of Me; 'Behold, Pharaoh's army, which has come forth to help you, will return to Egypt into their own land.
For though you had struck the whole army of the Chaldeans who fight against you, and there remained [but] wounded men among them, [yet] they will rise up, every man in his tent, and burn this city with fire."
And when he was in the gate of Benjamin, a captain of the ward [was] there, whose name [was] Irijah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Hananiah; and he took Jeremiah the prophet, saying, "You fall away to the Chaldeans."
Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took him out, and the king asked him secretly in his house, and said, "Is there [any] word from the Lord?" And Jeremiah said, "There is, for, He said, you will be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon."
Therefore please hear now, O my lord the king, please let my supplication be accepted before you; that you do not cause me to return to the house of Jonathan the scribe, unless I die there."
"Thus the Lord says, 'He who remains in this city will die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, but he who goes forth to the Chaldeans will live; for he will have his life for a prey, and will live.'
Therefore the princes said to the king, "We beseech you, let this man be put to death, for he thus weakens the hands of the men of war who remain in this city, and the hands of all the people, in speaking such words to them, for this man does not seek the welfare of this people, but the hurt."
Then they took Jeremiah, and cast him into the dungeon of Malchiah, the son of Hammelech, that [was] in the court of the prison, and they let Jeremiah down with cords. And [there was] no water in the dungeon, but mire, so Jeremiah sunk in the mire.
"My lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they have done to Jeremiah the prophet, whom they have cast into the dungeon; and he is likely to die for hunger in the place where he is, for [there is] no more bread in the city."
So Ebedmelech took the men with him, and went into the house of the king under the treasury, and took old cast clouts and old rotten rags from there, and let them down by cords into the dungeon to Jeremiah.
Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took Jeremiah the prophet to him into the third entry that [is] in the House of the Lord, and the king said to Jeremiah, "I will ask you a thing; hide nothing from me."
So Zedekiah the king swore secretly to Jeremiah, saying, "[As] the Lord lives, who made us this soul, I will not put you to death, neither will I give you into the hand of these men who seek your life."
Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, "Thus the Lord says, the God of hosts, the God of Israel; 'If you will assuredly go forth to the king of Babylon's princes, then your soul will live, and this city will not be burned with fire; and you will live, and your house.
But if you will not go forth to the king of Babylon's princes, then this city will be given into the hand of the Chaldeans, and they will burn it with fire, and you will not escape out of their hand.'"
And, behold, all the women who are left in the king of Judah's house [will be] brought forth to the king of Babylon's princes, and those [women] will say, 'Your friends have set you on, and have prevailed against you, your feet have sunk in the mire, [and] they have turned back away.'
So they will bring out all your wives and your children to the Chaldeans, and you will not escape out of their hand, but will be taken by the hand of the king of Babylon, and you will cause this city to be burned with fire."
But if the princes hear that I have talked with you, and they come to you, and say to you, 'Declare to us now what you have said to the king, do not hide it from us, and we will not put you to death; also what the king said to you.'
Then all the princes came to Jeremiah, and asked him, and he told them according to all these words that the king had commanded. So they left off speaking with him; for the matter was not perceived.
In the ninth year of Zedekiah, king of Judah, in the tenth month, Nebuchadrezzar came, king of Babylon, and all his army against Jerusalem, and they besieged it. *17:5
And all the princes of the king of Babylon came in, and sat in the middle gate, [even] Nergalsharezer, Samgarnebo, Sarsechim, Rabsaris, Nergalsharezer, Rabmag, with all the residue of the princes of the king of Babylon.
And it came to pass, [that] when Zedekiah, the king of Judah, saw them, and all the men of war, then they fled, and went forth out of the city by night, by the way of the king's garden, by the gate between the two walls, and he went out the way of the plain.
But the Chaldeans' army pursued after them, and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho, and when they had taken him, they brought him up to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, to Riblah in the land of Hamath, where he gave judgment upon him.
And the Chaldeans burned the king's house, and the houses of the people, with fire, and broke down the walls of Jerusalem. *17:5
Then Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, carried away the remnant of the people who remained in the city captive into Babylon, and those who fell away, who fell to him, with the rest of the people who remained.
Even they sent, and took Jeremiah out of the court of the prison, and committed him to Gedaliah, the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, that he should carry him home, so he dwelt among the people.
"Go and speak to Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, saying, 'Thus the Lord of hosts says, the God of Israel; 'Behold, I will bring My words upon this city for evil, and not for good; and they will be [accomplished] in that day before you.
The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, after Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, had let him go from Ramah, when he had taken him being bound in chains among all who were carried away captive of Jerusalem and Judah, who were carried away captive to Babylon.
And now, behold, I loose you this day from the chains which [were] upon your hand. If it seems good to you to come with me into Babylon, come; and I will look well to you, but if it seems ill to you to come with me into Babylon, forbear, behold, all the land [is] before you, where it seems good and convenient for you to go, there go."
Now while he had not yet gone back, [he said], "Go back also to Gedaliah, the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon has made governor over the cities of Judah, and dwell with him among the people, or go wherever it seems convenient to you to go." So the captain of the guard gave him victuals and a reward, and let him go.
Now when all the captains of the forces who [were] in the fields, [even] they and their men, heard that the king of Babylon had made Gedaliah, the son of Ahikam, governor in the land, and had committed men to him, and women, and children, and of the poor of the land, of those who were not carried away captive to Babylon;
Then they came to Gedaliah to Mizpah, even Ishmael, the son of Nethaniah, and Johanan and Jonathan, the sons of Kareah, and Seraiah, the son of Tanhumeth, and the sons of Ephai the Netophathite, and Jezaniah, the son of a Maachathite, they and their men.
And Gedaliah, the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, swore to them and to their men, saying, "Do not fear to serve the Chaldeans, dwell in the land, and serve the king of Babylon, and it will be well with you.
As for me, behold, I will dwell at Mizpah to serve the Chaldeans, who will come to us, but you, gather wine, and summer fruits, and oil, and put [them] in your vessels, and dwell in your cities that you have taken."
Likewise when all the Jews who [were] in Moab, and among the Ammonites, and in Edom, and who [were] in all the countries, heard that the king of Babylon had left a remnant of Judah, and that he had set over Gedaliah them, the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan;
And said to him, "Do you certainly know that Baalis, the king of the Ammonites, has sent Ishmael, the son of Nethaniah, to slay you?" But Gedaliah, the son of Ahikam, did not believe them.
Then Johanan, the son of Kareah, spoke to Gedaliah in Mizpah secretly, saying, "Please let me go, and I will slay Ishmael, the son of Nethaniah, and no man will know [it], why should he slay you, that all the Jews who are gathered to you should be scattered, and the remnant in Judah perish?"
Now it came to pass in the seventh month, [that] Ishmael, the son of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, of the seed royal, and the princes of the king, even ten men with him, came to Gedaliah, the son of Ahikam, to Mizpah; and they ate bread there together in Mizpah.
Then Ishmael arose, the son of Nethaniah, and the ten men who were with him, and struck Gedaliah, the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, with the sword, and slew him, whom the king of Babylon had made governor over the land.
That some came there from Shechem, from Shiloh, and from Samaria, [even] eighty men, having their beards shaven, and their clothes rent, and having cut themselves, with offerings and incense in their hand, to bring [them] to the House of the Lord.
And Ishmael, the son of Nethaniah, went forth from Mizpah to meet them, weeping all along as he went, and it came to pass, as he met them, he said to them, "Come to Gedaliah, the son of Ahikam."
But ten men were found among those who said to Ishmael, "Do not slay us, for we have treasures in the field, of wheat, and of barley, and of oil, and of honey." So he forbare, and did not slay them among their brethren.
Now the pit wherein Ishmael had cast all the dead bodies of the men, whom he had slain because of Gedaliah, which Asa the king had made for fear of Baasha, king of Israel, [and] Ishmael, the son of Nethaniah, he filled it with [those who were] slain.
Then Ishmael carried away all the residue of the people captive, who [were] in Mizpah, [even] the king's daughters, and all the people who remained in Mizpah, whom Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, had committed to Gedaliah, the son of Ahikam, and Ishmael, the son of Nethaniah, carried them away captive, and departed to go over to the Ammonites.
Then Johanan, the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces who [were] with him, took all the remnant of the people whom he had recovered from Ishmael, the son of Nethaniah, from Mizpah, after he had slain Gedaliah, the son of Ahikam, [even] mighty men of war, and the women, and the children, and the eunuchs, whom he had brought again from Gibeon.
Because of the Chaldeans, for they were afraid of them, because Ishmael, the son of Nethaniah, had slain Gedaliah, the son of Ahikam, whom the king of Babylon made governor in the land.
And said to Jeremiah the prophet, "Let, we beseech you, our supplication be accepted before you, and pray for us to the Lord your God, [even] for all this remnant (for we are left [but] a few of many, as your eyes do behold us).
Then Jeremiah the prophet said to them, "I have heard [you]; behold, I will pray to the Lord your God according to your words; and it will come to pass, [that] whatever thing the Lord will answer you, I will declare [it] to you; I will keep nothing back from you."
'If you will still abide in this land, then I will build you, and not pull [you] down, and I will plant you, and not pluck [you] up, for I repent Myself of the evil that I have done to you.
And now therefore hear the word of the Lord, you remnant of Judah; 'Thus the Lord of hosts says, the God of Israel; 'If you wholly set your faces to enter into Egypt, and go to sojourn there;
Then it will come to pass, [that] the sword, which you feared, will overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine, whereof you were afraid, will follow close after you there in Egypt; and there you will die.
So will it be with all the men who set their faces to go into Egypt to sojourn there; they will die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, and none of them will remain or escape from the evil that I will bring upon them.'
For the Lord of hosts thus says, the God of Israel; 'As My anger and My fury have been poured forth upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem; so will My fury be poured forth upon you, when you will enter into Egypt, and you will be an execration, and an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach; and you will no longer see this place.'
For you dissembled in your hearts, when you sent me to the Lord your God, saying, 'Pray for us to the Lord our God; and according to all that the Lord our God will say, so declare to us, and we will do [it].'
And it came to pass, [that] when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking to all the people all the words of the Lord their God, for which the Lord their God had sent him to them, [even] all these words,
Then Azariah spoke, the son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan, the son of Kareah, and all the proud men, saying to Jeremiah, "You speak falsely, the Lord our God has not sent you to say, 'Do not go into Egypt to sojourn there.'
But Johanan, the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces, took all the remnant of Judah, who were returned from all nations, where they had been driven, to dwell in the land of Judah;
[Even] men, and women, and children, and the king's daughters, and every person whom Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, had left with Gedaliah, the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, and Jeremiah the prophet, and Baruch, the son of Neriah.
And say to them, 'Thus the Lord of hosts says, the God of Israel; 'Behold, I will send and take Nebuchadrezzar, the king of Babylon, My servant, *17:5 and will set his throne upon these stones that I have hidden; and he will spread his royal pavilion over them.
And when he comes, he will strike the land of Egypt, [and deliver] such [who are] for death to death; and such [who are] for captivity to captivity; and such [who are] for the sword to the sword.
And I will kindle a fire in the houses of the gods of Egypt; and he will burn them, and carry them away captives, and he will array himself with the land of Egypt, as a shepherd puts on his garment; and he will go forth from there in peace.
"Thus the Lord of hosts says, the God of Israel; 'You have seen all the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, and upon all the cities of Judah; and, behold, they [are] a desolation this day, and no man dwells therein,
Because of their wickedness which they have committed to provoke Me to anger, in that they went to burn incense, [and] to serve other gods, whom they did not know, [neither] they, you, nor your fathers.
Therefore the Lord thus says now, the God of hosts, the God of Israel; "Why do you commit [this] great evil against your souls, to cut off from man and woman, child and suckling, out of Judah, to leave none to remain;
In that you provoke Me to wrath with the works of your hands, burning incense to other gods in the land of Egypt, where you have gone to dwell, that you might cut yourselves off, and that you might be a curse and a reproach among all the nations of the earth?
Have you forgotten the wickedness of your fathers, and the wickedness of the kings of Judah, and the wickedness of their wives, and your own wickedness, and the wickedness of your wives, which they have committed in the land of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem?
And I will take the remnant of Judah, who have set their faces to go into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, and they will all be consumed, [and] fall in the land of Egypt; they will [even] be consumed by the sword [and] by the famine, they will die, from the least even to the greatest, by the sword and by the famine, and they will be an execration, [and] an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach.
So that none of the remnant of Judah, who have gone to sojourn into the land of Egypt, will escape or remain, that they should return into the land of Judah, to which they have a desire to return to dwell there, for none will return but such who will escape."
Then all the men who knew that their wives had burned incense to other gods, and all the women who stood by, a great multitude, even all the people who dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying,
But we will certainly do whatever thing goes forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings to her, as we have done, we and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, for we had plenty of victuals [then], and were well, and saw no evil.
But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings to her, we have wanted all [things], and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine.
"The incense that you burned in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, you and your fathers, your kings, and your princes, and the people of the land, did the Lord not remember them, and did it [not] come into His mind?
So that the Lord could no longer bear, because of the evil of your doings, [and] because of the abominations which you have committed; therefore your land is a desolation, and an astonishment, and a curse, without an inhabitant, as at this day.
Because you have burned incense, and because you have sinned against the Lord, and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord, nor walked in His law, nor in His statutes, nor in His testimonies; therefore this evil has happened to you, as at this day."
'Thus the Lord of hosts says, the God of Israel, saying; 'You and your wives have both spoken with your mouths, and fulfilled with your hand, saying, 'We will surely perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings to her,' you will surely accomplish your vows, and surely perform your vows.
Therefore hear the word of the Lord, all Judah who dwell in the land of Egypt; 'Behold, I have sworn by My great name,' the Lord says, 'That My name will no longer be named in the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, 'The Lord God lives.'
Behold, I will watch over them for evil, and not for good, and all the men of Judah who [are] in the land of Egypt will be consumed by the sword and by the famine, until there is an end of them.
Yet a small number who escape the sword will return out of the land of Egypt into the land of Judah, and all the remnant of Judah, who have gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, will know whose words will stand, Mine, or theirs.
Thus the Lord says; 'Behold, I will give Pharaohhophra, king of Egypt, into the hand of his enemies, and into the hand of those who seek his life; as I gave Zedekiah, king of Judah, into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon, his enemy, and who sought his life.'"
The word that Jeremiah the prophet spoke to Baruch, the son of Neriah, when he had written these words in a book at the mouth of Jeremiah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim, the son of Josiah, king of Judah, saying,
And do you seek great things for yourself? Do not seek [them], for, behold, I will bring evil upon all flesh,' the Lord says, 'But I will give your life to you for a prey in all places where you go.'"
Against Egypt, against the army of Pharaohnecho king of Egypt, which was by the river Euphrates in Carchemish, which Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon, struck in the fourth year of Jehoiakim, the son of Josiah, king of Judah.
For this [is] the day of the Lord God of hosts, a day of vengeance, that He may avenge Himself of His adversaries, and the sword will devour, and it will be satiate and made drunk with their blood, for the Lord God of hosts has a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates.
Also her hired men [are] in the midst of her like fatted bullocks; for they also have turned back, [and] have fled away together, they did not stand, because the day of their calamity was brought upon them, [and] the time of their visitation.
The Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, says; 'Behold, I will punish the multitude of No, and Pharaoh, and Egypt, with their gods, and their kings; even Pharaoh, and [all] those who trust in him.
And I will deliver them into the hand of those who seek their lives, and into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon, and into the hand of his servants, and afterward it will be inhabited, as in the days of old,' the Lord says.
'But do not fear, O My servant Jacob, and be not dismayed, O Israel, for, behold, I will save you from afar off, and your seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob will return, and be in rest and at ease, and none will make [him] afraid.
Do not fear, O Jacob My servant,' the Lord says, 'For I [am] with you; for I will make a full end of all the nations where I have driven you, but I will not make a full end of you, but correct you in measure; yet I will not leave you wholly unpunished.'"
Thus the Lord says; "Behold, waters rise up out of the north, and will be an overflowing flood, and will overflow the land, and all that are therein; the city, and those who dwell therein, then the men will cry, and all the inhabitants of the land will howl.
At the noise of the stamping of the hoofs of his strong [horses], at the rushing of his chariots, [and at] the rumbling of his wheels, the fathers will not look back to [their] children for feebleness of hands;
Because of the day that comes to spoil all the Philistines, [and] to cut off from Tyre and Sidon every helper who remains, for the Lord will spoil the Philistines, the remnant of the country of Caphtor.
[There will be] no more praise of Moab, in Heshbon they have devised evil against it; come, and let us cut it off from [being] a nation. Also you will be cut down, O madmen; the sword will pursue you.
Moab has been at ease from his youth, and he has settled on his lees, and has not been emptied from vessel to vessel, neither has he gone into captivity, therefore his taste remained in him, and his scent has not changed.
O vine of Sibmah, I will weep for you with the weeping of Jazer, your plants have gone over the sea, they reach [even] to the sea of Jazer, the spoiler has fallen upon your summer fruits and upon your vintage.
And joy and gladness are taken from the plentiful field, and from the land of Moab; and I have caused wine to fail from the winepresses, none will tread with shouting; [their] shouting [will be] no shouting.
From the cry of Heshbon [even] to Elealeh, [and even] to Jahaz, they have uttered their voice, from Zoar [even] to Horonaim, [as] a heifer of three years old, for the waters of Nimrim will also be desolate.
"He who flees from the fear will fall into the pit; and he who gets up out of the pit will be taken in the snare, for I will bring upon it, [even] upon Moab, the year of their visitation," the Lord says.
"Those who fled stood under the shadow of Heshbon because of the force, but a fire will come forth out of Heshbon, and a flame from the midst of Sihon, and will devour the corner of Moab, and the crown of the head of the tumultuous ones.
Therefore, behold, the days come," the Lord says, "That I will cause an alarm of war to be heard in Rabbah of the Ammonites; and it will be a desolate heap, and her daughters will be burned with fire, then will Israel be heir to those who were his heirs," the Lord says.
"Howl, O Heshbon, for Ai is spoiled, cry, you daughters of Rabbah, gird yourselves with sackcloth; lament, and run here and there by the hedges; for their king will go into captivity, [and] his priests and his princes together.
Behold, I will bring a fear upon you," the Lord says, God of hosts, "From all those who are about you; and you will be driven out, every man right forth; and none will gather up him who wanders.
For thus the Lord says; "Behold, those whose judgment [was] not to drink of the cup have assuredly drunk; and [are] you he [who] will go unpunished altogether? You will not go unpunished, but you will surely drink [of it].
Your terribleness has deceived you, [and] the pride of your heart, O you who dwell in the clefts of the rock, who hold the height of the hill, though you should make your nest as high as the eagle, I will bring you down from there," the Lord says.
Behold, he will come up like a lion from the swelling of Jordan against the habitation of the strong, but I will suddenly make him run away from her, and who [is] a chosen [man, whom] I may appoint over her? For who [is] like Me? And who will appoint Me the time? And who [is] that shepherd who will stand before Me?"
Therefore, hear the counsel of the Lord, that He has taken against Edom; and His purposes, that He has purposed against the inhabitants of Teman, surely the least of the flock will draw them out, surely He will make their habitations desolate with them.
They will take away their tents and their flocks, they will take their curtains to themselves, and all their vessels, and their camels; and they will cry to them, 'Fear [is] on every side.'
And their camels will be a booty, and the multitude of their cattle a spoil, and I will scatter them into all winds [that are] in the utmost corners; and I will bring their calamity from all sides thereof," the Lord says.
And I will bring the four winds from the four quarters of heaven upon Elam, and will scatter them toward all those winds; and there will be no nation where the outcasts of Elam will not come.
For I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies, and before those who seek their life, and I will bring evil upon them, [even] My fierce anger," the Lord says; "And I will send the sword after them, until I have consumed them.
"Declare among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, [and] do not conceal, say, 'Babylon is taken, Bel is confounded, Merodach is broken in pieces; her idols are confounded, her images are broken in pieces.'
In those days, and in that time," the Lord says, "The Children of Israel will come, they and the Children of Judah together, going and weeping, they will go, and seek the Lord their God.
My people have been lost sheep, their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away [on] the mountains, they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their restingplace.
All who found them have devoured them, and their adversaries said, 'We do not offend, because they have sinned against the Lord, the habitation of justice, even the Lord, the hope of their fathers.
For, look, I will raise and cause an assembly of great nations from the north country to come up against Babylon, and they will set themselves in array against her; she will be taken from there, their arrows [will be] as of a mighty expert man; none will return in vain.
Shout against her round about, she has given her hand, her foundations have fallen, her walls are thrown down, for it [is] the vengeance of the Lord, take vengeance upon her; as she has done, do to her.
Cut off the sower from Babylon, and him who handles the sickle in the time of harvest, they will turn for fear of the oppressing sword, everyone to his people, and they will flee, everyone to his own land.
In those days, and in that time," the Lord says, "The iniquity of Israel will be sought for, and [there will be] none; and the sins of Judah, and they will not be found, for I will pardon them whom I reserve.
Go up against the land of Merathaim, [even] against it, and against the inhabitants of Pekod, waste and utterly destroy after them," the Lord says, "And do according to all that I have commanded you.
"Call the archers together against Babylon, all you who bend the bow, camp against it round about; let none thereof escape, recompense her according to her work; according to all that she has done, do to her, for she has been proud against the Lord, against the Holy One of Israel.
A sword [is] upon their horses, and upon their chariots, and upon all the mingled people who [are] in the midst of her; and they will become as women, a sword [is] upon her treasures; and they will be robbed.
Therefore the wild beasts of the desert with the wild beasts of the islands will dwell [there], and the owls will dwell therein, and it will no longer be inhabited forever; neither will it be dwelt in from generation to generation.
They will hold the bow and the lance, they [are] cruel, and will not show mercy, their voice will roar like the sea, and they will ride upon horses, [everyone] put in array, like a man to the battle, against you, O daughter of Babylon.
Behold, he will come up like a lion from the swelling of Jordan to the habitation of the strong, but I will make them suddenly run away from her, and who [is] a chosen [man, whom] I may appoint over her? For who [is] like Me? And who will appoint Me the time? And who [is] that shepherd who will stand before Me?"
Therefore hear the counsel of the Lord, that He has taken against Babylon; and His purposes, that He has purposed against the land of the Chaldeans, surely the least of the flock will draw them out, surely He will make [their] habitation desolate with them.
Babylon has suddenly fallen and destroyed, *Revelation 18:2 - 3 howl for her; take balm for her pain, if she may so be healed.
Make the arrows bright; gather the shields, the Lord has raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes, for His device [is] against Babylon, to destroy it; because it [is] the vengeance of the Lord, the vengeance of His temple.
Set up the standard upon the walls of Babylon, make the watch strong, set up the watchmen, prepare the ambushes, for the Lord has both devised and done that which He spoke against the inhabitants of Babylon.
When He utters [His] voice, [there is] a multitude of waters in the heavens; and He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth, He makes lightnings with rain, and brings forth the wind out of His treasures.
I will also break the shepherd and his flock in pieces with you; and I will break the husbandman and his yoke of oxen in pieces with you; and I will break captains and rulers in pieces with you.
"Behold, I [am] against you, O destroying mountain," the Lord says, "Which destroys all the earth, and I will stretch out My hand upon you, and roll you down from the rocks, and will make you a burnt mountain.
Set up a standard in the land, blow the trumpet among the nations, prepare the nations against her, call the kingdoms of Ararat together against her, [and] Minni, and Ashchenaz; appoint a captain against her; cause the horses to come up as the rough caterpillars.
The mighty men of Babylon have ceased to fight, they have remained in [their] holds, their might has failed; they became as women, they have burned her dwellingplaces; her bars are broken.
For the Lord of hosts thus says, the God of Israel; "The daughter of Babylon [is] like a threshingfloor, [it is] time to thresh her, yet a little while, and the time of her harvest will come."
"Nebuchadrezzar, the king of Babylon has devoured me, he has crushed me, he has made me an empty vessel, he has swallowed me up like a dragon, he has filled his belly with my delicates, he has cast me out.
And Babylon will become heaps, a dwellingplace for dragons, an astonishment, and a hissing, without an inhabitant. *17:6
And I will punish Bel in Babylon, and I will bring forth that which he has swallowed up out of his mouth, and the nations will no longer flow together to him, indeed, the wall of Babylon will fall.
And unless your heart faints, and you fear for the rumor that will be heard in the land; a rumor will both come [one] year, and after that, a rumor [will come] in [another] year, and violence in the land, ruler against ruler.
And I will make her princes drunk, and her wise [men], her captains, and her rulers, and her mighty men, and they will sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake," says the King, whose name [is] the Lord of hosts.
Thus the Lord of hosts says; "The broad walls of Babylon will be utterly broken, and her high gates will be burned with fire; and the people will labor in vain, and the folk in the fire, and they will be weary."
The word which Jeremiah the prophet commanded Seraiah, the son of Neriah, the son of Maaseiah, when he went with Zedekiah, the king of Judah, into Babylon in the fourth year of his reign. And [this] Seraiah [was] a quiet prince.
And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth [day] of the month, [that] Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon, came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it, and built forts against it round about.
Then the city was broken up, and all the men of war fled, and went forth out of the city by night by the way of the gate between the two walls, which [was] by the king's garden; (now the Chaldeans [were] by the city round about) and they went by the way of the plain.
Now in the fifth month, in the tenth [day] of the month, which [was] the nineteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan came, captain of the guard, [who] served the king of Babylon, into Jerusalem,
And burned the House of the Lord, *17:7 and the king's house; and all the houses of Jerusalem, and all the houses of the great [men], he burned with fire.
Then Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, carried away [some] of the poor of the people captive, and the residue of the people who remained in the city, and those who fell away, who fell to the king of Babylon, and the rest of the multitude.
Also, the pillars of brass that [were] in the House of the Lord, and the bases, and the brazen sea that [was] in the House of the Lord, the Chaldeans broke, and carried all the brass of them to Babylon.
And the basins, and the firepans, and the bowls, and the caldrons, and the candlesticks, and the spoons, and the cups; [that] which [was] of gold [in] gold, and [that] which [was] of silver [in] silver, the captain of the guard took away.
And [concerning] the pillars, the height of one pillar [was] eighteen cubits; and a fillet of twelve cubits encompassed it; and the thickness thereof [was] four fingers, [it was] hollow.
And a chapiter of brass [was] upon it; and the height of one chapiter [was] five cubits, with network and pomegranates upon the chapiters round about, all [of] brass. The second pillar also and the pomegranates [were] like these.
He also took an eunuch out of the city, who had the charge of the men of war; and seven men of those who were near the king's person, who were found in the city; and the principal scribe of the host, who mustered the people of the land; and sixty men of the people of the land, who were found in the midst of the city.
In the twenty third year of Nebuchadrezzar, Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, carried away captive, seven hundred forty five persons of the Jews, all the persons [were] four thousand six hundred.
And it came to pass in the thirty seventh year of the captivity of Jehoiachin, king of Judah, in the twelfth month, in the twenty fifth [day] of the month, [that] Evilmerodach, king of Babylon, in the [first] year of his reign, lifted up the head of Jehoiachin, king of Judah, and brought him forth out of prison,