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8 *| And as the evil figs, which cannot be eaten, they are so evil; (surely thus saith the LORD,) So will I give Zedekiah the king of Judah, and his princes, and the residue of Jerusalem, that remain in this land, and them that dwell in the land of Egypt: 9 And I will deliver them 3 to be k removed into all the kingdoms of the earth for their hurt, and to be a reproach and a proverb, a taunt l and a curse, in all places whither I shall drive them. 10 And m I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence among them, till they be consumed from off the land that I gave unto them and to their fathers. - CHAPTER, XXV. Jeremiah foretelleth the seventy years' captivity. HE 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 ; 2 The which Jeremiah the pro3. spake unto all the people of udah, and to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, 3 From a the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, even unto this day, (that is the three and twentieth year,) the word of the LORD hath come unto me, and I have spoken unto you, rising b early and speaking; but ye have notc hearkened. 4 And the LORD hath sent unto you all his servants the prophets, rising early and sending them ; but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear. 5 They said, d Turn ye again now every one from his evil way, and from the evil of §". doings, and dwell in the land that the LoRD hath given unto you and to your fathers for ever and ever: 6 And go not after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, and provoke me e not to anger with the works of your hands; and I will do you no hurt. 7 Yet ye have not hearkened unto me, saith the LORD ; that ye might provoke me to anger with the works of your hands to your own f
urt. 8 *| Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Because ye have not heard
my words, 9 Behold, l will send and take all the families of the north, saith the LoRD, and Nebuchadrézzar the k # of Babylon, my servant, g and will bring them against this land,
the captwity. and against the inhabitants thereof and against all these nations round about, and will , utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, and an hissing, and perpetual desolations. 10 Moreover I will 1 take from them the voice h of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the i sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle. 11 And this whole land shall be a desolation, k and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy l years. 12 os And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will 2 punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the LORD, for their imiquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and m will make it perpetual desolations. 13 And n I will bring upon that land all my words which l have pronounced against it, even all that is written in this book, which Jeremiah hath prophesied against all the nations. 14 For many nations and great kings shall serve o themselves of them also: and I will recompense them according to their deeds, and according to the works of their own hands. 15 *|| For thus saith the LORD God of Israel unto me; Take the winecupp of this fury at my hand, and cause all the nations to whom I send thee to drink it. 16 And q they shall drink, and be moved, and be mad, because of the sword that I will send among them. 17 Then took I the cup at the LORD's hand, and made all the nations to drink, unto whom the LORD had sent me : 18 To wit, Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah, and the kings thereof, and the princes thereof, to r make them a desolation, an astonishment, an hissing, and a curse ; (as it is this "; } 19 Pharoah s king of Egypt, and his servants, and his princes, and all his o 20 And all the mingled t people, and all the kings of the land of Uz.” and all the kings of the land of the v Philistines, and Ashkelon, and Azzah, and Ekron, and the remnant of w Ashdod, 21 Edom, a and Moab, and the children of Ammon, 22 And all the kings of Tyrus, and all the kings of Zidon, and the kings of the 3 isles which are beyond the sea,
A prophecy of 23 Dedan, and Tema, and Buz, and all that are 4 in the utmost corners, 24 And ail the kings of Arabia, and all the kings of the mingled y people that dwell in the desert, 25 And all the kings of Zimri, and all the kings of Elam, and all the kings of the Medes, 26 And all 2 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 a shall drink after them. Therefore thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Drink bye, and be c drunken, and spue, and fall, and rise no more, because of the sword which I will send among you. 28 And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thine hand to drink, then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ye shall certainly drink. For, lo, I begin to bring evil d on the city 5 which is called by my name, and should ye e be utterly unpunished Ye shall not be unpunished : for I will call f for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts. 30. Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words, and say unto them, The LORD shall roar g from on high, and utter his voice from his holyh habitation; he shall mightily roar upon the habitation;, he shall give a shout, as they i that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth. 31 A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth ; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he k will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicke to the sword, saith the LORD. 32 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, l and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the Coasts of the earth. 33 And the slain m of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth : they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried ; they shall be dung upon the ground. 34 *| Howl, ye shepherds, and cry; m and wallow yourselves in the ashes, ye principal of the flock: for 6 the days of your slaughter and of your dispersions are accomplished; and ye shall fall like a 7 pleaSant vessel. 35 And 8 the shepherds shall have no way to flee, nor the principal of tile flock to esoape.
B. C. 606.
4 cut off into cormers, or, having the corners of the hair polled, ch.9.26. 49.32.
5 upon which my name is called.
m ch. 23.1.
0 PS. 76.2.
36 A voice of the cry of the shepherds, and an howling of the principal of the flock, shall be heard: for the LORD hath spoiled their pasture. 37 And the peaceable habitations are cut down, because of the fierce anger of the LORD. He hath forsaken o his covert, as the lion: for their land is 9 desolate, because of the fierceness of the oppressor, and because of his fierce anger. CHAPTER XXVI. 1 Jeremiah by promises and threatenings, eahorteth to repentance: 8 He is apprehended and arraigned,
etc. N the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah came this word from the LORD, saying 2 foussaith the LORD ; Stand in the court of the LORD's house, and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the LORD's house, all a the words that I Command thee to speak unto them; diminish not a word : 3 If so be they will hearken, and turn every man from his evil way, that I may repent b me of the evil, which I purpose to do unto theni because of the evil of their doings. 4 And thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD; If c ye will not hearken to me, to walk in my law, which I have set before you, 5 To hearken to the words of my Servants the prophets, whom I Sent d unto you, both rising up early, and sending them, (but ye have not hearkened;) 6 Then will I make this house like Shiloh, e and will make this city af curse to all the nations of the earth. 7 So the priests and the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the LORD. 8 *| Now it came to pass, when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking all that the LORD had commanded him to speak unto all the people, that the priests, and the prophets, and all the people, took him, saying, Thou shalt surely die. 9 Why hast thou prophesied in the 'name of the LORD, saying, This house shall be like Shiloh, and this
city shall be desolate without an
inhabitant 4 And all the people were gathered against Jeremiah in the house of the LORD. 10 * When the princes of Judah heard these things, then they came up from the king's house unto the house of the LORD, and sat down Jeremiah arraigned. 1 in the entry of the new gate of the LORD's house. 11 Then spake the priests and the prophets unto the princes and to all the people, o; 2 This man ts worthy to die; forg he hath prohesied against this city, as ye have heard with your ears. 12 *s Then spake Jeremiah unto all the princes and to all the people, saying, The LORD sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city all the words that ye have heard. 13 Therefore now amend h your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the LORD your God; and the LORD will repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you. 14 As for me, behold, I am in your hand : do with me as 3 seemeth good and meet unto you. 15 But know ye for certain, that if ye put me to death, ye shall surely bring innocent blood upon yourselves, and upon this city, and upon the inhabitants thereof: for of a truth the LoRD hath sent me unto you to speak all these words in your ear’S. 16 T Then said the princes and all the people unto the priests and to the prophets ; This man is not worthy to die : for he hath spoken §o in the name of the LORD Our
17 Then i rose up certain of the elders of the land, and spake to all the assembly of the people, saying, 18 Micah the Morasthite k proFo in the days of Hezekiah
ing of Judah, and spake to all the people of Judah, saying, Thus Saith the LORD of hosts: Zion shall be ploughed l. like a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of a forest.
ig Did Hezekiah king of Judah!“
and all Judah put him at all to death 7 did he not fear m the LORD, and besought the 4 LORD, and the loRD repented n him of the evil which he had pronounced against them 1 Thus might we procure great evil against our souls. 20 And there was also a man that prophesied in the name of the LORD, Urijah the son of Shemaiah of Kirjath-jearim,who prophesied against this city, and against this land, according to all the words of Jeremiah: 21 And when Jehoiakim the king, with all his mighty men, and all the princes, heard his words, the king soughto to put him to death: but when Urijah heard it, he was afraid, and fled, p and went into Egypt.
22 And Jehoiakim the king sent men into Egypt, namely, Elnathan the son of Achbor, and certain mell with him into Egypt. 23 And they fetched forth Urijah out of Egypt, and brought him unto Jehoiakim the king; who slew him with the sword, and cast his deal body into the graves of the 5 common people. 24 Nevertheless the hand of Ahikam q the son of Shaphan was with Jeremiah, that they should not give him into the hand of r the people to put him to death. CHAPTER XXVII. The subduing of the neighbouring kings unto Nebuchadnezzar. N the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah came this word unto Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, 2 Thus I saith the LORD to me: Make thee a bonds and yokes, and put them upon thy neck, 3 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 Tyrus, and to the king of Zidon, by the hand of the messengers which come to Jerusalem unto Zedekiah king of Judah; 4 And command them 2 to say unto their masters, Thus saith the LoRD of hosts, the God of Israel ; Thus shall ye say unto your masters; 5 Ib have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my out-stretched arm, and have given it c unto whom it seemed meet unto me. 6 And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzard the king of Babylon, my servant ; e and the beasts f of the field have I given him also to serve
of him. 8 And it shall come to pass, that the nation and kingdom which will not serve the same Nebuchadmezzar the king of Babylon, and that will not put their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, that nation will I punish, saith the LoRD, with the sword, and with the famine, and with the pestilence, until I have consumed them by his
&Ilú. 9 Therefore hearken not ye to your prophets, nor to your diviners, nor to your 3 dreamers, nor to your Babylon's sovereignty. Jeremiah's letter to
enchanters, k nor to your sorcerers, which speak unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon: 10 For l they prophesy a lie unto Ou, to remove }} far from your and ; and that I should drive you out, and ye should perish. 11 But the nations that bring their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and serve him, those will L let remain still in their own land, saith the LORD ; and they shall till it, and dwell therein. 12 *s I spake also m to Zedekiah king of Judah according to all these words, saying, Bring your necks under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and serve him and his people, and n live. 13 Why will ye die, thou and thy people, by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, as the LORD hath spoken against the nation that will not serve the king of Babylon? 14 Therefore hearken not o unto the words of the prophets that speak unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon : for they prophesy 4 a lie unto you. 15 For I have not sent them, saith the LORD, yet they prophesy 4 a lie in my name; that I might drive you out, and that ye might perish, ye, and p the prophets that prophesy Unto you. 16 Also I spake to the priests, and to all this people, saying, Thus saith the Lord; Hearken not to the words of your prophets that prophesy unto you, saying, q Behold, the vessels r of the LORD's house shall now shortly be brought again from Babylon: for they prophesy a lie unto you. 17 Hearken not unto them; serve the king of Babylon, and live : wherefore should this city be laid
waste 7 18 But if s they be prophets, and if the word of the LORD be 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, go not to Babylon. 19 off For thus saith the LORD of hosts concerning the pillars, t and concerning the sea, and concerning the bases, and concerning the residue of the vessels that remain in this city, 20 Which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took not, when he carried away u captive Jeconiah, the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah from Jerusalem to Babylon, and all the nobles of Judah and Jerusalem ; 21 Yea, thus saith É LORD of 2
B. C. 610.
k Is. 47.12-14.
m ch. 28.1.
A false prophecy. hosts, the God of Israel, concerning the vessels that remain in the house of the LORD, and in the house of the king of Judah and of Jerusalem ;
22 They shall be carried v to Babylon, and there w shall they be until the day that I visit thern, saith the LORD; then will r I bring them up, and restore them to this place.
HAPTER o Hananiah prophesieth the return of the vessels and of Jeconiah. A*. a it came to pass the same A year, in the beginning of the
reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the fourth year, and in the fifth month, that Hanamiah the son of Azur the prophet, which was of Gibeon, spake unto me in the house of the LORD, in the presence of the priests, and of all the people saying
2 Thus speaketh the LoRD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying, I have broken the yoke b of the king of Babylon :
3 §. c two 1 full years will I bring again into this place all the
|vessels of the LORD's house, that
Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took away from this place, and carried them to Babylon : 4 And I will bring again to this lace Jeconiah the son of Jehoiatim king of Judah, with all the 2 captives of Judah, that went into Babylon, saith the LORD : for I will break the yoke of the king of Baby
5's Then the prophet Jeremiah said unto the prophet Hamaniah in the presence of the priests, and in the presence of all the people d that stood in the house of the
11 And Hamaniah spake in the presence of all the people, saying, Thus saith the LORD: Even so will fbreak the voke of Nebuchadnez. zar king of Babylon from the neck of all mations within the space of two full years. And the prophet Jeremiah went n his way. 12"| Then the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah the prophet, (after that Hananiah the prophet had broken the yoke from off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah,) Saylng, 13 Go and tell Hamaniah, saying, Thus saith the LORD ; Thou hast broken the yokes of wood; but thou shalt make for them yokes of iron. 14 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, I have put a yoke of 0 iron upon the neck of all these nations, p that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they shall serve him : and I have given him the beasts of q the field also. 15 T Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hamaniah the prophet, Hear now, Hananiah; The LORD hath not sent thee; r. but thou makest this people to trust in as
the captuve Jews.
5 Build b ye houses, and dwell in them, and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them ; 6 Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there, and mot diminished. 7 And seek c the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray d unto the LORD for it : for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace. 8 * For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Let note your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed. 9 For they prophesy 2 falsely unto Ou in my name : I have not sent them, saith the LORD. 10 *|| For thus saith the LORD, That afters, seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good g word toward you, in causing you to return to this place. 11 For I know the thoughts that 1 think h toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an 3 expected i end. 12. Then shall ye call k upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken l unto you. 13 And m ye shall seek me, and n find me, when ye shall search for me with allo your heart. 14 And I will be found p. of you, saith the LORD : and I will turm q away your captivity, and 1 will gather r you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD ; and I will bring you again into the place whence f caused you to be carried away captive. 15 "I Because ye have said, The LORD hath raised us up prophets ins Babylon: 16 Know that thus saith the LoRD of the king that sitteth upon the throne of David, and of all the people that dwelleth in this city, and of your brethren that are not gone forth with you into captivity; 17 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will send t upon them the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them like vile figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil. 18 And I will persecute them with the sword, with the famine, and with the pestilence, and wiń deliver them to be removed u to