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and by the sword; 5 They come to fight with the Chaldeans, but f it is to fill them with the dead bodies of men, whom I have slain in mine anger, and in my fury, and for all whose wickedness I have hid my face from this

city. 6 Behold, I g will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance h of peace and truth. I will cause the captivity of Judah and the captivity of Israel to return, and will build them, as i at the first. 8 And I will cleanse k them from all their iniquity, whereby o have sinned against me; and I will o l all their iniquities, wherey they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against me. 9 *| And it shall be to me a name of joy, a praise m and an honour before all the nations of the earth, which shall hear all the good that I do unto them: and they shall n fear and tremble for all the goodness and for all the prosperity that I procure unto it. 10 Thus saith the LORD ; Again there shall be heard in this place, (which ye say shall 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,) 11 The voice o of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride; the voice of them that shall say, Praise p the LoRD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy


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endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LoRD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the LORD. 12 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Again in this place, which is desolate without man and without

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shall be an habitation of shepherds causing their flocks q to lie down. 13. In the cities of the mountains, r 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, shall the flocks pass again under the hands of him that telleth them, saith the LORD. is Behold the days come, saith the LORD, that iwiń perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah. 15 of In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch s of righteousness to grow up unto David ; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness t in the land. 16 In u those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely : and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, 3 The LORD Our v Righteousness. 17 's For thus saith the LORD ; 4 David shall never w want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel : is Neither shall the priests the Levites want a man before me to offer a burnt-offerings, and to kindle meat-offerings, and to do sacrifice continually. 19 *| And the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah, saying 2) Thus saith the ioido ify ye can break my covenant of the day and my covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night in their season; 21 Then may also my covenant 2 be broken with David my servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne; and with the Levites the priests, my mimisterS. 22 As the host of heaven a cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured : so b will I multiply the seed of David my servant, and the Levites that minister unto


IIlê. 23 Moreover the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying, 24 Considerest thou not what this people have spoken, saying, The two c families which the LORD hath

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off thus they have despised my people, that they should be no more a nation before them. 25 Thus saith the IORD; If my d covenant be not with day and might, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth ; 26 Then will I 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 e I will cause their captivity to return, and have mercy on them. CHAPTER XXXIV. Jeremiah prophesieth the captivity of . Zedekiah and the city. HE word which came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, when a Nebuchadnezzar king of abylon, and all his army, and all the kingdoms of the earth 1 of his dominion, and all the people, fought against Jerusalem, and against als the cities thereof,) say

Ilig, 2 Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; Go and speak to Zedekiah king of Judah, and tell him, Thus saith the LORD ; Behold, I b will ive this city into the hand of the . of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire : 3 And thou shalt not escape out of his hand, but shalt surely be taken, and delivered into his hand; and thine eyes shall behold the eyes of the king of Babylon, and 2 he shall speak with thee mouth to mouth, and thou shalt go to Babylon. 4 Yet hear the word of the LORD, O Zedekiah king of Judah ; Thus saith the LORD of thee, Thou shalt not die by the sword: 5 But thou shalt die in peace: and with the burnings c of thy fathers, the former kings which were before thee, so shall they burn odours for thee; and they will lamental thee, saying, Ah, lord for I have pronounced the word, saith the LORD. 6 Then Jeremiah the prophet Spake all these words unto Zedekiah king of Judah in Jerusalem, 7. 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 e these defenced cities remained of the cities of Judah. 8 * This is the word that came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, after that the king Zedekiah had made a Covenant with all the people which were at Jerusalem, to proclaim liberty funto them;

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9 That g every man should let his man-servant, and every man his maid-servant, being an Hebrew or an Hebrewess, go free ; that none should serve himself of them, to wit, of a Jew his h brother. 10 Now when all the princes, and all the people, which had entered into the covenant, heard that every one should let his man-servant, and every one his maid-servant go free, that none should serve themselves of them any more, then they obeyed, and let them go. But afterward they turned, and caused the servants and the handmaids, whom they had let go free, to return, and brought them into subjection for servants and for handmaids. 12 *|| Therefore the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, 13 Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; I made a covenant with your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondmen, saying, 14 At i the end of seven years let ye go every man his brother an Hebrew, which hath 3 been sold unto thee; and when he hath served thee six years, thou shalt let him go free from thee; but your fathers hearkened not unto me, neither inclined their ear. 15 And ye were 4 now turned, and had done right in my sight, in proclaiming liberty o man to his neighbour; and ye had made a covenant k before me in the house 5 which is called by my name: 16 But ye turned, and polluted my l name, and caused every man his servant, and o man his handmaid, whom he had set at liberty at their pleasure, to return, and brought them into subjection, m to be unto you for servants and for handmaids. 17 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Ye have not hearkened unto me,

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his brother, and every man to his neighbour : behold, I proclaim n a liberty for you, saith the LORD, to o the sword, to the pestilence, and to the famine ; and I will make you 6 to be removed p into all the kingdoms of the earth. -.

18 And I will give the men that have transgressed my covenant, which have not performed the words of the covenant which they had made before me, q when they cut the calf in twain, and passed between the parts thereof,

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princes of Jerusalem, the eunuchs, and the priests, and all the people of the land, which passed between the parts of the calf; will even give them into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of them that seek their life : and their dead r bodies shall be for meat unto the fowls of the heaven, and to the beasts of the earth. 21 And Zedekiah king of Judah and his princes will I give into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of them that seek their life, and into the hand of the king of Babylon's army, which s are gone up from you. 22 Behold, I will command, saith the LORD, and cause them to return to this city; and they tshall fight against it, and take u it, and burn it with fire : and I will make the cities of Judah a desolation without v an inhabitant.

CHAPTER XXXV. God blesseth the Rechabites for their obedience.

HE word which came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, saying, 2 Go unto the house of the Rechabites, a and speak unto them, and bring them into the house of the LORD, into one of the chambers, b and give them wine to drink. 3 Then I took Jaazaniah the son of Jeremiah, the son of Habazimiah, and his brethren, and all his sons, and the whole house of the Rechab

ites; 4 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, which was by the chamber of the princes, which was above the chamber of Maaseiah the son of Shallum, c the keeperd of the 1 door: 5 And I set before the sons of the house of the Rechabites pots full of wine, and cups, and I said unto them, Drink ye wine. s 6 But they said, We will drink no wine : for Jonadab the son of Rechab, our father, commanded us, saying, Ye shall drink no wine, neither ye, nor your sons for ever : 7 Neither shall ye build house, nor sow seed, nor plant vineyard, nor have any: but all your days ye shall dwell in tents; e. that ye may live many days in the land where ye be strangers.f hus have we obeyed the voice 9f Jomadab the son of Rechab our father in all that he hath charged


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the Rechabites. we, our wives, our sons, nor our daughters; 9 Nor to build houses for us to dwell in : neither have we vineyard, nor field, nor seed : 10. But we have dwelt g in tents, and have obeyed, and done according to all that Jonadab our father Commanded us, ll. 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. 12 *[ Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying, 13 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Go and tell the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, Will ye not receive instruction h to hearken to my words? saith the LORD. 14 The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his sons not to drink wine, are performed; for unto this day they drink mone, but obey their father's commandment : notwithstanding i I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye hearkened not unto me. 15 Ik have sent also unto you all my servants the prophets, l rising up early and sending them, saying, Return m ye now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land which I have given to }. and to your fathers : but ye u have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto me. 16 Because the sons of Jonadab the son of Rechab have performed the commandment of their father, which he commanded them ; but this people hath not hearkened unto Isle : 17 Therefore thus saith the IORD 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 pronouilced against them : o because I have spoken unto them, but they have not heard; and I have called unto them, but they have not answered. 18 "I And Jeremiah said unto the house of the Rechabites, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Because p ye have obeyed the commandment of Jomadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done according unto all that he hath commanded you :

Jeremiah's prophecy 19 Therefore, thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; 2.Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand q before me for ever. CHAPTER XXXVI.

Jeremiah causeth Baruch to write his prophecy. ND it came to pass in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, that this word came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, 2 Take thee a rolla of a book, and write b therein all the words that I have spoken unto thee against Israel, and against Judah, and against all the nations, c from the day I spake unto thee, from the days of Josiah, even unto this day, 3. It may be d that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they may returne every man from his evil way ; that I may forgive f their iniquity and their sin. 4 Then Jeremiah called Baruch g the son of Neriah : and Baruch wrote from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the LORD, which he had spoken unto him, upon a rollh of a book. 5 And Jeremiah commanded Baruch, saying, I am shut up; I cannot go into the house of the LORD : 6 Therefore go thou, and read i in the roll, which thou hast written from my mouth, the words of the LORD in the ears of the people in the LORD's house upon the fastingday : k and also thou shalt read them in the ears of all Judah that come out of their cities. 7. It l may be 1 they will present their supplication before the LORD, and wiłł return every one from his evil way: for greatm is the anger and the fury that the LORD hath pronounced against this people. 8 And Baruch the son of Neriah did according to all that Jeremiah the prophet commanded him, reading in the book the words of the LoRD in n the LORD's house. 9 And it came to pass in the fifth ear of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah ing of Judah, in the ninth month, that they proclaimed a fasto before the Lord to all the people in Jerusalem, and to all the people that came from the cities of Judah unto Jerusalem. 10 Then read p Baruch in the book the words of Jeremiah in the house of the Lord, in the chamber of Gemariah the son of Shapham the scribe, in the higher court, at the 2 entry q of the new gate of the Lord's house in the ears of all the people.


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publicly read. 11 * When Michaiah the son of Gemariah, the son of Shaphan, had heard out of the book all the words of the LORD, 12 Then he went down into the king's house, into the scribe's chamber; and, lo, 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. 13 Then Michaiah declared unto them all the words that he had heard, when Baruch read the book in the ears of the people. 14 Therefore all the princes sent Jehudi the son of Nethaniah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Cushi, unto Baruch, saying, Take in thine hand the roll wherein thou hast read in the ears of the people, and come. So Baruch the son of Neriah took the roll in his hand, and came unto them. 15 And they said unto him, Sit down now, and read it in our ears. So Baruch read it in their ears. 16 Now it came to pass, when they had heard all the words, they were afraid both one and other and said unto Baruch, We wili surely tell the king of all these words. 17And they asked Baruch, saying, Tell us now, How didst thou write all these words at his mouth 1 18 Then Baruch answered them, He pronounced r all these words unto me, with his mouth, and wrote them with ink in the book.


19 Then said the princes unto Baruch, Go, hides thee, thou and ; Jeremiah ; and let no man know where ye be. i 20 *| And they went in to the king into the court, but they laid up the roll in the chamber of Elishama the scribe, and told all the words in the ears of the king. 21 So the king sent Jehudi to fetch the roll ; and he took it out of Elishama the scribe's chamber. And Jehudi read it t in the ears of the king, and in the ears of all the poes which stood beside the 1}{\o. 22 Now the king sat in the winterhouse, to in the ninth month : and there was a fire on the hearth burming before him. 23 And it came to pass, that when Jehudi had read three or four leaves, he cut it v 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

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24 Yet they were not afraid, nor rent their garments, w neither the king, nor any of his servants that heard all these words. 25 Nevertheless Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah had made intercession a to the king that he would not burn the roll; but he y would not hear them. 26 But the king commanded Jerahmeel the son of 3 Hammelech, and Seraiah the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel, to take Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet: butz the LORD hid them. 27 "[ Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, (after that the king had burned the roll, and the words which Baruch wrote at the mouth of Jeremiah,) saying, 28. Take thee again another roll, and write in it all the former words a that were in the first roll, which Jehoiakim the king of Judah hath burned. 29 And thou shalt say to Jehoiakim king of Judah, Thus saith the LORD; Thou hast burned this roll, saying, Why hast thou written therein, saying, The king of Babylon shall certainly come and destroy this land, and shall cause to cease from thence man and beast ! 30 Therefore thus saith the LORD of Jehoiakim king of Judah; He shall have none to sit upon the throne of David : and his b dead body shall be cast out in the day to the heat, and in the night to the


31 And I will 4 punish him and his seed and his servants for their iniquity: and Ic 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 dhearkened In

OL, 32"| Then took Jeremiah 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 there were added besides unto them many 5 like words.


1 Jeremiah prophesieth the Chaldeans' certain return and victory: 16 He is smitten and put in prison. ND king Zedekiah a the son of : Josiah reigned instead of Comiah the son of Jehoiakim, whom Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon made king in the land of Judah. 2. Butb neither he, nor his ser

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