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He receiveth a gracious promise. CHAP. XVI, XVII. The Jews' reconpense for adolatry.

18 Why is my pain perpetual, and my wound 15 But, The Lord liveth, that brought up the ncurable, which refuseth to be healed ? wilt! children of Israel from the land of the north, thou be altogether unto me as a liar, and as and from all the lands whither he had driver waters that fail ?

them: and I will bring them again into their 19 11 Therefore thus saith the LORD, If thou land that I gave unto their fathers. return, then will I bring thee again, and thou 16 Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith shalt stand before me: and if thou take forth the Lord, and they shall fish them; and after the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my will I send for many hunters, and they shall mouth: let them return unto thee; but return hunt them from every mountain, and from every not thou unto them.

hill, and out of the holes of the rocks. 20 And I will make thee unto this people a 17 For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they fenced brazen wall: and they shall fight against are not hid from my face, neither is their ini. thee, but they shall not prevail against thee: for quity hid from mine eyes. I ani with thce to save thee and to deliver thee, 18 And first I will recompense their iniquity saith the LORD.

and their sin double ; because they have defiled 21 And I will deliver thee out of the hand of my land, they have filled inine inheritance with the wicked, and I will redeem thee out of the the carcasses of their detestable and abominable band of the terrible.

things. CHAP. XVI.

19 O LORD, my strength and my fortress, and Utter ruin of the Jews foreshewn. my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles TWEngrd of the Lord caine also unto me, shal shame antsupee Camiahners disave tinherited

2 Thou shalt not take thee a wife, neither shalt lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit. thou have sons nor daughters in this place. i 20 Shall a man make gods unto himself, and

3 For thus saith the LORD concerning the sons they are no gods? and concerning the daughters that are born in 21 Therefore behold, I will this once cause them this place, and concerning their mothers that to know, I will cause them to know my hand bare them, and concerning their fathers that and my might; and they shall know that my begat them in this land :

name is The LORD. 4 They shall die of grievous deaths; they shall

CHAP. XVII. not be lamented; neither shall they be buried;!

Captivity of Judah for sin. eat Hiieynathe behar dengan ponedhe face of ora. T fisin of Judathe nitten with a neno and by famine; and their carcasses shall be meat is graven upon the table of their heart, and upfor the fowls of heaven, and for the beasts of the on the horns of your altars; earth.

2 Whilst their children remember their altars 5 For thus saith the LORD, Enter not into the and their groves by the green trees upon the house of mourning, neither go to lament nor high Hills. bemoan them: for I have taken away my peace 3 O my mountain in the field, I will give thy from this people, saith the LORD, even loving- substance and all thy treasures to the spoil, and kindness and mercies.

thy high places for sin, throughout all thy borilers. 6 Both the great and the small shall die in this 4 And thou, even thyself, shalt discontinue land: they shall not be buried, neither shall from thy heritage that I gave thee; and I will men lament for them, nor cut themselves, nor cause thee to serve thine enemies in the land make themselves bald for them :

which thou knowest not: for ye have kindled 7 Neither shall men tear themselves for them in fire in mine anger, which shall burn for ever. mourning, to comfort them for the dead; neither 5 | Thus saith the Lord: Cursed be the man shall men give them the cup of consolation to that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, drink for their father or for their mother. and whose heart departeth from the LORD.

8 Thou shalt not also go into the house of feast- 6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, ing, to sit with them to eat and to drink.

and shall not see when good cometh ; but shali 9 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, Israel; Behold, I will cause to cease out of this in a salt land and not inhabited. place in your eyes, and in your days, the voice 7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of and whose hope the Lord is. the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride. 8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the wa

10 11 And it shall come to pass, when thou shalt ters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the shew this people all these words, and they shall river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but say unto thee, Wherefore hath the LORD pro- her leaf shall be green; and shall not be carenounced all this great evil against us? or what ful in the year of drought, neither shall cease is our iniquity? or what is our sin that we have from yielding fruit. committed against the LORD our God?

99 The heart is deceitful above all things, and 11 Then shalt thou say unto them, Because desperately wicked: who can know it ? your fathers have forsaken me, saith the LORD, 10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, and have walked after other gods, and have even to give every man according to his ways, servel them, and have worshipped them, and and according to the fruit of his doings. have forsaken me, and have not kept my law; 11 As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatch12 And ye have done worse than your fathers; eth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not for, behold, ye walk every one after the imagi- by right, shall leave them in the inidst of his nation of his evil heart, that they may not hear-days, and at his end shall be a fool. ken unto me:

12 41 A glorious high throne froin the beginning 13 Therefore will I cast you out of this land is the place of our sanctuary. into a land that ye know not, neither ye nor! 13 O Lord, the hope of Israel, all that forsake your fathers; and there shall ye serve other gods, thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart day and night; where I will not shew you favour. from me shall be written in the earth, because 14 Therefore behold, the days coine, saith they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of the Lord, that it shall no more be said, The living waters. Lord livcth, that brought up the children of Is- 14 Hcalme, O Lord, and I shall be healed ; save rael out of the land of Egypt;

me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise. The kallowing of the sabbath.

JEREMIAH. Judgments threatened to Judak 15 1 Behold, they say unto me, Where is the 9 And at what instant I shall speak concerning word of the LORD ? let it come now.

a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build 16 As for me, I have not hastened from being and to plant it ; a pastor to follow thee: neither have I desired 10 If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my the woful day; thou knowest : that which came voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith out of my lips was right before thee.

I said I would benefit them. 17 Be not a terror unto me: thou art my hope 11 1! Now therefore go to, speak to the men of In the day of evil.

Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, say18 Let them be confounded that persecute me, ing, Thus saith the LORD ; Behold, I frame evil but let not me be confounded : let them be dis-against you, and devise a device against you : mayed, but let not me be dismayed: bring upon return ye now every one from his evil way, and them the day of evil, and destroy them with make your ways and your doings good. double destruction.

12 And they said, There is no hope: but wo 19 1 Thus said the LORD unto me; Go and will walk after our own devices, and we will stand in the gate of the children of the people, every one do the imagination of his evil heart whereby the kings of Judah come in, and by the 13 Therefore thus saith Lord; Ask ye now which they go out, and in all the gates of Jeru- among the heathen, who hath heard such things: salem;

the virgin of Israel hath done a very horrible 20 And say unto them, Hear ye the word of the thing. LORD, ye kings of Judalı, and all Judah, and all 14 Will a man leave the snow of Lebanon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, that enter in by which cometh from the rock of the field ? orsball these gates:

the cold flowing waters that come from another 21 Thus saith the LORD; Take heed to your place be forsaken? selves, and bear no burden on the sabbath day, 15 Because my people hath forgotten me, they nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem; have burned incense to vanity, and they have

22 Neither carry forth a burden out of your caused them to stumble in their ways from the anhouses on the sabbath day, neither do ye any cient paths, to walk in paths, in a way not cast up; work, but hallow ye the sabbath day, as I com- 16 To make their land desolate, and a perpetual manded your fathers.

hissing ; every one that passeth thereby shall be 23 But they obeyed not, neither inclined their astonished, and wag his head. ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might 17 I will scatter them as with an east wind be. not hear, nor receive instru ion.

fore the enemy; I will shew them the back, and 24 And it shall come to pass, if ye diligently not the face, in the day of their calamity. hearken unto nie, saith the LORD, to bring in no 18. Then said they, Come, and let s devise burden through the gates of this city on the devices against Jeremiah ; for the law shall not sabbath day, but hallow the sabbath day, to do perish from the priest, noxudounsel from the no work therein ;

wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, and 25 Then shall there enter into the gates of this let us smite him with the tongue, and let us not city kings and princes sitting upon the throne of give heed to any of his words David, riding in chariots and on horses, they and 19 Give heed to me, O LORD, and hearken to their princes, the men of Judah, and the inhabi- the voice of them that contend with me. tants of Jerusalem: and this city shall reinain 20 Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they for ever.

have digged a pit for my soul. Remember that 26 And they shall come from the cities of Ju-i stood before thee to speak good for them, and dah, and from the places about Jerusalem, and to turn away thy wrath from them. from the land of Benjamin, and from the piain, 21 Therefore deliver up their children to the and from the mountains, and from the south, famine, and pour out their blood by the force of bringing burnt-offerings, and sacrifices,and meat- the sword; and let their wives be bereaved of offerings, and incense, and bringing sacrifices of their children, and be widows; and let their praise, unto the house of the LORD.

men be put to death; let their young men be 27 But if ye will not hearken unto me to hal-slain by the sword in battle. low the sabbath day, and not to bear a burden, 22 Lei a cry be heard from their houses, when even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on thou shalt bring a troop suddenly upon them: the sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the for they have digged a pit to take me, and hid gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of snares for my feet. Jerusalemn, and it shall not be quenched. 23 Yet, Lord, thou knowest all their counsel CHAP. XVIII.

against me to slay me: forgive not their iniquity, God's power over nations typified. neither blot out their sin from thy sight, but let THE word winich came to Jeremiah from the then he neverthrown before thee; deal thue

. 2 Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and

CHAP. XIX. there I will cause thee to hear my words.

Jerusalem's desolation typified bomla, he wedudaran totke potter's house, and Theori kerit behere, and alle anderem Pentering

4 And the vessel that he made of clay was the people, and of the ancients of the priests ; marred in the hand of the potter : so he made it 2 Ånd go forth unto the valley of the son of again another vessel, as seemed good to the pot- Hinnom, which is by the entry of the east gate ter to make it.

and proclaim there the words that I shall tell thee. 5 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 3 And say, Hear ye the word of the LORD, O 6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as kings of Judah, and inhabitants of Jerusalem ; this potter ? saith the Lord. Behold, as the Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in my Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, the hand, O house of Israel.

which whosoever heareth, his ears shall tingle. 7 At what instant ! shall speak concerning a 4 Because they have forsaken me, and have nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, estranged this place, and have burned incenso and to pull down, and to destroy it :

in it unto other gods, whom neither they nor 8 If that nation against whom I have pronoun-their fathers have known, nor the kings of Juced, turn from their evil, I will repent of thejdah, and have filled this place with the blood of evil that I thought to do unto them.


The Jews' desolation foretold. CHAP. XX, XXI.

Jeremiah's complaint 5 They have built also the bigh places of Baal, come to Babylon, a:d there thou shalt die, and to burn their sons with fire for burnt-offerings shalt be buried there, thou, and all thy friends, unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake to wheir thou hast prophesied lies. it, neither came it into my mind :

710 Lorn, thou hasi deceived me, and I was 6 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the deceived: thou art stronger than I, and hast LORD, that this place shall no more be called prevailede: I am in derision daily, every one Tophet, nor The valley of the son of Hinnom, inocketh me. but The valley of Slaughter.

8 For since I spake, scried out, I cried violence 7 And I will make void the counsel of Judah and spoil; because the word ot' the LORD was and Jerusalem in this place; and I will cause made a reproach unto me, and a derision, daily. them to fall by the sword before their enemies, 9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, and by the hands of them that seek their lives : nor speak any more in his name. But his wori and their carcasses will I give to be meat for the was in my heart as a burning fire shut up in my fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the bones, and: I was weary with forbearing, and I earth.

could not stay. 8 And I will make this city desolate, and a 10 1 For I heard the defaming of many, fear hissing: every one that passeth thereby shall on every side. Report, say they, and we will rebe astonished and hiss because of all the plagues port it. All my familiars watehed for my baltthereof.

ing, saying, Peradventure he will be enticed, 9 And I will cause them to eat the flesh of their and we shall prevail against him, and we shali song and the flesh of their daughters, and they take our revenge on him. shall eat every one the flesh of his friend in the 11 But the LORD is with me as a mighty terrisiege and straitness wherewith their enemies, ble one: therefore my persecutors shall stumble, and they that seek their lives, shall straiten them and they shall not prevail; they shall be greatly

10 Then shalt thou break the bottle in the sight ashamed; for they shall not prosper : their everof the men that go with thee,

lasting confusion shall never be forgotten. 11 And shalt say unto them, Thus saith the 12 But, O Lord of hosts, that triest the rightLORD of hosts; Even so will I break this people cous, and seest the reins and the heart, let ine and this city, as one breaketh a potter's vessel, see thy vengeance on them: for unto thee have that cannot be made whole again: and they I opened my cause. shall bury them in Tophet, till there be no place 13 Sing unto the Lord, praise ye the Lord: to bury.

for he hath delivered the soul of the poor front 12 Thus will I do undo this place, saith the the hand of evil-doers. Lord, and to the inhabitants thereof, and even 14 | Cursed be the day wherein I was born : make this city as Tophet:

let not the day wherein my mother bare me be 13 And the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses blessed. of the kings of Judah, shall be defiled as the 15 Cursed be thé man who brought tidings to my place of Tophet, because of all the houses upon rather, saying, A man-child is born unto thee; whose roofs they have burned incense unto all making him very glad. the host of heaven, and have poured out drink- 16 And let that man be as the cities which the offerings unto other gods.

LORD overthrew, and repented not: and let him 14 Then came Jeremiah from Tophet, whither hear the cry in the morning, and the shouting at the Lord had sent him to prophesy ; and he noon-tide; stood in the court of the Lord's house; and said 17 Because he slew me not from the womb; to all the people,

or that my mother might have been my grave, 15 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of and her womb to be always

great with me. Israel ; Behold, I will bring upon this city and 18 Wherefore came I forth out of the womb to upon all her towns all the evil that I have pro- see labour and sorrow, that my days should be nounced against it, because they have hardened consumed with shame? their necks, that they might not hear my words.


The siege of Jerusalem foretold.
Pashur's new name and doom.
TOW Pashur the son of Immer the priest, the LORD, when king Zedekiah sent unto

who was also chief governor in the house him Pashur the son of Melchiah, and Zephaof the Lord, heard that Jeremiah prophesied niah the son of Maaseiah the priest, saying, these things,

2 Inquire, I pray thee, of the Lord for us; for 2 Then Pashur smote Jeremiah the prophet, Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon maketh war and put him in the stocks that were in the high against us; if so be that the LORD will dea! gate of Benjamin, which was by the house of with us according to all his wondrous works, the Lord.

that he may go up from us. 3 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Pa- 3 | Then said Jeremiah unto them, Thus shall shur brought forth Jeremiah out of the stocks. ye say to Zedekiah : Then said Jeremiah unto him, The LORD hath 4 Thus saith the LORD God of Israel; Behold, not called thy name Pashur, but Magor-inissabib. I will turn back the weapons of war that are 4 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will make in your hands, wherewithi ye fight against the thee a terror to thyself, and to all thy friends: and king of Babylon, and against the Chaldeans, they shall fall by the sword of their enemies, and which besiege you without the walls, and I will thine eyes shall behold it: and I will give all assemble them into the midst of this city. Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon, and 5 And I myself will fight against you with an he shall carry them captive into Babylon, and out-stretchedshand and with a strong arm, even shall slay them with the sword.

in anger, and in fury, and in great wrath. 5 Moreover I will deliver all the strength of this 6 And I will smite the inhabitants of this city, city, and all the labours thereof, and all the pre-both man and beast: they shall die of a great cious things thereof, and all the treasures of the pestilence. kings of Judah will I give into the hand of their 7 And afterward, saith the LORD, I will deliver enemies, which shall spoil them, and take them, Zedekiah king ot' Judah, and his servants, and and carry them to Babylon.

the people, and such as are left in this city from 6 And thou, Pashur, and all that dwell in thy the pesiilence, from the sword, and from the house shall go into captivity: and thou shaltliamine, into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king


Jeremiah upbraideth the king's house. JEREMIAH.

The judgment of Coniah, &c of Babylon. and into the hand of their enemies, led him captive, and shall see this land no niore. and into the hand of those that seek their life: 13 9 Wo unto him that buildeth his house by and he shall sınite them with the edge of the unrighteousness, and his chambers by wrong'; eword; he shall not spare them, neither have that useth his neighbour's service without wages pity, nor have inercy.

and giveth him not for his work; 8 is And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus 14 That saith, I will build me a wide house saith the LORD; Behold, I set before you the and large chambers, and cutteth him out winway of life, and the way of death.

dows; and it is ceiled with cedar, and painted 9 He that abideth in this city shall die by the with vermilion. sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence: 15 Shalt thou reign, because thou closest thybut he that goeth out, and falleth to the Chal- self in cedar? did not thy father eat and drink, deans that besiege you, he shall live, and his and do judgment and justice, and then it was life shall be unto him for a prey.

well with him ? 10 For I have set my face against this city for 16 He judged the cause of the poor and needy: evil, and not for good, saith the Lord: it shall then it was well with him: was not this know be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, me? saith the LORD. and he shall burn it with fire.

17 But thine eyes and thy heart are not but for 11 " And touching the house of the king of Ju- thy covetousness, and for to shed innocent blood, dah, say, Hear ye the word of the LORD; and for oppression, and for violence, to do it.

12 house of David, thus saith the LORD; Ex- 18 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning ecute judgment in the morning, and deliver him Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah; that is spoiled out of the hand of the oppres- They shall not lament for him, saying, Ah my sor, lest my fury go out like fire, and burn that brother ! or, Ah sister! they shall not lament none can quench it, because of the evil of your for him, saying, Ah lord! or, Ah his glory! doings.

19 He shall be buried with the burial of an ass, 13 Behold, I am against thee, O inhabitant of drawn and cast forth beyond the gates of Jeruthe valley, and rock of the plain, saith the LORD; salem. which say, Who shall come down against us 1 20 11 Go np to Lebanon, and cry; and lift up or who shall enter into our habitations ? thy voice in Bashan, and cry from the passages:

14 But I will punish you according to the fruit for all thy lovers are destroyed. of your doings, saith the LORD: and I will kindleNI spake urto thee in ihy prosperity ; but a fire in the forest thereof, and it shall devour thou saidst, I will not hear. This hath been thy all things round about it.

manner from thy youth, that thou obeyedst not CHAP. XXII. Jeremiah erkorteth to righteousness. 22 The wind shall eat up all thy pastors, and of the king of Judah, and speak there this shalt thou be ashamed and contounded for all

to word,

thy wickedness. 2 And say, Hear the word of the LORD, O king 23 O inhabitant of Lebanon, that makest thy of Judah, that sitiest upon the throne of David, nest in the cedars, how gracious shalt thou bo thou, and thy servants, and thy people that en- when pangs come upon thee, the pain as of a wor ter in by these gates :

man in travail ! 3 Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment 24 As I live, saith the LORD, though Coniah and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the son of Jehoiakim king of Judahi were the the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, signet upon my right hand, yet would I pluck do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, thee thence; nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in 25 And I will give thee into the hand of them this place.

that seek thy life, and into the hand of them 4 For 11 ye do this thing indeed, then shall there whose face thou fearest, even into the hand of enter in by the gates of this house kings sitting Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and band of the Chaldcans. on horses, he, and his servants, and his people. 26 And I will cast thoe out, and thy mother 5 But if ye will not hear these words, I swear that bare thee, into another country, where ye by myself, saith the Lord, that this house shall were not born; and there shall ye die. become a desolation.

27 But to the land whereunto they desire to re6 For thus saith the LORD unto the king's house turn, thither shall they not return. of Judah ; Thou art Gilead unto me, and the 28 Is this man Coniah a despised broken idol ? head of Lebanon: yet surely I will make thee a is a vessel wherein is no pleasure? wherewilderness, and cities which are not inhabited. fore are they cast out, he and his seed, and are 7 And I will prepare destroyers against thee, cast into a land which they know not ? every one with his weapons : and they shall cui| 29 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the down thy choice cedars, and cast theminto the fire. LORD. 8 And many nations shall pass by this city, and 30 Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this man they shall say every man to his neighbour, childless, a man that shall not prosper in his Wherefore hath the Lord done thus unto this days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitgreat city ?

ting upon the throne of David, and ruling any 9 Then they shall answer, Because they have more in Judah. forsaken the covenant of the LORD their God,

CHAP. XXIII. and worshipped other gods, and served them.

Christ, the Branch, promised. 10 Weep ye not for the dead, neither bewaan Wierthe sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD

To be unto the pastors that destroy and scathim: but weep sore for him that goeth away: for he shall return no more, nor sce his native 2 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel country.

against the pastors that feed my people'; Ye 11 For thus saith the LORD touching Shallum bave scattered my flock, and driven them away, the son of Josiah king of Judah, which reigned and have not visited then: behold, I will visit instead of Josiah his father, which went forth upon you the evii of your

doings, saith the out of this place; He shall not return thither LORD. any more :

3 And I will gather the remnant of my flock 12 But he shall die in the place whither they havelout of all countries whither I have driven

Against false prophets, and


mockers of inc true prophets them, and will bring them again to their folds ;| 23 Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, ana and they shall be fruitful and increase.

not a God afar off ? 4 And I will set up shepherds over them, which| 24 Can any liide himself in secret places that I shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, shall not see him ? saith the LORD. Do not i nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, fill heaven and earth ? saith the LORD. saith the LORD.

25 I have heard what the prophets said, that 5 T Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that propliesy lies in my name, saying, I have dream

will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and ed, I have dreamed. a King shall reign and prosper, and shall executej 26 How long shall this be in the heart of the judgment and justice in the earth.

prophets that prophesy lies ? yea, they are pro6. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel phets of the deceit of iheir own heart; shall dwell safely: and this is his name where-27 Which think to cause my people to forget by he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHT- my name by their dreams which they tell every EOUSNESS.

man to his neighbour, as their fathers have for7 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the gotten my name for Baal. Lord, that they shall no more say, The LORD 28 The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell liveth, which brought up the children o: Israel a dream; and he that hath my word, let him ont of the land of Egypt;

speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to 8 But, the LORD liveth, which brought up and the wheat ? saith the LORD. which led the seed of the house of Israel out of 29 Is not my word like as a fire ? saith the the north country, and from all countries whither Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the Thad driven them; and they shall dwell in their rock in pieces ? own land.

30 Therefore behold, I am against the prophets, 911 My heart within me is broken because of saith the Lord, that steal my words every one the prophets; all my bones shake; I am like a from his neighbour. drunken man, and like a man whom wine hath 31 Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the overcome, because of the LORD, and because of Lord, that use their tongues, and say, 'He saith. the words of his holiness.

32 Behold, I am against them that prophesy 10 For the land is full of adulterers; for because false dreanis, saith the LORD, and do tell them, of swearing the land mourneth; the pleasant and cause my people to err by their lies, and by places of the wilderness are dried up, and their their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor comcourse is evil, and their force is not right. manded them: therefore they shall not profit

11 For both prophet and priest are profane ; this people at all, saith the LORD. yea, in my house have I found their wickedness, 33 Ü And when this people, or the prophet, og saith the LORD.

a priest, shall ask thee, saying, What is the bur12 Wherefore their way shall be unto them as den of the Lord ? thou shalt then say unto slippery ways in the darkness: they shall be them, What burden? I will even forsake you, driven on, and fall therein : for I will bring evil saith the LORD. upon them, cven the year of their visitation, saith 34 And as for the prophet, and the priest, and thie LORD.

the people, that shall say, The burden of the 13 And I have seen folly in the prophets of Sa- Lord, I willeven punish that man and his house. maria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my 35 Thus shall ye say every one to his neighpeople Israel to err.

bour, and every one to his brother, What hath 14 I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusa- the LORD answered ? and, What hath the LORD lem a horrible thing: they commit adultery, and spoken? walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of 36 And the burden of the LORD shall ye menevil-doers, that none doth return from his wick- tion no inore: for every man's word shall be his edness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, burden; for ye have perverted the words of the and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah. | living God, of the Lord of hosts our God.

15 Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts con- 37 'Thus shalt thou say to the prophet, What cerning the prophets; Behold, I will feed them hath the LORD answered thee? and,'What hath with wormwood, and make them drirk the the LORD spoken ? water of gall: for from the prophets of Jerusa- 38 But since ye say, The burden of the LORD; lem is profaneness gone forth into all the land. therefore thus saith the LORD; Because ye say

16 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not this word, The burden of the LORD, and I have unto the words of the prophets that prophesy sent unto you, saying, Ye shall not say, The unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vi- burden of the LORD: sion of their own heart, and not out of ihe mouth| 39 Therefore behold, I, even I, will utterly fora of the LORD.

get you, and I will forsake you, and the city that 17 They

say still unto them that despise me, The I gave you and your fathers, and cast you, out Lord hath said, Yeshall have peace; and they say of my presence : unto every one that walketh after the imagination 40 Ånd I will bring an everlasting, reproach of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you. upon you, and a perpetual shame, which shall

18 For who hath stood in the counsel of the not be forgotten. LORD, and hath perceived and heard his word ?

CHAP. XXIV. s'ho hath marked his word, and heard it?

The type of good and bad figs.

ЛНЕ forth in grievous whirlwind : it kets of figs were set before the temple of shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked. the Lord, after that Nebuchadrezzar king of

20 The anger of the LORD shall not return, Babylon had carried away captivc Jeconiah the until he have executed, and till he have person of Jehoiakim king of Judah, and the princes formed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter of Judah, with the carpenters and smiths, days ye shall consider it perfectly.

from Jerusalem, and had brought them to Ba21 I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran; bylon. I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied! 2 One basket had very good figs, even like the

22 But if they had stood in my counsel, and figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had bad caused my people to hear my words, then very naughty figs, which could not be eaten, they should have turned them from their evil they were so bad. way, and from the evil of their doings

3 Then said the LORD unto me, What seest

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