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The impenitent Jews upbraided. CHAP. VIII, IX.
set their abominations in the house which is called by my name, to pollute it. 31 And they have built the high places of Tophet, o is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my heart. 32 T Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that it shall no more be called Tophet,nor'The valley of the son of Hinnom, but The valley of Slaughter: for they shall bury in Tophet, till there be no lace. 33 And the carcasses of this people shall be meat for the fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth; and none shall fray them away. 34 Then will I cause to cease from the cities of Judah, and from the streets of Jerusalem, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride : for the land shall be desolate. HAP. VIII. T that time, saith the Lord, they shall 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: 2 And they shall 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 worshipped: they shall not be gathered, nor be buried; they shall be for dung upon the face of the earth. 3 And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue of them that remain of this evil family, which remain in all the places whither I have driven them, saith the Lord of hosts. 4 || Moreover, thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord ; Shall they fall, and not arise? shall he turn away, and not return? 5. Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return. 6 I hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright: no man o him of his wickedness, saying. What have I done * every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle. 7 Yea; the stork in the heaven knoweth
Their judgment shewed.
9 The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken : lo, they have re jected the word of the Lord ; and what wisdom is in them 7 10 Therefore will I give their wives unto others, and their fields to them that shall inherit them : for every one from the least even unto the greatest is given to covetousness, from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely. 11 For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my |...}. slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace. 12 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall : in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down, saith the Lord. 13 | I will surely consume them, saith the Lord ; there shall be no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig-tree, and the leaf shall fade ; and the things that I have given them shall pass away from them. 14 Why do we sit still? assemble yourselves, and let us enter into the defenced cities, and let us be silent there : for the LoRD our God hath put us to silence, and given us water of gall to drink, because we have sinned against the Lord. 15 We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of health, and behold, trouble ! 16 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 are come, and have devoured the land, and all that is in it; the city, and those that dwell therein. 17 For behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which will not be charmed, and they §. bite you, saith the LoRD. 18 "I When I would comfort myself against sorrow, my heart is faint in me. 19 Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people because of them that dwell in a far country: Is not the LoRD in Zion? is not herking in her? Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, and with strange vanities? 20 The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved. 21 For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me. 22 Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no o there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people re
covered? CHAP. IX.
the law of the Lond is with us? Lo, certainly in vain made he it; the pen of the scribes is in vain.
God's judgments on the wickei JEREMIAH.
13 As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem. 14 And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb : and the hand of the Lord shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies. 15 For behold,the Lord will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. 16 For by fire and by his sword will the LoRD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the Lord shall be many. 17. They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the Lord. 18 For I know their works and their thoughts; it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory. 19 And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and
The calling of Jeremiah.
Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not heard my, fame, neither have seen my glory; and they, shall declare my glory among the Gentiies. 20 And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the Lord, out of all nations, upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the Lord, as the children of israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the Lord. 21 And I will also take of them for priests and for Levites, saith the Lord. 22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain. 23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new-moon to another, and from one sabbath, to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord. 24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcasses of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.
T The Book of the Prophet JEREMIAH.
CHAP. I. HP words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin: 2 To whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. 3. It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month. 4 Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 5 Before I formed thee in the belly, I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. 6 Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. 7 | But the Lord said unto me, Sa not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to . that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. 8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Loh D. 9 Then the Lond put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LoRD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. 10 See, I have this day set thee over
the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant. 11 || Moreover the word of the Lorp came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, What seest thou? And I said, I see a rod of an almond-tree. 12 Then said the Lord unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it. 13 And the word of the Lord came unto me the second time, saying, What seest thou? And I said, I see a seething-pot; and the face thereof is toward the north. 14 Then the Lord said unto me, Out of the north an evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land. 15 For lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north, saith the Lord; and they shall come, and they shall set every one 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. 16And I will utter my judgments against them touching all their wickedness, who have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands. 17 || Thou therefore gird up thy loins and arise, and speak unto them all that i command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I conto, thee before them. 562
The expostulation of God
18 For behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, 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 |. of the land.
19 And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for i am with thee, saith the Lord, to deliver
thee. CHAP. II. . OREOWER the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 Go, and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the Lord; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not Sown. 3 Israel was holiness unto the Lond, and the first-fruits of his increase: all that devour him shall offend; evil shall come upon them, saith the LoRd. 4 Hear ye the word of the Lond, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel: 5 T Thus saith the Lord, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain? 6 Neither said they, Where is the Lord that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, that 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! 7 And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the oodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye i. my land, and made my heritage an abomination. l 8 The priests said not, Where is the Lord 2 and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the P. prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit. 9 || Wherefore I will yet plead with you, saith the Lond, and with your chilàron's children willi plead. 10 For pass over 1. isles of Chittim, and see; and send unto Kedar, and consider diligently, and see if there be such d of 11 Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit. 12 Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate. saith the Lond. 13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain
terns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water. 14 || Is Israel a servant? is he a homeborn slave? why is he spoiled? 15 The young lions roared upon him, and yelled, and they made his land waste: his cities are burned without inhabitant. 16 Also the children of Noph and Tahapanes have broken the crown of thy head. 17 Hast thou not procured this unto thyself, in that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, when he led thee by the way? 18 And now what hast thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor? or what hast thou to do in the way of Assyria, to drink the waters of the river? 19 Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore ...i. that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord God of hosts. 20 || For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, playing the harlot. 21 Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me? * * 22 For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee, much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord God. 23 How canst thou say, I am not polluted, l have not gone #. Baalim " See thy way in the valley, know what thou hast done: thou art a swift dromedary traversing her ways; 24 A wild ass used to the wilderness, that snuffeth up the wind at her pleasure; in her occasion who can turn her away?
all . that seek her will not weary o ves; in her month they shall find
er. 25 Withhold thy foot from being unshod, and thy throat from thirst: but thou saidst, There is no hope: no; for I have loved strangers, and after them will I go. 26 As the thief is ashamed when he is found, so is the house of Israel ashamed; they, their kings, their princes, and their priests, and their prophets. 27 Saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth: for they have turned their back unto me, and not their face: but in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and savc us. 28 But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble: for according to the number of thy cities are
of living waters, and hewed them out cis
God's great mercy to Judah.
29 Wherefore will ye plead with me! ye all have transgressed against me, saith the LoRd. 30 in vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction: your own sword hath devoured your prophets; like a destroying lion. 31 "I O generation, see ye the word of the Lord. Have I been a wilderness unto Israel? a land of darkness? where: fore say my people, We are lords; we will come no more unto thee? 32 Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number. 33 Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love? therefore hast thou also taught the wicked ones thy ways. 34 Also in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not sound it by secret search, but upon all these. 35 Yet thou sayest, Because I am innocent, surely his anger shall turn from me. Behold, I will plead with thee, because thou *ś. I have not sinned. 36 Why gaddest thou about so much to change thy way? thoualso shalt beashamed of Egypt, as thou wast ashamed of Assyria.
37 Yea, thou shalt go forth from him, and thy hands upon thy head: for the LoRD hath rejected thy confidences, and
thou shalt not prosper in them. CHAP. III. HEY say, If a man |. away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man’s, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the Lord. 2 List up thine eyes unto the high laces, and see where thou hast not been ain with. In the ways hast thou sat for them, as the Arabian in the wilderness: and thou hast polluted the land with thy whoredoms, and with thy wickedness. 3 Therefore the showers have been withholden, and there hath been no latter rain; and thou hadst a whore's forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed. 4 Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father, thou art the guide of my youth? 5 Will he reserve his anger for ever? will he keep it to the end? Behold, thou hast spoken and done evil things as thou couldest. 6 || The Lord said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Hast thou seen that which backsliding she is gone up upon every high mountain, and under every green tree, and there hath played the harlot. 7 And I said after she had done all these
Tsrael hath done?
The promises of the gospel.
things, Turn thou unto me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it. 8 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 feared not, but went and played the harlot also. 9 And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks. 10 And yet for all this, her treacherous sister Judahhath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the Lord. 11 And the Lord said unto me, The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah. 12 TT Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the Lord ; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the LoRD, and I will not keep anger for ever. 13. Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thouhast transgressed against the Lord thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers underevery green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the Lord. 14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord; for iam married unloyo, and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion: 15 And I will give you pastors according to my heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. 16 And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the LoRD, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LoRD : neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it: neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more. 17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the Lord ; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart. 18 in those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land ot the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers. 19 But I said, How shall I put thee among the children, and give thee a pleasant land, a goodly heritage of the hosts of nations? *ś I said, Thou shalt call me, My father; and shalt not turn away from me. 20 T. Surely as a wife treacherously departeth from her husband, so have ye dealt treacherously with me, O house of Israel, saith the LoRD.
Israel called to repentance.
21 A voice was heard upon the high places, weeping and o: of the children of Israel: for they have perverted their way, and they have forgotten the LoRD their God. 22 Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come unto thee; for thou art the Lord our God. 23 Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains: truly in the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel. 24 For shame hath devoured the labour of our fathers from our youth; their flocks and their herds, their sons and their daughters. 25 We lie down in our shame, and our confusion covereth us: for we have sinned against the Lord our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even unto this day, and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord
our God. CHAP. IV. F thou wilt return, O Israe!, saith the Lord, return unto me: and if thou wilt put away thine abominations out of my sight, then shalt thou not remove. 2 And thoushalt swear The Lord liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; and the nations shall bless themselves in him, and in him shall they glory. 3 I For thus saith |...}. to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns. 4 Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem; lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings. 5 Declare ye in Judah, and publish in Jerusalem; and say, Blow ye the trumpet in the land: cry, Gather together, and say, Assemble yourselves, and i. us go into the defenced cities. 6 Set up the standard toward Zion: retire, stay not: for I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction. 7 The lion is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the Gentiles is on his *:::: he is gone forth from his place to make thy land desolate; and thy cities shall be laid waste, without an inhabitant.
whereas the sword reacheth unto the soul. 11 At that time shall it be said to this people and to Jerusalem, A dry wind of the high places in the wilderness toward the daughter of my people, not to fan, nor’ to cleanse, 12 Even a full wind from those shall come unto me: now also will sentence against them. 13. Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as a whirlwind : his horses are swifter than eagles. Wo unto us! for we are spoiled. 14 O Jerusalem, wash thy heart from wickedness, that thou Inayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee? 15 For a voice declareth from Dan, and publisheth affliction from mount Ephraim. 16 Make }. mention to the nations; behold, publish against Jerusalem, that watchers come from a far country, and give out their voice against the cities of Judah. 17 As keepers of a field, are they against her round about ; because she hath been rebellious against me, saith the LoRD. 18 Thy way and thy doings have procured these things unto thee; this is thy wickedness, because it is bitter, because it reacheth unto thy heart. 19 || My bowels, my bowels l am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war. 20 Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled : suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains in a moment. 21 How long shall I see the standard, and hear the sound of the trumpet? 22 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding; they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge. 23 I beheld the earth, and lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light. 24 I beheld the mountains, and lo,they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly. 25 I beheld, and lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled. 26 I beheld, and lo, the fruitful place
8 For this gird you with sackcloth, was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof
Jament and howl: for the fierce anger of the Lord is not turned back from us. 9 And it shall come to pass at that day, saith the Lok D, that the heart of the king shall perish, and the heart of the princes; and the priests shall be astonished, and the prophets shall wonder.
were broken down at the presence of the LoRD, and by his fierce anger. 27 For thus hath the Lond said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end. 28 For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black: because I
10 Then said I, Ah, Lord God . surely thou hast greatly deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall have peace;
have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it.