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CHAP. XVI, XVII. The Jeros recompense for idolatry. 18 Why is my pain perpetual, and my wound 15 But, The LORD liveth, that brought up tho incurable, which retuseth to be healed ? will 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 driven 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 1 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 precions from the vile, thou shalt be as my will I send for inany hunters, and they shall mouth: let them return unto thee; but return hunt them from every mountain, and from every not thou into them.

hill, and out of the holes of the rocks. 90 And I will make thee unto this people al 17 For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they fenced hrazen 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 inine eyes. I am with

thce to save ihee and to deliver thee, 18 And first I will recompense their iniquity saith the Lorn.

and their sin double; because they have defiled 21 And I will deliver thee out of the hand of my land, tliey have filled mine inlieritance with the wicked, and I will redeen thee out of the the carcasses of their detestable and abominablo hand of the terrible.

things. CHAP. XVI.

19 O LORD, my strength and my fortress, and Ulter ruin of the Jews foreshcron. my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles THE word of the LORD came also unto me, shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth,

and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited ? Thou shalt not take thee a wife, neither shalt lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit. thoil have sons nor daughters in this place. 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 may hegat them in this land:

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

CÁP. XVII, not be lamented; neither shall they be buried :! Captivity of Judah for sin. earth: and they shall be consumed by the sword,

Tifandi with the so uynisten with a pen of and hy famine; and their carcassos shall be meat is zraven 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 lanient nor high "ills. hemoan 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, cven loving- substance and all thy treasures in the spcil, and kindness and mercies.

thy high places forsin, throughout all thy borders. 6 Both the grcat and the small shall die in this 4 And thoni, even thyseli, 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 canise thee to serve thine enemies in the land make themselves bald for thein :

which thou knowest not: for ye have kindled a 7 Neither shall men tear themselves for them in tirc 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 thc 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 froin 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 sliall

9 For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of inhabit the parchied places in the wilderness, Israel; Behold, I will canse 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 oui ler roots by the sbew this people all these words, and they shall river, and shall not see when heat cometh, buit 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?

9 ''he 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 Lorr, 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, served them, and have orshipped them, and and according to the fruit of his doings. have forsaken ine, 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 midst of his nation of his evil heart, that they may not hear- days, and at his end shall be a fool. ken into me:

12 11 A glorious luigh throne fronı 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 0 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 yon favour. from me shall be written in the earth, because

14 ! Therefore behold, the days come, saith they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of the LORD, that it shall no inorė be said, The living waters. LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Is- 14 Healme, 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,

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these gates:

The hallowing of the sabbach.

JEREMIAH. Judgments threatened to Friday 15 1 Behold, they say unto me, Wliere is the 9 And at what instant I shall spcak 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 ! desired 10 If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not iny 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.

( said I would benefit thein. 17 Re not a terror unto ne: thou art my hope 11 | Now therefore go to, speak to the men of in the day of evil.

Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, say: 18 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


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 we 19 ! Thus said the LORD unto me; Go and will walk after our own devices, and we will stand in the gate of the childreri of the people, every one do the inagination 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- aniong the heathen, who hath heard suchthinys:

the virgin of Israel hath done it very horrible 20 And say unto them, Hear ye the word of the thing LURD, ye kings of Judah, and all Judah, and all 14 Will a man leave the snow of Lebanon the inhabitants of Jerusalen, that enter in by which cometh froin the rock of the field ? or shall

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 ine, 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 stun ble in their ways from the an. houses on the sabbath day, weither do ye any cient paths, to walk in paths, in a way not castup; work, but hallow ye wie sabbath day, as I com- 16 To inake their land desolate, and a perpetual Maud pour fathers.

hissing; every one that passeth thereby sliall be 23 But they obeyed not, neither inclined their astouished, 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 instruction.

fore the enemy; I wili sliew them the bac aud 24 And it shall come to pass, if ye diligently not the face, in the day of their calamity. hearken unto me, saith the LORD, to bring in no 18.11 Then said they, Come, and let us devise burden through the gates of this city on the devices against Jeroniial; for the law shall not sabbath day, but liallow the sabbath day, to do perish from the priest, or counsel from the no work therein;

wise, nor the word from the prophet. Comc, and 25 Then shall there enter into the gates of this let us smite him with the tongue, and let us nut city kings and princes sitting upon the throne or give hecd to any of his words. David, riding i:i chariots and on horses, they and 19 Give heed to me, O LORD, and hearken lo their princes, the men of Judah, and the inhabi- the voice of them that contend with me. iants of Jerusalem: and this city shall remain 20 Shall evil be recompensed for good ? for they for ever.

have digged iz 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 thein. from the land of Benjamin, and from the plain, 21 Therefore deliver up their children to the and from the mountains, and from the south, lamine, 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 or 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 Let a cry be heard from their houses, wlien even entering in at the gates of Jerusalemi on thou shalt bring a troop suddenly upon then! : the sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the for they have digged a pit to take me, and lid gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of snares for my feet. Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched. 23 Yet, Lord, thou knowest all their counsel CHIAP. XVIII.

against me to slay me : forgive not their iniquity, God's power over nations typified. neither blot out their sin froin thy sight, but let T

IIE word which came to Jeremiah from the them be overthrown before thee; deal thus LORD, saying,

with them in the time of thine arger. ? 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. 31hce, he went down to the matter's house, and Teufisait bole.ovide Ghearinget a potter's

4 And the vessel that he made of clay was the people, and of the ancients of the priests; marred in the hand ot' tlie potler: so he made it 2 And go forth unto the valley of the son of again another vessel, as seemed goud to the pol- 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 ofthe LORD came to me, saying, 3 And say, Hear yo the word of the LORD, O 6 house of Israel, cannot I do with you as kings of Judah, and inhabitants of Jerusalem; this poiter ? saith the LORD. Bchold, as the Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; clay is in the potter's haud, so are ye in my Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, the hand, O house of Israel.

which whosoever leareth, his ears shall tingle. 7 Al 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 incense 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 the dah, and have filled this place with the blooul of evil that I thought :o do unto them.


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

Jeremiah's complainz 5 They have built also the high places of Baal, come to Babylon, and there thou shalt die, and to burn their sons with fire for burut-offerings shalt be buried there, thou, and all thy friends, unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake to whom thou hast prophesied lics. it, neither came it into iny mind:

71 O LORD, thou hast deceived ine, 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 prevailed: I am in derision daily, every one Tophet, nor The valley of the son of Hinnom, mocketh me. but The valley of Slaughter.

8 For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violenco 7 And I will make void the counsel of Judah and spoil; because the word of the LORD was and Jerusalem in this place; and I will cause made a reproach unto me, and a derision, daily. theni to fall By the sword before their enemies, 9 Then I said, I will not make mention of hill, and by the hands of them that seek their lives : nor speak any more in his name.

But his word 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 tarth.

could not stay. & And I will make this city desolate, and a 10 11 For I heard the defaming of many, fear hissing: every one that passeth thereby shall on every side. Report, say they, and we will re be astonished and hiss because of all the plagues port it. All my familiars watched for my hall. thereof.

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

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

lasting confusion shall never be forgotten. 11 And shalt say unto thein, Thus saith the 12 But, O LORD of hosts, that triest the rightLORD of hosts; Even so will I break this people eous, and seest the reins and the heart, let une and this city, as one breaketh a potter's vessel, see thy vengeance on them: for unto thee havo that cannot be made whole again: and they I opened my cause. shall bury them in Topliet, 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 from 12 Thus will I do unto this place, saith the the ha:rd of evil-doers. LORD, and to the inhabitants thereof; and even 14 11 Cursed be the day wherein I was born : make this city as Tophet:

let not the day wherein muy niother 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 the man who brought tidings to my place of Topliet, because of all the houses upon father, saying, A man-child is born unto thee; whose roofs they have burned incense unto all making hiin 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-lide; 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 iny mother night have been iny 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 againet it, because they have lartened consumed with shame? their necks, that they might not hear my words.


The siege of Jerusalem foretold.
Pashur's new name and doom.

Tik word which came ynto Jeremiah ftoma NW 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 Zeplia. of 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 ihe high against iis; is so be that the LORD will deal gate of Benjamin, which wus 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 1 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-missabib.! will turn back the weapons of war that are

4 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will make in your hands, wherewith ye fight against the thee a terror to thyself, and to all thy friends: and king of Babylon, and against the, 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 hc shall carry them captive into Babylon, and out-stretched hand 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 eneinies, which shall spoil theni, and take them, Zedekiah king of 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 pestilence, from the sword, and from the house shall go into captivity: and thou shaitTramine, into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king

Jeremiah upbraideck the king's house. JEREMIAH.

The judgment of Conial, de. of Babylon, and into the hand of their enemies, led him captive, and shall see this land no more. and into the hand of those that seek their life: 13 / Wo unto him that buildeth his liouse by and he shall smite them with the edge of the unrighteousness, and his chambers by wrong i sword; he shall not spare them, neither have that useth his neighbour's service without wages, pity, nor have mercy.

and giveth him not for his work ; 8 1 And unto this people thon shalt sny, 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 himn out winway of life, and the way of death.

dows; and it is ceiled with cedar, and painted 9 İle 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 thon closest thybut he that goeth out, and falleth to the Chal- self in cedar? did not thy father eat and drink, drans 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 to kuow 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 or Ju-Jihy covetousness, and for io shed innocent blood, dah, say, Hear ye the word of the LORD; and for oppression, and for violence, to do it. 12 O house or 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 lainent 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 lle shall be buried with the burial of an ass, 13 Behold, I am against thee, O inhabitant of dra:vn and cast forth beyond the gates of Jeru: the valley, and rock of the plain, saith the Lord; salem. which say, Who shall come down against us 1 20 11 Go up to Lebanon, and cry; and lin up or who shall enter into our habitations ? thy voice in Bashian, and cry from the passages:

14 But I will punish you according to the fruit for all thy lovers are destroyed. of your coings, saith the LORD: and I will kindle 2. 1 spake unto thee in ihy prosperity ; but a fire in the forest thercof, and it shall devour thou saidst, I will not hear. This hath been thy all things round about it.

inanner from thy youih, that thou obeyedst not CHAP. XXII.

my voice. Jeremiah exhorteth lo 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 word,

thy wickedness. 2 And say, Hear the word of the LORD, O king 23 0) inhabitant of Lebanon, that makest thy of Judah, that sittest upon the throne or David, nest in thc ccdars, how gracious shalt thou be thou, and thy servants, and thy people that en- when pangs coine upon thice, the pain as of a wo 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 deli ver the spoiled out of the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah were the the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, signet upon my rigbi 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 scek thy life, aněl into the land of them 4 For if ye do this thing indeed, then stall there whose face thou fenrest, even into the hand of enter in by the gates of this house kings sitting Nebuchadrczzar king of Babylou, and into the upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and hand of the Chaldeans. on horses, he, and his servants, and his people. 26 And I will cast thce out, and thy mother 5 But if ye will not hear these words, I swear thạt bare thee, into another country, wherc ye hy myself, saith the LORD, that this house shall were not born; and there shall ye die. become a desolation.

27 But to the land wherсunto 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? licad of Lebanon: yot surely I will make thee a is he 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 thec, cast into a land which they know not ? every one with his weapons: and they shall cui 29 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, silcreat 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. 110 Weep ye not for the dead, neither bemoan. Wiebthe sheep of my pasture : saith the LORD,

be . for lie shall return no more, nor see his nativel 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 have scattered my flock, and driven ihem away, the son of Josiah king of Judah, which reigned and liave not visited them: behold, I will visit instead of Josiah his father, which went forth upon you the evil 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

eg einst false prophets, and

CHAP. XXIV. mockers of the true prophels. them, and will bring them again to their folds; 23 Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and 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 hide 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 51 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that prophesy lies in my naine, saying, I have dreamI will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and ed, I have dreamed. a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute 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 their 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 prophct that hath a dream, let him tell liveth, which brought up the children of Israel a dream; and he that hath my word, let him out of the land of Egypt;

speak my word faithfly. 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 I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their rock in pieces ? own land.

30 Therefore behold, I am against the prophets, 9 4 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 overcoine, 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 dreams, 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 bave I found their wickedness, 33 | And when

this people, or the prophet, or suith the LORD.

a priest, shall ask thee, saying, Whai 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 wil.even forsake you, driven on, and fall therein : for I will bring evil saith the LORD. upon them, even the year of their visitation, saith 34 And as for the prophet, and the priest, and the 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 mencvil-doers, that none doth return from his wick tion no more: for every man's word shall be his edness: tliey 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 Theref 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 thec? and, 'What hath with wormwood, and make thein drink 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 inake you vain: they speak a vi- burden of the LORD; sion of their own heart, and not out of ihe niouth 39 C'herefore behold, 1, even I, will utterly for. 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 anıl 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 yon. 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. wlio hath marked his word, and heard it ?

The type of good and bad figs. 19 Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone THE LORD shewed me, and behold, two basforth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind : it 1 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 captive Jeconiah the until he have executed, and till he have person of Jehoiakim king of Judah, and the princes forned 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 thein to Ba21 [ 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 ilio 22 But if they had stood in my counsel, and figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had had 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 mc, What seest

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