Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah


Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 1

1THE WORDS of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin,
2to 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.
3It 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.
4And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying:
5Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee,And before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee;I have appointed thee a prophet unto the nations.
6Then said I: ‘Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak; for I am a child.’
7But the Lord said unto me:Say not: I am a child;For to whomsoever I shall send thee thou shalt go,And whatsoever I shall command thee thou shalt speak.
8Be not afraid of them;For I am with thee to deliver thee,Saith the Lord.
9Then the Lord put forth His hand, and touched my mouth; and the Lord said unto me:Behold, I have put My words in thy mouth;
10See, 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 overthrow;To build, and to plant.
11Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying: ‘Jeremiah, what seest thou?’ And I said: ‘I see a rod of an {a}almond-tree.’
12Then said the Lord unto me: ‘Thou hast well seen; for I {b}watch over My word to perform it.’
13And 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 from the north.’
14Then the Lord said unto me: ‘Out of the north the evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land.
15For, 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 entrance 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; in that they have forsaken me, and have offered unto other gods, and worshipped the work of their own hands.
17Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee; be not dismayed at them, lest I dismay thee before them.
18For, behold, I have made thee this day a fortified 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 people of the land.
19And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; For I am with thee, saith the Lord, to deliver thee.’

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 2

1And the word of the Lord came to me, saying:
2Go, and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying: Thus saith the Lord:I remember for thee the affection of thy youth,The love of thine espousals;How thou wentest after Me in the wilderness,In a land that was not sown.
3Israel is the Lord's hallowed portion,His first-fruits of the increase;All that devour him shall be held guilty,Evil shall come upon them, saith the Lord.
4Hear ye the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob,And all the families of the house of Israel;
5Thus saith the Lord:What unrighteousness have your fathers found in Me,That they are gone far from Me,And have walked after things of nought, and are become nought?
6Neither said they:‘Where is the Lord that brought us upOut 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?’
7And I brought you into a land of fruitful fields, to eat the fruit thereof and the good thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled My land, and made My heritage an abomination.
8The priests said not: ‘Where is the Lord?’And they that handle the law knew Me not,And the rulers transgressed against Me;The prophets also prophesied by Baal, And walked after things that do not profit.
9Wherefore I will yet plead with you, saith the Lord,And with your children’s children will I plead.
10For pass over to the isles of the Kittites, and see,And send unto Kedar, and consider diligently,And see if there hath been such a thing.
11Hath a nation changed its gods,Which yet are no gods?But My people hath changed its gloryFor that which doth not profit.
12Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this,And be horribly afraid, be ye exceeding amazed,Saith the Lord.
13For My people have committed two evils:They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters,And hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns,That can hold no water.
14Is Israel a servant?Is he a home-born slave?Why is he become a prey?
15The young lions have roared upon him,And let their voice resound;And they have made his land desolate,His cities are laid waste,Without inhabitant.
16The children also of Noph and TahpanhesFeed upon the crown of thy head.
17Is it not this that doth cause it unto thee,That thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God,When He led thee by the way?
18And now what hast thou to do in the way to Egypt,To drink the waters of Shihor?Or what hast thou to do in the way to Assyria,To drink the waters of the River?
19Thine own wickedness shall correct thee,And thy backslidings shall reprove thee:Know therefore and see that it is an evil and a bitter thing,That thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God,Neither is My fear in thee,Saith the Lord God of hosts.
20For of old time I have broken thy yoke,And burst thy bands,And thou saidst: ‘I will not transgress’;Upon every high hillAnd under every leafy treeThou didst recline, playing the harlot.
21Yet I had planted thee a noble vine,Wholly a right seed; How then art thou turned into the degenerate plantOf a strange vine unto Me?
22For though thou wash thee with nitre,And take thee much soap,Yet thine iniquity is marked before Me,Saith the Lord God.
23How canst thou say: ‘I am not defiled,I have not gone after the Baalim’?See thy way in the Valley,Know what thou hast done;Thou art a swift young camel traversing her ways;
24A wild ass used to the wilderness,That snuffeth up the wind in her desire;Her lust, who can hinder it?All they that seek her will not weary themselves;In her month they shall find her.
25Withhold 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.’
26As 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;
27Who say to a stock: ‘Thou art my father’,And to a stone: ‘Thou hast brought us 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 save us.’
28But 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 citiesAre thy gods, O Judah.
29Wherefore will ye contend with Me?Ye all have transgressed against Me,Saith the Lord.
30In vain have I smitten your children—They received no correction;Your sword hath devoured your prophets,Like a destroying lion.
31O generation, see ye the word of the Lord:Have I been a wilderness unto Israel?Or a land of thick darkness?Wherefore say My people: ‘We roam at large;We will come no more unto Thee’?
32Can a maid forget her ornaments,Or a bride her attire?Yet My people have forgotten MeDays without number.
33How trimmest thou thy way To seek love!Therefore—even the wicked womenHast thou taught thy ways;
34Also in thy skirts is found the bloodOf the souls of the innocent poor;Thou didst not find them breaking in;Yet for all these things
35Thou saidst: ‘I am innocent;Surely His anger is turned away from me’—Behold, I will enter into judgment with thee,Because thou sayest: ‘I have not sinned.’
36How greatly dost thou cheapen thyselfTo change thy way?Thou shalt be ashamed of Egypt also,As thou wast ashamed of Asshur.
37From him also shalt thou go forth,With thy hands upon thy head;For the Lord hath rejected them in whom thou didst trust,And thou shalt not prosper in them.

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 3

1
… saying:
If a man put away his wife,And she go from him,And become another man’s,May he return unto her again?Will not that land be greatly polluted?But thou hast played the harlot with many lovers;And wouldest thou yet return to Me?Saith the Lord.
2Lift up thine eyes unto the high hills, and see:Where hast thou not been lain with?By the ways hast thou sat for them,As an Arabian in the wilderness;And thou hast polluted the landWith thy harlotries and with thy wickedness.
3Therefore the showers have been withheld,And there hath been no latter rain;Yet thou hadst a harlot’s forehead,Thou refusedst to be ashamed.
4Didst thou not just now cry unto Me: ‘My father,Thou art the friend of my youth.
5Will He bear grudge for ever?Will He keep it to the end?’Behold, thou hast spoken, but hast done evil things,And hast had thy way.
6And the Lord said unto me in the days of Josiah the king: ‘Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel did? she went up upon every high mountain and under every leafy tree, and there played the harlot.
7And I said: After she hath done all these things, she will return unto me; but she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it.
8And I saw, when, forasmuch as backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a bill of divorcement, that yet treacherous Judah her sister feared not; but she also went and played the harlot;
9and it came to pass through the lightness of her harlotry, that the land was polluted, and she committed adultery with stones and with stocks;
10and yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah hath not returned unto Me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the Lord
11even the Lord said unto me—backsliding Israel hath proved herself more righteous than treacherous Judah.
12Go, and proclaim these words toward the north, and say:Return, thou backsliding Israel,Saith the Lord;I will not frown upon you;For I am merciful, saith the Lord,I will not bear grudge for ever.
13Only acknowledge thine iniquity,That thou hast transgressed against the Lord thy God,And hast scattered thy ways to the strangersUnder every leafy tree,And ye have not hearkened to My voice,Saith the Lord.
14Return, O backsliding children, saith the Lord; for I am a lord unto you, and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion;
15and I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
16And it shall come to pass, when ye are 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 make mention of it; neither shall they miss it; neither shall it be made any more.
17At 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 stubbornness of their evil heart.
18In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers.’
19But I said:‘How would I put thee among the sons,And give thee a pleasant land,The goodliest heritage of the nations!’And I said: ‘Thou shalt call Me, My father;And shalt not turn away from following Me.’
20Surely as a wife treacherously departeth from her husband,So have ye dealt treacherously with Me, O house of Israel,Saith the Lord.
21Hark! upon the high hills is heardThe suppliant weeping of the children of Israel;For that they have perverted their way,They have forgotten the Lord their God.
22Return, ye backsliding children, I will heal your backslidings.—‘Here we are, we are come unto Thee;For Thou art the Lord our God.
23Truly vain have proved the hills,The uproar on the mountains;Truly in the Lord our GodIs the salvation of Israel.
24But the shameful thing hath devouredThe labour of our fathers from our youth;Their flocks and their herds,Their sons and their daughters.
25Let us lie down in our shame,And let our confusion cover us;For we have sinned against the Lord our God,We and our fathers,From our youth even unto this day;And we have not hearkenedTo the voice of the Lord our God.’

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 4

1If thou wilt return, O Israel,Saith the Lord,Yea, return unto Me;And if thou wilt put away thy detestable things out of My sight,And wilt not waver;
2And wilt swear: ‘As the Lord liveth’In truth, in justice, and in righteousness;Then shall the nations bless themselves by Him,And in Him shall they glory.
3For thus saith the Lord to the men of Judah and to Jerusalem:Break up for you a fallow ground,And sow not among thorns.
4Circumcise yourselves to the Lord,And take away the foreskins of your heart,Ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem;Lest My fury go forth like fire,And burn that none can quench it,Because of the evil of your doings.
5Declare ye in Judah, and publish in Jerusalem,And say: ‘Blow ye the horn in the land’;Cry aloud and say:‘Assemble yourselves, and let us go into the fortified cities.’
6Set up a standard toward Zion;Put yourselves under covert, stay not;For I will bring evil from the north,And a great destruction.
7A lion is gone up from his thicket,And a destroyer of nationsIs set out, gone forth from his place;To make thy land desolate,That thy cities be laid waste, without inhabitant.
8For this gird you with sackcloth,Lament and wail;For the fierce anger of the LordIs not turned back from us.
9And it shall come to pass at that day,Saith the Lord,That the heart of the king shall fail,And the heart of the princes;And the priests shall be astonished, And the prophets shall wonder.
10Then said I: ‘Ah, Lord God! surely Thou hast greatly deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying: Ye shall have peace; whereas the sword reacheth unto the soul.’
11At that time shall it be said of this people and of Jerusalem;A hot wind of the high hills in the wildernessToward the daughter of My people,Not to fan, nor to cleanse;
12A wind too strong for this shall come for Me;Now will I also utter judgments against them.
13Behold, he cometh up as clouds,And his chariots are as the whirlwind;His horses are swifter than eagles.—‘Woe unto us! for we are undone.’—
14O Jerusalem, wash thy heart from wickedness,That thou mayest be saved.How long shall thy baleful thoughtsLodge within thee?
15For hark! one declareth from Dan,And announceth calamity from the hills of Ephraim:
16‘Make ye mention to the nations:Behold—publish concerning Jerusalem—Watchers come from a far country,And give out their voice against the cities of Judah.’
17As keepers of a fieldAre they against her round about;Because she hath been rebellious against Me,Saith the Lord.
18Thy way and thy doings have procuredThese things unto thee;This is thy wickedness; yea, it is bitter,Yea, it reacheth unto thy heart.
19My bowels, my bowels! I writhe in pain!The chambers of my heart!My heart moaneth within me!I cannot hold my peace!Because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the horn,The alarm of war.
20Destruction followeth upon destruction,For the whole land is spoiled;Suddenly are my tents spoiled,My curtains in a moment.
21How long shall I see the standard,Shall I hear the sound of the horn?
22For My people is foolish,They know Me not;They are sottish children,And they have no understanding;They are wise to do evil,But to do good they have no knowledge.
23I beheld the earth,And, lo, it was waste and void;And the heavens, and they had no light.
24I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled,And all the hills moved to and fro.
25I beheld, and, lo, there was no man,And all the birds of the heavens were fled.
26I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful field was a wilderness,And all the cities thereof were broken downAt the presence of the Lord,And before His fierce anger.
27For thus saith the Lord:The whole land shall be desolate;Yet will I not make a full end.
28For this shall the earth mourn,And the heavens above be black;Because I have spoken it, I have purposed it,And I have not repented, neither will I turn back from it.
29For the noise of the horsemen and bowmenThe whole city fleeth;They go into the thickets,And climb up upon the rocks;Every city is forsaken,And not a man dwelleth therein.
30And thou, that art spoiled, what doest thou,That thou clothest thyself with scarlet,That thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold,That thou enlargest thine eyes with paint?In vain dost thou make thyself fair;Thy lovers despise thee, they seek thy life.
31For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail,The anguish as of her that bringeth forth her first child,The voice of the daughter of Zion, that gaspeth for breath,That spreadeth her hands:‘Woe is me, now! for my soul faintethBefore the murderers.’

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 5

1Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem,And see now, and know,And seek in the broad places thereof,If ye can find a man,If there be any that doeth justly, that seeketh truth;And I will pardon her.
2And though they say: ‘As the Lord liveth’,Surely they swear falsely.
3O Lord, are not Thine eyes upon truth?Thou hast stricken them, but they were not affected;Thou hast consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction;They have made their faces harder than a rock;They have refused to return.
4And I said: ‘Surely these are poor,They are foolish, for they know not the way of the Lord,Nor the ordinance of their God;
5I will get me unto the great men,And will speak unto them;For they know the way of the Lord,And the ordinance of their God.’But these had altogether broken the yoke,And burst the bands.
6Wherefore a lion out of the forest doth slay them,A wolf of the deserts doth spoil them,A leopard watcheth over their cities,Every one that goeth out thence is torn in pieces;Because their transgressions are many,Their backslidings are increased.
7Wherefore should I pardon thee?The children have forsaken Me,And sworn by no-gods;And when I had fed them to the full, they committed adultery,And assembled themselves in troops at the harlots’ houses.
8They are become as well-fed horses, lusty stallions;Every one neigheth after his neighbour’s wife.
9Shall I not punish for these things?Saith the Lord;And shall not My soul be avengedOn such a nation as this?
10Go ye up into her rows, and destroy,But make not a full end;Take away her shoots;For they are not the Lord's.
11For the house of Israel and the house of JudahHave dealt very treacherously against Me,Saith the Lord.
12They have belied the Lord,And said: ‘It is not He,Neither shall evil come upon us;Neither shall we see sword nor famine;
13And the prophets shall become wind,And the word is not in them;Thus be it done unto them.’
14Wherefore thus saith the Lord, the God of hosts:Because ye speak this word,Behold, I will make My words in thy mouth fire,And this people wood, and it shall devour them.
15Lo, I will bring a nation upon you from far,O house of Israel, saith the Lord;It is an enduring nation,It is an ancient nation,A nation whose language thou knowest not,Neither understandest what they say.
16Their quiver is an open sepulchre,They are all mighty men.
17And they shall eat up thy harvest, and thy bread,They shall eat up thy sons and thy daughters,They shall eat up thy flocks and thy herds, They shall eat up thy vines and thy fig-trees;They shall batter thy fortified cities,Wherein thou trusteth, with the sword.
18But even in those days, saith the Lord,I will not make a full end with you.
19And it shall come to pass, when ye shall say: ‘Wherefore hath the Lord our God done all these things unto us?’ then shalt Thou say unto them: ‘Like as ye have forsaken Me, and served strange gods in your land, so shall ye serve strangers in a land that is not yours.’
20Declare ye this in the house of Jacob,And announce it in Judah, saying:
21Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding,That have eyes, and see not,That have ears, and hear not:
22Fear ye not Me? saith the Lord;Will ye not tremble at My presence?Who have placed the sand for the bound of the sea,An everlasting ordinance, which it cannot pass;And though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail;Though they roar, yet can they not pass over it.
23But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart;They are revolted, and gone.
24Neither say they in their heart:‘Let us now fear the Lord our God,That giveth the former rain, and the latter in due season;That keepeth for usThe appointed weeks of the harvest.’
25Your iniquities have turned away these things,And your sins have withholden good from you.
26For among My people are found wicked men;They pry, as fowlers lie in wait;They set a trap, they catch men.
27As a cage is full of birds,So are their houses full of deceit;Therefore they are become great, and waxen rich;
28They are waxen fat, they are become sleek;Yea, they overpass in deeds of wickedness;They plead not the cause, the cause of the fatherless,That they might make it to prosper;And the right of the needy do they not judge.
29Shall I not punish for these things?Saith the Lord;Shall not My soul be avengedOn such a nation as this?
30An appalling and horrible thingIs come to pass in the land:
31The prophets prophesy in the service of falsehood,And the priests bear rule at their beck;And My people love to have it so;What then will ye do in the end thereof?

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 6

1Put yourselves under covert, ye children of Benjamin,Away from the midst of Jerusalem,And blow the horn in Tekoa,And set up a signal on Beth-cherem;For evil looketh forth from the north,And a great destruction.
2The comely and delicate one,The daughter of Zion, will I cut off.
3Shepherds with their flocks come unto her;They pitch their tents against her round about;They feed bare every one what is nigh at hand.
4‘Prepare ye war against her;Arise, and let us go up at noon!’‘Woe unto us! for the day declineth,For the shadows of the evening are stretched out!’
5‘Arise, and let us go up by night,And let us destroy her palaces.’
6For thus hath the Lord of hosts said:Hew ye down her trees,And cast up a mound against Jerusalem;This is the city to be punished;Everywhere there is oppression in the midst of her.
7As a cistern welleth with her waters,So she welleth with her wickedness;Violence and spoil is heard in her;Before Me continually is sickness and wounds.
8Be thou corrected, O Jerusalem,Lest My soul be alienated from thee,Lest I make thee desolate,A land not inhabited.
9Thus saith the Lord of hosts:They shall thoroughly glean as a vineThe remnant of Israel;Turn again thy handAs a grape-gatherer upon the shoots.
10To whom shall I speak and give warning,That they may hear?Behold, their ear is dull,And they cannot attend;Behold, the word of the Lord is become unto them a reproach,They have no delight in it.
11Therefore I am full of the fury of the Lord,I am weary with holding in:Pour it out upon the babes in the street,And upon the assembly of young men together;For even the husband with the wife shall be taken,The aged with him that is full of days.
12And their houses shall be turned unto others,Their fields and their wives together;For I will stretch out My hand upon the inhabitants of the land,Saith the Lord.
13For from the least of them even unto the greatest of themEvery one is greedy for gain;And from the prophet even unto the priestEvery one dealeth falsely.
14They have healed also the hurt of My people lightly,Saying: ‘Peace, peace’, when there is no peace.
15They shall be put to shame because they have committed abomination;Yea, they are not at all ashamed,Neither know they how to blush;Therefore they shall fall among them that fall,At the time that I punish them they shall stumble,Saith the Lord.
16Thus saith the Lord:Stand ye in the ways and see,And ask for the old paths,Where is the good way, and walk therein,And ye shall find rest for your souls.But they said: ‘We will not walk therein.’
17And I set watchmen over you:‘Attend to the sound of the horn’,But they said: ‘We will not attend.’
18Therefore hear, ye nations,And know, O congregation, what is against them.
19Hear, O earth:Behold, I will bring evil upon this people,Even the fruit of their thoughts,Because they have not attended unto My words,And as for My teaching, they have rejected it.
20To what purpose is to Me the frankincense that cometh from Sheba,And the sweet cane, from a far country?Your burnt-offerings are not acceptable,Nor your sacrifices pleasing unto Me.
21Therefore thus saith the Lord: Behold, I will lay stumblingblocks before this people,And the fathers and the sons together shall stumble against them,The neighbour and his friend, and they shall perish.
22Thus saith the Lord:Behold, a people cometh from the north country,And a great nation shall be roused from the uttermost parts of the earth.
23They lay hold on bow and spear,They are cruel, and have no compassion;Their voice is like the roaring sea,And they ride upon horses;Set in array, as a man for war,Against thee, O daughter of Zion.
24‘We have heard the fame thereof, our hands wax feeble, Anguish hath taken hold of us,And pain, as of a woman in travail.’
25Go not forth into the field,Nor walk by the way;For there is the sword of the enemy,And terror on every side.
26O daughter of my people, gird thee with sackcloth,And wallow thyself in ashes;Make thee mourning, as for an only son,Most bitter lamentation;For the spoiler shall suddenly come upon us.
27I have made thee a tower and a fortress among My people;That thou mayest know and try their way.
28They are all grievous revolters,Going about with slanders;They are brass and iron;They all of them deal corruptly.
29The bellows blow fiercely,The lead is consumed of the fire;In vain doth the founder refine,For the wicked are not separated.
30Refuse silver shall men call them,Because the Lord hath rejected them.

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 7

1The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying:
2Stand in the gate of the Lord's house, and proclaim there this word, and say: Hear the word of the Lord, all ye of Judah, that enter in at these gates to worship the Lord.
3Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel:

Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place.

4Trust ye not in lying words, saying: ‘The temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, are these.’
5Nay, but if ye thoroughly amend your ways and your doings; if ye thoroughly execute justice between a man and his neighbour;
6if ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods to your hurt;
7then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever.
8Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit.
9Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and offer unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye have not known,
10and come and stand before Me in this house, whereupon My name is called, and say: ‘We are delivered’, that ye may do all these abominations?
11Is this house, whereupon My name is called, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, I, even I, have seen it, saith the Lord.
12For go ye now unto My place which was in Shiloh, where I caused My name to dwell at the first, and see what I did to it for the wickedness of My people Israel.
13And now, because ye have done all these works, saith the Lord, and I spoke unto you, speaking betimes and often, but ye heard not, and I called you, but ye answered not;
14therefore will I do unto the house, whereupon My name is called, wherein ye trust, and unto the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh.
15And I will cast you out of My sight, as I have cast out all your brethren, even the whole seed of Ephraim.
16Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to Me; for I will not hear thee.
17Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?
18The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead the dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink-offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke Me.
19Do they provoke Me? saith the Lord; do they not provoke themselves, to the confusion of their own faces?
20Therefore thus saith the Lord God: Behold, Mine anger and My fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the land; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched.
21Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Add your burnt-offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat ye flesh.
22For I spoke not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt-offerings or sacrifices;
23but this thing I commanded them, saying: ‘Hearken unto My voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be My people; and walk ye in all the way that I command you, that it may be well with you.’
24But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in their own counsels, even in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and went backward and not forward,
25even since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt unto this day; and though I have sent unto you all My servants the prophets, sending them daily betimes and often,
26yet they hearkened not unto Me, nor inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff; they did worse than their fathers.
27And thou shalt speak all these words unto them, but they will not hearken to thee; thou shalt also call unto them, but they will not answer thee.
28Therefore thou shalt say unto them:This is the nation that hath not hearkenedTo the voice of the Lord their God,Nor received correction;Faithfulness is perished,And is cut off from their mouth.
29Cut off thy hair, and cast it away,And take up a lamentation on the high hills;For the Lord hath rejected and forsaken the generation of His wrath.
30For the children of Judah have done that which is evil in My sight, saith the Lord; they have set their detestable things in the house whereon My name is called, to defile it.
31And they have built the high places of Topheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded not, neither came it into My mind.
32Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that it shall no more be called Topheth, nor The valley of the son of Hinnom, but The valley of slaughter; for they shall bury in Topheth, for lack of room.
33And the carcasses of this people shall be food for the fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth; and none shall frighten them away.
34Then 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.

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 8

1At 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;
2and 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.
3And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue that remain of this evil family, that remain in all the places whither I have driven them, saith the Lord of hosts.
4Moreover thou shalt say unto them: Thus saith the Lord:Do men fall, and not rise up again?Doth one turn away, and not return?
5Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden backBy a perpetual backsliding?They hold fast deceit,They refuse to return.
6I attended and listened,But they spoke not aright;No man repenteth him of his wickedness,Saying: ‘What have I done?’Every one turneth away in his course,As a horse that rusheth headlong in the battle.
7Yea, the stork in the heavenKnoweth her appointed times;And the turtle and the swallow and the craneObserve the time of their coming;But My people know notThe ordinance of the Lord.
8How do ye say: ‘We are wise,And the Law of the Lord is with us’?Lo, certainly in vain hath wroughtThe vain pen of the scribes.
9The wise men are ashamed,They are dismayed and taken;Lo, they have rejected the word of the Lord;And what wisdom is in them?
10Therefore will I give their wives unto others,And their fields to them that shall possess them;For from the least even unto the greatestEvery one is greedy for gain,From the prophet even unto the priestEvery one dealeth falsely.
11And they have healed the hurt of the daughter of My people lightly,Saying: ‘Peace, peace’, when there is no peace.
12They shall be put to shame because they have committed abomination;Yea, they are not at all ashamed,Neither know they how to blush; therefore shall they fall among them that fall,In the time of their visitation they shall stumble,Saith the Lord.
13I will utterly consume them, saith the Lord;There are no grapes on the vine,Nor figs on the fig-tree,And the leaf is faded;And I gave them that which they transgress.
14‘Why do we sit still?Assemble yourselves, and let us enter into the fortified cities,And let us be cut off there;For the Lord our God hath cut us off,And given us water of gall to drink,Because we have sinned against the Lord.
15We looked for peace, but no good came;And for a time of healing, and behold terror!’
16The snorting of his horses is heard from Dan;At the sound of the neighing of his strong onesThe whole land trembleth;For they are come, and have devoured the land and all that is in it,The city and those that dwell therein.
17For, behold, I will send serpents, basilisks, among you,Which will not be charmed;And they shall bite you, saith the Lord.
18Though I would take comfort against sorrow,My heart is faint within me.
19Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my peopleFrom a land far off:‘Is not the Lord in Zion?Is not her King in her?’—‘Why have they provoked Me with their graven images,And with strange vanities?’—
20‘The harvest is past, the summer is ended,And we are not saved.’
21For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I seized with anguish;I am black, appalment hath taken hold on me.
22Is there no balm in Gilead?Is there no physician there?Why then is not the healthOf the daughter of my people recovered?
23Oh that my head were waters,And mine eyes a fountain of tears,That I might weep day and nightFor the slain of the daughter of my people!

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 9

1Oh that I were in the wilderness,In a lodging-place of wayfaring men,That I might leave my people,And go from them!For they are all adulterers,An assembly of treacherous men.
2And they bend their tongue, their bow of falsehood;And they are grown mighty in the land, but not for truth;For they proceed from evil to evil,And Me they know not,Saith the Lord.
3Take ye heed every one of his neighbour,And trust ye not in any brother;For every brother acteth subtly,And every neighbour goeth about with slanders.
4And they deceive every one his neighbour,And truth they speak not;They have taught their tongue to speak lies,They weary themselves to commit iniquity.
5Thy habitation is in the midst of deceit;Through deceit they refuse to know Me,Saith the Lord.
6Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts:Behold, I will smelt them, and try them;For how else should I do,Because of the daughter of My people?
7Their tongue is a sharpened arrow,It speaketh deceit;One speaketh peaceably to his neighbour with his mouth,But in his heart he layeth wait for him.
8Shall I not punish them for these things?Saith the Lord;Shall not My soul be avengedOn such a nation as this?
9For the mountains will I take up a weeping and wailing,And for the pastures of the wilderness a lamentation,Because they are burned up, so that none passeth through.And they hear not the voice of the cattle;Both the fowl of the heavens and the beastAre fled, and gone.
10And I will make Jerusalem heaps,A lair of jackals; And I will make the cities of Judah a desolation,Without an inhabitant.
11Who is the wise man, that he may understand this?And who is he to whom the mouth of the Lord hath spoken, that he may declare it?Wherefore is the land perishedAnd laid waste like a wilderness, so that none passeth through?
12And the Lord saith:Because they have forsaken My law which I set before them,And have not hearkened to My voice, neither walked therein;
13But have walked after the stubbornness of their own heart,And after the Baalim, which their fathers taught them.
14Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel:Behold, I will feed them, even this people, with wormwood,And give them water of gall to drink.
15I will scatter them also among the nations,Whom neither they nor their fathers have known;And I will send the sword after them,Till I have consumed them.
16Thus saith the Lord of hosts:Consider ye, and call for the mourning women, that they may come;And send for the wise women, that they may come;
17Let them make haste, and take up a wailing for us,That our eyes may run down with tears,And our eyelids gush out with waters.
18For a voice of wailing is heard out of Zion:‘How are we undone!We are greatly confounded, because we have forsaken the land,Because our dwellings have cast us out.’
19Yea, hear the word of the Lord, O ye women,And let your ear receive the word of His mouth,And teach your daughters wailing,And every one her neighbour lamentation:
20‘For death is come up into our windows,It is entered into our palaces,To cut off the children from the street,And the young men from the broad places.—
21Speak: Thus saith the LordAnd the carcasses of men fallAs dung upon the open field,And as the handful after the harvestman,Which none gathereth.’
22Thus saith the Lord:Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Neither let the mighty man glory in his might,Let not the rich man glory in his riches;
23But let him that glorieth glory in this,That he understandeth, and knoweth Me,That I am the Lord who exercise mercy,Justice, and righteousness, in the earth;For in these things I delight,Saith the Lord.
24Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will punish all them that are circumcised in their uncircumcision:
25Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and Moab, and all that have the corners of their hair polled, that dwell in the wilderness;For all the nations are uncircumcised,But all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart.

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 10

1Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel;
2thus saith the Lord:Learn not the way of the nations,And be not dismayed at the signs of heaven;For the nations are dismayed at them.
3For the customs of the peoples are vanity;For it is but a tree which one cutteth out of the forest,The work of the hands of the workman with the axe.
4They deck it with silver and with gold,They fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
5They are like a pillar in a garden of cucumbers, and speak not;They must needs be borne, because they cannot go.Be not afraid of them, for they cannot do evil,Neither is it in them to do good.
6There is none like unto Thee, O Lord;Thou art great, and Thy name is great in might.
7Who would not fear Thee, O king of the nations?For it befitteth Thee;Forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their royalty,There is none like unto Thee.
8But they are altogether brutish and foolish:The vanities by which they are instructed are but a stock;
9Silver beaten into plates which is brought from Tarshish,And gold from Uphaz,The work of the craftsman and of the hands of the goldsmith;Blue and purple is their clothing;They are all the work of skilful men.
10But the Lord God is the true God, He is the living God, and the everlasting King;At His wrath the earth trembleth,And the nations are not able to abide His indignation.
11Thus shall ye say unto them: ‘The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, these shall perish from the earth, and from under the heavens.’
12He that hath made the earth by His power,That hath established the world by His wisdom,And hath stretched out the heavens by His understanding;
13At the sound of His giving a multitude of waters in the heavens,When He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth;When He maketh lightnings with the rain,And bringeth forth the wind out of His treasuries;
14Every man is proved to be brutish, without knowledge,Every goldsmith is put to shame by the graven image,His molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.
15They are vanity, a work of delusion;In the time of their visitation they shall perish.
16Not like these is the portion of Jacob;For He is the former of all things,And Israel is the tribe of His inheritance;The Lord of hosts is His name.
17Gather up thy wares from the ground,O thou that abidest in the siege.
18For thus saith the Lord: Behold, I will sling out the inhabitants of the land at this time, and will distress them, that they may feel it.
19Woe is me for my hurt!My wound is grievous;But I said: ‘This is but a sickness,And I must bear it.’
20My tent is spoiled,And all my cords are broken;My children are gone forth of me, and they are not;There is none to stretch forth my tent any more,And to set up my curtains.
21For the shepherds are become brutish,And have not inquired of the Lord;Therefore they have not prospered,And all their flocks are scattered.
22Hark! a report, behold, it cometh,And a great commotion out of the north country,To make the cities of Judah desolate,A dwelling-place of jackals.
23O Lord, I know that man’s way is not his own;It is not in man to direct his steps as he walketh.
24O Lord, correct me, but in measure;Not in Thine anger, lest Thou diminish me.
25Pour out Thy wrath upon the nations that know Thee not,And upon the families that call not on Thy name;For they have devoured Jacob,Yea, they have devoured him and consumed him,And have laid waste his habitation.

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 11

1The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying:
2‘Hear ye the words of this covenant, and speak unto the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem;
3and say thou unto them: Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel: Cursed be the man that heareth not the words of this covenant,
4which I commanded your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, out of the iron furnace, saying: Hearken to My voice, and do them, according to all which I command you; so shall ye be My people, and I will be your God;
5that I may establish the oath which I swore unto your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as at this day.’ Then answered I, and said: ‘Amen, O Lord.’
6And the Lord said unto me: ‘Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, saying: Hear ye the words of this covenant, and do them.
7For I earnestly forewarned your fathers in the day that I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, even unto this day, forewarning betimes and often, saying: Hearken to My voice.
8Yet they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked every one in the stubbornness of their evil heart; therefore I brought upon them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do, but they did them not.’
9And the Lord said unto me: ‘A conspiracy is found among the men of Judah, and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
10They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, who refused to hear My words; and they are gone after other gods to serve them; the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken My covenant which I made with their fathers.
11Therefore thus saith the Lord: Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto Me, I will not hearken unto them.
12Then shall the cities of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem go and cry unto the gods unto whom they offer; but they shall not save them at all in the time of their trouble.
13For according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah; and according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem have ye set up altars to the shameful thing, even altars to offer unto Baal.
14Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them; for I will not hear them in the time that they cry unto Me for their trouble.’
15What hath My beloved to do in My house,Seeing she hath wrought lewdness with many,And the hallowed flesh is passed from thee?When thou doest evil, then thou rejoicest.
16The Lord called thy nameA leafy olive-tree, fair with goodly fruit;With the noise of a great tumultHe hath kindled fire upon it,And the branches of it are broken.
17For the Lord of hosts, that planted thee, hath pronounced evil against thee, because of the evil of the house of Israel and of the house of Judah, which they have wrought for themselves in provoking Me by offering unto Baal.
18And the Lord gave me knowledge of it, and I knew it;Then Thou showedst me their doings.
19But I was like a docile lamb that is led to the slaughter;And I knew not that they had devised devices against me:‘Let us destroy the tree with the fruit thereof,And let us cut him off from the land of the living,That his name may be no more remembered.’
20But, O Lord of hosts, that judgest righteously,That triest the reins and the heart,Let me see Thy vengeance on them;For unto Thee have I revealed my cause.
21Therefore thus saith the Lord concerning the men of Anathoth, that seek thy life, saying: ‘Thou shalt not prophesy in the name of the Lord, that thou die not by our hand’;
22therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts:Behold, I will punish them;The young men shall die by the sword,Their sons and their daughters shall die by famine;
23And there shall be no remnant unto them;For I will bring evil upon the men of Anathoth,Even the year of their visitation.

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 12

1Right wouldest Thou be, O Lord,Were I to contend with Thee,Yet will I reason with Thee:Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper?Wherefore are all they secure that deal very treacherously?
2Thou hast planted them, yea, they have taken root;They grow, yea, they bring forth fruit;Thou art near in their mouth,And far from their reins.
3But Thou, O Lord, knowest me, Thou seest me, and triest my heart toward Thee;Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter,And prepare them for the day of slaughter.
4How long shall the land mourn,And the herbs of the whole field wither?For the wickedness of them that dwell therein, the beasts are consumed, and the birds;Because they said: ‘He seeth not our end.’
5‘If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee,Then how canst thou contend with horses?And though in a land of peace thou art secure,Yet how wilt thou do in the thickets of the Jordan?
6For even thy brethren, and the house of thy father,Even they have dealt treacherously with thee,Even they have cried aloud after thee;Believe them not, though they speak fair words unto thee.’
7I have forsaken My house,I have cast off My heritage;I have given the dearly beloved of My soulInto the hand of her enemies.
8My heritage is become unto MeAs a lion in the forest;She hath uttered her voice against Me;Therefore have I hated her.
9Is My heritage unto Me as a speckled bird of prey?Are the birds of prey against her round about?Come ye, assemble all the beasts of the field,Bring them to devour.
10Many shepherds have destroyed My vineyard,They have trodden My portion under foot,They have made My pleasant portionA desolate wilderness.
11They have made it a desolation,It mourneth unto Me, being desolate;The whole land is made desolate,Because no man layeth it to heart.
12Upon all the high hills in the wilderness spoilers are come;For the sword of the Lord devourethFrom the one end of the land even to the other end of the land,No flesh hath peace.
13They have sown wheat, and have reaped thorns;They have put themselves to pain, they profit not;Be ye then ashamed of your increase,Because of the fierce anger of the Lord.
14Thus saith the Lord: As for all Mine evil neighbours, that touch the inheritance which I have caused My people Israel to inherit, behold, I will pluck them up from off their land, and will pluck up the house of Judah from among them.
15And it shall come to pass, after that I have plucked them up, I will again have compassion on them; and I will bring them back, every man to his heritage, and every man to his land.
16And it shall come to pass, if they will diligently learn the ways of My people to swear by My name: ‘As the Lord liveth,‘ even as they taught My people to swear by Baal; then shall they be built up in the midst of My people.
17But if they will not hearken, then will I pluck up that nation, plucking up and destroying it, saith the Lord.

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 13

1Thus said the Lord unto me: ‘Go, and get thee a linen girdle, and put it upon thy loins, and put it not in water.’
2So I got a girdle according to the word of the Lord, and put it upon my loins.
3And the word of the Lord came unto me the second time, saying:
4‘Take the girdle that thou hast gotten, which is upon thy loins, and arise, go to Perath, and hide it there in a cleft of the rock.’
5So I went, and hid it in Perath, as the Lord commanded me.
6And it came to pass after many days, that the Lord said unto me: ‘Arise, go to Perath, and take the girdle from thence, which I commanded thee to hide there.’
7Then I went to Perath, and digged, and took the girdle from the place where I had hid it; and, behold, the girdle was marred, it was profitable for nothing.
8Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying:
9Thus saith the Lord: After this manner will I mar the pride of Judah, and the great pride of Jerusalem,
10even this evil people, that refuse to hear My words, that walk in the stubbornness of their heart, and are gone after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, that it be as this girdle, which is profitable for nothing.
11For as the girdle cleaveth to the loins of a man, so have I caused to cleave unto Me the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah, saith the Lord, that they might be unto Me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory; but they would not hearken.
12Moreover thou shalt speak unto them this word: Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel: ‘Every bottle is filled with wine’; and when they shall say unto thee: ‘Do we not know that every bottle is filled with wine?’
13Then shalt thou say unto them: Thus saith the Lord: Behold, I will fill all the inhabitants of this land, even the kings that sit upon David’s throne, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, with drunkenness.
14And I will dash them one against another, even the fathers and the sons together, saith the Lord; I will not pity, nor spare, nor have compassion, that I should not destroy them.
15Hear ye, and give ear, be not proud;For the Lord hath spoken.
16Give glory to the Lord your God,Before it grow dark,And before your feet stumbleUpon the mountains of twilight,And, while ye look for light,He turn it into the shadow of death,And make it gross darkness.
17But if ye will not hear it,My soul shall weep in secret for your pride;And mine eyes shall weep sore, and run down with tears,Because the Lord's flock is carried away captive.
18Say thou unto the king and to the queen-mother:‘Sit ye down low;For your headtires are come down,Even your beautiful crown.’
19The cities of the South are shut up,And there is none to open them;Judah is carried away captive all of it;It is wholly carried away captive.
20Lift up your eyes, and beholdThem that come from the north;Where is the flock that was given thee,Thy beautiful flock?
21What wilt thou say, when He shall set the friends over thee as head,Whom thou thyself hast trained against thee?Shall not pangs take hold of thee,As of a woman in travail?
22And if thou say in thy heart:‘Wherefore are these things befallen me?’—For the greatness of thine iniquity are thy skirts uncovered,And thy heels suffer violence.
23Can the Ethiopian change his skin,Or the leopard his spots?Then may ye also do good,That are accustomed to do evil.
24Therefore will I scatter them, as the stubble that passeth awayBy the wind of the wilderness.
25This is thy lot, the portion measured unto thee from Me,Saith the Lord;Because thou hast forgotten Me,And trusted in falsehood.
26Therefore will I also uncover thy skirts upon thy face,And thy shame shall appear.
27Thine adulteries, and thy neighings, the lewdness of thy harlotry,On the hills in the field have I seen thy detestable acts.Woe unto thee, O Jerusalem! thou wilt not be made clean!When shall it ever be?

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 14

1The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah concerning the droughts.
2Judah mourneth, and the gates thereof languish,They bow down in black unto the ground;And the cry of Jerusalem is gone up.
3And their nobles send their lads for water:They come to the pits, and find no water;Their vessels return empty;They are ashamed and confounded, and cover their heads.
4Because of the ground which is cracked,For there hath been no rain in the land,The plowmen are ashamed, they cover their heads.
5Yea, the hind also in the field calveth, and forsaketh her young,Because there is no grass,
6And the wild asses stand on the high hills,They gasp for air like jackals;Their eyes fail, because there is no herbage.
7Though our iniquities testify against us,O Lord, work Thou for Thy name’s sake;For our backslidings are many,We have sinned against Thee.
8O Thou hope of Israel,The Saviour thereof in time of trouble,Why shouldest Thou be as a stranger in the land,And as a wayfaring man that turneth aside to tarry for a night?
9Why shouldest thou be as a man overcome,As a mighty man that cannot save?Yet Thou, O Lord, art in the midst of us,And Thy name is called upon us;Leave us not.
10Thus saith the Lord unto this people:Even so have they loved to wander,They have not refrained their feet;Therefore the Lord doth not accept them,Now will He remember their iniquity,And punish their sins.
11And the Lord said unto me: ‘Pray not for this people for their good.
12When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt-offering and meal-offering, I will not accept them; but I will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence.’
13Then said I: ‘Ah, Lord God! behold, the prophets say unto them: Ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye have famine; but I will give you assured peace in this place.’
14Then the Lord said unto me: ‘The prophets prophesy lies in My name; I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spoke I unto them; they prophesy unto you a lying vision, and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their own heart.
15Therefore thus saith the Lord: As for the prophets that prophesy in My name, and I sent them not, yet they say: Sword and famine shall not be in this land, by sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed;
16and the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; and they shall have none to bury them, them, their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters; for I will pour their evil upon them.’
17And thou shalt say this word unto them:Let mine eyes run down with tears night and day,And let them not cease;For the virgin daughter of my people is broken with a great breach,With a very grievous blow.
18If I go forth into the field,Then behold the slain with the sword!And if I enter into the city,Then behold them that are sick with famine!For both the prophet and the priest are gone about to a land, and knew it not.
19Hast Thou utterly rejected Judah?Hath Thy soul loathed Zion?Why hast Thou smitten us, and there is no healing for us?We looked for peace, but no good came;And for a time of healing, and behold terror!
20We acknowledge, O Lord, our wickedness,Even the iniquity of our fathers;For we have sinned against Thee.
21Do not contemn us, for Thy name’s sake,Do not dishonour the throne of Thy glory;Remember, break not Thy covenant with us.
22Are there any among the vanities of the nations that can cause rain?Or can the heavens give showers?Art not Thou He, O Lord our God, and do we not wait for Thee?For Thou hast made all these things.

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 15

1Then said the Lord unto me: ‘Though Moses and Samuel stood before Me, yet My mind could not be toward this people; cast them out of My sight, and let them go forth.
2And it shall come to pass, when they say unto thee: Whither shall we go forth? then thou shall tell them: Thus saith the Lord: Such as are for death, to death; and such as are for the sword, to the sword; and such as are for the famine, to the famine; and such as are for captivity, to captivity.
3And I will appoint over them four kinds, saith the Lord: the sword to slay, and the dogs to drag, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the earth, to devour and to destroy.
4And I will cause them to be a horror among all the kingdoms of the earth, because of Manasseh the son of Hezekiah king of Judah, for that which he did in Jerusalem.
5For who shall have pity upon thee, O Jerusalem?Or who shall bemoan thee?Or who shall turn aside to ask of thy welfare?
6Thou hast cast Me off, saith the Lord,Thou art gone backward;Therefore do I stretch out My hand against thee, and destroy thee;I am weary with repenting.
7And I fan them with a fan in the gates of the land;I bereave them of children, I destroy My people,Since they return not from their ways.
8Their widows are increased to Me above the sand of the seas;I bring upon them, against the mother, a chosen one,Even a spoiler at noonday;I cause anguish and terrors to fall upon her suddenly.
9She that hath borne seven languisheth;Her spirit droopeth;Her sun is gone down while it was yet day,She is ashamed and confounded;And the residue of them will I deliver to the sword before their enemies,Saith the Lord.’
10Woe is me, my mother, that thou hast borne meA man of strife and a man of contention to the whole earth!I have not lent, neither have men lent to me;Yet every one of them doth curse me.
11The Lord said: ‘Verily I will release thee for good; verily I will cause the enemy to make supplication unto thee in the time of evil and in the time of affliction.
12Can iron break iron from the north and brass?
13Thy substance and thy treasures will I give for a spoil without price, and that for all thy sins, even in all thy borders.
14And I will make thee to pass with thine enemies into a land which thou knowest not; for a fire is kindled in My nostril, which shall burn upon you.’
15Thou, O Lord, knowest;Remember me, and think of me, and avenge me of my persecutors;Take me not away because of Thy long-suffering;Know that for Thy sake I have suffered taunts.
16Thy words were found, and I did eat them;And Thy words were unto me a joy and the rejoicing of my heart;Because Thy name was called on me, O Lord God of hosts.
17I sat not in the assembly of them that make merry, nor rejoiced;I sat alone because of Thy hand;For Thou hast filled me with indignation.
18Why is my pain perpetual,And my wound incurable, so that it refuseth to be healed? Wilt Thou indeed be unto me as a deceitful brook,As waters that fail?
19Therefore thus saith the Lord:If thou return, and I bring thee back,Thou shalt stand before Me;And if thou bring forth the precious out of the vile,Thou shalt be as My mouth;Let them return unto thee,But thou shalt not return unto them.
20And I will make thee unto this people a fortified brazen wall;And they shall fight against thee,But they shall not prevail against thee;For I am with thee to save thee and to deliver thee,Saith the Lord.
21And I will deliver thee out of the hand of the wicked,And I will redeem thee out of the hand of the terrible.

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 16

1The word of the Lord came also unto me, saying:
2Thou shalt not take thee a wife,Neither shalt thou have sons or daughters in this place.
3For thus saith the Lord concerning the sons and concerning the daughters that are born in this place, and concerning their mothers that bore them, and concerning their fathers that begot them in this land:
4They shall die of grievous deaths;They shall not be lamented,Neither shall they be buried,They shall be as dung upon the face of the ground;And they shall be consumed by the sword, and by famine;And their carcasses shall be meat for the fowls of heaven,And for the beasts of the earth.
5For thus saith the Lord: Enter not into the house of mourning, neither go to lament, neither bemoan them; for I have taken away My peace from this people, saith the Lord, even mercy and compassion.
6Both the great and the small shall die in this land; they shall not be buried; neither shall men lament for them, nor cut themselves, nor make themselves bald for them;
7neither shall men break bread for them in mourning, to comfort them for the dead; neither shall men give them the cup of consolation to drink for their father or for their mother.
8And thou shalt not go into the house of feasting to sit with them, to eat and to drink.
9For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel:Behold, I will cause to cease out of this place,Before your eyes and in your days,The voice of mirth and the voice of gladness,The voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride.
10And it shall come to pass, when thou shalt tell this people all these words, and they shall say unto thee: ‘Wherefore hath the Lord pronounced all this great evil against us? or what is our iniquity? or what is our sin that we have committed against the Lord our God?’
11then shalt thou say unto them: ‘Because your fathers have forsaken Me, saith the Lord, and have walked after other gods, and have served them, and have worshipped them, and have forsaken Me, and have not kept My law;
12and ye have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, ye walk every one after the stubbornness of his evil heart, so that ye hearken not unto Me;
13therefore will I cast you out of this land into a land that ye have not known, neither ye nor your fathers; and there shall ye serve other gods day and night; forasmuch as I will show you no favour.’
14Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that it shall no more be said: ‘As the Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt,‘
15but: ‘As the Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the countries whither He had driven them’; and I will bring them back into their land that I gave unto their fathers.
16Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the Lord, and they shall fish them; and afterward I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the clefts of the rocks.
17For Mine eyes are upon all their ways,They are not hid from My face;Neither is their iniquity concealed from Mine eyes.
18And first I will recompense their iniquity and their sin double;Because they have profaned My land;They have filled Mine inheritanceWith the carcasses of their detestable things and their abominations.
19O Lord, my strength, and my stronghold,And my refuge, in the day of affliction,Unto Thee shall the nations comeFrom the ends of the earth, and shall say:‘Our fathers have inherited nought but lies,Vanity and things wherein there is no profit.’
20Shall a man make unto himself gods,And they are no gods?
21Therefore, behold, I will cause them to know,This once will I cause them to knowMy hand and My might;And they shall know that My name is the Lord.

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 17

1The sin of Judah is writtenWith a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond;It is graven upon the tablet of their heart,And upon the horns of your altars.
2Like the symbols of their sons are their altars, And their Asherim are by the leafy trees,Upon the high hills.
3O thou that sittest upon the mountain in the field,I will give thy substance and all thy treasures for a spoil,And thy high places, because of sin, throughout all thy borders.
4And thou, even of thyself, shalt discontinue from thy heritageThat I gave thee;And I will cause thee to serve thine enemiesIn the land which thou knowest not;For ye have kindled a fire in My nostril,Which shall burn for ever.
5Thus saith the Lord:Cursed is the man that trusteth in man,And maketh flesh his arm,And whose heart departeth from the Lord.
6For he shall be like a tamarisk in the desert,And shall not see when good cometh;But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness,A salt land and not inhabited.
7Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord,And whose trust the Lord is.
8For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters,And that spreadeth out its roots by the river,And shall not see when heat cometh,But its foliage shall be luxuriant;And shall not be anxious in the year of drought,Neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
9The heart is deceitful above all things,And it is exceeding weak—who can know it?
10I the Lord search the heart,I try the reins,Even to give every man according to his ways,According to the fruit of his doings.
11As the partridge that broodeth over young which she hath not brought forth,So is he that getteth riches, and not by right;In the midst of his days he shall leave them,And at his end he shall be a fool.
12Thou throne of glory, on high from the beginning,Thou place of our sanctuary,
13Thou hope of Israel, the Lord!All that forsake Thee shall be ashamed;They that depart from Thee shall be written in the earth,Because they have forsaken the Lord,The fountain of living waters.
14Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed;Save me, and I shall be saved;For Thou art my praise.
15Behold, they say unto me:‘Where is the word of the Lord? let it come now.’
16As for me, I have not hastened from being a shepherd after Thee;Neither have I desired the woeful day; thou knowest it;That which came out of my lips was manifest before Thee.
17Be not a ruin unto me;Thou art my refuge in the day of evil.
18Let them be ashamed that persecute me, but let not me be ashamed;Let them be dismayed, but let not me be dismayed;Bring upon them the day of evil,And destroy them with double destruction.
19Thus said the Lord unto me: Go, and stand in the gate of the children of the people, whereby the kings of Judah come in, and by which they go out, and in all the gates of Jerusalem;
20and say unto them:

Hear ye the word of the Lord, ye kings of Judah, and all Judah, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, that enter in by these gates;

21thus saith the Lord: Take heed for the sake of your souls, and bear no burden on the sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem;
22neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the sabbath day, neither do ye any work; but hallow ye the sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers;
23but they hearkened not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive instruction.
24And it shall come to pass, if ye diligently hearken unto Me, saith the Lord, to bring in no burden through the gates of this city on the sabbath day, but to hallow the sabbath day, to do no work therein;
25then shall there enter in by the gates of this city kings and princes sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they, and their princes, the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and this city shall be inhabited for ever.
26And they shall come from the cities of Judah, and from the places round about Jerusalem, and from the land of Benjamin, and from the Lowland, and from the mountains, and from the South, bringing burnt-offerings, and sacrifices, and meal-offerings, and frankincense, and bringing sacrifices of thanksgiving, unto the house of the Lord.
27But if ye will not hearken unto Me to hallow the sabbath day, and not to bear a burden and enter in at the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched.

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 18

1The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying:
2‘Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear My words.’
3Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he was at his work on the wheels.
4And whensoever the vessel that he made of the clay was marred in the hand of the potter, he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
5Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying:
6‘O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay in the potter’s hand, so are ye in My hand, O house of Israel.
7At one instant I may speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up and to break down and to destroy it;
8but if that nation turn from their evil, because of which I have spoken against it, I repent of the evil that I thought to do unto it.
9And at one instant I may speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it;
10but if it do evil in My sight, that it hearken not to My voice, then I repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit it.
11Now therefore do thou speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying: Thus saith the Lord: Behold, I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you; return ye now every one from his evil way, and amend your ways and your doings.
12But they say: There is no hope; but we will walk after our own devices, and we will do every one after the stubbornness of his evil heart.’
13Therefore thus saith the Lord:Ask ye now among the nations,Who hath heard such things;The virgin of Israel hath doneA very horrible thing.
14Doth the snow of Lebanon failFrom the rock of the field?Or are the strange cold flowing watersPlucked up?
15For My people hath forgotten Me,They offer unto vanity;And they have been made to stumble in their ways,In the ancient paths,To walk in bypaths,In a way not cast up;
16To make their land an astonishment,And a perpetual hissing;Every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished,And shake his head.
17I will scatter them as with an east windBefore the enemy;I will look upon their back, and not their face,In the day of their calamity.
18Then said they:‘Come, and let us devise devices against Jeremiah;For instruction shall not perish from the priest, Nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet.Come, and let us smite him with the tongue,And let us not give heed to any of his words.’
19Give heed to me, O Lord,And hearken to the voice of them that contend with me.
20Shall evil be recompensed for good?For they have digged a pit for my soul.Remember how I stood before TheeTo speak good for them,To turn away Thy wrath from them.
21Therefore deliver up their children to the famine,And hurl them to the power of the sword;And let their wives be bereaved of their children, and widows;And let their men be slain of death,And their young men smitten of the sword in battle.
22Let a cry be heard from their houses,When thou shalt bring a troop suddenly upon them;For they have digged a pit to take me,And hid snares for my feet.
23Yet, Lord, Thou knowestAll their counsel against me to slay me;Forgive not their iniquity,Neither blot out their sin from Thy sight;But let them be made to stumble before Thee;Deal Thou with them in the time of Thine anger.

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 19

1Thus said the Lord: Go, and get a potter’s earthen bottle, and take of the elders of the people, and of the elders of the priests;
2and go forth unto the valley of the son of Hinnom, which is by the entry of the gate Harsith, and proclaim there the words that I shall tell thee;
3and say: Hear ye the word of the Lord, O kings of Judah, and inhabitants of Jerusalem; thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel:

Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, which whosoever heareth, his ears shall tingle;

4because they have forsaken Me, and have estranged this place, and have offered in it unto other gods, whom neither they nor their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah; and have filled this place with the blood of innocents;
5and have built the high places of Baal, to burn their sons in the fire for burnt-offerings unto Baal; which I commanded not, nor spoke it, neither came it into My mind.
6Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that this place shall no more be called Topheth, nor The valley of the son of Hinnom, but The valley of slaughter;
7and I will make void the counsel of Judah and Jerusalem in this place; and I will cause them to fall by the sword before their enemies, and by the hand of them that seek their life; and their carcasses will I give to be food for the fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth;
8and I will make this city an astonishment, and a hissing; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished and hiss because of all the plagues thereof;
9and I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the flesh of their daughters, and they shall eat every one the flesh of his friend, in the siege and in the straitness, wherewith their enemies, and they that seek their life, shall straiten them.
10Then shalt thou break the bottle in the sight of the men that go with thee,
11and shalt say unto them: Thus saith the Lord of hosts: Even so will I break this people and this city, as one breaketh a potter’s vessel, that cannot be made whole again; and they shall bury in Topheth, for want of room to bury.
12Thus will I do unto this place, saith the Lord, and to the inhabitants thereof, even making this city as Topheth;
13and the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses of the kings of Judah, which are defiled, shall be as the place of Topheth, even all the houses upon whose roofs they have offered unto all the host of heaven, and have poured out drink-offerings unto other gods.
14Then came Jeremiah from Topheth, whither the Lord had sent him to prophesy; and he stood in the court of the Lord's house, and said to all the people:
15‘Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I will bring upon this city and upon all her towns all the evil that I have pronounced against it; because they have made their neck stiff, that they might not hear My words.’

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 20

1Now Pashhur the son of Immer the priest, who was chief officer in the house of the Lord, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things.
2Then Pashhur smote Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks that were in the upper gate of Benjamin, which was in the house of the Lord.
3And it came to pass on the morrow, that Pashhur brought forth Jeremiah out of the stocks. Then said Jeremiah unto him: ‘The Lord hath not called thy name Pashhur, but {a}Magormissabib.
4For thus saith the Lord: Behold, I will make thee a terror to thyself, and to all thy friends; and they shall fall by the sword of their enemies, and thine eyes shall behold it; and I will give all Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall carry them captive to Babylon, and shall slay them with the sword.
5Moreover I will give all the store of this city, and all the gains thereof, and all the wealth thereof, yea, all the treasures of the kings of Judah will I give into the hand of their enemies, who shall spoil them, and take them, and carry them to Babylon.
6And thou, Pashhur, and all that dwell in thy house shall go into captivity; and thou shalt come to Babylon, and there thou shalt die, and there shalt thou be buried, thou, and all thy friends, to whom thou hast prophesied falsely.’
7O Lord, Thou hast enticed me, and I was enticed,

Thou hast overcome me, and hast prevailed;

I am become a laughing-stock all the day,

Every one mocketh me.

8For as often as I speak, I cry out,I cry: ‘Violence and spoil’;Because the word of the Lord is madeA reproach unto me, and a derision, all the day.
9And if I say: ‘I will not make mention of Him,Nor speak any more in His name’,Then there is in my heart as it were a burning fireShut up in my bones,And I weary myself to hold it in,But cannot.
10For I have heard the whispering of many,Terror on every side:‘Denounce, and we will denounce him’;Even of all my familiar friends,Them that watch for my halting:‘Peradventure he will be enticed, and we shall prevail against him,And we shall take our revenge on him.’
11But the Lord is with me as a mighty warrior;Therefore my persecutors shall stumble, and they shall not prevail;They shall be greatly ashamed, because they have not prospered,Even with an everlasting confusion which shall never be forgotten.
12But, O Lord of hosts, that triest the righteous,That seest the reins and the heart,Let me see Thy vengeance on them;For unto Thee have I revealed my cause.
13Sing unto the Lord,Praise ye the Lord;For He hath delivered the soul of the needyFrom the hand of evil-doers.
14Cursed be the dayWherein I was born;The day wherein my mother bore me,Let it not be blessed.
15Cursed be the man who brought tidingsTo my father, saying:‘A man-child is born unto thee’;Making him very glad.
16And let that man be as the citiesWhich the Lord overthrew, and repented not;And let him hear a cry in the morning,And an alarm at noontide;
17Because He slew me not from the womb; And so my mother would have been my grave,And her womb always great.
18Wherefore came I forth out of the wombTo see labour and sorrow,That my days should be consumed in shame?

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 21

1The word which came unto Jeremiah from the Lord, when king Zedekiah sent unto him Pashhur the son of Malchiah, and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest, saying:
2‘Inquire, I pray thee, of the Lord for us; for Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon maketh war against us; peradventure the Lord will deal with us according to all His wondrous works, that he may go up from us.’
3Then said Jeremiah unto them: Thus shall ye say to Zedekiah:
4Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel:

Behold, I will turn back the weapons of war that are in your hands, wherewith ye fight against the king of Babylon, and against the Chaldeans, that besiege you without the walls, and I will gather them into the midst of this city.

5And I myself will fight against you with an outstretched hand and with a strong arm, even in anger, and in fury, and in great wrath.
6And I will smite the inhabitants of this city, both man and beast; they shall die of a great pestilence.
7And afterward, saith the Lord, I will deliver Zedekiah king of Judah, and his servants, and the people, and such as are left in this city from the pestilence, from the sword, and from the famine, into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of those that seek their life; and he shall smite them with the edge of the sword; he shall not spare them, neither have pity, nor have compassion.
8And unto this people thou shalt say: Thus saith the Lord: Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death.
9He that abideth in this city shall die by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence; but he that goeth out, and falleth away to the Chaldeans that besiege you, he shall live, and his life shall be unto him for a prey.
10For I have set My face against this city for evil, and not for good, saith the Lord; it shall be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire.
11And unto the house of the king of Judah: Hear ye the word of the Lord;
12O house of David, thus saith the Lord:Execute justice in the morning,And deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor,Lest My fury go forth like fire,And burn that none can quench it,Because of the evil of your doings.
13Behold, I am against thee, O inhabitant of the valley,And rock of the plain, saith the Lord; Ye that say: ‘Who shall come down against us?Or who shall enter into our habitations?’
14And I will punish you according to the fruit of your doings,Saith the Lord;And I will kindle a fire in her forest,And it shall devour all that is round about her.

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 22

1Thus said the Lord: Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and speak there this word,
2and say: Hear the word of the Lord, O king of Judah, that sittest upon the throne of David, thou, and thy servants, and thy people that enter in by these gates.
3Thus saith the Lord:

Execute ye justice and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor; and do no wrong, do no violence, to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place.

4For if ye do this thing indeed, then shall there enter in by the gates of this house kings sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, he, and his servants, and his people.
5But if ye will not hear these words, I swear by Myself, saith the Lord, that this house shall become a desolation.
6For thus saith the Lord concerning the house of the king of Judah:Thou art Gilead unto Me,The head of Lebanon;Yet surely I will make thee a wilderness,Cities which are not inhabited.
7And I will prepare destroyers against thee,Every one with his weapons;And they shall cut down thy choice cedars,And cast them into the fire.
8And many nations shall pass by this city, and they shall say every man to his neighbour: ‘Wherefore hath the Lord done thus unto this great city?’
9Then they shall answer: ‘Because they forsook the covenant of the Lord their God, and worshipped other gods, and served them.’
10Weep ye not for the dead,Neither bemoan him;But weep sore for him that goeth away,For he shall return no more,Nor see his native country.
11For thus saith the Lord touching Shallum the son of Josiah, king of Judah, who reigned instead of Josiah his father, and who went forth out of this place: He shall not return thither any more;
12but in the place whither they have led him captive, there shall he die, and he shall see this land no more.
13Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteousness,And his chambers by injustice;That useth his neighbour’s service without wages, And giveth him not his hire;
14That saith: ‘I will build me a wide houseAnd spacious chambers’,And cutteth him out windows,And it is ceiled with cedar, and painted with vermilion.
15Shalt thou reign, because thou strivest to excel in cedar?Did not thy father eat and drink, and do justice and righteousness?Then it was well with him.
16He judged the cause of the poor and needy;Then it was well.Is not this to know Me? saith the Lord.
17But thine eyes and thy heartAre not but for thy covetousness,And for shedding innocent blood,And for oppression, and for violence, to do it.
18Therefore thus saith the Lord concerning Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah:They shall not lament for him:‘Ah my brother!’ or: ‘Ah sister!’They shall not lament for him:‘Ah lord!’ or: ‘Ah his glory!’
19He shall be buried with the burial of an ass,Drawn and cast forth beyond the gates of Jerusalem.
20Go up to Lebanon, and cry,And lift up thy voice in Bashan;And cry from Abarim,For all thy lovers are destroyed.
21I spoke unto thee in thy prosperity,But thou saidst: ‘I will not hear.’This hath been thy manner from thy youth,That thou hearkenedst not to My voice.
22The wind shall feed upon all thy shepherds,And thy lovers shall go into captivity;Surely then shalt thou be ashamed and confoundedFor all thy wickedness.
23O inhabitant of Lebanon,That art nestled in the cedars,How gracious shalt thou be when pangs come upon thee,The pain as of a woman in travail!
24As I live, saith the Lord, though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah were the signet upon My right hand, yet would I pluck thee thence;
25and I will give thee into the hand of them that seek thy life, and into the hand of them of whom thou art afraid, even into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of the Chaldeans.
26And I will cast thee out, and thy mother that bore thee, into another country, where ye were not born; and there shall ye die.
27But to the land whereunto they long to return, thither shall they not return.
28Is this man Coniah a despised, broken image?Is he a vessel wherein is no pleasure?Wherefore are they cast out, he and his seed, And are cast into the land which they know not?
29O land, land, land,Hear the word of the Lord.
30Thus saith the Lord:Write ye this man childless,A man that shall not prosper in his days;For no man of his seed shall prosper,Sitting upon the throne of David,And ruling any more in Judah.

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 23

1Woe unto the shepherds that destroy and scatterThe sheep of My pasture! saith the Lord.
2Therefore thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, against the shepherds that feed My people: Ye have scattered My flock, and driven them away, and have not taken care of them; behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the Lord.
3And I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all the countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them back to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and multiply.
4And I will set up shepherds over them, who shall feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall any be lacking, saith the Lord.
5Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous shoot, and he shall reign as king and prosper, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.
6In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely; and this is his name whereby he shall be called, The Lord is our righteousness.
7Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that they shall no more say: ‘As the Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt’;
8but: ‘As the Lord liveth, that brought up and that led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all the countries whither I had driven them’; and they shall dwell in their own land.
9Concerning the prophets.

My heart within me is broken,All my bones shake;I am like a drunken man,And like a man whom wine hath overcome;Because of the Lord,And because of His holy words.

10For the land is full of adulterers;For because of swearing the land mourneth,The pastures of the wilderness are dried up;And their course is evil,And their force is not right.
11For both prophet and priest are ungodly;Yea, in My house have I found their wickedness,Saith the Lord.
12Wherefore their way shall be unto them as slippery places in the darkness,They shall be thrust, and fall therein;For I will bring evil upon them,Even the year of their visitation,Saith the Lord.
13And I have seen unseemliness in the prophets of Samaria:They prophesied by Baal,And caused My people Israel to err.
14But in the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen a horrible thing:They commit adultery, and walk in lies,And they strengthen the hands of evil-doers,That none doth return from his wickedness;They are all of them become unto Me as Sodom,And the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.
15Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts concerning the prophets:Behold, I will feed them with wormwood,And make them drink the water of gall;For from the prophets of JerusalemIs ungodliness gone forth into all the land.
16Thus saith the Lord of hosts:Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you,They lead you unto vanity;They speak a vision of their own heart,And not out of the mouth of the Lord.
17They say continually unto them that despise Me:‘The Lord hath said: Ye shall have peace’;And unto every one that walketh in the stubbornness of his own heart they say:‘No evil shall come upon you’;
18For who hath stood in the council of the Lord,That he should perceive and hear His word?Who hath attended to His word, and heard it?
19Behold, a storm of the Lord is gone forth in fury,Yea, a whirling storm;It shall whirl upon the head of the wicked.
20The anger of the Lord shall not return,Until He have executed, and till He have performed the purposes of His heart;In the end of days ye shall consider it perfectly.
21I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran;I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.
22But if they have stood in My council,Then let them cause My people to hear My words, And turn them from their evil way,And from the evil of their doings.
23Am I a God near at hand, saith the Lord,And not a God afar off?
24Can any hide himself in secret placesThat I shall not see him? saith the Lord.Do not I fill heaven and earth?Saith the Lord.
25I have heard what the prophets have said,That prophesy lies in My name, saying:‘I have dreamed, I have dreamed.’
26How long shall this be?Is it in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies,And the prophets of the deceit of their own heart?
27That think to cause My people to forget My nameBy their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour,As their fathers forgot My name for Baal.
28The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream;And he that hath My word; let him speak My word faithfully.What hath the straw to do with the wheat?Saith the Lord.
29Is not My word like as fire?Saith the Lord;And like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?
30Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the Lord, that steal My words every one from his neighbour.
31Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the Lord, that use there tongues and say: ‘He saith.’
32Behold, I am against them that prophesy lying dreams, saith the Lord, and do tell them, and cause My people to err by their lies, and by their wantonness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them; neither can they profit this people at all, saith the Lord.
33And when this people, or the prophet, or a priest, shall ask thee, saying: ‘What is the burden of the Lord?’ then shalt thou say unto them: ‘What burden! I will cast you off, saith the Lord.’
34And as for the prophet, and the priest, and the people, that shall say: ‘The burden of the Lord’, I will even punish that man and his house.
35Thus shall ye say every one to his neighbour, and every one to his brother: ‘What hath the Lord answered?’ and: ‘What hath the Lord spoken?’
36And the burden of the Lord shall ye mention no more; for every man’s own word shall be his burden; and would ye pervert the words of the living God, of the Lord of hosts our God?
37Thus shalt thou say to the prophet: ‘What hath the Lord answered thee?’ and: ‘What hath the Lord spoken?’
38But if ye say: ‘The burden of the Lord’; therefore thus saith the Lord: Because ye say this word: ‘The burden of the Lord’, and I have sent unto you, saying: ‘Ye shall not say: The burden of the Lord’;
39therefore, behold, I will utterly tear you out, and I will cast you off, and the city that I gave unto you and to your fathers, away from My presence;
40and I will bring an everlasting reproach upon you, and a perpetual shame, which shall not be forgotten

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 24

1The Lord showed me, and behold two baskets of figs set before the temple of the Lord; after that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon had carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and the princes of Judah, with the craftsmen and smiths, from Jerusalem, and had brought them to Babylon.
2One basket had very good figs, like the figs that are first-ripe; and the other basket had very bad figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad.
3Then said the Lord unto me: ‘What seest thou, Jeremiah?’ And I said: ‘Figs; the good figs, very good; and the bad, very bad, that cannot be eaten, they are so bad.’
4And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying:
5‘Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel: Like these good figs, so will I regard the captives of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans, for good.
6And I will set Mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them back to this land; and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up.
7And I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God; for they shall return unto Me with their whole heart.
8And as the bad figs, which cannot be eaten, they are so bad; surely thus saith the Lord: So will I make Zedekiah the king of Judah, and his princes, and the residue of Jerusalem, that remain in this land, and them that dwell in the land of Egypt;
9I will even make them a horror among all the kingdoms of the earth for evil; a reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse, in all places whither I shall drive them.
10And I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, among them, till they be consumed from off the land that I gave unto them and to their fathers.’

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 25

1The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, that was the first year of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon;
2which Jeremiah the prophet spoke unto all the people of Judah, and to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying:
3From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, even unto this day, these three and twenty years, the word of the Lord hath come unto me, and I have spoken unto you, speaking betimes and often; but ye have not hearkened.
4And the Lord hath sent unto you all His servants the prophets, sending them betimes and often—but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear—
5saying: ‘Return ye now every one from his evil way, and from the evil of your doings, and dwell in the land that the Lord hath given unto you and to your fathers, for ever and ever;
6and go not after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, and provoke Me not with the work of your hands, and I will do you no hurt.’
7Yet ye have not hearkened unto Me, saith the Lord; that ye might provoke Me with the work of your hands to your own hurt.
8Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts: Because ye have not heard My words,
9behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, saith the Lord, and I will send unto Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, My servant, and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about; and I will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, and a hissing, and perpetual desolations.
10Moreover I will cause to cease from among them the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the lamp.
11And this whole land shall be a desolation, and a waste; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.
12And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the Lord, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans; and I will make it perpetual desolations.
13And I will bring upon that land all My words which I have pronounced against it, even all that is written in this book, which Jeremiah hath prophesied against all the nations.
14For many nations and great kings shall make bondmen of them also; and I will recompense them according to their deeds, and according to the work of their own hands.
15For thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, unto me: Take this cup of the wine of fury at My hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send thee, to drink it.
16And they shall drink, and reel to and fro, and be like madmen, because of the sword that I will send among them.—
17Then took I the cup of the Lord's hand, and made all the nations to drink, unto whom the Lord had sent me:
18Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah, and the kings thereof, and the princes thereof, to make them an appalment, an astonishment, a hissing, and a curse; as it is this day;
19Pharaoh king of Egypt, and his servants, and his princes, and all his people;
20and all the mingled people; and all the kings of the land of Uz, and all the kings of the land of the Philistines, and Ashkelon, and Gaza, and Ekron, and the remnant of Ashdod;
21Edom, and Moab, and the children of Ammon;
22and all the kings of Tyre, and all the kings of Zidon, and the kings of the isle which is beyond the sea;
23Dedan, and Tema, and Buz, and all that have the corners of their hair polled;
24and all the kings of Arabia, and all the kings of the mingled people that dwell in the wilderness;
25and all the kings of Zimri, and all the kings of Elam, and all the kings of the Medes;
26and all the kings of the north, far and near, one with another; and all the kingdoms of the world, which are upon the face of the earth.—And the king of {a}Sheshach shall drink after them.
27And thou shalt say unto them: Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Drink ye, and be drunken, and spew, and fall, and rise no more, because of the sword which I will send among you.
28And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thy hand to drink, then shalt thou say unto them: Thus saith the Lord of hosts: Ye shall surely drink.
29For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city whereupon My name is called, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished; for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the Lord of hosts.
30Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words, and say unto them:The Lord doth roar from on high,And utter His voice from His holy habitation;He doth mightily roar because of His fold;He giveth a shout, as they that tread the grapes,Against all the inhabitants of the earth.
31A noise is come even to the end of the earth;For the Lord hath a controversy with the nations,He doth plead with all flesh;As for the wicked, He hath given them to the sword,Saith the Lord.
32Thus saith the Lord of hosts:Behold, evil shall go forthFrom nation to nation,And a great storm shall be raised upFrom the uttermost parts of the earth.
33And the slain of the Lord shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth; they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the face of the ground.
34Wail, ye shepherds, and cry;And wallow yourselves in the dust, ye leaders of the flock;For the days of your slaughter are fully come,And I will break you in pieces,And ye shall fall like a precious vessel.
35And the shepherds shall have no way to flee,Nor the leaders of the flock to escape.
36Hark! the cry of the shepherds,And the wailing of the leaders of the flock! For the Lord despoileth their pasture.
37And the peaceable folds are brought to silenceBecause of the fierce anger of the Lord.
38He hath forsaken His covert, as the lion;For their land is become a wasteBecause of the fierceness of the oppressing sword,And because of His fierce anger.

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 26

1In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, came this word from the Lord, saying:
2‘Thus saith the Lord: Stand in the court of the Lord's house, and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in the Lord's house, all the words that I command thee to speak unto them; diminish not a word.
3It may be they will hearken, and turn every man from his evil way; that I may repent Me of the evil, which I purpose to do unto them because of the evil of their doings.
4And thou shalt say unto them: Thus saith the Lord: If ye will not hearken to Me, to walk in My law, which I have set before you,
5to hearken to the words of My servants the prophets, whom I send unto you, even sending them betimes and often, but ye have not hearkened;
6then will I make this house like Shiloh, and will make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth.’
7So the priests and the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the Lord.
8Now it came to pass, when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking all that the Lord had commanded him to speak unto all the people, that the priests and the prophets and all the people laid hold on him, saying: ‘Thou shalt surely die.
9Why hast thou prophesied in the name of the Lord, saying: This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate, without an inhabitant?’ And all the people were gathered against Jeremiah in the house of the Lord.
10When the princes of Judah heard these things, they came up from the king’s house unto the house of the Lord; and they sat in the entry of the new gate of the Lord's house.
11Then spoke the priests and the prophets unto the princes and to all the people, saying: ‘This man is worthy of death; for he hath prophesied against this city, as ye have heard with your ears.’
12Then spoke Jeremiah unto all the princes and to all the people, saying: ‘The Lord sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city all the words that ye have heard.
13Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and hearken to the voice of the Lord your God; and the Lord will repent Him of the evil that He hath pronounced against you.
14But as for me, behold, I am in your hand; do with me as is good and right in your eyes.
15Only know ye for certain that, if ye put me to death, ye will bring innocent blood upon yourselves, and upon this city, and upon the inhabitants thereof; for of a truth the Lord hath sent me unto you to speak all these words in your ears.’
16Then said the princes and all the people unto the priests and to the prophets: ‘This man is not worthy of death; for he hath spoken to us in the name of the Lord our God.’
17Then rose up certain of the elders of the land, and spoke to all the assembly of the people, saying:
18‘Micah the Morashtite prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah; and he spoke to all the people of Judah, saying: Thus saith the Lord of hosts:Zion shall be plowed as a field,And Jerusalem shall become heaps,And the mountain of the house as the high places of a forest.
19Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him at all to death? did he not fear the Lord, and entreat the favour of the Lord, and the Lord repented Him of the evil which He had pronounced against them? Thus might we procure great evil against our own souls.’
20And there was also a man that prophesied in the name of the Lord, Uriah the son of Shemaiah of Kiriath-jearim; and he prophesied against this city and against this land according to all the words of Jeremiah;
21and when Jehoiakim the king, with all his mighty men, and all the princes, heard his words, the king sought to put him to death; but when Uriah heard it, he was afraid, and fled, and went into Egypt;
22and Jehoiakim the king sent men into Egypt, Elnathan the son of Achbor, and certain men with him, into Egypt;
23and they fetched forth Uriah out of Egypt, and brought him unto Jehoiakim the king; who slew him with the sword, and cast his dead body into the graves of the children of the people.
24Nevertheless the hand of Ahikam the son of Shaphan was with Jeremiah, that they should not give him into the hand of the people to put him to death.

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 27

1In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, came this word unto Jeremiah from the Lord, saying:
2‘Thus saith the Lord to me: Make thee bands and bars, and put them upon thy neck;
3and send them to the king of Edom, and to the king of Moab, and to the king of the children of Ammon, and to the king of Tyre, and to the king of Zidon, by the hand of the messengers that come to Jerusalem unto Zedekiah king of Judah;
4and give them a charge unto their masters, saying: Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Thus shall ye say unto your masters:
5I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the face of the earth, by My great power and by My outstretched arm; and I give it unto whom it seemeth right unto Me.
6And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, My servant; and the beasts of the field also have I given him to serve him.
7And all the nations shall serve him, and his son, and his son’s son, until the time of his own land come; and then many nations and great kings shall make him their bondman.
8And it shall come to pass, that the nation and the kingdom which will not serve the same Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and that will not put their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, that nation will I visit, saith the Lord, with the sword, and with the famine, and with the pestilence, until I have consumed them by his hand.
9But as for you, hearken ye not to your prophets, nor to your diviners, nor to your dreams, nor to your soothsayers, nor to your sorcerers, that speak unto you, saying: Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon;
10for they prophesy a lie unto you, to remove you far from your land; and that I should drive you out and ye should perish.
11But the nation that shall bring their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and serve him, that nation will I let remain in their own land, saith the Lord; and they shall till it, and dwell therein.’
12And I spoke to Zedekiah king of Judah according to all these words, saying: ‘Bring your necks under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and serve him and his people, and live.
13Why will ye die, thou and thy people, by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, as the Lord hath spoken concerning the nation that will not serve the king of Babylon?
14And hearken not unto the words of the prophets that speak unto you, saying: Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon, for they prophesy a lie unto you.
15For I have not sent them, saith the Lord, and they prophesy falsely in My name; that I might drive you out, and that ye might perish, ye, and the prophets that prophesy unto you.’
16Also I spoke to the priests and to all this people, saying: ‘Thus saith the Lord: Hearken not to the words of your prophets that prophesy unto you, saying: Behold, the vessels of the Lord's house shall now shortly be brought back from Babylon; for they prophesy a lie unto you.
17Hearken not unto them; serve the king of Babylon, and live; wherefore should this city become desolate?
18But if they be prophets, and if the word of the Lord be with them, let them now make intercession to the Lord of hosts, that the vessels which are left in the house of the Lord, and in the house of the king of Judah, and at Jerusalem, go not to Babylon.
19For thus saith the Lord of hosts concerning the pillars, and concerning the sea, and concerning the bases, and concerning the residue of the vessels that remain in this city,
20which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took not, when he carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, from Jerusalem to Babylon, and all the nobles of Judah and Jerusalem;
21yea, thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, concerning the vessels that remain in the house of the Lord, and in the house of the king of Judah, and at Jerusalem:
22They shall be carried to Babylon, and there shall they be, until the day that I remember them, saith the Lord, and bring them up, and restore them to this place.’

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 28

1And it came to pass the same year, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the fourth year, in the fifth month, that Hananiah the son of Azzur the prophet, who was of Gibeon, spoke unto me in the house of the Lord, in the presence of the priests and of all the people, saying:
2‘Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, saying: I have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon.
3Within two full years will I bring back into this place all the vessels of the Lord's house, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took away from this place, and carried them to Babylon;
4and I will bring back to this place Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, with all the captives of Judah, that went to Babylon, saith the Lord; for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.’
5Then the prophet Jeremiah said unto the prophet Hananiah in the presence of the priests, and in the presence of all the people that stood in the house of the Lord,
6even the prophet Jeremiah said: ‘Amen! the Lord do so! the Lord perform thy words which thou hast prophesied, to bring back the vessels of the Lord's house, and all them that are carried away captive, from Babylon unto this place!
7Nevertheless hear thou now this word that I speak in thine ears, and in the ears of all the people:
8The prophets that have been before me and before thee of old prophesied against many countries, and against great kingdoms, of war, and of evil, and of pestilence.
9The prophet that prophesieth of peace, when the word of the prophet shall come to pass, then shall the prophet be known, that the Lord hath truly sent him.’
10Then Hananiah the prophet took the bar from off the prophet Jeremiah’s neck, and broke it.
11And Hananiah spoke in the presence of all the people, saying: ‘Thus saith the Lord: Even so will I break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon from off the neck of all the nations within two full years.’ And the prophet Jeremiah went his way.
12Then the word of the Lord came unto Jeremiah, after that Hananiah the prophet had broken the bar from off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah, saying:
13‘Go, and tell Hananiah, saying: Thus saith the Lord: Thou hast broken the bars of wood; but thou shalt make in their stead bars of iron.
14For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: I have put a yoke of iron upon the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they shall serve him; and I have given him the beasts of the field also.’
15Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet: ‘Hear now, Hananiah; the Lord hath not sent thee; but thou makest this people to trust in a lie.
16‘Therefore thus saith the Lord: Behold, I will send thee away from off the face of the earth; this year thou shalt die, because thou hast spoken perversion against the Lord.’
17So Hananiah the prophet died the same year in the seventh month.

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 29

1Now these are the words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem unto the residue of the elders of the captivity, and to the priests, and to the prophets, and to all the people, whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon,
2after that Jeconiah the king, and the queen-mother, and the officers, and the princes of Judah and Jerusalem, and the craftsmen, and the smiths, were departed from Jerusalem;
3by the hand of Elasah the son of Shaphan, and Gemariah the son of Hilkiah, whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent unto Babylon to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, saying:
4Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all the captivity, whom I have caused to be carried away captive from Jerusalem unto Babylon:
5Build ye houses, and dwell in them, and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them;
6take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; and multiply ye there, and be not diminished.
7And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray unto the Lord for it; for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.
8For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Let not your prophets that are in the midst of you, and your diviners, beguile you, neither hearken ye to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed.
9For they prophesy falsely unto you in My name; I have not sent them, saith the Lord.
10For thus saith the Lord: After seventy years are accomplished for Babylon, I will remember you, and perform My good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.
11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
12And ye shall call upon Me, and go, and pray unto Me, and I will hearken unto you.
13And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart.
14And I will be found of you, saith the Lord, and I will turn your captivity, and gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you back unto the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.
15For ye have said: ‘The Lord hath raised us up prophets in Babylon.’
16For thus saith the Lord concerning the king that sitteth upon the throne of David, and concerning all the people that dwell in this city, your brethren that are not gone forth with you into captivity;
17thus saith the Lord of hosts: Behold, I will send upon them the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them like vile figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so bad.
18And I will pursue after them with the sword, with the famine, and with the pestilence, and will make them a horror unto all the kingdoms of the earth, a curse, and an astonishment, and a hissing, and a reproach, among all the nations whither I have driven them;
19because they have not hearkened to My words, saith the Lord, wherewith I sent unto them My servants the prophets, sending them betimes and often; but ye would not hear, saith the Lord.
20Hear ye therefore the word of the Lord, all ye of the captivity, whom I have sent away from Jerusalem to Babylon:
21Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, concerning Ahab the son of Kolaiah, and concerning Zedekiah the son of Maaseiah, who prophesy a lie unto you in My name: Behold, I will deliver them into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon; and he shall slay them before your eyes;
22and of them shall be taken up a curse by all the captivity of Judah that are in Babylon, saying: ‘The Lord make thee like Zedekiah and like Ahab, whom the king of Babylon roasted in the fire’;
23because they have wrought vile deeds in Israel, and have committed adultery with their neighbours’ wives, and have spoken words in My name falsely, which I commanded them not; but I am He that knoweth, and am witness, saith the Lord.
24And concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite thou shalt speak, saying:
25Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, saying: Because thou hast sent letters in thine own name unto all the people that are at Jerusalem, and to Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest, and to all the priests, saying:
26‘The Lord hath made thee priest in the stead of Jehoiada the priest, that there should be officers in the house of the Lord for every man that is mad, and maketh himself a prophet, that thou shouldest put him in the stocks and in the collar.
27Now therefore, why hast thou not rebuked Jeremiah of Anathoth, who maketh himself a prophet to you,
28forasmuch as he hath sent unto us in Babylon, saying: The captivity is long; build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them?’
29And Zephaniah the priest read this letter in the ears of Jeremiah the prophet.
30Then came the word of the Lord unto Jeremiah, saying:
31Send to all them of the captivity, saying: Thus saith the Lord concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite: Because that Shemaiah hath prophesied unto you, and I sent him not, and he hath caused you to trust in a lie;
32therefore thus saith the Lord: Behold, I will punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite, and his seed; he shall not have a man to dwell among this people, neither shall he behold the good that I will do unto My people, saith the Lord; because he hath spoken perversion against the Lord.

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 30

1The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying:
2‘Thus speaketh the Lord, the God of Israel, saying: Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book.
3For, lo, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will turn the captivity of My people Israel and Judah, saith the Lord; and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.’
4And these are the words that the Lord spoke concerning Israel and concerning Judah.
5For thus saith the Lord:We have heard a voice of trembling,Of fear, and not of peace.
6Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child;Wherefore do I see every manWith his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail,And all faces are turned into paleness?
7Alas! for that day is great,So that none is like it;And it is a time of trouble unto Jacob,But out of it shall he be saved.
8And it shall come to pass in that day,Saith the Lord of hosts,That I will break his yoke from off thy neck,And will burst thy bands;And strangers shall no more make him their bondman;
9But they shall serve the Lord their God,And David their king,Whom I will raise up unto them.
10Therefore fear thou not, O Jacob My servant, saith the Lord;Neither be dismayed, O Israel;For, lo, I will save thee from afar,And thy seed from the land of their captivity;And Jacob shall again be quiet and at ease,And none shall make him afraid.
11For I am with thee, saith the Lord, to save thee;For I will make a full end of all the nations whither I have scattered thee,But I will not make a full end of thee;For I will correct thee in measure,And will not utterly destroy thee.
12For thus saith the Lord:Thy hurt is incurable,And thy wound is grievous.
13None deemeth of thy wound that it may be bound up;Thou hast no healing medicines.
14All thy lovers have forgotten thee,They seek thee not;For I have wounded thee with the wound of an enemy, With the chastisement of a cruel one;For the greatness of thine iniquity,Because thy sins were increased.
15Why criest thou for thy hurt,That thy pain is incurable?For the greatness of thine iniquity, because thy sins were increased,I have done these things unto thee.
16Therefore all they that devour thee shall be devoured,And all thine adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity;And they that spoil thee shall be a spoil,And all that prey upon thee will I give for a prey.
17For I will restore health unto thee,And I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord;Because they have called thee an outcast:‘She is {a}Zion, there is none that careth for her.’
18Thus saith the Lord:Behold, I will turn the captivity of Jacob’s tents,And have compassion on his dwelling-places;And the city shall be builded upon her own mound,And the palace shall be inhabited upon its wonted place.
19And out of them shall proceed thanksgivingAnd the voice of them that make merry;And I will multiply them, and they shall not be diminished,I will also increase them, and they shall not dwindle away.
20Their children also shall be as aforetime,And their congregation shall be established before Me,And I will punish all that oppress them.
21And their prince shall be of themselves,And their ruler shall proceed from the midst of them;And I will cause him to draw near, and he shall approach unto Me;For who is he that hath pledged his heartTo approach unto Me? saith the Lord.
22And ye shall be My people, and I will be your God.
23Behold, a storm of the Lord is gone forth in fury,A sweeping storm; it shall whirl upon the head of the wicked.
24The fierce anger of the Lord shall not return,Until He have executed, and till He have performedThe purposes of His heart;In the end of days ye shall consider it.

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 31

1At that time, saith the Lord,Will I be the God of all the families of Israel, And they shall be My people.
2Thus saith the Lord:The people that were left of the swordHave found grace in the wilderness,Even Israel, when I go to cause him to rest.
3‘From afar the Lord appeared unto me.’‘Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love;Therefore with affection have I drawn thee.
4Again will I build thee, and thou shalt be built,O virgin of Israel;Again shalt thou be adorned with thy tabrets,And shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry.
5Again shalt thou plant vineyards upon the mountains of Samaria;The planters shall plant, and shall have the use thereof.
6For there shall be a day,That the watchmen shall call upon the mount Ephraim:Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion,Unto the Lord our God.’
7For thus saith the Lord:Sing with gladness for Jacob,And shout at the head of the nations;Announce ye, praise ye, and say:‘O Lord, save Thy people,The remnant of Israel.’
8Behold, I will bring them from the north country,And gather them from the uttermost parts of the earth,And with them the blind and the lame,The woman with child and her that travaileth with child together;A great company shall they return hither.
9They shall come with weeping,And with supplications will I lead them;I will cause them to walk by rivers of waters,In a straight way wherein they shall not stumble;For I am become a father to Israel,And Ephraim is My first-born.
10Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations,And declare it in the isles afar off, and say:‘He that scattered Israel doth gather him,And keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.’
11For the Lord hath ransomed Jacob,And He redeemeth him from the hand of him that is stronger than he.
12And they shall come and sing in the height of Zion,And shall flow unto the goodness of the Lord,To the corn, and to the wine, and to the oil,And to the young of the flock and of the herd; And their soul shall be as a watered garden,And they shall not pine any more at all.
13Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance,And the young men and the old together;For I will turn their mourning into joy,And will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.
14And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness,And My people shall be satisfied with My goodness,Saith the Lord.
15Thus saith the Lord:A voice is heard in Ramah,Lamentation, and bitter weeping,Rachel weeping for her children;She refuseth to be comforted for her children,Because they are not.
16Thus saith the Lord:Refrain thy voice from weeping,And thine eyes from tears;For thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord;And they shall come back from the land of the enemy.
17And there is hope for thy future, saith the Lord;And thy children shall return to their own border.
18I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself:‘Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised,As a calf untrained;Turn thou me, and I shall be turned,For Thou art the Lord my God.
19Surely after that I was turned, I repented,And after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh;I was ashamed, yea, even confounded,Because I did bear the reproach of my youth.’
20Is Ephraim a darling son unto Me?Is he a child that is dandled?For as often as I speak of him,I do earnestly remember him still;Therefore My heart yearneth for him,I will surely have compassion upon him, saith the Lord.
21Set thee up waymarks,Make thee guide-posts;Set thy heart toward the high-way,Even the way by which thou wentest;Return, O virgin of Israel,Return to these thy cities.
22How long wilt thou turn away coyly,O thou backsliding daughter?For the Lord hath created a new thing in the earth:A woman shall court a man.
23Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel:Yet again shall they use this speech In the land of Judah and in the cities thereof,When I shall turn their captivity:‘The Lord bless thee, O habitation of righteousness,O mountain of holiness.’
24And Judah and all the cities thereofShall dwell therein together:The husbandmen, and they that go forth with flocks.
25For I have satiated the weary soul,And every pining soul have I replenished.
26Upon this I awaked, and beheld;And my sleep was sweet unto me.
27Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man, and with the seed of beast.
28And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched over them to pluck up and to break down, and to overthrow and to destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them to build and to plant, saith the Lord.
29In those days they shall say no more:‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes,And the children’s teeth are set on edge.’
30But every one shall die for his own iniquity; every man that eateth the sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge.
31Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah;
32not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; forasmuch as they broke My covenant, although I was a lord over them, saith the Lord.
33But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord, I will put My law in their inward parts, and in their heart will I write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people;
34and they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying: ‘Know the Lord’; for they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin will I remember no more.
35Thus saith the Lord,Who giveth the sun for a light by day,And the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night,Who stirreth up the sea, that the waves thereof roar,The Lord of hosts is His name:
36If these ordinances depart from before Me,Saith the Lord,Then the seed of Israel also shall ceaseFrom being a nation before Me for ever.
37Thus saith the Lord:If heaven above can be measured, And the foundations of the earth searched out beneath,Then will I also cast off all the seed of IsraelFor all that they have done, saith the Lord.
38Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the city shall be built to the Lord from the tower of Hananel unto the gate of the corner.
39And the measuring line shall yet go out straight forward unto the hill Gareb, and shall turn about unto Goah.
40And the whole valley of the dead bodies, and of the ashes, and all the fields unto the brook Kidron, unto the corner of the horse gate toward the east, shall be holy unto the Lord; it shall not be plucked up, nor thrown down any more for ever.

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 32

1The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord in the tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar.
2Now at that time the king of Babylon’s army was besieging Jerusalem; and Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the court of the guard, which was in the king of Judah’s house.
3For Zedekiah king of Judah had shut him up, saying: ‘Wherefore dost thou prophesy, and say: Thus saith the Lord: Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall take it;
4and Zedekiah king of Judah shall not escape out of the hand of the Chaldeans, but shall surely be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon, and shall speak with him mouth to mouth, and his eyes shall behold his eyes;
5and he shall lead Zedekiah to Babylon, and there shall he be until I remember him, saith the Lord; though ye fight with the Chaldeans, ye shall not prosper?’
6And Jeremiah said: ‘The word of the Lord came unto me, saying:
7Behold, Hanamel, the son of Shallum thine uncle, shall come unto thee, saying: Buy thee my field that is in Anathoth; for the right of redemption is thine to buy it.’
8So Hanamel mine uncle’s son came to me in the court of the guard according to the word of the Lord, and said unto me: ‘Buy my field, I pray thee, that is in Anathoth, which is in the land of Benjamin; for the right of inheritance is thine, and the redemption is thine; buy it for thyself.’ Then I knew that this was the word of the Lord.
9And I bought the field that was in Anathoth of Hanamel mine uncle’s son, and weighed him the money, even seventeen shekels of silver.
10And I subscribed the deed, and sealed it, and called witnesses, and weighed him the money in the balances.
11So I took the deed of the purchase, both that which was sealed, containing the terms and conditions, and that which was open;
12and I delivered the deed of the purchase unto Baruch the son of Neriah, the son of Mahseiah, in the presence of Hanamel mine uncle[‘s son], and in the presence of the witnesses that subscribed the deed of the purchase, before all the Jews that sat in the court of the guard.
13And I charged Baruch before them, saying:
14‘Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Take these deeds, this deed of the purchase, both that which is sealed, and this deed which is open, and put them in an earthen vessel; that they may continue many days.
15For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Houses and fields and vineyards shall yet again be bought in this land.’
16Now after I had delivered the deed of the purchase unto Baruch the son of Neriah, I prayed unto the Lord, saying:
17‘Ah Lord God! behold, Thou hast made the heaven and the earth by Thy great power and by Thy outstretched arm; there is nothing too hard for Thee;
18who showest mercy unto thousands, and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them; the great, the mighty God, the Lord of hosts is His name;
19great in counsel, and mighty in work; whose eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men, to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings;
20who didst set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, even unto this day, and in Israel and among other men; and madest Thee a name, as at this day;
21and didst bring forth Thy people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs, and with wonders, and with a strong hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with great terror;
22and gavest them this land, which Thou didst swear to their fathers to give them, a land flowing with milk and honey;
23and they came in, and possessed it; but they hearkened not to Thy voice, neither walked in Thy law; they have done nothing of all that Thou commandedst them to do; therefore Thou hast caused all this evil to befall them;
24behold the mounds, they are come unto the city to take it; and the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans that fight against it, because of the sword, and of the famine, and of the pestilence; and what Thou hast spoken is come to pass; and, behold, Thou seest it.
25Yet Thou hast said unto me, O Lord God: Buy thee the field for money, and call witnesses; whereas the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans.’
26Then came the word of the Lord unto Jeremiah, saying:
27‘Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is there any thing too hard for Me?
28Therefore thus saith the Lord: Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the Chaldeans, and into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and he shall take it;
29and the Chaldeans, that fight against this city, shall come and set this city on fire, and burn it, with the houses, upon whose roofs they have offered unto Baal, and poured out drink-offerings unto other gods, to provoke Me.
30For the children of Israel and the children of Judah have only done that which was evil in My sight from their youth; for the children of Israel have only provoked Me with the work of their hands, saith the Lord.
31For this city hath been to Me a provocation of Mine anger and of My fury from the day that they built it even unto this day, that I should remove it from before My face;
32because of all the evil of the children of Israel and of the children of Judah, which they have done to provoke Me, they, their kings, their princes, their priests, and their prophets, and the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
33And they have turned unto Me the back, and not the face; and though I taught them, teaching them betimes and often, yet they have not hearkened to receive instruction.
34But they set their abominations in the house whereupon My name is called, to defile it.
35And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to set apart their sons and their daughters unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into My mind, that they should do this abomination; to cause Judah to sin.
36And now therefore thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning this city, whereof ye say: It is given into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence:
37Behold, I will gather them out of all the countries, whither I have driven them in Mine anger, and in My fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them back unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely;
38and they shall be My people, and I will be their God;
39and I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me for ever; for the good of them, and of their children after them;
40and I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; and I will put My fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from Me.
41Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land in truth with My whole heart and with My whole soul.
42For thus saith the Lord: Like as I have brought all this great evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all the good that I have promised them.
43And fields shall be bought in this land, whereof ye say: It is desolate, without man or beast; it is given into the hand of the Chaldeans.
44Men shall buy fields for money, and subscribe the deeds, and seal them, and call witnesses, in the land of Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, and in the cities of the hill-country, and in the cities of the Lowland, and in the cities of the South; for I will cause their captivity to return, saith the Lord.’

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 33

1Moreover the word of the Lord came unto Jeremiah the second time, while he was yet shut up in the court of the guard, saying:
2Thus saith the Lord the Maker thereof,The Lord that formed it to establish it,The Lord is His name:
3Call unto Me, and I will answer thee,And will tell thee great things, and hidden, which thou knowest not.
4For thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the houses of this city, and concerning the houses of the kings of Judah, which are broken down for mounds, and for ramparts;
5whereon they come to fight with the Chaldeans, even 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:
6Behold, I will bring it healing and cure, and I will cure them; and I will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth.
7And I will cause the captivity of Judah and the captivity of Israel to return, and will build them, as at the first.
8And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against Me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned against Me, and whereby they have transgressed against Me.
9And this city shall be to Me for a name of joy, for a praise and for a glory, before all the nations of the earth, which shall hear all the good that I do unto them, and shall fear and tremble for all the good and for all the peace that I procure unto it.
10Thus saith the Lord: Yet again there shall be heard in this place, whereof ye say: It is waste, 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,
11the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that say: ‘Give thanks to the Lord of hosts, for the Lord is good, for His mercy endureth for ever’, even of them that bring offerings of thanksgiving into the house of the Lord. For I will cause the captivity of the land to return as at the first, saith the Lord.
12Thus saith the Lord of hosts: Yet again shall there be in this place, which is waste, without man and without beast, and in all the cities thereof, a habitation of shepherds causing their flocks to lie down.
13In the cities of the hill-country, in the cities of the Lowland, 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 again pass under the hands of him that counteth them, saith the Lord.
14Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will perform that good word which I have spoken concerning the house of Israel and concerning the house of Judah.
15In those days, and at that time,Will I cause a shoot of righteousness to grow up unto David;And he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.
16In those days shall Judah be saved,And Jerusalem shall dwell safely;And this is the name whereby she shall be called,The Lord is our righteousness.
17For thus saith the Lord: There shall not be cut off unto David a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel;
18neither shall there be cut off unto the priests the Levites a man before Me to offer burnt-offerings, and to burn meal-offerings, and to do sacrifice continually.
19And the word of the Lord came unto Jeremiah, saying:
20Thus saith the Lord:If ye can break My covenant with the day,And My covenant with the night,So that there should not be day and night in their season;
21Then may also My covenant 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 ministers.
22As the host of heaven cannot be numbered,Neither the sand of the sea measured;So will I multiply the seed of David My servant,And the Levites that minister unto Me.
23And the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying:
24‘Considerest thou not what this people have spoken, saying: The two families which the Lord did choose, He hath cast them off? and they contemn My people, that they should be no more a nation before them.
25Thus saith the Lord: If My covenant be not with day and night, if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth;
26then will I also cast away the seed of Jacob, and of David My servant, so that I will not take of his seed to be rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; for I will cause their captivity to return, and will have compassion on them.’

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 34

1The word which came unto Jeremiah from the Lord, when Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and all his army, and all the kingdoms of the land of his dominion, and all the peoples, fought against Jerusalem, and against all the cities thereof, saying:
2Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel: Go, and speak to Zedekiah king of Judah, and tell him: Thus saith the Lord: Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire;
3and 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 he shall speak with thee mouth to mouth, and thou shalt go to Babylon.
4Yet hear the word of the Lord, O Zedekiah king of Judah: Thus saith the Lord concerning thee: Thou shalt not die by the sword;
5thou shalt die in peace; and with the burnings of thy fathers, the former kings that were before thee, so shall they make a burning for thee; and they shall lament thee: ‘Ah lord!’ for I have spoken the word, saith the Lord.
6Then Jeremiah the prophet spoke all these words unto Zedekiah king of Judah in Jerusalem,
7when 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 these alone remained of the cities of Judah as fortified cities.
8The word that came unto Jeremiah from the Lord, after that the king Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people that were at Jerusalem, to proclaim liberty unto them;
9that every man should let his manservant, and every man his maidservant, being a Hebrew man or a Hebrew woman, go free; that none should make bondmen of them, even of a Jew his brother;
10and all the princes and all the people hearkened, that had entered into the covenant to let every one his man-servant, and every one his maid-servant, go free, and not to make bondmen of them any more; they hearkened, and let them go;
11but afterwards 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;
12therefore the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying:
13Thus 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 bondage, saying:
14‘At the end of seven years ye shall let go every man his brother that is a Hebrew, that hath been sold unto thee, and hath served thee six years, thou shalt let him go free from thee’; but your fathers hearkened not unto Me, neither inclined their ear.
15And ye were now turned, and had done that which is right in Mine eyes, in proclaiming liberty every man to his neighbour; and ye had made a covenant before Me in the house whereon My name is called;
16but ye turned and profaned My name, and caused every man his servant, and every man his handmaid, whom ye had let go free at their pleasure, to return; and ye brought them into subjection, to be unto you for servants and for handmaids.
17Therefore thus saith the Lord: Ye have not hearkened unto Me, to proclaim liberty, every man to his brother, and every man to his neighbour; behold, I proclaim for you a liberty, saith the Lord, unto the sword, unto the pestilence, and unto the famine; and I will make you a horror unto all the kingdoms of the earth.
18And I will give the men that have transgressed My covenant, that have not performed the words of the covenant which they made before Me, when they cut the calf in twain and passed between the parts thereof;
19the princes of Judah, and the princes of Jerusalem, the officers, and the priests, and all the people of the land, that passed between the parts of the calf;
20I will even give them into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of them that seek their life; and their dead bodies shall be for food unto the fowls of the heaven, and to the beasts of the earth.
21And 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, that are gone up from you.
22Behold, I will command, saith the Lord, and cause them to return to this city; and they shall fight against it, and take it, and burn it with fire; and I will make the cities of Judah a desolation, without inhabitant.

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 35

1The 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, and speak unto them, and bring them into the house of the Lord, into one of the chambers, and give them wine to drink.’
3Then I took Jaazaniah the son of Jeremiah, the son of Habazziniah, and his brethren, and all his sons, and the whole house of the Rechabites;
4and I brought them into the house of the Lord, into the chamber of the sons of Hanan the son of Igdaliah, the man of God, which was by the chamber of the princes, which was above the chamber of Maaseiah the son of Shallum, the keeper of the door;
5and I set before the sons of the house of the Rechabites goblets full of wine, and cups, and I said unto them: ‘Drink ye wine.’
6But 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;
7neither shall ye build house, nor sow seed, nor plant vineyard, nor have any; but all your days ye shall dwell in tents, that ye may live many days in the land wherein ye sojourn.
8And we have hearkened to the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab our father in all that he charged us, to drink no wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons, nor our daughters;
9nor to build houses for us to dwell in, neither to have vineyard, or field, or seed;
10but we have dwelt in tents, and have hearkened, and done according to all that Jonadab our father commanded us.
11But it came to pass, when Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon came up against 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 Arameans; so we dwell at Jerusalem.’
12Then came the word of the Lord unto Jeremiah, saying:
13‘Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Go, and say to the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: Will ye not receive instruction to hearken to My words? saith the Lord.
14The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his sons, not to drink wine, are performed, and unto this day they drink none, for they hearken to their father’s commandment; but I have spoken unto you, speaking betimes and often, and ye have not hearkened unto Me.
15I have sent also unto you all My servants the prophets, sending them betimes and often, saying: Return 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 you and to your fathers; but ye have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto Me.
16Because 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 Me;
17therefore thus saith the Lord, the 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 pronounced against them; because I have spoken unto them, but they have not heard, and I have called unto them, but they have not answered.’
18And unto the house of the Rechabites Jeremiah said: Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Because ye have hearkened to the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done according unto all that he commanded you;
19therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: There shall not be cut off unto Jonadab the son of Rechab a man to stand before Me for ever.’

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 36

1And 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 roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken unto thee against Israel, and against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spoke unto thee, from the days of Josiah, even unto this day.
3It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from his evil way, and I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.’
4Then Jeremiah called Baruch 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 roll of a book.
5And Jeremiah commanded Baruch, saying: ‘I am detained, I cannot go into the house of the Lord;
6therefore go thou, and read 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 a fast-day; and also thou shalt read them in the ears of all Judah that come out of their cities.
7It may be they will present their supplication before the Lord, and will return every one from his evil way; for great is the anger and the fury that the Lord hath pronounced against this people.’
8And 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 the Lord's house.
9Now it came to pass in the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, in the ninth month, that they proclaimed a fast before the Lord, all the people in Jerusalem, and all the people that came from the cities of Judah unto Jerusalem.
10Then did Baruch read in the book the words of Jeremiah in the house of the Lord, in the chamber of Gemariah the son of Shaphan the scribe, in the upper court, at the entry of the new gate of the Lord's house, in the ears of all the people.
11And when Micaiah the son of Gemariah, the son of Shaphan, had heard out of the book all the words of the Lord,
12he 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.
13Then Micaiah declared unto them all the words that he had heard, when Baruch read the book in the ears of the people.
14Therefore all the princes sent Jehudi the son of Nethaniah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Cushi, unto Baruch, saying: ‘Take in thy 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.
15And they said unto him: ‘Sit down now, and read it in our ears.’ So Baruch read it in their ears.
16Now it came to pass, when they had heard all the words, they turned in fear one toward another, and said unto Baruch: ‘We will 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?’
18Then Baruch answered them: ‘He pronounced all these words unto me with his mouth, and I wrote them with ink in the book.’
19Then said the princes unto Baruch: ‘Go, hide thee, thou and Jeremiah, and let no man know where ye are.’
20And they went in to the king into the court; but they had deposited the roll in the chamber of Elishama the scribe; and they told all the words in the ears of the king.
21So the king sent Jehudi to fetch the roll; and he took it out of the chamber of Elishama the scribe. And Jehudi read it in the ears of the king, and in the ears of all the princes that stood beside the king.
22Now the king was sitting in the winter-house in the ninth month; and the brazier was burning before him.
23And it came to pass, when Jehudi had read three or four columns, that he cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the fire that was in the brazier, until all the roll was consumed in the fire that was in the brazier.
24Yet they were not afraid, nor rent their garments, neither the king, nor any of his servants that heard all these words.
25Moreover Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah had entreated the king not to burn the roll; but he would not hear them.
26And the king commanded Jerahmeel the king’s son, and Seraiah the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel, to take Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet; but the Lord hid them.
27Then 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 that were in the first roll, which Jehoiakim the king of Judah hath burned.
29And concerning Jehoiakim king of Judah thou shalt say: 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?
30Therefore thus saith the Lord concerning Jehoiakim king of Judah: He shall have none to sit upon the throne of David; and his dead body shall be cast out in the day to the heat, and in the night to the frost.
31And I will visit upon him and his seed and his servants their iniquity; and I 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 hearkened not.’
32Then 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 like words.

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 37

1And Zedekiah the son of Josiah reigned as king, instead of Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, whom Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon made king in the land of Judah.
2But neither he, nor his servants, nor the people of the land, did hearken unto the words of the Lord, which He spoke by the prophet Jeremiah.
3And Zedekiah the king sent Jehucal the son of Shelemiah, and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest, to the prophet Jeremiah, saying: ‘Pray now unto the Lord our God for us.’
4Now Jeremiah came in and went out among the people; for they had not put him into prison.
5And Pharaoh’s army was come forth out of Egypt; and when the Chaldeans that besieged Jerusalem heard tidings of them, they broke up from Jerusalem.
6Then came the word of the Lord unto the prophet Jeremiah, saying:
7‘Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel: Thus shall ye say to the king of Judah, that sent you unto Me to inquire of Me: Behold, Pharaoh’s army, which is come forth to help you, shall return to Egypt into their own land.
8And the Chaldeans shall return, and fight against this city; and they shall take it, and burn it with fire.
9Thus saith the Lord: Deceive not yourselves, saying: The Chaldeans shall surely depart from us; for they shall not depart.
10For though ye had smitten the whole army of the Chaldeans that fight against you, and there remained but wounded men among them, yet would they rise up every man in his tent, and burn this city with fire.’
11And it came to pass, that when the army of the Chaldeans was broken up from Jerusalem for fear of Pharaoh’s army,
12then Jeremiah went forth out of Jerusalem to go into the land of Benjamin, to receive his portion there, in the midst of the people.
13And when he was in the gate of Benjamin, a captain of the ward was there, whose name was Irijah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Hananiah; and he laid hold on Jeremiah the prophet, saying: ‘Thou fallest away to the Chaldeans.’
14Then said Jeremiah: ‘It is false; I fall not away to the Chaldeans’; but he hearkened not to him; so Irijah laid hold on Jeremiah, and brought him to the princes.
15And the princes were wroth with Jeremiah, and smote him, and put him in prison in the house of Jonathan the scribe; for they had made that the prison.
16When Jeremiah was come into the dungeon-house, and into the cells, and Jeremiah had remained there many days;
17then Zedekiah the king sent, and fetched him; and the king asked him secretly in his house, and said: ‘Is there any word from the Lord?’ And Jeremiah said: ‘There is.’ He said also: ‘Thou shalt be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon.’
18Moreover Jeremiah said unto king Zedekiah: ‘Wherein have I sinned against thee, or against thy servants, or against this people, that ye have put me in prison?
19Where now are your prophets that prophesied unto you, saying: The king of Babylon shall not come against you, nor against this land?
20And now hear, I pray thee, O my lord the king: let my supplication, I pray thee, be presented before thee; that thou cause me not to return to the house of Jonathan the scribe, lest I die there.’
21Then Zedekiah the king commanded, and they committed Jeremiah into the court of the guard, and they gave him daily a loaf of bread out of the bakers’ street, until all the bread in the city was spent. Thus Jeremiah remained in the court of the guard.

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 38

1And Shephatiah the son of Mattan, and Gedaliah the son of Pashhur, and Jucal the son of Shelemiah, and Pashhur the son of Malchiah, heard the words that Jeremiah spoke unto all the people, saying:
2‘Thus saith the Lord: He that remaineth in this city shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence; but he that goeth forth to the Chaldeans shall live, and his life shall be unto him for a prey, and he shall live.
3Thus saith the Lord: This city shall surely be given into the hand of the army of the king of Babylon, and he shall take it.’
4Then the princes said unto the king: ‘Let this man, we pray thee, be put to death; forasmuch as he weakeneth the hands of the men of war that remain in this city, and the hands of all the people, in speaking such words unto them; for this man seeketh not the welfare of this people, but the hurt.’
5Then Zedekiah the king said: ‘Behold, he is in your hand; for the king is not he that can do any thing against you.’
6Then took they Jeremiah, and cast him into the pit of Malchiah the king’s son, that was in the court of the guard; and they let down Jeremiah with cords. And in the pit there was no water, but mire; and Jeremiah sank in the mire.
7Now when Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, an officer, who was in the king’s house, heard that they had put Jeremiah in the pit; the king then sitting in the gate of Benjamin;
8Ebed-melech went forth out of the king’s house, and spoke to the king, saying:
9‘My lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they have done to Jeremiah the prophet, whom they have cast into the pit; and he is like to die in the place where he is because of the famine; for there is no more bread in the city.’
10Then the king commanded Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, saying: ‘Take from hence thirty men with thee, and take up Jeremiah the prophet out of the pit, before he die.’
11So Ebed-melech took the men with him, and went into the house of the king under the treasury, and took thence worn clouts and worn rags, and let them down by cords into the pit to Jeremiah.
12And Ebed-melech the Ethiopian said unto Jeremiah: ‘Put now these worn clouts and rags under thine armholes under the cords.’ And Jeremiah did so.
13So they drew up Jeremiah with the cords, and took him up out of the pit; and Jeremiah remained in the court of the guard.
14Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took Jeremiah the prophet unto him into the third entry that was in the house of the Lord; and the king said unto Jeremiah: ‘I will ask thee a thing; hide nothing from me.’
15Then Jeremiah said unto Zedekiah: ‘If I declare it unto thee, wilt thou not surely put me to death? and if I give thee counsel, thou wilt not hearken unto me.’
16So Zedekiah the king swore secretly unto Jeremiah, saying: ‘As the Lord liveth, that made us this soul, I will not put thee to death, neither will I give thee into the hand of these men that seek thy life.’
17Then said Jeremiah unto Zedekiah: ‘Thus saith the Lord, the God of hosts, the God of Israel: If thou wilt go forth unto the king of Babylon’s princes, then thy soul shall live, and this city shall not be burned with fire; and thou shalt live, thou, and thy house;
18but if thou wilt not go forth to the king of Babylon’s princes, then shall this city be given into the hand of the Chaldeans, and they shall burn it with fire, and thou shalt not escape out of their hand.’
19And Zedekiah the king said unto Jeremiah: ‘I am afraid of the Jews that are fallen away to the Chaldeans, lest they deliver me into their hand, and they mock me.’
20But Jeremiah said: ‘They shall not deliver thee. Hearken, I beseech thee, to the voice of the Lord, in that which I speak unto thee; so it shall be well with thee, and thy soul shall live.
21But if thou refuse to go forth, this is the word that the Lord hath shown me:
22Behold, all the women that are left in the king of Judah’s house shall be brought forth to the king of Babylon’s princes, and those women shall say:Thy familiar friends have set thee on,And have prevailed over thee;Thy feet are sunk in the mire,And they are turned away back.
23And they shall bring out all thy wives and thy children to the Chaldeans; and thou shalt not escape out of their hand, but shalt be taken by the hand of the king of Babylon; and thou shalt cause this city to be burned with fire.’
24Then said Zedekiah unto Jeremiah: ‘Let no man know of these words, and thou shalt not die.
25But if the princes hear that I have talked with thee, and they come unto thee, and say unto thee: Declare unto us now what thou hast said unto the king; hide it not from us, and we will not put thee to death; also what the king said unto thee;
26then thou shalt say unto them: I presented my supplication before the king, that he would not cause me to return to Jonathan’s house, to die there.’
27Then came all the princes unto Jeremiah, and asked him; and he told them according to all these words that the king had commanded. So they left off speaking with him; for the matter was not reported.
28So Jeremiah abode in the court of the guard until the day that Jerusalem was taken.

And it came to pass, when Jerusalem was taken—

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 39

1in the ninth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the tenth month, came Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon and all his army against Jerusalem, and besieged it;
2in the eleventh year of Zedekiah, in the fourth month, the ninth day of the month, a breach was made in the city—
3that all the princes of the king of Babylon came in, and sat in the middle gate, even Nergal-sarezer, Samgar-nebo, Sarsechim {a}Rab-saris, Nergal-sarezer Rab-mag, with all the residue of the princes of the king of Babylon.
4And it came to pass, that when Zedekiah the king of Judah and all the men of war saw them, then they fled, and went forth out of the city by night, by the way of the king’s garden, by the gate betwixt the two walls; and he went out the way of the Arabah.
5But the army of the Chaldeans pursued after them, and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho; and when they had taken him, they brought him up to Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon to Riblah in the land of Hamath, and he gave judgment upon him.
6Then the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah in Riblah before his eyes; also the king of Babylon slew all the nobles of Judah.
7Moreover he put out Zedekiah’s eyes, and bound him in fetters, to carry him to Babylon.
8And the Chaldeans burned the king’s house, and the house of the people, with fire, and broke down the walls of Jerusalem.
9Then Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive into Babylon the remnant of the people that remained in the city, the deserters also, that fell away to him, with the rest of the people that remained.
10But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left of the poor of the people, that had nothing, in the land of Judah, and gave them vineyards and fields in that day.
11Now Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon gave charge concerning Jeremiah to Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard, saying:
12‘Take him, and look well to him, and do him no harm; but do unto him even as he shall say unto thee.’
13So Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard sent, and Nebushazban Rab-saris, and Nergal-sarezer Rab-mag, and all the chief officers of the king of Babylon;
14they sent, and took Jeremiah out of the court of the guard, and committed him unto Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, that he should carry him home; so he dwelt among the people.
15Now the word of the Lord came unto Jeremiah, while he was shut up in the court of the guard, saying:
16‘Go, and speak to Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, saying: Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I will bring My words upon this city for evil, and not for good; and they shall be accomplished before thee in that day.
17But I will deliver thee in that day, saith the Lord; and thou shalt not be given into the hand of the men of whom thou art afraid.
18For I will surely deliver thee, and thou shalt not fall by the sword, but thy life shall be for a prey unto thee; because thou hast put thy trust in Me, saith the Lord.’

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 40

1The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, after that Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had let him go from Ramah, when he had taken him being bound in chains among all the captives of Jerusalem and Judah, that were carried away captive unto Babylon.
2And the captain of the guard took Jeremiah, and said unto him: ‘The Lord thy God pronounced this evil upon this place;
3and the Lord hath brought it, and done according as He spoke; because ye have sinned against the Lord, and have not hearkened to His voice, therefore this thing is come upon you.
4And now, behold, I loose thee this day from the chains which are upon thy hand. If it seem good unto thee to come with me into Babylon, come, and I will look well unto thee; but if it seem ill unto thee to come with me into Babylon, forbear; behold, all the land is before thee; whither it seemeth good and right unto thee to go, thither go.—
5Yet he would not go back.—Go back then to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon hath made governor over the cities of Judah, and dwell with him among the people; or go wheresoever it seemeth right unto thee to go.’ So the captain of the guard gave him an allowance and a present, and let him go.
6Then went Jeremiah unto Gedaliah the son of Ahikam to Mizpah, and dwelt with him among the people that were left in the land.
7Now when all the captains of the forces that were in the fields, even they and their men, heard that the king of Babylon had made Gedaliah the son of Ahikam governor in the land, and had committed unto him men, and women, and children, and of the poorest of the land, of them that were not carried away captive to Babylon;
8then they came to Gedaliah to Mizpah, even Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and Johanan and Jonathan the sons of Kareah, and Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth, and the sons of Ephai the Netophathite, and Jezaniah the son of the Maacathite, they and their men.
9And Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan swore unto them and to their men, saying: ‘Fear not to serve the Chaldeans; dwell in the land, and serve the king of Babylon, and it shall be well with you.
10As for me, behold, I will dwell at Mizpah, to stand before the Chaldeans that may come unto us; but ye, gather ye wine and summer fruits and oil, and put them in your vessels, and dwell in your cities that ye have taken.’
11Likewise when all the Jews that were in Moab, and among the children of Ammon, and in Edom, and that were in all the countries, heard that the king of Babylon had left a remnant of Judah, and that he had set over them Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan;
12then all the Jews returned out of all places whither they were driven, and came to the land of Judah, to Gedaliah, unto Mizpah, and gathered wine and summer fruits in great abundance.
13Moreover Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces that were in the fields, came to Gedaliah to Mizpah,
14and said unto him: ‘Dost thou know that Baalis the king of the children of Ammon hath sent Ishmael the son of Nethaniah to take thy life?’ But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam believed them not.
15Then Johanan the son of Kareah spoke to Gedaliah in Mizpah secretly, saying: ‘Let me go, I pray thee, and I will slay Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and no man shall know it; wherefore should he take thy life, that all the Jews that are gathered unto thee should be scattered, and the remnant of Judah perish?’
16But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam said unto Johanan the son of Kareah: ‘Thou shalt not do this thing; for thou speakest falsely of Ishmael.’

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 41

1Now it came to pass in the seventh month, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, of the seed royal, and one of the chief officers of the king, and ten men with him, came unto Gedaliah the son of Ahikam to Mizpah; and there they did eat bread together in Mizpah.
2Then arose Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and the ten men that were with him, and smote Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan with the sword, and slew him, whom the king of Babylon had made governor over the land.
3Ishmael also slew all the Jews that were with him, even with Gedaliah, at Mizpah, and the Chaldeans that were found there, even the men of war.
4And it came to pass the second day after he had slain Gedaliah, and no man knew it,
5that there came certain men from Shechem, from Shiloh, and from Samaria, even fourscore men, having their beards shaven and their clothes rent, and having cut themselves, with meal-offerings and frankincense in their hand to bring them to the house of the Lord.
6And Ishmael the son of Nethaniah went forth from Mizpah to meet them, weeping all along as he went; and it came to pass, as he met them, he said unto them: ‘Come to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam.’
7And it was so, when they came into the midst of the city, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah slew them, and cast them into the midst of the pit, he, and the men that were with him.
8But ten men were found among them that said unto Ishmael: ‘Slay us not; for we have stores hidden in the field, of wheat, and of barley, and of oil, and of honey.’ So he forbore, and slew them not among their brethren.
9Now the pit wherein Ishmael cast all the dead bodies of the men whom he had slain by the side of Gedaliah was that which Asa the king had made for fear of Baasa king of Israel; the same Ishmael the son of Nethaniah filled with them that were slain.
10Then Ishmael carried away captive all the residue of the people that were in Mizpah, even the king’s daughters, and all the people that remained in Mizpah, whom Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had committed to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam; Ishmael the son of Nethaniah carried them away captive, and departed to go over to the children of Ammon.
11But when Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces that were with him, heard of all the evil that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had done,
12then they took all the men, and went to fight with Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and found him by the great waters that are in Gibeon.
13Now it came to pass, that when all the people that were with Ishmael saw Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces that were with him, then they were glad.
14So all the people that Ishmael had carried away captive from Mizpah cast about and returned, and went unto Johanan the son of Kareah.
15But Ishmael the son of Nethaniah escaped from Johanan with eight men, and went to the children of Ammon.
16Then took Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces that were with him, all the remnant of the people whom he had recovered from Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, from Mizpah, after that he had slain Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the men, even the men of war, and the women, and the children, and the officers, whom he had brought back from Gibeon;
17and they departed, and dwelt in Geruth Chimham, which is by Beth-lehem, to go to enter into Egypt,
18because of the Chaldeans; for they were afraid of them, because Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had slain Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, whom the king of Babylon made governor over the land.

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 42

1Then all the captains of the forces, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least even unto the greatest, came near,
2and said unto Jeremiah the prophet: ‘Let, we pray thee, our supplication be accepted before thee, and pray for us unto the Lord thy God, even for all this remnant; for we are left but a few of many, as thine eyes do behold us;
3that the Lord thy God may tell us the way wherein we should walk, and the thing that we should do.’
4Then Jeremiah the prophet said unto them: ‘I have heard you; behold, I will pray unto the Lord your God according to your words; and it shall come to pass, that whatsoever thing the Lord shall answer you, I will declare it unto you; I will keep nothing back from you.’
5Then they said to Jeremiah: ‘The Lord be a true and faithful witness against us, if we do not even according to all the word wherewith the Lord thy God shall send thee to us.
6Whether it be good, or whether it be evil, we will hearken to the voice of the Lord our God, to whom we send thee; that it may be well with us, when we hearken to the voice of the Lord our God.’
7And it came to pass after ten days, that the word of the Lord came unto Jeremiah.
8Then called he Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces that were with him, and all the people from the least even to the greatest,
9and said unto them: ‘Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, unto whom ye sent me to present your supplication before Him:
10If ye will still abide in this land, then will I build you, and not pull you down, and I will plant you, and not pluck you up; for I repent Me of the evil that I have done unto you.
11Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom ye are afraid; be not afraid of him, saith the Lord; for I am with you to save you, and to deliver you from his hand.
12And I will grant you compassion, that he may have compassion upon you, and cause you to return to your own land.
13But if ye say: We will not abide in this land; so that ye hearken not to the voice of the Lord your God;
14saying: No; but we will go into the land of Egypt, where we shall see no war, nor hear the sound of the horn, nor have hunger of bread; and there will we abide;
15now therefore hear ye the word of the Lord, O remnant of Judah: Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: If ye wholly set your faces to enter into Egypt, and go to sojourn there;
16then it shall come to pass, that the sword, which ye fear, shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine, whereof ye are afraid, shall follow hard after you there in Egypt; and there ye shall die.
17So shall it be with all the men that set their faces to go into Egypt to sojourn there; they shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence; and none of them shall remain or escape from the evil that I will bring upon them.
18For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: As Mine anger and My fury hath been poured forth upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so shall My fury be poured forth upon you, when ye shall enter into Egypt; and ye shall be an execration, and an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach; and ye shall see this place no more.
19The Lord hath spoken concerning you, O remnant of Judah: Go ye not into Egypt; know certainly that I have forewarned you this day.
20For ye have dealt deceitfully against your own souls; for ye sent me unto the Lord your God, saying: Pray for us unto the Lord our God; and according unto all that the Lord our God shall say, so declare unto us, and we will do it;
21and I have this day declared it to you; but ye have not hearkened to the voice of the Lord your God in any thing for which He hath sent me unto you.
22Now therefore know certainly that ye shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, in the place whither ye desire to go to sojourn there.’

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 43

1And it came to pass, that when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking unto all the people all the words of the Lord their God, wherewith the Lord their God had sent him to them, even all these words,
2then spoke Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men, saying unto Jeremiah: ‘Thou speakest falsely; the Lord our God hath not sent thee to say: Ye shall not go into Egypt to sojourn there;
3but Baruch the son of Neriah setteth thee on against us, to deliver us into the hand of the Chaldeans, that they may put us to death, and carry us away captives to Babylon.’
4So Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces, and all the people, hearkened not to the voice of the Lord, to dwell in the land of Judah.
5But Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces, took all the remnant of Judah, that were returned from all the nations whither they had been driven to sojourn in the land of Judah:
6the men, and the women, and the children, and the king’s daughters, and every person that Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had left with Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, and Jeremiah the prophet, and Baruch the son of Neriah;
7and they came into the land of Egypt; for they hearkened not to the voice of the Lord; and they came even to Tahpanhes.
8Then came the word of the Lord unto Jeremiah in Tahpanhes, saying:
9‘Take great stones in thy hand, and hide them in the mortar in the framework, which is at the entry of Pharaoh’s house in Tahpanhes, in the sight of the men of Judah;
10and say unto them: Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I will send and take Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, My servant, and will set his throne upon these stones that I have hid; and he shall spread his royal pavilion over them.
11And he shall come, and shall smite the land of Egypt; such as are for death to death, and such as are for captivity to captivity, and such as are for the sword to the sword.
12And I will kindle a fire in the houses of the gods of Egypt; and he shall burn them, and carry them away captives; and he shall fold up the land of Egypt, as a shepherd foldeth up his garment; and he shall go forth from thence in peace.
13He shall also break the pillars of Beth-shemesh, that is in the land of Egypt; and the houses of the gods of Egypt shall he burn with fire.’

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 44

1The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the Jews that dwelt in the land of Egypt, that dwelt at Migdol, and at Tahpanhes, and at Noph, and in the country of Pathros, saying:
2‘Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Ye have seen all the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, and upon all the cities of Judah; and, behold, this day they are a desolation, and no man dwelleth therein;
3because of their wickedness which they have committed to provoke Me, in that they went to offer, and to serve other gods, whom they knew not, neither they, nor ye, nor your fathers.
4Howbeit I sent unto you all My servants the prophets, sending them betimes and often, saying: Oh, do not this abominable thing that I hate.
5But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear to turn from their wickedness, to forbear offering unto other gods.
6Wherefore My fury and Mine anger was poured forth, and was kindled in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem; and they are wasted and desolate, as at this day.
7Therefore now thus saith the Lord, the God of hosts, the God of Israel: Wherefore commit ye this great evil against your own souls, to cut off from you man and woman, infant and suckling, out of the midst of Judah, to leave you none remaining;
8in that ye provoke Me with the works of your hands, offering unto other gods in the land of Egypt, whither ye are gone to sojourn; that ye may be cut off, and that ye may be a curse and a reproach among all the nations of the earth?
9Have ye forgotten the wicked deeds of your fathers, and the wicked deeds of the kings of Judah, and the wicked deeds of their wives, and your own wicked deeds, and the wicked deeds of your wives, which they committed in the land of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem?
10They are not humbled even unto this day, neither have they feared, nor walked in My law, nor in My statutes, that I set before you and before your fathers.
11Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I will set My face against you for evil, even to cut off all Judah.
12And I will take the remnant of Judah, that have set their faces to go into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, and they shall all be consumed; in the land of Egypt shall they fall; they shall be consumed by the sword and by the famine; they shall die, from the least even unto the greatest, by the sword and by the famine; and they shall be an execration, and an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach.
13For I will punish them that dwell in the land of Egypt, as I have punished Jerusalem, by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence;
14so that none of the remnant of Judah, that are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall escape or remain, that they should return into the land of Judah, to which they have a desire to return to dwell there; for none shall return save such as shall escape.’
15Then all the men who knew that their wives offered unto other gods, and all the women that stood by, a great assembly, even all the people that dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying:
16‘As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the Lord, we will not hearken unto thee.
17But we will certainly perform every word that is gone forth out of our mouth, to offer unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink-offerings unto her, as we have done, we and our fathers, our kings and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem; for then had we plenty of food, and were well, and saw no evil.
18But since we let off to offer to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink-offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine.
19And is it we that offer to the queen of heaven, and pour out drink-offerings unto her? did we make her cakes in her image, and pour out drink-offerings unto her, without our husbands?’
20Then Jeremiah said unto all the people, to the men, and to the women, even to all the people that had given him that answer, saying:
21‘The offering that ye offered in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, ye and your fathers, your kings and your princes, and the people of the land, did not the Lord remember them, and came it not into His mind?
22So that the Lord could no longer bear, because of the evil of your doings, and because of the abominations which ye have committed; therefore is your land become a desolation, and an astonishment, and a curse, without an inhabitant, as at this day.
23Because ye have offered, and because ye have sinned against the Lord, and have not hearkened to the voice of the Lord, nor walked in His law, nor in His statutes, nor in His testimonies; therefore this evil is happened unto you, as at this day.’
24Moreover Jeremiah said unto all the people, and to all the women: ‘Hear the word of the Lord, all Judah that are in the land of Egypt:
25Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, saying: Ye and your wives have both spoken with your mouths, and with your hands have fulfilled it, saying: We will surely perform our vows that we have vowed, to offer to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink-offerings unto her; ye shall surely establish your vows, and surely perform your vows.
26Therefore hear ye the word of the Lord, all Judah that dwell in the land of Egypt: Behold, I have sworn by My great name, saith the Lord, that My name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt saying: As the Lord God liveth.
27Behold, I watch over them for evil, and not for good; and all the men of Judah that are in the land of Egypt shall be consumed by the sword and by the famine, until there be an end of them.
28And they that escape the sword shall return out of the land of Egypt into the land of Judah, few in number; and all the remnant of Judah, that are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall know whose word shall stand, Mine, or theirs.
29And this shall be the sign unto you, saith the Lord, that I will punish you in this place, that ye may know that My words shall surely stand against you for evil;
30thus saith the Lord: Behold, I will give Pharaoh Hophra king of Egypt into the hand of his enemies, and into the hand of them that seek his life; as I gave Zedekiah king of Judah into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, his enemy, and that sought his life.’

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 45

1The word that Jeremiah the prophet spoke unto Baruch the son of Neriah, when he wrote these words in a book at the mouth of Jeremiah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, saying:
2‘Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning thee, O Baruch: Thou didst say:
3Woe is me now!For the Lord hath added sorrow to my pain;I am weary with my groaning,And I find no rest.
4Thus shalt thou say unto him:Thus saith the Lord:Behold, that which I have built will I break down,And that which I have planted I will pluck up;And this in the whole land.
5And seekest thou great things for thyself? Seek them not;for, behold, I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith the Lord;but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest.’

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 46

1The word of the Lord which came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the nations.
2Of Egypt: concerning the army of Pharaoh-neco king of Egypt, which was by the river Euphrates in Carchemish, which Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon smote in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah.
3Make ready buckler and shield,And draw near to battle.
4Harness the horses, and mount, ye horsemen,And stand forth with your helmets;Furbish the spears, put on the coats of mail.
5Wherefore do I see them dismayed and turned backward?And their mighty ones are beaten down,And they are fled apace, and look not back;Terror is on every side, saith the Lord.
6The swift cannot flee away,Nor the mighty man escape;In the north by the river EuphratesHave they stumbled and fallen.
7Who is this like the Nile that riseth up,Like the rivers whose waters toss themselves?
8Egypt is like the Nile that riseth up,And like the rivers whose waters toss themselves;And he saith: ‘I will rise up, I will cover the earth,I will destroy the city and the inhabitants thereof.’
9Prance, ye horses, and rush madly, ye chariots;And let the mighty men go forth:Cush and Put, that handle the shield,And the Ludim, that handle and bend the bow.
10For the Lord God of hosts shall have on that dayA day of vengeance, that He may avenge Him of His adversaries;And the sword shall devour and be satiate,And shall be made drunk with their blood;For the Lord God of hosts hath a sacrificeIn the north country by the river Euphrates.
11Go up into Gilead, and take balm,O virgin daughter of Egypt;In vain dost thou use many medicines;There is no cure for thee.
12The nations have heard of thy shame,And the earth is full of thy cry;For the mighty man hath stumbled against the mighty,They are fallen both of them together.
13The word that the Lord spoke to Jeremiah the prophet, how that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon should come and smite the land of Egypt.
14Declare ye in Egypt, and announce in Migdol,And announce in Noph and in Tahpanhes;Say ye: ‘Stand forth, and prepare thee,For the sword hath devoured round about thee.’
15Why is thy strong one overthrown?He stood not, because the Lord did thrust him down.
16He made many to stumble;Yea, they fell one upon another,And said: ‘Arise, and let us return to our own people,And to the land of our birth,From the oppressing sword.’
17They cried there: ‘Pharaoh king of Egypt is but a noise;He hath let the appointed time pass by.’
18As I live, saith the King,Whose name is the Lord of hosts,Surely like Tabor among the mountains,And like Carmel by the sea, so shall he come.
19O thou daughter that dwellest in Egypt,Furnish thyself to go into captivity;For Noph shall become a desolation,And shall be laid waste, without inhabitant.
20Egypt is a very fair heifer;But the gadfly out of the north is come, it is come.
21Also her mercenaries in the midst of herAre like calves of the stall,For they also are turned back, they are fled away together,They did not stand;For the day of their calamity is come upon them,The time of their visitation.
22The sound thereof shall go like the serpent’s;For they march with an army,And come against her with axes,As hewers of wood.
23They cut down her forest, saith the Lord,Though it cannot be searched;Because they are more than the locusts,And are innumerable.
24The daughter of Egypt is put to shame;She is delivered into the hand of the people of the north.
25The Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, saith: Behold, I will punish Amon of No, and Pharaoh, and Egypt, with her gods, and her kings; even Pharaoh, and them that trust in him;
26and I will deliver them into the hand of those that seek their lives, and into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of his servants; and afterwards it shall be inhabited, as in the days of old, saith the Lord.
27But fear not thou, O Jacob My servant,Neither be dismayed, O Israel;For, lo, I will save thee from afar,And thy seed from the land of their captivity;And Jacob shall again be quiet and at ease,And none shall make him afraid.
28Fear not thou, O Jacob My servant, saith the Lord,For I am with thee;For I will make a full end of all the nations whither I have driven thee,But I will not make a full end of thee;And I will correct thee in measure,But will not utterly destroy thee.

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 47

1The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the Philistines, before that Pharaoh smote Gaza.
2Thus saith the Lord:Behold, waters rise up out of the north,And shall become an overflowing stream,And they shall overflow the land and all that is therein,The city and them that dwell therein;And the men shall cry,And all the inhabitants of the land shall wail.
3At the noise of the stamping of the hoofs of his strong ones,At the rushing of his chariots, at the rumbling of his wheels,The fathers look not back to their childrenFor feebleness of hands;
4Because of the day that comethTo spoil all the Philistines,To cut off from Tyre and ZidonEvery helper that remaineth;For the Lord will spoil the Philistines,The remnant of the isle of Caphtor.
5Baldness is come upon Gaza,Ashkelon is brought to nought, the remnant of their valley;How long wilt thou cut thyself?
6O thou sword of the Lord,How long will it be ere thou be quiet?Put up thyself into thy scabbard,Rest, and be still.
7How canst thou be quiet?For the Lord hath given it a charge;Against Ashkelon, and against the sea-shore,There hath He appointed it.

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 48

1Of Moab.

Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel:Woe unto Nebo! for it is spoiled;Kiriathaim is put to shame, it is taken;Misgab is put to shame and dismayed.

2The praise of Moab is no more;In Heshbon they have devised evil against her: ‘Come, and let us cut her off from being a nation.’Thou also, O Madmen, shalt be brought to silence;The sword shall pursue thee.
3Hark! a cry from Horonaim,Spoiling and great destruction!
4Moab is destroyed;Her little ones have caused a cry to be heard.
5For by the ascent of LuhithWith continual weeping shall they go up;For in the going down of HoronaimThey have heard the distressing cry of destruction.
6Flee, save your lives,And be like a tamarisk in the wilderness.
7For, because thou hast trustedIn thy works and in thy treasures,Thou also shalt be taken;And Chemosh shall go forth into captivity,His priests and his princes together.
8And the spoiler shall come upon every city,And no city shall escape;The valley also shall perish, and the plain shall be destroyed;As the Lord hath spoken.
9Give wings unto Moab,For she must fly and get away;And her cities shall become a desolation,Without any to dwell therein.
10Cursed be he that doeth the work of the Lord with a slack hand,And cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood.
11Moab hath been at ease from his youth,And he hath settled on his lees,And hath not been emptied from vessel to vessel,Neither hath he gone into captivity;Therefore his taste remaineth in him,And his scent is not changed.
12Therefore, behold, the days come,Saith the Lord,That I will send unto him them that tilt up,And they shall tilt him up;And they shall empty his vessels,And break their bottles in pieces.
13And Moab shall be ashamed of Chemosh,As the house of Israel was ashamedOf Beth-el their confidence.
14How say ye: ‘We are mighty men,And valiant men for the war’?
15Moab is spoiled, and they are gone up into her cities,And his chosen young men are gone down to the slaughter,Saith the King,Whose name is the Lord of hosts.
16The calamity of Moab is near to come,And his affliction hasteth fast.
17Bemoan him, all ye that are round about him,And all ye that know his name;Say: ‘How is the strong staff broken, The beautiful rod!’
18O thou daughter that dwellest in Dibon,Come down from thy glory, and sit in thirst;For the spoiler of Moab is come up against thee,He hath destroyed thy strongholds.
19O inhabitant of Aroer, stand by the way, and watch;Ask him that fleeth, and her that escapeth;Say: ‘What hath been done?’
20Moab is put to shame, for it is dismayed;Wail and cry;Tell ye it in Arnon,That Moab is spoiled.
21And judgment is come upon the country of the Plain; upon Holon, and upon Jahzah, and upon Mephaath;
22and upon Dibon, and upon Nebo, and upon Beth-diblathaim;
23and upon Kiriathaim, and upon Beth-gamul, and upon Beth-meon;
24and upon Kerioth, and upon Bozrah, and upon all the cities of the land of Moab, far or near.
25The horn of Moab is cut off,And his arm is broken,Saith the Lord.
26Make ye him drunken,For he magnified himself against the Lord;And Moab shall wallow in his vomit,And he also shall be in derision.
27For was not Israel a derision unto thee?Was he found among thieves?For as often as thou speakest of him,Thou waggest the head.
28O ye that dwell in Moab,Leave the cities, and dwell in the rock;And be like the dove that maketh her nestIn the sides of the pit’s mouth.
29We have heard of the pride of Moab;He is very proud;His loftiness, and his pride, and his haughtiness,And the assumption of his heart.
30I know his arrogancy, saith the Lord,That it is ill-founded;His boastings have wrought nothing well-founded.
31Therefore will I wail for Moab;Yea, I will cry out for all Moab;For the men of Kir-heres shall my heart moan.
32With more than the weeping of Jazer will I weep for thee,O vine of Sibmah;Thy branches passed over the sea,They reached even to the sea of Jazer;Upon thy summer fruits and upon thy vintageThe spoiler is fallen.
33And gladness and joy is taken awayFrom the fruitful field, and from the land of Moab;And I have caused wine to cease from the winepresses; None shall tread with shouting;The shouting shall be no shouting.
34From the cry of Heshbon even unto Elealeh,Even unto Jahaz have they uttered their voice,From Zoar even unto Horonaim,A heifer of three years old;For the Waters of Nimrim alsoShall be desolate.
35Moreover I will cause to cease in Moab,Saith the Lord,Him that offereth in the high place,And him that offereth to his gods.
36Therefore my heart moaneth for MoabLike pipes, and my heart moaneth like pipes for the men of Kir-heres;Therefore the abundance that he hath gotten is perished.
37For every head is bald,And every beard clipped;Upon all the hands are cuttings,And upon the loins sackcloth.
38On all the housetops of Moab and in the broad places thereofThere is lamentation every where;For I have broken Moab like a vessel wherein is no pleasure,Saith the Lord.
39‘How is it broken down!’ wail ye!‘How hath Moab turned the back with shame!’So shall Moab become a derision and a dismayTo all that are round about him.
40For thus saith the Lord:Behold, he shall swoop as a vulture,And shall spread out his wings against Moab.
41The cities are taken,And the strongholds are seized,And the heart of the mighty men of Moab at that dayShall be as the heart of a woman in her pangs.
42And Moab shall be destroyed from being a people,Because he hath magnified himself against the Lord.
43Terror, and the pit, and the trap,Are upon thee, O inhabitant of Moab,Saith the Lord.
44He that fleeth from the terrorShall fall into the pit;And he that getteth up out of the pitShall be taken in the trap;For I will bring upon her, even upon Moab,The year of their visitation, saith the Lord.
45In the shadow of Heshbon the fugitivesStand without strength;For a fire is gone forth out of Heshbon,And a flame from the midst of Sihon,And it devoureth the corner of Moab,And the crown of the head of the tumultuous ones.
46Woe unto thee, O Moab!The people of Chemosh is undone;For thy sons are taken away captive,And thy daughters into captivity.
47Yet will I turn the captivity of MoabIn the end of days, saith the Lord.

Thus far is the judgment of Moab.

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 49

1Of the children of Ammon.

Thus saith the Lord:Hath Israel no sons?Hath he no heir?Why then doth Malcam take possession of Gad,And his people dwell in the cities thereof?

2Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord,That I will cause an alarm of war to be heardAgainst Rabbah of the children of Ammon;And it shall become a desolate mound,And her daughters shall be burned with fire;Then shall Israel dispossess them that did dispossess him,Saith the Lord.
3Wail, O Heshbon, for Ai is undone;Cry, ye daughters of Rabbah, gird you with sackcloth;Lament, and run to and fro among the folds;For Malcam shall go into captivity,His priests and his princes together.
4Wherefore gloriest thou in the valleys,Thy flowing valley, O backsliding daughter?That didst trust in thy treasures:‘Who shall come unto me?’
5Behold, I will bring a terror upon thee,Saith the Lord God of hosts,From all that are round about thee;And ye shall be driven out every man right forth,And there shall be none to gather up him that wandereth.
6But afterward I will bring back the captivity of the children of Ammon,Saith the Lord.
7Of Edom.

Thus saith the Lord of hosts:Is wisdom no more in Teman?Is counsel perished from the prudent?Is their wisdom vanished?

8Flee ye, turn back, dwell deep,O inhabitants of Dedan;For I do bring the calamity of Esau upon him,The time that I shall punish him.
9If grape-gatherers came to thee,Would they not leave some gleaning grapes?If thieves by night,Would they not destroy till they had enough?
10But I have made Esau bare,I have uncovered his secret places, And he shall not be able to hide himself;His seed is spoiled, and his brethren,And his neighbours, and he is not.
11Leave thy fatherless children, I will rear them,And let thy widows trust in Me.
12For thus saith the Lord: Behold, they to whom it pertained not to drink of the cup shall assuredly drink; and art thou he that shall altogether go unpunished? thou shalt not go unpunished, but thou shalt surely drink.
13For I have sworn by Myself, saith the Lord, that Bozrah shall become an astonishment, a reproach, a waste, and a curse; and all the cities thereof shall be perpetual wastes.
14I have heard a message from the Lord,And an ambassador is sent among the nations:‘Gather yourselves together, and come against her,And rise up to the battle.’
15For, behold, I make thee small among the nations,And despised among men.
16Thy terribleness hath deceived thee,Even the pride of thy heart,O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock,That holdest the height of the hill;Though thou shouldest make thy nest as high as the eagle,I will bring thee down from thence, saith the Lord.
17And Edom shall become an astonishment;Every one that passeth by itShall be astonished and shall hiss at all the plagues thereof.
18As in the overthrow of Sodom and GomorrahAnd the neighbour cities thereof, saith the Lord,No man shall abide there,Neither shall any son of man dwell therein.
19Behold, he shall come up like a lion From the thickets of the JordanAgainst the strong habitation;For I will suddenly make him run away from it,And whoso is chosen, him will I appoint over it;For who is like Me? and who will appoint Me a time?And who is that shepherd that will stand before Me?
20Therefore hear ye the counsel of the Lord,That He hath taken against Edom;And His purposes, that He hath purposed against the inhabitants of Teman:Surely the least of the flock shall drag them away,Surely their habitation shall be appalled at them.
21The earth quaketh at the noise of their fall;There is a cry, the noise whereof is heard in the Red Sea.
22Behold, he shall come up and swoop down as the vulture,And spread out his wings against Bozrah;And the heart of the mighty men of Edom at that dayShall be as the heart of a woman in her pangs.
23Of Damascus.

Hamath is ashamed, and Arpad;For they have heard evil tidings, they are melted away;There is trouble in the sea;It cannot be quiet.

24Damascus is waxed feeble, she turneth herself to flee,And trembling hath seized on her;Anguish and pangs have taken hold of her, as of a woman in travail.
25‘How is the city of praise left unrepaired,The city of my joy?’
26Therefore her young men shall fall in her broad places,And all the men of war shall be brought to silence in that day,Saith the Lord of hosts.
27And I will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus,And it shall devour the palaces of Ben-hadad.
28Of Kedar, and of the kingdoms of Hazor, which Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon smote.Thus saith the Lord:Arise ye, go up against Kedar,And spoil the children of the east.
29Their tents and their flocks shall they take,They shall carry away for themselves their curtains,And all their vessels, and their camels;And they shall proclaim against them a terror on every side.
30Flee ye, flit far off, dwell deep,O ye inhabitants of Hazor, saith the Lord;For Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon hath taken counsel against you,And hath conceived a purpose against you.
31Arise, get you up against a nation that is at ease,That dwelleth without care, saith the Lord;That have neither gates nor bars,That dwell alone.
32And their camels shall be a booty,And the multitude of their cattle a spoil;And I will scatter unto all winds them that have the corners polled;And I will bring their calamity from every side of them, saith the Lord.
33And Hazor shall be a dwelling-place of jackals,A desolation for ever; no man shall abide there,Neither shall any son of man dwell therein.
34The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning Elam in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, saying:
35Thus saith the Lord of hosts:Behold, I will break the bow of ElamThe chief of their might.
36And I will bring against Elam the four windsFrom the four quarters of heaven,And will scatter them toward all those winds;And there shall be no nation whither the dispersed of Elam shall not come.
37And I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies,And before them that seek their life;And I will bring evil upon them,Even My fierce anger, saith the Lord;And I will send the sword after them,Till I have consumed them;
38And I will set My throne in Elam,And will destroy from thence king and princes, saith the Lord.
39But it shall come to pass in the end of days,That I will bring back the captivity of Elam, saith the Lord.

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 50

1The word that the Lord spoke concerning Babylon, concerning the land of the Chaldeans, by Jeremiah the prophet.
2Declare ye among the nations and announce,And set up a standard;Announce, and conceal not;Say: ‘Babylon is taken,Bel is put to shame, Merodach is dismayed;Her images are put to shame, her idols are dismayed.’
3For out of the north there cometh up a nation against her,Which shall make her land desolate,And none shall dwell therein;They are fled, they are gone, both man and beast.
4In those days, and in that time, saith the Lord,The children of Israel shall come,They and the children of Judah together;They shall go on their way weeping,And shall seek the Lord their God.
5They shall inquire concerning ZionWith their faces hitherward:‘Come ye, and join yourselves to the LordIn an everlasting covenant that shall not be forgotten.’
6My people hath been lost sheep;Their shepherds have caused them to go astray,They have turned them away on the mountains;They have gone from mountain to hill,They have forgotten their resting-place.
7All that found them have devoured them; And their adversaries said: ‘We are not guilty’;Because they have sinned against the Lord, the habitation of justice,Even the Lord, the hope of their fathers.
8Flee out of the midst of Babylon,And go forth out of the land of the Chaldeans,And be as the he-goats before the flocks.
9For, lo, I will stir up and cause to come up against BabylonAn assembly of great nations from the north country;And they shall set themselves in array against her,From thence she shall be taken;Their arrows shall be as of a mighty man that maketh childless;None shall return in vain.
10And Chaldea shall be a spoil;All that spoil her shall be satisfied, saith the Lord.
11Because ye are glad, because ye rejoice,O ye that plunder My heritage,Because ye gambol as a heifer at grass,And neigh as strong horses;
12Your mother shall be sore ashamed,She that bore you shall be confounded;Behold, the hindermost of the nationsShall be a wilderness, a dry land, and a desert.
13Because of the wrath of the Lord it shall not be inhabited,But it shall be wholly desolate;Every one that goeth by BabylonShall be appalled and hiss at all her plagues.
14Set yourselves in array against Babylon round about,All ye that bend the bow,Shoot at her, spare no arrows;For she hath sinned against the Lord.
15Shout against her round about, she hath submitted herself;Her buttresses are fallen, her walls are thrown down;For it is the vengeance of the Lord, take vengeance upon her;As she hath done, do unto her.
16Cut off the sower from Babylon,And him that handleth the sickle in the time of harvest;For fear of the oppressing sword they shall turn every one to his people,And they shall flee every one to his own land.
17Israel is a scattered sheep,The lions have driven him away;First the king of Assyria hath devoured him,And last this Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon hath broken his bones.
18Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel:Behold, I will punish the king of Babylon and his land, As I have punished the king of Assyria.
19And I will bring Israel back to his pasture,And he shall feed on Carmel and Bashan,And his soul shall be satisfied upon the hills of Ephraim and in Gilead.
20In those days, and in that time, saith the Lord,The iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none,And the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found;For I will pardon them whom I leave as a remnant.
21Go up against the land of {a}Merathaim, even against it,And against the inhabitants of {b}Pekod;Waste and utterly destroy after them, saith the Lord,And do according to all that I have commanded thee.
22Hark! battle is in the land,And great destruction.
23How is the hammer of the whole earthCut asunder and broken!How is Babylon becomeA desolation among the nations!
24I have laid a snare for thee, and thou art also taken, O Babylon,And thou wast not aware;Thou art found, and also caught,Because thou hast striven against the Lord.
25The Lord hath opened His armoury,And hath brought forth the weapons of His indignation;For it is a work that the Lord God of hostsHath to do in the land of the Chaldeans.
26Come against her from every quarter, open her granaries,Cast her up as heaps, and destroy her utterly;Let nothing of her be left.
27Slay all her bullocks, let them go down to the slaughter;Woe unto them! for their day is come,The time of their visitation.
28Hark! they flee and escape out of the land of Babylon,To declare in Zion the vengeance of the Lord our God,The vengeance of His temple.
29Call together the archers against Babylon,All them that bend the bow;Encamp against her round about,Let none thereof escape;Recompense her according to her work,According to all that she hath done, do unto her:For she hath been arrogant against the Lord,Against the Holy One of Israel.
30Therefore shall her young men fall in her broad places,And all her men of war shall be brought to silence in that day,Saith the Lord.
31Behold, I am against thee, O thou most arrogant,Saith the Lord God of hosts;For thy day is come,The time that I will punish thee.
32And the most arrogant shall stumble and fall,And none shall raise him up;And I will kindle a fire in his cities,And it shall devour all that are round about him.
33Thus saith the Lord of hosts:The children of Israel and the children of Judah are oppressed together;And all that took them captives hold them fast;They refuse to let them go.
34Their Redeemer is strong,The Lord of hosts is His name;He will thoroughly plead their cause,That He may give rest to the earth,And disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon.
35A sword is upon the Chaldeans, saith the Lord,And upon the inhabitants of Babylon, and upon her princes, and upon her wise men.
36A sword is upon the boasters, and they shall become fools;A sword is upon her mighty men, and they shall be dismayed.
37A sword is upon their horses, and upon their chariots,And upon all the mingled people that are in the midst of her,And they shall become as women;A sword is upon her treasures, and they shall be robbed.
38A drought is upon her waters, and they shall be dried up;For it is a land of graven images,And they are mad upon things of horror.
39Therefore the wild-cats with the jackals shall dwell there,And the ostriches shall dwell therein; and it shall be no more inhabited for ever,Neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation.
40As when God overthrew Sodom and GomorrahAnd the neighbour cities thereof, saith the Lord;So shall no man abide there,Neither shall any son of man dwell therein.
41Behold, a people cometh from the north,And a great nation, and many kingsShall be roused from the uttermost parts of the earth.
42They lay hold on bow and spear,They are cruel, and have no compassion;Their voice is like the roaring sea,And they ride upon horses; Set in array, as a man for war,Against thee, O daughter of Babylon.
43The king of Babylon hath heard the fame of them,And his hands wax feeble;Anguish hath taken hold of him,And pain, as of a woman in travail.
44Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the thickets of the JordanAgainst the strong habitation;For I will suddenly make them run away from it,And whoso is chosen, him will I appoint over it;For who is like Me? and who will appoint Me a time?And who is that shepherd that will stand before Me?
45Therefore hear ye the counsel of the Lord,That He hath taken against Babylon,And His purposes, that He hath purposed against the land of the Chaldeans:Surely the least of the flock shall drag them away,Surely their habitation shall be appalled at them.
46At the noise of the taking of Babylon the earth quaketh,And the cry is heard among the nations.

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 51

1Thus saith the Lord:Behold, I will raise up against Babylon,And against them that dwell in {a}Leb-kamai, a destroying wind.
2And I will send unto Babylon strangers, that shall fan her,And they shall empty her land;For in the day of trouble they shall be against her round about.
3Let the archer bend his bow against her,And let him lift himself up against her in his coat of mail;And spare ye not her young men,Destroy ye utterly all her host.
4And they shall fall down slain in the land of the Chaldeans,And thrust through in her streets.
5For Israel is not widowed, nor Judah,Of his God, of the Lord of hosts;For their land is full of guiltAgainst the Holy One of Israel.
6Flee out of the midst of Babylon,And save every man his life,Be not cut off in her iniquity;For it is the time of the Lord's vengeance;He will render unto her a recompense.
7Babylon hath been a golden cup in Lord's hand,That made all the earth drunken;The nations have drunk of her wine,Therefore the nations are mad.
8Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed,Wail for her;Take balm for her pain,If so be she may be healed.
9We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed;Forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country;For her judgment reacheth unto heaven,And is lifted up even to the skies.
10The Lord hath brought forth our victory;Come, and let us declare in ZionThe work of the Lord our God.
11Make bright the arrows,Fill the quivers,The Lord hath roused the spirit of the kings of the Medes;Because His device is against Babylon, to destroy it;For it is the vengeance of the Lord,The vengeance of His temple.
12Set up a standard against the walls of Babylon,Make the watch strong,Set the watchmen, prepare the ambushes;For the Lord hath both devised and doneThat which He spoke concerning the inhabitants of Babylon.
13O thou that dwellest upon many waters,Abundant in treasures,Thine end is come,The measure of thy covetousness.
14The Lord of hosts hath sworn by Himself:Surely I will fill thee with men, as with the canker-worm,And they shall lift up a shout against thee.
15He that hath made the earth by His power,That hath established the world by His wisdom,And hath stretched out the heavens by His discernment;
16At the sound of His giving a multitude of waters in the heavens,He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth;He maketh lightnings at the time of the rain,And bringeth forth the wind out of His treasuries;
17Every man is proved to be brutish, for the knowledge—Every goldsmith is put to shame by the graven image—That his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.
18They are vanity, a work of delusion;In the time of their visitation they shall perish,
19The portion of Jacob is not like these;For He is the former of all things,And [Israel] is the tribe of His inheritance;The Lord of hosts is His name.
20Thou art My maul and weapons of war,And with thee will I shatter the nations,And with thee will I destroy kingdoms;
21And with thee will I shatter the horse and his rider,And with thee will I shatter the chariot and him that rideth therein;
22And with thee will I shatter man and woman,And with thee will I shatter the old man and the youth,And with thee will I shatter the young man and the maid;
23And with thee will I shatter the shepherd and his flock,And with thee will I shatter the husbandman and his yoke of oxen,And with thee will I shatter governors and deputies.
24And I will render unto Babylon and to all the inhabitants of ChaldeaAll their evil that they have done in Zion, in your sight;Saith the Lord.
25Behold, I am against thee,O destroying mountain, saith the Lord,Which destroyest all the earth;And I will stretch out My hand upon thee,And roll thee down from the rocks,And will make thee a burnt mountain.
26And they shall not take of thee a stone for a corner,Nor a stone for foundations;But thou shalt be desolate for ever, saith the Lord.
27Set ye up a standard in the land,Blow the horn among the nations,Prepare the nations against her,Call together against her the kingdoms of Ararat, Minni, and Ashkenaz;Appoint a marshal against her;Cause the horses to come up as the rough canker-worm.
28Prepare against her the nations, the kings of the Medes,The governors thereof, and all the deputies thereof,And all the land of his dominion.
29And the land quaketh and is in pain;For the purposes of the Lord are performed against Babylon,To make the land of Babylon a desolation, without inhabitant.
30The mighty men of Babylon have forborne to fight,They remain in their strongholds;Their might hath failed, they are become as women;Her dwelling-places are set on fire;Her bars are broken.
31One post runneth to meet another,And one messenger to meet an other,To tell the king of Babylon That his city is taken on every quarter;
32And the fords are seized,And the castles they have burned with fire,And the men of war are affrighted.
33For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel:The daughter of Babylon is like a threshing-floorAt the time when it is trodden;Yet a little while, and the time of harvestShall come for her.
34Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon hath devoured me,He hath crushed me,He hath set me down as an empty vessel,He hath swallowed me up like a dragon,He hath filled his maw with my delicacies;He hath washed me clean.
35‘The violence done to me and to my flesh be upon Babylon’,Shall the inhabitant of Zion say;And: ‘My blood be upon the inhabitants of Chaldea’,Shall Jerusalem say.
36Therefore thus saith the Lord:Behold, I will plead thy cause,And take vengeance for thee;And I will dry up her sea,And make her fountain dry.
37And Babylon shall become heaps,A dwelling-place for jackals,An astonishment, and a hissing,Without inhabitant.
38They shall roar together like young lions;They shall growl as lions’ whelps.
39With their poison I will prepare their feast,And I will make them drunken, that they may be convulsed,And sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake,Saith the Lord.
40I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter,Like rams with he-goats.
41How is Sheshach taken!And the praise of the whole earth seized!How is Babylon become an astonishmentAmong the nations!
42The sea is come up upon Babylon;She is covered with the multitude of the waves thereof.
43Her cities are become a desolation,A dry land, and a desert,A land wherein no man dwelleth,Neither doth any son of man pass thereby.
44And I will punish Bel in Babylon,And I will bring forth out of his mouth that which he hath swallowed up,And the nations shall not flow any more unto him;Yea, the wall of Babylon shall fall.
45My people, go ye out of the midst of her,And save yourselves every man From the fierce anger of the Lord.
46And let not your heart faint, neither fear ye,For the rumour that shall be heard in the land;For a rumour shall come one year,And after that in another year a rumour,And violence in the land, ruler against ruler.
47Therefore behold, the days come,That I will do judgment upon the graven images of Babylon,And her whole land shall be ashamed;And all her slain shall fall in the midst of her.
48Then the heaven and the earth, and all that is therein,Shall sing for joy over Babylon;For the spoilers shall come unto herFrom the north, saith the Lord.
49As Babylon hath caused the slain of Israel to fall,So at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the land.
50Ye that have escaped the sword,Go ye, stand not still;Remember the Lord from afar,And let Jerusalem come into your mind.
51‘We are ashamed, because we have heard reproach,Confusion hath covered our faces;For strangers are comeInto the sanctuaries of the Lord's house.’
52Wherefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord,That I will do judgment upon her graven images;And through all her land the wounded shall groan.
53Though Babylon should mount up to heaven,And though she should fortify the height of her strength,Yet from Me shall spoilers come unto her, saith the Lord.
54Hark! a cry from Babylon,And great destruction from the land of the Chaldeans!
55For the Lord spoileth Babylon,And destroyeth out of her the great voice;And their waves roar like many waters,The noise of their voice is uttered;
56For the spoiler is come upon her, even upon Babylon,And her mighty men are taken,Their bows are shattered;For the Lord is a God of recompenses,He will surely requite.
57And I will make drunk her princes and her wise men,Her governors and her deputies, and her mighty men;And they shall sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake,Saith the King, whose name is the Lord of hosts.
58Thus saith the Lord of hosts: The broad walls of Babylon shall be utterly overthrown,And her high gates shall be burned with fire;And the peoples shall labour for vanity,And the nations for the fire;And they shall be weary.
59The word which Jeremiah the prophet commanded Seraiah the son of Neriah, the son of Mahseiah, when he went with Zedekiah the king of Judah to Babylon in the fourth year of his reign. Now Seraiah was quartermaster.
60And Jeremiah wrote in one book all the evil that should come upon Babylon, even all these words that are written concerning Babylon.
61And Jeremiah said to Seraiah: ‘When thou comest to Babylon, then see that thou read all these words,
62and say: O Lord, Thou hast spoken concerning this place, to cut it off, that none shall dwell therein, neither man nor beast, but that it shall be desolate for ever.
63And it shall be, when thou hast made an end of reading this book, that thou shalt bind a stone to it, and cast it into the midst of the Euphrates;
64and thou shalt say: Thus shall Babylon sink, and shall not rise again because of the evil that I will bring upon her; and they shall be weary.’

Thus far are the words of Jeremiah.

Yirmiyahu - Jeremiah 52

1Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign; and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.
2And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, according to all that Jehoiakim had done.
3For through the anger of the Lord did it come to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, until He had cast them out from His presence. And Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.
4And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, and encamped against it; and they built forts against it round about.
5So the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiah.
6In the fourth month, in the ninth day of the month, the famine was sore in the city, so that there was no bread for the people of the land.
7Then a breach was made in the city, and all the men of war fled, and went forth out of the city by night by the way of the gate between the two walls, which was by the king’s garden—now the Chaldeans were against the city round about—and they went by the way of the Arabah.
8But the army of the Chaldeans pursued after the king, and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho; and all his army was scattered from him.
9Then they took the king, and carried him up unto the king of Babylon to Riblah in the land of Hamath; and he gave judgment upon him.
10And the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes; he slew also all the princes of Judah in Riblah.
11And he put out the eyes of Zedekiah; and the king of Babylon bound him in fetters, and carried him to Babylon, and put him in prison till the day of his death.
12Now in the fifth month, in the tenth day of the month, which was the nineteenth year of king Nebuchadrezzar, king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard, who stood before the king of Babylon, into Jerusalem;
13and he burned the house of the Lord, and the king’s house; and all the houses of Jerusalem, even every great man’s house, burned he with fire.
14And all the army of the Chaldeans, that were with the captain of the guard, broke down all the walls of Jerusalem round about.
15Then Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive of the poorest sort of the people, and the residue of the people that remained in the city, and those that fell away, that fell to the king of Babylon, and the residue of the multitude.
16But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left of the poorest of the land to be vinedressers and husbandmen.
17And the pillars of brass that were in the house of the Lord, and the bases and the brazen sea that were in the house of the Lord, did the Chaldeans break in pieces, and carried all the brass of them to Babylon.
18The pots also, and the shovels, and the snuffers, and the basins, and the pans, and all the vessels of brass wherewith they ministered, took they away.
19And the cups, and the fire-pans, and the basins, and the pots, and the candlesticks, and the pans, and the bowls—that which was of gold, in gold, and that which was of silver, in silver—the captain of the guard took away.
20The two pillars, the one sea, and the twelve brazen bulls that were under the bases, which king Solomon had made for the house of the Lord—the brass of all these vessels was without weight.
21And as for the pillars, the height of the one pillar was eighteen cubits; and a line of twelve cubits did compass it; and the thickness thereof was four fingers; it was hollow.
22And a capital of brass was upon it; and the height of the one capital was five cubits, with network and pomegranates upon the capital round about, all of brass; and the second pillar also had like unto these, and pomegranates.
23And there were ninety and six pomegranates on the outside; all the pomegranates were a hundred upon the network round about.
24And the captain of the guard took Seraiah the chief priest, and Zephaniah the second priest, and the three keepers of the door;
25and out of the city he took an officer that was set over the men of war; and seven men of them that saw the king’s face, who were found in the city; and the scribe of the captain of the host, who mustered the people of the land; and threescore men of the people of the land, that were found in the midst of the city.
26And Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard took them, and brought them to the king of Babylon to Riblah.
27And the king of Babylon smote them, and put them to death at Riblah in the land of Hamath. So Judah was carried away captive out of his land.
28This is the people whom Nebuchadrezzar carried away captive: in the seventh year three thousand Jews and three and twenty;
29in the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar, from Jerusalem, eight hundred thirty and two persons;
30in the three and twentieth year of Nebuchadrezzar Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive of the Jews seven hundred forty and five persons; all the persons were four thousand and six hundred.
31And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, in the five and twentieth day of the month, that Evil-merodach king of Babylon, in the first year of his reign, lifted up the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah, and brought him forth out of prison.
32And he spoke kindly to him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon.
33And he changed his prison garments, and did eat bread before him continually all the days of his life.
34And for his allowance, there was a continual allowance given him of the king of Babylon, every day a portion until the day of his death, all the days of his life.