Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate.  Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach.  For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.

 
 
 

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Jeremiah

Jeremiah 1

¶1. The words of Jeremiah ben-Hilkiah, of the priests who were in Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin,

2.to whom the word of God came in the days of Joshiah ben-Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign.

3. It came also in the days of Jehoiakim ben-Joshiah, king of Judah, until the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah ben-Joshiah, king of Judah, until the exile of Jerusalem, in the fifth month.

4. And the word of the Lord came to me saying,

5.“Before I formed you in the belly, I knew you, and before you came out of the womb, I sanctified you. I ordained you to be a prophet to the nations.”

6. Then I said, “Oh no, Lord Jehovah! Behold, I don’t know how to speak because I am a child.”

7. But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am a child’, for you will go to all that I send you to and you will say whatever I command you.

8.Do not be afraid of their faces, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.”

9. Then the Lord stretched out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me, “Behold, I have put my words in your mouth!

10.See, I have this day made you a master over the nations, and over the kingdoms, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”

11. And the word of Jehovah came to me, saying, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” And I said, “I see an almond branch.”

12. And Jehovah said to me, “You see rightly, for I am watching[1] over my word, to do it.”

13. And the word of Jehovah came to me a second time, saying, “What do you see now?” And I said, “I see a boiling pot, and its face is toward the north.”

14. And Jehovah said to me, “From the north is the evil loosed upon all the inhabitants of the land.

15.For, behold, I am calling all families and kingdoms to the north, says Jehovah, and they will come and will each place his throne at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, and on all her walls round about, and in all the cities of Judah.

16.For I have spoken my judgments against them because of all their evil, for they have forsaken me and burned incense to other gods, and worships the works of their own hands.

17.Now, you gird up your loins, and rise, and speak to them all that I command you! Do not be dismayed by their faces, lest I make you dismayed before their faces.

18.And I, behold, I have made you this day as a fortified city, and a pillar of iron, and bronze walls to the whole country, to the kings of Judah, to its princes, to its priests, and to the people of the land.

19.And they will make war against you, but they will not prevail against you because I am with you, says Jehovah, to deliver you.”

Jeremiah 2

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¶1. And the word of Jehovah came to me saying,

2.“Go, and proclaim in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Thus says Jehovah: I remember you, the goodness in your youth, the love of your betrothal, how you went after me in the wilderness, in a land that had not been sown.

3.Israel was holy to the Lord, the firstfruits of His harvest. All who ate of it became guilty, says the Lord.

4. Hear the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel!

5. Thus says the Lord: What injustice did your fathers find in me, that they went far away from me and went after vanity, and became vain?

6. And they did not say, ‘Where is Jehovah, who brought us up out of the land of Egypt and led us in the wilderness, in a land of steppe and pit, in a land of drought and deep shadow?’ No one passed through it, and no man dwelt there.

7.But I brought you to this garden-land, that you might eat of its fruit and its goodness. But you went in and defiled my land. Yea, you made my inheritance an abomination.

8.The priests did not say, ‘Where is Jehovah?’ And those who handle the Torah did not know me, and those who feed my people rebelled against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal and went after things that do not profit.

9.Therefore, I will yet strive with you, says the Lord, and with your sons’ sons will I strive.

10.For cross over the coasts of Chittim and see, or send to Kedar and consider it diligently, and see if there be such a thing as this.

11.Has a nation changed (check DSS ) gods – and they are no gods! But my people have exchanged their glory for that which will not profit.

12.Be appalled, O heavens, at this! Yea, be horrified, and devastated, said the Lord!

13.For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living water, to hew out for themselves broken cisterns which hold no water.

14.Is Israel a slave or a home-born servant? Why then has he become booty?

15.Lions roared at him; they give forth their voice and make his land desolate; his cities are fallen into ruin, without an inhabitant.

16.Even the children of Noph and Tahpenes have shaved the crown of your head.

17.Did you not bring this on yourself by forsaking Jehovah when He led you in the way?

18.So, now, what have you gained in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Shihor? And what have you gained in the way to Assyria, to drink the waters of the river?[2]

19.Your own wickedness is chastening you, and your apostasy is reproving you.

20.For long ago, I broke your yoke. I tore off your bonds, but you said, ‘I am not transgressing? [ck DSS], while on every high hill and under every luxuriant tree, you were bending over, committing whoredom!’

21.Yet, I planted you a choice vine, altogether a good seed. So, how were you turned to degenerate shoots of a foreign vine to me?

22.Even if you wash yourself with natron and use much lye, your iniquity is stained before me, says the Lord God.

23.How can you say, ‘I am not unclean. I am not following after Baals’? Look at your ways in the valley! Know what you have done! You are a swift young camel criss-crossing her own ways.

24.A wild ass used to the wilderness, she snuffs up the wind in her nature-driven lust, in her heat. Who can restrain her? None who look for her will weary themselves; in her month, they will find her.

25.Let not your foot be unshod or your neck parched! But you said, ‘It is a desperate situation! No, for I love foreigners, and after them will I go.’

26.Like a thief who is disgraced when he is found out, so will the house of Israel be put to shame – they, their kings, their princes, along with their priests and their princes –

27.who say to a tree, ‘My father!’ and to a stone, ‘You gave me birth!’ But they turn their back to me and not their face. But in their time of trouble, they say, ‘Rise up and save us!’

28.But where are your gods you made for yourself? Let them rise up if they can save you in your time of trouble! For according to the number of your cities are your gods, O Judah!

29.Why do you strive against me? All of you have rebelled against me! says Jehovah.

30.In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction. Your own sword has devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion.

31.You of this generation! Behold the word of Jehovah! Have I been a desert to Israel? Or a land of thick darkness? Why, then, do my people say, ‘We are inclusive; we will come to you no more’?

32.Does a virgin forget her ornaments, or a bride, her attire? Yet, my people have forgotten me days without number.

33.How lovely you make your way to seek love! Therefore, you could even teach wicked women your ways.

34.Also, on your skirts is found the blood of needy, innocent souls. You did not find them in the act of breaking in. Yet, in spite of all these things,

35. you say, ‘Since I am innocent, His anger is surely turned away from me.’ Watch me! I will bring you to judgment for saying, ‘I have not sinned.’

36.Why do you work so much to change your way? You will be disappointed in the Egyptians, just as you were disappointed in the Assyrians.

37.From that, too, shall you leave with your hands over your head, for God has rejected those you trust, so that you do not prosper by them.

Jeremiah 3

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¶1. “It is said, ‘If a man puts away his wife, and she goes from him and becomes another man’s, will he return to her again? Would not that land be greatly polluted?’ But you have played the whore with many lovers; yet, come back to me! says Jehovah.

2.Lift up your eyes to the heights and see! Where have you not been lain with? By the roads have you waited for them like an Arab in the desert, and you have made the land polluted with your whoredoms and your evil deeds.

3.That is why plentiful showers and spring-rain have not come. Yet, you have the forehead of a whorish woman! You refuse to be ashamed.

4.I would not have you from now on to cry out to me, ‘My Father, you have been a friend since my youth!’

5.Would He preserve forever, or keep forever? Behold! I speak, but you do wicked things as you are able.”

¶6. And Jehovah said to me in the days of Josiah the King, “Have you seen what backsliding Israel has done? She goes up on every high mountain and under every green tree, and plays the harlot there.

7.And I said, after she did all these things, ‘Come back to me,’ but she did not come back, and her treacherous sister Judah saw it.

8.And I saw, when for all the times that backsliding Israel committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a bill of divorce, that her treacherous sister Judah was not afraid, and she also went and played the harlot.

9.And so it was that through the lightness of her whoredom, she polluted the land and committed adultery the stones and the trees.

10.And yet, for all this, her treacherous sister, Judah, did not return to me with her whole heart, but falsely, says Jehovah.

11. And Jehovah said to me, “Backsliding Israel has justified herself more than treacherous Judah.

12.Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, ‘Return, O backslidden Israel, says Jehovah! My face will no longer frown on you, for I am merciful, says Jehovah. I will not stay angry forever.

13.Only acknowledge your sin, that you have rebelled against Jehovah your God, and have dispersed your ways to strangers under every green tree, and have not obeyed my voice, says Jehovah.

14.Come back, O wayward children, says Jehovah, for I am married to you! And I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion.

15.And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, and they will feed you knowledge and understanding.

16.And it shall come to pass in those days, when you multiply and bear fruit in the land, says Jehovah, that they will no longer say, “The ark of the covenant of Jehovah!” It will not come to mind, neither will they remember it, nor will they miss it, nor will it be made again.

17. At that time, they will call Jerusalem the throne of Jehovah, and all the nations will be gathered to it, to Jerusalem, to the name of Jehovah, and they will no longer walk after the stubbornness of their evil heart.

18. In those days the house of Judah will walk with the house of Israel, and they will come together from the land of the north to the land which I gave your fathers for an inheritance.

19. And so I said, “How should I put you in with the children and give you a desirable land, even the most beautiful inheritance of nations?” And I said, “You will call me, ‘My Father’, and you will not turn away from following me.”

20. Surely, as a wife treacherously leaves her husband, so have you have dealt treacherously with me, O house of Israel, says Jehovah.’”

21. A voice is heard on the barren heights, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel because they have perverted their way. They have forgotten Jehovah their God.

22. Repent, O backsliding children! I will heal your backslidings! Behold, we are coming to you, for you are Jehovah our God.

23. Truly, deception comes from the hills, the multitude of the mountains. Truly, the salvation of Israel is in Jehovah our God.

24. But the shameful thing has devoured the labor of our fathers from our youth, their flocks and their cattle, their sons and their daughters.

25. We lie down with our shame, and our disgrace covers us, for we have sinned, we and our fathers, against Jehovah our God from our youth even to this day, and we have not obeyed the voice of Jehovah our God.

Jeremiah 4

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¶1. If you would repent, O Israel, says Jehovah, return to me! And if you will put your abominations out of my sight, and not waver,

2.then you will take the oath, “as Jehovah lives”, truthfully, justly, and uprightly, and the nations will bless themselves in Him, and in Him will they glory.

3. For thus says Jehovah to the men of Judah and Jerusalem: Break up your fallow ground, and do not sow among thorns.

4.Circumcise yourselves to Jehovah and remove the foreskin of your heart, O men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, lest my wrath comfort like fire and there be no one quench it, because of the evil of your doings.”

5. Proclaim it in Judah, and cause it to be heard in Jerusalem! And say, “Sound a shofar throughout the land! Cry aloud and say, ‘Assemble yourselves, and let us go to fortified cities!

6.Lift up a banner toward Zion! Flee for safety! Do not stand still, for I am bringing an evil from the north, and great destruction.

7.A lion is come up from his thicket, and a destroyer of nations has set out. He has gone forth from his place to make your land a desolation. You cities will be ruins without an inhabitant.

8.Because of this, gird yourselves in sackcloth! Wail and howl, for the fierce anger of Jehovah against us is not turned back from us!

9.And it will be in that day, says Jehovah, the heart of the king will fail, with the heart of the princes; and the priests will be appalled, and the prophets, astonished.’

10. Then I said, “Ah, my Lord Jehovah! You have certainly deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, ‘You shall have peace,’ but a sword has reached to their life.”

11. At that time, it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem, “A scorching wind from barren heights in the wilderness will come the way of the daughter of my people, not to winnow and not to purify.

12.A wind too powerful for those things is coming from me! I will now pronounce judgments upon them!”

13. Behold! He will come up like clouds, and His chariots, like a violent wind. His horses are swifter than eagles. Woe to us, for we are devastated!

14. Wash your heart from evil, O Jerusalem, that you might be saved. How long will your vain thoughts lodge within you?

15. For a voice declares from Dan, and proclaims trouble from Mount Ephraim.

16. Bring it to the Gentiles’s attention! Behold, declare it at Jerusalem! Besiegers have come from a distant land and have raised their voice over the cities of Judah.

17. Like keepers of a field, they are all around her, for they have rebelled against me, says the Lord.

18. Your way and your deeds have procured these things for you. This wickedness or yours is very bitter, for it has reached your heart!

19. My bowels! My bowels! I am anguished! The walls of my heart! My heart is groaning within me! I cannot be silent, for I hear the sound of a shofar: the alarm of war!

20. Breach upon breach is called for because all the land is wasted! Suddenly, my tents are laid waste, in a moment, my curtains.

21. How long shall I see a standard, and hear the sound of a shofar?

22. For my people are foolish. They are foolish children; they do not know me. Nor do they have understanding. They are wise to do evil, but to do good, they do not know how.

23. I looked at the land, and behold, it was formless and empty, and at the heavens, and they had no light.

24. I looked at the mountains, and behold, they were trembling, and all the hills shook.

25. I looked, and behold, there was no man, and every flying creature of the heavens had fled.

26. I looked, and behold, the fruitful land was a wilderness, and all its cities were broken down at the presence of the Lord, before His burning anger.

27. For thus says Jehovah: the whole land will be a waste; yet, I will not make a complete end.

28. For this, the land will mourn and the heavens above will become black, for I have spoken. I have purposed it, and I will not be moved to pity, nor will I turn back from it.

29. The entire city will flee from the noise of the horseman and the bowman, and they will go into the thickets, and they will climb upon the rocks. Every city will be forsaken, and there will not be one inhabitant in them.

30. When you are utterly destroyed, what will you do? For you clothe yourself in scarlet; you deck yourself with ornaments of gold; you accentuate your eyes with stibium. You are beautifying yourself in vain. Your paramours despise you; they seek your soul.

31. For I heard a voice like a woman travailing, anguish as one bearing her first child. It is the voice of the daughter of Zion, gasping for breath, spreading out her hands, crying, ‘Woe is me now! For my soul has fainted because of murderers.’”

Jeremiah 5

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¶1. “Go about the streets of Jerusalem and see now, and find out, and search in its open places, if you can find a man – if there is one! – who acts justly, seeking truth, and I will pardon it.

2.And though they say, ‘As Jehovah lives!’ they swear falsely in doing so.”

3. O Lord, are not your eyes upon the truth? You have stricken them, but they have not grieved; you have consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction. They have made their faces harder than a rock! They refuse to repent!

4. But then, I thought, “These are just the the poor. They are foolish because they do not know the way of Jehovah, the judgment of their God.

5.I will go to the great men and speak to them, for they know the way of Jehovah, the judgment of their God. But, they, as one, have broken the yoke; they have torn away the bonds.

6. Therefore will a lion of the forest strike them down; a wolf of the steppes will ravage them; a leopard will be watching over their cities. Everyone who comes out from them will be torn to pieces because they multiply transgressions. Their backslidings are many.

7. How shall I pardon you for this? Your children have forsaken me, and they swear by what is not God. When I made them full, they committed adultery and gathered in troops at the house of fornication.

8. They are lusty,[3] virile[4] horses, each neighing for his neighbor’s wife.

9. Shall I not punish them for these things, says Jehovah? And against such a nation as this, shall not my soul be avenged?[5]

10. Go up against her olive trees and destroy them, but do not bring about a complete end. Take away her branches, for they do not belong to Jehovah.

11. For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously with me, says Jehovah.

12. They have dealt falsely with Jehovah, and they say, “It is not He,” and “Evil will not befall us,” and “We shall see neither sword nor famine.”

13. And the prophets are just wind, for the Word is not in them. Thus shall it be done to them.

14. Therefore, thus says Jehovah, the God of Hosts, “Because they[6] have spoken this thing, behold, and I making my words in your mouth a fire and this people wood, and it will consume them.

15.Behold, I am bringing upon you a nation from afar, O house of Israel, says Jehovah. It is an enduring nation; it is a nation from everlasting, a nation whose language you do not know, neither can you understand what they say.

16.Their quiver is like an open sepulcher; all of them are mighty men.

17.And they will eat your harvest and your food; they will eat your sons and your daughters; they will eat your flocks and your herds; they will eat your vines and your figs trees; they will beat down your fortified cities, in which you trust, with the sword.

18.Yet, even in those days, says Jehovah, I will not make a complete end of you.

19.And it shall come to pass when they[7] say, ‘Why has Jehovah our God done all these things to us?’ you shall say to them, ‘Just as you have forsaken me and have served foreign gods in your land, so you shall serve foreigners in a land that is not yours.’

20.Declare this in the house of Jacob, and cause it to be heard in Judah, saying,

21.‘Hear this, if you will, O foolish and senseless people! (They have eyes, but they cannot see; they have ears, but they cannot hear.)

22.Will you not fear me, says Jehovah, nor tremble before me‽ Who made sand a boundary for the sea by an eternal decree, that it cannot pass beyond. Yea, its waves rush back and forth, and roar, but they are unable to go beyond it.

23. But this people has a stubborn and rebellious heart; they are turned aside and gone.

24.And they do not say in their hearts, ‘Let us now fear Jehovah our God, who gives the rain in its season, even the early and the latter rain, who preserves for us the appointed weeks of harvest.’

25.Your iniquities have deprived you of these things, and your sins have withheld from you what is good.

26.For there are found among my people wicked men. They watch like fowlers lying in wait. They set a trap; they catch men.

27.Like a cage filled with birds, so their houses are filled with deceit. That is how they have become great and grown rich.

28.They have grown fat and sleek, and in judgment, they pass over deeds of a wicked man. The do no justice for the orphan, that they may prosper, nor do they render justice to those in need.

29.Shall I not punish them for these things, says Jehovah? Or against such a nation as this, shall not my soul be avenged?

30.An appalling and horrible thing has happened in the land.

31. The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their guidance, and my people love it that way! But what will they do at the end of it?

Jeremiah 6

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¶1. Flee for safety, O children of Benjamin , from the midst of Jerusalem! And in Tekoa, blow a shofar, and raise up a signal over Beth-Haccherem! For disaster from the north is looming, and a great shattering.

2. The lovely and delicate, the daughter of Zion, will I bring to nothing.

3. Shepherds with their flocks shall come against her. They will pitch their tents all around her. They will feed, each one in his place.

4. Prepare holy war against her; arise and let us go up at noon! Woe to us, for the day has declined, for the shadows of evening are lengthening!

5. Arise and let us go up in the night, and we will destroy her palaces!

6. For thus has the Lord of Hosts said: Cut down trees and make a mound against Jerusalem! She is the city to be punished; all is oppression in her midst.

7. As a well keeps its waters fresh, so she keeps her wickedness fresh. Violence and destruction are heard in her. Illness and wounds are continually before me.

8. Be warned, O Jerusalem, lest my soul become alienated from you, lest I make you desolate, a land uninhabited!

9. Thus says the Lord of Hosts: They will thoroughly glean the remnant of Israel like a vine. Send your hand again, like a grape-gatherer, over the branches!

10. To whom shall I speak and testify, that they may hear? For behold, their ears are uncircumcised and they cannot listen. Behold, the word of the Lord has become an embarrassment to them; they take no pleasure in it.

11. I am filled with the wrath of Jehovah; I am weary with holding it in. Pour it out on the children in the street and on the gathering of young men together. Yea, even the husband with the wife shall be taken, the aged with him who full of days.

12. Their houses will be handed over to others, fields and women together, for I will stretched out my hand against the inhabitants of the land, says the Lord.

13. For from their young to their great, all are greedy for unjust gain, and from prophet to priest, all deal falsely.

14.And they treat the wound of my people superficially, saying, “Peace! Peace!” when there is no peace.

15. They will be put to shame because they committed abomination; yet, they will not feel ashamed at all. Indeed, they do not know how to blush. Therefore, they will fall among those who fall when I visit them; they will be overthrown, says Jehovah.[8]

16. Thus says Jehovah: “Stand in the ways and look, and ask for eternal paths, where this, the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” But they said, “We will not walk in it!”

17. And I raised up watchmen over you, saying, “Listen to the sound of the shofar!” But they said, “We will not listen!”

18. Therefore, you hear, O Gentiles, and know, O company, what will happen to them!

19. Hear, O earth! Behold, I will bring evil on this people, the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not attended to my words, and they have rejected my law.

20. Why is this frankincense from Sheba brought to me, and this sweet calamus from a distant land? Your offerings are not acceptable, and your sacrifices do not please me.

21. Therefore, thus says Jehovah: Behold, I am giving stumbling-blocks to this people, and they shall stumble at them, fathers and sons together; the neighbor and his friend shall perish.

22. Thus says Jehovah: Behold, a people is coming from a north country, even a great nation, stirred up from the farthest reaches of earth.

23. They are gripping bow and javelin; they are cruel and merciless; their voice is like the raging sea; and they are mounted on horses, each man in battle formation against you, O daughter of Zion.[9]

24. We have heard the report; our hands hang down. Distress has laid hold on us, agony like a woman giving birth.

25. Don’t venture out into the field or walk on the road! For the sword of an enemy and terror is on every side.

26. O daughter of my people! Gird on sackcloth and wallow in ashes. Make for yourself a mourning, a most bitter lamentation for the only Son, for the Destroyer will suddenly come upon us.

27. I have made you an assayer and a fortress among my people, that you may know and put their way to the test.

28. They all are stubborn rebels, walking in slander. They all are bronze and iron. They are corrupters.

29. The bellows blow; lead is exposed by their fire. But the refiner refines in vain, for the wicked are not drawn off.

30. Men will call them “rejected silver”, for Jehovah has rejected them.

Jeremiah 7

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¶1. The word that came to Jeremiah from [the one with] Jehovah, saying,

2.“Stand in the gate of the house of the Lord and there, proclaim this word, and say, ‘Hear the word of the Lord, all you of Judah who enter these gates to worship the Lord!

3.Thus says the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel: Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place!

4.Do not trust lying words, saying, “The temple of the Lord! The temple of the Lord! The temple of the Lord are these!”

5.But if you thoroughly amend your ways and your doings, if you truly execute justice between a man and his neighbor,

6.if you do not oppress the sojourner, orphan, and widow, and you do not shed innocent blood in this place, and do not go after other gods to your own hurt,

7.then I will settle you in this place, in the land which I gave to your fathers, from ancient time unto forever.

8. Behold, you are trusting yourselves to lying words, that cannot benefit you.

9. Will you steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense to Baal, and walk after other gods whom you do not know,

10.and then come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, “We were saved so that we might do all these abominations”?

11.Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of thieves in your eyes? Behold, I myself have seen it, says Jehovah!

12.But go now to my place which was in Shiloh, where I made my name to dwell at the first, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of my people Israel.

13.And now, because you have done all these works, says Jehovah, though I have spoken to you, rising early and speaking, but you would not listen, and I called to you, but you would not answer,

14.I will do to the temple which is called by my name, in which you trust, and to the place which I gave to you and your fathers, just as I have done to Shiloh.

15.And I will cast you out of my sight, just as I cast out all your brothers, all the seed of Ephraim.

¶16.“And as for you, don’t you intercede for this people, and don’t you lift up a cry or prayer on their behalf, nor make entreaty to me, for I will not hear you!

17.Do you not see what they are doing in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?

18.The children gather sticks, and the fathers light the fire, and the women knead dough to make cakes for the queen of heaven, and they pour out drink offerings to other gods so as to provoke me?

19.Is it I that they provoke, says Jehovah? Is it not themselves, to the confusion of their own faces‽

20.Therefore, thus says my Lord, Jehovah: Behold, my anger and my wrath will be poured out on this place, on man and on beast, and on trees of the field, and on the fruit of the ground, and it will burn and not be quenched.

21.Thus says the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel: Add your burnt offerings upon your sacrifices, and eat flesh!

22.But I did not tell your fathers, nor did I command them in the day I led them out of the land of Egypt such things about burnt offering and sacrifice.

23.But this thing I certainly commanded them, saying, ‘Listen to my voice, and I will be your God and you will be my people. And walk in all the way that I command you, so that it might go well for you.’

24.But they did not listen, nor incline their ear, and they walked in the counsels and stubbornness of their own evil heart, and they went backward and not forward.

25.For from the day their fathers came out of the land of Egypt to this day, I have sent you my servants, the prophets, daily, rising up early and sending them.

26.But they have not listened to me, nor inclined their ears, but stiffened their neck. They did more evil than their fathers!

27.You also shall speak to them all these words, but they will not listen to you, and you will call to them, but they will not answer.

28. This is a nation that does not obey the voice of Jehovah their God, nor receive correction. Truth has perished, and it is cut off from their mouth.

29.Cut off [feminine!?!] you hair and throw it away, and lift up a lamentation upon the bare heights, for Jehovah has rejected and forsaken the generation of His fury.

30.For the children of Judah have done what is evil in my eyes, says Jehovah. They have put their detestable things in the house which is called by my name, to defile it.

31.And they have built on the high places of Tophet which is in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to burn up their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command, nor did it enter my mind.

32.Therefore, behold, days are coming, says Jehovah, when it will no longer be called Tophet or Valley of the Son of Hinnom, but “Valley of Slaughter”, and they will bury in Tophet until there is no room.

33.And the carcass of this people will be food for the bird of the air and the beast of the earth, and there will be no one to frighten them away.

34.And I will cause to cease from the cities of Judah and from the streets of Jerusalem the sound of mirth and the sound of gladness, the voice of the bride-groom and the voice of a bride, for the land will have been laid waste.

Jeremiah 8

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¶1. “At that time, says Jehovah, they will bring the bones of the kings of Judah and the bones of its princes, and the bones of the priests, and the bones of the prophets, and the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, out of their burial places,

2.and they will spread them out before the sun, and before the moon, and before all the host of heaven which they loved and which they served, and which they went after, and which they sought, and which they worshipped. They shall not be gathered nor buried. They shall be dung on the surface of the ground.

3.And death will be preferable to life for all the remnant who remain of this evil family, in all the places that remain where I have banished them, says the Lord of Hosts.

4.And say to them, ‘Thus says Jehovah: When men fall down, do they not get up? If one goes away, does he not come back?’

5.Why has this people gone away? Jerusalem is always gone; they cling to deceitfulness. They refuse to come back!

6.I have paid attention, and I have listened. They do not speak rightly. Not one is repenting of his evildoing; they say, “What have I done?” Every one turns away to his own course like a horse plunging into battle.

7.Even a stork in the sky knows her times. And a turtle-dove, and swallow, and a crane[10] keep the time of their coming. But my people do not know the way of Jehovah.

8.How can you say, “We are wise, and the law of the Lord is with us” when, in fact, behold, the lying pen of scribes has wrought falsehood?

9.The “wise men” will be to shame. They will be dismayed and taken. Behold, they rejected the word of the Lord; so, what wisdom do they have?

10.Therefore, I will give their wives to other men and their fields to dispossessors because from the least to the greatest, all of them are greedy for unjust gain; from the prophet even to the priest, all of them deal falsely.

11.And they treat the wound of the daughter of my people superficially, saying, “Peace! Peace!” when there is no peace.

12. They will be put to shame because they committed abomination; yet, they will not feel ashamed at all. Indeed, they do not know how to be ashamed. Therefore, they will fall among those who fall. In the time of their visitation, they will be overthrown, says Jehovah.[11]

13.I will withdraw and make an end of them, says Jehovah. There will be no grapes on the vine, and there will be no figs on the fig tree, and the leaf will wither, and what I have given them will pass away from them.’”

14. Why are we sitting still? Let’s gather ourselves together and go to fortified cities, and let us be silent there, for Jehovah our God has put us to silence, and He has made us drink bitter, poison water because we sinned against Him.

15. We hoped for peace, but no good came, for a time of healing, but, behold, terror!

16. From Dan is heard the snorting of His horses. At the sound of the neighing of his stallions, the whole country trembles, for they are coming, and they will consume the land and everything in it, the city its inhabitants.

17. For, behold, He will send serpents among them, adders which cannot be charmed, and they will bite you, says Jehovah.

18. My cheerfulness has become grief; my heart is sick within me.

19. Behold, the sound of a cry for help from the daughter of my people throughout the land: (Is Jehovah not in Zion? Is he King not in her? Why have they provoked me with their carved idols, with worthless foreign things?)

20.“Harvest is past; summer is ended, and we are not saved.”

21. For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt. I am heavy; horror has taken hold of me.

22. Is there no balm in Gilead? Is no physician there? Why has the health of the daughter of my people not been restored?

Jeremiah 9

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¶1. Oh, that He would make my head waters and my eye a fountain for tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!

2. Oh, that He would grant me a place in the wilderness for travelers, that I might forsake my people and get away from them, for they are all adulterers, an Assembly of deceivers!

3. Yea, they bend their tongue for deceit, as they bend their bow, and they are not strong for truth in the land. Indeed, they proceed from evil to evil, and they do not know me, says Jehovah.

4. Let every man be on guard against his neighbor. Yea, you cannot trust any brother because every brother will take cruel advantage, and every neighbor is a slanderer.

5. Yea, every man will deceive his neighbor, and they will not speak the truth. They have taught their tongue to speak lies. They wear themselves out committing iniquity.

6. You dwell in the midst of Deceit. In Deceit, they refuse to know me, says Jehovah.

7. Therefore, thus says the Lord of Hosts: Behold, I will refine them, and I will prove them, Oh! What shall I do for the daughter of my people?

8. Their tongue is a deadly arrow; he speaks deceit with his mouth. He speaks peaceably with his neighbor, but in his heart, he is setting his ambush.

9. Shall I not punish them for these things? says Jehovah. Or shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?

10. Upon the mountains will I life up weeping and wailing, and for the pastures of the wilderness, a lamentation because are burned so that no one passes through, nor will men hear the voice of cattle. Both the birds of the air and the beast have fled, and they are gone.

11. I will make Jerusalem a heap of ruins, a lair of wolves, and I will make the cities of Judah a desolation, without inhabitant.

12. Who is the wise man who understands this, and to whom has the mouth of Jehovah spoken, that he might declare it? Why is the land perished and burnt like a desert that no one traverses?

13. Therefore, Jehovah says, “It is because they forsook my law which I set before them, and did not heed my voice, and would not walk in it.

14.But they followed the stubbornness of their own heart, and Baalim, which their fathers taught them.

15.Therefore, thus says the Lord of Hosts, God of Israel: Behold, I will make this people eat wormwood and make them drink poisonous water,

16.and I will scatter them among the nations that neither they nor their fathers have known, and I will send the sword after them until I have consumed them.”

¶17. Thus says the Lord of Hosts: “Consider, and call for the wailing women, that they may come, and send for the skilled women, that they may come!

18. Oh, let them make haste and take up a wailing for us, so that our eyes run down with tears, and our eyelids flow with water!

19. For a sound of wailing will be heard from Zion. How we are ruined! We are greatly ashamed because we have forsaken the land, because they have thrown down our dwellings.

20. Hear, O women, the word of Jehovah! And let your ears receive the word of my mouth! Teach your daughters a lament, and each one her neighbor a dirge!

21. For death has come up into our windows; it has entered into our palaces, to cut of children from the street and young men from the squares.

22. Speak: “Thus says Jehovah: Dead bodies shall also fall to the ground like dung on the open field and like sheaves after the reaper, and there will be no gatherer.”

23. Thus says Jehovah: Let not he wise man boast in his wisdom, nor let the the mighty man boast in his might. Let not the rich man boast in his riches.

24.But let him who boasts, boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I, Jehovah, exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, says Jehovah.

25. Behold, the days are coming, declares Jehovah, when I will punish all the circumcised with the uncircumcised:

26.Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and Moab, and all who have cut off the sides of their hair, who dwell in the wilderness, for all the nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in heart.

Jeremiah 10

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¶1. “Hear the word which Jehovah has spoken concerning you, O Israel!

2. Thus says the Lord: Do not learn the way of the Gentiles, and do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven, for the Gentiles are dismayed at them.

3.For the customs of the peoples are vanity, for one cuts a tree from the forest, the workmanship of the hands of a worker with an ax.

4.He decorates it with silver and gold, he fastens it with nails and hammers so it won’t totter.

5.They are like a scare-crow[12] among cucumbers, and they cannot speak. The have to be carried because they cannot walk. Stop being afraid of them! For they can do no harm, neither is it in them to do good.”

6. There is no one like you, O Jehovah! You are great, and your name is great in might.

7. Who would not fear you, O King of the nations? For it is your due. For among all the wise men of the nations, and among all their kingdoms, there is none like you.

8. But they are altogether brutish and foolish; a stock is a doctrine of vanities.

9. Beaten silver is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of a craftsman and the hands of a smelter; their clothes are violet and purple. They are all the work of skilled men.

10. But Jehovah is the true God; He is the living God and eternal King. At His anger, the earth will quake, and the nations will not be able to endure His indignation.

11. [Aramaic here] This is what you shall say to them: “The gods that did not make heaven and earth, these shall pass away from the earth and from under heaven!”

12. He who made earth by His power, established the world in His wisdom, and with His understanding stretched out the heavens.

13. When He utters His voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens. Then He causes vapors to ascend from the end of the earth; He creates lightnings for the rain and sends forth wind from His storehouses.

14. Every man is brutish in knowledge; every refiner is put to shame by his idol, for his molded image is a lie, and there is no spirit in them.

15. They are vanity, the workmanship of contemptible men. In the time of their visitation, they will perish.

16. The portion of Jacob is not like them, for He is the Molder of everything, and Israel is the rod of His inheritance. The Lord of Hosts is His name.[13]

17. Gather up your sack from the ground, you who live under siege!

18. For thus says Jehovah: Behold! I am at this time slinging out the inhabitants of the land, and I will distress them, that they might learn[?].

19. Woe is me, for my hurt! My wound is incurable! Then I said, “Surely, this is mortality[?], and I must bear it.”

20. My tabernacle is ruined, and all my cords are broken. My children have left me and are not. There is no one to pitch my tent any more and raise up my curtains,

21.for the shepherds became brutish and did not seek Jehovah. Therefore, they have not prospered, and all their flock is scattered.

22. A voice! A report! Behold, it is coming! A great shaking from the north country, to make the cities of Judah a desolation, a habitation of wolves.

23. I know, O Jehovah, that way of a man is not in himself; it is not in a man who walks to direct his steps.

24. Correct me, Jehovah, but only in measure, not in your anger, lest you bring me to nothing!

25. Pour out your wrath on the nations who do not know you, and on the families of men who do not call on your name, for they have devoured Jacob; yea, they have devoured and consumed him, and they have made his dwelling place desolate.

Jeremiah 11

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¶1. The word which came to Jeremiah from Jehovah, saying,

2.Hear the words of this covenant and declare them to the men of Judah and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem,

3.and say to them, Thus says Jehovah, God of Israel: Cursed be the man who does not obey the words of this covenant

4.which I commanded your fathers in the day I brought them out of the land of Egypt, out of the iron furnace, saying, ‘Obey my voice and do them, according to all that I command you, and you will be my people, and I will be your God.

5.And then, I will fulfill the oath which I swore to your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as at this day.” And I answered and said, “Let it be so, Jehovah!”

6. Then Jehovah said to me, “Proclaim all these words in all the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Hear the words of this covenant, and do them!

7.For I solemnly warned your fathers in the day I led them up out of the land of Egypt, and even to this day have I risen early and given warning, saying, “Listen to my voice!”’

8.But they have not listened and have not inclined their ear, but they have walked, each one, in the stubbornness of their evil heart, though I brought upon them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do, and they did them not.”

9. And Jehovah said to me, “A conspiracy is found among the men of Judah and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

10.They have returned to the iniquities of their forefathers who refused to listen to my words, and they went after other gods, to serve them. The house of Judah and the house of Israel broke my covenant which I made with their fathers.

11.Therefore, thus says Jehovah: Behold, I am bringing an evil upon them which they will not be able to escape. And they will cry out to me, but I will not hear them.

12.And the cities of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem went and cried out to the gods to which they offer incense, but they will not save them at all in the time of their trouble.

13.According to the number of your cities are your gods. O Judah! And according to the number of streets of Jerusalem have you erected altars to that disgrace, altars of incense for Baal!

14.As for you, pray no more for this people! Yea, lift up no entreaty or prayer for them! For I will not hear when they cry out to me because of their trouble.”

15.What right does my beloved have in my house, committing her lewdness? Those many sacrifices of flesh will do you no good,[14] for you celebrate your evildoing.

16. The Lord called your name, “A beautiful green olive tree with good fruit.” With the sound of a great tumult, He will set fire to her, and its branches will be consumed.

17. And the Lord of Hosts who planted you has pronounced evil against you because of the evil that the house of Israel and the house of Judah have done to themselves, in burning sacrifices to Baal to provoke me to anger.

18. And the Lord gave me knowledge of it, and I knew. Then you showed me their deeds.

19. But I was like a gentle lamb brought to the slaughter, and I did not know they had made plans against me: “Let us destroy the tree with its fruit, and let us cut him off from the land of the living so that his name is remembered no more!”

20. But the Lord of Hosts judges righteously; He tries the heart and mind. I will see your vengeance upon them, for I have committed my cause to you.

21. Therefore, thus has the Lord spoken concerning the men of Anathoth who are seeking your life, saying, “Don’t you prophesy in the name of the Lord, that you not die by our hands”:

22.Therefore, thus said the Lord of Hosts: “Behold, I will visit them. The young men shall die by the sword, and their sons and daughters shall die by famine.

23.And no remnant will remain to them, for I will bring evil upon the men of Anathoth in the year of their visitation.”

Jeremiah 12

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¶1. You are righteous, O Jehovah, though I complain to you. Nevertheless, let me speak with you about your judgments. Why does the way of wicked men prosper? All those who deal treacherously are at ease.

2. You have planted them, and they have taken root; they grow and bear fruit. You are near in their mouth, but far from their hearts.

3. But you, O Jehovah, you know me; you see me; and you have tried my heart toward you. Drag them away like sheep to the slaughter, and set them apart for the day of slaughter!

4. How long will the land mourn and the vegetation of every field wither? Because of the wickedness of its inhabitants, the beasts and the birds are swept away because they say, “He does not see our latter end.”

5. If you have run with footmen, and they have wearied you, then how will you contend with the horses? And if you are weary in the land of peace in which you trust, how will you do in the swelling of Jordan?

6. Even your brothers and the house of your father, even they have dealt treacherously with you. They have cried after you loudly. Do not trust them when they speak pleasant words to you.

7. I forsook my house; I abandoned my heritage. I gave the dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of her enemies.

8. My heritage is to me like a lion in a thicket; she has let out a roar against me. Therefore, I hate her.

9. Is my heritage a speckled bird of prey? Are other birds of prey against her round about? “Go, gather all the beasts of the field; bring them to eat her.”

10. Many shepherds have destroyed my vineyard; they have trampled down my heritage; they have turned my precious heritage into a desolate wilderness.

11. They have made it a desolation; it mourns because of me, devastated. The whole land has been made desolate because there is not a man who lays it to heart.

12. Violent spoilers are come upon all the bare heights in the wilderness because the sword of Jehovah is devouring from one end of the land to the other. There is no safety for anyone.

13. They have sown wheat, but they have reaped thorns; they have made great effort without being benefitted. Yea, be ashamed of your harvests because of the burning anger of Jehovah.

14. Thus says the Lord concerning all my evil neighbors who touch the inheritance which I caused my people Israel to inherit: “Behold, I will pluck them out of their land, and I will pluck the house of Judah out of their midst.

15. And it shall come to pass after I have plucked them up that I will turn and have compassion on them, and I will restore them, each to his heritage and each to his land.

16. And it shall come to pass that if they will diligently learn the ways of my people, to swear by my name, “As Jehovah lives”, the way they taught my people to swear by Baal, then they will be established in the midst of my people.

17. But if they will not listen, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation, says Jehovah.

Jeremiah 13

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¶1. Thus said the Lord to me: “Go, buy a linen loincloth for yourself and put it around your waist, and don’t put it in water.”

2. And so, I bought the loincloth as Jehovah told me and put it around my waist.

3. And it came to pass that Jehovah spoke to me a second time, saying,

4.“Take the loincloth which you bought, which is around your waist, and arise, go to the Euphrates and hide it there in the cleft of a rock.”

5. And so, I went. And I hid it by the Euphrates, just as Jehovah had commanded me.

6. And it came to pass after many days that Jehovah said to me, “Arise, go to the Euphrates, and take from there the loincloth that I commanded you to hide there.”

7. And so, I went to the Euphrates, and I dug, and I took the loincloth out of the place where I had hidden it. And behold, the loincloth was ruined; it was no good for anything.

8. And it came to pass that Jehovah spoke to me, saying,

9.“Thus says the Lord: Thus will I ruin the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem.

10.This wicked people, who refuse to hear my words, who walk in the stubbornness of their heart. And they walk after other gods, to serve them and worship them. And they shall be like this loincloth which is good for nothing

11.For as the loincloth clings to a man’s waist, so I caused all the house of Israel and all the house of Judah cling to me, says the Lord, to be my people, and for a name and for praise and for glory! But they would not hear.”

12. Therefore, you speak this word to them, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel: Every jar shall be filled with wine!” And they will say to you, “Don’t we certainly know that every jar shall be filled with wine?”

13. Then you say to them, “Thus says the Lord: Behold, I will fill with drunkenness all the inhabitants of this land, the kings who sit on David’s throne, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem!

14.And I will dash them to pieces, one against another, the fathers and the sons together, says the Lord. I will not spare, nor pity, nor will I show mercy that I should not destroy them.”

15. Hear, and give ear! Do not be proud, for Jehovah has spoken!

16. Give glory to Jehovah your God before He brings darkness, before your feet stumble upon the darkening mountains, and you wait for light, but He turns it into the shadow of death and makes it thick darkness.

17. But if you will not hear this, my soul will weep in secret places because of your pride, yea, weep bitterly, and tears will fall from my eyes because the flock of Jehovah is taken captive.

18. “Say to the king and to the queen mother,[15] ‘Take a low seat! For He has brought down your beautiful crown from your heads.

19.The cities of the south are shut up, and there is no one to open. Judah is gone into exile; all of it has altogether gone into exile.

20.Lift up your eyes and see those who come from the north! Where is the flock that was given to you, your lovely flock?

21.What will you say when He visits you, and the friends you taught become head over you? Will not pangs seize you like a woman in labor?

22.And when you say in your heart, “Why have these things befallen me?” It is because of the greatness of your iniquity that your skirts are uncovered and your extremities violated.

23.Can an Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard, his spots? Then, you can do good who are accustomed to do evil.

24.And I will disperse them like chaff carried away by desert wind.

25.This is your lot, your appointed portion from me, says Jehovah, because you have forgotten me and put your trust in falsehood.

26.And I myself will strip off your skirts before your face, and your private parts will be seen.

27.Your adulteries and your neighings, your lewd whoredoms, are on the hills in the countryside. I see your abominations! Woe to you, Jerusalem! You will not be clean! When will it ever be?”

Jeremiah 14

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¶1. The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah concerning the severe drought.

2. Judah mourns, and its gates languish. They mourn for the land, and Jerusalem raises a cry.

3. Their noblemen send their servants for the water. They go to cisterns; they find no water. They return, their vessels empty. They are ashamed and cover their heads.

4. Because the ground is cracked, for it has not rained in the land, the plowmen are ashamed; the have covered their heads.

5. Yea, even the doe in the field gives birth and forsakes it because there is no grass.

6. The wild asses stand upon the barren heights, they pant for breath like wolves. Their eyes fail because there is no vegetation.

7. Though our iniquities testify against us, O Jehovah, act for your name’s sake. For our apostasies are many; we have sinned against you.

8. The hope of Israel is His Messiah. In time of trouble, why are you like a stranger in the land, and like a traveler turned in for the night?

9. What are you like a bewildered man, like a mighty man unable to save? Yet, you are in our midst, O Jehovah, and we are called by your name! Oh, do not forsake us!

10. Thus the Lord has said concerning this people: Truly, they have loved to wander; they have not restrained their feet. Therefore, Jehovah is not pleased with them. He will now remember their iniquity and deal with their sins.

11. And Jehovah said to me, “Do not pray for this people, for their good!

12.For they fast without me listening to their cry, and they offer up burnt offering and meal offering without me accepting them. But with the sword, and with famine, and with pestilence will I consume them.”

13. Then I said, “Ah, my Lord, Jehovah! Behold, the prophets are telling them, ‘You shall not see the sword, nor shall you have famine, but I will give you lasting peace in this place.’”

14. Then the Lord said to me, “The prophets prophesy falsehood in my name. I did not send them, nor did I give them commandment, nor have I spoken to them. These prophets prophesy to you a false vision, and divination, and worthlessness, and deceitfulness out of their own hearts!

15.Therefore, thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who prophesy in my name, although I did not send them, and yet they say, ‘Sword and famine shall not be in this land’: by sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed!

16.And the people to whom these prophets belong shall be thrown into the streets of Jerusalem because of famine and sword, and they will have no one to bury them – they, their wives, or their sons, or their daughters, for I will pour out their evildoing[?] upon them.

17.So, you speak this word to them: My eyes run down with tears night and day and do not cease because the virgin daughter of my people has suffered a great breach, an exceedingly grievously blow.

18.If I go out to the field, bold, those pierced by the sword! And if I go into the city, behold, the diseases of famine. For both prophets and priest go about the land, but they have no knowledge.”

19. Have you utterly rejected Judah? Or does your soul loathe Zion? Why have you stricken us so that there is no cure for us? We long for peace, but no good came, and for a time of healing, and behold, terror!

20. We acknowledge, O Jehovah, our wickedness, and the iniquity of our fathers; yea, we have sinned against you.

21. For your name’s sake, do not despise us! Do not disgrace your glorious throne! Remember, oh, do not break your covenant with us!

22. Can rains come by the vanities of the Gentiles? Or can the heavens give showers? Are not you He, O Jehovah our God? Yea, we wait on you, for you who do all these things.

Jeremiah 15

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¶1. Then Jehovah said to me, “Even if Moses and Samuel stood before me, my mind would not be inclined to this people. Cast them out of my presence, and let them go out!

2.And it shall be that when they say you you, ‘Where shall we go?’, then you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord, “Whoso is appointed to death, let him given to death; and whoso is appointed to the sword, let him given to the sword; and whoso is appointed to famine, let him given to famine; and whoso is appointed to captivity, let him given to captivity.”’

3.And I will visit upon them four kinds of judgments, says the Lord: the sword to slay, and dogs to drag, the bird of the sky and beast of the earth to consume and to destroy.

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16. Your words were found, and I consumed them. Your words were my joy and my heart’s delight. Surely, I am called by your name, O Jehovah, God of Hosts!

17. I do not sit in the council of mockers and rejoice. I sit alone because of your hand, for you have filled me with indignation.

18. Why is my pain unending and my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? You are like a liar to me, like waters that do not last.

19. Because of that, Jehovah said thus: “If you repent, then I will bring you back, that you might stand before me, and if you separate the precious from the worthless, you shall be as my mouthpiece. They may turn to you, but you may not return to them.

20.And I will make you a fortified bronze wall to this people. And they will fight against you, but they will not prevail against you, for I am with you to save you and to deliver you, says Jehovah.

21.And I will deliver you from the hand of wicked men, and I will redeem you from the hand of ruthless men.”

Jeremiah 16

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16. Thus says Jehovah: Stand in the roads, and look, and ask for the eternal path, ‘Where is it, the good way?’ Then walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls!” But they said, “We will not walk in it!”

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Jeremiah 17

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¶9. Or at some point, I may speak concerning a nation, or concerning a kingdom, that I will build up or plant it,

10.but if it does what is evil in my sight, not heeding my voice, then I will repent of the good that I had thought to do to it.

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1. And Pashur, son of Immer the priest, who was also chief ruler over the Lord’s house, heard Jeremiah prophesy these things.

2. And Pashur struck Jeremiah the prophet, and he put him in the stocks that were in the upper gate of Benjamin which was by the house of the Lord.

3. And it came to pass the next day that Pashur released Jeremiah from the stocks. And Jeremiah said to him, “Jehovah has not named you Pashur, but rather, Magor-missabib.[16]

¶4. For thus said Jehovah: ‘Behold, I make you a terror[17] to yourself and to all your loved ones! And they shall fall by the sword of their enemies even as your eyes watch. And I will give all of Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall lead them captive to Babylon, and strike them down with the sword.

5.And I shall deliver up all the wealth of this city, and all its products, and all its precious things, even all the treasures of the kings of Judah shall I hand over to their enemies, and they shall plunder them, and take them captive, and bring them to Babylon.

6.And you, Pashur, and all those who live in your house, shall go into captivity. And you shall go to Babylon, and there you shall die, and there you shall be buried – you and all your loved ones to whom you have prophesied with lies.”

¶7. O Jehovah, you deceived me, and I was deceived! You are stronger than I, and you prevailed! I am in derision daily; everyone mocks me!

8. Whenever I speak, I cry out “Violence!”, and I cry “Destruction!” But the word of the Lord became for me a reproach and ridicule every day!

9. So, I said, “I will not mention Him or speak again in His name!” But it was like a fire burning in my heart, shut up in my bones. I wore myself out holding it in; I couldn’t do it.

10. For I heard the whispering of many, “There is terror on every side.[18] You tell it, and we’ll tell it.” All my acquaintances were watching for my stumbling, saying, “Perhaps he will be enticed,” and “Let’s prevail over him,” and “Let’s take our vengeance against him.”

11. But Jehovah is with me like a terrifying mighty man. Therefore, my pursuers shall stumble, and not prevail! They shall be greatly ashamed because they did not succeed – an eternal reproach that shall not be forgotten.

12. And the Lord of Hosts tries the righteous, seeing the kidneys and the heart. Let me see your vengeance against them, for I have pled my cause before you.

¶13. Sing to Jehovah! Give praise to Jehovah! For He has delivered the soul of the poor out of the hand of the wicked.

¶14. Cursed be the day in which I was born, the day in which my mother bore me! Let it not be blessed!

15. Cursed be the man who brought my father tidings, saying, “A male child is born to you!”, making him rejoice greatly.

16. Let that man be like the cities that Jehovah overturned, and had no pity. Let him hear a cry in the morning, and an alarm at midday,

17.who did not kill me from the womb – or that my mother would have been my grave, and her womb forever pregnant.

18. Why did I come out of the womb to see trouble and sorrow, and my days be consumed with disgrace?

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¶1. Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter she sheep of my pasture! says Jehovah

2. Because of that, thus says Jehovah, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who feed my people: “You have scattered my flock and driven them away, and you have not visited them. Behold! I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, says Jehovah.

3. “But I will gather the remnant of my sheep out of all the countries to which I drove them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they will be fruitful and multiply.

4.I will raise up shepherds for them, and they will feed them, and they will no longer be afraid, nor be dismayed, nor will any be missing,” says Jehovah.

¶5. “Behold, the days are coming”, says Jehovah, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he will reign as King, and he will deal wisely and will execute justice and righteousness in the earth.

6.In his days, Judah will be saved and Israel will dwell securely, and this is his name which Jehovah will call him: Our Righteousness.”

¶7. Therefore, behold! The days are coming, says Jehovah, when they will no longer say, “As Jehovah lives, who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,”

8.but, “As Jehovah lives, who brought up and who led the seed of the house of Israel out of the land of the north and out of all the countries into which I had driven them,” and they will dwell in their own land.

9. My heart within me is broken because of the prophets!

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22. But if they had stood in my council and caused my people to hear my words, the they would have turned them from their evil way and from the evil of their doings.

23. Am I a God in the midst, says Jehovah, and not a God afar off?

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26. How long will this be in the heart of the prophets? Yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their hearts,

27.who intend to make my people forget my name with their dreams which they tell, each to his neighbor, just as their fathers forgot my name because of Baal!

28. The prophet who has a dream, let him tell the dream, and whoever has my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? says Jehovah.

29.Is not my word like a fire, says Jehovah, and like a hammer that breaks rock into pieces?

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31. Behold, I am against the prophets, says Jehovah, who use their tongues and say, “He has spoken!”

32. Behold, I am against the prophets who dream falsehood, says Jehovah, and tell them and cause my people to err by their lies and by their bravado, but I did not send them or give them a commandment, and they will not profit this people at all, says Jehovah.

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10. For they are prophesying a lie to you, that I remove you far from your land and drive you out so that you perish.

11. But the nation that brings his neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and serves him, I will cause them to rest in their own land, says Jehovah, and they shall work it and dwell there.

12. And I spoke according to all these words to Zedekiah, king of Judah, sayin, “Bring your necks under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and serve him and his people, and live!

13.Why will you die, you and your people, by the sword, and by famine, and by pestilence, as Jehovah has said of the nation that does not serve the king of Babylon.

14.And do not listen to the words of the prophets who speak to you, saying, ‘Do not serve the king of Babylon,’ for they are prophesying a lie to you.

15.For I have not sent them, says the Lord, and they prophesy falsely in my name, that I might drive you out and you perish – you and the prophets who prophesy to you.”

16. And so I spoke to the priests and to all this people, saying, “Thus says Jehovah: Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, saying, ‘Behold! The vessels of the house of Jehovah shall now be soon returned from Babylon! For they are prophesying a lie to you!”

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¶1. And it came to pass that same year, at the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah, King of Judah, in the fourth year, inn the fifth month, that Hananiah ben-Azur the prophet who was from Gibeon, spoke to me in the house of Jehovah, in the presence of the priests and all the people, saying, “

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7. Ah! For that day will be so dreadful that none will be like it. It is the time of Jacob’s distress. However, by it, he will be saved.

8. And it shall come to pass on that day, says the Lord of Hosts, that I will break his yoke off your neck, and I will tear apart your fetters. And foreigners will no longer enslave him.

9. And they will serve Jehovah their God and David their King, whom I will raise up for them.

¶10. But as for you, do not be afraid, O Jacob my servant, says Jehovah, nor be dismayed, O Israel! For behold, I am going to deliver you out of distant places, and your seed from the land of their captivity. And Jacob will return and have quiet, and be at ease, and no one will make him afraid.

11. For I am with you, says Jehovah, to save you. I will surely make a complete end of all the nations where I scattered you, howbeit, I will not make a complete end of you, but will chastise you in measure, and by no means leave you unpunished.

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15. Why do you cry out over your affliction? Your bellyaching is incurable. I have done these things to you because of the greatness of your iniquity and your many sins!

16. Therefore all who devour you shall be devoured, and all of your enemies – all of them – shall go into captivity, and they who spoil you shall be a spoil, and all who prey on you, I will make a prey.

17. For I will bring you health, and I will heal you of your wounds, says Jehovah, because they have called you, “Outcast Zion, whom no one wants”.

¶18. Thus says Jehovah: Behold, I will undo the captivity of Jacob’s tents, and I will have mercy on his dwelling places, and the city will be rebuilt over its ruins, and the fortress will stand in its proper place.

19. And thanksgiving and the sound of celebrating will come forth from them, and I will multiply them, and they will not be few. I will cause them to be honored, and they will not be disdained.

20. And his children will be as of old, and his congregation will be established before me, and I will punish all his oppressors.

21. His Prince came from himself, and his Ruler came out of his loins, and I caused him to come near and approach me. Who, pray tell, is he, this man who gave himself up to approach me? says Jehovah.

22. And you will be my people, and I will be your God.

23. Behold, the storm of Jehovah’s wrath has gone forth! A tempestuous storm will burst down upon the head of the wicked.

24. Jehovah’s burning anger will not turn away until He has done it, until He has accomplished the purposes of His heart! In the latter days, you will fully understand this.

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1. At that time, says Jehovah, I will be God to all the families of Israel, and they will be my people.

2. Thus says Jehovah: “The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness. He came to give Israel rest.”

3. From afar, Jehovah appeared to me saying, “Yea, with an everlasting love, I have loved you; therefore, in lovingkindness have I drawn you.

4.I will again build you, and you will be rebuilt, O virgin of Israel. You will again adorn yourself with your timbrels and go forth in a dance of merrymakers.

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9. With weeping and with supplications will they come. I will bear them along, and I will bring them to streams of waters along a smooth path wherein they will not stumble, for I am a Father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.

10. Hear, O Gentiles, hear the word of Jehovah! Let them proclaim it in the distant isles and say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, and He will watch over him as a shepherd does his flock,’

11. for Jehovah has ransomed Jacob and has redeemed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he.

12. And they will come forth and shout for joy on the height of Zion, and they will flow to the goodness of Jehovah, for the grain, and new wine, and fresh oil, and flocks and herds. And their souls will be like a watered garden, and they will never languish again.

13. Then the virgin, together with the young and old men, will rejoice in the dance, for I will have turned their mourning into joy, and I will comfort them and give them joy for their sorrow.

14. And I will satiate the soul of the priests with abundance, and my people will be sated with my goodness, says Jehovah.

15. Thus says Jehovah, “A voice is heard in Ramah, bitter wailing and weeping, the voice of Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted for her children, because they are not.

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32.not the kind of covenant that I made with their fathers in the day I took their hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant which they broke, even though I was their Husband, says Jehovah.

33.For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says Jehovah: I will put my law within them, and I will engrave it on their heart. And I will be their God, and they will be my people.

34.And they will no longer teach, each his fellow and each his brother, saying, ‘Know Jehovah!’ For they will all know me, from the least of them even to the greatest, says Jehovah. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

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38.and they will be my people, and I will be their God.

39. And I will give them one heart and one way, that they might fear me always, for their good and for the good of their children after them.

40. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them and cease to do them good, and I will put my fear in their heart so that they do not turn away from me.

41. And I will rejoice over them, to do them good, and in faithfulness will I plant them in this land with all my heart and with all my soul.

¶42. For thus says Jehovah: Just as I have brought upon this people all this great destruction, so will I bring upon them all the good that I have spoken concerning them.

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7. And I will cause the captives of Judah and the captives of Israel to return, and I will build them up as at the beginning.

8. And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity whereby they sinned against me, and I will pardon all of their iniquities whereby they have sinned against me and whereby they have transgressed against me.

9. And Jerusalem will give me a reputation for joy, for praise, and for glory before all the nations of the earth who hear of all the good that I will have done for them, and they will fear and tremble because of all the good and because of all the prosperity that I will provide to that city.

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15. And in those days, and at that time, I will cause David’s righteous Branch to come up, and he will execute justice and righteousness on earth.

16. In those days, Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will dwell securely, and this is what Jehovah will call her: Our Righteousness.

17. For thus says Jehovah, “David will not lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel,

18.and the priests, the Levites, will not lack a man to offer a burnt offering before me, or burn a grain offering, or make sacrifice, forever.”

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20. Thus says Jehovah: If you can break my covenant of the day and my covenant of the night, so that there is no day and night in their appointed time,

21.then my covenant with David my servant, that he will have a son to reign on his throne, may also be broken, as well as my covenant with the Levites, the priests, my ministers.

22. As the host of the heavens cannot be numbered and the sand of the sea cannot be measured, thus will I multiply the seed of David my servant and of the Levites who minister to me.”

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24.“Have you not considered what this people have spoken, saying, ‘The two families that the Lord chose, He has rejected,’ and they so despise my people that in their eyes, they are no longer a nation.”

25. Thus says Jehovah: If I have not established my ordinance of day and night, or laws for heaven and earth,

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¶1. And it came to pass in the fourth year of Jehoiakim ben-Josiah, king of Judah, that this message came to Jeremiah from Jehovah, saying,

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¶1. And all the leaders of the forces, and Johanan ben-Kareah, and Jezaniah ben-Hoshaiah came near, with all the people, from small to great,

2.and they said to Jeremiah the prophet, “May our supplication be acceptable before you. Pray for us to Jehovah your God, for all this remnant that is left of us, a few out of what once was many, as your eyes see that we are.

3.Let Jehovah your God show us the way which we should take, and that is the thing we will do.”

4. And Jeremiah the prophet said to them, “I have heard you. Behold, I will pray to Jehovah according to your words, and it will be that whatever Jehovah answers, I will tell you. I will not withhold a thing.”

5. And they said to Jeremiah, “Jehovah be a true and faithful witness against us if we do not do according to every word that Jehovah your God sends you for us!

6.Whether the voice of the Lord our God, to whom we are sending you, be good or bad, we will obey, so that it might go well for us, inasmuch as we will have obeyed the voice of the Lord our God.”

7. And it came to pass at the end of ten days that the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah.

8. And he called to Johanan ben-Kareah and to all the leaders of the forces that were with him, and to all the people, from small to great.

9. And he said to them, “Thus says Jehovah, the God of Israel, to whom you sent me to present your petition before Him:

10.If you return and dwell in this land, then I will build you up, and not tear you down. Yea, I will plant you, and not pluck you up. For I feel compassion because of the evil that I have done to you.

11.Fear no more the king of Babylon, whom you fear. Stop fearing him, says the Lord! For I am with you, to save you and to deliver you from his hand,

12.And I will show you mercy, and he will show you mercy and cause you to return to your land.

13.But if you say, ‘We will not stay in this land,” not heeding the voice of the Lord your God,

14.saying, ‘No, but we will go to the land of Egypt, where we will see no war, nor hear the sound of the shofar, nor hunger for food, and we will live there’ –

15.then, hear now the word of the Lord, O remnant of Judah! Thus says the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel: If you stubbornly set your faces to go into Egypt, and you go sojourn there,

16.then it shall come to pass that the sword which you fear shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the hunger that you dread will follow close after you there in Egypt, and there will you die.

17.And it shall come to pass that all the men who set their faces to go into Egypt to sojourn there shall die by the sword, by hunger, and by the plague, and there will be no one left of them; yea, there will be no escapee from the evil that I will bring upon them.

18.For thus says the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel: Just as my wrath and my fury has been poured out upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so shall my fury be poured out upon you when you go into Egypt, and you shall become an execration, and a horror, and a curse, and a reproach, and you will see this place no more!’”

19.“Jehovah has spoken concerning you, O remnant of Judah. Do not go into Egypt! You will certainly know that I have testified against you today,

20.for you did wrong in your souls when you sent me to the Lord your God, saying ‘Pray for us to the Lord our God, and according to all that the Lord our God says, as you declare it to us, so we will do.’

21.And I have today declared it to you, but you have not given heed to the voice of Jehovah your God, to do anything for the which He sent me to you.

22.Therefore, know that you will most certainly die by the sword, and by hunger, and by the plague in the place where you desire to go to sojourn!”

Jeremiah 43

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¶1. And it came to pass when Jeremiah finished speaking to all the people all the words of the Lord their God, all these words with which the Lord their God had sent him to them,

2.then Azariah ben-Hoshaiah, and Johanan ben-Kareah, and all the men who were proud begin saying to Jeremiah, “You’re lying! Jehovah our God did not send you to say, ‘Do not go to Egypt to sojourn there,’

3.but Baruch ben-Neriah incited you against us, to give us into the hand of the Chaldeans, for them to kill us and to carry us captive to Babylon!”

4. So, Johanan ben-Kareah, and all the leaders of the forces, and all the people did not heed the voice of Jehovah, to dwell in the land of Judah.

5. And Johanan ben-Kareah and all the leaders of the forces took all the remnant of Judah who had returned from all the nations to which they had been banished, to dwell in the land of Judah:

6.men, women, and children, and the daughters of the king – all the souls that Nebuzaradan, chief of the guard, had left with Gedaliah ben-Ahikam, son of Shaphan – and Jeremiah the prophet, and Baruch ben-Neriah.

7. And they went into the land of Egypt, for they would not heed the voice of Jehovah. And they went as far as Tahpanhes.

8. And the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah in Tahpanhes, saying,

9.“Take large stones in your hand and hide them in the mortar of the brickwork[20] that is at the entrance of the house of Pharaoh in Tahpanhes in the sight of Judah’s men.

10.And you say to them, thus says the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I will send and take Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, my slave, and I will set his throne upon these stones which I have hidden, and he will spread out his pavilion[21] over them.

11.When he enters it, he will strike the land of Egypt, and give over to death whoso is ordained for death, to captivity whoso is ordained for captivity, and to the knife whoso is ordained for the knife.

12.And I will kindle a fire in the houses of the gods of the Egyptians and burn them up, and I will take them captive. And he will wrap himself with the land of Egypt the way a shepherd wraps himself with his garment. And then he will go forth from there in peace.

13.And he will break down the pillars of the House of the Sun that is in the land of Egypt, and he will burn up the houses of the gods of Egypt.”

Jeremiah 44

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Jeremiah 45

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Jeremiah 46

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¶27. But as for you, do not be afraid, O Jacob my servant, nor be dismayed, O Israel. Just watch me rescue you from afar, and your seed from the land of their captivity. And Jacob will return and have quiet and be at ease, and no one will make him afraid.

¶28. Do not be afraid, O Jacob my servant, says Jehovah, for I am with you! I will surely make a complete end of all the nations to which I have driven you, but I will not make a complete end of you, but will chastise you in measure, and by no means leave you unpunished.

Jeremiah 47

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Jeremiah 48

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Jeremiah 49

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Jeremiah 50

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¶1. The word which Jehovah spoke against Babylon, against the land of there Chaldeans, by the hand of Jeremiah the prophet:

2.“Let them declare among the nations and make it heard, and lift up a standard! Make it heard! Do not conceal it! Let them say, “Babylon is taken! Bel is put to shame; Merodach is dismayed. Her carved images are put to shame; her idols are dismayed.

3. For out of the north, a nation has come upon her; they will make her land a desolation, and there will not be an inhabitant in her; both man and beast will go away, grieving.

4. In those days and at that time, says Jehovah, the children of Israel will come, they and the children of Judah will go together, weeping as they go, and they will seek Jehovah their God.

5. They will ask the way to Zion, their faces turned toward it, saying, “Come! We will join ourselves[23] to Jehovah in an eternal covenant that will not be forgotten.”

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7. All who found them ate them up, and their enemies said, “We have committed no offense!”, although they had sinned against Jehovah, the habitation of righteousness, even Jehovah, the hope of our fathers.

8. Flee from the midst of Babylon, and from the land of the Chaldeans come out, and be like he-goats before a flock!

9. For, behold, I am going to stir up and bring up from the land of the north an assembly of great nations against Babylon, and they will set the battle in order against her; from there, she will be taken. Their arrows are like those of an expert man of war who does not return empty-handed.

10. And Chaldea will become plunder; all who plunder her will be satisfied, says Jehovah.

11. Though you rejoice, though you exult, O plunderers of my heritage, though you skip about like a frisky heifer, or neigh like a horse,

12.your mother will be very ashamed, and she who bore you, abashed. Behold, she will be the least of nations[24], a wilderness, dry land, and a desert.

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14. Let all who bend the bow take positions around Babylon! Shoot at her! Spare no arrow, for she has sinned against Jehovah

15. Raise a shout against her on every side. She has given her hand. Her foundations have fallen; her walls have been torn down. It is the vengeance of Jehovah upon her. Avenge yourselves upon her! Just as she has done, do to her!

16. Cut off the sower from Babylon!

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20. In those days and at that time, says Jehovah, the iniquity of Israel will be sought, but it will not be there, and the sins of Judah will not be found, for I will forgive those whom I spare.

21. Go up against the land of Merathaim,[25] against her and the inhabitants of Pekod.[26] Kill, and devote them and their posterity to destruction, says Jehovah. And do all that I have commanded you!

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23. . . . the hammer of the whole earth

24. O Babylon! You set a trap for yourself and you have been taken, though you do not realize it. You were discovered and then caught because you strove against Jehovah.

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28. The voice of those who flee and escape from the land of Babylon will tell in Zion about the vengeance of Jehovah our God, the vengeance of His temple.

29. Summon archers to Babylon, all who bend the bow. Encamp about her! Let there be no escape! Repay her according to her deeds! According to all she has done, do to her, for she is insolent against the Lord, against the Holy One of Israel.

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31. Behold, O insolent one, I am against you, says the Master, the Lord of Hosts. For your day has come, the time of your visitation.

32. . . . O insolent one

33. Thus says the Lord of Hosts: The children of Israel and the children of Judah were oppressed together, and all who took them captive held them fast; they refused to let them go.

34. Their Redeemer is strong; the Lord of Hosts is His name. He will mightily plead their cause, that he might give quiet to the land and disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon.

35. A sword is upon the Chaldeans, declares Jehovah, and upon the inhabitants of Babylon, and upon her princes, and upon her wise men.

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40a.as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighbors, says the Lord.

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Jeremiah 51

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¶1. Thus says Jehovah: Behold, I am stirring up a destroying spirit against Babylon and against those who dwell in the midst of those who rise up against me.[28]

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6. Flee from the midst of Babylon, and each of you deliver his soul! Do not be destroyed because of her iniquity! For this is the time of Jehovah’s vengeance; He is giving her what is due.

7. Babylon has been a golden cup in the hand of Jehovah, making all the earth drunk. The nations have drunk of her wine; that is why the nations act like madmen.

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18. They are vanity, the workmanship of contemptible men. In the time of their visitation, they will perish.

19. The portion of Jacob is not like them, for He is the Molder of everything, and Israel is the rod of His inheritance. The Lord of Hosts is His name.

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48. Then heaven and earth and all that is in them will shout with joy over Babylon because the destroyers are coming against her from the north,” says Jehovah.

49. As at Babylon the slain of Israel fell, so at Babylon will the slain of all the earth fall.

50. You who have escaped the sword, go! Do not stand still! Remember the Lord from afar, and let Jerusalem arise in your heart!

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Footnotes

[1] This is a play on words. The Hebrew words for “almond” (v. 11) and “watching” are similar.

[2] “The river” often refers to the Euphrates.

[3] Hebrew uncertain.

[4] Hebrew uncertain.

[5] Cp. v. 29 and 9:9.

[6] Hebrew: you.

[7] Hebrew: you.

[8] Vv. 12–15, cp. 8:10–12.

[9] Cp. 50:42.

[10] Hebrew uncertain.

[11] Vv. 10–12, cp. 6:12–15.

[12] Literally, “a post”.

[13] Cp. Jeremiah 51:15–17.

[14] Hebrew uncertain.

[15] The feminine singular verbs throughout the rest of this chapter indicate that the “queen mother” is, in fact, the city of Jerusalem. See especially the last verse.

[16] Terror on every side.

[17] Magor in Hebrew.

[18] Magor-missabib in Hebrew.

[19] Literally, “ – if I do not make…” The curse intended with this oath is so unthinkable – God’s death and damnation – that it is not even uttered.

[20] Hebrew uncertain.

[21] Hebrew uncertain.

[22] Or, “who does the work of the Lord with slackness”.

[23] Hebrew uncertain.

[24] Literally, “the last”.

[25] Literally, “double rebellion”.

[26] Literally, “punishment”.

[27] Cp. 6:23.

[28] Hebrew obscure.

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