World English Bible Book of Jeremiah

Book of Jeremiah

001:001 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests        who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin:

001:002 to whom the word of Yahweh came in the days of Josiah the son   of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign.

001:003 It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah,        king of Judah, to the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah,  the son of Josiah, king of Judah, to the carrying away  of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month.

001:004 Now the word of Yahweh came to me, saying,

001:005 Before I formed you in the belly I knew you, and before you   came forth out of the womb I sanctified you; I have appointed        you a prophet to the nations.

001:006 Then said I, Ah, Lord Yahweh! behold, I don’t know how to speak; for I am a child.

001:007 But Yahweh said to me, Don’t say, I am a child; for to whoever I shall send you, you shall go, and whatever I shall command you, you shall speak.

001:008 Don’t be afraid because of them; for I am with you to        deliver you, says Yahweh.

001:009 Then Yahweh put forth his hand, and touched my mouth; and Yahweh  said to me, Behold, I have put my words in your mouth:

001:010 behold, I have this day set you over the nations and over        the kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down and to destroy  and to overthrow, to build and to plant.

001:011 Moreover the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, Jeremiah,  what see you?  I said, I see a rod of an almond tree.

001:012 Then said Yahweh to me, You have well seen:  for I watch        over my word to perform it.

001:013 The word of Yahweh came to me the second time, saying, What see you?  I said, I see a boiling caldron; and the face of it is        from the north.

001:014 Then Yahweh said to me, Out of the north evil shall break        forth on all the inhabitants of the land.

001:015 For, behold, I will call all the families of the kingdoms        of the north, says Yahweh; and they shall come, and they  shall set everyone his throne at the entrance of the gates  of Jerusalem, and against all the walls of it round about, and against all the cities of Judah.

001:016 I will utter my judgments against them touching all their wickedness, in that they have forsaken me, and have burned incense        to other gods, and worshiped the works of their own hands.

001:017 You therefore gird up your waist, and arise, and speak        to them all that I command you:  don’t be dismayed at them, lest I dismay you before them.

001:018 For, behold, I have made you this day a fortified city,        and an iron pillar, and bronze walls, against the whole land,      against the kings of Judah, against the princes of it, against the priests of it, and against the people of the land.

001:019 They shall fight against you; but they shall not prevail against you:  for I am with you, says Yahweh, to deliver you.

002:001 The word of Yahweh came to me, saying,

002:002 Go, and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus says        Yahweh, I remember for you the kindness of your youth, the love        of your weddings; how you went after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown.

002:003 Israel [was] holiness to Yahweh, the first fruits of his increase:  all who devour him shall be held guilty; evil shall come        on them, says Yahweh.

002:004 Hear you the word of Yahweh, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel:

002:005 thus says Yahweh, What unrighteousness have your fathers found in me,   that they have gone far from me, and have walked after vanity,  and are become vain?

002:006 Neither said they, Where is Yahweh who brought us up out        of the land of Egypt, who 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 none  passed through, and where no man lived?

002:007 I brought you into a plentiful land, to eat the fruit of it and        the goodness of it; but when you entered, you defiled my land,       and made my heritage an abomination.

002:008 The priests didn’t say, Where is Yahweh? and those who handle   the law didn’t know me:  the rulers also transgressed against me,  and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things        that do not profit.

002:009 Therefore I will yet contend with you, says Yahweh, and with  your children’s children will I contend.

002:010 For pass over to the islands of Kittim, and see; and send        to Kedar, and consider diligently; and see if there has been  such a thing.

002:011 Has a nation changed [its] gods, which yet are no gods? but my  people have changed their glory for that which does not profit.

002:012 Be astonished, you heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid,        be you very desolate, says Yahweh.

002:013 For my people have committed two evils:  they have forsaken me, the spring of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns,broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

002:014 Is Israel a servant? is he a native-born [slave]? why is        he become a prey?

002:015 The young lions have roared on him, and yelled; and they have made his land waste:  his cities are burned up, without inhabitant.

002:016 The children also of Memphis and Tahpanhes have broken the crown  of your head.

002:017 Haven’t you procured this to yourself, in that you have forsaken Yahweh your God, when he led you by the way?

002:018 Now what have you to do in the way to Egypt, to drink the waters  of the Shihor? or what have you to do in the way to Assyria,        to drink the waters of the River?

002:019 Your own wickedness shall correct you, and your backsliding   shall reprove you:  know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and a bitter, that you have forsaken Yahweh your God,        and that my fear is not in you, says the Lord, Yahweh of Armies.

002:020 For of old time I have broken your yoke, and burst your bonds;  and you said, I will not serve; for on every high hill and under every green tree you did bow yourself, playing the prostitute.

002:021 Yet I had planted you a noble vine, wholly a right seed:        how then are you turned into the degenerate branches of a foreign vine to me?

002:022 For though you wash yourself with lye, and use much soap,        yet your iniquity is marked before me, says the Lord Yahweh.

002:023 How can you say, I am not defiled, I have not gone after        the Baals? see your way in the valley, know what you have done:        [you are] a swift dromedary traversing her ways;

002:024 a wild donkey used to the wilderness, that snuffs up the wind  in her desire; in her occasion who can turn her away? all        those who seek her will not weary themselves; in her month  they shall find her.

002:025 Withhold your foot from being unshod, and your throat from thirst:  but you said, It is in vain; no, for I have loved strangers,        and after them will I go.

002:026 As the thief is ashamed when he is found, so is the house        of Israel ashamed; they, their kings, their princes,  and their priests, and their prophets;

002:027 who tell a stock, You are my father; and to a stone, You have   brought me forth:  for they have turned their back to me,      and not their face; but in the time of their trouble they  will say, Arise, and save us.

002:028 But where are your gods that you have made you? let them arise, if they can save you in the time of your trouble:  for according to the number of your cities are your gods, Judah.

002:029 Why will you contend with me? you all have transgressed        against me, says Yahweh.

002:030 In vain have I struck your children; they received no correction:   your own sword has devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion.

002:031 Generation, see the word of Yahweh.  Have I been a wilderness   to Israel? or a land of thick darkness? why say my people, We are broken loose; we will come no more to you?

002:032 Can a virgin forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet        my people have forgotten me days without number.

002:033 How trimmest you your way to seek love! therefore even the wicked women have you taught your ways.

002:034 Also in your skirts is found the blood of the souls of the innocent poor:  you did not find them breaking in;  but it is because of all these things.

002:035 Yet you said, I am innocent; surely his anger is turned away        from me.  Behold, I will enter into judgment with you,  because you say, I have not sinned.

002:036 Why go you about so much to change your way? you shall be ashamed of Egypt also, as you were ashamed of Assyria.

002:037 From there also shall you go forth, with your hands on your head:  for Yahweh has rejected those in whom you trust, and you        shall not prosper with them.

003:001 They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him,        and become another man’s, will he return to her again?  Won’t that land be greatly polluted?  But you have played  the prostitute with many lovers; yet return again to me, says Yahweh.

003:002 Lift up your eyes to the bare heights, and see; where have        you not been lain with?  By the ways have you sat for them, as an Arabian in the wilderness; and you have polluted the land  with your prostitution and with your wickedness.

003:003 Therefore the showers have been withheld, and there has        been no latter rain; yet you have a prostitute’s forehead,  you refused to be ashamed.

003:004 Will you not from this time cry to me, My Father, you are        the guide of my youth?

003:005 Will he retain [his anger] forever? will he keep it to the end?        Behold, you have spoken and have done evil things, and have       had your way.

003:006 Moreover Yahweh said to me in the days of Josiah the king,        Have you seen that which backsliding Israel has done? she    is gone up on every high mountain and under every green tree,  and there has played the prostitute.

003:007 I said after she had done all these things, She will return to me;   but she didn’t return:  and her treacherous sister Judah saw it.

003:008 I saw, when, for this very cause that backsliding Israel had       committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a bill  of divorce, yet treacherous Judah, her sister, didn’t fear; but she also went and played the prostitute.

003:009 It happened through the lightness of her prostitution,        that the land was polluted, and she committed adultery   with stones and with stocks.

003:010 Yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah has not returned       to me with her whole heart, but only in pretense, says Yahweh.

003:011 Yahweh said to me, Backsliding Israel has shown herself more righteous than treacherous Judah.

003:012 Go, and proclaim these words toward the north, and say,        Return, you backsliding Israel, says Yahweh; I will not look  in anger on you; for I am merciful, says Yahweh, I will not keep [anger] forever.

003:013 Only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed        against Yahweh your God, and have scattered your ways to   the strangers under every green tree, and you have not obeyed my voice, says Yahweh.

003:014 Return, backsliding children, says Yahweh; for I am a husband to you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:

003:015 and I will give you shepherds according to my heart, who shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

003:016 It shall come to pass, when you are multiplied and increased        in the land, in those days, says Yahweh, they shall say no more,        The ark of the covenant of Yahweh; neither shall it come to mind;        neither shall they remember it; neither shall they miss it; neither shall it be made any more.

003:017 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of Yahweh;        and all the nations shall be gathered to it, to the name  of Yahweh, to Jerusalem:  neither shall they walk any more after the stubbornness of their evil heart.

003:018 In 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 gave for an inheritance  to your fathers.

003:019 But I said, How I will put you among the children, and give        you a pleasant land, a goodly heritage of the armies  of the nations! and I said, You shall call me My Father, and shall not turn away from following me.

003:020 Surely as a wife treacherously departs from her husband, so have you dealt treacherously with me, house of Israel, says Yahweh.

003:021 A voice is heard on the bare heights, the weeping [and]        the petitions of the children of Israel; because they have        perverted their way, they have forgotten Yahweh their God.

003:022 Return, you backsliding children, I will heal your backsliding.   Behold, we are come to you; for you are Yahweh our God.

003:023 Truly in vain is [the help that is looked for] from the hills,        the tumult on the mountains:  truly in Yahweh our God is  the salvation of Israel.

003:024 But the shameful thing has devoured the labor of our fathers        from our youth, their flocks and their herds, their sons and their daughters.

003:025 Let us lie down in our shame, and let our confusion cover us;  for we have sinned against Yahweh our God, we and our fathers,       from our youth even to this day; and we have not obeyed  the voice of Yahweh our God.

004:001 If you will return, Israel, says Yahweh, if you will return to me,  and if you will put away your abominations out of my sight;        then you shall not be removed;

004:002 and you shall swear, As Yahweh lives, in truth, in justice,        and in righteousness; and the nations shall bless themselves  in him, and in him shall they glory.

004:003 For thus says Yahweh to the men of Judah and to Jerusalem, Break up   your fallow ground, and don’t sow among thorns.

004:004 Circumcise yourselves to Yahweh, and take away the foreskins  of your heart, you men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem;  lest my wrath go forth like fire, and burn so that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.

004:005 Declare you in Judah, and publish in Jerusalem; and say,        Blow you the trumpet in the land:  cry aloud and say,  Assemble yourselves, and let us go into the fortified cities.

004:006 Set up a standard toward Zion:  flee for safety, don’t stay;        for I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction.

004:007 A lion is gone up from his thicket, and a destroyer of nations;   he is on his way, he is gone forth from his place, to make your  land desolate, that your cities be laid waste, without inhabitant.

004:008 For this gird you with sackcloth, lament and wail; for the fierce anger of Yahweh hasn’t turned back from us.

004:009 It shall happen at that day, says Yahweh, that the heart        of the king shall perish, and the heart of the princes;   and the priests shall be astonished, and the prophets shall wonder.

004:010 Then said I, Ah, Lord Yahweh! surely you have greatly deceived   this people and Jerusalem, saying, You shall have peace;        whereas the sword reaches to the life.

004:011 At that time shall it be said to this people and to Jerusalem, A hot   wind from the bare heights in the wilderness toward the daughter  of my people, not to winnow, nor to cleanse;

004:012 a full wind from these shall come for me:  now will I also utter  judgments against them.

004:013 Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots [shall        be] as the whirlwind:  his horses are swifter than eagles.  Woe to us! for we are ruined.

004:014 Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved.  How long shall your evil thoughts lodge within you?

004:015 For a voice declares from Dan, and publishes evil from        the hills of Ephraim:

004:016 make you mention to the nations; behold, publish against Jerusalem,  [that] watchers come from a far country, and give out their  voice against the cities of Judah.

004:017 As keepers of a field are they against her round about,        because she has been rebellious against me, says Yahweh.

004:018 Your way and your doings have procured these things to you;  this is your wickedness; for it is bitter, for it reaches  to your heart.

004:019 My anguish, my anguish!  I am pained at my very heart;       my heart is disquieted in me; I can’t hold my peace;   because you have heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet,  the alarm of war.

004:020 Destruction on destruction is cried; for the whole land is        laid waste:  suddenly are my tents destroyed, [and] my curtains        in a moment.

004:021 How long shall I see the standard, and hear the sound  of the trumpet?

004:022 For my people are foolish, they don’t know me; they are        foolish children, and they have no understanding; they are  wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.

004:023 I saw the earth, and, behold, it was waste and void;  and the heavens, and they had no light.

004:024 I saw the mountains, and behold, they trembled, and all the hills  moved back and forth.

004:025 I saw, and behold, there was no man, and all the birds        of the sky were fled.

004:026 I saw, and behold, the fruitful field was a wilderness, and all        the cities of it were broken down at the presence of Yahweh,        [and] before his fierce anger.

004:027 For thus says Yahweh, The whole land shall be a desolation;  yet will I not make a full end.

004:028 For 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.

004:029 Every city flees for the noise of the horsemen and archers;        they go into the thickets, and climb up on the rocks: every city is forsaken, and not a man dwells therein.

004:030 You, when you are made desolate, what will you do?        Though you clothe yourself with scarlet, though you deck you        with ornaments of gold, though you enlarge your eyes with paint,        in vain do you make yourself beautiful; [your] lovers despise you,        they seek your life.

004:031 For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail,  the anguish as of her who brings forth her first child, the voice of the daughter of Zion, who gasps for breath,  who spreads her hands, [saying], Woe is me now! for my soul   faints before the murderers.

005:001 Run you back and forth through the streets of Jerusalem,        and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places of it, if you can find a man, if there are any who does justly,  who seeks truth; and I will pardon her.

005:002 Though they say, As Yahweh lives; surely they swear falsely.

005:003 O Yahweh, don’t your eyes look on truth? you have stricken them,  but they were not grieved; you have consumed them, but they        have refused to receive correction:  they have made their faces      harder than a rock; they have refused to return.

005:004 Then I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish; for they        don’t know the way of Yahweh, nor the law of their God:

005:005 I will get me to the great men, and will speak to them;        for they know the way of Yahweh, and the law of their God.  But these with one accord have broken the yoke, and burst the bonds.

005:006 Therefore a lion out of the forest shall kill them, a wolf        of the evenings shall destroy them, a leopard shall watch  against their cities; everyone who goes out there shall be torn in pieces; because their transgressions are many, [and] their backsliding is increased.

005:007 How can I pardon you? your children have forsaken me, and sworn  by them that are no gods:  when I had fed them to the full,  they committed adultery, and assembled themselves in troops        at the prostitutes’ houses.

005:008 They were as fed horses roaming at large; everyone neighed        after his neighbor’s wife.

005:009 Shall I not visit for these things? says Yahweh; and shall        not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?

005:010 Go up on her walls, and destroy; but don’t make a full end:        take away her branches; for they are not Yahweh’s.

005:011 For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt        very treacherously against me, says Yahweh.

005:012 They have denied Yahweh, and said, It is not he; neither shall  evil come on us; neither shall we see sword nor famine:

005:013 and the prophets shall become wind, and the word is not in them:  thus shall it be done to them.

005:014 Therefore thus says Yahweh, the God of Armies, Because you speak  this word, behold, I will make my words in your mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.

005:015 Behold, I will bring a nation on you from far, house of Israel,  says Yahweh:  it is a mighty nation, it is an ancient nation,        a nation whose language you don’t know, neither understandwhat they say.

005:016 Their quiver is an open tomb, they are all mighty men.

005:017 They shall eat up your harvest, and your bread, [which] your sons  and your daughters should eat; they shall eat up your flocks  and your herds; they shall eat up your vines and your fig trees;  they shall beat down your fortified cities, in which you trust,        with the sword.

005:018 But even in those days, says Yahweh, I will not make a full        end with you.

005:019 It shall happen, when you shall say, Why has Yahweh our God done all these things to us? then shall you say to them,  Like as you have forsaken me, and served foreign gods in your land,  so shall you serve strangers in a land that is not yours.

005:020 Declare you this in the house of Jacob, and publish it  in Judah, saying,

005:021 Hear now this, foolish people, and without understanding;        who have eyes, and don’t see; who have ears, and don’t hear:

005:022 Don’t you fear me? says Yahweh:  won’t you tremble at my presence, who have placed the sand for the bound of the sea, by a perpetual decree, that it can’t pass it? and though  the waves of it toss themselves, yet they can’t prevail;  though they roar, yet they can’t pass over it.

005:023 But this people has a revolting and a rebellious heart;        they are revolted and gone.

005:024 Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear Yahweh our God, who gives rain, both the former and the latter, in its season;        who preserves to us the appointed weeks of the harvest.

005:025 Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withheld good from you.

005:026 For among my people are found wicked men:  they watch,        as fowlers lie in wait; they set a trap, they catch men.

005:027 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit:        therefore they are become great, and grew rich.

005:028 They are grew fat, they shine:  yes, they overpass in deeds        of wickedness; they don’t plead the cause, the cause of the fatherless, that they may prosper; and the right  of the needy they don’t judge.

005:029 Shall I not visit for these things? says Yahweh; shall not my        soul be avenged on such a nation as this?

005:030 A wonderful and horrible thing is happen in the land:

005:031 the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule        by their means; and my people love to have it so:  and what will you do in the end of it?

006:001 Flee for safety, you children of Benjamin, out of the midst        of Jerusalem, and blow the trumpet in Tekoa, and raise up  a signal on Beth Haccherem; for evil looks forth from the north,  and a great destruction.

006:002 The comely and delicate one, the daughter of Zion, will I cut off.

006:003 Shepherds with their flocks shall come to her; they shall        pitch their tents against her round about; they shall feed        everyone in his place.

006:004 Prepare you war against her; arise, and let us go up at noon.        Woe to us! for the day declines, for the shadows of the evening        are stretched out.

006:005 Arise, and let us go up by night, and let us destroy her palaces.

006:006 For thus has Yahweh of Armies said, Hew you down trees, and cast up a mound against Jerusalem:  this is the city to be visited;        she is wholly oppression in the midst of her.

006:007 As a well casts forth its waters, so she casts forth her wickedness:  violence and destruction is heard in her; before me continually is sickness and wounds.

006:008 Be instructed, Jerusalem, lest my soul be alienated from you; lest I make you a desolation, a land not inhabited.

006:009 Thus says Yahweh of Armies, They shall thoroughly glean        the remnant of Israel as a vine:  turn again your hand  as a grape gatherer into the baskets.

006:010 To whom shall I speak and testify, that they may hear? behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they can’t listen:  behold, the word of Yahweh is become to them a reproach; they have no delight in it.

006:011 Therefore I am full of the wrath of Yahweh; I am weary        with holding in:  pour it out on the children in the street,  and on the assembly of young men together; for even the husband with the wife shall be taken, the aged with him who is full of days.

006:012 Their houses shall be turned to others, their fields and their        wives together; for I will stretch out my hand on the inhabitants        of the land, says Yahweh.

006:013 For from the least of them even to the greatest of them        everyone is given to covetousness; and from the prophet  even to the priest everyone deals falsely.

006:014 They have healed also the hurt of my people slightly,        saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.

006:015 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay,,   they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush:  therefore they shall fall among those who fall; at the time        that I visit them they shall be cast down, says Yahweh.

006:016 Thus says Yahweh, Stand you in the ways and see, and ask        for the old paths, where is the good way; and walk therein,  and you shall find rest for your souls:  but they said, We will not walk [therein].

006:017 I set watchmen over you, [saying], Listen to the sound of the trumpet; but they said, We will not listen.

006:018 Therefore hear, you nations, and know, congregation,        what is among them.

006:019 Hear, earth:  behold, I will bring evil on this people,        even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not listened   to my words; and as for my law, they have rejected it.

006:020 To what purpose comes there to me frankincense from Sheba,   and the sweet cane from a far country? your burnt offerings        are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices pleasing to me.

006:021 Therefore thus says Yahweh, Behold, I will lay stumbling blocks   before this people; and the fathers and the sons together shall        stumble against them; the neighbor and his friend shall perish.

006:022 Thus says Yahweh, Behold, a people comes from the north country; and a great nation shall be stirred up from the uttermost        parts of the earth.

006:023 They lay hold on bow and spear; they are cruel, and have no mercy  their voice roars like the sea, and they ride on horses,        everyone set in array, as a man to the battle, against you, daughter of Zion.

006:024 We have heard the report of it; our hands wax feeble:        anguish has taken hold of us, [and] pangs as of a woman in travail.

006:025 Don’t go forth into the field, nor walk by the way;    for the sword of the enemy, [and] terror, are on every side.

006:026 Daughter of my people, gird you with sackcloth, and wallow   yourself in ashes:  make you mourning, as for an only son,        most bitter lamentation; for the destroyer shall suddenly  come on us.

006:027 I have made you a tester of metals [and] a fortress among my people; that you may know and try their way.

006:028 They are all grievous rebels, going about with slanders;        they are brass and iron:  they all of them deal corruptly.

006:029 The bellows blow fiercely; the lead is consumed of the fire:        in vain do they go on refining; for the wicked are   not plucked away.

006:030 Refuse silver shall men them, because Yahweh has rejected them.

007:001 The word that came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, saying,

007:002 Stand in the gate of Yahweh’s house, and proclaim there        this word, and say, Hear the word of Yahweh, all you of Judah,        who enter in at these gates to worship Yahweh.

007:003 Thus says Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel, Amend your ways  and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place.

007:004 Don’t you trust in lying words, saying, The temple of Yahweh,   the temple of Yahweh, the temple of Yahweh, are these.

007:005 For if you thoroughly amend your ways and your doings;        if you thoroughly execute justice between a man and his neighbor;

007:006 if you don’t oppress the foreigner, the fatherless,  and the widow, and don’t shed innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods to your own hurt:

007:007 then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land        that I gave to your fathers, from of old even forevermore.

007:008 Behold, you trust in lying words, that can’t profit.

007:009 Will you steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense to Baal, and walk after other gods that you        have not known,

007:010 and come and stand before me in this house, which is called        by my name, and say, We are delivered; that you may do all these abominations?

007:011 Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers  in your eyes?  Behold, I, even I, have seen it, says Yahweh.

007:012 But go you now to 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.

007:013 Now, because you have done all these works, says Yahweh, and I   spoke to you, rising up early and speaking, but you didn’t hear;  and I called you, but you didn’t answer:

007:014 therefore will I do to the house which is called by my name,        in which you trust, and to the place which I gave to you  and to your fathers, as I did to Shiloh.

007:015 I will cast you out of my sight, as I have cast out all        your brothers, even the whole seed of Ephraim.

007:016 Therefore don’t you pray for this people, neither lift up        a cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me;  for I will not hear you.

007:017 Don’t you see what they do in the cities of Judah and in        the streets of Jerusalem?

007:018 The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire,        and the women knead the dough, to make cakes to the queen    of the sky, and to pour out drink offerings to other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.

007:019 Do they provoke me to anger? says Yahweh; [do they] not        [provoke] themselves, to the confusion of their own faces?

007:020 Therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh:  Behold, my anger and my  wrath shall be poured out on this place, on man, and on animal,  and on the trees of the field, and on the fruit of the ground;        and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched.

007:021 Thus says Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel:  Add your burnt offerings to your sacrifices, and eat meat.

007:022 For I didn’t speak to your fathers, nor command them in the day  that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt        offerings or sacrifices:

007:023 but this thing I commanded them, saying, Listen to my voice,  and I will be your God, and you shall be my people;   and walk you in all the way that I command you, that it may be well with you.

007:024 But they didn’t listen nor turn their ear, but walked in [their        own] counsels [and] in the stubbornness of their evil heart,  and went backward, and not forward.

007:025 Since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt   to this day, I have sent to you all my servants the prophets,        daily rising up early and sending them:

007:026 yet they didn’t listen to me, nor inclined their ear, but made        their neck stiff:  they did worse than their fathers.

007:027 You shall speak all these words to them; but they will not        listen to you:  you shall also call to them; but they will   not answer you.

007:028 You shall tell them, This is the nation that has not listened        to the voice of Yahweh their God, nor received instruction: truth is perished, and is cut off from their mouth.

007:029 Cut off your hair, [Jerusalem], and cast it away, and take up        a lamentation on the bare heights; for Yahweh has rejected and forsaken the generation of his wrath.

007:030 For the children of Judah have done that which is evil in my sight,  says Yahweh:  they have set their abominations in the house        which is called by my name, to defile it.

007:031 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 didn’t command,   nor did it come into my mind.

007:032 Therefore, behold, the days come, says Yahweh, 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,        until there be no place [to bury].

007:033 The dead bodies of this people shall be food for the birds        of the sky, and for the animals of the earth; and none shall frighten them away.

007:034 Then will I cause to cease from the cities of Judah, and from the streets of Jerusalem, the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride;      for the land shall become a waste.

008:001 At that time, says Yahweh, 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;

008:002 and they shall spread them before the sun, and the moon,        and all the army of the sky, which they have loved,   and which they have served, and after which they have walked,  and which they have sought, and which they have worshiped:  they shall not be gathered, nor be buried, they shall be  for dung on the surface of the earth.

008:003 Death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue        that remain of this evil family, that remain in all the places where I have driven them, says Yahweh of Armies.

008:004 Moreover you shall tell them, Thus says Yahweh:  Shall men fall, and not rise up again?  Shall one turn away, and not return?

008:005 Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual   backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return.

008:006 I listened and heard, but they didn’t speak aright:  no man repents him of his wickedness, saying, What have I  done? everyone turns to his course, as a horse that rushes  headlong in the battle.

008:007 Yes, the stork in the sky knows her appointed times;        and the turtledove and the swallow and the crane observe the time        of their coming; but my people don’t know Yahweh’s law.

008:008 How do you say, We are wise, and the law of Yahweh is with us?  But, behold, the false pen of the scribes has worked falsely.

008:009 The wise men are disappointed, they are dismayed and taken:   behold, they have rejected the word of Yahweh; and what manner   of wisdom is in them?

008:010 Therefore will I give their wives to others, and their        fields to those who shall possess them:  for everyone from  the least even to the greatest is given to covetousness;  from the prophet even to the priest every one deals falsely.

008:011 They have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly,saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.

008:012 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay,  they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush:  therefore shall they fall among those who fall; in the time        of their visitation they shall be cast down, says Yahweh.

008:013 I will utterly consume them, says Yahweh:  there shall be no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree, and the leaf  shall fade; and [the things that] I have given them shall   pass away from them.

008:014 Why do we sit still?  Assemble yourselves, and let us enter        into the fortified cities, and let us be silent there; for Yahweh our God has put us to silence, and given us water of gall to drink, because we have sinned against Yahweh.

008:015 We looked for peace, but no good came; [and] for a time of healing,  and behold, dismay!

008:016 The snorting of his horses is heard from Dan:  at the sound        of the neighing of his strong ones the whole land trembles;   for they are come, and have devoured the land and all that is in it;  the city and those who dwell therein.

008:017 For, behold, I will send serpents, adders, among you, which will  not be charmed; and they shall bite you, says Yahweh.

008:018 Oh that I could comfort myself against sorrow!  My heart        is faint within me.

008:019 Behold, the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people from a land   that is very far off:  isn’t Yahweh in Zion?  Isn’t her King in her? Why have they provoked me to anger with their engraved images, and with foreign vanities?

008:020 The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.

008:021 For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt:  I mourn; dismay has taken hold on me.

008:022 Is there no balm in Gilead? is there no physician there? why        then isn’t the health of the daughter of my people recovered?

009:001 Oh that my head were waters, and my eyes a spring of tears,        that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter  of my people!

009:002 Oh that I had in the wilderness 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.

009:003 They bend their tongue, [as it were] their bow, for falsehood;  and they are grown strong in the land, but not for truth:     for they proceed from evil to evil, and they don’t  know me, says Yahweh.

009:004 Take you heed everyone of his neighbor, and don’t you trust       in any brother; for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbor will go about with slanders.

009:005 They will deceive everyone his neighbor, and will not speak        the truth:  they have taught their tongue to speak lies; they weary themselves to commit iniquity.

009:006 Your habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they        refuse to know me, says Yahweh.

009:007 Therefore thus says Yahweh of Armies, Behold, I will melt them, and try them; for how [else] should I do, because of the daughter of my people?

009:008 Their tongue is a deadly arrow; it speaks deceit:   one speaks peaceably to his neighbor with his mouth,  but in his heart he lays wait for him.

009:009 Shall I not visit them for these things? says Yahweh;        shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?

009:010 For 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 passes through; neither can men hear the voice of the livestock; both the birds  of the sky and the animals are fled, they are gone.

009:011 I will make Jerusalem heaps, a dwelling place of jackals; and I   will make the cities of Judah a desolation, without inhabitant.

009:012 Who is the wise man, that may understand this? and [who is]   he to whom the mouth of Yahweh has spoken, that he may declare it? why is the land perished and burned up like a wilderness,        so that none passes through?

009:013 Yahweh says, Because they have forsaken my law which I set  before them, and have not obeyed my voice, neither walked therein,

009:014 but have walked after the stubbornness of their own heart,        and after the Baals, which their fathers taught them;

009:015 therefore thus says Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel, Behold, I   will feed them, even this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink.

009:016 I will scatter them also among the nations, whom neither they nor   their fathers have known; and I will send the sword after them, until I have consumed them.

009:017 Thus says Yahweh of Armies, Consider you, and call for the mourning  women, that they may come; and send for the skillful women, that they may come:

009:018 and let 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.

009:019 For a voice of wailing is heard out of Zion, How are we ruined!  we are greatly confounded, because we have forsaken the land, because they have cast down our dwellings.

009:020 Yet hear the word of Yahweh, you women, and let your ear receive  the word of his mouth; and teach your daughters wailing,        and everyone her neighbor lamentation.

009:021 For death is come up into our windows, it is entered into our palaces;   to cut off the children from outside, [and] the young men from the streets.

009:022 Speak, Thus says Yahweh, The dead bodies of men shall fall as dung  on the open field, and as the handful after the harvester;        and none shall gather [them].

009:023 Thus says Yahweh, Don’t let the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, don’t let        the rich man glory in his riches;

009:024 but let him who glories glory in this, that he has understanding,   and knows me, that I am Yahweh who exercises loving kindness, justice, and righteousness, in the earth:   for in these things I delight, says Yahweh.

009:025 Behold, the days come, says Yahweh, that I will punish all        those who are circumcised in [their] uncircumcision:

009:026 Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and Moab,  and all that have the corners [of their hair] cut off, who dwell in the wilderness; for all the nations are uncircumcised,  and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in heart.

010:001 Hear the word which Yahweh speaks to you, house of Israel!

010:002 Thus says Yahweh, “Don’t learn the way of the nations,        and don’t be dismayed at the signs of the sky; for the nations are dismayed at them.

010:003 For the customs of the peoples are vanity; for one cuts a tree        out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman with the axe.

010:004 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it not move.

010:005 They are like a palm tree, of turned work, and don’t speak:        they must be carried, because they can’t go.  Don’t be afraid  of them; for they can’t do evil, neither is it in them  to do good.”

010:006 There is none like you, Yahweh; you are great, and your name  is great in might.

010:007 Who should not fear you, King of the nations? for to you does  it appertain; because among all the wise men of the nations,        and in all their royal estate, there is none like you.

010:008 But they are together brutish and foolish:  the instruction        of idols! it is but a stock.

010:009 There is silver beaten into plates, which is brought from Tarshish,   and gold from Uphaz, the work of the artificer and of the hands  of the goldsmith; blue and purple for their clothing;  they are all the work of skillful men.

010:010 But Yahweh is the true God; he is the living God,   and an everlasting King:  at his wrath the earth trembles, and the nations are not able to abide his indignation.

010:011 Thus shall you say to them, The gods that have not made        the heavens and the earth, these shall perish from the earth,  and from under the heavens.

010:012 He has made the earth by his power, he has established the world   by his wisdom, and by his understanding has he stretched        out the heavens:

010:013 when he utters his voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens, and he causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth;  he makes lightnings for the rain, and brings forth the wind        out of his treasuries.

010:014 Every man is become brutish [and is] without knowledge;        every goldsmith is disappointed by his engraved image;  for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.

010:015 They are vanity, a work of delusion:  in the time of their        visitation they shall perish.

010:016 The portion of Jacob is not like these; for he is the former        of all things; and Israel is the tribe of his inheritance: Yahweh of Armies is his name.

010:017 Gather up your wares out of the land, you who abide in the siege.

010:018 For thus says Yahweh, Behold, I will sling out the inhabitants   of the land at this time, and will distress them, that they        may feel [it].

010:019 Woe is me because of my hurt! my wound is grievous:        but I said, Truly this is [my] grief, and I must bear it.

010:020 My tent is destroyed, and all my cords are broken:  my children are gone forth from me, and they are no more:  there is none to spread my tent any more, and to set  up my curtains.

010:021 For the shepherds are become brutish, and have not inquired   of Yahweh:  therefore they have not prospered, and all their flocks are scattered.

010:022 The voice of news, behold, it comes, and a great commotion out  of the north country, to make the cities of Judah a desolation, a dwelling place of jackals.

010:023 Yahweh, I know that the way of man is not in himself:  it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.

010:024 Yahweh, correct me, but in measure:  not in your anger,        lest you bring me to nothing.

010:025 Pour out your wrath on the nations that don’t know you,        and on the families that don’t call on your name:  for they have devoured Jacob, yes, they have devoured him   and consumed him, and have laid waste his habitation.

011:001 The word that came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, saying,

011:002 Hear you the words of this covenant, and speak to the men of Judah,  and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem;

011:003 and say you to them, Thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel:  Cursed be  the man who doesn’t hear the words of this covenant,

011:004 which I commanded your fathers in the day that I brought them   forth out of the land of Egypt, out of the iron furnace, saying,        Obey my voice, and do them, according to all which I command you:  so shall you be my people, and I will be your God;

011:005 that I may establish the oath which I swore to your fathers,        to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as at this day.        Then answered I, and said, Amen, Yahweh.

011:006 Yahweh said to me, Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah,  and in the streets of Jerusalem, saying, Hear you the words        of this covenant, and do them.

011:007 For I earnestly protested to your fathers in the day that I        brought them up out of the land of Egypt, even to this day, rising early and protesting, saying, Obey my voice.

011:008 Yet they didn’t obey, nor turn their ear, but walked        everyone in the stubbornness of their evil heart:  therefore I brought on them all the words of this covenant,  which I commanded them to do, but they didn’t do them.

011:009 Yahweh said to me, A conspiracy is found among the men of Judah, and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

011:010 They 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.

011:011 Therefore thus says Yahweh, Behold, I will bring evil on them,   which they shall not be able to escape; and they shall cry to me, but I will not listen to them.

011:012 Then shall the cities of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem  go and cry to the gods to which they offer incense:  but they will not save them at all in the time of their trouble.

011:013 For according to the number of your cities are your gods, Judah;  and according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem have        you set up altars to the shameful thing, even altars to burn       incense to Baal.

011:014 Therefore don’t you pray for this people, neither lift up cry        nor prayer for them; for I will not hear them in the time  that they cry to me because of their trouble.

011:015 What has my beloved to do in my house, seeing she has worked   lewdness [with] many, and the holy flesh is passed from you? when you do evil, then you rejoice.

011:016 Yahweh called your name, A green olive tree, beautiful with  goodly fruit:  with the noise of a great tumult he has kindled        fire on it, and the branches of it are broken.

011:017 For Yahweh of Armies, who planted you, has pronounced evil against you, because of the evil of the house of Israel and   of the house of Judah, which they have worked for themselves in provoking me to anger by offering incense to Baal.

011:018 Yahweh gave me knowledge of it, and I knew it:  then you shown  me their doings.

011:019 But I was like a gentle lamb that is led to the slaughter;        and I didn’t know that they had devised devices against me,        [saying], Let us destroy the tree with the fruit of it,  and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his  name may be no more remembered.

011:020 But, Yahweh of Armies, who judges righteously, who tests        the heart and the mind, I shall see your vengeance on them;  for to you have I revealed my cause.

011:021 Therefore thus says Yahweh concerning the men of Anathoth,  who seek your life, saying, You shall not prophesy in the name  of Yahweh, that you not die by our hand;

011:022 therefore thus says Yahweh of Armies, Behold, I will punish them:   the young men shall die by the sword; their sons and their daughters shall die by famine;

011:023 and there shall be no remnant to them:  for I will bring evil        on the men of Anathoth, even the year of their visitation.

012:001 Righteous are you, Yahweh, when I contend with you; yet would I reason the cause with you:  why does the way of the wicked        prosper? why are all they at ease who deal very treacherously?

012:002 You have planted them, yes, they have taken root; they grow, yes, they bring forth fruit:  you are near in their mouth,  and far from their heart.

012:003 But you, Yahweh, know me; you see me, and try my heart toward you:   pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and prepare them for the day of slaughter.

012:004 How long shall the land mourn, and the herbs of the whole        country wither? for the wickedness of those who dwell therein,        the animals are consumed, and the birds; because they said,  He shall not see our latter end.

012:005 If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you,    then how can you contend with horses? and though in a land     of peace you are secure, yet how will you do in the pride of the Jordan?

012:006 For even your brothers, and the house of your father, even they  have dealt treacherously with you; even they have cried aloud        after you:  don’t believe them, though they speak beautiful  words to you.

012:007 I have forsaken my house, I have cast off my heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of her enemies.

012:008 My heritage is become to me as a lion in the forest:  she has uttered her voice against me; therefore I have hated her.

012:009 Is my heritage to me as a speckled bird of prey? are the birds   of prey against her round about? go you, assemble all the animals of the field, bring them to devour.

012:010 Many shepherds have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden   my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion      a desolate wilderness.

012:011 They have made it a desolation; it mourns to me, being desolate;   the whole land is made desolate, because no man lays it to heart.

012:012 Destroyers are come on all the bare heights in the wilderness;    for the sword of Yahweh devours from the one end of the land even to the other end of the land:  no flesh has peace.

012:013 They have sown wheat, and have reaped thorns;   they have put themselves to pain, and profit nothing: and you shall be ashamed of your fruits, because of the fierce  anger of Yahweh.

012:014 Thus says Yahweh against all my evil neighbors, who 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.

012:015 It shall happen, after that I have plucked them up, I will return  and have compassion on them; and I will bring them again,        every man to his heritage, and every man to his land.

012:016 It shall happen, if they will diligently learn the ways  of my people, to swear by my name, As Yahweh lives;  even as they taught my people to swear by Baal; then shall  they be built up in the midst of my people.

012:017 But if they will not hear, then will I pluck up that nation,        plucking up and destroying it, says Yahweh.

013:001 Thus says Yahweh to me, Go, and buy you a linen belt, and put it on your waist, and don’t put it in water.

013:002 So I bought a belt according to the word of Yahweh, and put it on my waist.

013:003 The word of Yahweh came to me the second time, saying,

013:004 Take the belt that you have bought, which is on your waist,        and arise, go to the Euphrates, and hide it there in a cleft  of the rock.

013:005 So I went, and hid it by the Euphrates, as Yahweh commanded me.

013:006 It happened after many days, that Yahweh said to me, Arise,  go to the Euphrates, and take the belt from there, which I        commanded you to hide there.

013:007 Then I went to the Euphrates, and dug, and took the belt from  the place where I had hid it; and behold, the belt was marred,       it was profitable for nothing.

013:008 Then the word of Yahweh came to me, saying,

013:009 Thus says Yahweh, After this manner will I mar the pride of Judah, and the great pride of Jerusalem.

013:010 This evil people, who refuse to hear my words, who walk in        the stubbornness of their heart, and are gone after other gods   to serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as this belt,  which is profitable for nothing.

013:011 For as the belt cleaves to the waist of a man, so have I caused  to cleave to me the whole house of Israel and the whole house  of Judah, says Yahweh; that they may be to me for a people,        and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory:   but they would not hear.

013:012 Therefore you shall speak to them this word:  Thus says Yahweh,  the God of Israel, Every bottle shall be filled with wine:        and they shall tell you, Do we not certainly know that every  bottle shall be filled with wine?

013:013 Then shall you tell them, Thus says Yahweh, Behold, I will fill all the inhabitants of this land, even the kings who sit on David’s throne, and the priests, and the prophets,  and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, with drunkenness.

013:014 I will dash them one against another, even the fathers and        the sons together, says Yahweh:  I will not pity, nor spare,   nor have compassion, that I should not destroy them.

013:015 Hear you, and give ear; don’t be proud; for Yahweh has spoken.

013:016 Give glory to Yahweh your God, before he cause darkness,        and before your feet stumble on the dark mountains, and,  while you look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death,  and make it gross darkness.

013:017 But if you will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret        for [your] pride; and my eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears, because Yahweh’s flock is taken captive.

013:018 Say you to the king and to the queen mother, Humble yourselves,  sit down; for your headdresses are come down, even the crown   of your glory.

013:019 The 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.

013:020 Lift up your eyes, and see those who come from the north:        where is the flock that was given you, your beautiful flock?

013:021 What will you say, when he shall set over you as head those        whom you have yourself taught to be friends to you? shall   not sorrows take hold of you, as of a woman in travail?

013:022 If you say in your heart, Why are these things come on me?        for the greatness of your iniquity are your skirts uncovered, and your heels suffer violence.

013:023 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?        then may you also do good, who are accustomed to do evil.

013:024 Therefore will I scatter them, as the stubble that passes away, by the wind of the wilderness.

013:025 This is your lot, the portion measured to you from me, says Yahweh;   because you have forgotten me, and trusted in falsehood.

013:026 Therefore will I also uncover your skirts on your face,        and your shame shall appear.

013:027 I have seen your abominations, even your adulteries,        and your neighing, the lewdness of your prostitution,  on the hills in the field.  Woe to you, Jerusalem! you will  not be made clean; how long shall it yet be?

014:001 The word of Yahweh that came to Jeremiah concerning the drought.

014:002 Judah mourns, and the gates of it languish, they sit in black        on the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up.

014:003 Their nobles send their little ones to the waters:   they come to the cisterns, and find no water; they return  with their vessels empty; they are disappointed and confounded, and cover their heads.

014:004 Because of the ground which is cracked, because no rain        has been in the land, the plowmen are disappointed,  they cover their heads.

014:005 Yes, the hind also in the field calves, and forsakes [her young], because there is no grass.

014:006 The wild donkeys stand on the bare heights, they pant for air  like jackals; their eyes fail, because there is no herbage.

014:007 Though our iniquities testify against us, work you for        your name’s sake, Yahweh; for our backslidings are many;  we have sinned against you.

014:008 You hope of Israel, the Savior of it in the time of trouble,        why should you be as a foreigner in the land, and as a wayfaring        man who turns aside to stay for a night?

014:009 Why should you be like a scared man, as a mighty man who can’t   save? yet you, Yahweh, are in the midst of us, and we are     called by your name; don’t leave us.

014:010 Thus says Yahweh to this people, Even so have they loved to wander;   they have not refrained their feet:  therefore Yahweh does not accept them; now he will remember their iniquity,  and visit their sins.

014:011 Yahweh said to me, Don’t pray for this people for [their] good.

014:012 When 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.

014:013 Then said I, Ah, Lord Yahweh! behold, the prophets tell them,  You shall not see the sword, neither shall you have famine;      but I will give you assured peace in this place.

014:014 Then Yahweh said to me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name;   I didn’t send them, neither have I commanded them, neither spoke   I to them:  they prophesy to you a lying vision, and divination,  and a thing of nothing, and the deceit of their own heart.

014:015 Therefore thus says Yahweh concerning the prophets        who prophesy in my name, and I didn’t send them,  yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land:    By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed.

014:016 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  wickedness on them.

014:017 You shall say this word to them, Let my 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 wound.

014:018 If I go forth into the field, then, behold, the slain with        the sword! and if I enter into the city, then, behold, those who        are sick with famine! for both the prophet and the priest go  about in the land, and have no knowledge.

014:019 Have you utterly rejected Judah? has your soul loathed Zion?   why have you struck us, and there is no healing for us?        We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of healing,        and behold, dismay!

014:020 We acknowledge, Yahweh, our wickedness, and the iniquity  of our fathers; for we have sinned against you.

014:021 Do not abhor [us], for your name’s sake; do not disgrace the throne  of your glory:  remember, don’t break your covenant with us.

014:022 Are there any among the vanities of the nations that can        cause rain? or can the sky give showers?  Aren’t you he,  Yahweh our God? therefore we will wait for you; for you have made all these things.

015:001 Then said Yahweh to me, Though Moses and Samuel stood        before me, yet my mind would not be toward this people:  cast them out of my sight, and let them go forth.

015:002 It shall happen, when they tell you, Where shall we go        forth? then you shall tell them, Thus says Yahweh:  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.

015:003 I will appoint over them four kinds, says Yahweh:  the sword to kill, and the dogs to tear, and the birds of the sky,  and the animals of the earth, to devour and to destroy.

015:004 I will cause them to be tossed back and forth among all the kingdoms    of the earth, because of Manasseh, the son of Hezekiah,        king of Judah, for that which he did in Jerusalem.

015:005 For who will have pity on you, Jerusalem? or who will bemoan  you? or who will turn aside to ask of your welfare?

015:006 You have rejected me, says Yahweh, you are gone backward:   therefore have I stretched out my hand against you,        and destroyed you; I am weary with repenting.

015:007 I have winnowed them with a fan in the gates of the land;        I have bereaved [them] of children, I have destroyed my people;        they didn’t return from their ways.

015:008 Their widows are increased to me above the sand of the seas;   I have brought on them against the mother of the young men        a destroyer at noonday:  I have caused anguish and terrors to fall on her suddenly.

015:009 She who has borne seven languishes; she has given up the spirit;  her sun is gone down while it was yet day; she has been        disappointed and confounded:  and the residue of them will I      deliver to the sword before their enemies, says Yahweh.

015:010 Woe is me, my mother, that you have borne me a man        of strife and a man of contention to the whole earth!   I have not lent, neither have men lent to me; [yet] everyone   of them does curse me.

015:011 Yahweh said, Most certainly I will strengthen you for good;        most certainly I will cause the enemy to make supplication   to you in the time of evil and in the time of affliction.

015:012 Can one break iron, even iron from the north, and brass?

015:013 Your substance and your treasures will I give for a spoil        without price, and that for all your sins, even in all your borders.

015:014 I will make [them] to pass with your enemies into a land        which you don’t know; for a fire is kindled in my anger,  which shall burn on you.

015:015 Yahweh, you know; remember me, and visit me, and avenge me of my persecutors; don’t take me away in your longsuffering:  know that for your sake I have suffered reproach.

015:016 Your words were found, and I ate them; and your words were  to me a joy and the rejoicing of my heart:  for I am called        by your name, Yahweh, God of Armies.

015:017 I didn’t sit in the assembly of those who make merry, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of your hand; for you have filled  me with indignation.

015:018 Why is my pain perpetual, and my wound incurable, which refuses to be healed? will you indeed be to me as a deceitful [brook],        as waters that fail?

015:019 Therefore thus says Yahweh, If you return, then will I bring        you again, that you may stand before me; and if you take  forth the precious from the vile, you shall be as my mouth:  they shall return to you, but you shall not return to them.

015:020 I will make you to this people a fortified bronze wall; and they   shall fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you;        for I am with you to save you and to deliver you, says Yahweh.

015:021 I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked, and I will        redeem you out of the hand of the terrible.

016:001 The word of Yahweh came also to me, saying,

016:002 You shall not take a wife, neither shall you have sons or daughters, in this place.

016:003 For thus says Yahweh concerning the sons and concerning        the daughters who are born in this place, and concerning   their mothers who bore them, and concerning their fathers  who became the father of them in this land:

016:004 They shall die grievous deaths:  they shall not be lamented,        neither shall they be buried; they shall be as dung on the surface        of the ground; and they shall be consumed by the sword,   and by famine; and their dead bodies shall be food for the birds  of the sky, and for the animals of the earth.

016:005 For thus says Yahweh, Don’t enter into the house of mourning,   neither go to lament, neither bemoan them; for I have taken  away my peace from this people, says Yahweh, even loving        kindness and tender mercies.

016:006 Both great and 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;

016:007 neither 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.

016:008 You shall not go into the house of feasting to sit with them,        to eat and to drink.

016:009 For thus says Yahweh of Armies, 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.

016:010 It shall happen, when you shall show this people all these words,   and they shall tell you, Why has Yahweh pronounced all this  great evil against us? or what is our iniquity? or what is  our sin that we have committed against Yahweh our God?

016:011 Then shall you tell them, Because your fathers have forsaken me,  says Yahweh, and have walked after other gods, and have  served them, and have worshiped them, and have forsaken me,        and have not kept my law;

016:012 and you have done evil more than your fathers; for, behold,        you walk every one after the stubbornness of his evil heart,  so that you don’t listen to me:

016:013 therefore will I cast you forth out of this land into the land        that you have not known, neither you nor your fathers; and there shall you serve other gods day and night;  for I will show you no favor.

016:014 Therefore, behold, the days come, says Yahweh, that it shall        no more be said, As Yahweh lives, who brought up the children        of Israel out of the land of Egypt;

016:015 but, As Yahweh lives, who brought up the children of Israel        from the land of the north, and from all the countries where   he had driven them.  I will bring them again into their land  that I gave to their fathers.

016:016 Behold, I will send for many fishermen, says Yahweh, and they  shall fish them up; 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.

016:017 For my eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from        my face, neither is their iniquity concealed from my eyes.

016:018 First I will recompense their iniquity and their sin double,        because they have polluted my land with the carcasses  of their detestable things, and have filled my inheritance with their abominations.

016:019 Yahweh, my strength, and my stronghold, and my refuge in the day  of affliction, to you shall the nations come from the ends     of the earth, and shall say, Our fathers have inherited nothing but lies, [even] vanity and things in which there is no profit.

016:020 Shall a man make to himself gods, which yet are no gods?

016:021 Therefore, behold, I will cause them to know, this once will I  cause them to know my hand and my might; and they shall know        that my name is Yahweh.

017:001 The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, [and] with the point  of a diamond:  it is engraved on the tablet of their heart,        and on the horns of your altars;

017:002 while their children remember their altars and their Asherim        by the green trees on the high hills.

017:003 My mountain in the field, I will give your substance and all your treasures for a spoil, [and] your high places, because of sin,        throughout all your borders.

017:004 You, even of yourself, shall discontinue from your heritage        that I gave you; and I will cause you to serve your enemies  in the land which you don’t know:  for you have kindled a fire in my anger which shall burn forever.

017:005 Thus says Yahweh:  Cursed is the man who trusts in man,        and makes flesh his arm, and whose heart departs from Yahweh.

017:006 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not        see when good comes, but shall inhabit the parched places  in the wilderness, a salt land and not inhabited.

017:007 Blessed is the man who trusts in Yahweh, and whose trust Yahweh is.

017:008 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, who spreads        out its roots by the river, and shall not fear when heat comes,    but its leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

017:009 The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is        exceedingly corrupt:  who can know it?

017:010 I, Yahweh, search the mind, I try the heart, even to give        every man according to his ways, according to the fruit  of his doings.

017:011 As the partridge that sits on [eggs] which she has not laid,        so is he who gets riches, and not by right; in the midst   of his days they shall leave him, and at his end he shall  be a fool.

017:012 A glorious throne, [set] on high from the beginning,   is the place of our sanctuary.

017:013 Yahweh, the hope of Israel, all who forsake you shall        be disappointed.  Those who depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken Yahweh, the spring of living waters.

017:014 Heal me, O Yahweh, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved:  for you are my praise.

017:015 Behold, they tell me, Where is the word of Yahweh? let        it come now.

017:016 As for me, I have not hurried from being a shepherd after you;   neither have I desired the woeful day; you know:   that which came out of my lips was before your face.

017:017 Don’t be a terror to me:  you are my refuge in the day of evil.

017:018 Let them be disappointed who persecute me, but let not me        be disappointed; let them be dismayed, but don’t let me be dismayed; bring on them the day of evil, and destroy them with double destruction.

017:019 Thus said Yahweh to me:  Go, and stand in the gate of the children   of the people, through which the kings of Judah come in,       and by which they go out, and in all the gates of Jerusalem;

017:020 and tell them, Hear you the word of Yahweh, you kings of Judah, and all Judah, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem,  that enter in by these gates:

017:021 Thus says Yahweh, Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the Sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem;

017:022 neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the Sabbath   day holy, neither do any work:  but make the Sabbath day,        as I commanded your fathers.

017:023 But they didn’t listen, neither turn their ear, but made        their neck stiff, that they might not hear, and might  not receive instruction.

017:024 It shall happen, if you diligently listen to me, says Yahweh,        to bring in no burden through the gates of this city   on the Sabbath day, but to make the Sabbath day holy, to do no work therein;

017:025 then shall there enter in by the gates of this city    kings and princes sitting on 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 remain forever.

017:026 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 hill country, and from the South,       bringing burnt offerings, and sacrifices, and meal offerings,  and frankincense, and bringing [sacrifices of] thanksgiving,  to the house of Yahweh.

017:027 But if you will not listen to me to make the Sabbath day holy,   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 of it,  and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall  not be quenched.

018:001 The word which came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, saying,

018:002 Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause   you to hear my words.

018:003 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and behold, he was        making a work on the wheels.

018:004 When 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.

018:005 Then the word of Yahweh came to me, saying,

018:006 House of Israel, can’t I do with you as this potter? says Yahweh.   Behold, as the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand,  house of Israel.

018:007 At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning  a kingdom, to pluck up and to break down and to destroy it;

018:008 if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turn from their evil,   I will repent of the evil that I thought to do to them.

018:009 At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it;

018:010 if they do that which is evil in my sight, that they not obey        my voice, then I will repent of the good, with which I said  I would benefit them.

018:011 Now therefore, speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants   of Jerusalem, saying, Thus says Yahweh:  Behold, I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you:   return you now everyone from his evil way, and amend your ways  and your doings.

018:012 But they say, It is in vain; for we will walk after our        own devices, and we will do everyone after the stubbornness  of his evil heart.

018:013 Therefore thus says Yahweh:  Ask you now among the nations,   who has heard such things; the virgin of Israel has done        a very horrible thing.

018:014 Shall the snow of Lebanon fail from the rock of the field? [or]   shall the cold waters that flow down from afar be dried up?

018:015 For my people have forgotten me, they have burned incense to    false [gods]; and they have been made to stumble in their ways,        in the ancient paths, to walk in byways, in a way not built up;

018:016 to make their land an astonishment, and a perpetual hissing;        everyone who passes thereby shall be astonished,  and shake his head.

018:017 I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy;        I will show them the back, and not the face, in the day  of their calamity.

018:018 Then said they, Come, and let us devise devices against Jeremiah;   for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel        from the wise, nor the word from the prophet.  Come, and let   us strike him with the tongue, and let us not give heed  to any of his words.

018:019 Give heed to me, Yahweh, and listen to the voice of those who contend with me.

018:020 Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have dug a pit        for my soul.  Remember how I stood before you to speak good        for them, to turn away your wrath from them.

018:021 Therefore deliver up their children to the famine, and give        them over to the power of the sword; and let their wives  become childless, and widows; and let their men be slain of death,  [and] their young men struck of the sword in battle.

018:022 Let a cry be heard from their houses, when you shall bring        a troop suddenly on them; for they have dug a pit to take me,        and hid snares for my feet.

018:023 Yet, Yahweh, you know all their counsel against me to kill me;  don’t forgive their iniquity, neither blot out their sin   from your sight; but let them be overthrown before you;  deal you with them in the time of your anger.

019:001 Thus said Yahweh, Go, and buy a potter’s earthen bottle,        and [take] of the elders of the people, and of the elders  of the priests;

019:002 and go forth to 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 you;

019:003 and say, Hear you the word of Yahweh, kings of Judah,        and inhabitants of Jerusalem:  thus says Yahweh of Armies,   the God of Israel, Behold, I will bring evil on this place, which whoever hears, his ears shall tingle.

019:004 Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged this place,  and have burned incense in it to other gods, that they        didn’t know, they and their fathers and the kings of Judah;  and have filled this place with the blood of innocents,

019:005 and have built the high places of Baal, to burn their sons        in the fire for burnt offerings to Baal; which I didn’t command,  nor spoke it, neither came it into my mind:

019:006 therefore, behold, the days come, says Yahweh, that this place  shall no more be called Topheth, nor The valley of the son        of Hinnom, but The valley of Slaughter.

019:007 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 those who seek their life:  and their dead  bodies will I give to be food for the birds of the sky, and for the animals of the earth.

019:008 I will make this city an astonishment, and a hissing;        everyone who passes thereby shall be astonished and hiss  because of all the plagues of it.

019:009 I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and   the flesh of their daughters; and they shall eat everyone  the flesh of his friend, in the siege and in the distress,  with which their enemies, and those who seek their life,  shall distress them.

019:010 Then shall you break the bottle in the sight of the men        who go with you,

019:011 and shall tell them, Thus says Yahweh of Armies:  Even so will I    break this people and this city, as one breaks a potter’s vessel,        that can’t be made whole again; and they shall bury in Topheth,        until there be no place to bury.

019:012 Thus will I do to this place, says Yahweh, and to the inhabitants of it, even making this city as Topheth:

019:013 and 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 on whose roofs they have burned incense  to all the army of the sky, and have poured out drink offerings  to other gods.

019:014 Then came Jeremiah from Topheth, where Yahweh had sent him   to prophesy; and he stood in the court of Yahweh’s house,        and said to all the people:

019:015 Thus says Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel, Behold, I will   bring on this city and on all its towns all the evil that I have        pronounced against it; because they have made their neck stiff,        that they may not hear my words.

020:001 Now Pashhur, the son of Immer the priest, who was chief officer   in the house of Yahweh, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things.

020:002 Then Pashhur struck Jeremiah the prophet, and put him        in the stocks that were in the upper gate of Benjamin,  which was in the house of Yahweh.

020:003 It happened on the next day, that Pashhur brought forth        Jeremiah out of the stocks.  Then said Jeremiah to him,   Yahweh has not called your name Pashhur, but Magormissabib.

020:004 For thus says Yahweh, Behold, I will make you a terror        to yourself, and to all your friends; and they shall fall   by the sword of their enemies, and your eyes shall see 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 kill  them with the sword.

020:005 Moreover I will give all the riches of this city, and all the gains  of it, and all the precious things of it, yes, all the treasures        of the kings of Judah will I give into the hand of their enemies;    and they shall make them a prey, and take them, and carry  them to Babylon.

020:006 You, Pashhur, and all who dwell in your house shall go into captivity;   and you shall come to Babylon, and there you shall die,      and there shall you be buried, you, and all your friends, to whom you have prophesied falsely.

020:007 Yahweh, you have persuaded me, and I was persuaded;        you are stronger than I, and have prevailed:  I am become    a laughing-stock all the day, every one mocks me.

020:008 For as often as I speak, I cry out; I cry, Violence and        destruction! because the word of Yahweh is made a reproach to me,        and a derision, all the day.

020:009 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        fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with forbearing, and I can’t [contain].

020:010 For I have heard the defaming of many, terror on every side.  Denounce, and we will denounce him, [say] all my familiar friends, those who watch for my fall; peradventure he will be persuaded,  and we shall prevail against him, and we shall take our        revenge on him.

020:011 But Yahweh is with me as an awesome mighty one:  therefore my   persecutors shall stumble, and they shall not prevail;        they shall be utterly disappointed, because they have not  dealt wisely, even with an everlasting dishonor which shall  never be forgotten.

020:012 But, Yahweh of Armies, who tests the righteous, who sees        the heart and the mind, let me see your vengeance on them;  for to you have I revealed my cause.

020:013 Sing to Yahweh, praise you Yahweh; for he has delivered the soul  of the needy from the hand of evil-doers.

020:014 Cursed be the day in which I was born:  don’t let the day        in which my mother bore me be blessed.

020:015 Cursed be the man who brought news to my father, saying, A boy  is born to you; making him very glad.

020:016 Let that man be as the cities which Yahweh overthrew,        and didn’t repent:  and let him hear a cry in the morning,  and shouting at noontime;

020:017 because he didn’t kill me from the womb; and so my mother        would have been my grave, and her womb always great.

020:018 Why came I forth out of the womb to see labor and sorrow,        that my days should be consumed with shame?

021:001 The word which came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, when king Zedekiah  sent to him Pashhur the son of Malchijah, and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah, the priest, saying,

021:002 Please inquire of Yahweh for us; for Nebuchadnezzar king        of Babylon makes war against us:  peradventure Yahweh  will deal with us according to all his wondrous works,  that he may go up from us.

021:003 Then said Jeremiah to them, Thus shall you tell Zedekiah:

021:004 Thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel, Behold, I will turn back  the weapons of war that are in your hands, with which you        fight against the king of Babylon, and against the Chaldeans        who besiege you, without the walls; and I will gather them  into the midst of this city.

021:005 I myself will fight against you with an outstretched hand        and with a strong arm, even in anger, and in wrath, and in great indignation.

021:006 I will strike the inhabitants of this city, both man and animal:  they shall die of a great pestilence.

021:007 Afterward, says Yahweh, I will deliver Zedekiah king of Judah,   and his servants, and the people, even such as are left in this        city from the pestilence, from the sword, and from the famine,        into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand        of their enemies, and into the hand of those who seek their life:        and he shall strike them with the edge of the sword;  he shall not spare them, neither have pity, nor have mercy.

021:008 To this people you shall say, Thus says Yahweh:  Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death.

021:009 He who remains in this city shall die by the sword,   and by the famine, and by the pestilence; but he who goes out,  and passes over to the Chaldeans who besiege you, he shall live,  and his life shall be to him for a prey.

021:010 For I have set my face on this city for evil, and not for good,        says Yahweh:  it shall be given into the hand of the king  of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire.

021:011 Touching the house of the king of Judah, hear you the word of Yahweh:

021:012 House of David, thus says Yahweh, Execute justice in the morning,   and deliver him who is robbed out of the hand of the oppressor,   lest my wrath go forth like fire, and burn so that none can  quench it, because of the evil of your doings.

021:013 Behold, I am against you, O inhabitant of the valley,        [and] of the rock of the plain, says Yahweh; you that say,  Who shall come down against us? or who shall enter  into our habitations?

021:014 I will punish you according to the fruit of your doings,        says Yahweh; and I will kindle a fire in her forest, and it  shall devour all that is round about her.

022:001 Thus said Yahweh:  Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and speak there this word,

022:002 Say, Hear the word of Yahweh, king of Judah, who sits on        the throne of David, you, and your servants, and your people        who enter in by these gates.

022:003 Thus says Yahweh:  Execute you justice and righteousness,        and deliver him who is robbed out of the hand of the oppressor:        and do no wrong, do no violence, to the foreigner, the fatherless,        nor the widow; neither shed innocent blood in this place.

022:004 For if you do this thing indeed, then shall there enter in by        the gates of this house kings sitting on the throne of David,        riding in chariots and on horses, he, and his servants,  and his people.

022:005 But if you will not hear these words, I swear by myself,        says Yahweh, that this house shall become a desolation.

022:006 For thus says Yahweh concerning the house of the king        of Judah:  You are Gilead to me, [and] the head of Lebanon;        [yet] surely I will make you a wilderness, [and] cities  which are not inhabited.

022:007 I will prepare destroyers against you, everyone with his weapons;   and they shall cut down your choice cedars, and cast them  into the fire.

022:008 Many nations shall pass by this city, and they shall say every man  to his neighbor, Why has Yahweh done thus to this great city?

022:009 Then they shall answer, Because they forsook the covenant        of Yahweh their God, and worshiped other gods, and served them.

022:010 Don’t you weep for the dead, neither bemoan him; but weep        sore for him who goes away; for he shall return no more,  nor see his native country.

022:011 For thus says Yahweh 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 there any more.

022:012 But in the place where they have led him captive, there shall        he die, and he shall see this land no more.

022:013 Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers   by injustice; who uses his neighbor’s service without wages, and doesn’t give him his hire;

022:014 who says, I will build me a wide house and spacious chambers,  and cuts him out windows; and it is ceiling with cedar,        and painted with vermilion.

022:015 Shall you reign, because you strive to excel in cedar?        Didn’t your father eat and drink, and do justice and righteousness?        then it was well with him.

022:016 He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well.        Wasn’t this to know me? says Yahweh.

022:017 But your eyes and your heart are not but for your covetousness,   and for shedding innocent blood, and for oppression,       and for violence, to do it.

022:018 Therefore thus says Yahweh concerning Jehoiakim the son of Josiah,   king of Judah:  they shall not lament for him, [saying], Ah my brother! or, Ah sister!  They shall not lament for him,        [saying] Ah lord! or, Ah his glory!

022:019 He shall be buried with the burial of a donkey, drawn and cast  forth beyond the gates of Jerusalem.

022:020 Go up to Lebanon, and cry; and lift up your voice in Bashan,  and cry from Abarim; for all your lovers are destroyed.

022:021 I spoke to you in your prosperity; but you said, I will not hear.  This has been your manner from your youth, that you didn’t        obey my voice.

022:022 The wind shall feed all your shepherds, and your lovers        shall go into captivity:  surely then shall you be ashamed and confounded for all your wickedness.

022:023 Inhabitant of Lebanon, who makes your nest in the cedars,        how greatly to be pitied shall you be when pangs come on you,        the pain as of a woman in travail!

022:024 As I live, says Yahweh, though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim   king of Judah were the signet on my right hand, yet would I  pluck you there;

022:025 and I will give you into the hand of those who seek your life,  and into the hand of them of whom you are afraid, even into        the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand        of the Chaldeans.

022:026 I will cast you out, and your mother who bore you, into another country, where you were not born; and there  shall you die.

022:027 But to the land whereunto their soul longs to return,        there shall they not return.

022:028 Is this man Coniah a despised broken vessel? is he a vessel        in which none delights? why are they cast out, he and his seed,        and are cast into the land which they don’t know?

022:029 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of Yahweh.

022:030 Thus says Yahweh, Write you this man childless, a man        who shall not prosper in his days; for no more shall a man  of his seed prosper, sitting on the throne of David,  and ruling in Judah.

023:001 Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my  pasture! says Yahweh.

023:002 Therefore thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel, against the        shepherds who feed my people:  You have scattered my flock,        and driven them away, and have not visited them; behold, I will        visit on you the evil of your doings, says Yahweh.

023:003 I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries        where I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds;       and they shall be fruitful and multiply.

023:004 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, says Yahweh.

023:005 Behold, the days come, says Yahweh, that I will raise to David  a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.

023:006 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely; and this is his name by which he shall be called:  Yahweh our righteousness.

023:007 Therefore, behold, the days come, says Yahweh, that they shall  no more say, As Yahweh lives, who brought up the children        of Israel out of the land of Egypt;

023:008 but, As Yahweh lives, who brought up and who led the seed  of the house of Israel out of the north country,  and from all the countries where I had driven them. They shall dwell in their own land.

023:009 Concerning the prophets.  My heart within me is broken,        all my bones shake; I am like a drunken man, and like a man        whom wine has overcome, because of Yahweh, and because of        his holy words.

023:010 For the land is full of adulterers; for because of swearing        the land mourns; the pastures of the wilderness are dried up. Their course is evil, and their might is not right;

023:011 for both prophet and priest are profane; yes, in my house        have I found their wickedness, says Yahweh.

023:012 Therefore their way shall be to them as slippery places        in the darkness:  they shall be driven on, and fall therein;  for I will bring evil on them, even the year of their   visitation, says Yahweh.

023:013 I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied  by Baal, and caused my people Israel to err.

023:014 In the prophets of Jerusalem also I have seen a horrible thing:   they commit adultery, and walk in lies; and they strengthen the hands of evil-doers, so that none does return from his wickedness:   they are all of them become to me as Sodom, and the inhabitants of it as Gomorrah.

023:015 Therefore thus says Yahweh of Armies concerning the prophets Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall; for from the prophets of Jerusalem is        ungodliness gone forth into all the land.

023:016 Thus says Yahweh of Armies, Don’t listen to the words of        the prophets who prophesy to you:  they teach you vanity; they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of Yahweh.

023:017 They say continually to those who despise me, Yahweh has said,You shall have peace; and to everyone who walks in the stubbornness  of his own heart they say, No evil shall come on you.

023:018 For who has stood in the council of Yahweh, that he should        perceive and hear his word? who has marked my word, and heard it?

023:019 Behold, the storm of Yahweh, [even his] wrath, is gone forth, yes,  a whirling storm:  it shall burst on the head of the wicked.

023:020 The anger of Yahweh shall not return, until he has executed,  and until he have performed the intents of his heart:  in the latter days you shall understand it perfectly.

023:021 I sent not these prophets, yet they ran:  I didn’t speak to them, yet they prophesied.

023:022 But if they had stood in my council, then had they caused my people  to hear my words, and had turned them from their evil way,and from the evil of their doings.

023:023 Am I a God at hand, says Yahweh, and not a God afar off?

023:024 Can any hide himself in secret places so that I shall not see        him? says Yahweh.  Don’t I fill heaven and earth? says Yahweh.

023:025 I have heard what the prophets have said, who prophesy lies        in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.

023:026 How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies,   even the prophets of the deceit of their own heart?

023:027 who think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams   which they tell every man to his neighbor, as their fathers        forgot my name for Baal.

023:028 The prophet who has a dream, let him tell a dream;   and he who has my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the straw to the wheat? says Yahweh.

023:029 Isn’t my word like fire? says Yahweh; and like a hammer        that breaks the rock in pieces?

023:030 Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, says Yahweh,        who steal my words everyone from his neighbor.

023:031 Behold, I am against the prophets, says Yahweh, who use        their tongues, and say, He says.

023:032 Behold, I am against those who prophesy lying dreams, says Yahweh,   and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their vain boasting:  yet I didn’t send them,  nor commanded them; neither do they profit this people at all, says Yahweh.

023:033 When this people, or the prophet, or a priest, shall ask you,        saying, What is the burden of Yahweh? then shall you tell them,        What burden!  I will cast you off, says Yahweh.

023:034 As for the prophet, and the priest, and the people, who shall say,  The burden of Yahweh, I will even punish that man and his house.

023:035 Thus shall you say everyone to his neighbor, and everyone to his brother, What has Yahweh answered? and, What has Yahweh spoken?

023:036 The burden of Yahweh shall you mention no more:  for every  man’s own word shall be his burden; for you have perverted        the words of the living God, of Yahweh of Armies our God.

023:037 Thus shall you say to the prophet, What has Yahweh answered  you? and, What has Yahweh spoken?

023:038 But if you say, The burden of Yahweh; therefore thus        says Yahweh:  Because you say this word, The burden of Yahweh,        and I have sent to you, saying, You shall not say, The burden of Yahweh;

023:039 therefore, behold, I will utterly forget you, and I will cast        you off, and the city that I gave to you and to your fathers, away from my presence:

023:040 and I will bring an everlasting reproach on you, and a        perpetual shame, which shall not be forgotten.

024:001 Yahweh shown me, and behold, two baskets of figs set before  the temple of Yahweh, after that Nebuchadnezzar 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.

024:002 One 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.

024:003 Then said Yahweh to me, What see you, Jeremiah?  I said, Figs;  the good figs, very good; and the bad, very bad, that can’t        be eaten, they are so bad.

024:004 The word of Yahweh came to me, saying,

024:005 Thus says Yahweh, 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.

024:006 For I will set my eyes on them for good, and I will bring them again  to this land:  and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up.

024:007 I will give them a heart to know me, that I am Yahweh:        and they shall be my people, and I will be their God;  for they shall return to me with their whole heart.

024:008 As the bad figs, which can’t be eaten, they are so bad,        surely thus says Yahweh, So will I give up Zedekiah the king  of Judah, and his princes, and the residue of Jerusalem,  who remain in this land, and those who dwell in the land of Egypt,

024:009 I will even give them up to be tossed back and forth among        all the kingdoms of the earth for evil; to be a reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse, in all places where I  shall drive them.

024:010 I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence,        among them, until they be consumed from off the land that I       gave to them and to their fathers.

025:001 The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah,   in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah (the same was the first year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon),

025:002 which Jeremiah the prophet spoke to all the people of Judah, and to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying:

025:003 From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon,        king of Judah, even to this day, these twenty-three years, the word of Yahweh has come to me, and I have spoken to you,   rising up early and speaking; but you have not listened.

025:004 Yahweh has sent to you all his servants the prophets,        rising up early and sending them, (but you have not listened,  nor inclined your ear to hear),

025:005 saying, Return you now everyone from his evil way, and from the evil   of your doings, and dwell in the land that Yahweh has given  to you and to your fathers, from of old and even forevermore;

025:006 and don’t go after other gods to serve them or worship them,       and don’t provoke me to anger with the work of your hands; and I will do you no harm.

025:007 Yet you have not listened to me, says Yahweh; that you may provoke  me to anger with the work of your hands to your own hurt.

025:008 Therefore thus says Yahweh of Armies:  Because you have not heard my words,

025:009 behold, I will send and take all the families of the north,        says Yahweh, and [I will send] to Nebuchadnezzar the king   of Babylon, my servant, and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants of it, and against all these nations  round about; and I will utterly destroy them, and make theman astonishment, and a hissing, and perpetual desolations.

025:010 Moreover I will take from 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.

025:011 This whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment;        and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.

025:012 It shall happen, when seventy years are accomplished,        that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation,  says Yahweh, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans;   and I will make it desolate forever.

025:013 I will bring on that land all my words which I have pronounced   against it, even all that is written in this book,        which Jeremiah has prophesied against all the nations.

025:014 For many nations and great kings shall make bondservants of them,   even of them; and I will recompense them according to their deeds, and according to the work of their hands.

025:015 For thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel, to me:  take this cup  of the wine of wrath at my hand, and cause all the nations,        to whom I send you, to drink it.

025:016 They shall drink, and reel back and forth, and be mad,        because of the sword that I will send among them.

025:017 Then took I the cup at Yahweh’s hand, and made all the nations to drink, to whom Yahweh had sent me:

025:018 [to wit], Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah, and the kings        of it, and the princes of it, to make them a desolation, an astonishment, a hissing, and a curse, as it is this day;

025:019 Pharaoh king of Egypt, and his servants, and his princes,        and all his people;

025:020 and all the mixed people, and all the kings of the land of the Uz,  and all the kings of the Philistines, and Ashkelon, and Gaza,        and Ekron, and the remnant of Ashdod;

025:021 Edom, and Moab, and the children of Ammon;

025:022 and all the kings of Tyre, and all the kings of Sidon,  and the kings of the isle which is beyond the sea;

025:023 Dedan, and Tema, and Buz, and all who have the corners [of  their hair] cut off;

025:024 and all the kings of Arabia, and all the kings of the mixed        people who dwell in the wilderness;

025:025 and all the kings of Zimri, and all the kings of Elam,        and all the kings of the Medes;

025:026 and all the kings of the north, far and near, one with another;  and all the kingdoms of the world, which are on the surface        of the earth:  and the king of Sheshach shall drink after them.

025:027 You shall tell them, Thus says Yahweh of Armies, the God        of Israel:  Drink you, and be drunken, and spew, and fall,  and rise no more, because of the sword which I will  send among you.

025:028 It shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at your hand   to drink, then shall you tell them, Thus says Yahweh   of Armies:  You shall surely drink.

025:029 For, behold, I begin to work evil at the city which is        called by my name; and should you be utterly unpunished?  You shall not be unpunished; for I will call for a sword on all the inhabitants of the earth, says Yahweh of Armies.

025:030 Therefore prophesy you against them all these words, and tell them,   Yahweh will roar from on high, and utter his voice from his  holy habitation; he will mightily roar against his fold;  he will give a shout, as those who tread [the grapes],  against all the inhabitants of the earth.

025:031 A noise shall come even to the end of the earth; for Yahweh        has a controversy with the nations; he will enter into   judgment with all flesh:  as for the wicked, he will give   them to the sword, says Yahweh.

025:032 Thus says Yahweh of Armies, Behold, evil shall go forth        from nation to nation, and a great storm shall be raised up   from the uttermost parts of the earth.

025:033 The slain of Yahweh shall be at that day from one end        of the earth even to the other end of the earth:  they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried;  they shall be dung on the surface of the ground.

025:034 Wail, you shepherds, and cry; and wallow [in ashes],        you principal of the flock; for the days of your slaughter  and of your dispersions are fully come, and you shall fall  like a goodly vessel.

025:035 The shepherds shall have no way to flee, nor the principal        of the flock to escape.

025:036 A voice of the cry of the shepherds, and the wailing of the        principal of the flock! for Yahweh lays waste their pasture.

025:037 The peaceable folds are brought to silence because of the fierce anger of Yahweh.

025:038 He has left his covert, as the lion; for their land is become an  astonishment because of the fierceness of the oppressing [sword],        and because of his fierce anger.

026:001 In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah,        king of Judah, came this word from Yahweh, saying,

026:002 Thus says Yahweh:  Stand in the court of Yahweh’s house,        and speak to all the cities of Judah, which come to worship   in Yahweh’s house, all the words that I command you to speak  to them; don’t diminish a word.

026:003 It may be they will listen, and turn every man from his evil way;   that I may repent me of the evil which I purpose to do to them      because of the evil of their doings.

026:004 You shall tell them, Thus says Yahweh:  If you will not listen   to me, to walk in my law, which I have set before you,

026:005 to listen to the words of my servants the prophets,        whom I send to you, even rising up early and sending them,  but you have not listened;

026:006 then will I make this house like Shiloh, and will make this        city a curse to all the nations of the earth.

026:007 The priests and the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah  speaking these words in the house of Yahweh.

026:008 It happened, when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking all   that Yahweh had commanded him to speak to all the people,        that the priests and the prophets and all the people laid  hold on him, saying, You shall surely die.

026:009 Why have you prophesied in the name of Yahweh, saying, This house   shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate,        without inhabitant?  All the people were gathered to Jeremiah in the house of Yahweh.

026:010 When the princes of Judah heard these things, they came up        from the king’s house to the house of Yahweh; and they sat  in the entry of the new gate of Yahweh’s [house].

026:011 Then spoke the priests and the prophets to the princes        and to all the people, saying, This man is worthy of death; for he has prophesied against this city, as you have heard  with your ears.

026:012 Then spoke Jeremiah to all the princes and to all the people,        saying, Yahweh sent me to prophesy against this house and     against this city all the words that you have heard.

026:013 Now therefore amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice   of Yahweh your God; and Yahweh will repent him of the evil  that he has pronounced against you.

026:014 But as for me, behold, I am in your hand:  do with me as is        good and right in your eyes.

026:015 Only know for certain that, if you put me to death,   you will bring innocent blood on yourselves, and on this city,  and on the inhabitants of it; for of a truth Yahweh has sent  me to you to speak all these words in your ears.

026:016 Then said the princes and all the people to the priests        and to the prophets:  This man is not worthy of death;  for he has spoken to us in the name of Yahweh our God.

026:017 Then rose up certain of the elders of the land, and spoke       to all the assembly of the people, saying,

026:018 Micah the Morashtite prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king   of Judah; and he spoke to all the people of Judah, saying,        Thus says Yahweh of Armies:  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.

026:019 Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him to death?        Didn’t he fear Yahweh, and entreat the favor of Yahweh, and Yahweh  repented him of the evil which he had pronounced against them?   Thus should we commit great evil against our own souls.

026:020 There was also a man who prophesied in the name  of Yahweh, 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:

026:021 and 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:

026:022 and Jehoiakim the king sent men into Egypt, [namely], Elnathan    the son of Achbor, and certain men with him, into Egypt;

026:023 and they fetched forth Uriah out of Egypt, and brought him        to Jehoiakim the king, who killed him with the sword,   and cast his dead body into the graves of the common people.

026:024 But 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.

027:001 In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah,        king of Judah, came this word to Jeremiah from Yahweh, saying,

027:002 Thus says Yahweh to me:  Make you bonds and bars, and put them  on your neck;

027:003 and 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 Sidon, by the hand of the messengers        who come to Jerusalem to Zedekiah king of Judah;

027:004 and give them a charge to their masters, saying, Thus says Yahweh  of Armies, the God of Israel, Thus shall you tell your masters:

027:005 I have made the earth, the men and the animals that are on the surface  of the earth, by my great power and by my outstretched arm; and I give it to whom it seems right to me.

027:006 Now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar   the king of Babylon, my servant; and the animals of the field  also have I given him to serve him.

027:007 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 bondservant.

027:008 It shall happen, 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 punish, says Yahweh, with the sword,   and with the famine, and with the pestilence, until I have   consumed them by his hand.

027:009 But as for you, don’t you listen to your prophets, nor to        your diviners, nor to your dreams, nor to your soothsayers,  nor to your sorcerers, who speak to you, saying, You shall   not serve the king of Babylon:

027:010 for they prophesy a lie to you, to remove you far from your land, and that I should drive you out, and you should perish.

027:011 But 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, says Yahweh; and they shall till it,  and dwell therein.

027:012 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.

027:013 Why will you die, you and your people, by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, as Yahweh has spoken concerning        the nation that will not serve the king of Babylon?

027:014 Don’t listen to the words of the prophets who speak   to you, saying, You shall not serve the king of Babylon;  for they prophesy a lie to you.

027:015 For I have not sent them, says Yahweh, but they prophesy        falsely in my name; that I may drive you out, and that you  may perish, you, and the prophets who prophesy to you.

027:016 Also I spoke to the priests and to all this people, saying,        Thus says Yahweh:  Don’t listen to the words of your prophets        who prophesy to you, saying, Behold, the vessels of Yahweh’s        house shall now shortly be brought again from Babylon;  for they prophesy a lie to you.

027:017 Don’t listen to them; serve the king of Babylon, and live:        why should this city become a desolation?

027:018 But if they be prophets, and if the word of Yahweh be with them, let them now make intercession to Yahweh of Armies, that the vessels which are left in the house of Yahweh,  and in the house of the king of Judah, and at Jerusalem,  don’t go to Babylon.

027:019 For thus says Yahweh of Armies concerning the pillars,        and concerning the sea, and concerning the bases, and concerning        the residue of the vessels that are left in this city,

027:020 which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon didn’t take,        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;

027:021 yes, thus says Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel,        concerning the vessels that are left in the house of Yahweh,   and in the house of the king of Judah, and at Jerusalem:

027:022 They shall be carried to Babylon, and there shall they be,        until the day that I visit them, says Yahweh; then will I    bring them up, and restore them to this place.

028:001 It happened 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 to me in the house of Yahweh, in the presence of the priests        and of all the people, saying,

028:002 Thus speaks Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel, saying, I have  broken the yoke of the king of Babylon.

028:003 Within two full years will I bring again into this place        all the vessels of Yahweh’s house, that Nebuchadnezzar king   of Babylon took away from this place, and carried to Babylon:

028:004 and I will bring again to this place Jeconiah the son   of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, with all the captives of Judah,  who went to Babylon, says Yahweh; for I will break the yoke  of the king of Babylon.

028:005 Then the prophet Jeremiah said to the prophet Hananiah        in the presence of the priests, and in the presence of all  the people who stood in the house of Yahweh,

028:006 even the prophet Jeremiah said, Amen:  Yahweh do so;        Yahweh perform your words which you have prophesied,   to bring again the vessels of Yahweh’s house, and all them   of the captivity, from Babylon to this place.

028:007 Nevertheless hear you now this word that I speak in your ears, and in the ears of all the people:

028:008 The prophets who have been before me and before you of old  prophesied against many countries, and against great kingdoms,        of war, and of evil, and of pestilence.

028:009 The prophet who prophesies of peace, when the word of the prophet  shall happen, then shall the prophet be known, that Yahweh        has truly sent him.

028:010 Then Hananiah the prophet took the bar from off the prophet  Jeremiah’s neck, and broke it.

028:011 Hananiah spoke in the presence of all the people, saying, Thus says Yahweh:  Even so will I break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar  king of Babylon within two full years from off the neck  of all the nations.  The prophet Jeremiah went his way.

028:012 Then the word of Yahweh came to Jeremiah, after that Hananiah   the prophet had broken the bar from off the neck of the        prophet Jeremiah, saying,

028:013 Go, and tell Hananiah, saying, Thus says Yahweh:  You have   broken the bars of wood; but you have made in their place        bars of iron.

028:014 For thus says Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel:  I have put   a yoke of iron on 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 animals of the field also.

028:015 Then said the prophet Jeremiah to Hananiah the prophet,        Hear now, Hananiah:  Yahweh has not sent you; but you make        this people to trust in a lie.

028:016 Therefore thus says Yahweh, Behold, I will send you away        from off the surface of the earth:  this year you shall die, because you have spoken rebellion against Yahweh.

028:017 So Hananiah the prophet died the same year in the seventh month.

029:001 Now these are the words of the letter that Jeremiah  the prophet sent from Jerusalem to 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,

029:002 (after that Jeconiah the king, and the queen mother, and the eunuchs,[and] the princes of Judah and Jerusalem, and the craftsmen,        and the smiths, were departed from Jerusalem),

029:003 by the hand of Elasah the son of Shaphan, and Gemariah the son   of Hilkiah, (whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent to Babylon        to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon), saying,

029:004 Thus says Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel, to all        the captivity, whom I have caused to be carried away captive        from Jerusalem to Babylon:

029:005 Build you houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens,        and eat the fruit of them.

029:006 Take wives, and father sons and daughters; and take wives        for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands,    that they may bear sons and daughters; and multiply you there,  and don’t be diminished.

029:007 Seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried   away captive, and pray to Yahweh for it; for in the peace        of it shall you have peace.

029:008 For thus says Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel:  Don’t let   your prophets who are in the midst of you, and your diviners,        deceive you; neither listen you to your dreams which you   cause to be dreamed.

029:009 For they prophesy falsely to you in my name:  I have not        sent them, says Yahweh.

029:010 For thus says Yahweh, After seventy years are accomplished  for Babylon, I will visit you, and perform my good word  toward you, in causing you to return to this place.

029:011 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says Yahweh,   thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope in        your latter end.

029:012 You shall call on me, and you shall go and pray to me,        and I will listen to you.

029:013 You shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me  with all your heart.

029:014 I will be found by you, says Yahweh, and I will turn again        your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations,    and from all the places where I have driven you, says Yahweh;   and I will bring you again to the place from where I caused   you to be carried away captive.

029:015 Because you have said, Yahweh has raised us up prophets in Babylon;

029:016 thus says Yahweh concerning the king who sits on the throne   of David, and concerning all the people who dwell in this city,  your brothers who haven’t gone forth with you into captivity;

029:017 thus says Yahweh of Armies; Behold, I will send on them the sword,  the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them like vile figs, that can’t be eaten, they are so bad.

029:018 I will pursue after them with the sword, with the famine,        and with the pestilence, and will deliver them to be tossed back        and forth among all the kingdoms of the earth, to be an object   of horror, and an astonishment, and a hissing, and a reproach,  among all the nations where I have driven them;

029:019 because they have not listened to my words, says Yahweh,        with which I sent to them my servants the prophets, rising up        early and sending them; but you would not hear, says Yahweh.

029:020 Hear you therefore the word of Yahweh, all you of the captivity,  whom I have sent away from Jerusalem to Babylon.

029:021 Thus says Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel, concerning Ahab the son of Kolaiah, and concerning Zedekiah the son of Maaseiah,   who prophesy a lie to you in my name:  Behold, I will deliver   them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon;        and he shall kill them before your eyes;

029:022 and of them shall be taken up a curse by all the captives of Judah  who are in Babylon, saying, Yahweh make you like Zedekiah        and like Ahab, whom the king of Babylon roasted in the fire;

029:023 because they have worked folly in Israel, and have committed    adultery with their neighbors’ wives, and have spoken        words in my name falsely, which I didn’t command them;   and I am he who knows, and am witness, says Yahweh.

029:024 Concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite you shall speak, saying,

029:025 Thus speaks Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel, saying,        Because you have sent letters in your own name to all the people        who are at Jerusalem, and to Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah, the priest, and to all the priests, saying,

029:026 Yahweh has made you priest in the place of Jehoiada the priest,  that there may be officers in the house of Yahweh,  for every man who is mad, and makes himself a prophet,  that you should put him in the stocks and in shackles.

029:027 Now therefore, why have you not rebuked Jeremiah of Anathoth, who makes himself a prophet to you,

029:028 because he has sent to us in Babylon, saying, [The captivity]   is long:  build you houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them?

029:029 Zephaniah the priest read this letter in the ears of        Jeremiah the prophet.

029:030 Then came the word of Yahweh to Jeremiah, saying,

029:031 Send to all them of the captivity, saying, Thus says Yahweh        concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite:  Because Shemaiah has        prophesied to you, and I didn’t send him, and he has caused  you to trust in a lie;

029:032 therefore thus says Yahweh, Behold, I will punish Shemaiah    the Nehelamite, and his seed; he shall not have a man to dwell  among this people, neither shall he see the good that I   will do to my people, says Yahweh, because he has spoken  rebellion against Yahweh.

030:001 The word that came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, saying,

030:002 Thus speaks Yahweh, the God of Israel, saying, Write you all  the words that I have spoken to you in a book.

030:003 For, behold, the days come, says Yahweh, that I will turn again   the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, says Yahweh;        and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave  to their fathers, and they shall possess it.

030:004 These are the words that Yahweh spoke concerning Israel        and concerning Judah.

030:005 For thus says Yahweh:  We have heard a voice of trembling,  of fear, and not of peace.

030:006 Ask now, and see whether a man does travail with child:        why do I see every man with his hands on his waist, as a woman        in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?

030:007 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it:  it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved  out of it.

030:008 It shall come to pass in that day, says Yahweh of Armies, that I    will break his yoke from off your neck, and will burst your bonds;    and strangers shall no more make him their bondservant;

030:009 but they shall serve Yahweh their God, and David their king,  whom I will raise up to them.

030:010 Therefore don’t you be afraid, O Jacob my servant, says Yahweh;   neither be dismayed, Israel:  for, behold, I will save you        from afar, and your seed from the land of their captivity;    and Jacob shall return, and shall be quiet and at ease,  and none shall make him afraid.

030:011 For I am with you, says Yahweh, to save you:  for I will make   a full end of all the nations where I have scattered you,        but I will not make a full end of you; but I will correct   you in measure, and will in no way leave you unpunished.

030:012 For thus says Yahweh, Your hurt is incurable,  and your wound grievous.

030:013 There is none to plead your cause, that you may be bound up:  you have no healing medicines.

030:014 All your lovers have forgotten you; they don’t seek you:        for I have wounded you with the wound of an enemy, with the        chastisement of a cruel one, for the greatness of your iniquity,      because your sins were increased.

030:015 Why cry you for your hurt? your pain is incurable:   for the greatness of your iniquity, because your sins   were increased, I have done these things to you.

030:016 Therefore all those who devour you shall be devoured; and all    your adversaries, everyone of them, shall go into captivity;        and those who despoil you shall be a spoil, and all who prey   on you will I give for a prey.

030:017 For I will restore health to you, and I will heal you   of your wounds, says Yahweh; because they have called you  an outcast, [saying], It is Zion, whom no man seeks after.

030:018 Thus says Yahweh:  Behold, I will turn again the captivity        of Jacob’s tents, and have compassion on his dwelling places;   and the city shall be built on its own hill, and the palace  shall be inhabited after its own manner.

030:019 Out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of those who   make merry:  and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few;  I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.

030:020 Their children also shall be as before, and their congregation   shall be established before me; and I will punish all        who oppress them.

030:021 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 to me:  for who is he who has had boldness        to approach to me? says Yahweh.

030:022 You shall be my people, and I will be your God.

030:023 Behold, the storm of Yahweh, [even his] wrath, is gone forth,   a sweeping storm:  it shall burst on the head of the wicked.

030:024 The fierce anger of Yahweh shall not return, until he has executed, and until he have performed the intents of his heart:   in the latter days you shall understand it.

031:001 At that time, says Yahweh, will I be the God of all the families  of Israel, and they shall be my people.

031:002 Thus says Yahweh, The people who were left of the sword found  favor in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause        him to rest.

031:003 Yahweh appeared of old to me, [saying], Yes, I have loved you  with an everlasting love:  therefore with loving kindness        have I drawn you.

031:004 Again will I build you, and you shall be built, O virgin of Israel:   again shall you be adorned with your tambourines, and shall        go forth in the dances of those who make merry.

031:005 Again shall you plant vineyards on the mountains of Samaria;  the planters shall plant, and shall enjoy [the fruit of it].

031:006 For there shall be a day, that the watchmen on the hills        of Ephraim shall cry, Arise you, and let us go up to Zion   to Yahweh our God.

031:007 For thus says Yahweh, Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout  for the chief of the nations:  publish you, praise you,  and say, Yahweh, save your people, the remnant of Israel.

031:008 Behold, 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 who travails with child together:  a great company shall they return here.

031:009 They shall come with weeping; and with petitions will I lead them:   I will cause them to walk by rivers of waters, in a straight way    in which they shall not stumble; for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.

031:010 Hear the word of Yahweh, you nations, and declare it in the islands  afar off; and say, He who scattered Israel will gather him,     and keep him, as shepherd does his flock.

031:011 For Yahweh has ransomed Jacob, and redeemed him from the hand  of him who was stronger than he.

031:012 They shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow  to the goodness of Yahweh, to the grain, and to the new 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 sorrow any more at all.

031:013 Then 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.

031:014 I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my        people shall be satisfied with my goodness, says Yahweh.

031:015 Thus says Yahweh:  A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation,   and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children;        she refuses to be comforted for her children, because they   are no more.

031:016 Thus says Yahweh:  Refrain your voice from weeping, and your  eyes from tears; for your work shall be rewarded, says Yahweh;    and they shall come again from the land of the enemy.

031:017 There is hope for your latter end, says Yahweh; and [your]        children shall come again to their own border.

031:018 I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself [thus],        You have chastised me, and I was chastised, as a calf     unaccustomed [to the yoke]: turn you me, and I shall be turned;      for you are Yahweh my God.

031:019 Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I        was instructed, I struck on my thigh:  I was ashamed, yes,  even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth.

031:020 Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a darling child? for as often        as I speak against him, I do earnestly remember him still:       therefore my heart yearns for him; I will surely have mercy   on him, says Yahweh.

031:021 Set up road signs, make guideposts; set your heart toward        the highway, even the way by which you went:  turn again,        virgin of Israel, turn again to these your cities.

031:022 How long will you go here and there, you backsliding        daughter? for Yahweh has created a new thing in the earth: a woman shall encompass a man.

031:023 Thus says Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel, Yet again shall they   use this speech in the land of Judah and in the cities of it,        when I shall bring again their captivity:  Yahweh bless you,        habitation of righteousness, mountain of holiness.

031:024 Judah and all the cities of it shall dwell therein together,        the farmers, and those who go about with flocks.

031:025 For I have satiated the weary soul, and every sorrowful soul        have I replenished.

031:026 On this I awakened, and saw; and my sleep was sweet to me.

031:027 Behold, the days come, says Yahweh, that I will sow the house  of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man,        and with the seed of animal.

031:028 It shall happen 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, says Yahweh.

031:029 In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten        sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.

031:030 But everyone shall die for his own iniquity:  every man who eats  the sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge.

031:031 Behold, the days come, says Yahweh, that I will make a new   covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

031:032 not 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; which my covenant they broke, although I was a husband to them, says Yahweh.

031:033 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house        of Israel after those days, says Yahweh:  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:

031:034 and they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man    his brother, saying, Know Yahweh; for they shall all know me,  from the least of them to the greatest of them, says Yahweh:  for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin will I      remember no more.

031:035 Thus says Yahweh, who gives the sun for a light by day,        and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light   by night, who stirs up the sea, so that the waves of it roar;  Yahweh of Armies is his name:

031:036 If these ordinances depart from before me, says Yahweh,        then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation  before me forever.

031:037 Thus says Yahweh:  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 Israel for all   that they have done, says Yahweh.

031:038 Behold, the days come, says Yahweh, that the city shall be built  to Yahweh from the tower of Hananel to the gate of the corner.

031:039 The measuring line shall go out further straight onward        to the hill Gareb, and shall turn about to Goah.

031:040 The whole valley of the dead bodies and of the ashes,        and all the fields to the brook Kidron, to the corner   of the horse gate toward the east, shall be holy to Yahweh;  it shall not be plucked up, nor thrown down any more forever.

032:001 The word that came to Jeremiah from Yahweh in the tenth        year of Zedekiah king of Judah, which was the eighteenth  year of Nebuchadnezzar.

032:002 Now 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.

032:003 For Zedekiah king of Judah had shut him up, saying, Why do you prophesy, and say, Thus says Yahweh, Behold, I will        give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon,   and he shall take it;

032:004 and 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 see his eyes;

032:005 and he shall bring Zedekiah to Babylon, and there shall he be until I visit him, says Yahweh:  though you fight with the Chaldeans,  you shall not prosper?

032:006 Jeremiah said, The word of Yahweh came to me, saying,

032:007 Behold, Hanamel the son of Shallum your uncle shall come        to you, saying, Buy you my field that is in Anathoth;  for the right of redemption is yours to buy it.

032:008 So Hanamel my uncle’s son came to me in the court of the guard  according to the word of Yahweh, and said to me, Please buy        my field that is in Anathoth, which is in the land of Benjamin;        for the right of inheritance is yours, and the redemption  is yours; buy it for yourself.  Then I knew that this was   the word of Yahweh.

032:009 I bought the field that was in Anathoth of Hanamel my uncle’s son,   and weighed him the money, even seventeen shekels of silver.

032:010 I subscribed the deed, and sealed it, and called witnesses,        and weighed him the money in the balances.

032:011 So I took the deed of the purchase, both that which was sealed,  containing the terms and conditions, and that which was open;

032:012 and I delivered the deed of the purchase to Baruch the son of Neriah, the son of Mahseiah, in the presence of Hanamel my uncle’s son,   and in the presence of the witnesses who subscribed the deed  of the purchase, before all the Jews who sat in the court  of the guard.

032:013 I charged Baruch before them, saying,

032:014 Thus says Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel:  Take these deeds,   this deed of the purchase which is sealed, and this deed        which is open, and put them in an earthen vessel; that they  may continue many days.

032:015 For thus says Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel:  Houses and   fields and vineyards shall yet again be bought in this land.

032:016 Now after I had delivered the deed of the purchase to Baruch the son of Neriah, I prayed to Yahweh, saying,

032:017 Ah Lord Yahweh! behold, you have made the heavens and        the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm;        there is nothing too hard for you,

032:018 who show loving kindness to thousands, and recompense the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them;        the great, the mighty God, Yahweh of Armies is his name;

032:019 great in counsel, and mighty in work; whose eyes are open on   all the ways of the sons of men, to give everyone according        to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings:

032:020 who performed signs and wonders in the land of Egypt,        even to this day, both in Israel and among [other] men;  and made you a name, as in this day;

032:021 and brought forth your 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;

032:022 and gave them this land, which you did swear to their fathers   to give them, a land flowing with milk and honey;

032:023 and they came in, and possessed it, but they didn’t obey your voice, neither walked in your law; they have   done nothing of all that you commanded them to do:   therefore you have caused all this evil to come on them.

032:024 Behold, the mounds, they are come to the city to take it;        and the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans who  fight against it, because of the sword, and of the famine,  and of the pestilence; and what you have spoken has happened;  and behold, you see it.

032:025 You have said to me, Lord Yahweh, Buy you the field for money,  and call witnesses; whereas the city is given into the hand        of the Chaldeans.

032:026 Then came the word of Yahweh to Jeremiah, saying,

032:027 Behold, I am Yahweh, the God of all flesh:  is there anything  too hard for me?

032:028 Therefore thus says Yahweh:  Behold, I will give this city intothe hand of the Chaldeans, and into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar        king of Babylon, and he shall take it:

032:029 and the Chaldeans, who fight against this city, shall come        and set this city on fire, and burn it, with the houses,   on whose roofs they have offered incense to Baal, and poured  out drink offerings to other gods, to provoke me to anger.

032:030 For the children of Israel and the children of Judah have        done only that which was evil in my sight from their youth;   for the children of Israel have only provoked me to anger with the work of their hands, says Yahweh.

032:031 For this city has been to me a provocation of my anger and of   my wrath from the day that they built it even to this day;   that I should remove it from before my face,

032:032 because of all the evil of the children of Israel and of the children   of Judah, which they have done to provoke me to anger, they,  their kings, their princes, their priests, and their prophets,        and the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

032:033 They have turned to me the back, and not the face:   and though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them,  yet they have not listened to receive instruction.

032:034 But they set their abominations in the house which is called        by my name, to defile it.

032:035 They built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley        of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters   to pass through [the fire] to Molech; which I didn’t command them, neither did it come into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.

032:036 Now therefore thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel,        concerning this city, about which you say, It is given into   the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, and by the famine,   and by the pestilence:

032:037 Behold, I will gather them out of all the countries,        where I have driven them in my anger, and in my wrath, and in        great indignation; and I will bring them again to this place,  and I will cause them to dwell safely:

032:038 and they shall be my people, and I will be their God:

032:039 and I will give them one heart and one way, that they       may fear me forever, for the good of them, and of their  children after them:

032:040 and I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I        will not turn away from following them, to do them good;    and I will put my fear in their hearts, that they may not   depart from me.

032:041 Yes, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant   them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with        my whole soul.

032:042 For thus says Yahweh:  Like as I have brought all this great evil  on this people, so will I bring on them all the good that I        have promised them.

032:043 Fields shall be bought in this land, about which you say,        It is desolate, without man or animal; it is given into the hand   of the Chaldeans.

032:044 Men 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, says Yahweh.

033:001 Moreover the word of Yahweh came to Jeremiah the second time,   while he was yet shut up in the court of the guard, saying,

033:002 Thus says Yahweh who does it, Yahweh who forms it to establish it;  Yahweh is his name:

033:003 Call to me, and I will answer you, and will show you great things, and difficult, which you don’t know.

033:004 For thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel, concerning the houses  of this city, and concerning the houses of the kings of Judah,        which are broken down [to make a defense] against the mounds        and against the sword;

033:005 while [men] come to fight with the Chaldeans, and to fill them   with the dead bodies of men, whom I have killed in my anger        and in my wrath, and for all whose wickedness I have hid   my face from this city:

033:006 Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them;        and I will reveal to them abundance of peace and truth.

033:007 I will cause the captivity of Judah and the captivity of Israel        to return, and will build them, as at the first.

033:008 I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, by which they        have sinned against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities,   by which they have sinned against me, and by which they have transgressed against me.

033:009 [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 to them, and shall   fear and tremble for all the good and for all the peace that I  procure to it.

033:010 Thus says Yahweh:  Yet again there shall be heard in this place,   about which you say, It is waste, without man and without animal,  even in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem,        that are desolate, without man and without inhabitant   and without animal,

033:011 the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of        the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voice of those  who say, Give thanks to Yahweh of Armies, for Yahweh is good,  for his loving kindness endures forever; [and of them] who bring [sacrifices of] thanksgiving into the house of Yahweh.   For I will cause the captivity of the land to return as at  the first, says Yahweh.

033:012 Thus says Yahweh of Armies:  Yet again shall there be in        this place, which is waste, without man and without animal,   and in all the cities of it, a habitation of shepherds causing  their flocks to lie down.

033:013 In 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 who  numbers them, says Yahweh.

033:014 Behold, the days come, says Yahweh, that I will perform that   good word which I have spoken concerning the house of Israel        and concerning the house of Judah.

033:015 In those days, and at that time, will I cause a Branch   of righteousness to grow up to David; and he shall execute  justice and righteousness in the land.

033:016 In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely;   and this is [the name] by which she shall be called:       Yahweh our righteousness.

033:017 For thus says Yahweh:  David shall never want a man to sit        on the throne of the house of Israel;

033:018 neither shall the priests the Levites want a man before me        to offer burnt offerings, and to burn meal offerings, and to do sacrifice continually.

033:019 The word of Yahweh came to Jeremiah, saying,

033:020 Thus says Yahweh:  If you can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, so that there shall not be day        and night in their season;

033:021 then may also my covenant be broken with David my servant,  that he shall not have a son to reign on his throne;  and with the Levites the priests, my ministers.

033:022 As the army of the sky can’t be numbered, neither the sand        of the sea measured; so will I multiply the seed of David my servant, and the Levites who minister to me.

033:023 The word of Yahweh came to Jeremiah, saying,

033:024 Don’t you consider what this people has spoken, saying, The two   families which Yahweh did choose, he has cast them off?        thus do they despise my people, that they should be no more   a nation before them.

033:025 Thus says Yahweh:  If my covenant of day and night fails,        if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth;

033:026 then 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   mercy on them.

034:001 The word which came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, when Nebuchadnezzar  king of Babylon, and all his army, and all the kingdoms of   the earth that were under his dominion, and all the peoples,  were fighting against Jerusalem, and against all the cities        of it, saying:

034:002 Thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel, Go, and speak to Zedekiah   king of Judah, and tell him, Thus says Yahweh, Behold, I will  give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon,  and he shall burn it with fire:

034:003 and you shall not escape out of his hand, but shall surely        be taken, and delivered into his hand; and your eyes shall see   the eyes of the king of Babylon, and he shall speak with you mouth to mouth, and you shall go to Babylon.

034:004 Yet hear the word of Yahweh, O Zedekiah king of Judah:        thus says Yahweh concerning you, You shall not die by the sword;

034:005 you shall die in peace; and with the burnings of your fathers,  the former kings who were before you, so shall they make        a burning for you; and they shall lament you, [saying], Ah Lord!        for I have spoken the word, says Yahweh.

034:006 Then Jeremiah the prophet spoke all these words to Zedekiah king of Judah in Jerusalem,

034:007 when the king of Babylon’s army was fighting 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.

034:008 The word that came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, after that the king  Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people who were  at Jerusalem, to proclaim liberty to them;

034:009 that every man should let his male servant, and every man        his female servant, who is a Hebrew or a Hebrewess, go free;  that none should make bondservants of them, [to wit], of a Jew his brother.

034:010 All the princes and all the people obeyed, who had entered        into the covenant, that everyone should let his male servant,  and everyone his female servant, go free, that none should make     bondservants of them any more; they obeyed, and let them go:

034:011 but afterwards they turned, and caused the servants and the handmaids,   whom they had let go free, to return, and brought them intosubjection for servants and for handmaids.

034:012 Therefore the word of Yahweh came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, saying,

034:013 Thus says Yahweh, 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,

034:014 At the end of seven years you shall let go every man his        brother who is a Hebrew, who has been sold to you, and has       served you six years, you shall let him go free from you:  but your fathers didn’t listen to me, neither inclined their ear.

034:015 You were now turned, and had done that which is right in my eyes,  in proclaiming liberty every man to his neighbor; and you        had made a covenant before me in the house which is called by my name:

034:016 but you turned and profaned my name, and caused every man   his servant, and every man his handmaid, whom you had let        go free at their pleasure, to return; and you brought them


 

 

 

 

 

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