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24:004:007 The lion is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the
Gentiles is on his way; he is gone forth from his place to
make thy land desolate; and thy cities shall be laid waste,
without an inhabitant.
24:004:008 For this gird you with sackcloth, lament and howl: for the
fierce anger of the LORD is not turned back from us.
24:004:009 And it shall come to pass at that day, saith the LORD, that
the heart of the king shall perish, and the heart of the
princes; and the priests shall be astonished, and the prophets
24:004:010 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! surely thou hast greatly deceived
this people and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall have peace;
whereas the sword reacheth unto the soul.
24:004:011 At that time shall it be said to this people and to Jerusalem,
A dry wind of the high places in the wilderness toward the
daughter of my people, not to fan, nor to cleanse,
24:004:012 Even a full wind from those places shall come unto me: now
also will I give sentence against them.
24:004:013 Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be
as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto
us! for we are spoiled.
24:004:014 O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou
mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within
24:004:015 For a voice declareth from Dan, and publisheth affliction from
24:004:016 Make ye 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.
24:004:017 As keepers of a field, are they against her round about;
because she hath been rebellious against me, saith the LORD.
24:004:018 Thy way and thy doings have procured these things unto thee;
this is thy wickedness, because it is bitter, because it
reacheth unto thine heart.
24:004:019 My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart
maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou
hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of
24:004:020 Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is
spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains in a
24:004:021 How long shall I see the standard, and hear the sound of the
24:004:022 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are
sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are
wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.
24:004:023 I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void;
and the heavens, and they had no light.
24:004:024 I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the
hills moved lightly.
24:004:025 I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the
heavens were fled.
24:004:026 I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and
all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the
LORD, and by his fierce anger.
24:004:027 For thus hath the LORD said, The whole land shall be desolate;
yet will I not make a full end.
24:004:028 For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be
black; because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will
not repent, neither will I turn back from it.
24:004:029 The whole city shall flee for the noise of the horsemen and
bowmen; they shall go into thickets, and climb up upon the
rocks: every city shall be forsaken, and not a man dwell
24:004:030 And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou
clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with
ornaments of gold, though thou rentest thy face with painting,
in vain shalt thou make thyself fair; thy lovers will despise
thee, they will seek thy life.
24:004:031 For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, and the
anguish as of her that bringeth forth her first child, the
voice of the daughter of Zion, that bewaileth herself, that
spreadeth her hands, saying, Woe is me now! for my soul is
wearied because of murderers.
24:005:001 Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see
now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can
find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that
seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it.
24:005:002 And though they say, The LORD liveth; surely they swear
24:005:003 O LORD, are not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken
them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, but
they have refused to receive correction: they have made their
faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return.
24:005:004 Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for
they know not the way of the LORD, nor the judgment of their
24:005:005 I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them;
for they have known the way of the LORD, and the judgment of
their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke, and
burst the bonds.
24:005:006 Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf
of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over
their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in
pieces: because their transgressions are many, and their
backslidings are increased.
24:005:007 How shall I pardon thee for this? thy children have forsaken
me, and sworn by them that are no gods: when I had fed them to
the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled
themselves by troops in the harlots' houses.
24:005:008 They were as fed horses in the morning: every one neighed
after his neighbour's wife.
24:005:009 Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: and shall
not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?
24:005:010 Go ye up upon her walls, and destroy; but make not a full end:
take away her battlements; for they are not the LORD's.
24:005:011 For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very
treacherously against me, saith the LORD.
24:005:012 They have belied the LORD, and said, It is not he; neither
shall evil come upon us; neither shall we see sword nor
24:005:013 And the prophets shall become wind, and the word is not in
them: thus shall it be done unto them.
24:005:014 Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak
this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and
this people wood, and it shall devour them.
24:005:015 Lo, I will bring a nation upon you from far, O house of
Israel, saith the LORD: it is a mighty nation, it is an
ancient nation, a nation whose language thou knowest not,
neither understandest what they say.
24:005:016 Their quiver is as an open sepulchre, they are all mighty men.
24:005:017 And they shall eat up thine harvest, and thy bread, which thy
sons and thy daughters should eat: they shall eat up thy
flocks and thine herds: they shall eat up thy vines and thy
fig trees: they shall impoverish thy fenced cities, wherein
thou trustedst, with the sword.
24:005:018 Nevertheless in those days, saith the LORD, I will not make a
full end with you.
24:005:019 And it shall come to pass, when ye shall say, Wherefore doeth
the LORD our God all these things unto us? then shalt thou
answer them, Like as ye have forsaken me, and served strange
gods in your land, so shall ye serve strangers in a land that
is not your's.
24:005:020 Declare this in the house of Jacob, and publish it in Judah,
24:005:021 Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding;
which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:
24:005:022 Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not tremble at my
presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea
by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the
waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail;
though they roar, yet can they not pass over it?
24:005:023 But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they
are revolted and gone.
24:005:024 Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the LORD our
God, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his
season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the
24:005:025 Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins
have withholden good things from you.
24:005:026 For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he
that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men.
24:005:027 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of
deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich.
24:005:028 They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds
of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the
fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do
they not judge.
24:005:029 Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: shall not
my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?
24:005:030 A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land;
24:005:031 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by
their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will
ye do in the end thereof?
24:006:001 O ye children of Benjamin, gather yourselves to flee out of
the midst of Jerusalem, and blow the trumpet in Tekoa, and set
up a sign of fire in Bethhaccerem: for evil appeareth out of
the north, and great destruction.
24:006:002 I have likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate
24:006:003 The shepherds with their flocks shall come unto her; they
shall pitch their tents against her round about; they shall
feed every one in his place.
24:006:004 Prepare ye war against her; arise, and let us go up at noon.
Woe unto us! for the day goeth away, for the shadows of the
evening are stretched out.
24:006:005 Arise, and let us go by night, and let us destroy her palaces.
24:006:006 For thus hath the LORD of hosts said, Hew ye down trees, and
cast a mount against Jerusalem: this is the city to be
visited; she is wholly oppression in the midst of her.
24:006:007 As a fountain casteth out her waters, so she casteth out her
wickedness: violence and spoil is heard in her; before me
continually is grief and wounds.
24:006:008 Be thou instructed, O Jerusalem, lest my soul depart from
thee; lest I make thee desolate, a land not inhabited.
24:006:009 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall throughly glean the
remnant of Israel as a vine: turn back thine hand as a
grapegatherer into the baskets.
24:006:010 To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear?
behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken:
behold, the word of the LORD is unto them a reproach; they
have no delight in it.
24:006:011 Therefore I am full of the fury of the LORD; I am weary with
holding in: I will pour it out upon the children abroad, and
upon the assembly of young men together: for even the husband
with the wife shall be taken, the aged with him that is full
24:006:012 And their houses shall be turned unto others, with their
fields and wives together: for I will stretch out my hand upon
the inhabitants of the land, saith the LORD.
24:006:013 For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them
every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even
unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.
24:006:014 They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people
slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
24:006:015 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay,
they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush:
therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time
that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.
24:006:016 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask
for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein,
and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will
not walk therein.
24:006:017 Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of
the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.
24:006:018 Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is
24:006:019 Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people,
even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not
hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.
24:006:020 To what purpose cometh there to me incense from Sheba, and the
sweet cane from a far country? your burnt offerings are not
acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet unto me.
24:006:021 Therefore thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will lay
stumblingblocks before this people, and the fathers and the
sons together shall fall upon them; the neighbour and his
friend shall perish.
24:006:022 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, a people cometh from the north
country, and a great nation shall be raised from the sides of
24:006:023 They shall lay hold on bow and spear; they are cruel, and have
no mercy; their voice roareth like the sea; and they ride upon
horses, set in array as men for war against thee, O daughter
24:006:024 We have heard the fame thereof: our hands wax feeble: anguish
hath taken hold of us, and pain, as of a woman in travail.
24:006:025 Go not forth into the field, nor walk by the way; for the
sword of the enemy and fear is on every side.
24:006:026 O daughter of my people, gird thee with sackcloth, and wallow
thyself in ashes: make thee mourning, as for an only son, most
bitter lamentation: for the spoiler shall suddenly come upon
24:006:027 I have set thee for a tower and a fortress among my people,
that thou mayest know and try their way.
24:006:028 They are all grievous revolters, walking with slanders: they
are brass and iron; they are all corrupters.
24:006:029 The bellows are burned, the lead is consumed of the fire; the
founder melteth in vain: for the wicked are not plucked away.
24:006:030 Reprobate silver shall men call them, because the LORD hath
24:007:001 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
24:007:002 Stand in the gate of the LORD's house, and proclaim there this
word, and say, Hear the word of the LORD, all ye of Judah,
that enter in at these gates to worship the LORD.
24:007:003 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your
ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this
24:007:004 Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD,
The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, are these.
24:007:005 For if ye throughly amend your ways and your doings; if ye
throughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbour;
24:007:006 If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow,
and shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after
other gods to your hurt:
24:007:007 Then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that
I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever.
24:007:008 Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit.
24:007:009 Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely,
and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye
24:007:010 And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by
my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these
24:007:011 Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of
robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the
24:007:012 But go ye now unto my place which was in Shiloh, where I set
my name at the first, and see what I did to it for the
wickedness of my people Israel.
24:007:013 And now, because ye have done all these works, saith the LORD,
and I spake unto you, rising up early and speaking, but ye
heard not; and I called you, but ye answered not;
24:007:014 Therefore will I do unto this house, which is called by my
name, wherein ye trust, and unto the place which I gave to you
and to your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh.
24:007:015 And I will cast you out of my sight, as I have cast out all
your brethren, even the whole seed of Ephraim.
24:007:016 Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry
nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I
will not hear thee.
24:007:017 Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the
streets of Jerusalem?
24:007:018 The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and
the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of
heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that
they may provoke me to anger.
24:007:019 Do they provoke me to anger? saith the LORD: do they not
provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces?
24:007:020 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, mine anger and my
fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon
beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of
the ground; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched.
24:007:021 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Put your
burnt offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh.
24:007:022 For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the
day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning
burnt offerings or sacrifices:
24:007:023 But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I
will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in
all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well
24:007:024 But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in
the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and
went backward, and not forward.
24:007:025 Since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of
Egypt unto this day I have even sent unto you all my servants
the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them:
24:007:026 Yet they hearkened not unto me, nor inclined their ear, but
hardened their neck: they did worse than their fathers.
24:007:027 Therefore thou shalt speak all these words unto them; but they
will not hearken to thee: thou shalt also call unto them; but
they will not answer thee.
24:007:028 But thou shalt say unto them, This is a nation that obeyeth
not the voice of the LORD their God, nor receiveth correction:
truth is perished, and is cut off from their mouth.
24:007:029 Cut off thine hair, O Jerusalem, and cast it away, and take up
a lamentation on high places; for the LORD hath rejected and
forsaken the generation of his wrath.
24:007:030 For the children of Judah have done evil in my sight, saith
the LORD: they have set their abominations in the house which
is called by my name, to pollute it.
24:007:031 And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the
valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their
daughters in the fire; which I commanded them not, neither
came it into my heart.
24:007:032 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it
shall no more be called Tophet, nor the valley of the son of
Hinnom, but the valley of slaughter: for they shall bury in
Tophet, till there be no place.
24:007:033 And the carcases of this people shall be meat for the fowls of
the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth; and none shall
fray them away.
24:007:034 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 be desolate.
24:008:001 At that time, saith the LORD, they shall bring out the bones
of the kings of Judah, and the bones of his princes, and the
bones of the priests, and the bones of the prophets, and the
bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, out of their graves:
24:008:002 And they shall spread them before the sun, and the moon, and
all the host of heaven, whom they have loved, and whom they
have served, and after whom they have walked, and whom they
have sought, and whom they have worshipped: they shall not be
gathered, nor be buried; they shall be for dung upon the face
of the earth.
24:008:003 And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue
of them that remain of this evil family, which remain in all
the places whither I have driven them, saith the LORD of
24:008:004 Moreover thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD; Shall
they fall, and not arise? shall he turn away, and not return?
24:008:005 Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a
perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to
24:008:006 I hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright: no man
repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done?
every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the
24:008:007 Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and
the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of
their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD.
24:008:008 How do ye say, We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with
us? Lo, certainly in vain made he it; the pen of the scribes
is in vain.
24:008:009 The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo,
they have rejected the word of the LORD; and what wisdom is in
24:008:010 Therefore will I give their wives unto others, and their
fields to them that shall inherit them: for every one from the
least even unto the greatest is given to covetousness, from
the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.
24:008:011 For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people
slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
24:008:012 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay,
they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush:
therefore shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of
their visitation they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.
24:008:013 I will surely consume them, saith the LORD: there shall be no
grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree, and the leaf
shall fade; and the things that I have given them shall pass
away from them.
24:008:014 Why do we sit still? assemble yourselves, and let us enter
into the defenced cities, and let us be silent there: for the
LORD our God hath put us to silence, and given us water of
gall to drink, because we have sinned against the LORD.
24:008:015 We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of
health, and behold trouble!
24:008:016 The snorting of his horses was heard from Dan: the whole land
trembled at the sound of the neighing of his strong ones; for
they are come, and have devoured the land, and all that is in
it; the city, and those that dwell therein.
24:008:017 For, behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you,
which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you, saith the
24:008:018 When I would comfort myself against sorrow, my heart is faint
24:008:019 Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people
because of them that dwell in a far country: Is not the LORD
in Zion? is not her king in her? Why have they provoked me to
anger with their graven images, and with strange vanities?
24:008:020 The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not
24:008:021 For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am
black; astonishment hath taken hold on me.
24:008:022 Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why
then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?
24:009:001 Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of
tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the
daughter of my people!
24:009:002 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
be all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men.
24:009:003 And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they
are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed
from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD.
24:009:004 Take ye heed every one of his neighbour, and trust ye not in
any brother: for every brother will utterly supplant, and
every neighbour will walk with slanders.
24:009:005 And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not
speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies,
and weary themselves to commit iniquity.
24:009:006 Thine habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit
they refuse to know me, saith the LORD.
24:009:007 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, I will melt
them, and try them; for how shall I do for the daughter of my
24:009:008 Their tongue is as an arrow shot out; it speaketh deceit: one
speaketh peaceably to his neighbour with his mouth, but in
heart he layeth his wait.
24:009:009 Shall I not visit them for these things? saith the LORD: shall
not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?
24:009:010 For the mountains will I take up a weeping and wailing, and
for the habitations of the wilderness a lamentation, because
they are burned up, so that none can pass through them;
neither can men hear the voice of the cattle; both the fowl of
the heavens and the beast are fled; they are gone.
24:009:011 And I will make Jerusalem heaps, and a den of dragons; and I
will make the cities of Judah desolate, without an inhabitant.
24:009:012 Who is the wise man, that may understand this? and who is he
to whom the mouth of the LORD hath spoken, that he may declare
it, for what the land perisheth and is burned up like a
wilderness, that none passeth through?
24:009:013 And the LORD saith, Because they have forsaken my law which I
set before them, and have not obeyed my voice, neither walked
24:009:014 But have walked after the imagination of their own heart, and
after Baalim, which their fathers taught them:
24:009:015 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel;
Behold, I will feed them, even this people, with wormwood, and
give them water of gall to drink.
24:009:016 I will scatter them also among the heathen, whom neither they
nor their fathers have known: and I will send a sword after
them, till I have consumed them.
24:009:017 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Consider ye, and call for the
mourning women, that they may come; and send for cunning
women, that they may come:
24:009:018 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
24:009:019 For a voice of wailing is heard out of Zion, How are we
spoiled! we are greatly confounded, because we have forsaken
the land, because our dwellings have cast us out.
24:009:020 Yet hear the word of the LORD, O ye women, and let your ear
receive the word of his mouth, and teach your daughters
wailing, and every one her neighbour lamentation.
24:009:021 For death is come up into our windows, and is entered into our
palaces, to cut off the children from without, and the young
men from the streets.
24:009:022 Speak, Thus saith the LORD, Even the carcases of men shall
fall as dung upon the open field, and as the handful after the
harvestman, and none shall gather them.
24:009:023 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,
neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the
rich man glory in his riches:
24:009:024 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth
and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise
lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for
in these things I delight, saith the LORD.
24:009:025 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will punish all
them which are circumcised with the uncircumcised;
24:009:026 Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and
Moab, and all that are in the utmost corners, that dwell in
the wilderness: for all these nations are uncircumcised, and
all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart.
24:010:001 Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of
24:010:002 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be
not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are
dismayed at them.
24:010:003 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree
out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with
24:010:004 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with
nails and with hammers, that it move not.
24:010:005 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must
needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them;
for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do
24:010:006 Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art
great, and thy name is great in might.
24:010:007 Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth
it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the
nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto
24:010:008 But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a
doctrine of vanities.
24:010:009 Silver spread into plates is brought from Tarshish, and gold
from Uphaz, the work of the workman, and of the hands of the
founder: blue and purple is their clothing: they are all the
work of cunning men.
24:010:010 But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an
everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and
the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.
24:010:011 Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the
heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth,
and from under these heavens.
24:010:012 He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the
world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his
24:010:013 When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in
the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the
ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and
bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.
24:010:014 Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is
confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is
falsehood, and there is no breath in them.
24:010:015 They are vanity, and the work of errors: in the time of their
visitation they shall perish.
24:010:016 The portion of Jacob is not like them: for he is the former of
all things; and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: The LORD
of hosts is his name.
24:010:017 Gather up thy wares out of the land, O inhabitant of the
24:010:018 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will sling out the
inhabitants of the land at this once, and will distress them,
that they may find it so.
24:010:019 Woe is me for my hurt! my wound is grievous; but I said, Truly
this is a grief, and I must bear it.
24:010:020 My tabernacle is spoiled, and all my cords are broken: my
children are gone forth of me, and they are not: there is none
to stretch forth my tent any more, and to set up my curtains.
24:010:021 For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the
LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks
shall be scattered.
24:010:022 Behold, the noise of the bruit is come, and a great commotion
out of the north country, to make the cities of Judah
desolate, and a den of dragons.
24:010:023 O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is
not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
24:010:024 O LORD, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger,
lest thou bring me to nothing.
24:010:025 Pour out thy fury upon the heathen that know thee not, and
upon the families that call not on thy name: for they have
eaten up Jacob, and devoured him, and consumed him, and have
made his habitation desolate.
24:011:001 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD saying,
24:011:002 Hear ye the words of this covenant, and speak unto the men of
Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem;
24:011:003 And say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel;
Cursed be the man that obeyeth not the words of this covenant,
24:011:004 Which I commanded your fathers in the day that I brought them
forth out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying,
Obey my voice, and do them, according to all which I command
you: so shall ye be my people, and I will be your God:
24:011:005 That I may perform the oath which I have sworn unto your
fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as
it is this day. Then answered I, and said, So be it, O LORD.
24:011:006 Then the LORD said unto me, Proclaim all these words in the
cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, saying, Hear
ye the words of this covenant, and do them.
24:011:007 For I earnestly protested unto your fathers in the day that I
brought them up out of the land of Egypt, even unto this day,
rising early and protesting, saying, Obey my voice.
24:011:008 Yet they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but walked every
one in the imagination of their evil heart: therefore I will
bring upon them all the words of this covenant, which I
commanded them to do: but they did them not.
24:011:009 And the LORD said unto me, A conspiracy is found among the men
of Judah, and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
24:011:010 They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers,
which refused to hear my words; and they went 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.
24:011:011 Therefore thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon
them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they
shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them.
24:011:012 Then shall the cities of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem
go, and cry unto the gods unto whom they offer incense: but
they shall not save them at all in the time of their trouble.
24:011:013 For according to the number of thy cities were thy gods, O
Judah; and according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem
have ye set up altars to that shameful thing, even altars to
burn incense unto Baal.
24:011:014 Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up a cry
or prayer for them: for I will not hear them in the time that
they cry unto me for their trouble.
24:011:015 What hath my beloved to do in mine house, seeing she hath
wrought lewdness with many, and the holy flesh is passed from
thee? when thou doest evil, then thou rejoicest.
24:011:016 The LORD called thy name, A green olive tree, fair, and of
goodly fruit: with the noise of a great tumult he hath kindled
fire upon it, and the branches of it are broken.
24:011:017 For the LORD of hosts, that planted thee, hath pronounced evil
against thee, for the evil of the house of Israel and of the
house of Judah, which they have done against themselves to
provoke me to anger in offering incense unto Baal.
24:011:018 And the LORD hath given me knowledge of it, and I know it:
then thou shewedst me their doings.
24:011:019 But I was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the
slaughter; and I knew not that they had devised devices
against me, saying, Let us destroy the tree with the fruit
thereof, and let us cut him off from the land of the living,
that his name may be no more remembered.
24:011:020 But, O LORD of hosts, that judgest righteously, that triest
the reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for
unto thee have I revealed my cause.
24:011:021 Therefore thus saith the LORD of the men of Anathoth, that
seek thy life, saying, Prophesy not in the name of the LORD,
that thou die not by our hand:
24:011:022 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, I will punish
them: the young men shall die by the sword; their sons and
their daughters shall die by famine:
24:011:023 And there shall be no remnant of them: for I will bring evil
upon the men of Anathoth, even the year of their visitation.
24:012:001 Righteous art thou, O LORD, when I plead with thee: yet let me
talk with thee of thy judgments: Wherefore doth the way of the
wicked prosper? wherefore are all they happy that deal very
24:012:002 Thou hast planted them, yea, they have taken root: they grow,
yea, they bring forth fruit: thou art near in their mouth, and
far from their reins.
24:012:003 But thou, O LORD, knowest me: thou hast seen me, and tried
mine heart toward thee: pull them out like sheep for the
slaughter, and prepare them for the day of slaughter.
24:012:004 How long shall the land mourn, and the herbs of every field
wither, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein? the
beasts are consumed, and the birds; because they said, He
shall not see our last end.
24:012:005 If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee,
then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of
peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how
wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?
24:012:006 For even thy brethren, and the house of thy father, even they
have dealt treacherously with thee; yea, they have called a
multitude after thee: believe them not, though they speak fair
words unto thee.
24:012:007 I have forsaken mine house, I have left mine heritage; I have
given the dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of her
24:012:008 Mine heritage is unto me as a lion in the forest; it crieth
out against me: therefore have I hated it.
24:012:009 Mine heritage is unto me as a speckled bird, the birds round
about are against her; come ye, assemble all the beasts of the
field, come to devour.
24:012:010 Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my
portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a
24:012:011 They have made it desolate, and being desolate it mourneth
unto me; the whole land is made desolate, because no man
layeth it to heart.
24:012:012 The spoilers are come upon all high places through the
wilderness: for the sword of the LORD shall devour from the
one end of the land even to the other end of the land: no
flesh shall have peace.
24:012:013 They have sown wheat, but shall reap thorns: they have put
themselves to pain, but shall not profit: and they shall be
ashamed of your revenues because of the fierce anger of the
24:012:014 Thus saith the LORD against all mine evil neighbours, that
touch the inheritance which I have caused my people Israel to
inherit; Behold, I will pluck them out of their land, and
pluck out the house of Judah from among them.
24:012:015 And it shall come to pass, after that I have plucked them out
I will return, and have compassion on them, and will bring
them again, every man to his heritage, and every man to his
24:012:016 And it shall come to pass, if they will diligently learn the
ways of my people, to swear by my name, The LORD liveth; as
they taught my people to swear by Baal; then shall they be
built in the midst of my people.
24:012:017 But if they will not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy
that nation, saith the LORD.
24:013:001 Thus saith the LORD unto me, Go and get thee a linen girdle,
and put it upon thy loins, and put it not in water.
24:013:002 So I got a girdle according to the word of the LORD, and put
it on my loins.
24:013:003 And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time, saying,
24:013:004 Take the girdle that thou hast got, which is upon thy loins,
and arise, go to Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole of the
24:013:005 So I went, and hid it by Euphrates, as the LORD commanded me.
24:013:006 And it came to pass after many days, that the LORD said unto
me, Arise, go to Euphrates, and take the girdle from thence,
which I commanded thee to hide there.
24:013:007 Then I went to Euphrates, and digged, and took the girdle from
the place where I had hid it: and, behold, the girdle was
marred, it was profitable for nothing.
24:013:008 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
24:013:009 Thus saith the LORD, After this manner will I mar the pride of
Judah, and the great pride of Jerusalem.
24:013:010 This evil people, which refuse to hear my words, which walk in
the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to
serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as this girdle,
which is good for nothing.
24:013:011 For as the girdle cleaveth to the loins of a man, so have I
caused to cleave unto me the whole house of Israel and the
whole house of Judah, saith the LORD; that they might be unto
me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a
glory: but they would not hear.
24:013:012 Therefore thou shalt speak unto them this word; Thus saith the
LORD God of Israel, Every bottle shall be filled with wine:
and they shall say unto thee, Do we not certainly know that
every bottle shall be filled with wine?
24:013:013 Then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I
will fill all the inhabitants of this land, even the kings
that sit upon David's throne, and the priests, and the
prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, with
24:013:014 And I will dash them one against another, even the fathers and
the sons together, saith the LORD: I will not pity, nor spare,
nor have mercy, but destroy them.
24:013:015 Hear ye, and give ear; be not proud: for the LORD hath spoken.
24:013:016 Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness, and
before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while
ye look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death, and
make it gross darkness.
24:013:017 But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret
places for your pride; and mine eye shall weep sore, and run
down with tears, because the LORD's flock is carried away
24:013:018 Say unto the king and to the queen, Humble yourselves, sit
down: for your principalities shall come down, even the crown
of your glory.
24:013:019 The cities of the south shall be shut up, and none shall open
them: Judah shall be carried away captive all of it, it shall
be wholly carried away captive.
24:013:020 Lift up your eyes, and behold them that come from the north:
where is the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful flock?
24:013:021 What wilt thou say when he shall punish thee? for thou hast
taught them to be captains, and as chief over thee: shall not
sorrows take thee, as a woman in travail?
24:013:022 And if thou say in thine heart, Wherefore come these things
upon me? For the greatness of thine iniquity are thy skirts
discovered, and thy heels made bare.
24:013:023 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?
then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.
24:013:024 Therefore will I scatter them as the stubble that passeth away
by the wind of the wilderness.
24:013:025 This is thy lot, the portion of thy measures from me, saith
the LORD; because thou hast forgotten me, and trusted in
24:013:026 Therefore will I discover thy skirts upon thy face, that thy
shame may appear.
24:013:027 I have seen thine adulteries, and thy neighings, the lewdness
of thy whoredom, and thine abominations on the hills in the
fields. Woe unto thee, O Jerusalem! wilt thou not be made
clean? when shall it once be?
24:014:001 The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah concerning the
24:014:002 Judah mourneth, and the gates thereof languish; they are black
unto the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up.
24:014:003 And their nobles have sent their little ones to the waters:
they came to the pits, and found no water; they returned with
their vessels empty; they were ashamed and confounded, and
covered their heads.
24:014:004 Because the ground is chapt, for there was no rain in the
earth, the plowmen were ashamed, they covered their heads.
24:014:005 Yea, the hind also calved in the field, and forsook it,
because there was no grass.
24:014:006 And the wild asses did stand in the high places, they snuffed
up the wind like dragons; their eyes did fail, because there
was no grass.
24:014:007 O LORD, though our iniquities testify against us, do thou it
for thy name's sake: for our backslidings are many; we have
sinned against thee.
24:014:008 O the hope of Israel, the saviour thereof in time of trouble,
why shouldest thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a
wayfaring man that turneth aside to tarry for a night?
24:014:009 Why shouldest thou be as a man astonied, as a mighty man that
cannot save? yet thou, O LORD, art in the midst of us, and we
are called by thy name; leave us not.
24:014:010 Thus saith the LORD unto this people, Thus have they loved to
wander, they have not refrained their feet, therefore the LORD
doth not accept them; he will now remember their iniquity, and
visit their sins.
24:014:011 Then said the LORD unto me, Pray not for this people for their
24:014:012 When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer
burnt offering and an oblation, I will not accept them: but I
will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the
24:014:013 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, the prophets say unto them,
Ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye have famine; but
I will give you assured peace in this place.
24:014:014 Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my
name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither
spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and
divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their
24:014:015 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that
prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Sword
and famine shall not be in this land; By sword and famine
shall those prophets be consumed.
24:014:016 And 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 upon them.
24:014:017 Therefore thou shalt say this word unto them; Let mine eyes
run down with tears night and day, and let them not cease: for
the virgin daughter of my people is broken with a great
breach, with a very grievous blow.
24:014:018 If I go forth into the field, then behold the slain with the
sword! and if I enter into the city, then behold them that are
sick with famine! yea, both the prophet and the priest go
about into a land that they know not.
24:014:019 Hast thou utterly rejected Judah? hath thy soul lothed Zion?
why hast thou smitten us, and there is no healing for us? we
looked for peace, and there is no good; and for the time of
healing, and behold trouble!
24:014:020 We acknowledge, O LORD, our wickedness, and the iniquity of
our fathers: for we have sinned against thee.
24:014:021 Do not abhor us, for thy name's sake, do not disgrace the
throne of thy glory: remember, break not thy covenant with us.
24:014:022 Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can
cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? art not thou he,
O LORD our God? therefore we will wait upon thee: for thou
hast made all these things.
24:015:001 Then said the LORD unto me, Though Moses and Samuel stood
before me, yet my mind could not be toward this people: cast
them out of my sight, and let them go forth.
24:015:002 And it shall come to pass, if they say unto thee, Whither
shall we go forth? then thou shalt tell them, Thus saith the
LORD; Such as are for death, to death; and such as are for the
sword, to the sword; and such as are for the famine, to the
famine; and such as are for the captivity, to the captivity.
24:015:003 And I will appoint over them four kinds, saith the LORD: the
sword to slay, and the dogs to tear, and the fowls of the
heaven, and the beasts of the earth, to devour and destroy.
24:015:004 And I will cause them to be removed into all kingdoms of the
earth, because of Manasseh the son of Hezekiah king of Judah,
for that which he did in Jerusalem.
24:015:005 For who shall have pity upon thee, O Jerusalem? or who shall
bemoan thee? or who shall go aside to ask how thou doest?
24:015:006 Thou hast forsaken me, saith the LORD, thou art gone backward:
therefore will I stretch out my hand against thee, and destroy
thee; I am weary with repenting.
24:015:007 And I will fan them with a fan in the gates of the land; I
will bereave them of children, I will destroy my people since
they return not from their ways.
24:015:008 Their widows are increased to me above the sand of the seas: I
have brought upon them against the mother of the young men a
spoiler at noonday: I have caused him to fall upon it
suddenly, and terrors upon the city.
24:015:009 She that hath borne seven languisheth: she hath given up the
ghost; her sun is gone down while it was yet day: she hath
been ashamed and confounded: and the residue of them will I
deliver to the sword before their enemies, saith the LORD.
24:015:010 Woe is me, my mother, that thou hast borne me a man of strife
and a man of contention to the whole earth! I have neither
lent on usury, nor men have lent to me on usury; yet every one
of them doth curse me.
24:015:011 The LORD said, Verily it shall be well with thy remnant;
verily I will cause the enemy to entreat thee well in the time
of evil and in the time of affliction.
24:015:012 Shall iron break the northern iron and the steel?
24:015:013 Thy substance and thy treasures will I give to the spoil
without price, and that for all thy sins, even in all thy
24:015:014 And I will make thee to pass with thine enemies into a land
which thou knowest not: for a fire is kindled in mine anger,
which shall burn upon you.
24:015:015 O LORD, thou knowest: remember me, and visit me, and revenge
me of my persecutors; take me not away in thy longsuffering:
know that for thy sake I have suffered rebuke.
24:015:016 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was
unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called
by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.
24:015:017 I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat
alone because of thy hand: for thou hast filled me with
24:015:018 Why is my pain perpetual, and my wound incurable, which
refuseth to be healed? wilt thou be altogether unto me as a
liar, and as waters that fail?
24:015:019 Therefore thus saith the LORD, If thou return, then will I
bring thee again, and thou shalt stand before me: and if thou
take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my
mouth: let them return unto thee; but return not thou unto
24:015:020 And I will make thee unto this people a fenced brasen wall:
and they shall fight against thee, but they shall not prevail
against thee: for I am with thee to save thee and to deliver
thee, saith the LORD.
24:015:021 And I will deliver thee out of the hand of the wicked, and I
will redeem thee out of the hand of the terrible.
24:016:001 The word of the LORD came also unto me, saying,
24:016:002 Thou shalt not take thee a wife, neither shalt thou have sons
or daughters in this place.
24:016:003 For thus saith the LORD concerning the sons and concerning the
daughters that are born in this place, and concerning their
mothers that bare them, and concerning their fathers that
begat them in this land;
24:016:004 They shall die of grievous deaths; they shall not be lamented;
neither shall they be buried; but they shall be as dung upon
the face of the earth: and they shall be consumed by the
sword, and by famine; and their carcases shall be meat for the
fowls of heaven, and for the beasts of the earth.
24:016:005 For thus saith the LORD, Enter not into the house of mourning,
neither go to lament nor bemoan them: for I have taken away my
peace from this people, saith the LORD, even lovingkindness
24:016:006 Both the great and the small shall die in this land: they
shall not be buried, neither shall men lament for them, nor
cut themselves, nor make themselves bald for them:
24:016:007 Neither shall men tear themselves 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.
24:016:008 Thou shalt not also go into the house of feasting, to sit with
them to eat and to drink.
24:016:009 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I
will cause to cease out of this place in 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.
24:016:010 And it shall come to pass, when thou shalt shew this people
all these words, and they shall say unto thee, Wherefore hath
the LORD pronounced all this great evil against us? or what is
our iniquity? or what is our sin that we have committed
against the LORD our God?
24:016:011 Then shalt thou say unto them, Because your fathers have
forsaken me, saith the LORD, and have walked after other gods,
and have served them, and have worshipped them, and have
forsaken me, and have not kept my law;
24:016:012 And ye have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, ye walk
every one after the imagination of his evil heart, that they
may not hearken unto me:
24:016:013 Therefore will I cast you out of this land into a land that ye
know not, neither ye nor your fathers; and there shall ye
serve other gods day and night; where I will not shew you
24:016:014 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it
shall no more be said, The LORD liveth, that brought up the
children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;
24:016:015 But, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel
from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he
had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land
that I gave unto their fathers.
24:016:016 Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the LORD, and they
shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and
they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill,
and out of the holes of the rocks.
24:016:017 For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from
my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes.
24:016:018 And first I will recompense their iniquity and their sin
double; because they have defiled my land, they have filled
mine inheritance with the carcases of their detestable and
24:016:019 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day
of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends
of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited
lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.
24:016:020 Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods?
24:016:021 Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will
cause them to know mine hand and my might; and they shall know
that my name is The LORD.
24:017:001 The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the
point of a diamond: it is graven upon the table of their
heart, and upon the horns of your altars;
24:017:002 Whilst their children remember their altars and their groves
by the green trees upon the high hills.
24:017:003 O my mountain in the field, I will give thy substance and all
thy treasures to the spoil, and thy high places for sin,
throughout all thy borders.
24:017:004 And thou, even thyself, shalt discontinue from thine heritage
that I gave thee; and I will cause thee to serve thine enemies
in the land which thou knowest not: for ye have kindled a fire
in mine anger, which shall burn for ever.
24:017:005 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man,
and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the
24:017:006 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not
see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in
the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.
24:017:007 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope
the LORD is.
24:017:008 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that
spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when
heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be
careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from
24:017:009 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately
wicked: who can know it?
24:017:010 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give
every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of
24:017:011 As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he
that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the
midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.
24:017:012 A glorious high throne from the beginning is the place of our
24:017:013 O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be
ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the
earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of
24:017:014 Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall
be saved: for thou art my praise.
24:017:015 Behold, they say unto me, Where is the word of the LORD? let
it come now.
24:017:016 As for me, I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow
thee: neither have I desired the woeful day; thou knowest:
that which came out of my lips was right before thee.
24:017:017 Be not a terror unto me: thou art my hope in the day of evil.
24:017:018 Let them be confounded that persecute me, but let not me be
confounded: let them be dismayed, but let not me be dismayed:
bring upon them the day of evil, and destroy them with double
24:017:019 Thus said the LORD unto me; Go and stand in the gate of the
children of the people, whereby the kings of Judah come in,
and by the which they go out, and in all the gates of
24:017:020 And say unto them, Hear ye the word of the LORD, ye kings of
Judah, and all Judah, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
that enter in by these gates:
24:017:021 Thus saith the LORD; Take heed to yourselves, and bear no
burden on the sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of
24:017:022 Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the sabbath
day, neither do ye any work, but hallow ye the sabbath day, as
I commanded your fathers.
24:017:023 But they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made
their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive
24:017:024 And it shall come to pass, if ye diligently hearken unto me,
saith the LORD, to bring in no burden through the gates of
this city on the sabbath day, but hallow the sabbath day, to
do no work therein;
24:017:025 Then shall there enter into the gates of this city kings and
princes sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots
and on horses, they, and their princes, the men of Judah, and
the inhabitants of Jerusalem: and this city shall remain for
24:017:026 And they shall come from the cities of Judah, and from the
places about Jerusalem, and from the land of Benjamin, and
from the plain, and from the mountains, and from the south,
bringing burnt offerings, and sacrifices, and meat offerings,
and incense, and bringing sacrifices of praise, unto the house
of the LORD.
24:017:027 But if ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the sabbath day,
and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of
Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the
gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem,
and it shall not be quenched.
24:018:001 The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
24:018:002 Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will
cause thee to hear my words.
24:018:003 Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he
wrought a work on the wheels.
24:018:004 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of
the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good
to the potter to make it.
24:018:005 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
24:018:006 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith
the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are
ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.
24:018:007 At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and
concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to
24:018:008 If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from
their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do
24:018:009 And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and
concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it;
24:018:010 If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I
will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit
24:018:011 Now therefore go to, speak to the men of Judah, and to the
inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Behold,
I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you:
return ye now every one from his evil way, and make your ways
and your doings good.
24:018:012 And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our
own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his
24:018:013 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Ask ye now among the heathen,
who hath heard such things: the virgin of Israel hath done a
very horrible thing.
24:018:014 Will a man leave the snow of Lebanon which cometh from the
rock of the field? or shall the cold flowing waters that come
from another place be forsaken?
24:018:015 Because my people hath forgotten me, they have burned incense
to vanity, and they have caused them to stumble in their ways
from the ancient paths, to walk in paths, in a way not cast
24:018:016 To make their land desolate, and a perpetual hissing; every
one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and wag his
24:018:017 I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I
will shew them the back, and not the face, in the day of their
24:018:018 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 smite him with the tongue, and let us not give heed
to any of his words.
24:018:019 Give heed to me, O LORD, and hearken to the voice of them that
contend with me.
24:018:020 Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have digged a pit
for my soul. Remember that I stood before thee to speak good
for them, and to turn away thy wrath from them.
24:018:021 Therefore deliver up their children to the famine, and pour
out their blood by the force of the sword; and let their wives
be bereaved of their children, and be widows; and let their
men be put to death; let their young men be slain by the sword
24:018:022 Let a cry be heard from their houses, when thou shalt bring a
troop suddenly upon them: for they have digged a pit to take
me, and hid snares for my feet.
24:018:023 Yet, LORD, thou knowest all their counsel against me to slay
me: forgive not their iniquity, neither blot out their sin
from thy sight, but let them be overthrown before thee; deal
thus with them in the time of thine anger.
24:019:001 Thus saith the LORD, Go and get a potter's earthen bottle, and
take of the ancients of the people, and of the ancients of the
24:019:002 And go forth unto the valley of the son of Hinnom, which is by
the entry of the east gate, and proclaim there the words that
I shall tell thee,
24:019:003 And say, Hear ye the word of the LORD, O kings of Judah, and
inhabitants of Jerusalem; Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the
God of Israel; Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, the
which whosoever heareth, his ears shall tingle.
24:019:004 Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged this place,
and have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither
they nor their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and
have filled this place with the blood of innocents;
24:019:005 They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their
sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I
commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind:
24:019:006 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that this
place shall no more be called Tophet, nor The valley of the
son of Hinnom, but The valley of slaughter.
24:019:007 And 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 hands of them that seek their lives:
and their carcases will I give to be meat for the fowls of the
heaven, and for the beasts of the earth.
24:019:008 And I will make this city desolate, and an hissing; every one
that passeth thereby shall be astonished and hiss because of
all the plagues thereof.
24:019:009 And I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the
flesh of their daughters, and they shall eat every one the
flesh of his friend in the siege and straitness, wherewith
their enemies, and they that seek their lives, shall straiten
24:019:010 Then shalt thou break the bottle in the sight of the men that
go with thee,
24:019:011 And shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Even so
will I break this people and this city, as one breaketh a
potter's vessel, that cannot be made whole again: and they
shall bury them in Tophet, till there be no place to bury.
24:019:012 Thus will I do unto this place, saith the LORD, and to the
inhabitants thereof, and even make this city as Tophet:
24:019:013 And the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses of the kings of
Judah, shall be defiled as the place of Tophet, because of all
the houses upon whose roofs they have burned incense unto all
the host of heaven, and have poured out drink offerings unto
24:019:014 Then came Jeremiah from Tophet, whither the LORD had sent him
to prophesy; and he stood in the court of the LORD's house;
and said to all the people,
24:019:015 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I
will bring upon this city and upon all her towns all the evil
that I have pronounced against it, because they have hardened
their necks, that they might not hear my words.
24:020:001 Now Pashur the son of Immer the priest, who was also chief
governor in the house of the LORD, heard that Jeremiah
prophesied these things.
24:020:002 Then Pashur smote Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the
stocks that were in the high gate of Benjamin, which was by
the house of the LORD.
24:020:003 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Pashur brought forth
Jeremiah out of the stocks. Then said Jeremiah unto him, The
LORD hath not called thy name Pashur, but Magormissabib.
24:020:004 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will make thee a terror to
thyself, and to all thy friends: and they shall fall by the
sword of their enemies, and thine eyes shall behold it: and I
will give all Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon, and
he shall carry them captive into Babylon, and shall slay them
with the sword.
24:020:005 Moreover I will deliver all the strength of this city, and all
the labours thereof, and all the precious things thereof, and
all the treasures of the kings of Judah will I give into the
hand of their enemies, which shall spoil them, and take them,
and carry them to Babylon.
24:020:006 And thou, Pashur, and all that dwell in thine house shall go
into captivity: and thou shalt come to Babylon, and there thou
shalt die, and shalt be buried there, thou, and all thy
friends, to whom thou hast prophesied lies.
24:020:007 O LORD, thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived; thou art
stronger than I, and hast prevailed: I am in derision daily,
every one mocketh me.
24:020:008 For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil;
because the word of the LORD was made a reproach unto me, and
a derision, daily.
24:020:009 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any
more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning
fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and
I could not stay.
24:020:010 For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. Report,
say they, and we will report it. All my familiars watched for
my halting, saying, Peradventure he will be enticed, and we
shall prevail against him, and we shall take our revenge on
24:020:011 But the LORD is with me as a mighty terrible one: therefore my
persecutors shall stumble, and they shall not prevail: they
shall be greatly ashamed; for they shall not prosper: their
everlasting confusion shall never be forgotten.
24:020:012 But, O LORD of hosts, that triest the righteous, and seest the
reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for
unto thee have I opened my cause.
24:020:013 Sing unto the LORD, praise ye the LORD: for he hath delivered
the soul of the poor from the hand of evildoers.
24:020:014 Cursed be the day wherein I was born: let not the day wherein
my mother bare me be blessed.
24:020:015 Cursed be the man who brought tidings to my father, saying, A
man child is born unto thee; making him very glad.
24:020:016 And let that man be as the cities which the LORD overthrew,
and repented not: and let him hear the cry in the morning, and
the shouting at noontide;
24:020:017 Because he slew me not from the womb; or that my mother might
have been my grave, and her womb to be always great with me.
24:020:018 Wherefore came I forth out of the womb to see labour and
sorrow, that my days should be consumed with shame?
24:021:001 The word which came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, when king
Zedekiah sent unto him Pashur the son of Melchiah, and
Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest, saying,
24:021:002 Enquire, I pray thee, of the LORD for us; for Nebuchadrezzar
king of Babylon maketh war against us; if so be that the LORD
will deal with us according to all his wondrous works, that he
may go up from us.
24:021:003 Then said Jeremiah unto them, Thus shall ye say to Zedekiah:
24:021:004 Thus saith the LORD God of Israel; Behold, I will turn back
the weapons of war that are in your hands, wherewith ye fight
against the king of Babylon, and against the Chaldeans, which
besiege you without the walls, and I will assemble them into
the midst of this city.
24:021:005 And I myself will fight against you with an outstretched hand
and with a strong arm, even in anger, and in fury, and in
24:021:006 And I will smite the inhabitants of this city, both man and
beast: they shall die of a great pestilence.
24:021:007 And afterward, saith the LORD, I will deliver Zedekiah king of
Judah, and his servants, and the people, and such as are left
in this city from the pestilence, from the sword, and from the
famine, into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and
into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of those
that seek their life: and he shall smite them with the edge of
the sword; he shall not spare them, neither have pity, nor
24:021:008 And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus saith the LORD;
Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of
24:021:009 He that abideth in this city shall die by the sword, and by
the famine, and by the pestilence: but he that goeth out, and
falleth to the Chaldeans that besiege you, he shall live, and
his life shall be unto him for a prey.
24:021:010 For I have set my face against this city for evil, and not for
good, saith the LORD: it shall be given into the hand of the
king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire.
24:021:011 And touching the house of the king of Judah, say, Hear ye the
word of the LORD;
24:021:012 O house of David, thus saith the LORD; Execute judgment in the
morning, and deliver him that is spoiled out of the hand of
the oppressor, lest my fury go out like fire, and burn that
none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.
24:021:013 Behold, I am against thee, O inhabitant of the valley, and
rock of the plain, saith the LORD; which say, Who shall come
down against us? or who shall enter into our habitations?
24:021:014 But I will punish you according to the fruit of your doings,
saith the LORD: and I will kindle a fire in the forest
thereof, and it shall devour all things round about it.
24:022:001 Thus saith the LORD; Go down to the house of the king of
Judah, and speak there this word,
24:022:002 And say, Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, that
sittest upon the throne of David, thou, and thy servants, and
thy people that enter in by these gates:
24:022:003 Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment and righteousness,
and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and
do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless,
nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place.
24:022:004 For if ye do this thing indeed, then shall there enter in by
the gates of this house kings sitting upon the throne of
David, riding in chariots and on horses, he, and his servants,
and his people.
24:022:005 But if ye will not hear these words, I swear by myself, saith
the LORD, that this house shall become a desolation.
24:022:006 For thus saith the LORD unto the king's house of Judah; Thou
art Gilead unto me, and the head of Lebanon: yet surely I will
make thee a wilderness, and cities which are not inhabited.
24:022:007 And I will prepare destroyers against thee, every one with his
weapons: and they shall cut down thy choice cedars, and cast
them into the fire.
24:022:008 And many nations shall pass by this city, and they shall say
every man to his neighbour, Wherefore hath the LORD done thus
unto this great city?
24:022:009 Then they shall answer, Because they have forsaken the
covenant of the LORD their God, and worshipped other gods, and
24:022:010 Weep ye not for the dead, neither bemoan him: but weep sore
for him that goeth away: for he shall return no more, nor see
his native country.
24:022:011 For thus saith the LORD touching Shallum the son of Josiah
king of Judah, which reigned instead of Josiah his father,
which went forth out of this place; He shall not return
thither any more:
24:022:012 But he shall die in the place whither they have led him
captive, and shall see this land no more.
24:022:013 Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteousness, and
his chambers by wrong; that useth his neighbour's service
without wages, and giveth him not for his work;
24:022:014 That saith, I will build me a wide house and large chambers,
and cutteth him out windows; and it is cieled with cedar, and
painted with vermilion.
24:022:015 Shalt thou reign, because thou closest thyself in cedar? did
not thy father eat and drink, and do judgment and justice, and
then it was well with him?
24:022:016 He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well
with him: was not this to know me? saith the LORD.
24:022:017 But thine eyes and thine heart are not but for thy
covetousness, and for to shed innocent blood, and for
oppression, and for violence, to do it.
24:022:018 Therefore thus saith the LORD 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!
24:022:019 He shall be buried with the burial of an ass, drawn and cast
forth beyond the gates of Jerusalem.
24:022:020 Go up to Lebanon, and cry; and lift up thy voice in Bashan,
and cry from the passages: for all thy lovers are destroyed.
24:022:021 I spake unto thee in thy prosperity; but thou saidst, I will
not hear. This hath been thy manner from thy youth, that thou
obeyedst not my voice.
24:022:022 The wind shall eat up all thy pastors, and thy lovers shall go
into captivity: surely then shalt thou be ashamed and
confounded for all thy wickedness.
24:022:023 O inhabitant of Lebanon, that makest thy nest in the cedars,
how gracious shalt thou be when pangs come upon thee, the pain
as of a woman in travail!
24:022:024 As I live, saith the LORD, though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim
king of Judah were the signet upon my right hand, yet would I
pluck thee thence;
24:022:025 And I will give thee into the hand of them that seek thy life,
and into the hand of them whose face thou fearest, even into
the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand
of the Chaldeans.
24:022:026 And I will cast thee out, and thy mother that bare thee, into
another country, where ye were not born; and there shall ye
24:022:027 But to the land whereunto they desire to return, thither shall
they not return.
24:022:028 Is this man Coniah a despised broken idol? is he a vessel
wherein is no pleasure? wherefore are they cast out, he and
his seed, and are cast into a land which they know not?
24:022:029 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.
24:022:030 Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this man childless, a man that
shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall
prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more
24:023:001 Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of
my pasture! saith the LORD.
24:023:002 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the
pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and
driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will
visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD.
24:023:003 And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries
whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their
folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.
24:023:004 And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them:
and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall
they be lacking, saith the LORD.
24:023:005 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto
David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper,
and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
24:023:006 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell
safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE
LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
24:023:007 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they
shall no more say, The LORD liveth, which brought up the
children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;
24:023:008 But, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed
of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all
countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in
their own land.
24:023:009 Mine heart within me is broken because of the prophets; all my
bones shake; I am like a drunken man, and like a man whom wine
hath overcome, because of the LORD, and because of the words
of his holiness.
24:023:010 For the land is full of adulterers; for because of swearing
the land mourneth; the pleasant places of the wilderness are
dried up, and their course is evil, and their force is not
24:023:011 For both prophet and priest are profane; yea, in my house have
I found their wickedness, saith the LORD.
24:023:012 Wherefore their way shall be unto them as slippery ways in the
darkness: they shall be driven on, and fall therein: for I
will bring evil upon them, even the year of their visitation,
saith the LORD.
24:023:013 And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they
prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err.
24:023:014 I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible
thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen
also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his
wickedness; they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the
inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.
24:023:015 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts concerning the
prophets; Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make
them drink the water of gall: for from the prophets of
Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all the land.
24:023:016 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of
the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they
speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of
24:023:017 They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said,
Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh
after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come
24:023:018 For who hath stood in the counsel of the LORD, and hath
perceived and heard his word? who hath marked his word, and
24:023:019 Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in fury, even a
grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of
24:023:020 The anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have
executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his
heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly.
24:023:021 I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not
spoken to them, yet they prophesied.
24:023:022 But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people
to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their
evil way, and from the evil of their doings.
24:023:023 Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off?
24:023:024 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see
him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the
24:023:025 I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my
name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.
24:023:026 How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that
prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their
24:023:027 Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their
dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their
fathers have forgotten my name for Baal.
24:023:028 The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he
that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is
the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD.
24:023:029 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a
hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?
24:023:030 Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD,
that steal my words every one from his neighbour.
24:023:031 Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that use
their tongues, and say, He saith.
24:023:032 Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith
the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by
their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor
commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at
all, saith the LORD.
24:023:033 And when this people, or the prophet, or a priest, shall ask
thee, saying, What is the burden of the LORD? thou shalt then
say unto them, What burden? I will even forsake you, saith the
24:023:034 And as for the prophet, and the priest, and the people, that
shall say, The burden of the LORD, I will even punish that man
and his house.
24:023:035 Thus shall ye say every one to his neighbour, and every one to
his brother, What hath the LORD answered? and, What hath the
24:023:036 And the burden of the LORD shall ye mention no more: for every
man's word shall be his burden; for ye have perverted the
words of the living God, of the LORD of hosts our God.
24:023:037 Thus shalt thou say to the prophet, What hath the LORD
answered thee? and, What hath the LORD spoken?
24:023:038 But since ye say, The burden of the LORD; therefore thus saith
the LORD; Because ye say this word, The burden of the LORD,
and I have sent unto you, saying, Ye shall not say, The burden
of the LORD;
24:023:039 Therefore, behold, I, even I, will utterly forget you, and I
will forsake you, and the city that I gave you and your
fathers, and cast you out of my presence:
24:023:040 And I will bring an everlasting reproach upon you, and a
perpetual shame, which shall not be forgotten.
24:024:001 The LORD shewed me, and, behold, two baskets of figs were set
before the temple of the LORD, after that Nebuchadrezzar king
of Babylon had carried away captive Jeconiah the son of
Jehoiakim king of Judah, and the princes of Judah, with the
carpenters and smiths, from Jerusalem, and had brought them to
24:024:002 One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are
first ripe: and the other basket had very naughty figs, which