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38:26. Thou shalt say to them: I presented my supplication before the
king, that he would not command me to be carried back into the house of
Jonathan, to die there.
38:27. So all the princes came to Jeremias, and asked him: and he spoke
to them according to all the words that the king had commanded him: and
they left him: for nothing had been heard.
38:28. But Jeremias remained in the entry of the prison, until the day
that Jerusalem was taken: and it came to pass that Jerusalem was taken.
Jeremias Chapter 39
After two years' siege Jerusalem is taken. Sedecias is carried before
Nabuchodonosor, who kills his sons in his sight, and then puts out his
eyes. Jeremias is set at liberty.
39:1. In the ninth year of Sedecias king of Juda, in the tenth month,
came Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon, and all his army to Jerusalem, and
they besieged it.
39:2. And in the eleventh year of Sedecias, in the fourth month, the
fifth day of the month, the city was opened.
39:3. And all the princes of the king of Babylon came in, and sat in
the middle gate: Neregel, Sereser, Semegarnabu, Sarsachim, Rabsares,
Neregel, Serezer, Rebmag, and all the rest of the princes of the king
39:4. And when Sedecias the king of Juda and all the men of war saw
them, they fled: and they went forth in the night out of the city by
the way of the king's garden, and by the gate that was between the two
walls, and they went out to the way of the desert.
39:5. But the army of the Chaldeans pursued after them: and they took
Sedecias in the plain of the desert of Jericho, and when they had taken
him, they brought him to Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon to Reblatha,
which is in the land of Emath: and he gave judgment upon him.
39:6. And the king of Babylon slew the sons of Sedecias, in Reblatha,
before his eyes: and the king of Babylon slew all the nobles of Juda.
39:7. He also put out the eyes of Sedecias: and bound him with fetters,
to be carried to Babylon.
39:8. And the Chaldeans burnt the king's house, and the houses of the
people with fire, and they threw down the wall of Jerusalem.
39:9. And Nabuzardan the general of the army carried away captive to
Babylon the remnant of the people that remained in the city, and the
fugitives that had gone over to him, and the rest of the people that
39:10. But Nabuzardan the general left some of the poor people that had
nothing at all, in the land of Juda, and he gave them vineyards, and
cisterns at that time.
39:11. Now Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon had given charge to
Nabuzardan the general concerning Jeremias, saying:
39:12. Take him, and set thy eyes upon him, and do him no harm: but as
he hath a mind, so do with him.
39:13. Therefore Nabuzardan the general sent, and Nabuzardan, and
Rabsares, and Neregel, and Sereser, and Rebmag, and all the nobles of
the king of Babylon,
39:14. Sent and took Jeremias out of the court of the prison, and
committed him to Godolias the son of Ahicam the son of Saphan, that he
might go home, and dwell among the people.
39:15. But the word of the Lord came to Jeremias, when he was yet shut
up in the court of the prison, saying: Go, and tell Abdemelech the
39:16. Thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel: Behold I will
bring my words upon this city unto evil, and not unto good: and they
shall be accomplished in thy sight in that day.
39:17. And I will deliver thee in that day, saith the Lord: and thou
shalt not be given into the hands of the men whom thou fearest:
39:18. But delivering, I will deliver thee, and thou shalt not fall by
the sword: but thy life shall be saved for thee, because thou hast put
thy trust in me, saith the Lord.
Jeremias Chapter 40
Jeremias remains with Godolias the governor; who receives all the Jews
that resort to him.
40:1. The word that came to Jeremias from the Lord, after that
Nabuzardan the general had let him go from Rama, when he had taken him,
being bound with chains, among all them that were carried away from
Jerusalem and Juda, and were carried to Babylon.
40:2. And the general of the army taking Jeremias, said to him: The
Lord thy God hath pronounced this evil upon this place,
40:3. And he hath brought it: and the Lord hath done as he hath said:
because you have sinned against the Lord, and have not hearkened to his
voice, and this word is come upon you.
40:4. Now then behold I have loosed thee this day from the chains which
were upon thy hands: if it please thee to come with me to Babylon,
come: and I will set my eyes upon thee: but if it do not please thee to
come with me to Babylon, stay here: behold all the land is before thee,
as thou shalt choose, and whither it shall please thee to go, thither
40:5. And come not with me: but dwell with Godolias the son of Ahicam
the son of Saphan, whom the king of Babylon hath made governor over the
cities of Juda: dwell therefore with him in the midst of the people: or
whithersoever it shall please thee to go, go. And the general of the
army gave him victuals and presents, and let him go.
40:6. And Jeremias went to Godolias the son of Ahicam to Masphath: and
dwelt with him in the midst of the people that were left in the land.
40:7. And when all the captains of the army that were scattered through
the countries, they and their companions, had heard that the king of
Babylon had made Godolias the son of Ahicam governor of the country,
and that he had committed unto him men and women, and children, and of
the poor of the land, them that had not been carried away captive to
40:8. They came to Godolias to Masphath: and Ismahel the son of
Nathanias, and Johanan, and Jonathan, the sons of Caree, and Sareas the
son of Thanehumeth, and the children of Ophi, that were of Netophathi,
and Jezonias the son of Maachati, they and their men.
40:9. And Godolias the son of Ahicam the son of Saphan swore to them
and to their companions, saying: Fear not to serve the Chaldeans: dwell
in the land, and serve the king of Babylon, and it shall be well with
40:10. Behold I dwell in Masphath, that I may answer the commandment of
the Chaldeans that are sent to us: but as for you, gather ye the
vintage, and the harvest, and the oil, and lay it up in your vessels,
and abide in your cities which you hold.
40:11. Moreover all the Jews that were in Moab, and among the children
of Ammon, and in Edom, and in all the countries, when they heard that
the king of Babylon had left a remnant in Judea, and that he had made
Godolias the son of Ahicam the son of Saphan ruler over them:
40:12. All the Jews, I say, returned out of all the places to which
they had fled, and they came into the land of Juda to Godolias to
Masphath: and they gathered wine, and a very great harvest.
40:13. Then Johanan the son of Caree, and all the captains of the army,
that had been scattered about in the countries, came to Godolias to
40:14. And they said to him: Know that Baalis the king of the children
of Ammon hath sent Ismahel the son of Nathanias to kill thee. And
Godolias the son of Ahicam believed them not.
40:15. But Johanan the son of Caree, spoke to Godolias privately in
Masphath, saying: I will go, and I will kill Ismahel the son of
Nathanias, and no man shall know it, lest he kill thee, and all the
Jews be scattered, that are gathered unto thee, and the remnant of Juda
40:16. And Godolias the son of Ahicam said to Johanan the son of Caree:
Do not this thing: for what thou sayst of Ismahel is false.
Jeremias Chapter 41
Godolias is slain: the Jews that were with him are apprehensive of the
41:1. And it came to pass in the seventh month, that Ismahel the son of
Nathanias, the son of Elisama of the royal blood, and the nobles of the
king, and ten men with him, came to Godolias the son of Ahicam into
Masphath: and they ate bread there together in Masphath.
41:2. And Ismahel the son of Nathanias arose, and the ten men that were
with him, and they struck Godolias the son of Ahicam, the son of Saphan
with the sword, and slew him whom the king of Babylon had made governor
over the land.
41:3. Ismahel slew also all the Jews that were with Godolias in
Masphath, and the Chaldeans that were found there, and the soldiers.
41:4. And on the second day after he had killed Godolias, no man yet
41:5. There came some from Sichem, and from Silo, and from Samaria,
fourscore men, with their beards shaven, and their clothes rent, and
mourning: and they had offerings and incense in their hand, to offer in
the house of the Lord.
41:6. And Ismahel the son of Nathanias went forth from Masphath to meet
them, weeping all along as he went: and when he had met them, he said
to them: Come to Godolias, the son of Ahicam.
41:7. And when they were come to the midst of the city, Ismahel the son
of Nathanias, slew them, and cast them into the midst of the pit, he
and the men that were with him.
41:8. But ten men were found among them, that said to Ismahel: Kill us
not: for we have stores in the field, of wheat, and barley, and oil,
and honey. And he forbore, and slew them not with their brethren.
41:9. And the pit into which Ismahel cast all the dead bodies of the
men whom he slew because of Godolias, is the same that king Asa made,
for fear of Baasa the king of Israel: the same did Ismahel the son of
Nathanias fill with them that were slain.
41:10. Then Ismahel carried away captive all the remnant of the people
that were in Masphath: the king's daughters, and all the people that
remained in Masphath: whom Nabuzardan the general of the army had
committed to Godolias the son of Ahicam. And Ismahel the son of
Nathanias took them, and he departed, to go over to the children of
41:11. But Johanan the son of Caree, and all the captains of the
fighting men that were with him, heard of the evil that Ismahel the son
of Nathanias had done.
41:12. And taking all the men, they went out to fight against Ismahel
the son of Nathanias, and they found him by the great waters that are
41:13. And when all the people that were with Ismahel, had seen Johanan
the son of Caree, and all the captains of the fighting men that were
with him, they rejoiced.
41:14. And all the people whom Ismahel had taken, went back to
Masphath: and they returned and went to Johanan the son of Caree.
41:15. But Ismahel the son of Nathanias fled with eight men, from the
face of Johanan, and went to the children of Ammon.
41:16. Then Johanan the son of Caree, and all the captains of the
soldiers that were with him, took all the remnant of the people whom
they had recovered from Ismahel the son of Nathanias, from Masphath,
after that he had slain Godolias the son of Ahicam: valiant men for
war, and the women, and the children, and the eunuchs whom he had
brought back from Gabaon.
41:17. And they departed, and sat as sojourners in Chamaam, which is
near Bethlehem: in order to go forward, and enter into Egypt,
41:18. From the face of the Chaldeans: for they were afraid of them,
because Ismahel the son of Nathanias had slain Godolias the son of
Ahicam, whom the king of Babylon had made governor in the land of Juda.
Jeremias Chapter 42
Jeremias assures the remnant of the people, that if they will stay in
Juda, they shall be safe; but if they go down into Egypt, they shall
42:1. Then all the captains of the warriors, and Johanan the son of
Caree, and Jezonias, the son of Osaias, and the rest of the people from
the least to the greatest came near:
42:2. And they said to Jeremias the prophet: Let our supplication fall
before thee: and pray thou for us to the Lord thy God for all this
remnant, for we are left but a few of many, as thy eyes do behold us.
42:3. And let the Lord thy God shew us the way by which we may walk,
and the thing that we must do.
42:4. And Jeremias the prophet said to them: I have heard you: behold I
will pray to the Lord your God according to your words: and whatsoever
thing he shall answer me, I will declare it to you: and I will hide
nothing from you.
42:5. And they said to Jeremias: The Lord be witness between us of
truth and faithfulness, if we do not according to every thing for which
the Lord thy God shall send thee to us.
42:6. Whether it be good or evil, we will obey the voice of the Lord
our God, to whom we send thee: that it may be well with us when we
shall hearken to the voice of the Lord our God.
Good or evil. . .That is, agreeable or disagreeable.
42:7. Now after ten days, the word of the Lord came to Jeremias.
42:8. And he called Johanan the son of Caree, and all the captains of
the fighting men that were with him, and all the people from the least
to the greatest.
42:9. And he said to them: Thus saith the Lord the God of Israel, to
whom you sent me, to present your supplications before him:
42:10. If you will be quiet and remain in this land, I will build you
up, and not pull you down: I will plant you, and not pluck you up: for
now I am appeased for the evil that I have done to you.
I am appeased for the evil that I have done to you. . .That is, I am
appeased, as I have sufficiently punished you, and now I am reconciled
42:11. Fear not because of the king of Babylon, of whom you are greatly
afraid: fear him not, saith the Lord: for I am with you, to save you,
and to deliver you from his hand.
42:12. And I will shew mercies to you, and will take pity on you, and
will cause you to dwell in your own land.
42:13. But if you say: We will not dwell in this land, neither will we
hearken to the voice of the Lord our God,
42:14. Saying: No, but we will go into the land of Egypt: where we
shall see no war, nor hear the sound of the trumpet, nor suffer hunger:
and there we will dwell.
42:15. For this now hear the word of the Lord, ye remnant of Juda: Thus
saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: If you set your faces to go
into Egypt, and enter in to dwell there:
42:16. The sword which you fear, shall overtake you there in the land
of Egypt: and the famine, whereof you are afraid, shall cleave to you
in Egypt, and there you shall die.
42:17. And all the men that set their faces to go into Egypt, to dwell
there, shall die by the sword, and by famine, and by pestilence: none
of them shall remain, nor escape from the face of the evil that I will
bring upon them.
42:18. For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: As my anger
and my indignation hath been kindled against the inhabitants of
Jerusalem: so shall my indignation be kindled against you, when you
shall enter into Egypt, and you shall be an execration, and an
astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach: and you shall see this place
42:19. This is the word of the Lord concerning you, O ye remnant of
Juda: Go ye not into Egypt: know certainly that I have adjured you this
42:20. For you have deceived your own souls: for you sent me to the
Lord our God, saying: Pray for us to the Lord our God, and according to
all that the Lord our God shall say to thee, so declare unto us, and we
will do it.
42:21. And now I have declared it to you this day, and you have not
obeyed the voice of the Lord your God, with regard to all the things
for which he hath sent me to you.
42:22. Now therefore know certainly that you shall die by the sword,
and by famine, and by pestilence in the place to which you desire to go
to dwell there.
Jeremias Chapter 43
The Jews, contrary to the orders of God by the prophet, go into Egypt,
carrying Jeremias with them. He foretells the devastation of that land
by the king of Babylon.
43:1. And it came to pass, that when Jeremias had made an end of
speaking to the people all the words of the Lord their God, for which
the Lord their God had sent him to them, all these words:
43:2. Azarias the son of Osaias, and Johanan the son of Caree, and all
the proud men, made answer, saying to Jeremias: Thou tellest a lie: the
Lord our God hath not sent thee, saying: Go not into Egypt, to dwell
43:3. But Baruch the son of Nerias setteth thee on against us, to
deliver us into the hands of the Chaldeans, to kill us, and to cause us
to be carried away captives to Babylon.
43:4. So Johanan the son of Caree, and all the captains of the
soldiers, and all the people, obeyed not the voice of the Lord, to
remain in the land of Juda.
43:5. But Johanan the son of Caree, and all the captains of the
soldiers took all the remnant of Juda, that were returned out of all
nations, to which they had before been scattered, to dwell in the land
43:6. Men, and women, and children, and the king's daughters, and every
soul, which Nabuzardan the general had left with Godolias the son of
Ahicam the son of Saphan, and Jeremias the prophet, and Baruch the son
43:7. And they went into the land of Egypt, for they obeyed not the
voice of the Lord: and they came as far as Taphnis.
43:8. And the word of the Lord came to Jeremias in Taphnis, saying:
43:9. Take great stones in thy hand, and thou shalt hide them in the
vault that is under the brick wall at the gate of Pharao's house in
Taphnis: in the sight of the men of Juda.
43:10. And thou shalt say to them: Thus saith the Lord of hosts the God
of Israel: Behold I will send, and take Nabuchodonosor the king of
Babylon my servant: and I will set his throne over these stones which I
have hid, and he shall set his throne over them.
43:11. And he shall come and strike the land of Egypt: such as are for
death, to death: and such as are for captivity, to captivity: and such
as are for the sword, to the sword.
43:12. And he shall kindle a fire in the temples of the gods of Egypt,
and he shall burn them, and he shall carry them away captives: and he
shall array himself with the land of Egypt, as a shepherd putteth on
his garment: and he shall go forth from thence in peace.
43:13. And he shall break the statues of the house of the sun, that are
in the land of Egypt; and the temples of the gods of Egypt he shall
burn with fire.
Jeremias Chapter 44
The prophet's admonition to the Jews in Egypt against idolatry is not
regarded: he denounces to them their destruction.
44:1. The word that came to Jeremias, concerning all the Jews that
dwelt in the land of Egypt, dwelling in Magdal, and in Taphnis, and in
Memphis, and in the land of Phatures, saying:
44:2. Thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel: You have seen all
this evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, and upon all the cities
of Juda: and behold they are desolate this day, and there is not an
inhabitant in them:
44:3. Because of the wickedness which they have committed, to provoke
me to wrath, and to go and offer sacrifice, and worship other gods,
which neither they, nor you, nor your fathers knew.
44:4. And I sent to you all my servants the prophets, rising early, and
sending, and saying: Do not commit this abominable thing, which I hate.
44:5. But they heard not, nor inclined their ear to turn from their
evil ways, and not to sacrifice to strange gods.
44:6. Wherefore my indignation and my fury was poured forth, and was
kindled in the cities of Juda, and in the streets of Jerusalem: and
they are turned to desolation and waste, as at this day.
44:7. And now thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel: Why do
you commit this great evil against your own souls, that there should
die of you man and woman, child and suckling out of the midst of Juda,
and no remnant should be left you:
44:8. In that you provoke me to wrath with the works of your hands, by
sacrificing to other gods in the land of Egypt, into which you are come
to dwell there: and that you should perish, and be a curse, and a
reproach to all the nations of the earth?
44:9. Have you forgotten the evils of your fathers, and the evils of
the kings of Juda, and the evils of their wives, and your evils, and
the evils of your wives, that they have done in the land of Juda, and
in the streets of Jerusalem?
44:10. They are not cleansed even to this day: neither have they
feared, nor walked in the law of the Lord, nor in my commandments,
which I set before you and your fathers.
44:11. Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel: Behold
I will set my face upon you for evil: and I will destroy all Juda.
44:12. And I will take the remnant of Juda that have set their faces to
go into the land of Egypt, and to dwell there; and they shall be all
consumed in the land of Egypt: they shall fall by the sword, and by the
famine: and they shall be consumed from the least even to the greatest,
by the sword, and by the famine shall they die: and they shall be for
an execration, and for a wonder, and for a curse, and for a reproach.
44:13. And I will visit them that dwell in the land of Egypt, as I have
visited Jerusalem by the sword, and by famine and by pestilence.
44:14. And there shall be none that shall escape, and remain of the
remnant of the Jews that are gone to sojourn in the land of Egypt: and
that shall return into the land of Juda, to which they have a desire to
return to dwell there: there shall none return but they that shall
44:15. Then all the men that knew that their wives sacrificed to other
gods: and all the women of whom there stood by a great multitude, and
all the people of them that dwelt in the land of Egypt in Phatures,
answered Jeremias, saying:
44:16. As for the word which thou hast spoken to us in the name of the
Lord, we will not hearken to thee:
44:17. But we will certainly do every word that shall proceed out of
our own mouth, to sacrifice to the queen of heaven, and to pour out
drink offerings to her, as we and our fathers have done, our kings, and
our princes in the cities of Juda, and in the streets of Jerusalem: and
we were filled with bread, and it was well with us, and we saw no evil.
The queen of heaven. . .The moon, which they worshipped under this name.
44:18. But since we left off to offer sacrifice to the queen of heaven,
and to pour out frank offerings to her, we have wanted all things, and
have been consumed by the sword, and by famine.
44:19. And if we offer sacrifice to the queen of heaven, and pour out
drink offerings to her: did we make cakes to worship her, to pour out
drink offerings to her, without our husbands?
44:20. And Jeremias spoke to all the people, to the men, and to the
women, and to all the people which had given him that answer, saying:
44:21. Was it not the sacrifice that you offered in the cities of Juda,
and in the streets of Jerusalem, you and your fathers, your kings, and
your princes, and the people of the land, which the Lord hath
remembered, and hath it not entered into his heart?
44:22. So that the Lord could no longer bear, because of the evil of
your doings, and because of the abominations which you have committed:
therefore your land is become a desolation, and an astonishment, and a
curse, without an inhabitant, as at this day.
44:23. Because you have sacrificed to idols, and have sinned against
the Lord: and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord, and have not
walked in his law, and in his commandments, and in his testimonies:
therefore are these evils come upon you, as at this day.
44:24. And Jeremias said to all the people and to all the women: Hear
ye the word of the Lord, all Juda, you that dwell in the land of Egypt:
44:25. Thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel, saying: You and
your wives have spoken with your mouth, and fulfilled with your hands,
saying: Let us perform our vows which we have made, to offer sacrifice
to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings to her: you
have fulfilled your vows, and have performed them indeed.
44:26. Therefore hear ye the word of the Lord, all Juda, you that dwell
in the land of Egypt: Behold I have sworn by my great name, saith the
Lord: that my name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of
Juda, in the land of Egypt, saying: The Lord God liveth.
44:27. Behold I will watch over them for evil, and not for good: and
all the men of Juda that are in the land of Egypt, shall be consumed,
by the sword, and by famine, till there be an end of them.
44:28. And a few men that shall flee from the sword, shall return out
of the land of Egypt into the land of Juda: and all the remnant of Juda
that are gone into the land of Egypt to dwell there, shall know whose
word shall stand, mine, or theirs.
44:29. And this shall be a sign to you, saith the Lord, that I will
punish you in this place: that you may know that my words shall be
accomplished indeed against you for evil.
44:30. Thus saith the Lord: Behold I will deliver Pharao Nechao king of
Egypt into the hand of his enemies, and into the hand of them that seek
his life: as I delivered Sedecias king of Juda into the land of
Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon his enemy, and that sought his life.
Jeremias Chapter 45
The prophet comforts Baruch in his affliction.
45:1. The word that Jeremias the prophet spoke to Baruch the son of
Nerias, when he had written these words in a book, out of the mouth of
Jeremias, in the fourth year of Joakim the son of Josias king of Juda,
45:2. Thus saith the Lord the God of Israel to thee, Baruch:
45:3. Thou hast said: Woe is me, wretch that I am, for the Lord hath
added sorrow to my sorrow: I am wearied with my groans, and I find no
45:4. Thus saith the Lord: Thus shalt thou say to him: Behold, them
whom I have built, I do destroy: and them whom I have planted, I do
pluck up, and all this land.
45:5. And dost thou seek great things for thyself? Seek not: for behold
I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith the Lord! but I will give thee
thy life, and save thee in all places whithersoever thou shalt go.
Jeremias Chapter 46
A prophecy against Egypt. The Jews shall return from captivity.
46:1. The word of the Lord that came to Jeremias the prophet against
46:2. Against Egypt, against the army of Pharao Nechao king of Egypt,
which was by the river Euphrates in Charcamis, whom Nabuchodonosor the
king of Babylon defeated, in the fourth year of Joakim the son of
Josias king of Juda.
46:3. Prepare ye the shield and buckler, and go forth to battle.
46:4. Harness the horses, and get up, ye horsemen: stand forth with
helmets, furbish the spears, put on coats of mail.
46:5. What then? I have seen them dismayed, and turning their backs,
their valiant ones slain: they fled apace, and they looked not back:
terror was round about, saith the Lord.
46:6. Let not the swift flee away, nor the strong think to escape: they
are overthrown, and fallen down, towards the north by the river
46:7. Who is this that cometh up as a flood: and his streams swell like
those of rivers?
46:8. Egypt riseth up like a flood, and the waves thereof shall be
moved as rivers, and he shall say: I will go up and will cover the
earth: I will destroy the city, and its inhabitants.
46:9. Get ye up on horses, and glory in chariots, and let the valiant
men come forth, the Ethiopians, and the Libyans that hold the shield,
and the Lydians that take, and shoot arrows.
46:10. For this is the day of the Lord the God of hosts, a day of
vengeance, that he may revenge himself of his enemies: the sword shall
devour, and shall be filled, and shall be drunk with their blood: for
there is a sacrifice of the Lord God of hosts in the north country, by
the river Euphrates.
46:11. Go up into Galaad, and take balm, O virgin daughter of Egypt: in
vain dost thou multiply medicines, there shall be no cure for thee.
46:12. The nations have heard of thy disgrace, and thy howling hath
filled the land: for the strong hath stumbled against the strong, and
both are fallen together.
46:13. The word that the Lord spoke to Jeremias the prophet, how
Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon should come and strike the land of
46:14. Declare ye to Egypt, and publish it in Magdal, and let it be
known in Memphis, and in Taphnis: say ye: Stand up, and prepare
thyself: for the sword shall devour all round about thee.
46:15. Why are thy valiant men come to nothing? they stood not: because
the Lord hath overthrown them.
46:16. He hath multiplied them that fall, and one hath fallen upon
another, and they shall say: Arise, and let us return to our own
people, and to the land of our nativity, from the sword of the dove.
The dove. . .See the annotation on chap. 25., ver. 38.
46:17. Call ye the name of Pharao king of Egypt, a tumult time hath
46:18. As I live, saith the King, (whose name is the Lord of hosts,) as
Thabor is among the mountains, and as Carmel by the sea, so shall he
46:19. Furnish thyself to go into captivity, thou daughter inhabitant
of Egypt: for Memphis shall be made desolate, and shall be forsaken and
46:20. Egypt is like a fair and beautiful heifer: there shall come from
the north one that shall goad her.
46:21. Her hirelings also that lived in the midst of her, like fatted
calves are turned back, and are fled away together, and they could not
stand, for the day of their slaughter is come upon them, the time of
46:22. Her voice shall sound like brass, for they shall hasten with an
army, and with axes they shall come against her, as hewers of wood.
46:23. They have cut down her forest, saith the Lord, which cannot be
counted: they are multiplied above locusts, and are without number.
46:24. The daughter of Egypt is confounded, and delivered into the hand
of the people of the north.
46:25. The Lord of hosts the God of Israel hath said: Behold I will
visit upon the tumult of Alexandria, and upon Pharao, and upon Egypt,
and upon her gods, and upon her kings, and upon Pharao, and upon them
that trust in him.
Visit upon. . .That is, punish.--Ibid. Alexandria. . .In the Hebrew, No,
which was the ancient name of the city, to which Alexander gave
afterwards the name of Alexandria.
46:26. And I will deliver them into the hand of them that seek their
lives, and into the hand of Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon, and into
the hand of his servants: and afterwards it shall be inhabited, as in
the days of old, saith the Lord.
46:27. And thou my servant Jacob, fear not and be not thou dismayed, O
Israel: for behold I will save thee from afar off, and thy seed out of
the land of thy captivity: and Jacob shall return and be at rest, and
prosper: and there shall be none to terrify him.
46:28. And thou, my servant Jacob, fear not, saith the Lord: because I
am with thee, for I will consume all the nations to which I have cast
thee out: but thee I will not consume, but I will correct thee in
judgment, neither will I spare thee as if thou wert innocent.
Jeremias Chapter 47
A prophecy of the desolation of the Philistines, of Tyre, Sidon, Gaza,
47:1. The word of the Lord that came to Jeremias the prophet against
the people of Palestine, before Pharao took Gaza.
47:2. Thus saith the Lord: Behold there come up waters out of the
north, and they shall be as an overflowing torrent, and they shall
cover the land, and all that is therein, the city and the inhabitants
thereof: then the men shall cry, and all the inhabitants of the land
47:3. At the noise of the marching of arms, and of his soldiers, at the
rushing of his chariots, and the multitude of his wheels. The fathers
have not looked back to the children, for feebleness of hands,
47:4. Because of the coming of the day, in which all the Philistines
shall be laid waste, and Tyre and Sidon shall be destroyed, with all
the rest of their helpers. For the Lord hath wasted the Philistines,
the remnant of the isle of Cappadocia.
47:5. Baldness is come upon Gaza: Ascalon hath held her peace with the
remnant of their valley: how long shalt thou cut thyself?
47:6. O thou sword of the Lord, how long wilt thou not be quiet? Go
into thy scabbard, rest, and be still.
47:7. How shall it be quiet, when the Lord hath given it a charge
against Ascalon, and against the countries thereof by the sea side, and
there hath made an appointment for it?
Jeremias Chapter 48
A prophecy of the desolation of Moab for their pride: but their
captivity shall at last be released.
48:1. Against Moab thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel: Woe
to Nabo, for it is laid waste, and confounded: Cariathaim is taken: the
strong city is confounded and hath trembled.
48:2. There is no more rejoicing in Moab over Hesebon: they have
devised evil. Come, and let us cut it off from being a nation.
Therefore shalt thou in silence hold thy peace, and the sword shall
48:3. A voice of crying from Oronaim: waste, and great destruction.
48:4. Moab is destroyed: proclaim a cry for her little ones.
48:5. For by the ascent of Luith shall the mourner go up with weeping:
for in the descent of Oronaim the enemies have heard a howling of
48:6. Flee, save your lives: and be as heath in the wilderness.
48:7. For because thou hast trusted in thy bulwarks, and in thy
treasures, thou also shalt be taken: and Chamos shall go into
captivity, his priests, and his princes together.
Chamos. . .The idol of the Moabites.
48:8. And the spoiler shall come upon every city, and no city shall
escape: and the valleys shall perish, and the plains shall be
destroyed, for the Lord hath spoken:
48:9. Give a flower to Moab, for in its flower it shall go out: and the
cities thereof shall be desolate, and uninhabited.
48:10. Cursed be he that doth the work of the Lord deceitfully: and
cursed be he that withholdeth his sword from blood.
Deceitfully. . .In the Greek, negligently. The work of God here spoken
of, is the punishment of the Moabites.
48:11. Moab hath been fruitful from his youth, and hath rested upon his
lees: and hath not been poured out from vessel to vessel, nor hath gone
into captivity: therefore his taste hath remained in him, and his scent
is not changed.
Moab hath been fruitful. . .That is, rich and flourishing. And hath
rested upon his lees. . .That is, remained in its bad morals; as wine
not decanted has its lees mixed and remains muddy.
48:12. Therefore behold the days come, saith the Lord, and I will send
him men that shall order and overturn his bottles, and they shall cast
him down, and shall empty his vessels, and break their bottles one
48:13. And Moab shall be ashamed of Chamos, as the house of Israel was
ashamed of Bethel, in which they trusted.
Of Bethel. . .That is, of their golden calf which they worshipped in
48:14. How do you say: We are valiant and stout men in battle?
48:15. Moab is laid waste, and they have cast down her cities: and her
choice young men are gone down to the slaughter: saith the king, whose
name is the Lord of hosts.
48:16. The destruction of Moab is near to come: the calamity thereof
shall come on exceeding swiftly.
48:17. Comfort him, all you that are round about him, and all you that
know his name, say: How is the strong staff broken, the beautiful rod?
48:18. Come down from thy glory, and sit in thirst, O dwelling of the
daughter of Dibon: because the spoiler of Moab is come up to thee, he
hath destroyed thy bulwarks.
48:19. Stand in the way, and look out, O habitation of Aroer: inquire
of him that fleeth: and say to him that hath escaped: What is done?
48:20. Moab is confounded, because he is overthrown: howl ye, and cry,
tell ye it in Arnon, that Moab is wasted.
48:21. And judgment is come upon the plain country: upon Helon, and
upon Jasa, and upon Mephaath.
48:22. And upon Dibon, and upon Nabo, and upon the house of Deblathaim,
48:23. And upon Cariathaim, and upon Bethgamul, and upon Bethmaon,
48:24. And upon Carioth, and upon Bosra: and upon all the cities of the
land of Moab, far or near.
48:25. The horn of Moab is cut off, and his arm is broken, saith the
The horn of Moab is cut off. . .That is, the strength of Moab is cut
off. A metaphor drawn from animals whose strength is in their horns.
48:26. Make him drunk, because he lifted up himself against the Lord:
and Moab shall dash his hand in his own vomit, and he also shall be in
48:27. For Israel hath been a derision unto them: as though thou hadst
found him amongst thieves: for thy words therefore, which thou hast
spoken against him, thou shalt be led away captive.
48:28. Leave the cities, and dwell in the rock, you that dwell in Moab:
and be ye like the dove that maketh her nest in the mouth of the hole
in the highest place.
48:29. We have heard the pride of Moab, he is exceeding proud: his
haughtiness, and his arrogancy, and his pride, and the loftiness of his
48:30. I know, saith the Lord, his boasting, and that the strength
thereof is not according to it, neither hath it endeavoured to do
according as it was able.
48:31. Therefore will I lament for Moab, and I will cry out to all
Moab, for the men of the brick wall that mourn.
48:32. O vineyard of Sabama, I will weep for thee, with the mourning of
Jazer: thy branches are gone over the sea, they are come even to the
sea of Jazer: the robber hath rushed in upon thy harvest and thy
48:33. Joy and gladness is taken away from Carmel, and from the land of
Moab, and I have taken away the wine out of the presses: the treader of
the grapes shall not sing the accustomed cheerful tune.
48:34. From the cry of Hesebon even to Eleale, and to Jasa, they have
uttered their voice: from Segor to Oronaim, as a heifer of three years
old: the waters also of Nemrim shall be very bad.
48:35. And I will take away from Moab, saith the Lord, him that
offereth in the high places, and that sacrificeth to his gods.
48:36. Therefore my heart shall sound for Moab like pipes and my heart
shall sound like pipes for the men of the brick wall: because he hath
done more than he could, therefore they have perished.
48:37. For every head shall be bald, and every beard shall be shaven:
all hands shall be tied together, and upon every back there shall be
48:38. Upon all the housetops of Moab, and in the streets thereof
general mourning: because I have broken Moab as an useless vessel,
saith the Lord.
48:39. How is it overthrown, and they have howled! How hath Moab bowed
down the neck, and is confounded! And Moab shall be a derision, and an
example to all round about him.
48:40. Thus saith the Lord: Behold he shall fly as an eagle, and shall
stretch forth his wings to Moab.
48:41. Carioth is taken, and the strongholds are won: and the heart of
the valiant men of Moab in that day shall be as the heart of a woman in
48:42. And Moab shall cease to be a people: because he hath gloried
against the Lord.
48:43. Fear, and the pit, and the snare come upon thee, O inhabitant of
Moab, saith the Lord.
Fear. . .That is, the sword of the enemy. The pit. . .That is,
unforeseen calamities. The snare. . .That is, the ambushes laid by the
48:44. He that shall flee from the fear, shall fall into the pit: and
he that shall get up out of the pit, shall be taken in the snare: for I
will bring upon Moab the year of their visitation, saith the Lord.
48:45. They that fled from the snare stood in the shadow of Hesebon:
but there came a fire out of Hesebon, and a flame out of the midst of
Seon, and it shall devour part of Moab, and the crown of the head of
the children of tumult.
48:46. Woe to thee, Moab, thou hast persisted, O people of Chamos: for
thy sons, and thy daughters are taken captives.
48:47. And I will bring back the captivity of Moab in the last days,
saith the Lord. Hitherto the judgments of Moab.
Jeremias Chapter 49
The like desolation of Ammon, of Idumea, of the Syrians, of the
Agarenes, and of the Elamites.
49:1. Against the children of Ammon. Thus saith the Lord: Hath Israel
no sons? or hath he no heir? Why then hath Melchom inherited Gad: and
his people dwelt in his cities?
Melchom. . .The idol of the Ammonites.
49:2. Therefore behold the days come, saith the Lord, and I will cause
the noise of war to be heard in Rabbath of the children of Ammon, and
it shall be destroyed into a heap, and her daughters shall be burnt
with fire, and Israel shall possess them that have possessed him, saith
49:3. Howl, O Hesebon, for Hai is wasted. Cry, ye daughters of Rabbath,
gird yourselves with haircloth: mourn and go about by the hedges: for
Melchom shall be carried into captivity, his priests, and his princes
49:4. Why gloriest thou in the valleys? thy valley hath flowed away, O
delicate daughter, that hast trusted in thy treasures, and hast said:
Who shall come to me?
49:5. Behold I will bring a fear upon thee, saith the Lord God of
hosts, from all that are round about thee: and you shall be scattered
every one out of one another's sight, neither shall there be any to
gather together them that flee.
49:6. And afterwards I will cause the captives of the children of Ammon
to return, saith the Lord.
49:7. Against Edom. Thus saith the Lord of hosts: Is wisdom no more in
Theman? counsel is perished from her children: their wisdom is become
49:8. Flee and turn your backs, go down into the deep hole, ye
inhabitants of Dedan: for I have brought the destruction of Esau upon
him, the time of his visitation.
49:9. If grapegatherers had come to thee, would they not have left a
bunch? if thieves in the night, they would have taken what was enough
49:10. But I have made Esau bare, I have revealed his secrets, and he
cannot be hid: his seed is laid waste, and his brethren, and his
neighbours, and he shall not be.
49:11. Leave thy fatherless children: I will make them live: and thy
widows shall hope in me.
49:12. For thus saith the Lord: Behold they whose judgment was not to
drink of the cup, shall certainly drink: and shalt thou come off as
innocent? thou shalt not come off as innocent, but drinking thou shalt
49:13. For I have sworn by myself, saith the Lord, that Bosra shall
become a desolation, and a reproach, and a desert, and a curse: and all
her cities shall be everlasting wastes.
49:14. I have heard a rumour from the Lord, and an ambassador is sent
to the nations: Gather yourselves together, and come against her, and
let us rise up to battle.
49:15. For behold I have made thee a little one among the nations,
despicable among men.
49:16. Thy arrogancy hath deceived thee, and the pride of thy heart: O
thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, and endeavourest to lay
hold on the height of the hill: but though thou shouldst make thy nest
as high as an eagle, I will bring thee down from thence, saith the
49:17. And Edom shall be desolate: every one that shall pass by it,
shall be astonished, and shall hiss at all its plagues.
49:18. As Sodom was overthrown and Gomorrha, and the neighbours
thereof, saith the Lord: there shall not a man dwell there, and there
shall no son of man inhabit it.
49:19. Behold one shall come up as a lion from the swelling of the
Jordan, against the strong and beautiful: for I will make him run
suddenly upon her: and who shall be the chosen one whom I may appoint
over her? for who is like to me? and who shall abide me? and who is
that shepherd that can withstand my countenance?
49:20. Therefore hear ye the counsel of the Lord, which he hath taken
concerning Edom: and his thoughts which he hath thought concerning the
inhabitants of Theman: surely the little ones of the flock shall cast
them down, of a truth they shall destroy them with their habitation.
49:21. The earth is moved at the noise of their fall: the cry of their
voice is heard in the Red Sea.
49:22. Behold he shall come up as an eagle, and fly: and he shall
spread his wings over Bosra: and in that day the heart of the valiant
ones of Edom shall be as the heart of a woman in labour.
49:23. Against Damascus. Emath is confounded and Arphad: for they have
heard very bad tidings, they are troubled as in the sea: through care
they could not rest.
49:24. Damascus is undone, she is put to flight, trembling hath seized
on her: anguish and sorrows have taken her as a woman in labour.
49:25. How have they forsaken the city of renown, the city of joy!
49:26. Therefore her young men shall fall in her streets: and all the
men of war shall be silent in that day, saith the Lord of hosts.
49:27. And I will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus, and it shall
devour the strong holds of Benadad.
49:28. Against Cedar and against the kingdoms of Asor, which
Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon destroyed. Thus saith the Lord: Arise,
and go ye up to Cedar, and waste the children of the east.
Cedar and Asor. . .Were parts of Arabia; which with Moab, Ammon, Edom,
etc., were all brought under the yoke of Nabuchodonosor.
49:29. They shall take their tents, and their flocks: and shall carry
off for themselves their curtains, and all their vessels, and their
camels: and they shall call fear upon them round about.
49:30. Flee ye, get away speedily, sit in deep holes, you that inhabit
Asor, saith the Lord: for Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon hath taken
counsel against you, and hath conceived designs against you.
49:31. Arise, and go up to a nation that is at ease, and that dwelleth
securely, saith the Lord: they have neither gates, nor bars: they dwell
49:32. And their camels shall be for a spoil and the multitude of their
cattle for a booty, and I will scatter into every wind them that have
their hair cut round, and I will bring destruction upon them from all
their confines, saith the Lord.
49:33. And Asor shall be a habitation for dragons, desolate for ever:
no man shall abide there, nor son of man inhabit it.
49:34. The word of the Lord that came to Jeremias the prophet against
Elam, in the beginning of the reign of Sedecias king of Juda, saying:
Elam. . .A part of Persia.
49:35. Thus saith the Lord of hosts: Behold I will break the bow of
Elam, and their chief strength.
49:36. And I will bring upon Elam the four winds from the four quarters
of heaven: and I will scatter them into all these winds: and there
shall be no nation, to which the fugitives of Elam shall not come.
49:37. And I will cause Elam to be afraid before their enemies, and in
the sight of them that seek their life: and I will bring evil upon
them, my fierce wrath, saith the Lord: and I will send the sword after
them, till I consume them.
49:38. And I will set my throne in Elam, and destroy kings and princes
from thence, saith the Lord.
49:39. But in the latter days I will cause the captives of Elam, to
return, saith the Lord.
Jeremias Chapter 50
Babylon, which hath afflicted the Israelites, after their restoration,
shall be utterly destroyed.
50:1. The word that the Lord hath spoken against Babylon, and against
the land of the Chaldeans in the hand of Jeremias the prophet.
50:2. Declare ye among the nations, and publish it, lift up a standard:
proclaim, and conceal it not: say: Babylon is taken, Bel is confounded,
Merodach is overthrown, their graven things are confounded, their idols
Bel, etc. . .Bel and Merodach were worshipped for gods by the men of
50:3. For a nation is come up against her out of the north, which shall
make her land desolate: and there shall be none to dwell therein, from
man even to beast: yea they are removed, and gone away.
A nation, etc. . .Viz., the Medes.
50:4. In those days, and at that time, saith the Lord, the children of
Israel shall come, they and the children of Juda together: going and
weeping they shall make haste, and shall seek the Lord their God.
50:5. They shall ask the way to Sion, their faces are hitherward. They
shall come, and shall be joined to the Lord by an everlasting covenant,
which shall never be forgotten.
50:6. My people have been a lost flock, their shepherds have caused
them to go astray, and have made them wander in the mountains: they
have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their resting
50:7. All that found them, have devoured them: and their enemies said:
We have not sinned in so doing: because they have sinned against the
Lord the beauty of justice, and against the Lord the hope of their
50:8. Remove out of the midst of Babylon, and go forth out of the land
of the Chaldeans: and be ye as kids at the head of the flock.
50:9. For behold I raise up, and will bring against Babylon an assembly
of great nations from the land of the north: and they shall be prepared
against her, and from thence she shall be taken: their arrows, like
those of a mighty man, a destroyer, shall not return in vain.
50:10. And Chaldea shall be made a prey: all that waste her shall be
filled, saith the Lord.
50:11. Because you rejoice, and speak great things, pillaging my
inheritance: because you are spread abroad as calves upon the grass,
and have bellowed as bulls.
50:12. Your mother is confounded exceedingly, and she that bore you is
made even with the dust: behold she shall be the last among the
nations, a wilderness unpassable, and dry.
50:13. Because of the wrath of the Lord it shall not be inhabited, but
shall be wholly desolate: every one that shall pass by Babylon, shall
be astonished, and shall hiss at all her plagues.
50:14. Prepare yourselves against Babylon round about, all you that
bend the bow: fight against her, spare not arrows: because she hath
sinned against the Lord.
50:15. Shout against her, she hath every where given her hand, her
foundations are fallen, her walls are thrown down, for it is the
vengeance of the Lord. Take vengeance upon her: as she hath done, so do
50:16. Destroy the sower out of Babylon, and him that holdeth the
sickle in the time of harvest: for fear of the sword of the dove every
man shall return to his people, and every one shall flee to his own
The dove. . .Or the destroyer; for the Hebrew word signifies either the
one or the other.
50:17. Israel is a scattered flock, the lions have driven him away:
first the king of Assyria devoured him: and last this Nabuchodonosor
king of Babylon hath broken his bones.
50:18. Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel: Behold
I will visit the king of Babylon and his land, as I have visited the
king of Assyria.
50:19. And I will bring Israel again to his habitation: and he shall
feed on Carmel, and Bason, and his soul shall be satisfied in mount
Ephraim, and Galaad.
50:20. In those days, and at that time, saith the Lord, the iniquity of
Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none: and the sin of
Juda, and there shall none be found: for I will be merciful to them,
whom I shall leave.
50:21. Go up against the land of the rulers, and punish the inhabitants
thereof, waste, and destroy all behind them, saith the Lord: and do
according to all that I have commanded thee.
50:22. A noise of war in the land, and a great destruction.
50:23. How is the hammer of the whole earth broken, and destroyed! how
is Babylon turned into a desert among the nations!
50:24. I have caused thee to fall into a snare, and thou art taken, O
Babylon, and thou wast not aware of it: thou art found and caught,
because thou hast provoked the Lord.
50:25. The Lord hath opened his armoury, and hath brought forth the
weapons of his wrath: for the Lord the God of hosts hath a work to be
done in the land of the Chaldeans.
50:26. Come ye against her from the uttermost borders: open that they
may go forth that shall tread her down: take the stones out of the way,
and make heaps, and destroy her: and let nothing of her be left.
50:27. Destroy all her valiant men, let them go down to the slaughter:
woe to them, for their day is come, the time of their visitation.
50:28. The voice of them that flee, and of them that have escaped out
of the land of Babylon: to declare in Sion the revenge of the Lord our
God, the revenge of his temple.
50:29. Declare to many against Babylon, to all that bend the bow: stand
together against her round about, and let none escape; pay her
according to her work: according to all that she hath done, do ye to
her: for she hath lifted up herself against the Lord, against the Holy
One of Israel.
50:30. Therefore shall her young men fall in her streets: and all her
men of war shall hold their peace in that day, saith the Lord.
50:31. Behold I come against thee, O proud one, saith the Lord the God
of hosts: for thy day is come, the time of thy visitation.
50:32. And the proud one shall fall, he shall fall down, and there
shall be none to lift him up: and I will kindle a fire in his cities,
and it shall devour all round about him.
50:33. Thus saith the Lord of hosts: The children of Israel, and the
children of Juda are oppressed together: all that have taken them
captives, hold them fast, they will not let them go.
50:34. Their redeemer is strong, the Lord of hosts is his name: he will
defend their cause in judgment, to terrify the land, and to disquiet
the inhabitants of Babylon.
50:35. A sword is upon the Chaldeans, saith the Lord, and upon the
inhabitants of Babylon, and upon her princes, and upon her wise men.
50:36. A sword upon her diviners, and they shall be foolish: a sword
upon her valiant ones, and they shall be dismayed.
50:37. A sword upon their horses, and upon their chariots, and upon all
the people that are in the midst of her: and they shall become as
women: a sword upon her treasures, and they shall be made a spoil.
50:38. A drought upon her waters, and they shall be dried up: because
it is a land of idols, and they glory in monstrous things.
50:39. Therefore shall dragons dwell there with the fig fauns: and
ostriches shall dwell therein, and it shall be no more inhabited for
ever, neither shall it be built up from generation to generation.
Fig fauns. . .Monsters of the desert, or demons in monstrous shapes:
such as the ancients called fauns and satyrs; and as they imagined them
to live upon wild figs, they called them fauni ficarii or fig fauns.
50:40. As the Lord overthrew Sodom and Gomorrha, and their neighbour
cities, saith the Lord: no man shall dwell there, neither shall the son
of man inhabit it.
50:41. Behold a people cometh from the north, and a great nation, and
many kings shall rise from the ends of the earth.
50:42. They shall take the bow and the shield: they are cruel and
unmerciful: their voice shall roar like the sea, and they shall ride
upon horses: like a man prepared for battle against thee, O daughter of
50:43. The king of Babylon hath heard the report of them, and his hands
are grown feeble: anguish hath taken hold of him, pangs as a woman in
50:44. Behold he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of the
Jordan to the strong and beautiful: for I will make him run suddenly
upon her: and who shall be the chosen one whom I may appoint over her?
for who is like to me? and who shall bear up against me? and who is
that shepherd that can withstand my countenance?
50:45. Therefore hear ye the counsel of the Lord, which he hath taken
against Babylon: and his thoughts which he hath thought against the
land of the Chaldeans: surely the little ones of the flocks shall pull
them down, of a truth their habitation shall be destroyed with them.
50:46. At the noise of the taking of Babylon the earth is moved, and
the cry is heard amongst the nations.
Jeremias Chapter 51
The miseries that shall fall upon Babylon from the Medes: the
destruction of her idols.
51:1. Thus saith the Lord: Behold I will raise up as it were a
pestilential wind against Babylon and against the inhabitants thereof,
who have lifted up their heart against me.
51:2. And I will send to Babylon fanners, and they shall fan her, and
shall destroy her land: for they are come upon her on every side in the
day of her affliction.
51:3. Let not him that bendeth, bend his bow, and let not him go up
that is armed with a coat of mail: spare not her young men, destroy all
51:4. And the slain shall fall in the land of the Chaldeans, and the
wounded in the regions thereof.
51:5. For Israel and Juda have not been forsaken by their God the Lord
of hosts: but their land hath been filled with sin against the Holy One
51:6. Flee ye from the midst of Babylon, and let every one save his own
life: be not silent upon her iniquity: for it is the time of revenge
from the Lord, he will render unto her what she hath deserved.
51:7. Babylon hath been a golden cup in the hand of the Lord, that made
all the earth drunk: the nations have drunk of her wine, and therefore
they have staggered.
51:8. Babylon is suddenly fallen, and destroyed: howl for her, take
balm for her pain, if so she may be healed.
51:9. We would have cured Babylon, but she is not healed: let us
forsake her, and let us go every man to his own land: because her
judgment hath reached even to the heavens, and is lifted up to the
51:10. The Lord hath brought forth our justices: Come, and let us
declare in Sion the work of the Lord our God.
51:11. Sharpen the arrows, fill the quivers, the Lord hath raised up
the spirit of the kings of the Medes: and his mind is against Babylon
to destroy it, because it is the vengeance of the Lord, the vengeance
of his temple.
51:12. Upon the walls of Babylon set up the standard, strengthen the
watch: set up the watchmen, prepare the ambushes: for the Lord hath
both purposed, and done all that he spoke against the inhabitants of
51:13. O thou that dwellest upon many waters, rich in treasures, thy
end is come for thy entire destruction.
51:14. The Lord of hosts hath sworn by himself, saying: I will fill
thee with men as with locusts, and they shall lift up a joyful shout
51:15. He that made the earth by his power, that hath prepared the
world by his wisdom, and stretched out the heavens by his
51:16. When he uttereth his voice the waters are multiplied in heaven:
he lifteth up the clouds from the ends of the earth, he hath turned
lightning into rain: and hath brought forth the wind out of his
51:17. Every man is become foolish by his knowledge: every founder is
confounded by his idol, for what he hath cast is a lie, and there is no
breath in them.
51:18. They are vain works, and worthy to be laughed at, in the time of
their visitation they shall perish.
51:19. The portion of Jacob is not like them: for he that made all
things he it is, and Israel is the sceptre of his inheritance: the Lord
of hosts is his name.
51:20. Thou dashest together for me the weapons of war, and with thee I
will dash nations together, and with thee I will destroy kingdoms:
51:21. And with thee I will break in pieces the horse, and his rider,
and with thee I will break in pieces the chariot, and him that getteth
up into it:
51:22. And with thee I will break in pieces man and woman, and with
thee I will break in pieces the old man and the child, and with thee I
will break in pieces the young man and the virgin:
51:23. And with thee I will break in pieces the shepherd and his flock,
and with thee I will break in pieces the husbandman and his yoke of
oxen, and with thee I will break in pieces captains and rulers.
51:24. And I will render to Babylon, and to all the inhabitants of
Chaldea all their evil, that they have done in Sion, before your eyes,
saith the Lord.
51:25. Behold I come against thee, thou destroying mountain, saith the
Lord, which corruptest the whole earth: and I will stretch out my hand
upon thee, and will roll thee down from the rocks, and will make thee a
51:26. And they shall not take of thee a stone for the corner, nor a
stone for foundations, but thou shalt be destroyed for ever, saith the
51:27. Set ye up a standard in the land: sound with the trumpet among
the nations: prepare the nations against her: call together against her
the kings of Ararat, Menni, and Ascenez: number Taphsar against her,
bring the horse as the stinging locust.
51:28. Prepare the nations against her, the kings of Media, their
captains, and all their rulers, and all the land of their dominion.
51:29. And the land shall be in a commotion, and shall be troubled: for
the design of the Lord against Babylon shall awake, to make the land of
Babylon desert and uninhabitable.
51:30. The valiant men of Babylon have forborne to fight, they have
dwelt in holds: their strength hath failed, and they are become as
women: her dwelling places are burnt, her bars are broken.
51:31. One running post shall meet another, and messenger shall meet
messenger: to tell the king of Babylon that his city is taken from one
end to the other:
51:32. And that the fords are taken, and the marshes are burnt with
fire, and the men of war are affrighted.
51:33. For thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel: The daughter
of Babylon is like a thrashingfloor, this is the time of her thrashing:
yet a little while, and the time of her harvest shall come.
51:34. Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon hath eaten me up, he hath
devoured me: he hath made me as an empty vessel: he hath swallowed me
up like a dragon, he hath filled his belly with my delicate meats, and
he hath cast me out.
51:35. The wrong done to me, and my flesh be upon Babylon, saith the
habitation of Sion: and my blood upon the inhabitants of Chaldea, saith
51:36. Therefore thus saith the Lord: Behold I will judge thy cause,
and will take vengeance for thee, and I will make her sea desolate, I
and will dry up her spring.
51:37. And Babylon shall be reduced to heaps, a dwelling place for
dragons, an astonishment and a hissing, because there is no inhabitant.
51:38. They shall roar together like lions, they shall shake their
manes like young lions.
51:39. In their heat I will set them drink: and I will make them drunk,
that they may slumber, and sleep an everlasting sleep, and awake no
more, saith the Lord.
51:40. I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter, and like
rams with kids.
51:41. How is Sesach taken, and the renowned one of all the earth
surprised? How is Babylon become an astonishment among the nations?
51:42. The sea is come up over Babylon : she is covered with the
multitude of the waves thereof.
51:43. Her cities are become an astonishment, a land uninhabited and
desolate, a land wherein none can dwell, nor son of man pass through
51:44. And I will visit against Bel in Babylon, and I will bring forth
out of his mouth that which he had swallowed down: and the nations
shall no more flow together to him, for the wall also of Babylon shall
51:45. Go out of the midst of her, my people: that every man may save
his life from the fierce wrath of the Lord.
51:46. And lest your hearts faint, and ye fear for the rumour that
shall be heard in the land: and a rumour shall come in one year, and
after this year another rumour: and iniquity in the land, and ruler
51:47. Therefore behold the days come, and I will visit the idols of
Babylon: and her whole land shall be confounded, and all her slain
shall fall in the midst of her.
51:48. And the heavens and the earth, and all things that are in them
shall give praise for Babylon: for spoilers shall come to her from the
north, saith the Lord.
51:49. And as Babylon caused that there should fall slain in Israel: so
of Babylon there shall fall slain in all the earth.
51:50. You that have escaped the sword, come away, stand not still:
remember the Lord afar off, and let Jerusalem come into your mind.
51:51. We are confounded, because we have heard reproach: shame hath
covered our faces: because strangers are come upon the sanctuaries of
the house of the Lord.
51:52. Therefore behold the days come, saith the Lord, and I will visit
her graven things, and in all her land the wounded shall groan:
51:53. If Babylon should mount up to heaven, and establish her strength
on high: from me there should come spoilers upon her, saith the Lord.
51:54. The noise of a cry from Babylon, and great destruction from the
land of the Chaldeans:
51:55. Because the Lord hath laid Babylon waste, and destroyed out of
her the great voice: and their wave shall roar like many waters: their
voice hath made a noise:
51:56. Because the spoiler is come upon her, that is, upon Babylon, and
her valiant men are taken, and their bow is weakened, because the Lord,
who is a strong revenger, will surely repay.
51:57. And I will make her princes drunk, and her wise men, and her
captains, and her rulers, and her valiant men: and they shall sleep an
everlasting sleep, and shall awake no more, saith the king whose name
is Lord of hosts.
51:58. Thus saith the Lord of hosts: That broad wall of Babylon shall
be utterly broken down, and her high gates shall be burnt with fire,
and the labours of the people shall come to nothing, and of the nations
shall go to the fire, and shall perish.
51:59. The word that Jeremias the prophet commanded Saraias the son of
Nerias, the son of Maasias, when he went with king Sedecias to Babylon,
in the fourth year of his reign: now Saraias was chief over the
51:60. And Jeremias wrote in one book all the evil that was to come
upon Babylon: all these words that are written against Babylon.
51:61. And Jeremias said to Saraias: When thou shalt come into Babylon,
and shalt see, and shalt read all these words,
51:62. Thou shalt say: O Lord, thou hast spoken against this place to
destroy it: so that there should be neither man nor beast to dwell
therein, and that it should be desolate for ever.
51:63. And when thou shalt have made an end of reading this book, thou
shalt tie a stone to it, and shalt throw it into the midst of the
51:64. And thou shalt say: Thus shall Babylon sink, and she shall not
rise up from the affliction that I will bring upon her, and she shall
be utterly destroyed. Thus far are the words of Jeremias.
Jeremias Chapter 52
A recapitulation of the reign of Sedecias, and the destruction of
Jerusalem. The number of the captives.
52:1. Sedecias was one and twenty years old when he began to reign: and
he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem: and the name of his mother was
Amital, the daughter of Jeremias of Lobna.
52:2. And he did that which was evil in the eyes of the Lord, according
to all that Joakim had done.
52:3. For the wrath of the Lord was against Jerusalem, and against
Juda, till he cast them out from his presence: and Sedecias revolted
from the king of Babylon.
52:4. And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth
month, the tenth day of the month, that Nabuchodonosor the king of
Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, and they besieged
it, and built forts against it round about.
52:5. And the city was besieged until the eleventh year of king
52:6. And in the fourth month, the ninth day of the month, a famine
overpowered the city: and there was no food for the people of the land.
52:7. And the city was broken up, and the men of war fled, and went out
of the city in the night by the way of the gate that is between the two
walls, and leadeth to the king's garden, (the Chaldeans besieging the
city round about,) and they went by the way that leadeth to the
52:8. But the army of the Chaldeans pursued after the king: and they
overtook Sedecias in the desert which is near Jericho: and all his
companions were scattered from him.
52:9. And when they had taken the king, they carried him to the king of
Babylon to Reblatha, which is in the land of Emath: and he gave
judgment upon him.
52:10. And the king of Babylon slew the sons of Sedecias before his
eyes: and he slew all the princes of Juda in Reblatha.
52:11. And he put out the eyes of Sedecias, and bound him with fetters,
and the king of Babylon brought him into Babylon, and he put him in
prison till the day of his death.
52:12. And in the fifth month, the tenth day of the month, the same is
the nineteenth year of Nabuchodonosor, king of Babylon, came Nabuzardan
the general of the army, who stood before the king of Babylon in
52:13. And he burnt the house of the Lord, and the king's house, and
all the houses of Jerusalem, and every great house he burnt with fire.
52:14. And all the army of the Chaldeans that were with the general
broke down all the wall of Jerusalem round about.
52:15. But Nabuzardan the general carried away captives some of the
poor people, and of the rest of the common sort who remained in the
city, and of the fugitives that were fled over to the king of Babylon,
and the rest of the multitude.
52:16. But of the poor of the land, Nabuzardan the general left some
for vinedressers, and for husbandmen.
52:17. The Chaldeans also broke in pieces the brazen pillars that were
in the house of the Lord, and the bases, and the sea of brass that was
in the house of the Lord: and they carried all the brass of them to
52:18. And they took the caldrons, and the fleshhooks, and the
psalteries, and the bowls, and the little mortars, and all the brazen
vessels that had been used in the ministry: and
52:19. The general took away the pitchers, and the censers, and the
pots, and the basins, and the candlesticks, and the mortars, and the
cups: as many as were of gold, in gold: and as many as were of silver,
52:20. And the two pillars, and one sea, and twelve oxen of brass that
were under the bases, which king Solomon had made in the house of the
Lord: there was no weight of the brass of all these vessels.
52:21. And concerning the pillars, one pillar was eighteen cubits high:
and a cord of twelve cubits compassed it about: but the thickness
thereof was four fingers, and it was hollow within.
52:22. And chapiters of brass were upon both: and the height of one
chapiter was five cubits: and network, and pomegranates were upon the
chapiters round about, all of brass. The same of the second pillar, and
52:23. And there were ninety-six pomegranates hanging down: and the
pomegranates being a hundred in all, were compassed with network.
52:24. And the general took Saraias the chief priest, and Sophonias the
second priest, and the three keepers of the entry.
52:25. He also took out of the city one eunuch that was chief over the
men of war: and seven men of them that were near the king's person,
that were found in the city: and a scribe, an officer of the army who
exercised the young soldiers: and threescore men of the people of the
land, that were found in the midst of the city.
52:26. And Nabuzardan the general took them, and brought them to the
king of Babylon, to Reblatha.
52:27. And the king of Babylon struck them, and put them to death in
Reblatha, in the land of Emath: and Juda was carried away captive out
of his land.
52:28. This is the people whom Nabuchodonosor carried away captive: in
the seventh year, three thousand and twenty-three Jews.
52:29. In the eighteenth year of Nabuchodonosor, eight hundred and
thirty-two souls from Jerusalem.
52:30. In the three and twentieth year of Nabuchodonosor, Nabuzardan
the general carried away of the Jews seven hundred and forty-five
souls. So all the souls were four thousand six hundred.
52:31. And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of the
captivity of Joachin king of Juda, in the twelfth month, the five and
twentieth day of the month, that Evilmerodach king of Babylon, in the
first year of his reign, lifted up the head of Joachin king of Juda,
and brought him forth out of prison.
52:32. And he spoke kindly to him, and he set his throne above the
thrones of the kings that were with him in Babylon.
52:33. And he changed his prison garments, and he ate bread before him
always all the days of his life.
52:34. And for his diet a continual provision was allowed him by the
king of Babylon, every day a portion, until the day of his death, all
the days of his life.
THE LAMENTATIONS OF JEREMIAS
In these JEREMIAS laments in a most pathetical manner the miseries of
his people, and the destruction of JERUSALEM and the temple, in Hebrew
verses, beginning with different letters according to the order of the
Lamentations Chapter 1
PREFACE: And it came to pass, after Israel was carried into captivity,
and Jerusalem was desolate, that Jeremias the prophet sat weeping, and
mourned with this lamentation over Jerusalem, and with a sorrowful
mind, sighing and moaning, he said:
And it came to pass, etc. . .This preface was not written by Jeremias,
but was added by the seventy interpreters, to give the reader to
understand upon what occasion the Lamentations were published.
1:1. Aleph. How doth the city sit solitary that was full of people! how
is the mistress of the Gentiles become as a widow: the princes of
provinces made tributary!
1:2. Beth. Weeping, she hath wept in the night, and her tears are on
her cheeks: there is none to comfort her among all them that were dear
to her: all her friends have despised her, and are become her enemies.
1:3. Ghimel. Juda hath removed her dwelling place, because of her
affliction, and the greatness of her bondage; she hath dwelt among the
nations, and she hath found no rest; all her persecutors have taken her
in the midst of straits.
1:4. Daleth. The ways of Sion mourn, because there are none that come
to the solemn feast: all her gates are broken down; her priests sigh;
her virgins are in affliction; and she is oppressed with bitterness.
1:5. He. Her adversaries are become her lords; her enemies are
enriched; because the Lord hath spoken against her for the multitude of
her iniquities; her children are led into captivity, before the face of
1:6. Vau. And from the daughter of Sion, all her beauty is departed;
her princes are become like rams that find no pastures; and they are
gone away without strength before the face of the pursuer.
1:7. Zain. Jerusalem hath remembered the days of her affliction, and
prevarication of all her desirable things which she had from the days
of old, when her people fell in the enemy's hand, and there was no
helper; the enemies have seen her, and have mocked at her sabbaths.
1:8. Heth. Jerusalem hath grievously sinned, therefore is she become
unstable; all that honoured her, have despised her, because they have
seen her shame; but she sighed, and turned backward.
1:9. Teth. Her filthiness is on her feet, and she hath not remembered
her end; she is wonderfully cast down, not having a comforter: behold,
O Lord, my affliction, because the enemy is lifted up.
1:10. Jod. The enemy hath put out his hand to all her desirable things:
for she hath seen the Gentiles enter into her sanctuary, of whom thou
gavest commandment that they should not enter into thy church.
1:11. Caph. All her people sigh, they seek bread: they have given all
their precious things for food to relieve the soul: see, O Lord, and
consider, for I am become vile.
1:12. Lamed. O all ye that pass by the way, attend, and see if there be
any sorrow like to my sorrow: for he hath made a vintage of me, as the
Lord spoke in the day of his fierce anger.
1:13. Mem. From above he hath sent fire into my bones, and hath
chastised me: he hath spread a net for my feet, he hath turned me back:
he hath made me desolate, wasted with sorrow all the day long.
1:14. Nun. The yoke of my iniquities hath watched: they are folded
together in his hand, and put upon my neck: my strength is weakened:
the Lord hath delivered me into a hand, out of which I am not able to
1:15. Samech. The Lord hath taken away all my mighty men out of the
midst of me: he hath called against me the time, to destroy my chosen
men: the Lord hath trodden the winepress for the virgin daughter of
1:16. Ain. Therefore do I weep, and my eyes run down with water:
because the comforter, the relief of my soul, is far from me: my
children are desolate because the enemy hath prevailed.
1:17. Phe. Sion hath spread forth her hands, there is none to comfort
her: the Lord hath commanded against Jacob, his enemies are round about
him: Jerusalem is as a menstruous woman among them.
1:18. Sade. The Lord is just, for I have provoked his mouth to wrath:
hear, I pray you, all ye people, and see my sorrow: my virgins, and my
young men are gone into captivity.
1:19. Coph. I called for my friends, but they deceived me: my priests
and my ancients pined away in the city: while they sought their food,
to relieve their souls.
1:20. Res. Behold, O Lord, for I am in distress, my bowels are
troubled: my heart is turned within me, for I am full of bitterness:
abroad the sword destroyeth and at home there is death alike.
1:21. Sin. They have heard that I sigh, and there is none to comfort
me: all my enemies have heard of my evil, they have rejoiced that thou
hast done it: thou hast brought a day of consolation, and they shall be
like unto me.
1:22. Thau. Let all their evil be present before thee: and make vintage
of them, as thou hast made vintage of me for all my iniquities: for my
sighs are many, and my heart is sorrowful.
Lamentations Chapter 2
2:1. Aleph. How hath the Lord covered with obscurity the daughter of
Sion in his wrath! how hath he cast down from heaven to the earth the
glorious one of Israel, and hath not remembered his footstool in the
day of his anger.
2:2. Beth. The Lord hath cast down headlong, and hath not spared, all
that was beautiful in Jacob: he hath destroyed in his wrath the strong
holds of the virgin of Juda, and brought them down to the ground: he
hath made the kingdom unclean, and the princes thereof.
2:3. Ghimel. He hath broken in his fierce anger all the horn of Israel:
he hath drawn back his right hand from before the enemy: and he hath
kindled in Jacob as it were a flaming fire devouring round about.
2:4. Daleth. He hath bent his bow as an enemy, he hath fixed his right
hand as an adversary: and he hath killed all that was fair to behold in
the tabernacle of the daughter of Sion, he hath poured out his
indignation like fire.
2:5. He. The Lord is become as an enemy: he hath cast down Israel
headlong, he hath overthrown all the walls thereof: he hath destroyed
his strong holds, and hath multiplied in the daughter of Juda the
afflicted, both men and women.
2:6. Vau. And he hath destroyed his tent as a garden, he hath thrown
down his tabernacle: the Lord hath caused feasts and sabbaths to be
forgotten in Sion: and hath delivered up king and priest to reproach,
and to the indignation of his wrath.
2:7. Zain. The Lord hath cast off his altar, he hath cursed his
sanctuary: he hath delivered the walls of the towers thereof into the
hand of the enemy: they have made a noise in the house of the Lord, as
in the day of a solemn feast.
He hath cursed his sanctuary. . .That is, he permitted his sanctuary to
be destroyed, as if it had not been consecrated, but execrable.
2:8. Heth. The Lord hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter
of Sion: he hath stretched out his line, and hath not withdrawn his
hand from destroying: and the bulwark hath mourned, and the wall hath
been destroyed together.
2:9. Teth. Her gates are sunk into the ground: he hath destroyed, and
broken her bars: her king and her princes are among the Gentiles: the
law is no more, and her prophets have found no vision from the Lord.
2:10. Jod. The ancients of the daughter of Sion sit upon the ground,
they have held their peace: they have sprinkled their heads with dust,
they are girded with haircloth, the virgins of Jerusalem hang down
their heads to the ground.
2:11. Caph. My eyes have failed with weeping, my bowels are troubled:
my liver is poured out upon the earth, for the destruction of the
daughter of my people, when the children, and the sucklings, fainted
away in the streets of the city.
2:12. Lamed. They said to their mothers: Where is corn and wine? when
they fainted away as the wounded in the streets of the city: when they
breathed out their souls in the bosoms of their mothers.
2:13. Mem. To what shall I compare thee? or to what shall I liken thee,
O daughter of Jerusalem? to what shall I equal thee, that I may comfort
thee, O virgin daughter of Sion? for great as the sea is thy
destruction: who shall heal thee?
2:14. Nun. Thy prophets have seen false and foolish things for thee:
and they have not laid open thy iniquity, to excite thee to penance:
but they have seen for thee false revelations and banishments.
2:15. Samech. All they that passed by the way have clapped their hands
at thee: they have hissed, and wagged their heads at the daughter of
Jerusalem, saying: Is this the city of perfect beauty, the joy of all
2:16. Phe. All thy enemies have opened their month against thee: they
have hissed, and gnashed with the teeth, and have said: We will swallow
her up: lo, this is the day which we looked for: we have found it, we
have seen it.
2:17. Ain. The Lord hath done that which he purposed, he hath fulfilled
his word, which he commanded in the days of old: he hath destroyed, and
hath not spared, and he hath caused the enemy to rejoice over thee, and
hath set up the horn of thy adversaries.
2:18. Sade. Their heart cried to the Lord upon the walls of the
daughter of Sion: Let tears run down like a torrent day and night: give
thyself no rest, and let not the apple of thy eye cease.
2:19. Coph. Arise, give praise in the night, in the beginning of the
watches: pour out thy heart like water, before the face of the Lord:
lift up thy hands to him for the life of thy little children, that have
fainted for hunger at the top of all the streets.
2:20. Res. Behold, O Lord, and consider whom thou hast thus dealt with:
shall women then eat their own fruit, their children of a span long?
shall the priest and the prophet be slain in the sanctuary of the Lord?
2:21. Sin. The child and the old man lie without on the ground: my
virgins and my young men are fallen by the sword: thou hast slain them
in the day of thy wrath: thou hast killed, and shewn them no pity.
2:22. Thau. Thou hast called as to a festival, those that should
terrify me round about, and there was none in the day of the wrath of
the Lord that escaped and was left: those that I brought up, and
nourished, my enemy hath consumed them.
Lamentations Chapter 3
3:1. Aleph. I am the man that see my poverty by the rod of his
3:2. Aleph. He hath led me, and brought me into darkness, and not into
3:3. Aleph. Only against me he hath turned, and turned again his hand
all the day.
3:4. Beth. My skin and my flesh he hath made old, he hath broken my
3:5. Beth. He hath built round about me, and he hath compassed me with
gall, and labour.
3:6. Beth. He hath set me in dark places as those that are dead for
3:7. Ghimel. He hath built against me round about, that I may not get
out: he hath made my fetters heavy.
3:8. Ghimel. Yea, and when I cry, and entreat, he hath shut out my
3:9. Ghimel. He hath shut up my ways with square stones, he hath turned
my paths upside down.
3:10. Daleth. He is become to me as a bear lying in wait: as a lion in
3:11. Daleth. He hath turned aside my paths, and hath broken me in
pieces, he hath made me desolate.
3:12. Daleth. He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark for his
3:13. He. He hath shot into my reins the daughters of his quiver.
3:14. He. I am made a derision to all my people, their song all the day
3:15. He. He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath inebriated me with
3:16. Vau. And he hath broken my teeth one by one, he hath fed me with
3:17. Vau. And my soul is removed far off from peace, I have forgotten
3:18. Vau. And I said: My end and my hope is perished from the Lord.
3:19. Zain. Remember my poverty, and transgression, the wormwood and