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No comparison with God. CHAP. XI.Jeremiah proclaims God's covenant.

6 Forasmuch as there is none like untos north country, to make the cities of Judah thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy desolate, and a den of dragons. name is great in might.

23 TO LORD, I know that the way of 7 Who would not fear thee, O King of man is not in himself: it is not in man that nations ? for to thee doth it appertain: for-walketh to direct his steps. asmuch as among all the wise men of the 24 O LORD, correct me, but with judgnations, and in all their kingdoms, there is ment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring none like unto thee.

me to nothing. 8. But they are altogether brutish and 25 Pour out thy fury upon the heathen foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities. that know thee not, and upon the families

9.Silver spread into plates is brought that call not on thy name: for they have from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the eaten up Jacob, and devoured him, and work of the workman, and of the hands of consumed him, and have made his habitathe founder: blue and purple is their cloth- tion desolate. ing : they are all the work of cunning men.

CHAP. XI. he li But the land in the eres lived THE Word that came to Jeremiah from at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and 2 Hear ye the words of this covenant, the nations shall not be able to abide his and speak unto the men of Judah, and to indignation.

the inhabitants of Jerusalem ; 11 Thus shall ye say unto them, The 3 And say thou unto them, Tbus saith gods that have not made the heavens and the LORD God of Israel; Cursed be the the earth, even they shall perish from the man that obeyeth not the words of this earth, and from under these heavens. covenant, 12 He hath made the earth by his pow.

4 Which I commanded your fathers in er, he hath established the world by his the day that I brought them forth out of the wisdom, and hath stretched out the hea- land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, sayvens by his discretion.

ing, Obey, my voice, and do them, accord13 When he uttereth his voice, there is ing to all which I command you: so shall a multitude of waters in the heavens, and ye be my people, and I will be your God: he causeth the vapours to ascend from the 5 That I may perform the oath which I ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings have sworn unto your fathers, to give them with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out a land flowing with milk and honey, as it of bis treasures.

is this day. Then answered I, and said, 14 Every man is brutish in his know-So be it, O LORD. ledge : every founder is confounded by the 6 Then the LORD said unto me, Prograven image: for his molten image is claim all these words in the cities of Jufalsehood, and there is no breath in them. dah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, say

15 They are vanity, and the work of ing, Hear ye the words of this covenant, errors: in the time of their visitation they and do them. shall perish.

7 For I earnestly protested unto your 16 The Portion of Jacob is not like fathers in the day that I brought them up them: for he is the former of all things; out of the land of Egypt, even unto this and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: day, rising early and protesting, saying, The Lord of hosts is his name.

Obey my voice. 17 | Gather up thy wares out of the 8. Yet they obeyed not, nor inclined land, O inhabitant of the fortress. their ear, but walked every one in the im

18 For thus saith the LORD; Behold, I agination of their evil heart: therefore I will sling out the inhabitants of the land will bring upon them all the words of this at this once, and will distress them that covenant, which I commanded them to do; they may find it so.

but they did them not. 19.91 Wo is me for my hurt! my wound 9 And the LORD said unto me, A conis grievous : but I said, Truly this is a spiracy is found among the men of Judah, grief, and I must bear it.

and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 20 My tabernacle is spoiled, and all my 10 They are turned back to the iniquicords are broken: my children are gone ties of their forefathers, which refused to forth of me, and they are not: there is hear my words; and they went after other none to stretch forth my tent any more, gods to serve them; the house of Israel and to set up my curtains.

and the house of Judah have broken my 21 For the pastors are become brutish, covenant which I made with their fathers. and have not sought the LORD: therefore 11 | Therefore thus saith the LORD, they shall not prosper, and all their flocks Behold, I will bring evil upon thein which shall be scattered.

they shall not be able to escape; and 22 Behold, the noise of the bruit is though they shall cry unto me, I will not come, and a great commotion out of the hearken unto them.

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Evil to the Jews prophesied. JEREMIAH. Prosperity of the wicked. 12 Then stall the cities of Judah and have taken root: they grow, yea, they inbabitants of Jerusalem go, and cry unto bring forth fruit: thou art near in their the gods unto whom they offer incense : mouth, and far from their reins. but they shall not save them at all in the 3 But thou, O LORD, knowest me: thou time of their trouble.

hast seen me, and tried mine heart toward 13 For according to the number of thy thee: pull them out like sheep for the cities were thy gods, O Judah; and ac- slaughter, and prepare them for the day cording to the number of the streets of of slaughter. Jerusalem have ye set up altars to that 4 How long shall the land mourn, and shameful thing, even altars to burn incense the herbs of every field wither, for the unto Baal.

wickedness of them that dwell therein? the 14 Therefore pray not thou for this peo- beasts are consumed, and the birds; beple, neither lift up a cry or prayer for cause they said, He shall not see our last them : for I will not hear them in the time end. that they cry unto me for their trouble. 5 T If thou hast run with the footmen,

15 What hath my beloved to do in mine and they have wearied thee, then how house, seeing she hath wrought lewdness canst thou contend with horses? and if in with many; and the holy flesh is passed the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, from thee?' when thou doest evil, then they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do thou rejoicest.

in the swelling of Jordan? 16 The Lord called thy name, A green 6 For even thy brethren, and the house olive-tree, fair, and of goodly fruit: with of thy father, even they have dealt treachthe noise of a great tumult he hath kindled erously with thee; yea, they have called fire upon it, and the branches of it are a multitude after thee : believe them not, broken.

though they speak fair words unto thee. 17 For the Lord of hoste, that planted 7 T I have forsaken mine house, I have thee, bath pronounced evil against thee, left mine heritage ; I have given the dearfor the evil of the house of Israel and of ly beloved of my soul into the hand of her the house of Judah, which they have done enemies against themselves to provoke me to anger 8 Mine heritage is unto me as a lion in in offering incense unto Baal.

the forest ; it crieth out against me: there. 18 1 And the Lord hath given me fore have I hated it. knowledge of it, and I know it: then thou 9 Mine heritage is unto me as a speckshewedst me their doings.

led.bird, the birds round about are against 19 But I was like a lamb or an ox that her; come ye, assemble all the beasts of is brought to the slaughter; and I knew the field, come to devour. not that they had devised devices against 10 Many pastors have destroyed my me, saying, Let us destroy the tree with vineyard, they have trodden my portion the fruit thereof, and let us cut him off under foot, they have made my pleasant from the land of the living, thrithis name portion a desolate wilderness. may be no more remembered.

11 They have made it desolate, and 20 But, O LORD of hosts, that judgest being desolate it mourneth unto me; the righteously, that triest the reins and the whole land is made desolate, because no heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: man layeth it to heart. for unto thee have I revealed my cause. 12 The spoilers are come upon all high

21 Therefore thus saith the Lord of the places through the wilderness: for the men of Anathoth, that seek thy life, say-sword of the Lord shall devour from the ing, Prophesy not in the name of the one end of the land even to the other end Lord, that thou die not by our hand: of the land: no fesh shall have peace.

22 Therefore thus saith the Lord of 13 They have sown wheat, but shall hosts, Behold, I will punish them : the reap thorns : they have put themselves to young men shall die by the sword; their pain, but shall not profit; and they shall sons and their daughters shall die by be ashamed of your revenues because of famine:

the fierce anger of the LORD. 23 And there shall be no remnant of 14 1 Thus saith the LORD against all them: for I will bring evil upon the men of mine evil neighbours, that touch the inheAnathoth, even the year of their visitation. ritance which I have caused my people IsCHAP. XII.

rael to inherit; Behold, I will pluck them a out the house I plead with thee: yet let me talk of Judah from among them. with thee of thy judgments : Wherefore 15 And it shall come to pass, after that doth the way of the wicked prosper? I have plucked them out, I will return, and wherefore are all they happy that deal have compassion on them, and will bring very treacherously!

them again, every man to his heritage, 2 Thou hast planted them, yea, they and every man to his land:

Š Type of a linen girdle. CHAP. XIII, XIV. A grievous famine. 16 And it shall come to pass, if they will| 15 | Hear ye, and give ear; be not diligently learn the ways of my people, to proud: for the Lord haih spoken. swear by my name, The LORD liveth ; as 16 Give glory to the LORD your God, they taught my people to swear by Baal; before be cause darkness, and before your then shall they be built in the midst of my feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and people.

while ye look for light, he turn it into the 17 But if they will not obey, I will ut- shadow of death, and make it gross darkterly pluck up and destroy that nation, ness. saith the LORD.

17 But if ye will not hear it, my soul CHAP. XIII.

shall weep in secret places for your pride; HUS saith the LORD unto me, Go and and mine eye shall weep sore, and run

, upon thy loins, and put it not in water. is carried away captive.

2 So I got a girdle according to the word 18 Say unto the king and to the queen, of the LORD, and put it on my loins. Humble yourselves, sit down: for your

3 And the word of the LORD came unto principalities shall come down, even the me the second time, saying,

crown of your glory. 4 Take the girdle that thou hast got, 19 The cities of the south shall be shut which is upon thy loins, and arise, go to up, and none shall open them: Judah shall Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole of be carried away captive all of it, it shall the rock.

be wholly carried away captive. 5 So I went, and hid it by Eupbrates, 20 Lift up your eyes, and behold them as the LORD commanded me.

that come from the north: where is the flock 6 And it came to pass after many days, that was given thee, thy beautiful flock? that the LORD said unto me, Arise, go to 21 What wilt thou say when he shallpunEuphrates, and take the girdle from thence, ish thee? for thou hast taught them to be which I commanded thee to hide there. captains, and as chief over thee: shall not

7 Then I went to Euphrates, and digged, sorrows take thee, as a woman in travail? and took the girdle from the place where I 22 | And if thou say in thine heart, had hid it: and behold, the girdle was Wherefore come these things upon me? For marred, it was profitable for nothing. the greatness of thine iniquity are thy

8 Then the word of the LORD came unto skirts discovered, and thy heels made bare. me, saying,

23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, 9 Thus saith the LORD, After this man- or the leopard his spots? then may ye also ner will I mar the pride of Judah, and the do good, that are accustomed to do evil. great pride of Jerusalem..

24 Therefore will I scatter them as the 10 This evil people, which refuse to hear stubble that passeth away by the wind of my words, which walk in the imagination the wilderness. of their heart, and walk after other gods, to 25 This is thy lot, the portion of thy serve them, and to worship them, shall measures from me, saith the Lord; beeven be as this girdle, which is good for cause thou hast forgotten ine, and trusted nothing.

in falsehoorl. 11 For as the girdle cleaveth to the loins 26 Therefore will I discover thy skirts of a man, so have I caused to cleave unto upon thy face, that thy shame may appear. me the whole house of Israel and the whole 27 I have seen thine adulteries, and thy house of Judah, saith the Lord; that they neighings, the lewdness of thy whoredom, might be unto me for a people, and for a and thine abominations on the hills in the name, and for a praise, and for a glory: but helds. Wo unto thee, O Jerusalem! wilt they would not hear.

thou not be made clean? when shall it 12 T Therefore thou shalt speak unto once be? them this word; Thus saith the Lord God

CHAP. XIV. of Israel, Every bottle shall be filled with THE word of the Lord that came to Jewine: and they shall say unto thee, Do remiah concerning the dearth. we not certainly know that every bottle 2 Judah mourneth, and the gates thereof shall be filled with wine?

languish ; they are black unto the ground; 13 Then shalt thou say unto them, Thus and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up. saith the Lord, Behold, I will all all the 3 And their nobles have sent their little inhabitants of this land, even the kings that ones to the waters: they came to the pits, sit upon David's throne, and the priests, and found no water; they returned with and the prophets, and all the inhabitants their vessels empty; they were ashamed of Jerusalem, with drunkenness. and confounded, and covered their heads.

14 And I will dash them one against ano 4 Because the ground is chapt, for there ther, even the fathers and the sons together, was no rain in the earth, the ploughmen were saith the LORD: I will not pity, nor spare, ashamed, they covered their heads. nor bave mercy, but destroy them.

5 Yea, the bind also calved in the fie!

The prayer of the prophet. JEREMIAH.

The rejection of the Jews. and forsook it, because there was no grass. [into the city, then behold, them that are

6 And the wild asses did stand in the sick with famine! yea, both the propbet high places, they snuffed up the wind like and the priest go about into a land that dragons; their eyes did fail, because there they know not. was no grass.

19 Hast thou utterly rejected Judah? 7 TO Lord, though our iniquities tes- hath thy soul loathed Zion? Why hast tily against us, do thou it for thy name's thou smitten us, and there is no healing for sake: for our backslidings are many; we us? we looked for peace, and there is no have sinned against thee.

good; and for the time of healing, and be80 the Hope of Israel, the Saviour hold trouble! thereof in time of trouble, why shouldest 20 We acknowledge, O LORD, our thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a wickedness, and the iniquity of our fathers: wayfaring man that turneth aside toʻtarry for we have sinned against thee. for a night?

21 Do not abhor us, for thy name's sake, 9 Why shouldest thou be as a man as, do not disgrace the throne of thy glory: tonished, as a mighty man that cannot save? remember, break not thy covenant with us. yet thou, O LORD, art in the midst of us, 22 Are there any among the vanities of and we are called by thy name; leave us the Gentiles that can cause rain? or can not.

the heavens give showers ? Art not thou he, 10 T Thus saith the LORD unto this CLORD our God ? therefore we will wait people, Thus have they loved to wander, upon thee: for thou hast made all these they have not refrained their feet, there - things. fore the Lord doth not accept them; he

CHAP. XV. will not remember their iniquity, and THEN said dhe LORD unto me. Though

, 11 Then said the Lord unto me, Pray yet my mind could not be toward this not for this people for their good. people: cast them out of my sight, and

12 When they fast, I will not hear their let them go forth. cry; and when they offer burnt-offering 2 And it shall come to pass, if they say and an oblation, I will not accept them; unto thee, Whither shall we go forth? then but I will consume them by the sword, thou shalt tell them, Thus saith the LORD; and by the famine, and by the pestilence. Such as are for death, to death; and such

13 T Then said I, Ah Lord God! be- as are for the sword, to the sword; and hold, the prophets say unto them, Ye shall such as are for the famine, to the famine; not see the sword, neither shall ye have and such as are for the captivity, to the famine; but I will give you assured peace captivity. in this place.

3. And I will appoint over them four in Then the LORD said unto me, The kinds, saith the LORD: the sword to slay, propbets prophesy lies in my name: I sent and the dogs to tear, and the fowls of the them not, neither have I commanded heaven, and the beasts of the earth, to them, neither spake unto them: they pro- devour and destroy. phesy unto you a false vision and divina 4 And I will cause them to be removed tion, and a thing of naught, and the deceit into all kingdoms of the earth, because of of their heart.

Manasseh the son of Hezekiah king of Ju15 Therefore thus saith the LORD con- dah, for that which he did in Jerusalem. cerning the prophets that prophesy in my 5' For who shall have pity upon thee, O name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Jerusalem? or who shall bemoan thee? or Sword_and famine shall not be in this who shall go aside to ask how thou doest? land; By sword and famine shall those 6 Thou hast forsaken me, saith the prophets be consumed.

LORD, thou art gone backward: therefore 16 And the people to whom they pro- will I stretch out my hand against thee, and phesy shall be cast out in the streets of destroy thee ; I am weary with repenting. Jerusalem, because of the famine, and the 7 And I will fan them with a fan in the sword; and they shall have none to bury gates of the land; I will bereave them of them, them, their wives, nor their sons, children, I will destroy my people, since nor their daughters: for I will pour their they return not from their ways. wickedness upon them.

8 Their widows are increased to me 17 T Therefore thou shalt say this word above the sand of the seas: I have brought unto them; Let mine eyes run down with upon them against the mother of the young tears night and day, and let them not men a spoiler at noon-day: I have caused cease: for the virgin daughter of my peo- him to fall upon it suddenly, and terrors *ple is broken with a great breach, with a upon the city: very grievous blow.

9 She that hath born seven languisheth: 18 If I go forth into the field, then be- she hath given up the ghost; her sun is hold the slain with the sword! and if I enter gone down while it was yet day: she bath

The complaint of Jeremiah. CHAP. XVI. The uller ruin of the Jews. been ashamed and confounded: and the they shall not be lamented; neither shall residue of them will I deliver to the sword they be buried; but they shall be as dung before their enemies, saith the LORD. upon the face of the earth: and they shall

10 T Wo is me, my mother, that thou be consumed by the sword, and by famine; hast borne me a man of strife and a man of and their carcasses shall be meat for the contention to the whole earth! I have fowls of heaven, and for the beasts of the neither lent on usury, nor men bave lent to earth. me on usury ; yet every one of them doth

5 For thus saith the LORD, Enter not curse me.

into the house of mourning, neither go to 11 The LORD said, Verily it shall be lament nor bemoan them: for I have taken well with thy remnant; verily I will away my peace from this people, saith the cause the enemy to entreat thee well in the LORD, even loving-kindness and mercies. time of evil and in the time of affliction. 6 Both the great and the small shall die

12 Shall iron break the northern iron in this land: they shall not be buried, neiand the steel?

ther shall men lament for them, nor cut 13 Thy substance and thy treasures themselves, nor make themselves bald for will I give to the spoil without price, and them : that for all thy sins, even in all thy borders. 7 Neither shall men tear themselves for

14 And I will make thee to pass with them in mourning, to comfort them for the thine enemies into a land which thou know-dead; neither shall men give them the cup est not: for a fire is kindled in mine anger, of consolation to drink for their father or which shall burn upon you.

for their mother. 15 TO LORD, thou knowest: remem 8. Thou shalt not also go into the house ber me, and visit me, and revenge me of of feasting, to sit with them to eat and to my persecutors; take me not away in thy drink. long-suffering : know that for thy sake 1 9 For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the have suffered rebuke.

God of Israel ; Behold, I will cause to 16 Thy words were found, and I did cease out of this place in your eyes, and in eat them; and thy word was unto me the your days, the voice of mirth, and the joy and rejoicing of mine heart : for I am voice of gladness, the voice of the bridecalled by thy name, O LORD God of hosts. groom, and the voice of the bride.

17 I sat not in the assembly of the mock 10 s And it shall come to pass, when ers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of thy thou shalt shew this people all these words, hand: for thou hast filled me with indigna- and they shall say unto thee, Wherefore tion.

hath the LORD pronounced all this great 18 Why is my pain perpetual, and my evil against us? or what is our iniquity? wound incurable, which refuseth to be or what is our sin that we have committed healed? wilt thou be altogether unto me against the Lord our God? as a liar, and as waters that fail?

'11 Then shalt thou say unto them, Be. 19 T Therefore thus saith the Lord, If cause your fathers have forsaken me, saith thou return, then will I bring thee again, the LORD, and have walked after other and thou shalt stand before me: and if thou gods, and have served them, and have take forth the precious from the vile, thou worshipped them, and have forsaken me, shalt be as my mouth: let them return unto and have not kept my law; thee; but return not thou unto them. 12 And ye have done worse than your

20' And I will make thee unto this peo- fathers; for, behold, ye walk every one ple a fenced brazen wall: and they shall after the imagination of his evil heart, that fight against thee, but they shall not prevail they may not hearken unto me: against thee: for I am with thee to save 13 Therefore will I cast you out of this thee and to deliver thee, saith the Lord. land into a land that ye know not, neither

21 And I will deliver thee out of the ye nor your fathers; and there shall ye hand of the wicked, and I will redeem serve other gods day and night; where I thee out of the hand of the terrible. will not shew your favour. CHAP. XVI.

14 | Therefore behold, the days comc, THE THE word of the LORD came also unto saith the Lord, that it shall no more be said, me, saying,

The Lord liveth, that brought up the chil 2 Thou shalt not take thee a wife, nei-dren of Israel out of the land of Egypt; ther shalt thou have sons nor daughters in 15 But, The Lord liveth, that brought this place.

up the children of Israel from the land of 3 For thus saith the LORD concerning the north, and from all the lands whither the sons and concerning the daughters that he had driven them: and I will bring them are born in this place, and concerning their again into their land that I gave unto their mothers that bare them, and concerning fathers. their fathers that begat them in this land: 16 | Behold, I will send for many fish4 They shall die of grievous deaths ; ers, saith the Lord, and they shall fish them;

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