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idolatry of the Jews,
of the land of Egypt, that led us 20 i For of old time I have bro-
through the wilderness, through a ken thy yoke, and burst thy bands;
land of deserts and of pits, through and thou saidst, I will not trans-
a land of drought, and of the sha-gress; when upon every high hill
dow of death, through a land that and under every green tree thou
no man passed through, and where wanderest, playing the harlot.
no man dwelt ?

21 Yet I had planted thee a no-
7 And I brought you into a plen- ble vine, wholly a right seed: how
tiful country, to eat the fruit there then art thou turned into the dege-
of and the goodness thereof; but nerate plant of a strange vine unto
when ye entered, ye defiled my me?
land, and made my heritage an 22 For though thou wash thee

with nitre, and take thee much
8 The priests said not, Where is soap, yet thino iniquity is marked
the LORD? and they that handle before me,

saith the Lord God.
the law knew me not: the pastors 23 How canst thou say, I am not
also trangressed against me, and polluted, I have not gone after
the prophets prophesied by Baal, Baalim See

thy way in the valley,
and walked after things that do know what thou hast done: thou
not profit.

art a swift dromedary traversing
9 7 Wherefore I will yet plead her ways;,
with you, saith the LORD, and with 24 A wild ass used to the wilder-
your children's children will I ness, that snuffeth up the wind at

her pleasure ; in her occasion who
10 For pass over the isles of can turn her away? all they that
Chittim, and see; and send unto seek her will not weary them-
Kedar, and consider diligently, and selves; in her month they shall find
see if there be such a thing.

11 Hath a nation changed their 25 Withhold thy foot from being
gods, which are yet no gods? but unshod, and thy throat from thirst:
my people have changed their but thou saidst, There is no hope :
glory for that which doth notno; for I have loved strangers, and

after them will I go.
12 Be astonished, O ye heavens, 26 As the thief is ashamed when
at this, and be horribly afraid, be he is found, so is the house of Is-
ye very desolate, saith the LORD. rael ashamed; they, their kings,

13 For my people have commit- their princes, and their priests, and
ted two evils; they have forsaken their prophets,
me the fountain of living waters, 27 Saying to a stock, Thou art
and bewed them out cisterns, bro- my father; and to a stone, Thou
ken cisterns, that can hold no hast brought me forth for they

have turned their back unto me,
14 11 18 Israel a servant? is he and not their face: but in the time
a home-born slave? why is he of their trouble they will say,

Arise, and save us.
15 The young lions roared upon 28 But where are thy gods that
him, and yelled, and they made thou hast made thee? let them
his land waste: his cities are burn-arise, if they can save thee in the
ed without inhabitant.

time of thy trouble: for according
16 Also the children of Noph to the number of thy cities are thy
and Tahapanes have broken the gods, O Judah.
crown of thy head.

29 Wherefore will ye plead with
17 Hast thou not procured this me? ye all have transgressed
unto thyself, in that thou hast for-against me, saith the LORD.
saken the LORD thy God, when he 30 In vain have I smitten your
led thee by the way?

children; they received no correc-
18 And now what hast thou to tion: your own sword hath devour-
do in the way of Egypt, to drink the ed your prophets, like a destroying
waters of Sihor? or what hast thou nion.
to do in the way of Assyria, to 31 TO generation, see ye the
drink the waters of the river ? word of the LORD, Have I been

19 Thine own wickedness shall a wilderness unto Israel? a land
correct thee, and thy backslidings of darkness? wherefore say my
shall reprove thee: know therefore people, We are lords; we will come
and see that it is an evil thing and no more unto thee?
bitter, that thou hast forsaken the 32 Can a maid forget her orna-
LORD thy God, and that my fear ments, or a bride her attire ? yet
is not in thee, saith the Lord God my people have forgotten me days
of hosts.

without number.
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God's gracious invitation JEREMIAH, to Israel and Judak

33 Why trimmest thou thy way | Judah feared not, but went and to seek love ? therefore hast thou played the harlot also. also taught the wicked ones thy 9 And it came to pass through ways.

the lightness of her whoredom, that 34 Also in thy skirts is found the she defiled the land, and committed blood of the souls of the poor in- adultery with stones and with nocents: I have not found it by stocks. secret search, but upon all these. 10 And yet for all this, her treach

35 Yet thou sayest, Because I am erous sister Judah hath not turned innocent, surely his anger shall turn unto me with her whole heart, from me. Behold, I will plead but feignedly, saith the LORD. with thee, because thou sayest, I 11 And the LORD said unto me, have not sinned.

The backsliding Israel hath justifi36 Why gaddest thou about so ed herself more than treacherous much to change thy way? thou Judah. also shalt be ashamed of Egypt, 12 Go and proclaim these as thou wast ashamed of Assy-words toward the north, and say, ria.

Return, thou backsliding Israel, 37 Yea, thou shalt go forth from saith the LORD; and I will not him, and thy hands upon thy head: cause mine anger to fall upon you: for the LORD hath rejected thy con- for I am merciful, saith the LORD, fidences, and thou shalt not prosper and I will not keep anger for in them.

ever. CHAP. III.

13 Only acknowledge thine iniGod's great Mercy to Judah. quity, that thou hast transgressed THEY

his wife, and she go from him, scattered thy ways to the strangers and become another man's, shall under every green tree, and ye he return unto her again ? shall have not obeyed my voice, saith the not that land be greatly polluted ? LORD. but thou hast played the harlot 14 Turn, O backsliding children, with many lovers; yet return again saith the LORD, for I am married to me, saith the LORD.

unto you: and I will take you one 2 Lift up thine eyes unto the high of a city, and two of a family, and places, and see where thou hast I will bring you to Zion: not been lain with. In the ways 15 And I will give you pastors hast thou sat for them, as the Ara- according to my heart, which shall bian in the wilderness; and thou feed you with knowledge and unhast polluted the land with thy derstanding: whoredoms, and with thy wicked 16 And it shall come to pass, ness.

when ye be multiplied and in3 Therefore the showers have creased in the land, in those days, been withholden, and there hath saith the LORD, they shall say no been no latter rain ; and thou hadst more, The ark of the covenant of a whore's forehead, thou refusedst the LORD: neither shall it come to to be ashamed.

mind: neither shall they remem4 Wilt thou not from this time ber it; neither shall they visit it; cry unto me, My father, thou art neither shall that be done any the guide of my youth?

more. 5 Will he reserve his anger for 17 At that time they shall call ever? will he keep it to the end ? Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; Behold, thou hast spoken and done and all the nations shall be gatherevil things as thou couldest. ed unto it, to the name of the

6 1 The LORD said also unto me LORD, to Jerusalem : neither shall in the days of Josiah the king, Hast they walk any more after the imathou seen that which backsliding gination of their evil heart. Israel hath done? she is gone up 18 In those days the house of Juupon every high mountain, and un-dah shall walk with the house of der every green tree, and there hath Israel, and they shall come together played the harlot.

out of the land of the north to the 7 And I said after she had done land that I have given for an inall these things, Turn thou unto heritance unto your fathers. me. But she returned not. And 19 But I said, How shall I put her treacherous sister Judah saw it. thee among the children, and give

8 And I saw, when for all the thee a pleasant land, a goodly causes whereby backsliding Israel heritage of the hosts of nations? committed adultery, I had put her and I said, Thou shalt call me, away, and given her a bill of di- My father; and shalt not turn away vorce; yet her treacherous sister I from me.

Israel and Judah

CHAP. IV. called to repentance 20 T Surely as a wife treacher- 1 Gentiles is on his way; he is gono ously departeth from her husband, forth from his place to make thy so have ye dealt treacherously with land desolate; and thy cities shall me, O house of Israel, saith the be laid waste, without an inhabiLORD.

tant. 21 A voice was heard upon the 8 For this gird you with sackhigh places, weeping and supplica- cloth, lament and howl: for the tions of the children of Israel: for fierce anger of the LORD is not they have perverted their way, and turned back from us. they have forgotten the LORD their 9 And it shall come to pass at God.

that day, saith the LORD, that the 22 Return, ye backsliding child- heart of the king shạll perish, and ren, and I will heal your backslid- the heart of the princes; and the ings. Behold, we come unto thee; priests shall be astonished, and the for thou art the LORD our prophets shall wonder. God.

10 Then said I, Ah, Lord God! 23 Truly in vain is salvation surely thou hast greatly deceived koped for from the hills, and from this people and Jerusalem, saythe multitude of mountains : truly ing, Ye shall have peace; wherein the LORD our God is the salva- as the sword reacheth unto the tion of Israel.

soul. 24 For shame hath devoured 11 At that time shall it be said to the labour of our fathers from this people and to Jerusalem, A our youth; their flocks and their dry wind of the high places in the herds, their sons and their daugh- wilderness toward the daughter of ters.

my people, not to fan, nor to 25 We lie down in our shame, cleanse, and, our confusion covereth us : 12 Even a full wind from those for we have sinned against the places shall come unto me: now LORD our God, we and our fathers, also will I give sentence against from our youth even unto this day, them. and have not obeyed the voice of 13 Behold, he shall come up as the LORD our God.

clouds, and his chariots shall be as CHAP. IV.

a whirlwind : his horses are swifter Israel, &c. called to Repentance. than eagles. Wo unto us! for we IF F thou wilt return, O Israel, saith are spoiled.

the LORD, return unto me: and 14 | Jerusalem, wash thy heart if thou wilt put away thine abomi- |from wickedness, that thou may. nations out of my sight, then shalt est be saved. How long shall thou not remove.

thy vain thoughts lodge within 2 And thou shalt swear, The thee? LORD liveth, in truth, in judgment, 15 For a voice declareth from and in righteousness; and the na- Dan, and publisheth affliction from tions shall bless themselves in him, mount Ephraim. and in him shall they glory,

16 Make ye mention to the na3 | For thus saith the LORD to tions; behold, publish against Jethe men of Judah and Jerusalem, rusalem, that watchers come from Break up your fallow ground, and a far country, and give out their sow not among thorns.

voice against the cities of Ju4 Circumcise yourselves to the dah. LORD, and take away the foreskins 17 As keepers of a field, are they of your heart, ye men of Judah against her round about; because and inhabitants of Jerusalem; lest she hath been rebellious against my fury come forth like fire, and me, saith the LORD. burn that none can quench it, 18 Thy way and thy doings have because of the evil of your do- procured these things unto thee; ings.

this is thy wickedness, because it 5 Declare ye in Judah, and pub- is bitter, because it reacheth unto lish in Jerusalem; and say, Blow thy

heart. ye the trumpet in the land : cry, 19 | My bowels, my bowels! I Gather together, and say, Assem- am pained at my very heart; my ble yourselves, and let us go into heart maketh a noise in me; I canthe defenced cities.

not hold my peace, because thou 6 Set up the standard toward hast heard, O my soul, the sound Zion : retire, stay not. for I will of the trumpet, the alarm of bring evil from the north, and a war. great destruction.

20 Destruction upon destruction ? The lion is come up from his is cried; for the whole land is thicket, and the destroyer of the spoiled : ' suddenly tents

The miseries of Judah. JEREMIAH, God's judgments on the Jews spoiled, and my curtains in a mo 30 LORD, are not thine eyes ment.

upon the truth? thou hast stricken 21 How long shall I see the stand- them, but they have not grieved: ard, and hear the sound of the thou hast consumed them, but they trumpet ?

bave refused to receive correction. 22 For my people is foolish, they they have made their faces harder have not known me; they are sot- than a rock; they have refused to tish children, and they have none return. understanding: they are wise to do 4 Therefore I said, Surely these evil, but to do good they have no are poor; they are foolish: for knowledge.

they know not the way of the 23 I beheld the earth, and lo, it LORD, nor the judgment of their was without form, and void ; and God. the heavens, and they had no light, 5 I will get me unto the great

24 I beheld the mountains, and men, and will speak upto them; lo, they trembled, and all the hills for they have known the way of moved lightly.

the LORD, and the judgment of 25 I beheld, and lo, there was no their God: but these have alto man, and all the birds of the hea- gether broken the yoke, and burst vens were fled.

the bonds. 26 I beheld, and lo, the fruitful 6 Wherefore a lion out of the place was a wilderness, and all the forest shall slay them, and a wolf cities thereof were broken down at of the evenings shall spoil them, a the presence of the LORD, and by leopard shall watch over their his fierce anger.

cities : every one that goeth out 27 For thus hath the LORD said, thence shall be torn in pieces : The whole land shall be desolate ; because their transgressions are yet will I not make a full end. many, and their backslidings are

28 For this shall the earth mourn, increased. and the heavens above be black: 7 How shall I pardon thee for because I have spoken it, I have this ? thy children have forsaken purposed it, and will not repent, me, and sworn by them that are no neither will I turn back from it. gods: when I had fed them to the

29 The whole city shall flee for full, they then committed adultery, the noise of the horsemen and bow- and assembled themselves by troops men; they shall go into thickets, in the harlots' houses. and climb up upon the rocks : every 8 They were as fed horses in the city shall be forsaken, and not a morning; every one neighed after man dwell therein.

his neighbour's wife. 30 And when thou art spoiled, 9 Shall I not visit for these what wilt thou do? Though thou things ? saith the LORD: and shall clothest thyself with crimson, not my soul be avenged on such a though thou deckest thee with or nation as this? naments of gold, though thou rend 10 11 Go ye up upon her walls, est thy face with painting, in vain and destroy ; but make not a full shalt thou make thyself fair: thy end: take away her battlements; lovers will despise thee, they will for they are not the LORD's. seek thy life.

11 For the house of Israel and 31 For I have heard a voice as the house of Judah have dealt very of a woman in travail, and the treacherously against me, saith the anguish as of her that bringeth LORD. forth her first child ; the voice of 12 They have belied the LORD. the daughter of Zion, that bewail- and said, It is not he; neither shall eth herself, that spreadeth her evil come upon us; neither shall hands, saying, Wo is me now! we see sword nor famine : for my soul is wearied because of 13 And the prophets shall be murdererg.

come wind, and the word is not in CHAP. V.

them : thus shall it be done unto God's Judgments upon the Jers. them. R NUN ye to and fro through the 14 Wherefore thus_saith the

streets of Jerusalem, and see LORD God of hosts, Because ye now, and know, and seek

in the speak this word, behold, I will broad places thereof, if ye can find make my words in thy mouth fire, a man, if there be any that execu- and this people wood, and it shall teth judgment,, that seeketh the devour them. truth; and I will pardon it.

15 Lo, I will bring a nation 2 And though they say, The upon you from far, O house of IsLORD liveth ; surely they swear rael, saith the LORD: it is n mighty faisely.

nation, it is an ancient nation, a 660

for their depravity. CHAP. VI. The corruption of the Jews nation whose language thou know-| the right of the needy do they not est not, neither understandest what judge. they say.

29 Shall I not visit for these 16 Their quiver is as an open things ? saith the LORD : shall not sepulchre, they are all mighty my soul be avenged on such a namen.

tion as this ? 17 And they shall eat up thy 30 TT A wonderful and horrible harvest, and thy bread, which thy thing is committed in the land; sons and thy daughters should eat: 31 The prophets prophesy falsely, they shall eat up, thy flocks and and the priests bear rule by their thy herds: they shall eat up thy means; and my people love to have vines and thy fig-trees: they shall it so: and what will ye do in the impoverish thy fenced cities, end thereof? wherein thou trustedst, with the

CHAP. VÌ. sword.

The Enemy sent against Judah. 18 Nevertheless, in those days,


YE children of Benjamin, ga-. saith the LORD, I will not make a ther yourselves to flee out of full end with you.

the midst of Jerusalem, and blow 19 T And it shall come to pass, the trumpet in Tekoa, and set up a when ye shall say, Wherefore sign of fire in Beth-haccerem: for doeth the LORD our God all these evil appeareth out of the north, and things unto us ? then shalt thou great destruction. answer them, Like as ye have for 2 I have likened the daughter of saken me, and served strange gods Zion to a comely and delicate woin your land, 60 shall ye serve man. strangers in a land that is not 3 The shepherds with their flocks yours.

shall come unto her ; they shall 20 Declare this in the house of pitch their tents against her round Jacob, and publish it in Judah, about; they shall feed every one saying,

in his place. 21 Hear now this, O foolish peo 4 Prepare ye war against her ; ple, and without understanding; arise, and let us go up at noon. which have eyes, and see not; Wo unto us! for the day goeth which have ears, and hear not: away, for the shadows of the even

22 Fear ye not me? saith the ing are stretched out. LORD: will ye not tremble at my 5 Arise, and let us go by night, presence, which have placed the and let

us destroy her palaces. sand for the bound of the sea by a 6. For thus hath the LORD of perpetual decree, that it cannot pass hosts said, Hew ye down trees, and it: and though the waves thereof cast a mount against Jerusalem : toss themselves, yet can they not this is the city to be visited ; she prevail; though they roar, yet can is wholly oppression in the midst of they not pass over it?

her. 23 But this people hath a revolt 7 As a fountain casteth out her ing and a rebellious heart; they are waters, so she casteth out her wickrevolted and gone.

edness violence and spoil is heard 24 Neither say they in their in her; before me continually is heart, Let us now fear the LORD grief and wounds. our God, that giveth rain, both the 8 Be thou instructed, O Jerusaformer and the latter, in his season: I lem, lest my soul depart from thee; he reserveth unto us the appointed lest I make thee desolate, a land weeks of the harvest.

not inhabited. 25 1 Your iniquities have turned 9 1 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, away these things, and your sins They shall thoroughly glean the have withholden good things from remnant of Israel as á vine: turn you.

back thy hand as a grape-gatherer 26 For among my people are into the baskets. found wicked men : they lay wait, 10 To whom shall I speak, and as he that setteth snares; they set a give warning, that they may hear? trans they cage is full of birds, so and they cannot hearken: behold; are their houses full of deceit: the word of the Lord is unto them therefore they are become great, a reproach ; they have no delight and waxen rich.

in it. 28 They are waxen fat, they 11 Therefore I am full of the shine :

yea, they overpass the fury of the LORD ; I am weary deeds of the wicked: they judge with holding in: I will pour it out not the cause, the cause of the upon the children abroad, and fatherless, yet they prosper; and upon the assembly of young men


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