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hand of the LORD shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies.

15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a wbirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.

16 For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh : and the slain of the LORD shall be many.

17 They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD.

18 For I know their works and their thoughts : it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues ; and they shall come, and see my glory.

19 And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my

glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles.

20 And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD.

21 And I will also take of them for priests and for Levites, saith the LORD.

22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain.

23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all Aesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.

24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.

THE BOOK OF THE PROPHET JEREMIAH.

CHAP. I.

THE words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin:

2 To whom the word of the LORD came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign.

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

4 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

5 Before I formed thee in the

belly I knew thee; and before thou the walls thereof round about, and camest forth out of the womb I against all the cities of Judah. sanctified thee, and I ordained thee 16 And I will utter my judgments a prophet unto the nations.

against them touching all their wick6 Then said I, Ah, Lord God! edness, who have forsaken me, and behold, I cannot speak : for I am a have burned incense unto other gods, child.

and worshipped the works of their 7 But the LORD said unto me,

own hands. Say not, I am a child : for thou 17 Thou therefore gird up thy shalt go to all that I shall send thee, loins, and arise, and speak unto and whatsoever I command thee them all that I command thee: be thou shalt speak.

not dismayed at their faces, lest I 3 Be not afraid of their faces : for confound thee before them. I am with thee to deliver thee, saith 18 For, behold, I have made thee the LORD.

this day a defenced city, and an iron 9 Then the LORD put forth his pillar, and brasen walls against the hand, and touched my mouth. And whole land, against the kings of Juthe LORD said unto me, Behold, dah, against the princes thereof, aI have put my words in thy gainst the priests thereof, and against mouth.

the people of the land. 10 See, I have this day set thee 19 And they shall fight against over the nations and over the king- thee; but they shall not prevail doms, to root out, and to pull down, against thee; for I am with thee, and to destroy, and to throw down, saith the LORD, to deliver thee. to build, and to plant. 11 Moreover the word of the

CHAP. II. Lord came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? And I said,

MOREOVER the word of the I see a rod of an almond tree.

LORD came to me, saying, 12 Then said the LORD unto me, 2 Go and cry in the ears of JeruThou hast well seen: for I will salem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; hasten my word to perform it.

I remember thee, the kindness of 13 And the word of the LORD thy youth, the love of thine escame unto me the second time, pousals, when thou wentest after saying, What seest thou? And I me in the wilderness, in a land that said, I see a seething pot; and the face thereof is toward the north.

3 Israel was holiness unto the 14 Then the LORD said unto me, LORD, and the firstfruits of bis inOut of the north an evil shall break crease: all that devour bim shall forth upon all the inhabitants of the offend; evil shall come upon them, land.

saith the LORD. 15 For, lo, I will call all the 4 Hear ye the word of the LORD, families of the kingdoms of the O house of Jacob, and all the fanorth, saith the LORD; and they milies of the house of Israel: shall come, and they shall set every 5 Thus saith the LORD, What one his throne at the entering of the iniquity have your fathers found in gates of Jerusalem, and against all me, that they are gone far from me,

was not sown.

and have walked after vanity, and are become vain?

6 Neither said they, Where is the LORD that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, that led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and of pits, through a land of drought, and of the shadow of death, through a land that no man passed through, and where no man dwelt?

7 And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination.

8 The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.

9 Wherefore I will yet plead with you, saith the LORD, and with your children's children will I plead.

10 For pass over the isles of Chittim, and see; and send unto Kedar, and consider diligently, and see if there be such a thing.

11 Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit.

12 Be astonished, 0 ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the LORD.

13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

14 Is Israel a servant? is he a homeborn slave? why is he spoiled ?

15 The young lions roared upon him, and yelled, and they made his

land waste : his cities are burned without inhabitant.

16 Also the children of Noph and Tahapanes have broken the crown of thy head.

17 Hast thou not procured this unto thyself, in that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, when he led thee by the way?

18 And now what hast thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor? or what hast thou to do in the way of Assyria, to drink the waters of the river ?

19 Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings sball reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

20 For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high bill and under

every green tree thou wanderest, playing the barlot.

21 Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me?

22 For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much sope, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord God.

23 How canst thou say, I am not polluted, I have not gone after Baalim ? see thy way in the valley, know what thou hast done: thou art a swift dromedary traversing her ways;

24 A wild ass used to the wilderness, that snuffeth up the wind at her pleasure; in her occasion who can turn her away? all they that seek

prosper in them

If

her will not weary themselves; in

blood of the souls of the poor innoher month they shall find her.

cents: I have not found it by secret 25 Withhold thy foot from being search, but upon all these. unshod, and thy throat from thirst: 35 Yet thou sayest, Because I am but thou saidst, There is no hope: innocent, surely bis anger shall turn no; for I have loved strangers, and from me. Behold, I will plead with after them will I go.

thee, because thou sayest, I have 26 As the thief is ashamed when not sinned. he is found, so is the house of Israel 36 Why gaddest thou about so ashamed; they, their kings, their much to change thy way? thou also princes, and their priests, and their shalt be ashamed of Egypt, as thou prophets,

wast ashamed of Assyria. 27 Saying to a stock, Thou art 37 Yea, thou shalt go forth from my father; and to a stone, Thou him, and thine hands upon thine hast brought me forth: for they head: for the LORD hath rejected have turned their back unto me, thy confidences, and thou shalt not and not their face: but in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us.

CHAP. III. 28 But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? let them arise,

They

say, a man put away his if they can save thee in the time of wife, and she go from him, and bethy trouble: for according to the come another man's, shall he return number of thy cities are thy gods, unto her again? shall not that land O Judah.

be greatly polluted ? but thou hast 29 Wherefore will ye plead with played the harlot with many lovers ; ye

all have transgressed against yet return again to me, saith the me, saith the LORD.

LORD. 30 In vain have I smitten your 2 Lift up thine eyes unto the high children; they received no correc- places, and see where thou hast not tion: your own sword hath devour- been lien with. In the ways hast ed your prophets, like a destroying thou sat for them, as the Arabian in lion.

the wilderness; and thou hast pol31 O generation, see ye the word luted the land with thy whoredoms of the LORD. Have I been a wil- and with thy wickedness. derness unto Israel? a land of dark- 3 Therefore the showers have ness ? wherefore say my people, We been withholden, and there hath are lords; we will come no more been no latter rain; and thou hadst unto thee?

a whore's forehead, thou refusedst 32 Can a maid forget her orna- to be ashamed. ments, or a bride her attire? yet my 4 Wilt thou not from this time people have forgotten me days with- cry unto me, My father, thou art out number.

the guide of my youth? 33 Why trimmest thou thy way to 5 Will he reserve his anger for seek love? therefore hast thou also ever? will he keep it to the end? taught the wicked ones thy ways. Behold, thou hast spoken and done 34 Also in thy skirts is found the evil things as thou couldest.

me ?

6 The LORD said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel hath done? she is gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree, and there hath played the harlot.

7 And I said after she had done all these things, Turn thou unto me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it.

8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.

9 And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled the land, and commitied adultery with stones and with stocks.

10 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the Lord.

11 And the LORD said unto me, The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah.

12 Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever. .

13 Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD.

14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married

unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:

15 And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding

16 And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the LORD, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more.

17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem : neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart.

18 In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Is. rael, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers.

19 But I said, How shall I put thee among the children, and give thee a pleasant land, a goodly heritage of the hosts of nations? and I said, Thou shalt call me, My father; and shalt not turn away

20 Surely as a wife treacherously departeth from her husband, so have ye dealt treacherously with me, O house of Israel, saith the LORD. 21 A voice was heard

upon

the high places, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel : for they have perverted their way, and they have forgotten the LORD their God.

22 Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your back

from me.

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