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provoke themselves to the confusion nor receiveth correction : truth is of their own faces ?
perished, and is cut off from their 20 Therefore thus saith the Lord mouth. GOD; Behold, mine anger and my 29 Cut off thine hair, O Jerusafury shall be poured out upon this lem, and cast it away, and take up a place, upon man, and upon beast, lamentation on high places; for the and upon the trees of the field, and LORD hath rejected and forsaken upon the fruit of the ground; and it the generation of his wrath. shall burn, and shall not be quenched. 30 For the children of Judab
21 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, have done evil in my sight, saith the the God of Israel; Put your burnt LORD: they have set their abomiofferings unto your sacrifices, and nations in the house which is called eat flesh.
by my name, to pollute it. 22 For I spake not unto your fa- 31 And they have built the high thers, nor commanded them in the
places of Tophet, which is in the day that I brought them out of the valley of the son of Hinnom, to land of Egypt, concerning burnt burn their sons and their daughters offerings or sacrifices :
in the fire; which I commanded 23 But this thing commanded I them not, neither came it into my them, saying, Obey my voice, and I beart. will be your God, and ye shall be 32 Therefore, behold, the days my people: and walk ye in all the come, saith the LORD, that it shall ways that I have commanded you, no more be called Tophet, nor the that it may be well unto you.
valley of the son of Hinnom, but 24 But they hearkened not, nor the valley of slaughter: for they inclined their ear, but walked in the shall bury in Tophet, till there be no counsels and in the imagination of place. their evil heart, and went backward, 33 And the carcases of this peoand not forward.
ple shall be meat for the fowls of 25 Since the day that your fa- the heaven, and for the beasts of thers came forth out of the land of the earth; and none shall fray them Egypt unto this day I have even
away. sent unto you all my servants the 34 Then will I cause to cease prophets, daily rising up early and from the cities of Judah, and from sending them :
the streets of Jerusalem, the voice 26 Yet they hearkened not unto of mirth, and the voice of gladness, me, nor inclined their ear, but hard- the voice of the bridegroom, and ened their neck: they did worse the voice of the bride: for the land than their fathers.
shall be desolate. 27 Therefore thou shalt speak all these words unto them; but they
CHAP. VIII. will not hearken to thee: thou shalt also call unto them; but they will
AT that time, saith the Lord, they not answer thee.
shall bring out the bones of the 28 But thou shalt say unto them, kings of Judah, and the bones of his This is a nation that obeyeth not princes, and the bones of the priests, the voice of the LORD their God, and the bones of the prophets, and
the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, out of their graves :
2 And they shall spread them before the sun, and the moon, and all the host of heaven, whom they have loved, and whom they have served, and after whom they have walked, and whom they have sought, and whom they have worshipped : they shall not be gathered, nor be buried; they shall be for dung upon the face of the earth.
3 And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue of them that remain of this evil family, which remain in all the places whither I have driven them, saith the LORD of hosts.
4 Moreover thou shalt say unto, them, Thus saith the LORD; Shall they fall, and not arise ? shall he turn away, and not return?
5 Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return.
6 I hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright: no man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done ? every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle.
7 Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the Lord.
8 How do ye say, We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us? Lo, certainly in vain made he it; the pen of the scribes is in vain.
9 The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the LORD; and what wisdom is in them?
10 Therefore will I give their
wives unto others, and their fields to them that shall inherit them: for every one from the least even unto the greatest is given to covetousness, from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.
11 For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
12 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down, saith the Lord.
13 I will surely consume them, saith the LORD : there shall be no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree, and the leaf shall fade; and the things that I have given them shall pass away from them.
14 Why do we sit still? assemble yourselves, and let us enter into the defenced cities, and let us be silent there: for the LORD our God hath put us to silence, and given us water of gall to drink, because we have sinned against the LORD.
15 We looked for peace, but no good came ; and for a time of health, and behold trouble !
16 The snorting of his borses was beard from Dan: the whole land trembled at the sound of the neighing of his strong ones; for they are come, and have devoured the land, and all that is in it; the city, and those that dwell therein.
17 For, behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you, saith the LORD.
18 When I would comfort myself against sorrow, my heart is faint in
19 Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people because of them that dwell in a far country: Is not the Lord in Zion ? is not her king in her? Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, and with strange vanities?
20 The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.
21 For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me.
22 Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?
Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!
2 Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging place of wayfaring men; that I might leave my people, and go from them ! for they be all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men.
3 And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies : but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD.
4 Take ye heed every one of his neighbour, and trust ye not in any brother: for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbour will walk with slanders.
5 And they will deceive his neighbour, and will not speak the truth : they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity.
6 Thine babitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know me, saith the LORD.
7 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, I will melt them, and try them; for how shall I do for the daughter of my people?
8 Their tongue is as an arrow shot out; it speaketh deceit: one speaketh peaceably to his neighbour with his mouth, but in heart he layeth his wait.
9 Shall I not visit them for these things? saith the Lord: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?
10 For the mountains will I take up a weeping and wailing, and for the habitations of the wilderness a lamentation, because they are burned up, so that none can pass through them ; neither can men hear the voice of the cattle; both the fowl of the heavens and the beast are fled; they are gone.
11 And I will make Jerusalem heaps, and a den of dragons; and I will make the cities of Judah desolate, without an inhabitant.
12 Who is the wise man, that may understand this ? and who is he to whom the mouth of the LORD hath spoken, that he may declare it, for what the land perisheth and is burned up like a wilderness, that none passeth through?
13 And the Lord saith, Because they have forsaken my law which I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice, neither walked therein;
14. But have walked after the imagination of their own beart, and after Baalim, which their fathers taught them:
15 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will feed them, even this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink. 16 I will scatter them also among
the LORD, that I will punish all them which are circumcised with the upcircumcised;
26 Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and Moab, and all that are in the utmost corners, that dwell in the wilderness: for all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart.
the heathen, whom neither they nor their fathers have known: and I will send a sword after them, till I have consumed them.
17 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Consider
and call for the mourning women, that they may come; and send for cunning women, that they may come:
18 And let them make haste, and take up a wailing for us, that our eyes may run down with tears, and our eyelids gush out with waters.
19 For a voice of wailing is beard out of Zion, How are we spoiled! we are greatly confounded, because we have forsaken the land, because our dwellings have cast us out.
20 Yet hear the word of the LORD, O ye women, and let your ear receive the word of his mouth, and teach your daughters wailing, and every one her neighbour lamentation.
21 For death is come up into our windows, and is entered into our palaces, to cut off the children from without, and the young men from the streets.
22 Speak, Thus saith the LORD, Even the carcases of men shall fall as dung upon the open field, and as the handful after the harvestman, and none shall gather them.
23 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches :
24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.
25 Behold, the days come, saith
CHAP. X. HEAR ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel :
2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heatben, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
3 For the customs of the people are vain : for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the ax.
4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with bammers, that it move not.
5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.
6 Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.
7 Who would not fear thee, O King of nations ? for to thee dotb it appertain : forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee.
8 But they are altogether brutish and foolish : the stock is a doctrine of vanities.
distress them, that they may find
9 Silver spread into plates is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of the workman, and of the hands of the founder: blue and purple is their clothing: they are all the work of cunning men.
10 But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.
11 Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens.
12 He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion.
13 When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.
14 Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for bis molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.
15 They are vanity, and the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish.
16 The portion of Jacob is not like them : for he is the former of all things; and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: The LORD of hosts is bis name.
17 Gather up thy wares out of the land, O inhabitant of the fortress.
18 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will sling out the inhabitants of the land at this once, and will
19 Woe is me for my hurt! my wound is grievous : but I said, Truly this is a grief, and I must bear it. 20 My tabernacle is spoiled, and my
cords are broken: my children are gone forth of me, and they are not: there is none to stretch forth my tent any more, and to set up my curtains.
21 For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.
22 Behold, the noise of the bruit is come,
a great commotion out of the north country, to make the cities of Judah desolate, and a den of dragons.
23 O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
24 O LORD, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.
25 Pour out thy fury upon the heathen that know thee not, and upon the families that call not on thy name: for they have eaten up Jacob, and devoured him, and consumed him, and have made his habitation desolate.
C H A P. XI.
The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, 2 Hear
the words of this covenant, and speak unto the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem;
3 And say thou unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel; Cursed be the man that obeyetb not the words of this covenant,