24:015:001 Then said the LORD unto me, Though Moses and Samuel stood
before me, yet my mind could not be toward this people: cast
them out of my sight, and let them go forth.
24:015:002 And it shall come to pass, if they say unto thee, Whither
shall we go forth? then thou shalt tell them, Thus saith the
LORD; Such as are for death, to death; and such as are for the
sword, to the sword; and such as are for the famine, to the
famine; and such as are for the captivity, to the captivity.
24:015:003 And I will appoint over them four kinds, saith the LORD: the
sword to slay, and the dogs to tear, and the fowls of the
heaven, and the beasts of the earth, to devour and destroy.
24:015:004 And I will cause them to be removed into all kingdoms of the
earth, because of Manasseh the son of Hezekiah king of Judah,
for that which he did in Jerusalem.
24:015:005 For who shall have pity upon thee, O Jerusalem? or who shall
bemoan thee? or who shall go aside to ask how thou doest?
24:015:006 Thou hast forsaken me, saith the LORD, thou art gone backward:
therefore will I stretch out my hand against thee, and destroy
thee; I am weary with repenting.
24:015:007 And I will fan them with a fan in the gates of the land; I
will bereave them of children, I will destroy my people since
they return not from their ways.
24:015:008 Their widows are increased to me above the sand of the seas: I
have brought upon them against the mother of the young men a
spoiler at noonday: I have caused him to fall upon it
suddenly, and terrors upon the city.
24:015:009 She that hath borne seven languisheth: she hath given up the
ghost; her sun is gone down while it was yet day: she hath
been ashamed and confounded: and the residue of them will I
deliver to the sword before their enemies, saith the LORD.
24:015:010 Woe is me, my mother, that thou hast borne me a man of strife
and a man of contention to the whole earth! I have neither
lent on usury, nor men have lent to me on usury; yet every one
of them doth curse me.
24:015:011 The LORD said, Verily it shall be well with thy remnant;
verily I will cause the enemy to entreat thee well in the time
of evil and in the time of affliction.
24:015:012 Shall iron break the northern iron and the steel?
24:015:013 Thy substance and thy treasures will I give to the spoil
without price, and that for all thy sins, even in all thy
24:015:014 And I will make thee to pass with thine enemies into a land
which thou knowest not: for a fire is kindled in mine anger,
which shall burn upon you.
24:015:015 O LORD, thou knowest: remember me, and visit me, and revenge
me of my persecutors; take me not away in thy longsuffering:
know that for thy sake I have suffered rebuke.
24:015:016 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was
unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called
by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.
24:015:017 I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat
alone because of thy hand: for thou hast filled me with
24:015:018 Why is my pain perpetual, and my wound incurable, which
refuseth to be healed? wilt thou be altogether unto me as a
liar, and as waters that fail?
24:015:019 Therefore thus saith the LORD, If thou return, then will I
bring thee again, and thou shalt stand before me: and if thou
take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my
mouth: let them return unto thee; but return not thou unto
24:015:020 And I will make thee unto this people a fenced brasen wall:
and they shall fight against thee, but they shall not prevail
against thee: for I am with thee to save thee and to deliver
thee, saith the LORD.
24:015:021 And I will deliver thee out of the hand of the wicked, and I
will redeem thee out of the hand of the terrible.
24:016:001 The word of the LORD came also unto me, saying,
24:016:002 Thou shalt not take thee a wife, neither shalt thou have sons
or daughters in this place.
24:016:003 For thus saith the LORD concerning the sons and concerning the
daughters that are born in this place, and concerning their
mothers that bare them, and concerning their fathers that
begat them in this land;
24:016:004 They shall die of grievous deaths; they shall not be lamented;
neither shall they be buried; but they shall be as dung upon
the face of the earth: and they shall be consumed by the
sword, and by famine; and their carcases shall be meat for the
fowls of heaven, and for the beasts of the earth.
24:016:005 For thus saith the LORD, Enter not into the house of mourning,
neither go to lament nor bemoan them: for I have taken away my
peace from this people, saith the LORD, even lovingkindness
24:016:006 Both the great and the small shall die in this land: they
shall not be buried, neither shall men lament for them, nor
cut themselves, nor make themselves bald for them:
24:016:007 Neither shall men tear themselves for them in mourning, to
comfort them for the dead; neither shall men give them the cup
of consolation to drink for their father or for their mother.
24:016:008 Thou shalt not also go into the house of feasting, to sit with
them to eat and to drink.
24:016:009 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I
will cause to cease out of this place in your eyes, and in
your days, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the
voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride.
24:016:010 And it shall come to pass, when thou shalt shew this people
all these words, and they shall say unto thee, Wherefore hath
the LORD pronounced all this great evil against us? or what is
our iniquity? or what is our sin that we have committed
against the LORD our God?
24:016:011 Then shalt thou say unto them, Because your fathers have
forsaken me, saith the LORD, and have walked after other gods,
and have served them, and have worshipped them, and have
forsaken me, and have not kept my law;
24:016:012 And ye have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, ye walk
every one after the imagination of his evil heart, that they
may not hearken unto me:
24:016:013 Therefore will I cast you out of this land into a land that ye
know not, neither ye nor your fathers; and there shall ye
serve other gods day and night; where I will not shew you
24:016:014 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it
shall no more be said, The LORD liveth, that brought up the
children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;
24:016:015 But, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel
from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he
had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land
that I gave unto their fathers.
24:016:016 Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the LORD, and they
shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and
they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill,
and out of the holes of the rocks.
24:016:017 For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from
my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes.
24:016:018 And first I will recompense their iniquity and their sin
double; because they have defiled my land, they have filled
mine inheritance with the carcases of their detestable and
24:016:019 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day
of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends
of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited
lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.
24:016:020 Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods?
24:016:021 Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will
cause them to know mine hand and my might; and they shall know
that my name is The LORD.
24:017:001 The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the
point of a diamond: it is graven upon the table of their
heart, and upon the horns of your altars;
24:017:002 Whilst their children remember their altars and their groves
by the green trees upon the high hills.
24:017:003 O my mountain in the field, I will give thy substance and all
thy treasures to the spoil, and thy high places for sin,
throughout all thy borders.
24:017:004 And thou, even thyself, shalt discontinue from thine heritage
that I gave thee; and I will cause thee to serve thine enemies
in the land which thou knowest not: for ye have kindled a fire
in mine anger, which shall burn for ever.
24:017:005 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man,
and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the
24:017:006 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not
see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in
the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.
24:017:007 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope
the LORD is.
24:017:008 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that
spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when
heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be
careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from
24:017:009 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately
wicked: who can know it?
24:017:010 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give
every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of
24:017:011 As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he
that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the
midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.
24:017:012 A glorious high throne from the beginning is the place of our
24:017:013 O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be
ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the
earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of
24:017:014 Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall
be saved: for thou art my praise.
24:017:015 Behold, they say unto me, Where is the word of the LORD? let
it come now.
24:017:016 As for me, I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow
thee: neither have I desired the woeful day; thou knowest:
that which came out of my lips was right before thee.
24:017:017 Be not a terror unto me: thou art my hope in the day of evil.
24:017:018 Let them be confounded that persecute me, but let not me be
confounded: let them be dismayed, but let not me be dismayed:
bring upon them the day of evil, and destroy them with double
24:017:019 Thus said the LORD unto me; Go and stand in the gate of the
children of the people, whereby the kings of Judah come in,
and by the which they go out, and in all the gates of
24:017:020 And say unto them, Hear ye the word of the LORD, ye kings of
Judah, and all Judah, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
that enter in by these gates:
24:017:021 Thus saith the LORD; Take heed to yourselves, and bear no
burden on the sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of
24:017:022 Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the sabbath
day, neither do ye any work, but hallow ye the sabbath day, as
I commanded your fathers.
24:017:023 But they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made
their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive
24:017:024 And it shall come to pass, if ye diligently hearken unto me,
saith the LORD, to bring in no burden through the gates of
this city on the sabbath day, but hallow the sabbath day, to
do no work therein;
24:017:025 Then shall there enter into the gates of this city kings and
princes sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots
and on horses, they, and their princes, the men of Judah, and
the inhabitants of Jerusalem: and this city shall remain for
24:017:026 And they shall come from the cities of Judah, and from the
places about Jerusalem, and from the land of Benjamin, and
from the plain, and from the mountains, and from the south,
bringing burnt offerings, and sacrifices, and meat offerings,
and incense, and bringing sacrifices of praise, unto the house
of the LORD.
24:017:027 But if ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the sabbath day,
and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of
Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the
gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem,
and it shall not be quenched.
24:018:001 The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
24:018:002 Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will
cause thee to hear my words.
24:018:003 Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he
wrought a work on the wheels.
24:018:004 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of
the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good
to the potter to make it.
24:018:005 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
24:018:006 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith
the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are
ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.
24:018:007 At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and
concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to
24:018:008 If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from
their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do
24:018:009 And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and
concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it;
24:018:010 If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I
will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit
24:018:011 Now therefore go to, speak to the men of Judah, and to the
inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Behold,
I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you:
return ye now every one from his evil way, and make your ways
and your doings good.
24:018:012 And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our
own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his
24:018:013 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Ask ye now among the heathen,
who hath heard such things: the virgin of Israel hath done a
very horrible thing.
24:018:014 Will a man leave the snow of Lebanon which cometh from the
rock of the field? or shall the cold flowing waters that come
from another place be forsaken?
24:018:015 Because my people hath forgotten me, they have burned incense
to vanity, and they have caused them to stumble in their ways
from the ancient paths, to walk in paths, in a way not cast
24:018:016 To make their land desolate, and a perpetual hissing; every
one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and wag his
24:018:017 I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I
will shew them the back, and not the face, in the day of their
24:018:018 Then said they, Come and let us devise devices against
Jeremiah; for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor
counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come,
and let us smite him with the tongue, and let us not give heed
to any of his words.
24:018:019 Give heed to me, O LORD, and hearken to the voice of them that
contend with me.
24:018:020 Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have digged a pit
for my soul. Remember that I stood before thee to speak good
for them, and to turn away thy wrath from them.
24:018:021 Therefore deliver up their children to the famine, and pour
out their blood by the force of the sword; and let their wives
be bereaved of their children, and be widows; and let their
men be put to death; let their young men be slain by the sword
24:018:022 Let a cry be heard from their houses, when thou shalt bring a
troop suddenly upon them: for they have digged a pit to take
me, and hid snares for my feet.
24:018:023 Yet, LORD, thou knowest all their counsel against me to slay
me: forgive not their iniquity, neither blot out their sin
from thy sight, but let them be overthrown before thee; deal
thus with them in the time of thine anger.
24:019:001 Thus saith the LORD, Go and get a potter's earthen bottle, and
take of the ancients of the people, and of the ancients of the
24:019:002 And go forth unto the valley of the son of Hinnom, which is by
the entry of the east gate, and proclaim there the words that
I shall tell thee,
24:019:003 And say, Hear ye the word of the LORD, O kings of Judah, and
inhabitants of Jerusalem; Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the
God of Israel; Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, the
which whosoever heareth, his ears shall tingle.
24:019:004 Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged this place,
and have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither
they nor their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and
have filled this place with the blood of innocents;
24:019:005 They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their
sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I
commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind:
24:019:006 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that this
place shall no more be called Tophet, nor The valley of the
son of Hinnom, but The valley of slaughter.
24:019:007 And I will make void the counsel of Judah and Jerusalem in
this place; and I will cause them to fall by the sword before
their enemies, and by the hands of them that seek their lives:
and their carcases will I give to be meat for the fowls of the
heaven, and for the beasts of the earth.
24:019:008 And I will make this city desolate, and an hissing; every one
that passeth thereby shall be astonished and hiss because of
all the plagues thereof.
24:019:009 And I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the
flesh of their daughters, and they shall eat every one the
flesh of his friend in the siege and straitness, wherewith
their enemies, and they that seek their lives, shall straiten
24:019:010 Then shalt thou break the bottle in the sight of the men that
go with thee,
24:019:011 And shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Even so
will I break this people and this city, as one breaketh a
potter's vessel, that cannot be made whole again: and they
shall bury them in Tophet, till there be no place to bury.
24:019:012 Thus will I do unto this place, saith the LORD, and to the
inhabitants thereof, and even make this city as Tophet:
24:019:013 And the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses of the kings of
Judah, shall be defiled as the place of Tophet, because of all
the houses upon whose roofs they have burned incense unto all
the host of heaven, and have poured out drink offerings unto
24:019:014 Then came Jeremiah from Tophet, whither the LORD had sent him
to prophesy; and he stood in the court of the LORD's house;
and said to all the people,
24:019:015 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I
will bring upon this city and upon all her towns all the evil
that I have pronounced against it, because they have hardened
their necks, that they might not hear my words.
24:020:001 Now Pashur the son of Immer the priest, who was also chief
governor in the house of the LORD, heard that Jeremiah
prophesied these things.
24:020:002 Then Pashur smote Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the
stocks that were in the high gate of Benjamin, which was by
the house of the LORD.
24:020:003 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Pashur brought forth
Jeremiah out of the stocks. Then said Jeremiah unto him, The
LORD hath not called thy name Pashur, but Magormissabib.
24:020:004 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will make thee a terror to
thyself, and to all thy friends: and they shall fall by the
sword of their enemies, and thine eyes shall behold it: and I
will give all Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon, and
he shall carry them captive into Babylon, and shall slay them
with the sword.
24:020:005 Moreover I will deliver all the strength of this city, and all
the labours thereof, and all the precious things thereof, and
all the treasures of the kings of Judah will I give into the
hand of their enemies, which shall spoil them, and take them,
and carry them to Babylon.
24:020:006 And thou, Pashur, and all that dwell in thine house shall go
into captivity: and thou shalt come to Babylon, and there thou
shalt die, and shalt be buried there, thou, and all thy
friends, to whom thou hast prophesied lies.
24:020:007 O LORD, thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived; thou art
stronger than I, and hast prevailed: I am in derision daily,
every one mocketh me.
24:020:008 For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil;
because the word of the LORD was made a reproach unto me, and
a derision, daily.
24:020:009 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any
more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning
fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and
I could not stay.
24:020:010 For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. Report,
say they, and we will report it. All my familiars watched for
my halting, saying, Peradventure he will be enticed, and we
shall prevail against him, and we shall take our revenge on
24:020:011 But the LORD is with me as a mighty terrible one: therefore my
persecutors shall stumble, and they shall not prevail: they
shall be greatly ashamed; for they shall not prosper: their
everlasting confusion shall never be forgotten.
24:020:012 But, O LORD of hosts, that triest the righteous, and seest the
reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for
unto thee have I opened my cause.
24:020:013 Sing unto the LORD, praise ye the LORD: for he hath delivered
the soul of the poor from the hand of evildoers.
24:020:014 Cursed be the day wherein I was born: let not the day wherein
my mother bare me be blessed.
24:020:015 Cursed be the man who brought tidings to my father, saying, A
man child is born unto thee; making him very glad.
24:020:016 And let that man be as the cities which the LORD overthrew,
and repented not: and let him hear the cry in the morning, and
the shouting at noontide;
24:020:017 Because he slew me not from the womb; or that my mother might
have been my grave, and her womb to be always great with me.
24:020:018 Wherefore came I forth out of the womb to see labour and
sorrow, that my days should be consumed with shame?
24:021:001 The word which came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, when king
Zedekiah sent unto him Pashur the son of Melchiah, and
Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest, saying,
24:021:002 Enquire, I pray thee, of the LORD for us; for Nebuchadrezzar
king of Babylon maketh war against us; if so be that the LORD
will deal with us according to all his wondrous works, that he
may go up from us.
24:021:003 Then said Jeremiah unto them, Thus shall ye say to Zedekiah:
24:021:004 Thus saith the LORD God of Israel; Behold, I will turn back
the weapons of war that are in your hands, wherewith ye fight
against the king of Babylon, and against the Chaldeans, which
besiege you without the walls, and I will assemble them into
the midst of this city.
24:021:005 And I myself will fight against you with an outstretched hand
and with a strong arm, even in anger, and in fury, and in
24:021:006 And I will smite the inhabitants of this city, both man and
beast: they shall die of a great pestilence.
24:021:007 And afterward, saith the LORD, I will deliver Zedekiah king of
Judah, and his servants, and the people, and such as are left
in this city from the pestilence, from the sword, and from the
famine, into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and
into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of those
that seek their life: and he shall smite them with the edge of
the sword; he shall not spare them, neither have pity, nor
24:021:008 And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus saith the LORD;
Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of
24:021:009 He that abideth in this city shall die by the sword, and by
the famine, and by the pestilence: but he that goeth out, and
falleth to the Chaldeans that besiege you, he shall live, and
his life shall be unto him for a prey.
24:021:010 For I have set my face against this city for evil, and not for
good, saith the LORD: it shall be given into the hand of the
king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire.
24:021:011 And touching the house of the king of Judah, say, Hear ye the
word of the LORD;
24:021:012 O house of David, thus saith the LORD; Execute judgment in the
morning, and deliver him that is spoiled out of the hand of
the oppressor, lest my fury go out like fire, and burn that
none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.
24:021:013 Behold, I am against thee, O inhabitant of the valley, and
rock of the plain, saith the LORD; which say, Who shall come
down against us? or who shall enter into our habitations?
24:021:014 But I will punish you according to the fruit of your doings,
saith the LORD: and I will kindle a fire in the forest
thereof, and it shall devour all things round about it.
24:022:001 Thus saith the LORD; Go down to the house of the king of
Judah, and speak there this word,
24:022:002 And say, Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, that
sittest upon the throne of David, thou, and thy servants, and
thy people that enter in by these gates:
24:022:003 Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment and righteousness,
and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and
do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless,
nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place.
24:022:004 For if ye do this thing indeed, then shall there enter in by
the gates of this house kings sitting upon the throne of
David, riding in chariots and on horses, he, and his servants,
and his people.
24:022:005 But if ye will not hear these words, I swear by myself, saith
the LORD, that this house shall become a desolation.
24:022:006 For thus saith the LORD unto the king's house of Judah; Thou
art Gilead unto me, and the head of Lebanon: yet surely I will
make thee a wilderness, and cities which are not inhabited.
24:022:007 And I will prepare destroyers against thee, every one with his
weapons: and they shall cut down thy choice cedars, and cast
them into the fire.
24:022:008 And many nations shall pass by this city, and they shall say
every man to his neighbour, Wherefore hath the LORD done thus
unto this great city?
24:022:009 Then they shall answer, Because they have forsaken the
covenant of the LORD their God, and worshipped other gods, and
24:022:010 Weep ye not for the dead, neither bemoan him: but weep sore
for him that goeth away: for he shall return no more, nor see
his native country.
24:022:011 For thus saith the LORD touching Shallum the son of Josiah
king of Judah, which reigned instead of Josiah his father,
which went forth out of this place; He shall not return
thither any more:
24:022:012 But he shall die in the place whither they have led him
captive, and shall see this land no more.
24:022:013 Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteousness, and
his chambers by wrong; that useth his neighbour's service
without wages, and giveth him not for his work;
24:022:014 That saith, I will build me a wide house and large chambers,
and cutteth him out windows; and it is cieled with cedar, and
painted with vermilion.
24:022:015 Shalt thou reign, because thou closest thyself in cedar? did
not thy father eat and drink, and do judgment and justice, and
then it was well with him?
24:022:016 He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well
with him: was not this to know me? saith the LORD.
24:022:017 But thine eyes and thine heart are not but for thy
covetousness, and for to shed innocent blood, and for
oppression, and for violence, to do it.
24:022:018 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning Jehoiakim the son of
Josiah king of Judah; They shall not lament for him, saying,
Ah my brother! or, Ah sister! they shall not lament for him,
saying, Ah lord! or, Ah his glory!
24:022:019 He shall be buried with the burial of an ass, drawn and cast
forth beyond the gates of Jerusalem.
24:022:020 Go up to Lebanon, and cry; and lift up thy voice in Bashan,
and cry from the passages: for all thy lovers are destroyed.
24:022:021 I spake unto thee in thy prosperity; but thou saidst, I will
not hear. This hath been thy manner from thy youth, that thou
obeyedst not my voice.
24:022:022 The wind shall eat up all thy pastors, and thy lovers shall go
into captivity: surely then shalt thou be ashamed and
confounded for all thy wickedness.
24:022:023 O inhabitant of Lebanon, that makest thy nest in the cedars,
how gracious shalt thou be when pangs come upon thee, the pain
as of a woman in travail!
24:022:024 As I live, saith the LORD, though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim
king of Judah were the signet upon my right hand, yet would I
pluck thee thence;
24:022:025 And I will give thee into the hand of them that seek thy life,
and into the hand of them whose face thou fearest, even into
the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand
of the Chaldeans.
24:022:026 And I will cast thee out, and thy mother that bare thee, into
another country, where ye were not born; and there shall ye
24:022:027 But to the land whereunto they desire to return, thither shall
they not return.
24:022:028 Is this man Coniah a despised broken idol? is he a vessel
wherein is no pleasure? wherefore are they cast out, he and
his seed, and are cast into a land which they know not?
24:022:029 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.
24:022:030 Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this man childless, a man that
shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall
prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more
24:023:001 Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of
my pasture! saith the LORD.
24:023:002 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the
pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and
driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will
visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD.
24:023:003 And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries
whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their
folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.
24:023:004 And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them:
and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall
they be lacking, saith the LORD.
24:023:005 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto
David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper,
and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
24:023:006 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell
safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE
LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
24:023:007 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they
shall no more say, The LORD liveth, which brought up the
children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;
24:023:008 But, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed
of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all
countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in
their own land.
24:023:009 Mine heart within me is broken because of the prophets; all my
bones shake; I am like a drunken man, and like a man whom wine
hath overcome, because of the LORD, and because of the words
of his holiness.
24:023:010 For the land is full of adulterers; for because of swearing
the land mourneth; the pleasant places of the wilderness are
dried up, and their course is evil, and their force is not
24:023:011 For both prophet and priest are profane; yea, in my house have
I found their wickedness, saith the LORD.
24:023:012 Wherefore their way shall be unto them as slippery ways in the
darkness: they shall be driven on, and fall therein: for I
will bring evil upon them, even the year of their visitation,
saith the LORD.
24:023:013 And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they
prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err.
24:023:014 I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible
thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen
also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his
wickedness; they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the
inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.
24:023:015 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts concerning the
prophets; Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make
them drink the water of gall: for from the prophets of
Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all the land.
24:023:016 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of
the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they
speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of
24:023:017 They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said,
Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh
after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come
24:023:018 For who hath stood in the counsel of the LORD, and hath
perceived and heard his word? who hath marked his word, and
24:023:019 Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in fury, even a
grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of
24:023:020 The anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have
executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his
heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly.
24:023:021 I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not
spoken to them, yet they prophesied.
24:023:022 But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people
to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their
evil way, and from the evil of their doings.
24:023:023 Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off?
24:023:024 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see
him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the
24:023:025 I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my
name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.
24:023:026 How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that
prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their
24:023:027 Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their
dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their
fathers have forgotten my name for Baal.
24:023:028 The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he
that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is
the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD.
24:023:029 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a
hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?
24:023:030 Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD,
that steal my words every one from his neighbour.
24:023:031 Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that use
their tongues, and say, He saith.
24:023:032 Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith
the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by
their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor
commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at
all, saith the LORD.
24:023:033 And when this people, or the prophet, or a priest, shall ask
thee, saying, What is the burden of the LORD? thou shalt then
say unto them, What burden? I will even forsake you, saith the
24:023:034 And as for the prophet, and the priest, and the people, that
shall say, The burden of the LORD, I will even punish that man
and his house.
24:023:035 Thus shall ye say every one to his neighbour, and every one to
his brother, What hath the LORD answered? and, What hath the
24:023:036 And the burden of the LORD shall ye mention no more: for every
man's word shall be his burden; for ye have perverted the
words of the living God, of the LORD of hosts our God.
24:023:037 Thus shalt thou say to the prophet, What hath the LORD
answered thee? and, What hath the LORD spoken?
24:023:038 But since ye say, The burden of the LORD; therefore thus saith
the LORD; Because ye say this word, The burden of the LORD,
and I have sent unto you, saying, Ye shall not say, The burden
of the LORD;
24:023:039 Therefore, behold, I, even I, will utterly forget you, and I
will forsake you, and the city that I gave you and your
fathers, and cast you out of my presence:
24:023:040 And I will bring an everlasting reproach upon you, and a
perpetual shame, which shall not be forgotten.
24:024:001 The LORD shewed me, and, behold, two baskets of figs were set
before the temple of the LORD, after that Nebuchadrezzar king
of Babylon had carried away captive Jeconiah the son of
Jehoiakim king of Judah, and the princes of Judah, with the
carpenters and smiths, from Jerusalem, and had brought them to
24:024:002 One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are
first ripe: and the other basket had very naughty figs, which
could not be eaten, they were so bad.
24:024:003 Then said the LORD unto me, What seest thou, Jeremiah? And I
said, Figs; the good figs, very good; and the evil, very evil,
that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.
24:024:004 Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
24:024:005 Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; Like these good figs,
so will I acknowledge them that are carried away captive of
Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the
Chaldeans for their good.
24:024:006 For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring
them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull
them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up.
24:024:007 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD:
and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they
shall return unto me with their whole heart.
24:024:008 And as the evil figs, which cannot be eaten, they are so evil;
surely thus saith the LORD, So will I give Zedekiah the king
of Judah, and his princes, and the residue of Jerusalem, that
remain in this land, and them that dwell in the land of Egypt:
24:024:009 And I will deliver them to be removed into all the kingdoms of
the earth for their hurt, to be a reproach and a proverb, a
taunt and a curse, in all places whither I shall drive them.
24:024:010 And I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence,
among them, till they be consumed from off the land that I
gave unto them and to their fathers.
24:025:001 The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of
Judah in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king
of Judah, that was the first year of Nebuchadrezzar king of
24:025:002 The which Jeremiah the prophet spake unto all the people of
Judah, and to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying,
24:025:003 From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon king of
Judah, even unto this day, that is the three and twentieth
year, the word of the LORD hath come unto me, and I have
spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye have not
24:025:004 And the LORD hath sent unto you all his servants the prophets,
rising early and sending them; but ye have not hearkened, nor
inclined your ear to hear.
24:025:005 They said, Turn ye again now every one from his evil way, and
from the evil of your doings, and dwell in the land that the
LORD hath given unto you and to your fathers for ever and
24:025:006 And go not after other gods to serve them, and to worship
them, and provoke me not to anger with the works of your
hands; and I will do you no hurt.
24:025:007 Yet ye have not hearkened unto me, saith the LORD; that ye
might provoke me to anger with the works of your hands to your
24:025:008 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Because ye have not
heard my words,
24:025:009 Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north,
saith the LORD, and Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my
servant, and will bring them against this land, and against
the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round
about, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an
astonishment, and an hissing, and perpetual desolations.
24:025:010 Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the
voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice
of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of
24:025:011 And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an
astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of
Babylon seventy years.
24:025:012 And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are
accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that
nation, saith the LORD, for their iniquity, and the land of
the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations.
24:025:013 And I will bring upon that land all my words which I have
pronounced against it, even all that is written in this book,
which Jeremiah hath prophesied against all the nations.
24:025:014 For many nations and great kings shall serve themselves of
them also: and I will recompense them according to their
deeds, and according to the works of their own hands.
24:025:015 For thus saith the LORD God of Israel unto me; Take the wine
cup of this fury at my hand, and cause all the nations, to
whom I send thee, to drink it.
24:025:016 And they shall drink, and be moved, and be mad, because of the
sword that I will send among them.
24:025:017 Then took I the cup at the LORD's hand, and made all the
nations to drink, unto whom the LORD had sent me:
24:025:018 To wit, Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah, and the kings
thereof, and the princes thereof, to make them a desolation,
an astonishment, an hissing, and a curse; as it is this day;
24:025:019 Pharaoh king of Egypt, and his servants, and his princes, and
all his people;
24:025:020 And all the mingled people, and all the kings of the land of
Uz, and all the kings of the land of the Philistines, and
Ashkelon, and Azzah, and Ekron, and the remnant of Ashdod,
24:025:021 Edom, and Moab, and the children of Ammon,
24:025:022 And all the kings of Tyrus, and all the kings of Zidon, and
the kings of the isles which are beyond the sea,
24:025:023 Dedan, and Tema, and Buz, and all that are in the utmost
24:025:024 And all the kings of Arabia, and all the kings of the mingled
people that dwell in the desert,
24:025:025 And all the kings of Zimri, and all the kings of Elam, and all
the kings of the Medes,
24:025:026 And all the kings of the north, far and near, one with
another, and all the kingdoms of the world, which are upon the
face of the earth: and the king of Sheshach shall drink after
24:025:027 Therefore thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of
hosts, the God of Israel; Drink ye, and be drunken, and spue,
and fall, and rise no more, because of the sword which I will
send among you.
24:025:028 And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thine hand
to drink, then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD
of hosts; Ye shall certainly drink.
24:025:029 For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by
my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be
unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the
inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts.
24:025:030 Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words, and say
unto them, The LORD shall roar from on high, and utter his
voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily roar upon
his habitation; he shall give a shout, as they that tread the
grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth.
24:025:031 A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD
hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all
flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith
24:025:032 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from
nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up
from the coasts of the earth.
24:025:033 And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of
the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not
be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung
upon the ground.
24:025:034 Howl, ye shepherds, and cry; and wallow yourselves in the
ashes, ye principal of the flock: for the days of your
slaughter and of your dispersions are accomplished; and ye
shall fall like a pleasant vessel.
24:025:035 And the shepherds shall have no way to flee, nor the principal
of the flock to escape.
24:025:036 A voice of the cry of the shepherds, and an howling of the
principal of the flock, shall be heard: for the LORD hath
spoiled their pasture.
24:025:037 And the peaceable habitations are cut down because of the
fierce anger of the LORD.
24:025:038 He hath forsaken his covert, as the lion: for their land is
desolate because of the fierceness of the oppressor, and
because of his fierce anger.
24:026:001 In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah
king of Judah came this word from the LORD, saying,
24:026:002 Thus saith the LORD; Stand in the court of the LORD's house,
and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which come to worship
in the LORD's house, all the words that I command thee to
speak unto them; diminish not a word:
24:026:003 If so be they will hearken, and turn every man from his evil
way, that I may repent me of the evil, which I purpose to do
unto them because of the evil of their doings.
24:026:004 And thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD; If ye will
not hearken to me, to walk in my law, which I have set before
24:026:005 To hearken to the words of my servants the prophets, whom I
sent unto you, both rising up early, and sending them, but ye
have not hearkened;
24:026:006 Then will I make this house like Shiloh, and will make this
city a curse to all the nations of the earth.
24:026:007 So the priests and the prophets and all the people heard
Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the LORD.
24:026:008 Now it came to pass, when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking
all that the LORD had commanded him to speak unto all the
people, that the priests and the prophets and all the people
took him, saying, Thou shalt surely die.
24:026:009 Why hast thou prophesied in the name of the LORD, saying, This
house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate
without an inhabitant? And all the people were gathered
against Jeremiah in the house of the LORD.
24:026:010 When the princes of Judah heard these things, then they came
up from the king's house unto the house of the LORD, and sat
down in the entry of the new gate of the LORD's house.
24:026:011 Then spake the priests and the prophets unto the princes and
to all the people, saying, This man is worthy to die; for he
hath prophesied against this city, as ye have heard with your
24:026:012 Then spake Jeremiah unto all the princes and to all the
people, saying, The LORD sent me to prophesy against this
house and against this city all the words that ye have heard.
24:026:013 Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the
voice of the LORD your God; and the LORD will repent him of
the evil that he hath pronounced against you.
24:026:014 As for me, behold, I am in your hand: do with me as seemeth
good and meet unto you.
24:026:015 But know ye for certain, that if ye put me to death, ye shall
surely bring innocent blood upon yourselves, and upon this
city, and upon the inhabitants thereof: for of a truth the
LORD hath sent me unto you to speak all these words in your
24:026:016 Then said the princes and all the people unto the priests and
to the prophets; This man is not worthy to die: for he hath
spoken to us in the name of the LORD our God.
24:026:017 Then rose up certain of the elders of the land, and spake to
all the assembly of the people, saying,
24:026:018 Micah the Morasthite prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king
of Judah, and spake to all the people of Judah, saying, Thus
saith the LORD of hosts; Zion shall be plowed like a field,
and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the
house as the high places of a forest.
24:026:019 Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him at all to
death? did he not fear the LORD, and besought the LORD, and
the LORD repented him of the evil which he had pronounced
against them? Thus might we procure great evil against our
24:026:020 And there was also a man that prophesied in the name of the
LORD, Urijah the son of Shemaiah of Kirjathjearim, who
prophesied against this city and against this land according
to all the words of Jeremiah.
24:026:021 And when Jehoiakim the king, with all his mighty men, and all
the princes, heard his words, the king sought to put him to
death: but when Urijah heard it, he was afraid, and fled, and
went into Egypt;
24:026:022 And Jehoiakim the king sent men into Egypt, namely, Elnathan
the son of Achbor, and certain men with him into Egypt.
24:026:023 And they fetched forth Urijah out of Egypt, and brought him
unto Jehoiakim the king; who slew him with the sword, and cast
his dead body into the graves of the common people.
24:026:024 Nevertheless the hand of Ahikam the son of Shaphan was with
Jeremiah, that they should not give him into the hand of the
people to put him to death.
24:027:001 In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah
king of Judah came this word unto Jeremiah from the LORD,
24:027:002 Thus saith the LORD to me; Make thee bonds and yokes, and put
them upon thy neck,
24:027:003 And send them to the king of Edom, and to the king of Moab,
and to the king of the Ammonites, and to the king of Tyrus,
and to the king of Zidon, by the hand of the messengers which
come to Jerusalem unto Zedekiah king of Judah;
24:027:004 And command them to say unto their masters, Thus saith the
LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Thus shall ye say unto your
24:027:005 I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the
ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have
given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me.
24:027:006 And now have I given all these lands into the hand of
Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts
of the field have I given him also to serve him.
24:027:007 And all nations shall serve him, and his son, and his son's
son, until the very time of his land come: and then many
nations and great kings shall serve themselves of him.
24:027:008 And it shall come to pass, that the nation and kingdom which
will not serve the same Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon,
and that will not put their neck under the yoke of the king of
Babylon, that nation will I punish, saith the LORD, with the
sword, and with the famine, and with the pestilence, until I
have consumed them by his hand.
24:027:009 Therefore hearken not ye to your prophets, nor to your
diviners, nor to your dreamers, nor to your enchanters, nor to
your sorcerers, which speak unto you, saying, Ye shall not
serve the king of Babylon:
24:027:010 For they prophesy a lie unto you, to remove you far from your
land; and that I should drive you out, and ye should perish.
24:027:011 But the nations that bring their neck under the yoke of the
king of Babylon, and serve him, those will I let remain still
in their own land, saith the LORD; and they shall till it, and
24:027:012 I spake also to Zedekiah king of Judah according to all these
words, saying, Bring your necks under the yoke of the king of
Babylon, and serve him and his people, and live.
24:027:013 Why will ye die, thou and thy people, by the sword, by the
famine, and by the pestilence, as the LORD hath spoken against
the nation that will not serve the king of Babylon?
24:027:014 Therefore hearken not unto the words of the prophets that
speak unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve the king of
Babylon: for they prophesy a lie unto you.
24:027:015 For I have not sent them, saith the LORD, yet they prophesy a
lie in my name; that I might drive you out, and that ye might
perish, ye, and the prophets that prophesy unto you.
24:027:016 Also I spake to the priests and to all this people, saying,
Thus saith the LORD; Hearken not to the words of your prophets
that prophesy unto you, saying, Behold, the vessels of the
LORD's house shall now shortly be brought again from Babylon:
for they prophesy a lie unto you.
24:027:017 Hearken not unto them; serve the king of Babylon, and live:
wherefore should this city be laid waste?
24:027:018 But if they be prophets, and if the word of the LORD be with
them, let them now make intercession to the LORD of hosts,
that the vessels which are left in the house of the LORD, and
in the house of the king of Judah, and at Jerusalem, go not to
24:027:019 For thus saith the LORD of hosts concerning the pillars, and
concerning the sea, and concerning the bases, and concerning
the residue of the vessels that remain in this city.
24:027:020 Which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took not, when he carried
away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah from
Jerusalem to Babylon, and all the nobles of Judah and
24:027:021 Yea, thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel,
concerning the vessels that remain in the house of the LORD,
and in the house of the king of Judah and of Jerusalem;
24:027:022 They shall be carried to Babylon, and there shall they be
until the day that I visit them, saith the LORD; then will I
bring them up, and restore them to this place.
24:028:001 And it came to pass the same year, in the beginning of the
reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the fourth year, and in
the fifth month, that Hananiah the son of Azur the prophet,
which was of Gibeon, spake unto me in the house of the LORD,
in the presence of the priests and of all the people, saying,
24:028:002 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying, I
have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon.
24:028:003 Within two full years will I bring again into this place all
the vessels of the LORD's house, that Nebuchadnezzar king of
Babylon took away from this place, and carried them to
24:028:004 And I will bring again to this place Jeconiah the son of
Jehoiakim king of Judah, with all the captives of Judah, that
went into Babylon, saith the LORD: for I will break the yoke
of the king of Babylon.
24:028:005 Then the prophet Jeremiah said unto the prophet Hananiah in
the presence of the priests, and in the presence of all the
people that stood in the house of the LORD,
24:028:006 Even the prophet Jeremiah said, Amen: the LORD do so: the LORD
perform thy words which thou hast prophesied, to bring again
the vessels of the LORD's house, and all that is carried away
captive, from Babylon into this place.
24:028:007 Nevertheless hear thou now this word that I speak in thine
ears, and in the ears of all the people;
24:028:008 The prophets that have been before me and before thee of old
prophesied both against many countries, and against great
kingdoms, of war, and of evil, and of pestilence.
24:028:009 The prophet which prophesieth of peace, when the word of the
prophet shall come to pass, then shall the prophet be known,
that the LORD hath truly sent him.
24:028:010 Then Hananiah the prophet took the yoke from off the prophet
Jeremiah's neck, and brake it.
24:028:011 And Hananiah spake in the presence of all the people, saying,
Thus saith the LORD; Even so will I break the yoke of
Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon from the neck of all nations
within the space of two full years. And the prophet Jeremiah
went his way.
24:028:012 Then the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah the prophet,
after that Hananiah the prophet had broken the yoke from off
the neck of the prophet Jeremiah, saying,
24:028:013 Go and tell Hananiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Thou hast
broken the yokes of wood; but thou shalt make for them yokes
24:028:014 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; I have
put a yoke of iron upon the neck of all these nations, that
they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they shall
serve him: and I have given him the beasts of the field also.
24:028:015 Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear
now, Hananiah; The LORD hath not sent thee; but thou makest
this people to trust in a lie.
24:028:016 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will cast thee from
off the face of the earth: this year thou shalt die, because
thou hast taught rebellion against the LORD.
24:028:017 So Hananiah the prophet died the same year in the seventh
24:029:001 Now these are the words of the letter that Jeremiah the
prophet sent from Jerusalem unto the residue of the elders
which were carried away captives, and to the priests, and to
the prophets, and to all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had
carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon;
24:029:002 (After that Jeconiah the king, and the queen, and the eunuchs,
the princes of Judah and Jerusalem, and the carpenters, and
the smiths, were departed from Jerusalem;)
24:029:003 By the hand of Elasah the son of Shaphan, and Gemariah the son
of Hilkiah, (whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent unto Babylon to
Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon) saying,
24:029:004 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all that
are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried
away from Jerusalem unto Babylon;
24:029:005 Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat
the fruit of them;
24:029:006 Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives
for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they
may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there,
and not diminished.
24:029:007 And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be
carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in
the peace thereof shall ye have peace.
24:029:008 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not
your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you,
deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to
24:029:009 For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent
them, saith the LORD.
24:029:010 For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be
accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good
word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.
24:029:011 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the
LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an
24:029:012 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me,
and I will hearken unto you.
24:029:013 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me
with all your heart.
24:029:014 And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn
away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the
nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you,
saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place
whence I caused you to be carried away captive.
24:029:015 Because ye have said, The LORD hath raised us up prophets in
24:029:016 Know that thus saith the LORD of the king that sitteth upon
the throne of David, and of all the people that dwelleth in
this city, and of your brethren that are not gone forth with
you into captivity;
24:029:017 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will send upon them
the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them
like vile figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.
24:029:018 And I will persecute them with the sword, with the famine, and
with the pestilence, and will deliver them to be removed to
all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a curse, and an
astonishment, and an hissing, and a reproach, among all the
nations whither I have driven them:
24:029:019 Because they have not hearkened to my words, saith the LORD,
which I sent unto them by my servants the prophets, rising up
early and sending them; but ye would not hear, saith the LORD.
24:029:020 Hear ye therefore the word of the LORD, all ye of the
captivity, whom I have sent from Jerusalem to Babylon:
24:029:021 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, of Ahab the
son of Kolaiah, and of Zedekiah the son of Maaseiah, which
prophesy a lie unto you in my name; Behold, I will deliver
them into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon; and he
shall slay them before your eyes;
24:029:022 And of them shall be taken up a curse by all the captivity of
Judah which are in Babylon, saying, The LORD make thee like
Zedekiah and like Ahab, whom the king of Babylon roasted in
24:029:023 Because they have committed villany in Israel, and have
committed adultery with their neighbours' wives, and have
spoken lying words in my name, which I have not commanded
them; even I know, and am a witness, saith the LORD.
24:029:024 Thus shalt thou also speak to Shemaiah the Nehelamite, saying,
24:029:025 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying,
Because thou hast sent letters in thy name unto all the people
that are at Jerusalem, and to Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah
the priest, and to all the priests, saying,
24:029:026 The LORD hath made thee priest in the stead of Jehoiada the
priest, that ye should be officers in the house of the LORD,
for every man that is mad, and maketh himself a prophet, that
thou shouldest put him in prison, and in the stocks.
24:029:027 Now therefore why hast thou not reproved Jeremiah of Anathoth,
which maketh himself a prophet to you?
24:029:028 For therefore he sent unto us in Babylon, saying, This
captivity is long: build ye houses, and dwell in them; and
plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
24:029:029 And Zephaniah the priest read this letter in the ears of
Jeremiah the prophet.
24:029:030 Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying,
24:029:031 Send to all them of the captivity, saying, Thus saith the LORD
concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite; Because that Shemaiah hath
prophesied unto you, and I sent him not, and he caused you to
trust in a lie:
24:029:032 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will punish Shemaiah
the Nehelamite, and his seed: he shall not have a man to dwell
among this people; neither shall he behold the good that I
will do for my people, saith the LORD; because he hath taught
rebellion against the LORD.
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