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594 The Jews calamity. JEREMIAI. Their impenitency ufóraided.

15 And I will cast you out of my sight, | which is called by my name, to pollute it. as I have cast out all your brethren, even 31 And they have built the high places the whole seed of Ephraim.

of Tophet, which is in the valley of the 16 Therefore pray not thou for this son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for their daughters in the fire; which I comthem, neither make intercession to me: 1 manded then not, neither came it into for I will not hear thee.

my heart.* 17 Seest thou not what they do in 32 Therefore, behold, the days come, the cities of Judah and in the streets of saith the LORD, that it shall no more be Jerusalem?

called Tophet, nor the valley of the son 18 The children gather' wood, and the of Hinnom, but the valley of slaughter: fathers kindle the fire, and the women for they shall bury in Tophet, till there knead their dough, to make cakes to the be no place. queen of heaven, and to pour out drink- l 33 And the carcases of this people shall offerings unto other gods, that they may be meat for the fowls of the lieaven, and provoke me to anger. :

for the beasts of the earth ; and none shall 19 Do they provoke me to anger? saith fray then away. the LORD: do they pot provoke them- 34 Then will I cause to cease from the selves to the confusion of their own faces? cities of Judah, and from the streets of

20 'Therefore thus saith the Lord God; | Jerusalem, the voice of mirth, and the Behold, mine anger and my fury shall be | voice of gladness, the voice of the bridepoured out upon this place, upon man, groom, and the voice of the bride : for and upon beast, and upon the trees of the the land shall be desolate. field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and

CHAP. VIII. it shall birn, and shall not be quenched. || 1 The Jews calamity. 4 Their impenitencty

21 1 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the upbraided. 13 Their judgment shewed. God of Israel; Put your burnt-offerings 18 Their desperute estate berailed. unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh.

AT that time, saith the Lord, they 22'For I spake not unto your fathers, shall bring out the bones of the nor comanded them in the day that I kings of Judah, and the bones of bis brought them out of the land of Egypt, || princes, and the bones of the priests, and concerning burnt-offerings or sacrifices: the hones of the prophets, and the bone's

23 But this thing commanded I them, | of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, out of saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your || their graves : God, and ye shall be my people: and walk | 2 And they shall spread them before ye in all the ways that I have command- j the sun, aud the moon, and all the host ed you, that it may be well unto you. of heaven, whom they have lored, and

24 But they hearkened not, nor inclined | whom they have served, and after whom their ear, but walked in the counsels and they have walked, and whom they have in the imagination of their evil heart, and sought, and whom they have worshipped: went backward, and not forward.

they shall not be gathered, nor be bu25 Since the day that your fathers came ried; they shall be for dung upon the face forth out of the land of Egypt unto this of the earth. day I have even sent unto you all my ser- 3 And death shall be chosen rather tants the prophets, daily rising up early is than l by all the residue of them that and sending them :

| remaiiy of this cvil family, which remain 26 Yet they hearkened not tinto me, in all the piaces whither I have driven por inclined their ear, but hardened their them, saith the Lord of hosts. neck: they did worse than tlieir fathers. 4 Moreover, thou shalt say unto

27 Therefore thou shalt speak all these them, "Thus saith the Lord ; Sirall they words unto them; but they will not heark-fall, and not arise? shall he turn away, en to thee : thou shalt also call unto them; and not return ? but they will not answer thee.." 5 Why then is this people of Jerusa

28 But thou shalt say unto them, This lem slidden back by a perpetual backis a nation that obeyetli not the voice of slidling? they hold fast deceit, they refuse the LORD their God, nor receiveth cor- | to return. rection : truth is perislied, and is cut off 6 I hearkened and heard, but they from their mouth.

spake not alight: no man repented him · 29 | Cut of thine hair, O'Jerusalem, i of his wickedness, saying, What have I and cast it away, and take up a lamen- ! done? every one turried to his course, as tation on high places; for the Lord hath the horse rusheth into the battle. rejected and forsaken the generation of 7 yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth his wrath.

her appointed times; and the turtle and 50 For the children of Judah have clone the crane and the swallow observe the evil in my sight, saith the LORD: they time of their coming ; but my ferple have sct their abominations in the liorise know not the judgment of the LORD.

The Jews judgment shewed. CHAP. IX. The prophet lamentesh. 595 8 How do ye say, We are wise, and the

CHAP. IX. law of the Lord is with us? Lo, certainly || 1 The firophet lamenteth for their maniin vain inade he it ; the pen of the scribes fold sins, 9 and judgments. 12 Disois in vain.

bedience is the cause of their calamity. 9 The wise men are ashamed, they are

that my head were waters, and dismayed and taken: lo, they have re- U mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I jected the word of the LORD, and what might: weep day and night for the slain of wisdom is in them?

the daughter of my people! 10 Therefore will I give their wives 2 Oho that I had in the wilderness a uinto others, and their fields to them that | lodging-place of way-faring men ; that I shall inherit them : for every one from might leave my people, and go from the least even unto the greatest is given them! for they be all adulterers, an asto covetousness, from the prophet even sembly of treacherous men. unto the priest every one dealeth falsely. 3 And they bend their tongues like

11 For they have healed the hurt of ile their bow for lies: but they are not valdaughter of my people slightly, saying, iant for the truth upon the earth; for Peace, peace; when there is no peace. they proceed from evil to evil, and they

12 Were they ashamed when they had know not me, saith the LORD. committed abomination ? nay, they were ! 4 Take ye heed every one of lås not at all ashamed, neither could they neighbour, and trust ye not in any brothblush: therefore shall they fall among er: for every brother will utterly supthem that fall: in the time of their vis- plant, and every neighbour will walk itation they shall be cast down, saith || with slanders, the LORD.

5. And they will deceive every one 13 | I will surely consume them, saith | his neighbour, and will not speak tire the LORD: there shall be no grapes on the truth : they have tauglit their tongue to vine, nor figs on the fig-tree, and the leaf speak lies, and weary themselves to con shall fade; and the things that I have giv mit iniquity, , en them shall pass away from them.

6 Thinc habitation is in the midst of 14 Why do we sit stil? assemble your- || deceit ; through deceit they refuse to selves, and let us enter into the defenced know me, saith the LORD. cities, and let us be silent there : for the 7 Therefore thus saith the Lord of LORD our God hath put us to silence, hosts, Behold, I will melt them, and try and given us water of gall to drink, be- them; for how shall I do for the daughcause we have sinned against the LORD. || ter of my people?

15 We looked for peace, but no good 8 Their tongue is as an arrow slot out; came.; and for a time of health, and be- it speaket! deceit: one speaketh peaceahold, trouble!

bly to his neighbour with his mouth, 16 The snorting of his horses was heard but in heart he layeth his wait. from Dan: the whole land trembled at 9 Shall I not visit them for these the sound of the neighing of his strong things saith the LORD : shall not my ones; for they are come, and have de- soul be avenged on such a nation as this? voured the land, and all that is in it ; the 10 For the mountains will I take up a city, and those that dwell therein. . weeping and wailing, and for the habita

17 For behold, I will send serpents, tions of the wilderness a lamentation, becockatrices, among you, which will not cause they are burned up, so that none te charmed, and they shall bite you, saith can pass through them ; neither can men the LORD.

I hear the voice of tlie cattle ; both the 18 When I would comfort myself a- fowl of the heavens and the beast are gainst sorrow, my heart is faint in me fled ; they are gone.

19 Behold the voice of the cry of the 11 And I will make Jerusalem heaps, daughter of my people because of them and a den of dragons; and I will make that dwell in a far country: Is not the the cities of Judah desolate, without an LORD in Zion ? is not her king in her? | inhabitant. why have they provoked me to anger 12 & Who is the wise man, that may with their graven images, and with understand this and who is he to whom strange vanities?

the mouth of the Lord hath spoken, 20 The harvest is past, the summer is that he may declare it, for what the land ended, and we are not saved.

perisheth and is burned up like a wilder21 For the hurt of the daughter of my Iness, that none passeth tlirough?.. people am I hurt; I am black; astonish 1 13 And the Lord saitlı, Because they iment hath taken hold on me,

have forsaken my law which I set before 22 Is there no balın in Gilead ; is there them, and have not obeyed my voice, no physician there? why then is not the neither walked therein ; health of the daughter of my people re- l 14 Bat have walked after the imaginacovered?

llion of their own heart, and after By

596 The Jews calamity. JEREMIAH.

The vanity of idols. alim, which their fathers taught them: 1! 3 For the customs of the people are.

15 Therefore thus saith the LORD || vain : for one cutteth a tree out of the


will feed them, even this people, with workmans with the axi s .geot wórm wood, and give them water of gall | 4: They deck it with silver and witirto drink.

:l gold ; they fasten it with nails and with 16 I will scatter them also among #hammers, that it move notuar treint !) the heathen, whom neither they nor 5 They are upright as the palm-tree. their fathers have known: and I will but speak not: they must needs be borne, send a sword after them, till I have con- | because they cannot go. Be not afraid of sumed them. Ini! !!! . them; for they cannot do evil, neither as

17 T Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Con also is it in them to do good. ' . sider ye, and call for the mourning wom 6 Forasmuch as there is none like unto en, that they may come; and send for thee, O LORD ; thou art great, and thy . cunning women, that they may come : name is great in might. In

18 And let them make haste, and take 7 Who would not fear thee, O King of up a wailing for us, that our eyes may | nations ? for to thee doth it appertain: 1. run down with tears, and our eyelids forasmuch as among all the wise men of gush out with waters., sort

the nations, and in all their kingdoms, 19 For a voice of wailing is heard out there is none like unto thee. ; of Zion, How are we spoiled! we are 8 But they are altogether brutish greatly confounded, because we have | and foolish : the stock is a doctrine of forsaken the land, because our dwellings vanities. ; have cast us out. I !! ., # 9 Silver spread into plates is brought

20 Yet hear the word of the LORD, O from Tarshish, and gold froon Uphaz, the ye women, and let your ear receive the work of the workman, and of the hands word of his mouth, and teach your of the founder: blue and purple is their daughters wailing, and every one her clothing: they are all the work of cunneighbour lamentation. Her

1 ning men ini? 21 For death is come up into our win-| 10 But the LORD is the true Gol, he is dows, and is entered into our palaces, to the living God, and an everlasting King: cut off the children from without, and at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the young men from the streets. .. 1 the nations shall not be able to abide

22 Speak, Thus saith the LORD, Even his indignation. the carcases of men shall fall as dung upon . 11 Thus shall ye say unto them, The the open field, and as the handful after the il gods that liave not made the heavens and harvest-man, and none shall gather thein, the earth, even they shall perish from thic

23 | Thus saith the LORD, Let not the earth, and from under these heavens, wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let 12 He hath made the earth by his the mighty man glory in his might, let power, he hath established the world by not the rich man glory in his riches: his wisdom, and hast stretched out the

24 But let him that glorieth, glory in heavens by his discretion. this, that he understandeth and knoweth 13 When he uttereth his voice, there me, that I am the LORD which exercise is a multitude nf waters in the heavens,

eousness, in the earth : for in these things from the ends of the earth; he maketh, I delight, saith the LORD.

Il lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth 25 1 Beliold, the days comc, saith the the wind out of his treasures. LORD, that I will punish all them which 14 Every man is brutish in his knowl-, are circumcised with the uncircumcised ; | edge: every founder is confounded by

26 Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the graven image for his molten image the children of Ammon, and Moab, and is falsehood, and there is no breath in them. all that are in the utmost corners, that . 15 They are vanity, and the work of dwell in the wilderness; for all these na errors : in the time of their visitation they tions are uncircumcised, and all the house shall perish. A of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart. 16 The portion of Jacob is not like : CHAP. X..

them: for he is the former of all things,'; 1. The unequal comparison of God and and Israel is the rol of his inheritance;

idois. 19 The spoil of the tabernacle The LORD of hosts is his name.. bu foolish pastors.

17 1 Gather up thy wares out of the L EAR ye the word which the Lord | land, O inhabitant of the fortress. II speaketh unto you, house of Israel: | 18 For thus saith the LORD; Belold, I

2 Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the will sling out the inhabitants of the land way of the heathen, and he not dismayed at this once, and will distress them that at the signs of heaven; for the heathen they may find it so. are dismayed at them.

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God's covenant proclaimed. CHAP. XI. Jeremalt prophesieth. 597 is grievus: but I said. Truly this is all this covenant, which I commanded them grief, and I must hear it.“ grinot to do; but they did then not.

20 My tabernacle is spoiledy and all my 9 And the LORD said unto me. A cone, cords are broken : my children are gone spiracy is found among the men of Judah, forth of me, and they are not there is and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem, none to stretch forth my tent any more, 10 They are turned back to the inig- . and to set up my curtains.

tt i uities of their forefathers, which refused 21 For the pastors are become british, to hear my words; and they went after and have not sought the Lord: there other goils to serve them : the house of fore they sliall not prosner, and all their Israel and the house of Judah have brokfiocks shall be sentiered. tito pored on my covenant which I made with their

22 Behold, the noise of the bruit is fathers. come, and a great commotion out of the 1 1 1 Therefore thus saitia the LORD, north country, to make the cities of Ju- il Behold, I will bring evił upon them dah desolate, and a den of dragons. which they shall not be able to escape ;

23:40 LORD. Ji know that the way of | and though they shall cry unto me, I will man is not in himself; it is not in man not hearken unto them. that walketh to direct his steps. . . 12 Then shall the cities of Judalı and

24 O LORD, 'correct me, but with inhabitants of Jerusalem go, and cry unto judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou the gods unto whom they offer incense : bring me to nothing.

1 but they shall not save them at all in the 25 Pour out thy fury upon the heathen time of their trouble. that know thee not, and upon the fami 13 For according to the number of the lies that call not on thy name: for they cities were thy gods, ( Judah; and acie have eaten up Jacob, and clevoured him, | cording to the number of the streets of and consumed him, and have made his | Jerusalem have ye set up altars to that habitation desolate.

shameful thing, evcn altars to burn in

cense unto Buatie in . . 1 Jeremiah proclaimoth God's covenant,

8 14 Therefore pray not thou fortbis pert: rebuketh the disobedient Jeque. 11 He l ple, neither lift up a cry or prayer for prophesieth evils to come upon them. them: for I will not hear them in the time THE word that came to Jeremiah | that they cry unto me for their trouble.. I from the Lord, saying, 13

15 What hath my beloved to do in mine 2 Hear ye the words of this covenant, house, seeing she hath wrought lewdness and speak unto the men of Judah, and to with many ; and the holy flesh is passed the inhabitants of Jerusalem ;

from thee? when thou doest evil, then 3 And sav thou unto them, Thins saith A thou rejoicest. . the LORD God of Israel ; Cursed be the 16 The 'LORD called thy name, A man that obeyeth not the words of this green olive-tree, fair, and of goodle fruit : covenant,

1 with the noise of a great tumult he hath 4 Which I commanded your fathers in kindled fire upon it, and the branches of: the day that I brought them forth out of it are broken. the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, 17 For the Lord of hosts, that planter! saying, Obey my voice, and do them, thee, hath pronounced evil against thec, according to all which I command vou: || for the evil of the house of Israel and so shall ye be my people, and I will be of the house of Judali," which they have yaur God:

done against themselves to provoke me 5 That I may perform the oath which to anger in offering incense unto Baal. I have sworn unto your fatliers, to give 18 7 And the Lord hath given mo them a land flowing with milk and hon- knowledge of it, and I know it : then thon ey, as it is this day. Then answered 1, || shewedst me their doings. and said, So be it, O Lord). srpnia 19 But I svas like a lamb or an ox thar

6 Then the LORD said unto me, Pro is brought to the slaughter ; and I knew claim all these words in the cities of 1- | not that they had devised devices against dah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, sav- me, saying, Let us destroy the tree with ing, Hear ve the words of this covenant, the frit thereof, and let us cut him ofr and do them.

from the land of the living, that his name 7 For I earnestly protested unto your i may be no more remembered. fathers in the day that I brought tiem up! 20 But, O Lord of hosts, that judgest out of the land of Egypt, even into this || righteously, that triest the reins and the day, rising early and protesting, saying, heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: Ohey my voice.

Il for unto thee 'have I revealed my canse. 8 Yet they obeved not, nor inclined 21 Therefore thus saith the Lord of their ear, bit walkerl every one in the the men of Anathoth, that seek thy life. imagination of their evil heart : trerefore saying, Prophesy not in the name of the I will bring upon them all the words of LORD, that thou die not by our hand :

598 The wicked's firosperity. JEREMIAH. God's promise to the penitenit.

22 Therefore thus saith the LORD of places through the wilderness : for the hosts, Behold, I will punish them : the sword of the LORD shall devour from the young men shall die by the sword; their one end of the land even to the other end sons and their daughters shall die by of the land: no fesh shall have peace. famine :

13 They have sown 'wheat, but shall 23 And there shall be no remnant of reap thornis : 'they have put themselves them : for I will bring evil upon the tc pain, but shall not profit ; and they man of Anathoth, even the year of their shall be ashamed of your revenues bevisitation.

cause of the fierce anger of the LORD, CHAP. XII.

14 Thus saith the LORD against all 1 Jeremiah, complaining of the wicked's mine evil neighbours, that touch the inprosperity, by faith seeth their ruin, heritance which I have caused my people

14 God's promise to the penilent. Israel to inherit ; Beliold, I will pluck DIGHTEOUS art thou, () Lord, I them out of their land, and pluck out the

when I plead with thee: yet let me liouse of Jucah from among them. talk with thee of thy judgments: Where- 15 And it shall come to pass, after that fore doth the way of the wicked prosper? I have plucked them out I will return, wherefore are all they happy that deal and have compassion on them, and will very treacherously?

bring them again, every man to his herit2 Thou hast planted them, yra, they age, and every man to his land, have taken root : 'they grow, yea, they | 16 And it shall come to pass, if they bring forth fruit: 'thou art near in their will diligently learn the ways of my peomouth, and far from their reins.

ple, to swear by my name. The LORD 3 But thou, O Lord, knowest me : liveth; as they taught my people to thou bast seen me, and tried mine heart swear by Baal; then shall they be built toward thee: pull them out like sheep for in the midst of my people... she slaughter, and prepare them for the 17 But if they will not obcy, I will

utterly pluck up and destrwy that nation, 4 How long shall the land mourn, and ll saith the LORD. the herbs of every field wither, for the

CHAP. XIII. wickedness of them that dwell thercin? 11 In a type of a linen yirdle, the people's the beasts are consumed, and the birds ; destruction is prefigured. 12 By the. because they said, He shall not see our bottles filled with wine, their drunken: last end.

11888 in misery is foretold. 5 If thou hast run with the footmen, THUS saith the LORD unto me, Go and they have wearied thee, then how ! 1 and get thee a linen girdle, and put canst thou contend with horses and if it upon thy loins, and put it not in water. in the land of peace, wherein thou trust- i 2 So I got a girdle according to the edst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou word of the LORD, and put it on my loins. do in the swelling of Jordan?

3 And the word of the LORD came 6 For even thy brethren, and the unto me the second time, saying,

treacherously with thee ; yea, they have which is upon thy loins, and arise, go to called a multitude after thee : believe Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole of them not, though they speak fair words the rock. linto thce. .

.: 5 So I went, and hid it by Euphrates, I have forsaken mine house, I have l as the Lord commanded me. Jeft mine heritage; I have given the 6 And it came to pass after many dearly beloved of niy soul into the haud days, that the Loed said unto me, Arise, of her enemies.

ll go to Euphrates and take the girdle 8 Mine heritage is unto me as a lion from thence, which I commanded thee in the forest ; it cricth out against me : || to hide there. therefore have I hated it.

| 7 Then I went to Ephrates, and 9 Miue heritage is unto me as a speck-digged, and took the girdle from the jed bird, the birds round about are against place whicre I had hid it ; and behold, her ; come ye, assemble all the beasts of the girdle was marred, it was profitable the field, come to devour.

for nothing. 10 Many pastors have destroyed my 8 Then the word of the LORD came vineyard, they have trodden my portion ) unto me, saying, under foot, they have made my pleasant 9 Thus saith the LORD. After this portion a desolate wilderness.

manner will I mar the price of Judah, 11 They have made it desolate, and and the great pride of Jerusalem. bcing desolate it mourneth unto me; the 10 This evil people, which refuse to whale land is made desolate, because no hear my words, which walk in the innag. man layeth it to heart.

lination of their heart, and walk afier 12 The spoilers are come upon all lig!. l oilier gods, to serve them, and to wor

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