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618 Jeremiah prophesieth the JEREMIAH. captivity of Zedekian, cc. nant be not with day and night, and if I 11 But afterward they turned, and have not appointed the ordinances of caused the servants and the handmaids, heaven and earth ;

whom they had let go free, to return, 26 Then will I cast away the seed of and brought them into subjection for serJacob, and David my servant, so that I vants and for handmaids. will not take any of his seed to be rulers 12 | Therefore the word of the LORD over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Ja- came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, cob: for I will cause their captivity to re- 13 Thus saith the LORD, the God of turn, and have mercy on thein.

Israel ; I made a covenant with your faCHAP. XXXIV.

thers, in the day that I brought them Jeremiah prophesieth the captivity of forth out of the land of Egypt, out of Zedekiah and the city.

the house of bond-men, saying, THmiaw from the Lord, when Nene every man his brother an Hebrew, which chadnezzar king of Babylon, and all his hath been sold unto thee; and when he army, and all the kingdoms of the earth hath served thee six years, thou shalt let of his dominion, and all the people fought him go free from thee : but your fathers against Jerusalem, and against all the cit- hearkened not unto me, neither inclined ies thereof, saying,

their ear. 2 Thus saith the LORD, the God of Is- 15 And ye were now turned, and had rael ; Go and speak to Zedekiah king of done right in my sight, in proclaiming Judah, and tell him, Thus saith the liberty every man to his neighbour; and LORD ; Behold, I will give this city into ye had made a covenant before me in the the hand of the king of Babylon, and he house which is called by my name : shall burn it with fire :

16 But ye tumped and polluted my 3 And thou shalt not escape out of his name, and caused every man his servant, hand, but shalt surely be taken, and de- and every man his Handmaid, whom he livered into his hand; and thine eyes shall had set at liberty at their pleasure, to behold the eyes of the king of Babylon, || return, and brought them into subjection, and he shall speak with thee mouth to to be unto you for servants and for handmouth, and thou shalt go to Babylon. maids.

4 Yet hear the word of the LORD,O Ze- 17 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Ye dekiah king of Judah ; Thussaith the LORD have not hearkened unto me, in pro of thee, Thou shalt not die by the sword: claiming liberty, every one to his brother,

5 But thou shalt die in peace: and with and every man to his neighbour: bethe burnings of thy fathers, the former hold, I proclaim a liberty for you, saith kings which were before thee, so shall the LORD, to the sword, to the pestithey burn odours for thee; and they will || lence, and to the fainine ; and I will lament thee, saying, Ah lord ! for I have make you to be removed into all the pronounced the word, saith the Lord.

kingdoms of the earth. 6 Then Jeremiah the prophet spake all 18 And I will give the men that have these words unto Zedekiah king of Judah transgressed my covenant, which have in Jerusalemn,

not performed the words of the covenant 7 When the king of Babylon's army which they had made before me, when fought against Jerusalem, and against all they cut the calf in twain, and passed the cities of Judah that were left, against between the parts thereof, Lachish, and against Azekah: for these 19 The princes of Judah, and the prindefenced cities remained of the cities of ces of Jerusalem, the eunuchs, and the Judah.

priests, and all the people of the land, 8 (This is the word that came unto Jer- || which passed between the parts of the calf; emiah from the Lord, after that the 20 I will even give them into the hand king Zedekiah had made a covenant with of their enemies, and into the hand all the people which were at Jerusalem, l of them that seek their life : and their to proclaim liberty unto them ;

dead bodies shall be for mcat unto the 9 That every man should let his man- fowls of the heaven, and to the beasts of servant, and every man his maid-servant, the earth. being an Hebrew or an Hebrewess, go 21 And Zerlekiah king of Judah and free ; that none should serve himself of his princes will I give into the hand of them, to wit, of a Jew his brother. their enemies, and into the hand of them

10 Now when all the princes, and all that seek their life, and into the hand of the people which had entered into the the king of Babylon's army, which are covenant, heard that every one should let gone up from you. his man-servant, and every one his maid- 22 Behold, I will command, saith the servant, go free, that none should serve Lord, and cause them to return to this themselves of them any more, then they | city ; and they shall fight against it, and obeyed, and let them go.

take it, and burn it with fire : and I will

to me.

The Jews threatened for CHAP. XXXV, XXXVI.

their disobedience. 619 make the cities of Judah a desolation and speaking ; but ye hearkened not unwithout an inhabitant. CHAP. XXXV.

15 I have sent also unto you all my 1 By the obeilience of the Rechabites, 12 | servants the prophets, rising up early the Jews disobedience is condemned. and sending them, saying, Return ye now THE word which came to Jere- || every man front his evil way, and amend

Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Ju- to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the dah, saying,

land which I have given to you and to 2 Go unto the house of the Rechabites, your fathers : but ye have not inclined and speak unto them, and bring them in your ear, nor hearkened unto me. to the house of the LORD, into one of the 16 Because the sons of Jonadab the son chambers, and give them wine to drink. of Rechab have performed the command

3 Then I took Jaazaniah the son of ment of their father, which he commandJeremiah, the son of Habaziniah, and hised them ; but this people hath not hearkbrethren, and all his sons, and the whole ened unto me: house of the Rechabites;

17 Therefore thus saith the LORD God 4 And I brought them into the house of hosts, the God of Israel ; Behold, I of the Lord, into the chamber of the will bring upon Judah and upon all the sons of Hanan, the son of Igdaliah, a man inhabitants of Jerusalem all the evil that of God, which was by the chamber of I have pronounced against them ; because the princes, which was above the cham- || I have spoken unto them, but they have ber of Maaseiah the son of Shallum, the not heard ; and I have called unto them, keeper of the door:

but they have not answered. 5. And I set before the sons of the house 18 s And Jeremiah said unto the house of the Rechabites pots full of wine, and of the Rechabites, Thus saith the Lord cups, and I said unto them, Drink ye wine. of hosts, the God of Israel ; Because ye

6 But they said, We will drink no wine: have obeyed the commandment of Jonfor Jonadab the son of Rechab our father adab your father, and kept all his precommanded us, saying, Ye shall drink no cepts, and done according unto all that wine, neither ye, nor your sons for ever: he hath commanded you: 7 Neither shall ye build house, nor sow

19 Therefore thus saith the LORD of seed, nor plant vineyard, nor have any : hosts, the God of Israel; Jonadab the son but all your days ye shall dwell in tents; of Rechab shall not want a man to stand that ye may live many days in the land before me for ever. where ye be strangers.

CHAP. XXXVI. 8 Thus have we obeyed the voice of 1 Baruch writeth Jeremiah's prophecy. Jonadab the son of Rechab our father in 20 Jehoiakim burneth the roll. 27 His all that he hath charged us, to drink no judgment. 32 Baruch writeth a new wine all our days, we, our wives, our copy. sons, nor our daughters; 9 Nor to build houses for us to dwell! ANP it came to pass in the fourth year

of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king in: neither have we vineyard, nor field, of Judah, that this word came unto Jerenor seed :

miah from the LORD, saying, 10 But we have dwelt in tents, and 2 Take thee a roll of a book, and have obeyed, and done according to all write therein all the words that I have that Jonadab our father commanded us. spoken unto thee against Israel, and a

11 But it came to pass, when Nebuchad- gainst Judah, and against all the nations, rezzar king of Babylon came up into the from the day I spake unto thee, from the land, that we said, Come, and let us go days of Josiah, even unto this day. to Jerusalem for fear of the army of the 3 It may be that the house of Judah Chaldeans, and for fear of the army of will hear all the evil which I purpose to the Syrians: so we dwell at Jerusalem. do unto them ; that they may return

12 | Then came the word of the Lord every man from his evil way; that I may unto Jeremiah, saying,

forgive their iniquity and their sin. 13 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the 4 Then Jeremiah called Baruch the God of Israel ; Go and tell the men of son of Neriah : and Baruch wrote from Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, ll the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of Will ye not receive instructiiin to hearken the LORD, which he had spoken unto to my words ? saith the LORD.

him, upon a roll of a book. 14' The words of Jonadab the son of 5 And Jeremiah commanded Baruch, Rechab, that he commanded his sons not saying, I am shut up, I cannot go into to drink wine, are performed; for unto the house of the Lord: this day they drink none, but obey their 6 Therefore go thou and read in the father's commandment : notwithstand-roll, which thou hast written from my. ing I have spoken unto you, rising early mouth, the words of the LORD in the

620 Jeremiah's profihecy. JEREMIAH. 11. Jehoiakim burreth it. ears of the people in the LORD's house! 19 Then said the princes unto Baruch, upon the fasting day: and also thou shalt Go, hide thee, thou and Jeremiah ; and read them in the ears of all Judah that let no man know where ye be. come out of their cities.

20. And they went in to the king in7. It may be they will present their sup-to the court, but they laid up the roll in plication before the LORD, and will return the chamber of Elishama the scribe, and every one from his evil way: for great is told all the words in the ears of the king. the anger and the fury that the LORD 21 So the king sent Jehudi to fetch the hath pronounced against this people. roll: and he took it out of Elishama the

8 And Baruch the son of Neriah did scribe's chamber. And Jehudi read it in according to all that Jeremiah the proph- the ears of the king, and in the ears of all et commanded him, reading in the book the princes which stood beside the king. the words of the Lord in the LORD'S 22 Now the king sat in the winterhouse.

house in the ninth month : and there was 9 And it came to pass in the fifth year a fire on the hearth burning before him. of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of 23 And it came to pass, that when JeJudah, in the ninth month, that they | hudi had read three or four leaves, he proclaimed a fast before the LORD to all cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the people in Jerusalem, and to all the the fire that was on the hearth, until all people that came from the cities of Ju- the roll was consumed in the fire that dah unto Jerusalem.

was on the hearth. 10 Then read Baruch in the book the 24 Yet they were not afraid, nor rent words of Jeremiah in the house of the their garments, neither the king, nor any LORD, in the chamber of Gemariah the of his servants that heard all these words. son of Shaphan the scribe, in the higher 25 Nevertheless Elnathan and Decourt, at the entry of the new gate of lajah and Gemariah had made interces. the Lord's house, in the ears of all the sion to the king that he would not burn people.

the roll: but he would not hear them. 11 q When Michaiah the son of Gema- 26 But the king commanded Jerahriah, the son of Shaphan, had heard out meel the son of Hammelech, and Seraiah of the book all the words of the LORD, the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son

12 Then he went down into the king's of Abdeel, to take Baruch the scribe and house, into the scribe's chamber: and lo, Jeremiah the prophet: but the LORD all the princes sat there, even Elishama hid them. the scribe, and Delaiah the son of She- 27 1 Then the word of the LORD came maiah, and Elnathan the son of Achbor, to Jeremiah, after that the king had burnand Gemariah the son of Shaphan, and ed the roll, and the words which Baruch Zedekiah the son of Hananiah, and all wrote at the mouth of Jeremiah, saying, the princes.

28 Take thee again another roll, and 13 Then Michaiah declared unto them write in it all the former words that all the words that he had heard, when were in the first roll, which Jehoiakim Baruch read the book in the ears of king of Judah hath burned. the people.

29 And thou shalt say to Jehoiakim 14 Therefore all the princes sent Je- king of Judah, Thus saith the LORD; hudi the son of Nethaniah, the son of Thou hast burned this roll, saying, Why Shelemiah, the son of Cushi, unto Ba- hast thou written therein, saying, The ruch, saying, Take in thme hand the king of Babylon shall certainly come and roll wherein thou hast read in the ears destroy this land, and shall cause to cease of the people, and come. So Baruch the from thence man and beast? son of Neriah took the roll in his hand, 30 Therefore thus saith the LORD of and came unto them.

Jehoiakim king of Judah ; He shall have 15 And they said unto him, Sit down none to sit upon the throne of David : now, and read it in our ears. So Baruch and his dead body shall be cast out in read it in their ears.

the day to the heat, and in the night to 16 Now it came to pass when they had the frost. heard all the words, they were afraid 31 And I will punish him and his both one and other, and said unto Ba seed and his servants for their iniquity; ruch, We will surely tell the king of all and I will bring upon them, and upon these words.

the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and upon 17 And they asked Baruch, saying, | the men af Judah, all the evil that I Tell us now, How didst thou write all have pronounced against them; but they these words at his mouth?

hearkened not. 18 Then Baruch answered them, He 32 | Then took Jeremiah another roll, pronounced all these words unto and gave it to Baruch the scribe, the son with his mouth, and I wrote them with of Neriah ; who wrote therein from the ink in the book.

mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the


Siege of the Chaldeans raised. CHAP. XXXVIII. Jeremiah imprisoned. 621 book which Jehoiakim king of Judah had not away to the Chaldeans. But he hearkburned in the fire : and there were added ened not to him : so Irijah took Jeremibesides unto them many like words. ah, and brought him to the princes. CHAP. XXXVII. ;

15 Wherefore the princes were wroth 1 The Egyptians, having raised the Chal- with Jeremiah, and smote him, and put

dean's siege, Zedekiah sendeth to Jere- him in prison in the house of Jonathan the miah; 6vho prophesieth the Chaldeans scribe : for they had made that the prison. return and victory. 11 He is beaten, 16 When Jeremiah was entered into and put in prison.

the dungeon, and into the cabins, and JereA

reigned instead of Coninh the son of 17 Then Zedekiah the king sent, and Jehoiakin, whom Nebuchadrezzar king took him out: and the king asked him seof Babylon made king in the land of Ju- cretly in his house, and said, Is there any dab.

word from the LORD ? And Jeremiah said, 2 But neither he, nor his servants, nor There is : for, said he, thou shalt be dethe people of the land, did hearken unto livered into the hand of the king of Babylon. the words of the LORD, which he spake 18 Moreover Jeremiah said unto king by the prophet Jeremiah.

Zedekiah, What have I offended against 3 And Zedekiah the king sent Jehu- thee, or against thy servants, or against cal the son of Shelemiah, and Zephaniah this people, that ye have put me in prison? the son of Maaseiah the priest to the 19 Where are now your prophets which prophet Jeremiah, saying, Pray now unto prophesied unto you, saying, The king the Lord our God for us.

of Babylon shall not come against you, nor 4 Now Jeremiah came in and went out against this land? among the people: for they had not put 20 Therefore hear now, I pray thee, O him into prison

my lord the king: let my supplication, I 5 Then Pharaoh's army was come forth pray thee, be accepted before thee; that out of Egypt: and when the Chaldeans thou cause me not to return to the house that besieged Jerusalem heard tidings of of Jonathan the scribe, lest I die there. them, they departed from Jerusalem. 21 Then Zedekiah the king command

69 Then came the word of the LORD ed that they should commit Jeremiah inunto the prophet Jeremiah, saying, to the court of the prison, and that they

7 Thus saith the LORD, the God of should give him daily a piece of bread out Israel ; Thus shall ye say to the king of of the baker's street, until all the bread Judah, that sent you unto me to inquire of in the city were spent. Thus Jeremiah me; Behold, Pharaoh's army, which is remained in the court of the prison. come forth to help you, shall return to E

CHAP. XXXVIII. gypt into their own land.

1 Jeremiah is put into the dungeon. 7 8 And the Chaldeans shall come again, Ebed-melech getteth him some enlargeand fight against this city, and take it, ment. 14 His counsel to the king. and burn it with fire.


'HEN Shephatiah the son of Mattan, 9 Thus saith the LORD ; Deceive not and Gedaliah the son of Pashur, and yourselves, saving, The Chaldeans shall | Jucal the son of Shelemjah, and Pashur surely depart from us: for they shall not the son of Malchiah, heard the words depart.

that Jeremiah had spoken unto all the 10 For though he had smitten the whole people, saying, army of the Chaldeans that fight against 2. Thus saith the LORD, He that reyou, and there remained but wounded | maineth in this city shall die by the sword, men among them, yet should they rise | by the famine, and by the pestilence: but up every man in his tent, and burn this he that goeth forth to the Chaldeans shall city with fire:

live ; for he shall have his life for a prey, il | And it came to pass, that when and shall live. the army of the Chaldeans was broken 3 Thus saith the LORD, This city shall up from Jerusalem for fear of Pharaoh's surely be given into the hand of the king army,

of Babylon's army, which shall take it. 12 Then Jeremiah went forth out of 4 Therefore the princes said unto the Jerusalem to go into the land of Benja- king, We beseech thee, let this man be min, to separate himself thence in the put to death: for thus he weakeneth the midst of the people.

hands of the men of war that remain in 13 And when he was in the gate of this city, and the hands of all the people, Benjamin, a captain of the ward was in speaking such words unto them : for there, whose name was Irijah, the son of this man seek eth not the welfare of this Shelemiah, the son of Hananiah ; and he people, but the hurt. took Jeremiah the prophet, saying, Thou 5* Then Zedekiah the king said, Behold, fallest away to the Chaldeans.

he is in your hand: for the king is not 14 Then said Jeremiah, It is false; I fall | he that can do any thing against you.

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622 Jeremiah's enlargement. JEREMIAH. His counsel to Zede kiah.

6 Then took they Jeremiah, and cast 19 And Zedekiah the king said unto him into the dungeon of Malchiah the Jeremiah, I am afraid of the Jews that are son of Hammelech, that was in the court fallen to the Chaldeans, lest they deliver of the prison : and they let down Jere- me into their hand, and they mock me. miah with cords. And in the dungeon 20 But Jeremiah said, They shall not there was no water, but mire: so Jere- deliver thee. Obey, I beseech thee, the miah sunk in the mire.

voice of the LORD, which I speak unto 7 Now when Ebed-melech the Ethi- thee : so it shall be well unto thee, and opian, one of the eunuchs which was in thy soul shail live. the king's house, heard that they had 21 But if thou refuse to go forth, this is put Jeremiah in the dungeon ; the king the word that the LORD hath shewed me; then sitting in the gate of Benjamin ; 22 And behold, all the women that

8 Ebed-melech went forth out of the are left in the king of Judah's house king's house, and spake to the king, saying, I shall be brought forth to the king of Babdone evil in all that they have done to ! Thy friends have set thee on, and have

i , Jeremiah the prophet, whom they have prevailed against thee: thy feet are sunk in cast into the dungeon ; and he is like to the mire, and they are turned away back. die for hunger in the place where he is : 23 So they shall bring out all thy wives for there is no more bread in the city. and thy children to the Chaldeans: and

10 Then the king commanded Ebed- thou shalt not escape out of their hand, melech the Etbiopian, saying, Take from but shalt be taken by the hand of the hence thirty men with thee, and take up king of Babylon : and thou shalt cause Jeremiah the prophet out of the dungeon, this city to be burned with fire. before he die.

24 | Then said Zedekiah unto Jeremi11 So Ebed-melech took the men with ah, Let no man know of these words, and him, and went into the house of the king thou shalt not die. under the treasury, and took thence old 25 But if the princes hear that I have cast clouts and old rotten rags, and let | talked with thee, and they come unto them down by cordis into the dungeon to thee, and say unto thee, Declare unto us Jeremiah.

now what thou hast said unto the king, 12 And Ebed-melech the Ethiopian hide it not from us, and we will not put said unto Jeremiah, Put now these old cast | thee to death ; also what the king said clouts and rotten rags under thine arm- unto thee : holes under the cords. And Jeremiah did 26 Then thou shalt say unto them, I SO.

presented my supplication before the king, 13 So they drew up Jeremiah with cords, | that he would not cause me to return to and took him up out of the dungeon: and Je- Jonathan's house, to die there. remiah remained in the court of the prison. 27 Then came all the princes unto Jer

14 | Then Zedekiah the king sent, || emiah, and asked him; and he told them and took Jeremiah the prophet unto him according to all these words that the king into the third entry that is in the house had commanded. So they left off speakof the LORD : and the king, said unto ing with him ; for the matter was not Jeremiah, I will ask thee a thing ; hide perceived. nothing from me.

28 So Jeremiah abode in the court of 15 Then Jeremiah said unto Zedekiah, | the prison until the day that Jerusalemi If I declare it into thee, wilt thou not was taken: and he was there when Jerusurely put me to death ? and if I give thee salem was taken. counsel, wilt thou not hearken unto me?

CHAP. XXXIX. 16 So Zedekiah the king sware secretly 1 Jerusalem is taken. 7 Zedekiah is made unto Jeremiah, saying, As the Lord liv- blind, and sent to Babylon. 8 The city eth, that made us this soul, I will not


ruined. 9 The people are captivated. thee to death, neither will I give thee into N the ninth year of Zedekiah king of the hand of these men that seek thy life.

17 Then said Jeremiah unto Zedekiah, uchadrezzar king of Babylon and all his Thus saith the Lord, the God of hosts, army against Jerusalem, and they bethe God of Israel ; If thou wilt assuredly sieged it. go forth unto the king of Babylon's prin- 2 And in the eleventh year of Zedeces, then thy soul shall live, and this city kiah, in the fourth month, the ninth day shall not be burned with fire ; and thou of the month, the city was broken up. shalt live, and thine house :

3 And all the princes of the king of 18 But if thou wilt not go forth to the Babylon came in, and sat in the middle king of Babylon's princes, then shall this gate, even Nergal-sharezer, Samgar-necity be given into the hand of the Chalde- bo, Sarsechim, Rab-saris, Nergal-shareans, and they shall burn it with fire, and zer, Rab-mag, with all the residue of the thou shalt not escape out of their hand. princes of the king of Babylon.

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