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The Jews return.
25 Thus speaketh the Lorn 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 Zeph aniah the son of Maaseiah the priest, and to all the priests, saying, 26 The Low D 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. 27 Now therefore why hast thou not reproved Jeremiah of Anathoth, which maketh himself a prophet to you ? 28 For therefore he sent untous in Bab. ylon, saying, This castivity is long: build ye houses, and dwell in them ; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them. 29 And Zephaniah the priest read this letter in the ears of Jeremiah the prophet. 30 * Then came the word of the Lor D unto Jeremiah, saying, 31 Send to all them of the captivity, saying. Thus saith the Lord concerning Shermaiah the Nehelamite; Because that Sheumaiah hath prophesied unto you, and I o him not, and he caused you to trust in a lie : 32 Therefore thus saith the Lor D ; 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 J. I will do for iny people, saith the Lord ; because he hati taught rebellion against the Lord. CHAP. XXX. 1 The Jews return, 10 Jacob comforted. 18. Their return shall be gracious. HE word that came to Jeremiah from the Lor D, saying, 2. Thus speaketh the LoRD God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that ave spoken unto thee in a book. 3Forso, the days come, saith the Lo RD ; that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the Lord : and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it. 4 " And these are the words that the Loop spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah. 5 For thus saith the Lop D : We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. 6 Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child 2 wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness 2 , Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.
8. For it shall come to pass in that dav, | saith the LoRD of hosts, that I will break
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his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst 'hy bonds, and strungers shall no more serve themselves of him : 9 But they shall serve the Lord their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them. 10 * Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the Lord ; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity ; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and quiet, and wone shall make him afraid. 11 For I am with thee, saith the Lord, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, ret will I not make a full end of thee: ut I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished. 12 For thus saith the Lo R D, ''. bruise is incurable, and thy wound is grievous. 13 There is none to plead thy cause, that thou mayest be bound up: thou hast no healing medicines. 14 All thy lovers have forgotten thee; they seek thee not ; for I have wounded thee with the wound of an enemy, with the chastisement of a cruel one, for the multitude of thine iniquity; beeause thy sins were increased. 15. Why criest thou for thine affliction ? thy sorrow is incurable for the multitude of thine iniquity: because thy sins were increased, I have done these things unto thee. 16. Therefore all they that devour thee shall be devoured ; and all thine adversaries, every one of them shall go into captivity; and they that spoil thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey upon thee will I give for a prey. 17 For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord ; because they called thee all Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after. 18 "I Thus saith the Lord ; Behold, I will bring again the captivity of J cop's tents, and have mercy on his dwellingplaces ; and the city shall be builded upon her own heap, and the palace shall remain after the manner thereof. 19 And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry : and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few ; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small. 20 Their children also shall be as aforetime, and their congregation shall be established before me, and I will punish all that oppress them. 21 And their nobles shall be of themselves, and their governor shall proceed from the midst of them ; and I will cause him to draw near, and he shall approach unto me : for who is this that engaged 614 The restoration of Israel.
his heart to approach unto me? saith the LoRD. 22 And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. 23 Behold, the whirlwind of the Lord goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind : it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked. 24 The fierce anger of the Lord shall not return, until he have done it, and until he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter days ye shall con
sider it. - CHAP. XXXI. 1 The restoration of Israel. 22 Christ is fromised. 27 His care over the church. T the same time, saith the Lok D, will I be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people. 2 Thus saith the Lo RD, The people ovhich were left of the sword found grâce in the wilderness ; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest. 3 The Lori, hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore wit. loving-kindness have I drawn thee. 4 Again I will build thce, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shaft go forth in the dances of them that make merry. 5 Thou shalt yet plant vines upon the mountains of Samaria : the planters shall plant, and shall eat them as common things. 6 For there shall be a day, what the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the Lorn our God. 7. For thus saith the Lord ; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations: publish ye, praise ve, and say, O Lord, save thy people, the remnant of Israel. 8 Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child togethol' : a o company shall return thither. 9 They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them : I
Christ is fromisca. gether to the goodness of the Lord, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the of of the flock and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden ; and they shall not sorrow any more at all. 13 Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow. 14 And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shallbe satisfied with my goodness, saith the Lord. | 15 "Thussaith the Lord ; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not. 16 Thus saith the Lorp; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears : for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord ; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy. 17 And there is hope in thine end, saith the Lord, that thy children shall come again to their own border. 18 °s I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus ; Thou hast chas— tised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke : turn thou me, and I shall be turned ; for thou art the Lor p my God. 19 Surely after that I was turned, I recnted ; and after that I was instructed, smote upon my thigh : I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because l did bear the reproach of my youth. 20 Is Ephraim my dear son 2 is he a F. child? for since I spake against him, I do earnestly remember him still : therefore my bowels are troubled for him; I will surely have mercy upon him, saith the Lor D. 21 Set thee up way-marks, make thee high heaps: set thine heart toward the highway, even the way which thou went— est: turn again, O virgin of Israel, turn again to these thy cities. 22 || How long wilt thou go about, C. thou backsliding ão: ? for the Lorr, hath created a new thing in the earth. A
woman shall compass a man. 23 Thus saith W. Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; As yet they shall use this speech in the land of Judah and in the cit— iès thereof, when I shall bring again their captivity; The Lord bless thee, O habitation of justice, and mountain of holiness24 And there shall dwell in Judah it— self, and in all the cities thereof together, husbandmen, and they that go forth with flocks. 25 For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul. 26 Upon this I awaked, and beheld 5 and my sleep was sweet unto me.
will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my first-born. 10 is Hear the word of the Lor D, O ve nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock. 11 For the Lor D hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he. 12 Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow to
Christ's care over the church.
27 of Behold, the days come, saith the Lorp, that I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man, and with the seed of beast. 28 And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them, to build and to plant, saith the LoR D. 29 In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children's teeth are set on edge. 30 But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge. 31 Behold, the days come, saith the LoRD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah : 32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lor D : 33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lost D, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write
it in their hearts; and will be their God,
and they shall be my people.
34 And they shall teach no more every |
man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord : for they shall all know me, from the least of
them unto the greatest of them, saith the
LoR D : for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. 35 T Thus saith the Lo RD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lon D cf hosts is his name: 36 If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lor D, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. 37 Thus saith the Lord ; If heaven above can be measured, and the founda. tions of the earth searched out beneath, I wili also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the Lon D. 38 || Behold, the days come, saith the LoR D, that the city shall be built to the Lo R D from the tower of Hanameel unto the gate of the corner. 39 And the measuring line shall yet go forth over against it upon the hill Gareb, and shall compass about to Goath. 49 And the whole valley of the dead bodies, and of the ashes, and all the fields unto the brook of Kidron, unto the cororier of the horse-gate toward the east, shat! be holy unto the Lo RD ; it shall not
CHAP. xxx11. Jeremiah's imprisonment. 615 616 The casitivity confirmed. JEREMIAH. .4/romise of a gracious return.
be plucked up, nor thrown down any more
for ever. CHAP. XXXII. 1 Jeremiah’s imprisonment. 16 His comflaints to God. 26 The castivity conJirmed. 36.1/iromise of a gracious refor rol. HE word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord in the tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar. 2 For then the king of Babylon's army besieged Jerusalem; and Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the court of the prison, which was in the king of Judah's house. 3 For Zedekiah king of Judah had shut him up, . Wherefore dost thou projoi and say, Thus saith the Lord, Beold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of É. and he shall take it; 4 And Zedekiah king of Judah shali not cscape out of the hand of the Chaldeans, but shall surely be delivered into the hand of the king cf Babylon, and shall speak with him mouth to mouth, and his eyes shall behold his eyes; 5 And he shall lead Zedekiah to Babylon, and there shall he be until I visit him, saith the Lord : though ye fight with the Chaldeans, ye shall not prosper. 6 || And Jeremiah said, The word of the LoRD came unto me, saying, 7 Behold, Hanameel the son of Shallum thine uncle shall come unto thee, saying, Buy thee my field that is in Anathoth: for the right of redemption is thine to buy it. 8 So Hanameel mine uncle's son came to me in the court of the prison, according to the word of the Lord, and said unto me, Buy my field, I pray thee,thatisin Anathoth, which is in the country of Benjamin: for the right of inheritance is thine, and the redemption is thine; buy it for thyself. Then I knew that this was the word of the Lo R.D. 9 And I bought the field of Flanannect my uncle’s son, that was in Anathoth, and weighed him the money, even seventeen shekels of silver. 10 And I subscribed the evidence, and sealed it, and took witnesses, and weighed him the money in the balances. 11 So I took the evidence of the purchase, both that which was sealed according to the law and custom, and that which was opcn : 12 And I gave the evidence of the purchase unto Baruch the son of Nerian, the son of Maasciah, in the sight of Hananec mine uncle's son, and in the presence of the witnesses that subscribed the book c* the purchase, before all the Jews that sa; in the court of the prison. 13 *, And I charget! Baruch before hern, saying, 14 Thus saith the Lon D of hosts, the
evidence of the purchase, both which is sealed, and this evidence which is open : and put them in an earthen vessel, the they may continue many days. 15 For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this laid. 16 T Now when I had delivered the evidence of the purchase unto Baruch the son of Nerial, I prayed unto the Lo R.D., saying, 17 Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: 18 Thou she west loving-kindness unto thousands, and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them : the Great, the Mighty God, the Lor D of hosts, is his name, 19 Great, in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men : to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings: 20 Which hast set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, even unto this day, and in Israel, and among other men; and hast made thee a name, as at this day; 21 And hast brought forth thy people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs, and with wonders, and with a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm, an with great terror ; 22 And hast given them this land, which thou didst swear to their fathers to give them, a land iiowing with milk and honey; 23 And they came in, and possessed it ; but they obeyed not thy. Voice, neither walked in thy law ; they have done no hing of all that thou commandedst them to do : therefore thou hast caused all this evil to come upon them : 24 Bchold the mounts, they are come unto the city to take it; and the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans, that fight against it, because of the sword, and of the famine, and of the pestilence: and what thou hast spoken is come to pass; and behold, thou Seest it. 25 And thou hast said unto me, O LoRD Gop, Buy thee the field for money, and take witnesses; for the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans. 26 || Then came the word of the Lord unto Jeremiah, saying, 27 Behold, I am the Lor D, the God of all flesh : is there any thing too har, for me 2 28 Therefore thus saith the Lord ; Behold, I will give this city into the hand of tile Cialdeans, and into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and he shall take it:
29 And the Chaldeans, thatfight against this city, shall come and set fire on this city, and burn it with the houses, upon whose roofs they have offered incense unto Baal, and poured out drink-offerings unto other gods, to provoke me to anger. 30 For the children of Israel and the children of Judah have only done evilbefore me from their youth : for the children of Israel have only provoked me to anger with the work of their hands, saith the Lord. 31 For this city hath been to me as a provocation of mine anger and of my fury from the day that they built it even unto this day; that I should remove it from before my face, 32 Because of all the evil of the children of Israel and of the children of Judah, which they have done to provoke me to anger, they, their kings, their princes, their priests, and their prophets, and the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 33 And they have turned unto me the back, and not the face : though I taught them, rising up ..". and teaching them, yet they have not hearkened to receive instruction. 34 But they set their abominations in the house, which is called by my name, to defile it. 35 And they built the high places of Baal, wiich are in the valiew of theson of Hinnom, to cause their sons ‘und their daugh|ters to pass through the fire unto Molech : which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin. 36 || And now therefore thus said, the Lo R D, the God of Israel, concerning this city, whereof ye say, It shall be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence ; 37 Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them | in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them again into this piace, and I will cause then, to dwell safely : 38 And they shall be my people, and I will be their God : 39 And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of tiem, and of their civildren after them : 40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, thot I will not turn away from them, to do them good ; but I will but my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me. 41 Yea, i will rejoice over them to do. them good, and I will plant the in in this and assumedly with my whole i.e.-rt and with my whole scul.
.A return fromised.
42 For thus saith the Lord ; Like as I have brought all this great evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all the good I that have promised them.
43 And fields shall ine bought in this land, whereof ye say, It is desolate without man, or beast ; it is given into the hand of the Chaldeans.
44 Men shall buy fields for money, and subscribe evidences, and seal them, and take witnesses in the land of Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, and in the cities of the mountains, and in the cities of the valley, and in the cities of the south : for I will cause their captivity to return, saith
the Lord. CHAP. XXXIII. 1 A return fromised. 15 Christ the Branch of righteousness. OREOVER the word of the Lord
came unto Jeremiah the second time,
while he was yet shut up in the court of the prison, saying,
2 Thus saith the LoRD the maker thereof, the LoRD that formed it, to establish it; the Lon B is his name; |
3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
4 For thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the houses of this city, and concerning the houses of the kings of Judah, which are thrown down by the mounts, and by the sword;
5 They come to fight with the Chaldeans, but it is to fill them with the dead bodiesofmen, whom Ihave slainin mineanger and in my fury, and for all whose wickedness I have hid my face from this city.
6 Behold, I will bring it health and ture, and I will cure them, and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth.
7 And I will cause the captivity of Judah and the captivity of Israel to return, and will build §. as at the first. 8 And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed against Ine
9 And it shall be to me a name of joy, a praise, and an honour before all the nations of the earth, which shall hear all the #. that I do unto them : and they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and for all the prosperity that I procure unto it.
10 Thussaith the LoRD ; Again there shall be heard in this place, which ye say shall be desolate without man and without beast, even in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, that are desolate,
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11 The voice of joy, and the voice of ladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and i. voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the Lord of hosts: for the Lo RD is ; for his mercy endureth for ever : and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lo R D. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the Lord. 12 Thus saith the Lord of hosts ; Again in this place, which is desolate withOut man .. without beast, and in all the cities thereof, shall be an habitation of shepherds causing their flocks to lie down. 13 In the cities of the mountains, in the cities of the vale, and in the cities of the south, and in the land of Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, shall the flocks É. again under the hands of him that telleth them, saith the Lord. 14 Behold, the days come, saith the LoRD, that I will o that thin which I have promised unto the house o Israel and to the house of Judah. 15 s In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land. 16. In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name where with she shall be called, The Lord our righteousness. 17 || For thus saith the Lord ; David shall never want a man to sit upon the hrone of the house of Israel ; 18 Neither shall the priests the Levites want a man before me to offer burnt-offerings, and to kindle meat-offerings, and to do sacrifice o 19 || And the word of the LoRD came unto Jeremiah, saying, 20. Thus saith the LoRD ; If ye can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night in their season ; 21 Then may also my covenant be broken with David my servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne; and with the Levites the priests, my ministers. 22 As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured: so will I multiply the seed of David my servant, and the Levites that minister unto me. 23 Moreover the word of the LoRp came to Jeremiah, saying, 24 Considerest thou not what this people have spoken, saying, The two families which the Lord hath chosen, he hath even cast them off? thus they have despised my people, that they should be no
without man, and without inhabitant, and without beast, 78
more a nation before them. 25 Thus saith the LoRD ; If my cove