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be cut off in that day, saith the LoRD. 31 Behold, I am against thee,0 thou most proud, saith the Lord God of hosts: for thy day is come, the time that I will visit thee. 32 And the most proud shall stumble and fall, and none shall raise him up : and I will kindle a fire in his cities, and it shall devour all round about him. 33 || Thus saith the Lord of hosts; The children of Israel and the children of Judah were oppressed together: and all that took them captives held them fast ; they refused to let him go. 34 Their Redeemer is strong ; the LoRD of hosts is his name: he shall throughly plead their cause, that he may give rest to the land, and disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon. 35 || A sword is upon the Chaldeans, saith the Lo RD, and upon the inhabitants of Babylon, and upon her princes, and upon her wise men. 36 A sword is upon the liars; and they shall dote : a sword is upon her mighty
men ; and they shall be dismayed.
3 Against him that bendeth let the archer bend his bow, and against him that
37 A sword is upon their horses, and upon their chariots, and upon all the mingled people that are in the midst of her; and they shall become as women : a sword is upon her treasures; and they shall be robbed. 38 A drought is upon her waters; and they shall be dried up : for it is the land of graven images, and they are mad upon their idols. 39 Therefore the wild beasts of the desert with the wild beasts of the islands shall dwell there, and the owls shall dwell therein: and it shall be no more inhabited for ever; neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation. 40 As God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighbour cities thereof, saith the Lord ; so shall no man abide there, neither shall any son of man dwell therein. 41 Behold, a people shall come from the north, and a great nation, and many kings shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth. 42 They shall hold the bow and the Iance : they are cruel, and will not shew mercy : their voice shall roar like the sea, and they shall ride upon horses, every one put in array, like a man to the battle, against thee, O daughter of Babylon. 43 The king of Babylon hath heard the report of them, and his hands waxed feeble: anguish took hold of him, and pangs as of a woman in travail. 44 Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of Jordan unto the habitation of the strong : but I will make them suddenly run away from her: and who is a chosen man, that I may appoint
lifteth himself up in his brigandine : and spare ye not her young men; destroy ye utterly all her host. 4 Thus the slain shall fall in the land of the Chaldeans, and they that are thrust through in her streets. 5 For Israel hath not been forsaken, nor Judah of his God, of the Lo R D of hosts; though their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel. 6 Fiee out of i. midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut cf. in her iniquity; for this is the time of the Lo RD's vengeance ; he will render unto her a recompense. 7 Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LoRD’s hand, that made all the earth drunken : the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad. 8 Babylon is suddenly fallen, and destroyed ; howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed. 9 We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed: forsake her, and let us o every one into his own country : for É. judgment reacheth unto heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies.
10 The Lord hath brought forth our righteousness : come, and let us declare in Zion the work of the Lord our God. 11 Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the Lorp hath raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes: for his evice is against Babylon, to destroy it ; because it is the vengeance of the Lord, the vengeance of his temple. 12 Set up the standard upon the walls of Babylon, make the watch strong, set up the watchmen, prepare the ambushes:
over her 2 for who is like me?' and who
for the Lord hath both devised and done 634 Babylon threatened in
that which he spake against the inhabitants of Babylon. 13 O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, and the measure of thy covetousiness. 14 The Lord of hosts hath sworn by himself, saying, Surely I will fill thee with men, as with caterpillars ; and they shall lift up a shout against thee. 15 He hath made the earth by his É. he hath established the world by is wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding. 16. When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens ; and he caused the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth : he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures. 17 Every man is brutish by his knowledge; every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood,and there is no breath in them. 18 They are vanity, the work of errors : in the time of their visitation they shall perish. 19 The portion of Jacob is not like them; for he is the former of all things : and Israel is the rod of his inheritance : The Lo RD of hosts is his name. 20 Thou art my battle-ax and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms ; 21 And with thee will I break in pieces the horse and his rider ; and with thee will I break in pieces the chariot and his rider ; 22 With thee also will Ibreak in pieces man and woman ; and with thee will I break in pieces old and young ; and with thee will I break in pieces the young man and the maid ; 23. I will also breakin pieces with thee the shepherd and his flock; and with thee will I break in pieces the husbandman and his yoke of oxen; and with thee will I break in pieces captains and rulers. 24 And I will render unto Babylon and to all the inhabitants of Chaldea all their evil that they have done in Zion in your sight, saith the Lo R.D. 25 Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain, saith the Lor D, which destroyest all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and roll thee down from the rocks, and will make thee a burnt mountain. 26 And they shall not take of thee a stone for a corner, nor a stone for foundations; but thou shalt be desolate forever, saith the Lord. 27 Set ye up a standard in the land, blow the trumpet among the nations, ‘prepare the nations against her, call to
gether against her the kingdoms of Ararat, Minni, and Ashchenaz ; appoint a captain against her ; cause the horses to come up as the rough caterpillars. 28 Prepare against her the nations with the kings of the Medes, the captains thereof, and all the rulers ther and all the land of his dominion. 29 And the land shall tremble and sorrow : for every purpose of the Lord shall be performed against Babylon, to make the land of É. a desolation without an inhabitant. 30 The mighty men of Babylon have forborn to o they have remained in their holds: their might hath failed; they became as women: they have burned for dwelling-places; her bars are broken. 31 One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to shew the king of Babylon that his city is taken at one end, 32 And that the passages are o and the reeds they have burned with fire, and the men of war are affrighted. 33 For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; The daughter of Babylon is like a threshing-floor, it is time to thresh her : yet a little while, and the time of her harvest shall come. 34 Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon hath devoured me, he hath crushed me, he hath made me an empty vessel, he hath swallowed me up like a dragon, he hath filled his belly with my delicates, he hath cast me out. 35 The violence done to me and to my flesh be upon Babylon, shall the inhabitant of Zion say : and my blood upon the inhabitants of Chaldea, shall Jerusalem say. 36 Therefore thus saith the Lord ; Behold, I will plead thy cause, and take vengeance for thee; and I will dry up her sea, and make her springs dry. 37 And Babylon shall become heaps, a dwelling-place for dragons, an astonishment, and an hissing, without an inhabitant. 38 They shall roar together like lions: they shall yell as lions wheips. 39 In thei meat I will make their feasts, and I will make them drunken, that they may rejoice, and sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake, saith the Lord. 40 I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter, like rams with he-goats. ... 41 How is Sheshach taken and how is the praise of the whole earth surprised : 'how is Babylon become an astonishment among the nations ! 42. The sea is come up upon Babylon : she is covered with the multitude of the waves thereof. 43 Her cities are a desolation, a dry
land, and a wilderness, a land wherein no Bel to be funished. man dwelleth, neither doth any son of man pass thereby. 44 And I will p. Bel in Babylon, and I will bring forth out of his mouth that which he hath swallowed up : and the nations, shall not flow together any more unto him : yea, the wall of Babylon shall fall. 45 My people, go ye out of the midst of her, o deliver ye every man his soul from the fierce anger of the Lord. 46And lest your heart faint, and ye fear for the rumour that shall be heard in the land ; a rumour shall both come one year, and after that in another year shall come a rumour, and violence in the land, ruler against ruler. 47 Therefore behold, the days come, that I will do judgment upon the graven images of Babylon : and her whole land shall be confounded, and all her slain shall fall in the midst of her. 48 Then the heaven and the earth, and all that is therein, shall sing for Babylon: for the spoilers shall come unto her from the north, saith the Lord. 49. As Babylon hath caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the earth. 50 Ye that have escaped the sword, o away, stand not still : remember the , or D afar off, and let Jerusalem come into your mind. 51 We are confounded, because we have heard reproach: shame hath covered our faces: for strangers are come into the sanctuaries of the Lord's house. 52 Wherefore behold, the days come, saith the Lo RD, that I will do judgment upon her graven images: and through all her land the wounded shall groan. 53 Though Babylon should mount up to heaven, and though she should fortify the height of her strength, yet from me shall spoilers come unto her, saith the Lor D. 54. A sound of a cry cometh from Babylon, and great destruction from the land of the Chaldeans : 55 Because the Lord hath spoiled Babylon, and destroyed out of her the great voice; when her waves do roar like great waters, a noise of their voice is uttered :
broken, and her high gates shall be burned with fire ; and the people shall labour in vain, and the folk in the fire, and they shall be weary. 59 || The word which Jeremiah the [. commanded Seraiah the son of eriah, the son of Maaseiah, when he went with Zedekiah the king of Judah into Babylon in the fourth year of his reign. And this Seraiah was a quiet prince. 60 So Jeremiah wrote in a book all the evil, that should come upon Babylon, even all onese words that are written against Babylon. 61 And Jeremiah said to Seraiah, When thou comest to Babylon, and shalt see, and shalt read all these words; 62 Then shalt thou say, O Lord, thou hast spoken against this place, to cut it off, that none shall remain in it, neither man nor beast, but that it shall he desolate for ever. 63 And it shall be, when thou hast made an end of reading this book, that thou shalt bind a stone to it, and cast it into the midst of Euphrates : 64 And thou shalt say, Thus shall Babylon sink, and shall not rise from the evil that I will bring upon her: and they shall be weary. Thus far are the words
of Jeremiah. CHAP. LII. 1 Zedekiah rebelleth. 4 Jerusalem is besieged and taken. 8 Zedekiah's sons killed, and his own eyes flut out. EDEKIAH was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. * * 2 And he did that othich was evil in the eyes of the Lo RD, according to all that Jehoiakim had done. 3 For through the anger of the Lord it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, till he had cast them out from his pres– eace, that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon. 4 || And it came to pass in the ninth | year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Neb| uchadrezzar king of Babylon came, he | and all his army, against Jerusalem, and pitched against it, and built forts against it round about. 5 So the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king Zedekiah. 6 And in the fourth month, in the ninth day of the month, the famine was sore in the city, so that there was no bread for the people of the land. 7. Then the city was broken up, and all the men of war fled, and went forth out of the city by night by the way of the gate between i. two walls, which stas by the
king's garden; (now the Chaldeans were by the city round about;) and they went by the way of the plain.
636 Zedekiah's sons slain, and the JEREMIAH. fleofile carried captives to Babylon.
8 || But the army of the Chaldeans |
pursued after the king, and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho; and all his army was scattered from him. 9 Then they took the king, and carried him up unto the king of Babylon to Riblah in the land of Hamath; where he gave judgment upon him. 10 And the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes: he slew also all the princes of Judah in Riblah. 11 Then he put out the eyes of Zedekiah; and the king of Babylon bound him in chains, and carried him to Babylon, and put him in prison till the day of his death. 12 || Now in the fifth month, in the tenth day of the month, which was the nineteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzar-adan, captain of the guard, which served the king of Babylon, into Jerusalem, 13 And burned the house of the Lord, and the king's house; and all the houses of Jerusalem, and all the houses of the reat men, burned he with fire: 14 And all the army of the Chaldeans, that were with the captain of the guard, brake down all the walls of Jerusalem round about. 15 Then Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard carried away captive certain of the poor of the people, and the residue of the people that remained in the city, and those that fell away, that fell to the king of Babylon, and the rest of the multitude. 16 But Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard left certain of the poor of the land for vine-dressers and for husbandmen. 17 Also the pillars of brass that overe in the house of the Lord, and the bases, and the brasen sea that ovas in the house of the LoRD, the Chaldeans brake, and carried all the brass of them to Babylon. 18 The caldrons also, and the shovels, and the snuffers, and the bowls, and the spoons, and all the vessels of brass wherewith they ministered, took they away, 19 And the basons, and the fire-pans, and the bowls, and the caldrons, and the candlesticks, and the spoons, and the cups; that which was of gold in gold, and that which was of silver in silver, took the captain of the guard away. 20 The two pillars, one sea, and twelve brazen bulls that were under the bases, which king Solomon had made in the house of the Lo RD: the brass of all these vessels was without weight. 21 And concerning the pillars, the
it; and the thickness thereof was four fingers: it was hollow. 22 And a chapiter of brass quas upon it; and the height of one chapiter was five cubits, with net-work and pc.negranates upon the chapiters round about, all of brass. The second pillar also and the pomegranates were like unto these. | 23 And there were ninety and six pomegranates on a side; and all the pome#. upon the net-work were an hun| dred round about. 24. T And the captain of the guard took Seraiah the chief priest, and Zephaniah the second priest, and the three keepers of the door: 25 He took also out of the city an eunuch, which had the charge of the men of war; and seven men of them that were near the king's person, which were found in the city"; and the principal scribe of the host, who mustered the people of the land; and threescore men of the people of the land, that were found in the midst of the city. 26 So Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard took them, and brought them to the king of Babylon to Riblah. 27 And the king of Babylon, smote them, and put them to death in Riblah in the land of Hamath. Thus Judah was carried away captive out of his own land. 28 This is the people whom Nebuchadrezzar carried away captive: in the seventh łł. three thousand Jews and three and twenty: 29 In the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar he carried away captive from Jerusalem eight hundred thirty and two persons: 30 In the three and twentieth year of | Nebuchadrezzar Nebuzar-adan the captain of the guard carried away captive of the Jews seven hundred forty and five persons: all the persons were four thousand and six hundred. 31 || And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of the captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, in the five and twentieth day of the month, that Evil-merodach king of Babylon in the first year, of his reign lifted up the head of Jehoiachin king of Judah, and brought him forth out of prison, 32 And spake kindly unto him, and set his throne above the throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon, | 33. And changed his prison garments: and he did continually eat bread before him all the days of his life. 34 And for his diet, there was a continual diet given him of the king of Babylon, every day a portion until the day of his death, all the days of his life.
THE LAMENTATIONS OF JEREMIAH.
CHAP. I. 1Jerusalem's misery for her sins: 12 Her com/ilaint, 18 and confession of God’s righteous judgments. H% doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is she become as a widow ! she that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary 2 She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks: among all her lovers she hath none to comfort her : all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they are become her enemies. 3 Judah is gone into captivity because of affliction, and because of great servitude ; she dwelleth among the heathen, she findeth no rest: all her persecutors overtook her between the straits. 4 The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn feasts: all her gates are desolate: her priests sigh, her virgins are afflicted, and she is in bitterness. 5 Her adversaries are the chief, her enemies prosper ; for the LoRD hath afflicted her for the multitude of her transssions: her children are gone into captivity before the enemy. 6 And from the daughter of Zion all her beauty is departed : her princes are become like harts that find no pasture, and they are gone without strength before the pursuer. 7 Jerusalem remembered in the days of her affliction and of her miseries all her pleasant things, that she had in the days of old, when her people fell into the hand of the enemy, and none did help her : the adversaries saw her, and did mock at her sabbaths. 8 Jerusalem hath grievously sinned ; therefore she is removed : all that honoured her despise her, because they have seen her nakedness: yea, she sigheth and turneth backward. 9 Her filthiness is in her skirts; she remembereth not her last end; therefore she came down wonderfully : she had no comforter. O Lord, behold my affliction: for the enemy hath magnified himself. 10 The adversary hath spread out his hand upon all her pleasant things: for she hath seen that the heathen entered into her sanctuary, whom thou didstcommand that they should not enter into thy congregation. 11 All her people sigh, they seek bread; they have given their pleasant things for meat to relieve the soul : see, O Lord, and consider ; for I am become vile. 12 s Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by ? behold, and see if there be any
sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the Lord hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger. 13 From above hath he sent fire into my bones, and it prevaileth against them: he hath spread a net for my feet, he hath turned me back: he hath made me desolate and faint all the day. 14 The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand : they are wreathed, and come up upon my neck; he hath made my strength to fall, the Lord hath delivered me into their hands, from whome I am not able to rise up. 15 The Lo RD hath trodden under foot all my mighty men in the midst of me : he hath called an assembly against me to crush my young men: thc Lord hath trodden the virgin, the daughter of Judah, as in a wine-press. 16 For these things I weep; mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water, because the comforter that should relieve my soul is far from me: my children are desolate, because the enemy prevailed. 17 Zion spreadeth forth her hands, and there is none to comfort her: the Lord hath commanded concerning Jacob, that his adversaries should be round about him : Jerusalem is as a menstruous woman among them. 18 s The Lord is righteous; for I have rebelled against his commandment: hear, I pray you, all people, and behold my sorrow : my virgins and my young men are gone into captivity. 19. I called for my lovers, but they deceived me : my priests and mine elders gave up the ghost in the city, while they sought their meat to relieve their souls. 20 Behold, O Lord ; for I am in distress: my bowels are troubled ; mine heart is turned within me ; for I have ievously rebelled : abroad the sword reaveth, at home there is as death. 21 They have heard that I sigh: there is none to comfort me : all mine enemies have heard of my trouble ; they are glad that thou hast done it : thou wilt bring the day that thou hast called, and they shall be like unto me. 22 Let all their wickedness come before thee; and do unto them, as thou hast done unto me for all my transgressions: for my sighs are many, and my heart is faint. CHAP. II. 1 Jeremiah lamenteth Jerusalem's misery. 20 He comflaineth thereaf to God. OW hath the LoRD covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his anger, and cast down from heaven