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sav. Who shall come down against us? or who shall enter into our habitations ?

14 But I will punish you according to the fruit of your doings, saith the LORD: and I will kindle a fire in the forest thereof, and it shall devour all things round about it.

CHAP. XXII.

THUS saith the LORD; Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and speak there this word,

2 And say, Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, that sittest upon the throne of David, thou, and thy servants, and thy people that enter in by these gates :

3 Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor : and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place.

4 For if ye do this thing indeed, then shall there enter in by the gates of this house kings sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, he, and his servants, and his people.

5 But if ye will not hear these words, I swear by myself, saith the LORD, that this house shall become a desolation.

6 For thus saith the Lord unto the king's house of Judah; Thou art Gilead unto me, and the head of Lebanon : yet surely I will make thee a wilderness, and cities which are not inhabited.

7 And I will prepare destroyers against thee, every one with his weapons: and they shall cut down thy choice cedars, and cast them into the fire.

8 And many nations shall pass by this city, and they shall say every man to his neighbour, Wherefore hath the Lord done thus unto this great city?

9 Then they shall answer, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD their God, and worshipped other gods, and served them.

10 Weep ye not for the dead, neither bemoan him: but weep sore for him that goeth away: for he shall return no more, nor see his native country.

11 For thus saith the LORD touching Shallum the son of Josiah king of Judah, which reigned instead of Josiah his father, which went forth out of this place; He shall not return thither any more:

12 But he shall die in the place whither they have led him captive, and shall see this land no more.

13 Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers by wrong; that useth his neighbour's service without wages, and giveth him not for his work;

14 That saith, I will build me a wide house and large chambers, and cutteth him out windows; and it is ceiled with cedar, and painted with vermilion.

15 Shalt thou reign, because thou closest thyself in cedar? did not thy father eat and drink, and do judgment and justice, and then it was well with him?

16 He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with him : was not this to know me! saith the LORD.

17 But thine eyes and thine heart are not but for thy covetousness, and

for to shed innocent blood, and for # oppression, and for violence, to do it. 28 Is this man Coniah a despised broken idol? is he a vessel wherein is no pleasure? wherefore are they cast out, he and his seed, and are cast into a land which they know not?

29 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.

30 Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days : for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah.

CHAP. XXIII.

18 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah; They shall not lament for him, saying, Ah my brother! or, Ah sister ! they shall not lament for him, saying, Ah lord ! or, Ah his glory!

19 He shall be buried with the burial of an ass, drawn and cast forth beyond the gates of Jerusalem.

20 Go up to Lebanon, and cry; and lift up thy voice in Bashan, and cry from the passages : for all thy lovers are destroyed.

21 I spake unto thee in thy prosperity; but thou saidst, I will not hear. This hath been thy manner from thy youth, that thou obeyedst not my voice.

22 The wind shall eat up all thy pastors, and thy lovers shall go into captivity: surely then shalt thou be ashamed and confounded for all thy wickedness.

23 O inhabitant of Lebanon, that makest thy nest in the cedars, how gracious shalt thou be when pangs come upon thee, the pain as of a woman in travail !

24 As I live, saith the LORD, though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah were the signet upon my right hand, yet would I pluck thee thence;

25 And I will give thee into the hand of them that seek thy life, and into the hand of them whose face thou fearest, even into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of the Chaldeans.

26 And I will cast thee out, and thy mother that bare thee, into another country, where ye were not born; and there shall ye die.

27 But to the land whereunto they desire to return, thither shall they not return.

WOE be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD.

2 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them : behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD.

3 And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds ; and they shall be fruitful and increase.

4 And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them : and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD.

5 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he

shall be called, THE LORD OUR | them unto me as Sodom, and the RIGHTEOUSNESS.

inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah. 7 Therefore, behold, the days 15 Therefore thus saith the LORD come, saith the LORD, that they of hosts concerning the prophets; shall no more say, The LORD liv Behold, I will feed them with wormeth, which brought up the children wood, and make them drink the waof Israel out of the land of Egypt; ter of gall: for from the prophets of

8 But, The LORD liveth, which Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth brought up and which led the seed into all the land. of the house of Israel out of the 16 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, north country, and from all coun Hearken not unto the words of the tries whither I had driven them; prophets that prophesy unto you: and they shall dwell in their own they make you vain : they speak a land.

vision of their own heart, and not 9 Mine heart within me is broken out of the mouth of the LORD. because of the prophets; all my 17 They say still unto them that bones shake; I am like a drunken despise me, The Lord hath said, man, and like a man whom wine Ye shall have peace; and they say hath overcome, because of the unto every one that walketh after LORD, and because of the words the imagination of his own heart, of his holiness.

No evil shall come upon you. 10 For the land is full of adulter 18 For who hath stood in the ers; for because of swearing the counsel of the LORD, and hath perland mourneth ; the pleasant places ceived and heard his word? who of the wilderness are dried up, and hath marked his word, and heard their course is evil, and their force

it? is not right.

19 Behold, a whirlwind of the 11 For both prophet and priest LORD is gone forth in fury, even are profane; yea, in my house have a grievous whirlwind : it shall fall I found their wickedness, saith the grievously upon the head of the LORD.

wicked. 12 Wherefore their way shall be 20 The anger of the LORD shall unto them as slippery ways in the not return, until he have executed, darkness : they shall be driven on, and till he have performed the and fall therein: for I will bring evil thoughts of his heart: in the latter upon them, even the year of their days ye shall consider it perfectly. visitation, saith the LORD.

21 I have not sent these prophets, 13 And I have seen folly in the yet they ran: I have not spoken to prophets of Samaria; they prophe them, yet they prophesied. sied in Baal, and caused my people 22 But if they had stood in my Israel to err.

counsel, and had caused my people 14 I have seen also in the pro to hear my words, then they should phets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: have turned them from their evil they commit adultery, and walk in way, and from the evil of their lies: they strengthen also the hands doings. of evildoers, that none doth return 23 Am I a God at hand, saith the from his wickedness: they are all of LORD, and not a God afar off?

shall not seen. In secret

the LORD

24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth ? saith the LORD.

25 I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.

26 How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart;

27 Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal.

28 The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream ; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat ? saith the LORD.

29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces ?

30 Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that steal my words every one from his neighbour.

31 Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that use their tongues, and say, He saith.

32 Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness ; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them : therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD.

33 And when this people, or the prophet, or a priest, shall ask thee, saying, What is the burden of the LORD? thou shalt then say unto them, What burden? I will even forsake you, saith the Lord.

34 And as for the prophet, and

the priest, and the people, that shall say, The burden of the LORD, I will even punish that man and his house.

35 Thus shall ye say every one to his neighbour, and every one to his brother, What hath the LORD answered ? and, What hath the LORD spoken?

36 And the burden of the LORD sball ye mention no more: for every man's word shall be bis burden; for ye have perverted the words of the living God, of the Lord of hosts our God.

37 Thus shalt thou say to the prophet, What hath the Lord answered thee? and, What hath the LORD spoken?

38 But since ye say, The burden of the LORD; therefore thus saith the LORD; Because ye say this word, The burden of the LORD, and I have sent unto you, saying, Ye shall not say, The burden of the LORD;

39 Therefore, behold, I, even I, will utterly forget you, and I will forsake you, and the city that I gave you and your fathers, and cast you out of my presence:

40 And I will bring an everlasting reproach upon you, and a perpetual shame, which shall not be forgotten.

CHAP. XXIV.

THE LORD shewed me, and, behold, two baskets of figs were set before the temple of the LORD, after that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon had carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, and the princes of Judah, with the carpenters and smiths, from Jerusalem, and had brought them to Babylon.

2 One basket had very good figs,

even like the figs that are first ripe:

CHAP. XXV. and the other basket had very naughty figs, which could not be eaten, THE word that came to Jeremiah they were so bad.

concerning all the people of Judah 3 Then said the LORD unto me, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the What seest thou, Jeremiah? And I son of Josiah king of Judah, that said, Figs; the good figs, very good; was the first year of Nebuchadrezzar and the evil, very evil, that cannot king of Babylon; be eaten, they are so evil.

2 The which Jeremiah the pro4 Again the word of the LORD phet spake unto all the people of came unto me, saying,

Judah, and to all the inhabitants of 5 Thus saith the LORD, the God Jerusalem, saying, of Israel ; Like these good figs, so 3 From the thirteenth year of Jowill I acknowledge them that are siah the son of Amon king of Judah, carried away captive of Judah, whom even unto this day, that is the three I have sent out of this place into the and twentieth year, the word of the land of the Chaldeans for their good. LORD hath come unto me, and I

6 For I will set mine eyes upon have spoken unto you, rising early them for good, and I will bring and speaking; but ye have not them again to this land: and I will hearkened. build thein, and not pull them down; 4 And the Lord bath sent unto and I will plant them, and not pluck you all his servants the prophets, them up.

rising early and sending them ; but 7 And I will give them an heart ye have not hearkened, nor inclined to know me, that I am the LORD: your ear to hear. and they shall be my people, and I 5 They said, Turn ye again now will be their God : for they shall re every one from his evil way, and turn unto me with their whole heart. from the evil of your doings, and

8 And as the evil figs, wbich can dwell in the land that the LORD not be eaten, they are so evil; surely hath given unto you and to your fathus saith the LORD, So will I give thers for ever and ever: Zedekiah the king of Judah, and his 6 And go pot after other gods to princes, and the residue of Jerusa serve them, and to worship them, lem, that remain in this land, and and provoke me not to anger with them that dwell in the land of E the works of your hands; and I will gypt:

do you no hurt. 9 And I will deliver them to be 7 Yet ye have not hearkened removed into all the kingdoms of unto me, saith the LORD; that ye the earth for their hurt, to be a re might provoke me to anger with the proach and a proverb, a taunt and works of your hands to your own a curse, in all places whither 1 shall hurt. drive them.

8 Therefore thus saith the LORD 10 And I will send the sword, the of hosts; Because ye have not beard famine, and the pestilence, among my words, them, till they be consumed from off 9 Behold, I will send and take all the land that I gave unto them and the families of the north, saith the to their fathers.

LORD, and Nebuchadrezzar the king

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