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families which the Lord hath chos- the former kings which were before en, he hath even cast them off? thee, so shall they burn odours for thus they have despised my people, thee; and they will lament thee, that they should be no more a na saying, Ah lord! for I have protion before them.
nounced the word, saith the LORD. 25 Thus saith the LORD; If my 6 Then Jeremiah the prophet covenant be not with day and night, spake all these words unto Zedekiah and if I have not appointed the or king of Judah in Jerusalem, dinances of heaven and earth;
7 When the king of Babylon's 26 Then will I cast away the seed army fought against Jerusalem, and of Jacob, and David my servant, so against all the cities of Judah that that I will not take any of his seed were left, against Lachish, and ato be rulers over the seed of Abra gainst Azekah: for these defenced ham, Isaac, and Jacob: for I will cities remained of the cities of Jucause their captivity to return, and dah. have mercy on them.
8 This is the word that came unto
Jeremiah from the LORD, after that CHAP. XXXIV.
the king Zedekiah had made a co
venant with all the people which THE word which came unto Jere were at Jerusalem, to proclaim limiah from the LORD, when Nebu berty unto them; chadnezzar king of Babylon, and all 9 That every man should let his his army, and all the kingdoms of manservant, and every man his the earth of his dominion, and all maidservant, being an Hebrew or an the people, fought against Jerusa Hebrewess, go free; that none lem, and against all the cities there should serve himself of them, to wit, of, saying,
of a Jew his brother. 2 Thus saith the LORD, the God 10 Now when all the princes, and of Israel; Go and speak to Zedekiah all the people, which had entered king of Judah, and tell him, Thus into the covenant, heard that every saith the LORD ; Behold, I will give one should let bis manservant, and this city into the hand of the king every one his maidservant, go free, of Babylon, and he shall burn it that none should serve themselves with fire:
of them any more, then they obey3 And thou shalt not escape out ed, and let them go. of his hand, but shalt surely be tak 11 But afterward they turned, and en, and delivered into his hand; and caused the servants and the handthine eyes shall behold the eyes of maids, whom they had let go free, to the king of Babylon, and he shall return, and brought them into subspeak with thee mouth to mouth, jection for servants and for handand thou shalt go to Babylon. maids.
4 Yet hear the word of the LORD, 12 Therefore the word of the O Zedekiah king of Judah; Thus LORD came to Jeremiah from the saith the LORD of thee, Thou shalt LORD, saying, not die by the sword :
13 Thus saith the LORD, the God 5 But thou shalt die in peace: of Israel; I made a covenant with and with the burnings of thy fathers, your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the land 20 I will even give them into the of Egypt, out of the house of bond hand of their enemies, and into the men, saying,
hand of them that seek their life : 14 At the end of seven years let and their dead bodies shall be for ye go every man his brother an meat unto the fowls of the heaven, Hebrew, which hath been sold unto and to the beasts of the earth. thee; and when he hath served thee 21 And Zedekiah king of Judah six years, thou shalt let him go free and his princes will I give into the from thee : but your fathers beark hand of their enemies, and into the ened not unto me, neither inclined hand of them that seek their life, and their ear.
into the hand of the king of Baby15 And ye were now turned, and lon's army, which are gone up from had done right in my sight, in pro
you. claiming liberty every man to his 22 Behold, I will command, saith neighbour ; and ye had made a co the LORD, and cause them to return venant before me in the house which to this city; and they shall fight ais called by my name:
gainst it, and take it, and burn it 16 But ye turned and polluted my with fire: and I will make the cities name, and caused every man his ser of Judah a desolation without an invant, and every man his handmaid, habitant. whom he had set at liberty at their pleasure, to return, and brought
CHAP. XXXV. them into subjection, to be unto you for servants and for hand
THE word which came unto Jeremaids.
miah from the LORD in the days of 17 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Ye have not hearkened unto me, in Judah, saying, proclaiming liberty, every one to his 2 Go unto the house of the Rebrother, and every man to his neigh chabites, and speak unto them, and bour: behold, I proclaim a liberty bring them into the house of the for you, saith the LORD, to the LORD, into one of the chambers, sword, to the pestilence, and to the and give them wine to drink. famine; and I will make you to be 3 Then I took Jaazaniah the son removed into all the kingdoms of of Jeremiah, the son of Habaziniah, the earth.
and his brethren, and all his sons, 18 And I will give the men that and the whole house of the Rehave transgressed my covenant, chabites; which have not performed the words 4 And I brought them into the of the covenant which they had house of the LORD, into the chammade before me, when they cut the ber of the sons of Hanan, the son of calf in twain, and passed between Igdaliah, a man of God, which was the parts thereof,
by the chamber of the princes, which 19 The princes of Judah, and the was above the chamber of Maaseiah princes of Jerusalem, the eunuchs, the son of Shallum, the keeper of and the priests, and all the people of the door: the land, which passed between the 5 And I set before the sons of parts of the calf ;
\ the house of the Rechabites pots
full of wine, and cups, and I said | mandment: notwithstanding I have unto them, Drink ye wine.
spoken unto you, rising early and 6 But they said, We will drink speaking; but ye hearkened not unno wine: for Jonadab the son of to me. Rechab our father commanded us, 15 I have sent also unto you all saying, Ye shall drink no wine, nei my servants the prophets, rising up ther ye, nor your sons for ever : early and sending them, saying, Re
7 Neither shall ye build house, turn ye now every man from his evil nor sow seed, nor plant vineyard, way, and amend your doings, and go nor have any : but all your days ye not after other gods to serve them, shall dwell in tents; that ye may and ye shall dwell in the land which live many days in the land where ye I have given to you and to your fabe strangers..
thers : but ye have not inclined your 8 Thus have we obeyed the voice ear, nor hearkened unto me. of Jonadab the son of Rechab our 16 Because the sons of Jonadab father in all that he bath charged us, the son of Rechab have performed to drink no wine all our days, we, the commandment of their father, our wives, our sons, nor our daugh which he commanded them; but ters;
this people hath not hearkened un9 Nor to build houses for us to to me: dwell in : neither have we vineyard, 17 Therefore thus saith the LORD nor field, nor seed :
God of hosts, the God of Israel ; Be10 But we have dwelt in tents, hold, I will bring upon Judah and and have obeyed, and done accord upon all the inhabitants of Jerusaing to all that Jonadab our father lemn all the evil that I have procommanded us.
nounced against them : because I 11 But it came to pass, when have spoken unto them, but they Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon have not heard; and I have called came up into the land, that we said, unto them, but they have not anCome, and let us go to Jerusalem swered. for fear of the army of the Chal 18 And Jeremiah said unto the deans, and for fear of the army of house of the Rechabites, Thus saith the Syrians : so we dwell at Jerusa the Lord of hosts, the God of Islem.
rael ; Because ye have obeyed the 12 Then came the word of the commandment of Jonadab your faLord unto Jeremiah, saying,
ther, and kept all his precepts, and 13 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, done according unto all that he hath the God of Israel; Go and tell the commanded you : men of Judah and the inhabitants of 19 Therefore thus saith the LORD Jerusalem, Will ye not receive in of hosts, the God of Israel, Jonadab struction to hearken to my words? the son of Rechab shall not want a saith the LORD.
man to stand before me for ever. 14 The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his
CHAP. XXXVI. sons not to drink wine, are performed; for unto this day they drink AND it came to pass in the fourth none, but obey their father's com year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah ing,
king of Judah, that this word came || that they proclaimed a fast before unto Jeremiah from the LORD, say the LORD to all the people in Jeru
salem, and to all the people that 2 Take thee a roll of a book, and came from the cities of Judah unto write therein all the words that I Jerusalem. have spoken unto thee against Is 10 Then read Baruch in the book rael, and against Judah, and against the words of Jeremiah in the house all the nations, from the day I spake of the LORD, in the chamber of unto thee, from the days of Josiah, Gemariah the son of Shaphan the even unto this day.
scribe, in the higher court, at the 3 It may be that the house of Ju entry of the new gate of the Lord's dah will hear all the evil which I house, in the ears of all the people. purpose to do unto them; that they 11 When Michaiah the son of may return every man from his evil Gemariah, the son of Shaphan, had way; that I may forgive their ini heard out of the book all the words quity and their sin.
of the LORD, 4 Then Jeremiah called Baruch 12 Then he went down into the the son of Neriah : and Baruch king's house, into the scribe's chamwrote from the mouth of Jeremiah ber: and, lo, all the princes sat there, all the words of the LORD, which he even Elishama the scribe, and Delaihad spoken unto him, upon a roll of ah the son of Shemaiah, and Elnaa book.
than the son of Achbor, and Gema, 5 And Jeremiah commanded Ba riah the son of Shaphan, and Zederuch, saying, I am shut up; I can kiah the son of Hananiah, and all not go into the house of the LORD: the princes.
6 Therefore go thou, and read in 13 Then Michaiah declared unto the roll, which thou hast written them all the words that he had heard, from my mouth, the words of the when Baruch read the book in the Lord in the ears of the people in ears of the people. the Lord's house upon the fasting 14 Therefore all the princes sent day : and also thou shalt read them Jehudi the son of Nethaniah, the in the ears of all Judah that come son of Shelemiah, the son of Cushi, out of their cities.
unto Baruch, saying, Take in thine 7 It may be they will present their hand the roll wherein thou hast read supplication before the LORD, and in the ears of the people, and come. will return every one from his evil So Baruch the son of Neriah took way: for great is the anger and the the roll in his hand, and came unto fury that the Lord hath pronounc
them. ed against this people.
15 And they said unto him, Sit 8 And Baruch the son of Neriah down now, and read it in our ears. did according to all that Jeremiah So Baruch read it in their ears. the prophet commanded him, read 16 Now it came to pass, when ing in the book the words of the they had heard all the words, they Lord in the LORD's house.
were afraid both one and other, and 9 And it came to pass in the fifth said unto Baruch, We will surely year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah tell the king of all these words. king of Judah, in the ninth month, 17 And they asked Baruch, say
ing, Tell us now, How didst thou 1 write all these words at his mouth?
18 Then Baruch answered them, He pronounced all these words unto me with his mouth, and I wrote them with ink in the book.
19 Then said the princes unto Baruch, Go, hide thee, thou and Jeremiah; and let no man know where ye be.
20 And they went in to the king into the court, but they laid up the roll in the chamber of Elishama the scribe, and told all the words in the ears of the king.
21 So the king sent Jehudi to fetch the roll: and he took it out of Elishama the scribe's chamber. And Jehudi read it in the ears of the king, and in the ears of all the princes which stood beside the king.
22 Now the king sat in the winterhouse in the ninth month : and there was a fire on the hearth burning before him.
23 And it came to pass, that when I Jehudi had read three or four leaves, he cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the roll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth.
24 Yet they were not afraid, nor rent their garments, neither the king, nor any of his servants that heard all these words.
25 Nevertheless Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah had made intercession to the king that he would not burn the roll: but he would not hear them.
26 But the king commanded Jerahmeel the son of Hammelech, and Seraiah the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel, to take Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet : but the LORD hid them.
27 Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, after that the king had burned the roll, and the words which Baruch wrote at the mouth of Jeremiah, saying,
28 Take thee again another roll, and write in it all the former words that were in the first roll, which Jehoiakim the king of Judah hath burned.
29 And thou shalt say to Jehoiakim king of Judah, Thus saith the LORD; Thou hast burned this roll, saying, Why hast thou written therein, saying, The king of Babylon shall certainly come and destroy this land, and shall cause to cease from thence man and beast ?
30 Therefore thus saith the LORD of Jehoiakim king of Judah; He shall have none to sit upon the throne of David : and his dead body shall be cast out in the day to the heat, and in the night to the frost.
31 And I will punish him and his seed and his servants for their iniquity; and I will bring upon them, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and upon the men of Judah, all the evil that I have pronounced against them; but they hearkened not.
32 Then took Jeremiah another roll, and gave it to Baruch the scribe, the son of Neriah; who wrote therein from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the book which Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire: and there were added besides unto them many like words.
CHAP. XXXVII. AND king Zedekiah the son of Josiah reigned instead of Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, whom Nebuchad