Jeremiah 44

The word that came to Jeremiah for all the Jews dwelling in the land of Egypt, and for those settled in Migdol and in Tahpanhes, and in the land of Pathura, saying, Thus says the Lord God of Israel: You have seen all the evils which I have brought upon Jerusalem, and upon the cities of Judah; and behold, they are desolate without inhabitants, because of their wickedness which they have done to provoke Me, by going to burn incense to other gods, whom you knew not. Yet I sent to you My servants the prophets early in the morning; and I sent, saying, Do not do this abominable thing which I hate. But they hearkened not to Me, and inclined not their ear to turn from their wickedness, so as not to burn incense to strange gods. So My anger and My wrath fell upon them, and was kindled in the gates of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem; and they became a desolation and a waste, as it is this day. And now thus says the Lord Almighty: Why do you commit these great evils against your souls, to cut off man and woman from you, infant and suckling from the midst of Judah, to the end that not one of you should be left; by provoking Me with the works of your hands, to burn incense to other gods in the land of Egypt, into which you entered to dwell there, that you might be cut off, and that you might become a curse and a reproach among all the nations of the earth? Have you forgotten the sins of your fathers, and the sins of the kings of Judah, and the sins of your princes, and the sins of your wives, which they did in the land of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem? 10 And have not ceased even to this day, and they have not kept to My ordinances, which I set before their fathers. 11 Therefore thus says the Lord: Behold, I set My face against you, 12 to destroy all the remnant that are in Egypt; and they shall fall by the sword, and by famine, and shall be consumed, small and great; and they shall be for a reproach, and for destruction, and for a curse. 13 And I will visit them that dwell in the land of Egypt, as I have visited Jerusalem, with sword and with famine. 14 And there shall not one be preserved of the remnant of Judah that sojourn in the land of Egypt, to return to the land of Judah, to which they hope in their hearts to return. They shall not return, but only they that escape. 15 Then all the men that knew that their wives burned incense, and all the women, a great multitude, and all the people that dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying, 16 As for the word which you have spoken to us in the name of the Lord, we will not listen to you. 17 For we will surely perform every word that shall proceed out of our mouth, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour drink offerings to her, as we and our fathers have done, and our kings and princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem. And so we were filled with bread, and were well, and saw no evils. 18 But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, we have all been brought low, and have been consumed by sword and by famine. 19 And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured drink offerings to her, did we make cakes to her, and pour drink offerings to her, without our husbands? 20 Then Jeremiah answered all the people, the mighty men, and the women, and all the people that returned him these words for an answer, saying, 21 Did not the Lord remember the incense which you burned in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem-you, and your fathers, and your kings, and your princes, and the people of the land? Did it not enter into His heart? 22 And the Lord could no longer bear you, because of the wickedness of your doings, and because of your abominations which you wrought; and so your land became a desolation and a waste, and a curse, as it is this day. 23 Because of your burning incense, and because of the things in which you sinned against the Lord. And you have not hearkened to the voice of the Lord, and have not walked in His ordinances, and in His law, and in His testimonies; and so these evils have come upon you. 24 And Jeremiah said to the people, and to the women, Hear the word of the Lord. 25 Thus says the Lord God of Israel; You women have spoken with your mouth, and you have fulfilled it with your hands, saying, We will surely perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour drink offerings to her. Full well did you keep to your vows, and you have indeed performed them. 26 Therefore hear the word of the Lord, all you Jews dwelling in the land of Egypt: Behold, I have sworn by My great name, says the Lord, My name shall no longer be in the mouth of every Jew to say, The Lord lives, in all the land of Egypt. 27 For I have watched over them, to hurt them, and not to do them good. And all the Jews dwelling in the land of Egypt shall perish by sword and by famine, until they are utterly consumed. 28 And they that escape the sword shall return to the land of Judah few in number, and the remnant of Judah, who have continued in the land of Egypt to dwell there, shall know whose word shall stand. 29 And this shall be a sign to you, that I will visit you for evil. 30 Thus said the Lord: Behold, I will give Hophra king of Egypt into the hands of his enemy, and into the hands of one that seeks his life, as I gave Zedekiah king of Judah into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, his enemy, and who sought his life.
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