The Ruined Loincloth1Thus says the Lord to me, “Go and buy a linen loincloth and a put it around your waist, and do not dip it in water.” 2So I bought a loincloth according to the word of the Lord, and put it around my waist. 3And the word of the Lord came to me a second time, 4“Take the loincloth that you have bought, which is around your waist, and arise b go to the Euphrates and hide it there in c a cleft of the rock.” 5So I went and hid it by the Euphrates, as the Lord commanded me. 6And after many days the Lord said to me, “Arise, go to the Euphrates, and take from there d the loincloth that I commanded you to hide there.” 7Then I went to the Euphrates, and dug, and I took e the loincloth from the place where I had hidden it. And behold, the loincloth was f spoiled; it was g good for nothing. 8Then the word of the Lord came to me: 9“Thus says the Lord: h Even so will I spoil the pride of Judah and the great i pride of Jerusalem. 10This evil people, who refuse to hear my words j who stubbornly follow their own heart and have gone after other gods to serve them and worship them, shall be like this loincloth, which is k good for nothing. 11For as the loincloth clings to the waist of a man, so I made the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah cling to me, declares the Lord l that they might be for me a people m a name, a praise, and a glory, but they would not listen.
The Jars Filled with Wine12“You shall speak to them this word: ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, “Every jar shall be filled with wine.”’ And they will say to you, ‘Do we not indeed know that n every jar will be filled with wine?’ 13Then you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord: o Behold, I will fill with drunkenness all the inhabitants of this land: p the kings who sit on David’s throne, q the priests, the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 14And I will r dash them one against another, fathers and sons together, declares the Lord. I will not pity or spare or have compassion, that I should not destroy them.’”
Jeremiah 18:2-122“Arise, and go down to s the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” 3So I went down to t the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. 4And the vessel he was making of clay was u spoiled in the potter’s hand, and v he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do. 5Then the word of the Lord came to me: 6“O house of Israel w can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. x Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. 7If at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will y pluck up and break down and destroy it, 8and if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, z turns from its evil, aa I will relent of the disaster that I intended to do to it. 9And if at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will ab build and plant it, 10and if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will relent of the good that I had intended to do to it. 11Now, therefore, say to the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: ‘Thus says the Lord, Behold, I am shaping disaster against you and devising a plan against you. ac Return, every one from his evil way, and ad amend your ways and your deeds.’ 12“But they say ae ‘That is in vain! We will follow our own plans, and will every one act according to af the stubbornness of his evil heart.’
The Broken Flask1Thus says the Lord, “Go, buy ag a potter’s earthenware ah flask, and take some of ai the elders of the people and some of aj the elders of the priests, 2and go out ak to the Valley of the Son of Hinnom at the entry of the Potsherd Gate, and proclaim there the words that I tell you. 3You shall say, al ‘Hear the word of the Lord, am O kings of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem. Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I am bringing such disaster upon this place that an the ears of everyone who hears of it will tingle. 4 ao Because the people have forsaken me and have profaned this place by making offerings in it to other gods whom neither they nor their fathers nor the kings of Judah have known; ap and because they have filled this place with the blood of innocents, 5 aq and have built the high places of Baal ar to burn their sons in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal as which I did not command or decree, nor did it come into my mind— 6therefore at behold, days are coming, declares the Lord, when this place shall no more be called Topheth, or au the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter. 7And in this place av I will make void the plans of Judah and Jerusalem, aw and will cause their people to fall by the sword before their enemies, and by the hand of those who seek their life. ax I will give their dead bodies for food to the birds of the air and to the beasts of the earth. 8And I will make this city ay a horror, az a thing to be hissed at. Everyone who passes by it will be horrified and will hiss because of all its wounds. 9 ba And I will make them eat the flesh of their sons and their daughters, and everyone shall eat the flesh of his neighbor bb in the siege and in the distress, with which their enemies and those who seek their life afflict them.’ 10“Then bc you shall break bd the flask in the sight of the men who go with you, 11and shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: So will I break this people and this city, be as one breaks a potter’s vessel, bf so that it can never be mended. bg Men shall bury in Topheth because there will be no place else to bury. 12Thus will I do to this place, declares the Lord, and to its inhabitants, making this city bh like Topheth. 13The houses of Jerusalem and the houses of the kings of Judah— bi all the houses on whose bj roofs offerings have been offered bk to all the host of heaven, and bl drink offerings have been poured out to other gods—shall be defiled bm like the place of Topheth.’” 14Then Jeremiah came from bn Topheth, where the Lord had sent him to prophesy, bo and he stood in the court of the Lord’s house and said to all the people: 15“Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, behold, I am bringing upon this city and upon all its towns all the disaster that I have pronounced against it, bp because they have stiffened their neck bq refusing to hear my words.”
The Cup of the Lord’s Wrath15Thus the Lord, the God of Israel, said to me: br “Take from my hand this cup of the wine of wrath, and make all the nations to whom I send you drink it. 16They shall drink and stagger and be crazed because of bs the sword that I am sending among them.” 17So I took the cup from the Lord’s hand, bt and made all the nations to whom the Lord sent me drink it: 18 bu Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, its kings and officials bv to make them a desolation and a waste, a hissing and a curse, as at this day; 19 bw Pharaoh king of Egypt, his servants, his officials, all his people, 20and bx all the mixed tribes among them; all the kings of by the land of Uz and all the kings of bz the land of the Philistines ( ca Ashkelon, cb Gaza, Ekron, and the remnant of cc Ashdod); 21 cd Edom ce Moab, and the sons of cf Ammon; 22all the kings of cg Tyre, all the kings of ch Sidon, and the kings of the coastland across ci the sea; 23 cj Dedan ck Tema cl Buz, and all who cut cm the corners of their hair; 24all the cn kings of Arabia and all the kings of co the mixed tribes who dwell in the desert; 25all the kings of Zimri, all the kings of cp Elam, and all the kings of cq Media; 26all the kings of cr the north, far and near, one after another, and all the kingdoms of the world that are on the face of the earth. And after them the king of cs Babylon ▼
▼Hebrew Sheshach, a code name for Babylonshall drink. 27“Then you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: cu Drink, be drunk and vomit, fall and rise no more, because of cv the sword that I am sending among you.’ 28“And if they refuse to accept the cup from your hand to drink, then you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: cw You must drink! 29For behold, cx I begin to work disaster at the city that is called by my name, and shall you go unpunished? You shall not go unpunished, cy for I am summoning a sword against all the inhabitants of the earth, declares the Lord of hosts.’ 30“You, therefore, shall prophesy against them all these words, and say to them: cz “‘The Lord will roar from on high,
and from his holy habitation utter his voice;
he will roar mightily against his fold,
da and shout, like those who tread grapes,
against all the inhabitants of the earth.
31The clamor will resound to the ends of the earth,
for db the Lord has an indictment against the nations;
dc he is entering into judgment with all flesh,
and the wicked he will put to the sword,
declares the Lord.’
32 “Thus says the Lord of hosts:
Behold, disaster is going forth
from nation to nation,
dd and a great tempest is stirring
de from the farthest parts of the earth!
33 df “And those pierced by the Lord on that day shall extend from one end of the earth to the other. dg They shall not be lamented dh or gathered, or buried; di they shall be dung on the surface of the ground. 34 dj “Wail, dk you shepherds, and cry out,
dl and roll in ashes, you lords of the flock,
for the days of your slaughter and dispersion have come,
and you shall fall like a choice vessel.
35No refuge will remain dm for the shepherds,
nor escape for the lords of the flock.
36A voice—the cry dn of the shepherds,
do and the wail of the lords of the flock!
For the Lord is laying waste their pasture,
37 dp and the peaceful folds are devastated
dq because of the fierce anger of the Lord.
38Like a lion dr he has left his lair,
for their land has become a waste
because of ds the sword of the oppressor,
dt and because of his fierce anger.”
Jeremiah 27:2-222Thus the Lord said to me: du “Make yourself straps and dv yoke-bars, and put them on your neck. 3Send word ▼
▼Hebrew Send themto the king of dx Edom, the king of dy Moab, the king of the sons of dz Ammon, the king of ea Tyre, and the king of Sidon by the hand of the envoys who have come to Jerusalem to Zedekiah king of Judah. 4Give them this charge for their masters: ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: This is what you shall say to your masters: 5“It is I who eb by my great power and my outstretched arm ec have made the earth, with the men and animals that are on the earth ed and I give it to whomever it seems right to me. 6 ee Now I have given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon ef my servant eg and I have given him also the beasts of the field to serve him. 7 eh All the nations shall serve him and ei his son and ej his grandson ek until the time of his own land comes. el Then many nations and great kings shall make him their slave. 8“‘“But if any nation or kingdom will not serve this Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon em and put its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, I will punish that nation en with the sword, with famine, and with pestilence, declares the Lord, until I have consumed it by his hand. 9So eo do not listen to your ep prophets, your diviners, your dreamers, your eq fortune-tellers, or your sorcerers, who are saying to you, ‘You shall not serve the king of Babylon.’ 10 er For it is a lie that they are prophesying to you, with the result that you will be removed far from your land, and I will drive you out, and you will perish. 11 es But any nation that will bring its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon and serve him, I will leave on its own land, to work it and dwell there, declares the Lord.”’” 12To et Zedekiah king of Judah I spoke in like manner: eu “Bring your necks under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and ev serve him and his people and live. 13 ew Why will you and your people die ex by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence ey as the Lord has spoken concerning any nation that will not serve the king of Babylon? 14 ez Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are saying to you, ‘You shall not serve the king of Babylon,’ fa for it is a lie that they are prophesying to you. 15I have not sent them, declares the Lord, but fb they are prophesying falsely in my name, with the result that I will drive you out and you will perish, you and the prophets who are prophesying to you.” 16Then I spoke to the priests and to all this people, saying, “Thus says the Lord: fc Do not listen to the words of your prophets who are prophesying to you, saying, fd ‘Behold, the vessels of the Lord’s house will now shortly be brought back from Babylon,’ fe for it is a lie that they are prophesying to you. 17 ff Do not listen to them; fg serve the king of Babylon and live. Why should this city fh become a desolation? 18If they are prophets, and if the word of the Lord is with them, then fi let them intercede with the Lord of hosts fj that the vessels that are left in the house of the Lord, in the house of the king of Judah, and in Jerusalem may not go to Babylon. 19 fk For thus says the Lord of hosts concerning the pillars, the sea, the stands, and the rest of the vessels that are left in this city, 20which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon did not take away fl when he took into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and all the nobles of Judah and Jerusalem— 21thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel fm concerning the vessels that are left in the house of the Lord, in the house of the king of Judah, and in Jerusalem: 22 fn They shall be carried to Babylon fo and remain there fp until the day when I visit them, declares the Lord. fq Then I will bring them back fr and restore them to this place.”
Hosea’s Wife and Children2When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, fs “Go, take to yourself a wife of whoredom and have ft children of whoredom, for fu the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the Lord.” 3So he went and took Gomer, the daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son. 4And the Lord said to him, “Call his name Jezreel, for in just a little while fv I will punish the house of Jehu for the blood of Jezreel, and fw I will put an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel. 5And on that day fx I will break the bow of Israel fy in the Valley of Jezreel.” 6She conceived again and bore a daughter. And the Lord said to him, fz “Call her name No Mercy, ▼
▼Hebrew Lo-ruhama, which means she has not received mercyfor gb I will no more have mercy on the house of Israel, to forgive them at all. 7But gc I will have mercy on the house of Judah, and I will save them by the Lord their God. I gd will not save them by bow or by sword or by war or by horses or by horsemen.” 8When she had weaned No Mercy, she conceived and bore a son. 9And the Lord said, ge “Call his name Not My People, ▼
▼Hebrew Lo-ammi, which means not my peoplefor gg you are not my people, and I am not your God.” ▼
▼Hebrew I am not yours
Hosea Redeems His Wife1And the Lord said to me, gi “Go again, love a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, even as the Lord loves the children of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love cakes of raisins.” 2So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and a gj homer and a lethech ▼
▼A shekel was about 2/5 ounce or 11 grams; a homer was about 6 bushels or 220 liters; a lethech was about 3 bushels or 110 litersof barley. 3And I said to her, “You must gl dwell as mine for many days. You shall not play the whore, or belong to another man; so will I also be to you.” 4For the children of Israel gm shall dwell many days gn without king or prince, go without sacrifice or gp pillar, without gq ephod or gr household gods. 5Afterward gs the children of Israel shall return and gt seek the Lord their God, and gu David their king gv and they shall come in fear to the Lord and to his goodness in the gw latter days.
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