Famine, Sword, and Death1The word of the Lord came to me: 2“You shall not take a wife, nor shall you have sons or daughters in this place. 3For thus says the Lord concerning the sons and daughters who are born in this place, and concerning the mothers who bore them and the fathers who fathered them in this land: 4 a They shall die of deadly diseases. b They shall not be lamented, nor shall they be buried. c They shall be as dung on the surface of the ground. d They shall perish by the sword and by famine e and their dead bodies shall be food for the birds of the air and for the beasts of the earth. 5“For thus says the Lord: f Do not enter the house of mourning, or go to lament or grieve for them, for I have taken away my peace from this people, my steadfast love and mercy, declares the Lord. 6Both great and small shall die in this land. g They shall not be buried, and no one shall lament for them or h cut himself i or make himself bald for them. 7No one shall j break bread for the mourner, to comfort him for the dead, nor shall anyone give him the cup of consolation to drink for his father or his mother. 8You shall not go into the house of feasting to sit with them, to eat and drink. 9For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: k Behold, I will silence in this place, before your eyes and in your days, the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride. 10“And when you tell this people all these words, and they say to you, l ‘Why has the Lord pronounced all this great evil against us? What is our iniquity? What is the sin that we have committed against the Lord our God?’ 11then you shall say to them: m ‘Because your fathers have forsaken me, declares the Lord, and n have gone after other gods and have served and worshiped them, and have forsaken me and have not kept my law, 12and because o you have done worse than your fathers, for behold, p every one of you follows his stubborn, evil will, refusing to listen to me. 13Therefore q I will hurl you out of this land into r a land that neither you nor your fathers have known, s and there you shall serve other gods day and night, for I will show you no favor.’
The Lord Will Restore Israel14 t “Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when it shall no longer be said u ‘As the Lord lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt,’ 15but v ‘As the Lord lives who brought up the people of Israel w out of the north country and out of all the countries where he had driven them.’ For x I will bring them back to their own land that I gave to their fathers. 16“Behold y I am sending for many fishers, declares the Lord, and they shall catch them. And afterward I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out z of the clefts of the rocks. 17For aa my eyes are on all their ways. ab They are not hidden from me, ac nor is their iniquity concealed from my eyes. 18But first ad I will doubly repay their iniquity and their sin, because they have polluted my land with the carcasses of their detestable idols, and ae have filled my inheritance with their abominations.” 19 af O Lord, my strength and my stronghold,
ag my refuge in the day of trouble,
ah to you shall the nations come
from the ends of the earth and say:
“Our fathers have inherited nothing but lies,
ai worthless things in which there is no profit.
20Can man make for himself aj gods?
Such are not gods!”
21“Therefore, behold, I will make them know, this once I will make them know my power and my might, and they shall know that ak my name is the Lord.”
The Sin of Judah1“The sin of Judah is written with al a pen of iron; with a point of diamond it is engraved on am the tablet of their heart, and on an the horns of their altars, 2while ao their children remember their altars and their ap Asherim, aq beside every green tree and on the high hills, 3 ar on the mountains in the open country. as Your wealth and all your treasures I will give for spoil as the price of your high places for sin throughout all your territory. 4You shall loosen your hand from your heritage that I gave to you, at and I will make you serve your enemies in a land that you do not know, au for in my anger a fire is kindled that shall burn forever.” 5 Thus says the Lord:
“Cursed is the man av who trusts in man
and makes flesh his strength, ▼
whose heart turns away from the Lord.
6 ax He is like a shrub in the desert,
ay and shall not see any good come.
He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness,
in az an uninhabited salt land.
7 ba “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
bb whose trust is the Lord.
8 bc He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
9 The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately sick;
who can understand it?
10 bd “I the Lord search the heart
be and test the mind ▼
bg to give every man according to his ways,
according to the fruit of his deeds.”
11 Like the bh partridge that gathers a brood that she did not hatch,
so is bi he who gets riches but not by justice;
bj in the midst of his days they will leave him,
bk and at his end he will be a fool.
12 A glorious throne set on high from the beginning
is the place of our sanctuary.
13O Lord bl the hope of Israel,
bm all who forsake you shall be put to shame;
those who turn away from you ▼
▼Hebrew mebo shall be written in the earth,
for bp they have forsaken bq the Lord, the fountain of living water.
Jeremiah Prays for Deliverance14 br Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed;
save me, and I shall be saved,
for bs you are my praise.
15 bt Behold, they say to me,
“Where is the word of the Lord?
Let it come!”
16I have not run away from being your shepherd,
nor have I desired the day of sickness.
bu You know bv what came out of my lips;
it was before your face.
17Be not a terror to me;
bw you are my refuge in the day of disaster.
18 bx Let those be put to shame who persecute me,
but let me not be put to shame;
by let them be dismayed,
but let me not be dismayed;
bz bring upon them the day of disaster;
destroy them with double destruction!
Keep the Sabbath Holy19Thus said the Lord to me: “Go and stand in the People’s Gate, by which ca the kings of Judah enter and by which they go out, and in all the gates of Jerusalem, 20and say: ‘Hear the word of the Lord, cb you kings of Judah, and all Judah, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, who enter by these gates. 21Thus says the Lord: Take care for the sake of your lives, and cc do not bear a burden on the Sabbath day or bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem. 22And do not carry a burden out of your houses on the Sabbath cd or do any work, but ce keep the Sabbath day holy, as I commanded your fathers. 23Yet cf they did not listen or incline their ear, cg but stiffened their neck, that they ch might not hear and receive instruction. 24“‘But if you listen to me, declares the Lord, and ci bring in no burden by the gates of this city on the Sabbath day, but cj keep the Sabbath day holy and do no work on it, 25then ck there shall enter by the gates of this city kings and princes who sit on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they and their officials, the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And this city shall be inhabited forever. 26And people shall come from cl the cities of Judah cm and the places around Jerusalem, cn from the land of Benjamin, co from the Shephelah, from the hill country, cp and from cq the Negeb, bringing cr burnt offerings and sacrifices, grain offerings and frankincense, and cs bringing thank offerings to the house of the Lord. 27But if you do not listen to me, to ct keep the Sabbath day holy, cu and not to bear a burden and enter by the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, then I will cv kindle a fire in its gates, and it shall cw devour the palaces of Jerusalem and cx shall not be quenched.’”
The Potter and the Clay1The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2“Arise, and go down to cy the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” 3So I went down to cz the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. 4And the vessel he was making of clay was da spoiled in the potter’s hand, and db 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 dc can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. dd 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 de pluck up and break down and destroy it, 8and if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, df turns from its evil, dg 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 dh 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. di Return, every one from his evil way, and dj amend your ways and your deeds.’ 12“But they say dk ‘That is in vain! We will follow our own plans, and will every one act according to dl the stubbornness of his evil heart.’ 13 “Therefore thus says the Lord:
dm Ask among the nations,
Who has heard the like of this?
The virgin Israel
has done dn a very horrible thing.
14Does the snow of Lebanon leave
the crags of Sirion? ▼
▼Hebrew of the field
Do the mountain waters run dry ▼
▼Hebrew Are foreign waters plucked up
the cold flowing streams?
15 dq But my people have forgotten me;
they make offerings to dr false gods;
they made them stumble in their ways,
ds in the ancient roads,
and to walk into side roads,
dt not the highway,
16making their land du a horror,
a thing dv to be hissed at forever.
dw Everyone who passes by it is horrified
dx and shakes his head.
17 dy Like the east wind dz I will scatter them
before the enemy.
ea I will show them my back, not my face,
in the day of their calamity.”
18Then they said, eb “Come, let us make plots against Jeremiah, ec for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. ed Come, let us strike him with the tongue, and let us not pay attention to any of his words.” 19 Hear me, O Lord,
and ee listen to the voice of my adversaries.
20 ef Should good be repaid with evil?
Yet eg they have dug a pit for my life.
eh Remember how I stood before you
to speak good for them,
to turn away your wrath from them.
21Therefore ei deliver up their children to famine;
give them over to the power of the sword;
let their wives become childless ej and widowed.
May their men meet death by pestilence,
their youths be struck down by the sword in battle.
22 ek May a cry be heard from their houses,
when you bring the plunderer suddenly upon them!
For el they have dug a pit to take me
em and laid snares for my feet.
23Yet en you, O Lord, know
all their plotting to kill me.
eo Forgive not their iniquity,
nor blot out their sin from your sight.
Let them be overthrown before you;
deal with them in the time of your anger.
The Broken Flask1Thus says the Lord, “Go, buy ep a potter’s earthenware eq flask, and take some of er the elders of the people and some of es the elders of the priests, 2and go out et 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, eu ‘Hear the word of the Lord, ev 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 ew the ears of everyone who hears of it will tingle. 4 ex 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; ey and because they have filled this place with the blood of innocents, 5 ez and have built the high places of Baal fa to burn their sons in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal fb which I did not command or decree, nor did it come into my mind— 6therefore fc behold, days are coming, declares the Lord, when this place shall no more be called Topheth, or fd the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter. 7And in this place fe I will make void the plans of Judah and Jerusalem, ff and will cause their people to fall by the sword before their enemies, and by the hand of those who seek their life. fg 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 fh a horror, fi a thing to be hissed at. Everyone who passes by it will be horrified and will hiss because of all its wounds. 9 fj And I will make them eat the flesh of their sons and their daughters, and everyone shall eat the flesh of his neighbor fk in the siege and in the distress, with which their enemies and those who seek their life afflict them.’ 10“Then fl you shall break fm 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, fn as one breaks a potter’s vessel, fo so that it can never be mended. fp 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 fq like Topheth. 13The houses of Jerusalem and the houses of the kings of Judah— fr all the houses on whose fs roofs offerings have been offered ft to all the host of heaven, and fu drink offerings have been poured out to other gods—shall be defiled fv like the place of Topheth.’” 14Then Jeremiah came from fw Topheth, where the Lord had sent him to prophesy, fx 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, fy because they have stiffened their neck fz refusing to hear my words.”
Jeremiah Persecuted by Pashhur1Now ga Pashhur the priest, the son of gb Immer, who was gc chief officer in the house of the Lord, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things. 2Then gd Pashhur beat Jeremiah the prophet, and put him ge in the stocks that were in the upper gf Benjamin Gate of the house of the Lord. 3The next day, when gg Pashhur released Jeremiah from the stocks, Jeremiah said to him, “The Lord does not call your name gh Pashhur, but Terror on Every Side. 4For thus says the Lord: Behold, I will make you gi a terror to yourself and to all your friends. They shall fall by the sword of their enemies while you look on. And I will give all Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon. He shall carry them captive to Babylon, and shall strike them down with the sword. 5Moreover, gj I will give all the wealth of the city, all its gains, all its gk prized belongings, and all the treasures of the kings of Judah into the hand of their enemies, who shall plunder them and seize them and carry them to Babylon. 6And you, gl Pashhur, and all who dwell in your house, shall go into captivity. To Babylon you shall go, and there you shall die, and there you shall be buried, you and all your friends, gm to whom you have prophesied falsely.” 7 O Lord, gn you have deceived me,
and I was deceived;
go you are stronger than I,
and you have prevailed.
gp I have become a laughingstock all the day;
everyone mocks me.
8For whenever I speak, I cry out,
I shout gq “Violence and destruction!”
For gr the word of the Lord has become for me
gs a reproach and gt derision all day long.
9If I say, “I will not mention him,
or speak any more in his name,”
gu there is in my heart as it were a burning fire
shut up in my bones,
and gv I am weary with holding it in,
and I cannot.
10 gw For I hear many whispering.
gx Terror is on every side!
“Denounce him! gy Let us denounce him!”
say all my gz close friends,
ha watching for hb my fall.
“Perhaps he will be deceived;
then hc we can overcome him
and take our revenge on him.”
11But hd the Lord is with me as a dread warrior;
therefore my persecutors will stumble;
he they will not overcome me.
hf They will be greatly shamed,
for they will not succeed.
Their hg eternal dishonor
will never be forgotten.
12O Lord of hosts, who tests the righteous,
hh who sees the heart and the mind ▼
let me see your vengeance upon them,
for to you have I committed my cause.
13 hj Sing to the Lord;
praise the Lord!
For he has delivered the life of the needy
from the hand of evildoers.
14 hk Cursed be the day
on which I was born!
The day when my mother bore me,
let it not be blessed!
15Cursed be the man who brought the news to my father,
“A son is born to you,”
hl making him very glad.
16Let that man be like hm the cities
that the Lord overthrew without pity;
hn let him hear a cry in the morning
and an alarm at noon,
17 ho because he did not kill me in the womb;
so my mother would have been my grave,
and her womb forever great.
18 hp Why did I come out from the womb
hq to see toil and sorrow,
and spend my days in shame?
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