1 The words of
Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth
in the land of Benjamin:
2 To whom the word of the LORD came in the days of Josiah the
son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign.
3 It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king
of Judah, unto the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the
son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the carrying away of Jerusalem
captive in the fifth month.
4 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before
thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained
thee a prophet unto the nations.
6 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am
7 But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou
shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command
thee thou shalt speak.
8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver
thee, saith the LORD.
9 Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And
the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.
10 See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the
kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and
to throw down, to build, and to plant.
11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Jeremiah,
what seest thou? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree.
12 Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will
hasten my word to perform it.
13 And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time, saying,
What seest thou? And I said, I see a seething pot; and the face
thereof is toward the north.
14 Then the LORD said unto me, Out of the north an evil shall
break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land.
15 For, lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of
the north, saith the LORD; and they shall come, and they shall
set every one his throne at the entering of the gates of Jerusalem,
and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all
the cities of Judah.
16 And I will utter my judgments against them touching all their
wickedness, who have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto
other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands.
17 Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto
them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces,
lest I confound thee before them.
18 For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and
an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land, against
the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the
priests thereof, and against the people of the land.
19 And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail
against thee; for I am with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver
1 Moreover the
word of the LORD came to me, saying,
2 Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the
LORD; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of
thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness,
in a land that was not sown.
3 Israel was holiness unto the LORD, and the firstfruits of
his increase: all that devour him shall offend; evil shall come
upon them, saith the LORD.
4 Hear ye the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the
families of the house of Israel:
5 Thus saith the LORD, What iniquity have your fathers found
in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after
vanity, and are become vain?
6 Neither said they, Where is the LORD that brought us up out
of the land of Egypt, that led us through the wilderness, through
a land of deserts and of pits, through a land of drought, and
of the shadow of death, through a land that no man passed through,
and where no man dwelt?
7 And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit
thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled
my land, and made mine heritage an abomination.
8 The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle
the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me,
and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things
that do not profit.
9 Wherefore I will yet plead with you, saith the LORD, and with
your children's children will I plead.
10 For pass over the isles of Chittim, and see; and send unto
Kedar, and consider diligently, and see if there be such a thing.
11 Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods?
but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not
12 Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid,
be ye very desolate, saith the LORD.
13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken
me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns,
broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
14 Is Israel a servant? is he a homeborn slave? why is he spoiled?
15 The young lions roared upon him, and yelled, and they made
his land waste: his cities are burned without inhabitant.
16 Also the children of Noph and Tahapanes have broken the crown
of thy head.
17 Hast thou not procured this unto thyself, in that thou hast
forsaken the LORD thy God, when he led thee by the way?
18 And now what hast thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink
the waters of Sihor? or what hast thou to do in the way of Assyria,
to drink the waters of the river?
19 Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings
shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil
thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God,
and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.
20 For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands;
and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high
hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, playing the
21 Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed:
how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange
vine unto me?
22 For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much
soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord
23 How canst thou say, I am not polluted, I have not gone after
Baalim? see thy way in the valley, know what thou hast done:
thou art a swift dromedary traversing her ways;
24 A wild ass used to the wilderness, that snuffeth up the wind
at her pleasure; in her occasion who can turn her away? all
they that seek her will not weary themselves; in her month they
shall find her.
25 Withhold thy foot from being unshod, and thy throat from
thirst: but thou saidst, There is no hope: no; for I have loved
strangers, and after them will I go.
26 As the thief is ashamed when he is found, so is the house
of Israel ashamed; they, their kings, their princes, and their
priests, and their prophets,
27 Saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou
hast brought me forth: for they have turned their back unto
me, and not their face: but in the time of their trouble they
will say, Arise, and save us.
28 But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? let them
arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble: for
according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah.
29 Wherefore will ye plead with me? ye all have transgressed
against me, saith the LORD.
30 In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction:
your own sword hath devoured your prophets, like a destroying
31 O generation, see ye the word of the LORD. Have I been a
wilderness unto Israel? a land of darkness? wherefore say my
people, We are lords; we will come no more unto thee?
32 Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet
my people have forgotten me days without number.
33 Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love? therefore hast thou
also taught the wicked ones thy ways.
34 Also in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the
poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search, but upon
35 Yet thou sayest, Because I am innocent, surely his anger
shall turn from me. Behold, I will plead with thee, because
thou sayest, I have not sinned.
36 Why gaddest thou about so much to change thy way? thou also
shalt be ashamed of Egypt, as thou wast ashamed of Assyria.
37 Yea, thou shalt go forth from him, and thine hands upon thine
head: for the LORD hath rejected thy confidences, and thou shalt
not prosper in them.
1 They say, If
a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another
man's, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be
greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many
lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD.
2 Lift up thine eyes unto the high places, and see where thou
hast not been lien with. In the ways hast thou sat for them,
as the Arabian in the wilderness; and thou hast polluted the
land with thy whoredoms and with thy wickedness.
3 Therefore the showers have been withholden, and there hath
been no latter rain; and thou hadst a whore's forehead, thou
refusedst to be ashamed.
4 Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father, thou
art the guide of my youth?
5 Will he reserve his anger for ever? will he keep it to the
end? Behold, thou hast spoken and done evil things as thou couldest.
6 The LORD said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king,
Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel hath done? she
is gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree,
and there hath played the harlot.
7 And I said after she had done all these things, Turn thou
unto me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah
8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel
committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill
of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but
went and played the harlot also.
9 And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom,
that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones
and with stocks.
10 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah hath not
turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the
11 And the LORD said unto me, The backsliding Israel hath justified
herself more than treacherous Judah.
12 Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return,
thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; and I will not cause
mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the LORD,
and I will not keep anger for ever.
13 Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed
against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the
strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my
voice, saith the LORD.
14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married
unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family,
and I will bring you to Zion:
15 And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which
shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
16 And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased
in the land, in those days, saith the LORD, they shall say no
more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD: neither shall it
come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall
they visit it; neither shall that be done any more.
17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the
LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the
name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any
more after the imagination of their evil heart.
18 In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house
of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the
north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto
19 But I said, How shall I put thee among the children, and
give thee a pleasant land, a goodly heritage of the hosts of
nations? and I said, Thou shalt call me, My father; and shalt
not turn away from me.
20 Surely as a wife treacherously departeth from her husband,
so have ye dealt treacherously with me, O house of Israel, saith
21 A voice was heard upon the high places, weeping and supplications
of the children of Israel: for they have perverted their way,
and they have forgotten the LORD their God.
22 Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings.
Behold, we come unto thee; for thou art the LORD our God.
23 Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and
from the multitude of mountains: truly in the LORD our God is
the salvation of Israel.
24 For shame hath devoured the labour of our fathers from our
youth; their flocks and their herds, their sons and their daughters.
25 We lie down in our shame, and our confusion covereth us:
for we have sinned against the LORD our God, we and our fathers,
from our youth even unto this day, and have not obeyed the voice
of the LORD our God.