1 Hear ye the word
which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:
2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and
be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are
dismayed at them.
3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a
tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman,
with the axe.
4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with
nails and with hammers, that it move not.
5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must
needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them;
for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.
6 Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art
great, and thy name is great in might.
7 Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth
it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations,
and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee.
8 But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is
a doctrine of vanities.
9 Silver spread into plates is brought from Tarshish, and gold
from Uphaz, the work of the workman, and of the hands of the
founder: blue and purple is their clothing: they are all the
work of cunning men.
10 But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an
everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and
the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.
11 Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made
the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth,
and from under these heavens.
12 He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established
the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens
by his discretion.
13 When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters
in the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the
ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth
forth the wind out of his treasures.
14 Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded
by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and
there is no breath in them.
15 They are vanity, and the work of errors: in the time of their
visitation they shall perish.
16 The portion of Jacob is not like them: for he is the former
of all things; and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: The
LORD of hosts is his name.
17 Gather up thy wares out of the land, O inhabitant of the
18 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will sling out the inhabitants
of the land at this once, and will distress them, that they
may find it so.
19 Woe is me for my hurt! my wound is grievous: but I said,
Truly this is a grief, and I must bear it.
20 My tabernacle is spoiled, and all my cords are broken: my
children are gone forth of me, and they are not: there is none
to stretch forth my tent any more, and to set up my curtains.
21 For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the
LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks
shall be scattered.
22 Behold, the noise of the bruit is come, and a great commotion
out of the north country, to make the cities of Judah desolate,
and a den of dragons.
23 O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it
is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
24 O LORD, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger,
lest thou bring me to nothing.
25 Pour out thy fury upon the heathen that know thee not, and
upon the families that call not on thy name: for they have eaten
up Jacob, and devoured him, and consumed him, and have made
his habitation desolate.
1 The word that
came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
2 Hear ye the words of this covenant, and speak unto the men
of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem;
3 And say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel;
Cursed be the man that obeyeth not the words of this covenant,
4 Which I commanded your fathers in the day that I brought them
forth out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying,
Obey my voice, and do them, according to all which I command
you: so shall ye be my people, and I will be your God:
5 That I may perform the oath which I have sworn unto your fathers,
to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as it is this
day. Then answered I, and said, So be it, O LORD.
6 Then the LORD said unto me, Proclaim all these words in the
cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, saying, Hear
ye the words of this covenant, and do them.
7 For I earnestly protested unto your fathers in the day that
I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, even unto this day,
rising early and protesting, saying, Obey my voice.
8 Yet they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but walked every
one in the imagination of their evil heart: therefore I will
bring upon them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded
them to do; but they did them not.
9 And the LORD said unto me, A conspiracy is found among the
men of Judah, and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
10 They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers,
which refused to hear my words; and they went after other gods
to serve them: the house of Israel and the house of Judah have
broken my covenant which I made with their fathers.
11 Therefore thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil
upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though
they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them.
12 Then shall the cities of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem
go, and cry unto the gods unto whom they offer incense: but
they shall not save them at all in the time of their trouble.
13 For according to the number of thy cities were thy gods,
O Judah; and according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem
have ye set up altars to that shameful thing, even altars to
burn incense unto Baal.
14 Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up
a cry or prayer for them: for I will not hear them in the time
that they cry unto me for their trouble.
15 What hath my beloved to do in mine house, seeing she hath
wrought lewdness with many, and the holy flesh is passed from
thee? when thou doest evil, then thou rejoicest.
16 The LORD called thy name, A green olive tree, fair, and of
goodly fruit: with the noise of a great tumult he hath kindled
fire upon it, and the branches of it are broken.
17 For the LORD of hosts, that planted thee, hath pronounced
evil against thee, for the evil of the house of Israel and of
the house of Judah, which they have done against themselves
to provoke me to anger in offering incense unto Baal.
18 And the LORD hath given me knowledge of it, and I know it:
then thou shewedst me their doings.
19 But I was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter;
and I knew not that they had devised devices against me, saying,
Let us destroy the tree with the fruit thereof, and let us cut
him off from the land of the living, that his name may be no
20 But, O LORD of hosts, that judgest righteously, that triest
the reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for
unto thee have I revealed my cause.
21 Therefore thus saith the LORD of the men of Anathoth, that
seek thy life, saying, Prophesy not in the name of the LORD,
that thou die not by our hand:
22 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, I will punish
them: the young men shall die by the sword; their sons and their
daughters shall die by famine:
23 And there shall be no remnant of them: for I will bring evil
upon the men of Anathoth, even the year of their visitation.
1 Righteous art
thou, O LORD, when I plead with thee: yet let me talk with thee
of thy judgments: Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper?
wherefore are all they happy that deal very treacherously?
2 Thou hast planted them, yea, they have taken root: they grow,
yea, they bring forth fruit: thou art near in their mouth, and
far from their reins.
3 But thou, O LORD, knowest me: thou hast seen me, and tried
mine heart toward thee: pull them out like sheep for the slaughter,
and prepare them for the day of slaughter.
4 How long shall the land mourn, and the herbs of every field
wither, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein? the beasts
are consumed, and the birds; because they said, He shall not
see our last end.
5 If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee,
then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land
of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how
wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?
6 For even thy brethren, and the house of thy father, even they
have dealt treacherously with thee; yea, they have called a
multitude after thee: believe them not, though they speak fair
words unto thee.
7 I have forsaken mine house, I have left mine heritage; I have
given the dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of her enemies.
8 Mine heritage is unto me as a lion in the forest; it crieth
out against me: therefore have I hated it.
9 Mine heritage is unto me as a speckled bird, the birds round
about are against her; come ye, assemble all the beasts of the
field, come to devour.
10 Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden
my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a
11 They have made it desolate, and being desolate it mourneth
unto me; the whole land is made desolate, because no man layeth
it to heart.
12 The spoilers are come upon all high places through the wilderness:
for the sword of the LORD shall devour from the one end of the
land even to the other end of the land: no flesh shall have
13 They have sown wheat, but shall reap thorns: they have put
themselves to pain, but shall not profit: and they shall be
ashamed of your revenues because of the fierce anger of the
14 Thus saith the LORD against all mine evil neighbours, that
touch the inheritance which I have caused my people Israel to
inherit; Behold, I will pluck them out of their land, and pluck
out the house of Judah from among them.
15 And it shall come to pass, after that I have plucked them
out I will return, and have compassion on them, and will bring
them again, every man to his heritage, and every man to his
16 And it shall come to pass, if they will diligently learn
the ways of my people, to swear by my name, The LORD liveth;
as they taught my people to swear by Baal; then shall they be
built in the midst of my people.
17 But if they will not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy
that nation, saith the LORD.