1 Thus saith the
LORD unto me, Go and get thee a linen girdle, and put it upon
thy loins, and put it not in water.
2 So I got a girdle according to the word of the LORD, and put
it on my loins.
3 And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time, saying,
4 Take the girdle that thou hast got, which is upon thy loins,
and arise, go to Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole of the
5 So I went, and hid it by Euphrates, as the LORD commanded
6 And it came to pass after many days, that the LORD said unto
me, Arise, go to Euphrates, and take the girdle from thence,
which I commanded thee to hide there.
7 Then I went to Euphrates, and digged, and took the girdle
from the place where I had hid it: and, behold, the girdle was
marred, it was profitable for nothing.
8 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
9 Thus saith the LORD, After this manner will I mar the pride
of Judah, and the great pride of Jerusalem.
10 This evil people, which refuse to hear my words, which walk
in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods,
to serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as this girdle,
which is good for nothing.
11 For as the girdle cleaveth to the loins of a man, so have
I caused to cleave unto me the whole house of Israel and the
whole house of Judah, saith the LORD; that they might be unto
me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a
glory: but they would not hear.
12 Therefore thou shalt speak unto them this word; Thus saith
the LORD God of Israel, Every bottle shall be filled with wine:
and they shall say unto thee, Do we not certainly know that
every bottle shall be filled with wine?
13 Then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD, Behold,
I will fill all the inhabitants of this land, even the kings
that sit upon David's throne, and the priests, and the prophets,
and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, with drunkenness.
14 And I will dash them one against another, even the fathers
and the sons together, saith the LORD: I will not pity, nor
spare, nor have mercy, but destroy them.
15 Hear ye, and give ear; be not proud: for the LORD hath spoken.
16 Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness,
and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while
ye look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death, and
make it gross darkness.
17 But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret
places for your pride; and mine eye shall weep sore, and run
down with tears, because the LORD's flock is carried away captive.
18 Say unto the king and to the queen, Humble yourselves, sit
down: for your principalities shall come down, even the crown
of your glory.
19 The cities of the south shall be shut up, and none shall
open them: Judah shall be carried away captive all of it, it
shall be wholly carried away captive.
20 Lift up your eyes, and behold them that come from the north:
where is the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful flock?
21 What wilt thou say when he shall punish thee? for thou hast
taught them to be captains, and as chief over thee: shall not
sorrows take thee, as a woman in travail?
22 And if thou say in thine heart, Wherefore come these things
upon me? For the greatness of thine iniquity are thy skirts
discovered, and thy heels made bare.
23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?
then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.
24 Therefore will I scatter them as the stubble that passeth
away by the wind of the wilderness.
25 This is thy lot, the portion of thy measures from me, saith
the LORD; because thou hast forgotten me, and trusted in falsehood.
26 Therefore will I discover thy skirts upon thy face, that
thy shame may appear.
27 I have seen thine adulteries, and thy neighings, the lewdness
of thy whoredom, and thine abominations on the hills in the
fields. Woe unto thee, O Jerusalem! wilt thou not be made clean?
when shall it once be?
1 The word of the
LORD that came to Jeremiah concerning the dearth.
2 Judah mourneth, and the gates thereof languish; they are black
unto the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up.
3 And their nobles have sent their little ones to the waters:
they came to the pits, and found no water; they returned with
their vessels empty; they were ashamed and confounded, and covered
4 Because the ground is chapt, for there was no rain in the
earth, the plowmen were ashamed, they covered their heads.
5 Yea, the hind also calved in the field, and forsook it, because
there was no grass.
6 And the wild asses did stand in the high places, they snuffed
up the wind like dragons; their eyes did fail, because there
was no grass.
7 O LORD, though our iniquities testify against us, do thou
it for thy name's sake: for our backslidings are many; we have
sinned against thee.
8 O the hope of Israel, the saviour thereof in time of trouble,
why shouldest thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring
man that turneth aside to tarry for a night?
9 Why shouldest thou be as a man astonied, as a mighty man that
cannot save? yet thou, O LORD, art in the midst of us, and we
are called by thy name; leave us not.
10 Thus saith the LORD unto this people, Thus have they loved
to wander, they have not refrained their feet, therefore the
LORD doth not accept them; he will now remember their iniquity,
and visit their sins.
11 Then said the LORD unto me, Pray not for this people for
12 When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they
offer burnt offering and an oblation, I will not accept them:
but I will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and
by the pestilence.
13 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, the prophets say unto
them, Ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye have famine;
but I will give you assured peace in this place.
14 Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in
my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither
spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination,
and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.
15 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that
prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Sword
and famine shall not be in this land; By sword and famine shall
those prophets be consumed.
16 And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in
the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword;
and they shall have none to bury them, them, their wives, nor
their sons, nor their daughters: for I will pour their wickedness
17 Therefore thou shalt say this word unto them; Let mine eyes
run down with tears night and day, and let them not cease: for
the virgin daughter of my people is broken with a great breach,
with a very grievous blow.
18 If I go forth into the field, then behold the slain with
the sword! and if I enter into the city, then behold them that
are sick with famine! yea, both the prophet and the priest go
about into a land that they know not.
19 Hast thou utterly rejected Judah? hath thy soul lothed Zion?
why hast thou smitten us, and there is no healing for us? we
looked for peace, and there is no good; and for the time of
healing, and behold trouble!
20 We acknowledge, O LORD, our wickedness, and the iniquity
of our fathers: for we have sinned against thee.
21 Do not abhor us, for thy name's sake, do not disgrace the
throne of thy glory: remember, break not thy covenant with us.
22 Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can
cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? art not thou he,
O LORD our God? therefore we will wait upon thee: for thou hast
made all these things.
1 Then said the
LORD unto me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my
mind could not be toward this people: cast them out of my sight,
and let them go forth.
2 And it shall come to pass, if they say unto thee, Whither
shall we go forth? then thou shalt tell them, Thus saith the
LORD; Such as are for death, to death; and such as are for the
sword, to the sword; and such as are for the famine, to the
famine; and such as are for the captivity, to the captivity.
3 And I will appoint over them four kinds, saith the LORD: the
sword to slay, and the dogs to tear, and the fowls of the heaven,
and the beasts of the earth, to devour and destroy.
4 And I will cause them to be removed into all kingdoms of the
earth, because of Manasseh the son of Hezekiah king of Judah,
for that which he did in Jerusalem.
5 For who shall have pity upon thee, O Jerusalem? or who shall
bemoan thee? or who shall go aside to ask how thou doest?
6 Thou hast forsaken me, saith the LORD, thou art gone backward:
therefore will I stretch out my hand against thee, and destroy
thee; I am weary with repenting.
7 And I will fan them with a fan in the gates of the land; I
will bereave them of children, I will destroy my people, since
they return not from their ways.
8 Their widows are increased to me above the sand of the seas:
I have brought upon them against the mother of the young men
a spoiler at noonday: I have caused him to fall upon it suddenly,
and terrors upon the city.
9 She that hath borne seven languisheth: she hath given up the
ghost; her sun is gone down while it was yet day: she hath been
ashamed and confounded: and the residue of them will I deliver
to the sword before their enemies, saith the LORD.
10 Woe is me, my mother, that thou hast borne me a man of strife
and a man of contention to the whole earth! I have neither lent
on usury, nor men have lent to me on usury; yet every one of
them doth curse me.
11 The LORD said, Verily it shall be well with thy remnant;
verily I will cause the enemy to entreat thee well in the time
of evil and in the time of affliction.
12 Shall iron break the northern iron and the steel?
13 Thy substance and thy treasures will I give to the spoil
without price, and that for all thy sins, even in all thy borders.
14 And I will make thee to pass with thine enemies into a land
which thou knowest not: for a fire is kindled in mine anger,
which shall burn upon you.
15 O LORD, thou knowest: remember me, and visit me, and revenge
me of my persecutors; take me not away in thy longsuffering:
know that for thy sake I have suffered rebuke.
16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was
unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called
by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.
17 I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I
sat alone because of thy hand: for thou hast filled me with
18 Why is my pain perpetual, and my wound incurable, which refuseth
to be healed? wilt thou be altogether unto me as a liar, and
as waters that fail?
19 Therefore thus saith the LORD, If thou return, then will
I bring thee again, and thou shalt stand before me: and if thou
take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth:
let them return unto thee; but return not thou unto them.
20 And I will make thee unto this people a fenced brasen wall:
and they shall fight against thee, but they shall not prevail
against thee: for I am with thee to save thee and to deliver
thee, saith the LORD.
21 And I will deliver thee out of the hand of the wicked, and
I will redeem thee out of the hand of the terrible.