1 The word of the
LORD came also unto me, saying,
2 Thou shalt not take thee a wife, neither shalt thou have sons
or daughters in this place.
3 For thus saith the LORD concerning the sons and concerning
the daughters that are born in this place, and concerning their
mothers that bare them, and concerning their fathers that begat
them in this land;
4 They shall die of grievous deaths; they shall not be lamented;
neither shall they be buried; but they shall be as dung upon
the face of the earth: and they shall be consumed by the sword,
and by famine; and their carcases shall be meat for the fowls
of heaven, and for the beasts of the earth.
5 For thus saith the LORD, Enter not into the house of mourning,
neither go to lament nor bemoan them: for I have taken away
my peace from this people, saith the LORD, even lovingkindness
6 Both the great and the small shall die in this land: they
shall not be buried, neither shall men lament for them, nor
cut themselves, nor make themselves bald for them:
7 Neither shall men tear themselves for them in mourning, to
comfort them for the dead; neither shall men give them the cup
of consolation to drink for their father or for their mother.
8 Thou shalt not also go into the house of feasting, to sit
with them to eat and to drink.
9 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold,
I will cause to cease out of this place in 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 it shall come to pass, when thou shalt shew this people
all these words, and they shall say unto thee, Wherefore hath
the LORD pronounced all this great evil against us? or what
is our iniquity? or what is our sin that we have committed against
the LORD our God?
11 Then shalt thou say unto them, Because your fathers have
forsaken me, saith the LORD, and have walked after other gods,
and have served them, and have worshipped them, and have forsaken
me, and have not kept my law;
12 And ye have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, ye
walk every one after the imagination of his evil heart, that
they may not hearken unto me:
13 Therefore will I cast you out of this land into a land that
ye know not, neither ye nor your fathers; and there shall ye
serve other gods day and night; where I will not shew you favour.
14 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it
shall no more be said, The LORD liveth, that brought up the
children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;
15 But, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel
from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he
had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land
that I gave unto their fathers.
16 Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the LORD, and
they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters,
and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every
hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.
17 For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from
my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes.
18 And first I will recompense their iniquity and their sin
double; because they have defiled my land, they have filled
mine inheritance with the carcases of their detestable and abominable
19 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the
day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the
ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited
lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.
20 Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods?
21 Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know, I
will cause them to know mine hand and my might; and they shall
know that my name is The LORD.
1 The sin of Judah
is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond:
it is graven upon the table of their heart, and upon the horns
of your altars;
2 Whilst their children remember their altars and their groves
by the green trees upon the high hills.
3 O my mountain in the field, I will give thy substance and
all thy treasures to the spoil, and thy high places for sin,
throughout all thy borders.
4 And thou, even thyself, shalt discontinue from thine heritage
that I gave thee; and I will cause thee to serve thine enemies
in the land which thou knowest not: for ye have kindled a fire
in mine anger, which shall burn for ever.
5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man,
and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the
6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not
see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in
the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.
7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope
the LORD is.
8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that
spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when
heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful
in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked:
who can know it?
10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give
every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit
of his doings.
11 As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not;
so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them
in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.
12 A glorious high throne from the beginning is the place of
13 O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be
ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the
earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of
14 Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall
be saved: for thou art my praise.
15 Behold, they say unto me, Where is the word of the LORD?
let it come now.
16 As for me, I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow
thee: neither have I desired the woeful day; thou knowest: that
which came out of my lips was right before thee.
17 Be not a terror unto me: thou art my hope in the day of evil.
18 Let them be confounded that persecute me, but let not me
be confounded: let them be dismayed, but let not me be dismayed:
bring upon them the day of evil, and destroy them with double
19 Thus said the LORD unto me; Go and stand in the gate of the
children of the people, whereby the kings of Judah come in,
and by the which they go out, and in all the gates of Jerusalem;
20 And say unto them, Hear ye the word of the LORD, ye kings
of Judah, and all Judah, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
that enter in by these gates:
21 Thus saith the LORD; Take heed to yourselves, and bear no
burden on the sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem;
22 Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the sabbath
day, neither do ye any work, but hallow ye the sabbath day,
as I commanded your fathers.
23 But they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made
their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive instruction.
24 And it shall come to pass, if ye diligently hearken unto
me, saith the LORD, to bring in no burden through the gates
of this city on the sabbath day, but hallow the sabbath day,
to do no work therein;
25 Then shall there enter into the gates of this city kings
and princes sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots
and on horses, they, and their princes, the men of Judah, and
the inhabitants of Jerusalem: and this city shall remain for
26 And they shall come from the cities of Judah, and from the
places about Jerusalem, and from the land of Benjamin, and from
the plain, and from the mountains, and from the south, bringing
burnt offerings, and sacrifices, and meat offerings, and incense,
and bringing sacrifices of praise, unto the house of the LORD.
27 But if ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the sabbath
day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates
of Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in
the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem,
and it shall not be quenched.
1 The word which
came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
2 Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will
cause thee to hear my words.
3 Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought
a work on the wheels.
4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand
of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed
good to the potter to make it.
5 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith
the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are
ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.
7 At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning
a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it;
8 If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from
their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto
9 And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and
concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it;
10 If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then
I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit
11 Now therefore go to, speak to the men of Judah, and to the
inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Behold,
I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you: return
ye now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your
12 And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our
own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his
13 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Ask ye now among the heathen,
who hath heard such things: the virgin of Israel hath done a
very horrible thing.
14 Will a man leave the snow of Lebanon which cometh from the
rock of the field? or shall the cold flowing waters that come
from another place be forsaken?
15 Because my people hath forgotten me, they have burned incense
to vanity, and they have caused them to stumble in their ways
from the ancient paths, to walk in paths, in a way not cast
16 To make their land desolate, and a perpetual hissing; every
one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and wag his head.
17 I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy;
I will shew them the back, and not the face, in the day of their
18 Then said they, Come, and let us devise devices against Jeremiah;
for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from
the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, and let us smite
him with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his
19 Give heed to me, O LORD, and hearken to the voice of them
that contend with me.
20 Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have digged
a pit for my soul. Remember that I stood before thee to speak
good for them, and to turn away thy wrath from them.
21 Therefore deliver up their children to the famine, and pour
out their blood by the force of the sword; and let their wives
be bereaved of their children, and be widows; and let their
men be put to death; let their young men be slain by the sword
22 Let a cry be heard from their houses, when thou shalt bring
a troop suddenly upon them: for they have digged a pit to take
me, and hid snares for my feet.
23 Yet, LORD, thou knowest all their counsel against me to slay
me: forgive not their iniquity, neither blot out their sin from
thy sight, but let them be overthrown before thee; deal thus
with them in the time of thine anger.