1 The word that
came to Jeremiah from the LORD in the tenth year of Zedekiah
king of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar.
2 For then the king of Babylon's army besieged Jerusalem: and
Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the court of the prison,
which was in the king of Judah's house.
3 For Zedekiah king of Judah had shut him up, saying, Wherefore
dost thou prophesy, and say, Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I
will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and
he shall take it;
4 And Zedekiah king of Judah shall not escape out of the hand
of the Chaldeans, but shall surely be delivered into the hand
of the king of Babylon, and shall speak with him mouth to mouth,
and his eyes shall behold his eyes;
5 And he shall lead Zedekiah to Babylon, and there shall he
be until I visit him, saith the LORD: though ye fight with the
Chaldeans, ye shall not prosper?
6 And Jeremiah said, The word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
7 Behold, Hanameel the son of Shallum thine uncle shall come
unto thee, saying, Buy thee my field that is in Anathoth: for
the right of redemption is thine to buy it.
8 So Hanameel mine uncle's son came to me in the court of the
prison according to the word of the LORD, and said unto me,
Buy my field, I pray thee, that is in Anathoth, which is in
the country of Benjamin: for the right of inheritance is thine,
and the redemption is thine; buy it for thyself. Then I knew
that this was the word of the LORD.
9 And I bought the field of Hanameel my uncle's son, that was
in Anathoth, and weighed him the money, even seventeen shekels
10 And I subscribed the evidence, and sealed it, and took witnesses,
and weighed him the money in the balances.
11 So I took the evidence of the purchase, both that which was
sealed according to the law and custom, and that which was open:
12 And I gave the evidence of the purchase unto Baruch the son
of Neriah, the son of Maaseiah, in the sight of Hanameel mine
uncle's son, and in the presence of the witnesses that subscribed
the book of the purchase, before all the Jews that sat in the
court of the prison.
13 And I charged Baruch before them, saying,
14 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Take these
evidences, this evidence of the purchase, both which is sealed,
and this evidence which is open; and put them in an earthen
vessel, that they may continue many days.
15 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Houses
and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land.
16 Now when I had delivered the evidence of the purchase unto
Baruch the son of Neriah, I prayed unto the LORD, saying,
17 Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth
by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing
too hard for thee:
18 Thou shewest lovingkindness unto thousands, and recompensest
the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children
after them: the Great, the Mighty God, the LORD of hosts, is
19 Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine eyes are
open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give every one
according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings:
20 Which hast set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, even
unto this day, and in Israel, and among other men; and hast
made thee a name, as at this day;
21 And hast brought forth thy people Israel out of the land
of Egypt with signs, and with wonders, and with a strong hand,
and with a stretched out arm, and with great terror;
22 And hast given them this land, which thou didst swear to
their fathers to give them, a land flowing with milk and honey;
23 And they came in, and possessed it; but they obeyed not thy
voice, neither walked in thy law; they have done nothing of
all that thou commandedst them to do: therefore thou hast caused
all this evil to come upon them:
24 Behold the mounts, they are come unto the city to take it;
and the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans, that fight
against it, because of the sword, and of the famine, and of
the pestilence: and what thou hast spoken is come to pass; and,
behold, thou seest it.
25 And thou hast said unto me, O Lord GOD, Buy thee the field
for money, and take witnesses; for the city is given into the
hand of the Chaldeans.
26 Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying,
27 Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any
thing too hard for me?
28 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will give this city
into the hand of the Chaldeans, and into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar
king of Babylon, and he shall take it:
29 And the Chaldeans, that fight against this city, shall come
and set fire on this city, and burn it with the houses, upon
whose roofs they have offered incense unto Baal, and poured
out drink offerings unto other gods, to provoke me to anger.
30 For the children of Israel and the children of Judah have
only done evil before me from their youth: for the children
of Israel have only provoked me to anger with the work of their
hands, saith the LORD.
31 For this city hath been to me as a provocation of mine anger
and of my fury from the day that they built it even unto this
day; that I should remove it from before my face,
32 Because of all the evil of the children of Israel and of
the children of Judah, which they have done to provoke me to
anger, they, their kings, their princes, their priests, and
their prophets, and the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of
33 And they have turned unto me the back, and not the face:
though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, yet
they have not hearkened to receive instruction.
34 But they set their abominations in the house, which is called
by my name, to defile it.
35 And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the
valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters
to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them
not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this
abomination, to cause Judah to sin.
36 And now therefore thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel,
concerning this city, whereof ye say, It shall be delivered
into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, and by the
famine, and by the pestilence;
37 Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither
I have driven them in mine anger, and in my fury, and in great
wrath; and I will bring them again unto this place, and I will
cause them to dwell safely:
38 And they shall be my people, and I will be their God:
39 And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may
fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children
40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I
will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put
my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.
41 Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will
plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with
my whole soul.
42 For thus saith the LORD; Like as I have brought all this
great evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all the
good that I have promised them.
43 And fields shall be bought in this land, whereof ye say,
It is desolate without man or beast; it is given into the hand
of the Chaldeans.
44 Men shall buy fields for money, and subscribe evidences,
and seal them, and take witnesses in the land of Benjamin, and
in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, and
in the cities of the mountains, and in the cities of the valley,
and in the cities of the south: for I will cause their captivity
to return, saith the LORD.
1 Moreover the
word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah the second time, while he
was yet shut up in the court of the prison, saying,
2 Thus saith the LORD the maker thereof, the LORD that formed
it, to establish it; the LORD is his name;
3 Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great
and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
4 For thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the
houses of this city, and concerning the houses of the kings
of Judah, which are thrown down by the mounts, and by the sword;
5 They come to fight with the Chaldeans, but it is fill them
with the dead bodies of men, whom I have slain in mine anger
and in my fury, and for all whose wickedness I have hid my face
from this city.
6 Behold, I will bring it health and cure, and I will cure them,
and will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth.
7 And I will cause the captivity of Judah and the captivity
of Israel to return, and will build them, as at the first.
8 And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they
have sinned against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities,
whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed
9 And it shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and an honour
before all the nations of the earth, which shall hear all the
good that I do unto them: and they shall fear and tremble for
all the goodness and for all the prosperity that I procure unto
10 Thus saith the LORD; Again there shall be heard in this place,
which ye say shall be desolate without man and without beast,
even in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem,
that are desolate, without man, and without inhabitant, and
11 The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of
the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them
that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good;
for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring
the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will
cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first,
saith the LORD.
12 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Again in this place, which
is desolate without man and without beast, and in all the cities
thereof, shall be an habitation of shepherds causing their flocks
to lie down.
13 In the cities of the mountains, in the cities of the vale,
and in the cities of the south, and in the land of Benjamin,
and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah,
shall the flocks pass again under the hands of him that telleth
them, saith the LORD.
14 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will perform
that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel
and to the house of Judah.
15 In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch
of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute
judgment and righteousness in the land.
16 In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell
safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called,
The LORD our righteousness.
17 For thus saith the LORD; David shall never want a man to
sit upon the throne of the house of Israel;
18 Neither shall the priests the Levites want a man before me
to offer burnt offerings, and to kindle meat offerings, and
to do sacrifice continually.
19 And the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah, saying,
20 Thus saith the LORD; If ye can break my covenant of the day,
and my covenant of the night, and that there should not be day
and night in their season;
21 Then may also my covenant be broken with David my servant,
that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne; and
with the Levites the priests, my ministers.
22 As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand
of the sea measured: so will I multiply the seed of David my
servant, and the Levites that minister unto me.
23 Moreover the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying,
24 Considerest thou not what this people have spoken, saying,
The two families which the LORD hath chosen, he hath even cast
them off? thus they have despised my people, that they should
be no more a nation before them.
25 Thus saith the LORD; If my covenant be not with day and night,
and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth;
26 Then will I cast away the seed of Jacob, and David my servant,
so that I will not take any of his seed to be rulers over the
seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: for I will cause their captivity
to return, and have mercy on them.
1 The word which
came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, when Nebuchadnezzar king of
Babylon, and all his army, and all the kingdoms of the earth
of his dominion, and all the people, fought against Jerusalem,
and against all the cities thereof, saying,
2 Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; Go and speak to Zedekiah
king of Judah, and tell him, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I
will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and
he shall burn it with fire:
3 And thou shalt not escape out of his hand, but shalt surely
be taken, and delivered into his hand; and thine eyes shall
behold the eyes of the king of Babylon, and he shall speak with
thee mouth to mouth, and thou shalt go to Babylon.
4 Yet hear the word of the LORD, O Zedekiah king of Judah; Thus
saith the LORD of thee, Thou shalt not die by the sword:
5 But thou shalt die in peace: and with the burnings of thy
fathers, the former kings which were before thee, so shall they
burn odours for thee; and they will lament thee, saying, Ah
lord! for I have pronounced the word, saith the LORD.
6 Then Jeremiah the prophet spake all these words unto Zedekiah
king of Judah in Jerusalem,
7 When the king of Babylon's army fought against Jerusalem,
and against all the cities of Judah that were left, against
Lachish, and against Azekah: for these defenced cities remained
of the cities of Judah.
8 This is the word that came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, after
that the king Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people
which were at Jerusalem, to proclaim liberty unto them;
9 That every man should let his manservant, and every man his
maidservant, being an Hebrew or an Hebrewess, go free; that
none should serve himself of them, to wit, of a Jew his brother.
10 Now when all the princes, and all the people, which had entered
into the covenant, heard that every one should let his manservant,
and every one his maidservant, go free, that none should serve
themselves of them any more, then they obeyed, and let them
11 But afterward they turned, and caused the servants and the
handmaids, whom they had let go free, to return, and brought
them into subjection for servants and for handmaids.
12 Therefore the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah from the
13 Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; I made a covenant
with your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of
the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondmen, saying,
14 At the end of seven years let ye go every man his brother
an Hebrew, which hath been sold unto thee; and when he hath
served thee six years, thou shalt let him go free from thee:
but your fathers hearkened not unto me, neither inclined their
15 And ye were now turned, and had done right in my sight, in
proclaiming liberty every man to his neighbour; and ye had made
a covenant before me in the house which is called by my name:
16 But ye turned and polluted my name, and caused every man
his servant, and every man his handmaid, whom ye had set at
liberty at their pleasure, to return, and brought them into
subjection, to be unto you for servants and for handmaids.
17 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Ye have not hearkened unto
me, in proclaiming liberty, every one to his brother, and every
man to his neighbour: behold, I proclaim a liberty for you,
saith the LORD, to the sword, to the pestilence, and to the
famine; and I will make you to be removed into all the kingdoms
of the earth.
18 And I will give the men that have transgressed my covenant,
which have not performed the words of the covenant which they
had made before me, when they cut the calf in twain, and passed
between the parts thereof,
19 The princes of Judah, and the princes of Jerusalem, the eunuchs,
and the priests, and all the people of the land, which passed
between the parts of the calf;
20 I will even give them into the hand of their enemies, and
into the hand of them that seek their life: and their dead bodies
shall be for meat unto the fowls of the heaven, and to the beasts
of the earth.
21 And Zedekiah king of Judah and his princes will I give into
the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of them that seek
their life, and into the hand of the king of Babylon's army,
which are gone up from you.
22 Behold, I will command, saith the LORD, and cause them to
return to this city; and they shall fight against it, and take
it, and burn it with fire: and I will make the cities of Judah
a desolation without an inhabitant.