|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|For who shall have pity upon thee, O Jerusalem? or
who shall bemoan thee? or who shall go aside to ask how thou doest?
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Shall iron break the northern iron and the steel?
|Thy substance and thy treasures will I give to the
spoil without price, and that for all thy sins, even in all thy borders.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor
rejoiced; I sat alone because of thy hand: for thou hast filled me with
|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?
|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.
|And I will make thee unto this people a fenced
brazen 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.
|And I will deliver thee out of the hand of the
wicked, and I will redeem thee out of the hand of the terrible.
|The word of the LORD came also unto me, saying,
|Thou shalt not take thee a wife, neither shalt thou
have sons or daughters in this place.
|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
|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.
|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 and mercies.
|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:
|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.
|Thou shalt not also go into the house of feasting,
to sit with them to eat and to drink.
|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.
|And it shall come to pass, when thou shalt show 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?
|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;
|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:
|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 show you favour.
|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;
|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.
|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.
|For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not
hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes.
|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 things.
|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.
|Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no
|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.
|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;
|Whilst their children remember their altars and
their groves by the green trees upon the high hills.
|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.
|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.
|Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth
in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the
|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.
|Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and
whose hope the LORD is.
|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.
|The heart is deceitful above all things, and
desperately wicked: who can know it?
|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
|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.
|A glorious high throne from the beginning is the
place of our sanctuary.
|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 living
|Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and
I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.
|Behold, they say unto me, Where is the word of the
LORD? let it come now.
|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.
|Be not a terror unto me: thou art my hope in the day
|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
|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;
|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:
|Thus saith the LORD; Take heed to yourselves, and
bear no burden on the sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of
|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.
|But they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but
made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive
|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
|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 ever.
|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.
|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
|The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD,
|Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there
I will cause thee to hear my words.
|Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold,
he wrought a work on the wheels.
|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.
|Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
|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.
|At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation,
and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy
|If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn
from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto
|And at what instant I shall speak concerning a
nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it;
|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
|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 doings good.
|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
|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.
|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?
|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 up;
|To make their land desolate, and a perpetual
hissing; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and wag his
|I will scatter them as with an east wind before the
enemy; I will show them the back, and not the face, in the day of their
|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 words.
|Give heed to me, O LORD, and hearken to the voice of
them that contend with me.
|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.
|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 in battle.
|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.
|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.
|Thus saith the LORD, Go and get a potter's earthen
bottle, and take of the ancients of the people, and of the ancients of
|And go forth unto the valley of the son of Hinnom,
which is by the entry of the east gate, and proclaim there the words
that I shall tell thee,
|And say, Hear ye the word of the LORD, O kings of
Judah, and inhabitants of Jerusalem; Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the
God of Israel; Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, the which
whosoever heareth, his ears shall tingle.
|Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged
this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither
they nor their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and have
filled this place with the blood of innocents;
|They have built also the high places of Baal, to
burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I
commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind:
|Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD,
that this place shall no more be called Tophet, nor The valley of the
son of Hinnom, but The valley of slaughter.
|And I will make void the counsel of Judah and
Jerusalem in this place; and I will cause them to fall by the sword
before their enemies, and by the hands of them that seek their lives:
and their carcases will I give to be meat for the fowls of the heaven,
and for the beasts of the earth.
|And I will make this city desolate, and an hissing;
every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished and hiss because of
all the plagues thereof.
|And I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons
and the flesh of their daughters, and they shall eat every one the flesh
of his friend in the siege and straitness, wherewith their enemies, and
they that seek their lives, shall straiten them.
|Then shalt thou break the bottle in the sight of the
men that go with thee.
|And shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of
hosts; Even so will I break this people and this city, as one breaketh a
potter's vessel, that cannot be made whole again: and they shall bury
them in Tophet, till there be no place to bury.
|Thus will I do unto this place, saith the LORD, and
to the inhabitants thereof, and even make this city as Tophet:
|And the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses of the
kings of Judah, shall be defiled as the place of Tophet, because of all
the houses upon whose roofs they have burned incense unto all the host
of heaven, and have poured out drink offerings unto other gods.
|Then came Jeremiah from Tophet, whither the LORD had
sent him to prophesy; and he stood in the court of the LORD'S house; and
said to all the people,
|Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel;
Behold, I will bring upon this city and upon all her towns all the evil
that I have pronounced against it, because they have hardened their
necks, that they might not hear my words.
|Now Pashur the son of Immer the priest, who was also
chief governor in the house of the LORD, heard that Jeremiah prophesied
|Then Pashur smote Jeremiah the prophet, and put him
in the stocks that were in the high gate of Benjamin, which was by the
house of the LORD.
|And it came to pass on the morrow, that Pashur
brought forth Jeremiah out of the stocks. Then said Jeremiah unto him,
The LORD hath not called thy name Pashur, but Magormissabib.
|For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will make thee a
terror to thyself, and to all thy friends: and they shall fall by the
sword of their enemies, and thine eyes shall behold it: and I will give
all Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall carry them
captive into Babylon, and shall slay them with the sword.
|Moreover I will deliver all the strength of this
city, and all the labours thereof, and all the precious things thereof,
and all the treasures of the kings of Judah will I give into the hand of
their enemies, which shall spoil them, and take them, and carry them to
|And thou, Pashur, and all that dwell in thine house
shall go into captivity: and thou shalt come to Babylon, and there thou
shalt die, and shalt be buried there, thou, and all thy friends, to whom
thou hast prophesied lies.
|O LORD, thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived:
thou art stronger than I, and hast prevailed: I am in derision daily,
every one mocketh me.
|For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and
spoil; because the word of the LORD was made a reproach unto me, and a
|Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor
speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning
fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could
|For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every
side. Report, say they, and we will report it. All my familiars watched
for my halting, saying, Peradventure he will be enticed, and we shall
prevail against him, and we shall take our revenge on him.
|But the LORD is with me as a mighty terrible one:
therefore my persecutors shall stumble, and they shall not prevail: they
shall be greatly ashamed; for they shall not prosper: their everlasting
confusion shall never be forgotten.
|But, O LORD of hosts, that triest the righteous, and
seest the reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for
unto thee have I opened my cause.
|Sing unto the LORD, praise ye the LORD: for he hath
delivered the soul of the poor from the hand of evildoers.
|Cursed be the day wherein I was born: let not the
day wherein my mother bare me be blessed.
|Cursed be the man who brought tidings to my father,
saying, A man child is born unto thee; making him very glad.
|And let that man be as the cities which the LORD
overthrew, and repented not: and let him hear the cry in the morning,
and the shouting at noontide;
|Because he slew me not from the womb; or that my
mother might have been my grave, and her womb to be always great with
|Wherefore came I forth out of the womb to see labour
and sorrow, that my days should be consumed with shame?
|The word which came unto Jeremiah from the LORD,
when king Zedekiah sent unto him Pashur the son of Melchiah, and
Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest, saying,
|Inquire, I pray thee, of the LORD for us; for
Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon maketh war against us; if so be that the
LORD will deal with us according to all his wondrous works, that he may
go up from us.
|Then said Jeremiah unto them, Thus shall ye say to
|Thus saith the LORD God of Israel; Behold, I will
turn back the weapons of war that are in your hands, wherewith ye fight
against the king of Babylon, and against the Chaldeans, which besiege
you without the walls, and I will assemble them into the midst of this
|And I myself will fight against you with an
outstretched hand and with a strong arm, even in anger, and in fury, and
in great wrath.
|And I will smite the inhabitants of this city, both
man and beast: they shall die of a great pestilence.
|And afterward, saith the LORD, I will deliver
Zedekiah king of Judah, and his servants, and the people, and such as
are left in this city from the pestilence, from the sword, and from the
famine, into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the
hand of their enemies, and into the hand of those that seek their life:
and he shall smite them with the edge of the sword; he shall not spare
them, neither have pity, nor have mercy.
|And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus saith the
LORD; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death.
|He that abideth in this city shall die by the sword,
and by the famine, and by the pestilence: but he that goeth out, and
falleth to the Chaldeans that besiege you, he shall live, and his life
shall be unto him for a prey.
|For I have set my face against this city for evil,
and not for good, saith the LORD: it shall be given into the hand of the
king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire.
|And touching the house of the king of Judah, say,
Hear ye the word of the LORD;
|O house of David, thus saith the LORD; Execute
judgment in the morning, and deliver him that is spoiled out of the hand
of the oppressor, lest my fury go out like fire, and burn that none can
quench it, because of the evil of your doings.
|Behold, I am against thee, O inhabitant of the
valley, and rock of the plain, saith the LORD; which say, Who shall come
down against us? or who shall enter into our habitations?
|But I will punish you according to the fruit of your
doings, saith the LORD: and I will kindle a fire in the forest thereof,
and it shall devour all things round about it.
|Thus saith the LORD; Go down to the house of the
king of Judah, and speak there this word,
|And say, Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah,
that sittest upon the throne of David, thou, and thy servants, and thy
people that enter in by these gates:
|Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment and
righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor:
and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the
widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place.
|But if ye will not hear these words, I swear by
myself, saith the LORD, that this house shall become a desolation.
|For thus saith the LORD unto the king's house of
Judah; Thou art Gilead unto me, and the head of Lebanon: yet surely I
will make thee a wilderness, and cities which are not inhabited.
|And I will prepare destroyers against thee, every
one with his weapons: and they shall cut down thy choice cedars, and
cast them into the fire.
|And many nations shall pass by this city, and they
shall say every man to his neighbour, Wherefore hath the LORD done thus
unto this great city?
|Then they shall answer, Because they have forsaken
the covenant of the LORD their God, and worshipped other gods, and
|Weep ye not for the dead, neither bemoan him: but
weep sore for him that goeth away: for he shall return no more, nor see
his native country.
|For thus saith the LORD touching Shallum the son of
Josiah king of Judah, which reigned instead of Josiah his father, which
went forth out of this place; He shall not return thither any more:
|But he shall die in the place whither they have led
him captive, and shall see this land no more.
|Woe unto him that buildeth his house by
unrighteousness, and his chambers by wrong; that useth his neighbour's
service without wages, and giveth him not for his work;
|That saith, I will build me a wide house and large
chambers, and cutteth him out windows; and it is ceiled with cedar, and
painted with vermilion.
|Shalt thou reign, because thou closest thyself in
cedar? did not thy father eat and drink, and do judgment and justice,
and then it was well with him?
|He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it
was well with him: was not this to know me? saith the LORD.
|But thine eyes and thine heart are not but for thy
covetousness, and for to shed innocent blood, and for oppression, and
for violence, to do it.
|Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning Jehoiakim
the son of Josiah king of Judah; They shall not lament for him, saying,
Ah my brother! or, Ah sister! they shall not lament for him, saying, Ah
lord! or, Ah his glory!
|He shall be buried with the burial of an ass, drawn
and cast forth beyond the gates of Jerusalem.
|Go up to Lebanon, and cry; and lift up thy voice in
Bashan, and cry from the passages: for all thy lovers are destroyed.
|I spake unto thee in thy prosperity; but thou saidst,
I will not hear. This hath been thy manner from thy youth, that thou
obeyedst not my voice.
|The wind shall eat up all thy pastors, and thy
lovers shall go into captivity: surely then shalt thou be ashamed and
confounded for all thy wickedness.
|O inhabitant of Lebanon, that makest thy nest in the
cedars, how gracious shalt thou be when pangs come upon thee, the pain
as of a woman in travail!
|As I live, saith the LORD, though Coniah the son of
Jehoiakim king of Judah were the signet upon my right hand, yet would I
pluck thee thence;
|And I will give thee into the hand of them that seek
thy life, and into the hand of them whose face thou fearest, even into
the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of the
|And I will cast thee out, and thy mother that bare
thee, into another country, where ye were not born; and there shall ye
|But to the land whereunto they desire to return,
thither shall they not return.
|Is this man Coniah a despised broken idol? is he a
vessel wherein is no pleasure? wherefore are they cast out, he and his
seed, and are cast into a land which they know not?
|O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.
|Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this man childless, a
man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall
prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah.