|Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the
sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD.
|Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against
the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven
them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the
evil of your doings, saith the LORD.
|And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all
countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their
folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.
|And I will set up shepherds over them which shall
feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall
they be lacking, saith the LORD.
|Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will
raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper,
and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
|In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall
dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD
|Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD,
that they shall no more say, The LORD liveth, which brought up the
children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;
|But, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led
the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all
countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own
|Mine heart within me is broken because of the
prophets; all my bones shake; I am like a drunken man, and like a man
whom wine hath overcome, because of the LORD, and because of the words
of his holiness.
|For the land is full of adulterers; for because of
swearing the land mourneth; the pleasant places of the wilderness are
dried up, and their course is evil, and their force is not right.
|For both prophet and priest are profane; yea, in my
house have I found their wickedness, saith the LORD.
|Wherefore their way shall be unto them as slippery
ways in the darkness: they shall be driven on, and fall therein: for I
will bring evil upon them, even the year of their visitation, saith the
|And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria;
they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err.
|I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an
horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen
also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness:
they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as
|Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts concerning
the prophets; Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them
drink the water of gall: for from the prophets of Jerusalem is
profaneness gone forth into all the land.
|Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the
words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they
speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.
|They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD
hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh
after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.
|For who hath stood in the counsel of the LORD, and
hath perceived and heard his word? who hath marked his word, and heard
|Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in
fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head
of the wicked.
|The anger of the LORD shall not return, until he
have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in
the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly.
|I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have
not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.
|But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused
my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their
evil way, and from the evil of their doings.
|Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God
|Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall
not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the
|I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy
lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.
|How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets
that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own
|Which think to cause my people to forget my name by
their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their
fathers have forgotten my name for Baal.
|The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream;
and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the
chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD.
|Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and
like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?
|Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith
the LORD, that steal my words every one from his neighbour.
|Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD,
that use their tongues, and say, He saith.
|Behold, I am against them that prophesy false
dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by
their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded
them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the
|And when this people, or the prophet, or a priest,
shall ask thee, saying, What is the burden of the LORD? thou shalt then
say unto them, What burden? I will even forsake you, saith the LORD.
|And as for the prophet, and the priest, and the
people, that shall say, The burden of the LORD, I will even punish that
man and his house.
|Thus shall ye say every one to his neighbour, and
every one to his brother, What hath the LORD answered? and, What hath
the LORD spoken?
|And the burden of the LORD shall ye mention no more:
for every man's word shall be his burden; for ye have perverted the
words of the living God, of the LORD of hosts our God.
|Thus shalt thou say to the prophet, What hath the
LORD answered thee? and, What hath the LORD spoken?
|But since ye say, The burden of the LORD; therefore
thus saith the LORD; Because ye say this word, The burden of the LORD,
and I have sent unto you, saying, Ye shall not say, The burden of the
|Therefore, behold, I, even I, will utterly forget
you, and I will forsake you, and the city that I gave you and your
fathers, and cast you out of my presence:
|And I will bring an everlasting reproach upon you,
and a perpetual shame, which shall not be forgotten.
|The LORD showed me, and, behold, two baskets of figs
were set before the temple of the LORD, after that Nebuchadrezzar king
of Babylon had carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king
of Judah, and the princes of Judah, with the carpenters and smiths, from
Jerusalem, and had brought them to Babylon.
|One basket had very good figs, even like the figs
that are first ripe: and the other basket had very naughty figs, which
could not be eaten, they were so bad.
|Then said the LORD unto me, What seest thou,
Jeremiah? And I said, Figs; the good figs, very good; and the evil, very
evil, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.
|Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
|Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; Like these
good figs, so will I acknowledge them that are carried away captive of
Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans
for their good.
|For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I
will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull
them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up.
|And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am
the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they
shall return unto me with their whole heart.
|And as the evil figs, which cannot be eaten, they
are so evil; surely thus saith the LORD, So will I give Zedekiah the
king of Judah, and his princes, and the residue of Jerusalem, that
remain in this land, and them that dwell in the land of Egypt:
|And I will deliver them to be removed into all the
kingdoms of the earth for their hurt, to be a reproach and a proverb, a
taunt and a curse, in all places whither I shall drive them.
|And I will send the sword, the famine, and the
pestilence, among them, till they be consumed from off the land that I
gave unto them and to their fathers.
|The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the
people of Judah in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king
of Judah, that was the first year of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon;
|The which Jeremiah the prophet spake unto all the
people of Judah, and to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying,
|From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon
king of Judah, even unto this day, that is the three and twentieth year,
the word of the LORD hath come unto me, and I have spoken unto you,
rising early and speaking; but ye have not hearkened.
|And the LORD hath sent unto you all his servants the
prophets, rising early and sending them; but ye have not hearkened, nor
inclined your ear to hear.
|They said, Turn ye again now every one from his evil
way, and from the evil of your doings, and dwell in the land that the
LORD hath given unto you and to your fathers for ever and ever:
|And go not after other gods to serve them, and to
worship them, and provoke me not to anger with the works of your hands;
and I will do you no hurt.
|Yet ye have not hearkened unto me, saith the LORD;
that ye might provoke me to anger with the works of your hands to your
|Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Because ye
have not heard my words,
|Behold, I will send and take all the families of the
north, saith the LORD, and Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my
servant, and will bring them against this land, and against the
inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about, and will
utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, and an hissing, and
|Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth,
and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of
the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle.
|And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an
astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy
|And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are
accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation,
saith the LORD, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and
will make it perpetual desolations.
|And I will bring upon that land all my words which I
have pronounced against it, even all that is written in this book, which
Jeremiah hath prophesied against all the nations.
|For many nations and great kings shall serve
themselves of them also: and I will recompense them according to their
deeds, and according to the works of their own hands.
|For thus saith the LORD God of Israel unto me; Take
the wine cup of this fury at my hand, and cause all the nations, to whom
I send thee, to drink it.
|And they shall drink, and be moved, and be mad,
because of the sword that I will send among them.
|Then took I the cup at the LORD'S hand, and made all
the nations to drink, unto whom the LORD had sent me:
|To wit, Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah, and the
kings thereof, and the princes thereof, to make them a desolation, an
astonishment, an hissing, and a curse; as it is this day;
|Pharaoh king of Egypt, and his servants, and his
princes, and all his people;
|And all the mingled people, and all the kings of the
land of Uz, and all the kings of the land of the Philistines, and
Ashkelon, and Azzah, and Ekron, and the remnant of Ashdod,
|Edom, and Moab, and the children of Ammon,
|And all the kings of Tyrus, and all the kings of
Zidon, and the kings of the isles which are beyond the sea,
|Dedan, and Tema, and Buz, and all that are in the
|And all the kings of Arabia, and all the kings of
the mingled people that dwell in the desert,
|And all the kings of Zimri, and all the kings of
Elam, and all the kings of the Medes,
|And all the kings of the north, far and near, one
with another, and all the kingdoms of the world, which are upon the face
of the earth: and the king of Sheshach shall drink after them.
|Therefore thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the
LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Drink ye, and be drunken, and spue,
and fall, and rise no more, because of the sword which I will send among
|And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at
thine hand to drink, then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD
of hosts; Ye shall certainly drink.
|For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is
called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be
unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the
earth, saith the LORD of hosts.
|Therefore prophesy thou against them all these
words, and say unto them, The LORD shall roar from on high, and utter
his voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily roar upon his
habitation; he shall give a shout, as they that tread the grapes,
against all the inhabitants of the earth.
|A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth;
for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all
flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD.
|Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, evil shall go
forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up
from the coasts of the earth.
|And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from
one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall
not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon
|Howl, ye shepherds, and cry; and wallow yourselves
in the ashes, ye principal of the flock: for the days of your slaughter
and of your dispersions are accomplished; and ye shall fall like a
|And the shepherds shall have no way to flee, nor the
principal of the flock to escape.
|A voice of the cry of the shepherds, and an howling
of the principal of the flock, shall be heard: for the LORD hath spoiled
|And the peaceable habitations are cut down because
of the fierce anger of the LORD.
|He hath forsaken his covert, as the lion: for their
land is desolate because of the fierceness of the oppressor, and because
of his fierce anger.
|In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son
of Josiah king of Judah came this word from the LORD, saying,
|Thus saith the LORD; Stand in the court of the
LORD'S house, and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which come to
worship in the LORD'S house, all the words that I command thee to speak
unto them; diminish not a word:
|If so be they will hearken, and turn every man from
his evil way, that I may repent me of the evil, which I purpose to do
unto them because of the evil of their doings.
|And thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD;
If ye will not hearken to me, to walk in my law, which I have set before
|To hearken to the words of my servants the prophets,
whom I sent unto you, both rising up early, and sending them, but ye
have not hearkened;
|Then will I make this house like Shiloh, and will
make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth.
|So the priests and the prophets and all the people
heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the LORD.
|Now it came to pass, when Jeremiah had made an end
of speaking all that the LORD had commanded him to speak unto all the
people, that the priests and the prophets and all the people took him,
saying, Thou shalt surely die.
|Why hast thou prophesied in the name of the LORD,
saying, This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate
without an inhabitant? And all the people were gathered against Jeremiah
in the house of the LORD.
|When the princes of Judah heard these things, then
they came up from the king's house unto the house of the LORD, and sat
down in the entry of the new gate of the LORD'S house.
|Then spake the priests and the prophets unto the
princes and to all the people, saying, This man is worthy to die; for he
hath prophesied against this city, as ye have heard with your ears.
|Then spake Jeremiah unto all the princes and to all
the people, saying, The LORD sent me to prophesy against this house and
against this city all the words that ye have heard.
|Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and
obey the voice of the LORD your God; and the LORD will repent him of the
evil that he hath pronounced against you.
|As for me, behold, I am in your hand: do with me as
seemeth good and meet unto you.
|But know ye for certain, that if ye put me to death,
ye shall surely bring innocent blood upon yourselves, and upon this
city, and upon the inhabitants thereof: for of a truth the LORD hath
sent me unto you to speak all these words in your ears.
|Then said the princes and all the people unto the
priests and to the prophets; This man is not worthy to die: for he hath
spoken to us in the name of the LORD our God.
|Then rose up certain of the elders of the land, and
spake to all the assembly of the people, saying,
|Micah the Morasthite prophesied in the days of
Hezekiah king of Judah, and spake to all the people of Judah, saying,
Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Zion shall be plowed like a field, and
Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high
places of a forest.
|Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him at
all to death? did he not fear the LORD, and besought the LORD, and the
LORD repented him of the evil which he had pronounced against them? Thus
might we procure great evil against our souls.
|And there was also a man that prophesied in the name
of the LORD, Urijah the son of Shemaiah of Kirjathjearim, who prophesied
against this city and against this land according to all the words of
|And when Jehoiakim the king, with all his mighty
men, and all the princes, heard his words, the king sought to put him to
death: but when Urijah heard it, he was afraid, and fled, and went into
|And Jehoiakim the king sent men into Egypt, namely,
Elnathan the son of Achbor, and certain men with him into Egypt.
|And they fetched forth Urijah out of Egypt, and
brought him unto Jehoiakim the king; who slew him with the sword, and
cast his dead body into the graves of the common people.
|Nevertheless the hand of Ahikam the son of Shaphan
was with Jeremiah, that they should not give him into the hand of the
people to put him to death.
|In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son
of Josiah king of Judah came this word unto Jeremiah from the LORD,
|Thus saith the LORD to me; Make thee bonds and
yokes, and put them upon thy neck,
|And send them to the king of Edom, and to the king
of Moab, and to the king of the Ammonites, and to the king of Tyrus, and
to the king of Zidon, by the hand of the messengers which come to
Jerusalem unto Zedekiah king of Judah;
|And command them to say unto their masters, Thus
saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Thus shall ye say unto your
|I have made the earth, the man and the beast that
are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and
have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me.
|And now have I given all these lands into the hand
of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts of the
field have I given him also to serve him.
|And all nations shall serve him, and his son, and
his son's son, until the very time of his land come: and then many
nations and great kings shall serve themselves of him.
|And it shall come to pass, that the nation and
kingdom which will not serve the same Nebuchadnezzar the king of
Babylon, and that will not put their neck under the yoke of the king of
Babylon, that nation will I punish, saith the LORD, with the sword, and
with the famine, and with the pestilence, until I have consumed them by
|Therefore hearken not ye to your prophets, nor to
your diviners, nor to your dreamers, nor to your enchanters, nor to your
sorcerers, which speak unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve the king of
|For they prophesy a lie unto you, to remove you far
from your land; and that I should drive you out, and ye should perish.
|But the nations that bring their neck under the yoke
of the king of Babylon, and serve him, those will I let remain still in
their own land, saith the LORD; and they shall till it, and dwell
|I spake also to Zedekiah king of Judah according to
all these words, saying, Bring your necks under the yoke of the king of
Babylon, and serve him and his people, and live.
|Why will ye die, thou and thy people, by the sword,
by the famine, and by the pestilence, as the LORD hath spoken against
the nation that will not serve the king of Babylon?
|Therefore hearken not unto the words of the prophets
that speak unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon: for
they prophesy a lie unto you.
|For I have not sent them, saith the LORD, yet they
prophesy a lie in my name; that I might drive you out, and that ye might
perish, ye, and the prophets that prophesy unto you.
|Also I spake to the priests and to all this people,
saying, Thus saith the LORD; Hearken not to the words of your prophets
that prophesy unto you, saying, Behold, the vessels of the LORD'S house
shall now shortly be brought again from Babylon: for they prophesy a lie
|Hearken not unto them; serve the king of Babylon,
and live: wherefore should this city be laid waste?
|But if they be prophets, and if the word of the LORD
be with them, let them now make intercession to the LORD of hosts, that
the vessels which are left in the house of the LORD, and in the house of
the king of Judah, and at Jerusalem, go not to Babylon.
|For thus saith the LORD of hosts concerning the
pillars, and concerning the sea, and concerning the bases, and
concerning the residue of the vessels that remain in this city,
|Which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took not, when
he carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah from
Jerusalem to Babylon, and all the nobles of Judah and Jerusalem;
|Yea, thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of
Israel, concerning the vessels that remain in the house of the LORD, and
in the house of the king of Judah and of Jerusalem;
|They shall be carried to Babylon, and there shall
they be until the day that I visit them, saith the LORD; then will I
bring them up, and restore them to this place.
|And it came to pass the same year, in the beginning
of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the fourth year, and in the
fifth month, that Hananiah the son of Azur the prophet, which was of
Gibeon, spake unto me in the house of the LORD, in the presence of the
priests and of all the people, saying,
|Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel,
saying, I have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon.
|Within two full years will I bring again into this
place all the vessels of the LORD'S house, that Nebuchadnezzar king of
Babylon took away from this place, and carried them to Babylon:
|And I will bring again to this place Jeconiah the
son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, with all the captives of Judah, that
went into Babylon, saith the LORD: for I will break the yoke of the king
|Then the prophet Jeremiah said unto the prophet
Hananiah in the presence of the priests, and in the presence of all the
people that stood in the house of the LORD,
|Even the prophet Jeremiah said, Amen: the LORD do
so: the LORD perform thy words which thou hast prophesied, to bring
again the vessels of the LORD'S house, and all that is carried away
captive, from Babylon into this place.
|Nevertheless hear thou now this word that I speak in
thine ears, and in the ears of all the people;
|The prophets that have been before me and before
thee of old prophesied both against many countries, and against great
kingdoms, of war, and of evil, and of pestilence.
|The prophet which prophesieth of peace, when the
word of the prophet shall come to pass, then shall the prophet be known,
that the LORD hath truly sent him.
|Then Hananiah the prophet took the yoke from off the
prophet Jeremiah's neck, and brake it.
|And Hananiah spake in the presence of all the
people, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Even so will I break the yoke of
Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon from the neck of all nations within the
space of two full years. And the prophet Jeremiah went his way.
|Then the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah the
prophet, after that Hananiah the prophet had broken the yoke from off
the neck of the prophet Jeremiah, saying,
|Go and tell Hananiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD;
Thou hast broken the yokes of wood; but thou shalt make for them yokes
|For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel;
I have put a yoke of iron upon the neck of all these nations, that they
may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they shall serve him: and
I have given him the beasts of the field also.
|Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the
prophet, Hear now, Hananiah; The LORD hath not sent thee; but thou
makest this people to trust in a lie.
|Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will cast
thee from off the face of the earth: this year thou shalt die, because
thou hast taught rebellion against the LORD.
|So Hananiah the prophet died the same year in the
|Now these are the words of the letter that Jeremiah
the prophet sent from Jerusalem unto the residue of the elders which
were carried away captives, and to the priests, and to the prophets, and
to all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried away captive from
Jerusalem to Babylon;
|(After that Jeconiah the king, and the queen, and
the eunuchs, the princes of Judah and Jerusalem, and the carpenters, and
the smiths, were departed from Jerusalem;)
|By the hand of Elasah the son of Shaphan, and
Gemariah the son of Hilkiah, (whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent unto
Babylon to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon) saying,
|Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel,
unto all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be
carried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon;
|Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant
gardens, and eat the fruit of them;
|Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and
take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they
may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there, and not
|And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused
you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in
the peace thereof shall ye have peace.
|For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel;
Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you,
deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be
|For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I
have not sent them, saith the LORD.
|For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be
accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word
toward you, in causing you to return to this place.
|For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,
saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an
|Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray
unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
|And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall
search for me with all your heart.
|And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I
will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the
nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the
LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to
be carried away captive.
|Because ye have said, The LORD hath raised us up
prophets in Babylon;
|Know that thus saith the LORD of the king that
sitteth upon the throne of David, and of all the people that dwelleth in
this city, and of your brethren that are not gone forth with you into
|Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will send
upon them the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them
like vile figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.
|And I will persecute them with the sword, with the
famine, and with the pestilence, and will deliver them to be removed to
all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a curse, and an astonishment, and
an hissing, and a reproach, among all the nations whither I have driven
|Because they have not hearkened to my words, saith
the LORD, which I sent unto them by my servants the prophets, rising up
early and sending them; but ye would not hear, saith the LORD.
|Hear ye therefore the word of the LORD, all ye of
the captivity, whom I have sent from Jerusalem to Babylon:
|Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, of
Ahab the son of Kolaiah, and of Zedekiah the son of Maaseiah, which
prophesy a lie unto you in my name; Behold, I will deliver them into the
hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon; and he shall slay them before
|And of them shall be taken up a curse by all the
captivity of Judah which are in Babylon, saying, The LORD make thee like
Zedekiah and like Ahab, whom the king of Babylon roasted in the fire;
|Because they have committed villany in Israel, and
have committed adultery with their neighbours' wives, and have spoken
lying words in my name, which I have not commanded them; even I know,
and am a witness, saith the LORD.
|Thus shalt thou also speak to Shemaiah the
|Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel,
saying, Because thou hast sent letters in thy name unto all the people
that are at Jerusalem, and to Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest,
and to all the priests, saying,
|The LORD hath made thee priest in the stead of
Jehoiada the priest, that ye should be officers in the house of the
LORD, for every man that is mad, and maketh himself a prophet, that thou
shouldest put him in prison, and in the stocks.
|Now therefore why hast thou not reproved Jeremiah of
Anathoth, which maketh himself a prophet to you?
|For therefore he sent unto us in Babylon, saying,
This captivity is long: build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant
gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
|And Zephaniah the priest read this letter in the
ears of Jeremiah the prophet.
|Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah,
|Send to all them of the captivity, saying, Thus
saith the LORD concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite; Because that Shemaiah
hath prophesied unto you, and I sent him not, and he caused you to trust
in a lie:
|Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will punish
Shemaiah the Nehelamite, and his seed: he shall not have a man to dwell
among this people; neither shall he behold the good that I will do for
my people, saith the LORD; because he hath taught rebellion against the
|The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD,
|Thus speaketh the LORD God of Israel, saying, Write
thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book.
|For, lo, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will
bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the LORD:
and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their
fathers, and they shall possess it.
|And these are the words that the LORD spake
concerning Israel and concerning Judah.
|For thus saith the LORD; We have heard a voice of
trembling, of fear, and not of peace.
|Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with
child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a
woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?
|Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like
it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of
|For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the
LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will
burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him:
|But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David
their king, whom I will raise up unto them.
|Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith
the LORD; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from
afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall
return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him
|For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee:
though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee,
yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in
measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.
|For thus saith the LORD, Thy bruise is incurable,
and thy wound is grievous.
|There is none to plead thy cause, that thou mayest
be bound up: thou hast no healing medicines.
|All thy lovers have forgotten thee; they seek thee
not; for I have wounded thee with the wound of an enemy, with the
chastisement of a cruel one, for the multitude of thine iniquity;
because thy sins were increased.
|Why criest thou for thine affliction? thy sorrow is
incurable for the multitude of thine iniquity: because thy sins were
increased, I have done these things unto thee.
|Therefore all they that devour thee shall be
devoured; and all thine adversaries, every one of them, shall go into
captivity; and they that spoil thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey
upon thee will I give for a prey.
|For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal
thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast,
saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.
|Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will bring again the
captivity of Jacob's tents, and have mercy on his dwellingplaces; and
the city shall be builded upon her own heap, and the palace shall remain
after the manner thereof.
|And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the
voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall
not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.
|Their children also shall be as aforetime, and their
congregation shall be established before me, and I will punish all that
|And their nobles shall be of themselves, and their
governor shall proceed from the midst of them; and I will cause him to
draw near, and he shall approach unto me: for who is this that engaged
his heart to approach unto me? saith the LORD.
|Behold, the whirlwind of the LORD goeth forth with
fury, a continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon the head of
|The fierce anger of the LORD shall not return, until
he have done it, and until he have performed the intents of his heart:
in the latter days ye shall consider it.