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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.

CHAP. XIX. 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 the priests;

2 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,

3 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.

4 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 ;

5 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 :

6 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.

7 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.

8 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.

9 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.

10 Then shalt thou break the bottle in the sight of the men that go with thee,

11 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.

12 Thus will I do unto this place, saith the LORD, and to the inhabitants thereof, and even make this city as Tophet:

13 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.

14 Then came Jeremiah from Tophet, whither the Lord had sent him

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CHAP. XX. NOW Pashur the son of Immer the priest, who was also chief governor in the house of the LORD, heard that Jeremiah prophesied these things.

2 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.

3 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 Magor-missabib.

4 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.

5 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 Babylon.

6 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.

70 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.

" 8 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 derision, daily.

9 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 not stay.

10 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.

11 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.

12 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.

13 Sing unto the LORD, praise ye the LORD: for he hath delivered the soul of the poor from the hand of evildoers.

- 14 Cursed be the day wherein I with a strong arm, even in anger, was born : let not the day wherein and in fury, and in great wrath. my mother bare me be blessed.

6 And I will smite the inhabitants 15 Cursed be the man who brought of this city, both man and beast: tidings to my father, saying, A man they shall die of a great pestilence. child is born unto thee; making 7 And afterward, saith the LORD, him very glad.

I will deliver Zedekiah king of Ju16 And let that man be as the dah, and his servants, and the peocities which the LORD overthrew, ple, and such as are left in this city and repented not: and let him hear from the pestilence, from the sword, the cry in the morning, and the and from the famine, into the hand shouting at noontide;

of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, 17 Because he slew me not from and into the hand of their enemies, the womb; or that my mother might and into the hand of those that seek have been my grave, and her womb their life: and he shall smite them to be always great with me.

with the edge of the sword; he shall 18 Wherefore came I forth out not spare them, neither have pity, of the womb to see labour and sor nor have mercy. row, that my days should be con 8 And unto this people thou shalt sumed with shame?

say, Thus saith the LORD; Behold,

I set before you the way of life, and CHAP. XXI.

the way of death.

9 He that abideth in this city THE word which came unto Jere shall die by the sword, and by the miah from the LORD, when king famine, and by the pestilence: but Zedekiah sent unto him Pashur the he that goeth out, and falleth to the son of Melchiah, and Zephaniah the Chaldeans that besiege you, he shall son of Maaseiah the priest, saying, live, and his life shall be unto him

2 Enquire, I pray thee, of the for a prey. LORD for us; for Nebuchadrezzar - 10 For I have set my face against king of Babylon maketh war against this city for evil, and not for good, us; if so be that the Lord will deal saith the LORD: it shall be given with us according to all his won into the hand of the king of Babydrous works, that he may go up from lon, and he shall burn it with fire.

11 And touching the house of 3 Then said Jeremiah unto them, | the king of Judah, say, Hear ye the Thus shall ye say to Zedekiah: word of the LORD;

4 Thus saith the LORD God of 12 O house of David, thus saith Israel; Behold, I will turn back the the LORD; Execute judgment in weapons of war that are in your the morning, and deliver him that is hands, wherewith ye fight against spoiled out of the hand of the opthe king of Babylon, and against the pressor, lest my fury go out like fire, Chaldeans, which besiege you with and burn that none can quench it, out the walls, and I will assemble because of the evil of your doings. them into the midst of this city.

13 Behold, I am against thee, O 5 And I myself will fight against inhabitant of the valley, and rock of you with an outstretched hand and the plain, saith the LORD; which

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