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provoke themselves to the confusion nor receiveth correction : truth is of their own faces ?

perished, and is cut off from their 20 Therefore thus saith the Lord mouth. God; Behold, inine anger and my 29 Cut off thine hair, O Jerusafury shall be poured out upon this lem, and cast it away, and take up a place, upon man, and upon beast, lamentation on high places ; for the and upon the trees of the field, and Lord hath rejected and forsaken upon the fruit of the ground; and it the generation of his wrath. shall burn, and shall not be quenched. 30 For the children of Judah

21 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, have done evil in my sight, saith the the God of Israel; Put your burnt LORD: they have set their abomiofferings unto your sacrifices, and nations in the house which is called eat flesh.

by my name, to pollute it. 22 For I spake not unto your fa 31 And they have built the high thers, nor commanded them in the places of Tophet, which is in the day that I brought them out of the valley of the son of Hinnom, to land of Egypt, concerning burnt burn their sons and their daughters offerings or sacrifices:

in the fire; which I commanded 23 But this thing commanded I them not, neither came it into my them, saying, Obey my voice, and I beart. will be your God, and ye shall be 32 Therefore, behold, the days my people: and walk ye in all the come, saith the Lord, that it shall ways that I have commanded you, no more be called Tophet, nor the that it may be well unto you.

valley of the son of Hinnom, but 24 But they hearkened not, nor the valley of slaughter: for they inclined their ear, but walked in the shall bury in Tophet, till there be no counsels und in the imagination of place. their evil heart, and went backward, 33 And the carcases of this peoand not forward.

ple shall be meat for the fowls of 25 Since the day that your fa the heaven, and for the beasts of thers came forth out of the land of the earth; and none shall fray them Egypt unto this day I have even away. sent unto you all my servants the 34 Then will I cause to cease prophets, daily rising up early and from the cities of Judah, and from sending them:

the streets of Jerusalem, the voice 26 Yet they hearkened not unto of mirth, and the voice of gladness, me, nor inclined their ear, but hard the voice of the bridegroom, and ened their neck: they did worse the voice of the bride: for the land than their fathers.

shall be desolate. 27 Therefore thou shalt speak all these words unto them; but they

CHA P. VIII. will not hearken to thee : thou shalt also call unto them; but they will AT that time, saith the LORD, they not answer thee. .

shall bring out the bones of the 28 But thou shalt say unto them, kings of Judah, and the bones of his This is a nation that obeyeth not princes, and the bones of the priests, the voice of the LORD their God, and the bones of the prophets, and

the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, out of their graves :

2 And they shall spread them before the sun, and the moon, and all the host of heaven, whom they have loved, and whom they have served, and after whom they have walked, and whom they have sought, and whom they have worshipped : they shall not be gathered, nor be buried; they shall be for dung upon the face of the earth.

3 And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue of them that remain of this evil family, which remain in all the places whither I have driven them, saith the LORD of hosts.

4 Moreover thou shalt say unto. them, Thus saith the LORD; Shall they fall, and not arise ? shall he turn away, and not return?

5 Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return.

6 I hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright: no man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle.

7 Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the Lord.

8 How do ye say, We are wise, and the law of the Lord is with us? Lo, certainly in vain made he it; the pen of the scribes is in vain.

9 The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the Lord; and what wisdom is in them?

10 Therefore will I give their

wives unto others, and their fields to them that shall inherit them: for every one from the least even unto the greatest is given to covetousness, from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.

11 For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.

12 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination ? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down, saith the Lord.

13 I will surely consume them, saith the LORD: there shall be no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree, and the leaf shall fade; and the things that I have given them shall pass away from them.

14 Why do we sit still ? assemble yourselves, and let us enter into the defenced cities, and let us be silent there : for the Lord our God hath put us to silence, and given us water of gall to drink, because we have sinned against the Lord.

15 We looked for peace, but no good came ; and for a time of health, and behold trouble !

16 The snorting of his borses was heard from Dan: the whole land trembled at the sound of the neighing of his strong ones; for they are come, and have devoured the land, and all that is in it; the city, and those that dwell therein.

17 For, behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you, saith the Lord.

18 When I would comfort myself against sorrow, my heart is faint in


19 Behold the voice of the cry of 7 Therefore thus saith the LORD the daughter of my people because W of hosts, Behold, I will melt them, of them that dwell in a far country: and try them; for how shall I do for Is not the Lord in Zion? is not her the daughter of my people? king in her? Why have they pro 8 Their tongue is as an arrow shot · voked me to anger with their graven out; it speaketh deceit: one speakimages, and with strange vanities? eth peaceably to his neighbour with

20 The harvest is past, the sum bis mouth, but in heart he layeth his mer is ended, and we are not saved. wait.

21 For the hurt of the daughter of 9 Shall I not visit them for these my people am I hurt; I am black; a things ? saith the LORD: shall not stonishment hath taken hold on me. my soul be avenged on such a na

22 Is there no balm in Gilead; is tion as this? there no physician there? why then 10 For the mountains will I take is not the health of the daughter of up a weeping and wailing, and for my people recovered ?

the habitations of the wilderness a

lamentation, because they are burnCHAP. IX.

ed up, so that none can pass through

them; neither can men hear the voice OH that my head were waters, and of the cattle; both the fowl of the mine eyes a fountain of tears, that heavens and the beast are fled; they I might weep day and night for the are gone. slain of the daughter of my people! 11 And I will make Jerusalem

2 Oh that I had in the wilderness heaps, and a den of dragons; and a lodging place of wayfaring men; I will make the cities of Judah dethat I might leave my people, and go solate, without an inhabitant. from them ! for they be all adulterers, 12 Who is the wise man, that an assembly of treacherous men. may understand this ? and who is he

3 And they bend their tongues to whom the mouth of the LORD like their bow for lies: but they are hath spoken, that he may declare it, not valiant for the truth upon the for what the land perisheth and is earth; for they proceed from evil burned up like a wilderness, that to evil, and they know not me, saith none passeth through? the LORD.

13 And the LORD saith, Because 4 Take ye heed every one of his they have forsaken my law which I neighbour, and trust ye not in any set before them, and have not obeybrother: for every brother will ut ed my voice, neither walked therein; terly supplant, and every neighbour 14 But have walked after the will walk with slanders.

imagination of their own heart, and 5 And they will deceive every one after Baalim, which their fathers his neighbour, and will not speak the taught them: truth : they have taught their tongue 15 Therefore thus saith the LORD to speak lies, and weary themselves of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, to commit iniquity.

I will feed them, even this people, 6 Thine babitation is in the midst with wormwood, and give them waof deceit; through deceit they re ter of gall to drink. fuse to know me, saith the Lord. 16 I will scatter them also among

the LORD, that I will punish all them which are circumcised with the uncircumcised;

26 Egypt, and Judah, and Edoin, and the children of Ammon, and Moab, and all that are in the utmost corners, that dwell in the wilderness: for all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart.

the heathen, whom neither they nor their fathers have known: and I will send a sword after them, till I have consumed them.

17 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Consider ye, and call for the mourning women, that they may come; and send for cunning women, that they may come:

18 And let them make haste, and take up a wailing for us, that our eyes may run down with tears, and our eyelids gush out with waters.

19 For a voice of wailing is beard out of Zion, How are we spoiled! we are greatly confounded, because we have forsaken the land, because our dwellings have cast us out.

20 Yet hear the word of the LORD, O ye women, and let your ear receive the word of his mouth, and teach your daughters wailing, and every one her neighbour lamentation.

21 For death is come up into our windows, and is entered into our palaces, to cut off the children from without, and the young men from the streets.

22 Speak, Thus saith the LORD, Even the carcases of men shall fall as dung upon the open field, and as the bandful after the harvestman, and none shall gather them..

23 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches :

24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.

25 Behold, the days come, saith

· CHAP. X. HEAR ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:

2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.

3 For the customs of the people are vain : for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the ax.

4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with bammers, that it move not.

5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.

6 Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.

7 Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth it appertain : forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee.

8 But they are altogether brutish and foolish : the stock is a doctrine of vanities.

9 Silver spread into plates is distress them, that they may find brought from Tarshish, and gold it so. from Uphaz, the work of the work 19 Woe is me for my hurt! my man, and of the hands of the found wound is grievous : but I said, Truly er: blue and purple is their clothing: this is a grief, and I must bear it. they are all the work of cunning 20 My tabernacle is spoiled, and men.

all my cords are broken: my chil10 But the LORD is the true God, dren are gone forth of me, and they he is the living God, and an ever are not: there is none to stretch forth lasting king: at his wrath the earth my tent any more, and to set up my shall tremble, and the nations shall curtains. not be able to abide his indignation. 21 For the pastors are become

11 Thus shall ye say unto them, brutish, and have not sought the The gods that have not made the LORD: therefore they shall not prosheavens and the earth, even they shall per, and all their flocks shall be scatperish from the earth, and from un tered. der these heavens.

22 Behold, the noise of the bruit 12 He hath made the earth by is come, and a great commotion out his power, he hath established the of the north country, to make the world by his wisdom, and bath cities of Judah desolate, and a den stretched out the heavens by his of dragons. discretion.

23 O LORD, I know that the way 13 When he uttereth his voice, of man is not in himself: it is not in there is a multitude of waters in the man that walketh to direct his steps. heavens, and he causeth the vapours 24 O LORD, correct me, but with to ascend from the ends of the earth; judgment; not in thine anger, lest he maketh lightnings with rain, and thou bring me to nothing. bringeth forth the wind out of his 25 Pour out thy fury upon the treasures.

heathen that know thee not, and 14 Every man is brutish in his upon the families that call not on knowledge: every founder is con thy name: for they have eaten up founded by the graven image: for Jacob, and devoured him, and conbis molten image is falsehood, and sumed him, and have made his hathere is no breath in them.

bitation desolate. 15 They are vanity, and the work of errors: in the time of their visi

| C H A P. XI. tation they shall perish.

16 The portion of Jacob is not THE word that came to Jeremiah like them : for he is the former of from the LORD, saying, all things; and Israel is the rod of 2 Hear ye the words of this covehis inheritance: The Lord of hosts nant, and speak unto the men of is his name.

Judah, and to the inhabitants of Je17 Gather up thy wares out of the rusalem; land, O inhabitant of the fortress. 3 And say thou unto them, Thus

18 For thus saith the Lord, Be saith the Lord God of Israel; Curshold, I will sling out the inhabitants ed be the man that obeyeth not the of the land at this once, and will words of this covenant,

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