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Jeremiah 1 1 These are the words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests from Anathoth, a town in the land of Benjamin.
Jeremiah 1 2 The LORD first gave messages to Jeremiah during the thirteenth year of King Josiah's reign in Judah.
Jeremiah 1 3 He continued to give messages throughout the reign of Josiah's son, King Jehoiakim, until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah's reign in Judah. In August of that year, the people of Jerusalem were taken away as captives.
Jeremiah 1 4 The LORD gave me a message. He said,
Jeremiah 1 5 "I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my spokesman to the world."
Jeremiah 1 6 "O Sovereign LORD," I said, "I can't speak for you! I'm too young!"
Jeremiah 1 7 "Don't say that," the LORD replied, "for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you.
Jeremiah 1 8 And don't be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and take care of you. I, the LORD, have spoken!"
Jeremiah 1 9 Then the LORD touched my mouth and said, "See, I have put my words in your mouth!
Jeremiah 1 10 Today I appoint you to stand up against nations and kingdoms. You are to uproot some and tear them down, to destroy and overthrow them. You are to build others up and plant them."
Jeremiah 1 11 Then the LORD said to me, "Look, Jeremiah! What do you see?" And I replied, "I see a branch from an almond tree."
Jeremiah 1 12 And the LORD said, "That's right, and it means that I am watching, and I will surely carry out my threats of punishment."
Jeremiah 1 13 Then the LORD spoke to me again and asked, "What do you see now?" And I replied, "I see a pot of boiling water, tipping from the north."
Jeremiah 1 14 "Yes," the LORD said, "for terror from the north will boil out on the people of this land.
Jeremiah 1 15 Listen! I am calling the armies of the kingdoms of the north to come to Jerusalem. They will set their thrones at the gates of the city. They will attack its walls and all the other towns of Judah.
Jeremiah 1 16 I will pronounce judgment on my people for all their evil--for deserting me and worshiping other gods. Yes, they worship idols that they themselves have made!
Jeremiah 1 17 "Get up and get dressed. Go out, and tell them whatever I tell you to say. Do not be afraid of them, or I will make you look foolish in front of them.
Jeremiah 1 18 For see, today I have made you immune to their attacks. You are strong like a fortified city that cannot be captured, like an iron pillar or a bronze wall. None of the kings, officials, priests, or people of Judah will be able to stand against you.
Jeremiah 1 19 They will try, but they will fail. For I am with you, and I will take care of you. I, the LORD, have spoken!"
Jeremiah 2 1 The LORD gave me another message. He said,
Jeremiah 2 2 "Go and shout in Jerusalem's streets: `This is what the LORD says: I remember how eager you were to please me as a young bride long ago, how you loved me and followed me even through the barren wilderness.
Jeremiah 2 3 In those days Israel was holy to the LORD, the first of my children. All who harmed my people were considered guilty, and disaster fell upon them. I, the LORD, have spoken!'"
Jeremiah 2 4 Listen to the word of the LORD, people of Jacob--all you families of Israel!
Jeremiah 2 5 This is what the LORD says: "What sin did your ancestors find in me that led them to stray so far? They worshiped foolish idols, only to become foolish themselves.
Jeremiah 2 6 They did not ask, `Where is the LORD who brought us safely out of Egypt and led us through the barren wilderness--a land of deserts and pits, of drought and death, where no one lives or even travels?'
Jeremiah 2 7 "And when I brought you into a fruitful land to enjoy its bounty and goodness, you defiled my land and corrupted the inheritance I had promised you.
Jeremiah 2 8 The priests did not ask, `Where is the LORD?' The judges ignored me, the rulers turned against me, and the prophets spoke in the name of Baal, wasting their time on nonsense.
Jeremiah 2 9 Therefore, I will bring my case against you and will keep on accusing you, even against your children's children in the years to come. I, the LORD, have spoken!
Jeremiah 2 10 "Go west to the land of Cyprus; go east to the land of Kedar. Think about what you see there. See if anyone has ever heard of anything as strange as this.
Jeremiah 2 11 Has any nation ever exchanged its gods for another god, even though its gods are nothing? Yet my people have exchanged their glorious God for worthless idols!
Jeremiah 2 12 The heavens are shocked at such a thing and shrink back in horror and dismay, says the LORD.
Jeremiah 2 13 For my people have done two evil things: They have forsaken me--the fountain of living water. And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all!
Jeremiah 2 14 "Why has Israel become a nation of slaves? Why has she been carried away as plunder?
Jeremiah 2 15 Lions have roared against her. The land has been destroyed, and the cities are now in ruins. No one lives in them anymore.
Jeremiah 2 16 Egyptians, marching from their cities of Memphis and Tahpanhes, have utterly destroyed Israel's glory and power.
Jeremiah 2 17 And you have brought this on yourselves by rebelling against the LORD your God when he wanted to lead you and show you the way!
Jeremiah 2 18 "What have you gained by your alliances with Egypt and Assyria? What good to you are the waters of the Nile and the Euphrates?
Jeremiah 2 19 Your own wickedness will punish you. You will see what an evil, bitter thing it is to forsake the LORD your God, having no fear of him. I, the Lord, the LORD Almighty, have spoken!
Jeremiah 2 20 Long ago I broke your yoke and tore away the chains of your slavery, but still you would not obey me. On every hill and under every green tree, you have prostituted yourselves by bowing down to idols.
Jeremiah 2 21 "How could this happen? When I planted you, I chose a vine of the purest stock--the very best. How did you grow into this corrupt wild vine?
Jeremiah 2 22 No amount of soap or lye can make you clean. You are stained with guilt that cannot be washed away. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken!
Jeremiah 2 23 "You say, `That's not true! We haven't worshiped the images of Baal!' But how can you say that? Go and look in any valley in the land! Face the awful sins you have done. You are like a restless female camel, desperate for a male!
Jeremiah 2 24 You are like a wild donkey, sniffing the wind at mating time. Who can restrain your lust? Those who desire you do not even need to search, for you come running to them!
Jeremiah 2 25 Why do you refuse to turn from all this running after other gods? But you say, `Don't waste your breath. I have fallen in love with these foreign gods, and I can't stop loving them now!'
Jeremiah 2 26 "Like a thief, Israel feels shame only when she gets caught. Kings, officials, priests, and prophets--all are alike in this.
Jeremiah 2 27 To an image carved from a piece of wood they say, `You are my father.' To an idol chiseled out of stone they say, `You are my mother.' They turn their backs on me, but in times of trouble they cry out for me to save them!
Jeremiah 2 28 Why don't you call on these gods you have made? When danger comes, let them save you if they can! For you have as many gods as there are cities and towns in Judah.
Jeremiah 2 29 Why do you accuse me of doing wrong? You are the ones who have rebelled, says the LORD.
Jeremiah 2 30 I have punished your children, but it did them no good. They still refuse to obey. You yourselves have killed your prophets as a lion kills its prey.
Jeremiah 2 31 "O my people, listen to the words of the LORD! Have I been like a desert to Israel? Have I been to them a land of darkness? Why then do my people say, `At last we are free from God! We won't have anything to do with him anymore!'
Jeremiah 2 32 Does a young woman forget her jewelry? Does a bride hide her wedding dress? No! Yet for years on end my people have forgotten me.
Jeremiah 2 33 "How you plot and scheme to win your lovers. The most experienced prostitute could learn from you!
Jeremiah 2 34 Your clothing is stained with the blood of the innocent and the poor. You killed them even though they didn't break into your houses!
Jeremiah 2 35 And yet you say, `I haven't done anything wrong. Surely he isn't angry with me!' Now I will punish you severely because you claim you have not sinned.
Jeremiah 2 36 "First here, then there--you flit from one ally to another asking for help. But your new friends in Egypt will let you down, just as Assyria did before.
Jeremiah 2 37 In despair, you will be led into exile with your hands on your heads, for the LORD has rejected the nations you trust. You will not succeed despite their help.
Jeremiah 3 1 "If a man divorces a woman and she marries someone else, he is not to take her back again, for that would surely corrupt the land. But you have prostituted yourself with many lovers, says the LORD. Yet I am still calling you to come back to me.
Jeremiah 3 2 "Look all around you. Is there anywhere in the entire land where you have not been defiled by your adulteries? You sit like a prostitute beside the road waiting for a client. You sit alone like a nomad in the desert. You have polluted the land with your prostitution and wickedness.
Jeremiah 3 3 That is why even the spring rains have failed. For you are a prostitute and are completely unashamed.
Jeremiah 3 4 Yet you say to me, `Father, you have been my guide since the days of my youth.
Jeremiah 3 5 Surely you won't be angry about such a little thing! Surely you can forget it!' So you talk, and keep right on doing all the evil you can."
Jeremiah 3 6 During the reign of King Josiah, the LORD said to me, "Have you seen what fickle Israel does? Like a wife who commits adultery, Israel has worshiped other gods on every hill and under every green tree.
Jeremiah 3 7 I thought that after she had done all this she would return to me. But she did not come back. And though her faithless sister Judah saw this,
Jeremiah 3 8 she paid no attention. She saw that I had divorced faithless Israel and sent her away. But now Judah, too, has left me and given herself to prostitution.
Jeremiah 3 9 Israel treated it all so lightly--she thought nothing of committing adultery by worshiping idols made of wood and stone. So now the land has been greatly defiled.
Jeremiah 3 10 But in spite of all this, her faithless sister Judah has never sincerely returned to me. She has only pretended to be sorry," says the LORD.
Jeremiah 3 11 Then the LORD said to me, "Even faithless Israel is less guilty than treacherous Judah!
Jeremiah 3 12 Therefore, go and say these words to Israel, `This is what the LORD says: O Israel, my faithless people, come home to me again, for I am merciful. I will not be angry with you forever.
Jeremiah 3 13 Only acknowledge your guilt. Admit that you rebelled against the LORD your God and committed adultery against him by worshiping idols under every green tree. Confess that you refused to follow me. I, the LORD, have spoken!'"
Jeremiah 3 14 "Return home, you wayward children," says the LORD, "for I am your husband. I will bring you again to the land of Israel--one from here and two from there, from wherever you are scattered.
Jeremiah 3 15 And I will give you leaders after my own heart, who will guide you with knowledge and understanding.
Jeremiah 3 16 "And when your land is once more filled with people," says the LORD, "you will no longer wish for `the good old days' when you possessed the Ark of the LORD's covenant. Those days will not be missed or even thought about, and there will be no need to rebuild the Ark.
Jeremiah 3 17 In that day Jerusalem will be known as The Throne of the LORD. All nations will come there to honor the LORD. They will no longer stubbornly follow their own evil desires.
Jeremiah 3 18 In those days the people of Judah and Israel will return together from exile in the north. They will return to the land I gave their ancestors as an inheritance forever.
Jeremiah 3 19 "I thought to myself, `I would love to treat you as my own children!' I wanted nothing more than to give you this beautiful land--the finest inheritance in the world. I looked forward to your calling me `Father,' and I thought you would never turn away from me again.
Jeremiah 3 20 But you have betrayed me, you people of Israel! You have been like a faithless wife who leaves her husband," says the LORD.
Jeremiah 3 21 Voices are heard high on the windswept mountains, the weeping and pleading of Israel's people. For they have forgotten the LORD their God and wandered far from his ways.
Jeremiah 3 22 "My wayward children," says the LORD, "come back to me, and I will heal your wayward hearts.Yes, we will come," the people reply, "for you are the LORD our God.
Jeremiah 3 23 Our worship of idols and our religious orgies on the hills and mountains are completely false. Only in the LORD our God will Israel ever find salvation.
Jeremiah 3 24 From childhood we have watched as everything our ancestors worked for--their flocks and herds, their sons and daughters--was squandered on a delusion.
Jeremiah 3 25 Let us now lie down in shame and dishonor, for we and our ancestors have always sinned against the LORD our God. We have never obeyed him."
Jeremiah 4 1 "O Israel, come back to me," says the LORD. "If you will throw away your detestable idols and go astray no more,
Jeremiah 4 2 and if you will swear by my name alone, and begin to live good, honest lives and uphold justice, then you will be a blessing to the nations of the world, and all people will come and praise my name."
Jeremiah 4 3 This is what the LORD says to the people of Judah and Jerusalem: "Plow up the hard ground of your hearts! Do not waste your good seed among thorns.
Jeremiah 4 4 Cleanse your minds and hearts before the LORD, or my anger will burn like an unquenchable fire because of all your sins.
Jeremiah 4 5 "Shout to Jerusalem and to all Judah! Tell them to sound the alarm throughout the land: `Run for your lives! Flee to the fortified cities!'
Jeremiah 4 6 Send a signal toward Jerusalem: `Flee now! Do not delay!' For I am bringing terrible destruction upon you from the north."
Jeremiah 4 7 A lion stalks from its den, a destroyer of nations. And it is headed for your land! Your towns will lie in ruins, empty of people.
Jeremiah 4 8 So put on clothes of mourning and weep with broken hearts, for the fierce anger of the LORD is still upon us.
Jeremiah 4 9 "In that day," says the LORD, "the king and the officials will tremble in fear. The priests and the prophets will be struck with horror."
Jeremiah 4 10 Then I said, "O Sovereign LORD, the people have been deceived by what you said, for you promised peace for Jerusalem. Yet the sword is even now poised to strike them dead!"
Jeremiah 4 11 The time is coming when the LORD will say to the people of Jerusalem, "A burning wind is blowing in from the desert. It is not a gentle breeze useful for winnowing grain.
Jeremiah 4 12 It is a roaring blast sent by me! Now I will pronounce your destruction!"
Jeremiah 4 13 Our enemy rushes down on us like a storm wind! His chariots are like whirlwinds; his horses are swifter than eagles. How terrible it will be! Our destruction is sure!
Jeremiah 4 14 O Jerusalem, cleanse your hearts that you may be saved. How long will you harbor your evil thoughts?
Jeremiah 4 15 From Dan and the hill country of Ephraim, your destruction has been announced.
Jeremiah 4 16 "Warn the surrounding nations and announce to Jerusalem: `The enemy is coming from a distant land, raising a battle cry against the towns of Judah.
Jeremiah 4 17 They surround Jerusalem like watchmen surrounding a field, for my people have rebelled against me,'" says the LORD.
Jeremiah 4 18 "Your own actions have brought this upon you. This punishment is a bitter dose of your own medicine. It has pierced you to the heart!"
Jeremiah 4 19 My heart, my heart--I writhe in pain! My heart pounds within me! I cannot be still. For I have heard the blast of enemy trumpets and the roar of their battle cries.
Jeremiah 4 20 Waves of destruction roll over the land, until it lies in complete desolation. Suddenly, every tent is destroyed; in a moment, every shelter is crushed.
Jeremiah 4 21 How long must this go on? How long must I be surrounded by war and death?
Jeremiah 4 22 "My people are foolish and do not know me," says the LORD. "They are senseless children who have no understanding. They are clever enough at doing wrong, but they have no talent at all for doing right!"
Jeremiah 4 23 I looked at the earth, and it was empty and formless. I looked at the heavens, and there was no light.
Jeremiah 4 24 I looked at the mountains and hills, and they trembled and shook.
Jeremiah 4 25 I looked, and all the people were gone. All the birds of the sky had flown away.
Jeremiah 4 26 I looked, and the fertile fields had become a wilderness. The cities lay in ruins, crushed by the LORD's fierce anger.
Jeremiah 4 27 This is what the LORD says: "The whole land will be ruined, but I will not destroy it completely.
Jeremiah 4 28 The earth will mourn, the heavens will be draped in black, because of my decree against my people. I have made up my mind and will not change it."
Jeremiah 4 29 At the noise of marching armies, the people flee in terror from the cities. They hide in the bushes and run for the mountains. All the cities have been abandoned--not a person remains!
Jeremiah 4 30 What are you doing, you who have been plundered? Why do you dress up in your most beautiful clothing and jewelry? Why do you brighten your eyes with mascara? It will do you no good! Your allies despise you and will kill you.
Jeremiah 4 31 I hear a great cry, like that of a woman giving birth to her first child. It is the cry of Jerusalem's people gasping for breath, pleading for help, prostrate before their murderers.
Jeremiah 5 1 "Run up and down every street in Jerusalem," says the LORD. "Look high and low; search throughout the city! If you can find even one person who is just and honest, I will not destroy the city.
Jeremiah 5 2 Even when they are under oath, saying, `As surely as the LORD lives,' they all tell lies!"
Jeremiah 5 3 LORD, you are searching for honesty. You struck your people, but they paid no attention. You crushed them, but they refused to turn from sin. They are determined, with faces set like stone; they have refused to repent.
Jeremiah 5 4 Then I said, "But what can we expect from the poor and ignorant? They don't know the ways of the LORD. They don't understand what God expects of them.
Jeremiah 5 5 I will go and speak to their leaders. Surely they will know the LORD's ways and what God requires of them." But the leaders, too, had utterly rejected their God.
Jeremiah 5 6 So now a lion from the forest will attack them; a wolf from the desert will pounce on them. A leopard will lurk near their towns, tearing apart any who dare to venture out. For their rebellion is great, and their sins are many.
Jeremiah 5 7 "How can I pardon you? For even your children have turned from me. They have sworn by gods that are not gods at all! I fed my people until they were fully satisfied. But they thanked me by committing adultery and lining up at the city's brothels.
Jeremiah 5 8 They are well-fed, lusty stallions, each neighing for his neighbor's wife.
Jeremiah 5 9 Should I not punish them for this?" asks the LORD. "Should I not avenge myself against a nation such as this?
Jeremiah 5 10 "Go down the rows of the vineyards and destroy them, but leave a scattered few alive. Strip the branches from the vine, for they do not belong to the LORD.
Jeremiah 5 11 The people of Israel and Judah are full of treachery against me," says the LORD.
Jeremiah 5 12 "They have lied about the LORD and have said, `He won't bother us! No disasters will come upon us! There will be no war or famine!
Jeremiah 5 13 God's prophets are windbags full of words with no divine authority. Their predictions of disaster will fall on themselves!'"
Jeremiah 5 14 Therefore, this is what the LORD God Almighty says: "Because the people are talking like this, I will give you messages that will burn them up as if they were kindling wood.
Jeremiah 5 15 O Israel, I will bring a distant nation against you," says the LORD. "It is a mighty nation, an ancient nation, a people whose language you do not know, whose speech you cannot understand.
Jeremiah 5 16 Their weapons are deadly; their warriors are mighty.
Jeremiah 5 17 They will eat your harvests and your children's bread, your flocks of sheep and your herds of cattle. Yes, they will eat your grapes and figs. And they will destroy your fortified cities, which you think are so safe.
Jeremiah 5 18 "Yet even in those days I will not blot you out completely," says the LORD.
Jeremiah 5 19 "And when your people ask, `Why is the LORD our God doing this to us?' you must reply, `You rejected him and gave yourselves to foreign gods in your own land. Now you will serve foreigners in a land that is not your own.'
Jeremiah 5 20 "Make this announcement to Israel and to Judah:
Jeremiah 5 21 Listen, you foolish and senseless people--who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear.
Jeremiah 5 22 Do you have no respect for me? Why do you not tremble in my presence? I, the LORD, am the one who defines the ocean's sandy shoreline, an everlasting boundary that the waters cannot cross. The waves may toss and roar, but they can never pass the bounds I set.
Jeremiah 5 23 "But my people have stubborn and rebellious hearts. They have turned against me and have chosen to practice idolatry.
Jeremiah 5 24 They do not say from the heart, `Let us live in awe of the LORD our God, for he gives us rain each spring and fall, assuring us of plentiful harvests.'
Jeremiah 5 25 Your wickedness has deprived you of these wonderful blessings. Your sin has robbed you of all these good things.
Jeremiah 5 26 "Among my people are wicked men who lie in wait for victims like a hunter hiding in a blind. They are continually setting traps for other people.
Jeremiah 5 27 Like a cage filled with birds, their homes are filled with evil plots. And the result? Now they are great and rich.
Jeremiah 5 28 They are well fed and well groomed, and there is no limit to their wicked deeds. They refuse justice to orphans and deny the rights of the poor.
Jeremiah 5 29 Should I not punish them for this?" asks the LORD. "Should I not avenge myself against a nation such as this?
Jeremiah 5 30 "A horrible and shocking thing has happened in this land--
Jeremiah 5 31 the prophets give false prophecies, and the priests rule with an iron hand. And worse yet, my people like it that way! But what will you do when the end comes?
Jeremiah 6 1 "Run for your lives, you people of Benjamin! Flee from Jerusalem! Sound the alarm in Tekoa! Send up a signal at Beth-hakkerem! Warn everyone that a powerful army is coming from the north to destroy this nation.
Jeremiah 6 2 O Jerusalem, you are my beautiful and delicate daughter--but I will destroy you!
Jeremiah 6 3 Enemy shepherds will surround you. They will set up camp around the city and divide your pastures for their flocks.
Jeremiah 6 4 They shout, `Prepare for battle and attack at noon! But now the day is fading, and the evening shadows are falling.
Jeremiah 6 5 So let us attack by night and destroy her palaces!'"
Jeremiah 6 6 This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Cut down the trees for battering rams. Build ramps against the walls of Jerusalem. This is the city to be punished, for she is wicked through and through.
Jeremiah 6 7 She spouts evil like a fountain! Her streets echo with the sounds of violence and destruction. Her sickness and sores are ever before me.
Jeremiah 6 8 This is your last warning, Jerusalem! If you do not listen, I will empty the land."
Jeremiah 6 9 This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Disaster will fall upon you. Even the few who remain in Israel will be gleaned again, as when a harvester checks each vine a second time to pick the grapes that were missed."
Jeremiah 6 10 To whom can I give warning? Who will listen when I speak? Their ears are closed, and they cannot hear. They scorn the word of the LORD. They don't want to listen at all.
Jeremiah 6 11 So now I am filled with the LORD's fury. Yes, I am weary of holding it in! "I will pour out my fury over Jerusalem, even on children playing in the streets, on gatherings of young men, and on husbands and wives and grandparents.
Jeremiah 6 12 Their homes will be turned over to their enemies, and so will their fields and their wives. For I will punish the people of this land," says the LORD.
Jeremiah 6 13 "From the least to the greatest, they trick others to get what does not belong to them. Yes, even my prophets and priests are like that!
Jeremiah 6 14 They offer superficial treatments for my people's mortal wound. They give assurances of peace when all is war.
Jeremiah 6 15 Are they ashamed when they do these disgusting things? No, not at all--they don't even blush! Therefore, they will lie among the slaughtered. They will be humbled beneath my punishing anger," says the LORD.
Jeremiah 6 16 So now the LORD says, "Stop right where you are! Look for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls. But you reply, `No, that's not the road we want!'
Jeremiah 6 17 I set watchmen over you who said, `Listen for the sound of the trumpet!' But you replied, `No! We won't pay attention!'
Jeremiah 6 18 "Therefore, listen to this, all you nations. Take note of my people's condition.
Jeremiah 6 19 Listen, all the earth! I will bring disaster upon my people. It is the fruit of their own sin because they refuse to listen to me. They have rejected all my instructions.
Jeremiah 6 20 There is no use now in offering me sweet incense from Sheba. Keep your expensive perfumes! I cannot accept your burnt offerings. Your sacrifices have no sweet fragrance for me."
Jeremiah 6 21 Therefore, this is what the LORD says: "I will put obstacles in my people's path. Fathers and sons will both fall over them. Neighbors and friends will collapse together."
Jeremiah 6 22 This is what the LORD says: "See a great army marching from the north! A great nation is rising against you from far-off lands.
Jeremiah 6 23 They are fully armed for slaughter. They are cruel and show no mercy. As they ride forward, the noise of their army is like a roaring sea. They are marching in battle formation to destroy you, Jerusalem. "
Jeremiah 6 24 We have heard reports about the enemy, and we are weak with fright. Fear and pain have gripped us, like that of a woman about to give birth.
Jeremiah 6 25 Don't go out to the fields! Don't travel the roads! The enemy is everywhere, and they are ready to kill. We are terrorized at every turn!
Jeremiah 6 26 Now my people, dress yourselves in sackcloth, and sit among the ashes. Mourn and weep bitterly, as for the loss of an only son. For suddenly, the destroying armies will be upon you!
Jeremiah 6 27 "Jeremiah, I have made you a tester of metals, that you may determine the quality of my people.
Jeremiah 6 28 Are they not the worst of rebels, full of slander? They are as insolent as bronze, as hard and cruel as iron. All of them lead others into corruption.
Jeremiah 6 29 The bellows blow fiercely. The refining fire grows hotter. But it will never purify and cleanse them because there is no purity in them to refine.
Jeremiah 6 30 I will label them `Rejected Silver' because I, the LORD, am discarding them."
Jeremiah 7 1 The LORD gave another message to Jeremiah. He said,
Jeremiah 7 2 "Go to the entrance of the LORD's Temple, and give this message to the people: `O Judah, listen to this message from the LORD! Listen to it, all of you who worship here!
Jeremiah 7 3 The LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Even now, if you quit your evil ways, I will let you stay in your own land.
Jeremiah 7 4 But do not be fooled by those who repeatedly promise your safety because the Temple of the LORD is here.
Jeremiah 7 5 I will be merciful only if you stop your wicked thoughts and deeds and are fair to others;
Jeremiah 7 6 and if you stop exploiting foreigners, orphans, and widows; and if you stop your murdering; and if you stop worshiping idols as you now do to your own harm.
Jeremiah 7 7 Then I will let you stay in this land that I gave to your ancestors to keep forever.
Jeremiah 7 8 " `Do you think that because the Temple is here you will never suffer? Don't fool yourselves!
Jeremiah 7 9 Do you really think you can steal, murder, commit adultery, lie, and worship Baal and all those other new gods of yours,
Jeremiah 7 10 and then come here and stand before me in my Temple and chant, "We are safe!"--only to go right back to all those evils again?
Jeremiah 7 11 Do you think this Temple, which honors my name, is a den of thieves? I see all the evil going on there, says the LORD.
Jeremiah 7 12 " `Go to the place at Shiloh where I once put the Tabernacle to honor my name. See what I did there because of all the wickedness of my people, the Israelites.
Jeremiah 7 13 While you were doing these wicked things, says the LORD, I spoke to you about it repeatedly, but you would not listen. I called out to you, but you refused to answer.
Jeremiah 7 14 So just as I destroyed Shiloh, I will now destroy this Temple that was built to honor my name, this Temple that you trust for help, this place that I gave to you and your ancestors.
Jeremiah 7 15 And I will send you into exile, just as I did your relatives, the people of Israel. '
Jeremiah 7 16 "Pray no more for these people, Jeremiah. Do not weep or pray for them, and don't beg me to help them, for I will not listen to you.
Jeremiah 7 17 Do you not see what they are doing throughout the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?
Jeremiah 7 18 No wonder I am so angry! Watch how the children gather wood and the fathers build sacrificial fires. See how the women knead dough and make cakes to offer to the Queen of Heaven. And they give drink offerings to their other idol gods!
Jeremiah 7 19 Am I the one they are hurting?" asks the LORD. "Most of all, they hurt themselves, to their own shame."
Jeremiah 7 20 So the Sovereign LORD says: "I will pour out my terrible fury on this place. Its people, animals, trees, and crops will be consumed by the unquenchable fire of my anger."
Jeremiah 7 21 This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "Away with your burnt offerings and sacrifices! Eat them yourselves!
Jeremiah 7 22 When I led your ancestors out of Egypt, it was not burnt offerings and sacrifices I wanted from them.
Jeremiah 7 23 This is what I told them: `Obey me, and I will be your God, and you will be my people. Only do as I say, and all will be well!'
Jeremiah 7 24 "But my people would not listen to me. They kept on doing whatever they wanted, following the stubborn desires of their evil hearts. They went backward instead of forward.
Jeremiah 7 25 From the day your ancestors left Egypt until now, I have continued to send my prophets--day in and day out.
Jeremiah 7 26 But my people have not listened to me or even tried to hear. They have been stubborn and sinful--even worse than their ancestors.
Jeremiah 7 27 "Tell them all this, but do not expect them to listen. Shout out your warnings, but do not expect them to respond.
Jeremiah 7 28 Say to them, `This is the nation whose people will not obey the LORD their God and who refuse to be taught. Truth has vanished from among them; it is no longer heard on their lips.
Jeremiah 7 29 O Jerusalem, shave your head in mourning, and weep alone on the mountains. For the LORD has rejected and forsaken this generation that has provoked his fury.'
Jeremiah 7 30 "The people of Judah have sinned before my very eyes," says the LORD. "They have set up their abominable idols right in my own Temple, defiling it.
Jeremiah 7 31 They have built the pagan shrines of Topheth in the valley of the son of Hinnom, where they sacrifice their little sons and daughters in the fire. I have never commanded such a horrible deed; it never even crossed my mind to command such a thing!
Jeremiah 7 32 So beware, for the time is coming," says the LORD, "when that place will no longer be called Topheth or the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter. They will bury so many bodies in Topheth that there won't be room for all the graves.
Jeremiah 7 33 The corpses of my people will be food for the vultures and wild animals, and no one will be left to scare them away.
Jeremiah 7 34 I will put an end to the happy singing and laughter in the streets of Jerusalem. The joyful voices of bridegrooms and brides will no longer be heard in the towns of Judah. The land will lie in complete desolation.
Jeremiah 8 1 "In that day," says the LORD, "the enemy will break open the graves of the kings and officials of Judah, and the graves of the priests, prophets, and common people.
Jeremiah 8 2 They will dig out their bones and spread them out on the ground before the sun, moon, and stars--the gods my people have loved, served, and worshiped. Their bones will not be gathered up again or buried but will be scattered on the ground like dung.
Jeremiah 8 3 And the people of this evil nation who survive will wish to die rather than live where I will send them. I, the LORD Almighty, have spoken!
Jeremiah 8 4 "Jeremiah, say to the people, `This is what the LORD says: When people fall down, don't they get up again? When they start down the wrong road and discover their mistake, don't they turn back?
Jeremiah 8 5 Then why do these people keep going along their self-destructive path, refusing to turn back, even though I have warned them?
Jeremiah 8 6 I listen to their conversations, and what do I hear? Is anyone sorry for sin? Does anyone say, "What a terrible thing I have done"? No! All are running down the path of sin as swiftly as a horse rushing into battle!
Jeremiah 8 7 The stork knows the time of her migration, as do the turtledove, the swallow, and the crane. They all return at the proper time each year. But not my people! They do not know what the LORD requires of them.
Jeremiah 8 8 " `How can you say, "We are wise because we have the law of the LORD," when your teachers have twisted it so badly?
Jeremiah 8 9 These wise teachers will be shamed by exile for their sin, for they have rejected the word of the LORD. Are they so wise after all?
Jeremiah 8 10 I will give their wives and their farms to others. From the least to the greatest, they trick others to get what does not belong to them. Yes, even my prophets and priests are like that.
Jeremiah 8 11 They offer superficial treatments for my people's mortal wound. They give assurances of peace when all is war.
Jeremiah 8 12 Are they ashamed when they do these disgusting things? No, not at all--they don't even blush! Therefore, they will lie among the slaughtered. They will be humbled when they are punished, says the LORD.
Jeremiah 8 13 I will take away their rich harvests of figs and grapes. Their fruit trees will all die. All the good things I prepared for them will soon be gone. I, the LORD, have spoken!'
Jeremiah 8 14 "Then the people will say, `Why should we wait here to die? Come, let's go to the fortified cities to die there. For the LORD our God has decreed our destruction and has given us a cup of poison to drink because we sinned against the LORD.
Jeremiah 8 15 We hoped for peace, but no peace came. We hoped for a time of healing, but found only terror.
Jeremiah 8 16 The snorting of the enemies' warhorses can be heard all the way from the land of Dan in the north! The whole land trembles at the approach of the terrible army, for it is coming to devour the land and everything in it--cities and people alike.'
Jeremiah 8 17 "I will send these enemy troops among you like poisonous snakes you cannot charm," says the LORD. "No matter what you do, they will bite you, and you will die."
Jeremiah 8 18 My grief is beyond healing; my heart is broken.
Jeremiah 8 19 Listen to the weeping of my people; it can be heard all across the land. "Has the LORD abandoned Jerusalem?" the people ask. "Is her King no longer there?Oh, why have they angered me with their carved idols and worthless gods?" asks the LORD.
Jeremiah 8 20 "The harvest is finished, and the summer is gone," the people cry, "yet we are not saved!"
Jeremiah 8 21 I weep for the hurt of my people. I am stunned and silent, mute with grief.
Jeremiah 8 22 Is there no medicine in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why is there no healing for the wounds of my people?
Jeremiah 9 1 Oh, that my eyes were a fountain of tears; I would weep forever! I would sob day and night for all my people who have been slaughtered.
Jeremiah 9 2 Oh, that I could go away and forget them and live in a shack in the desert, for they are all adulterous and treacherous.
Jeremiah 9 3 "My people bend their tongues like bows to shoot lies. They refuse to stand up for the truth. And they only go from bad to worse! They care nothing for me," says the LORD.
Jeremiah 9 4 "Beware of your neighbor! Beware of your brother! They all take advantage of one another and spread their slanderous lies.
Jeremiah 9 5 They all fool and defraud each other; no one tells the truth. With practiced tongues they tell lies; they wear themselves out with all their sinning.
Jeremiah 9 6 They pile lie upon lie and utterly refuse to come to me," says the LORD.
Jeremiah 9 7 Therefore, the LORD Almighty says, "See, I will melt them in a crucible and test them like metal. What else can I do with them?
Jeremiah 9 8 For their tongues aim lies like poisoned arrows. They promise peace to their neighbors while planning to kill them.
Jeremiah 9 9 Should I not punish them for this?" asks the LORD. "Should I not avenge myself against a nation such as this?"
Jeremiah 9 10 I will weep for the mountains and wail for the desert pastures. For they are desolate and empty of life; the lowing of cattle is heard no more; the birds and wild animals all have fled.
Jeremiah 9 11 "I will make Jerusalem into a heap of ruins," says the LORD. "It will be a place haunted by jackals. The towns of Judah will be ghost towns, with no one living in them."
Jeremiah 9 12 Who is wise enough to understand all this? Who has been instructed by the LORD and can explain it to others? Why has the land been ruined so completely that no one even dares to travel through it?
Jeremiah 9 13 The LORD replies, "This has happened because my people have abandoned the instructions I gave them; they have refused to obey my law.
Jeremiah 9 14 Instead, they have stubbornly followed their own desires and worshiped the images of Baal, as their ancestors taught them.
Jeremiah 9 15 So now, listen to what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Look! I will feed them with bitterness and give them poison to drink.
Jeremiah 9 16 I will scatter them around the world, and they will be strangers in distant lands. Their enemies will chase them with the sword until I have destroyed them completely."
Jeremiah 9 17 This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Think about what is going on! Call for the mourners to come.
Jeremiah 9 18 Quick! Begin your weeping! Let the tears flow from your eyes.
Jeremiah 9 19 Hear the people of Jerusalem crying in despair, `We are ruined! Disaster has come upon us! We must leave our land, because our homes have been torn down.'"
Jeremiah 9 20 Listen, you women, to the words of the LORD; open your ears to what he has to say. Teach your daughters to wail; teach one another how to lament.
Jeremiah 9 21 For death has crept in through our windows and has entered our mansions. It has killed off the flower of our youth: Children no longer play in the streets, and young men no longer gather in the squares.
Jeremiah 9 22 And the LORD says, "Bodies will be scattered across the fields like dung, or like bundles of grain after the harvest. No one will be left to bury them."
Jeremiah 9 23 This is what the LORD says: "Let not the wise man gloat in his wisdom, or the mighty man in his might, or the rich man in his riches.
Jeremiah 9 24 Let them boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the LORD who is just and righteous, whose love is unfailing, and that I delight in these things. I, the LORD, have spoken!
Jeremiah 9 25 "A time is coming," says the LORD, "when I will punish all those who are circumcised in body but not in spirit--
Jeremiah 9 26 the Egyptians, Edomites, Ammonites, Moabites, the people who live in distant places, and yes, even the people of Judah. Like all these pagan nations, the people of Israel also have uncircumcised hearts."
Jeremiah 10 1 Hear the word of the LORD, O Israel!
Jeremiah 10 2 This is what the LORD says: "Do not act like other nations who try to read their future in the stars. Do not be afraid of their predictions, even though other nations are terrified by them.
Jeremiah 10 3 Their ways are futile and foolish. They cut down a tree and carve an idol.
Jeremiah 10 4 They decorate it with gold and silver and then fasten it securely with hammer and nails so it won't fall over.
Jeremiah 10 5 There stands their god like a helpless scarecrow in a garden! It cannot speak, and it needs to be carried because it cannot walk. Do not be afraid of such gods, for they can neither harm you nor do you any good."
Jeremiah 10 6 LORD, there is no one like you! For you are great, and your name is full of power.
Jeremiah 10 7 Who would not fear you, O King of nations? That title belongs to you alone! Among all the wise people of the earth and in all the kingdoms of the world, there is no one like you.
Jeremiah 10 8 The wisest of people who worship idols are stupid and foolish. The things they worship are made of wood!
Jeremiah 10 9 They bring beaten sheets of silver from Tarshish and gold from Uphaz, and they give these materials to skillful craftsmen who make their idols. Then they dress these gods in royal purple robes made by expert tailors.
Jeremiah 10 10 But the LORD is the only true God, the living God. He is the everlasting King! The whole earth trembles at his anger. The nations hide before his wrath.
Jeremiah 10 11 Say this to those who worship other gods: "Your so-called gods, who did not make the heavens and earth, will vanish from the earth."
Jeremiah 10 12 But God made the earth by his power, and he preserves it by his wisdom. He has stretched out the heavens by his understanding.
Jeremiah 10 13 When he speaks, there is thunder in the heavens. He causes the clouds to rise over the earth. He sends the lightning with the rain and releases the wind from his storehouses.
Jeremiah 10 14 Compared to him, all people are foolish and have no knowledge at all! They make idols, but the idols will disgrace their makers, for they are frauds. They have no life or power in them.
Jeremiah 10 15 Idols are worthless; they are lies! The time is coming when they will all be destroyed.
Jeremiah 10 16 But the God of Israel is no idol! He is the Creator of everything that exists, including Israel, his own special possession. The LORD Almighty is his name!
Jeremiah 10 17 "Pack your bag and prepare to leave; the siege is about to begin,"
Jeremiah 10 18 says the LORD. "For suddenly, I will fling you from this land and pour great troubles upon you. At last you will feel my anger."
Jeremiah 10 19 My wound is desperate, and my grief is great. My sickness is incurable, but I must bear it.
Jeremiah 10 20 My home is gone, and no one is left to help me rebuild it. My children have been taken away, and I will never see them again.
Jeremiah 10 21 The shepherds of my people have lost their senses. They no longer follow the LORD or ask what he wants of them. Therefore, they fail completely, and their flocks are scattered.
Jeremiah 10 22 Listen! Hear the terrifying roar of great armies as they roll down from the north. The towns of Judah will be destroyed and will become a haunt for jackals.
Jeremiah 10 23 I know, LORD, that a person's life is not his own. No one is able to plan his own course.
Jeremiah 10 24 So correct me, LORD, but please be gentle. Do not correct me in anger, for I would die.
Jeremiah 10 25 Pour out your wrath on the nations that refuse to recognize you--on nations that do not call upon your name. For they have utterly devoured your people Israel, making the land a desolate wilderness.