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Jeremiah 13 1 This is what the LORD said to me: "Go and buy a linen belt and put it around your waist, but do not wash it."
Jeremiah 13 2 So I bought the belt as the LORD directed me and put it around my waist.
Jeremiah 13 3 Then the LORD gave me another message:
Jeremiah 13 4 "Take the linen belt you are wearing, and go to the Euphrates River. Hide it there in a hole in the rocks."
Jeremiah 13 5 So I went and hid it at the Euphrates as the LORD had instructed me.
Jeremiah 13 6 A long time afterward, the LORD said to me, "Go back to the Euphrates and get the linen belt that I told you to hide there."
Jeremiah 13 7 So I went to the Euphrates and dug it out of the hole where I had hidden it. But now it was mildewed and falling apart. The belt was useless.
Jeremiah 13 8 Then I received this message from the LORD:
Jeremiah 13 9 "The LORD says: This illustrates how I will rot away the pride of Judah and Jerusalem.
Jeremiah 13 10 These wicked people refuse to listen to me. They stubbornly follow their own desires and worship idols. Therefore, they will become like this linen belt--good for nothing!
Jeremiah 13 11 As a belt clings to a person's waist, so I created Judah and Israel to cling to me," says the LORD. "They were to be my people, my pride, my glory--an honor to my name. But they would not listen to me.
Jeremiah 13 12 "So tell them, `The LORD, the God of Israel, says: All your wineskins will be full of wine.' And they will reply, `Of course, you don't need to tell us how prosperous we will be!'
Jeremiah 13 13 Then tell them, `No, this is what the LORD means: I will make everyone in this land so confused that they will seem drunk--from the king sitting on David's throne and from the priests and the prophets, right on down to the common people.
Jeremiah 13 14 I will smash them one against the other, even parents against children, says the LORD. I will not let my pity or mercy or compassion keep me from destroying them.'"
Jeremiah 13 15 Listen! Do not be proud, for the LORD has spoken.
Jeremiah 13 16 Give glory to the LORD your God before it is too late. Acknowledge him before he brings darkness upon you, causing you to stumble and fall on the dark mountains. For then, when you look for light, you will find only terrible darkness.
Jeremiah 13 17 And if you still refuse to listen, I will weep alone because of your pride. My eyes will overflow with tears because the LORD's flock will be led away into exile.
Jeremiah 13 18 Say to the king and his mother, "Come down from your thrones and sit in the dust, for your glorious crowns will soon be snatched from your heads."
Jeremiah 13 19 The towns of the Negev will close their gates, and no one will be able to open them. The people of Judah will be taken away as captives. They will all be carried into exile.
Jeremiah 13 20 See the armies marching down from the north! Where is your flock--your beautiful flock--that he gave you to care for?
Jeremiah 13 21 How will you feel when the LORD sets your foreign allies over you as rulers? You will writhe in pain like a woman giving birth!
Jeremiah 13 22 You may ask yourself, "Why is all this happening to me?" It is because of your many sins! That is why you have been raped and destroyed by invading armies.
Jeremiah 13 23 Can an Ethiopian change the color of his skin? Can a leopard take away its spots? Neither can you start doing good, for you always do evil.
Jeremiah 13 24 "I will scatter you, just as chaff is scattered by the winds blowing in from the desert.
Jeremiah 13 25 This is your allotment, that which is due you," says the LORD. "I have measured it out especially for you, because you have forgotten me and put your trust in false gods.
Jeremiah 13 26 I myself will expose you to shame.
Jeremiah 13 27 I am keenly aware of your adultery and lust, and your abominable idol worship out in the fields and on the hills. Your destruction is sure, Jerusalem! How long will it be before you are pure?"
Jeremiah 14 1 This message came to Jeremiah from the LORD, explaining why he was holding back the rain:
Jeremiah 14 2 "Judah wilts; her businesses have ground to a halt. All the people sit on the ground in mourning, and a great cry rises from Jerusalem.
Jeremiah 14 3 The nobles send servants to get water, but all the wells are dry. The servants return with empty pitchers, confused and desperate, covering their heads in grief.
Jeremiah 14 4 The ground is parched and cracked for lack of rain. The farmers are afraid; they, too, cover their heads.
Jeremiah 14 5 The deer abandons her newborn fawn because there is no grass.
Jeremiah 14 6 The wild donkeys stand on the bare hills panting like thirsty jackals. They strain their eyes looking for grass to eat, but there is none to be found."
Jeremiah 14 7 The people say, "LORD, our wickedness has caught up with us. We have sinned against you. So please, help us for the sake of your own reputation.
Jeremiah 14 8 O Hope of Israel, our Savior in times of trouble! Why are you like a stranger to us? Why are you like someone passing through the land, stopping only for the night?
Jeremiah 14 9 Are you also confused? Are you helpless to save us? You are right here among us, LORD. We are known as your people. Please don't abandon us now!"
Jeremiah 14 10 So the LORD replies to his people, "You love to wander far from me and do not follow in my paths. Now I will no longer accept you as my people. I will remember all your wickedness and will punish you for your sins."
Jeremiah 14 11 Then the LORD said to me, "Do not pray for these people anymore.
Jeremiah 14 12 When they fast in my presence, I will pay no attention. When they present their burnt offerings and grain offerings to me, I will not accept them. In return, I will give them only war, famine, and disease."
Jeremiah 14 13 Then I said, "O Sovereign LORD, their prophets are telling them, `All is well--no war or famine will come. The LORD will surely send you peace.'"
Jeremiah 14 14 Then the LORD said, "These prophets are telling lies in my name. I did not send them or tell them to speak. I did not give them any messages. They prophesy of visions and revelations they have never seen or heard. They speak foolishness made up in their own lying hearts.
Jeremiah 14 15 Therefore, says the LORD, I will punish these lying prophets, for they have spoken in my name even though I never sent them. They say that no war or famine will come, but they themselves will die by war and famine!
Jeremiah 14 16 As for the people to whom they prophesy--their bodies will be thrown out into the streets of Jerusalem, victims of famine and war. There will be no one left to bury them. Husbands, wives, sons, and daughters--all will be gone. For I will pour out their own wickedness on them.
Jeremiah 14 17 "Now, Jeremiah, say this to them: `Night and day my eyes overflow with tears. I cannot stop weeping, for my virgin daughter--my precious people--has been run through with a sword and lies mortally wounded on the ground.
Jeremiah 14 18 If I go out into the fields, I see the bodies of people slaughtered by the enemy. If I walk the city streets, there I see people who have died of starvation. The prophets and priests continue with their work, but they do not know what they are doing.'"
Jeremiah 14 19 LORD, have you completely rejected Judah? Do you really hate Jerusalem? Why have you wounded us past all hope of healing? We hoped for peace, but no peace came. We hoped for a time of healing but found only terror.
Jeremiah 14 20 LORD, we confess our wickedness and that of our ancestors, too. We all have sinned against you.
Jeremiah 14 21 For the sake of your own name, LORD, do not abandon us. Do not disgrace yourself and the throne of your glory. Do not break your covenant with us. Please don't forget us!
Jeremiah 14 22 Can any of the foreign gods send us rain? Does it fall from the sky by itself? No, it comes from you, the LORD our God! Only you can do such things. So we will wait for you to help us.
Jeremiah 15 1 Then the LORD said to me, "Even if Moses and Samuel stood before me pleading for these people, I wouldn't help them. Away with them! Get them out of my sight!
Jeremiah 15 2 And if they say to you, `But where can we go?' tell them, `This is what the LORD says: Those who are destined for death, to death; those who are destined for war, to war; those who are destined for famine, to famine; those who are destined for captivity, to captivity.'
Jeremiah 15 3 "I will send four kinds of destroyers against them," says the LORD. "I will send the sword to kill, the dogs to drag away, the vultures to devour, and the wild animals to finish up what is left.
Jeremiah 15 4 Because of the wicked things Manasseh son of Hezekiah, king of Judah, did in Jerusalem, I will make my people an object of horror to all the kingdoms of the earth.
Jeremiah 15 5 "Who will feel sorry for you, Jerusalem? Who will weep for you? Who will even bother to ask how you are?
Jeremiah 15 6 You have forsaken me and turned your back on me," says the LORD. "Therefore, I will raise my clenched fists to destroy you. I am tired of always giving you another chance.
Jeremiah 15 7 I will winnow you like grain at the gates of your cities and take away everything you hold dear. I will destroy my own people, because they refuse to turn back to me from all their evil ways.
Jeremiah 15 8 "There will be more widows than the grains of sand along the seashore. At noontime I will bring a destroyer against the mothers of young men. I will cause anguish and terror to come upon them suddenly.
Jeremiah 15 9 The mother of seven grows faint and gasps for breath; her sun has gone down while it is yet day. She sits childless now, disgraced and humiliated. And those who are left, I will hand over to the enemy to be killed," says the LORD.
Jeremiah 15 10 Then I said, "What sadness is mine, my mother. Oh, that I had died at birth! I am hated everywhere I go. I am neither a lender who has threatened to foreclose nor a borrower who refuses to pay--yet they all curse me."
Jeremiah 15 11 The LORD replied, "All will be well with you, Jeremiah. Your enemies will ask you to plead on their behalf in times of trouble and distress.
Jeremiah 15 12 Can a man break a bar of iron from the north, or a bar of bronze?
Jeremiah 15 13 Because of all my people's sins against me, I will hand over their wealth and treasures as plunder to the enemy.
Jeremiah 15 14 I will tell their enemies to take them as captives to a foreign land. For my anger blazes forth like fire, and it will consume them."
Jeremiah 15 15 Then I said, "LORD, you know I am suffering for your sake. Punish my persecutors! Don't let them kill me! Be merciful to me and give them what they deserve!
Jeremiah 15 16 Your words are what sustain me. They bring me great joy and are my heart's delight, for I bear your name, O LORD God Almighty.
Jeremiah 15 17 I never joined the people in their merry feasts. I sat alone because your hand was on me. I burst with indignation at their sins.
Jeremiah 15 18 Why then does my suffering continue? Why is my wound so incurable? Your help seems as uncertain as a seasonal brook. It is like a spring that has gone dry."
Jeremiah 15 19 The LORD replied, "If you return to me, I will restore you so you can continue to serve me. If you speak words that are worthy, you will be my spokesman. You are to influence them; do not let them influence you!
Jeremiah 15 20 They will fight against you like an attacking army, but I will make you as secure as a fortified wall. They will not conquer you, for I will protect and deliver you. I, the LORD, have spoken!
Jeremiah 15 21 Yes, I will certainly keep you safe from these wicked men. I will rescue you from their cruel hands."
Jeremiah 16 1 The LORD gave me another message. He said,
Jeremiah 16 2 "Do not marry or have children in this place.
Jeremiah 16 3 For this is what the LORD says about the children born here in this city and about their mothers and fathers:
Jeremiah 16 4 They will die from terrible diseases. No one will mourn for them or bury them, and they will lie scattered on the ground like dung. They will die from war and famine, and their bodies will be food for the vultures and wild animals.
Jeremiah 16 5 "Do not go to their funerals to mourn and show sympathy for them," says the LORD, "for I have removed my protection and peace from them. I have taken away my unfailing love and my mercy.
Jeremiah 16 6 Both the great and the lowly will die in this land. No one will bury them or mourn for them. Their friends will not cut themselves or shave their heads in sadness.
Jeremiah 16 7 No one will offer a meal to comfort those who mourn for the dead--not even for the death of a mother or a father. No one will send a cup of wine to console them.
Jeremiah 16 8 "And do not go to their feasts and parties. Do not eat and drink with them at all.
Jeremiah 16 9 For the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: In your own lifetime, before your very eyes, I will put an end to the happy singing and laughter in this land. The joyful voices of bridegrooms and brides will no longer be heard.
Jeremiah 16 10 "When you tell the people all these things, they will ask, `Why has the LORD decreed such terrible things against us? What have we done to deserve such treatment? What is our sin against the LORD our God?'
Jeremiah 16 11 Tell them that this is the LORD's reply: It is because your ancestors were unfaithful to me. They worshiped other gods and served them. They abandoned me. They did not keep my law.
Jeremiah 16 12 And you are even worse than your ancestors! You stubbornly follow your own evil desires and refuse to listen to me.
Jeremiah 16 13 So I will throw you out of this land and send you into a foreign land where you and your ancestors have never been. There you can worship idols all you like--and I will grant you no favors!
Jeremiah 16 14 "But the time is coming," says the LORD, "when people who are taking an oath will no longer say, `As surely as the LORD lives, who rescued the people of Israel from the land of Egypt.'
Jeremiah 16 15 Instead, they will say, `As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the people of Israel back to their own land from the land of the north and from all the countries to which he had exiled them.' For I will bring them back to this land that I gave their ancestors.
Jeremiah 16 16 "But now I am sending for many fishermen who will catch them," says the LORD. "I am sending for hunters who will search for them in the forests and caves.
Jeremiah 16 17 I am watching them closely, and I see every sin. They cannot hope to hide from me.
Jeremiah 16 18 I will punish them doubly for all their sins, because they have defiled my land with lifeless images of their detestable gods and filled my inheritance with their evil deeds."
Jeremiah 16 19 LORD, you are my strength and fortress, my refuge in the day of trouble! Nations from around the world will come to you and say, "Our ancestors were foolish, for they worshiped worthless idols.
Jeremiah 16 20 Can people make their own god? The gods they make are not real gods at all!"
Jeremiah 16 21 "So now I will show them my power and might," says the LORD. "At last they will know that I am the LORD."
Jeremiah 17 1 The LORD says, "My people act as though their evil ways are laws to be obeyed, inscribed with a diamond point on their stony hearts, or with an iron chisel on the corners of their altars.
Jeremiah 17 2 Even their children go to worship at their sacred altars and Asherah poles, beneath every green tree and on every high hill.
Jeremiah 17 3 So I will give all your wealth and treasures--together with your pagan shrines--as plunder to your enemies, for sin runs rampant in your land.
Jeremiah 17 4 The wonderful inheritance I have reserved for you will slip out of your hands, and I will send you away as captives to a foreign land. For you have kindled my anger into a roaring fire that will burn forever."
Jeremiah 17 5 This is what the LORD says: "Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans and turn their hearts away from the LORD.
Jeremiah 17 6 They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, on the salty flats where no one lives.
Jeremiah 17 7 "But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence.
Jeremiah 17 8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they go right on producing delicious fruit.
Jeremiah 17 9 "The human heart is most deceitful and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?
Jeremiah 17 10 But I know! I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve."
Jeremiah 17 11 Like a bird that hatches eggs she has not laid, so are those who get their wealth by unjust means. Sooner or later they will lose their riches and, at the end of their lives, will become poor old fools.
Jeremiah 17 12 But we worship at your throne--eternal, high, and glorious!
Jeremiah 17 13 O LORD, the hope of Israel, all who turn away from you will be disgraced and shamed. They will be buried in a dry and dusty grave, for they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living water.
Jeremiah 17 14 O LORD, you alone can heal me; you alone can save. My praises are for you alone!
Jeremiah 17 15 People scoff at me and say, "What is this `message from the LORD' you keep talking about? Why don't your predictions come true?"
Jeremiah 17 16 LORD, I have not abandoned my job as a shepherd for your people. I have not urged you to send disaster. It is your message I have given them, not my own.
Jeremiah 17 17 LORD, do not desert me now! You alone are my hope in the day of disaster.
Jeremiah 17 18 Bring shame and terror on all who persecute me, but give me peace. Yes, bring double destruction upon them!
Jeremiah 17 19 Then the LORD said to me, "Go and stand in the gates of Jerusalem, first at the gate where the king goes out, and then at each of the other gates.
Jeremiah 17 20 Say to all the people, `Listen to this message from the LORD, you kings of Judah and all you people of Judah and everyone living in Jerusalem.
Jeremiah 17 21 This is what the LORD says: Listen to my warning and live! Stop carrying on your trade at Jerusalem's gates on the Sabbath day.
Jeremiah 17 22 Do not do your work on the Sabbath, but make it a holy day. I gave this command to your ancestors,
Jeremiah 17 23 but they did not listen or obey. They stubbornly refused to pay attention and would not respond to discipline.
Jeremiah 17 24 " `But if you obey me, says the LORD, and do not carry on your trade or work on the Sabbath day, and if you keep it holy,
Jeremiah 17 25 then this nation will continue forever. There will always be a descendant of David sitting on the throne here in Jerusalem. Kings and their officials will always ride among the people of Judah in chariots and on horses, and this city will remain forever.
Jeremiah 17 26 And from all around Jerusalem, from the towns of Judah and Benjamin, from the western foothills and the hill country and the Negev, the people will come with their burnt offerings and sacrifices. They will bring their grain offerings, incense, and thanksgiving offerings to the LORD's Temple.
Jeremiah 17 27 " `But if you do not listen to me and refuse to keep the Sabbath holy, and if on the Sabbath day you bring loads of merchandise through the gates of Jerusalem just as on other days, then I will set fire to these gates. The fire will spread to the palaces, and no one will be able to put out the roaring flames.'"
Jeremiah 18 1 The LORD gave another message to Jeremiah. He said,
Jeremiah 18 2 "Go down to the shop where clay pots and jars are made. I will speak to you while you are there."
Jeremiah 18 3 So I did as he told me and found the potter working at his wheel.
Jeremiah 18 4 But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so the potter squashed the jar into a lump of clay and started again.
Jeremiah 18 5 Then the LORD gave me this message:
Jeremiah 18 6 "O Israel, can I not do to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the potter's hand, so are you in my hand.
Jeremiah 18 7 If I announce that a certain nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down, and destroyed,
Jeremiah 18 8 but then that nation renounces its evil ways, I will not destroy it as I had planned.
Jeremiah 18 9 And if I announce that I will build up and plant a certain nation or kingdom, making it strong and great,
Jeremiah 18 10 but then that nation turns to evil and refuses to obey me, I will not bless that nation as I had said I would.
Jeremiah 18 11 "Therefore, Jeremiah, go and warn all Judah and Jerusalem. Say to them, `This is what the LORD says: I am planning disaster against you instead of good. So turn from your evil ways, each of you, and do what is right.'"
Jeremiah 18 12 But they replied, "Don't waste your breath. We will continue to live as we want to, following our own evil desires."
Jeremiah 18 13 Then the LORD said, "Has anyone ever heard of such a thing, even among the pagan nations? My virgin Israel has done something too terrible to understand!
Jeremiah 18 14 Does the snow ever melt high up in the mountains of Lebanon? Do the cold, flowing streams from the crags of Mount Hermon ever run dry?
Jeremiah 18 15 These can be counted on, but not my people! For they have deserted me and turned to worthless idols. They have stumbled off the ancient highways of good, and they walk the muddy paths of sin.
Jeremiah 18 16 Therefore, their land will become desolate, a monument to their stupidity. All who pass by will be astonished and shake their heads in amazement at its utter desolation.
Jeremiah 18 17 I will scatter my people before their enemies as the east wind scatters dust. And in all their trouble I will turn my back on them and refuse to notice their distress."
Jeremiah 18 18 Then the people said, "Come on, let's find a way to stop Jeremiah. We have our own priests and wise men and prophets. We don't need him to teach the law and give us advice and prophecies. Let's spread rumors about him and ignore what he says."
Jeremiah 18 19 LORD, help me! Listen to what they are planning to do to me!
Jeremiah 18 20 Should they repay evil for good? They have set a trap to kill me, though I pleaded for them and tried to protect them from your anger.
Jeremiah 18 21 So let their children starve! Let the sword pour out their blood! Let their wives become widows without any children! Let their old men die in a plague, and let their young men be killed in battle!
Jeremiah 18 22 Let screaming be heard from their homes as warriors come suddenly upon them. For they have dug a pit for me, and they have hidden traps along my path.
Jeremiah 18 23 LORD, you know all about their murderous plots against me. Don't forgive their crimes and blot out their sins. Let them die before you. Deal with them in your anger.
Jeremiah 19 1 The LORD said to me, "Go and buy a clay jar. Then ask some of the leaders of the people and of the priests to follow you.
Jeremiah 19 2 Go out into the valley of the son of Hinnom by the entrance to the Potsherd Gate, and repeat to them the words that I give you.
Jeremiah 19 3 Say to them, `Listen to this message from the LORD, you kings of Judah and citizens of Jerusalem! This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I will bring such a terrible disaster on this place that the ears of those who hear about it will ring!
Jeremiah 19 4 " `For Israel has forsaken me and turned this valley into a place of wickedness. The people burn incense to foreign gods--idols never before worshiped by this generation, by their ancestors, or by the kings of Judah. And they have filled this place with the blood of innocent children.
Jeremiah 19 5 They have built pagan shrines to Baal, and there they burn their sons as sacrifices to Baal. I have never commanded such a horrible deed; it never even crossed my mind to command such a thing!
Jeremiah 19 6 So beware, for the time is coming, says the LORD, when this place will no longer be called Topheth or the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter.
Jeremiah 19 7 For I will upset the battle plans of Judah and Jerusalem and let invading armies slaughter them. The enemy will leave the dead bodies as food for the vultures and wild animals.
Jeremiah 19 8 I will wipe Jerusalem from the face of the earth, making it a monument to their stupidity. All who pass by will be appalled and will gasp at the destruction they see there.
Jeremiah 19 9 I will see to it that your enemies lay siege to the city until all the food is gone. Then those trapped inside will have to eat their own sons and daughters and friends. They will be driven to utter despair.'
Jeremiah 19 10 "As these men watch, Jeremiah, smash the jar you brought with you.
Jeremiah 19 11 Then say to them, `This is what the LORD Almighty says: As this jar lies shattered, so I will shatter the people of Judah and Jerusalem beyond all hope of repair. They will bury the bodies in Topheth until there is no more room.
Jeremiah 19 12 This is what I will do to this place and its people, says the LORD. I will cause this city to become defiled like Topheth.
Jeremiah 19 13 Yes, all the houses in Jerusalem, including the palace of Judah's kings, will become like Topheth--all the houses where you burned incense on the rooftops to your star gods, and where drink offerings were poured out to your idols.'"
Jeremiah 19 14 Then Jeremiah returned from Topheth where he had delivered this message, and he stopped in front of the Temple of the LORD. He said to the people there,
Jeremiah 19 15 "This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I will bring disaster upon this city and its surrounding towns just as I promised, because you have stubbornly refused to listen to me."
Jeremiah 20 1 Now Pashhur son of Immer, the priest in charge of the Temple of the LORD, heard what Jeremiah was saying.
Jeremiah 20 2 So he arrested Jeremiah the prophet and had him whipped and put in stocks at the Benjamin Gate of the LORD's Temple.
Jeremiah 20 3 The next day, when Pashhur finally released him, Jeremiah said, "Pashhur, the LORD has changed your name. From now on you are to be called `The Man Who Lives in Terror.'
Jeremiah 20 4 For this is what the LORD says: I will send terror upon you and all your friends, and you will watch as they are slaughtered by the swords of the enemy. I will hand the people of Judah over to the king of Babylon. He will take them captive to Babylon or run them through with the sword.
Jeremiah 20 5 And I will let your enemies plunder Jerusalem. All the famed treasures of the city--the precious jewels and gold and silver of your kings--will be carried off to Babylon.
Jeremiah 20 6 As for you, Pashhur, you and all your household will go as captives to Babylon. There you will die and be buried, you and all your friends to whom you promised that everything would be all right."
Jeremiah 20 7 O LORD, you persuaded me, and I allowed myself to be persuaded. You are stronger than I am, and you overpowered me. Now I am mocked by everyone in the city.
Jeremiah 20 8 Whenever I speak, the words come out in a violent outburst. "Violence and destruction!" I shout. So these messages from the LORD have made me a household joke.
Jeremiah 20 9 And I can't stop! If I say I'll never mention the LORD or speak in his name, his word burns in my heart like a fire. It's like a fire in my bones! I am weary of holding it in!
Jeremiah 20 10 I have heard the many rumors about me. They call me "The Man Who Lives in Terror." And they say, "If you say anything, we will report it." Even my old friends are watching me, waiting for a fatal slip. "He will trap himself," they say, "and then we will get our revenge on him."
Jeremiah 20 11 But the LORD stands beside me like a great warrior. Before him they will stumble. They cannot defeat me. They will be shamed and thoroughly humiliated. Their dishonor will never be forgotten.
Jeremiah 20 12 O LORD Almighty! You know those who are righteous, and you examine the deepest thoughts of hearts and minds. Let me see your vengeance against them, for I have committed my cause to you.
Jeremiah 20 13 Now I will sing out my thanks to the LORD! Praise the LORD! For though I was poor and needy, he delivered me from my oppressors.
Jeremiah 20 14 Yet I curse the day I was born! May the day of my birth not be blessed.
Jeremiah 20 15 I curse the messenger who told my father, "Good news--you have a son!"
Jeremiah 20 16 Let him be destroyed like the cities of old that the LORD overthrew without mercy. Terrify him all day long with battle shouts,
Jeremiah 20 17 for he did not kill me at birth. Oh, that I had died in my mother's womb, that her body had been my grave!
Jeremiah 20 18 Why was I ever born? My entire life has been filled with trouble, sorrow, and shame.
Jeremiah 21 1 The LORD spoke through Jeremiah when King Zedekiah sent Pashhur son of Malkijah and Zephaniah son of Maaseiah, the priest, to speak with him. They begged Jeremiah,
Jeremiah 21 2 "Please ask the LORD to help us. King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon has begun his attack on Judah. Perhaps the LORD will be gracious and do a mighty miracle as he has done in the past. Perhaps he will force Nebuchadnezzar to withdraw his armies."
Jeremiah 21 3 Jeremiah replied, "Go back to King Zedekiah and tell him,
Jeremiah 21 4 `This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I will make your weapons useless against the king of Babylon and the Babylonians who are attacking you. Yes, I will bring your enemies right into the heart of this city.
Jeremiah 21 5 I myself will fight against you with great power, for I am very angry. You have made me furious!
Jeremiah 21 6 I will send a terrible plague upon this city, and both people and animals will die.
Jeremiah 21 7 And then, says the LORD, even after King Zedekiah, his officials, and everyone else in the city have survived war, famine, and disease, I will hand them over to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. He will slaughter them all without mercy, pity, or compassion.'
Jeremiah 21 8 "Tell all the people, `This is what the LORD says: Take your choice of life or death!
Jeremiah 21 9 Everyone who stays in Jerusalem will die from war, famine, or disease, but those who go out and surrender to the Babylonians will live.
Jeremiah 21 10 For I have decided to bring disaster and not good upon this city, says the LORD. It will be captured by the king of Babylon, and he will reduce it to ashes.'
Jeremiah 21 11 "Say to the royal family of Judah, `Listen to this message from the LORD!
Jeremiah 21 12 This is what the LORD says to the dynasty of David: Give justice to the people you judge! Help those who have been robbed; rescue them from their oppressors. Do what is right, or my anger will burn like an unquenchable fire because of all your sins.
Jeremiah 21 13 I will fight against this city of Jerusalem that boasts, "We are safe on our mountain! No one can touch us here."
Jeremiah 21 14 And I myself will punish you for your sinfulness, says the LORD. I will light a fire in your forests that will burn up everything around you.'"
Jeremiah 22 1 Then the LORD said to me, "Go over and speak directly to the king of Judah. Say to him,
Jeremiah 22 2 `Listen to this message from the LORD, you king of Judah, sitting on David's throne. Let your officials and your people listen, too.
Jeremiah 22 3 This is what the LORD says: Be fair-minded and just. Do what is right! Help those who have been robbed; rescue them from their oppressors. Quit your evil deeds! Do not mistreat foreigners, orphans, and widows. Stop murdering the innocent!
Jeremiah 22 4 If you obey me, there will always be a descendant of David sitting on the throne here in Jerusalem. The king will ride through the palace gates in chariots and on horses, with his parade of officials and subjects.
Jeremiah 22 5 But if you refuse to pay attention to this warning, I swear by my own name, says the LORD, that this palace will become a pile of rubble.'"
Jeremiah 22 6 Now this is what the LORD says concerning the royal palace: "You are as beloved to me as fruitful Gilead and the green forests of Lebanon. But I will destroy you and leave you deserted, with no one living within your walls.
Jeremiah 22 7 I will call for wreckers, who will bring out their tools to dismantle you. They will tear out all your fine cedar beams and throw them on the fire.
Jeremiah 22 8 People from many nations will pass by the ruins of this city and say to one another, `Why did the LORD destroy such a great city?'
Jeremiah 22 9 And the answer will be, `Because they violated their covenant with the LORD their God by worshiping other gods.'"
Jeremiah 22 10 Do not weep for the dead king or mourn his loss. Instead, weep for the captive king being led away! For he will never return to see his native land again.
Jeremiah 22 11 For this is what the LORD says about Jehoahaz, who succeeded his father, King Josiah, and was taken away as a captive: "He will never return.
Jeremiah 22 12 He will die in a distant land and never again see his own country."
Jeremiah 22 13 And the LORD says, "Destruction is certain for Jehoiakim, who builds his palace with forced labor. By not paying wages, he builds injustice into its walls and oppression into its doorframes and ceilings.
Jeremiah 22 14 He says, `I will build a magnificent palace with huge rooms and many windows, paneled throughout with fragrant cedar and painted a lovely red.'
Jeremiah 22 15 "But a beautiful palace does not make a great king! Why did your father, Josiah, reign so long? Because he was just and right in all his dealings. That is why God blessed him.
Jeremiah 22 16 He made sure that justice and help were given to the poor and needy, and everything went well for him. Isn't that what it means to know me?" asks the LORD.
Jeremiah 22 17 "But you! You are full of selfish greed and dishonesty! You murder the innocent, oppress the poor, and reign ruthlessly."
Jeremiah 22 18 Therefore, this is the LORD's decree of punishment against King Jehoiakim, who succeeded his father, Josiah, on the throne: "His family will not weep for him when he dies. His subjects will not even care that he is dead.
Jeremiah 22 19 He will be buried like a dead donkey--dragged out of Jerusalem and dumped outside the gate!
Jeremiah 22 20 Weep, for your allies are all gone. Search for them in Lebanon. Shout for them at Bashan. Search for them in the regions east of the river. See, they are all destroyed. Not one is left to help you.
Jeremiah 22 21 "When you were prosperous, I warned you, but you replied, `Don't bother me.' Since childhood you have been that way--you simply will not listen!
Jeremiah 22 22 And now your allies have all disappeared with a puff of wind. All your friends have been taken away as captives. Surely at last you will see your wickedness and be ashamed.
Jeremiah 22 23 It may be nice to live in a beautiful palace lined with lumber from the cedars of Lebanon, but soon you will cry and groan in anguish--anguish like that of a woman about to give birth.
Jeremiah 22 24 "And as surely as I live," says the LORD, "I will abandon you, Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah. Even if you were the signet ring on my right hand, I would pull you off.
Jeremiah 22 25 I will hand you over to those who seek to kill you, of whom you are so desperately afraid--to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and the mighty Babylonian army.
Jeremiah 22 26 I will expel you and your mother from this land, and you will die in a foreign country.
Jeremiah 22 27 You will never again return to the land of your desire.
Jeremiah 22 28 "Why is this man Jehoiachin like a discarded, broken dish? Why are he and his children to be exiled to distant lands?
Jeremiah 22 29 O earth, earth, earth! Listen to this message from the LORD!
Jeremiah 22 30 This is what the LORD says: Let the record show that this man Jehoiachin was childless, for none of his children will ever sit on the throne of David to rule in Judah. His life will amount to nothing."
Jeremiah 23 1 "I will send disaster upon the leaders of my people--the shepherds of my sheep--for they have destroyed and scattered the very ones they were expected to care for," says the LORD.
Jeremiah 23 2 This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says to these shepherds: "Instead of leading my flock to safety, you have deserted them and driven them to destruction. Now I will pour out judgment on you for the evil you have done to them.
Jeremiah 23 3 But I will gather together the remnant of my flock from wherever I have driven them. I will bring them back into their own fold, and they will be fruitful and increase in number.
Jeremiah 23 4 Then I will appoint responsible shepherds to care for them, and they will never be afraid again. Not a single one of them will be lost or missing," says the LORD.
Jeremiah 23 5 "For the time is coming," says the LORD, "when I will place a righteous Branch on King David's throne. He will be a King who rules with wisdom. He will do what is just and right throughout the land.
Jeremiah 23 6 And this is his name: `The LORD Is Our Righteousness.' In that day Judah will be saved, and Israel will live in safety.
Jeremiah 23 7 "In that day," says the LORD, "when people are taking an oath, they will no longer say, `As surely as the LORD lives, who rescued the people of Israel from the land of Egypt.'
Jeremiah 23 8 Instead, they will say, `As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the people of Israel back to their own land from the land of the north and from all the countries to which he had exiled them.' Then they will live in their own land."
Jeremiah 23 9 My heart is broken because of the false prophets, and I tremble uncontrollably. I stagger like a drunkard, like someone overcome by wine, because of the holy words the LORD has spoken against them.
Jeremiah 23 10 For the land is full of adultery, and it lies under a curse. The land itself is in mourning--its pastures are dried up. For the prophets do evil and abuse their power.
Jeremiah 23 11 "The priests are like the prophets, all ungodly, wicked men. I have seen their despicable acts right here in my own Temple," says the LORD.
Jeremiah 23 12 "Therefore, their paths will be dark and slippery. They will be chased down dark and treacherous trails, where they will fall. For I will bring disaster upon them when their time of punishment comes. I, the LORD, have spoken!
Jeremiah 23 13 "I saw that the prophets of Samaria were terribly evil, for they prophesied by Baal and led my people of Israel into sin.
Jeremiah 23 14 But now I see that the prophets of Jerusalem are even worse! They commit adultery, and they love dishonesty. They encourage those who are doing evil instead of turning them away from their sins. These prophets are as wicked as the people of Sodom and Gomorrah once were."
Jeremiah 23 15 Therefore, this is what the LORD Almighty says concerning the prophets: "I will feed them with bitterness and give them poison to drink. For it is because of Jerusalem's prophets that wickedness fills this land.
Jeremiah 23 16 This is my warning to my people," says the LORD Almighty. "Do not listen to these prophets when they prophesy to you, filling you with futile hopes. They are making up everything they say. They do not speak for the LORD!
Jeremiah 23 17 They keep saying to these rebels who despise my word, `Don't worry! The LORD says you will have peace!' And to those who stubbornly follow their own evil desires, they say, `No harm will come your way!'
Jeremiah 23 18 "But can you name even one of these prophets who knows the LORD well enough to hear what he is saying? Has even one of them cared enough to listen?
Jeremiah 23 19 Look! The LORD's anger bursts out like a storm, a whirlwind that swirls down on the heads of the wicked.
Jeremiah 23 20 The anger of the LORD will not diminish until it has finished all his plans. In the days to come, you will understand all this very clearly.
Jeremiah 23 21 "I have not sent these prophets, yet they claim to speak for me. I have given them no message, yet they prophesy.
Jeremiah 23 22 If they had listened to me, they would have spoken my words and turned my people from their evil ways.
Jeremiah 23 23 Am I a God who is only in one place?" asks the LORD. "Do they think I cannot see what they are doing?
Jeremiah 23 24 Can anyone hide from me? Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?" asks the LORD.
Jeremiah 23 25 "I have heard these prophets say, `Listen to the dream I had from God last night.' And then they proceed to tell lies in my name.
Jeremiah 23 26 How long will this go on? If they are prophets, they are prophets of deceit, inventing everything they say.
Jeremiah 23 27 By telling these false dreams, they are trying to get my people to forget me, just as their ancestors did by worshiping the idols of Baal.
Jeremiah 23 28 Let these false prophets tell their dreams, but let my true messengers faithfully proclaim my every word. There is a difference between chaff and wheat!
Jeremiah 23 29 Does not my word burn like fire?" asks the LORD. "Is it not like a mighty hammer that smashes rock to pieces?
Jeremiah 23 30 "Therefore," says the LORD, "I stand against these prophets who get their messages from each other--
Jeremiah 23 31 these smooth-tongued prophets who say, `This prophecy is from the LORD!'
Jeremiah 23 32 Their imaginary dreams are flagrant lies that lead my people into sin. I did not send or appoint them, and they have no message at all for my people," says the LORD.
Jeremiah 23 33 "Suppose one of the people or one of the prophets or priests asks you, `What prophecy has the LORD burdened you with now?' You must reply, `You are the burden! The LORD says he will abandon you!'
Jeremiah 23 34 If any prophet, priest, or anyone else says, `I have a prophecy from the LORD,' I will punish that person along with his entire family.
Jeremiah 23 35 You should keep asking each other, `What is the LORD's answer?' or `What is the LORD saying?'
Jeremiah 23 36 But stop using this phrase, `prophecy from the LORD.' For people are using it to give authority to their own ideas, turning upside down the words of our God, the living God, the LORD Almighty.
Jeremiah 23 37 "This is what you should say to the prophets: `What is the LORD's answer?' or `What is the LORD saying?'
Jeremiah 23 38 But suppose they respond, `This is a prophecy from the LORD!' Then you should say, `This is what the LORD says: Because you have used this phrase, "prophecy from the LORD," even though I warned you not to use it,
Jeremiah 23 39 I will forget you completely. I will expel you from my presence, along with this city that I gave to you and your ancestors.
Jeremiah 23 40 And I will make you an object of ridicule, and your name will be infamous throughout the ages.'"
Jeremiah 24 1 After King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon exiled Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, to Babylon along with the princes of Judah and all the skilled craftsmen, the LORD gave me this vision. I saw two baskets of figs placed in front of the LORD's Temple in Jerusalem.
Jeremiah 24 2 One basket was filled with fresh, ripe figs, while the other was filled with figs that were spoiled and could not be eaten.
Jeremiah 24 3 Then the LORD said to me, "What do you see, Jeremiah?" I replied, "Figs, some very good and some very bad."
Jeremiah 24 4 Then the LORD gave me this message:
Jeremiah 24 5 "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: The good figs represent the exiles I sent from Judah to the land of the Babylonians.
Jeremiah 24 6 I have sent them into captivity for their own good. I will see that they are well treated, and I will bring them back here again. I will build them up and not tear them down. I will plant them and not uproot them.
Jeremiah 24 7 I will give them hearts that will recognize me as the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me wholeheartedly.
Jeremiah 24 8 "But the rotten figs," the LORD said, "represent King Zedekiah of Judah, his officials, all the people left in Jerusalem, and those who live in Egypt. I will treat them like spoiled figs, too rotten to eat.
Jeremiah 24 9 I will make them an object of horror and evil to every nation on earth. They will be disgraced and mocked, taunted and cursed, wherever I send them.
Jeremiah 24 10 I will send war, famine, and disease until they have vanished from the land of Israel, which I gave to them and their ancestors."
Jeremiah 25 1 This message for all the people of Judah came to Jeremiah from the LORD during the fourth year of Jehoiakim's reign over Judah. This was the year when King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon began his reign.
Jeremiah 25 2 Jeremiah the prophet said to the people in Judah and Jerusalem,
Jeremiah 25 3 "For the past twenty-three years--from the thirteenth year of Josiah son of Amon, king of Judah, until now--the LORD has been giving me his messages. I have faithfully passed them on to you, but you have not listened.
Jeremiah 25 4 "Again and again, the LORD has sent you his prophets, but you have not listened or even tried to hear.
Jeremiah 25 5 Each time the message was this: `Turn from the evil road you are traveling and from the evil things you are doing. Only then will I let you live in this land that the LORD gave to you and your ancestors forever.
Jeremiah 25 6 Do not make me angry by worshiping the idols you have made. Then I will not harm you.'
Jeremiah 25 7 "But you would not listen to me," says the LORD. "You made me furious by worshiping your idols, bringing on yourselves all the disasters you now suffer.
Jeremiah 25 8 And now the LORD Almighty says: Because you have not listened to me,
Jeremiah 25 9 I will gather together all the armies of the north under King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, whom I have appointed as my deputy. I will bring them all against this land and its people and against the other nations near you. I will completely destroy you and make you an object of horror and contempt and a ruin forever.
Jeremiah 25 10 I will take away your happy singing and laughter. The joyful voices of bridegrooms and brides will no longer be heard. Your businesses will fail, and all your homes will stand silent and dark.
Jeremiah 25 11 This entire land will become a desolate wasteland. Israel and her neighboring lands will serve the king of Babylon for seventy years.
Jeremiah 25 12 "Then, after the seventy years of captivity are over, I will punish the king of Babylon and his people for their sins, says the LORD. I will make the country of the Babylonians an everlasting wasteland.
Jeremiah 25 13 I will bring upon them all the terrors I have promised in this book--all the penalties announced by Jeremiah against the nations.
Jeremiah 25 14 Many nations and great kings will enslave the Babylonians, just as they enslaved my people. I will punish them in proportion to the suffering they cause my people."
Jeremiah 25 15 Then the LORD, the God of Israel, said to me, "Take from my hand this cup filled to the brim with my anger, and make all the nations to whom I send you drink from it.
Jeremiah 25 16 When they drink from it, they will stagger, crazed by the warfare I will send against them."
Jeremiah 25 17 So I took the cup of anger from the LORD and made all the nations drink from it--every nation the LORD sent me to.
Jeremiah 25 18 I went to Jerusalem and the other towns of Judah, and their kings and officials drank from the cup. From that day until this, they have been a desolate ruin, an object of horror, contempt, and cursing.
Jeremiah 25 19 I went to Egypt and spoke to Pharaoh, his officials, his princes, and his people. They, too, drank from that terrible cup,
Jeremiah 25 20 along with all the foreigners living in that land. So did all the kings of the land of Uz and the kings of the Philistine cities of Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron, and what remains of Ashdod.
Jeremiah 25 21 Then I went to the nations of Edom, Moab, and Ammon,
Jeremiah 25 22 and the kings of Tyre and Sidon, and the kings of the regions across the sea.
Jeremiah 25 23 I went to Dedan, Tema, and Buz, and to the people who live in distant places.
Jeremiah 25 24 I went to the kings of Arabia, the kings of the nomadic tribes of the desert,
Jeremiah 25 25 and to the kings of Zimri, Elam, and Media.
Jeremiah 25 26 And I went to the kings of the northern countries, far and near, one after the other--all the kingdoms of the world. And finally, the king of Babylon himself drank from the cup of the LORD's anger.
Jeremiah 25 27 Then the LORD said to me, "Now tell them, `The LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Drink from this cup of my anger. Get drunk and vomit, and you will fall to rise no more, for I am sending terrible wars against you.'
Jeremiah 25 28 And if they refuse to accept the cup, tell them, `The LORD Almighty says: You must drink from it. You cannot escape!
Jeremiah 25 29 I have begun to punish Jerusalem, the city where my own name is honored. Now should I let you go unpunished? No, you will not escape disaster. I will call for war against all the nations of the earth. I, the LORD Almighty, have spoken!'
Jeremiah 25 30 "Now prophesy all these things, and say to them, `The LORD will roar loudly against his own land from his holy dwelling in heaven. He will shout against everyone on the earth, like the harvesters do as they crush juice from the grapes.
Jeremiah 25 31 His cry of judgment will reach the ends of the earth, for the LORD will bring his case against all the nations. He will judge all the people of the earth, slaughtering the wicked with his sword. The LORD has spoken!'"
Jeremiah 25 32 This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Look! Disaster will fall upon nation after nation! A great whirlwind of fury is rising from the most distant corners of the earth!"
Jeremiah 25 33 In that day those the LORD has slaughtered will fill the earth from one end to the other. No one will mourn for them or gather up their bodies to bury them. They will be scattered like dung on the ground.
Jeremiah 25 34 Weep and moan, you evil shepherds! Roll in the dust, you leaders of the flock! The time of your slaughter has arrived; you will fall and shatter like fragile pottery.
Jeremiah 25 35 You will find no place to hide; there will be no way to escape.
Jeremiah 25 36 Listen to the frantic cries of the shepherds, to the leaders of the flock shouting in despair, for the LORD is spoiling their pastures.
Jeremiah 25 37 Peaceful meadows will be turned into a wasteland by the LORD's fierce anger.
Jeremiah 25 38 He has left his den like a lion seeking its prey, and their land will be made desolate by the sword of the enemy and the LORD's fierce anger.
Jeremiah 26 1 This message came to Jeremiah from the LORD early in the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, king of Judah.
Jeremiah 26 2 The LORD said, "Stand out in front of the Temple of the LORD, and make an announcement to the people who have come there to worship from all over Judah. Give them my entire message; include every word.
Jeremiah 26 3 Perhaps they will listen and turn from their evil ways. Then I will be able to withhold the disaster I am ready to pour out on them because of their sins.
Jeremiah 26 4 "Say to them, `This is what the LORD says: If you will not listen to me and obey the law I have given you,
Jeremiah 26 5 and if you will not listen to my servants, the prophets--for I sent them again and again to warn you, but you would not listen to them--
Jeremiah 26 6 then I will destroy this Temple as I destroyed Shiloh, the place where the Tabernacle was located. And I will make Jerusalem an object of cursing in every nation on earth.'"
Jeremiah 26 7 The priests, the prophets, and all the people listened to Jeremiah as he spoke in front of the LORD's Temple.
Jeremiah 26 8 But when Jeremiah had finished his message, saying everything the LORD had told him to say, the priests and prophets and all the people at the Temple mobbed him. "Kill him!" they shouted.
Jeremiah 26 9 "What right do you have to prophesy in the LORD's name that this Temple will be destroyed like Shiloh? What do you mean, saying that Jerusalem will be destroyed?" And all the people threatened him as he stood in front of the Temple.
Jeremiah 26 10 When the officials of Judah heard what was happening, they rushed over from the palace and sat down at the New Gate of the Temple to hold court.
Jeremiah 26 11 The priests and prophets presented their accusations to the officials and the people. "This man should die!" they said. "You have heard with your own ears what a traitor he is, for he has prophesied against this city."
Jeremiah 26 12 Then Jeremiah spoke in his own defense. "The LORD sent me to prophesy against this Temple and this city," he said. "The LORD gave me every word that I have spoken.
Jeremiah 26 13 But if you stop your sinning and begin to obey the LORD your God, he will cancel this disaster that he has announced against you.
Jeremiah 26 14 As for me, I am helpless and in your power--do with me as you think best.
Jeremiah 26 15 But if you kill me, rest assured that you will be killing an innocent man! The responsibility for such a deed will lie on you, on this city, and on every person living in it. For it is absolutely true that the LORD sent me to speak every word you have heard."
Jeremiah 26 16 Then the officials and the people said to the priests and prophets, "This man does not deserve the death sentence, for he has spoken to us in the name of the LORD our God."
Jeremiah 26 17 Then some of the wise old men stood and spoke to the people there.
Jeremiah 26 18 They said, "Think back to the days when Micah of Moresheth prophesied during the reign of King Hezekiah of Judah. He told the people of Judah, `This is what the LORD Almighty says: Mount Zion will be plowed like an open field; Jerusalem will be reduced to rubble! A great forest will grow on the hilltop, where the Temple now stands.'
Jeremiah 26 19 But did King Hezekiah and the people kill him for saying this? No, they turned from their sins and worshiped the LORD. They begged him to have mercy on them. Then the LORD held back the terrible disaster he had pronounced against them. If we kill Jeremiah, who knows what will happen to us?"
Jeremiah 26 20 (At this time, Uriah son of Shemaiah from Kiriath-jearim was also prophesying for the LORD. And he predicted the same terrible disaster against the city and nation as Jeremiah did.
Jeremiah 26 21 When King Jehoiakim and the army officers and officials heard what he was saying, the king sent someone to kill him. But Uriah heard about the plot and escaped to Egypt.
Jeremiah 26 22 Then King Jehoiakim sent Elnathan son of Acbor to Egypt along with several other men to capture Uriah.
Jeremiah 26 23 They took him prisoner and brought him back to King Jehoiakim. The king then killed Uriah with a sword and had him buried in an unmarked grave.)
Jeremiah 26 24 Ahikam son of Shaphan also stood with Jeremiah and persuaded the court not to turn him over to the mob to be killed.
Jeremiah 27 1 This message came to Jeremiah from the LORD early in the reign of Zedekiah son of Josiah, king of Judah.
Jeremiah 27 2 The LORD said to me, "Make a yoke, and fasten it on your neck with leather thongs.
Jeremiah 27 3 Then send messages to the kings of Edom, Moab, Ammon, Tyre, and Sidon through their ambassadors to King Zedekiah in Jerusalem.
Jeremiah 27 4 Give them this message for their masters: `This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says:
Jeremiah 27 5 By my great power I have made the earth and all its people and every animal. I can give these things of mine to anyone I choose.
Jeremiah 27 6 Now I will give your countries to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, who is my servant. I have put everything, even the wild animals, under his control.
Jeremiah 27 7 All the nations will serve him and his son and his grandson until his time is up. But then many nations and great kings will conquer and rule over Babylon.
Jeremiah 27 8 So you must submit to Babylon's king and serve him; put your neck under Babylon's yoke! I will punish any nation that refuses to be his slave, says the LORD. I will send war, famine, and disease upon that nation until Babylon has conquered it.
Jeremiah 27 9 " `Do not listen to your false prophets, fortune-tellers, interpreters of dreams, mediums, and sorcerers who say, "The king of Babylon will not conquer you."
Jeremiah 27 10 They are all liars, and I will drive you from your land and send you far away to die.
Jeremiah 27 11 But the people of any nation that submits to the king of Babylon will be allowed to stay in their own country to farm the land as usual. I, the LORD, have spoken!'"
Jeremiah 27 12 Then I repeated this same message to King Zedekiah of Judah. "If you want to live, submit to the king of Babylon and his people," I said.
Jeremiah 27 13 "Why do you insist on dying--you and your people? Why should you choose war, famine, and disease, which the LORD will bring against every nation that refuses to submit to Babylon's king?
Jeremiah 27 14 Do not listen to the false prophets who keep telling you, `The king of Babylon will not conquer you.' They are liars.
Jeremiah 27 15 This is what the LORD says: I have not sent these prophets! They are telling you lies in my name, so I will drive you from this land. You will all die--you and all these prophets, too."
Jeremiah 27 16 Then I spoke to the priests and the people and said, "This is what the LORD says: Do not listen to your prophets who claim that soon the gold utensils taken from my Temple will be returned from Babylon. It is all a lie!
Jeremiah 27 17 Do not listen to them. Surrender to the king of Babylon, and you will live. Why should this whole city be destroyed?
Jeremiah 27 18 If they really are the LORD's prophets, let them pray to the LORD Almighty about the gold utensils that are still left in the LORD's Temple and in the king's palace and in the palaces of Jerusalem. Let them pray that these remaining articles will not be carried away with you to Babylon!
Jeremiah 27 19 "For this is what the LORD Almighty says about the bronze pillars in front of the Temple, the bronze Sea in the Temple courtyard, the bronze water carts, and all the other ceremonial articles.
Jeremiah 27 20 King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon left them here when he exiled Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, to Babylon, along with all the other important people of Judah and Jerusalem.
Jeremiah 27 21 Yes, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says about the precious things kept in the Temple and in the palace of Judah's king:
Jeremiah 27 22 They will all be carried away to Babylon and will stay there until I send for them, says the LORD. But someday I will bring them back to Jerusalem again."
Jeremiah 28 1 One day in late summer of that same year--the fourth year of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah--Hananiah son of Azzur, a prophet from Gibeon, addressed me publicly in the Temple while all the priests and people listened. He said,
Jeremiah 28 2 "The LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I will remove the yoke of the king of Babylon from your necks.
Jeremiah 28 3 Within two years, I will bring back all the Temple treasures that King Nebuchadnezzar carried off to Babylon.
Jeremiah 28 4 And I will bring back Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and all the other captives that were taken to Babylon. I will surely break the yoke that the king of Babylon has put on your necks. I, the LORD, have spoken!"
Jeremiah 28 5 Jeremiah responded to Hananiah as they stood in front of all the priests and people at the Temple.
Jeremiah 28 6 He said, "Amen! May your prophecies come true! I hope the LORD does everything you say. I hope he does bring back from Babylon the treasures of this Temple and all our loved ones.
Jeremiah 28 7 But listen now to the solemn words I speak to you in the presence of all these people.
Jeremiah 28 8 The ancient prophets who preceded you and me spoke against many nations, always warning of war, famine, and disease.
Jeremiah 28 9 So a prophet who predicts peace must carry the burden of proof. Only when his predictions come true can it be known that he is really from the LORD."
Jeremiah 28 10 Then Hananiah the prophet took the yoke off Jeremiah's neck and broke it.
Jeremiah 28 11 And Hananiah said again to the crowd that had gathered, "The LORD has promised that within two years he will break the yoke of oppression from all the nations now subject to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon." At that, Jeremiah left the Temple area.
Jeremiah 28 12 Soon afterward the LORD gave this message to Jeremiah:
Jeremiah 28 13 "Go and tell Hananiah, `This is what the LORD says: You have broken a wooden yoke, but you have replaced it with a yoke of iron.
Jeremiah 28 14 The LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I have put a yoke of iron on the necks of all these nations, forcing them into slavery under King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. I have put everything, even the wild animals, under his control.'"
Jeremiah 28 15 Then Jeremiah the prophet said to Hananiah, "Listen, Hananiah! The LORD has not sent you, but the people believe your lies.
Jeremiah 28 16 Therefore, the LORD says you must die. Your life will end this very year because you have rebelled against the LORD."
Jeremiah 28 17 Two months later, Hananiah died.
Jeremiah 29 1 Jeremiah wrote a letter from Jerusalem to the elders, priests, prophets, and all the people who had been exiled to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar.
Jeremiah 29 2 This was after King Jehoiachin, the queen mother, the court officials, the leaders of Judah, and all the craftsmen had been deported from Jerusalem.
Jeremiah 29 3 He sent the letter with Elasah son of Shaphan and Gemariah son of Hilkiah, when they went to Babylon as King Zedekiah's ambassadors to Nebuchadnezzar. This is what Jeremiah's letter said:
Jeremiah 29 4 The LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, sends this message to all the captives he has exiled to Babylon from Jerusalem:
Jeremiah 29 5 "Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens, and eat the food you produce.
Jeremiah 29 6 Marry, and have children. Then find spouses for them, and have many grandchildren. Multiply! Do not dwindle away!
Jeremiah 29 7 And work for the peace and prosperity of Babylon. Pray to the LORD for that city where you are held captive, for if Babylon has peace, so will you."
Jeremiah 29 8 The LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says, "Do not let the prophets and mediums who are there in Babylon trick you. Do not listen to their dreams
Jeremiah 29 9 because they prophesy lies in my name. I have not sent them," says the LORD.
Jeremiah 29 10 "The truth is that you will be in Babylon for seventy years. But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again.
Jeremiah 29 11 For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Jeremiah 29 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen.
Jeremiah 29 13 If you look for me in earnest, you will find me when you seek me.
Jeremiah 29 14 I will be found by you," says the LORD. "I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and bring you home again to your own land."
Jeremiah 29 15 You may claim that the LORD has raised up prophets for you in Babylon.
Jeremiah 29 16 But this is what the LORD says about the king who sits on David's throne and all those still living here in Jerusalem--your relatives who were not exiled to Babylon.
Jeremiah 29 17 This is what the LORD Almighty says: "I will send war, famine, and disease upon them and make them like rotting figs--too bad to eat.
Jeremiah 29 18 Yes, I will pursue them with war, famine, and disease, and I will scatter them around the world. In every nation where I send them, I will make them an object of damnation, horror, contempt, and mockery.
Jeremiah 29 19 For they refuse to listen to me, though I have spoken to them repeatedly through my prophets. And you who are in exile have not listened either," says the LORD.
Jeremiah 29 20 Therefore, listen to this message from the LORD, all you captives there in Babylon.
Jeremiah 29 21 This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says about your prophets--Ahab son of Kolaiah and Zedekiah son of Maaseiah--who are telling you lies in my name: "I will turn them over to Nebuchadnezzar for a public execution.
Jeremiah 29 22 Their terrible fate will become proverbial, so that whenever the Judean exiles want to curse someone they will say, `May the LORD make you like Zedekiah and Ahab, whom the king of Babylon burned alive!'
Jeremiah 29 23 For these men have done terrible things among my people. They have committed adultery with their neighbors' wives and have lied in my name. I am a witness to this," says the LORD.
Jeremiah 29 24 The LORD sent this message to Shemaiah the Nehelamite in Babylon:
Jeremiah 29 25 "This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: You wrote a letter on your own authority to Zephaniah son of Maaseiah, the priest, and you sent copies to the other priests and people in Jerusalem. You said to Zephaniah,
Jeremiah 29 26 `The LORD has appointed you to replace Jehoiada as the priest in charge of the house of the LORD. You are responsible to put anyone who claims to be a prophet in the stocks and neck irons.
Jeremiah 29 27 So why have you done nothing to stop Jeremiah from Anathoth, who pretends to be a prophet among you?
Jeremiah 29 28 Jeremiah sent a letter here to Babylon, predicting that our captivity will be a long one. He said we should build homes and plan to stay for many years. He said we should plant fruit trees, because we will be here to eat the fruit for many years to come.'"
Jeremiah 29 29 But when Zephaniah the priest received Shemaiah's letter, he took it to Jeremiah and read it to him.
Jeremiah 29 30 Then the LORD gave this message to Jeremiah:
Jeremiah 29 31 "Send an open letter to all the exiles in Babylon. Tell them, `This is what the LORD says concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite: Since he has prophesied to you when I did not send him and has tricked you into believing his lies,
Jeremiah 29 32 I will punish him and his family. None of his descendants will see the good things I will do for my people, for he has taught you to rebel against me. I, the LORD, have spoken!'"
Jeremiah 30 1 The LORD gave another message to Jeremiah. He said,
Jeremiah 30 2 "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Write down for the record everything I have said to you, Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 30 3 For the time is coming when I will restore the fortunes of my people of Israel and Judah. I will bring them home to this land that I gave to their ancestors, and they will possess it and live here again. I, the LORD, have spoken!"
Jeremiah 30 4 This is the message the LORD gave concerning Israel and Judah:
Jeremiah 30 5 "This is what the LORD says: I have heard the people crying; there is only fear and trembling.
Jeremiah 30 6 Now let me ask you a question: Do men give birth to babies? Then why do they stand there, ashen-faced, hands pressed against their sides like women about to give birth?
Jeremiah 30 7 In all history there has never been such a time of terror. It will be a time of trouble for my people Israel. Yet in the end, they will be saved!
Jeremiah 30 8 "For in that day, says the LORD Almighty, I will break the yoke from their necks and snap their chains. Foreigners will no longer be their masters.
Jeremiah 30 9 For my people will serve the LORD their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them.
Jeremiah 30 10 "So do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant; do not be dismayed, Israel, says the LORD. For I will bring you home again from distant lands, and your children will return from their exile. Israel will return and will have peace and quiet in their own land, and no one will make them afraid.
Jeremiah 30 11 For I am with you and will save you, says the LORD. I will completely destroy the nations where I have scattered you, but I will not destroy you. But I must discipline you; I cannot let you go unpunished.
Jeremiah 30 12 "This is what the LORD says: Yours is an incurable bruise, a terrible wound.
Jeremiah 30 13 There is no one to help you or bind up your injury. You are beyond the help of any medicine.
Jeremiah 30 14 All your allies have left you and do not care about you anymore. I have wounded you cruelly, as though I were your enemy. For your sins are many, and your guilt is great.
Jeremiah 30 15 Why do you protest your punishment--this wound that has no cure? I have had to punish you because your sins are many and your guilt is great.
Jeremiah 30 16 "But in that coming day, all who destroy you will be destroyed, and all your enemies will be sent into exile. Those who plunder you will be plundered, and those who attack you will be attacked.
Jeremiah 30 17 I will give you back your health and heal your wounds, says the LORD. "Now you are called an outcast--`Jerusalem for whom nobody cares.'
Jeremiah 30 18 But the LORD says this: When I bring you home again from your captivity and restore your fortunes, Jerusalem will be rebuilt on her ruins. The palace will be reconstructed as it was before.
Jeremiah 30 19 There will be joy and songs of thanksgiving, and I will multiply my people and make of them a great and honored nation.
Jeremiah 30 20 Their children will prosper as they did long ago. I will establish them as a nation before me, and I will punish anyone who hurts them.
Jeremiah 30 21 They will have their own ruler again, and he will not be a foreigner. I will invite him to approach me, says the LORD, for who would dare to come unless invited?
Jeremiah 30 22 You will be my people, and I will be your God."
Jeremiah 30 23 Look! The LORD's anger bursts out like a storm, a driving wind that swirls down on the heads of the wicked.
Jeremiah 30 24 The fierce anger of the LORD will not diminish until it has finished all his plans. In the days to come, you will understand all this.
Jeremiah 31 1 "In that day," says the LORD, "I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they will be my people.
Jeremiah 31 2 I will care for the survivors as they travel through the wilderness. I will again come to give rest to the people of Israel."
Jeremiah 31 3 Long ago the LORD said to Israel: "I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.
Jeremiah 31 4 I will rebuild you, my virgin Israel. You will again be happy and dance merrily with tambourines.
Jeremiah 31 5 Again you will plant your vineyards on the mountains of Samaria and eat from your own gardens there.
Jeremiah 31 6 The day will come when watchmen will shout from the hill country of Ephraim, `Come, let us go up to Jerusalem to worship the LORD our God.'"
Jeremiah 31 7 Now this is what the LORD says: "Sing with joy for Israel! Shout for the greatest of nations! Shout out with praise and joy: `Save your people, O LORD, the remnant of Israel!'
Jeremiah 31 8 For I will bring them from the north and from the distant corners of the earth. I will not forget the blind and lame, the expectant mothers and women about to give birth. A great company will return!
Jeremiah 31 9 Tears of joy will stream down their faces, and I will lead them home with great care. They will walk beside quiet streams and not stumble. For I am Israel's father, and Ephraim is my oldest child.
Jeremiah 31 10 "Listen to this message from the LORD, you nations of the world; proclaim it in distant coastlands: The LORD, who scattered his people, will gather them together and watch over them as a shepherd does his flock.
Jeremiah 31 11 For the LORD has redeemed Israel from those too strong for them.
Jeremiah 31 12 They will come home and sing songs of joy on the heights of Jerusalem. They will be radiant because of the many gifts the LORD has given them--the good crops of wheat, wine, and oil, and the healthy flocks and herds. Their life will be like a watered garden, and all their sorrows will be gone.
Jeremiah 31 13 The young women will dance for joy, and the men--old and young--will join in the celebration. I will turn their mourning into joy. I will comfort them and exchange their sorrow for rejoicing.
Jeremiah 31 14 I will supply the priests with an abundance of offerings. I will satisfy my people with my bounty. I, the LORD, have spoken!"
Jeremiah 31 15 This is what the LORD says: "A cry of anguish is heard in Ramah--mourning and weeping unrestrained. Rachel weeps for her children, refusing to be comforted--for her children are dead."
Jeremiah 31 16 But now the LORD says, "Do not weep any longer, for I will reward you. Your children will come back to you from the distant land of the enemy.
Jeremiah 31 17 There is hope for your future," says the LORD. "Your children will come again to their own land.
Jeremiah 31 18 I have heard Israel saying, `You disciplined me severely, but I deserved it. I was like a calf that needed to be trained for the yoke and plow. Turn me again to you and restore me, for you alone are the LORD my God.
Jeremiah 31 19 I turned away from God, but then I was sorry. I kicked myself for my stupidity! I was thoroughly ashamed of all I did in my younger days.'
Jeremiah 31 20 "Is not Israel still my son, my darling child?" asks the LORD. "I had to punish him, but I still love him. I long for him and surely will have mercy on him.
Jeremiah 31 21 "Set up road signs; put up guideposts. Mark well the path by which you came. Come back again, my virgin Israel; return to your cities here.
Jeremiah 31 22 How long will you wander, my wayward daughter? For the LORD will cause something new and different to happen--Israel will embrace her God. "
Jeremiah 31 23 This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "When I bring them back again, the people of Judah and its cities will again say, `The LORD bless you--O righteous home, O holy mountain!'
Jeremiah 31 24 And city dwellers and farmers and shepherds alike will live together in peace and happiness.
Jeremiah 31 25 For I have given rest to the weary and joy to the sorrowing."
Jeremiah 31 26 At this, I woke up and looked around. My sleep had been very sweet.
Jeremiah 31 27 "The time will come," says the LORD, "when I will greatly increase the population and multiply the number of cattle here in Israel and Judah.
Jeremiah 31 28 In the past I uprooted and tore down this nation. I overthrew it, destroyed it, and brought disaster upon it. But in the future I will plant it and build it up," says the LORD.
Jeremiah 31 29 "The people will no longer quote this proverb: `The parents eat sour grapes, but their children's mouths pucker at the taste.'
Jeremiah 31 30 All people will die for their own sins--those who eat the sour grapes will be the ones whose mouths will pucker.
Jeremiah 31 31 "The day will come," says the LORD, "when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah.
Jeremiah 31 32 This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt. They broke that covenant, though I loved them as a husband loves his wife," says the LORD.
Jeremiah 31 33 "But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day," says the LORD. "I will put my laws in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
Jeremiah 31 34 And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their family, saying, `You should know the LORD.' For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will already know me," says the LORD. "And I will forgive their wickedness and will never again remember their sins."
Jeremiah 31 35 It is the LORD who provides the sun to light the day and the moon and stars to light the night. It is he who stirs the sea into roaring waves. His name is the LORD Almighty, and this is what he says:
Jeremiah 31 36 "I am as likely to reject my people Israel as I am to do away with the laws of nature!
Jeremiah 31 37 Just as the heavens cannot be measured and the foundation of the earth cannot be explored, so I will not consider casting them away forever for their sins. I, the LORD, have spoken!
Jeremiah 31 38 "The time is coming," says the LORD, "when all Jerusalem will be rebuilt for me, from the Tower of Hananel to the Corner Gate.
Jeremiah 31 39 A measuring line will be stretched out over the hill of Gareb and across to Goah.
Jeremiah 31 40 And the entire area--including the graveyard and ash dump in the valley, and all the fields out to the Kidron Valley on the east as far as the Horse Gate--will be holy to the LORD. The city will never again be captured or destroyed."
Jeremiah 32 1 The following message came to Jeremiah from the LORD in the tenth year of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah. This was also the eighteenth year of the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar.
Jeremiah 32 2 Jerusalem was under siege from the Babylonian army, and Jeremiah was imprisoned in the courtyard of the guard in the royal palace.
Jeremiah 32 3 King Zedekiah had put him there because he continued to give this prophecy: "This is what the LORD says: I am about to hand this city over to the king of Babylon.
Jeremiah 32 4 King Zedekiah will be captured by the Babylonians and taken to the king of Babylon to be judged and sentenced.
Jeremiah 32 5 I will take Zedekiah to Babylon and will deal with him there. If you fight against the Babylonians, you will never succeed."
Jeremiah 32 6 At that time the LORD sent me a message. He said,
Jeremiah 32 7 "Your cousin Hanamel son of Shallum will come and say to you, `Buy my field at Anathoth. By law you have the right to buy it before it is offered to anyone else.'"
Jeremiah 32 8 Then, just as the LORD had said he would, Hanamel came and visited me in the prison. He said, "Buy my field at Anathoth in the land of Benjamin. By law you have the right to buy it before it is offered to anyone else, so buy it for yourself." Then I knew for sure that the message I had heard was from the LORD.
Jeremiah 32 9 So I bought the field at Anathoth, paying Hanamel seventeen pieces of silver for it.
Jeremiah 32 10 I signed and sealed the deed of purchase before witnesses, weighed out the silver, and paid him.
Jeremiah 32 11 Then I took the sealed deed and an unsealed copy of the deed, which contained the terms and conditions of the purchase,
Jeremiah 32 12 and I handed them to Baruch son of Neriah and grandson of Mahseiah. I did all this in the presence of my cousin Hanamel, the witnesses who had signed the deed, and all the men of Judah who were there.
Jeremiah 32 13 Then I said to Baruch as they all listened,
Jeremiah 32 14 "The LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Take both this sealed deed and the unsealed copy, and put them into a pottery jar to preserve them for a long time.
Jeremiah 32 15 For the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Someday people will again own property here in this land and will buy and sell houses and vineyards and fields."
Jeremiah 32 16 Then after I had given the papers to Baruch, I prayed to the LORD:
Jeremiah 32 17 "O Sovereign LORD! You have made the heavens and earth by your great power. Nothing is too hard for you!
Jeremiah 32 18 You are loving and kind to thousands, though children suffer for their parents' sins. You are the great and powerful God, the LORD Almighty.
Jeremiah 32 19 You have all wisdom and do great and mighty miracles. You are very aware of the conduct of all people, and you reward them according to their deeds.
Jeremiah 32 20 You performed miraculous signs and wonders in the land of Egypt--things still remembered to this day! And you have continued to do great miracles in Israel and all around the world. You have made your name very great, as it is today.
Jeremiah 32 21 "You brought Israel out of Egypt with mighty signs and wonders, with great power and overwhelming terror.
Jeremiah 32 22 You gave the people of Israel this land that you had promised their ancestors long before--a land flowing with milk and honey.
Jeremiah 32 23 Our ancestors came and conquered it and lived in it, but they refused to obey you or follow your law. They have hardly done one thing you told them to! That is why you have sent this terrible disaster upon them.
Jeremiah 32 24 "See how the siege ramps have been built against the city walls! Because of war, famine, and disease, the city has been handed over to the Babylonians, who will conquer it. Everything has happened just as you said it would.
Jeremiah 32 25 And yet, O Sovereign LORD, you have told me to buy the field--paying good money for it before these witnesses--even though the city will soon belong to the Babylonians."
Jeremiah 32 26 Then this message came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
Jeremiah 32 27 "I am the LORD, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me?
Jeremiah 32 28 I will hand this city over to the Babylonians and to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, and he will capture it.
Jeremiah 32 29 The Babylonians outside the walls will come in and set fire to the city. They will burn down all these houses, where the people caused my fury to rise by offering incense to Baal on the rooftops and by pouring out drink offerings to other gods.
Jeremiah 32 30 Israel and Judah have done nothing but wrong since their earliest days. They have infuriated me with all their evil deeds," says the LORD.
Jeremiah 32 31 "From the time this city was built until now, it has done nothing but anger me, so I am determined to get rid of it.
Jeremiah 32 32 "The sins of Israel and Judah--the sins of the people of Jerusalem, the kings, the officials, the priests, and the prophets--stir up my anger.
Jeremiah 32 33 My people have turned their backs on me and have refused to return. Day after day, year after year, I taught them right from wrong, but they would not listen or obey.
Jeremiah 32 34 They have set up their abominable idols right in my own Temple, defiling it.
Jeremiah 32 35 They have built pagan shrines to Baal in the valley of the son of Hinnom, and there they sacrifice their sons and daughters to Molech. I have never commanded such a horrible deed; it never even crossed my mind to command such a thing. What an incredible evil, causing Judah to sin so greatly!
Jeremiah 32 36 "Now I want to say something more about this city. You have been saying, `It will fall to the king of Babylon through war, famine, and disease.' But this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says:
Jeremiah 32 37 I will surely bring my people back again from all the countries where I will scatter them in my fury. I will bring them back to this very city and let them live in peace and safety.
Jeremiah 32 38 They will be my people, and I will be their God.
Jeremiah 32 39 And I will give them one heart and mind to worship me forever, for their own good and for the good of all their descendants.
Jeremiah 32 40 "And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, promising not to stop doing good for them. I will put a desire in their hearts to worship me, and they will never leave me.
Jeremiah 32 41 I will rejoice in doing good to them and will faithfully and wholeheartedly replant them in this land.
Jeremiah 32 42 Just as I have sent all these calamities upon them, so I will do all the good I have promised them. I, the LORD, have spoken!
Jeremiah 32 43 "Fields will again be bought and sold in this land about which you now say, `It has been ravaged by the Babylonians, a land where people and animals have all disappeared.'
Jeremiah 32 44 Yes, fields will once again be bought and sold--deeds signed and sealed and witnessed--in the land of Benjamin and here in Jerusalem, in the towns of Judah and in the hill country, in the foothills of Judah and in the Negev, too. For someday I will restore prosperity to them. I, the LORD, have spoken!"
Jeremiah 33 1 While Jeremiah was still confined in the courtyard of the guard, the LORD gave him this second message:
Jeremiah 33 2 "The LORD, the Maker of the heavens and earth--the LORD is his name--says this:
Jeremiah 33 3 Ask me and I will tell you some remarkable secrets about what is going to happen here.
Jeremiah 33 4 For this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Though you have torn down the houses of this city and even the king's palace to get materials to strengthen the walls against the siege weapons of the enemy,
Jeremiah 33 5 the Babylonians will still enter. The men of this city are already as good as dead, for I have determined to destroy them in my terrible anger. I have abandoned them because of all their wickedness.
Jeremiah 33 6 "Nevertheless, the time will come when I will heal Jerusalem's damage and give her prosperity and peace.
Jeremiah 33 7 I will restore the fortunes of Judah and Israel and rebuild their cities.
Jeremiah 33 8 I will cleanse away their sins against me, and I will forgive all their sins of rebellion.
Jeremiah 33 9 Then this city will bring me joy, glory, and honor before all the nations of the earth! The people of the world will see the good I do for my people and will tremble with awe!
Jeremiah 33 10 "This is what the LORD says: You say, `This land has been ravaged, and the people and animals have all disappeared.' Yet in the empty streets of Jerusalem and Judah's other towns, there will be heard once more
Jeremiah 33 11 the sounds of joy and laughter. The joyful voices of bridegrooms and brides will be heard again, along with the joyous songs of people bringing thanksgiving offerings to the LORD. They will sing, `Give thanks to the LORD Almighty, for the LORD is good. His faithful love endures forever!' For I will restore the prosperity of this land to what it was in the past, says the LORD.
Jeremiah 33 12 "This is what the LORD Almighty says: This land--though it is now desolate and the people and animals have all disappeared--will once more see shepherds leading sheep and lambs.
Jeremiah 33 13 Once again their flocks will prosper in the towns of the hill country, the foothills of Judah, the Negev, the land of Benjamin, the vicinity of Jerusalem, and all the towns of Judah. I, the LORD, have spoken!
Jeremiah 33 14 "The day will come, says the LORD, when I will do for Israel and Judah all the good I have promised them.
Jeremiah 33 15 At that time I will bring to the throne of David a righteous descendant, and he will do what is just and right throughout the land.
Jeremiah 33 16 In that day Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will live in safety. And their motto will be `The LORD is our righteousness!'
Jeremiah 33 17 For this is what the LORD says: David will forever have a descendant sitting on the throne of Israel.
Jeremiah 33 18 And there will always be Levitical priests to offer burnt offerings and grain offerings and sacrifices to me."
Jeremiah 33 19 Then this message came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
Jeremiah 33 20 "If you can break my covenant with the day and the night so that they do not come on their usual schedule,
Jeremiah 33 21 only then will my covenant with David, my servant, be broken. Only then will he no longer have a descendant to reign on his throne. The same is true for my covenant with the Levitical priests who minister before me.
Jeremiah 33 22 And as the stars cannot be counted and the sand on the seashores cannot be measured, so I will multiply the descendants of David, my servant, and the Levites who minister before me."
Jeremiah 33 23 The LORD gave another message to Jeremiah. He said,
Jeremiah 33 24 "Have you heard what people are saying?--`The LORD chose Judah and Israel and then abandoned them!' They are sneering and saying that Israel is not worthy to be counted as a nation.
Jeremiah 33 25 But this is the LORD's reply: I would no more reject my people than I would change my laws of night and day, of earth and sky.
Jeremiah 33 26 I will never abandon the descendants of Jacob or David, my servant, or change the plan that David's descendants will rule the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Instead, I will restore them to their land and have mercy on them."
Jeremiah 34 1 King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came with all the armies from the kingdoms he ruled, and he fought against Jerusalem and the towns of Judah. At that time this message came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
Jeremiah 34 2 "Go to King Zedekiah of Judah, and tell him, `This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I am about to hand this city over to the king of Babylon, and he will burn it.
Jeremiah 34 3 You will not escape his grasp but will be taken into captivity. You will stand before the king of Babylon to be judged and sentenced. Then you will be exiled to Babylon.'
Jeremiah 34 4 "But listen to this promise from the LORD, O Zedekiah, king of Judah. This is what the LORD says: `You will not be killed in war
Jeremiah 34 5 but will die peacefully among your people. They will burn incense in your memory, just as they did for your ancestors. They will weep for you and say, "Alas, our king is dead!" This I have decreed, says the LORD.'"
Jeremiah 34 6 So Jeremiah the prophet delivered the message to King Zedekiah of Judah.
Jeremiah 34 7 At this time the Babylonian army was besieging Jerusalem, Lachish, and Azekah--the only cities of Judah with their walls still standing.
Jeremiah 34 8 This message came to Jeremiah from the LORD after King Zedekiah made a covenant with the people, proclaiming freedom for the slaves.
Jeremiah 34 9 He had ordered all the people to free their Hebrew slaves--both men and women. No one was to keep a fellow Judean in bondage.
Jeremiah 34 10 The officials and all the people had obeyed the king's command,
Jeremiah 34 11 but later they changed their minds. They took back the people they had freed, making them slaves again.
Jeremiah 34 12 So the LORD gave them this message through Jeremiah:
Jeremiah 34 13 "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I made a covenant with your ancestors long ago when I rescued them from their slavery in Egypt.
Jeremiah 34 14 I told them that every Hebrew slave must be freed after serving six years. But this was never done.
Jeremiah 34 15 Recently you repented and did what was right, following my command. You freed your slaves and made a solemn covenant with me in my Temple.
Jeremiah 34 16 But now you have shrugged off your oath and defiled my name by taking back the men and women you had freed, making them slaves once again.
Jeremiah 34 17 "Therefore, this is what the LORD says: Since you have not obeyed me by setting your countrymen free, I will set you free to be destroyed by war, famine, and disease. You will be considered a disgrace by all the nations of the earth.
Jeremiah 34 18 Because you have refused the terms of our covenant, I will cut you apart just as you cut apart the calf when you walked between its halves to solemnize your vows.
Jeremiah 34 19 Yes, I will cut you apart, whether you are officials of Judah or Jerusalem, court officials, priests, or common people--for you have broken your oath.
Jeremiah 34 20 I will give you to your enemies, and they will kill you. Your bodies will be food for the vultures and wild animals.
Jeremiah 34 21 I will hand over King Zedekiah of Judah and his officials to the army of the king of Babylon. And though Babylon's king has left this city for a while,
Jeremiah 34 22 I will call the Babylonian armies back again. They will fight against this city and will capture and burn it. I will see to it that all the towns of Judah are destroyed and left completely empty."
Jeremiah 35 1 This is the message the LORD gave Jeremiah when Jehoiakim son of Josiah was king of Judah:
Jeremiah 35 2 "Go to the settlement where the families of the Recabites live, and invite them to the LORD's Temple. Take them into one of the inner rooms, and offer them some wine."
Jeremiah 35 3 So I went to see Jaazaniah son of Jeremiah and grandson of Habazziniah and all his brothers and sons--representing all the Recabite families.
Jeremiah 35 4 I took them to the Temple, and we went into the room assigned to the sons of Hanan son of Igdaliah, a man of God. This room was located next to the one used by the palace officials, directly above the room of Maaseiah son of Shallum, the Temple gatekeeper.
Jeremiah 35 5 I set cups and jugs of wine before them and invited them to have a drink,
Jeremiah 35 6 but they refused. "No," they said. "We don't drink wine, because Jehonadab son of Recab, our ancestor, gave us this command: `You and your descendants must never drink wine.
Jeremiah 35 7 And do not build houses or plant crops or vineyards, but always live in tents. If you follow these commands, you will live long, good lives in the land.'
Jeremiah 35 8 So we have obeyed him in all these things. We have never had a drink of wine since then, nor have our wives, our sons, or our daughters.
Jeremiah 35 9 We haven't built houses or owned vineyards or farms or planted crops.
Jeremiah 35 10 We have lived in tents and have fully obeyed all the commands of Jehonadab, our ancestor.
Jeremiah 35 11 But when King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon arrived in this country, we were afraid of the Babylonian and Aramean armies. So we decided to move to Jerusalem. That is why we are here."
Jeremiah 35 12 Then the LORD gave this message to Jeremiah:
Jeremiah 35 13 "The LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go and say to the people in Judah and Jerusalem, `Come and learn a lesson about how to obey me.
Jeremiah 35 14 The Recabites do not drink wine because their ancestor Jehonadab told them not to. But I have spoken to you again and again, and you refuse to listen or obey.
Jeremiah 35 15 I have sent you prophet after prophet to tell you to turn from your wicked ways and to stop worshiping other gods, so that you might live in peace here in the land I gave to you and your ancestors. But you would not listen to me or obey.
Jeremiah 35 16 The families of Recab have obeyed their ancestor completely, but you have refused to listen to me.'
Jeremiah 35 17 "Therefore, the LORD God Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Because you refuse to listen or answer when I call, I will send upon Judah and Jerusalem all the disasters I have threatened."
Jeremiah 35 18 Then Jeremiah turned to the Recabites and said, "This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: You have obeyed your ancestor Jehonadab in every respect, following all his instructions.
Jeremiah 35 19 Because of this, Jehonadab son of Recab will always have descendants who serve me. I, the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, have spoken!"
Jeremiah 36 1 During the fourth year that Jehoiakim son of Josiah was king in Judah, the LORD gave this message to Jeremiah:
Jeremiah 36 2 "Get a scroll, and write down all my messages against Israel, Judah, and the other nations. Begin with the first message back in the days of Josiah, and write down every message you have given, right up to the present time.
Jeremiah 36 3 Perhaps the people of Judah will repent if they see in writing all the terrible things I have planned for them. Then I will be able to forgive their sins and wrongdoings."
Jeremiah 36 4 So Jeremiah sent for Baruch son of Neriah, and as Jeremiah dictated, Baruch wrote down all the prophecies that the LORD had given him.
Jeremiah 36 5 Then Jeremiah said to Baruch, "I am a prisoner here and unable to go to the Temple.
Jeremiah 36 6 So you go to the Temple on the next day of fasting, and read the messages from the LORD that are on this scroll. On that day people will be there from all over Judah.
Jeremiah 36 7 Perhaps even yet they will turn from their evil ways and ask the LORD's forgiveness before it is too late. For the LORD's terrible anger has been pronounced against them."
Jeremiah 36 8 Baruch did as Jeremiah told him and read these messages from the LORD to the people at the Temple.
Jeremiah 36 9 This happened on the day of sacred fasting held in late autumn, during the fifth year of the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah. People from all over Judah came to attend the services at the Temple on that day.
Jeremiah 36 10 Baruch read Jeremiah's words to all the people from the Temple room of Gemariah son of Shaphan. This room was just off the upper courtyard of the Temple, near the New Gate entrance.
Jeremiah 36 11 When Micaiah son of Gemariah and grandson of Shaphan heard the messages from the LORD,
Jeremiah 36 12 he went down to the secretary's room in the palace where the administrative officials were meeting. Elishama the secretary was there, along with Delaiah son of Shemaiah, Elnathan son of Acbor, Gemariah son of Shaphan, Zedekiah son of Hananiah, and all the others with official responsibilities.
Jeremiah 36 13 When Micaiah told them about the messages Baruch was reading to the people,
Jeremiah 36 14 the officials sent Jehudi son of Nethaniah, grandson of Shelemiah, and great-grandson of Cushi, to ask Baruch to come and read the messages to them, too. So Baruch took the scroll and went to them.
Jeremiah 36 15 "Sit down and read the scroll to us," the officials said, and Baruch did as they requested.
Jeremiah 36 16 By the time Baruch had finished reading, they were badly frightened. "We must tell the king what we have heard," they said.
Jeremiah 36 17 "But first, tell us how you got these messages. Did they come directly from Jeremiah?"
Jeremiah 36 18 So Baruch explained, "Jeremiah dictated them to me word by word, and I wrote down his words with ink on this scroll."
Jeremiah 36 19 "You and Jeremiah should both hide," the officials told Baruch. "Don't tell anyone where you are!"
Jeremiah 36 20 Then the officials left the scroll for safekeeping in the room of Elishama the secretary and went to tell the king.
Jeremiah 36 21 The king sent Jehudi to get the scroll. Jehudi brought it from Elishama's room and read it to the king as all his officials stood by.
Jeremiah 36 22 It was late autumn, and the king was in a winterized part of the palace, sitting in front of a fire to keep warm.
Jeremiah 36 23 Whenever Jehudi finished reading three or four columns, the king took his knife and cut off that section of the scroll. He then threw it into the fire, section by section, until the whole scroll was burned up.
Jeremiah 36 24 Neither the king nor his officials showed any signs of fear or repentance at what they heard.
Jeremiah 36 25 Even when Elnathan, Delaiah, and Gemariah begged the king not to burn the scroll, he wouldn't listen.
Jeremiah 36 26 Then the king commanded his son Jerahmeel, Seraiah son of Azriel, and Shelemiah son of Abdeel to arrest Baruch and Jeremiah. But the LORD had hidden them.
Jeremiah 36 27 After the king had burned Jeremiah's scroll, the LORD gave Jeremiah another message. He said,
Jeremiah 36 28 "Get another scroll, and write everything again just as you did on the scroll King Jehoiakim burned.
Jeremiah 36 29 Then say to the king, `This is what the LORD says: You burned the scroll because it said the king of Babylon would destroy this land and everything in it.
Jeremiah 36 30 Now this is what the LORD says about King Jehoiakim of Judah: He will have no heirs to sit on the throne of David. His dead body will be thrown out to lie unburied--exposed to hot days and frosty nights.
Jeremiah 36 31 I will punish him and his family and his officials because of their sins. I will pour out on them and on all the people of Judah and Jerusalem all the disasters I have promised, for they would not listen to my warnings.'"
Jeremiah 36 32 Then Jeremiah took another scroll and dictated again to his secretary Baruch. He wrote everything that had been on the scroll King Jehoiakim had burned in the fire. Only this time, he added much more!
Jeremiah 37 1 Zedekiah son of Josiah succeeded Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim as the king of Judah. He was appointed by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon.
Jeremiah 37 2 But neither King Zedekiah nor his officials nor the people who were left in the land listened to what the LORD said through Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 37 3 Nevertheless, King Zedekiah sent Jehucal son of Shelemiah and Zephaniah the priest, son of Maaseiah, to ask Jeremiah, "Please pray to the LORD our God for us."
Jeremiah 37 4 Jeremiah had not yet been imprisoned, so he could come and go as he pleased.
Jeremiah 37 5 At this time the army of Pharaoh Hophra of Egypt appeared at the southern border of Judah. When the Babylonian army heard about it, they withdrew from their siege of Jerusalem.
Jeremiah 37 6 Then the LORD gave this message to Jeremiah:
Jeremiah 37 7 "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: Tell the king of Judah, who sent you to ask me what is going to happen, that Pharaoh's army is about to return to Egypt, though he came here to help you.
Jeremiah 37 8 Then the Babylonians will come back and capture this city and burn it to the ground.
Jeremiah 37 9 The LORD says: Do not fool yourselves that the Babylonians are gone for good. They aren't!
Jeremiah 37 10 Even if you were to destroy the entire Babylonian army, leaving only a handful of wounded survivors, they would still stagger from their tents and burn this city to the ground!"
Jeremiah 37 11 When the Babylonian army left Jerusalem because of Pharaoh's approaching army,
Jeremiah 37 12 Jeremiah started to leave the city on his way to the land of Benjamin, to see the property he had bought.
Jeremiah 37 13 But as he was walking through the Benjamin Gate, a sentry arrested him and said, "You are defecting to the Babylonians!" The sentry making the arrest was Irijah son of Shelemiah and grandson of Hananiah.
Jeremiah 37 14 "That's not true!" Jeremiah protested. "I had no intention of doing any such thing." But Irijah wouldn't listen, and he took Jeremiah before the officials.
Jeremiah 37 15 They were furious with Jeremiah and had him flogged and imprisoned in the house of Jonathan the secretary. Jonathan's house had been converted into a prison.
Jeremiah 37 16 Jeremiah was put into a dungeon cell, where he remained for many days.
Jeremiah 37 17 Later King Zedekiah secretly requested that Jeremiah come to the palace, where the king asked him, "Do you have any messages from the LORD?Yes, I do!" said Jeremiah. "You will be defeated by the king of Babylon."
Jeremiah 37 18 Then Jeremiah asked the king, "What crime have I committed? What have I done against you, your officials, or the people that I should be imprisoned like this?
Jeremiah 37 19 Where are your prophets now who told you the king of Babylon would not attack you?
Jeremiah 37 20 Listen, my lord the king, I beg you. Don't send me back to the dungeon in the house of Jonathan the secretary, for I will die there."
Jeremiah 37 21 So King Zedekiah commanded that Jeremiah not be returned to the dungeon. Instead, he was imprisoned in the courtyard of the guard in the royal palace. The king also commanded that Jeremiah be given a loaf of fresh bread every day as long as there was any left in the city. So Jeremiah was put in the palace prison.
Jeremiah 38 1 Now Shephatiah son of Mattan, Gedaliah son of Pashhur, Jehucal son of Shelemiah, and Pashhur son of Malkijah heard what Jeremiah had been telling the people. He was saying,
Jeremiah 38 2 "This is what the LORD says: Everyone who stays in Jerusalem will die from war, famine, or disease, but those who surrender to the Babylonians will live.
Jeremiah 38 3 The LORD also says: The city of Jerusalem will surely be handed over to the army of the king of Babylon, who will capture it."
Jeremiah 38 4 So these officials went to the king and said, "Sir, this man must die! That kind of talk will undermine the morale of the few fighting men we have left, as well as that of all the people, too. This man is a traitor!"
Jeremiah 38 5 So King Zedekiah agreed. "All right," he said. "Do as you like. I will do nothing to stop you."
Jeremiah 38 6 So the officials took Jeremiah from his cell and lowered him by ropes into an empty cistern in the prison yard. It belonged to Malkijah, a member of the royal family. There was no water in the cistern, but there was a thick layer of mud at the bottom, and Jeremiah sank down into it.
Jeremiah 38 7 But Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, an important palace official, heard that Jeremiah was in the cistern. At that time the king was holding court at the Benjamin Gate,
Jeremiah 38 8 so Ebed-melech rushed from the palace to speak with him.
Jeremiah 38 9 "My lord the king," he said, "these men have done a very evil thing in putting Jeremiah the prophet into the cistern. He will soon die of hunger, for almost all the bread in the city is gone."
Jeremiah 38 10 So the king told Ebed-melech, "Take along thirty of my men, and pull Jeremiah out of the cistern before he dies."
Jeremiah 38 11 So Ebed-melech took the men with him and went to a room in the palace beneath the treasury, where he found some old rags and discarded clothing. He carried these to the cistern and lowered them to Jeremiah on a rope.
Jeremiah 38 12 Ebed-melech called down to Jeremiah, "Put these rags under your armpits to protect you from the ropes." Then when Jeremiah was ready,
Jeremiah 38 13 they pulled him out. So Jeremiah was returned to the courtyard of the guard--the palace prison--where he remained.
Jeremiah 38 14 One day King Zedekiah sent for Jeremiah to meet him at the third entrance of the LORD's Temple. "I want to ask you something," the king said. "And don't try to hide the truth."
Jeremiah 38 15 Jeremiah said, "If I tell you the truth, you will kill me. And if I give you advice, you won't listen to me anyway."
Jeremiah 38 16 So King Zedekiah secretly promised him, "As surely as the LORD our Creator lives, I will not kill you or hand you over to the men who want you dead."
Jeremiah 38 17 Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, "The LORD God Almighty, the God of Israel, says: If you surrender to Babylon, you and your family will live, and the city will not be burned.
Jeremiah 38 18 But if you refuse to surrender, you will not escape! This city will be handed over to the Babylonians, and they will burn it to the ground."
Jeremiah 38 19 "But I am afraid to surrender," the king said, "for the Babylonians will hand me over to the Judeans who have defected to them. And who knows what they will do to me?"
Jeremiah 38 20 Jeremiah replied, "You won't be handed over to them if you choose to obey the LORD. Your life will be spared, and all will go well for you.
Jeremiah 38 21 But if you refuse to surrender, this is what the LORD has revealed to me:
Jeremiah 38 22 All the women left in your palace will be brought out and given to the officers of the Babylonian army. Then the women will taunt you, saying, `What fine friends you have! They have betrayed and misled you. When your feet sank in the mud, they left you to your fate!'
Jeremiah 38 23 All your wives and children will be led out to the Babylonians, and you will not escape. You will be seized by the king of Babylon, and this city will be burned."
Jeremiah 38 24 Then Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, "Don't tell anyone you told me this, or you will die!
Jeremiah 38 25 My officials may hear that I spoke to you. Then they may say to you, `Tell us what you and the king were talking about. If you don't tell us, we will kill you.'
Jeremiah 38 26 If this happens, just tell them you begged me not to send you back to Jonathan's dungeon, for fear you would die there."
Jeremiah 38 27 Sure enough, it wasn't long before the king's officials came to Jeremiah and asked him why the king had called for him. But Jeremiah followed the king's instructions, and they left without finding out the truth. No one had overheard the conversation between Jeremiah and the king.
Jeremiah 38 28 And Jeremiah remained a prisoner in the courtyard of the guard until the day Jerusalem was captured.
Jeremiah 39 1 It was in January during the ninth year of King Zedekiah's reign that King Nebuchadnezzar and his army returned to besiege Jerusalem.
Jeremiah 39 2 Two and a half years later, on July 18, the Babylonians broke through the wall, and the city fell.
Jeremiah 39 3 All the officers of the Babylonian army came in and sat in triumph at the Middle Gate: Nergal-sharezer of Samgar, and Nebo-sarsekim, a chief officer, and Nergal-sharezer, the king's adviser, and many others.
Jeremiah 39 4 King Zedekiah and his royal guard saw the Babylonians in the city gate, so they fled when the darkness of night arrived. They went out through a gate between the two walls behind the king's garden and headed toward the Jordan Valley.
Jeremiah 39 5 But the Babylonians chased the king and caught him on the plains of Jericho. They took him to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, who was at Riblah in the land of Hamath. There the king of Babylon pronounced judgment upon Zedekiah.
Jeremiah 39 6 He made Zedekiah watch as they killed his sons and all the nobles of Judah.
Jeremiah 39 7 Then he gouged out Zedekiah's eyes, bound him in chains, and sent him away to exile in Babylon.
Jeremiah 39 8 Meanwhile, the Babylonians burned Jerusalem, including the palace, and tore down the walls of the city.
Jeremiah 39 9 Then Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, sent to Babylon the remnant of the population as well as those who had defected to him.
Jeremiah 39 10 But Nebuzaradan left a few of the poorest people in Judah, and he assigned them fields and vineyards to care for.
Jeremiah 39 11 King Nebuchadnezzar had told Nebuzaradan to find Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 39 12 "See that he isn't hurt," he had said. "Look after him well, and give him anything he wants."
Jeremiah 39 13 So Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, and Nebushazban, a chief officer, and Nergal-sharezer, the king's adviser, and the other officers of Babylon's king
Jeremiah 39 14 sent messengers to bring Jeremiah out of the prison. They put him under the care of Gedaliah son of Ahikam and grandson of Shaphan, who was to take him back to his home. So Jeremiah stayed in Judah among his own people.
Jeremiah 39 15 The LORD had given the following message to Jeremiah while he was still in prison:
Jeremiah 39 16 "Say to Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, `The LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I will do to this city everything I have threatened. I will send disaster, not prosperity. You will see its destruction,
Jeremiah 39 17 but I will rescue you from those you fear so much.
Jeremiah 39 18 Because you trusted me, I will preserve your life and keep you safe. I, the LORD, have spoken!'"
Jeremiah 40 1 The LORD gave a message to Jeremiah after Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, had released him at Ramah. He had found Jeremiah bound in chains among the captives of Jerusalem and Judah who were being sent to exile in Babylon.
Jeremiah 40 2 The captain of the guard called for Jeremiah and said, "The LORD your God has brought this disaster on this land,
Jeremiah 40 3 just as he said he would. For these people have sinned against the LORD and disobeyed him. That is why it happened.
Jeremiah 40 4 Now I am going to take off your chains and let you go. If you want to come with me to Babylon, you are welcome. I will see that you are well cared for. But if you don't want to come, you may stay here. The whole land is before you--go wherever you like.
Jeremiah 40 5 If you decide to stay, then return to Gedaliah son of Ahikam and grandson of Shaphan. He has been appointed governor of Judah by the king of Babylon. Stay there with the people he rules. But it's up to you; go wherever you like." Then Nebuzaradan gave Jeremiah some food and money and let him go.
Jeremiah 40 6 So Jeremiah returned to Gedaliah son of Ahikam at Mizpah and lived in Judah with the few who were still left in the land.
Jeremiah 40 7 The leaders of the Judean guerrilla bands in the countryside heard that the king of Babylon had appointed Gedaliah son of Ahikam as governor over the poor people who were left behind in Judah, and that he hadn't exiled everyone to Babylon.
Jeremiah 40 8 So they came to see Gedaliah at Mizpah. These are the names of the leaders who came: Ishmael son of Nethaniah, Johanan and Jonathan, sons of Kareah, Seraiah son of Tanhumeth, the sons of Ephai the Netophathite, Jaazaniah son of the Maacathite, and all their men.
Jeremiah 40 9 Gedaliah assured them that it would be safe for them to surrender to the Babylonians. "Stay here, and serve the king of Babylon," he said, "and all will go well for you.
Jeremiah 40 10 As for me, I will stay at Mizpah to represent you before the Babylonians who come to meet with us. Settle in any town you wish, and live off the land. Harvest the grapes and summer fruits and olives, and store them away."
Jeremiah 40 11 When the Judeans in Moab, Ammon, Edom, and the other nearby countries heard that the king of Babylon had left a few people in Judah and that Gedaliah was the governor,
Jeremiah 40 12 they began to return to Judah from the places to which they had fled. They stopped at Mizpah to discuss their plans with Gedaliah and then went out into the Judean countryside to gather a great harvest of grapes and other crops.
Jeremiah 40 13 Soon after this, Johanan son of Kareah and the other guerrilla leaders came to Gedaliah at Mizpah.
Jeremiah 40 14 They said to him, "Did you know that Baalis, king of Ammon, has sent Ishmael son of Nethaniah to assassinate you?" But Gedaliah refused to believe them.
Jeremiah 40 15 Later Johanan had a private conference with Gedaliah and volunteered to kill Ishmael secretly. "Why should we let him come and murder you?" Johanan asked. "What will happen then to the Judeans who have returned? Why should the few of us who are still left be scattered and lost?"
Jeremiah 40 16 But Gedaliah said to Johanan, "I forbid you to do any such thing, for you are lying about Ishmael."
Jeremiah 41 1 But in midautumn, Ishmael son of Nethaniah and grandson of Elishama, who was a member of the royal family, arrived in Mizpah accompanied by ten men. Gedaliah invited them to dinner. While they were eating,
Jeremiah 41 2 Ishmael and his ten men suddenly drew their swords and killed Gedaliah, whom the king of Babylon had appointed governor.
Jeremiah 41 3 Then they went out and slaughtered all the Judean officials and Babylonian soldiers who were with Gedaliah at Mizpah.
Jeremiah 41 4 The next day, before anyone had heard about Gedaliah's murder,
Jeremiah 41 5 eighty men arrived from Shechem, Shiloh, and Samaria. They had come to worship at the Temple of the LORD. They had shaved off their beards, torn their clothes, and cut themselves, and had brought along grain offerings and incense.
Jeremiah 41 6 Ishmael left Mizpah to meet them, weeping as he went. When he reached them, he said, "Oh, come and see what has happened to Gedaliah!"
Jeremiah 41 7 But as soon as they were all inside the town, Ishmael and his men killed all but ten of them and threw their bodies into a cistern.
Jeremiah 41 8 The other ten had talked Ishmael into letting them go by promising to bring him their stores of wheat, barley, oil, and honey that they had hidden away.
Jeremiah 41 9 The cistern where Ishmael dumped the bodies of the men he murdered was the large one made by King Asa when he fortified Mizpah to protect himself against King Baasha of Israel. Ishmael son of Nethaniah filled it with corpses.
Jeremiah 41 10 Ishmael made captives of the king's daughters and the other people who had been left under Gedaliah's care in Mizpah by Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard. Taking them with him, he started back toward the land of Ammon.
Jeremiah 41 11 But when Johanan son of Kareah and the rest of the guerrilla leaders heard what Ishmael had done,
Jeremiah 41 12 they took all their men and set out to stop him. They caught up with him at the pool near Gibeon.
Jeremiah 41 13 The people Ishmael had captured shouted for joy when they saw Johanan and his men.
Jeremiah 41 14 And all the captives from Mizpah escaped and began to help Johanan.
Jeremiah 41 15 Meanwhile, Ishmael and eight of his men escaped from Johanan into the land of Ammon.
Jeremiah 41 16 Then Johanan son of Kareah and his officers led away all the people they had rescued--warriors, women, children, and palace officials.
Jeremiah 41 17 They took them all to the village of Geruth-kimham near Bethlehem, where they prepared to leave for Egypt.
Jeremiah 41 18 They were afraid of what the Babylonians would do when they heard that Ishmael had killed Gedaliah, the governor appointed by the Babylonian king.
Jeremiah 42 1 Then all the army officers, including Johanan son of Kareah and Jezaniah son of Hoshaiah, and all the people, from the least to the greatest, approached
Jeremiah 42 2 Jeremiah the prophet. They said, "Please pray to the LORD your God for us. As you know, we are only a tiny remnant compared to what we were before.
Jeremiah 42 3 Beg the LORD your God to show us what to do and where to go."
Jeremiah 42 4 "All right," Jeremiah replied. "I will pray to the LORD your God, and I will tell you everything he says. I will hide nothing from you."
Jeremiah 42 5 Then they said to Jeremiah, "May the LORD your God be a faithful witness against us if we refuse to obey whatever he tells us to do!
Jeremiah 42 6 Whether we like it or not, we will obey the LORD our God to whom we send you with our plea. For if we obey him, everything will turn out well for us."
Jeremiah 42 7 Ten days later, the LORD gave his reply to Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 42 8 So he called for Johanan son of Kareah and the army officers, and for all the people, from the least to the greatest.
Jeremiah 42 9 He said to them, "You sent me to the LORD, the God of Israel, with your request, and this is his reply:
Jeremiah 42 10 `Stay here in this land. If you do, I will build you up and not tear you down; I will plant you and not uproot you. For I am sorry for all the punishment I have had to bring upon you.
Jeremiah 42 11 Do not fear the king of Babylon anymore, says the LORD. For I am with you and will save you and rescue you from his power.
Jeremiah 42 12 I will be merciful to you by making him kind, so he will let you stay here in your land.'
Jeremiah 42 13 "But if you refuse to obey the LORD your God and say, `We will not stay here,'
Jeremiah 42 14 and if you insist on going to live in Egypt where you think you will be free from war, famine, and alarms,
Jeremiah 42 15 then this is what the LORD says to the remnant of Judah. The LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: `If you insist on going to Egypt,
Jeremiah 42 16 the war and famine you fear will follow close behind you, and you will die there.
Jeremiah 42 17 That is the fate awaiting every one of you who insists on going to live in Egypt. Yes, you will die from war, famine, and disease. None of you will escape from the disaster I will bring upon you there.'
Jeremiah 42 18 "For the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: `Just as my anger and fury were poured out on the people of Jerusalem, so they will be poured out on you when you enter Egypt. You will become an object of damnation, horror, cursing, and mockery. And you will never see your homeland again.'
Jeremiah 42 19 "Listen, you remnant of Judah. The LORD has told you: `Do not go to Egypt!' Don't forget this warning I have given you today.
Jeremiah 42 20 For you were deceitful when you sent me to pray to the LORD your God for you, saying, `Just tell us what the LORD our God says, and we will do it!'
Jeremiah 42 21 And today I have told you exactly what he said, but you will not obey the LORD your God any better now than you have in the past.
Jeremiah 42 22 So you can be sure that you will die from war, famine, and disease in Egypt, where you insist on going."
Jeremiah 43 1 When Jeremiah had finished giving this message from the LORD their God to all the people,
Jeremiah 43 2 Azariah son of Hoshaiah and Johanan son of Kareah and all the other proud men said to Jeremiah, "You lie! The LORD our God hasn't forbidden us to go to Egypt!
Jeremiah 43 3 Baruch son of Neriah has convinced you to say this, so we will stay here and be killed by the Babylonians or be carried off into exile."
Jeremiah 43 4 So Johanan and all the army officers and all the people refused to obey the LORD's command to stay in Judah.
Jeremiah 43 5 Johanan and his officers took with them all the people who had returned from the nearby countries to which they had fled.
Jeremiah 43 6 In the crowd were men, women, and children, the king's daughters, and all those whom Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, had left with Gedaliah. Also included were the prophet Jeremiah and Baruch.
Jeremiah 43 7 The people refused to obey the LORD and went to Egypt, going as far as the city of Tahpanhes.
Jeremiah 43 8 Then at Tahpanhes, the LORD gave another message to Jeremiah. He said,
Jeremiah 43 9 "While the people of Judah are watching, bury large rocks between the pavement stones at the entrance of Pharaoh's palace here in Tahpanhes.
Jeremiah 43 10 Then say to the people of Judah, `The LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I will surely bring my servant Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, here to Egypt. I will set his throne on these stones that I have hidden. He will spread his royal canopy over them.
Jeremiah 43 11 And when he comes, he will destroy the land of Egypt. He will bring death to those destined for death; he will bring captivity to those destined for captivity; he will bring the sword against those destined for the sword.
Jeremiah 43 12 He will set fire to the temples of Egypt's gods, burning all their idols and carrying away the people as captives. He will pick clean the land of Egypt as a shepherd picks fleas from his cloak. And he himself will leave unharmed.
Jeremiah 43 13 He will break down the sacred pillars standing in the temple of the sun in Egypt, and he will burn down the temples of Egypt's gods.'"
Jeremiah 44 1 This is the message Jeremiah received concerning the Judeans living in northern Egypt in the cities of Migdol, Tahpanhes, and Memphis, and throughout southern Egypt as well:
Jeremiah 44 2 "This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: You saw what I did to Jerusalem and to all the towns of Judah. They now lie in ruins, and no one lives in them.
Jeremiah 44 3 Because of all their wickedness, my anger rose high against them. They burned incense and worshiped other gods--gods that neither they nor you nor any of your ancestors have ever known.
Jeremiah 44 4 "Again and again I sent my servants, the prophets, to plead with them, `Don't do these horrible things that I hate so much.'
Jeremiah 44 5 But my people would not listen or turn back from their wicked ways. They kept right on burning incense to these gods.
Jeremiah 44 6 And so my fury boiled over and fell like fire on the towns of Judah and into the streets of Jerusalem, and now they are a desolate ruin.
Jeremiah 44 7 "And now the LORD God Almighty, the God of Israel, asks you: Why are you destroying yourselves? For not one of you will survive--not a man, woman, or child among you who has come here from Judah, not even the babies in your arms.
Jeremiah 44 8 Why arouse my anger by burning incense to the idols you have made here in Egypt? You will only destroy yourselves and make yourselves an object of cursing and mockery for all the nations of the earth.
Jeremiah 44 9 Have you forgotten the sins of your ancestors, the sins of the kings and queens of Judah, and the sins you and your wives committed in Judah and Jerusalem?
Jeremiah 44 10 To this very hour you have shown no remorse or reverence. No one has chosen to follow my law and the decrees I gave to you and your ancestors before you.
Jeremiah 44 11 "Therefore, the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I have made up my mind to destroy every one of you!
Jeremiah 44 12 I will take this remnant of Judah that insisted on coming here to Egypt, and I will consume them. They will fall here in Egypt, killed by war and famine. All will die, from the least to the greatest. They will be an object of damnation, horror, cursing, and mockery.
Jeremiah 44 13 I will punish them in Egypt just as I punished them in Jerusalem, by war, famine, and disease.
Jeremiah 44 14 Of those who fled to Egypt with dreams of returning home to Judah, only a handful will escape."
Jeremiah 44 15 Then all the women present and all the men who knew that their wives had burned incense to idols--a great crowd of all the Judeans living in Pathros, the southern region of Egypt--answered Jeremiah,
Jeremiah 44 16 "We will not listen to your messages from the LORD!
Jeremiah 44 17 We will do whatever we want. We will burn incense to the Queen of Heaven and sacrifice to her just as much as we like--just as we and our ancestors did before us, and as our kings and princes have always done in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. For in those days we had plenty to eat, and we were well off and had no troubles!
Jeremiah 44 18 But ever since we quit burning incense to the Queen of Heaven and stopped worshiping her, we have been in great trouble and have suffered the effects of war and famine."
Jeremiah 44 19 "And," the women added, "do you suppose that we were worshiping the Queen of Heaven, pouring out drink offerings to her, and making cakes marked with her image, without our husbands knowing it and helping us? Of course not!"
Jeremiah 44 20 Then Jeremiah said to all of them, men and women alike, who had given him that answer,
Jeremiah 44 21 "Do you think the LORD did not know that you and your ancestors, your kings and officials, and all the people were burning incense to idols in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?
Jeremiah 44 22 It was because the LORD could no longer bear all the evil things you were doing that he made your land an object of cursing--a desolate ruin without a single inhabitant--as it is today.
Jeremiah 44 23 The very reason all these terrible things have happened to you is because you have burned incense to idols and sinned against the LORD, refusing to obey him and follow his instructions, laws, and stipulations."
Jeremiah 44 24 Then Jeremiah said to them all, including the women, "Listen to this message from the LORD, all you citizens of Judah who live in Egypt.
Jeremiah 44 25 The LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: You and your wives have said that you will never give up your devotion and sacrifices to the Queen of Heaven, and you have proved it by your actions. Then go ahead and carry out your promises and vows to her!
Jeremiah 44 26 "But listen to this message from the LORD, all you Judeans now living in Egypt: I have sworn by my great name, says the LORD, that my name will no longer be spoken by any of the Judeans in the land of Egypt. None of you may invoke my name or use this oath: `As surely as the Sovereign LORD lives!'
Jeremiah 44 27 For I will watch over you to bring you disaster and not good. You will suffer war and famine until all of you are dead.
Jeremiah 44 28 "Only a small number will escape death and return to Judah from Egypt. Then all those who came to Egypt will find out whose words are true, mine or theirs!
Jeremiah 44 29 And this is the proof I give you, says the LORD, that all I have threatened will happen to you and that I will punish you here:
Jeremiah 44 30 I will turn Pharaoh Hophra, king of Egypt, over to his enemies who want to kill him, just as I turned King Zedekiah of Judah over to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. I, the LORD, have spoken!"
Jeremiah 45 1 The prophet Jeremiah gave a message to Baruch son of Neriah in the fourth year of the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, after Baruch had written down everything Jeremiah had dictated to him. He said,
Jeremiah 45 2 "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says to you, Baruch:
Jeremiah 45 3 You have said, `I am overwhelmed with trouble! Haven't I had enough pain already? And now the LORD has added more! I am weary of my own sighing and can find no rest.'
Jeremiah 45 4 "Baruch, this is what the LORD says: I will destroy this nation that I built. I will uproot what I planted.
Jeremiah 45 5 Are you seeking great things for yourself? Don't do it! But don't be discouraged. I will bring great disaster upon all these people, but I will protect you wherever you go. I, the LORD, have spoken!"
Jeremiah 46 1 The following messages were given to Jeremiah the prophet from the LORD concerning foreign nations.
Jeremiah 46 2 This message concerning Egypt was given in the fourth year of the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, the king of Judah, on the occasion of the battle of Carchemish when Pharaoh Neco, king of Egypt, and his army were defeated beside the Euphrates River by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon.
Jeremiah 46 3 "Buckle on your armor and advance into battle!
Jeremiah 46 4 Harness the horses, and prepare to mount them. Put on your helmets, sharpen your spears, and prepare your armor.
Jeremiah 46 5 But look! The Egyptian army flees in terror. The bravest of its fighting men run without a backward glance. They are terrorized at every turn, says the LORD.
Jeremiah 46 6 The swiftest cannot flee; the mightiest warriors cannot escape. By the Euphrates River to the north they stumble and fall.
Jeremiah 46 7 "Who is this, rising like the Nile River at floodtime, overflowing all the land?
Jeremiah 46 8 It is the Egyptian army, boasting that it will cover the earth like a flood, destroying every foe.
Jeremiah 46 9 Then come, you horses and chariots and mighty warriors of Egypt! Come, all you allies from Ethiopia, Libya, and Lydia who are skilled with the shield and bow!
Jeremiah 46 10 For this is the day of the Lord, the LORD Almighty, a day of vengeance on his enemies. The sword will devour until it is satisfied, yes, drunk with your blood! The Lord, the LORD Almighty, will receive a sacrifice today in the north country beside the Euphrates River.
Jeremiah 46 11 Go up to Gilead to get ointment, O virgin daughter of Egypt! But your many medicines will bring you no healing.
Jeremiah 46 12 The nations have heard of your shame. The earth is filled with your cries of despair. Your mightiest warriors will stumble across each other and fall together."
Jeremiah 46 13 Then the LORD gave the prophet Jeremiah this message about King Nebuchadnezzar's plans to attack Egypt.
Jeremiah 46 14 "Shout it out in Egypt! Publish it in the cities of Migdol, Memphis, and Tahpanhes! Mobilize for battle, for the sword of destruction will devour everyone around you.
Jeremiah 46 15 Why have your warriors fled in terror? They cannot stand because the LORD has driven them away.
Jeremiah 46 16 They stumble and fall over each other and say among themselves, `Come, let's go back to our homeland where we were born. Let's get away from the sword of the enemy!'
Jeremiah 46 17 There they will say, `Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, is a loudmouth who missed his opportunity!'
Jeremiah 46 18 "As surely as I live," says the King, whose name is the LORD Almighty, "one is coming against Egypt who is as tall as Mount Tabor or Mount Carmel by the sea!
Jeremiah 46 19 Pack up! Get ready to leave for exile, you citizens of Egypt! The city of Memphis will be destroyed, without a single person living there.
Jeremiah 46 20 Egypt is as sleek as a young cow, but a gadfly from the north is on its way!
Jeremiah 46 21 Egypt's famed mercenaries have become like fattened calves. They turn and run, for it is a day of great disaster for Egypt, a time of great punishment.
Jeremiah 46 22 Silent as a serpent gliding away, Egypt flees. The invading army marches in; they come against her with axes like woodsmen.
Jeremiah 46 23 They will cut down her people like trees," says the LORD, "for they are more numerous than grasshoppers.
Jeremiah 46 24 Egypt will be humiliated; she will be handed over to men from the north."
Jeremiah 46 25 The LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "I will punish Amon, the god of Thebes, and all the other gods of Egypt. I will punish its rulers and Pharaoh, too, and all who trust in him.
Jeremiah 46 26 I will hand them over to those who want them killed--to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and his army. But afterward the land will recover from the ravages of war. I, the LORD, have spoken!
Jeremiah 46 27 "But do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant; do not be dismayed, Israel. For I will bring you home again from distant lands, and your children will return from their exile. Israel will return and will have peace and quiet, and nothing will make them afraid.
Jeremiah 46 28 Fear not, Jacob, my servant," says the LORD, "for I am with you. I will destroy the nations to which I have exiled you, but I will not destroy you. But I must discipline you; I cannot let you go unpunished."
Jeremiah 47 1 This is the LORD's message to the prophet Jeremiah concerning the Philistines of Gaza, before it was captured by the Egyptian army.
Jeremiah 47 2 This is what the LORD says: "A flood is coming from the north to overflow the land. It will destroy the land and everything in it--cities and people alike. People will scream in terror, and everyone in the land will weep.
Jeremiah 47 3 Hear the clatter of hooves and the rumble of wheels as the chariots rush by. Terrified fathers run madly, without a backward glance at their helpless children.
Jeremiah 47 4 "The time has come for the Philistines to be destroyed, along with their allies from Tyre and Sidon. Yes, the LORD is destroying the Philistines, those colonists from Crete.
Jeremiah 47 5 The city of Gaza will be demolished; Ashkelon will lie in ruins. You remnant of the Mediterranean plain, how long will you lament and mourn?
Jeremiah 47 6 "Now, O sword of the LORD, when will you be at rest again? Go back into your sheath; rest and be still!
Jeremiah 47 7 But how can it be still when the LORD has sent it on an errand? For the city of Ashkelon and the people living along the sea must be destroyed."