1 The word that
came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
2 Stand in the gate of the LORD's house, and proclaim there
this word, and say, Hear the word of the LORD, all ye of Judah,
that enter in at these gates to worship the LORD.
3 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your
ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this
4 Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD,
The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, are these.
5 For if ye throughly amend your ways and your doings; if ye
throughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbour;
6 If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow,
and shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after
other gods to your hurt:
7 Then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land
that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever.
8 Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit.
9 Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely,
and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye
10 And come and stand before me in this house, which is called
by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations?
11 Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of
robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the
12 But go ye now unto my place which was in Shiloh, where I
set my name at the first, and see what I did to it for the wickedness
of my people Israel.
13 And now, because ye have done all these works, saith the
LORD, and I spake unto you, rising up early and speaking, but
ye heard not; and I called you, but ye answered not;
14 Therefore will I do unto this house, which is called by my
name, wherein ye trust, and unto the place which I gave to you
and to your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh.
15 And I will cast you out of my sight, as I have cast out all
your brethren, even the whole seed of Ephraim.
16 Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up
cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for
I will not hear thee.
17 Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in
the streets of Jerusalem?
18 The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire,
and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen
of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods,
that they may provoke me to anger
19 Do they provoke me to anger? saith the LORD: do they not
provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces?
20 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, mine anger and
my fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon
beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of
the ground; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched.
21 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Put your
burnt offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh.
22 For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in
the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning
burnt offerings or sacrifices:
23 But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and
I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in
all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well
24 But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked
in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart,
and went backward, and not forward.
25 Since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land
of Egypt unto this day I have even sent unto you all my servants
the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them:
26 Yet they hearkened not unto me, nor inclined their ear, but
hardened their neck: they did worse than their fathers.
27 Therefore thou shalt speak all these words unto them; but
they will not hearken to thee: thou shalt also call unto them;
but they will not answer thee.
28 But thou shalt say unto them, This is a nation that obeyeth
not the voice of the LORD their God, nor receiveth correction:
truth is perished, and is cut off from their mouth.
29 Cut off thine hair, O Jerusalem, and cast it away, and take
up a lamentation on high places; for the LORD hath rejected
and forsaken the generation of his wrath.
30 For the children of Judah have done evil in my sight, saith
the LORD: they have set their abominations in the house which
is called by my name, to pollute it.
31 And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in
the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their
daughters in the fire; which I commanded them not, neither came
it into my heart.
32 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it
shall no more be called Tophet, nor the valley of the son of
Hinnom, but the valley of slaughter: for they shall bury in
Tophet, till there be no place.
33 And the carcases of this people shall be meat for the fowls
of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth; and none shall
fray them away.
34 Then will I cause to cease from the cities of Judah, and
from the streets of Jerusalem, the voice of mirth, and the voice
of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the
bride: for the land shall be desolate.
1 At that time,
saith the LORD, they shall bring out the bones of the kings
of Judah, and the bones of his princes, and the bones of the
priests, and the bones of the prophets, and the bones of the
inhabitants of Jerusalem, out of their graves:
2 And they shall spread them before the sun, and the moon, and
all the host of heaven, whom they have loved, and whom they
have served, and after whom they have walked, and whom they
have sought, and whom they have worshipped: they shall not be
gathered, nor be buried; they shall be for dung upon the face
of the earth.
3 And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue
of them that remain of this evil family, which remain in all
the places whither I have driven them, saith the LORD of hosts.
4 Moreover thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD; Shall
they fall, and not arise? shall he turn away, and not return?
5 Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual
backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return.
6 I hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright: no man repented
him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? every one turned
to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle.
7 Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times;
and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time
of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the
8 How do ye say, We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with
us? Lo, certainly in vain made he it; the pen of the scribes
is in vain.
9 The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo,
they have rejected the word of the LORD; and what wisdom is
10 Therefore will I give their wives unto others, and their
fields to them that shall inherit them: for every one from the
least even unto the greatest is given to covetousness, from
the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.
11 For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people
slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
12 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay,
they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore
shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of their visitation
they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.
13 I will surely consume them, saith the LORD: there shall be
no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree, and the leaf
shall fade; and the things that I have given them shall pass
away from them.
14 Why do we sit still? assemble yourselves, and let us enter
into the defenced cities, and let us be silent there: for the
LORD our God hath put us to silence, and given us water of gall
to drink, because we have sinned against the LORD.
15 We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of
health, and behold trouble!
16 The snorting of his horses was heard from Dan: the whole
land trembled at the sound of the neighing of his strong ones;
for they are come, and have devoured the land, and all that
is in it; the city, and those that dwell therein.
17 For, behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you,
which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you, saith the
18 When I would comfort myself against sorrow, my heart is faint
19 Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people
because of them that dwell in a far country: Is not the LORD
in Zion? is not her king in her? Why have they provoked me to
anger with their graven images, and with strange vanities?
20 The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not
21 For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am
black; astonishment hath taken hold on me.
22 Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there?
why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?
1 Oh that my head
were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might
weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!
2 Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging place of wayfaring
men; that I might leave my people, and go from them! for they
be all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men.
3 And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they
are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed
from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD.
4 Take ye heed every one of his neighbour, and trust ye not
in any brother: for every brother will utterly supplant, and
every neighbour will walk with slanders.
5 And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not
speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies,
and weary themselves to commit iniquity.
6 Thine habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit
they refuse to know me, saith the LORD.
7 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, I will melt
them, and try them; for how shall I do for the daughter of my
8 Their tongue is as an arrow shot out; it speaketh deceit:
one speaketh peaceably to his neighbour with his mouth, but
in heart he layeth his wait.
9 Shall I not visit them for these things? saith the LORD: shall
not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?
10 For the mountains will I take up a weeping and wailing, and
for the habitations of the wilderness a lamentation, because
they are burned up, so that none can pass through them; neither
can men hear the voice of the cattle; both the fowl of the heavens
and the beast are fled; they are gone.
11 And I will make Jerusalem heaps, and a den of dragons; and
I will make the cities of Judah desolate, without an inhabitant.
12 Who is the wise man, that may understand this? and who is
he to whom the mouth of the LORD hath spoken, that he may declare
it, for what the land perisheth and is burned up like a wilderness,
that none passeth through?
13 And the LORD saith, Because they have forsaken my law which
I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice, neither walked
14 But have walked after the imagination of their own heart,
and after Baalim, which their fathers taught them:
15 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel;
Behold, I will feed them, even this people, with wormwood, and
give them water of gall to drink.
16 I will scatter them also among the heathen, whom neither
they nor their fathers have known: and I will send a sword after
them, till I have consumed them.
17 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Consider ye, and call for the
mourning women, that they may come; and send for cunning women,
that they may come:
18 And let them make haste, and take up a wailing for us, that
our eyes may run down with tears, and our eyelids gush out with
19 For a voice of wailing is heard out of Zion, How are we spoiled!
we are greatly confounded, because we have forsaken the land,
because our dwellings have cast us out.
20 Yet hear the word of the LORD, O ye women, and let your ear
receive the word of his mouth, and teach your daughters wailing,
and every one her neighbour lamentation.
21 For death is come up into our windows, and is entered into
our palaces, to cut off the children from without, and the young
men from the streets.
22 Speak, Thus saith the LORD, Even the carcases of men shall
fall as dung upon the open field, and as the handful after the
harvestman, and none shall gather them.
23 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,
neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich
man glory in his riches:
24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth
and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness,
judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things
I delight, saith the LORD.
25 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will punish
all them which are circumcised with the uncircumcised;
26 Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and
Moab, and all that are in the utmost corners, that dwell in
the wilderness: for all these nations are uncircumcised, and
all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart.