1 Thus saith the
LORD, Go and get a potter's earthen bottle, and take of the
ancients of the people, and of the ancients of the priests;
2 And go forth unto the valley of the son of Hinnom, which is
by the entry of the east gate, and proclaim there the words
that I shall tell thee,
3 And say, Hear ye the word of the LORD, O kings of Judah, and
inhabitants of Jerusalem; Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the
God of Israel; Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, the
which whosoever heareth, his ears shall tingle.
4 Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged this place,
and have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither
they nor their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and
have filled this place with the blood of innocents;
5 They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their
sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded
not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind:
6 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that this
place shall no more be called Tophet, nor The valley of the
son of Hinnom, but The valley of slaughter.
7 And I will make void the counsel of Judah and Jerusalem in
this place; and I will cause them to fall by the sword before
their enemies, and by the hands of them that seek their lives:
and their carcases will I give to be meat for the fowls of the
heaven, and for the beasts of the earth.
8 And I will make this city desolate, and an hissing; every
one that passeth thereby shall be astonished and hiss because
of all the plagues thereof.
9 And I will cause them to eat the flesh of their sons and the
flesh of their daughters, and they shall eat every one the flesh
of his friend in the siege and straitness, wherewith their enemies,
and they that seek their lives, shall straiten them.
10 Then shalt thou break the bottle in the sight of the men
that go with thee,
11 And shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Even
so will I break this people and this city, as one breaketh a
potter's vessel, that cannot be made whole again: and they shall
bury them in Tophet, till there be no place to bury.
12 Thus will I do unto this place, saith the LORD, and to the
inhabitants thereof, and even make this city as Tophet:
13 And the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses of the kings
of Judah, shall be defiled as the place of Tophet, because of
all the houses upon whose roofs they have burned incense unto
all the host of heaven, and have poured out drink offerings
unto other gods.
14 Then came Jeremiah from Tophet, whither the LORD had sent
him to prophesy; and he stood in the court of the LORD's house;
and said to all the people,
15 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold,
I will bring upon this city and upon all her towns all the evil
that I have pronounced against it, because they have hardened
their necks, that they might not hear my words.
1 Now Pashur the
son of Immer the priest, who was also chief governor in the
house of the LORD, heard that Jeremiah prophesied these things.
2 Then Pashur smote Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the
stocks that were in the high gate of Benjamin, which was by
the house of the LORD.
3 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Pashur brought forth
Jeremiah out of the stocks. Then said Jeremiah unto him, The
LORD hath not called thy name Pashur, but Magor-missabib.
4 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will make thee a terror
to thyself, and to all thy friends: and they shall fall by the
sword of their enemies, and thine eyes shall behold it: and
I will give all Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon,
and he shall carry them captive into Babylon, and shall slay
them with the sword.
5 Moreover I will deliver all the strength of this city, and
all the labours thereof, and all the precious things thereof,
and all the treasures of the kings of Judah will I give into
the hand of their enemies, which shall spoil them, and take
them, and carry them to Babylon.
6 And thou, Pashur, and all that dwell in thine house shall
go into captivity: and thou shalt come to Babylon, and there
thou shalt die, and shalt be buried there, thou, and all thy
friends, to whom thou hast prophesied lies.
7 O LORD, thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived: thou art
stronger than I, and hast prevailed: I am in derision daily,
every one mocketh me.
8 For since I spake, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil;
because the word of the LORD was made a reproach unto me, and
a derision, daily.
9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any
more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning
fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and
I could not stay.
10 For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. Report,
say they, and we will report it. All my familiars watched for
my halting, saying, Peradventure he will be enticed, and we
shall prevail against him, and we shall take our revenge on
11 But the LORD is with me as a mighty terrible one: therefore
my persecutors shall stumble, and they shall not prevail: they
shall be greatly ashamed; for they shall not prosper: their
everlasting confusion shall never be forgotten.
12 But, O LORD of hosts, that triest the righteous, and seest
the reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for
unto thee have I opened my cause.
13 Sing unto the LORD, praise ye the LORD: for he hath delivered
the soul of the poor from the hand of evildoers.
14 Cursed be the day wherein I was born: let not the day wherein
my mother bare me be blessed.
15 Cursed be the man who brought tidings to my father, saying,
A man child is born unto thee; making him very glad.
16 And let that man be as the cities which the LORD overthrew,
and repented not: and let him hear the cry in the morning, and
the shouting at noontide;
17 Because he slew me not from the womb; or that my mother might
have been my grave, and her womb to be always great with me.
18 Wherefore came I forth out of the womb to see labour and
sorrow, that my days should be consumed with shame?
1 The word which
came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, when king Zedekiah sent unto
him Pashur the son of Melchiah, and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah
the priest, saying,
2 Enquire, I pray thee, of the LORD for us; for Nebuchadrezzar
king of Babylon maketh war against us; if so be that the LORD
will deal with us according to all his wondrous works, that
he may go up from us.
3 Then said Jeremiah unto them, Thus shall ye say to Zedekiah:
4 Thus saith the LORD God of Israel; Behold, I will turn back
the weapons of war that are in your hands, wherewith ye fight
against the king of Babylon, and against the Chaldeans, which
besiege you without the walls, and I will assemble them into
the midst of this city.
5 And I myself will fight against you with an outstretched hand
and with a strong arm, even in anger, and in fury, and in great
6 And I will smite the inhabitants of this city, both man and
beast: they shall die of a great pestilence.
7 And afterward, saith the LORD, I will deliver Zedekiah king
of Judah, and his servants, and the people, and such as are
left in this city from the pestilence, from the sword, and from
the famine, into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon,
and into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of those
that seek their life: and he shall smite them with the edge
of the sword; he shall not spare them, neither have pity, nor
8 And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus saith the LORD;
Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death.
9 He that abideth in this city shall die by the sword, and by
the famine, and by the pestilence: but he that goeth out, and
falleth to the Chaldeans that besiege you, he shall live, and
his life shall be unto him for a prey.
10 For I have set my face against this city for evil, and not
for good, saith the LORD: it shall be given into the hand of
the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire.
11 And touching the house of the king of Judah, say, Hear ye
the word of the LORD;
12 O house of David, thus saith the LORD; Execute judgment in
the morning, and deliver him that is spoiled out of the hand
of the oppressor, lest my fury go out like fire, and burn that
none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.
13 Behold, I am against thee, O inhabitant of the valley, and
rock of the plain, saith the LORD; which say, Who shall come
down against us? or who shall enter into our habitations?
14 But I will punish you according to the fruit of your doings,
saith the LORD: and I will kindle a fire in the forest thereof,
and it shall devour all things round about it.
1 Thus saith the
LORD; Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and speak there
2 And say, Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, that
sittest upon the throne of David, thou, and thy servants, and
thy people that enter in by these gates:
3 Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment and righteousness,
and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and
do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless,
nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place.
4 For if ye do this thing indeed, then shall there enter in
by the gates of this house kings sitting upon the throne of
David, riding in chariots and on horses, he, and his servants,
and his people.
5 But if ye will not hear these words, I swear by myself, saith
the LORD, that this house shall become a desolation.
6 For thus saith the LORD unto the king's house of Judah; Thou
art Gilead unto me, and the head of Lebanon: yet surely I will
make thee a wilderness, and cities which are not inhabited.
7 And I will prepare destroyers against thee, every one with
his weapons: and they shall cut down thy choice cedars, and
cast them into the fire.
8 And many nations shall pass by this city, and they shall say
every man to his neighbour, Wherefore hath the LORD done thus
unto this great city?
9 Then they shall answer, Because they have forsaken the covenant
of the LORD their God, and worshipped other gods, and served
10 Weep ye not for the dead, neither bemoan him: but weep sore
for him that goeth away: for he shall return no more, nor see
his native country.
11 For thus saith the LORD touching Shallum the son of Josiah
king of Judah, which reigned instead of Josiah his father, which
went forth out of this place; He shall not return thither any
12 But he shall die in the place whither they have led him captive,
and shall see this land no more.
13 Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteousness,
and his chambers by wrong; that useth his neighbour's service
without wages, and giveth him not for his work;
14 That saith, I will build me a wide house and large chambers,
and cutteth him out windows; and it is cieled with cedar, and
painted with vermilion.
15 Shalt thou reign, because thou closest thyself in cedar?
did not thy father eat and drink, and do judgment and justice,
and then it was well with him?
16 He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well
with him: was not this to know me? saith the LORD.
17 But thine eyes and thine heart are not but for thy covetousness,
and for to shed innocent blood, and for oppression, and for
violence, to do it.
18 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning Jehoiakim the son
of Josiah king of Judah; They shall not lament for him, saying,
Ah my brother! or, Ah sister! they shall not lament for him,
saying, Ah lord! or, Ah his glory!
19 He shall be buried with the burial of an ass, drawn and cast
forth beyond the gates of Jerusalem.
20 Go up to Lebanon, and cry; and lift up thy voice in Bashan,
and cry from the passages: for all thy lovers are destroyed.
21 I spake unto thee in thy prosperity; but thou saidst, I will
not hear. This hath been thy manner from thy youth, that thou
obeyedst not my voice.
22 The wind shall eat up all thy pastors, and thy lovers shall
go into captivity: surely then shalt thou be ashamed and confounded
for all thy wickedness.
23 O inhabitant of Lebanon, that makest thy nest in the cedars,
how gracious shalt thou be when pangs come upon thee, the pain
as of a woman in travail!
24 As I live, saith the LORD, though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim
king of Judah were the signet upon my right hand, yet would
I pluck thee thence;
25 And I will give thee into the hand of them that seek thy
life, and into the hand of them whose face thou fearest, even
into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the
hand of the Chaldeans.
26 And I will cast thee out, and thy mother that bare thee,
into another country, where ye were not born; and there shall
27 But to the land whereunto they desire to return, thither
shall they not return.
28 Is this man Coniah a despised broken idol? is he a vessel
wherein is no pleasure? wherefore are they cast out, he and
his seed, and are cast into a land which they know not?
29 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.
30 Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this man childless, a man that
shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall
prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more