1 Now these are
the words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from
Jerusalem unto the residue of the elders which were carried
away captives, and to the priests, and to the prophets, and
to all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried away captive
from Jerusalem to Babylon;
2 (After that Jeconiah the king, and the queen, and the eunuchs,
the princes of Judah and Jerusalem, and the carpenters, and
the smiths, were departed from Jerusalem;)
3 By the hand of Elasah the son of Shaphan, and Gemariah the
son of Hilkiah, (whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent unto Babylon
to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon) saying,
4 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all
that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried
away from Jerusalem unto Babylon;
5 Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and
eat the fruit of them;
6 Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives
for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they
may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there,
and not diminished.
7 And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to
be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for
in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.
8 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not
your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you,
deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to
9 For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not
sent them, saith the LORD.
10 For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished
at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward
you, in causing you to return to this place.
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the
LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected
12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto
me, and I will hearken unto you.
13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for
me with all your heart.
14 And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn
away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations,
and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the
LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused
you to be carried away captive.
15 Because ye have said, The LORD hath raised us up prophets
16 Know that thus saith the LORD of the king that sitteth upon
the throne of David, and of all the people that dwelleth in
this city, and of your brethren that are not gone forth with
you into captivity;
17 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will send upon them
the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them
like vile figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.
18 And I will persecute them with the sword, with the famine,
and with the pestilence, and will deliver them to be removed
to all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a curse, and an astonishment,
and an hissing, and a reproach, among all the nations whither
I have driven them:
19 Because they have not hearkened to my words, saith the LORD,
which I sent unto them by my servants the prophets, rising up
early and sending them; but ye would not hear, saith the LORD.
20 Hear ye therefore the word of the LORD, all ye of the captivity,
whom I have sent from Jerusalem to Babylon:
21 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, of Ahab
the son of Kolaiah, and of Zedekiah the son of Maaseiah, which
prophesy a lie unto you in my name; Behold, I will deliver them
into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon; and he shall
slay them before your eyes;
22 And of them shall be taken up a curse by all the captivity
of Judah which are in Babylon, saying, The LORD make thee like
Zedekiah and like Ahab, whom the king of Babylon roasted in
23 Because they have committed villany in Israel, and have committed
adultery with their neighbours' wives, and have spoken lying
words in my name, which I have not commanded them; even I know,
and am a witness, saith the LORD.
24 Thus shalt thou also speak to Shemaiah the Nehelamite, saying,
25 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying,
Because thou hast sent letters in thy name unto all the people
that are at Jerusalem, and to Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah
the priest, and to all the priests, saying,
26 The LORD hath made thee priest in the stead of Jehoiada the
priest, that ye should be officers in the house of the LORD,
for every man that is mad, and maketh himself a prophet, that
thou shouldest put him in prison, and in the stocks.
27 Now therefore why hast thou not reproved Jeremiah of Anathoth,
which maketh himself a prophet to you?
28 For therefore he sent unto us in Babylon, saying, This captivity
is long: build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens,
and eat the fruit of them.
29 And Zephaniah the priest read this letter in the ears of
Jeremiah the prophet.
30 Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying,
31 Send to all them of the captivity, saying, Thus saith the
LORD concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite; Because that Shemaiah
hath prophesied unto you, and I sent him not, and he caused
you to trust in a lie:
32 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will punish Shemaiah
the Nehelamite, and his seed: he shall not have a man to dwell
among this people; neither shall he behold the good that I will
do for my people, saith the LORD; because he hath taught rebellion
against the LORD.
1 The word that
came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
2 Thus speaketh the LORD God of Israel, saying, Write thee all
the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book.
3 For, lo, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will bring
again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the
LORD: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave
to their fathers, and they shall possess it.
4 And these are the words that the LORD spake concerning Israel
and concerning Judah.
5 For thus saith the LORD; We have heard a voice of trembling,
of fear, and not of peace.
6 Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child?
wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as
a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?
7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is
even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out
8 For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts,
that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst
thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him:
9 But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king,
whom I will raise up unto them.
10 Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the LORD;
neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from
afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob
shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall
make him afraid.
11 For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though
I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee,
yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee
in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.
12 For thus saith the LORD, Thy bruise is incurable, and thy
wound is grievous.
13 There is none to plead thy cause, that thou mayest be bound
up: thou hast no healing medicines.
14 All thy lovers have forgotten thee; they seek thee not; for
I have wounded thee with the wound of an enemy, with the chastisement
of a cruel one, for the multitude of thine iniquity; because
thy sins were increased.
15 Why criest thou for thine affliction? thy sorrow is incurable
for the multitude of thine iniquity: because thy sins were increased,
I have done these things unto thee.
16 Therefore all they that devour thee shall be devoured; and
all thine adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity;
and they that spoil thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey
upon thee will I give for a prey.
17 For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee
of thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast,
saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.
18 Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will bring again the captivity
of Jacob's tents, and have mercy on his dwellingplaces; and
the city shall be builded upon her own heap, and the palace
shall remain after the manner thereof.
19 And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice
of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they
shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not
20 Their children also shall be as aforetime, and their congregation
shall be established before me, and I will punish all that oppress
21 And their nobles shall be of themselves, and their governor
shall proceed from the midst of them; and I will cause him to
draw near, and he shall approach unto me: for who is this that
engaged his heart to approach unto me? saith the LORD.
22 And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
23 Behold, the whirlwind of the LORD goeth forth with fury,
a continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon the head
of the wicked.
24 The fierce anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have
done it, and until he have performed the intents of his heart:
in the latter days ye shall consider it.
1 At the same time,
saith the LORD, will I be the God of all the families of Israel,
and they shall be my people.
2 Thus saith the LORD, The people which were left of the sword
found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause
him to rest.
3 The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have
loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness
have I drawn thee.
4 Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin
of Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and
shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry.
5 Thou shalt yet plant vines upon the mountains of Samaria:
the planters shall plant, and shall eat them as common things.
6 For there shall be a day, that the watchmen upon the mount
Ephraim shall cry, Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the
LORD our God.
7 For thus saith the LORD; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and
shout among the chief of the nations: publish ye, praise ye,
and say, O LORD, save thy people, the remnant of Israel.
8 Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather
them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and
the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with
child together: a great company shall return thither.
9 They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will
I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters
in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am
a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.
10 Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in
the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather
him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.
11 For the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the
hand of him that was stronger than he.
12 Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion,
and shall flow together to the goodness of the LORD, for wheat,
and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock and
of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered garden; and
they shall not sorrow any more at all.
13 Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men
and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and
will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.
14 And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness,
and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the
15 Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation,
and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to
be comforted for her children, because they were not.
16 Thus saith the LORD; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and
thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith
the LORD; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy.
17 And there is hope in thine end, saith the LORD, that thy
children shall come again to their own border.
18 I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; Thou
hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed
to the yoke: turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art
the LORD my God.
19 Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that
I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea,
even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth.
20 Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since
I spake against him, I do earnestly remember him still: therefore
my bowels are troubled for him; I will surely have mercy upon
him, saith the LORD.
21 Set thee up waymarks, make thee high heaps: set thine heart
toward the highway, even the way which thou wentest: turn again,
O virgin of Israel, turn again to these thy cities.
22 How long wilt thou go about, O thou backsliding daughter?
for the LORD hath created a new thing in the earth, A woman
shall compass a man.
23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; As yet they
shall use this speech in the land of Judah and in the cities
thereof, when I shall bring again their captivity; The LORD
bless thee, O habitation of justice, and mountain of holiness.
24 And there shall dwell in Judah itself, and in all the cities
thereof together, husbandmen, and they that go forth with flocks.
25 For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished
every sorrowful soul.
26 Upon this I awaked, and beheld; and my sleep was sweet unto
27 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will sow the
house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man,
and with the seed of beast.
28 And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched over
them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and
to destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them, to build,
and to plant, saith the LORD.
29 In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten
a sour grape, and the children's teeth are set on edge.
30 But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that
eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.
31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a
new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of
32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers
in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of
the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I
was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the
house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put
my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts;
and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and
every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall
all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them,
saith the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will
remember their sin no more.
35 Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by
day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light
by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar;
The LORD of hosts is his name:
36 If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD,
then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation
before me for ever.
37 Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and
the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also
cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done,
saith the LORD.
38 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the city shall
be built to the LORD from the tower of Hananeel unto the gate
of the corner.
39 And the measuring line shall yet go forth over against it
upon the hill Gareb, and shall compass about to Goath.
40 And the whole valley of the dead bodies, and of the ashes,
and all the fields unto the brook of Kidron, unto the corner
of the horse gate toward the east, shall be holy unto the LORD;
it shall not be plucked up, nor thrown down any more for ever.