1 The word which
came unto Jeremiah from the LORD in the days of Jehoiakim the
son of Josiah king of Judah, saying,
2 Go unto the house of the Rechabites, and speak unto them,
and bring them into the house of the LORD, into one of the chambers,
and give them wine to drink.
3 Then I took Jaazaniah the son of Jeremiah, the son of Habaziniah,
and his brethren, and all his sons, and the whole house of the
4 And I brought them into the house of the LORD, into the chamber
of the sons of Hanan, the son of Igdaliah, a man of God, which
was by the chamber of the princes, which was above the chamber
of Maaseiah the son of Shallum, the keeper of the door:
5 And I set before the sons of the house of the Rechabites pots
full of wine, and cups, and I said unto them, Drink ye wine.
6 But they said, We will drink no wine: for Jonadab the son
of Rechab our father commanded us, saying, Ye shall drink no
wine, neither ye, nor your sons for ever:
7 Neither shall ye build house, nor sow seed, nor plant vineyard,
nor have any: but all your days ye shall dwell in tents; that
ye may live many days in the land where ye be strangers.
8 Thus have we obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab
our father in all that he hath charged us, to drink no wine
all our days, we, our wives, our sons, nor our daughters;
9 Nor to build houses for us to dwell in: neither have we vineyard,
nor field, nor seed:
10 But we have dwelt in tents, and have obeyed, and done according
to all that Jonadab our father commanded us.
11 But it came to pass, when Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon
came up into the land, that we said, Come, and let us go to
Jerusalem for fear of the army of the Chaldeans, and for fear
of the army of the Syrians: so we dwell at Jerusalem.
12 Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying,
13 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Go and tell
the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, Will ye not
receive instruction to hearken to my words? saith the LORD.
14 The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded
his sons not to drink wine, are performed; for unto this day
they drink none, but obey their father's commandment: notwithstanding
I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye hearkened
not unto me.
15 I have sent also unto you all my servants the prophets, rising
up early and sending them, saying, Return ye now every man from
his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after other
gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land which I have
given to you and to your fathers: but ye have not inclined your
ear, nor hearkened unto me.
16 Because the sons of Jonadab the son of Rechab have performed
the commandment of their father, which he commanded them; but
this people hath not hearkened unto me:
17 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel;
Behold, I will bring upon Judah and upon all the inhabitants
of Jerusalem all the evil that I have pronounced against them:
because I have spoken unto them, but they have not heard; and
I have called unto them, but they have not answered.
18 And Jeremiah said unto the house of the Rechabites, Thus
saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Because ye have
obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all
his precepts, and done according unto all that he hath commanded
19 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel;
Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before
me for ever.
1 And it came to
pass in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king
of Judah, that this word came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
2 Take thee a roll of a book, and write therein all the words
that I have spoken unto thee against Israel, and against Judah,
and against all the nations, from the day I spake unto thee,
from the days of Josiah, even unto this day.
3 It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which
I purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from
his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.
4 Then Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah: and Baruch
wrote from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the LORD,
which he had spoken unto him, upon a roll of a book.
5 And Jeremiah commanded Baruch, saying, I am shut up; I cannot
go into the house of the LORD:
6 Therefore go thou, and read in the roll, which thou hast written
from my mouth, the words of the LORD in the ears of the people
in the LORD's house upon the fasting day: and also thou shalt
read them in the ears of all Judah that come out of their cities.
7 It may be they will present their supplication before the
LORD, and will return every one from his evil way: for great
is the anger and the fury that the LORD hath pronounced against
8 And Baruch the son of Neriah did according to all that Jeremiah
the prophet commanded him, reading in the book the words of
the LORD in the LORD's house.
9 And it came to pass in the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son
of Josiah king of Judah, in the ninth month, that they proclaimed
a fast before the LORD to all the people in Jerusalem, and to
all the people that came from the cities of Judah unto Jerusalem.
10 Then read Baruch in the book the words of Jeremiah in the
house of the LORD, in the chamber of Gemariah the son of Shaphan
the scribe, in the higher court, at the entry of the new gate
of the LORD's house, in the ears of all the people.
11 When Michaiah the son of Gemariah, the son of Shaphan, had
heard out of the book all the words of the LORD,
12 Then he went down into the king's house, into the scribe's
chamber: and, lo, all the princes sat there, even Elishama the
scribe, and Delaiah the son of Shemaiah, and Elnathan the son
of Achbor, and Gemariah the son of Shaphan, and Zedekiah the
son of Hananiah, and all the princes.
13 Then Michaiah declared unto them all the words that he had
heard, when Baruch read the book in the ears of the people.
14 Therefore all the princes sent Jehudi the son of Nethaniah,
the son of Shelemiah, the son of Cushi, unto Baruch, saying,
Take in thine hand the roll wherein thou hast read in the ears
of the people, and come. So Baruch the son of Neriah took the
roll in his hand, and came unto them.
15 And they said unto him, Sit down now, and read it in our
ears. So Baruch read it in their ears.
16 Now it came to pass, when they had heard all the words, they
were afraid both one and other, and said unto Baruch, We will
surely tell the king of all these words.
17 And they asked Baruch, saying, Tell us now, How didst thou
write all these words at his mouth?
18 Then Baruch answered them, He pronounced all these words
unto me with his mouth, and I wrote them with ink in the book.
19 Then said the princes unto Baruch, Go, hide thee, thou and
Jeremiah; and let no man know where ye be.
20 And they went in to the king into the court, but they laid
up the roll in the chamber of Elishama the scribe, and told
all the words in the ears of the king.
21 So the king sent Jehudi to fetch the roll: and he took it
out of Elishama the scribe's chamber. And Jehudi read it in
the ears of the king, and in the ears of all the princes which
stood beside the king.
22 Now the king sat in the winterhouse in the ninth month: and
there was a fire on the hearth burning before him.
23 And it came to pass, that when Jehudi had read three or four
leaves, he cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the fire
that was on the hearth, until all the roll was consumed in the
fire that was on the hearth.
24 Yet they were not afraid, nor rent their garments, neither
the king, nor any of his servants that heard all these words.
25 Nevertheless Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah had made intercession
to the king that he would not burn the roll: but he would not
26 But the king commanded Jerahmeel the son of Hammelech, and
Seraiah the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel,
to take Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet: but the
LORD hid them.
27 Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, after that the
king had burned the roll, and the words which Baruch wrote at
the mouth of Jeremiah, saying,
28 Take thee again another roll, and write in it all the former
words that were in the first roll, which Jehoiakim the king
of Judah hath burned.
29 And thou shalt say to Jehoiakim the king of Judah, Thus saith
the LORD; Thou hast burned this roll, saying, Why hast thou
written therein, saying, The king of Babylon shall certainly
come and destroy this land, and shall cause to cease from thence
man and beast?
30 Therefore thus saith the LORD of Jehoiakim king of Judah;
He shall have none to sit upon the throne of David: and his
dead body shall be cast out in the day to the heat, and in the
night to the frost.
31 And I will punish him and his seed and his servants for their
iniquity; and I will bring upon them, and upon the inhabitants
of Jerusalem, and upon the men of Judah, all the evil that I
have pronounced against them; but they hearkened not.
32 Then took Jeremiah another roll, and gave it to Baruch the
scribe, the son of Neriah; who wrote therein from the mouth
of Jeremiah all the words of the book which Jehoiakim king of
Judah had burned in the fire: and there were added besides unto
them many like words.
1 And king Zedekiah
the son of Josiah reigned instead of Coniah the son of Jehoiakim,
whom Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon made king in the land of
2 But neither he, nor his servants, nor the people of the land,
did hearken unto the words of the LORD, which he spake by the
3 And Zedekiah the king sent Jehucal the son of Shelemiah and
Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest to the prophet Jeremiah,
saying, Pray now unto the LORD our God for us.
4 Now Jeremiah came in and went out among the people: for they
had not put him into prison.
5 Then Pharaoh's army was come forth out of Egypt: and when
the Chaldeans that besieged Jerusalem heard tidings of them,
they departed from Jerusalem.
6 Then came the word of the LORD unto the prophet Jeremiah,
7 Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; Thus shall ye say
to the king of Judah, that sent you unto me to enquire of me;
Behold, Pharaoh's army, which is come forth to help you, shall
return to Egypt into their own land.
8 And the Chaldeans shall come again, and fight against this
city, and take it, and burn it with fire.
9 Thus saith the LORD; Deceive not yourselves, saying, The Chaldeans
shall surely depart from us: for they shall not depart.
10 For though ye had smitten the whole army of the Chaldeans
that fight against you, and there remained but wounded men among
them, yet should they rise up every man in his tent, and burn
this city with fire.
11 And it came to pass, that when the army of the Chaldeans
was broken up from Jerusalem for fear of Pharaoh's army,
12 Then Jeremiah went forth out of Jerusalem to go into the
land of Benjamin, to separate himself thence in the midst of
13 And when he was in the gate of Benjamin, a captain of the
ward was there, whose name was Irijah, the son of Shelemiah,
the son of Hananiah; and he took Jeremiah the prophet, saying,
Thou fallest away to the Chaldeans.
14 Then said Jeremiah, It is false; I fall not away to the Chaldeans.
But he hearkened not to him: so Irijah took Jeremiah, and brought
him to the princes.
15 Wherefore the princes were wroth with Jeremiah, and smote
him, and put him in prison in the house of Jonathan the scribe:
for they had made that the prison.
16 When Jeremiah was entered into the dungeon, and into the
cabins, and Jeremiah had remained there many days;
17 Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took him out: and the king
asked him secretly in his house, and said, Is there any word
from the LORD? And Jeremiah said, There is: for, said he, thou
shalt be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon.
18 Moreover Jeremiah said unto king Zedekiah, What have I offended
against thee, or against thy servants, or against this people,
that ye have put me in prison?
19 Where are now your prophets which prophesied unto you, saying,
The king of Babylon shall not come against you, nor against
20 Therefore hear now, I pray thee, O my lord the king: let
my supplication, I pray thee, be accepted before thee; that
thou cause me not to return to the house of Jonathan the scribe,
lest I die there.
21 Then Zedekiah the king commanded that they should commit
Jeremiah into the court of the prison, and that they should
give him daily a piece of bread out of the bakers' street, until
all the bread in the city were spent. Thus Jeremiah remained
in the court of the prison.