Bible: Jeremiah 1-25
1:1 The following is a record of what Jeremiah son of Hilkiah prophesied. 1 He was one of the priests who lived at Anathoth in the territory of the tribe of Benjamin. 1:2 The
Jeremiah’s Call and Commission
Before you were born I set you apart.
I appointed you to be a prophet to the nations.”
1:6 I answered, “Oh, Lord
Visions Confirming Jeremiah’s Call and Commission
1:11 Later the
1:17 “But you, Jeremiah, 31 get yourself ready! 32 Go and tell these people everything I instruct you to say. Do not be terrified of them, or I will give you good reason to be terrified of them. 33 1:18 I, the
The Lord Recalls Israel’s Earlier Faithfulness
The Lord Reminds Them of the Unfaithfulness of Their Ancestors
2:4 Now listen to what the Lord has to say, you descendants 41 of Jacob,
all you family groups from the nation 42 of Israel.
2:5 This is what the Lord says:
“What fault could your ancestors 43 have possibly found in me
that they strayed so far from me? 44
2:6 They did not ask:
‘Where is the
who brought us through the wilderness,
through a land of desert sands and rift valleys,
through a land of drought and deep darkness, 47
through a land in which no one travels,
and where no one lives?’ 48
2:7 I brought you 49 into a fertile land
so you could enjoy 50 its fruits and its rich bounty.
But when you entered my land, you defiled it; 51
you made the land I call my own 52 loathsome to me.
Your rulers rebelled against me.
Your prophets prophesied in the name of the god Baal. 57
They all worshiped idols that could not help them. 58
The Lord Charges Contemporary Israel with Spiritual Adultery
2:9 “So, once more I will state my case 59 against you,” says the
“I will also state it against your children and grandchildren. 60
Send someone east to Kedar 63 and have them look carefully.
See if such a thing as this has ever happened:
2:11 Has a nation ever changed its gods
(even though they are not really gods at all)?
But my people have exchanged me, their glorious God, 64
for a god that cannot help them at all! 65
2:12 Be amazed at this, O heavens! 66
Be shocked and utterly dumbfounded,”
2:13 “Do so because my people have committed a double wrong:
they have rejected me,
the fountain of life-giving water, 67
and they have dug cisterns for themselves,
cracked cisterns which cannot even hold water.”
Israel’s Reliance on Foreign Alliances (not on God)
2:14 “Israel is not a slave, is he?
He was not born into slavery, was he? 68
If not, why then is he being carried off?
2:15 Like lions his enemies roar victoriously over him;
they raise their voices in triumph. 69
They have laid his land waste;
his cities have been burned down and deserted. 70
2:16 Even the soldiers 71 from Memphis and Tahpanhes
have cracked your skulls, people of Israel. 72
2:17 You have brought all this on yourself, Israel, 73
by deserting the
to seek help from the Egyptians? 77
What good will it do you 78 to go over to Assyria
to seek help from the Assyrians? 79
2:19 Your own wickedness will bring about your punishment.
Your unfaithful acts will bring down discipline on you. 80
Know, then, and realize how utterly harmful 81
it was for you to reject me, the
to show no respect for me,” 83
says the Lord
The Lord Expresses His Exasperation at Judah’s Persistent Idolat
2:20 “Indeed, 85 long ago you threw off my authority
and refused to be subject to me. 86
You said, ‘I will not serve you.’ 87
Instead, you gave yourself to other gods on every high hill
and under every green tree,
like a prostitute sprawls out before her lovers. 88
2:21 I planted you in the land
like a special vine of the very best stock.
Why in the world have you turned into something like a wild vine
that produces rotten, foul-smelling grapes? 89
2:22 You can try to wash away your guilt with a strong detergent.
You can use as much soap as you want.
But the stain of your guilt is still there for me to see,” 90
says the Lord
2:23 “How can you say, ‘I have not made myself unclean.
I have not paid allegiance to 92 the gods called Baal.’
Just look at the way you have behaved in the Valley of Hinnom! 93
Think about the things you have done there!
You are like a flighty, young female camel
that rushes here and there, crisscrossing its path. 94
2:24 You are like a wild female donkey brought up in the wilderness.
In her lust she sniffs the wind to get the scent of a male. 95
No one can hold her back when she is in heat.
None of the males need wear themselves out chasing after her.
At mating time she is easy to find. 96
2:25 Do not chase after other gods until your shoes wear out
and your throats become dry. 97
But you say, ‘It is useless for you to try and stop me
because I love those foreign gods 98 and want to pursue them!’
2:26 Just as a thief has to suffer dishonor when he is caught,
So will their kings and officials,
their priests and their prophets.
2:27 They say to a wooden idol, 101 ‘You are my father.’
They say to a stone image, ‘You gave birth to me.’ 102
Yes, they have turned away from me instead of turning to me. 103
Yet when they are in trouble, they say, ‘Come and save us!’
2:28 But where are the gods you made for yourselves?
Let them save you when you are in trouble.
The sad fact is that 104 you have as many gods
as you have towns, Judah.
2:29 “Why do you try to refute me? 105
All of you have rebelled against me,”
2:30 “It did no good for me to punish your people.
They did not respond to such correction.
You slaughtered your prophets
like a voracious lion.” 106
2:31 You people of this generation,
listen to what the
“Have I been like a wilderness to you, Israel?
Have I been like a dark and dangerous land to you? 107
We will not come to you any more?’
2:32 Does a young woman forget to put on her jewels?
Does a bride forget to put on her bridal attire?
But my people have forgotten me
for more days than can even be counted.
2:33 “My, how good you have become
at chasing after your lovers! 110
Why, you could even teach prostitutes a thing or two! 111
2:34 Even your clothes are stained with
the lifeblood of the poor who had not done anything wrong;
you did not catch them breaking into your homes. 112
Yet, in spite of all these things you have done, 113
2:35 you say, ‘I have not done anything wrong,
But, watch out! 114 I will bring down judgment on you
because you say, ‘I have not committed any sin.’
2:36 Why do you constantly go about
changing your political allegiances? 115
You will get no help from Egypt
just as you got no help from Assyria. 116
2:37 Moreover, you will come away from Egypt
with your hands covering your faces in sorrow and shame 117
and you will not gain any help from them. 118
3:1 “If a man divorces his wife
and she leaves him and becomes another man’s wife,
he may not take her back again. 119
Doing that would utterly defile the land. 120
But you, Israel, have given yourself as a prostitute to many gods. 121
So what makes you think you can return to me?” 122
3:2 “Look up at the hilltops and consider this. 123
You have had sex with other gods on every one of them. 124
You waited for those gods like a thief lying in wait in the desert. 125
You defiled the land by your wicked prostitution to other gods. 126
3:3 That is why the rains have been withheld,
and the spring rains have not come.
Yet in spite of this you are obstinate as a prostitute. 127
You refuse to be ashamed of what you have done.
3:4 Even now you say to me, ‘You are my father! 128
You have been my faithful companion ever since I was young.
3:5 You will not always be angry with me, will you?
You will not be mad at me forever, will you?’ 129
That is what you say,
but you continually do all the evil that you can.” 130
3:6 When Josiah was king of Judah, the
The Lord Calls on Israel and Judah to Repent
3:12 “Go and shout this message to my people in the countries in the north. 144 Tell them,
‘Come back to me, wayward Israel,’ says the
‘I will not continue to look on you with displeasure. 145
For I am merciful,’ says the
‘I will not be angry with you forever.
3:13 However, you must confess that you have done wrong, 146
and that you have rebelled against the
and have not obeyed my commands,’ says the
3:14 “Come back to me, my wayward sons,” says the
3:19 “I thought to myself, 163
‘Oh what a joy it would be for me to treat you like a son! 164
What a joy it would be for me to give 165 you a pleasant land,
the most beautiful piece of property there is in all the world!’ 166
I thought you would call me, ‘Father’ 167
and would never cease being loyal to me. 168
3:20 But, you have been unfaithful to me, nation of Israel, 169
like an unfaithful wife who has left her husband,” 170
3:21 “A noise is heard on the hilltops.
It is the sound of the people of Israel crying and pleading to their gods.
Indeed they have followed sinful ways; 171
they have forgotten to be true to the
3:22 Come back to me, you wayward people.
I want to cure your waywardness. 173
Say, 174 ‘Here we are. We come to you
because you are the
3:23 We know our noisy worship of false gods
on the hills and mountains did not help us. 175
We know that the
is the only one who can deliver Israel. 176
3:24 From earliest times our worship of that shameful god, Baal,
It has taken away our flocks and our herds,
and even our sons and daughters.
3:25 Let us acknowledge 179 our shame.
Let us bear the disgrace that we deserve. 180
For we have sinned against the
both we and our ancestors.
From earliest times to this very day
we have not obeyed the
4:1 “If you, Israel, want to come back,” says the
“if you want to come back to me 181
you must get those disgusting idols 182 out of my sight
and must no longer go astray. 183
4:2 You must be truthful, honest and upright
when you take an oath saying, ‘As surely as the
If you do, 185 the nations will pray to be as blessed by him as you are
and will make him the object of their boasting.” 186
4:3 Yes, 187 the
to the people of Judah and Jerusalem:
“Like a farmer breaking up hard unplowed ground,
you must break your rebellious will and make a new beginning;
just as a farmer must clear away thorns lest the seed is wasted,
you must get rid of the sin that is ruining your lives. 188
4:4 Just as ritual circumcision cuts away the foreskin
as an external symbol of dedicated covenant commitment,
you must genuinely dedicate yourselves to the
and get rid of everything that hinders your commitment to me, 189
people of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem.
If you do not, 190 my anger will blaze up like a flaming fire against you
that no one will be able to extinguish.
That will happen because of the evil you have done.”
Warning of Coming Judgment
‘Sound the trumpet 194 throughout the land!’
Shout out loudly,
‘Gather together! Let us flee into the fortified cities!’
4:6 Raise a signal flag that tells people to go to Zion. 195
Run for safety! Do not delay!
For I am about to bring disaster out of the north.
It will bring great destruction. 196
4:7 Like a lion that has come up from its lair 197
the one who destroys nations has set out from his home base. 198
He is coming out to lay your land waste.
Your cities will become ruins and lie uninhabited.
4:8 So put on sackcloth!
Mourn and wail, saying,
‘The fierce anger of the
has not turned away from us!’” 199
4:9 “When this happens,” 200 says the
“the king and his officials will lose their courage.
The priests will be struck with horror,
and the prophets will be speechless in astonishment.”
4:10 In response to all this 201 I said, “Ah, Lord
4:11 “At that time the people of Judah and Jerusalem 207 will be told,
‘A scorching wind will sweep down
It will not be a gentle breeze
for winnowing the grain and blowing away the chaff. 210
4:12 No, 211 a wind too strong for that will come at my bidding.
Yes, even now I, myself, am calling down judgment on them.’ 212
4:13 Look! The enemy is approaching like gathering clouds. 213
The roar of his chariots is like that of a whirlwind. 214
His horses move more swiftly than eagles.”
4:14 “Oh people of Jerusalem, purify your hearts from evil 217
so that you may yet be delivered.
How long will you continue to harbor up
wicked schemes within you?
4:15 For messengers are coming, heralding disaster,
from the city of Dan and from the hills of Ephraim. 218
4:16 They are saying, 219
‘Announce to the surrounding nations, 220
“The enemy is coming!” 221
Proclaim this message 222 to Jerusalem:
“Those who besiege cities 223 are coming from a distant land.
They are ready to raise the battle cry against 224 the towns in Judah.”’
4:17 They will surround Jerusalem 225
like men guarding a field 226
because they have rebelled against me,”
4:18 “The way you have lived and the things you have done 227
will bring this on you.
This is the punishment you deserve, and it will be painful indeed. 228
The pain will be so bad it will pierce your heart.” 229
4:19 I said, 230
“Oh, the feeling in the pit of my stomach! 231
I writhe in anguish.
Oh, the pain in my heart! 232
My heart pounds within me.
I cannot keep silent.
For I hear the sound of the trumpet; 233
the sound of the battle cry pierces my soul! 234
4:20 I see 235 one destruction after another taking place,
so that the whole land lies in ruins.
I see our 236 tents suddenly destroyed,
4:21 “How long must I see the enemy’s battle flags
and hear the military signals of their bugles?” 239
“This will happen 241 because my people are foolish.
They do not know me.
They are like children who have no sense. 242
They have no understanding.
They are skilled at doing evil.
They do not know how to do good.”
I looked up at the sky, and its light had vanished.
4:24 I looked at the mountains and saw that they were shaking.
All the hills were swaying back and forth!
4:25 I looked and saw that there were no more people, 245
and that all the birds in the sky had flown away.
4:26 I looked and saw that the fruitful land had become a desert
and that all of the cities had been laid in ruins.
because of his blazing anger. 246
4:27 All this will happen because the
“The whole land will be desolate;
however, I will not completely destroy it.
4:28 Because of this the land will mourn
and the sky above will grow black. 248
For I have made my purpose known 249
and I will not relent or turn back from carrying it out.” 250
4:29 At the sound of the approaching horsemen and archers
the people of every town will flee.
Some of them will hide in the thickets.
Others will climb up among the rocks.
All the cities will be deserted.
No one will remain in them.
4:30 And you, Zion, city doomed to destruction, 251
decking yourself out in jewels of gold,
and putting on eye shadow! 254
You are making yourself beautiful for nothing.
Your lovers spurn you.
They want to kill you. 255
4:31 In fact, 256 I hear a cry like that of a woman in labor,
a cry of anguish like that of a woman giving birth to her first baby.
It is the cry of Daughter Zion 257 gasping for breath,
My life is ebbing away before these murderers!”
Judah is Justly Deserving of Coming Judgment
Look around and see for yourselves.
Search through its public squares.
See if any of you can find a single person
who deals honestly and tries to be truthful. 263
5:2 These people make promises in the name of the
But even when you punish these people, they feel no remorse. 270
Even when you nearly destroy them, they refuse to be corrected.
They have become as hardheaded as a rock. 271
They refuse to change their ways. 272
5:4 I thought, “Surely it is only the ignorant poor who act this way. 273
They act like fools because they do not know what the
They do not know what their God requires of them. 275
5:5 I will go to the leaders 276
and speak with them.
Surely they know what the
Surely they know what their God requires of them.” 278
Yet all of them, too, have rejected his authority
and refuse to submit to him. 279
5:6 So like a lion from the thicket their enemies will kill them.
Like a wolf from the desert they will destroy them.
Like a leopard they will lie in wait outside their cities
and totally destroy anyone who ventures out. 280
For they have rebelled so much
and done so many unfaithful things. 281
“How can I leave you unpunished, Jerusalem? 283
Your people 284 have rejected me
and have worshiped gods that are not gods at all. 285
5:8 They are like lusty, well-fed 290 stallions.
Each of them lusts after 291 his neighbor’s wife.
5:9 I will surely punish them for doing such things!” says the
“I will surely bring retribution on such a nation as this!” 292
“March through the vineyards of Israel and Judah and ruin them. 294
But do not destroy them completely.
Strip off their branches
for these people do not belong to the
5:11 For the nations of Israel and Judah 296
have been very unfaithful to me,”
5:12 “These people have denied what the
They have said, ‘That is not so! 298
No harm will come to us.
We will not experience war and famine. 299
5:13 The prophets will prove to be full of wind. 300
So, let what they say happen to them.’”
I will make the words that I put in your mouth like fire.
And I will make this people like wood
which the fiery judgments you speak will burn up.” 307
I am about to bring a nation from far away to attack you.
It will be a nation that was founded long ago
and has lasted for a long time.
It will be a nation whose language you will not know.
Its people will speak words that you will not be able to understand.
5:16 All of its soldiers are strong and mighty. 311
Their arrows will send you to your grave. 312
5:17 They will eat up your crops and your food.
They will kill off 313 your sons and your daughters.
They will eat up your sheep and your cattle.
They will destroy your vines and your fig trees. 314
Their weapons will batter down 315
the fortified cities you trust in.
5:18 Yet even then 316 I will not completely destroy you,” says the
Make it known throughout Judah.
5:21 Tell them: ‘Hear this,
you foolish people who have no understanding,
who have eyes but do not discern,
who have ears but do not perceive: 323
5:22 “You should fear me!” says the
“You should tremble in awe before me! 324
I made the sand to be a boundary for the sea,
a permanent barrier that it can never cross.
Its waves may roll, but they can never prevail.
They may roar, but they can never cross beyond that boundary.” 325
5:23 But these people have stubborn and rebellious hearts.
They have turned aside and gone their own way. 326
5:24 They do not say to themselves, 327
“Let us revere the
It is he who gives us the autumn rains and the spring rains at the proper time.
It is he who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.” 328
5:25 Your misdeeds have stopped these things from coming. 329
Your sins have deprived you of my bounty.’ 330
5:26 “Indeed, there are wicked scoundrels among my people.
They lie in wait like bird catchers hiding in ambush. 331
They set deadly traps 332 to catch people.
5:27 Like a cage filled with the birds that have been caught, 333
their houses are filled with the gains of their fraud and deceit. 334
That is how they have gotten so rich and powerful. 335
There is no limit to the evil things they do. 338
They do not plead the cause of the fatherless in such a way as to win it.
They do not defend the rights of the poor.
5:29 I will certainly punish them for doing such things!” says the
“I will certainly bring retribution on such a nation as this! 339
5:30 “Something horrible and shocking
is going on in the land of Judah:
5:31 The prophets prophesy lies.
The priests exercise power by their own authority. 340
And my people love to have it this way.
But they will not be able to help you when the time of judgment comes! 341
The Destruction of Jerusalem Depicted
6:1 “Run for safety, people of Benjamin!
Get out of Jerusalem! 342
Sound the trumpet 343 in Tekoa!
Light the signal fires at Beth Hakkerem!
For disaster lurks 344 out of the north;
it will bring great destruction. 345
who is as delicate and defenseless as a young maiden. 348
6:3 Kings will come against it with their armies. 349
They will encamp in siege all around it. 350
Each of them will devastate the portion assigned to him. 351
Come on! Let’s attack it at noon!’
The day is almost over
and the shadows of evening are getting long.
6:5 So come on, let’s go ahead and attack it by night
and destroy all its fortified buildings.’
‘Cut down the trees around Jerusalem
and build up a siege ramp against its walls. 358
This is the city which is to be punished. 359
Nothing but oppression happens in it. 360
6:7 As a well continually pours out fresh water
so it continually pours out wicked deeds. 361
Sounds of violence and destruction echo throughout it. 362
All I see are sick and wounded people.’ 363
6:8 So 364 take warning, Jerusalem,
or I will abandon you in disgust 365
and make you desolate,
a place where no one can live.”
“Those who remain in Israel will be
like the grapes thoroughly gleaned 368 from a vine.
So go over them again, as though you were a grape harvester
passing your hand over the branches one last time.” 369
6:10 I answered, 370
“Who would listen
if I spoke to them and warned them? 371
Their ears are so closed 372
that they cannot hear!
Indeed, 373 what the
They do not like it at all. 374
6:11 I am as full of anger as you are,
I am tired of trying to hold it in.”
“Vent it, then, 377 on the children who play in the street
and on the young men who are gathered together.
Husbands and wives are to be included, 378
as well as the old and those who are advanced in years.
6:12 Their houses will be turned over to others
as will their fields and their wives.
For I will unleash my power 379
against those who live in this land,”
6:13 “That is because, from the least important to the most important of them,
all of them are greedy for dishonest gain.
Prophets and priests alike,
all of them practice deceit.
6:14 They offer only superficial help
for the harm my people have suffered. 380
They say, ‘Everything will be all right!’
But everything is not all right! 381
6:15 Are they ashamed because they have done such shameful things?
No, they are not at all ashamed.
They do not even know how to blush!
So they will die, just like others have died. 382
They will be brought to ruin when I punish them,”
“You are standing at the crossroads. So consider your path. 384
Ask where the old, reliable paths 385 are.
Ask where the path is that leads to blessing 386 and follow it.
If you do, you will find rest for your souls.”
But they said, “We will not follow it!”
“I appointed prophets as watchmen to warn you, 388 saying:
‘Pay attention to the warning sound of the trumpet!’” 389
But they said, “We will not pay attention!”
6:18 So the
“Hear, you nations!
Be witnesses and take note of what will happen to these people. 391
6:19 Hear this, you peoples of the earth: 392
‘Take note! 393 I am about to bring disaster on these people.
It will come as punishment for their scheming. 394
For they have paid no attention to what I have said, 395
and they have rejected my law.
frankincense that comes from Sheba
or sweet-smelling cane imported from a faraway land.
I cannot accept the burnt offerings they bring me.
I get no pleasure from the sacrifices they offer to me.’ 398
6:21 So, this is what the
Parents and children will stumble and fall to their destruction. 401
Friends and neighbors will die.’
6:22 “This is what the
‘Beware! An army 402 is coming from a land in the north.
A mighty nation is stirring into action in faraway parts of the earth.
6:23 Its soldiers are armed with bows and spears.
They are cruel and show no mercy.
They sound like the roaring sea
as they ride forth on their horses.
Lined up in formation like men going into battle
to attack you, Daughter Zion.’” 403
6:24 The people cry out, 404 “We have heard reports about them!
We have become helpless with fear! 405
Anguish grips us,
agony like that of a woman giving birth to a baby!
6:25 Do not go out into the countryside.
Do not travel on the roads.
For the enemy is there with sword in hand. 406
They are spreading terror everywhere.” 407
and roll in ashes.
Mourn with painful sobs
as though you had lost your only child.
will come against us.”
“I have made you like a metal assayer
to test my people like ore. 413
You are to observe them
and evaluate how they behave.” 414
6:28 I reported, 415
“All of them are the most stubborn of rebels! 416
They are as hard as bronze or iron.
They go about telling lies.
They all deal corruptly.
6:29 The fiery bellows of judgment burn fiercely.
But there is too much dross to be removed. 417
The process of refining them has proved useless. 418
The wicked have not been purged.
6:30 They are regarded as ‘rejected silver’ 419
Faulty Religion and Unethical Behavior Will Lead to Judgment
7:8 “‘But just look at you! 438 You are putting your confidence in a false belief 439 that will not deliver you. 440 7:9 You steal. 441 You murder. You commit adultery. You lie when you swear on oath. You sacrifice to the god Baal. You pay allegiance to 442 other gods whom you have not previously known. 7:10 Then you come and stand in my presence in this temple I have claimed as my own 443 and say, “We are safe!” You think you are so safe that you go on doing all those hateful sins! 444 7:11 Do you think this temple I have claimed as my own 445 is to be a hideout for robbers? 446 You had better take note! 447 I have seen for myself what you have done! says the
7:16 Then the
7:27 Then the
Willful Disregard of God Will Lead to Destruction
“Tell them, ‘The
Do people not get back up when they fall down?
Do they not turn around when they go the wrong way? 507
8:5 Why, then, do these people of Jerusalem 508
continually turn away from me in apostasy?
They hold fast to their deception. 509
They refuse to turn back to me. 510
8:6 I have listened to them very carefully, 511
but they do not speak honestly.
None of them regrets the evil he has done.
None of them says, “I have done wrong!” 512
All of them persist in their own wayward course 513
like a horse charging recklessly into battle.
8:7 Even the stork knows
when it is time to move on. 514
The turtledove, swallow, and crane 515
recognize 516 the normal times for their migration.
But my people pay no attention
8:8 How can you say, “We are wise!
We have the law of the
to make it say what it does not really mean. 521
8:9 Your wise men will be put to shame.
They will be dumbfounded and be brought to judgment. 522
Since they have rejected the word of the
what wisdom do they really have?8:10 523
So I will give their wives to other men
and their fields to new owners.
For from the least important to the most important of them,
all of them are greedy for dishonest gain.
Prophets and priests alike,
all practice deceit.
8:11 They offer only superficial help
They say, “Everything will be all right!”
But everything is not all right! 526
8:12 Are they ashamed because they have done such disgusting things?
No, they are not at all ashamed!
They do not even know how to blush!
So they will die just like others have died. 527
They will be brought to ruin when I punish them,
8:13 I will take away their harvests, 528 says the
There will be no grapes on their vines.
There will be no figs on their fig trees.
Even the leaves on their trees will wither.
The crops that I gave them will be taken away.’” 529
Jeremiah Laments over the Coming Destruction
8:14 The people say, 530
“Why are we just sitting here?
Let us gather together inside the fortified cities. 531
Let us at least die there fighting, 532
He has condemned us to drink the poison waters of judgment 533
because we have sinned against him. 534
8:15 We hoped for good fortune, but nothing good has come of it.
We hoped for a time of relief, but instead we experience terror. 535
8:16 The snorting of the enemy’s horses
is already being heard in the city of Dan.
The sound of the neighing of their stallions 536
causes the whole land to tremble with fear.
They are coming to destroy the land and everything in it!
They are coming to destroy 537 the cities and everyone who lives in them!”
“Yes indeed, 539 I am sending an enemy against you
that will be like poisonous snakes which cannot be charmed away. 540
And they will inflict fatal wounds on you.” 541
8:18 Then I said, 542
“There is no cure 543 for my grief!
I am sick at heart!
throughout the length and breadth of the land. 546
They are crying, ‘Is the
Is her divine King 547 no longer there?’”
“Why then do they provoke me to anger with their images,
with their worthless foreign idols?” 549
and still we have not been delivered.’
I go about crying and grieving. I am overwhelmed with dismay. 554
8:22 There is still medicinal ointment 555 available in Gilead!
There is still a physician there! 556
Why then have my dear people 557
not been restored to health? 558
and my eyes were a fountain full of tears!
If they were, I could cry day and night
for those of my dear people 561 who have been killed.
9:2 I wish I had a lodging place in the desert
where I could spend some time like a weary traveler. 562
Then I would desert my people
and walk away from them
because they are all unfaithful to God,
The Lord Laments That He Has No Choice But to Judge Them
“These people are like soldiers who have readied their bows.
Their tongues are always ready to shoot out lies. 566
They have become powerful in the land,
but they have not done so by honest means. 567
Indeed, they do one evil thing after another 568
and do not pay attention to me. 569
9:4 Everyone must be on his guard around his friends.
He must not even trust any of his relatives. 570
For every one of them will find some way to cheat him. 571
And all of his friends will tell lies about him.
9:5 One friend deceives another
and no one tells the truth.
These people have trained themselves 572 to tell lies.
They do wrong and are unable to repent.
9:6 They do one act of violence after another,
and one deceitful thing after another. 573
They refuse to pay attention to me,” 574
9:7 Therefore the
“I will now purify them in the fires of affliction 576 and test them.
The wickedness of my dear people 577 has left me no choice.
What else can I do? 578
9:8 Their tongues are like deadly arrows. 579
They are always telling lies. 580
Friendly words for their neighbors come from their mouths.
But their minds are thinking up ways to trap them. 581
9:9 I will certainly punish them for doing such things!” says the
“I will certainly bring retribution on such a nation as this!” 582
The Coming Destruction Calls For Mourning
9:10 I said, 583
I will sing a mournful song for the pastures in the wilderness
because they are so scorched no one travels through them.
The sound of livestock is no longer heard there.
Even the birds in the sky and the wild animals in the fields
have fled and are gone.”
“I will make Jerusalem 587 a heap of ruins.
Jackals will make their home there. 588
I will destroy the towns of Judah
so that no one will be able to live in them.”
9:12 I said, 589
“Who is wise enough to understand why this has happened? 590
Who has a word from the
Why does the land lie in ruins?
Why is it as scorched as a desert through which no one travels?”
“Take note of what I say. 604
Call for the women who mourn for the dead!
Summon those who are the most skilled at it!” 605
9:18 I said, “Indeed, 606 let them come quickly and sing a song of mourning for us.
Let them wail loudly until tears stream from our own eyes
and our eyelids overflow with water.
9:19 For the sound of wailing is soon to be heard in Zion.
For our houses have been torn down
and we must leave our land.’” 609
9:20 I said, 610
Open your ears to the words from his mouth.
Teach your daughters this mournful song,
and each of you teach your neighbor 613 this lament.
9:21 ‘Death has climbed in 614 through our windows.
It has entered into our fortified houses.
It has taken away our children who play in the streets.
It has taken away our young men who gather in the city squares.’
9:22 Tell your daughters and neighbors, ‘The
“The dead bodies of people will lie scattered everywhere
like manure scattered on a field.
They will lie scattered on the ground
like grain that has been cut down but has not been gathered.”’” 6159:23 616
“Wise people should not boast that they are wise.
Powerful people should not boast that they are powerful. 617
Rich people should not boast that they are rich. 618
9:24 If people want to boast, they should boast about this:
They should boast that they understand and know me.
They should boast that they know and understand
that I, the
and that I desire people to do these things,” 619
The Lord, not Idols, is the Only Worthy Object of Worship
10:1 You people of Israel, 626 listen to what the
“Do not start following pagan religious practices. 627
Do not be in awe of signs that occur 628 in the sky
even though the nations hold them in awe.
10:3 For the religion 629 of these people is worthless.
They cut down a tree in the forest,
and a craftsman makes it into an idol with his tools. 630
10:4 He decorates it with overlays of silver and gold.
He uses hammer and nails to fasten it 631 together
so that it will not fall over.
10:5 Such idols are like scarecrows in a cucumber field.
They cannot talk.
They must be carried
because they cannot walk.
Do not be afraid of them
because they cannot hurt you.
And they do not have any power to help you.” 632
10:6 I said, 633
“There is no one like you,
You are great.
And you are renowned for your power. 635
10:7 Everyone should revere you, O King of all nations, 636
because you deserve to be revered. 637
For there is no one like you
among any of the wise people of the nations nor among any of their kings. 638
10:8 The people of those nations 639 are both stupid and foolish.
Instruction from a wooden idol is worthless! 640
10:9 Hammered-out silver is brought from Tarshish 641
They are the handiwork of carpenters and goldsmiths. 644
They are clothed in blue and purple clothes. 645
They are all made by skillful workers. 646
He is the living God and the everlasting King.
When he shows his anger the earth shakes.
None of the nations can stand up to his fury.
10:11 You people of Israel should tell those nations this:
‘These gods did not make heaven and earth.
He is the one who by his wisdom established the world.
And by his understanding he spread out the skies.
10:13 When his voice thunders, 650 the heavenly ocean roars.
He makes the clouds rise from the far-off horizons. 651
He makes the lightning flash out in the midst of the rain.
He unleashes the wind from the places where he stores it. 652
10:14 All these idolaters 653 will prove to be stupid and ignorant.
Every goldsmith will be disgraced by the idol he made.
For the image he forges is merely a sham. 654
There is no breath in any of those idols. 655
10:15 They are worthless, mere objects to be mocked. 656
When the time comes to punish them, they will be destroyed.
He is the one who created everything.
And the people of Israel are those he claims as his own. 659
He is known as the
Jeremiah Laments for and Prays for the Soon-to-be-Judged People
10:17 Gather your belongings together and prepare to leave the land,
10:18 For the
those who live in this land.
I will bring so much trouble on them
that they will actually feel it.” 663
Our wound is severe!
We once thought, ‘This is only an illness.
And we will be able to bear it!’ 666
10:20 But our tents have been destroyed.
The ropes that held them in place have been ripped apart. 667
Our children are gone and are not coming back. 668
There is no survivor to put our tents back up,
no one left to hang their tent curtains in place.
10:21 For our leaders 669 are stupid.
They have not sought the
So they do not act wisely,
and the people they are responsible for 671 have all been scattered.
10:22 Listen! News is coming even now. 672
It is coming to turn the towns of Judah into rubble,
places where only jackals live.
It is not in their power to determine what will happen to them. 676
10:24 Correct us,
Do not punish us in anger or you will reduce us to nothing. 678
10:25 Vent your anger on the nations that do not acknowledge you. 679
For they have destroyed the people of Jacob. 682
They have completely destroyed them 683
and left their homeland in utter ruin.
The People Have Violated Their Covenant with God
“What right do you have to be in my temple, my beloved people? 719
Many of you have done wicked things. 720
Can your acts of treachery be so easily canceled by sacred offerings 721
that you take joy in doing evil even while you make them? 722
11:16 I, the
one that produced beautiful fruit.
But I will set you 724 on fire,
fire that will blaze with a mighty roar. 725
Then all your branches will be good for nothing. 726
I now decree that disaster will come on you 729
because the nations of Israel and Judah have done evil
and have made me angry by offering sacrifices to the god Baal.” 730
A Plot Against Jeremiah is Revealed and He Complains of Injustice
Then he showed me what the people were doing. 732
11:19 Before this I had been like a docile lamb ready to be led to the slaughter.
I did not know they were making plans to kill me. 733
I did not know they were saying, 734
“Let’s destroy the tree along with its fruit! 735
Let’s remove Jeremiah 736 from the world of the living
so people will not even be reminded of him any more.” 737
11:20 So I said to the
You examine people’s hearts and minds. 740
I want to see you pay them back for what they have done
because I trust you to vindicate my cause.” 741
11:21 Then the
whenever I have complained to you. 753
However, I would like to speak with you about the disposition of justice. 754
Why are wicked people successful? 755
Why do all dishonest people have such easy lives?
12:2 You plant them like trees and they put down their roots. 756
They grow prosperous and are very fruitful. 757
They always talk about you,
but they really care nothing about you. 758
12:3 But you,
You watch me and test my devotion to you. 759
Drag these wicked men away like sheep to be slaughtered!
Appoint a time when they will be killed! 760
12:4 How long must the land be parched 761
and the grass in every field be withered?
How long 762 must the animals and the birds die
because of the wickedness of the people who live in this land? 763
For these people boast,
“If you have raced on foot against men and they have worn you out,
how will you be able to compete with horses?
how will you manage in the thick undergrowth along the Jordan River? 769
12:6 As a matter of fact, 770 even your own brothers
and the members of your own family have betrayed you too.
Even they have plotted to do away with you. 771
So do not trust them even when they say kind things 772 to you.
12:7 “I will abandon my nation. 773
I will forsake the people I call my own. 774
I will turn my beloved people 775
over to the power 776 of their enemies.
12:8 The people I call my own 777 have turned on me
like a lion 778 in the forest.
They have roared defiantly 779 at me.
So I will treat them as though I hate them. 780
12:9 The people I call my own attack me like birds of prey or like hyenas. 781
But other birds of prey are all around them. 782
Let all the nations gather together like wild beasts.
Let them come and destroy these people I call my own. 783
They will trample all over my chosen land. 786
They will turn my beautiful land
into a desolate wasteland.
12:11 They will lay it waste.
It will lie parched 787 and empty before me.
The whole land will be laid waste.
But no one living in it will pay any heed. 788
12:12 A destructive army 789 will come marching
over the hilltops in the desert.
against 791 everyone from one end of the land to the other.
No one will be safe. 792
12:13 My people will sow wheat, but will harvest weeds. 793
They will work until they are exhausted, but will get nothing from it.
They will be disappointed in their harvests 794
12:14 “I, the
An Object Lesson from Ruined Linen Shorts
13:8 Then the
13:12 “So tell them, 835 ‘The
13:15 Then I said to the people of Judah, 844
“Listen and pay attention! Do not be arrogant!
13:16 Show the
Do it before he brings the darkness of disaster. 846
Do it before you stumble 847 into distress
like a traveler on the mountains at twilight. 848
Do it before he turns the light of deliverance you hope for
into the darkness and gloom of exile. 849
13:17 But if you will not pay attention to this warning, 850
I will weep alone because of your arrogant pride.
I will weep bitterly and my eyes will overflow with tears 851
“Tell the king and the queen mother,
‘Surrender your thrones, 855
for your glorious crowns
13:19 The gates of the towns in southern Judah will be shut tight. 858
No one will be able to go in or out of them. 859
All Judah will be carried off into exile.
They will be completely carried off into exile.’” 860
13:20 Then I said, 861
“Look up, Jerusalem, 862 and see
the enemy 863 that is coming from the north.
Where now is the flock of people that were entrusted to your care? 864
Where now are the ‘sheep’ that you take such pride in? 865
that you, yourself, had actually prepared as such? 868
Then anguish and agony will grip you
like that of a woman giving birth to a baby. 869
13:22 You will probably ask yourself, 870
‘Why have these things happened to me?
Why have I been treated like a disgraced adulteress
whose skirt has been torn off and her limbs exposed?’ 871
It is because you have sinned so much. 872
13:23 But there is little hope for you ever doing good,
you who are so accustomed to doing evil.
Can an Ethiopian 873 change the color of his skin?
Can a leopard remove its spots? 874
‘That is why I will scatter your people 876 like chaff
that is blown away by a desert wind. 877
13:25 This is your fate,
the destiny to which I have appointed you,
because you have forgotten me
and have trusted in false gods.
13:26 So I will pull your skirt up over your face
and expose you to shame like a disgraced adulteress! 878
13:27 People of Jerusalem, 879 I have seen your adulterous worship,
your shameless prostitution to, and your lustful pursuit of, other gods. 880
I have seen your disgusting acts of worship 881
on the hills throughout the countryside.
You are doomed to destruction! 882
How long will you continue to be unclean?’”
A Lament over the Ravages of Drought 883
14:2 “The people of Judah are in mourning.
The people in her cities are pining away.
They lie on the ground expressing their sorrow. 886
14:3 The leading men of the cities send their servants for water.
They go to the cisterns, 889 but they do not find any water there.
They return with their containers 890 empty.
Disappointed and dismayed, they bury their faces in their hands. 891
14:4 They are dismayed because the ground is cracked 892
because there has been no rain in the land.
The farmers, too, are dismayed
and bury their faces in their hands.
14:5 Even the doe abandons her newborn fawn 893 in the field
because there is no grass.
14:6 Wild donkeys stand on the hilltops
and pant for breath like jackals.
Their eyes are strained looking for food,
because there is none to be found.” 894
14:7 Then I said, 895
even though our sins speak out against us. 897
Indeed, 898 we have turned away from you many times.
We have sinned against you.
14:8 You have been the object of Israel’s hopes.
You have saved them when they were in trouble.
Why have you become like a resident foreigner 899 in the land?
Why have you become like a traveler who only stops in to spend the night?
14:9 Why should you be like someone who is helpless, 900
like a champion 901 who cannot save anyone?
You are indeed with us, 902
and we belong to you. 903
Do not abandon us!”
14:10 Then the
“They truly 905 love to go astray.
They cannot keep from running away from me. 906
So I am not pleased with them.
and punish them for their sins.”
Judgment for Believing the Misleading Lies of the False Prophets
14:11 Then the
14:13 Then I said, “Oh, Lord
14:14 Then the
Lament over Present Destruction and Threat of More to Come
14:17 “Tell these people this, Jeremiah: 925
‘My eyes overflow with tears
day and night without ceasing. 926
For my people, my dear children, 927 have suffered a crushing blow.
They have suffered a serious wound. 928
14:18 If I go out into the countryside,
I see those who have been killed in battle.
If I go into the city,
I see those who are sick because of starvation. 929
For both prophet and priest go about their own business
in the land without having any real understanding.’” 930
14:19 Then I said,
Do you despise 932 the city of Zion?
Why have you struck us with such force
that we are beyond recovery? 933
We hope for peace, but nothing good has come of it.
We hope for a time of relief from our troubles, but experience terror. 934
We confess that our ancestors have done wrong. 935
We have indeed 936 sinned against you.
Do not treat with disdain the place where your glorious throne sits. 939
Be mindful of your covenant with us. Do not break it! 940
14:22 Do any of the worthless idols 941 of the nations cause rain to fall?
Do the skies themselves send showers?
Is it not you, O Lord our God, who does this? 942
So we put our hopes in you 943
because you alone do all this.”
15:1 Then the
“Those who are destined to die of disease will go to death by disease.
Those who are destined to die in war will go to death in war.
Those who are destined to die of starvation will go to death by starvation.
Those who are destined to go into exile will go into exile.” 947
15:3 “I will punish them in four different ways: I will have war kill them. I will have dogs drag off their dead bodies. I will have birds and wild beasts devour and destroy their corpses. 948 15:4 I will make all the people in all the kingdoms of the world horrified at what has happened to them because of what Hezekiah’s son Manasseh, king of Judah, did in Jerusalem.” 949
“Who in the world 951 will have pity on you, Jerusalem?
Who will grieve over you?
Who will stop long enough 952
to inquire about how you are doing? 953
15:6 I, the
You keep turning your back on me.’ 955
I have grown tired of feeling sorry for you!” 958
“In every town in the land I will purge them
like straw blown away by the wind. 960
I will destroy my people.
I will kill off their children.
I will do so because they did not change their behavior. 961
15:8 Their widows will become in my sight more numerous 962
than the grains of sand on the seashores.
At noontime I will bring a destroyer
against the mothers of their young men. 963
I will cause anguish 964 and terror
to fall suddenly upon them. 965
15:9 The mother who had seven children 966 will grow faint.
All the breath will go out of her. 967
Her pride and joy will be taken from her in the prime of their life.
It will seem as if the sun had set while it was still day. 968
She will suffer shame and humiliation. 969
I will cause any of them who are still left alive
to be killed in war by the onslaughts of their enemies,” 970
Jeremiah Complains about His Lot and The Lord Responds
15:10 I said, 971
“Oh, mother, how I regret 972 that you ever gave birth to me!
I am always starting arguments and quarrels with the people of this land. 973
I have not lent money to anyone and I have not borrowed from anyone.
Yet all of these people are treating me with contempt.” 974
“Jerusalem, 975 I will surely send you away for your own good.
I will surely 976 bring the enemy upon you in a time of trouble and distress.
15:12 Can you people who are like iron and bronze
break that iron fist from the north? 977
15:13 I will give away your wealth and your treasures as plunder.
I will give it away free of charge for the sins you have committed throughout your land.
15:14 I will make you serve your enemies 978 in a land that you know nothing about.
For my anger is like a fire that will burn against you.”
15:15 I said, 979
Take thought of me and care for me.
Pay back for me those who have been persecuting me.
Do not be so patient with them that you allow them to kill me.
Be mindful of how I have put up with their insults for your sake.
15:16 As your words came to me I drank them in, 981
and they filled my heart with joy and happiness
because I belong to you. 982
15:17 I did not spend my time in the company of other people,
laughing and having a good time.
I stayed to myself because I felt obligated to you 983
and because I was filled with anger at what they had done.
15:18 Why must I continually suffer such painful anguish?
Why must I endure the sting of their insults like an incurable wound?
Will you let me down when I need you
like a brook one goes to for water, but that cannot be relied on?” 984
15:19 Because of this, the
“You must repent of such words and thoughts!
If you do, I will restore you to the privilege of serving me. 986
If you say what is worthwhile instead of what is worthless,
I will again allow you to be my spokesman. 987
They must become as you have been.
You must not become like them. 988
15:20 I will make you as strong as a wall to these people,
a fortified wall of bronze.
They will attack you,
but they will not be able to overcome you.
For I will be with you to rescue you and deliver you,” 989
15:21 “I will deliver you from the power of the wicked.
I will free you from the clutches of violent people.”
Jeremiah Forbidden to Marry, to Mourn, or to Feast
16:5 “Moreover I, the
16:8 “‘Do not go to a house where people are feasting and sit down to eat and drink with them either. 16:9 For I, the
The Lord Promises Exile (But Also Restoration)
16:10 “When you tell these people about all this, 998 they will undoubtedly ask you, ‘Why has the
16:14 Yet 1004 I, the
16:16 But for now I, the
16:19 Then I said, 1015
You are the one I can run to for safety when I am in trouble. 1016
Nations from all over the earth
will come to you and say,
‘Our ancestors had nothing but false gods –
worthless idols that could not help them at all. 1017
16:20 Can people make their own gods?
No, what they make are not gods at all.” 1018
“So I will now let this wicked people know –
I will let them know my mighty power in judgment.
Then they will know that my name is the
The sin of Judah is engraved with an iron chisel
on their stone-hard 1022 hearts.
It is inscribed with a diamond 1023 point
on the horns of their altars. 1024
and their sacred poles dedicated to the goddess Asherah, 1027
set up beside the green trees on the high hills
17:3 and on the mountains and in the fields. 1028
I will give your wealth and all your treasures away as plunder.
I will give it away as the price 1029 for the sins you have committed throughout your land.
17:4 You will lose your hold on the land 1030
which I gave to you as a permanent possession.
I will make you serve your enemies in a land that you know nothing about.
For you have made my anger burn like a fire that will never be put out.” 1031
Individuals Are Challenged to Put Their Trust in the Lord 1032
“I will put a curse on people
who trust in mere human beings,
who depend on mere flesh and blood for their strength, 1033
and whose hearts 1034 have turned away from the
17:6 They will be like a shrub 1035 in the desert.
They will not experience good things even when they happen.
It will be as though they were growing in the desert,
in a salt land where no one can live.
17:7 My blessing is on those people who trust in me,
who put their confidence in me. 1036
17:8 They will be like a tree planted near a stream
whose roots spread out toward the water.
It has nothing to fear when the heat comes.
Its leaves are always green.
It has no need to be concerned in a year of drought.
It does not stop bearing fruit.
17:9 The human mind is more deceitful than anything else.
It is incurably bad. 1037 Who can understand it?
17:10 I, the
I examine people’s hearts. 1038
I deal with each person according to how he has behaved.
I give them what they deserve based on what they have done.
17:11 The person who gathers wealth by unjust means
is like the partridge that broods over eggs but does not hatch them. 1039
Before his life is half over he will lose his ill-gotten gains. 1040
At the end of his life it will be clear he was a fool.” 1041
Jeremiah Appeals to the Lord for Vindication
17:12 Then I said, 1042
you have been seated on your glorious throne on high.
You are the place where we can find refuge.
17:13 You are the one in whom Israel may find hope. 1043
All who leave you will suffer shame.
For they have rejected you, the
so that I may have some relief.
Rescue me from those who persecute me
so that I may be rescued. 1047
17:15 Listen to what they are saying to me. 1048
They are saying, “Where are the things the
Come on! Let’s see them happen!” 1049
17:16 But I have not pestered you to bring disaster. 1050
I have not desired the time of irreparable devastation. 1051
You know that.
You are fully aware of every word that I have spoken. 1052
17:17 Do not cause me dismay! 1053
You are my source of safety in times of trouble.
17:18 May those who persecute me be disgraced.
Do not let me be disgraced.
May they be dismayed.
Do not let me be dismayed.
Bring days of disaster on them.
Bring on them the destruction they deserve.” 1054
Observance of the Sabbath Day Is a Key to the Future 1055
An Object Lesson from the Making of Pottery
18:5 Then the
18:13 Therefore, the
“Ask the people of other nations
whether they have heard of anything like this.
Israel should have been like a virgin.
But she has done something utterly revolting!
18:14 Does the snow ever completely vanish from the rocky slopes of Lebanon?
Do the cool waters from those distant mountains ever cease to flow? 1099
18:15 Yet my people have forgotten me
and offered sacrifices to worthless idols!
This makes them stumble along in the way they live
and leave the old reliable path of their fathers. 1100
They have left them to walk in bypaths,
in roads that are not smooth and level. 1101
18:16 So their land will become an object of horror. 1102
People will forever hiss out their scorn over it.
All who pass that way will be filled with horror
and will shake their heads in derision. 1103
18:17 I will scatter them before their enemies
like dust blowing in front of a burning east wind.
I will turn my back on them and not look favorably on them 1104
when disaster strikes them.”
Jeremiah Petitions the Lord to Punish Those Who Attack Him
18:18 Then some people 1105 said, “Come on! Let us consider how to deal with Jeremiah! 1106 There will still be priests to instruct us, wise men to give us advice, and prophets to declare God’s word. 1107 Come on! Let’s bring charges against him and get rid of him! 1108 Then we will not need to pay attention to anything he says.”
18:19 Then I said, 1109
Listen to what my enemies are saying. 1110
18:20 Should good be paid back with evil?
Yet they are virtually digging a pit to kill me. 1111
Just remember how I stood before you
pleading on their behalf 1112
to keep you from venting your anger on them. 1113
18:21 So let their children die of starvation.
Let them be cut down by the sword. 1114
Let their wives lose their husbands and children.
Let the older men die of disease 1115
and the younger men die by the sword in battle.
18:22 Let cries of terror be heard in their houses
when you send bands of raiders unexpectedly to plunder them. 1116
For they have virtually dug a pit to capture me
and have hidden traps for me to step into.
18:23 But you,
all their plots to kill me.
Do not pardon their crimes!
Do not ignore their sins as though you had erased them! 1117
Let them be brought down in defeat before you!
Deal with them while you are still angry! 1118
An Object Lesson from a Broken Clay Jar
19:14 Then Jeremiah left Topheth where the
Jeremiah is Flogged and Put in A Cell
20:1 Now Pashhur son of Immer heard Jeremiah prophesy these things. He was the priest who was chief of security 1155 in the
Jeremiah Complains about the Reaction to His Ministry
and I allowed you to do it.
You overcame my resistance and prevailed over me. 1165
Now I have become a constant laughingstock.
Everyone ridicules me.
“Violence and destruction are coming!” 1168
This message from the
an object of continual insults and derision.
20:9 Sometimes I think, “I will make no mention of his message.
I will not speak as his messenger 1170 any more.”
But then 1171 his message becomes like a fire
locked up inside of me, burning in my heart and soul. 1172
I grow weary of trying to hold it in;
I cannot contain it.
20:10 I 1173 hear many whispering words of intrigue against me.
Those who would cause me terror are everywhere! 1174
They are saying, “Come on, let’s publicly denounce him!” 1175
All my so-called friends 1176 are just watching for
something that would lead to my downfall. 1177
They say, “Perhaps he can be enticed into slipping up,
so we can prevail over 1178 him and get our revenge on him.
20:11 But the
Therefore those who persecute me will fail and will not prevail over me.
They will be thoroughly disgraced because they did not succeed.
Their disgrace will never be forgotten.
You see into people’s hearts and minds. 1181
Pay them back for what they have done
because I trust you to vindicate my cause.
20:13 Sing to the
For he rescues the oppressed from the clutches of evildoers. 1182
20:14 Cursed be the day I was born!
May that day not be blessed when my mother gave birth to me. 1183
20:15 Cursed be the man
who made my father very glad
when he brought him the news
that a baby boy had been born to him! 1184
20:16 May that man be like the cities 1185
May he hear a cry of distress in the morning
and a battle cry at noon.
20:17 For he did not kill me before I came from the womb,
making my pregnant mother’s womb my grave forever. 1186
20:18 Why did I ever come forth from my mother’s womb?
All I experience is trouble and grief,
and I spend my days in shame. 1187
The Lord Will Hand Jerusalem over to Enemies
21:8 “But 1203 tell the people of Jerusalem 1204 that the
Warnings to the Royal Court
“Listen to what the
21:12 O royal family descended from David. 1212
Deliver those who have been robbed from those 1215 who oppress them.
Otherwise, my wrath will blaze out against you.
It will burn like a fire that cannot be put out
because of the evil that you have done. 1216
21:13 Listen, you 1217 who sit enthroned above the valley on a rocky plateau.
‘You boast, “No one can swoop down on us.
No one can penetrate into our places of refuge.” 1220
21:14 But I will punish you as your deeds deserve,’
‘I will set fire to your palace;
it will burn up everything around it.’” 1222
22:6 “‘For the
“This place looks like a veritable forest of Gilead to me.
It is like the wooded heights of Lebanon in my eyes.
But I swear that I will make it like a wilderness
whose towns have all been deserted. 1235
22:7 I will send men against it to destroy it 1236
with their axes and hatchets.
They will hack up its fine cedar panels and columns
and throw them into the fire.
22:8 “‘People from other nations will pass by this city. They will ask one another, “Why has the
Judgment on Jehoahaz
22:10 “‘Do not weep for the king who was killed.
Do not grieve for him.
But weep mournfully for the king who has gone into exile.
For he will never return to see his native land again. 1237
22:11 “‘For the
Judgment on Jehoiakim
22:13 “‘Sure to be judged 1240 is the king who builds his palace using injustice
and treats people unfairly while adding its upper rooms. 1241
He makes his countrymen work for him for nothing.
He does not pay them for their labor.
22:14 He says, “I will build myself a large palace
with spacious upper rooms.”
He cuts windows in its walls,
22:15 Does it make you any more of a king
that you outstrip everyone else in 1244 building with cedar?
Just think about your father.
He was content that he had food and drink. 1245
He did what was just and right. 1246
So things went well with him.
22:16 He upheld the cause of the poor and needy.
So things went well for Judah.’ 1247
‘That is a good example of what it means to know me.’ 1248
22:17 But you are always thinking and looking
for ways to increase your wealth by dishonest means.
Your eyes and your heart are set
on killing some innocent person
and committing fraud and oppression. 1249
22:18 So 1250 the
People will not mourn for him, saying,
“This makes me sad, my brother!
This makes me sad, my sister!”
They will not mourn for him, saying,
“Poor, poor lord! Poor, poor majesty!” 1251
22:19 He will be left unburied just like a dead donkey.
His body will be dragged off and thrown outside the gates of Jerusalem.’” 1252
Warning to Jerusalem
22:20 People of Jerusalem, 1253 go up to Lebanon and cry out in mourning.
Go to the land of Bashan and cry out loudly.
Cry out in mourning from the mountains of Moab. 1254
For your allies 1255 have all been defeated.
22:21 While you were feeling secure I gave you warning. 1256
But you said, “I refuse to listen to you.”
That is the way you have acted from your earliest history onward. 1257
Indeed, you have never paid attention to me.
22:22 My judgment will carry off all your leaders like a storm wind! 1258
Your allies will go into captivity.
Then you will certainly 1259 be disgraced and put to shame
because of all the wickedness you have done.
22:23 You may feel as secure as a bird
nesting in the cedars of Lebanon.
They will be like those of a woman giving birth to a baby. 1262
Jeconiah Will Be Permanently Exiled
“As surely as I am the living God, you, Jeconiah, 1264 king of Judah, son of Jehoiakim, will not be the earthly representative of my authority. Indeed, I will take that right away from you. 1265 22:25 I will hand you over to those who want to take your life and of whom you are afraid. I will hand you over to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and his Babylonian 1266 soldiers. 22:26 I will force you and your mother who gave you birth into exile. You will be exiled to 1267 a country where neither of you were born, and you will both die there. 22:27 You will never come back to this land to which you will long to return!” 1268
22:28 This man, Jeconiah, will be like a broken pot someone threw away.
Why will he and his children be forced into exile?
Why will they be thrown out into a country they know nothing about? 1271
22:29 O land of Judah, land of Judah, land of Judah! 1272
Listen to what the
“Enroll this man in the register as though he were childless. 1273
Enroll him as a man who will not enjoy success during his lifetime.
For none of his sons will succeed in occupying the throne of David
or ever succeed in ruling over Judah.”
New Leaders over a Regathered Remnant
when I will raise up for them a righteous branch, 1287 a descendant of David.
He will rule over them with wisdom and understanding 1288
and will do what is just and right in the land. 1289
and Israel will live in security. 1292
This is the name he will go by:
23:7 “So I, the
Oracles Against the False Prophets 1299
23:9 Here is what the
My heart and my mind are deeply disturbed.
I tremble all over. 1301
I am like a drunk person,
like a person who has had too much wine, 1302
because of the way the
and his holy word are being mistreated. 1303
23:10 For the land is full of people unfaithful to him. 1304
They live wicked lives and they misuse their power. 1305
The pastures in the wilderness are withered.
“Both the prophets and priests are godless.
I have even found them doing evil in my temple!
23:12 So the paths they follow will be dark and slippery.
They will stumble and fall headlong.
For I will bring disaster on them.
A day of reckoning is coming for them.” 1310
doing something that was disgusting. 1314
They prophesied in the name of the god Baal
and led my people Israel astray. 1315
23:14 But I see the prophets of Jerusalem 1316
doing something just as shocking.
They are unfaithful to me
and continually prophesy lies. 1317
So they give encouragement to people who are doing evil,
with the result that they do not stop their evildoing. 1318
I consider all of them as bad as the people of Sodom,
and the citizens of Jerusalem as bad as the people of Gomorrah. 1319
23:15 So then I, the
have something to say concerning the prophets of Jerusalem: 1321
‘I will make these prophets eat the bitter food of suffering
and drink the poison water of judgment. 1322
For the prophets of Jerusalem are the reason 1323
that ungodliness 1324 has spread throughout the land.’”
“Do not listen to what
those prophets are saying to you.
They are filling you with false hopes.
They are reporting visions of their own imaginations,
not something the
‘Things will go well for you!’ 1330
They say to all those who follow the stubborn inclinations of their own hearts,
‘Nothing bad will happen to you!’
23:18 Yet which of them has ever stood in the
Which of them have ever paid attention or listened to what he has said?
23:19 But just watch! 1334 The wrath of the
will come like a storm! 1335
Like a raging storm it will rage down 1336
on the heads of those who are wicked.
23:20 The anger of the
until he has fully carried out his intended purposes. 1337
In days to come 1338
you people will come to understand this clearly. 1339
23:21 I did not send those prophets.
Yet they were in a hurry to give their message. 1340
I did not tell them anything.
Yet they prophesied anyway.
23:22 But if they had stood in my inner circle, 1341
they would have proclaimed my message to my people.
They would have caused my people to turn from their wicked ways
and stop doing the evil things they are doing.
23:23 Do you people think 1342 that I am some local deity
23:24 “Do you really think anyone can hide himself
where I cannot see him?” the
“Do you not know that I am everywhere?” 1346
23:35 So I, Jeremiah, tell you, 1375 “Each of you people should say to his friend or his relative, ‘How did the
Good Figs and Bad Figs
24:8 “I, the
Seventy Years of Servitude for Failure to Give Heed
25:1 In the fourth year that Jehoiakim son of Josiah was king of Judah, the
25:8 “Therefore, the
25:12 “‘But when the seventy years are over, I will punish the king of Babylon and his nation 1431 for their sins. I will make the land of Babylon 1432 an everlasting ruin. 1433 I, the
Judah and the Nations Will Experience God’s Wrath
25:15 So 1438 the
25:17 So I took the cup from the
25:27 Then the
‘Like a lion about to attack, 1482 the
from his holy dwelling on high he will roar loudly.
He will roar mightily against his land. 1483
He will shout in triumph like those stomping juice from the grapes 1484
against all those who live on the earth.
25:31 The sounds of battle 1485 will resound to the ends of the earth.
He will pass judgment on all humankind
and will hand the wicked over to be killed in war.’ 1487
‘Disaster will soon come on one nation after another. 1490
A mighty storm of military destruction 1491 is rising up
from the distant parts of the earth.’
25:33 Those who have been killed by the
will be scattered from one end of the earth to the other.
They will not be mourned over, gathered up, or buried. 1492
Their dead bodies will lie scattered over the ground like manure.
25:34 Wail and cry out in anguish, you rulers!
Roll in the dust, you who shepherd flocks of people! 1493
The time for you to be slaughtered has come.
You will lie scattered and fallen like broken pieces of fine pottery. 1494
25:35 The leaders will not be able to run away and hide. 1495
The shepherds of the flocks will not be able to escape.
25:36 Listen to the cries of anguish of the leaders.
Listen to the wails of the shepherds of the flocks.
They are wailing because the
is about to destroy their lands. 1496
25:37 Their peaceful dwelling places will be laid waste 1497
by the fierce anger of the
So their lands will certainly 1500 be laid waste
by the warfare of the oppressive nation 1501
and by the fierce anger of the