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Jeremiah 16:10–20:18

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10 And it shall come to pass, when thou shalt shew this people all these words, and they shall say unto thee, kWherefore hath the Lord pronounced all this great evil against us? or what is our iniquity? or what is our sin that we have committed against the Lord our God? 11 lThen shalt thou say unto them, Because your fathers have forsaken me, saith the Lord, and mhave walked after other gods, and have served them, and have worshipped them, and have forsaken me, and have not kept my law; 12 And ye have done nworse than your fathers; for, behold, mye walk every one after the ||imagination of his evil heart, that they may not hearken unto me: 13 oTherefore will I pcast you out of this land qinto a land that ye know not, neither ye nor your fathers; and there shall ye serve other gods day and night; where I will not shew you favour.

14 rTherefore, behold, sthe days come, saith the Lord, that it shall no more be said, tThe Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; 15 But, tThe Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel ufrom the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and vI will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers. 16 Behold, I will send for many wfishers, saith the Lord, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of xthe holes of the rocks. 17 For ymine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, zneither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes. 18 And first aI will recompense their iniquity and their sin bdouble; because bbthey have defiled my land, they have filled mine inheritance with the carcases of their detestable and abominable things. 19 O Lord, my strength, and cmy fortress, and dmy refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, evanity, and things fgwherein there is no profit. 20 Shall a man make gods unto himself, and gthey are no gods? 21 Therefore, behold, I will hthis once cause them to know, I will cause them to know mine hand and my might; and they shall know that imy name is ||The Lord.

17 The sin of Judah is written with aa pen of iron, and with the point of ba diamond: it is cgraven upon the table of their heart, and upon dthe horns of efyour altars; Whilst ftheir children remember their altars and gtheir groves hby the green trees upon the high hills. O imy mountain in the field, jI will give thy substance and all thy treasures to the spoil, and thy high places for sin, throughout all thy borders. And thou, even thyself, shalt kdiscontinue from thine heritage that I gave thee; and lI will cause thee to serve thine enemies lmin the land which thou knowest not: for ye have kindled a fire in mine anger, which shall burn for ever.

Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be nthe man that trusteth in man, and omaketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall pbe like the qheath in the desert, and rshall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in sa salt land and tnot inhabited. uBlessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose vhope the Lord is. For whe shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but xher leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of ||drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

yThe heart is zdeceitful above all things, and adesperately wicked: who can know it? 10 I the Lord bsearch the heart, I ctry the reins, even dto give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. 11 As ethe partridge ||sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, gshall leave them hin the midst of his days, and at his end shall be ia fool.

12 A glorious high throne from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary. 13 O Lord, kthe hope of Israel, lall that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be mwritten in the earth, because nothey have forsaken the Lord, othe fountain of living waters. 14 pHeal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for qthou art my praise. 15 Behold, rthey say unto me, Where is the word of the Lord? let it scome now. 16 As for me, tI have not uhastened from being va pastor to follow thee: neither have I desired the awoeful day; wthou knowest: that which came out of my lips was xright before thee. 17 Be not a terror unto me: xxthou art my hope in the day of evil. 18 yLet them be confounded that persecute me, but zlet not me be confounded: let them be dismayed, but let not me be dismayed: bring upon them the day of evil, and adestroy them with bdouble destruction.

19 Thus said the Lord unto me; Go and stand in the gate of the children of the people, whereby cthe kings of Judah come in, and by the which they go out, and in all the gates of Jerusalem; 20 And say unto them, dHear ye the word of the Lord, cye kings of Judah, and all Judah, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, that enter in by these gates: 21 Thus saith the Lord; Take heed to yourselves, and ebear no burden on the sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem; 22 Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the sabbath day, fneither do ye any work, but ffhallow ye the sabbath day, gas I commanded your fathers. 23 hBut they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but imade their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor kreceive instruction. 24 And it shall come to pass, if ye diligently hearken unto me, saith the Lord, eto bring in no burden through the gates of this city on the sabbath day, but fhallow the sabbath day, to do no work therein; 25 lThen shall there enter into the gates of this city kings and princes sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and mon horses, they, and their princes, the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: and this city shall remain for ever. 26 And they shall come from nthe cities of Judah, and from nothe places about Jerusalem, and from nthe land of Benjamin, and from nopthe plain, and from nthe mountains, and from noqthe south, bringing burnt offerings, and sacrifices, and meat offerings, and incense, and bringing rsacrifices of praise, unto the house of the Lord. 27 But if ye will not hearken unto me fto hallow the sabbath day, and not eto bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then swill I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and tit shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and uit shall not be quenched.

18 *The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, Arise, and go down to athe potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the ||bwheels. And the vessel ||that he made of clay cwas marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, O house of Israel, dcannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, eas the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel. At what instant I shall speak fconcerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, fto pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it; If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, gturn from their evil, hI will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them. And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, fto build and to plant it; 10 If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them. 11 Now therefore go to, speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the Lord; Behold, I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you: ireturn ye now every one from his evil way, and kmake your ways and your doings good. 12 And they said, lThere is no hope: but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do mthe imagination of his evil heart. 13 Therefore thus saith the Lord; nAsk ye now among the heathen, who hath heard such things: the virgin of Israel hath done oa very horrible thing. 14 Will a man leave ||the snow of Lebanon which cometh from the rock of the field? or shall the cold flowing waters that come from another place pbe forsaken? 15 Because qmy people hath forgotten me, they have burned incense to rvanity, and they have caused them to stumble in their ways from the sancient tpaths, to walk in paths, in a way not ucast up; 16 To make their land vdesolate, and a perpetual vhissing; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and wwag his head. 17 I xwill scatter them as with yan east wind before the enemy; I will shew them zthe back, and not the face, in the day of their calamity.

18 Then said they, Come, and alet us devise devices against Jeremiah; bfor the law shall not perish cfrom the priest, nor counsel from the wise, bnor the word from the prophet. Come, and dlet us smite him ||with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his words. 19 Give heed to me, O Lord, and hearken to the voice of ethem that contend with me. 20 fShall evil be recompensed for good? for gthey have digged ha pit for my soul. Remember that I stood before thee to speak good for them, and to turn away thy wrath from them. 21 Therefore ideliver up their children to the famine, and pour out their blood by the force of the sword; and ilet their wives be bereaved of their children, and be widows; and let their men be put to death; let their young men be slain by the sword in battle. 22 jLet a cry be heard from their houses, when thou shalt bring a troop suddenly upon them: for gthey have digged a pit to take me, and khid snares for my feet. 23 Yet, Lord, thou …

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k

See ch. 5:19. So Deut. 29:24.

l

ch. 22:9. So Deut. 29:25.

m

ch. 13:10.

n

ch. 7:26.

m

ch. 13:10.

||

Or, stubbornness. See ch. 3:17.

o
p

ch. 22:26. Comp. Isai. 22:17, 18.

q

ch. 17:4. See ch. 15:14.

r

To ver. 15, ch. 23:7, 8. So Isai. 43:18.

s

See ch. 9:25.

t

See ch. 4:2.

t

See ch. 4:2.

u

See ch. 3:18. Comp. Isai. 43:5, 6.

v

ch. 24:6. & 30:3. & 32:37. So Baruch 2:34.

w
x

See ch. 13:4.

y

ch. 32:19. See 2 Chr. 16:9.

z

Comp. Ps. 51:9. & 90:8.

a
b

ch. 17:18. Comp. Isai. 40:2.

bb

So ch. 2:7. Comp. Ezek. 43:7, 9. See ch. 3:1.

c
d

See 2 Sam. 22:3. So ch. 17:17.

e

See ch. 2:5. So ch. 18:15.

f
g

See ch. 2:11.

g

See ch. 2:11.

h

ch. 10:18.

i

Ex. 6:3. & 15:3. ch. 33:2. See Amos 4:13.

||

[Or, JEHOVAH. Ps. 83:18].

a

Heb. nail. Deut. 21:12.

b

Ezek. 3:9. Zech. 7:12 in the Heb.

c

See Prov. 3:3.

d
e
f

Comp. ch. 19:5.

f

Comp. ch. 19:5.

g
h

See ch. 2:20.

i
j

ch. 15:13.

Heb. in thyself.

k
l

See ch. 15:14.

l

See ch. 15:14.

m

ch. 16:13.

n

See Ps. 146:3.

o
p

So ch. 48:6.

q

Ps. 102:17 (Heb.). So ch. 48:6. Comp. Job 8:12.

r

Ps. 34:12. ch. 29:32 (Heb.). See Job 20:17. & Eccles. 2:1.

s
t

ch. 50:13, 39.

u

See Ps. 2:12. & 25:2.

v

See Ps. 71:5. So ver. 13.

w

See Ps. 1:3. So Job 8:16.

x
||

Or, restraint. ch. 14:1.

y
z

Is. 40:4 (Heb.).

a

ver. 16. See ch. 15:18.

b
c

ch. 32:19. See ch. 11:20. So Wisd. 1:6.

d
e
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Or, fgathereth young which she hath not brought forth.

g

Comp. Ps. 39:6.

h
i
k

See ch. 14:8.

l
m

Comp. Luke 10:20. See Ex. 32:32. Or comp. John 8:6, 8?

n

See ch. 1:16.

o

See ch. 2:13. Comp. ch. 18:14.

o

See ch. 2:13. Comp. ch. 18:14.

p

See Ps. 6:2.

q
r
s
t

Comp. ch. 1:4, &c.

u
v

See ch. 2:8.

Heb. after thee. So 2 Kin. 17:21, &c.

a

ver. 16. See ch. 15:18.

w
x
xx

So ch. 16:19.

y

See Ps. 35:4. So ch. 20:11.

z

See Ps. 25:2.

Heb. break them with a double breach.

a

Comp. ch. 11:20.

b

So ch. 16:18.

c

See ch. 13:13.

d

ch. 19:3. & 22:2.

c

See ch. 13:13.

e
f

ver. 24, 27. Comp. Num. 15:32.

ff
g

See Ex. 20:8, 9. Comp. Isai. 56:2. & 58:13.

h

ch. 7:24, 26. So ch. 11:10. See ch. 25:3, 4.

i
k

See ch. 5:3.

e
f

ver. 24, 27. Comp. Num. 15:32.

l

ch. 22:4.

m
n

ch. 32:44. & 33:13 in the Heb.

n

ch. 32:44. & 33:13 in the Heb.

o
n

ch. 32:44. & 33:13 in the Heb.

n

ch. 32:44. & 33:13 in the Heb.

o
p

Jos. 15:33 (Heb.).

n

ch. 32:44. & 33:13 in the Heb.

n

ch. 32:44. & 33:13 in the Heb.

o
q

Gen. 13:1, &c.

r

Supplied from Lev. 7:12. & 22:29. 2 Chr. 33:16. Ps. 107:22. & 116:17 in the Heb. So Lev. 7:15.

f

ver. 24, 27. Comp. Num. 15:32.

e
s

ch. 21:14. Lam. 4:11. So ch. 43:12. & 49:27. & 50:32. Amos 1:14.

t
u

ch. 7:20.

*

a

1 Chr. 4:23. ch. 19:1, 2, Comp. Zech. 11:13.

||

Or, frames, or, seats. Heb. as Ex. 1:16 only.

b
||

Or, that he made was marred, as clay in the hand of the potter.

c

ch. 13:7.

Heb. returned and made. So Num. 11:4.

d
e
f

See ch. 1:10. & 42:10.

f

See ch. 1:10. & 42:10.

g
h
f

See ch. 1:10. & 42:10.

i
k

See ch. 7:3.

l

See ch. 2:25.

m

See ch. 3:17.

n

So ch. 2:10. Comp. 1 Cor. 5:1.

o

See ch. 5:30.

||

Or, my fields for a rock, or for the snow of Lebanon? shall the running waters be forsaken for the strange cold waters?

p

See Isai. 19:5. Comp. ch. 2:13. & 17:13.

q

See ch. 2:32.

r

So ch. 10:15. & 16:19. Comp. Baruch 6:27.

s

ch. 6:16.

t

Ps. 77:19 (Heb.) only.

u
v

ch. 19:8. & 25:9, 11, 18. & 49:17. & 50:13. & 51:37. So ch. 4:7. & 49:13. Lam. 2:11. See 2 Chr. 29:8. & ch. 46:19.

v

ch. 19:8. & 25:9, 11, 18. & 49:17. & 50:13. & 51:37. So ch. 4:7. & 49:13. Lam. 2:11. See 2 Chr. 29:8. & ch. 46:19.

w
x

ch. 13:24.

y
z

See ch. 2:27.

a

See ch. 11:19.

b

Comp. ch. 2:8. & 5:13, 31. & 6:13. & 13:13.

c
b

Comp. ch. 2:8. & 5:13, 31. & 6:13. & 13:13.

d

So Job 5:21. Prov. 14:3. Comp. ch. 9:3, 8.

||

Or, for the tongue.

e

Ps. 35:1. Isai. 49:25 in the Heb.

f

See Ps. 35:12.

g

Ps. 35:7. & 57:6. ver. 22.

h

ch. 2:6.

i

Comp. Ps. 109:9, 10.

Heb. pour them out. Ps. 63:10 marg. Ezek. 35:5 marg.

i

Comp. Ps. 109:9, 10.

j

ch. 20:16.

g
k