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Jeremiah 28:1–31:20

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*And it came to pass athe same year, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the fourth year, and in the fifth month, that bHananiah the son of cAzur the prophet, which was of dGibeon, spake unto me in the house of the Lord, in the presence of the priests and of all the people, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, saying, I have broken othe yoke of the king of Babylon. fWithin two full years will I bring again into this place fall the vessels of the Lord’s house, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took away from this place, and carried them to Babylon: And I will bring again to this place Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, with all the captives of Judah, that went into Babylon, saith the Lord: for eI will break the yoke of the king of Babylon. Then the prophet Jeremiah said unto the prophet Hananiah in the presence of the priests, and in the presence of all the people that stood in the house of the Lord, Even the prophet Jeremiah said, gAmen: the Lord do so: the Lord perform thy words which thou hast prophesied, to bring again the vessels of the Lord’s house, and all that is carried away captive, from Babylon into this place. Nevertheless hear thou now this word that I speak in thine ears, and in the ears of all the people; The prophets that have been before me and before thee of old prophesied both against many countries, and against great kingdoms, of war, and of evil, and of pestilence. hThe prophet which prophesieth iof peace, when the word of the prophet shall come to pass, then shall the prophet be known, that the Lord hath truly sent him. 10 Then Hananiah the prophet took the kyoke from off the prophet Jeremiah’s neck, and brake it. 11 And Hananiah spake in the presence of all the people, saying, Thus saith the Lord; eEven so will I break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon lfrom the neck of all nations within the space of two full years. And the prophet Jeremiah went his way.

12 Then the word of the Lord came unto Jeremiah the prophet, after that Hananiah the prophet had broken kthe yoke from off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah, saying, 13 Go and tell Hananiah, saying, Thus saith the Lord; Thou hast broken the yokes of wood; but thou shalt make for them yokes of iron. 14 For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; mI have put a yoke of iron lupon the neck of all these nations, nthat they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they shall serve him: and oI have given him the beasts of the field also. 15 Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, Hananiah; pThe Lord hath not sent thee; but pthou makest this people to trust qin a lie. 16 Therefore thus saith the Lord; Behold, I will cast thee from off the face of the earth: this year thou shalt die, rbecause thou hast taught rebellion against the Lord. 17 *So Hananiah the prophet died the same year in the seventh month.

29 *Now these are the words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem unto the residue of athe elders which were carried away captives, and bto the priests, and to the prophets, and to all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon; (After that cdJeconiah the king, and cethe queen, and cthe ||eunuchs, dthe princes of Judah and Jerusalem, and dthe carpenters, and dthe smiths, were departed from Jerusalem;) By the hand of Elasah the son of fShaphan, and Gemariah the son of gHilkiah, h(whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent unto Babylon to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon) saying,

Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon; iBuild ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them; Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there, and not diminished. And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and kpray unto the Lord for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace. For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and lyour diviners, that be in the midst of you, mdeceive you, neither hearken to lyour dreams which ye cause to be dreamed. n*For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: nI have not sent them, saith the Lord. 10 For thus saith the Lord, That oafter seventy years be accomplished at Babylon pI will visit you, and qperform my good word toward you, pqin causing you to return to this place. 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, rto give you an expected end. 12 Then sshall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13 And stvye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me uwith all your heart. 14 And vI will be found of you, saith the Lord: and wI will turn away your captivity, and xI will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places ywhither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.

15 Because ye have said, The Lord hath raised us up prophets in Babylon; 16 Know that thus saith the Lord of the king zthat sitteth upon the throne of David, and of all the people that dwelleth in this city, and of your brethren that are not gone forth with you into captivity; 17 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Behold, aI will send upon them the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them blike vile figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil. 18 And I will persecute them with the sword, with the famine, and with the pestilence, and cwill deliver them to be removed to all the kingdoms of the earth, to be dea curse, and dfgan astonishment, and gan hissing, and da reproach, hamong all the nations iwhither I have driven them: 19 Because they have not hearkened to my words, saith the Lord, which I sent unto them by my servants the prophets, krising up early and sending them; lbut ye would not hear, saith the Lord. 20 Hear ye therefore the word of the Lord, all ye of the captivity, mwhom I have sent from Jerusalem to Babylon: 21 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, of Ahab the son of Kolaiah, and of Zedekiah the son of Maaseiah, nwhich prophesy a lie unto you in my name; Behold, I will deliver them into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon; and he shall slay them before your eyes; 22 And oof them shall be taken up pa curse by all the captivity of Judah which are in Babylon, saying, The Lord make thee like Zedekiah and like Ahab, qwhom the king of Babylon roasted in the fire; 23 Because they have rcommitted villany in Israel, and shave committed adultery with their neighbours’ wives, and nshave spoken lying words in my name, which I have not commanded them; even I know, and tam a witness, saith the Lord.

24 *Thus shalt thou also speak to Shemaiah the ||Nehelamite, saying, 25 Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, saying, Because thou hast sent letters in thy name unto all the people that are at Jerusalem, and to uZephaniah the son of uuMaaseiah the priest, and to all the priests, saying, 26 The Lord hath made thee priest in the stead of vJehoiada the priest, that ye should be wofficers in the house of the Lord, for every man xthat is mad, and ymaketh himself a prophet, that thou shouldest put him in prison, and in zthe stocks. 27 Now therefore why hast thou not reproved aJeremiah of Anathoth, ywhich maketh himself a prophet to you? 28 For therefore he sent unto us in Babylon, saying, This captivity is long: bbuild ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them. 29 And Zephaniah the priest read this letter in the ears of Jeremiah the prophet. 30 Then came the word of the Lord unto Jeremiah, saying, 31 Send to all them of the captivity, saying, Thus saith the Lord concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite; Because that Shemaiah hath prophesied unto you, and cdI sent him not, and che caused you to trust in a lie: 32 Therefore thus saith the Lord; Behold, I will punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite, and his seed: he shall not have a man to dwell among this people; neither eshall he behold the good that I will do for my people, saith the Lord; fbecause he hath taught rebellion against the Lord.

30 *The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord God of Israel, saying, aWrite thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book. For, lo, aathe days come, saith the Lord, that bI will bring again the captivity of my people cIsrael and Judah, saith the Lord: and dI will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it. And these are the words that the Lord spake concerning cIsrael and concerning Judah. For thus saith the Lord;

We have heard a voice of trembling,

||Of fear, and not of peace.

Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child?

Wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, eas a woman in travail,

And fall faces are turned into paleness?

Alas! for gthat day is great, hso that none is like it:

It is even the time of Jacob’s trouble;

But he shall be saved out of it.

For it shall come to pass iin that day, saith the Lord of hosts,

That jI will break his kyoke from off thy neck,

And jlwill burst jthy bonds,

And mstrangers shall no more lserve themselves of him:

But they shall serve the Lord their God,

And nDavid their king, owhom I will raise up unto them.

10  pTherefore qfear thou not, O rmy servant Jacob, saith the Lord;

Neither be dismayed, O Israel:

pFor, lo, I will save thee from afar,

And thy seed sfrom the land of their captivity;

pAnd Jacob shall return,

pAnd shall be in rest, and tbe quiet,

puAnd none shall make him afraid.

11  qvFor I am with thee, saith the Lord, to save thee:

vwThough I

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a

Comp. ch. 27:12.

b

ch. 36:12? & 37:13?

c
d
o

ch. 32:5. See ch. 25:12.

f

See ch. 27:16.

Heb. two years of days. Gen. 41:1. 2 Sam. 13:23. & 14:28. ver. 11. 1 Macc. 1:29 (Gk.). So Amos 4:4.

f

See ch. 27:16.

Heb. captivity. ch. 24:5. & 29:22. & 40:1. So ver. 6. ch. 29:1, 4, 31. Ezek. 1:1.

e

ver. 4, 11. ch. 27:12. So ch. 27:2, 11. ver. 10, 12.

g
h
i

See ch. 6:14.

k

ch. 27:2. So ver. 2. See 1 Kin. 22:11.

e

ver. 4, 11. ch. 27:12. So ch. 27:2, 11. ver. 10, 12.

l

ch. 27:7.

k

ch. 27:2. So ver. 2. See 1 Kin. 22:11.

m
l

ch. 27:7.

n

See ch. 25:11.

o

ch. 27:6.

p

ch. 29:31.

p

ch. 29:31.

q

See ch. 20:6. Comp. Ezek. 13:22.

r

Deut. 13:5. ch. 29:32 in the Heb.

Heb. rrevolt. Isai. 1:5.

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a

See ch. 19:1. & Ezek. 8:1.

b

See ch. 23:33.

c
d

See ch. 24:1.

c
e

ch. 22:26.

c
||

Or, chamberlains. Heb. as ch. 34:19. & 38:7. & 41:16. & 52:25. See 2 Kin. 23:11.

d

See ch. 24:1.

d

See ch. 24:1.

d

See ch. 24:1.

f
g
h

Comp. ch. 51:59 marg.

i

ver. 28. Comp. Ezek. 11:3.

k
l

See ch. 27:9.

m
l

See ch. 27:9.

n

ver. 21, 23. So ver. 31. See ch. 14:14.

*

[From] about B.C. 606.

Heb. in a lie. See ch. 3:10.

n

ver. 21, 23. So ver. 31. See ch. 14:14.

o

See ch. 25:12.

p

ch. 27:22.

q

ch. 33:14. See ch. 24:6.

p

ch. 27:22.

q

ch. 33:14. See ch. 24:6.

r

So ch. 31:17. Comp. 1 Cor. 10:13.

Heb. end and expectation.

s

Dan. 9:3. So ch. 33:3.

s

Dan. 9:3. So ch. 33:3.

t
v
u

ch. 24:7.

v
w

See ch. 30:3.

x

ch. 23:3. & 32:37. See Ps. 107:3.

y

ver. 18. See ch. 8:3.

z

See ch. 22:2.

a

ch. 24:10.

b

ch. 24:8.

c

See Deut. 28:25. & ch. 24:9.

Heb. d for a curse.

d

See ch. 42:18.

e
d

See ch. 42:18.

f
g
g
d

See ch. 42:18.

h

ch. 26:6.

i

See ver. 18.

k
l

See ch. 25:3

m

ch. 24:5.

n

See ver. 9.

o
p

See ch. 24:9.

q
r

Comp. Hist. of Susanna, ver. 5.

s

ch. 23:14.

n

See ver. 9.

s

ch. 23:14.

t
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||

Or, dreamer. ver. 31, 32.

u
uu

See ch. 35:4.

v
w

So ch. 20:1.

x
y
z

See ch. 20:2.

a

See ch. 1:1.

y
b

ver. 5.

c

ch. 28:15.

d

So ver. 9.

c

ch. 28:15.

e

See ch. 17:6.

f

ch. 28:16.

Heb. revolt.

*

a

So ch. 36:2.

aa

See ch. 9:25. So Hab. 2:3.

b

ver. 18. ch. 29:14. & 31:23. & 32:44. & 33:7, 11, 26. & 48:47. & 49:6. Lam. 2:14 in the Heb. See Job 42:10. Comp. Ezra 2:1.

c
d

ch. 16:15. So ch. 12:15. See ch. 23:3.

c
||

Or, There is fear, and not peace.

Heb. a male. Ezek. 16:17.

e

See ch. 6:24.

f
g

See Joel 2:11.

h
i
j
k

ch. 27:2, 8, 12.

j
l
j
m

So ch. 25:14.

l
n
o
p

ch. 46:27.

q

ch. 42:11. See Isai. 43:5.

r
p

ch. 46:27.

s

Comp. ch. 3:18. & 32:37.

p

ch. 46:27.

p

ch. 46:27.

t

See Job 3:18.

p

ch. 46:27.

u
q

ch. 42:11. See Isai. 43:5.

v

ch. 46:28. Comp. ver. 16.

v

ch. 46:28. Comp. ver. 16.

w