1 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were ain Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, 2 to whom the word of the Lord came in the days of bJosiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, cin the thirteenth year of his reign. 3 It came also in the days of dJehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, euntil the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah, king of Judah, funtil the carrying away of Jerusalem captive gin the fifth month.
4 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying:
I 2ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
k“Ah, Lord God!
Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.”
“Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’
For you shall go to all to whom I send you,
And lwhatever I command you, you shall speak.
8 mDo not be afraid of their faces,
For nI am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord.
9 Then the Lord put forth His hand and otouched my mouth, and the Lord said to me:
“Behold, I have pput My words in your mouth.
10 qSee, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms,
To rroot out and to pull down,
To destroy and to throw down,
To build and to plant.”
And I said, “I see a 3branch of an almond tree.”
12 Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am 4ready to perform My word.”
And I said, “I see sa boiling pot, and it is facing away from the north.”
“Out of the tnorth calamity shall break forth
On all the inhabitants of the land.
15 For behold, I am ucalling
All the families of the kingdoms of the north,” says the Lord;
“They shall come and veach one set his throne
At the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem,
Against all its walls all around,
And against all the cities of Judah.
Against them concerning all their wickedness,
Because wthey have forsaken Me,
Burned xincense to other gods,
And worshiped the works of their own yhands.
17 “Therefore zprepare yourself and arise,
And speak to them all that I command you.
aDo not be dismayed before their faces,
Lest I dismay you before them.
bA fortified city and an iron pillar,
And bronze walls against the whole land—
Against the kings of Judah,
Against its princes,
Against its priests,
And against the people of the land.
But they shall not prevail against you.
For I am with you,” says the Lord, “to deliver you.”
“I remember you,
The kindness of your ayouth,
The love of your betrothal,
In a land not sown.
3 cIsrael was holiness to the Lord,
dThe firstfruits of His increase.
eAll that devour him will offend;
Disaster will fcome upon them,” says the Lord.’ ”
g“What injustice have your fathers found in Me,
That they have gone far from Me,
And have become idolaters?
Who ibrought us up out of the land of Egypt,
Who led us through jthe wilderness,
Through a land of deserts and pits,
Through a land of drought and the shadow of death,
Through a land that no one crossed
And where no one dwelt?’
7 I brought you into ka bountiful country,
To eat its fruit and its goodness.
But when you entered, you ldefiled My land
And made My heritage an abomination.
And those who handle the mlaw did not know Me;
The rulers also transgressed against Me;
nThe prophets prophesied by Baal,
And walked after things that do not profit.
“And against your children’s children I will bring charges.
10 For pass beyond the coasts of 4Cyprus and see,
Send to 5Kedar and consider diligently,
And see if there has been such a pthing.
11 qHas a nation changed its gods,
Which are rnot gods?
sBut My people have changed their Glory
For what does not profit.
And be horribly afraid;
Be very desolate,” says the Lord.
They have forsaken Me, the tfountain of living waters,
And hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water.
14 “Is Israel ua servant?
Is he a homeborn slave?
Why is he plundered?
15 vThe young lions roared at him, and growled;
They made his land waste;
His cities are burned, without inhabitant.
Have 7broken the crown of your head.
17 xHave you not brought this on yourself,
In that you have forsaken the Lord your God
When yHe led you in the way?
18 And now why take zthe road to Egypt,
To drink the waters of aSihor?
Or why take the road to bAssyria,
To drink the waters of 8the River?
19 Your own wickedness will ccorrect you,
And your backslidings will rebuke you.
Know therefore and see that it is an evil and bitter thing
That you have forsaken the Lord your God,
And the 9fear of Me is not in you,”
Says the Lord God of hosts.
20 “For of old I have dbroken your yoke and burst your bonds;
When fon every high hill and under every green tree
You lay down, gplaying the harlot.
21 Yet I had hplanted you a noble vine, a seed of highest quality.
How then have you turned before Me
Into ithe degenerate plant of an alien vine?
I have not gone after the Baals’?
See your way in the valley;
Know what you have done:
You are a swift dromedary breaking loose in her ways,
That sniffs at the wind in her desire;
In her time of mating, who can turn her away?
All those who seek her will not weary themselves;
In her month they will find her.
But you said, l‘There is no hope.
No! For I have loved maliens, and after them I will go.’
So is the house of Israel ashamed;
They and their kings and their princes, and their priests and their nprophets,
And to a ostone, ‘You gave birth to me.’
For they have turned their back to Me, and not their face.
But in the time of their ptrouble
They will say, ‘Arise and save us.’
28 But qwhere are your gods that you have made for yourselves?
Let them arise,
For saccording to the number of your cities
Are your gods, O Judah.
You all have transgressed against Me,” says the Lord.
30 “In vain I have tchastened your children;
They ureceived no correction.
Your sword has vdevoured your prophets
Like a destroying lion.
Have I been a wilderness to Israel,
Or a land of darkness?
Why do My people say, ‘We 5are lords;
wWe will come no more to You’?
Or a bride her attire?
Yet My people xhave forgotten Me days without number.
Therefore you have also taught
The wicked women your ways.
yThe blood of the lives of the poor innocents.
I have not found it by 6secret search,
But plainly on all these things.
35 zYet you say, ‘Because I am innocent,
Surely His anger shall turn from me.’
Behold, aI will plead My case against you,
bBecause you say, ‘I have not sinned.’
36 cWhy do you gad about so much to change your way?
With your hands on fyour head;
For the Lord has rejected your trusted allies,
And you will gnot prosper by them.
3 “They say, ‘If a man divorces his wife, And she goes from him
And becomes another man’s,
aMay he return to her again?’
Would not that bland be greatly polluted?
But you have cplayed the harlot with many lovers;
dYet return to Me,” says the Lord.
2 “Lift up your eyes to ethe desolate heights and see:
Where have you not 1lain with men?
fBy the road you have sat for them
Like an Arabian in the wilderness;
gAnd you have polluted the land
With your harlotries and your wickedness.
3 Therefore the hshowers have been withheld,
And there has been no latter rain.
You have had a iharlot’s forehead;
You refuse to be ashamed.
5 lWill He remain angry forever?
Will He keep it to the end?’
Behold, you have spoken and done evil things,
As you were able.”
6 The Lord said also to me in the days of Josiah the king: “Have you seen what mbacksliding Israel has done? She has ngone up on every high mountain and under every green tree, and there played the harlot. 7 oAnd I said, after she had done all these things, ‘Return to Me.’ But she did not return. And her treacherous psister Judah saw it. 8 Then I saw that qfor all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had rput her away and given her a certificate of divorce; syet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also. 9 So it came to pass, through her casual harlotry, that she tdefiled the land and committed adultery with ustones and trees. 10 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah has not turned to Me vwith her whole heart, but in pretense,” says the Lord.
‘Return, backsliding Israel,’ says the Lord;
‘I will not cause My anger to fall on you.
For I am ymerciful,’ says the Lord;
‘I will not remain angry forever.
13 zOnly …
set you apart
vanities or futilities
Heb. Kittim, representatative of western cultures
In northern Arabian desert, representative of eastern cultures
Memphis in ancient Egypt
Kt. been violated