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families which the LORD hath chosen, he hath even cast them off? thus they have despised my people, that they should be no more a nation before them.

25 Thus saith the LORD; If my covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth;

26 Then will I cast away the seed of Jacob, and David my servant, so that I will not take any of his seed to be rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: for I will cause their captivity to return, and have

mercy on them.

CHAP. XXXIV. The word which came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, when Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and all his army, and all the kingdoms of the earth of his dominion, and all the people, fought against Jerusalem, and against all the cities thereof, saying,

2 Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; Go and speak to Zedekiah king of Judah, and tell him, Thus saith the LORD ; Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire:

3 And thou shalt not escape out of his hand, but shalt surely be taken, and delivered into his hand; and thine eyes shall behold the eyes of the king of Babylon, and he shall speak with thee mouth to mouth, and thou shalt go to Babylon.

4 Yet hear the word of the LORD, O Zedekiah king of Judah; Thus saith the Lord of thee, Thou shalt not die by the sword:

5 But thou shalt die in peace: and with the burnings of thy fathers,

the former kings which were before thee, so shall they burn odours for thee; and they will lament thee, saying, Ah lord ! for I have pronounced the word, saith the LORD.

6 Then Jeremiah the prophet spake all these words unto Zedekiah king of Judah in Jerusalem,

7 When the king of Babylon's army fought against Jerusalem, and against all the cities of Judah that were left, against Lachish, and against Azekah: for these defenced cities remained of the cities of Judah.

8 This is the word that came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, after that the king Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people which were at Jerusalem, to proclaim liberty unto them;

9 That every man should let his manservant,


man his maidservant, being an Hebrew or an Hebrewess, go free; that none should serve himself of them, to wit, of a Jew his brother.

10 Now when all the princes, and all the people, which had entered into the covenant, heard that every one should let his manservant, and every one his maidservant, go free, that none should serve themselves of them any more, then they obeyed, and let them go.

11 But afterward they turned, and caused the servants and the handmaids, whom they had let go free, to return, and brought them into subjection for servants and for handmaids.

12 Therefore the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,

13 Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel; I made a covenant with your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondmen, saying,

14 At the end of seven years let ye go every man his brother an Hebrew, which hath been sold unto thee; and when he hath served thee six years, thou shalt let him go free from thee: but your fathers hearkened not unto me, neither inclined

20 I will even give them into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of them that seek their life : and their dead bodies shall be for meat unto the fowls of the heaven, and to the beasts of the earth.

21 And Zedekiah king of Judah and his princes will I give into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of them that seek their life, and into the hand of the king of Babylon's army, which are gone up from you.

22 Behold, I will command, saith the LORD, and cause them to return to this city; and they shall fight against it, and take it, and burn it with fire: and I will make the cities of Judah a desolation without an inhabitant.

their ear.


15 And ye were now turned, and had done right in my sight, in proclaiming liberty every man to his neighbour ; and


had made a covenant before me in the house which is called by my name :

16 But ye turned and polluted my name, and caused every man his servant, and every man his handmaid, whom he had set at liberty at their pleasure, to return, and brought them into subjection, to be unto you for servants and for handmaids.

17 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Ye have not hearkened unto me, in proclaiming liberty, every one to his brother, and every man to his neighbour: behold, I proclaim a liberty for you, saith the LORD, to the sword, to the pestilence, and to the famine; and I will make you to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.

18 And I will give the men that have transgressed my covenant, which have not performed the words of the covenant which they had made before me, when they cut the calf in twain, and passed between the parts thereof,

19 The princes of Judah, and the princes of Jerusalem, the eunuchs, and the priests, and all the people of the land, which passed between the parts of the calf;

The word which came unto Jeremiah from the LORD in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, saying,

2 Go unto the house of the Rechabites, and speak unto them, and bring them into the house of the LORD, into one of the chambers, and give them wine to drink.

3 Then I took Jaazaniah the son of Jeremiah, the son of Habaziniah, and his brethren, and all his sons, and the whole house of the Rechabites;

4 And I brought them into the house of the LORD, into the chamber of the sons of Hanan, the son of Igdaliah, a man of God, which was by the chamber of the princes, which was above the chamber of Maaseiah the son of Shallum, the keeper of the door:

5 And I set before the sons of the house of the Rechabites pots

ters ;

full of wine, and cups, and I said mandment: notwithstanding I have unto them, Drink ye wine. .

spoken unto you, rising early and 6 But they said, We will drink speaking; but ye hearkened not unno wine: for Jonadab the son of to me. Rechab our father commanded us, 15 I have sent also unto you all saying, Ye shall drink no wine, nei- my servants the prophets, rising up ther ye, nor your sons for ever : early and sending them, saying, Re

7 Neither shall ye build house, turn ye now every man from his evil nor sow seed, nor plant vineyard, way, and amend your doings, and go nor have any : but all your days ye after other gods to serve them, shall dwell in tents; that ye may


shall dwell in the land which live many days in the land where ye I have given to you and to your fabe strangers.

thers : but ye have not inclined your 8 Thus have we obeyed the voice ear, nor hearkened unto me. of Jonadab the son of Rechab our 16 Because the sons of Jonadab father in all that he bath charged us,

the son of Rechab have performed to drink no wine all our days, we, the commandment of their father, our wives, our sons, nor our daugh- which he commanded them ; but

this people hath not hearkened un9 Nor to build houses for us to to me: dwell in : neither have we vineyard,

17 Therefore thus saith the LORD nor field, nor seed :

God of hosts, the God of Israel; Be10 But we have dwelt in tents, hold, I will bring upon Judah and and have obeyed, and done accord- upon all the inhabitants of Jerusaing to all that Jonadab our father lemn all the evil that I have procommanded us.

nounced against them : because I 11 But it came to pass, when have spoken unto them, but they Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon have not heard ; and I have called came up into the land, that we said, unto them, but they have not anCome, and let us go to Jerusalem swered. for fear of the army of the Chal- 18 And Jeremiah said unto the deans, and for fear of the army of house of the Rechabites, Thus saith the Syrians : so we dwell at Jerusa- the Lord of hosts, the God of Islem.

rael ; Because ye have obeyed the 12 Then came the word of the commandment of Jonadab your faLORD unto Jeremiah, saying,

ther, and kept all his precepts, and 13 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, done according unto all that he hath the God of Israel; Go and tell the commanded you : men of Judah and the inhabitants of 19 Therefore thus saith the LORD Jerusalem, Will ye not receive in- of hosts, the God of Israel; Jonadab struction to hearken to my words? the son of Rechab shall not want a saith the LORD.

man to stand before me for ever. 14 The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his

CHAP. XXXVI. sons not to drink wine, are performed; for unto this day they drink AND it came to pass in the fourth none, but obey their father's com- year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah

king of Judah, that this word came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,

2 Take thee a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken unto thee against Israel, and against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spake unto thee, from the days of Josiah, even unto this day.

3 It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.

4 Then Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah: and Baruch wrote from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the LORD, which he had spoken unto him, upon a roll of a book.

5 And Jeremiah commanded Baruch, saying, I am shut up; I cannot go

into the house of the LORD: 6 Therefore go thou, and read in the roll, which thou hast written from my mouth, the words of the Lord in the ears of the people in the Lord's house upon the fasting day : and also thou shalt read them in the ears of all Judah that come out of their cities.

7 It may be they will present their supplication before the LORD, and will return every one from his evil way: for great is the anger and the fury that the Lord hath pronounced against this people.

8 And Baruch the son of Neriah did according to all that Jeremiah the prophet commanded him, reading in the book the words of the LORD in the LORD's house.

9 And it came to pass in the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, in the ninth month,

that they proclaimed a fast before the LORD to all the people in Jerusalem, and to all the people that came from the cities of Judah unto Jerusalem.

10 Then read Baruch in the book the words of Jeremiah in the house of the LORD, in the chamber of Gemariah the son of Shaphan the scribe, in the higher court, at the entry of the new gate of the LORD's house, in the ears of all the people.

11 When Michaiah the son of Gemariah, the son of Shaphan, had heard out of the book all the words of the LORD,

12 Then he went down into the king's house, into the scribe's chamber: and, lo, all the princes sat there, even Elishama the scribe, and Delaiah the son of Shemaiah, and Elnathan the son of Achbor, and Gemariah the son of Shaphan, and Zedekiah the son of Hananiah, and all the princes.

13 Then Michaiah declared unto them all the words that he had heard, when Baruch read the book in the ears of the people.

14 Therefore all the princes sent Jehudi the son of Nethaniah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Cushi, unto Baruch, saying, Take in thine hand the roll wherein thou hast read in the ears of the people, and come. So Baruch the son of Neriah took the roll in his hand, and came unto them.

15 And they said unto him, Sit down now,

and read it in our ears. So Baruch read it in their ears.

16 Now it came to pass, when they had heard all the words, they were afraid both one and other, and said unto Baruch, We will surely tell the king of all these words.

17 And they asked Baruch, say

ye be.

ing, Tell us now, How didst thou 27 Then the word of the LORD write all these words at his mouth? came to Jeremiah, after that the

18 Then Baruch answered them, king had burned the roll, and the He pronounced all these words unto words which Baruch wrote at the me with his mouth, and I wrote them mouth of Jeremiah, saying, with ink in the book.

28 Take thee again another roll, 19 Then said the princes unto Ba- and write in it all the former words ruch, Go, hide thee, thou and Jere- that were in the first roll, which miah; and let no man know where Jehoiakim the king of Judah hath

burned. 20 And they went in to the king 29 And thou shalt say to Jehoiainto the court, but they laid up the kim king of Judah, Thus saith the roll in the chamber of Elishama the LORD; Thou hast burned this roll, scribe, and told all the words in the saying, Why hast thou written ears of the king.

therein, saying, The king of Baby21 So the king sent Jehudi to lon shall certainly come and destroy fetch the roll : and he took it out this land, and shall cause to cease of Elishama the scribe's chamber. from thence man and beast? And Jehudi read it in the ears of 30 Therefore thus saith the LORD the king, and in the ears of all the of Jehoiakim king of Judah; He princes which stood beside the king. shall have none to sit upon the

22 Now the king sat in the win- throne of David : and his dead body terhouse in the ninth month : and shall be cast out in the day to the there was a fire on the hearth burn- heat, and in the night to the frost. ing before him.

31 And I will punish him and 23 And it came to pass, that when his seed and his servants for their Jehudi had read three or four leaves, iniquity; and I will bring upon he cut it with the penknife, and cast them, and upon the inhabitants of it into the fire that was on the hearth, Jerusalem, and upon the men of Juuntil all the roll was consumed in dah, all the evil that I have prothe fire that was on the hearth.

nounced against them; but they 24 Yet they were not afraid, nor

hearkened not. rent their garments, neither the king, 32 Then took Jeremiah another nor any of his servants that heard roll, and gave it to Baruch the all these words.

scribe, the son of Neriah; who 25 Nevertheless Elnathan and wrote therein from the mouth of Delaiah and Gemariah had made in- Jeremiah all the words of the book tercession to the king that he would which Jehoiakim king of Judah had not burn the roll: but he would not burned in the fire: and there were hear them.

added besides unto them many like 26 But the king commanded Je- words. rahmeel the son of Hammelech, and Seraiah the son of Azriel, and

CHAP. XXXVII. Shelemiah the son of Abdeel, to take Baruch the scribe and Jere- AND king Zedekiah the son of Jomiah the prophet: but the LORD siah reigned instead of Coniah the bid them.

son of Jehoiakim, whom Nebuchad

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