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1 Thus says the LORD, Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest? 2 For My hand made all these things, Thus all these things came into being, declares the LORD. But to this one I will look, To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word. 3 But he who kills an ox is like one who slays a man; He who sacrifices a lamb is like the one who breaks a dogs neck; He who offers a grain offering is like one who offers swines blood; He who burns incense is like the one who blesses an idol. As they have chosen their own ways, And their soul delights in their abominations, 4 So I will choose their punishments And will bring on them what they dread. Because I called, but no one answered; I spoke, but they did not listen. And they did evil in My sight And chose that in which I did not delight. 5 Hear the word of the LORD, you who tremble at His word: Your brothers who hate you, who exclude you for My names sake, Have said, Let the LORD be glorified, that we may see your joy. But they will be put to shame. 6 A voice of uproar from the city, a voice from the temple, The voice of the LORD who is rendering recompense to His enemies. 7 Before she travailed, she brought forth; Before her pain came, she gave birth to a boy. 8 Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Can a land be born in one day? Can a nation be brought forth all at once? As soon as Zion travailed, she also brought forth her sons. 9 Shall I bring to the point of birth and not give delivery? says the LORD. Or shall I who gives delivery shut the womb? says your God. 10 Be joyful with Jerusalem and rejoice for her, all you who love her; Be exceedingly glad with her, all you who mourn over her, 11 That you may nurse and be satisfied with her comforting breasts, That you may suck and be delighted with her bountiful bosom. 12 For thus says the LORD, Behold, I extend peace to her like a river, And the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream; And you will be nursed, you will be carried on the hip and fondled on the knees. 13 As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; And you will be comforted in Jerusalem. 14 Then you will see this, and your heart will be glad, And your bones will flourish like the new grass; And the hand of the LORD will be made known to His servants, But He will be indignant toward His enemies. 15 For behold, the LORD will come in fire And His chariots like the whirlwind, To render His anger with fury, And His rebuke with flames of fire. 16 For the LORD will execute judgment by fire And by His sword on all flesh, And those slain by the LORD will be many. 17 Those who sanctify and purify themselves to go to the gardens, Following one in the center, Who eat swines flesh, detestable things and mice, Will come to an end altogether, declares the LORD. 18 For I know their works and their thoughts; the time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and see My glory. 19 I will set a sign among them and will send survivors from them to the nations: Tarshish, Put, Lud, Meshech, Tubal and Javan, to the distant coastlands that have neither heard My fame nor seen My glory. And they will declare My glory among the nations. 20 Then they shall bring all your brethren from all the nations as a grain offering to the LORD, on horses, in chariots, in litters, on mules and on camels, to My holy mountain Jerusalem, says the LORD, just as the sons of Israel bring their grain offering in a clean vessel to the house of the LORD. 21 I will also take some of them for priests and for Levites, says the LORD. 22 For just as the new heavens and the new earth Which I make will endure before Me, declares the LORD, So your offspring and your name will endure. 23 And it shall be from new moon to new moon And from sabbath to sabbath, All mankind will come to bow down before Me, says the LORD. 24 Then they will go forth and look On the corpses of the men Who have transgressed against Me. For their worm will not die And their fire will not be quenched; And they will be an abhorrence to all mankind.
1 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, 2 to whom the word of the LORD came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. 3 It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the exile of Jerusalem in the fifth month. 4 Now the word of the LORD came to me saying, 5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations. 6 Then I said, Alas, Lord GOD! Behold, I do not know how to speak, Because I am a youth. 7 But the LORD said to me, Do not say, I am a youth, Because everywhere I send you, you shall go, And all that I command you, you shall speak. 8 Do not be afraid of them, For I am with you to deliver you, declares the LORD. 9 Then the LORD stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me, Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. 10 See, I have appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms, To pluck up and to break down, To destroy and to overthrow, To build and to plant. 11 The word of the LORD came to me saying, What do you see, Jeremiah? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. 12 Then the LORD said to me, You have seen well, for I am watching over My word to perform it. 13 The word of the LORD came to me a second time saying, What do you see? And I said, I see a boiling pot, facing away from the north. 14 Then the LORD said to me, Out of the north the evil will break forth on all the inhabitants of the land. 15 For, behold, I am calling all the families of the kingdoms of the north, declares the LORD; and they will come and they will set each one his throne at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all its walls round about and against all the cities of Judah. 16 I will pronounce My judgments on them concerning all their wickedness, whereby they have forsaken Me and have offered sacrifices to other gods, and worshiped the works of their own hands. 17 Now, gird up your loins and arise, and speak to them all which I command you. Do not be dismayed before them, or I will dismay you before them. 18 Now behold, I have made you today as a fortified city and as a pillar of iron and as walls of bronze against the whole land, to the kings of Judah, to its princes, to its priests and to the people of the land. 19 They will fight against you, but they will not overcome you, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the LORD.
1 Now the word of the LORD came to me saying, 2 Go and proclaim in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus says the LORD, I remember concerning you the devotion of your youth, The love of your betrothals, Your following after Me in the wilderness, Through a land not sown. 3 Israel was holy to the LORD, The first of His harvest. All who ate of it became guilty; Evil came upon them, declares the LORD. 4 Hear the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel. 5 Thus says the LORD, What injustice did your fathers find in Me, That they went far from Me And walked after emptiness and became empty? 6 They did not say, Where is the LORD Who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, Who led us through the wilderness, Through a land of deserts and of pits, Through a land of drought and of deep darkness, Through a land that no one crossed And where no man dwelt? 7 I brought you into the fruitful land To eat its fruit and its good things. But you came and defiled My land, And My inheritance you made an abomination. 8 The priests did not say, Where is the LORD? And those who handle the law did not know Me; The rulers also transgressed against Me, And the prophets prophesied by Baal And walked after things that did not profit. 9 Therefore I will yet contend with you, declares the LORD, And with your sons sons I will contend. 10 For cross to the coastlands of Kittim and see, And send to Kedar and observe closely And see if there has been such a thing as this! 11 Has a nation changed gods When they were not gods? But My people have changed their glory For that which does not profit. 12 Be appalled, O heavens, at this, And shudder, be very desolate, declares the LORD. 13 For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, The fountain of living waters, To hew for themselves cisterns, Broken cisterns That can hold no water. 14 Is Israel a slave? Or is he a homeborn servant? Why has he become a prey? 15 The young lions have roared at him, They have roared loudly. And they have made his land a waste; His cities have been destroyed, without inhabitant. 16 Also the men of Memphis and Tahpanhes Have shaved the crown of your head. 17 Have you not done this to yourself By your forsaking the LORD your God When He led you in the way? 18 But now what are you doing on the road to Egypt, To drink the waters of the Nile? Or what are you doing on the road to Assyria, To drink the waters of the Euphrates? 19 Your own wickedness will correct you, And your apostasies will reprove you; Know therefore and see that it is evil and bitter For you to forsake the LORD your God, And the dread of Me is not in you, declares the Lord GOD of hosts. 20 For long ago I broke your yoke And tore off your bonds; But you said, I will not serve! For on every high hill And under every green tree You have lain down as a harlot. 21 Yet I planted you a choice vine, A completely faithful seed. How then have you turned yourself before Me Into the degenerate shoots of a foreign vine? 22 Although you wash yourself with lye And use much soap, The stain of your iniquity is before Me, declares the Lord GOD. 23 How can you say, I am not defiled, I have not gone after the Baals? Look at your way in the valley! Know what you have done! You are a swift young camel entangling her ways, 24 A wild donkey accustomed to the wilderness, That sniffs the wind in her passion. In the time of her heat who can turn her away? All who seek her will not become weary; In her month they will find her. 25 Keep your feet from being unshod And your throat from thirst; But you said, It is hopeless! No! For I have loved strangers, And after them I will walk. 26 As the thief is shamed when he is discovered, So the house of Israel is shamed; They, their kings, their princes And their priests and their prophets, 27 Who say to a tree, You are my father, And to a stone, You gave me birth. For they have turned their back to Me, And not their face; But in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise and save us. 28 But where are your gods Which you made for yourself? Let them arise, if they can save you In the time of your trouble; For according to the number of your cities Are your gods, O Judah. 29 Why do you contend with Me? You have all transgressed against Me, declares the LORD. 30 In vain I have struck your sons; They accepted no chastening. Your sword has devoured your prophets Like a destroying lion. 31 O generation, heed the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness to Israel, Or a land of thick darkness? Why do My people say, We are free to roam; We will no longer come to You? 32 Can a virgin forget her ornaments, Or a bride her attire? Yet My people have forgotten Me Days without number. 33 How well you prepare your way To seek love! Therefore even the wicked women You have taught your ways. 34 Also on your skirts is found The lifeblood of the innocent poor; You did not find them breaking in. But in spite of all these things, 35 Yet you said, I am innocent; Surely His anger is turned away from me. Behold, I will enter into judgment with you Because you say, I have not sinned. 36 Why do you go around so much Changing your way? Also, you will be put to shame by Egypt As you were put to shame by Assyria. 37 From this place also you will go out With your hands on your head; For the LORD has rejected those in whom you trust, And you will not prosper with them.