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back your captivity, and I will gather you out of all nations, and from
all the places to which I have driven you out, saith the Lord: and I
will bring you back from the place to which I caused you to be carried
29:15. Because you have said: The Lord hath raised us up prophets in
29:16. For thus saith the Lord to the king that sitteth upon the throne
of David, and to all the people that dwell in this city, to your
brethren that are not gone forth with you into captivity.
29:17. Thus saith the Lord of hosts: Behold I will send upon them the
sword, and the famine, and the pestilence: and I will make them like
bad figs that cannot be eaten, because they are very bad.
29:18. And I will persecute them with the sword, and with famine, and
with the pestilence: and I will give them up unto affliction to all the
kingdoms of the earth: to be a curse, and an astonishment, and a
hissing, and a reproach to all the nations to which I have driven them
29:19. Because they have not hearkened to my words, saith the Lord:
which I sent to them by my servants the prophets, rising by night, and
sending: and you have not heard, saith the Lord.
29:20. Hear ye therefore the word of the Lord, all ye of the captivity,
whom I have sent out from Jerusalem to Babylon.
29:21. Thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel, to Achab the son
of Colias, and to Sedecias the son of Maasias, who prophesy unto you in
my name falsely: Behold I will deliver them up into the hands of
Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon: and he shall kill them before your
29:22. And of them shall be taken up a curse by all the captivity of
Juda, that are in Babylon, saying: The Lord make thee like Sedecias,
and like Achab, whom the king of Babylon fried in the fire:
29:23. Because they have acted folly in Israel, and have committed
adultery with the wives of their friends, and have spoken lying words
in my name, which I commanded them not: I am the judge and the witness,
saith the Lord.
29:24. And to Semeias the Nehelamite thou shalt say:
29:25. Thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel: Because thou
hast sent letters in thy name to all the people that are in Jerusalem,
and to Sophonias the son of Maasias the priest, and to all the priests,
29:26. The Lord hath made thee priest instead of Joiada the priest,
that thou shouldst be ruler in the house of the Lord, over every man
that raveth and prophesieth, to put him in the stocks, and into prison.
29:27. And now why hast thou not rebuked Jeremias the Anathothite, who
prophesieth to you?
29:28. For he hath also sent to us in Babylon, saying: It is a long
time: build ye houses, and dwell in them: and plant gardens, and eat
the fruits of them.
29:29. So Sophonias the priest read this letter, in the hearing of
Jeremias the prophet.
29:30. And the word of the Lord came to Jeremias, saying:
29:31. Send to all them of the captivity, saying: Thus saith the Lord
to Semeias the Nehelamite: Because Semeias hath prophesied to you, and
I sent him not: and hath caused you to trust in a lie:
29:32. Therefore thus saith the Lord: behold I will visit upon Semeias
the Nehelamite, and upon his seed: he shall not have a man to sit in
the midst of this people, and he shall not see the good that I will do
to my people, saith the Lord: because he hath spoken treason against
Jeremias Chapter 30
God will deliver his people from their captivity: Christ shall be their
king: and his church shall be glorious for ever.
30:1. This is the word that came to Jeremias from the Lord, saying:
30:2. Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, saying: Write thee all
the words that I have spoken to thee, in a book.
30:3. For behold the days come, saith the Lord, and I will bring again
the captivity of my people Israel and Juda, saith the Lord: and I will
cause them to return to the land which I gave to their fathers, and
they shall possess it.
30:4. And these are the words that the Lord hath spoken to Israel and
30:5. For thus saith the Lord: We have heard a voice of terror: there
is fear and no peace.
30:6. Ask ye, and see if a man bear children? why then have I seen
every man with his hands on his loins, like a woman in labour, and all
faces are turned yellow?
30:7. Alas, for that day is great, neither is there the like to it; and
it is the time of tribulation to Jacob, but he shall be saved out of
30:8. And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord of hosts,
that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst his bands:
and strangers shall no more rule over him:
30:9. But they shall serve the Lord their God, and David their king,
whom I will raise up to them.
David. . .That is, Christ of the house of David.
30:10. Therefore fear thou not, my servant Jacob, saith the Lord,
neither be dismayed, O Israel: for behold, I will save thee from a
country afar off, and thy seed from the land of their captivity: and
Jacob shall return, and be at rest, and abound with all good things,
and there shall be none whom he may fear:
30:11. For I am with thee, saith the Lord, to save thee: for I will
utterly consume all the nations, among which I have scattered thee: but
I will not utterly consume thee: but I will chastise thee in judgment,
that thou mayst not seem to thyself innocent.
30:12. For thus saith the Lord: Thy bruise is incurable, thy wound is
30:13. There is none to judge thy judgment to bind it up: thou hast no
30:14. All thy lovers have forgotten thee, and will not seek after
thee: for I have wounded thee with the wound of an enemy, with cruel
chastisement: by reason of the multitude of thy iniquities, thy sins
30:15. Why criest thou for thy affliction? thy sorrow is incurable: for
the multitude of thy iniquity, and for thy hardened sins I have done
these things to thee.
30:16. Therefore all they that devour thee, shall be devoured: and all
thy enemies shall be carried into captivity: and they that waste thee
shall be wasted, and all that prey upon thee will I give for a prey.
30:17. For I will close up thy scar, and will heal thee of thy wounds,
saith the Lord. Because they have called thee, O Sion, an outcast: This
is she that hath none to seek after her.
30:18. Thus saith the Lord: Behold I will bring back the captivity of
the pavilions of Jacob, and will have pity on his houses, and the city
shall be built in her high place, and the temple shall be founded
according to the order thereof.
30:19. And out of them shall come forth praise, and the voice of them
that play: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be made few:
and I will glorify them, and they shall not be lessened.
30:20. And their children shall be as from the beginning, and their
assembly shall be permanent before me: and I will visit against all
that afflict them.
30:21. And their leader shall be of themselves: and their prince shall
come forth from the midst of them: and I will bring him near, and he
shall come to me: for who is this that setteth his heart to approach to
me, saith the Lord?
30:22. And you shall be my people: and I will be your God.
30:23. Behold the whirlwind of the Lord, his fury going forth, a
violent storm, it shall rest upon the head of the wicked.
30:24. The Lord will not turn away the wrath of his indignation, till
he have executed and performed the thought of his heart: in the latter
days you shall understand these things.
Jeremias Chapter 31
The restoration of Israel. Rachel shall cease from morning. The new
covenant. The church shall never fail.
31:1. At that time, saith the Lord, I will be the God of all the
families of Israel, and they shall be my people.
31:2. Thus saith the Lord: The people that were left and escaped from
the sword, found grace in the desert: Israel shall go to his rest.
31:3. The Lord hath appeared from afar to me. Yea I have loved thee
with an everlasting love, therefore have I drawn thee, taking pity on
31:4. And I will build thee again, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of
Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy timbrels, and shalt go
forth in the dances of them that make merry.
31:5. Thou shalt yet plant vineyards in the mountains of Samaria: the
planters shall plant, and they shall not gather the vintage before the
31:6. For there shall be a day, in which the watchmen on mount Ephraim,
shall cry: Arise, and let us go up to Sion to the Lord our God.
31:7. For thus saith the Lord: Rejoice ye in the joy of Jacob, and
neigh before the head of the Gentiles: shout ye, and sing, and say:
Save, O Lord, thy people, the remnant of Israel.
31:8. Behold I will bring them from the north country, and will gather
them from the ends of the earth and among them shall be the blind, and
the lame, the woman with child, and she that is bringing forth,
together, a great company of them returning hither.
31:9. They shall come with weeping: and I will bring them back in
mercy: and I will bring them through the torrents of waters in a right
way, and they shall not stumble in it: for I am a father to Israel, and
Ephraim is my firstborn.
31:10. Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the
islands that are afar off, and say: He that scattered Israel will
gather him: and he will keep him as the shepherd doth his flock.
31:11. For the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and delivered him out of the
hand of one that was mightier than he.
31:12. And they shall come, and shall give praise in mount Sion: and
they shall flow together to the good things of the Lord, for the corn,
and wine, and oil, and the increase of cattle and herds, and their soul
shall be as a watered garden, and they shall be hungry no more.
31:13. Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, the young men and
old men together: and I will turn their mourning into joy, and will
comfort them, and make them joyful after their sorrow.
31:14. And I will fill the soul of the priests with fatness: and my
people shall be filled with my good things, saith the Lord.
31:15. Thus saith the Lord: A voice was heard on high of lamentation,
of mourning, and weeping, of Rachel weeping for her children and
refusing to be comforted for them, because they are not.
31:16. Thus saith the Lord: Let thy voice cease from weeping, and thy
eyes tears: for there is a reward for thy work, saith the Lord: and
they shall return out of the land of the enemy.
31:17. And there is hope for thy last end, saith the Lord: and the
children shall return to their own borders.
31:18. Hearing I heard Ephraim when he went into captivity: thou hast
chastised me, and I was instructed, as a young bullock unaccustomed to
the yoke. Convert me, and I shall be converted, for thou art the Lord
31:19. For after thou didst convert me, I did penance: and after thou
didst shew unto me, I struck my thigh: I am confounded and ashamed,
because I have borne the reproach of my youth.
31:20. Surely Ephraim is an honourable son to me, surely he is a tender
child: for since I spoke of him, I will still remember him. Therefore
are my bowels troubled for him: pitying I will pity him, saith the
31:21. Set thee up a watchtower, make to thee bitterness: direct thy
heart into the right way, wherein thou hast walked: return, O virgin of
Israel, return to these thy cities.
31:22. How long wilt thou be dissolute in deliciousness, O wandering
daughter? for the Lord hath created a new thing upon the earth: A WOMAN
SHALL COMPASS A MAN.
31:23. Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: As yet shall
they say this word in the land of Juda, and in the cities thereof, when
I shall bring back their captivity: The Lord bless thee, the beauty of
justice, the holy mountain.
31:24. And Juda and all his cities shall dwell therein together: the
husbandman and they that drive the flocks.
31:25. For I have inebriated the weary soul: and I have filled every
31:26. Upon this I was as it were awaked out of a sleep, and I saw, and
my sleep was sweet to me.
31:27. Behold the days come, saith the Lord: and I will sow the house
of Israel and the house of Juda with the seed of men, and with the seed
31:28. And as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to throw down,
and to scatter, and destroy, and afflict: so will I watch over them, to
build up, and to plant them, saith the Lord.
31:29. In those days they shall say no more: The fathers have eaten a
sour grape, and the teeth of the children are set on edge.
31:30. But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that
shall eat the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.
31:31. Behold the days shall come, saith the Lord, and I will make a
new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Juda:
31:32. Not according to the covenant which I made with their fathers,
in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land
of Egypt, the covenant which they made void, and I had dominion over
them, saith the Lord.
31:33. But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house
of Israel, after those days, saith the Lord: I will give my law in
their bowels, and I will write it in their heart: and I will be their
God, and they shall be my people.
31:34. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every
man his brother, saying: Know the Lord: for all shall know me from the
least of them even to the greatest, saith the Lord: for I will forgive
their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
31:35. Thus saith the Lord, who giveth the sun for the light of the
day, the order of the moon and of the stars, for the light of the
night: who stirreth up the sea, and the waves thereof roar, the Lord of
hosts is his name.
31:36. If these ordinances shall fail before me, saith the Lord: then
also the seed of Israel shall fail, so as not to be a nation before me
31:37. Thus saith the Lord: If the heavens above can be measured, and
the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I also will cast
away all the seed of Israel, for all that they have done, saith the
31:38. Behold the days come, saith the Lord, that the city shall be
built to the Lord from the tower of Hanameel even to the gate of the
31:39. And the measuring line shall go out farther in his sight upon
the hill Gareb: and it shall compass Goatha,
31:40. And the whole valley of dead bodies, and of ashes, and all the
country of death, even to the torrent Cedron, and to the corner of the
horse gate towards the east, the Holy of the Lord: it shall not be
plucked up, and it shall not be destroyed any more for ever.
Jeremias Chapter 32
Jeremias by God's commandment purchases a field of his kinsman: and
prophesies the return of the people out of captivity: and the
everlasting covenant God will make with his church.
32:1. The word that came to Jeremias from the Lord in the tenth year of
Sedecias king of Juda: the same is the eighteenth year of
32:2. At that time the army of the king of Babylon besieged Jerusalem:
and Jeremias the prophet was shut up in the court of the prison, which
was in the house of the king of Juda.
32:3. For Sedecias king of Juda had shut him up, saying: Why dost thou
prophesy, saying: Thus saith the Lord: Behold I will give this city
into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall take it?
32:4. And Sedecias king of Juda shall not escape out of the hand of the
Chaldeans: but he shall be delivered into the hands of the king of
Babylon: and he shall speak to him mouth to mouth, and his eyes shall
see his eyes.
32:5. And he shall lead Sedecias to Babylon: and he shall be there till
I visit him, saith the Lord. But if you will fight against the
Chaldeans, you shall have no success.
32:6. And Jeremias said: The word of the Lord came to me, saying:
32:7. Behold, Hanameel the son of Sellum thy cousin shall come to thee,
saying: Buy thee my field, which is in Anathoth, for it is thy right to
buy it, being next akin.
32:8. And Hanameel my uncle's son came to me, according to the word of
the Lord, to the entry of the prison, and said to me: Buy my field,
which is in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin: for the right of
inheritance is thine, and thou art next of kin to possess it. And I
understood that this was the word of the Lord.
32:9. And I bought the field of Hanameel my uncle's son, that is in
Anathoth: and I weighed him the money, seven staters, and ten pieces of
32:10. And I wrote it in a book and sealed it, and took witnesses: and
I weighed him the money in the balances.
32:11. And I took the deed of the purchase that was sealed, and the
stipulations, and the ratifications with the seals that were on the
32:12. And I gave the deed of the purchase to Baruch the son of Neri
the son of Maasias in the sight of Hanameel my uncle's son, in the
presence of the witnesses that subscribed the book of the purchase, and
before all the Jews that sat in the court of the prison.
32:13. And I charged Baruch before them, saying:
32:14. Thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel: Take these
writings, this deed of the purchase that is sealed up, and this deed
that is open: and put them in an earthen vessel, that they may continue
32:15. For thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel: Houses, and
fields, and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land.
32:16. And after I had delivered the deed of purchase to Baruch the son
of Neri, I prayed to the Lord, saying:
32:17. Alas, alas, alas, O Lord God, behold thou hast made heaven and
earth by thy great power, and thy stretched out arm: no word shall be
hard to thee:
32:18. Thou shewest mercy unto thousands, and returnest the iniquity of
the fathers into the bosom of their children after them: O most mighty,
great, and powerful, the Lord of hosts is thy name.
32:19. Great in counsel, and incomprehensible in thought: whose eyes
are open upon all the ways of the children of Adam, to render unto
every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his
32:20. Who hast set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt even until
this day, and in Israel, and amongst men, and hast made thee a name as
at this day.
32:21. And hast brought forth thy people Israel, out of the land of
Egypt with signs, and with wonders, and with a strong hand, and a
stretched out arm, and with great terror.
32:22. And hast given them this land which thou didst swear to their
fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey.
32:23. And they came in, and possessed it: but they obeyed not thy
voice, and they walked not in thy law: and they did not any of those
things that thou didst command them to do, and all these evils are come
32:24. Behold works are built up against the city to take it: and the
city is given into the hands of the Chaldeans, who fight against it, by
the sword, and the famine, and the pestilence: and what thou hast
spoken, is all come to pass, as thou thyself seest.
32:25. And sayest thou to me, O Lord God: Buy a field for money, and
take witnesses, whereas the city is given into the hands of the
32:26. And the word of the Lord came to Jeremias, saying:
32:27. Behold I am the Lord the God of all flesh: shall any thing be
hard for me?
32:28. Therefore thus saith the Lord: Behold I will deliver this city
into the hands of the Chaldeans, and into the hands of the king of
Babylon, and they shall take it.
32:29. And the Chaldeans that fight against this city, shall come and
set it on fire, and burn it, with the houses upon whose roofs they
offered sacrifice to Baal, and poured out drink offerings to strange
gods, to provoke me to wrath.
32:30. For the children of Israel, and the children of Juda, have
continually done evil in my eyes from their youth: the children of
Israel who even till now provoke me with the work of their hands, saith
32:31. For this city hath been to me a provocation and indignation from
the day that they built it, until this day, in which it shall be taken
out of my sight.
32:32. Because of all the evil of the children of Israel, and of the
children of Juda, which they have done, provoking me to wrath, they and
their kings, their princes, and their priests, and their prophets, the
men of Juda, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
32:33. And they have turned their backs to me, and not their faces:
when I taught them early in the morning, and instructed them, and they
would not hearken to receive instruction.
32:34. And they have set their idols in the house, in which my name is
called upon, to defile it.
32:35. And they have built the high places of Baal, which are in the
valley of the son of Ennom, to consecrate their sons and their
daughters to Moloch: which I commanded them not, neither entered it
into my heart, that they should do this abomination, and cause Juda to
32:36. And now, therefore, thus saith the Lord the God of Israel to
this city, whereof you say that it shall be delivered into the hands of
the king of Babylon by the sword, and by famine, and by pestilence:
32:37. Behold I will gather them together out of all the lands to which
I have cast them out in my anger, and in my wrath, and in my great
indignation: and I will bring them again into this place, and will
cause them to dwell securely.
32:38. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.
32:39. And I will give them one heart, and one way, that they may fear
me all days: and that it may be well with them, and with their children
32:40. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, and will not
cease to do them good: and I will give my fear in their heart, that
they may not revolt from me.
32:41. And I will rejoice over them, when I shall do them good: and I
will plant them in this land in truth, with my whole heart, and with
all my soul.
32:42. For thus saith the Lord: As I have brought upon this people all
this great evil: so will I bring upon them all the good that I now
speak to them.
32:43. And fields shall be purchased in this land: whereof you say that
it is desolate, because there remaineth neither man nor beast, and it
is given into the hands of the Chaldeans.
32:44. Fields shall be bought for money, and deeds shall be written,
and sealed, and witnesses shall be taken, in the land of Benjamin, and
round about Jerusalem, in the cities of Juda, and in the cities on the
mountains, and in the cities of the plains, and in the cities that are
towards the south: for I will bring back their captivity, saith the
Jeremias Chapter 33
God promises reduction from captivity, and other blessings: especially
the coming of Christ, whose reign in his church shall be glorious and
33:1. And the word of the Lord came to Jeremias the second time, while
he was yet shut up in the court of the prison, saying:
33:2. Thus saith the Lord, who will do, and will form it, and prepare
it, the Lord is his name.
33:3. Cry to me and I will hear thee: and I will shew thee great
things, and sure things which thou knowest not.
33:4. For thus saith the Lord the God of Israel to the houses of this
city, and to the houses of the king of Juda, which are destroyed, and
to the bulwarks, and to the sword.
33:5. Of them that come to fight with the Chaldeans, and to fill them
with the dead bodies of the men whom I have slain in my wrath, and in
my indignation, hiding my face from this city because of all their
33:6. Behold I will close their wounds and give them health, and I will
cure them: and I will reveal to them the prayer of peace and truth.
The prayer of peace. . .That is, the peace and welfare which they pray
33:7. And I will bring back the captivity of Juda, and the captivity of
Jerusalem: and I will build them as from the beginning.
33:8. And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they
have sinned against me: and I will forgive all their iniquities,
whereby they have sinned against me, and despised me.
33:9. And it shall be to me a name, and a joy, and a praise, and a
gladness before all the nations of the earth, that shall hear of all
the good things which I will do to them: and they shall fear and be
troubled for all the good things, and for all the peace that I will
make for them.
33:10. Thus saith the Lord: There shall be heard again in this place
(which you say is desolate, because there is neither man nor beast: in
the cities of Juda, and without Jerusalem, which are desolate without
man, and without inhabitant, and without beast)
33:11. The voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the
bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall
say: Give ye glory to the Lord of hosts, for the Lord is good, for his
mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring their vows into
the house of the Lord: for I will bring back the captivity of the land
as at the first, saith the Lord.
33:12. Thus saith the Lord of hosts: There shall be again in this place
that is desolate without man, and without beast, and in all the cities
thereof, an habitation of shepherds causing their flocks to lie down.
33:13. And in the cities on the mountains, and in the cities of the
plains, and in the cities that are towards the south: and in the land
of Benjamin, and round about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Juda shall
the flocks pass again under the hand of him that numbereth them, saith
33:14. Behold the days come, saith the Lord, that I will perform the
good word that I have spoken to the house of Israel, and to the house
33:15. In those days, and at that time, I will make the bud of justice
to spring forth unto David, and he shall do judgment and justice in the
33:16. In those days shall Juda be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell
securely: and this is the name that they shall call him, The Lord our
33:17. For thus saith the Lord: There shall not be cut off from David a
man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel.
There shall not be cut off from David, etc. . .This was verified in
Christ, who is of the house of David; and whose kingdom in his church
shall have no end.
33:18. Neither shall there be cut off from the priests and Levites a
man before my face to offer holocausts, and to burn sacrifices, and to
kill victims continually.
Neither shall there be cut off from the priests, etc. . .This promise
relates to the Christian priesthood; which shall also continue for
ever: the functions of which (more especially the great sacrifice of
the altar) are here expressed by the name of holocausts, and other
offerings of the law, which were so many figures of the Christian
33:19. And the word of the Lord came to Jeremias, saying:
33:20. Thus saith the Lord: if my covenant, with the day can be made
void, and my covenant with the night, that there should not be day and
night in their season:
33:21. Also my covenant with David my servant may be made void, that he
should not have a son to reign upon his throne, and with the Levites
and priests my ministers.
33:22. As the stars of heaven cannot be numbered, nor the sand of the
sea be measured: so will I multiply the seed of David my servant, and
the Levites my ministers.
33:23. And the word of the Lord came to Jeremias, saying:
33:24. Hast thou not seen what this people hath spoken, saying: The two
families which the Lord had chosen, are cast off: and they have
despised my people, so that it is no more a nation before them?
Two families, etc. . .Viz., the families of the kings and priests.
33:25. Thus saith the Lord. If I have not set my covenant between day
and night, and laws to heaven and earth:
33:26. Surely I will also cast off the seed of Jacob, and of David my
servant, so as not to take any of his seed to be rulers of the seed of
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: for I will bring back their captivity, and
will have mercy on them.
Jeremias Chapter 34
The prophet foretells that Sedecias shall fall into the hands of
Nabuchodonosor: God's sentence upon the princes and people that had
broken his covenant.
34:1. The word that came to Jeremias from the Lord, when Nabuchodonosor
king of Babylon, and all his army, and all the kingdoms of the earth,
that were under the power of his hand, and all the people fought
against Jerusalem and against all the cities thereof, saying:
34:2. Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel: Go, and speak to Sedecias
king of Juda, and say to him: Thus saith the Lord: Behold I will
deliver this city into the hands of the king of Babylon, and he shall
burn it with fire.
34:3. And thou shalt not escape out of his hand: but thou shalt surely
be taken, and thou shalt be delivered into his hand: and thy eyes shall
see the eyes of the king of Babylon, and his mouth shall speak with thy
mouth, and thou shalt go to Babylon.
34:4. Yet hear the word of the Lord, O Sedecias king of Juda: Thus
saith the Lord to thee: Thou shalt not die by the sword.
34:5. But thou shalt die in peace, and according to the burnings of thy
fathers, the former kings that were before thee, so shall they burn
thee: and they shall mourn for thee, saying: Alas, Lord: for I have
spoken the word, saith the Lord.
Die in peace. . .That is, by a natural death.
34:6. And Jeremias the prophet spoke all these words to Sedecias the
king of Juda in Jerusalem.
34:7. And the army of the king of Babylon fought against Jerusalem, and
against all the cities of Juda that were left, against Lachis, and
against Azecha: for these remained of the cities of Juda, fenced
34:8. The word that came to Jeremias from the Lord, after that king
Sedecias had made a covenant with all the people in Jerusalem making a
34:9. That every man should let his manservant, and every man his
maidservant, being Hebrew man or a Hebrew woman, go free: and that they
should not lord it over them, to wit, over the Jews their brethren.
34:10. And all the princes, and all the people who entered into the
covenant, heard that every man should let his manservant, and every man
his maidservant go free, and should no more have dominion over them:
and they obeyed, and let them go free.
34:11. But afterwards they turned: and brought back again their
servants and their handmaids, whom they had let go free, and brought
them into subjection as menservants and maidservants.
34:12. And the word of the Lord came to Jeremias from the Lord, saying:
34:13. Thus saith the Lord the God of Israel: I made a covenant with
your fathers in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt,
out of the house of bondage, saying:
34:14. At the end of seven years, let ye go every man his brother being
a Hebrew, who hath been sold to thee, so he shall serve thee six years:
and thou shalt let him go free from thee: and your fathers did not
hearken to me, nor did they incline their ear.
34:15. And you turned to day, and did that which was right in my eyes,
in proclaiming liberty every one to his brother: and you made a
covenant in my sight, in the house upon which my name is invocated.
34:16. And you are fallen back, and have defiled my name: and you have
brought back again every man his manservant, and every man his
maidservant, whom you had let go free, and set at liberty: and you have
brought them into subjection to be your servants and handmaids.
34:17. Therefore thus saith the Lord: You have not hearkened to me, in
proclaiming liberty every man to his brother and every man to his
friend: behold I proclaim a liberty for you, saith the Lord, to the
sword, to the pestilence, and to the famine: and I will cause you to be
removed to all the kingdoms of the earth.
34:18. And I will give the men that have transgressed my covenant, and
have not performed the words of the covenant which they agreed to in my
presence, when they cut the calf in two and passed between the parts
34:19. The princes of Juda, and the princes of Jerusalem, the eunuchs,
and the priests, and all the people of the land that passed between the
parts of the calf:
34:20. And I will give them into the hands of their enemies, and into
the hands of them that seek their life: and their dead bodies shall be
for meat to the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the earth.
34:21. And Sedecias the king of Juda, and his princes, I will give into
the hands of their enemies, and into the hands of them that seek their
lives, and into the hands of the armies of the king of Babylon, which
are gone from you.
34:22. Behold I will command, saith the Lord, and I will bring them
again to this city, and they shall fight against it, and take it, and
burn it with fire: and I will make the cities of Juda a desolation,
without an inhabitant.
Jeremias Chapter 35
The obedience of the Rechabites condemns the disobedience of the Jews.
The reward of the Rechabites.
35:1. The word that came to Jeremias from the Lord in the days of
Joakim the son of Josias king of Juda, saying:
35:2. Go to the house of the Rechabites: and speak to them, and bring
them into the house of the Lord, into one of the chambers of the
treasures, and thou shalt give them wine to drink.
Rechabites. . .These were of the race of Jethro, father in law to Moses.
35:3. And I took Jezonias the son of Jeremias the son of Habsanias, and
his brethren, and all his sons, and the whole house of the Rechabites.
35:4. And I brought them into the house of the Lord, to the treasure
house of the sons of Hanan, the son of Jegedelias the man of God, which
was by the treasure house of the princes, above the treasure of Maasias
the son of Sellum, who was keeper of the entry.
35:5. And I set before the sons of the house of the Rechabites pots
full of wine, and cups: and I said to them: Drink ye wine.
35:6. And they answered : We will not drink wine: because Jonadab the
son of Rechab, our father, commanded us, saying: You shall drink no
wine, neither you, nor your children, for ever:
35:7. Neither shall ye build houses, nor sow reed, nor plant vineyards,
nor have any: but you shall dwell in tents all your days, that you may
live many days upon the face of the earth, in which you are strangers.
35:8. Therefore we have obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab,
our father, in all things that he commanded us: so as to drink no wine
all our days: neither we, nor our wives, nor our sons, nor our
35:9. Nor to build houses to dwell in, nor to have vineyard, or field,
35:10. But we have dwelt in tents, and have been obedient according to
all that Jonadab our father commanded us.
35:11. But when Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon came up to our land, we
said: Come, let us go into Jerusalem from the face of the army of the
Chaldeans, and from the face of the army of Syria: and we have remained
35:12. And the word of the Lord came to Jeremias, saying:
35:13. Thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel: Go, and say to
the men of Juda, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem: Will you not
receive instruction, to obey my words, saith the Lord?
35:14. The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, by which he commanded
his sons not to drink wine, have prevailed: and they have drunk none to
this day, because they have obeyed the commandment of their father: but
I have spoken to you, rising early and speaking, and you have not
35:15. And I have sent to you all my servants the prophets, rising
early, and sending and saying: Return ye every man from his wicked way,
and make your ways good: and follow not strange gods, nor worship them,
and you shall dwell in the land, which I gave you and your fathers: and
you have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened to me.
35:16. So the sons of Jonadab the son of Rechab have constantly kept
the commandment of their father, which he commanded them: but this
people hath not obeyed me.
35:17. Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel: Behold
I will bring upon Juda, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all
the evil that I have pronounced against them, because I have spoken to
them, and they have not heard: I have called to them, and they have not
35:18. And Jeremias said to the house of the Rechabites: Thus saith the
Lord of hosts the God of Israel: Because you have obeyed the
commandment of Jonadab your father, and have kept all his precepts, and
have done all that he commanded you:
35:19. Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel: There
shall not be wanting a man of the race of Jonadab the son of Rechab,
standing before me for ever.
Jeremias Chapter 36
Jeremias sends Baruch to read his prophecies in the temple; the book is
brought to king Joakim, who burns it. The prophet denounces his
judgment, and causes Baruch to write a new copy.
36:1. And it came to pass in the fourth year of Joakim the son of
Josias king of Juda, that this word came to Jeremias by the Lord,
36:2. Take thee a roll of a book, and thou shalt write in it all the
words that I have spoken to thee against Israel and Juda, and against
all the nations from the day that I spoke to thee, from the days of
Josias even to this day.
36:3. If so be, when the house of Juda shall hear all the evils that I
purpose to do unto them, that they may return every man from his wicked
way: and I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin.
36:4. So Jeremias called Baruch the son of Nerias: and Baruch wrote
from the mouth of Jeremias all the words of the Lord, which he spoke to
him, upon the roll of a book.
36:5. And Jeremias commanded Baruch, saying: I am shut up, and cannot
go into the house of the Lord.
Shut up. . .Not that the prophet was now in prison; for the contrary
appears from ver. 19, but that he kept himself shut up, by reason of
the persecutions he had lately met with. See chap. 26.
36:6. Go thou in therefore, and read out of the volume, which thou hast
written from my mouth, the words of the Lord, in the hearing of all the
people in the house of the Lord on the fasting day: and also thou shalt
read them in the hearing of all Juda that come out of their cities:
36:7. If so be they may present their supplication before the Lord, and
may return every one from his wicked way: for great is the wrath and
indignation which the Lord hath pronounced against this people.
36:8. And Baruch the son of Nerias did according to all that Jeremias
the prophet ,had commanded him, reading out of the volume the words of
the Lord in the house of the Lord.
36:9. And it came to pass in the fifth year of Joakim the son of Josias
king of Juda, in the ninth month, that they proclaimed a fast before
the Lord to all the people in Jerusalem, and to all the people that
were come together out of the cities of Juda to Jerusalem.
36:10. And Baruch read out of the volume the words of Jeremias in the
house of the Lord, in the treasury of Gamarias the son of Saphan the
scribe, in the upper court, in the entry of the new gate of the house
of the Lord, in the hearing of all the people.
36:11. And when Micheas the son of Gamarias the son of Saphan had heard
out of the book all the words of the Lord,
36:12. He went down into the king's house to the secretary's chamber:
and behold all the princes sat there, Elisama the scribe, and Dalaias
the son of Semeias, and Elnathan the son of Achobor, and Gamarias the
son of Saphan, and Sedecias the son of Hananias, and all the princes.
36:13. And Micheas told them all the words that he had heard when
Baruch read out of the volume in the hearing of the people.
36:14. Therefore all the princes sent Judi the son of Nathanias, the
son of Selemias, the son of Chusi, to Baruch, saying: Take in thy hand
the volume in which thou hast read in the hearing of the people, and
come. So Baruch the son of Nerias took the volume in his hand, and came
36:15. And they said to him: Sit down and read these things in our
hearing. And Baruch read in their hearing.
36:16. And when they had heard all the words, they looked upon one
another with astonishment, and they said to Baruch: We must tell the
king all these words.
36:17. And they asked him, saying: Tell us how didst thou write all
these words from his mouth.
36:18. And Baruch said to them: With his mouth he pronounced all these
words as if he were reading to me: and I wrote in a volume with ink.
36:19. And the princes said to Baruch: Go, and hide thee, both thou and
Jeremias, and let no man know where you are.
36:20. And they went in to the king into the court: but they laid up
the volume in the chamber of Elisama the scribe: and they told all the
words in the hearing of the king.
36:21. And the king sent Judi that he should take the volume: who
bringing it out of the chamber of Elisama the scribe, read it in the
hearing of the king, and of all the princes that stood about the king.
36:22. Now the king sat in the winter house, in the ninth month: and
there was a hearth before him full of burning coals.
36:23. And when Judi had read three or four pages, he cut it with the
penknife, and he cast it into the fire, that was upon the hearth, till
all the volume was consumed with the fire that was on the hearth.
36:24. And the king and all his servants that heard all these words
were not afraid, nor did they rend their garments.
36:25. But yet Elnathan, and Dalaias, and Gamarias spoke to the king,
not to burn the book: and he heard them not.
36:26. And the king commanded Jeremiel the son of Amelech, and Saraias
the son of Ezriel, and Selemias the son of Abdeel, to take up Baruch
the scribe, and Jeremias the prophet: but the Lord hid them.
36:27. And the word of the Lord came to Jeremias the prophet, after
that the king had burnt the volume, and the words that Baruch had
written from the mouth of Jeremias, saying:
36:28. Take thee again another volume: and write in it all the former
words that were in the first volume which Joakim the king of Juda both
36:29. And thou shalt say to Joakim the king of Juda: Thus saith the
Lord: Thou hast burnt that volume, saying: Why hast thou written
therein, and said: The king of Babylon shall come speedily, and shall
lay waste this land: and shall cause to cease from thence man and
36:30. Therefore thus saith the Lord against Joakim the king of Juda:
He shall have none to sit upon the throne of David: and his dead body
shall be cast out to the heat by day, and to the frost by night.
He shall have none, etc. . .Because his son Joachin or Jechonias, within
three months after the death of his father, was carried away to
Babylon, so that his reign is not worthy of notice.
36:31. And I will punish him, and his seed and his servants, for their
iniquities, and I will bring upon them, and upon the inhabitants of
Jerusalem, and upon the men of Juda all the evil that I have pronounced
against them, but they have not heard.
36:32. And Jeremias took another volume, and gave it to Baruch the son
of Nerias the scribe: who wrote in it from the mouth of Jeremias all
the words of the book which Joakim the king of Juda had burnt with
fire: and there were added besides many more words than had been
Jeremias Chapter 37
Jeremias prophesies that the Chaldeans, who had departed from
Jerusalem, would return and burn the city. He is cast into prison. His
conference with Sedecias.
37:1. Now king Sedecias the son of Josias reigned instead of Jechonias
the son of Joakim: whom Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon made king in the
land of Juda.
37:2. But neither he, nor his servants, nor the people of the land did
obey the words of the Lord, that he spoke in the hand of Jeremias the
37:3. And king Sedecias sent Juchal the son of Selemias, and Sophonias
the son of Maasias the priest to Jeremias the prophet, saying: Pray to
the Lord our God for us.
37:4. Now Jeremias walked freely in the midst of the people: for they
had not as yet cast him into prison. And the army of Pharao was come
out of Egypt: and the Chaldeans that besieged Jerusalem, hearing these
tidings, departed from Jerusalem.
37:5. And the word of the Lord came to Jeremias the prophet, saying:
37:6. Thus saith the Lord the God of Israel: Thus shall you say to the
king of Juda, who sent you to inquire of me: Behold the army of Pharao,
which is come forth to help you, shall return into their own land, into
37:7. And the Chaldeans shall come again, and fight against this city,
and take it, and burn it with fire.
37:8. Thus saith the Lord: Deceive not your souls, saying: The
Chaldeans shall surely depart and go away from us: for they shall not
37:9. But if you should even beat all the army of the Chaldeans that
fight against you, and there should be left of them some wounded men:
they shall rise up, every man from his heart, and burn this city with
37:10. Now when the army of the Chaldeans was gone away from Jerusalem,
because of Pharao's army,
37:11. Jeremias went forth out of Jerusalem to go into the land of
Benjamin: and to divide a possession there in the presence of the
37:12. And when he was come to the gate of Benjamin, the captain of the
gate, who was there in his turn, was one named Jerias, the son of
Selemias, the son of Hananias: and he took hold of Jeremias the
prophet, saying: Thou art fleeing to the Chaldeans.
37:13. And Jeremias answered: It is not so, I am not fleeing to the
Chaldeans. But he hearkened not to him: so Jerias took Jeremias and
brought him to the princes.
37:14. Wherefore the princes were angry with Jeremias, and they beat
him, and cast him into the prison that was in the house of Jonathan the
scribe: for he was chief over the prison.
37:15. So Jeremias went into the house of the prison, and into the
dungeon: and Jeremias remained there many days.
37:16. Then Sedecias the king, sending, took him: and asked him
secretly in his house, and said: Is there, thinkest thou, any word from
the Lord? And Jeremias said. There is. And he said: Thou shalt be
delivered into the hands of the king of Babylon.
37:17. And Jeremias said to king Sedecias: In what have I offended
against thee, or thy servants, or thy people, that thou hast cast me
37:18. Where are your prophets that prophesied to you, and said: The
king of Babylon shall not come against you, and against this land?
37:19. Now therefore hear, I beseech thee, my lord the king: let my
petition be accepted in thy sight: and send me not back into the house
of Jonathan the scribe, lest I die there.
37:20. Then king Sedecias commanded that Jeremias should be committed
into the entry of the prison: and that they should give him daily a
piece of bread, beside broth, till all the bread in the city were
spent: and Jeremias remained in the entry of the prison.
Jeremias Chapter 38
The prophet at the instance of the great men is cast into a filthy
dungeon: he is drawn out by Abdemelech, and has another conference with
38:1. Now Saphatias the son of Mathan, and Gedelias the son of Phassur,
and Juchal the son of Selemias, and Phassur the son of Melchias heard
the words that Jeremias spoke to all the people, saying:
38:2. Thus saith the Lord: Whosoever shall remain in this city, shall
die by the sword, and by famine, and by pestilence: but he that shall
go forth to the Chaldeans, shall live, and his life shall be safe, and
he shall live.
38:3. Thus saith the Lord: This city shall surely be delivered into the
hand of the army of the king of Babylon, and he shall take it.
38:4. And the princes said to the king. We beseech thee that this man
may be put to death: for on purpose he weakeneth the hands of the men
of war, that remain in this city, and the hands of the people, speaking
to them according to these words: for this man seeketh not peace to
this people, but evil.
38:5. And king Sedecias said: Behold he is in your hands: for it is not
lawful for the king to deny you any thing.
38:6. Then they took Jeremias and cast him into the dungeon of Melchias
the son of Amelech, which was in the entry of the prison: and they let
down Jeremias by ropes into the dungeon, wherein there was no water,
but mire. And Jeremias sunk into the mire.
38:7. Now Abdemelech the Ethiopian, an eunuch that was in the king's
house, heard that they had put Jeremias in the dungeon: but the king
was sitting in the gate of Benjamin.
38:8. And Abdemelech went out of the king's house, and spoke to the
38:9. My lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they have
done against Jeremias the prophet, casting him into the dungeon to die
there with hunger, for there is no more bread in the city.
38:10. Then the king commanded Abdemelech the Ethiopian, saying: Take
from hence thirty men with thee, and draw up Jeremias the prophet out
of the dungeon, before he die.
38:11. So Abdemelech taking the men with him, went into the king's
house that was under the storehouse: and he took from thence old rags,
and old rotten things, and he let them down by cords to Jeremias into
38:12. And Abdemelech the Ethiopian said to Jeremias: Put these old
rags and these rent and rotten things under thy arms, and upon the
cords: and Jeremias did so.
38:13. And they drew up Jeremias with the cords, and brought him forth
out of the dungeon. And Jeremias remained in the entry of the prison.
38:14. And king Sedecias sent, and took Jeremias the prophet to him to
the third gate, that was in the house of the Lord: and the king said to
Jeremias: I will ask thee a thing, hide nothing from me.
38:15. Then Jeremias said to Sedecias: If I shall declare it to thee,
wilt thou not put me to death? and if I give thee counsel, thou wilt
not hearken to me.
38:16. Then king Sedecias swore to Jeremias, in private, saying: As the
Lord liveth, that, made us this soul, I will not put thee to death, nor
will I deliver thee into the hands of these men that seek thy life.
38:17. And Jeremias said to Sedecias: Thus saith the Lord of hosts the
God of Israel: If thou wilt take a resolution and go out to the princes
of the king of Babylon, thy soul shall live, and this city shall not be
burnt with fire: and thou shalt be safe, and thy house.
38:18. But if thou wilt not go out to the princes of the king of
Babylon, this city shall be delivered into the hands of the Chaldeans,
and they shall burn it with fire: and thou shalt not escape out of
38:19. And king Sedecias said to Jeremias: I am afraid because of the
Jews that are fled over to the Chaldeans: lest I should be delivered
into their hands, and they should abuse me.
38:20. But Jeremias answered: They shall not deliver thee: hearken, I
beseech thee, to the word of the Lord, which I speak to the, and it
shall be well with thee, and thy soul shall live.
38:21. But if thou wilt not go forth, this is the word which the Lord
hath shewn me:
38:22. Behold all the women that are left in the house of the king of
Juda, shall be brought out to the princes of the king of Babylon: and
they shall say: Thy men of peace have deceived thee, and have prevailed
against thee, they have plunged thy feet in the mire, and in a slippery
place and they have departed from thee.
Thy men of peace. . .Viri pacifici tui. That is thy false friends
promising thee peace and happiness, and by their evil counsels
involving thee in misery.
38:23. And all thy wives, and thy children shall be brought out to the
Chaldeans, and thou shalt not escape their hands, but thou shalt be
taken by the hand of the king of Babylon: and he shall burn this city
38:24. Then Sedecias said to Jeremias: Let no man know these words, and
thou shalt not die.
38:25. But if the princes shall hear that I have spoken with thee, and
shall come to thee, and say to thee: Tell us what thou hast said to the
king, hide it not from us, and we will not kill thee: and also what the
king said to thee:
38:26. Thou shalt say to them: I presented my supplication before the
king, that he would not command me to be carried back into the house of
Jonathan, to die there.
38:27. So all the princes came to Jeremias, and asked him: and he spoke
to them according to all the words that the king had commanded him: and
they left him: for nothing had been heard.
38:28. But Jeremias remained in the entry of the prison, until the day
that Jerusalem was taken: and it came to pass that Jerusalem was taken.
Jeremias Chapter 39
After two years' siege Jerusalem is taken. Sedecias is carried before
Nabuchodonosor, who kills his sons in his sight, and then puts out his
eyes. Jeremias is set at liberty.
39:1. In the ninth year of Sedecias king of Juda, in the tenth month,
came Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon, and all his army to Jerusalem, and
they besieged it.
39:2. And in the eleventh year of Sedecias, in the fourth month, the
fifth day of the month, the city was opened.
39:3. And all the princes of the king of Babylon came in, and sat in
the middle gate: Neregel, Sereser, Semegarnabu, Sarsachim, Rabsares,
Neregel, Serezer, Rebmag, and all the rest of the princes of the king
39:4. And when Sedecias the king of Juda and all the men of war saw
them, they fled: and they went forth in the night out of the city by
the way of the king's garden, and by the gate that was between the two
walls, and they went out to the way of the desert.
39:5. But the army of the Chaldeans pursued after them: and they took
Sedecias in the plain of the desert of Jericho, and when they had taken
him, they brought him to Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon to Reblatha,
which is in the land of Emath: and he gave judgment upon him.
39:6. And the king of Babylon slew the sons of Sedecias, in Reblatha,
before his eyes: and the king of Babylon slew all the nobles of Juda.
39:7. He also put out the eyes of Sedecias: and bound him with fetters,
to be carried to Babylon.
39:8. And the Chaldeans burnt the king's house, and the houses of the
people with fire, and they threw down the wall of Jerusalem.
39:9. And Nabuzardan the general of the army carried away captive to
Babylon the remnant of the people that remained in the city, and the
fugitives that had gone over to him, and the rest of the people that
39:10. But Nabuzardan the general left some of the poor people that had
nothing at all, in the land of Juda, and he gave them vineyards, and
cisterns at that time.
39:11. Now Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon had given charge to
Nabuzardan the general concerning Jeremias, saying:
39:12. Take him, and set thy eyes upon him, and do him no harm: but as
he hath a mind, so do with him.
39:13. Therefore Nabuzardan the general sent, and Nabuzardan, and
Rabsares, and Neregel, and Sereser, and Rebmag, and all the nobles of
the king of Babylon,
39:14. Sent and took Jeremias out of the court of the prison, and
committed him to Godolias the son of Ahicam the son of Saphan, that he
might go home, and dwell among the people.
39:15. But the word of the Lord came to Jeremias, when he was yet shut
up in the court of the prison, saying: Go, and tell Abdemelech the
39:16. Thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel: Behold I will
bring my words upon this city unto evil, and not unto good: and they
shall be accomplished in thy sight in that day.
39:17. And I will deliver thee in that day, saith the Lord: and thou
shalt not be given into the hands of the men whom thou fearest:
39:18. But delivering, I will deliver thee, and thou shalt not fall by
the sword: but thy life shall be saved for thee, because thou hast put
thy trust in me, saith the Lord.
Jeremias Chapter 40
Jeremias remains with Godolias the governor; who receives all the Jews
that resort to him.
40:1. The word that came to Jeremias from the Lord, after that
Nabuzardan the general had let him go from Rama, when he had taken him,
being bound with chains, among all them that were carried away from
Jerusalem and Juda, and were carried to Babylon.
40:2. And the general of the army taking Jeremias, said to him: The
Lord thy God hath pronounced this evil upon this place,
40:3. And he hath brought it: and the Lord hath done as he hath said:
because you have sinned against the Lord, and have not hearkened to his
voice, and this word is come upon you.
40:4. Now then behold I have loosed thee this day from the chains which
were upon thy hands: if it please thee to come with me to Babylon,
come: and I will set my eyes upon thee: but if it do not please thee to
come with me to Babylon, stay here: behold all the land is before thee,
as thou shalt choose, and whither it shall please thee to go, thither
40:5. And come not with me: but dwell with Godolias the son of Ahicam
the son of Saphan, whom the king of Babylon hath made governor over the
cities of Juda: dwell therefore with him in the midst of the people: or
whithersoever it shall please thee to go, go. And the general of the
army gave him victuals and presents, and let him go.
40:6. And Jeremias went to Godolias the son of Ahicam to Masphath: and
dwelt with him in the midst of the people that were left in the land.
40:7. And when all the captains of the army that were scattered through
the countries, they and their companions, had heard that the king of
Babylon had made Godolias the son of Ahicam governor of the country,
and that he had committed unto him men and women, and children, and of
the poor of the land, them that had not been carried away captive to
40:8. They came to Godolias to Masphath: and Ismahel the son of
Nathanias, and Johanan, and Jonathan, the sons of Caree, and Sareas the
son of Thanehumeth, and the children of Ophi, that were of Netophathi,
and Jezonias the son of Maachati, they and their men.
40:9. And Godolias the son of Ahicam the son of Saphan swore to them
and to their companions, saying: Fear not to serve the Chaldeans: dwell
in the land, and serve the king of Babylon, and it shall be well with
40:10. Behold I dwell in Masphath, that I may answer the commandment of
the Chaldeans that are sent to us: but as for you, gather ye the
vintage, and the harvest, and the oil, and lay it up in your vessels,
and abide in your cities which you hold.
40:11. Moreover all the Jews that were in Moab, and among the children
of Ammon, and in Edom, and in all the countries, when they heard that
the king of Babylon had left a remnant in Judea, and that he had made
Godolias the son of Ahicam the son of Saphan ruler over them:
40:12. All the Jews, I say, returned out of all the places to which
they had fled, and they came into the land of Juda to Godolias to
Masphath: and they gathered wine, and a very great harvest.
40:13. Then Johanan the son of Caree, and all the captains of the army,
that had been scattered about in the countries, came to Godolias to
40:14. And they said to him: Know that Baalis the king of the children
of Ammon hath sent Ismahel the son of Nathanias to kill thee. And
Godolias the son of Ahicam believed them not.
40:15. But Johanan the son of Caree, spoke to Godolias privately in
Masphath, saying: I will go, and I will kill Ismahel the son of
Nathanias, and no man shall know it, lest he kill thee, and all the
Jews be scattered, that are gathered unto thee, and the remnant of Juda
40:16. And Godolias the son of Ahicam said to Johanan the son of Caree:
Do not this thing: for what thou sayst of Ismahel is false.
Jeremias Chapter 41
Godolias is slain: the Jews that were with him are apprehensive of the
41:1. And it came to pass in the seventh month, that Ismahel the son of
Nathanias, the son of Elisama of the royal blood, and the nobles of the
king, and ten men with him, came to Godolias the son of Ahicam into
Masphath: and they ate bread there together in Masphath.
41:2. And Ismahel the son of Nathanias arose, and the ten men that were
with him, and they struck Godolias the son of Ahicam, the son of Saphan
with the sword, and slew him whom the king of Babylon had made governor
over the land.
41:3. Ismahel slew also all the Jews that were with Godolias in
Masphath, and the Chaldeans that were found there, and the soldiers.
41:4. And on the second day after he had killed Godolias, no man yet
41:5. There came some from Sichem, and from Silo, and from Samaria,
fourscore men, with their beards shaven, and their clothes rent, and
mourning: and they had offerings and incense in their hand, to offer in
the house of the Lord.
41:6. And Ismahel the son of Nathanias went forth from Masphath to meet
them, weeping all along as he went: and when he had met them, he said
to them: Come to Godolias, the son of Ahicam.
41:7. And when they were come to the midst of the city, Ismahel the son
of Nathanias, slew them, and cast them into the midst of the pit, he
and the men that were with him.
41:8. But ten men were found among them, that said to Ismahel: Kill us
not: for we have stores in the field, of wheat, and barley, and oil,
and honey. And he forbore, and slew them not with their brethren.
41:9. And the pit into which Ismahel cast all the dead bodies of the
men whom he slew because of Godolias, is the same that king Asa made,
for fear of Baasa the king of Israel: the same did Ismahel the son of
Nathanias fill with them that were slain.
41:10. Then Ismahel carried away captive all the remnant of the people
that were in Masphath: the king's daughters, and all the people that
remained in Masphath: whom Nabuzardan the general of the army had
committed to Godolias the son of Ahicam. And Ismahel the son of
Nathanias took them, and he departed, to go over to the children of
41:11. But Johanan the son of Caree, and all the captains of the
fighting men that were with him, heard of the evil that Ismahel the son
of Nathanias had done.
41:12. And taking all the men, they went out to fight against Ismahel
the son of Nathanias, and they found him by the great waters that are
41:13. And when all the people that were with Ismahel, had seen Johanan
the son of Caree, and all the captains of the fighting men that were
with him, they rejoiced.
41:14. And all the people whom Ismahel had taken, went back to
Masphath: and they returned and went to Johanan the son of Caree.
41:15. But Ismahel the son of Nathanias fled with eight men, from the
face of Johanan, and went to the children of Ammon.
41:16. Then Johanan the son of Caree, and all the captains of the
soldiers that were with him, took all the remnant of the people whom
they had recovered from Ismahel the son of Nathanias, from Masphath,
after that he had slain Godolias the son of Ahicam: valiant men for
war, and the women, and the children, and the eunuchs whom he had
brought back from Gabaon.
41:17. And they departed, and sat as sojourners in Chamaam, which is
near Bethlehem: in order to go forward, and enter into Egypt,
41:18. From the face of the Chaldeans: for they were afraid of them,
because Ismahel the son of Nathanias had slain Godolias the son of
Ahicam, whom the king of Babylon had made governor in the land of Juda.
Jeremias Chapter 42
Jeremias assures the remnant of the people, that if they will stay in
Juda, they shall be safe; but if they go down into Egypt, they shall
42:1. Then all the captains of the warriors, and Johanan the son of
Caree, and Jezonias, the son of Osaias, and the rest of the people from
the least to the greatest came near:
42:2. And they said to Jeremias the prophet: Let our supplication fall
before thee: and pray thou for us to the Lord thy God for all this
remnant, for we are left but a few of many, as thy eyes do behold us.
42:3. And let the Lord thy God shew us the way by which we may walk,
and the thing that we must do.
42:4. And Jeremias the prophet said to them: I have heard you: behold I
will pray to the Lord your God according to your words: and whatsoever
thing he shall answer me, I will declare it to you: and I will hide
nothing from you.
42:5. And they said to Jeremias: The Lord be witness between us of
truth and faithfulness, if we do not according to every thing for which
the Lord thy God shall send thee to us.
42:6. Whether it be good or evil, we will obey the voice of the Lord
our God, to whom we send thee: that it may be well with us when we
shall hearken to the voice of the Lord our God.
Good or evil. . .That is, agreeable or disagreeable.
42:7. Now after ten days, the word of the Lord came to Jeremias.
42:8. And he called Johanan the son of Caree, and all the captains of
the fighting men that were with him, and all the people from the least
to the greatest.
42:9. And he said to them: Thus saith the Lord the God of Israel, to
whom you sent me, to present your supplications before him:
42:10. If you will be quiet and remain in this land, I will build you
up, and not pull you down: I will plant you, and not pluck you up: for
now I am appeased for the evil that I have done to you.
I am appeased for the evil that I have done to you. . .That is, I am
appeased, as I have sufficiently punished you, and now I am reconciled
42:11. Fear not because of the king of Babylon, of whom you are greatly
afraid: fear him not, saith the Lord: for I am with you, to save you,
and to deliver you from his hand.
42:12. And I will shew mercies to you, and will take pity on you, and
will cause you to dwell in your own land.
42:13. But if you say: We will not dwell in this land, neither will we
hearken to the voice of the Lord our God,
42:14. Saying: No, but we will go into the land of Egypt: where we
shall see no war, nor hear the sound of the trumpet, nor suffer hunger:
and there we will dwell.
42:15. For this now hear the word of the Lord, ye remnant of Juda: Thus
saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: If you set your faces to go
into Egypt, and enter in to dwell there:
42:16. The sword which you fear, shall overtake you there in the land
of Egypt: and the famine, whereof you are afraid, shall cleave to you
in Egypt, and there you shall die.
42:17. And all the men that set their faces to go into Egypt, to dwell
there, shall die by the sword, and by famine, and by pestilence: none
of them shall remain, nor escape from the face of the evil that I will
bring upon them.
42:18. For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: As my anger
and my indignation hath been kindled against the inhabitants of
Jerusalem: so shall my indignation be kindled against you, when you
shall enter into Egypt, and you shall be an execration, and an
astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach: and you shall see this place
42:19. This is the word of the Lord concerning you, O ye remnant of
Juda: Go ye not into Egypt: know certainly that I have adjured you this
42:20. For you have deceived your own souls: for you sent me to the
Lord our God, saying: Pray for us to the Lord our God, and according to
all that the Lord our God shall say to thee, so declare unto us, and we
will do it.
42:21. And now I have declared it to you this day, and you have not
obeyed the voice of the Lord your God, with regard to all the things
for which he hath sent me to you.
42:22. Now therefore know certainly that you shall die by the sword,
and by famine, and by pestilence in the place to which you desire to go
to dwell there.
Jeremias Chapter 43
The Jews, contrary to the orders of God by the prophet, go into Egypt,
carrying Jeremias with them. He foretells the devastation of that land
by the king of Babylon.
43:1. And it came to pass, that when Jeremias had made an end of
speaking to the people all the words of the Lord their God, for which
the Lord their God had sent him to them, all these words:
43:2. Azarias the son of Osaias, and Johanan the son of Caree, and all
the proud men, made answer, saying to Jeremias: Thou tellest a lie: the
Lord our God hath not sent thee, saying: Go not into Egypt, to dwell
43:3. But Baruch the son of Nerias setteth thee on against us, to
deliver us into the hands of the Chaldeans, to kill us, and to cause us
to be carried away captives to Babylon.
43:4. So Johanan the son of Caree, and all the captains of the
soldiers, and all the people, obeyed not the voice of the Lord, to
remain in the land of Juda.
43:5. But Johanan the son of Caree, and all the captains of the
soldiers took all the remnant of Juda, that were returned out of all
nations, to which they had before been scattered, to dwell in the land
43:6. Men, and women, and children, and the king's daughters, and every
soul, which Nabuzardan the general had left with Godolias the son of
Ahicam the son of Saphan, and Jeremias the prophet, and Baruch the son
43:7. And they went into the land of Egypt, for they obeyed not the
voice of the Lord: and they came as far as Taphnis.
43:8. And the word of the Lord came to Jeremias in Taphnis, saying:
43:9. Take great stones in thy hand, and thou shalt hide them in the
vault that is under the brick wall at the gate of Pharao's house in
Taphnis: in the sight of the men of Juda.
43:10. And thou shalt say to them: Thus saith the Lord of hosts the God
of Israel: Behold I will send, and take Nabuchodonosor the king of
Babylon my servant: and I will set his throne over these stones which I
have hid, and he shall set his throne over them.
43:11. And he shall come and strike the land of Egypt: such as are for
death, to death: and such as are for captivity, to captivity: and such
as are for the sword, to the sword.
43:12. And he shall kindle a fire in the temples of the gods of Egypt,
and he shall burn them, and he shall carry them away captives: and he
shall array himself with the land of Egypt, as a shepherd putteth on
his garment: and he shall go forth from thence in peace.
43:13. And he shall break the statues of the house of the sun, that are
in the land of Egypt; and the temples of the gods of Egypt he shall
burn with fire.
Jeremias Chapter 44
The prophet's admonition to the Jews in Egypt against idolatry is not
regarded: he denounces to them their destruction.
44:1. The word that came to Jeremias, concerning all the Jews that
dwelt in the land of Egypt, dwelling in Magdal, and in Taphnis, and in
Memphis, and in the land of Phatures, saying:
44:2. Thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel: You have seen all
this evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, and upon all the cities
of Juda: and behold they are desolate this day, and there is not an
inhabitant in them:
44:3. Because of the wickedness which they have committed, to provoke
me to wrath, and to go and offer sacrifice, and worship other gods,
which neither they, nor you, nor your fathers knew.
44:4. And I sent to you all my servants the prophets, rising early, and
sending, and saying: Do not commit this abominable thing, which I hate.
44:5. But they heard not, nor inclined their ear to turn from their
evil ways, and not to sacrifice to strange gods.
44:6. Wherefore my indignation and my fury was poured forth, and was
kindled in the cities of Juda, and in the streets of Jerusalem: and
they are turned to desolation and waste, as at this day.
44:7. And now thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel: Why do
you commit this great evil against your own souls, that there should
die of you man and woman, child and suckling out of the midst of Juda,
and no remnant should be left you:
44:8. In that you provoke me to wrath with the works of your hands, by
sacrificing to other gods in the land of Egypt, into which you are come
to dwell there: and that you should perish, and be a curse, and a
reproach to all the nations of the earth?
44:9. Have you forgotten the evils of your fathers, and the evils of
the kings of Juda, and the evils of their wives, and your evils, and
the evils of your wives, that they have done in the land of Juda, and
in the streets of Jerusalem?
44:10. They are not cleansed even to this day: neither have they
feared, nor walked in the law of the Lord, nor in my commandments,
which I set before you and your fathers.
44:11. Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel: Behold
I will set my face upon you for evil: and I will destroy all Juda.
44:12. And I will take the remnant of Juda that have set their faces to
go into the land of Egypt, and to dwell there; and they shall be all
consumed in the land of Egypt: they shall fall by the sword, and by the
famine: and they shall be consumed from the least even to the greatest,
by the sword, and by the famine shall they die: and they shall be for
an execration, and for a wonder, and for a curse, and for a reproach.
44:13. And I will visit them that dwell in the land of Egypt, as I have
visited Jerusalem by the sword, and by famine and by pestilence.
44:14. And there shall be none that shall escape, and remain of the
remnant of the Jews that are gone to sojourn in the land of Egypt: and
that shall return into the land of Juda, to which they have a desire to
return to dwell there: there shall none return but they that shall
44:15. Then all the men that knew that their wives sacrificed to other
gods: and all the women of whom there stood by a great multitude, and
all the people of them that dwelt in the land of Egypt in Phatures,
answered Jeremias, saying:
44:16. As for the word which thou hast spoken to us in the name of the
Lord, we will not hearken to thee:
44:17. But we will certainly do every word that shall proceed out of
our own mouth, to sacrifice to the queen of heaven, and to pour out
drink offerings to her, as we and our fathers have done, our kings, and
our princes in the cities of Juda, and in the streets of Jerusalem: and
we were filled with bread, and it was well with us, and we saw no evil.
The queen of heaven. . .The moon, which they worshipped under this name.
44:18. But since we left off to offer sacrifice to the queen of heaven,
and to pour out frank offerings to her, we have wanted all things, and
have been consumed by the sword, and by famine.
44:19. And if we offer sacrifice to the queen of heaven, and pour out
drink offerings to her: did we make cakes to worship her, to pour out
drink offerings to her, without our husbands?
44:20. And Jeremias spoke to all the people, to the men, and to the
women, and to all the people which had given him that answer, saying:
44:21. Was it not the sacrifice that you offered in the cities of Juda,
and in the streets of Jerusalem, you and your fathers, your kings, and
your princes, and the people of the land, which the Lord hath
remembered, and hath it not entered into his heart?
44:22. So that the Lord could no longer bear, because of the evil of
your doings, and because of the abominations which you have committed:
therefore your land is become a desolation, and an astonishment, and a
curse, without an inhabitant, as at this day.
44:23. Because you have sacrificed to idols, and have sinned against
the Lord: and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord, and have not
walked in his law, and in his commandments, and in his testimonies:
therefore are these evils come upon you, as at this day.
44:24. And Jeremias said to all the people and to all the women: Hear
ye the word of the Lord, all Juda, you that dwell in the land of Egypt:
44:25. Thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel, saying: You and
your wives have spoken with your mouth, and fulfilled with your hands,
saying: Let us perform our vows which we have made, to offer sacrifice
to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings to her: you
have fulfilled your vows, and have performed them indeed.
44:26. Therefore hear ye the word of the Lord, all Juda, you that dwell
in the land of Egypt: Behold I have sworn by my great name, saith the
Lord: that my name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of
Juda, in the land of Egypt, saying: The Lord God liveth.
44:27. Behold I will watch over them for evil, and not for good: and
all the men of Juda that are in the land of Egypt, shall be consumed,
by the sword, and by famine, till there be an end of them.
44:28. And a few men that shall flee from the sword, shall return out
of the land of Egypt into the land of Juda: and all the remnant of Juda
that are gone into the land of Egypt to dwell there, shall know whose
word shall stand, mine, or theirs.
44:29. And this shall be a sign to you, saith the Lord, that I will
punish you in this place: that you may know that my words shall be
accomplished indeed against you for evil.
44:30. Thus saith the Lord: Behold I will deliver Pharao Nechao king of
Egypt into the hand of his enemies, and into the hand of them that seek
his life: as I delivered Sedecias king of Juda into the land of
Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon his enemy, and that sought his life.
Jeremias Chapter 45
The prophet comforts Baruch in his affliction.
45:1. The word that Jeremias the prophet spoke to Baruch the son of
Nerias, when he had written these words in a book, out of the mouth of
Jeremias, in the fourth year of Joakim the son of Josias king of Juda,
45:2. Thus saith the Lord the God of Israel to thee, Baruch:
45:3. Thou hast said: Woe is me, wretch that I am, for the Lord hath
added sorrow to my sorrow: I am wearied with my groans, and I find no
45:4. Thus saith the Lord: Thus shalt thou say to him: Behold, them
whom I have built, I do destroy: and them whom I have planted, I do
pluck up, and all this land.
45:5. And dost thou seek great things for thyself? Seek not: for behold
I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith the Lord! but I will give thee
thy life, and save thee in all places whithersoever thou shalt go.
Jeremias Chapter 46
A prophecy against Egypt. The Jews shall return from captivity.
46:1. The word of the Lord that came to Jeremias the prophet against
46:2. Against Egypt, against the army of Pharao Nechao king of Egypt,
which was by the river Euphrates in Charcamis, whom Nabuchodonosor the
king of Babylon defeated, in the fourth year of Joakim the son of
Josias king of Juda.
46:3. Prepare ye the shield and buckler, and go forth to battle.
46:4. Harness the horses, and get up, ye horsemen: stand forth with
helmets, furbish the spears, put on coats of mail.
46:5. What then? I have seen them dismayed, and turning their backs,
their valiant ones slain: they fled apace, and they looked not back:
terror was round about, saith the Lord.
46:6. Let not the swift flee away, nor the strong think to escape: they
are overthrown, and fallen down, towards the north by the river
46:7. Who is this that cometh up as a flood: and his streams swell like
those of rivers?
46:8. Egypt riseth up like a flood, and the waves thereof shall be
moved as rivers, and he shall say: I will go up and will cover the
earth: I will destroy the city, and its inhabitants.
46:9. Get ye up on horses, and glory in chariots, and let the valiant
men come forth, the Ethiopians, and the Libyans that hold the shield,
and the Lydians that take, and shoot arrows.
46:10. For this is the day of the Lord the God of hosts, a day of
vengeance, that he may revenge himself of his enemies: the sword shall
devour, and shall be filled, and shall be drunk with their blood: for
there is a sacrifice of the Lord God of hosts in the north country, by
the river Euphrates.
46:11. Go up into Galaad, and take balm, O virgin daughter of Egypt: in
vain dost thou multiply medicines, there shall be no cure for thee.
46:12. The nations have heard of thy disgrace, and thy howling hath
filled the land: for the strong hath stumbled against the strong, and
both are fallen together.
46:13. The word that the Lord spoke to Jeremias the prophet, how
Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon should come and strike the land of
46:14. Declare ye to Egypt, and publish it in Magdal, and let it be
known in Memphis, and in Taphnis: say ye: Stand up, and prepare
thyself: for the sword shall devour all round about thee.
46:15. Why are thy valiant men come to nothing? they stood not: because
the Lord hath overthrown them.
46:16. He hath multiplied them that fall, and one hath fallen upon
another, and they shall say: Arise, and let us return to our own
people, and to the land of our nativity, from the sword of the dove.
The dove. . .See the annotation on chap. 25., ver. 38.
46:17. Call ye the name of Pharao king of Egypt, a tumult time hath
46:18. As I live, saith the King, (whose name is the Lord of hosts,) as
Thabor is among the mountains, and as Carmel by the sea, so shall he
46:19. Furnish thyself to go into captivity, thou daughter inhabitant
of Egypt: for Memphis shall be made desolate, and shall be forsaken and
46:20. Egypt is like a fair and beautiful heifer: there shall come from
the north one that shall goad her.
46:21. Her hirelings also that lived in the midst of her, like fatted
calves are turned back, and are fled away together, and they could not
stand, for the day of their slaughter is come upon them, the time of
46:22. Her voice shall sound like brass, for they shall hasten with an
army, and with axes they shall come against her, as hewers of wood.
46:23. They have cut down her forest, saith the Lord, which cannot be
counted: they are multiplied above locusts, and are without number.
46:24. The daughter of Egypt is confounded, and delivered into the hand
of the people of the north.
46:25. The Lord of hosts the God of Israel hath said: Behold I will
visit upon the tumult of Alexandria, and upon Pharao, and upon Egypt,
and upon her gods, and upon her kings, and upon Pharao, and upon them
that trust in him.
Visit upon. . .That is, punish.--Ibid. Alexandria. . .In the Hebrew, No,
which was the ancient name of the city, to which Alexander gave
afterwards the name of Alexandria.
46:26. And I will deliver them into the hand of them that seek their
lives, and into the hand of Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon, and into
the hand of his servants: and afterwards it shall be inhabited, as in
the days of old, saith the Lord.
46:27. And thou my servant Jacob, fear not and be not thou dismayed, O
Israel: for behold I will save thee from afar off, and thy seed out of
the land of thy captivity: and Jacob shall return and be at rest, and
prosper: and there shall be none to terrify him.
46:28. And thou, my servant Jacob, fear not, saith the Lord: because I
am with thee, for I will consume all the nations to which I have cast
thee out: but thee I will not consume, but I will correct thee in
judgment, neither will I spare thee as if thou wert innocent.
Jeremias Chapter 47
A prophecy of the desolation of the Philistines, of Tyre, Sidon, Gaza,
47:1. The word of the Lord that came to Jeremias the prophet against
the people of Palestine, before Pharao took Gaza.
47:2. Thus saith the Lord: Behold there come up waters out of the
north, and they shall be as an overflowing torrent, and they shall
cover the land, and all that is therein, the city and the inhabitants
thereof: then the men shall cry, and all the inhabitants of the land
47:3. At the noise of the marching of arms, and of his soldiers, at the
rushing of his chariots, and the multitude of his wheels. The fathers
have not looked back to the children, for feebleness of hands,
47:4. Because of the coming of the day, in which all the Philistines
shall be laid waste, and Tyre and Sidon shall be destroyed, with all
the rest of their helpers. For the Lord hath wasted the Philistines,
the remnant of the isle of Cappadocia.
47:5. Baldness is come upon Gaza: Ascalon hath held her peace with the
remnant of their valley: how long shalt thou cut thyself?
47:6. O thou sword of the Lord, how long wilt thou not be quiet? Go
into thy scabbard, rest, and be still.
47:7. How shall it be quiet, when the Lord hath given it a charge
against Ascalon, and against the countries thereof by the sea side, and
there hath made an appointment for it?
Jeremias Chapter 48
A prophecy of the desolation of Moab for their pride: but their
captivity shall at last be released.
48:1. Against Moab thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel: Woe
to Nabo, for it is laid waste, and confounded: Cariathaim is taken: the
strong city is confounded and hath trembled.
48:2. There is no more rejoicing in Moab over Hesebon: they have
devised evil. Come, and let us cut it off from being a nation.
Therefore shalt thou in silence hold thy peace, and the sword shall
48:3. A voice of crying from Oronaim: waste, and great destruction.
48:4. Moab is destroyed: proclaim a cry for her little ones.
48:5. For by the ascent of Luith shall the mourner go up with weeping:
for in the descent of Oronaim the enemies have heard a howling of
48:6. Flee, save your lives: and be as heath in the wilderness.
48:7. For because thou hast trusted in thy bulwarks, and in thy
treasures, thou also shalt be taken: and Chamos shall go into
captivity, his priests, and his princes together.
Chamos. . .The idol of the Moabites.
48:8. And the spoiler shall come upon every city, and no city shall
escape: and the valleys shall perish, and the plains shall be
destroyed, for the Lord hath spoken:
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