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The Book of the Prophet Jeremie

(Part Six)


The Thirty third Chapter
     Moreover the word of the Lord came unto Jeremy on this manner, when he was yet bound in the court of the prison: Thus says the Lord, which fullfills the thing that he speaks, the Lord which performs the thing that he takes in hand: even he, whose name is the Lord: you have cried unto me, and I have hear you: I have showed great and high things, which were unknown to you.
     Thus (I say) spoke the Lord God of Israel, concerning the houses of this city, and the houses of the kings of Judah: that they shall be broken through the ordinance and weapons, when the Caldees come to besiege them: and they shall be filled with the dead carcasses of men, whom I will slay in my wrath and displeasure: when I turn my face from this city, because of all her wickedness. Behold, (says the Lord) I will heal their wounds and make them whole: I will open them the treasure of peace and truth.
     And I will return the captivity of Judah and Israel: and will set them up again as they were before. From all misdeeds (wherein they have offended against me) I will cleanse them: And all their blasphemes which they have done against me, when they regarded me not, I will forgive them.
     And this shall get me a name, and praise and honor, among all the people of the earth, which shall hear all the good, that I will show unto them: Yes they shall be afraid and astonished at all the good deeds and benefits, that I will do for them. Moreover thus says the Lord: In this place, whereof you say that it shall be a wilderness, wherein neither people nor cattle shall dwell: in like manner the cities of Judah and without Jerusalem (which also shall be so void, that neither people nor cattle shall dwell there) Shall the voice of gladness be heard again, the voice of the Bridegroom and of the bride, the voice of them that shall sing: Praise the Lord of Hosts, for he is loving and his mercy endures for ever, and the voice of them that shall offer up gifts in the house of the Lord. For I will restore the captivity of the land, as it was before, says the Lord. Thus says the Lord of Hosts: It shall come yet there to, that in this land, which is void from men and cattle, and in all the cities of the land, there shall be set up shepherds cottages: in the cities upon the mountains: and in the cities that lay upon the plain, and in the desert.
     In the land of Ben Jamin, in the fields of Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah shall the sheep be numbered again, under the hand of him, that tells them, says the Lord. Behold, the time comes, says the Lord, that I will perform the good thing, which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah. In those
days, and at that same time, I will bring forth unto David the branch of righteousness, and he shall do equity and righteousness in the land. In those days shall Judah be helped, and Jerusalem shall dwell safe, **and he that shall call her is even God our righteousness maker. **(kjv = and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The Lord our righteousness.) For thus the Lord promises: David shall never want one, to sit upon the stool of the house of Israel: neither shall the priests the Levites want one to offer always before me burnt offerings, to kindle the meat offerings, and to prepare the sacrifices.
     And the word of the Lord came unto Jeremy after this manner: Thus says the Lord: May the covenant which I have made with day and night be broken, that there should not be day and night in due season? Then may my covenant also be broken, which I made with David my servant, and so he not to have a son to reign in his Throne. So shall also the priests and Levites never fail, but serve me. For as the stars of heaven may not be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured: so will I multiply the seed of David my servant, and of the Levites my ministers.
     Moreover, the word of the Lord came to Jeremy, saying, Consider you not what this people speaks? Two kindreds (say they) had the Lord chosen, and those same two has he cast away. For so far as my people come, that they have no hope to come together any more, and to be one people again. Therefore thus says the Lord: If I have made no covenant with day and night, and given no statute unto heaven and earth: then will I also cast away the seed of David my servant: so that I will take no prince out of his seed, to rule the prosperity of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. But I will turn again their captivity, and be merciful unto them.

The Thirty fourth Chapter
     These are the words which the Lord spoke unto Jeremy, what time as Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon, and all his Hosts (out of all the kingdoms that were under his power) and all his people, fought against Jerusalem, and all the cities thereof. Thus says the Lord God of Israel: Go, and speak to Zedekiah king of Judah, and tell him: The Lord sends this word: Behold, I deliver this city in to the hand of the king of Babylon, he shall burn it, and you shall not escape his hands, but shall be led away prisoner, and delivered into his power. You shall look the king of Babylon in the face and he shall speak with you mouth to mouth, and then shall you go to Babylon. Yet hear the word of the Lord, O Zedekiah you King of Judah: Thus says the Lord unto you: You shall not be slain with the sword, but shall die in peace. Like as your forefathers the kings, your progenitors, were brent (burnt): so shall you be brent (burnt) also, and in the mourning they shall say: Oh Lord. For thus have I determined, says the Lord.
     Then spoke Jeremy the prophet all these words unto *Sedekiah king of Judah in Jerusalem: what time as the king of Babylons host besieged Jerusalem, and the remnant of the cities: Namely, Lachis and against Azecah, which yet remained of the strong defended cities of Judah.*spelling here is with an S
     These are the words that the Lord spoke unto Jeremy the prophet, when Sedekiah was agreed with all the people at Jerusalem, that there should be proclaimed a liberty: so that every man should let his servant and handmaid go free, Hebrue and Hebruess, and no Jew to hold his brother as a bond man. Now as they had consented, even so were they obedient, and let them go free. But afterward they repented, and took again the servants and the hand maidens, whom they had let go free, and so made them bond again.
     For the which cause the word of God came unto Jeremy from the Lord himself, saying: Thus says the Lord God of Israel: I made a covenant with your fathers, when I brought them out of Egypt, (that they should no more be bondmen) saying: When seven years are out, every man shall let his bought servant an Hebrue go free, if he have served him six years. But your fathers obeyed me not and hearkened not unto me. As for you, you were now turned, and did right before me, in that you proclaimed, every man to let his neighbor go free, and in that you made a covenant before me, in the temple that bears my name: But yet you have turned yourselves again, and blasphemed my name: In this, that every man has required his servant and handmaid again, whom you had let go quit and free, and compelled them to serve you again, and to be your bond men. And therefore thus says the Lord: you have not obeyed me, every man to proclaim freedom unto his brother and neighbor: wherefore, I will call you unto a freedom, says the Lord: even unto the sword, to the pestilence, and to hunger, and will make you to be plagued in all the Kingdoms of the earth. Yes those men that have broken my covenant, and have not kept the words of the appointment, which they had made before me: when they hewed the calf in two, and when there went through the two halves thereof: The Princes of Judah, the Princes of Jerusalem, the gelded men, the Priests and all the people of the land, which went through the two sides of the calf. Those men will i give into the power of their enemies, and in to the hands of them that follow upon their lives.
     And their dead bodies shall be for meat unto the fowls of the air, and the beasts of the field. As for Zedekiah the King of Judah and his princes, I will deliver them into the power of their enemies, and of them that desire to slay them, and into the hand of the King of Babylons host, which is now departed from you. But through my commandment (says the Lord) they shall come again before this city, they shall fight against it, win it, and burn it. Moreover I will lay the cities of Judah so waste, that no man shall dwell therin.

The Thirty fifth Chapter
     The words which the Lord spoke unto Jeremy, in the reign of Jehoakim the son of Josiah King of Judah, are these: Go unto the house of the Rechabites, and call them out, and bring them to the house of the Lord in to some commodious place, and give them wine to drink. Then I took I Jazaniah the son of Jeremy the son of Habaziniah, and his brethren and all his sons, and the whole household of the Rechabites: and brought them to the house of the Lord, in to the closet of the children of Hanan the son of Iegedaliah the man of God: which was by the closet of the Princes, that is above the closet of Maasiah the son of Selum, which is the chief of the treasury. And before the sons of the kindred of the Rechabites, I set pots full of wine, and cups, and said unto them: Drink wine. But they said: We drink no wine, for Jonadab the son of Rechab our father commanded us, saying: you and your sons shall never drink wine, build no houses, sow not seed, plant no vines, yes you shall have no vineyards: but for all your time you shall dwell in tents, that you may live long in the land where you be strangers.
     Thus have we obeyed the commandment of Jonadab the son of Rechab our father, in all that he has charged us, and so we drink no wine all our live long: we, nor our wives, our sons, and our daughters. Neither build we any house to dwell therin, we have also among us neither vineyards, nor corn land to sow: but we dwell in tents, we obey, and do according unto all, that Jonadab our father commanded us.
     But now that Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon came up into the land, we said come, let us go to Jerusalem, that we may escape the host of the Caldees and the Assyrians: and so we dwell now at Jerusalem. Then came the word of the Lord unto Jeremy saying: Thus says the Lord of hosts the God of Israel: Go and tell whole Judah and all the inhabitantors of Jerusalem: Will you not be reformed, to obey my words? says the Lord. The words which Jonadab the son of Rechab commanded his sons, that they should drink no wine, are fast and surely kept: for unto this day they drink no wine but obey their fathers commandment. But as for me, I have stand up early, I have spoken unto you, and given you earnest warning: and yet have you not been obedient unto me. Yes I have sent my servants, all the prophets unto you, I rose up early, and sent you word, saying: O turn you, every man from his wicked way: amend your lives, and go not after strange gods, to worship them: that you may continue in the land, which I have given unto you and your fathers, but you would neither hear me, nor follow me.
     The children of Jonadab Rachabs son have steadfastly kept their fathers commandment, that he gave them, but this people is not obedient unto me. And therefore thus says the Lord of hosts the God of Israel: Behold, I will bring upon Judah and upon everyone that dwells in Jerusalem, all the trouble that I have devised against them. For I have spoken unto them, but they would not follow: I have called unto them, nevertheless they would give me no answer. Jeremy also spoke unto the household of the Rechabites: Thus says the Lord of Hosts the God of Israel: For so much as you have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done according unto all that he has bidden (moved, invited, called) you: Therefore thus says the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel: Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not fail, but have one of his stock, to stand alway before me.

The Thirty sixth Chapter
     In the fourth year of Jehoakim the son of Josiah King of Judah, came the word of the Lord unto Jeremy, saying: Take a book, and write therein all the words, that I have spoken to you, to Israel, to Judah, and to all the people, from the time that I began for to speak unto you (in the reign of Josiah) unto this day. That when the house of Judah hears of the plague, which I have devised for them, they may peradventure turn, every man from his wicked way, that I may forgive their offenses and sins.
     Then Jeremy did Jeremy call Baruch the son of Neriah, and Baruch wrote in the book from the mouth of Jeremy, all the words of the Lord, which he had spoken unto him. And Jeremy commanded Baruch, saying: I am in prison, so that I may not come into the house of the Lord: therefore go you over there, and read the book, that you have written at my mouth: Namely, the words of the Lord, and read them in the Lords house upon the fasting day: that the people, whole Judah, and all they that come out of the cities, may hear. Peradventure they will pray meekly before the face of Lord, and turn every one from his wicked way. For great is the wrath and displeasure, that the Lord has taken against this people.
     So Baruch the son of Neriah did, according unto all that Jeremy the Prophet commanded him, reading the words of the Lord out of the book in the Lords house. And this was done in the fifth year of Jehoakim the son of Josiah King of Judah, in the ninth month when it was commanded, that all the people of Jerusalem should fast before the Lord, and they also that were come from the cities of Judah unto Jerusalem.
     Then read Baruch the words of Jeremy out of the book in the house of the Lord, out of the treasury of Gamariah the son of Saphan the Scribe, which is beside the higher loft of the new door of the Lords house: that all the people might hear. Now when Micheah the son of Gamariah the son of Saphan had heard all the words of the Lord out of the book, he went down to the Kings palace into the Scribes chamber, for there the Princes were set: Elisama the Scribe, Dalaiah the son of Semei, Elnathan the son of Acabor, Gamariah the son of Saphan, Zedekiah the son of Hananiah, with all the Princes. And Micheah told them all the words, that he heard Baruch read out of the book before the people.
     Then all the Princes sent Jehudi the son of Nathaniah, the son of Selamiah, the son of Chusi, unto Baruch, saying: Take in your hand the book, whereout you have read before all the people, and come. So Baruch the son of Neriah took the book in his hand, and came unto them. And they said unto him: Sit down, and read the book that we may hear also. So Baruch read, that they might hear. Now when they had heard all the words, they were abashed one upon another, and said unto Baruch: We will certify the king of all these words. And they examined Baruch, saying: Tell us, how did you write all these words out of his mouth? Then Baruch answered them: He spoke all these words unto me with his mouth, and I alone was with him, and wrote them in the book.
     Then said the Princes unto Baruch: Go your way, and hide with Jeremy, so that no man know where you be. And they went in to the King to the court. but they kept the book in the chamber of Elisama the Scribe, and told the King all the words that he might hear. So the King sent Jehudi to fetch the book him the book, which he brought out of Elisama the Scribes chamber. And Jehudi read it, that the King and all the Princes, which were about him might hear. Now the King sat in the winter house, for it was in the ninth Month, and there was a good fire before him. And when Jehudi had read three or four leaves thereof, he cut the book in pieces with a pen knife, and cast it into the fire upon the hearth, until the book was all burnt in the fire upon the hearth.
     Yet no man was abashed thereof, or rent his clothes: neither the King himself, nor his servants, though they heard all these words. Nevertheless Elnathan, Dalaiah, and Gamariah besought the King, that he would not burn the book: notwithstanding the King would not hear them, but commanded Jerahmeel the son of Amalech, and Saraiah the son of Ezriel and Selamiah the son of Abdiel, to lay hands on Baruch the Scribe, and upon Jeremy the Prophet: but the Lord kept them out of sight. Now after that the king had burnt the book, and the sermons which Baruch wrote at the mouth of Jeremy: The word of the Lord came unto Jeremy, saying: Take another book, and write in it all the before said sermons: that were written in the first book, which Jehoakim the King of Judah has burnt.
     And tell Jehoakim King of Judah: Thus says the Lord: You have burnt the book, and you thought within yourself: Why have you written therein, that the King of Babylon shall come, and make this land waste, so that he shall make both people and cattle to be out of it? Therefore thus the Lord says of Jehoakim king of Judah: There shall none of his generation sit upon the throne of David. His dead corse (corpse) shall be cast out, that the heat of the day, and the frost of the night may come upon him. And I will visit the wickedness of him, of his seed, and of his servants. Moreover all the evil that I have promised them (though they heard me not) will I bring upon them, upon the inhabitors of Jerusalem, and upon all Judah. Then took Jeremy another book, and gave it Baruch the Scribe, the son of Neriah, which wrote therein out of the mouth of Jeremy: all the sermons that were in the first book, which Jehoakim King of Judah did burn. And there were added unto them many more sermons, then before.

The Thirty seventh Chapter
     Zedekiah the son of Josiah, which was the made king through Nabuchodonosor King of Babylon, reigned in the land of Juda, in the stead of Cononiah the son of Jehoakim. But neither he, nor his servants, nor the people in the land would obey the words of the Lord, which he spoke by the Prophet Jeremy. Nevertheless Zedekiah the King sent Jehucal the son of Selamiah and Sophoniah the son of Maasiah the Priest to the Prophet Jeremy, saying: O pray you unto the Lord our God for us. Now Jeremy walked free among the people at that time, and was not put in prison as yet. Pharaohs host also was come out of Egypt: which when the Caldees that besieged Jerusalem perceived, they departed from that place.
     Then came the word of the Lord unto the Jeremy the Prophet, saying: Thus says the Lord God of Israel, This answer shall you give to the King of Judah, that sent you unto me for counsel: Behold, Pharaohs host which is come forth to help you, shall return to Egypt in to his own land: but the Caldees shall come again, and fight against this city, win it, and set fire upon it. For thus says the Lord: Deceive not your own minds, thinking on this manner: Tush, the Caldees go now their way from us: No, they shall not go their way. For though you had slain the whole host of the Caldees, that besiege you, and every one of the slain lay in his tent, yet should they stand up, and set fire upon this city. Now when the Host of the Caldees was broken up from Jerusalem for fear of the Egyptians army, Jeremy went out of Jerusalem toward land of Ben Jamin, to do certain business there among the people. And when he came under Ben Jamins port, there was a porter, called Jeriah, the son of Selemiah, the son of Hananiah, which fell upon him, and took him, saying: your mind is run to the Caldees. Then said Jeremy: It is not so, I go not to the Caldees. Nevertheless Jeriah would not believe him, but brought Jeremy bound before the Princes. Wherefore the Princes were angry with Jeremy, causing him to be beaten, and to be layed in prison in the house of Jonathas the scribe. For he was the ruler of the prison. Thus was Jeremy put into the dungeon and prison, and so lay there a long time. Then Zedekiah the king sent for him and called him, and asked him quietly in his own house, saying: think you this business (that now is in hand) comes of the Lord? Jeremy answered: yes that it does: and you (said he) shall be delivered in to the king of Babylons power.
     Moreover, Jeremy said unto King Zedekiah: What have I offended against you, against your servants or against this people, that you have caused me to be put in prison? Where are your prophets which have prophesied unto you, and said, that the King of Babylon should not come against you and this land? And therefore hear now, O my Lord the King: let my prayer be accepted before you, and send me no more into the house of Jonathas the Scribe, that I die not there. Then Zedekiah the King commanded to put Jeremy in the fore entry of the prison, and daily to be given him a cake of bread, and else no dighty (dressed) meat, until all the bread in the city was eaten up. Thus Jeremy remained in the fore entry of the prison.

The Thirty eighth Chapter
     Saphatiah the son of Mathan, Godoliah the son of Phashur, and Jucal the son of Selemiah, and Phashur the son of Melchiah, perceived the words, that Jeremy had spoken unto all the people, namely on this manner: Thus says the Lord: Who so remains in this city, shall perish, either with the sword, with hunger or with pestilence: But who so falls unto the Caldees, shall escape, winning his soul for a pray, and shall live. For thus says the Lord. This city (no doubt) must be delivered into the power of the King of Babylon, and he also shall win it. Then said the Princes unto the King: Sir, we beseech you let this man be put to death, For thus he discourages the hands of the soldiers that be in this city, and the hands of all the people, when he speaks such words unto them. This man verily labors not for peace of the people, but mischief. Zedekiah the King answered and said: Lo, he is in your hands, for the King may deny you no thing. Then took they Jeremy, and cast him into the dungeon of Melchiah the son of Hamelech, that dwell in the fore entry of the prison. And they let down Jeremy with cords into a dungeon, where there was no water, but mire. So Jeremy stack (stuck) fast in the mire. Now when Abedmelech the Morian being a chamberlain in the Kings court, understood, that they had cast Jeremy in to the dungeon: he went out of the Kings house, and spoke to the king, (which then sat under the port of Ben Jamin) these words: My Lord the king, where as these men meddle with Jeremy the prophet, they do him wrong: Namely, in that they have put him in prison, there to die of hunger for there is no more bread in the city. Then the King commanded Abedmelech the Morain and said: Take from here, now thirty men whom you will, and draw up Jeremy the prophet out of the dungeon, before he die. So Abedmelech took the men with him, and went to the house of Amalech, and there under an almery (alms,things offered) he got old rags and worn clothes, and let them down by a cord, into the dungeon to Jeremy.
     And Abedmelech the Morain said unto the prophet Jeremy: O put these rags and clothes under your arm holes, between them and the cords: And Jeremy did so. So they drew up Jeremy with cords and took him out of the dungeon, and he remained in the fore entry of the prison. Then Zedekiah the King sent and caused Jeremy the prophet to be called unto him, into the third entry, that was by the house of the Lord. And the King said unto Jeremy: I will ask you somewhat but hide nothing from me. Then Jeremy answered Zedekiah: If I be plain unto you, you will cause me suffer death: If I give you counsel, you will not follow me. So the king swore an oath secretly unto Jeremy, saying: As truly as the Lord lives, that made us these souls, I will not slay you, nor give you in to the hands of them that seek after your life.
     Then said Jeremy unto Zedekiah: Thus says the Lord of hosts the God of Israel: If cause be, that you will go forth unto the king of Babylons princes, you shall save your life, and this city shall not be burnt, yes both you and your household shall escape with your lives. But if you will not go forth to the king of Babylons princes, then shall this city be delivered into the hands of the Caldees which shall set fire upon it, and you shall not be able to escape them. And Zedekiah said unto Jeremy: I am afraid for the Jews, that are fled unto the Caldees, least I come in their hands, and so they to have me in derision.
     But Jeremy answered: No, they shall not betray you: O hearken unto the voice of the Lord (I beseech you) which I speak unto you, so shall you be well, and save your life. But if you will not go forth, that the Lord has told me this plainly: Behold, all the women that are left in the King of Judahs house, shall go to the King of Babylons Princes. For they think, that you are deceived: and that the men in whom you did put your trust, have gotten you under, and set your feet fast in the mire, and gone their way from you. Therefore all your wives with their children shall flee unto the Caldees, and you shall not escape their hands, but shall be the King of Babylons prisoner, and this city shall be burnt. Then said Zedekiah unto Jeremy: Look that no body know of these words, and you shall not die. But if the Princes perceive, that I have talked with you, and come unto you, saying: O speak, what said the King to you? hide it not from us, and we will not put you to death. Tell us (we pray you) what said the king to you? See that you give them this answer: I have humbly be sought the king, that he will let me lay no more in Jehonathans house, that I die not there. Then came all the Princes unto Jeremy, and asked him, And he told them, after the manner that the king had bad him. Then they held their peace, for they perceived nothing. So Jeremy abode still in the fore entry of the prison, until the day that Jerusalem was won.

The Thirty ninth Chapter
     Now when the city of Jerusalem was taken (for in the ninth year of Zedekiah King of Judah, in the tenth Month, came Nabuchodonosor King of Babylon and all his Host, and besieged Jerusalem. And in the eleventh year of Zedekiah in the fourth Month the ninth day of that Month, he brake in to the city) Then all the Princes of the King of Babylon, came in, and sat down under the port: Nerergel, Sarezer, Samegarnabo, Sarsechim, Rabsaris, Nergel, Sarezer, Rabmag, with all the other Princes of the King of Babylon. And when Zedekiah the King of Judah with his soldiers saw them, they fled, and departed out of the city by night through the Kings garden, and through the port that is between the two walls, and so they went toward the wilderness.
     But the Caldees Host followed fast after them, took Zedekiah in the field of Jericho, and brought him prisoner to Nabuchodonosor the King of Babylon unto Reblath, that lies in the land of Hemath where he gave judgment upon him. So the King of Babylon caused the children of Zedekiah and all the nobles of Judah be slain, before his face at Reblah. And made Zedekiahs eyes to be put out, and bound him with chains, and sent him to Babylon.
     Moreover, the Caldees burnt up the Kings palace, with the other houses of the people, and brake down the walls of Jerusalem. As for the remnant of the people that were in the city, and such as were come to help them (whatsoever was left of that common fort) Nabuzaradan the chief captain carried them to Babylon. But Nabuzaradan the chief captain let the rascall people (and those that had nothing) dwell still in the land of Judah, and gave them vineyards and corn fields at the same time. Nabuchodonosor also the King of Babylon gave Nabuzaradan the chief captain a charge, concerning Jeremy, saying: Take and cherish him, and make much of him: see you do him no harm, but entreat him after his own desire.
     So Nabuzaradan the chief captain, and Nabusasban the chief chamberlain, Nergalsarezer the treasurer and all the King of Babylons lords, sent for Jeremy, and caused him be set out of the fore entry of the prison, and committed him unto Godoliah the son of Ahikam the son of Saphan: that he should carry him home, and so he dwelt among the people. Now while Jeremy lay yet bound in the fore entry of the prison, the word of the Lord came unto him, Go and tell Abedmelech the Morain: Thus says the Lord of Hosts the God of Israel: Behold, the cruel and sharp plague that i have devised for this city, will I bring upon them, that you shall see it: but I will deliver you (says the Lord) and you shall not come in the hands of those men, whom you fear. For doubtless I will save you, so that you shall not perish with the sword: but your life shall be saved, and that because you have put your trust in me, says the Lord.

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