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Thus said Jehovah to me, Make thee bands
and yokes, and thou shalt put them upon thy
3 neck; and thou shalt send them to the king of

Edom, and to the king of Moab, and to the king
of the children of Ammon, and to the king of
Tyre, and to the king of Sidon, by the hand of

the ambassadors, that are come to Jerusalem to
4 Zedekiah king of Judah. And thou shalt charge

them with a message unto their masters, saying,
5 Thus saith JEHOVAH of hosts, the God of Israel,

Thus shall ye say unto your masters ; I have made
the earth, and the man and the beast which are up-
on the face of the earth, by my great power, and

by my outstretched arm; and I will give it unto
6 whomsoever it seemeth meet unto me.

And now I have given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, my servant, and

the beasts of the field also have I given unto him 7 to serve him. And all nations shall serve him,

and his son, and his son's son, until the time of

his land, even his, be come, when many nations
8 and great kings shall exact service of him. And

it shall be, that wliatsoever nation and kingdom
will not serve hin, Nebuchadnezzar king of Ba-
bylon, and will not submit its neck to the yoke,
of the king of Babylon, with sword and with fa-
mine and with pestilence will I visit upon that
nation, saith JEHOVAH, until I have consumed

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9. them by his hand. Therefore hearken ye not to

your prophets, and to your diviners, and to your dealers in dreams, and to your astrologers, and to

your sorcerers, that speak unto you, saying, Ye 10: shall not serve the king of Babylon: for they

prophesy falsehood unto you, so as to remove you

far from your own land, and that I should drive 11. you out, and that ye should perish. . But the na

tion which shall bring its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and shall serve him, I will even leave them undisturbed in their own land, saith JEHOVAH, and they shall cultivate it, and

shall dwell : 12 And I spake to Zedekiah king of Judah accord

ing to all these words, saying, Bring your necks

under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and serye 13 him and his people, and live. Why will ye die,

thou and thy people, by sword, and þy famine, and by pestilence, according as Jehovah hath

spoken concerning the nation which will not serve 14 the king of Babylon. And hearken ye not un

to the words of the prophets that speak unto you,

saying, Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon; 15 for they prophesy falsehood ụnto you. For I

have not sent-them, saith -JEHOVAH, but they prophesy in my name falsely, that I might drive you out, and that ye might perish, ye, and the

prophets that prophesy unto you. 16 1. Also to the priests, and to all the people, spake

I, saying, Thus, saith JEHOVAH, Hearken not unto the words of your prophets that prophesy unto you, saying, Behold, the vessels of the house of JEHOVAH shall be brought back again from Babylon now shortly: for they prophesy unto you 17 falsehood. Hearken ye not unto them ; serve the

king of Babylon, and live : wherefore should this 18 city become a desolation? But if they be prophets,

and if the word of JEHOVAH be with them, let them now intercede with JEHOVAH’of hosts, that the vessels which are left in the house of Jeho

van, and in the house of the king of Judah, and 19 in Jerusalem, may not go to Babylon. For thus

saith JEHOVAH of hosts concerning the pillars, and concerning the sea, and concerning the bases,

and concerning the residue of the vessels that are 20 left in this city, which Nebuchadnezzar king of

Babylon took not, when he carried away.captive
Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah

from Jerusalem to Babylon, and all the nobles of 21 Judah and Jerusalem : Surely thus saith JEHOVAH

of hosts, the God of Israel, concerning the vessels that are left in the house of JEHOVAH, and

in the house of the king of Judah, and in Jeru22 salem; They shall be carried to Babylon, and there

shall they be until the day that I shall visit them, saith JEHOVAH; when I will bring them up, and restore them to this place.


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And it came to pass in the same year, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the fourth year; in the fifth month; that Hananiah, the son of Azur, the prophet, who was of Gibeon, spake unto me in the house of JEHO

VAH, in the presence of the priests and of all the 2 people, saying, Thus hath Jehovah of hosts, the

God of Israel, spoken, saying, I have broken the 3 yoke of the king of Babylon. Within two full years will I bring again to this place all the ves. sels of the house of JEHOVAH, which Nebu.

chadnezzar king of Babylon took from this place, 4 and carried them to Babylon. And Jeconiah the

son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, and all the captives of Judah, that went to Babylon, will I bring again to this place, saith JEHOVAH; for I will

break the yoke of the king of Babylon. 5. Then Jeremiah the prophet spake unto Hana

niah the prophet in the presence of the priests,

and in the presence of all the people that stood 6 in the house 'of JEHOVAH. . And Jeremiah the

* prophet said; :Amen; so let JEHOVAH do, ilet JE" HOVAH confirm thy words which thou hast.prono plesiedi in bringing back the vessels of the house !1.7of JEHOVAH, and all: the captives, from Babylon - 17unto this place. Nevertheless hear now this word 13:3 which I speak in thy hearing, and in the hearing -8bf all the people... The prophets, who have been im ibefore me and before thee from ancient time, have

alsò prophesied concerning many nations, and I concerning great kingdoms, of war, and of cala9 mity, and of pestilenceWhatsoever prophet

shall prophesy of peace, by the word of the pro. phet coming to pass shall the prophet be discern

ed, 'whon JEHOVAH hath sent indeed. 1 10 Then Hananiah the prophet took the yoke

from off the prophet Jeremiah's neck, and brake il' jt. And Hananiah spake in the presence of all

the people, saying, Thue ''saith JEHOVAH, After this manner will I break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon from off the neck of all the nations within the space of two full years. And the prophet Jeremiah went his way.

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12 Then came the word of Jehovah to Jeremiah,

after that Hananiah the prophet had broken the

yoke from off the neck of Jeremiah the prophet 13 saying, Go and tell Hananiah, saying, Thus saith

JEHOVAH, Thou hast broken yokes of wood, but

thou shalt make instead of them yokes of iron. 14 For thus saith JEHOVAH of hosts the God of Is

rael; A yoke of iron have I put upon the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon ; and they shall serve him;

and also the beasts of the field have I given sunto him. 15 The prophet Jeremiah also said unto Hananiah

the prophet; Hear now, Hananiah ; JEHOVAH

hath not sent thee; but thou hast made this peo16"ple to trust in a lie. Therefore thus saith JEHO

VĄH, Behold I am about to cast thee from off the face of the ground; this year thou shalt die, be

cause, thou hast spoken prevarication concerning 17: JEHOVAH. And Hananiah the prophet died in

the same year in the seventh month.

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INTREAT, we pray thee, JEHOVAH for, us, because Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon maketh . war against us; if so be that JEHOVAH will deal

with us according to all his wondrous works, and

he may go up from us. 3 And Jeremiah said unto them, Thus shall ye 4 say to Zedekiah : Thus saith JEHOVAH the God

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