Page images

clined their ear to turn from their wickedness, 6 and not to burn incense unto strange gods. There

fore hath my wrath been poured out, and mine anger, and hath been kindled against the cities of Judah, and against the streets of Jerusalem;

and they are become a desolation and a waste, as vry at this day. And now thus saith JEHOV AH, the

God of hosts, the God of Israel; Wherefore do ye commit great evil against your own souls, to the cutting off among you of man and woman,

child and suckling, out of the midst of Judah, s without leaving a remnant of you; in provoking

me to anger with the works of your own hands, in burning incense to strange gods in the land of Egypt, whither ye are gone to dwell; that there may be a cutting off of you, and that ye may be

come a curse and a reproach among all nations of 9 the earth? Have ye forgotten the wickednesses

of your fathers, and the wickednesses of the kings of Judah, and the wickednesses of the princes thereof, and your own wickednesses, and the wickednesses of your wives, which they have

committed in the land of Judah, and in the streets 10 of Jerusalem? They have not been contrite un

to this day, neither have they feared, neither have they walked in my law, nor in my statutes, which I set before you, and before your fathers. Therefore thus saith Jehovah of hosts, the God of

Israel, Behold, I set my face against you for 12 harm, even to cut off all Judah. And I will take

the remnant of Judah, that have set their faces to go into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, and they shall all be consumed in the land of Egypt; they shall fall by the sword, by famine


shall they be consumed, from the least even unto the greatest; by the sword and by famine shall they die; and they shall become an execration,

and an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach. 13 And I will visit upon them that dwell in the

land of Egypt, as I have visited upon Jerusalem,

with sword, and with famine, and with pestilence. 14 And the remnant of Judah, those who are come

into the land of Egypt with a view to sojourn there, and to return into the land of Judah, whither they set their minds upon returning, to dwell there, shall not have one escaper or survi

vor; whereas none shall return but escapers. 15 Then all the men, who knew that their wives

had burned incense unto strange gods, and all the women that stood by, a great company, even

all the people that dwelt in the land of Egypt in 16 Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying, As for the

word which thou hast spoken unto us in the name

of JEHOVAH, we will not hearken unto thee. 17 But we will surely perform what is gone forth

out of our mouth, in burning incense unto the regency of the heavens, and pouring out libations thereunto; like as we did, we, and our fathers, our kings and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, when we had

plenty of bread, and were prosperous, and saw 18 no adversity. But from the time we left off to

burn incense unto the regency of the heavens, and to pour out libations thereunto, we have

been in want of every thing, and have been con19 sumed by the sword and by famine. And when

we burned incense unto the regency of the heavens, pouring out also libations thereunto, did wç, exclusively of our men, make cakes for it, wor

shipping it, and pouring out libations thereunto? 20 Then spake Jeremiah unto all the people, to

the Înen, and to the women, even to all the peo

ple, who had returned him an answer, saying, 21 The incense which ye have burned in the cities

of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, ye, and your fathers, your kings, and your princes, and the people of the land with them, hath not

Jehovah remembered? and hath it been accepta22 ble unto him? But JEHOVAH could no longer

bear because of the wickedness of your doing's, because of the abominations which ye have committed : therefore is your land become a desola

tion, and an astonishment, and a curse, so as to be 23 without an inhabitant at this day. Because ye

have burned incense, and because ye have sinned against. JEHOVAH, and have not obeyed the voice of JEHOVAH, nor walked according to his law and to his statutes, and to his testimonies; therefore hath this calamity befallen you, as at this

day. 94 Moreover Jeremiah said unto all the people,

and to all the women, Hear ye the word of JEHO25 VAH, all sudah, that are in the land of Eygpt: Thus

hath JEHOVAH of hosts the God of Israel, spoken, saying; As for you and your women, they have even spoken with your mouths, and with your hands have ye fulfilled, saying, We will surely perform our vows which we have vowed, to burn incense to the régency of the heavens, and to pour out libations thereunto; they will surely

make good your vows, they will surely accomplish 26 your vows. Therefore hear ye the word of Jeho

VAH, all Judah, that dwell in the land of Egypt;
Behold, I have sworn by my great naine, saith
JEHOVAH, that my name shall no more be called

upon by the mouth of any man of Judah, saying, As 27 JEHovan liveth, throughout all the land of Egypt.

Behold I will watch over them for evil, and not in kindness; and they shall be consumed, every man of Judah which is in the land of Egypt,

by the sword, and by famine, until there be an 28 end of them. And the escapers from the sword,

that shall return out of the land of Egypt into the land of Judah, shall be few in nuniber: and all the remnant of Judah, that are come into the

land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall know whose 29 word shall stand good, mine or theirs. And

this shall be the sign unto you, that it is I that visit upon you in this place, to the end that ye may

know that iny words shall be surely verified up30

on you to [your] hurt; Behold, I will deliver Pharaoh-Hophra king of Egypt into the hand of his enemies, and into the hand of them that seck his life ; like as I have delivered Zedekiah king of Judah into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon his enemy, and who sought his life.






3 ORDER ye the buckler and shield,

And move on to battle. 4 Harness the horses; and mount, ye horsemen;

And stand forth with helmets ;

Make bright the spears, put on the coats of mail.
5 Wherefore have I seen thee in dismay?
Put to the rout, even their mighty ones are beaten

And they are fled amain, and have not looked

Fear is on every side, saith JEHOVAH:
6 Let not the swift flee away ;

Neither thall the mighty escape;
Northward by the side of the river Euphrates

They have stumbled, and shall fall.
7 Who is he that riseth up like a river,

Whose waters swell like floods? 8 Egypt riseth up like a river,

And like floods do his waters swell.
He saith, I will arise, I will cover the land,
I will destroy the city, and those that dwell

9 Mount ye the horses, and deal furiously;

The chariots, and let the warriors go forth:
Cush and Phut handling the shield,

And the Ludim expert in the use of the bow. 10. But this is the day of the Lord,

A day of vengeance of Jehovah of hosts,
To avenge himself of his enemies; and the sword

shall devour;
It shall also be satiated, and drenched in their

For the Lord JEHOVAH of hosts hath a sacrifice,
In the north country, by the river Euphrates.

« PreviousContinue »