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the captive Jews.
B. C. 596. 5 Build b ye houses, and dwell in
them, and plant gardens, and eat
the fruit of them;

6 Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; that ye may he increased there, and not diminished.

Jeremiah's letter to

11 And Hananiah spake in the presence of all the people, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Even so will n Pr. 14.7. I break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon from the neck of all nations within the space of two full years. And the prophet Jeremiah went n his way.

s La.2.14.

12 Then the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah the prophet, t De. 13.5. (after that Hananiah the prophet had broken the yoke from off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah,) saying,

3 revolt,

u Is.44.25,26.
(CHAP. 29.)

a 2Ki.24.12

o De.28.48.

P ch.27.6,7.

9 Da.2.38.
r ch.29.31,32.



13 Go and tell Hananiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Thou hast broken the yokes of wood; but thou shalt make for them yokes of iron 1 or, cham14 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, I have put a yoke ofo iron upon the neck of all these nations,p that they may b ver.28. serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they shall serve him: and I have given him the beasts: of q the field also.

c Da.4.27.

6.5. d Ezr.6.10.


e ch.14.14.,
in a lie,



15 T Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, Hananiah; The LORD hath not sent thee;r but thou makest this people to trust in as lie.



16 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will cast thee from off the face of the earth: this year thou shalt die, because t thou hast taught 3 rebellion against the LORD. 5 ch.32.42-44. 17 So Hananiah the prophet uh Is.55.8,9. died the same year, in the seventh 3 end and exmonth. pectation.

i La.3.25.

Jeremiah sendeth a letter to the cap-k Ne.2.4,&c.
tives in Babylon.




letter that Jeremiah the pro-m Le.26.40, phet sent from Jerusalem unto the residue of the elders which were De.30. 1,&c. carried away captives, and to the priests, and to the prophets, and to all the people whom Nebuchad-o ch.24.7. nezzar had carried away captive P Ps.32.6. from Jerusalem to Babylon;

n De.4.7.

46.1. Is.45.19. 55.6.

16 Know that thus saith the LORD

2 (After that Jeconiah a the king, and the queen, and the 1 eunuchs, the princes of Judah and Jerusa-9 Ps. 126. 1,4. lem, and the carpenters, and ther ch.23.3. smiths, were departed from Jerusalem;)

of the king that sitteth upon the throne of David, and of all the people that dwelleth in this city, and of your brethren that are not gone Eze.36.24. forth with you into captivity;


3 By the hand of Elasah the son of Shaphan, and Gemariah the son of Hilkiah, (whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent unto Babylon to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon,) saying,


s Eze.1.1,3.

17 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will sendt upon them the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them like vile figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.

18 And I will persecute them with the sword, with the famine, and with the pestilence, and will deliver them to be removedu to all

t ch.24.8-10.

u ch. 15.4.


4 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all that are carried away captives, whom I Le.26.33. have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon,


7 And seek c the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and prayd unto the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace. 8 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Let note your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be


9 For they prophesy 2 falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the LORD.

10 For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform iny good g word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.

11 For I know the thoughts that 1 think h toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an 3 expected i end. 12 Then shall ye call k upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken / unto you.

13 And m ye shall seek me, and n find me, when ye shall search for me with all o your heart.

14 And I will be found p of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn g away your captivity, and I will gatherr you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.

15 Because ye have said. The LORD hath raised us up prophets ins Babylon;

Jeremiah's prophecy.

JEREMIAH, XXX. the kingdoms of the earth, 4 to be B. C. 599. a curse, v and an astonishment, and an hissing, and a reproach, 4 for. among all the nations whither I have driven them:

v ch.25.6.


19 Because they have not heark-w ch.25.4. ened to my words, saith the LORD, which I sent w unto them by my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them; but ye would not hear, saith the LORD.

20 Hear ye therefore the word of the LORD, all ye of the captivity, whom I have y sent from Jerusalem to Babylon:

Eze.3.11, 15. y ch.24.5.

Is.65.15. a Da.3.6.

b ch.23. 14,21.
5 or,dreamer.

c ch.21.1.

d ch.20.1,2.

21 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, of Ahab the son of Kolaiah, and of Zedekiah the son of Maaseiah, which lie unto you in my name: Behold, I

will deliver them into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon; and he shall slay them before your eyes;

22 And of them shall be taken up a curse z by all the captivity of Judah which are in Babylon, say-g ver.5. ing, The LORD make thee like Zedekiah and like Ahab, whom the king of Babylon roasted in the h ver.20. fire; a i ch.28.15, 16. 2Pe.2.1.

3 For, lo, the days come, saith the LORD, that Ib will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the LORD: and I will cause them to return c to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.

23 Because b they have committed villany in Israel, and have committed adultery with their neighbours' wives, and have spoken lying words in my name, which I have not commanded them; even I know, and (CHAP. 30.) have heard a voice of trembling, um a witness, saith the LORD.

4 T And these are the words that the LORD spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah.

5 For thus saith the LORD; We

1 of fear, and not of peace.

a 2Pe. 1.21.
Re. 1.19.

24 T Thus shalt thou also speak to
Shemaiah the 5 Nehelamite, saying,
25 Thus speaketh the LORD of b ver. 18.
hosts, the God of Israel, saying,
Because thou hast sent letters in
thy name unto all the people that
are at Jerusalem, and to Zephani-
ah c the son of Maaseiah the priest,
and to all the priests, saying,


26 The LORD hath made thee priest in the stead of Jehoiada the priest, that ye should be officers d in the house of the LORD, for every man that is mad, e and maketh himself a prophet, that thou shouldest put him in prison,f and in the stocks.

e 2Ki.9.11.


f ch.38.6,28.
2 Ch.18.26.



c ch.16.15.

or, there is

fear and
not peace.

2 male.

The Jews' return foretold.

31 Send to all them of the h captivity, saying. Thus saith the LORD concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite; Because i that Shemaiah hath prophesied unto you, and I sent him not, and he caused you to trust in a lie:

32 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite, and his seed: he shall not have a man to dwell among this people; neither shall he behold the good that I will do for my people, saith the LORD; because he hath taught 6 rebellion against the LORD.


God showeth Jeremiah the return of the Jews.

27 Now therefore why hast thou not reproved Jeremiah of Anathoth, which maketh himself a prophet to you?

28 For therefore he sent unto us in Babylon, saying, This captivity is long: buildg ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them.

29 And Zephaniah the priest read this letter in the ears of Jeremiah! the prophet.

30 Then came the word of the Am.9.8. LORD unto Jeremiah, saying,

d Joel2. 11,31.
Zep. 1.14.

e Da. 12. 1.

f Ho 3.5.

g Lu. 1.69.
h ch.46.27,28.

THE word that came to Jere

TW from the LORD, saying,

2 Thus speaketh the LORD God of Israel, saying, Write a thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book.

6 Ask ye now, and see whether a 2 man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?

7 Alas! for that day d is great, so e that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.

8 For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I neck, and I will burst thy bonds, will break his yoke from off thy and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him:

9 But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David f their king, whom I will raise up unto them.

10 Therefore fear thou not, h O my servant Jacob, saith the LORD; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid.

11 For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet i will I

Jacob comforted.

not make a full end of thee: but I B. C. 606. will correct thee in measure, and

will not leave thee altogether un- k 2Ch.36.16. punished. 11Ti.2.5,6. 1Jno.2.1.

12 For thus saith the LORD, Thy bruise is incurable,k and thy wound 3 for binding sider it.

is grievous.

13 There is none to plead thy cause, 3 that thou mayest be bound up: thoum hast no healing medi-)

up, or,
m ch.8.22.
Is. 1.6.
n La. 1 2.


14 All n thy lovers have forgotten o La.2.5. thee; they seek thee not; for Ip La.5.16,17. have wounded thee with the q Ex.23.22. wound of an enemy, o with the Is.33.1. chastisement of a cruel one, for the multitude of thine iniquity; because thy sins were increased.

r ch.33.6.

s Ps. 102. 13.
4 or, little
t Is.51.11.
u Ps.42.4.

15 Why criest thou for thine af-
fliction? thy sorrow is incurable
for the multitude of thine iniquity:
because thy sins p were increased, I
have done these things unto thee.
16 Therefore all they that devour qv Zec. 10.8.
thee shall be devoured; and all w Is. 1.26.
thine adversaries, every one of ch.2.3.
them, shall go into captivity; and y Ge. 49. 10.
they that spoil thee shall be a
z Nu. 16.5.
spoil, and all that prey upon thee
will I give for a prey.

17 For I will restore health runto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.

De.1.33. from afar. Mal. 1.2.

18 Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will bring again the captivity of Jacob's tents, and s have mercy on his dwelling-places; and the city shall be builded upon her own 4 heap, and the palace shall remain after the manner thereof.

Ro. 11.28,29.
or, have I
unto thee.

d Ho.11.4.
3 or,timbrels.

19 And out of them shall proceed 4 profane thanksgiving t and the voice of them, themu that make merry: and I De.28.30. will multiply them, and they e Mi.4.2. shall not be few; I will also glo- f Eze.20.34. rify them, and they shall not be Is.40.11. small.

h ch.50.4.


gaged his heart to approach unto me? saith the LORD.

a Eze.37.27.

5 cutting.
6 or, remain.
(CHAP. 31.)
a Nu. 10.33.

ཏེ སུ ཏེ པེཏེ, པདི དི, ཏ པེ... ས

20 Their children also shall be as aforetime, w and their congregation shall be established before me, and I will punish alle that oppress them.

Ro.8.26. k Ps.23.2.

21 And their nobles shall be of
themselves, and their governor y
shall proceed from the midst of
them; and I will cause him z to
draw near, and he shall approach
unto me for who is this that en-1 ch.3.4,19.



m Ex.4.22.

n Eze.34.12


22 And a ye shall be my people,: and I will be your God.

Ps. 126.5,6.

or, favours,
Zec. 12.10.
Da.9. 17,18.

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Restoration of Israel.

24 The fierce anger of the LORD shall not return. until he have done it, and until he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter days ye shall con

23 Behold, the whirlwind of the LORD goeth forth with fury, a o Is.44.23. 5 continuing whirlwind: it shall pls.49.24,25. 6 fall with pain upon the head of the wicked.



1 The restoration of Israel. 22 Christ is promised.

A LORD, will I be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people.

2 Thus saith the LORD, The people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when a I went to cause him to rest.

3 The LORD hath appeared 1 of old unto me, saying, Yea, 1 have loved b thee with an everlasting c love therefore 2 with loving-kindness have I drawnd thee.

4 Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy 3 tabrets, and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make


5 Thou shalt yet plant vines upon the mountains of Samaria: the planters shall plant, and shall 4 eal them as common things.

6 For there shall be a day, that the watchman upon the mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise ye, and let us go up e to Zion unto the LORD our God.

For thus saith the LORD; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations: publish ye, praise ye, and say, O LORD, save thy people, the remnant of Israel.

8 Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gatherf them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child g together a great company shall return thither.

9 They shali come with weeping, and with 5 supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not umble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my m firstborn.

10 Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather n him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth

his flock.

11 For o the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger p than he.

Christ is

JEREMIAH, XXXI. 12 Therefore they shall come and q B. C. 606. sing in the height r of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the LORD, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for the young of the flock, and of the herd: and their soul shall be as a watered st garden; and they shall not sorrow t any more at all.



t Re.21.4.

u Mat.2.17.

13 Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.



w Ps.39.8,9.

x Ho. 10.11.




15 Thus saith the LORD, A u voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; z 2Co.7.10. Rachel weeping for her children a Job 13.26. refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.

14 And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the LORD.

16 Thus saith the LORD; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy_work shall be rewarded, saith the LORD; and they shall come again v from the land of the enemy.

Eze. 17.23.

b La.3.31,32.
6 sound,

17 And there is hope in thine end, saith the LORD, that thy children e shall come again to their own border.

22 How long e wilt thou go about, O thou backsliding daughter? for the LORD hath created a new thing in the earth, A woman shall compass a man.

23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; As yet they shall use this speech in the land of Ju

29 In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children's teeth are set on edge.

c ch.50.5.

d ch.3.14.
30 But every one shall die for his
Zec. 10.9.
own iniquity: every man that eat-
ch.2.18,36.eth the sour grape, his teeth shall
be set on edge.

31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

f Ps. 122.5-8.

18 I have surely heard Ephraim
bemoaning himself thus; Thou w
hast chastised me, and I was g Zec.8.3.
chastised, as a bullock a unaccus-
tomed to the yoke: turn thouy me,
and I shall be turned; for thou art
the LORD my God.

h Is.50.4.

32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers, in the day that I took them by the hand, to bring them out of the land of Egypt; (which my covenant

19 Surely after z that I was turned,


I repented; and after that I was k Eze.36 9-11. they brake, 7 although I was an mstructed, I sinote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my a youth.

husband unto them, saith the LORD:)

20 Is Ephraim my dear son? is he
a pleasant child? for since b 1
spake against him, I do earnestly
remember him still: therefore my
bowels 6 are troubled for him; I
will surely have mercy upon him,
saith the LORD.
21 Set thee up way-marks, make n Is.54. 13.
thee high heaps: set c thine heart
toward the highway, even the way
which thou wentest: turn again,
O virgin of Israel, turn again d to
these thy cities.


i Lu. 1.53.



or, should I

have con-

m ch.24.7.

promised. dah and in the cities thereof, when I shall bring again their captivity; The LORD bless thee, O habitation of justice, f and mountain of g holi


24 And there shall dwell in Judah itself, and in all the cities thereof together, husbandmen, and they that go forth with flocks..

25 For h I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished i every sorrowful soul.

o ch.33.8.

Ac. 10.43.

p Ex.14.21,

26 Upon this I awaked, and beheld; and my sleep was sweet unto me. 27 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will sowk the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man, and with the seed of beasts.

28 And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them, to build, and to plant, saith the LORD.

33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD 1 will put my law in their inward m parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they n shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive o their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no


35 Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth p the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name:

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37 Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and, the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off's Zec.2.1,2. all the seed of Israel, for all that they have done, saith the LORD.

t Ne.3.28.

38 Behold, the days come, saithu Joel 3.17. the LORD, that the city shall be built to the LORD, from the towerr (CHAP. 32.)

of Hananeel unto the gate of the

40 And the whole valley of the dead bodies, and of the ashes, and all the fields, unto the brook of Kidron, unto the corner of the horsegate t toward the east, shall be holy u unto the LORD; it shall not be plucked up, nor thrown down, any more for ever.

CHAPTER XXXII. Jeremiah imprisoned by Zedekiah for his prophecy.

r Ne.3.1. Zec. 14.10.


39 And the measuring-line s shall i yet go forth over against it upon b ch.33.1. the hill Gareb, and shall compass about to Goath.

37.21. 38.6.


HE word that came to Jere

in tenth a year of Zedekiah king of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar.

2 For then the king of Babylon's army besieged Jerusalem: and Jeremiah the prophet was shut up b in the court c of the prison, which was in the king of Judah's house.

a ch.39.1,2.


c Ne.3.25.

d ch.34.2,3. 35. 18,23.

e ch.39.4-6. 52.9-11.

f ch.27.22.

g ch.21.4,5.


h Le.25.2432. Ru.4.4.

i Ge.23. 16. Zec. 11.12.


or, seven

shekels and ten pieces of silver.

3 For Zedekiah king of Judah had shut him up, saying, Wherefore dost thou prophesy, and say, d Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king k ch.36.4. of Babylon, and he shall take it: l Is.8.2. 4 And Zedekiah king of Judah shall not escape e out of the hand m ver.37.43, of the Chaldeans, but shall surely be delivered into the hand of the n 2Ki. 19.15. king of Babylon, and shall speak with him mouth to mouth, and his eyes shall behold his eyes;


5 And he shall lead Zedekiah to Babylon, and there shall he be until I visit him, saith the LORD: though ye fight g with the Chaldeans, ye shall not prosper.

3 or, hid from, Is.46.9,10. o ver.27. Ge. 18.4. Lu. 1.37. p De.5.10.

q Is.9.6.

6 And Jeremiah said, The word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 7 Behold, Hanameel the son of 7 ch.10.16. Shallum thine uncle shall comes Is.28.29. unto thee, saying, Buy thee my doing. field that is in Anathoth: for the right h of redemption is thine to buy it.

t He.4.13.

8 So Hanameel mine uncle's son came to me in the court of the

2 wrote in the


Jeremiah buys a field.

prison according to the word of the LORD, and said unto me, Buy my field, I pray thee, that is in Anathoth, which is in the country of Benjamin: for the right of inheritance is thine, and the redemption is thine; buy it for thyself. Then I knew that this was the word of the LORD.

u ch.17.10. Re.2.23.

9 And I bought the field of Hanameel my uncle's son, that was in Anathoth, and weighed i him the money, even 1 seventeen shekels of silver.

10 And I 2 subscribed the evi

dence, and sealed it, and took witnesses, and weighed him the money in the balances.

11 So I took the evidence of the purchase, both that which was sealed according to the law and custom, and that which was open.

12 And I gave the evidence of the purchase unto Baruch k the son of Neriah, the son of Maaseiah, in the sight of Hanameel mine uncle's son, and in the presence of the witnesses that subscribed the book of the purchase, before all the Jews that sat in the court of the prison.

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16 Now when I had delivered the evidence of the purchase unto Baruch the son of Neriah, I prayed unto the LORD, saying,

17 Ah, Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing 3 too hard o for thee: 18 Thou p showest loving-kindness unto thousands, and recom pensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them: the great, the q mighty God, the LORD of hosts,r is his name,

19 Great s in counsel, and mighty in 4 work: (for thine t eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to u give every one aocording to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings:)

20 Which hast set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, even unto this day, and in Israel, and among

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