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The Book of the Prophet Jeremie

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Chapter 1

      These are the Sermons of Jeremie the son of Helkiah the Priest, one of them that dwell at Anathoth in the land of Ben Jamin: when the Lord had first spoken to him, in the time of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his kingdom: and so during unto the time of Jehoakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, and until the eleven years of Zedekiah the son of Josiah king of Judah were ended: when Jerusalem was taken, even in the fifth Month. The word of the Lord spake thus unto me: Before I fashioned thee in thy mothers womb, I did know thee: And or ever thou wast born, I sanctified thee, and ordained thee, to be a Prophet unto the people. Then said I: O' Lord God, I am *unmete, for I am but young. And the Lord answered me thus: Say not so, I am too young: For thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee unto, and whatsoever I command thee, thou shalt thou speak. Be not afraid of their faces, for I will be with thee, to deliver thee, saith the Lord.
      And with that, the Lord stretched out his hand, and touched my mouth, and said moreover unto me. Behold I put my words in thy mouth, and this day I set thee over the people and kingdoms: that thou mayest root out, break off, destroy, and make waste: and that thou mayest build up and plant. After this, the Lord spake unto me saying: Jeremie, what seest thou? And I said: I see a waking rod. Then said the Lord: thou hast seen right, for I will watch diligently upon my word, to perform it.
      It happened afterward, that the Lord spake to me again, and said: What seest thou? And I said: I see a seething pot, looking out of the north hitherward.
      Then the Lord said unto me: Out of the north shall come a plague upon all the dwellers of the land. For lo, I will call all the officers of the kingdoms of the north ( saith the Lord ) And they shall come, and every one shall set his seat in the gates of Jerusalem, and in all their walls round about and through all the cities of Judah. And through them shall I declare my judgment, upon all the wickedness of those men that have forsaken me: that have offered unto strange gods and worshipped the works of their own hands.
      And therefore gird up thy loins, arise, and tell them all, that I give thee in commandment. Fear them not, I will not have thee to be afraid of them. For behold, this day do I make thee a strong fenced town, an iron pillar, and a wall of steel against the whole land, against the kings and mighty men of Judah, against the priests and people of the land. They shall fight against thee, but they shall not be able to overcome thee: for I am with thee, to deliver thee, sayeth the Lord.

 

*unmete, ( not creditable )

 

 

 

Chapter 2

      Moreover, the word of the Lord commanded me thus: Go thy way, and cry in the ears Jerusalem, and say: Thus saith the Lord: I remember thee for the kindness of thy youth, and because of thy steadfast love: in that thou followest me through the wilderness, in an untilled land. Thou Israel was hallowed unto the Lord, and so was his firstfruits. All they that devoured Israel, offended: misfortune fell upon them, saith the Lord. Hear therefore the word of the Lord, O thou house of Jacob, and all the generation of the house of Israel. Thus saith the Lord unto you.
      What unfaithfulness found your fathers in me, that they went so far away from me, falling to lightness, and being so vain? They thought not in their hearts: Where have we left the Lord, that brought us out of the land of Egypt, that led us through the wilderness, through a desert and rough land, through a dry and deadly land, yee a land that no man had gone through, and wherein no man had dwelt. And when I had brought you into a pleasant well builded land, that ye might enjoy the fruits and all the commodities of the same: ye went forth and defiled my land, and brought mine heritage to abomination.
      The priests themselves said not once: Where is the Lord? They that have the law in their hands, know me not: The shepherds offend against me. The Prophets do service to Baal, and follow such things as bring them no profit.
      Wherefore I am constrained ( saith the Lord ) to make my complaint upon you, and upon your children. Go into the Isles of Cethim, and look well: and send unto Cedar, take diligent heed: and see, whether such things be done there, whether the Gentiles themselves deal so falsely and untruly with their gods, ( which are no gods indeed ) But my people hath given over their high honor, for a thing that may not help them.
      Be astonished ( O ye heavens ) be afraid, and abashed at such a thing, saith the Lord. For my people hath done two evils. They have forsaken me the well of the water of life, and digged them pits, yee vile and broken pits, that hold no water. Is Israel a bond servant, or one of the household? Why is he then so spoiled? Why do they roar and cry upon him, as a lion? They have made his land waste, his cities are so burnt up, that there is no man dwelling in them. Yee the children of Noph and Taphnes have defiled thy neck.
      Come not this unto thee, because thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, ever since he led thee by the way? And what hast thou now to do in the street of Egypt? to drink foul water? Ether, what makest thou in the way of Assiria? To drink water of the flood? Thine own wickedness shall reprove thee, and thy turning away shall condemn thee: that thou mayest know and understand, how evil and hurtful a thing it is, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, and not feared him, saith the Lord God of Hosts.
      I have ever broken thy yoke of old, and burst thy bonds: yet sayest thou, I will no more serve, but ( like an harlot ) thou runnest about upon all high hills, and among all green trees where as I planted thee out of noble grapes and good roots. How art thou turned then in to a bitter, unfruitful, strange grape? Yee and that so sore: that though thou wash thee with *Nitrus and make thyself to favor with that sweet smelling herb of Borith: yet in my sight thou art stained with thy wickedness, sayeth the Lord thy God.
      Say not now: I am not unclean, and I have not followed strange Gods. Look upon thy own ways in the woods, valleys and dens: so shalt thou know, what thou hast done. Thou art like a swift Dromedary, that goeth easily his way: and thy wantonness is like a wild Ass, that useth the wilderness, and that snuffeth and bloweth at his will. Who can tame thee? All they that seek thee, shall not fail, but find thee in thy own uncleanness. Thou keepest thy foot from nakedness, and thy throat from thirst, and thinkest thus in thyself: tush: I will take no sorrow, I will love the strange gods, and hang upon them.
      Like as a thief that is taken with the deed cometh to shame, even so is the house of Israel come to confusion: the common people, their kings and rulers, their priests and prophets. For they say to a stock, thou art my father, and to a stone: thou hast begotten me, yee they have turned their back upon me, and not their face. But in the time of their trouble, when they say: stand up, help us, I shall answer them: Where are now thy gods, that thou hast made thee? bid them stand up, and help thee in the time of need? For look how many cities thou hast ( O Judah ) so many gods hast thou also.
      Wherefore then will ye go to law with me, seeing ye are all sinners against me, saith the Lord? In is but lost labor, that I smite your children, for they receive not my correction. Your own sword devoureth your prophets, like a devouring lion. If ye be the people of the Lord, then hearken unto his word: Am I then become a wilderness unto the people of Israel? or a land that hath no light? Wherefore sayeth my people then: we are fallen off, and we will come no more unto thee? Doth a maiden forget her raiment, or a bride her stomacher? And doth my people forget me so long? Why boasteth thou thy ways so highly ( to obtain favor there through ) when thou hast yet stained them with blasphemies?
      Upon thy wings is found the blood of poor and innocent people, and that not in corners and holes only, but openly in all these places. Yet darest thou say: I am guiltless: Tush, his wrath can not come upon me. Behold, I will reason with thee because thou darest say: I have not offended. O how evil will it be for thee, to abide it: when it shall be known, how often thou hast gone backward? For thou shalt be confounded, as well of Egypt, as of the Assirians: yee thou shalt go thy way from them, and smite thy hands together upon thy head. Because the lord shall bring that confidence and hope of thine to naught, and thou shalt not prosper with all.

 

*Nitrus = to shake tremble, loose, walls. to be loose of the walls (hedge of the Lord) replaced by the walls of false teachings. Borith = Berith meaning a covenant between men.( not of God) RN

 

 

 

Chapter 3

      Commonly, when a man putteth away his wife, and she goeth from him, and marrieth with another, then the question is: should he restore unto her any more after that? Is not this field then defiled and unclean? But as for thee, thou hast played the harlot with many lovers, yet turn again to me, saith the Lord. Lift up thine eyes on every side, and look, if thou be not defiled. Thou hast waited for them in the streets, and as a murderer in the wilderness. Through thy whoredoms and blasphemes, the land is defiled.
      This is the cause, that the rain and evening dew hath ceased. Thou hadst gotten thee an whores forehead, and canst not be ashamed. Else wouldest thou say unto me: O my father, thou art he that hast brought me up, and led me from my youth: Wilt thou then put me away and cast me off for ever? Or wilt thou withdraw thyself clean from me? Nevertheless, thou speakest such words, but thou art ever doing worse and worse.
      The Lord said also unto me: in the time of Josiah the king: Hast thou seen what that shrinking Israel hath done? how she hath run upon all the high hills, and among all thick trees, and there played the harlot: hast thou seen also ( when she had done all this ) how I said unto her: that she should turn again unto me, and yet she is not returned? Judah that unfaithful sister of hers also saw this: Namely, that after I had seen the *advoutry of the stinking harlot Israel, I put her away, and give her a bill of divorcement.
      For all this, her unfaithful sister Judah was not ashamed, but went back and played the harlot also. Yee and the noise of her whoredom hath defiled the whole land. For she hath committed her **advoutry with stones and with stocks.
      Nevertheless, her unfaithful sister Judah is not turned unto me again with her whole heart, but *feignedly, saith the Lord. And the Lord said unto me. The backslider Israel is more righteous, then the unfaithful Judah: and therefore go preach these words toward the north, and say: Thou shrinking Israel, turneth again ( saith the Lord ) and I will not turn my face from you, for I am merciful, saith the Lord, and I will not always bare displeasure against thee: but on this condition, that thou know thy great blaspheme: Namely, that thou hast unfaithfully forsaken the Lord thy God, and hast made thyself partaker of strange Gods under all green trees, but hast no will to hear my voice, saith the Lord.
      O ye shrinking children, turn again, sayeth the Lord: and I will be married with you. For I will take one out of the city, and two out of one generation from among you, and bring you out of Sion: and I will give you herdsmen after my own mind, which shall feed you with learning and wisdom. Moreover, when ye be increased and multiplied in the land, then ( saith the Lord ) there shall no more boast be made of the ark of the Lords Testament: No man shall think upon it, neither shall any man make mention of it: for from thenceforth it shall neither be visited, ner honored with gifts.
      Then shall Jerusalem be called the Lords seat and all Heathen shall be gathered unto it, for the name of the Lords sake, which shall be set up in Jerusalem. And from that time forth, they shall follow no more the imagination of their own froward heart.
      Then those that be of the house of Judah shall go into the house of Israel: and they shall come together out of the North, into the same land that I have gave their fathers. I have showed also, how I took thee up being but a child, and give thee a pleasant land for thy heritage, yee and a goodly Hosts of the Heathen: and how I commanded thee, that thou shouldest call me father only, and not to shrink from me.
      But like as a woman faileth her lover, so are ye unfaithful to me ( O ye house of Israel ) saith the Lord. And therefore the voice of the children of Israel was heard on every side, weeping and wailing: for they have defiled their way, and forgotten God their Lord.
      O ye shrinking children, turn again ( saying: lo, we are thine, for thou art the Lord our God:) And so I will heal your backturnings. The hills fall, and all the high pride of the mountains, but the health of Israel standeth only upon God our Lord.
      Confusion hath devoured our fathers labor from our youth up: yee their sheep and bullocks, their sons and daughters. So do we also sleep in our confusion, and shame covereth us: for we and our fathers from our youth up unto this day have sinned against the Lord our God, and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God.

 

*advouterer: prefix "a" meaning not or without, devout: devotion; plain hearted to God only see James 2 for adultery **here we see the truth of this word, as these are devoted to any "thing" but our living God through Jesus Christ. see James 2 for adultery
*feignedly (pretended affection)

 

 

 

Chapter 4

      O Israel, if thou wilt turn thee, then turn unto me, saith the Lord. And if thou wilt put away thine abominations out of my sight, thou shalt not be moved: And shalt swear: The Lord liveth: in truth, in equity and righteousness: and all people shall be fortuable and joyful in him. For thus saith the Lord, to all Judah and Jerusalem: plow your land, and sow not among the thorns.
      Be circumcised in the Lord, and cut away the foreskins of your heart, all ye of Judah, and all the indwellers of Jerusalem: that my indignation break not out like fire and kindle, so that no man can quench it, because of the wickedness of your imaginations.
      Preach in Judah and Jerusalem, cry out and speak: Blow the trumpets in the land, cry that every man may hear, and say: Gather you together, and we will go into the strong cities. Set up the token in Sion, speed you, and make no tarrying: for I will bring a great plague, and a great destruction from the north. For the spoiler of the Gentiles is broken up from his place, as a lion out of his den, that he may make the land waste, and destroy the cities, so that no man may dwell therin. Wherefore gird yourselves about with sackcloth, mourn and weep for the fearful wrath of the Lord shall not be withdrawn from you.
      At the same time ( saith the Lord ) the heart of the kings and of the princes shall be gone, the priests shall be astonished, and the prophets shall be sore afraid. Then said I, O' Lord God, hast thou deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying: Ye shall have peace, and now the sword goeth through their lives? Then shall it be said to the people and to Jerusalem: there cometh a warm wind from the north through the way of my people, but neither to fan nor to cleanse.
      After that shall there come unto me a strong wind, and then will I give sentence upon them. For lo, he cometh down as a cloud, and his chariots are like a stormy wind: his horsemen are swifter than the Eagle. Woe unto us, for we are destroyed. O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be helped. How long shall thy noisesome thoughts remain with thee?
      For a voice from Dan and form the hill of Ephraim speaketh out, and telleth of a destruction. Behold the Heathen give Jerusalem a warning, and preach unto her, that her destroyers are coming from far countries. They tell the cities of Juda the same also, they shall give them warning in every place, like as watchmen in the field. For they have provoked me to wrath, saith the Lord.
      Thy ways and thy thoughts, have brought thee unto this, this is thy own wickedness and disobedience, that hath possessed thine heart: Ah my belly, Ah my belly ( shalt thou cry) how is my heart so sore? my heart panteth within me, I cannot be still, for I have heard the crying of the trumpets, and the peals of war.
      They cry murder upon murder, the whole land shall perish. Immediately my tents were destroyed, and my hangings in the twinkling of an eye. How long shall I see the tokens of war, and hear the noise of the trumpets.
      Nevertheless this shall come upon them because my people is become foolish, and hath utterly no understanding. They are the children of foolishness, and without any discretion. To do evil, they have wit enough: but to do well, they have no wisdom. I have looked upon the earth, and see, it is waste and void. I looked toward heaven, and it had no shine.
      I beheld the mountains, and they tremble, and all the hills were in fear. I looked about me, and there was nobody, and all the birds of the air were away. I marked well, and the plowed field was become waste: yee all their cities were broken down at the presence of the Lord, and indignation of his wrath.
      For thus hath the Lord said: The whole land shall be desolate, yet will I not have then done. And therefore let the earth mourn, and let the heaven be sorry above: for the things that I have purposed and taken upon me to do, shall not repent me, and I will not go from it. The whole land shall flee, for the noise of the horsemen and bowmen: they shall run into dens in to woods, and climb up the rocks. All the cities shall be void, and no man dwelling therein.
      What wilt thou now do, thou being destroyed? For though thou clothest thyself with scarlet, and deckest thee with gold: though thou paintest thy face with colors, yet shalt trim thyself in vain.
      For those that hitherto have been thy great favorers, shall abhor thee, and go about to slay thee. For ( me think ) I hear a noise, like as it were of a woman travailing, or one laboring of her first child: Even the voice of the daughter Sion, that casteth out her arms, and sorroweth, saying: Ah woe is me, how sore vexed and faint is my heart, for them that are slain?

 

 

 

Chapter 5

      Look through Jerusalem, behold and see: Seek through her streets also within, if ye can find one man, that doeth equal and right, or that laboreth to be faithful: and I shall spare him ( sayeth the Lord ) For though they can say: the Lord liveth, yet do they swear to deceive: Where as thou ( O' Lord ) lookest only upon faith and truth.
      Thou hast scourged them, but they took no repentance: thou hast corrected them for amendment, but they refused thy correction. They made their faces harder than stone, and would not amend.
      Therefore thought I in myself: *peradventure they are so simple and foolish, that they know nothing of the Lords way, and judgments of our God. Therefore will I go unto their heads and rulers, and talk with them: if they know the way of the Lord, and the judgments of our God. But these ( in like manner ) have broken the yoke, and burst the bonds in sunder.
      Wherefore a lion out of the wood shall hurt them, and a wolf in the evening shall destroy them. The cat of the mountain shall lie lurking by their cities, to tare in pieces all of them, that come thereout. For their offenses are many, and their departing way is great. Should I then for all this have mercy upon thee? Thy children have forsaken me, and sworn by them that are no gods. And albeit (even if, even though) they were bound to me in marriage, yet they fell to *advoutry, and hunted harlots houses.
      In the desire of uncleanly lust they are become like the stoned horse, every man neighed at his neighbors wife: Should I not correct this? saith the Lord.
      Should I not be avenged of every people, that is like unto this? Climb up upon their walls and beat them down, but destroy them not utterly. Cut off their branches because they are not the Lords. For unfaithfully hath the house of Israel and Judah forsaken me, saith the Lord. They have denied the Lord, and said: It is not he. Tush, there shall no misfortune come upon us, we shall see neither sword nor hunger. As for the warning of the Prophets, they take it but for wind, yee there is none of these, which will tell them, that such things shall happen unto them.
      Wherefore thus saith the Lord God of Hosts: Because ye speak such words, behold: The words that are in thy mouth will I turn to fire, and make the people to be wood, that it may consume them.
      Lo, I will bring a people upon you from far, O house of Israel,( saith the Lord ) a mighty people, an old people, a people whos speech thou knowest not, neither understandeth what they say. Their arrows are sudden death, yee they themselves be very giants. This people shall eat up thy fruit and thy meat, yee they shall devour thy sons and thy daughters, thy sheep and thy bullocks.
      They shall eat up thy grapes and figs. As for thy strong and well fenced cities, wherein thou didest trust, they shall destroy them with the sword. Nevertheless I will not then have done with you, saith the Lord. But if they say: wherefore doth the Lord our God all this unto us?
      Then answer them: because, that like as ye have forsaken me, and served strange gods in your land, even so shall ye serve other gods also in a strange land. Preach this unto the house of Jacob, and cry it out in Judah, and say thus: Hear this ( thou foolish and undiscrete people ) ye have eyes, but ye see not: ears have ye, but hear not.
      Fear ye not me, saith the Lord? Are ye not ashamed, to look me in the face? which bind the sea with the sand, so that it can not pass its bounds: for thou it rage, yet it can do nothing, and though the waves thereof do swell, yet may they not go over.
      But this people hath a false and *obstinate heart, they are departed and gone away from me. They think not in their hearts: O let us fear the Lord our God, that giveth us rain, early and late, when need is: which keepeth ever still the harvest for us yearly.
      Nevertheless your misdeeds have turned these from you, and your sins have robbed you hereof. For among my people are found wicked persons, that privately lay snares and wait for me, to take them and destroy them. And like as a net is full of birds, so are their houses full of that which they have gotten with falsehood and deceit. Hereof cometh their great substance and riches, hereof they are fat and wealthy, and blasphemies. They minister not the law, they make no end of the fatherless cause, they judge not the poor according to equity.
      Should I not punish these things, saith the Lord? should I not be avenged of all such people, as these be? Horrible and grievous things are done in the land.
      The Prophets teach falsely, and the priests follow them, and my people hath pleasure therin. What will become thereof at the last.

 

*peradventure (perhaps, perchance)
*advouterer: prefix "a" meaning not or without, devout: devotion; plain hearted to our living God, our father, mended of heart by Jesus; Yet here such are devoted to the flesh and houses of whoreship. see James 2 for adultery
*obstinate= Stubbornly adhering to an attitude, an opinion, or a course of action;

 

 

 

Chapter 6

      Come out of *Jerusalem, ye strong children of *Ben Jamin: blow up the trumpets ye *Tecuites, set up a token unto *Bethcarem, for a plague and great misery peepeth out from the *North.
      I will likened the daughter of Sion to a fair and tender woman, and to her will come the shepherds with their flocks. Their tents shall they shall pitch round about her, and every one shall feed them that are under his hand. Make battle against her (shall they say ) Arise, let us go up, while it is yet day.
      Alas the day goeth away, and the night shadows fall down: Arise, let us go up by night, and destroy her strongholds, for thus hath the Lord of Hosts commanded. Hew down her trees, and set up bulwarks against Jerusalem. This is the city that must be punished, for in her is all maliciousness. Like as a conduit aboundeth in water, even so this city aboundeth in wickedness. Robbery and unrighteousness is heard in her, sorrow and wounds are ever there in my sight. Amend thee ( O Jerusalem ) lest I withdraw my heart from thee, and make thee desolate: and thy land also, that no man dwell in it. For thus saith the Lord of Hosts: The residue of Israel shall be gathered, as the remanent of grapes.
      And therefore turn thine hand again in to the basket, like a grape gatherer. But unto whom shall I speak, whom shall I warn, that he may take heed? Their ears are so uncircumcised, that they may not hear.
      Behold, they take the word of God but for scorn, and have no *lust thereto. And therefore I am so full of thine indignation O' Lord, that I may suffer no longer. Shed out thy wrath upon the children that are without, and upon all young men. Yee the man must be taken prisoner with the wife, and the aged with the cripple. Their houses with their lands and wives shall be turned unto strangers, when I stretch out mine hand upon the inhabitors of this land, saith the Lord. For from the least to the most, they hang all upon covetousness: and from the prophet unto the priest, they go all about with falsehood and lies.
      And beside that, they heal the hurt of my people with sweet words, saying peace, peace, when there is no peace at all. Therefore they must be ashamed, for they have committed abomination. But how could they be ashamed, when they know nothing, neither of shame or good nurture? Therefore they shall fall among the slain, and in the hour when I shall visit them, they shall be brought down, saith the Lord.
      Thus saith the Lord: go into the streets, consider and make inquisition for the old way: and if it be the good and right way: then go therin, that ye may find rest for your souls. But if they say: we will not walk therin, and I will set watchmen over you, and therefore take heed unto the voice of the trumpet. But they say: we will not take heed. Hear therefore ye Gentiles, and thou congregation shalt know, what I have devised for them. Hear thou earth also: behold, I will cause a plague upon this people, even the fruit of their own imaginations.
      For they have not been obedient unto my words and my law, but abhorred them. Wherefore bring ye me incense from Saba, and sweet smelling Calamus from far countries? Your burnt offerings displease me, and I rejoice not in your sacrifices.
       And therefore thus saith the Lord: Behold, I will make this people fall, and there shall fall from among them the father with the children, one neighbor shall perish with another.
      Moreover thus saith the Lord: Behold, there shall come a people from the North, and a great people shall rise from the ends of the earth, with bows and with darts shall they be weaponed: It is a rough an fierce people, an unmerciful people: their voice roareth like the sea, they ride upon horses well appointed to the battle against thee, O daughter Sion. Then shall this cry be heard: Our arms are feeble, heaviness an sorrow is come upon us, as upon a woman travailing with child. No man goeth forth in to the field, no man come upon the high street: for the sword and fear of the enemy shall be on every side.
      Wherefore gird thee a sackcloth about thee ( O daughter of my people ) sprinkle thyself with ashes, mourn and weep bitterly, as upon the only beloved son: for the destroyer shall suddenly fall upon us. Thee have I set as a prover of my hard people, to seek out and try their ways. For they are all unfaithful and fallen away, they hang upon filthy lucre, they are clean brass and iron, for they have hurt and destroyed every man. The bellows are burnt in the fire, the lead is consumed, the melter melteth in vain, for the evil is not taken away from them. Therefore shall they be called naughty silver, because the Lord hath cast them out.

 

*Jerusalem = "teaching of peace" *Benjamin = "son of the right hand" Tekoite 5, = see Tekoa "trumpet blast" 5 = "God given" Beth-haccerem = "house of the vineyard" North = secret, hidden ones, esteemed, hide from discovery, Hoshama = "whom Jehovah hears" from the Hebrew . RN
*lust ( deep love )

 

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