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MORNING. Jeremiah V.
many, and streets of Jerusalem, and see their backslidings are increased. now, and know, and seek in the How shall I pardon thee for this? broad places thereof, if ye can thy children have forsaken me, find a man, if there be any that and sworn by them that are no executeth judgment, that seeketh gods : when I had fed them to the the truth; and I will pardon it. full, they then committed adulAnd though they say, The LORD tery, and assembled themselves liveth; surely they swear falsely. by troops in the harlots' houses. O LORD, are not thine eyes up- They were as fed horses in the on the truth? thou hast stricken morning : every one neighed after them, but they have not grieved ; his neighbour's wife. Shall I not thou hast consumed them, but visit for these things ? saith the they have refused to receive cor- LORD: and shall not my soul be rection : they have made their avenged on such a nation as this? faces harder than a rock; they Go ye up upon her walls, and have refused to return. There- destroy ; but make not a full fore I said, Surely these are poor ; end : take away her battlements; they are foolish: for they know for they are not the Lord's. For not the way of the LORD, nor the the house of Israel and the house judgment of their God. I will get of Judah have dealt very treacherme unto the great men, and will ously against me, saith the LORD. speak unto them; for they have They have belied the LORD, and known the way of the Lord, and said, it is not he; neither shall the judgment of their God: but evil come upon us; neither shall these have altogether broken the we see sword nor famine: and the yoke, and burst the bonds. Where- prophets shall become wind, and fore a lion out of the forest shall the word is not in them; thus shall slay them, and a wolf of the even- it be done unto them. Wherefore ings shall spoil them, a leopard thus saith the LORD God of hosts, shall watch over their cities: every Because ye speak this word, beone that goeth out thence shall hold, I will make my words in thy be torn in pieces: because their mouth fire, and this people wood,
and it shall devour them. LO, I and though the waves thereof toss will bring a nation upon you from themselves, yet can they not prefar, 0 house of Israel, saith the vail; though they roar, yet can LORD: it is a mighty nation, it is they not pass over it? But this an ancient nation, a nation whose people hath a revolting and a relanguage thou knowest not, nei- bellious heart; they are revoited ther understandest what they say. and gone. Neither say they in Their quiver is as an open sepul- their heart, Let us now fear the chre, they are all mighty men. LORD our God, that giveth rain, And they shall eat up thine har- both the former and the latter, vest, and thy bread, which thy in his season : he reserveth unto sons and thy daughters should us the appointed weeks of the hareat: they shall eat up thy flocks vest. Your iniquities have turned and thine herds : they shall eat away these things, and your sins up thy vines and thy fig trees : have withholden good things from they shall impoverish thy fenced you. For among my people are cities, wherein thou trustedst, with found wicked men: they lay wait, the sword. Nevertheless in those as he that setteth snares; they days, saith the LORD, I will not set a trap, they catch men. As make a full end with you. And it a cage is full of birds, so are their shall come to pass, when ye shall houses full of deceit: therefore say, Wherefore doeth the LORD they are become great, and waxour God all these things unto us? en rich. They are waxen fat, they then shalt thou answer them, Like shine : yea, they overpass the as ye have forsaken me, and sery- deeds of the wicked: they judge ed strange gods in your land, so not the cause, the cause of the shall ye serve strangers in a land fatherless, yet they prosper; and that is not your's. Declare this in the right of the needy do they not the house of Jacob, and publish judge. Shall I not visit for these it in Judah, saying, Hear now things ? saith the LORD: shall not this, O foolish people, and with- my soul be avenged on such a out understanding ; which have nation as this? A wonderful and eyes, and see not; which have horrible thing is committed in the ears, and hear not: Fear ye not land; the prophets prophesy falseme? saith the LORD: will ye not ly, and the priests bear rule by tremble at my presence, which their means; and my people love have placed the sand for the to have it so: and what will ye do bound of the sea by a perpetual in the end thereof? decree, that it cannot pass it :
EVENING. Jeremiah XXII.
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to the house of the king of horses, he, and his servants, and Judah, and speak there this word, his people. But if ye will not and say, Hear the word of the hear these words, I swear by myLORD, O king of Judah, that sit- self, saith the LORD, that this test upon the throne of David, house shall become a desolation. thou, and thy servants, and thy For thus saith the LORD unto the people that enter in by these king's house of Judah ; Thou art gates: thus saith the LORD; Ex- Gilead unto me, and the head of ecute ye judgment and righteous- Lebanon: yet surely I will make ness, and deliver the spoiled out thee a wilderness, and cities which of the hand of the oppressor: and are not inhabited. And I will predo no wrong, do no violence to pare destroyers against thee, every the stranger, the fatherless, nor one with his weapons and they the widow, neither shed innocent shall cut down thy choice cedars, blood in this place. For if ye do and cast them into the fire. And this thing indeed, then shall there many nations shall pass by this enter in by the gates of this house city, and they shall say every man kings sitting upon the throne of 1 to his neighbour, Wherefore hath the LORD done thus unto this yond the gates of Jerusalem. Go great city? Then they shall an- up to Lebanon, and cry; and lift swer, Because they have forsaken up thy voice in Bashan, and cry the covenant of the LORD their from the passages: for all thy God, and worshipped other gods, lovers are destroyed. I spake unand served them. Weep ye not for to thee in thy prosperity ; but the dead, neither bemoan him: thou saidst, I will not hear. This but weep sore for him that goeth hath been thy manner from thy away: for he shall return no youth, that thou obeyedst not my more, nor see his native country. voice. The wind shall eat up all For thus saith the LORD touching thy, pastors, and thy lovers shall Shallum the son of Josiah king go into captivity: surely then shalt of Judah, which reigned instead thou be ashamed and confounded of Josiah his father, which went for all thy wickedness. O inhabit. forth out of this place; He shall ant of Lebanon, that makest thy not return thither any more: nest in the cedars, how gracious but he shall die in the place whi- shalt thou be when pangs come ther they have led him captive, upon thee, the pain as of a woand shall see this land no more. man in travail ! As I live, saith Woe unto him that buildeth his
the LORD, though Coniah the house by unrighteousness, and his son of Jehoiakim king of Judah chambers by wrong ; that useth were the signet upon my right his neighbour's service without hand, yet would I pluck thee wages, and giveth him not for his thence; and I will give thee into work; that saith, I will build me the hand of them that seek thy a wide house and large chambers, life, and into the hand of them and cutteth him out windows; whose face thou fearest, even into and it is cieled with cedar, and the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king painted with vermilion. Shalt thou of Babylon, and into the hand of reign, because thou closest thyself the Chaldeans. And I will cast in cedar? did not thy father eat thee out, and thy mother that and drink, and do judgment and bare thee, into another country, justice, and then it was well with where ye were not born; and him? He judged the cause of the there shall ye die. But to the poor and needy; then it was well land whereunto they desire to with him: was not this to know return, thither shall they not reme? saith the LORD. But thine turn. Is this man Coniah a deeyes and thine heart are not but spised broken idol? is he a vessel for thy covetousness, and for to wherein is no pleasure? wherefore shed innocent blood, and for op- are they cast out, he and his seed, pression, and for violence, to do and are cast into a land which it. Therefore thus saith the Lord they know not? earth, earth, concerning Jehoiakim the son of earth, hear the word of the LORD. Josiah king of Judah ; They shall Thus saith the LORD, Write ye not lament for him, saying, Ah this man childless, a man that my brother! or, Ah sister! they shall not prosper in his days : for shall not lament for him, saying, no man of his seed shall prosAh lord! or, Ah his glory! He per, sitting upon the throne of shall be buried with the burial of David, and ruling any more in an ass, drawn and cast forth be- Judah.
MORNING. Jeremiah XXXV.
came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah from the LORD in Jeremiah, saying, Thus saith the the days of Jehoiakim the son of LORD of hosts, the God of Israel ; Josiah king of Judah, saying, Go Go and tell the men of Judah unto the house of the Rechabites, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and speak unto them, and bring Will ye not receive instruction to them into the house of the LORD, hearken to my words ? saith the into one of the chambers, and LORD. The words of Jonadab the give them wine to drink. Then I son of Rechab, that he commandtook Jaazaniah the son of Jére- ed his sons not to drink wine, are miah, the son of Habaziniah, and performed; for unto this day they his brethren, and all his sons, and drink none, but obey their fathe whole house of the Rechab- ther's commandment: notwithites; and I brought them into standing I have spoken unto you, the house of the LORD, into the rising early and speaking ; but ye chamber of the sons of Hanan, hearkened not unto me. I have the son of Igdaliah, a man of sent also unto you all my serGod, which was by the chamber vants the prophets, rising up early of the princes, which was above and sending them, saying, Return the chamber of Maaseiah the son ye now every man from his evil of Shallum, the keeper of the and amend your doings, door: and í set before the sons and go not after other gods to of the house of the Rechabites serve them, and ye shall dwell in pots full of wine, and cups, and the land which I have given to I said unto them, Drink ye wine. you and to your fathers : but ye But they said, We will drink no have not inclined your ear, nor wine: for Jonadab the son of hearkened unto me. Because the Rechab our father commanded sons of Jonadab the son of Reus, saying, Ye shall drink no chab have performed the comwine, neither ye, nor your sons mandment of their father, which for ever: neither shall ye build he commanded them; but this house, nor sow seed, nor plant people hath not hearkened unto vineyard, nor have any: but all me: therefore thus saith the LORD your days ye shall dwell in tents ; God of hosts, the God of Israel; that ye may live many days in the Behold, I will bring upon Judah land where ye be strangers. Thus and upon all the inhabitants of have we obeyed the voice of Jo- Jerusalem all the evil that I have nadab the son of Rechab our fa- pronounced against them: because ther in all that he hath charged I have spoken unto them, but us, to drink no wine all our days, they have not heard ; and I have we, our wives, our sons, nor our called unto them, but they have daughters; nor to build houses not answered. And Jeremiah said for us to dwell in : neither have unto the house of the Rechabites, we vineyard, nor field, nor seed : Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the but we have dwelt in tents, and God of Israel; Because ye have have obeyed, and done according obeyed the commandment of Joto all that Jonadab our father nadab your father, and kept all commanded us. But it came to his precepts, and done according pass, when Nebuchadrezzar king unto all that he hath commandof Babylon came up into the ed you: therefore thus saith the land, that we said, Come, and let LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; us go to Jerusalem for fear of the Jonadab the son of Rechab shall army of the Chaldeans, and for not want a man to stand before fear of the army of the Syrians : me for ever. so we dwell at Jerusalem. Then
EVENING. Jeremiah XXXVI. ND it came to pass in the court, at the entry of the new
gate of the Lord's house, in the son of Josiah king of Judah, that ears of all the people. When Mithis word came unto Jeremiah chaiah the son of Gemariah, the from the LORD, saying, Take thee son of Shaphan, had heard out a roll of a book, and write therein of the book all the words of the all the words that I have spoken LORD, then he went down into unto thee against Israel, and a- the king's house, into the scribe's gainst Judah, and against all the chamber: and, lo, all the princes nations, from the day I spake sat there, even Elishama the scribe, unto thee, from the days of Jo- and Delaiah the son of Shemaiah, siah, even unto this day. It may and Elnathan the son of Achbor, be that the house of Judah will and Gemariah the son of Shahear all the evil which I purpose phan, and Zedekiah the son of to do unto them; that they may Hananiah, and all the princes. return every man from his evil Then Michaiah declared unto way; that I may forgive their them all the words that he had iniquity and their sin. Then Je- heard, when Baruch read the remiah called Baruch the son of book in the ears of the people. Neriah : and Baruch wrote from Therefore all the princes sent Jethe mouth of Jeremiah all the hudi the son of Nethaniah, the words of the LORD, which he had son of Shelemiah, the son of Cuspoken unto him, upon a roll of shi, unto Baruch, saying, Take a book. And Jeremiah command- in thine hand the roll wherein ed Baruch, saying, I am shut up; thou hast read in the ears of the I cannot go into the house of the people, and come. So Baruch the LORD: therefore go thou, and son of Neriah took the roll in his read in the roll, which thou hast hand, and came unto them. And written from my mouth, the words they said unto him, Sit down now, of the LORD the ears of the and read it in our ears. So Bapeople in the Lord's house upon ruch read it in their ears. Now the fasting day: and also thou it came to pass, when they had shalt read them in the ears of all heard all the words, they were Judah that come out of their afraid both one and other, and cities. It may be they will pre- said unto Barueh, We will surely sent their supplication before the tell the king of all these words. LORD, and will return every one And they asked Baruch, saying, from his evil way: for great is Tell us now, How didst thou write the anger and the fury that the all these words at his mouth? LORD hath pronounced against Then Baruch answered them, He this people. And Baruch the son pronounced all these words unto of Neriah did according to all that me with his mouth, and I wrote Jeremiah the prophet commanded them with ink in the book. Then him, reading in the book the words said the princes unto Baruch, Go, of the LORD in the Lord's house. hide thee, thou and Jeremiah; And it came to pass in the fifth and let no man know where ye year of Jehoiakim the son of Jo- be. And they went in to the king siah king of Judah, in the ninth into the court, but they laid up month, that they proclaimed a the roll in the chamber of Eli. fast before the LORD to all the shama the scribe, and told all the people in Jerusalem, and to all words in the ears of the king. So the people that came_from the the king sent Jehudi to fetch the cities of Judah unto Jerusalem. roll: and he took it out of EliThen read Baruch in the book shama the scribe's chamber. And the words of Jeremiah in the Jehudi read it in the ears of the house of the LORD, in the cham- king, and in the ears of all the ber of Gemariah the son of Sha- princes which stood beside the phan the scribe, in the higher king. Now the king sat in the