Jeremiah


Jeremiah

     1[1-3] The words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the preachers who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin to whom the word of Yahweh came in the days of Josiah son of Amon, ruler of Judah (southern Israel), in the 13th year of his reign. It came also in the days of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, ruler of Judah (southern Israel), to the end of the 11th year of Zedekiah, son of Josiah, ruler of Judah (southern Israel), to the time when Jerusalem was carried away prisoner in the 5th month.

[4-8] Now the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, I knew you before I created you in the womb of your mother, and I set you apart before you were even born; I’ve made you a preacher to the nations. Then I said, Ah, Yahweh God! See, I don’t even know how to speak; for I am just a child. But Yahweh said to me, Don’t say, I am just a child; You’ll go to whoever I send you, and you’ll say whatever I tell you. Don’t be afraid because of them; for I am with you to save you, says Yahweh.

[9-12] Then Yahweh reached out, and touched my mouth; and said to me, See, I’ve put My words in your mouth. I’ve set you over the nations today and over the realms, to root up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant. Besides the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, Jeremiah, what do you see? I said, I see a branch of an almond tree. Then Yahweh said to me, You’ve seen well. I watch over My Word to do it.

[13-15] The word of Yahweh came to me again, saying, What do you see? I said, I see a boiling pot; and its face is from the north. Then Yahweh said to me, Out of the north evil will be let loose on all the people of the land. See, I’ll call all the families of the nations of the north, says Yahweh; and they’ll come and give everyone a seat of power at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all its walls all the way around, and against all the cities of Judah (southern Israel).

[16-19] I’ll speak My judgments against them as for all their evil, those that have left Me, and have burned incense to false gods, and worshiped the works of their own hands. So tighten up your waist, and get up, and speak to them all that I tell you. Don’t be troubled at them, or I’ll make you fall in front of them. See, I’ve made you like a strong city today, and an iron pillar, and bronze walls, against the whole land, against the rulers of Judah (southern Israel), against its royalty, against its preachers, and against the people of the land. They’ll fight against you; but they won’t win, for I am with you, says Yahweh, to save you.

 

     2[1-3] The word of Yahweh came to me, saying, Go, and tell the people of Jerusalem, saying, Yahweh says, I remember the kindness of your youth for you, the love of your engagement; how you followed Me in the deserted countryside, in a land that was not planted. Israel was holiness to Yahweh, the first fruits of My harvest and all who eat up My people will be held guilty; evil will come on them, says Yahweh.

[4-7] Listen to the word of Yahweh, O people of Jacob, and all the families of the people of Israel. Yahweh says, What wrong have your ancestors found in Me, that they’ve gone so far from Me, and have followed meaninglessness, and are empty? Nor did they say, Where is Yahweh who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, who led us through the deserted countryside, through a land of deserts and pits, through a land of drought and of the shadow of death, through a land that none passed through, and where no one lived? I brought you into a plentiful land, to eat its fruit and its goodness; but when you went in it, you made My land unfit, and made my heritage a stinking waste.

[8-12] The preachers didn’t say, Where is Yahweh? and those who handle the law didn’t know Me. The rulers also sinned against me, and the preachers spoke by that false god Baal, and followed things that don’t profit. So I’ll yet challenge you, and your grandchildren, says Yahweh. Go over to the islands of Kittim, and see; and send to Kedar, and consider carefully; and see if there has been any such thing. Has a nation changed its gods, which are not even gods? but My people have changed their glory for what doesn’t profit. Be shocked, you heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be very unhappy, says Yahweh.

[13-17] For My people have done two evil things: they’ve left Me, the spring of living waters, and cut them out wells, broken wells, that can hold no water. Is Israel a servant? Or a native-born slave? Why has Israel become a prey then? The young lions have roared at Israel, and made noise; and destroyed the land. Its cities are burned up, with no one left. The children also of Memphis and Tahpanhes have broken the crown of your head. Haven’t you brought this on yourself, in that you’ve left Yahweh your God, who led you by the way?

[18-20] Now what good will it do you to go the way to Egypt, to drink the waters of Shihor? or what good will it do you to go the way to Assyria, to drink the waters of the EuphratesRiver? Your own evil will correct you, and your unfaithfulness will accuse you. So know and see that it’s an evil and harsh thing that you’ve left Yahweh your God, and that you don’t show Me respect, says Yahweh, the God of All Creation. For long ago I’ve broken their control of you, and untied your ropes; and you said, I won’t sin; but on every high hill and under every green tree you bowed yourself down to them, being as unfaithful as a prostitute.

[21-24] Yet I had planted you a goodly vine, wholly a good descendants, so how did you turned into the bad branches of a foreign vine to Me? Though you wash yourself with lye, and use much soap, yet your sin is marked before Me, says the Yahweh God. How can you say, “I am not unfit, I haven’t gone after the Baals” (false gods)? See your way in the valley, and know what you’ve done. You’re a swift camel going her own ways; a wild donkey used to the deserted countryside, that snuffs up the wind when she’s in heat; who can turn her away in her time? All those who look for her won’t tire themselves; in her month they’ll find her.

[25-27]Don’t let your feet be barefoot, or let your throat be thirsty, but you said, “There’s no hope, for I’ve loved strangers, and I’ll follow them.” As the thief is ashamed when caught, so the people of Israel are ashamed; they, their rulers, their royalty, their preachers, and teachers; Who would tell a piece of wood, “You’re my god;” or a stone, “You’ve saved me.” They’ve turned their back to Me, and not their face; but when of trouble they’ll say, “Come and save us.”

[28-31] So where are your gods that you’ve made? Let them come, and save you if they can in your time of trouble! You’ve got as many false gods as the number of your cities, Judah (southern Israel). Why you’ll challenge me? You have all sinned against me, says Yahweh. I’ve hit your children for nothing; they received no correction. You’ve killed your own preachers, like a destroying lion. People, see the word of Yahweh. Have I been a deserted countryside to Israel? Or a land of thick darkness? Why do My people say, “We’re broken loose; we won’t come to you anymore?”

[32-37] Can a young girl forget her jewelry, or a bride her wedding dress? Yet My people have forgotten Me days without number. How you decorate your way to find love! So you’ve even taught the evil ones your ways. Also in your skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents. I didn’t find them by breaking in; but it’s clear because of all these things. Yet you said, “I am innocent, so surely God’s anger won’t touch me.” See, I’ll judge you, because you say, “I haven’t sinned.” Why do you try so hard to change your way? You’ll be ashamed of Egypt also, as you were ashamed of Assyria. You’ll go out from there with your hands on your head, because Yahweh has rejected those in whom you trust, and you won’t get any help from them.

     3[1-3] They say, If someone puts out their spouse, and they go from them, and become another’s, will they take them back again later? Won’t they be unfit? You’ve been as unfaithful as a prostitute with many lovers; yet come back to Me again, says Yahweh. Look up to the bare heights, and see; where have you not been unfaithful? You’ve sat waiting for them by the ways, as an Arabian in the deserted countryside; and you’ve polluted the land with your prostitution and with your evil. So the rain showers have been withheld, and there’s been no latter rain; yet you have the face of a prostitute, and refuse to be ashamed.

[4-7] Won’t you from this time cry to me, “My God, aren’t you the guide of my youth? You’ll stay angry forever? you’ll keep your anger to the end?” See, you’ve spoken and have done evil things, and have had your way. Besides Yahweh said to me in the days of Josiah the ruler, Have you seen how Israel has gone back to its old ways? They have gone up on every high mountain and under every green tree, and there have been as unfaithful as a prostitute. I said after Israel had done all these things, They will come back to me; but they didn’t come back and her unfaithful sister Judah (southern Israel) saw it.

[8-10] I saw, when, for this very cause that backsliding Israel had been unfaithful, I had put her away and given her a bill of divorce, yet unfaithful Judah (southern Israel), her sister, didn’t fear; but she also went and has been as unfaithful as a prostitute. Through her careless prostitution, the land was polluted, and she’s been unfaithful with false gods of stones and wood. Yet for all this her unfaithful sister Judah hasn’t come back to me with her whole heart, but are only faking it, says Yahweh.

[11-15] Yahweh said to me, Backsliding Israel has shown itself to be better than unfaithful Judah (southern Israel). Go, and tell these words to the north, and say, Return to Me, unfaithful Israel, says Yahweh; I won’t be angry at you; for I am merciful, says Yahweh, I won’t be angry forever. Only admit your sin, that you’ve sinned against Yahweh your God, and have scattered your charms to strangers under every green tree, and you haven’t obeyed My voice, says Yahweh. Return to Me, unfaithful children, says Yahweh; for I am like a husband to you, and I’ll take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I’ll bring you to Zion (Jerusalem) and I’ll give you overseers according to my heart, who will give you knowledge and understanding.

[16-20] When you’re multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, says Yahweh, they won’t say anymore, The box of the law of Yahweh; It won’t come to mind; nor will they remember it or miss it; nor will it even exist any more. At that time they’ll call Jerusalem the capital of Yahweh’s realm; and all the nations will be gathered to it, to the Name of Yahweh, to Jerusalem. And they won’t follow the stubbornness of their evil heart. In those days the people of Judah (southern Israel) will walk with the people of Israel, and they’ll come together out of the land of the north to the land that I gave for an inheritance to your ancestors. But I said, I’ll put you among the children, and give you a beautiful land, the best portion of all the nations! and I said, You’ll call me My God, and won’t turn away from following Me. Surely as one spouse unfaithfully leaves the other, so you’ve been unfaithful to Me, people of Israel, says Yahweh.

[21-25] A voice is heard on the bare heights, the crying and the prayers of the people of Israel; because they’ve made themselves unfit, they’ve forgotten Yahweh their God. Return, you unfaithful children, and I’ll heal your unfaithfulness. See, we come to you; for you’re Yahweh our God. Truly the help that we wanted from the hills isn’t anything, the uproar on the mountains is useless. Truly, the saving grace of Israel is in Yahweh our God. But our shame has ruined the work of our ancestors from our youth, their flocks, herds, and children. Let’s lie down in our shame, and let our confusion cover us; for we’ve sinned against Yahweh our God, we and our ancestors, from our youth even to today; and we haven’t obeyed the voice of Yahweh our God.

4[1-4] If you’ll come back, Israel, says Yahweh, if you’ll come back to Me, and if you’ll put away your false gods out of My sight; then you won’t be removed; and you’ll promise, As Yahweh lives, in truth, in justice, and in goodness; and in God the nations will bless themselves, and will make God well known. For Yahweh says to the people of Judah (southern Israel) and to Jerusalem, Break up your unplanted ground, and don’t plant among thorns. Dedicate yourselves to Yahweh, and cut away the foreskins of your heart, you people of Judah and people of Jerusalem; lest My rage burn like fire, and burn so that no one can put it out, because of the evil things you do.

[5-9] Tell it in Judah (southern Israel), and publish it in Jerusalem; and say, Blow the trumpet in the land; cry out and say, Gather yourselves, and let’s go into the strong cities. Put up a flag in Zion (Jerusalem)! Run for safety, don’t stay; for I’ll bring evil from the north, and great destruction. A lion is gone up from its thicket, and a destroyer of nations; It’s on the way, and has left its homeland, to make your land deserted, that your cities be destroyed and without people. For this, put on your mourning clothes, mourn and cry; for the great anger of Yahweh hasn’t turned back from us. At that day, says Yahweh, the heart of the ruler and the royalty will die of fear; and the preachers will be shocked, and the teachers will be amazed.

[10-13 Then I said, “Ah, Yahweh God! surely you’ve greatly lied to this people and Jerusalem, saying, You’ll have peace; whereas war takes our very life. At that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem, A hot wind from the bare heights in the deserted countryside toward the cities of My people, not to separate, nor to cleanse; but a full wind from these will come for Me. Now I’ll also speak judgments against them. See, the evil one will come up as clouds, whose war vehicles will be as the hurricane, whose horses are swifter than eagles. Sorrow will come to us and we’re ruined!

[14-18] Jerusalem, cleanse your heart from evil, that you may be saved. How long you’ll keep thinking your evil thoughts? For a voice speaks from Dan, and publishes evil from the hills of Ephraim (Northern Israel). Tell the nations; see, publish it against Jerusalem that watchers come from a far country, and speak out against the cities of Judah (southern Israel). As keepers of a field they surrounded it, because it has been rebellious against Me, says Yahweh. What you’ve said and done has brought these things on you; this is your own evil; it’s bitter and reaches to your heart.

[19-22] My heart, my heart! My very heart aches; my heart pounds in me; I can’t hold my peace; because you’ve heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war. Destruction on destruction is cried; for the whole land is destroyed. Suddenly my homes are destroyed, and my curtains in a moment. How long will I see the flag, and Listen to the sound of the trumpet? For My people are stupid, they don’t know me; they’re stupid children, and they have no understanding; they know how to do evil things, but they don’t know how to do good things.

[23-27] I saw the earth and it was a waste and empty; and the heavens didn’t have any light. I saw the mountains and they trembled, and all the hills shook. I saw that there was no one left, and all the birds of heaven had gone. I saw that the fruitful field was a deserted countryside, and all its cities were broken down at the presence of Yahweh’s great anger. Yahweh says, The whole land will be a ruin; yet I won’t completely destroy it.

     [28-31] For this will the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black; because I’ve spoken it, I’ve planned it, and I haven’t changed My mind, nor will I turn back from it. Every city runs for the noise of the soldiers; they go into the thickets, and climb up on the rocks and every city is left, and no one lives in them. You, when you’re ruined, what you’ll do? Though you put on your fine clothes, deck yourself with gold jewelry, and put on your makeup, you make yourself beautiful for nothing; your lovers hate you and want to kill you. I’ve heard a voice as of a woman giving birth, the suffering as of one having her first child, the voices of the cities of Zion (Jerusalem), who gasps for breath, who spreads her hands, saying, I’m sorry now! My soul faints before the murderers.

5[1-3] Run back and forth through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and look in its wide open places , if you can find someone, if There’s anyone who does justly, who looks for truth; and I’ll forgive them. Though they say, As Yahweh lives; surely they break promises. O Yahweh, don’t your eyes see the truth? You’ve punished them, but they weren’t grieved; you’ve destroyed them, but they’ve refused to be corrected; they’ve made their faces harder than a rock; they’ve refused to turn back to you.

[4-6] Then I said, Surely these are poor and stupid; for they don’t know the way of Yahweh, nor the law of their God. I’ll go to the leaders, and will speak to them; for they know the way of Yahweh, and the law of their God. But these have all broken free from Your control and untied their ropes. So a lion out of the forest will kill them, a wolf of the night will destroy them, a leopard will watch their cities; everyone who goes out will be torn to pieces; because their sins are many, and they’ve been very unfaithful.

[7-13]  How can I forgive you? Your children have left Me, and made promises by false gods; when I had fed them full, they were unfaithful, and gathered themselves in groups at the prostitutes’ houses. They were as fed horses roaming around; everyone neighed after their neighbor’s spouse. Will I not punish you for these things? says Yahweh; and won’t my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? Go up on her walls, and destroy; but don’t completely destroy them, only take away the defenses that are not Yahweh’s. For the people of Israel and of Judah (southern Israel) have very been very unfaithful to me, says Yahweh. They’ve denied Yahweh, and said, It’s not God; nor will evil come on us; nor will we see war or hunger; and the preachers will become wind, and the word isn’t in them, so it will be done to them.

[14-17] So Yahweh, the God of All Creation says, Because you speak this word, see, I’ll make My words in your mouth like fire, and this people like wood, and it will burn them up. See, I’ll bring a nation on you from far away, people of Israel, says Yahweh. It’s a strong nation, an ancient nation, a nation whose language you don’t know, nor understand what they say. Their quiver is an open tomb, they’re all soldiers. They’ll eat up your harvest, and your bread, which your children should eat; they’ll eat up your flocks and herds; they’ll eat up your vines and fig trees; they’ll tear down your strong cities, in which you trust, with war.

[18-22] But even in those days, says Yahweh, I won’t completely destroy you. When you say, Why has Yahweh our God done all these things to us? then you’ll say to them, Like you’ve left Me, and served foreign gods in your land, so you’ll serve strangers in a land that isn’t yours. Tell this to the people of Jacob, and publish it in Judah (southern Israel), saying, Listen to this now, stupid people without understanding; who have eyes, and don’t see and ears, and don’t Listen to! Don’t you fear me? says Yahweh? Won’t you tremble at my presence, who has placed the sand for the bound of the sea, a permanent boundary, that it can’t pass? and though its waves toss themselves, yet they can’t overcome; though they roar, yet they can’t pass over it.

[23-28] But this people has a horrible and rebellious heart; they’ve rebelled and left. Nor do they say in their heart, Let’s now fear Yahweh our God, who gives rain, both the former and the latter, in its season; who gives us the set weeks of the harvest. Your sins have turned away these things and withheld good from you. Evil people are among My people; they watch, as a hunter waits, setting a trap to catch others. As a cage is full of birds, their houses are full of lies, so they’ve become great, and grew rich. They’ve grown fat, and think; yes, they out do their evil works; they don’t plead the case of those without a parent, that they may do well; and they don’t judge the right of the poor.

[29-31] Will I not punish them for these things? says Yahweh; won’t my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? An amazing and horrible thing has happened in the land; the preachers preach falsely, and the teachers rule by their riches; and My people love to have it so, and what you’ll do in the end?

6[1-5] Run for safety, you children of Benjamin, out of Jerusalem, and blow the trumpet in Tekoa, and raise up a signal on Beth Haccherem; for evil comes out of the north, and great destruction. The city of Zion (Jerusalem) is like a beautiful and delicate one that I’ll destroy. Pastors with their flocks will come there; they’ll pitch their tents all around it; they’ll feed everyone in their place. Get ready for war against it; get up, and let’s go up at noon. Sorrow is coming to us! The day is gone, and the shadows of night are stretched out. Get up, and let’s go up by night, and let’s destroy all its great houses.

[6-9] Yahweh, the God of All Creation has said this, Cut down trees, and throw up a mound against Jerusalem; this is the city to be punished; It’s full of abuse. As a well gives out its waters, so it gives out its evil, and violence and destruction is heard in it; before me continually is sickness and wounds. Listen and learn, Jerusalem, or my soul will be separated from you and I’ll make you a ruin, a land without people. Yahweh, the God of All Creation says, They’ll completely take what’s left of Israel as one picks a vine, so turn again your hand as a grape gatherer into the baskets.

[10-15] To whom will I speak and testify that they may Listen to? See, their ear is stopped up, and they can’t listen; see, they blame the word of Yahweh and don’t enjoy it. So I am full of the rage of Yahweh; I am tired of holding it all in, so I’ll pour it out on the children in the street, and on the gathering of youth who stand together; for even the parents will be taken, and the elderly who is full of days. Their houses will be given to others, their fields and their spouses together; for I’ll stretch out My hand on the people of the land, says Yahweh. From the least of them even to the greatest of them everyone is given to greed; and from the preacher even to the teacher everyone acts falsely. They’ve also healed the hurt of My people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when There’s no peace. Were they ashamed when they had done evil things? No, they weren’t at all ashamed, nor could they even blush, so they’ll fall among those who fall; at the time that I punish them they’ll be thrown down, says Yahweh.

[16-20] Yahweh says, Stand in the streets and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and you’ll find rest for your souls; but they said, We won’t go that way! I set guards over you, saying, Listen to the sound of the trumpet; but they said, We won’t listen. So Listen to, you nations, and know, people, what is among them. Listen to, earth, and see; I’ll bring evil on this people, even the way they think, because they haven’t listened to My words; and as for My law, they’ve rejected it. Why does incense from Sheba come to Me, and the sweet cane from a far country? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor are your sacrifices pleasing to me.

[21-25] So Yahweh says, See, I’ll lay stumbling blocks before this people; and the parents and the children together will fall over them; the neighbor and friend will die. Yahweh says, See, a people comes from the north country; and a great nation will be stirred up from the farthest parts of the earth. They lay hold on their weapons; they’re cruel, and have no mercy; their voice roars like the sea, and they ride on horses, everyone in their armor, as someone going to war against you, city of Zion (Jerusalem). We’ve heard its reports; our hands are weak; suffering has taken hold of us, and pangs as of a woman giving birth. Don’t go out into the field, nor walk in the street; for the enemy brings war and terror on every side.

[26-30] Daughter of My people, put on your mourning clothes, and wallow in ashes! Mourn as for an only child, a most bitter mourning; for the destroyer will suddenly come on us. I’ve made you a metal tester to test My people; that you may know and test their way. They’re all serious rebels, going about lying; they’re brass and iron and all of them act horribly. The blowers blow strongly; the lead is already melted by the fire, yet they go on heating it; for the evil ones are not punished and taken away. So people will call them the waste of silver, because Yahweh has rejected them.

     7[1-7] The word that came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, saying, Stand in the gate of Yahweh’s house, and tell this word there, and say, Listen to the word of Yahweh, all you of Judah (southern Israel), who go in at these gates to worship Yahweh. Yahweh, the God of All Creation, God of Israel says, Change your ways and your doings, and I’ll let you live in this place. Don’t trust in lying words, saying, The Place of Worship of Yahweh, the Place of Worship of Yahweh, the Place of Worship of Yahweh, are these. For if you completely change your ways and your doings; if you completely do justice between one person and another; if you don’t abuse the foreigner, those without a parent, and the death survivor, and don’t shed innocent blood in this place, nor walk after false gods to your own hurt, then I’ll let you to live in this place, in the land that I gave to your ancestors a long time ago, even forever.

[8-12]  See, you trust in lying words, that can’t profit. You’ll steal, murder, be sexually unfaithful, break promises, and burn incense to that false god Baal, and walk after other false gods that you haven’t known, and come and stand before me in this house, which is called by My Name, and say, We’re freed; that you may do all these evil things? Is this house, which is called by My Name, become a den of thieves in your eyes? See, I have seen it, says Yahweh. But go now to My Place which was in Shiloh, where I caused My Name to be at first, and see what I did to it for the evil of My people Israel.

[13-17] Now, because you’ve done all these works, says Yahweh, and I spoke to you, rising up early and speaking, but you didn’t Listen to; and I called you, but you didn’t answer, so I’ll do to the house which is called by My Name, in which you trust, and to the place which I gave to you and your ancestors, as I did to Shiloh. I’ll throw you out of My sight, as I’ve throw out all your family, even the whole descendants of Ephraim (Northern Israel). So (Jeremiah) don’t pray for this people, neither lift up a cry, nor prayer for them, nor beg for them to Me; for I won’t Listen. Don’t you see what they do in the cities of Judah (southern Israel) and in the streets of Jerusalem?

[18-20] The children gather wood, and the fathers start the fire, and the women knead the dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings to false gods, that they may make Me angry. Do they make Me angry? says Yahweh; do they not bring shame on their own faces? So Yahweh God says this, See, My anger and my rage will be poured out on this place, on human beings, animals, the trees of the field, the fruit of the ground; and it will burn, and won’t be put out.

[21-24] Yahweh, God of All Creation says, the God of Israel says, Add your burnt offerings to your sacrifices, and eat meat. For I didn’t speak to your ancestors, nor tell them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, about burnt offerings or sacrifices, but this thing I told them, saying, Listen to My voice, and I’ll be your God, and You’ll be My people; and follow the way that I tell you, that it may be well with you. But they didn’t listen nor listen, but did whatever they wanted to in the stubbornness of their evil hearts, and went backward, and not forward.

[25-28] Since the day that your ancestors came out of the land of Egypt even to today, I’ve sent to you all my workers, the preachers, daily rising up early and sending them, yet they didn’t listen to Me, nor turned their ear, but made their neck stiff and did worse than their ancestors. You’ll speak all these words to them; but they won’t listen to you; You’ll also call to them; but they won’t answer you. You’ll tell them, This is the nation that hasn’t listened to the voice of Yahweh their God, nor learned anything; truth is dead, and is destroy from their mouth.

[29-34] Destroy your hair, Jerusalem, and throw it away, and mourn up on the bare heights; for Yahweh is very angry and  has rejected and left the people. For the people of Judah (southern Israel) have done what is evil in My sight, says Yahweh; they’ve set their false gods in the house which is called by My Name, to ruin it. They’ve built the high places of Topheth, which is in the valley of son of Hinnom, to burn their children in the fire; which I didn’t tell them to do, nor did it come into My mind. So, see, the days are coming, says Yahweh, that it won’t be called Topheth anymore, nor The valley of son of Hinnom, but The valley of Slaughter, because they’ll bury in Topheth, until there’s no place to bury. The dead bodies of this people will be food for the birds of heaven and for the animals of the earth; and no one will scare them away. Then I’ll cause to come to an end the sound of joy and the voice of happiness, the voices of the bridegroom and the bride from the cities of Judah (southern Israel), and from the streets of Jerusalem; for the land will become a waste.

8[1-3] At that time, says Yahweh, they’ll bring out the bones of the rulers of Judah (southern Israel), and the bones of the royalty, and the bones of the preachers, and the bones of the teachers, and the bones of the people of Jerusalem, out of their graves; and they’ll spread them before the sun, and the moon, and all the stars of heaven, which they’ve loved and served, and after which they’ve followed, and from which they’ve sought answers, and which they’ve worshiped. They won’t be gathered, nor buried, but they’ll be waste on the surface of the earth. Death will be chosen rather than life by all the rest that are left of this evil family, that are left in all the places where I’ve driven them, says Yahweh, God of All Creation.

[4-7] Besides this, tell them, Yahweh says, Will people fall, and not rise up again? Will one turn away, and not go back? Why then is this people of Jerusalem backslidden by continual unfaithfulness? They believe lies and refuse to turn back. I listened and heard, but they didn’t speak what’s right. No one turns from their evil ways, saying, What have I done? Everyone walks straight down the path of sin, as a horse that rushes headlong into battle. Yes, the stork in heaven knows her set times; and the dove, the swallow, and the crane know when to come; but My people don’t know Yahweh God’s law.

[8-12] How can you say, We’re wise, and the law of Yahweh is with us? See, the pen of the writers has written falsely. The wise are disappointed, troubled, and taken. They’ve rejected the word of Yahweh God; and what way of wisdom is in them? So I’ll give their wives to others, and their fields to those who take them. Everyone from the least even to the greatest is greedy; from the preacher even to the teacher, everyone acts falsely. They’ve hardly healed the hurt of the daughters of My people, saying, Peace, peace; when There’s no peace. Were they ashamed when they had been unfaithful? No, they weren’t at all ashamed, nor could they even blush, so they’ll fall among those who fall; They’ll be thrown down when they are punished, says Yahweh.

[13-16] I’ll completely destroy them, says Yahweh. There won’t be any grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree, and the leaf will fade; and the things that I’ve given them will be taken from them. Why do we sit still? Gather yourselves, and let’s go into the strong cities, and be silent there; for Yahweh our God has put us to silence, and given us troubled water to drink, because we’ve sinned against Yahweh. We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of healing, and see, more trouble! The snorting of horses is heard from Dan; the whole land shakes at the sound of the neighing of the strong ones; for they’ve come, and eaten up the land and all that is in it; the city and those who live in it.

[17-22] See, I’ll send snakes and vipers among you, which won’t be charmed; and they’ll bite you, says Yahweh. Oh that I could comfort myself against this sorrow! My heart is faint within me. See, the voice of the cry of the daughters of My people from a land that is very far away. Isn’t Yahweh in Zion (Jerusalem)? Isn’t its Ruler in it? Why have they made me angry with their false gods and foreign ways? The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we’re not saved. I hurt for the suffering of the daughters of My people! I mourn and am greatly troubled. Is there no salve in Gilead (Jordan)? Is there no doctor there? Why haven’t the daughters of My people gotten well then?

     9[1-6] My head is full of water, and My eyes spring tears! I cry day and night for those killed of the daughters of My people! Oh that I had a place to stay in the deserted countryside; that I could leave My people, and go from them! For they’re all unfaithful people; a gathering of unfaithful people. They bend their tongue, as it were their bow, to tell lies; and they’ve grown strong in the land, but not for truth. They go from evil to evil, and they don’t know Me, says Yahweh. Pay attention everyone to their neighbor, and don’t trust any family member; for everyone will completely displace the other, and every neighbor will go about telling lies. Everyone will lie to their neighbor, and won’t speak the truth. They’ve taught their tongue to tell lies; they tire themselves out sinning. Your home is in the middle of lies; through lies they refuse to know Me, says Yahweh.

[7-10] So Yahweh, the God of All Creation says, See, I’ll melt them, and try them; for what else can I do for of the daughters of My people? Their tongue is like a deadly arrow; it speaks lies. One speaks peaceably to a neighbor with their mouth, but in their heart they want to kill them. Won’t I punish them for these things? says Yahweh; won’t My soul be avenged on such a nation as this? I’ll cry for the mountains, and mourn for the pastures of the deserted countryside, because they’re burned up, so that no one passes through; nor can anyone listen to the sound of livestock; both the birds of heaven and the animals have run away, they’re all gone.

[11-16] I’ll make Jerusalem a ruin, a place of wild dogs; and I’ll make the cities of Judah (southern Israel) a ruin, without people. Who is wise that may understand this? and who is the one to whom the mouth of Yahweh has spoken to tell it? Why is the land dead and burned up like a deserted countryside, so that no one passes through it? Yahweh says, Because they’ve left My law which I set in front of them, and haven’t obeyed My voice, nor walked in it, but have followed the stubbornness of their own heart, and after the false Baal gods, which their ancestors taught them; So Yahweh, God of All Creation, the God of Israel says, See, I’ll feed them, even this people, with poisonous plants, and give them troubled water to drink. I’ll scatter them also among the nations, whom neither they nor their ancestors have known; and I’ll send war after them, until I’ve destroyed them.

[17-21] Yahweh, God of All Creation says, Consider and call for the mourning women that they may come; and send for the skillful women, that they may come and tell them to come quickly, and mourn for us, that our eyes may run down with tears, and our eyelids gush out with water. For a voice of crying is heard out of Zion (Jerusalem), How we’re ruined! We’re greatly confused, because we’ve left the land, because they’ve throw down our homes. Yet Listen to the word of Yahweh, you women, and let your ear Listen to God’s word; and teach your daughters to cry, and everyone her neighbor to mourn. For death is come up into our windows, and gone into our great houses; to destroy the children from outside, and the youth from the streets.

[22-26] Speak, Yahweh says, The dead bodies of men will fall as waste on the open field, and as the handful after the harvester; and none will gather them. Yahweh says, Don’t let the wise glory in wisdom, nor let the strong glory in strength, don’t let the rich glory in riches; but let the one who glories glory in this, that they have understanding, and know Me, that I am Yahweh who exercises loving kindness, justice, and goodness, in the earth. I am pleased with these things, says Yahweh. See, the days are coming, says Yahweh, that I’ll punish all those who are cut in the flesh but aren’t cut in their heart. Egypt, and Judah (southern Israel), and Edom (Arab Nations), and the children of Ammon (Transjordan), and Moab (Jordan), and all that have the edges of their hair destroy, who live in the deserted countryside; for all the nations are unfaithful, and all the people of Israel are unfaithful in heart.

     10[1-6] Listen to the word which Yahweh speaks to you, people of Israel! Yahweh says, “Don’t learn the ways of the nations, and don’t be troubled at the signs of heaven; for the nations are troubled at them. For the customs of the peoples are meaningless; for one cuts a tree out of the forest, the work of hands swinging an axe. They decorate it with silver and gold; and fasten it with nails and with hammers, so that it won’t fall. They’re like a palm tree, of turned work, and don’t speak. They must be carried, because they can’t move. Don’t be afraid of them; for they can’t do evil, nor is it in them to do good.” There’s none like You, Yahweh; You’re great, and Your name is so strong!

[7-13] Who shouldn’t fear you, O Ruler of the nations? It concerns you; because among all the wise ones of the nations, and in all their royal estate, There’s none like You. But they’re all together violent and stupid, the teachings of false worship! It’s nothing but a piece of wood. There’s silver beaten into plates, which is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of the artist and of the hands of the goldsmith; blue and purple for their clothing; they’re all the work of skillful artists. But Yahweh is the true God; who is the living God, and an everlasting Ruler! At God’s rage the earth shakes, and the nations aren’t able to handle Yahweh’s righteous anger. Say to them, The gods that haven’t made the heavens and the earth will die out from the earth, and from under the heavens. But God, whose power has made the earth, established the world by wisdom and understanding, and has stretched out the heavens. When God speaks, There’s an uproar of waters in the heavens, and the vapors go up from the ends of the earth; God makes the lightning in the rain, and brings the wind out of the treasuries of heaven.

[14-20] Everyone has become violent and is without knowledge; every goldsmith is disappointed by the false gods they make; for their metal images are false gods, and There’s no breath in them. They’re meaningless, a work of superstition! When they’re punished they’ll die. The portion of Jacob isn’t like these; who is the beginning of all things; and Israel is the inheritance of its God, whose name is Yahweh, God of All Creation. Gather up your wares out of the land, you who live in the siege. For Yahweh says, See, I’ll throw out the people of the land at this time, and will trouble them, that they may feel it. I’m sorry for my hurt! My wound is serious, but I said, Truly this is my grief, and I must bear it. My tent is destroyed, and all my ropes are broken. My children are gone from me, and they’re no more; There’s none to make my home for any more, and to set up my curtains.

[21-25] For the overseers have become violent, and haven’t asked of Yahweh, so they haven’t done well, and all their people are scattered. The voice of news, see, it comes, and a great commotion out of the North country, to make the cities of Judah (southern Israel) a ruin, a place of wild dogs. Yahweh, I know that the way of humanity isn’t found in ourselves; it’s not in us who walk to direct our steps. Yahweh, correct me, but in measure; not in your anger, lest you bring me to nothing. Pour out your rage on the nations that don’t know You, and on the families that don’t call on Your Name; for they’ve destroyed Jacob, yes, they’ve eaten him up and destroyed him, and have destroyed his home.

     11[1-5] This is the word that Yahweh told to Jeremiah, saying, Listen the words of this promised agreement, and speak to the people of Judah (southern Israel), and to the people of Jerusalem; and say to them, Yahweh, the God of Israel, says, The one who doesn’t listen to the words of this promised agreement will be punished. I told your ancestors in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, out of the iron furnace, saying, Listen to Me, and do what I say; obey everything I tell you, so you’ll be My people, and I’ll be your God; that I may keep the promise which I made to your ancestors, to give them a land full of milk and honey, as it is today. Then I answered and said, Amen, Yahweh.

[6-10] Then Yahweh said to me, Speak all these words in the cities of Judah (southern Israel), and in the streets of Jerusalem, saying, Listen to the words of this promised agreement, and do them. For I sincerely told your ancestors in the day that I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, even to today, rising early and telling them, saying, Listen to Me. Yet they didn’t obey, nor listen, but everyone followed their stubborn, evil heart; so I punished them just like I said I would in our promised agreement, which I told them to keep, but they didn’t do it. Yahweh said to me, An evil plan has been made between the people of Judah (southern Israel), and the people of Jerusalem. They’ve turned back to the sins of their ancestors, who refused to Listen to My words; and they’ve gone after false gods to serve them; yes, the people of Israel and the people of Judah (southern Israel) have broken My promised agreement which I made with their ancestors.

[11-14] So Yahweh says, See, I’ll bring evil on them, which they won’t be able to escape; and they’ll cry to Me, but I won’t listen to them. Then the cities of Judah (southern Israel) and the people of Jerusalem will go and cry to the gods to which they offer incense; but they won’t save them when of their trouble at all. You have as many gods as you have cities, Judah (southern Israel); and you’ve set up altars to the shameful things in all the streets of Jerusalem, even altars to burn incense to that false god Baal. So don’t ask me to help this people, nor cry, or pray for them; for I won’t Listen to them when they cry to Me because of their trouble.

[15-17] What have those I love to do in My house, seeing they’ve been unfaithful with many, and the holiness is gone from you? You’re happy when you do evil. I, Yahweh called your name, A green olive tree, beautiful with good fruit; with the noise of thunder I’ve burned it, and its branches are broken. I, Yahweh, the God of All Creation, who planted you, have spoken evil against you, because of the evil of the people of Israel and of Judah (southern Israel), which they’ve done to make Me angry by offering incense to that false god Baal.

[18-23] Yahweh, You gave me its knowledge, and I knew it, then You showed me their doings. But I was like a gentle lamb that is led to the slaughter; and I didn’t know that they had made plans against me, saying, Let’s destroy the tree with its fruit, and let’s cut him off from the land of the living, that his name will be forgotten. But, Yahweh, the God of All Creation, who judges righteously, who tests the heart and the mind, I’ll see You punish them because I’ve told You my case. So I, Yahweh, say about the people of Anathoth, who want to kill you, who say, You won’t preach in the name of Yahweh, that you not die by our hand; so I, Yahweh, the God of All Creation say, See, I’ll punish them; the youth will die by war; their children will die from hunger; and there won’t be any left to them. I’ll bring evil on the people of Anathoth, even in the year of their punishment.

 

     12[1-4] Righteous are you, Yahweh, when I challenge you; yet I’ll reason the case with you. Why do those who are evil do well? Why are they all at ease who act so unfaithfully? You’ve planted them, yes, they’ve taken root; they grow, yes, they make fruit; They speak Your Word, but their hearts are far from You. But You, Yahweh, know me; you see me, and try my heart toward you. Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and get them ready for the day of slaughter. How long will the land mourn, and the herbs of the whole country wither? The animals and the birds are destroyed for the evil of those who live in it; because they said, God won’t see our latter end.

[5-9] If you’ve run with the runners, and they’ve tired you out, then how can you run with horses? And though you’re safe in a land of peace, yet how you’ll do in the pride of the Jordan? For even your family members, and the people of your ancestors, even they’ve acted unfaithfully to you; even they’ve cried out after you. Don’t believe them, even though they speak agreeable words to you. I’ve left My house, I’ve thrown off My heritage; I’ve given those who I loved dearly into the hand of their enemies. My heritage has become to Me as a lion in the forest; who has raised its voice against Me; so I’ve hated it. Is My heritage as a speckled bird of prey to Me? Have the birds of prey surrounded it? Go, assemble all the animals of the field, and bring them to eat.

[10-13] Many overseers have destroyed My garden, they’ve trodden My portion under foot, they’ve made My beautiful land a deserted countryside. They’ve made it a ruin; it mourns to Me, being unhappy; the whole land is empty, because no one cares. Destroyers have come on all the bare heights in the deserted countryside; for the war of Yahweh eats up from one end of the land to the other end of the land and no one has peace. They’ve planted wheat, and have gathered thorns; they’ve gone to a lot of trouble, and have nothing to show for it. You’ll be ashamed of your fruits, because of the great anger of Yahweh.

[14-17] Yahweh says against all the evil nations who are Israel’s neighbors, who touch the inheritance which I’ve caused My people to inherit, See, I’ll pull them up from off their land, and will root out the people of Judah (southern Israel) from among them, and after I’ve plucked them up, I’ll go back and forgive them; and I’ll bring them again, everyone to their heritage, and everyone to their land. If they carefully learn the ways of My people, to promise by My Name, As Yahweh lives; even as they taught My people to promise by that false god Baal; then they’ll be built up in the middle of My people. But if they won’t Listen to, then I’ll root out that nation, plucking up and destroying it, says Yahweh.

     13[1-7] Then Yahweh said to me, Go and buy a linen belt, and put it on your waist, and don’t put it in water. So I bought a belt like Yahweh said, and put it on my waist. Then the word of Yahweh came to me again, saying, Take the belt that you’ve bought, which is on your waist, and go to the Euphrates, and hide it there in a cleft of the rock. So I went, and hid it by the Euphrates, as Yahweh told me. After many days, Yahweh said to me, Get up and go to the Euphrates, and take the belt from there, which I told you to hide there. Then I went to the Euphrates, and dug, and took the belt from the place where I had hid it; and see, the belt was ruined, and good for nothing.

[8-11] Then the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, Yahweh says, In this way I’ll ruin the pride of Judah (southern Israel), and the great pride of Jerusalem. This evil people, who refuse to Listen to My words, who follow their stubborn hearts, and are gone after false gods to serve them, and to worship them, will even be as this belt, which is good for nothing. For as the belt hangs on the waist of someone, so I’ve caused to hang on to Me the whole people of Israel and the whole people of Judah (southern Israel), says Yahweh; that they may be to Me for a people, a name, a praise, and a glory, but they wouldn’t listen.

[12-16] So tell them this word, Yahweh, the God of Israel, says, Every bottle will be filled with wine; and they’ll tell you, Don’t we know that every bottle will be filled with wine? Then tell them, Yahweh says, See, I’ll fill all the people of this land, even the rulers who sit on David’s throne, and the preachers and the teachers, and all the people of Jerusalem, with drunkenness. I’ll turn them against one another, even the fathers and sons together, says Yahweh. I won’t pity, nor spare, nor have any compassion on them, that I shouldn’t destroy them. Listen, and Listen to; don’t be proud; for Yahweh has spoken. Give glory to Yahweh your God, who will cause darkness to come, and before your feet stumble on the dark mountains, and while you look for light, God will turn it into the shadow of death, and make it very dark.

[17-21] But if you won’t Listen to it, my soul will cry in secret for your pride; and I’ll cry till My eyes run down with tears, because Yahweh’s people are taken prisoner. Say to the ruler and to the queen mother, Humble yourselves, sit down; for your crowns are fallen, even the crown of your glory. The cities of the South are shut up, and There’s no one to open them; Judah (southern Israel) is carried away prisoner; it’s all carried away prisoner. Lift up your eyes, and see those who come from the north, where are the people that were given you, your beautiful people? What you’ll say, when God sets over you as head those whom you’ve taught to be friends to you? Won’t you be sorry, as of a woman giving birth?

[22-27] If you say in your heart, Why are these things happening to me? You’re punished for the greatness of your sins, and you suffer violence. Can an Ethiopian change the color of their skin, or the leopard its spots? Then you may also do good, who are accustomed to doing evil. So I’ll scatter them, as the stubble that blows away by the wind of the deserted countryside. This is your punishment that I have given you, says Yahweh; because you’ve forgotten me, and trusted in lies. So I’ll also uncover your sins and your shame will cover your face. I’ve seen your horrible sins, even your unfaithfulness, and your complaining, the filthiness of your prostitution, on the hills in the field. Sorrow will come to you, Jerusalem! You won’t be made clean; how long will it yet be?

     14[1-7] This is the word of Yahweh that came to Jeremiah about the drought. Judah (southern Israel) mourns, and its people are suffering; they sit in black on the ground; and Jerusalem cries. Their leaders send their little ones to the waters; they come to the wells, but find no water; they go back with their pots empty; they’re disappointed and confused, and cover their heads. Because the ground is cracked, and no rain has fallen in the land, the farmers are disappointed, and cover their heads. Yes, the deer also in the field calves, and forsakes her young, because There’s no grass. The wild donkeys stand on the bare heights, they pant for air like wild dogs; their eyes fail, because there’s no plants for them to eat. Though our sins testify against us, do what You do for Your name’s sake, Yahweh; for our unfaithfulness is great and we’ve sinned against you.

[8-12] You, the hope of Israel, the Savior, when we’re in trouble, why should You be as a foreigner in the land, and as a wanderer who turns in only to stay for a night? Why should you be like one who is shocked, as a strong person who can’t save anyone? Yet You, Yahweh, are in the middle of us, and we’re called by Your Name; don’t leave us. Yahweh says to this people, Even as they love to wander; they haven’t stopped, so Yahweh doesn’t accept them; now God will remember their sin, and punish them. Yahweh said to me, Don’t pray for this people for their good. When they fast, I won’t Listen to their cry; and when they offer burnt offerings and meal offerings, I won’t accept them; but I’ll destroy them by war, and by hunger, and by disease.

[13-16] Then I said, Ah, Yahweh God! See, the preachers tell them, You won’t see war, nor you’ll hunger; but I’ll give you assured peace in this place. Then Yahweh said to me, The preachers preach lies in My Name; I didn’t send them, nor have I told them, nor spoke to them. They preach to you a false vision, and tell you things that will come to nothing, and the lies of their own heart. So Yahweh says about the preachers who preach in My Name, and I didn’t send them, yet they say, War and hunger won’t come to this land; By war and hunger, those preachers will be destroyed. The people to whom they preach will be thrown out in the streets of Jerusalem because of the hunger and war; and they’ll have no one to bury them, neither them, nor their wives, nor their children, for I’ll pour their own evil out on them.

[17-22] Say this word to them, My eyes run down with tears night and day, and never stop; for the young girls of My people are heartbroken with a great violation, with a very serious wound. If I go out into the field, then, I see those killed by war! and if I go into the city, then I see those who are sick with hunger! Both the preacher and the teacher go about in the land, and have no knowledge. Have you completely rejected Judah (southern Israel)? Has your soul hated Zion (Jerusalem)? Why have you punished us, and not healed us? We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of healing, and have nothing but trouble! We admit, Yahweh, our evil, and the sin of our ancestors; for we’ve sinned against you. Don’t hate us, for Your Name’s sake; don’t disgrace the throne of Your glory; remember us and don’t break your promised agreement with us. Are there any among the false gods of the nations that can cause rain? or can heaven itself give showers? Aren’t You Yahweh our God? So we’ll wait for You; for You’ve made all these things.

     15[1-4] Then said Yahweh to me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet My mind wouldn’t turn toward this people. Throw them out of My sight, and let them go. When they ask you, Where will we go? Then tell them, Yahweh says, Those who are for death, to death; and those who are for war, to war; and those who are for hunger, to hunger; and those who are for prison, to prison. I’ll set over them four kinds, says Yahweh: war to kill, and the dogs to tear, and the birds of heaven, and the animals of the earth, to eat up and to destroy. I’ll cause them to be sent back and out among all the nations of the earth, because of Manasseh, son of Hezekiah, ruler of Judah (southern Israel), for what he did in Jerusalem.

[5-9] For who will have pity on you, Jerusalem? or who will cry for you? or who will turn aside to ask how you are? You’ve turned from me, says Yahweh, and have gone backward. So I’ll judge you, and destroy you; I am tired of changing My mind. I’ve separated them like grain with a fan in the gates of the land; I’ve taken their children, I’ve destroyed My people because they didn’t change their ways. Their surviving spouses have grown more than the sand of the seas; I’ve brought on them a destroyer at noonday against the mother of the young. I’ve caused suffering and fear to fall on her suddenly. She who has borne 7 troubles has given up the spirit; her sun is gone down while it was yet day; she has been disappointed and confused and the rest of them I’ll give to war before their enemies, says Yahweh.

[10-14] I’m sorry, my mother, that you’ve borne me a person of trouble and conflict to the whole world! I haven’t lent, nor has anyone lent to me; yet all of them curse me. Yahweh said, Without a doubt, I’ll strengthen you for good; without a doubt, I’ll cause the enemy to beg of you when evil and trouble comes. Can someone break iron, even iron from the north, and brass? I’ll give everything you own to others without payment, and that for all your sins, even in all your borders. I’ll make them to go with your enemies into a land which you don’t know; for a fire is started in My anger, which will burn you.

[15-21] Yahweh, you know; remember me, and visit me, and punish those who abused me; don’t take me away in your longsuffering. Know that for your sake I’ve suffered blame. Your words were found, and I read them greedily; My heart celebrated over your words! I am called by Your Name, Yahweh, God of All Creation. I didn’t sit with those who party, nor celebrated; I sat alone because of Your hand; for You’ve filled me with righteous anger. Why is my pain unending, and why won’t my wound heal, which won’t get well? You’ll really be to me as an untrustworthy brook, as waters that fail? So Yahweh says, If you go back, then I’ll bring you again, that you may stand before Me; and if you take the precious away from the evil, You’ll be as My mouth. They’ll come back to you, but You won’t go back to them. I’ll make you to this people a strong bronze wall; and they’ll fight against you, but they won’t win over you; for I am with you to save you and to free you, says Yahweh. I’ll free you out of the hand of the evil, and I’ll save you out of the hand of the horrible.

     16[1-4] The word of Yahweh came also to me, saying, You won’t get married, nor have children in this place. For Yahweh says about the children who are born in this place, and about their mothers who had them, and about their fathers who became the father of them in this land. They’ll die serious deaths; they won’t be mourned, nor will they be buried; they’ll be as waste on the face of the earth; and they’ll be destroyed by war, and by hunger; and their dead bodies will be food for the birds of heaven, and for the animals of the earth.

[5-8] For Yahweh says, Don’t go into the house of people who are mourning, nor go to mourn with them, nor cry for them; for I’ve taken away My peace from this people, says Yahweh, even all My loving kindness and tender mercies. Both old and young will die in this land; they won’t be buried, nor will anyone mourn for them, nor cut themselves, nor shave their heads for them; nor will anyone bring food for those in mourning, to comfort them for the dead; nor will anyone give them the cup of consolation to drink for their father or mother. And don’t go into the house of people who are celebrating to sit with them, to eat and to drink.

[9-13] For Yahweh, the God of All Creation, the God of Israel says, See, I’ll cause to come to an end out of this place, before your eyes and in your days, the sound of joy and the voice of happiness, the voice of the bridegroom and the bride. When you show this people all these words, and they ask you, Why has Yahweh called for all this great evil against us? or what is our sin? or what is our sin that we’ve done against Yahweh our God? Tell them, Because your ancestors have left Me, says Yahweh, and have followed false gods, and have served them, and have worshiped them, and have left Me, and haven’t kept My law; and you’ve done more evil than your ancestors; see, every one of you walk after your stubborn, evil heart, so that you don’t listen to Me; so I’ll throw you out of this land into the land that you don’t know, neither you, nor your ancestors; and there you’ll serve false gods day and night; and I’ll show you no favor.

[14-17] So see, the days are coming, says Yahweh, that it won’t be said, As Yahweh lives, who brought up the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt; but, As Yahweh lives, who brought up the people of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the countries where they were driven. I’ll bring them again into their own land that I gave to their ancestors. See, I’ll send for many fishermen, says Yahweh, and they’ll fish them up; and afterward I’ll send for many hunters, and they’ll hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the clefts of the rocks. For My eyes are on all their ways; they’re not hidden from My face, nor is their sin hidden from My eyes.

[18-21] First I’ll pay back their sin and wrongdoing double, because they’ve polluted My land with the carcasses of their detestable things, and have filled My inheritance with their stinking wastes. Yahweh, my strength, my stronghold, and my refuge in the day of judgment, to You the nations will come from the ends of the earth, and will say, Our ancestors have inherited nothing but lies, even meaninglessness and things that are no good. Will someone make a god, which is no god at all? So see, I’ll cause them to know, this once I’ll cause them to know My hand and My strength; and they’ll know that My Name is Yahweh.

     17[1-4] The sin of Judah (southern Israel) is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond; it’s engraved on the their stony hearts, and on the horns of your altars; while their children remember their altars and their Asherim (groves for worship of Babylonian Astarte-Canaanite goddess of fortune and happiness), by the green trees on the high hills. On My mountain in the field, I’ll give everything you own, even all your wealth to those who come to take it, and on your high places, because of the sin in all your land. You, even of yourself, will leave from your heritage that I gave you; and I’ll let you to serve your enemies in the land which you don’t know because you’ve started a fire in My anger which will burn forever.

[5-8] Yahweh says, Cursed are those who trust in human beings, and makes them their strength, and whose heart leaves from Yahweh. They’ll be like the heath in the desert, and won’t see when good comes, but will live in the parched places in the deserted countryside, a salt land without people. Blessed is the one who trusts in Yahweh, and whose trust is Yahweh. You’ll be like a tree planted by the waters, who spreads out its roots by the river, and won’t fear when heat comes, but its leaf will be green; and won’t be careful in the year of drought, nor come to an end of making fruit.

[9-12] The heart is more untrustworthy than anything, and it’s very evil; Who can understand it? I, Yahweh, search the mind, I test the heart, to give everyone according to their ways, according to what they do. As the partridge that sits on eggs which she hasn’t laid, so is the one who gets riches, and not by right; they’ll leave them in the middle of their days, and at the end they’ll be a stupid fool. A glorious throne, set on high from the beginning, is the place of our worship.

[13-18] Yahweh, the hope of Israel, all who stop worshiping You will be disappointed. Those who leave from me will be written in the earth, because they’ve left Yahweh, the spring of living waters. Heal me, O Yahweh, and I’ll be healed; save me, and I’ll be saved; You’re my praise! See, they ask me, Where is the word of Yahweh? Let it come now. As for me, I haven’t run from being a pastor following after You; nor did I want the day of disaster to come on them; You know what came from my lips, which was said right in front of You. Don’t make me afraid because I have no one but You in the day of evil. Let those who abuse me be disappointed, but don’t let me be disappointed; let them be troubled, but don’t let me be troubled; punish them in the day of evil, and destroy them with double the destruction they intended for me.

[19-23] Then Yahweh said this to me, Go, and stand in the gate of the people, through which the rulers of Judah (southern Israel) come in and go out, and in all the gates of Jerusalem; and tell them, Listen to the word of Yahweh, you rulers of Judah, and all the people of Judah (southern Israel) and Jerusalem, that go in by these gates; Yahweh says, Pay attention to yourselves, and don’t carry anything on the Seventh day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem; nor carry anything out of your houses on the Seventh day, which is holy, nor do any work, but respect the Seventh day, as I told your ancestors. But they didn’t listen, nor Listen to, but became stubborn, that they wouldn’t Listen to and learn.

[24-27] If you carefully listen to Me, says Yahweh, to carry nothing through the gates of this city on the Seventh day, but make the Seventh day holy, and do no work in it; then will there go in by the gates of this city rulers and royalty sitting on the throne of David, riding in war vehicles and on horses, they, and their royalty, the people of Judah (southern Israel), and the people of Jerusalem; and this city will stay forever. They’ll come from the cities of Judah (southern Israel), and from the places round about Jerusalem, and from the land of Benjamin, and from the lowland, and from the hill country, and from the South, bringing burnt offerings, and sacrifices, and meal offerings, and frankincense, and bringing sacrifices of thanksgiving, to the people of Yahweh. But if you won’t listen to Me to make the Seventh day holy, and not work and go in at the gates of Jerusalem on the Seventh day; then I’ll start a fire in its gates, and it will eat up the great houses of Jerusalem, and it won’t be put out.

     18[1-4] This is the word which came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, saying, Get up, and go down to the potter’s house, and I’ll let you to Listen to My words there. So I went down to the potter’s house, and saw that he was making a pot on the wheels. When the pot that he made of the clay was messed up in the hand of the potter, he made it again into another pot, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

[5-10] Then the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, People of Israel, can’t I do with you as this potter? says Yahweh. See, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, people of Israel. When I speak about a nation, and about a realm, to root out and to break down and to destroy it; if that nation, about which I’ve spoken, turns from their evil, I won’t do what I had planned to do to them. When I speak about a nation, and about a realm, to build up and to plant it; if they do what is evil in My sight, and don’t listen to Me, then I won’t do the good things that I said I would do for them.

[11-12] So speak to the people of Judah (southern Israel), and to the people of Jerusalem, saying, Yahweh says, See, I am sending evil against you, and am making a plan against you; so everyone turn from your evil way, and change what you’re doing. But they say, It’s for nothing; for we’ll do whatever we want to, and we’ll follow our stubborn, evil hearts.

[13-18] So Yahweh says, Ask now among the nations, who has heard of such things; the cities of Israel have done a very horrible thing. Will the snow of Lebanon fail from the rock of the field? or will the cold waters that flow down from far away be dried up? For My people have forgotten me, they’ve burned incense to their false gods; and they’ve stumbled in their ways, leaving the well-worn roads, to walk in grown up paths, in a way not built up; to make their land a shock to others, and a continual mockery; everyone who passes by will be shocked, and shake their head. I’ll scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I’ll turn My back on them, and not show them My face, in the day of disaster. Then they said, Come, and let’s make a plan against Jeremiah; for the law won’t die from the teacher, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the preacher. Come, and let’s use his words against him, and let’s not pay any attention to his words.

[19-23] Pay attention to me, Yahweh, and listen to the voice of those who challenge me. Will they pay me back evil for my good? They’ve made a trap for my soul. Remember how I stood before You to speak good for them, to turn away your rage from them. So give up their children to hunger, and give them over to the war; and let their wives become childless, and surviving spouses; and let their men be killed, and their youth be wounded in battle. Let a cry be heard from their houses, when You bring a troop suddenly on them; for they’ve made a trap to catch me, and hid traps for my feet. Yet, Yahweh, You know all their plans against me to kill me; don’t forgive their sin, nor blot out their sin from Your sight; but let them be overthrown before You; do this to them when you punish them in Your anger.

     19[1-5] This said Yahweh, Go, and buy a potter’s earthen jar, and take some of the elders of the people, and some of the elders of the preachers; and go out to the valley of Hinnom (southwest Jerusalem), which is by the entry of the Potsherd (Harsith) gate, and tell the words that I’ll tell you to say there. Say, Listen the word of Yahweh, rulers of Judah (southern Israel), and people of Jerusalem. Yahweh, the God of All Creation, the God of Israel says, See, I’ll bring evil on this place, which whoever hears, their ears will tingle. Because they’ve left Me, and have treated this place as strange, and have burned incense in it to false gods, that they didn’t know, they and their ancestors and the rulers of Judah (southern Israel); and have filled this place with the blood of innocents, and have built places of worship for that false god Baal, to burn their children in the fire for burnt offerings to Baal; which I didn’t tell them to do, nor said it, nor did it come into My mind.

[6-9] So see, the days are coming, says Yahweh, that this place won’t be called Topheth anymore, nor The valley of Hinnom, but The valley of Slaughter. I’ll make the counsel of Judah (southern Israel) and Jerusalem void in this place; and I’ll cause them to fall by war before their enemies, and by the hand of those who want to take their life; and their dead bodies I’ll give to be food for the birds of heaven, and for the animals of the earth. I’ll make this city a shock to others, and a mockery; everyone who passes by will be shocked and mock it because of all its troubles. I’ll cause them to eat their own children; and they’ll eat their friends also, in the trouble of the siege, with which their enemies, and those who take their lives, will bring on them.

[10-13] Then break the bottle in the sight of the people who go with you, and tell them, Yahweh, the God of All Creation says, Even so, I’ll break this people and this city, as one breaks a piece of pottery, so that it can’t be made whole again; and they’ll bury in Topheth, until there’s no place left to bury them. I’ll do this here, says Yahweh, and to its people, even making this city as Topheth; and the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses of the rulers of Judah (southern Israel), which have made it unfit, will be as the place of Topheth, even all the houses on whose roofs they’ve burned incense to all the stars of heaven, and have poured out drink offerings to all their false gods.

[14-15] Then came Jeremiah from Topheth, where Yahweh had sent him to preach; and he stood in the court of Yahweh’s house, and said to all the people; Yahweh, the God of All Creation, the God of Israel says, See, I’ll bring on this city and on all its towns all the evil that I’ve spoken against it; because they’ve become stubborn, so that they won’t Listen to My words.

     20[1-6] Now Pashhur, son of Immer the teacher, who was chief officer in the Place of Worship of Yahweh, heard Jeremiah preaching these things. Then Pashhur hit Jeremiah the preacher, and locked him up in the upper gate of Benjamin, which was in the Place of Worship of Yahweh. On the next day, Pashhur unlocked Jeremiah. Then Jeremiah said to him, Yahweh hasn’t called your name Pashhur, but Magormissabib. For Yahweh says, See, I’ll make you a terror to yourself, and to all your friends; and they’ll fall by war from their enemies, and your eyes will see it; and I’ll give all Judah (southern Israel) into the hand of the ruler of Babylon (Iraq), who will carry them prisoner to Babylon, and will kill them with war. Besides I’ll give all the wealth of this city, and every precious thing it has, yes, all the treasures of the rulers of Judah (southern Israel) I’ll give into the hand of their enemies; and they’ll make them a prey, and take them, and carry them to Babylon. You, Pashhur, and all who live in your house will go into prison; and you’ll come to Babylon, and there you’ll die, and there you’ll be buried, you, and all your friends, to whom you’ve spoke falsely.

[7-10]  Yahweh, you’ve persuaded me, and I was persuaded; You’re stronger than I, and have overcome me; I am become a laughing-stock all day long, everyone mocks me. For as often as I speak, I cry out; I cry, Violence and destruction! because the word of Yahweh is blamed and mocked all day long to me. If I say, I won’t talk of God, nor speak any more in God’s name, then There’s a burning fire in my heart as it were shut up in my bones, and I am tired of waiting, and I can’t hold it in. For I’ve heard the defaming of many, terror on every side. Blame him, and we’ll blame him, say all my familiar friends, those who watch for my fall; maybe he’ll be persuaded, and we’ll overcome him, and we’ll take our revenge on him.

[11-13] But Yahweh is with me as an awesome strong one, so my persecutors will stumble, and they won’t overcome me; they’ll be completely disappointed, because they won’t act wisely, even with an everlasting dishonor which will never be forgotten. But, Yahweh, God of All Creation, who tests the righteous, who sees the heart and the mind, let me see Your judgment on them; for I showed my case to You. Sing to Yahweh, praise Yahweh; who has freed the soul of the poor from the hand of wrongdoers.

[14-18] Cursed be the day I was born! Don’t let the day in which my mother had me be blessed. Cursed be the one who brought news to my father, saying, A boy is born to you; making him very glad. Let that one be as the cities which Yahweh overthrew, and didn’t repent; and let them Listen to a cry in the morning, and shouting at noontime; because they didn’t kill me from the womb; and so my mother would have been my grave, and her womb always great. Why did I come out of the womb only to see hard work and sorrow, that my days should be filled with shame?

 

     21[1-2] The word which came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, when the ruler Zedekiah sent to him Pashhur son of Malchijah, and Zephaniah son of Maaseiah, the teacher, saying, Please ask Yahweh for us; for Nebuchadnezzar, the ruler of Babylon (Iraq), makes war against us. Maybe Yahweh will do a wonderful thing for us, and make him go away from us.

[3-6] Then Jeremiah said to them, Tell Zedekiah this; Yahweh, the God of Israel says, See, I’ll turn back the weapons of war that are in your hands, with which you fight against the ruler of Babylon (Iraq), and against the Chaldeans (Iraq) who besiege you, outside the walls; and I’ll gather them into the middle of this city. I myself will fight against you with an outstretched hand and with a strong arm, even in anger and rage, and in great indignation. I’ll hit the people of this city, both humans and animals and they’ll all die of a terrible disease.

[7-10] Afterward, Yahweh says, I’ll free Zedekiah, ruler of Judah (southern Israel), and his workers, and the people, all those that are left in this city from disease, war, and hunger, into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, ruler of Babylon (Iraq), and into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of those who want to take their life and they’ll make war with them and won’t spare them, nor have pity or mercy. Say to these people, Yahweh says, See, I set before you the way of life and the way of death. Those who stay in this city will die by war, hunger, and disease; but those who go out, and go over to the Chaldeans (Iraq) who besiege you, will live, and their lives will be given to them. For I’ve set My face on this city for evil, and not for good, says Yahweh; it will be given into the hand of the ruler of Babylon (Iraq), who will burn it with fire.

[11-14] As for the people of the ruler of Judah (southern Israel), Listen to the word of Yahweh. People of David, Yahweh says, Do justice in the morning, and free those who are hurt out of the hand of their abuser, or My rage will go out like fire and burn so that none can put it out, because of the evil that you do. See, I am against you, O people of the valley, and of the rock of the plain, says Yahweh; you that say, Who will come down against us? or who will come into our homes? I’ll punish you according to what you do, says Yahweh; and I’ll start a fire in your forest, and it will eat up all that is around it.

     22[1-5] Then Yahweh said this, Go down to the people of the ruler of Judah (southern Israel), and speak this word, saying, Listen to the word of Yahweh, ruler of Judah (southern Israel), who sits on the throne of David, you, your workers, and your people who go in by these gates. Yahweh says, Do justice and goodness, and free those who are harmed out of the hand of the abuser, and do no wrong, do no violence, to the foreigner, those without a parent, nor the death survivor; nor shed innocent blood in this place. For if you do what I tell you, then there will go in by the gates of this house rulers sitting on the throne of David, riding in war vehicles and on horses, yes, both the ruler and the workers, and all the people. But if you won’t listen to these words, I promise by Myself, says Yahweh, that this people will come to ruin.

[6-10] For Yahweh says about the people of the ruler of Judah (southern Israel); You’re Gilead (Jordan) to Me, and the head of Lebanon; yet surely I’ll make you a deserted countryside, and your cities will have no people. I’ll send destroyers against you, with their weapons; and they’ll cut down your choice cedars, and throw them into the fire. Many nations will pass by this city, and they’ll say to their neighbors, Why has Yahweh done this to this great city? Then they’ll answer, Because they didn’t keep the promised agreement with Yahweh their God, and worshiped false gods, and served them. Don’t cry for the dead, nor feel sorry for them; but cry for those who go away; and won’t come back any more, nor see their native country.

[11-17] For Yahweh says, As for Willum, son of Josiah, ruler of Judah (southern Israel), who reigned in the place of Josiah his father, and who went out of this place, He won’t go back there any more. But in the place where they led him prisoner, there he’ll die, and he’ll see this land no more. Sorrow will come to those who build their house by wrongdoing, and fill their rooms by injustice; who use their neighbor’s service without wages, and don’t pay them; who say, I’ll build me a big house with large rooms, and picture windows; and it’s ceiling with cedar, and painted with red paint. Do you think you’ll rule, because you try to house yourself in cedar? Didn’t your father eat and drink, and do justice and goodness? So it was well with him. He judged the cases of the poor and needy and it was well. Wasn’t this to know Me? says Yahweh. But your eyes and heart are only for your greed, and for shedding innocent blood, and for abuse, and to do violence.

[18-22] So Yahweh says about Jehoiakim, son of Josiah, ruler of Judah (southern Israel); they won’t mourn for him, saying, Oh my brother! or, Oh sister! They’ll not mourn for him, saying Oh ruler! or, Oh his glory! He’ll be buried with the burial of a donkey, drawn and thrown out of the gates of Jerusalem. Go up to Lebanon, and cry; and cry out in Bashan (Jordan), and cry from Abarim; for all your lovers are destroyed. I spoke to you when you were doing well; but you said, I won’t listen. This has been your way from your youth, that you didn’t listen to Me. The wind will feed all your overseers, and your lovers will go into prison, so then you’ll be ashamed and confused for all your evil ways.

[23-28] People of Lebanon, who make your home in the cedars, you’ll be greatly pitied when pangs of childbirth come on you, as a woman giving birth! As I live, says Yahweh, though Coniah, son of Jehoiakim, ruler of Judah (southern Israel), were the signet on My strong hand, yet I would pluck you from there; and I’ll give you into the hand of those who want to kill you, and into the hand of those of whom you’re afraid, even into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar ruler of Babylon (Iraq), and into the hand of the Chaldeans (Iraq). I’ll throw you and your mother who bore you out into another country, where you weren’t born; and there you’ll die. But they won’t go back to the land where their soul longs to go back. Is this man Coniah a useless broken pot? Is he a pot in which no one enjoys? why are they thrown out, he and his descendants, and are thrown into a land which they don’t know?

[29-30] O earth, earth, earth, Listen to the word of Yahweh. Yahweh says, Record this man as childless, someone who won’t do well in all his days; for never again will one of his descendants do well, sitting on the throne of David, and ruling in Judah (southern Israel).

     23[1-4] Sorrow will come to the overseers who destroy and scatter My people, who are the sheep of My pasture! says Yahweh. So Yahweh, the God of Israel, says against the overseers who are supposed to take care of My people; You’ve scattered My flock, and driven them away, and haven’t visited them; so I’ll visit on you all the evil that you do, says Yahweh. I’ll gather what’s left of My people out of all the countries where I’ve driven them, and will bring them to their homes again; and they’ll be fruitful and have many children. I’ll set up overseers over them, who will take care of them; and they won’t be afraid any more, nor be troubled, nor will any of them be missing, says Yahweh.

[5-8] See, the days are coming, says Yahweh, that I’ll raise to David a true Branch, who will reign as ruler and act very wisely, and will do justice and goodness in the land. In whose days Judah (southern Israel) will be saved, and Israel will live safely; and whose name will be called Yahweh Our Goodness. So, see, the days are coming, says Yahweh, that they won’t say any more, As Yahweh lives, who brought up the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt; but, As Yahweh lives, who brought up and who led the people of Israel out of the north country, and from all the countries where I had driven them. They’ll live in their own land.

[9-12] About the preachers. My heart within me is broken, all my bones shake; I am like a drunk, and like someone whom wine has overcome, because of Yahweh’s holy words. For the land is full of unfaithful people; and the land mourns because of broken promises; the pastures of the deserted countryside are dried up. Their ways are evil, and they use their strength for what isn’t right; for both the preacher and the teacher are evil; yes, in My house I have found their evil ways, says Yahweh. So their way will be to them as slippery places in the darkness. They’ll be driven to it, and fall; for I’ll bring evil on them, even the year of their punishment, says Yahweh.

[13-15] I’ve seen senseless stupidity in the preachers of Samaria; they spoke by that false god Baal, and caused My people Israel to err. In the preachers of Jerusalem also I’ve seen a horrible thing; they’re sexually unfaithful, and tell lies; and they strengthen the hands of wrongdoers, so that no one turns from their evil ways. They’ve all become like the people of Sodom and Gomorrah to Me. So Yahweh, the God of All Creation, says about the preachers; See, I’ll feed them with poisonous plants, and make them drink poisonous water; for ungodliness has gone out into all the land from the preachers of Jerusalem.

[16-20] Yahweh, the God of All Creation says, Don’t listen to the words of the preachers who preach to you; they teach you meaninglessness; they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of Yahweh God. They say continually to those who hate me, Yahweh has said, You’ll have peace; and to everyone who walks in the stubbornness of their own heart they say, No evil will come on you. For who has knowledge of the secrets of Yahweh, and knows and listens to God’s word? Who has taken note of My word, and heard it? See, Yahweh, even the raging storm, has gone out, yes, a hurricane and it will fall on the head of those who are evil. The anger of Yahweh won’t turn back, until it’s done, and until God has done what was intended. In the latter days you’ll understand it perfectly.

[21-25] I didn’t send these preachers, yet they came. I didn’t speak to them, yet they spoke. But if they had known My secrets, then they would have caused My people to listen to My words, and turned them from their evil ways, and from what they were doing. Am I only a God who is near, says Yahweh, and not a God who can reach you far away? Can anyone hide them self in secret places so that I won’t see them? says Yahweh. Don’t I fill heaven and earth? says Yahweh. I’ve heard what the preachers have said, who preach lies in My Name, saying, I’ve dreamed a dream, I’ve dreamed a dream.

[26-30] How long will this be in the heart of the preachers who preach lies, even those who preach lies out of their own hearts? Those who think to make My people forget My Name by their dreams, which they all tell to their neighbors, as their ancestors forgot My Name for that false god Baal. Let the preacher who has a dream, tell a dream; and those who have My word, speak My Word faithfully. What is the straw to the wheat? says Yahweh. Isn’t My Word like fire? says Yahweh; and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? So I am against the preachers, says Yahweh, who steal My words from their neighbor.

[31-35] See, I am against the preachers, says Yahweh, who use their tongues, and say, God says. See, I am against those who preach lying dreams, says Yahweh, and tell them, and cause My people to err by their lies, and by their empty bragging! Yet I didn’t send them, nor did I tell them; nor do they do any good for this people at all, says Yahweh. When this people, or the preacher, or a teacher, asks you, saying, What is the Word of Yahweh? Then tell them, What Word! I’ll throw you off, says Yahweh. As for the preacher, the teacher, and the people, who will say, This is the Word of Yahweh, I’ll punish that person and their family. This you’ll say to everyone and their neighbor, and their family members, What has Yahweh answered? and What has Yahweh spoken?

[36-40] You won’t mention the Word of Yahweh anymore, for everyone will speak their own words; for you’ve misused the words of Yahweh, the living God, the God of All Creation, our God. So say to the preacher, What has Yahweh answered you? and What has Yahweh spoken? But if you say, This is the Word of Yahweh; so Yahweh says, Because you say, This is the Word of Yahweh, and I’ve sent to you, saying, You won’t say, This is the Word of Yahweh; I’ll completely forget you, and I’ll throw you off, along with the city that I gave to you and your ancestors, away from My presence, and I’ll bring an everlasting blame on you, and a continual shame, which won’t ever be forgotten.

     24[1-5] Yahweh showed me two baskets of figs set in front of the Place of Worship of Yahweh, after Nebuchadnezzar ruler of Babylon (Iraq) had carried away Jeconiah, son of Jehoiakim, ruler of Judah (southern Israel), and the royalty of Judah (southern Israel), with the crafts people and the metal smiths, from Jerusalem, and had brought them to Babylon. One basket had very good figs, like the figs that are freshly ripened; and the other basket had very bad figs, which were so bad they couldn’t be eaten. Then Yahweh asked me, What do you see, Jeremiah? I said, Figs; the good figs, very good; and the bad, so bad that they can’t be eaten. Then the Word of Yahweh came to me, saying, Yahweh, the God of Israel says, Like these good figs, I’ll see the prisoners of Judah (southern Israel), whom I’ve sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans (Iraq), for good.

[6-10]  For I’ll set My eyes on them for good, and I’ll bring them again to this land, and I’ll build them up, and not pull them down; and I’ll plant them, and not pull them up. I’ll give them a heart to know Me, that I am Yahweh, and they’ll be My people, and I’ll be their God; for they’ll come back to Me with their whole heart. And as the bad figs, which are so bad they can’t be eaten, Yahweh says, So I’ll give up Zedekiah the ruler of Judah (southern Israel), the royalty, and all the rest of Jerusalem, who stay in this land, and those who live in the land of Egypt; I’ll even let them be tossed back and forth among all the nations of the earth for evil; to be a blame and a saying, a mockery and a curse, in all places where I’ll drive them. I’ll send war, hunger, and disease among them, until they’re destroyed from off the land that I gave to them and to their ancestors.

     25[1-7] This is the word that came to Jeremiah about all the people of Judah (southern Israel), in the 4th year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, ruler of Judah (southern Israel), which was the 1st year of Nebuchadnezzar, ruler of Babylon (Iraq)), and which Jeremiah the preacher spoke to all the people of Judah, and to all the people of Jerusalem, saying, From the 13th year of Josiah, son of Amon, ruler of Judah, even to today, these 23 years, the Word of Yahweh has come to me, and I’ve spoken it to you, rising up early and speaking to you; but you haven’t listened. Yahweh has sent to you many workers, the preachers, rising up early and sending them, but you haven’t listened, nor paid attention to them, saying, Return now everyone from their evil way, and from the evil things that you do, and live in the land that I, Yahweh have given to you and your ancestors, from a long time ago, even forever; and don’t go after false gods to serve them or worship them, and don’t make Me angry with the work of your hands; and I won’t hurt you. Yet you haven’t listened to Me, says Yahweh; that you may make Me angry with the work of your hands to your own hurt.

[8-10] So Yahweh, the God of All Creation says, Because you haven’t heard My words, I’ll send and take all the families of the north, says Yahweh, and I’ll send to Nebuchadnezzar, the ruler of Babylon (Iraq), my servant, and will bring them against this land, and against its people, and against all these nations around them; and I’ll completely destroy them, and make them a shock, and a mockery, and a continual ruin. Besides I’ll take the sound of joy and the voice of happiness from them, the voice of the bridegroom and the bride, the sound of the mills, and the light of the lamp.

[11-14] This whole land will be a ruin, and a shock; and these nations will serve the ruler of Babylon (Iraq) for 70 years. When 70 years are over, I’ll punish the ruler of Babylon, and that nation, says Yahweh, for their sin, and the land of the Chaldeans (Iraq); and I’ll make it empty forever. I’ll bring on that land all My words which I’ve spoken against it, even all that is written in this book, which Jeremiah has spoken against all the nations. For many nations and great rulers will make workers of them, even of them; and I’ll repay them for what they’ve done, and according to the work of their hands.

[15-18] For Yahweh, the God of Israel, says to me, Take this cup of raging wine from My hand, and make all the nations, to whom I send you, drink it. They’ll drink, and fall back and forth, and be crazy, because of the war that I’ll send to them. Then I took the cup from Yahweh’s hand, and made all the nations drink it, to whom Yahweh had sent me, that is, to Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah (southern Israel), and its rulers, and its royalty, to make them a ruin, a shock, a mockery, and a curse, as it is today.

[19-26] The Ruler of Egypt, his workers, his royalty, and all his people; and all the mixed people, and all the rulers of the land of Uz (near Palestine), and all the rulers of the Philistines, and Ashkelon (Askelon, near Jerusalem), and Gaza (near Palestine), and Ekron (lowlands of Judah), and what’s left of Ashdod (modern Esdud); Edom (Arab nations), and Moab (Jordan), and the people of Ammon (Transjordan); and all the rulers of Tyre (Lebanon), and all the rulers of Sidon, and the rulers of the nations which are beyond the sea; Dedan (Arabia), and Tema, and Buz, and those in the farthest parts; and all the rulers of Arabia, and all the rulers of the mixed people who live in the deserted countryside; and all the rulers of Zimri, and all the rulers of Elam (Iran), and all the rulers of the Medes (Iran); and all the rulers of the north, both far and near, one as well as another; and all the nations of the world, which are on the face of the earth, and the ruler of Sheshach (Babylon, Iraq) will drink after them.

[27-29] Tell them, Yahweh, the God of All Creation, the God of Israel says, Drink, and be drunken, and throw up, and fall, and don’t get up anymore, because of the war which I’ll send to you. And if they refuse to take the cup from your hand to drink it, then tell them, Yahweh, the God of All Creation says, You will drink it. See, I begin to do this evil at the city which is called by My Name; and should you be completely unpunished? No, you won’t go unpunished; but I’ll call for a world war on all the people of the earth, says Yahweh, the God of All Creation.

[30-33] So preach against them all these words, and tell them, Yahweh will roar from on high, and speak from heaven; God will loudly roar against the people; who will give a shout, as those who stomp the grapes, against all the people of the earth. A loud noise will come even to the ends of the earth; for Yahweh has a great disagreement with the nations; Yahweh will judge all humanity with the evils of war, says Yahweh. Yahweh, the God of All Creation says, See, evil will go out from nation to nation, and a great storm will come up from the farthest parts of the earth. At that day the dead of Yahweh will be from one end of earth to the other; they won’t be mourned, nor gathered, nor buried; they’ll be laid waste on the face of the earth.

[34-38] Mourn, you overseers, and cry; and wallow in ashes, you leaders of the flock; for the days of your slaughter and of your scattering are here now, and you’ll fall like a good pot. The overseers will have no where to run, nor the leader of the flock to escape. The sound of the cry of the overseers, and the crying of the leader of the flock will be great! For Yahweh will destroy their pasture. The peaceable folds are brought to silence because of the great anger of Yahweh. God will come out of the hiding place like a lion; for their land will become a shock because of the greatness of the punishing war, and because of Yahweh’s great anger.

     26[1-6] In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, ruler of Judah (southern Israel), came this word from Yahweh, saying, Yahweh says, Stand in the court of Yahweh’s house, and speak to all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in Yahweh’s house, all the words that I tell you to speak to them; and don’t leave out a word. It may be that they’ll listen, and turn from their evil ways; that I may not do the evil which I plan to do to them because of the evil that they do. Tell them, Yahweh says, If you won’t listen to Me, to keep My law, which I’ve given you, to listen to the words of My workers, the preachers, whom I send to you, even rising up early and sending them, but you haven’t listened; then I’ll make this house like Shiloh (now the West Bank), and will make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth.

[7-9] Then the preachers, the teachers, and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the Place of Worship of Yahweh. When Jeremiah had finished speaking all that Yahweh had told him to speak to all the people, the preachers, the teachers, and all the people grabbed him, saying, We’ll kill you for sure. Why have you spoken in the Name of Yahweh, saying, This place will be like Shiloh, and this city will be empty, and without people? All the people were gathered around Jeremiah in the Place of Worship of Yahweh.

[10-15] When the royalty of Judah (southern Israel) heard these things, they came up from the ruler’s house to the Place of Worship of Yahweh; and they sat in the entry of the new gate of Yahweh’s Place of Worship. Then the preachers and the teachers spoke to the royalty and to all the people, saying, This man deserves death; for he has spoken against this city, as you’ve heard with your own ears. Then Jeremiah spoke to all the royalty and to all the people, saying, Yahweh sent me to preach against this Place of Worship and against this city all the words that you’ve heard. So change your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of Yahweh your God; and Yahweh won’t do the evil that was spoken against you. But as for me, I am in your hands; so do with me whatever seems good and right in your eyes. Only know for certain that if you put me to death, you’ll bring innocent blood on yourselves, and on this city, and on its people; for of a truth Yahweh has sent me to you to speak all these words in your ears.

[16-19] Then the royalty and all the people said to the preachers and the teachers, This man doesn’t deserve death; he has spoken to us in the Name of Yahweh our God. Then some of the elders of the land stood up, and spoke to all the gathering of people, saying, Micah, the Morashtite, spoke in the days of Hezekiah ruler of Judah (southern Israel); and he spoke to all the people of Judah, saying, Yahweh, the God of All Creation, says Zion (Jerusalem) will be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem will become ruins, and the mountain of the Place of Worship as the high places of a forest. Did Hezekiah, ruler of Judah and all Judah put him to death? Didn’t he fear Yahweh, and ask the favor of Yahweh, and Yahweh didn’t do the evil that was spoken against them? We would bring great evil on our own souls.

[20-24] There was also someone who spoke in the Name of Yahweh, Uriah, son of Shemaiah of Kiriath Jearim; and he spoke against this city and against this land according to all the words of Jeremiah and when Jehoiakim, the ruler, with all his soldiers, and all the royalty, heard his words, the ruler sought to put him to death; but when Uriah heard it, he was afraid, and went quickly to Egypt and Jehoiakim, the ruler, sent them into Egypt, namely, Elnathan son of Achbor, and others with him, into Egypt; and they found Uriah in Egypt, and brought him back to Jehoiakim, the ruler, who killed him, and threw his dead body into the graves of the common people. But the hand of Ahikam, son of Shaphan, was with Jeremiah, so they wouldn’t give him into the hand of the people to put him to death.

27[1-6] In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim, son of Josiah, ruler of Judah (southern Israel), came this word to Jeremiah from Yahweh, saying, Yahweh says to me, Make bonds and bars, and put them on your neck; and send them to the ruler of Edom (Arab Nations), the ruler of Moab (Jordan), the ruler of the people of Ammon (Transjordan), the ruler of Tyre (Lebanon), and the ruler of Sidon, by the hand of the messengers who come to Jerusalem to Zedekiah, ruler of Judah; and give them an order to their leaders, saying, Yahweh, God of All Creation, the God of Israel says, Tell this to your leaders, I’ve made the earth, and all the people and animals that are on the face of the earth, by My great power and by My outstretched arm; and I give it to whomever it seems right to Me. Now I have given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, the ruler of Babylon (Iraq), My servant; and the animals of the field I have also given him to use.

[7-11] All the nations will serve him, his son, and his grandson, until the time of judgment on his own land comes and then many nations and great rulers will make him serve them, that the nation and the realm which won’t serve the same Nebuchadnezzar ruler of Babylon (Iraq), and that won’t put their neck under the control of that ruler, I’ll punish that nation, says Yahweh, with war, hunger, and disease, until I’ve destroyed them by his hand. But as for you, don’t listen to your preachers, nor to your fortunetellers, nor to your dreams, nor to your witches, nor to your sorcerers, who speak to you, saying, You won’t serve the ruler of Babylon; for they preach a lie to you, to remove you far from your land, and that I should drive you out, and you should die. But the nation that will bring their neck under the control of the ruler of Babylon (Iraq), and serve him, that nation I’ll let stay in their own land, says Yahweh; and they’ll work it, and live in it.

[12-15] I spoke to Zedekiah ruler of Judah (southern Israel) according to all these words, saying, Obey the ruler of Babylon (Iraq), and serve him and his people, and live. Why do you want to die, you and your people, by war, hunger, and disease, as Yahweh has spoken about the nation that won’t serve the ruler of Babylon? Don’t listen to the words of the preachers who speak to you, saying, Don’t serve the ruler of Babylon (Iraq); for they preach a lie to you. I haven’t sent them, says Yahweh, but they preach falsely in My Name; that I may drive you out, and that you may die, you, and the preachers who preach to you.

[16-18] Also I spoke to the preachers and to all the people, saying, Yahweh says, Don’t listen to the words of your preachers who preach to you, saying, See, the tools of Yahweh’s Place of Worship will shortly be brought again from Babylon (Iraq); for they preach a lie to you. Don’t listen to them; serve the ruler of Babylon, and live! Why should this city become a ruin? But if they’re preachers, and if the word of Yahweh is with them, let them now beg for them to Yahweh, the God of All Creation, that the tools which are left in the Place of Worship of Yahweh, and in the house of the ruler of Judah (southern Israel), and at Jerusalem, don’t go to Babylon.

[19-22] For Yahweh, the God of All Creation says about the pillars, the sea, the bases, and the rest of the tools that are left in this city, which Nebuchadnezzar ruler of Babylon (Iraq) didn’t take, when he carried away Jeconiah, son of Jehoiakim, ruler of Judah (southern Israel), from Jerusalem to Babylon, and all the leaders of Judah and Jerusalem; Yes, Yahweh, God of All Creation, the God of Israel says, about the tools that are left in the Place of Worship of Yahweh, and in the house of the ruler of Judah, and at Jerusalem. They’ll be carried to Babylon, and there they will stay, until the day that I punish them, says Yahweh; then I’ll bring them back, and restore them here.

28[1-4]  In the same year, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah ruler of Judah (southern Israel), in the 5th month of the 4th year, Hananiah, son of Azzur, the preacher, who was of Gibeon (modern ‘el-Jib’, about 5 miles from Jerusalem), spoke to me in the Place of Worship of Yahweh, in the presence of the preachers and of all the people, saying, Yahweh, God of All Creation, the God of Israel says this: I’ve broken the power of the ruler of Babylon (Iraq). Within two full years I’ll bring back here all the tools of Yahweh’s Place of Worship that Nebuchadnezzar ruler of Babylon took away from this place, and carried to Babylon, and I’ll bring back here Jeconiah son of Jehoiakim, ruler of Judah (southern Israel), with all the prisoners of Judah, who went to Babylon, says Yahweh; for I’ll break the control of the ruler of Babylon.

[5-11] Then the preacher Jeremiah said to the preacher Hananiah in the presence of the preachers, and in the presence of all the people who stood in the Place of Worship of Yahweh, even the preacher Jeremiah said, Amen! Yahweh do so; Yahweh do your words which you’ve spoke, to bring back the tools of Yahweh’s house, and all them out of the prison, from Babylon (Iraq) here. But listen now to this word that I speak in your ears, and in the ears of all the people. The preachers who have been before me and before you of old spoke against many countries, and against great nations, of war, of evil, and of disease. The preacher who preaches of peace, when the word of the preacher happens, then that preacher is known as a preacher that Yahweh has truly sent. Then Hananiah, the preacher, took the bar from off the preacher Jeremiah’s neck, and broke it. Hananiah spoke in the presence of all the people, saying, Yahweh says, Even so, I’ll break the control of Nebuchadnezzar, ruler of Babylon within two full years from off the neck of all the nations. The preacher Jeremiah went away.

[12-14] Then the word of Yahweh came to Jeremiah, after Hananiah, the preacher, had broken the bar from off the neck of the preacher Jeremiah, saying, Go, and tell Hananiah, saying, Yahweh says, You’ve broken the bars of wood; but you’ve put bars of iron in their place. For Yahweh, God of All Creation, the God of Israel says, I’ve put a bar of iron on the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar, ruler of Babylon (Iraq); and they’ll serve him and I’ve given him all the animals of the field also.

[15-17] Then the preacher Jeremiah said to Hananiah the preacher, Listen now, Hananiah, Yahweh hasn’t sent you; but you make this people trust in a lie. So Yahweh says, See, I’ll send you away from off the face of the earth; this year you’ll die, because you’ve spoken against the Word of Yahweh. So Hananiah the preacher died the same year in the 7th month.

     29[1-7] Now these are the words of the letter that Jeremiah the preacher sent from Jerusalem to the rest of the elders of the prison, and to the preachers, teachers, and to all the people, whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried away prisoner from Jerusalem to Babylon (Iraq), (after Jeconiah the ruler, and the queen mother, and the officers, and the royalty of Judah (southern Israel) and Jerusalem, and the craft people, and the smiths, were left from Jerusalem), by the hand of Elasah son of Shaphan, and Gemariah son of Hilkiah, (whom Zedekiah ruler of Judah sent to Babylon to Nebuchadnezzar ruler of Babylon, saying, Yahweh, God of All Creation, the God of Israel says, to all the prisoners, whom I’ve caused to be carried away from Jerusalem to Babylon, Build houses, and live in them; and plant gardens, and eat their fruit. Take wives, and have children; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may have children; and have many children there, and not be weakened in number. Seek the peace of the city where I’ve caused you to be carried away prisoner, and pray to Yahweh for it; for in its peace you’ll have peace.

[8-14] For Yahweh, God of All Creation, the God of Israel says, Don’t let your preachers who are with you, and your fortunetellers lie to you; nor listen to your dreams which you cause to be dreamed. For they preach falsely to you in My Name. I haven’t sent them, says Yahweh. For Yahweh says, After 70 years are over for Babylon (Iraq), I’ll visit you, and keep My promise to you, and will let you come back here. For I know the thoughts that I think for you, says Yahweh, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope in the end. You’ll call on Me, and you’ll go and pray to Me, and I’ll listen to you. You’ll look for Me, and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I’ll be found by you, says Yahweh, and I’ll free you, and I’ll gather you from all the nations, and from all the places where I’ve sent you, says Yahweh; and I’ll bring you back to the place where I caused you to be carried away prisoner.

[15-20] Because you’ve said, Yahweh has raised us up preachers in Babylon (Iraq); Yahweh says about the ruler who sits on the throne of David, and about all the people who live in this city, your people who haven’t gone out with you into prison; Yahweh, God of All Creation says, See, I’ll send on them war, hunger, and disease, and will make them like bad figs that are so bad they can’t be eaten. I’ll chase after them with war, hunger, and disease, and will let them be tossed back and forth among all the nations of the earth, to be an object of horror, a shock, a mockery, and a blame, among all the nations where I’ve sent them; because they haven’t listened to My words, says Yahweh, which I sent to them with My workers, the preachers, rising up early and sending them; but you wouldn’t listen, says Yahweh. So listen to the word of Yahweh, all you who were taken prisoner, whom I’ve sent away from Jerusalem to Babylon.

[21-23] Yahweh, God of All Creation, the God of Israel says about Ahab son of Kolaiah, and about Zedekiah son of Maaseiah, who preach a lie to you in My Name. See, I’ll give them to Nebuchadnezzar, ruler of Babylon (Iraq), who will kill them before your eyes; and of them will be taken up a curse by all the prisoners of Judah (southern Israel) who are in Babylon, saying, Yahweh will make you like Zedekiah and like Ahab, whom the ruler of Babylon roasted in the fire; because they’ve spread stupidity in Israel, and have been unfaithful with their neighbors’ wives, and have spoken words in My Name falsely, which I didn’t tell them; and I am the One Who Knows, and I am a witness, says Yahweh.

[24-28] You’ll speak about Shemaiah, the Nehelamite, saying, Yahweh, God of All Creation, the God of Israel, says this; Because you’ve sent letters in your own name to all the people who are at Jerusalem, and to Zephaniah, son of Maaseiah, the teacher, and to all the preachers, saying, Yahweh has made you teacher in the place of Jehoiada, the teacher, that there may be officers in the Place of Worship of Yahweh, instead of those who are crazy, and make them self a preacher, that you should lock them in the pieces of wood and in shackles. So, why haven’t you gotten on to Jeremiah of Anathoth, who makes himself a preacher to you, because he has sent to us in Babylon (Iraq), saying, The punishment is long, so build houses, and live in them; and plant gardens, and eat their fruit?

[29-32] Zephaniah, the teacher, read this letter in the ears of Jeremiah, the preacher. Then came the word of Yahweh to Jeremiah, saying, Send to all of them who were taken prisoner, saying, Yahweh says about Shemaiah, the Nehelamite; Because Shemaiah has spoken to you, and I didn’t send him, and he has caused you to trust in a lie; so Yahweh says, See, I’ll punish Shemaiah, the Nehelamite, and his descendants; he won’t have anyone to live among this people, nor will he see the good that I’ll do to My people, says Yahweh, because he has spoken against Yahweh.

     30[1-4] This is the word that came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, saying, Yahweh, the God of Israel, says this, Write all the words that I’ve spoken to you in a book. See, the days are coming, says Yahweh, that I’ll turn back those who were taken prisoner of My people Israel and Judah (southern Israel), says Yahweh; and I’ll cause them to go back to the land that I gave to their ancestors, and they’ll take it. These are the words that Yahweh spoke about Israel and about Judah.

[5-11] For Yahweh says, We’ve heard a voice of shaking, of fear, and not of peace. Ask now, and see if someone labors with child. Why do I see everyone standing with their hands on their waist, as a woman giving birth, and all their faces have turned pale? Sadly, that day is horrible, so that no other is like it! It’s the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he’ll be saved out of it. In that day, says Yahweh, God of All Creation, I’ll break his control of you, and will break your bonds; and strangers won’t make him their servant anymore; but they’ll serve Yahweh their God, and David their ruler, whom I’ll raise up for them. So don’t be afraid, O Jacob My servant, says Yahweh; nor be troubled, Israel; See, I’ll save you from far away, and your descendants from the land they were taken prisoner; and Jacob will come back, and will be quiet and at ease, and no one will make him afraid. For I am with you, says Yahweh, to save you, and I’ll completely destroy all the nations where I’ve scattered you, but I won’t completely destroy you; but I’ll correct you for what you’ve done, and will in no way leave you unpunished.

[12-17] For Yahweh says, Your wound won’t heal, and your injury is very serious. There’s no one to speak up for you, that you may be bandaged. You don’t have any healing medicines. All your lovers have forgotten you; they don’t look for you because I’ve hurt you with the wound of an enemy, with the punishment of a cruel one, for the greatness of your sin, because your sins were many. Why do you cry about your punishment? Your pain won’t stop for the greatness of your sin, and because your sins were many, I’ve done these things to you. So all those who eat you up will be eaten up; and all your enemies, every one of them, will be taken prisoner; and those who take what’s yours will have their stuff taken, and all who take advantage of you I will allow others to take advantage of them. For I’ll restore health to you, and I’ll heal you of your wounds, says Yahweh; because they’ve called you an outcast, saying, No one cares for Zion (Jerusalem).

[18-22] Yahweh says, See, I’ll turn back those who were taken prisoner of Jacob’s family, and have compassion on their homes; and the city will be built on its own hill, and the palace will be set in its own place. Thanksgiving will go out of them and the sound of those who celebrate, and I’ll have many children of them, and they won’t be small in number; I’ll also make them well known, and they won’t be unimportant. Their children also will be as before, and their people will be put in place before Me; and I’ll punish all who abuse them. Their royalty will be of themselves, and their ruler will come from them, who I’ll cause to come near to Me; Who is the one who is bold enough to come to Me? says Yahweh. You’ll be My people, and I’ll be your God.

[23-24] See, the storm of Yahweh, whose rage has gone out like a destroying storm, will burst on the head of the evil ones. The great anger of Yahweh won’t turn back, until it’s over, and what God has planned is done; and in the latter days you’ll understand it.

 

31[1-6] At that time, says Yahweh, I’ll be the God of all the families of Israel, and they’ll be My people. Yahweh says, I cared for the people who were left from the war in the deserted countryside; even Israel, when I made them rest. Yahweh appeared of old to me, saying, Yes, I’ve loved you with an everlasting love, so with loving kindness I have drawn you to Me. I’ll build you up again, and you’ll be built, like a young girl of Israel, you’ll again be adorned with your tambourines, and will go out in the dances of those who celebrate. You’ll plant gardens again on the mountains of Samaria; the farmers will plant, and enjoy its fruit. A day will come that the guards on the hills of Ephraim (Northern Israel) will cry out, Get up, and let’s go up to Zion (Jerusalem) to Yahweh our God.

[7-10] For Yahweh says, Sing with happiness for Jacob, and shout for the capital of the nations! Publish it, praise it, and say, Yahweh, save your people, who are left of Israel. See, I’ll bring them from the north country, and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, and with them the blind, the lame, the woman with child, and she who labors with child together! A great many people will come back here. They’ll come with crying; and with prayers I’ll lead them! I’ll cause them to walk by the rivers, in a straight way in which they won’t stumble; for I am like a father to Israel, and Ephraim (Northern Israel) is as My firstborn. Listen to the word of Yahweh, you nations, and tell it in the nations far away; and say, The One who scattered Israel will gather them again, and keep them, as a shepherd cares for a flock.

[11-14] For Yahweh has bought back Jacob (Israel), and saved him from the hand of those who were stronger than he. They’ll come and sing in the height of Zion (Jerusalem), and will flow to the goodness of Yahweh, to the grain, and the new wine, and the oil, and the young of the flock and of the herd; and their soul will be as a watered garden; and they won’t be sad any more at all. Then the young girls will celebrate in the dance, and the young and the old together; for I’ll turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them celebrate that their sorrow has ended. I’ll fill the soul of the preachers with fatness, and My people will be satisfied with My goodness, says Yahweh.

[15-19] Yahweh says, A voice is heard in Ramah (Bethlehem), mourning, and bitter crying, Rachel crying for her children; she refuses to be comforted for them, because they’re dead. Yahweh says, Stop crying, and don’t let your eyes drop tears; for your work will be rewarded, says Yahweh; and they’ll come back from the land of the enemy. There’s hope for your latter end, says Yahweh; and your children will come back to their own land. I’ve surely heard Ephraim (Northern Israel) feeling sorry for himself, saying, You’ve disciplined me, and I learned my lesson, as a calf unaccustomed to being controlled; so turn me back to You, and I’ll be turned; for You are Yahweh my God. Surely after I was turned, I changed my mind; and after I was taught, I hit my thigh, being ashamed, yes, and confused, because I bore the blame of my youth.

[20-22] Is Ephraim (Northern Israel) My dear son? is he a sweet child? for as often as I speak against him, I sincerely remember him still, so my heart aches for him; I’ll surely have mercy on him, says Yahweh. Set up road signs, make guideposts; set your heart toward the highway, even toward the way you went; turn around, little one of Israel, turn back to your cities. How long will you go here and there, you unfaithful people? for Yahweh has created a new thing in the earth; a woman will turn back a man.

[23-26] Yahweh, God of All Creation, the God of Israel says, Yet again they’ll say in the land of Judah (southern Israel) and in its cities, when I bring them back from where they were taken, Yahweh bless you, home of goodness, mountain of holiness. Judah and all its people will live in it together, the farmers, and those who go around with flocks. I’ve filled the soul that is worn out, and every sad soul I have refreshed. On this, I awakened, and saw; and my sleep was sweet to me.

[27-30] See, the days are coming, says Yahweh, that I’ll plant the people of Israel and the people of Judah (southern Israel) with human beings, and with animals.  Like I’ve watched over them to root out and to pull up and to overthrow and to destroy and to punish, so I’ll watch over them to build up and to plant, says Yahweh. In those days they won’t say any more, Our ancestors have eaten sour grapes, and our teeth are set on edge. But everyone will die for their own sin; everyone who eats the sour grapes, their teeth will be set on edge.

[31-34] See, the days are coming, says Yahweh, that I’ll make a new agreement with the people of Israel, and with the people of Judah (southern Israel), but not according to the agreement that I made with their ancestors in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which they broke, although I was like a husband to them, says Yahweh. But this is the promised agreement that I’ll make with the people of Israel after those days, says Yahweh; I’ll put My law in their inmost minds, and I’ll write it on their hearts; and I’ll be their God, and they’ll be My people; and they won’t teach their neighbors anymore, or their family members, saying, Know Yahweh, because they’ll all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says Yahweh. I’ll forgive their sin, and I won’t remember their sin anymore.

[35-40] Yahweh says, who gives the sun for a light by day, and the laws of the moon and the stars for a light by night, who stirs up the sea, so that the waves roar; Yahweh, whose name is the God of All Creation! If these laws come to an end before Me, says Yahweh, then the descendants of Israel also will come to an end from being a nation before Me forever. Yahweh says, If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, then I’ll also throw off all the descendants of Israel for all that they’ve done, says Yahweh. See, the days are coming, says Yahweh, that the city will be built to Yahweh from the tower of Hananel to the corner gate. The measuring line will go out straight to the hill of Gareb, and will turn and go to Goah. The whole valley of the dead bodies and of the ashes, and all the fields to the river Kidron, to the corner of the horse gate toward the east, will be holy to Yahweh; it won’t be pulled up, nor thrown down any more forever.

32[1-5] This is the word that came to Jeremiah from Yahweh in the 10th year of Zedekiah, ruler of Judah (southern Israel), which was the 18th year of Nebuchadnezzar. Now at that time the ruler of Babylon’s army was taking Jerusalem; and Jeremiah, the preacher, was locked up in the court of the guard, which was in the ruler of Judah’s house. For Zedekiah, ruler of Judah, had locked him up, saying, Why do you preach, and say, Yahweh says, See, I’ll give this city into the hand of the ruler of Babylon (Iraq), who will take it; and Zedekiah, ruler of Judah, won’t escape out of the hand of the Chaldeans (Iraq), but will surely be handed over to the ruler of Babylon, and will speak with him face to face, and eye to eye; who will bring Zedekiah to Babylon, where he’ll stay until I punish him, says Yahweh, though you fight with the Chaldeans, You won’t do well!

[6-9] So Jeremiah answered, The word of Yahweh came to me, saying, See, Hanamel, son of Willum, your uncle, will come to you, saying, Buy my field that is in Anathoth; for the right to buy it is yours. So Hanamel, my uncle’s son, came to me in the court of the guard just as the word of Yahweh said, and said to me, Please buy my field that is in Anathoth, which is in the land of Benjamin; for the right to own it and buy it is yours; so buy it for yourself. Then I knew that this was the word of Yahweh. So I bought the field that was in Anathoth of Hanamel, my uncle’s son, and gave him the money, 17 silver dollars.

[10-15] I wrote the deed, and sealed it, and called witnesses, and gave him the money. So I took the deed of purchase, both what was sealed, which had the terms and conditions, and what was open; and I gave the deed of purchase to Baruch, son of Neriah, son of Mahseiah, in the presence of Hanamel, my uncle’s son, and in the presence of the witnesses who wrote the deed of purchase, before all the Jews who sat in the court of the guard. I told Baruch in front of them, saying, Yahweh, God of All Creation, the God of Israel says, Take these deeds, this deed of purchase which is sealed, and this deed which is open, and put them in an earthen pot; that they may last for many days. For Yahweh, God of All Creation, the God of Israel says, Houses, fields, and gardens will yet again be bought in this land.

[16-25] Now after I had given the deed of purchase to Baruch, son of Neriah, I prayed to Yahweh, saying, Ah Yahweh God! You’ve made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm; There isn’t anything too hard for You, who shows loving kindness to thousands, and repays the sins of the ancestors into the lap of their children after them; the great, strong God, Yahweh, God of All Creation is Your name; great in wisdom, and strong in work; whose eyes see all the ways of humanity, to give everyone a just reward for their ways, and for what they’ve done; who did signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, even to today, both in Israel and among other peoples; and made Your name great, as it is today; and brought Your people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs and wonders, and with a strong hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with great terror; and gave them this land, which You promised to their ancestors to give them, a land full of milk and honey; and they came in, and took it, but they didn’t obey Your voice, nor keep Your law; they’ve done nothing of all that you told them to do, so you’ve caused all this evil to come on them. See, the mounds, they’re come to the city to take it; and the city is handed over to the Chaldeans (Iraq) who fight against it, because of war, hunger, and disease; and what you’ve spoken has happened; and You see it. You’ve said to me, Yahweh God, Buy the field for money, and call witnesses; but the city is handed over to the Chaldeans.

[26-30] Then the word of Yahweh came to Jeremiah, saying, See, I am Yahweh, the God of all humanity; is there anything too hard for me? So Yahweh says, See, I’ll give this city over to the Chaldeans (Iraq), and into the power of Nebuchadnezzar, ruler of Babylon (Iraq), and he’ll take it; and the Chaldeans, who fight against this city, will come and set it on fire, and burn it, along with all the houses, on whose roofs they’ve offered incense to that false god Baal, and poured out drink offerings to false gods, to make Me angry. For the people of Israel and Judah (southern Israel) have done nothing but evil in My sight from their youth; for the people of Israel have only made Me very angry with all that they’ve done, says Yahweh.

[31-35] For this city has provoked My anger and my rage from the day that they built it even to today; so that I would remove it from before My face, because of all the evil of the people of Israel and Judah (southern Israel), which they’ve done to make Me angry, they, their rulers, their royalty, their preachers, and their teachers, and all the people of Judah, and Jerusalem. They’ve turned their backs on Me, and not looked for Me; and though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, yet they haven’t listened to learn. But they set their false gods in the Place of Worship which is called by My Name, to ruin it with their stinking waste. They built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of son of Hinnom, to sacrifice their children in the fire to Molech; which I didn’t tell them, nor did it ever come into My mind, that they should do this horrible thing, to cause Judah to sin.

[36-41] So Yahweh, the God of Israel says about this city, about which you say, It’s handed over to the ruler of Babylon (Iraq) by war, hunger, and disease. See, I’ll gather them out of all the countries where I’ve driven them in My anger and rage, and in righteous anger; and I’ll bring them back here, and I’ll make them live safely; and they’ll be My people, and I’ll be their God; and I’ll give them one heart and one mind, that they may respect Me forever, for their own good, and of their children after them; and I’ll make an everlasting agreement with them, that I won’t turn away from following them, to do them good; and I’ll put my respect in their hearts, that they may not leave from following Me. Yes, I’ll celebrate over them to do them good, and I’ll plant them in this land with My whole heart and my whole soul.

[42-44] For Yahweh says, Like I brought all this great evil on this people, so I’ll bring on them all the good that I’ve promised them. Fields will be bought in this land, about which you say, It’s empty, without human or animal; it’s handed over to the Chaldeans (Iraq). People will buy fields for money, and write deeds, and seal them, and call witnesses, in the land of Benjamin, and in the places around Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah (southern Israel), and in the cities of the hill country, and in the cities of the lowland, and in the cities of the South; for I’ll make them come back from where they were taken, says Yahweh.

     33[1-5] The word of Yahweh came to Jeremiah again, while he was still locked up in the court of the guard, saying, Yahweh, who does it, Yahweh, who forms it to make it says, Yahweh is My Name. Call to me, and I’ll answer you, and show you great secrets, which you don’t yet know. For Yahweh, the God of Israel says about the houses of this city, and about the houses of the rulers of Judah (southern Israel), which are broken down to make a defense against the mounds of war while they come to fight with the Chaldeans (Iraq); but it is to fill them with their dead bodies, for whom I’ve killed in My anger and in My rage, and for all whose evil I have hid My face from this city.

[6-9] See, I’ll bring it health and cure, and I’ll make them well; and I’ll show them great peace and much truth. I’ll cause those taken from Judah (southern Israel) and Israel to come back, and will build them up, as at the beginning. I’ll cleanse them from all their guilt, by which they’ve wronged Me; and I’ll forgive all their sins, by which they’ve sinned against Me, and by which they’ve rebelled against Me. This city will be a name of joy to Me, for a praise, and for a glory, before all the nations of the earth, which will pay attention to all the good that I do to them, and will fear and tremble for all the good and peace that I bring to it.

[10-11] Yahweh says, Yet again there will be heard in this place, about which you say, It’s empty, without human or animal, even in the cities of Judah (southern Israel), and in the streets of Jerusalem, that are empty, without any people or animal, the sound of joy and the voice of happiness, the voice of the bridegroom and the bride, the voice of those who say, Give thanks to Yahweh, God of All Creation, for Yahweh is good, whose loving kindness lasts forever; and of them who bring sacrifices of thanksgiving into the Place of Worship of Yahweh. For I’ll make those taken from the land to come back as at the beginning, says Yahweh.

[12-14] Yahweh, God of All Creation, says, Yet again there will be in this place, which is now empty, without man or animal, and in all its cities, a home of shepherds who make their flocks lie down. In the cities of the hill country, the lowlands, and the South, and in the land of Benjamin, and in the places around Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah (southern Israel), will the flocks again pass under the hands of those who count them, says Yahweh. See, the days are coming, says Yahweh, that I’ll keep the good promises which I’ve spoken about the people of Israel and Judah.

[15-18] In those days, and at that time, I’ll cause a true Branch to grow up for David; who will do justice and bring goodness to the land. In those days Judah (southern Israel) will be saved, and Jerusalem will live safely; and this is the name by which it will be called, Yahweh our Goodness. For Yahweh says, David will never lack someone to sit on the throne of the people of Israel; nor will the preachers, the Levites lack someone to bring before Me to offer burnt offerings, and to burn meal offerings, and to do sacrifice continually.

[19-22] The word of Yahweh came to Jeremiah, saying, Yahweh says, If you can break My law of the day and night, so that there won’t be day and night in their proper time; then My promised agreement with David My servant may be broken as well, who won’t have anyone to reign on his throne; and with the Levites, the preachers, My ministers. As the heavenly bodies of heaven can’t be counted, nor the sand of the sea be measured; so I’ll have many children of the descendants of David My servant, and the Levites who minister to Me.

[23-26] Then the word of Yahweh came to Jeremiah, saying, Don’t consider what this people has spoken, saying, The two families which Yahweh had chosen, has been thrown away? They hate My people so much that they wouldn’t even be a nation to them anymore. Yahweh says, If My law of day and night fails, if I haven’t set the laws of heaven and earth; then I’ll also throw away the descendants of Jacob, and of David My servant, so that I won’t take of those descendants to be rulers over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; for I’ll make those who were taken away come back, and have mercy on them.

34[1-5] This is the word which came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, when Nebuchadnezzar ruler of Babylon (Iraq), and all his army, and all the nations of the earth that were under his control, and all the peoples, were fighting against Jerusalem, and against all the its cities, saying, Yahweh, the God of Israel, says, Go, and speak to Zedekiah ruler of Judah (southern Israel), and tell him, Yahweh says, See, I’ll give this city over to the ruler of Babylon (Iraq), and he’ll burn it with fire, and you won’t escape out of his hand, but will surely be taken, and given over to him; and your eyes will see the eyes of the ruler of Babylon (Iraq), and he’ll speak with you face to face, and you’ll go to Babylon (Iraq). Yet listen to the word of Yahweh, O Zedekiah ruler of Judah, Yahweh says this about you, You won’t die by war; You’ll die in peace; and with the burial of your ancestors, the former rulers who were before you, so they’ll make a burning for you; and they’ll mourn you, saying, Ah God! for I’ve spoken the word, says Yahweh.

[6-11] Then Jeremiah the preacher spoke all these words to Zedekiah ruler of Judah (southern Israel) in Jerusalem, when the ruler of Babylon (Iraq)’s army was fighting against Jerusalem, and against all the cities of Judah that were left, against Lachish (south of Jerusalem) and against Azekah (lowlands of Judah); for these alone were left of the cities of Judah as strong cities. The word that came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, after the ruler Zedekiah had made an agreement with all the people who were at Jerusalem, to announce freedom to them; that everyone should let their male and female servant, who is a Hebrew, go free; that no one should make servants of those who are Jewish, of their own kin people. All the royalty and all the people obeyed, who had made the agreement, that everyone should let their male and female servants, go free, that no one should make servants of them any more; so they obeyed, and let them go, but afterwards they changed their minds, and caused all the workers, whom they had let go free, to come back, and made them slaves again.

[12-16] So the word of Yahweh came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, saying, Yahweh, the God of Israel, says, I made a promised agreement with your ancestors in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, saying, At the end of 7 years you’ll let everyone go free who is a Hebrew, who has been sold to you, and has served you 6 years, you’ll let them go free from you; but your ancestors didn’t listen to Me, nor wanted to hear Me. You changed your ways, and had done what is right in My eyes, in letting them go free; and you had made a promised agreement before Me in the house which is called by My Name; but you turned around and disrespected My Name, and caused all your male and female servants, whom you had let go free as they wanted, to come back; and you made them slaves, to be to your workers.

[17-22] So Yahweh says, You haven’t listened to Me, to give freedom to your neighbors. So I announce to you freedom, says Yahweh, to war, to disease, and to hunger; and I’ll make you to be tossed back and forth among all the nations of the earth. I’ll give the people who have sinned My promised agreement, who haven’t kept the words of the agreement which they promised before Me, when they cut the calf in two and passed between its parts; the royalty of Judah (southern Israel), and the royalty of Jerusalem, the officers, and the preachers, and all the people of the land, who passed between the parts of the calf; I’ll even give them over to their enemies, and to those who want to take their lives; and their dead bodies will be for food to the birds of heaven, and to the animals of the earth. Zedekiah, ruler of Judah, and his royalty I’ll give over to their enemies, and to those who want to take their lives, and over to the ruler of Babylon (Iraq)’s army, who have gone away from you. See, I’ll say it, says Yahweh, and cause them to come back to this city; and they’ll fight against it, and take it, and burn it with fire and I’ll make the cities of Judah a ruin, without people.

35[1-4] This is the word which came to Jeremiah from Yahweh in the days of Jehoiakim, son of Josiah, ruler of Judah (southern Israel), saying, Go to the people of the Rechabites, and speak to them, and bring them into the Place of Worship of Yahweh, into one of the rooms, and give them wine to drink. Then I took Jaazaniah, son of Jeremiah, son of Habazziniah, and his brothers, and all his sons, and the whole people of the Rechabites; and I brought them into the Place of Worship of Yahweh, into the room of sons of Hanan, son of Igdaliah, the one of God, which was by the room of the royalty, which was above the room of Maaseiah, son of Willum, the keeper of the threshold.

[5-11] I set before the people of the Rechabites bowls full of wine, and cups; and I said to them, Drink your wine. But they said, We don’t drink wine; for Jonadab, son of Rechab, our father, told us, saying, Don’t drink wine, neither you, nor your children, forever, neither build houses, nor plant gardens, nor plant vineyards, nor have any; but all your days you’ll live in tents; that you may live many days in the land in which you stay. We’ve obeyed the words of Jonadab, son of Rechab, our father, in all that he told us, to drink no wine all our days, we, our wives, or our children; nor to build houses for us to live in; nor have we vineyard, nor garden, nor seed, but we’ve lived in tents, and have obeyed, and done all that Jonadab our father told us. But when Nebuchadnezzar, ruler of Babylon (Iraq) came up into the land, we said, Come, and let’s go to Jerusalem for fear of the army of the Chaldeans (Iraq), and for fear of the army of the Syrians; so we live at Jerusalem.

[12-15] Then came the word of Yahweh to Jeremiah, saying, Yahweh, God of All Creation, the God of Israel, says, Go, and tell the people of Judah (southern Israel) and the people of Jerusalem, You won’t be taught and listen to My words? says Yahweh. The words of Jonadab, son of Rechab, that he told his sons, not to drink wine, are kept; and even to today they don’t drink, for they obey their father’s orders; but I’ve spoken to you, rising up early and speaking; and you haven’t listened to Me. I’ve also sent to you all my workers, the preachers, rising up early and sending them, saying, Change your evil way, and stop what you’re doing, and don’t go after false gods to serve them, and you’ll live in the land which I’ve given to you and to your ancestors, but you haven’t turned your ear, nor listened to Me.

[16-19] Because sons of Jonadab, son of Rechab, have done what their father told them, but this people hasn’t listened to Me; so Yahweh, the God of All Creation, the God of Israel, says, See, I’ll bring on Judah (southern Israel) and on all the people of Jerusalem all the evil that I’ve spoken against them; because I’ve spoken to them, but they haven’t heard; and I’ve called to them, but they haven’t answered. Jeremiah said to the people of the Rechabites, Yahweh, God of All Creation, the God of Israel, says, Because you’ve obeyed the orders of Jonadab your father, and kept all his words, and done according to all that he told you; so Yahweh, God of All Creation, the God of Israel, says, Jonadab, son of Rechab, won’t ever be without someone to stand before Me.

     36[1-3]  In the 4th year of Jehoiakim, son of Josiah, ruler of Judah (southern Israel), this word came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, saying, Take a scroll of a book, and write in it all the words that I’ve spoken to you against Israel, and against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spoke to you, from the days of Josiah, even to today. It may be that the people of Judah will listen to all the evil which I plan to do to them; that they may turn from their evil ways; that I may forgive their guilt and their sin.

[4-8] Then Jeremiah called Baruch son of Neriah; and Baruch wrote from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words that Yahweh had spoken to him, on a scroll of a book. Jeremiah told Baruch, saying, I am locked up; I can’t go into the people of Yahweh, so go, and read the scroll, which you’ve written from my mouth, the words of Yahweh to the people in Yahweh’s Place of Worship on the fast day; and read them also to all of Judah (southern Israel) who come out of their cities. It may be that they’ll ask forgiveness of Yahweh, and will change their evil ways; for great is the anger and rage that Yahweh has spoken against this people. Baruch, son of Neriah, did what Jeremiah the preacher told him, reading in the book the words of Yahweh in Yahweh’s Place of Worship.

[9-12] Now  in the 9th month of the 5th year of Jehoiakim, son of Josiah, ruler of Judah (southern Israel), all the people in Jerusalem, and all the people who came from the cities of Judah to Jerusalem, called for a fast before Yahweh. Then Baruch read in the book the words of Jeremiah in the Place of Worship of Yahweh, in the room of Gemariah, son of Shaphan, the writer, in the upper court, at the entry of the new gate of Yahweh’s Place of Worship, in the ears of all the people. When Micaiah, son of Gemariah, son of Shaphan, had heard out of the book all the words of Yahweh, he went down into the ruler’s house, into the writer’s room, where all the royalty were sitting, that is, Elishama the writer, and Delaiah, son of Shemaiah, and Elnathan, son of Achbor, and Gemariah, son of Shaphan, and Zedekiah, son of Hananiah, and all the royalty.

[13-19] Then Micaiah told them all the words that he had heard, when Baruch read the book in the ears of the people. So all the royalty sent Jehudi, son of Nethaniah, son of Shelemiah, son of Cushi, to Baruch, saying, Take the scroll in which you’ve read in the ears of the people, and come. So Baruch, son of Neriah, took the scroll in his hand, and came to them. They said to him, Sit down now, and read it in our ears. So Baruch read it in their ears. Now when they had heard all the words, they turned in fear to one another, and said to Baruch, We’ll be sure to tell the ruler of all these words. Then they asked Baruch, saying, Tell us now, How did you write all these words of his mouth? Then Baruch answered them, He spoke all these words to me with his mouth, and I wrote them with ink in the book. Then said the royalty to Baruch, Go, hide, you and Jeremiah; and let no one know where you are.

[20-26] They went in to the ruler into the court; but they had left the scroll in the room of Elishama, the writer; and they told all the words to the ruler. So the ruler sent Jehudi to get the scroll; and he took it out of the room of Elishama, the writer. Jehudi read it in the ears of the ruler, and in the ears of all the royalty who stood beside the ruler. Now the ruler was sitting in the winter house in the 9th month and there was a fire in the fireplace burning before him. When Jehudi had read three or four pages, the ruler cut it with a penknife, and threw it into the fire that was in the fireplace, until all the scroll was burned in the fire that was in the fireplace. They weren’t afraid, nor ripped their clothes off, neither the ruler, nor any of his workers who heard all these words. Besides Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah had begged the ruler not to burn the scroll; but he wouldn’t listen to them. The ruler told Jerahmeel, the ruler’s son, and Seraiah, son of Azriel, and Shelemiah, son of Abdeel, to take Baruch, the writer and Jeremiah, the preacher; but Yahweh hid them.

[27-29] Then the word of Yahweh came to Jeremiah, after the ruler had burned the scroll, and the words which Baruch wrote at the mouth of Jeremiah, saying, Take again another scroll, and write in it all the words that were in the 1st book, which Jehoiakim, the ruler of Judah (southern Israel) has burned. About Jehoiakim, ruler of Judah, say, Yahweh says, You’ve burned this scroll, saying, Why have you written it, saying, The ruler of Babylon (Iraq) will certainly come and destroy this land, and will cause to come to an end from there man and animal?

[30-32] So Yahweh says about Jehoiakim, ruler of Judah (southern Israel), He’ll have no one to sit on the throne of David; and his dead body will be thrown out in the day to the heat, and in the night to the frost. I’ll punish him and his descendants and his workers for their sin; and I’ll bring on them, and on the people of Jerusalem, and on the people of Judah, all the evil that I’ve spoken against them, but they didn’t listen. Then Jeremiah took another scroll, and gave it to Baruch, the writer, son of Neriah, who wrote in it from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the book which Jehoiakim ruler of Judah (southern Israel) had burned in the fire; and there were added besides them many other words.

     37[1-5] Zedekiah, son of Josiah, reigned as ruler, instead of Coniah, son of Jehoiakim, whom Nebuchadnezzar ruler of Babylon (Iraq) made ruler in the land of Judah (southern Israel). But neither he, nor his workers, nor the people of the land, listened to the words of Yahweh, which were spoken by the preacher, Jeremiah. Zedekiah, the ruler, sent Jehucal, son of Shelemiah, and Zephaniah, son of Maaseiah, the teacher, to the preacher, Jeremiah, saying, Pray to Yahweh our God for us. Now Jeremiah came in and went out among the people; for they had not yet put him into prison. Egypt’s Ruler’s army had come out of Egypt; and when the Chaldeans (Iraq) who were besieging Jerusalem heard news of them, they broke up from Jerusalem.

[6-10] Then came the word of Yahweh to the preacher Jeremiah, saying, Yahweh, the God of Israel, says, Tell this to the ruler of Judah (southern Israel), who sent you to Me to ask of Me, See, Egypt’s army, which has come out to help you, will go back to Egypt into their own land. The Chaldeans (Iraq) will come again, and fight against this city; and they’ll take it, and burn it with fire. Yahweh says, Don’t lie to yourselves, saying, The Chaldeans (Iraq) will surely leave from us; they won’t leave. For though you had hit the whole army of the Chaldeans (Iraq) who fight against you, and there were only wounded men left among them, yes they would rise up in their tents, and burn this city with fire. When the army of the Chaldeans (Iraq) was broken up from Jerusalem for fear of Egypt’s army, then Jeremiah went out of Jerusalem to go into the land of Benjamin, to get his portion there with the people.

[11-15] When he was in the gate of Benjamin, a captain of the guard was there, whose name was Irijah, son of Shelemiah, son of Hananiah; and he laid hold on Jeremiah the preacher, saying, You’re deserting to the Chaldeans (Iraq). Then said Jeremiah, It’s false; I am not deserting to the Chaldeans. But he didn’t listen to him; so Irijah took  Jeremiah, and brought him to the royalty. The royalty were angry with Jeremiah, and hit him, and put him in prison in the house of Jonathan, the writer; for they had made that the prison.

[16-21] When Jeremiah had come into the dungeon house, and into the cells, and Jeremiah had stayed there many days; Then Zedekiah the ruler sent for him, and the ruler asked him secretly in his house, and said, Is there any word from Yahweh? Jeremiah said, There is. He said also, You’ll be given over to the ruler of Babylon (Iraq). Besides Jeremiah said to ruler Zedekiah, Wherein have I sinned against you, or against your workers, or against this people, that you’ve put me in prison? Where now are your preachers who spoke to you, saying, The ruler of Babylon (Iraq) won’t come against you, nor against this land? Now please listen to me, oh ruler, please let me ask a favor of you, that you not let me go back to the house of Jonathan, the writer, lest I die there. Then Zedekiah, the ruler, told them to take Jeremiah into the court of the guard; and they gave him daily a loaf of bread out of the bakers’ street, until all the bread in the city was gone. So Jeremiah stayed in the court of the guard.

     38[1-6] Shephatiah, son of Mattan, and Gedaliah, son of Pashhur, and Jucal, son of Shelemiah, and Pashhur, son of Malchijah, heard the words that Jeremiah spoke to all the people, saying, Yahweh says, Those who stay in this city will die by war, hunger, and disease; but those who go out to the Chaldeans (Iraq) will live, and their lives will be spared, and they’ll live. Yahweh says, This city will surely be given over to the army of the ruler of Babylon (Iraq), who will take it. Then the royalty said to the ruler, Let this man, we ask, be put to death; because he weakens the hands of the soldiers who stay in this city, and the hands of all the people, in speaking such words to them; for this man doesn’t look out for the welfare of this people, but for their hurt. Zedekiah, the ruler said, See, he’s yours; for the ruler isn’t the one who can do anything against you. Then they took Jeremiah, and threw him into the dungeon of Malchijah, the ruler’s son, that was in the court of the guard, and they let down Jeremiah with ropes. In the dungeon there was no water, but mud; and Jeremiah sank in the mud.

[7-11] Now when Ebedmelech, the Ethiopian, an officer, who was in the ruler’s house, heard that they had put Jeremiah in the dungeon (the ruler then sitting in the gate of Benjamin), Ebedmelech went out of the ruler’s house, and spoke to the ruler, saying, My Master, the ruler, these men have done evil in all that they’ve done to Jeremiah the preacher, whom they’ve thrown into the dungeon; and he is likely to die of hunger in that place; for there’s no more bread in the city. Then the ruler told Ebedmelech, the Ethiopian, saying, Take from here 30 men with you, and take Jeremiah the preacher up out of the dungeon, before he dies. So Ebedmelech took the people with him, and went into the house of the ruler under the treasury, and took there rags and worn-out clothes, and let them down by ropes into the dungeon to Jeremiah.

[12-16] Ebedmelech, the Ethiopian, said to Jeremiah, Put these rags and worn-out clothes under your armholes now, under the ropes; and Jeremiah did what he said. So they pulled Jeremiah up with the ropes, and took him up out of the pit and Jeremiah stayed in the court of the guard. Then Zedekiah, the ruler sent, and took Jeremiah, the preacher, to him into the 3rd entry that is in the Place of Worship of Yahweh, and the ruler said to Jeremiah, I want to ask you something; but don’t hide anything from me. Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, If I tell it to you, won’t you put me to death? and if I give you counsel, you won’t listen to me. So Zedekiah, the ruler, swore secretly to Jeremiah, saying, As Yahweh lives, who made us this soul, I won’t put you to death, nor will I give you over to these men who want to kill you.

[17-19] Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, Yahweh, the God of All Creation, the God of Israel, says, If you’ll go out to the ruler of Babylon (Iraq)’s royalty, then your soul will live, and this city won’t be burned with fire; and You’ll live, and all your people. But if you won’t go out to the ruler of Babylon (Iraq)’s royalty, then this city will be given over to the Chaldeans (Iraq), and they’ll burn it with fire, and you won’t escape from them. Then Zedekiah, the ruler, said to Jeremiah, I am afraid of the Jews who have deserted to the Chaldeans (Iraq), that they hand me over to them, and they mock me.

[20-23] But Jeremiah said, They’ll not hand you over to them. Obey, I beg you, the voice of Yahweh, in what I speak to you, so it will be well with you, and your soul will live. But if you refuse to go out, this is the word that Yahweh has shown me; see, all the women who are left in the ruler of Judah’s house will be brought out to the ruler of Babylon (Iraq)’s royalty, and those women will say, Your best friends have lied to you, and overcome you, and now that your feet are sunk in the mud, they’ve turned away. They’ll bring out all your wives and your children to the Chaldeans (Iraq); and you won’t escape from them, but will be taken by the ruler of Babylon (Iraq)[ and you’ll cause this city to be burned with fire.

[24-28] Then Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, Don’t tell anyone of these words, and you won’t die. But if the royalty hears that I’ve talked with you, and they come to you, and say to you, Tell us now what you’ve said to the ruler; don’t hide it from us, and we won’t put you to death; and also what the ruler said to you; then you tell them, I asked a favor of the ruler, that he wouldn’t cause me to go back to Jonathan’s house to die there. Then came all the royalty to Jeremiah, and asked him; and he told them what the ruler had told him to say. So they left and the matter was not known. So Jeremiah stayed in the court of the guard until the day that Jerusalem was taken.

     39[1-4]  When Jerusalem was taken, (in the 10th month of the 9th year of Zedekiah ruler of Judah (southern Israel), came Nebuchadnezzar ruler of Babylon (Iraq) and all his army against Jerusalem, and overwhelmed it; on the 9th day of the 4th month, in the 11th year of Zedekiah, a breach was made in the city wall), that all the royalty of the ruler of Babylon (Iraq) came in, and sat in the middle gate, that is, Nergal Sharezer, Samgarnebo, Sarsechim, Rabsaris, Nergal Sharezer, Rabmag, with all the rest of the royalty of the ruler of Babylon (Iraq). When Zedekiah, the ruler of Judah and all the soldiers saw them, then they ran, and went out of the city by night, by the way of the ruler’s garden, through the gate between the two walls; and they went out toward the Arabah desert.

[5-8] But the army of the Chaldeans (Iraq) chased after them, and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho; and when they had taken him, they brought him up to Nebuchadnezzar, ruler of Babylon, to Riblah in the land of Hamath; and he gave judgment on him. Then the ruler of Babylon killed the sons of Zedekiah in Riblah before his eyes, also killed all the leaders of Judah (southern Israel). Besides he put out Zedekiah’s eyes, and chained him up, to carry him to Babylon (Iraq). The Chaldeans burned the ruler’s house, and the houses of the people, with fire, and broke down the walls of Jerusalem.

[9-14] Then Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, carried the rest of the people who stayed in the city, the deserters also who went out to him, and the rest of the people who stayed in the city into Babylon (Iraq). But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left the poor of the people, who had nothing, in the land of Judah (southern Israel), and gave them gardens and fields at the same time. Now Nebuchadnezzar, ruler of Babylon (Iraq) gave orders about Jeremiah to Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, saying, Take him, and look after him well, and do him no harm; but do to him even as he’ll tell you. So Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, and Nebushazban, Rabsaris, and Nergal Sharezer, Rabmag, and all the chief officers of the ruler of Babylon sent, and took Jeremiah out of the court of the guard, and gave him to Gedaliah, son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan, that he should carry him home, so he lived among the people.

[15-18] Now the word of Yahweh came to Jeremiah, while he was locked up in the court of the guard, saying, Go, and speak to Ebedmelech, the Ethiopian, saying, Yahweh, God of All Creation, the God of Israel says, See, I’ll bring My words on this city for evil, and not for good; and they’ll be done in your sight on that day. But I’ll protect you in that day, says Yahweh; and you won’t be given over to the people of whom you’re afraid. For I’ll surely save you, and you won’t die in the war, but your life will be given to you; because you’ve put your trust in Me, says Yahweh.

     40[1-6] This is the word which came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, after Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, had let him go from Ramah, when he had taken him being bound in chains among all the prisoners of Jerusalem and Judah (southern Israel), who were carried away prisoner to Babylon (Iraq). The captain of the guard took Jeremiah, and said to him, Yahweh, your God, spoke this evil on this place; and Yahweh has brought it, and done what was spoken because you’ve sinned against Yahweh, and haven’t obeyed his voice, so this thing is come on you. Now, see, I loose you today from the chains which are on your hand. If you want to come with me into Babylon (Iraq), come, and I’ll take care of you; but if you don’t want to come with me into Babylon, don’t. See, all the land is before you; go wherever it seems good and right to you to go. Now while he was not yet gone back, he also said to Gedaliah, son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan, whom the ruler of Babylon has made governor over the cities of Judah, Go back then, and live with him among the people; or go wherever it seems right to you to go. So the captain of the guard gave him food and some money, and let him go. Then Jeremiah went to Gedaliah, son of Ahikam, to Mizpah (lowlands of Judah), and lived with him among the people who were left in the land.

[7-10] Now when all the captains of the forces who were in the fields, even they and their soldiers, heard that the ruler of Babylon had made Gedaliah, son of Ahikam, governor in the land, and had given him men, and women, and children, and the poorest people of the land, of those who weren’t carried away prisoner to Babylon (Iraq); then they came to Gedaliah to Mizpah, that is, Ishmael, son of Nethaniah, and Johanan and Jonathan, sons of Kareah, and Seraiah, son of Tanhumeth, and sons of Ephai, the Netophathite, and Jezaniah, son of the Maacathite, they and their soldiers. Gedaliah, son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan, swore to them and to their soldiers, saying, Don’t be afraid to serve the Chaldeans (Iraq); live in the land, and serve the ruler of Babylon, and it will be well with you. As for me, see, I’ll live at Mizpah, to stand before the Chaldeans, who will come to us, but you, gather your wine and summer fruits and oil, and put them in your pots, and live in your cities that you’ve taken.

[11-16] Likewise when all the Jews who were in Moab (Jordan), and among the children of Ammon (Transjordan), and in Edom (Arab Nations), and who were in all the countries, heard that the ruler of Babylon (Iraq) had left a remnant of Judah, and that he had set over them Gedaliah, son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan; then all the Jews came back out of all places where they were driven, and came to the land of Judah (southern Israel), to Gedaliah, to Mizpah, and gathered all the wine and summer fruits. Besides Johanan, son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces who were in the fields, came to Gedaliah to Mizpah, and said to him, Do you know that Baalis, the ruler of the children of Ammon (Transjordan) has sent Ishmael, son of Nethaniah to take your life? But Gedaliah, son of Ahikam, didn’t believe them. Then Johanan, son of Kareah, spoke to Gedaliah in Mizpah secretly, saying, Please let me go, and I’ll kill Ishmael, son of Nethaniah, and no one will know it; why should he take your life, that all the Jews who are gathered to you should be scattered, and what’s left of Judah die? But Gedaliah, son of Ahikam, said to Johanan, son of Kareah, Don’t do that; for you’re lying about Ishmael.

 

     41[1-3] Now in the 7th month, Ishmael, son of Nethaniah, son of Elishama, of the royal descendants and one of the chief officers of the ruler, and 10 soldiers came to Gedaliah, son of Ahikam, to Mizpah; and ate bread together with them in Mizpah. Then Ishmael, son of Nethaniah, and the 10 soldiers who were with him got up, and hit Gedaliah, son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan, with a sword, and killed him, whom the ruler of Babylon (Iraq) had made governor over the land. Ishmael also killed all the Jews who were with Gedaliah at Mizpah, along with the Chaldeans (Iraq) who were there, the soldiers of war.

[4-7]  The next day after he had killed Gedaliah, and no one knew it, some men from Shechem, Shiloh, and Samaria, even 80 men came having their beards shaved and their clothes torn, and having cut themselves, with meal offerings and frankincense in their hand, to bring them to the Place of Worship of Yahweh. Ishmael, son of Nethaniah, went out from Mizpah to meet them, crying all along as he went, and as he met them, he said to them, Come to Gedaliah, son of Ahikam. When they came into the middle of the city, Ishmael, son of Nethaniah, killed them, and threw them all into the middle of a pit.

[8-10] But 10 men were found among those who said to Ishmael, Don’t kill us; for we have stores hidden in the field, of wheat, and of barley, and of oil, and of honey. So he stopped, and didn’t kill them with the others. Now the pit in which Ishmael threw all the dead bodies of the people whom he had killed, by the side of Gedaliah was the same as that which Asa the ruler had made for fear of Baasha ruler of Israel, and Ishmael, son of Nethaniah, filled it with those who were killed. Then Ishmael carried away prisoner all the rest of the people who were in Mizpah, even the ruler’s daughters, and all the people who stayed in Mizpah, whom Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, had given to Gedaliah, son of Ahikam; Ishmael, son of Nethaniah carried them away prisoner, and left to go over to the children of Ammon (Transjordan).

[11-15] But when Johanan son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces who were with him, heard of all the evil that Ishmael, son of Nethaniah, had done, then they took all the people, and went to fight with Ishmael, son of Nethaniah, and found him by the great waters that are in Gibeon (modern ‘el-Jib’, about 5 miles from Jerusalem). Now when all the people who were with Ishmael saw Johanan, son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces who were with him, they were very happy. So all the people who Ishmael had carried away prisoner from Mizpah turned around and came back, and went to Johanan, son of Kareah. But Ishmael, son of Nethaniah, escaped from Johanan with eight men, and went to the children of Ammon (Transjordan).

[16-18] Then Johanan, son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces who were with him, all took what was left of the people whom he had gotten back from Ishmael, son of Nethaniah, from Mizpah, after he had killed Gedaliah, son of Ahikam, that is, the soldiers of war, and the women, and children, and the officers, whom he had brought back from Gibeon (modern ‘el-Jib’, about 5 miles from Jerusalem). So they left, and lived in Geruth Chimham, which is by Bethlehem, going into Egypt, because of the Chaldeans (Iraq); for they were afraid of them, because Ishmael, son of Nethaniah, had killed Gedaliah, son of Ahikam, whom the ruler of Babylon (Iraq) had made governor over the land.

 

     42[1-4] Then all the captains of the forces, and Johanan, son of Kareah, and Jezaniah, son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least even to the greatest, came near, and said to Jeremiah the preacher, Let us ask a favor of you, and pray for us to Yahweh your God, for all of us that are left; for we’re only a few of many, as your eyes see us, that Yahweh your God may show us where to go and what to do. Then Jeremiah the preacher said to them, I’ve heard you; see, I’ll pray to Yahweh your God just as you ask; and whatever Yahweh answers you, I’ll tell it to you; I’ll keep nothing back from you.

[5-10] Then they said to Jeremiah, Yahweh be a true and faithful witness among us, if we don’t do everything Yahweh your God will say to you for us. Whether it’s good or evil, we’ll obey the voice of Yahweh our God, to whom we send you; that it may be well with us, when we obey the voice of Yahweh our God. After 10 days, the word of Yahweh came to Jeremiah, who called Johanan, son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces who were with him, and all the people from the least even to the greatest, and said to them, Yahweh, the God of Israel, to whom you sent me to present your request, says, If you’ll still live in this land, then I’ll build you up, and not pull you down, and I’ll plant you, and not pluck you up; for I grieve over the trouble that I’ve brought on you.

[11-14] Don’t be afraid of the ruler of Babylon (Iraq), of whom you’re afraid; don’t be afraid of him, says Yahweh; for I am with you to save you, and to free you from his control. I’ll give you mercy, that he may have mercy on you, and let you to go back to your own land. But if you say, We won’t live in this land; so that you don’t obey the voice of Yahweh your God, saying, No; but we’ll go into the land of Egypt, where we’ll see no war, nor listen to the sound of the trumpet, nor be hungry for bread; and there will we live.

[15-17] Now listen the word of Yahweh, O remnant of Judah (southern Israel); Yahweh, God of All Creation, the God of Israel, says, If you set your faces to go into Egypt, and go to stay there; then that war, which you fear, will overtake you there in the land of Egypt; and the hunger, of which you’re afraid, will follow you there in Egypt; and there you’ll die. So it’ll be with all the people who set their faces to go into Egypt to stay there; they’ll die by war, hunger, and disease; and none of them will stay or escape from the evil that I’ll bring on them.

[18-22] For Yahweh, God of All Creation, the God of Israel, says, As My anger and My rage has been poured out on the people of Jerusalem, so will My rage be poured out on you, when you go into Egypt; and you’ll be an object of horror, and a shock, and a curse, and a blame; and you’ll never see this place again. Yahweh has spoken about you, remnant of Judah (southern Israel), Don’t go into Egypt; know certainly that I’ve testified to you today. For you’ve acted dishonestly against your own souls; for you sent me to Yahweh your God, saying, Pray for us to Yahweh our God; and we’ll do all that Yahweh our God will say, so tell us, and we’ll do it and I’ve told it to you today; but you haven’t obeyed the voice of Yahweh your God in anything for which I’ve been sent to you. Now know certainly that you’ll die by war, hunger, and disease, in the place where you want to go to live.

     43[1-4]  So when Jeremiah had finished speaking to all the people all the words of Yahweh their God, with which Yahweh their God had sent him to them, even all these words, then spoke Azariah, son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan, son of Kareah, and all the proud men, saying to Jeremiah, You speak falsely; Yahweh our God hasn’t sent you to say, You won’t go into Egypt to stay there; but Baruch, son of Neriah, sets you against us, to give us into the hand of the Chaldeans (Iraq), that they may put us to death, and carry us away prisoner to Babylon (Iraq). So Johanan, son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces, and all the people, didn’t obey the voice of Yahweh, to live in the land of Judah (southern Israel).

[5-7] But Johanan, son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces, took all who were left of Judah (southern Israel), who had come back from all the nations where they had been driven, to stay in the land of Judah (southern Israel); the men, women, and children, and the ruler’s daughters, and every person who Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, had left with Gedaliah, son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan; and Jeremiah the preacher, and Baruch, son of Neriah; and they went into the land of Egypt; for they didn’t obey the voice of Yahweh, and they came to Tahpanhes (modern ‘Tel Defenneh’ or ‘Tel Defneh’ , about 18 miles east southeast from Tanis.)

[8-11] Then came the word of Yahweh to Jeremiah in Tahpanhes, saying, Take great stones in your hand, and hide them in mortar in the brick work, which is at the entry of Ruler’s house in Tahpanhes, in the sight of the people of Judah (southern Israel); and tell them, Yahweh, God of All Creation, the God of Israel, says, See, I’ll send and take Nebuchadnezzar, the ruler of Babylon (Iraq), my servant, and will set his throne on these stones that I’ve hidden; and he’ll rule over them. He’ll come, and take the land of Egypt; those who are for death will be given to death, and those who are for prison to prison, and those who are for war to war.

[12-13] I’ll start a fire in the places of worship of the false gods of Egypt; and he’ll burn them, and carry them away prisoner; and he’ll clothe himself with the land of Egypt, as a pastor puts on his clothes; and he’ll go out from there in peace. He’ll also destroy the false gods of Beth Shemesh (house of the sun, sun temple), that is in the land of Egypt; and he’ll burn the places of worship of the false gods of Egypt.

 

44[1-6] This is the word that came to Jeremiah about all the Jews who lived in the land of Egypt, who lived at Migdol, and at Tahpanhes, and at Memphis, and in the country of Pathros, saying, Yahweh, God of All Creation, the God of Israel, says, You’ve seen all the evil that I’ve brought on Jerusalem, and on all the cities of Judah (southern Israel); and see, today they’re a ruin, and no one lives in it, because of all their evil which they’ve done to make Me angry, in that they went to burn incense, to serve false gods, that they didn’t know, neither they, nor you, nor your ancestors. But I sent to you all my workers, the preachers, rising up early and sending them, saying, Oh, don’t do this horrible thing that I hate. But they didn’t listen, nor turned their ear to turn from their evil ways, to stop burning incense to false gods. So My rage and My anger was poured out, and started in the cities of Judah (southern Israel) and in the streets of Jerusalem; and they’re wasted and empty, as it is today.

[7-10] So now Yahweh, God of All Creation, the God of Israel, says, Why do you do this great evil against your own souls, to destroy from you man and woman, infant and nursing child, out of Judah (southern Israel), to have no one left; in that you make Me angry with the works of your hands, burning incense to false gods in the land of Egypt, where you’ve gone to stay; that you may be destroyed, and that you may be a curse and a blame among all the nations of the earth? Have you forgotten the evil of your ancestors, and the evil of the rulers of Judah, and the evil of their wives, and your own evil, and the evil of your wives which they’ve done in the land of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem? They’re not humbled even to today, nor have they feared Me, nor kept My law, nor my judgments, that I set before you and before your ancestors.

[11-14] So Yahweh, God of All Creation, the God of Israel, says, See, I’ll set My face against you for evil, even to destroy all Judah (southern Israel). I’ll take what’s left of Judah, that have set their faces to go into the land of Egypt to stay there, and they’ll all be destroyed; they’ll fall in the land of Egypt; they’ll be destroyed by war and hunger; they’ll all die, from the least even to the greatest, by war and by hunger; and they’ll be an object of horror, a shock, a curse, and a blame. For I’ll punish those who live in the land of Egypt, as I’ve punished Jerusalem, by war, hunger, and disease; so that not one of what’s left of Judah, who have gone into the land of Egypt to stay there, will escape or be left, to go back into the land of Judah, to which they’ve wanted to go back to live there; for no one will go back except those who will escape.

[15-19] Then all the men who knew that their wives burned incense to false gods, and all the women who stood by, a great gathering, even all the people who lived in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying, As for the word that you’ve spoken to us in the Name of Yahweh, we won’t listen to you. But we’ll certainly do every word that has gone out of our mouth, to burn incense to the queen of heaven (Ishtar, Astarte, goddess of fertility), and to pour out drink offerings to her, as we’ve done, we and our ancestors, our rulers and our royalty, in the cities of Judah (southern Israel), and in the streets of Jerusalem; for then had we plenty of food, and were well, and saw no evil. But since we stopped burning incense to the queen of heaven, and pouring out drink offerings to her, we’ve lacked all things, and have been destroyed by war and hunger. When we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings to her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings to her, without our husbands?

[20-23] Then Jeremiah said to all the people, to the men, and to the women, even to all the people who had answered him, saying, The incense that you burned in the cities of Judah (southern Israel), and in the streets of Jerusalem, you and your ancestors, your rulers and your royalty, and the people of the land, didn’t Yahweh remember it, and keep it in mind? so that Yahweh could no longer put up with all the evil that you do, and because of the horrible things which you’ve done; so your land has become a ruin, a shock, a curse, and without people, as it is today. Because you’ve burned incense, and because you’ve sinned against Yahweh, and haven’t obeyed the voice of Yahweh, nor kept God’s law, nor judgments, nor testimonies; so this evil has happened to you, as it is today.

[24-26] Besides Jeremiah said to all the men and women, Listen to the word of Yahweh, all Judah (southern Israel) who are in the land of Egypt; Yahweh, God of All Creation, the God of Israel, says, You and your wives have both spoken with your mouths, and with your hands have fulfilled it, saying, We’ll surely do what we’ve said, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings to her, so keep your vows, and do them. So Listen to the word of Yahweh, all Judah, who live in the land of Egypt, See, I’ve promised by My Great Name, says Yahweh, that My Name won’t be named anymore in the mouth of anyone of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, As Yahweh God lives.

[27-30] See, I watch over them for evil, and not for good; and all the people of Judah (southern Israel) who are in the land of Egypt will be destroyed by war and hunger, until they are all gone. Those who escape war will go back out of the land of Egypt into the land of Judah (southern Israel), few in number; and all that’s left of Judah, who have gone into the land of Egypt to stay there, will know whose word will stand, Mine, or theirs. This will be the sign to you, says Yahweh, that I’ll punish you in this place, that you may know that My words will surely stand against you for evil; Yahweh says, See, I’ll give Hophra, ruler of Egypt, over to his enemies, and over to those who want to take his life; as I gave Zedekiah, ruler of Judah, into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, ruler of Babylon (Iraq), who was his enemy, and wanted to take his life.

45[1-3] This is the word that Jeremiah the preacher spoke to Baruch son of Neriah, when he wrote these words in a book at the mouth of Jeremiah, in the 4th year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, ruler of Judah (southern Israel), saying, Yahweh, the God of Israel, says to you, Baruch. You said, I’m sorry now! for Yahweh has added sorrow to my pain; I am tired with my groaning, and I find no rest.

[4-5] Tell him, Yahweh says, See, what I’ve built, I’ll break down, and what I’ve planted, I’ll root out; and I’ll do this in the whole land. Do you want great things for yourself? Don’t look for them; because I’ll bring evil on all humanity, says Yahweh; but I’ll give to you your life wherever you go.

 

46[1-4] This is the word of Yahweh which came to Jeremiah the preacher about the nations. Of Egypt, about the army of Necoh, ruler of Egypt, which was by the river Euphrates in Carchemish, which Nebuchadnezzar, ruler of Babylon (Iraq) took in the 4th year of Jehoiakim, son of Josiah, ruler of Judah (southern Israel). Get your shield ready, and draw near to battle. Harness the horses, and get up, soldiers, and stand out with your helmets; sharpen the spears, put on your armor.

[5-9] Why have I seen it? They’re troubled and turned backward; and their strong ones are beaten down, and have run off, and don’t look back; terror is all around them, says Yahweh. Don’t let those who are quick run away, nor the strong ones escape; they’ve stumbled and fallen in the north by the river Euphrates. Who is this who rises up like the Nile, whose waters toss themselves like the rivers? Egypt rises up like the Nile, whose waters toss themselves like the rivers, and says, I’ll rise up and cover the earth; I’ll destroy cities and their people. Go up, horses; and fight with your war vehicles; and let the soldiers go out! Cush (Ethiopia, Africa) and Put (Libya), who handle the shield; and the Ludim (Lydia, now Turkey), who handle and bend the bow.

[10-12] For that day is a day of Yahweh God, God of All Creation, a day of judgment, so God may be avenged of enemies; and war will eat them up and be filled, and will drink its fill of their blood; for Yahweh God, God of All Creation, has a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates. Go up into Gilead (Jordan), and take your medicine, cities of Egypt; you use many medicines for nothing; you can’t be healed. The nations have heard of your shame, and the earth is full of your crying; for the strong one has stumbled against the strong, they’re both fallen together.

[13-17] This is the word that Yahweh spoke to Jeremiah the preacher, how that Nebuchadnezzar, ruler of Babylon (Iraq) should come and strike the land of Egypt. Tell it in Egypt, and publish it in Migdol, and publish it in Memphis and Tahpanhes; say, Stand up, and get ready; for war has eaten up everything around you. Why are your strong ones swept away? They didn’t stand, because Yahweh drove them and made many to stumble, yes, and they fell on one another; and they said, Get up, and let’s go again to our own people, and to the land of our birth, from this punishing war. They cried there, the Ruler of Egypt is but a noise, who has let the set time pass by.

[18-24] As I live, says the Ruler, whose name is Yahweh, God of All Creation, surely like Tabor among the mountains, and like Carmel (Northern Israel) by the sea, so he will come. You people who live in Egypt, get ready to go into prison; for Memphis will become a ruin, and will be burnt up, without people. Egypt is like a very beautiful cow; but destruction will come out of the north, it’s coming. Also her hired soldiers are like calves of the stall; for they also are turned back, and have runaway together. They didn’t stand for the day of disaster is come on them, the time of their judgment. Its sound will hiss like the snakes; for they’ll march with an army, and come against her with axes, like wood cutters. They’ll cut down the forest, says Yahweh, though it can’t be searched; because they’re more than the locusts, and are innumerable. The cities of Egypt will be disappointed; they’ll be given into the hand of the people of the north.

[25-28] Yahweh, God of All Creation, the God of Israel, says, See, I’ll punish Amon of No (the head of the Egyptian false gods), and the Ruler, and Egypt, with all its gods, and its rulers; even the Ruler, and those who trust in him. I’ll give them into the hand of those who want to take their lives, and into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, ruler of Babylon (Iraq), and into the hand of his soldiers; and afterwards it will be filled with people again, as in the old days, says Yahweh. But don’t be afraid, Jacob My servant, nor be troubled, Israel, because I’ll save you from afar, and your descendants from the land of their imprisonment; and Jacob will go back, and will be quiet and at ease, and no one will make him afraid. Don’t be afraid, O Jacob My servant, says Yahweh; for I am with you and I’ll make a full end of all the nations where I’ve driven you; but I won’t make a full end of you, but I’ll correct you in measure, and will in no way leave you unpunished.

47[1    This is the word of Yahweh that came to Jeremiah the preacher about the Philistines, before that Ruler hit Gaza (near Palestine). Yahweh says, See, waters rise up out of the north, and will become an overflowing stream, and will overflow the land and all that is in it, the city and those who live in it; and the people will cry, and all the people of the land will cry. At the noise of the stamping of the hoofs of those strong ones, at the rushing of the war vehicles, at the rumbling of the wheels, the fathers don’t look back to their children for the weakness of their hands; because of the day that comes to destroy all the Philistines, to destroy from Tyre (Lebanon) and Sidon every helper who stays; for Yahweh will destroy the Philistines, what’s left of the isle of Caphtor.

[5-7] Gaza (near Palestine) is empty; What’s left of the valley of Ashkelon (Askelon, near Jerusalem) is brought to nothing. How long will you cut yourself? How long will it be before the Sword of Yahweh is quiet? Put the sword into the scabbard; rest, and be still. How can it be quiet, seeing Yahweh has told it what to do? Against Ashkelon and the seashore, where it is.

 

48[1-5] As for Moab (Jordan), Yahweh, God of All Creation, the God of Israel says, Sorrow will come to Nebo! It’s destroyed; Kiriathaim is disappointed, and it’s taken; Misgab is put to shame and broken down. The praise of Moab is gone; they’ve planned evil against Heshbon. Come, and let’s destroy this nation. You also, Madmen, will be brought to silence. War will chase you. The sound of a cry from Horonaim, ruin and great destruction! Moab is destroyed; the little ones have caused a great cry to be heard. On the way up to Luhith they continually cry; and on the way down to Horonaim they’ve heard the horrible cry of destruction.

[6-9] Run, save your lives, and be like the heath in the deserted countryside. Because you’ve trusted in what you’ve done  and in your riches, you also will be taken, and Chemosh (false god of the Moabites) will be taken prisoner, the preachers and the royalty together. The destroyer will come on every city, and no city will escape; the valley also will die, and the plain will be destroyed as Yahweh has spoken. Give wings to Moab (Jordan), that they may fly and get away, and all the cities will become a ruin, without people.

[10-15] The one who does the work of Yahweh negligently will be punished; and the one who refuses to take blood will be punished. Moab (Jordan) has rested since it was made, and has been stored like wine, and hasn’t been moved from pot to pot, nor have they been taken prisoner; so the taste is the same, and its scent hasn’t changed. So the days are coming, says Yahweh, that I’ll send there those who will pour it out, and they’ll pour it all out; and they’ll empty the pot, and break their bottles in pieces. Moab will be ashamed of Chemosh (false god of the Moabites), as the people of Israel were ashamed of Bethel, their confidence. How do you say, We’re brave soldiers for the war? Moab is destroyed, and they’ve gone up into the cities, and the best youth have gone down to the slaughter, says the Ruler, whose name is Yahweh, God of All Creation.

[16-20] The disaster of Moab (Jordan) is near to come, and its punishment comes soon. All you who are around it, feel sorry for it, and all you who know its name; say, How is the strong staff broken, the beautiful walking stick! You cities who are in Dibon, come down from your glory, and sit in thirst; for the destroyer of Moab is come up against you, and has destroyed your strongholds. People of Aroer, stand by the way, and watch! Ask him who runs, and her who escapes, What has happened? Moab is disappointed; for it’s broken down. Cry and cry; tell it by the Arnon, that Moab is destroyed.

[21-26] Judgment is come on the plain country, on Holon, Jahzah, Mephaath, Dibon, Nebo, Beth Diblathaim, Kiriathaim, Beth Gamul, Beth Meon, Kerioth, and on Bozrah, and on all the cities of the land of Moab (Jordan), both near and far. The strength of Moab is destroyed, and its power is broken, says Yahweh. Make him drunk; for he raised himself against Yahweh; and Moab will wallow in his vomit, and will be mocked.

[27-30] Wasn’t Israel mocked by you? Was it found among thieves? For as often as you speak of it, you shake your head. People of Moab (Jordan), leave the cities, and live in the rocks; and be like the dove that makes its nest in the mouth of a cave. We’ve heard of the pride of Moab, who is very proud; how he is lifted up in pride, with his arrogance, and the selfishness of his heart. I know his rage, says Yahweh, that it’s nothing; his bragging hasn’t done anything.

[31-34] So I’ll cry for Moab (Jordan); yes, I’ll cry out for all Moab; they’ll mourn for the people of Kir Heres. I’ll cry for you with more than the crying of Jazer, vine of Sibmah! Your branches passed over the sea, they reached even to the sea of Jazer, and the destroyer is fallen on your summer fruits and on your vintage. Happiness and joy is taken away from the fruitful field and from the land of Moab; and I’ve caused wine to come to an end from the wine presses. No one will stomp them with shouting; the shouting will all stop. They’ve sounded their voice from the cry of Heshbon even to Elealeh, even to Jahaz, from Zoar even to Horonaim, to Eglath Shelishiyah, and even the waters of Nimrim will become bitter.

[35-39] Besides I’ll cause to come to an end in Moab (Jordan), says Yahweh, those who offer sacrifices in the place of worship, and those who burn incense to their false gods. So my heart sounds for Moab like pipes, and my heart sounds like pipes for the people of Kir Heres; so everything that they have gotten is gone. For every head is shaved, and every beard is clipped, and cuttings are on all their hands, and every one is in mourning clothes. There’s mourning every where on all the housetops of Moab and in its streets; for I’ve broken Moab like a pot that no one wants, says Yahweh. How it’s broken down! how they cry! how has Moab turned their backs in shame! So Moab will become a mockery and a terror to all who are around it.

[40-47] For Yahweh says, See, he’ll fly as an eagle, and will spread out his wings against Moab (Jordan). Kerioth is taken, and the strongholds are taken, and the heart of the soldiers of Moab at that day will be as the heart of a woman giving birth. Moab will be destroyed from being a people, because they have lifted up themselves against Yahweh. Fear, and the pit, and the trap, will come on you, people of Moab, says Yahweh. Those who run from fear will fall into a pit; and those who get out of the pit will be taken in a trap; for I’ll bring the year of punishment on the people of Moab, says Yahweh. Those who ran stand without strength under the shadow of Heshbon; for a fire is gone out of Heshbon, and a flame from the middle of Sihon, and has burned up the corner of Moab, and the crown of the head of the troubling ones. Sorrow will come to you, O Moab! The people of Chemosh (false god of the Moabites) are undone; for your children are taken away, and put into prison. Yet I’ll bring the prisoners of Moab back in the latter days, says Yahweh. This is the judgment of Moab (Jordan).

49[1-6] About the children of Ammon (Transjordan). Yahweh says, Does Israel have no children? Has he no heir? Why then does Malcam take Gad, and his people live in its cities? See, the days are coming, says Yahweh, that I’ll cause an alarm of war to be heard against Rabbah of the children of Ammon; and it will become a ruin of ruins, and its cities will be burned with fire, then I’ll let Israel have those who had it, says Yahweh. Cry, Heshbon, for Ai is destroyed; cry, you cities of Rabbah, put on your mourning clothes! Mourn, and run back and forth among the fences; for Malcam will be taken prisoner, his preachers and royalty together. Why do you brag about the valleys, your flowing valley, you unfaithful people? You trusted in your treasures, saying, Who will come to me? See, I’ll bring a fear on you, says Yahweh God, God of All Creation, from all who are around you; and Everyone of you will be driven right out, and there won’t be anyone to gather together the run-a-ways. But afterward I’ll bring back those taken prisoner of the children of Ammon, says Yahweh.

[7-11] About Edom (Arab Nations). Yahweh, God of All Creation says, Is there no more wisdom in Teman? Have the wise nothing to say? Is their wisdom all gone? Run, turn back, live deep in your caves, people of Dedan (Arabia); for I’ll bring the disaster of Esau on you, when I judge you. If grape gatherers came to you, wouldn’t they leave a few grapes to pick? If thieves came by night, wouldn’t they take only until they had enough? But I’ve made Esau bare, I’ve uncovered his secret places, and he won’t be able to hide himself; his descendants will be destroyed, along with his brothers, and his neighbors; and he’ll be gone. Leave your fatherless children, I’ll save them alive; and let your surviving spouses trust in Me.

[12-17] For Yahweh says, See, those for whom it wasn’t intended will be punished; and will you go unpunished? You won’t go unpunished, but you’ll surely suffer. For I’ve promised by Myself, says Yahweh, that Bozrah will become a shock, a blame, a waste, and a curse; and all those cities will be waste places continually. I’ve heard news from Yahweh, and an ambassador is sent among the nations, saying, Gather yourselves together, and come against Edom (Arab Nations), and rise up to the battle. For, see, I’ve made you small among the nations, and hated among humanity. As for your terror, the pride of your heart has lied to you, O you who live in the caves of the rock, who hold the mountains; though you should make your nest as high as the eagle, I’ll bring you down from there, says Yahweh. Edom will become a shock and everyone who passes by it will be shocked, and will mock at all its troubles.

[18-22] As in the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighbor cities, says Yahweh, no one will live there, nor will any human stay in it. See, one like a lion will come up from the pride of the Jordan against the home of the strong; but I’ll suddenly make them run away from it; and I’ll put my chosen one over it; for who is like Me? and who will appoint Me a time? and who is the pastor who will stand before Me? So listen to the counsel of Yahweh, which is spoken against Edom (Arab Nations); and the purposes that are planned against the people of Teman. Surely they’ll drag them away, even the little ones; surely there won’t be anyone left in their homes. The earth shakes at the noise of their fall; There’s a great cry, the noise of which is heard in the Red Sea. See, one will come up and fly as the eagle, and spread out their wings against Bozrah; and the heart of the soldiers of Edom at that day will be as the heart of a woman having birth pangs.

[23-27] About Damascus (capital of Syria). Hamath is confused, and Arpad; for they’ve heard evil news, and they’re scared to death! There’s sorrow on the sea and it won’t be quiet. Damascus has grown weak and turns to run, and shakes in fear; suffering and sorrows have taken hold, as of a woman giving birth. How is the city of praise not left, the city of My joy? So the youth will fall in the streets, and all the soldiers of war will be brought to silence in that day, says Yahweh, God of All Creation. I’ll build a fire in the strong places of Damascus, and it will burn up the great houses of Ben Hadad (a false god).

[28-33] About Kedar, and of the nations of Hazor, which Nebuchadnezzar ruler of Babylon (Iraq) hit. Yahweh says, Get up, go up to Kedar, and destroy the people of the east. Take their tents and their flocks; take their curtains, and all their pots, and their camels; and cry to them, Terror is on every side! Run, wander far off, live in the caves, people of Hazor, says Yahweh; for Nebuchadnezzar ruler of Babylon (Iraq) has taken counsel against you, and has made a plan against you. Get up, go to a nation that is at ease, that lives without a care, says Yahweh; that has no gates or bars, that lives alone. You’ll take their camels and all of their livestock; and I’ll scatter to the winds all those who have the edges of their hair cut off; and I’ll bring their disaster from every side, says Yahweh. Hazor will be a place of wild dogs, a ruin forever; no one will live there, nor will any human stay in it.

[34-39] This is the word of Yahweh that came to Jeremiah the preacher about Elam (Iran), in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah ruler of Judah (southern Israel), saying, Yahweh, the God of All Creation says, See, I’ll break the bow of Elam, their strongest ones. I’ll bring the four winds from the four quarters of heaven on Elam, and will scatter them toward all those winds; and there won’t be any nation where the outcasts of Elam won’t come. I’ll cause Elam to be troubled before their enemies, and before those who want to take their life; and I’ll bring evil on them, even My great anger, says Yahweh; and I’ll make war with them, until I’ve destroyed them; and I’ll set My throne in Elam, and will destroy from there both ruler and royalty, says Yahweh. But  in the latter days, that I’ll bring back those taken prisoner of Elam, says Yahweh.

 

50[1-3] This is the word that Yahweh spoke about Babylon (Iraq), about the land of the Chaldeans (Iraq), by Jeremiah the preacher. Tell it to the nations and publish it, and set up a sign; publish it, and don’t hide it. Say, Babylon is taken, Bel (Babylonian false god) is disappointed, Merodach (Babylonian false god) is troubled; all their false gods are disappointed and troubled. A nation comes against it out of the north, which will make the land empty, and no one will live in it; they’ve run, they’re gone, both human and animal.

[4-7] In those days, and in that time, says Yahweh, the people of Israel will come, they and the people of Judah (southern Israel) together; they’ll go on their way crying, and will look for Yahweh their God. They’ll ask about Zion (Jerusalem) with their faces turned toward it, saying, Come, and lets join ourselves to Yahweh in an everlasting promised agreement that won’t be forgotten. My people have been like lost sheep; their overseers have caused them to go astray and turned them away on the mountains; they’ve gone from mountain to hill and forgotten their resting place. All who found them have eaten them up; and their enemies said, “We’re not guilty, because they’ve sinned against Yahweh, in Whom is justice, even Yahweh, the hope of their ancestors.”

[8-13] Run out of Babylon (Iraq), and go out of the land of the Chaldeans (Iraq), and be like the male goats before the flocks. See, I’ll stir up and cause a group of great nations (United Nations?) from the north country to come up against Babylon; and they’ll ready themselves for battle against it; from there, Babylon will be taken; their weapons will be those of an expert soldier; none will go back in empty. Chaldea will be taken and all who take it will be satisfied, says Yahweh. Because you’re glad and celebrate, O you who plunder My heritage, because you’re as happy as a cow that treads out the grain, and neigh like strong horses; your mother will be completely disappointed; she who bore you will be confused; See, Babylon will be the least of the nations, a deserted countryside, a dry land, and a desert. Because of the rage of Yahweh it won’t be inhabited, but will be completely empty; everyone who goes by Babylon will be shocked, and mock at all its troubles.

[14-19] Ready yourselves for battle around Babylon (Iraq), all you who hold weapons; shoot and spare no ammunition; Babylon has sinned against Yahweh. Shout against it all around; it has given up; its strong places have fallen, its walls are down; for it’s the judgment of Yahweh! Take judgment on Babylon; as it has done, do to it. Destroy the planter from Babylon, and those who hold the sickle at harvest; everyone will turn to his people for fear of the punishing war, and everyone will run home. Israel is like a hunted sheep; the lions have driven him away; first, the ruler of Assyria has eaten him up; and now at last Nebuchadnezzar ruler of Babylon has broken his bones. So Yahweh, God of All Creation, the God of Israel says, See, I’ll punish the ruler of Babylon and his land, as I’ve punished the ruler of Assyria. I’ll bring Israel home again to his pasture, and he’ll feed on Carmel (Northern Israel) and Bashan (Jordan), and his soul will be satisfied on the hills of Ephraim (Northern Israel) and in Gilead (Jordan).

[20-24] In those days, and at that time, says Yahweh, I’ll look for the sin of Israel, and there won’t be any; and the sins of Judah (southern Israel), and they won’t be found; for I’ll forgive all those who are left behind. Go up against the land of Merathaim (Babylon), even against it, and against the people of Pekod (Babylon); kill and completely destroy them, says Yahweh, and do all that I’ve told you. A sound of battle is in the land, and of great destruction. The hammer of the whole earth is cut apart and broken! Babylon has become a ruin among the nations! I’ve laid a trap for you, and you’re also taken, Babylon, and you didn’t know it; you’ve been found, and also caught, because you’ve fought against Yahweh.

[25-32] Yahweh has opened the armory, and has brought out the weapons of rage; for Yahweh God, the God of All Creation, has a work to do in the land of the Chaldeans (Iraq). Come against it from the utmost border; open its storehouses; make it as ruins, and destroy it completely; let nothing be left of it. Kill all its bulls; let them go down to the slaughter; sorrow comes to them! Their day is come, the time of their judgment. Hear the voice of those who run and escape out of the land of Babylon (Iraq), to tell in Zion (Jerusalem) the judgment of Yahweh our God, the judgment of the Place of Worship. Call together the archers against Babylon, all those who bend the bow; make camp all around it; let none escape; repay it according to its work; according to all that it has done, do to it; for it has been proud against Yahweh, against the Holy One of Israel. So your youth will fall in the streets, and all your soldiers will be brought to silence in that day, says Yahweh. See, I am against you, you proud one, says Yahweh, the God of All Creation; for your day is come, the time that I’ll judge you. You, who are so proud, will stumble and fall, and no one will raise you up; and I’ll start a fire in all your cities, and it will burn up all who are there.

[33-37] Yahweh, God of All Creation says, The people of Israel and the people of Judah (southern Israel) are abused together; and all who took them prisoner hold them fast; they refuse to let them go. Their Savior is strong; Yahweh, whose name is the God of All Creation; Who will finally plead their case and give rest to the earth, and disquiet the people of Babylon (Iraq). A war is coming on the Chaldeans (Iraq), says Yahweh, and on the people of Babylon, and on its royalty, and on its wise ones. A war is coming on those braggers, and they’ll become fools; a war is coming on the soldiers, and they’ll be troubled. A war is coming on their horses, and on their war vehicles, and on all the mixed people who are there; and they’ll become as scared as women; a war is coming on its treasures, and they’ll all be taken.

[38-42] A drought is coming and its waters will be dried up; for it’s a land of false gods, and they’ve gone crazy over their idols. So the wild animals of the desert with the wolves will live there, and the ostriches will live in it; and no human being will live there; nor will it be lived in from one generation to the next. As when I overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah and their neighboring cities, says Yahweh, so no one will ever live there again. See, a people comes from the north; a great nation and many rulers (United Nations?) will be stirred up from the farthest parts of the earth. They take their weapons; they’re cruel, and have no mercy; their voice roars like the sea; and they ride on horses, everyone ready for battle, against you, cities of Babylon (Iraq).

[43-46] The ruler of Babylon (Iraq) has heard the news of them, and his hands grow weak; suffering has taken hold of him, and pangs as of a woman giving birth. See, the enemy will come up like a lion from the pride of the Jordan against the strong place; for I’ll suddenly make them run away from it; and whoever is chosen, will be set over it; for who is like Me? and who will appoint Me a time? and who is the pastor who can stand before Me? So listen to the counsel of Yahweh, that was spoken against Babylon; and the purposes that are planned against the land of the Chaldeans (Iraq); Surely they’ll drag them away, even the little ones of the flock; surely there won’t be anyone left in their homes. The earth shakes at the noise of the taking of Babylon, and the cry is heard among the nations.

 

     51[1-5] Yahweh says, See, I’ll raise up against Babylon (Iraq), and against those who live in Lebkamai, a destroying wind. I’ll send to Babylon strangers, who will separate them; and they’ll empty the land; for in the day of disaster they’ll be all around it. Let the archer bend the bow against those who bend, and against those who lift them self up in their coats of mail; and don’t spare the youth; destroy all their army. They’ll fall down dead in the land of the Chaldeans (Iraq), and be thrust through in the streets. For Israel isn’t left, nor Judah (southern Israel), of their God, of Yahweh, God of All Creation; though their land is full of guilt against the Holy One of Israel.

[6-9] Run out of Babylon (Iraq), and save your life; don’t be destroyed in its sin; for it’s the time of Yahweh’s judgment; who will repay them for what they’ve done. Babylon has been a golden cup in Yahweh’s hand, who made all the earth drunken; the nations have drunk its wine and are crazy. Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed; cry for it; take salve for the pain, in case it may be healed. We would have healed Babylon, but it isn’t healed; forsake it, and let’s go home to our own country; for its judgment reaches to heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies.

[10-12] Yahweh has brought out our goodness; come, and let’s tell the work of Yahweh our God in Zion (Jerusalem). Make sharp the arrows; hold firm the shields; Yahweh has stirred up the spirit of the rulers of the Medes (Iran); whose purpose is against Babylon (Iraq), to destroy it; for it’s the judgment of Yahweh, the judgment of the Place of Worship. Set up a flag against the walls of Babylon; make the watch strong and set the guards; get ready to attack; for Yahweh has both planned and done what was spoke about the people of Babylon.

[13-16] You who live on many waters (U.S.?), abundant in treasures, your end is come, the measure of your greed. I, Yahweh, God of All Creation have promised by Myself, saying, Surely I’ll fill you with soldiers, as with the caterpillars; and they’ll lift up a shout against you. Yahweh, You have made the earth by Your power, and established the world by Your wisdom, and by Your understanding You have stretched out the heavens. When You speak Your voice, there’s an uproar of waters in the heavens, and You cause the water vapors to rise from the ends of the earth; You make lightning for the rain, and bring the wind out of Your treasuries.

[17-23] Everyone has become violent and is without knowledge; every goldsmith is disappointed by their crafts; whose molten images are falsehoods, and there’s no breath in them. They’re a figment of the imagination and will be destroyed in their judgment. The portion of Jacob isn’t like these; Who is the beginning of all things; and Israel is the family of God’s inheritance; Whose name is Yahweh, the God of All Creation. You’re My weapons of war and I’ll break the nations in pieces with you; and I’ll destroy nations with you; and I’ll break in pieces the horse and rider with you; and I’ll break in pieces the war vehicle and whoever rides in it with you; and I’ll break in pieces man and woman with you; and I’ll break in pieces the old and young with you; and I’ll break in pieces the young man and young woman with you; and I’ll break in pieces the pastor and his flock with you; and I’ll break in pieces the farmer and his pair of oxen with you; and I’ll break in pieces governors and officials with you.

[24-27] I’ll give back to Babylon (Iraq) and to all the people of Chaldea all their evil that they’ve done in Zion (Jerusalem) in your sight, says Yahweh. See, I am against you, destroying mountain, says Yahweh, which destroys all the earth; and I’ll stretch out My hand on you, and roll you down from the rocks, and will make you a burnt mountain. They’ll not take a stone for a corner of you, nor a stone for foundations; but you’ll be empty for ever, says Yahweh. Set up a flag in the land, blow the trumpet among the nations, get the nations ready to come against it, call together against it the nations of Ararat, Minni, and Ashkenaz (Armenia, Turkey); appoint a general against it; cause the horses to come up as the hairy caterpillar.

[28-31] Get the nations ready against it, the rulers of the Medes (Iran), its governors, and all its officials, and all the land in their control. The land shakes and is in pain; for Yahweh’s plans against Babylon (Iraq) stand, to make the land of Babylon a ruin, without people. The soldiers of Babylon have refused to fight, and stay in their strongholds; their strength has failed; they’ve become like scared women; its homes are set on fire; its bars are broken. One runner will run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to show the ruler of Babylon that the city is taken on every quarter and the passages are taken, and the reeds they’ve burned with fire, and the soldiers of war are scared.

[32-35] For Yahweh, God of All Creation, the God of Israel says, The cities of Babylon (Iraq) are like a barn floor at the time when the grain is separated; in just a little while, the time of harvest will come for it. Nebuchadnezzar, the ruler of Babylon, has eaten me up and crushed me, he has made me an empty pot, he has, like a monster, swallowed me up, he has filled his belly with my delicacies and has spit me out. The people of Zion (Jerusalem) will say, The violence done to me and to my flesh be on Babylon; and Jerusalem will say, My blood be on the people of Chaldea.

[36-40] So Yahweh says, See, I’ll plead your case, and punish them for you; and I’ll dry up its sea, and make its fountain dry. Babylon (Iraq) will become ruins, a place for wild dogs, a shock, and a mockery, without people. They’ll roar together like young lions; they’ll growl as lions’ cubs. When they’re heated, I’ll make their feast, and I’ll make them drunken, that they may celebrate, and sleep forever, and not wake up, says Yahweh. I’ll bring them down like lambs to the slaughter, like rams with male goats.

[41-44] How is Sheshach (Babylon, Iraq)  taken! and the praise of the whole earth taken! how is Babylon (Iraq) become a ruin among the nations! The sea is come up on Babylon; it’s covered with many waves. The cities are become a ruin, a dry land, and a desert, a land in which no one lives, nor does any human pass by it. I’ll judge Bel (Babylonian false god) in Babylon, and I’ll bring out of its mouth what it has swallowed up; and the nations won’t come there any more; yes, the wall of Babylon will fall.

[45-49] My people, leave there, and everyone save yourselves from the great anger of Yahweh. Don’t let your heart faint, nor fear for the news that will be heard in the land; for news will come one year, and after that in another year will come more news, and violence in the land, ruler against ruler. So, see, the days are coming, that I’ll judge the false gods of Babylon (Iraq); and the whole land will be confused; and all its dead will fall there. Then the heavens and the earth, and all that is in it, will sing for joy over Babylon; for the destroyers will come there from the north, says Yahweh. As Babylon has caused the dead of Israel to fall, so the dead of all the land will fall at Babylon.

[50-54] You who have escaped war, go, don’t stand still; remember Yahweh from afar, and don’t forget Jerusalem. We’re confused, because we’ve been blamed; confusion has covered our faces; for strangers are come into the sanctuaries of Yahweh’s Place of Worship. So, see, the days are coming, says Yahweh, that I’ll judge those false gods; and the wounded will groan through all the land. Though Babylon (Iraq) should rise up to heaven, and though it should fortify the height of its strength, yet from Me destroyers will come there, says Yahweh. The sound of a cry comes from Babylon and of great destruction from the land of the Chaldeans (Iraq)!

[55-58] Yahweh lays Babylon (Iraq) waste, and stops the great sound coming out of it; and their waves roar like many waters; the sound of their voice is heard. The destroyer has come there, even on Babylon, whose soldiers are taken, and their weapons are broken in pieces; for Yahweh is a God who repays, and will surely pay them back. I’ll make the royalty and the wise ones drunk, along with the governors, officials, and soldiers; and they’ll sleep forever, and not wake up, says the Ruler, whose Name is Yahweh, God of All Creation. Yahweh, God of All Creation says, The thick walls of Babylon will be completely destroyed, and its high gates burned with fire; and the people will work for nothing, and the nations for the fire; and they’ll be worn out.

[59-62] The word which Jeremiah the preacher told Seraiah, son of Neriah, son of Mahseiah, when he went with Zedekiah, the ruler of Judah (southern Israel), to Babylon (Iraq) in the 4th year of his reign. Now Seraiah was the manager of the household. Jeremiah wrote in a book all the evil that would come on Babylon, even all these words that are written about Babylon. Jeremiah said to Seraiah, When you come to Babylon, then see that you read all these words, and say, Yahweh, you’ve spoken about this place, to destroy it, that no one will live in it, neither human nor animal, but that it will be empty forever.

[63-64] When you’ve finished reading this book, tie a stone to it, and throw it into the middle of the Euphrates and say, In this way will Babylon (Iraq) sink, and won’t rise again because of the evil that I’ll bring on it; and they’ll be worn out. These are the words of Jeremiah.

 

52[1-5] Zedekiah was 21 years old when he began to reign; and he reigned 11 years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. He did what was evil in the sight of Yahweh, according to all that Jehoiakim had done. For through the anger of Yahweh, it happened in Jerusalem and Judah (southern Israel), until they had been thrown out from Yahweh’s presence. Zedekiah rebelled against the ruler of Babylon (Iraq).  In the 9th year of his reign, in the 10th day of the 10th month, Nebuchadnezzar, ruler of Babylon (Iraq), came with his army against Jerusalem, and encamped against it; and they built forts against it all around it. So the city was overwhelmed to the 11th year of ruler Zedekiah.

[6-10] In the 9th day of the 4th month, the hunger was great in the city, so that there was no bread for the people of the land. Then a breach was made in the city, and all the soldiers of war ran, and went out of the city by night by the way of the gate between the two walls, which was by the ruler’s garden. Now the Chaldeans (Iraq) were all around the city and went toward the Arabah. But the army of the Chaldeans chased after the ruler, and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho; and all his army was scattered away from him. Then they took the ruler, and carried him up to the ruler of Babylon (Iraq) to Riblah in the land of Hamath; and he judged him there. The ruler of Babylon killed the sons of Zedekiah right before his eyes along with all the royalty of Judah (southern Israel) in Riblah.

[11-14] He put out the eyes of Zedekiah; and the ruler of Babylon (Iraq) chained him in fetters, and carried him to Babylon, and put him in prison until the day of his death. Now in the 10th day of the 5th month, which was the 19th year of ruler Nebuchadnezzar, ruler of Babylon, Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, who stood before the ruler of Babylon, came into Jerusalem and burned the Place of Worship of Yahweh, and the ruler’s house; and all the houses of Jerusalem, every great house, he burned with fire. All the army of the Chaldeans (Iraq), who were with the captain of the guard, broke down all the walls of Jerusalem all the way around it.

[15-20] Then Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, carried some of the poorest people away prisoner, and the rest of the people who were left in the city, and those who deserted to the ruler of Babylon (Iraq), and the rest of the people. But Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, left some of the poorest of the land to be garden keepers and farmers. The pillars of brass that were in the Place of Worship of Yahweh, and the bases and the bronze sea that were in the Place of Worship of Yahweh, the Chaldeans (Iraq) broke in pieces, and carried all their brass to Babylon. The pots also, the shovels, the snuffers, the basins, the spoons, and all the tools of brass with which they ministered, they took away. The cups, the fire pans, the basins, the pots, the candlesticks, the spoons, and the bowls that were of gold, in gold, and what was of silver, in silver, the captain of the guard took away. He also took the two pillars, the one sea, and the twelve bronze bulls that were under the bases, which ruler Solomon had made for the Place of Worship of Yahweh. The brass of all these tools was beyond measure.

[21-23] As for the pillars, the height of one pillar was 27 feet; and a line of 18 feet went around it; and its thickness was about 3” thick and it was hollow. A capital of brass was on it; and the height of the one capital was 7 ½ feet, with its network and pomegranates all around the capital, all of brass; and the second pillar also had some like these, and pomegranates. There were 96 pomegranates on the sides; in all 100 pomegranates on the network around it.

[24-27] The captain of the guard took Seraiah, the main preacher, and Zephaniah, the second preacher, and the three door keepers and out of the city he took an officer who was set over the soldiers of war; and seven men of those who saw the ruler’s face, who were found in the city; and the writer of the captain of the army, who gathered the people of the land; and 60 men of the people of the land, who were found in the city. Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, took them, and brought them to the ruler of Babylon (Iraq) to Riblah. The ruler of Babylon put them to death there at Riblah in the land of Hamath. So Judah (southern Israel) was carried away prisoner out of their land.

[28-34] Nebuchadnezzar carried away 3,023 Jews prisoner in the 7th year; in the 18th year of Nebuchadnezzar he carried away prisoner from Jerusalem 832 persons; in the 23rd year of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuzaradan, the captain of the guard, carried away prisoner of the Jews 745 persons, There were 4,600 taken all together. In the 37th year of the captivity of Jehoiachin ruler of Judah (southern Israel), in the 25th day of the 12th month, Evilmerodach, ruler of Babylon (Iraq), in the 1st year of his reign, gave Jehoiachin, ruler of Judah (southern Israel) hope, and brought him out of prison; and he spoke kindly to him, and set his throne above the throne of the rulers who were with him in Babylon, and changed his prison clothes. Jehoiachin ate before him continually all the days of his life and for his allowance, there was a continual allowance given him by the ruler of Babylon, enough for each day until the day of his death, all the days of his life.

 

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