Old Testament - Jeremiah
4 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 5 Before I formed you in the belly I knew you; and before you came out of the womb I sanctified you and ordained you a prophet to the nations. 6 Then I said, I beseech thee, O LORD God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am but a child. 7 And the LORD said to me, Do not say, I am a child; for you shall go to all that I shall send you, and whatever I command you you shall speak. 8 Be not afraid of their presence; for I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD. 9 Then the LORD put forth his hand and touched my mouth. And the LORD said to me, Behold, I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out and to pull down, and to overthrow and to destroy, to build and to plant."
"11 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Jeremiah, what do you see? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. 12 Then the LORD said to me, You have well seen; for I will hasten my word to perform it. 13 And the word of the LORD came to me the second time, saying, What do you see? And I said, I see a boiling caldron; and its face is toward the north. 14 Then the LORD said unto me, Out of the north an evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land. 15 For, lo, I will send and I will call all the tribes of the kingdoms of the north, says the LORD; and they shall come, and they shall set every one his throne at the entering of the gates of Jerusalem and against all its walls round about and against all the cities of Judah. 16 And I will utter my judgments against them, because of all their wickedness, for they have forsaken me, and have burned incense to other gods and worshipped the works of their own hands. 17 Therefore gird up your loins, and arise and speak to all that I command you; be not afraid of them, lest I confound you before them. 18 For, behold, I have made you this day like a fortified city and like an iron pillar and like a brass fence against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against their princes, against their priests, against their prophets, and against all the people of the land. 19 And they shall fight with you; but they shall not prevail against you; for I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD."
MOREOVER the word of the LORD came upon me, saying, 2 Go and proclaim in the ears of the people of Jerusalem, and say, Thus says the LORD: I remember you, the kindness of your youth, the love of your long-suffering; for you walked after me in the wilderness, in the land that was not sown. 3 Israel has sanctified to the LORD the first fruits of his crops; all those who embezzle them shall be condemned; evil shall come upon them, says the LORD. 4 Hear the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel: 5 Thus says the LORD: What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me and have walked after vanity and have profited nothing? 6 Neither did they say, Where is the LORD who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, who led us through the wilderness, through a waste and depressed land, through a desolate land and a land of the shadow of death, a land that no man passed through, and where no man dwells? 7 And I brought you into a land of plenty, to eat its fruit and its goodness; but when you came in, you defiled my land and made my heritage an abomination. 8 The priests did not say, Where is the LORD? And those who handle the law did not know me; the leaders also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and went after things that do not profit."
"9 Therefore I will yet contend with you, says the LORD; and with your children’s children I will contend. 10 For cross over to the islands of China and see; and send to Kedar, and understand diligently, and see if there ever has been such a thing as this. 11 Have the Gentiles changed their gods, which are not gods? But my people have changed their glory for that which does not profit. 12 Be astonished, O heavens, at this, and tremble and be exceedingly afraid, says the LORD. 13 For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and they went and dug for themselves broken cisterns that can hold no water.
19 Your own evil shall chastise you, and your repentance shall reprove .you; know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, for you have forsaken the LORD your God, and you have not revered me, says the LORD God of hosts."
"20 For of old time I have broken your yoke and cut your bands; and you said, I shall never serve another god again; and behold, now upon every high hill and under every green tree you wander, playing the harlot. 21 Yet I had planted you a good vine, wholly a right seed; why then have you turned against me and have become degenerate like a plant of a strange vine? 22 For though you wash yourself with nitre and use much sulphur, yet your sins within you are marked before me, says the LORD God. 23 How can you say, I am not polluted, I have not gone after Baal? See your ways in the valleys, and know what you have done: you have lifted up your voice, O you perverse in her ways; 24 You are like a wild ass which is untrained in the wilderness and follows her own will; you have snuffed up the wind, who can bring you back? Whoever seeks her shall weary himself, he shall find her only by means of her footprints. 25 Your feet are weary because they are unshod, and your throat is dry from thirst; but you said, I have become strong, I am unwilling to repent because I have loved strangers, and after them I will go. 26 As the thief is ashamed when he is found, so the children of Israel are ashamed; they, their kings, their princes, and their priests, and their prophets, 27 Who say to a piece of wood, You are our father; and to a stone, You have brought us forth; for they have turned their backs upon me and not their faces; but in the time of their trouble, they say, Arise and save us. 28 But where are your gods that you have made for yourself? Let them arise and save you in the time of your trouble; for according to the number of your cities are your gods, O Judah."
"29 Why then do you contend with me? You all have transgressed against me, says the LORD. 30 In vain have I smitten your children; they have received no discipline; the sword has devoured your prophets like a destroying lion. 31 As for you, O generation, hear the word of the LORD. Have I been like a wilderness to Israel? Or a waste land? Wherefore then say my people, We are humiliated; we will come no more to you? 32 Can a maid forget her ornaments or a bride her attire? Yet my people have forgotten me days without number. 33 Why do you deck yourself to induce love? For behold you have also learned evil by means of your conduct. 34 Also on your hands is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents; I have not found it by hard search, for it is under every tree. 35 Yet you say, Because I am innocent, therefore he will turn his anger from me. Behold, I will contend with you, because you have said, I have not sinned. 36 Why do you gad about so much to change your ways? You shall also be ashamed of Egypt, even as you were ashamed of Assyria. 37 Yea, you shall go forth from him humiliated; for the LORD is angry against those upon whom you have put your trust, and you shall not prosper with them."
25 Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withheld good things from you.
28 Therefore they have become great and rich and have perverted judgment; they do not execute justice, and they do not judge aright the cause of the orphan; and the cause of the needy they did not judge.
31 The prophets prophesy falsely and the priests have supported them; and my people love to have it so; and what will you do at the end?
16 Thus says the LORD, Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths and see where is the good way, and walk in it and find rest for your souls. But you said, We will not walk therein.
19 Hear, O earth! Behold, I will bring evil upon this people according to the fruits of their imaginations, because they have not hearkened to my words, and my law they have rejected.
13 And now, because you have done all these works, says the LORD, and I warned you in advance and spoke to you, but you did not listen; and I called you, but you did not answer.
23 But this thing I commanded them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God and you shall be my people; and walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.
12 Who is the wise man that may understand this? And who is he to whom the mouth of the LORD has spoken, that he may declare it, why is the land perished and become desolate like a wilderness so that no one passes through it? 13 And the LORD says, Because they have forsaken my law which I gave to them and to their fathers, and have not obeyed my voice, neither walked according to my warnings; 14 But have followed after the imagination of their own evil heart and after the idols which their fathers taught them.
23 Thus says the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, and let not the rich man glory in his riches; 24 But let him who glories glory in this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who executes lovingkindness, justice and righteousness in the earth; for in these things I delight, says the LORD.
12 The LORD has made the earth by his power; he has established the world by his wisdom, and has stretched out the heavens by his intelligence.
11 That you shall say to them, Because your fathers have forsaken me, says the LORD, and have walked after other gods and have served them and have worshipped them, and have forsaken me and have not kept my law, 12 And you have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, you walk away every one after the imagination of his evil heart, that you may not hearken to me.
20 Behold, men make gods to themselves, and they are no gods.
5 Thus says the LORD, Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes the son of the flesh his arm, and whose heart departs from the LORD. 6 For he shall be like a plant in the desert, and shall not see when good comes; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness in a salt land not inhabited. 7 Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is in him. 8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, that spreads out its roots by the stream, and it shall not be afraid when heat comes, but its leaves shall be green; and shall not be afraid in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. 9 The heart is stubborn above all things; who can understand it? 10 I the LORD search the heart and try the reins, and give every man according to his ways and according to the fruits of his doings.
THE word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying. 2 Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear my words. 3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, according to the word of the LORD, and, behold, he was doing work on the wheel. 4 And the vessel which he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he mixed the clay and made it into another vessel, as seemed good to him. 5 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? says the LORD, Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. 7 If suddenly I should speak concerning a people and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up and to pull down and to destroy it; 8 And if that nation repent from its evil, I will turn away from it the evil which I thought to do to it. 9 And if at another instant I should speak concerning a people and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it; 10 And if it does evil in my sight and does not obey my voice, then I will turn away from it the good which I said I would do to it."
"11 Now therefore, speak to the men of Judah and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, Thus says the LORD: Behold, I am bringing evil against you and I am devising a device against you; repent you now, and return every one from his evil way and make your ways and your doings good. 12 But they said, We shall become strong and we will walk after our own devices and we will every man do the imagination of his evil heart.
2 Then Pashur smote Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks that were in the upper gate of Benjamin, which was by the house of the LORD.
13 Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness and his upper rooms by injustice; who makes his neighbor work for him without wages, and does not give him his hire; 14 Who says, I will build for myself wide houses with spacious upper rooms; and cuts out windows for them and covers them with cedar and paints them with vermilion. 15 Shall you reign and rejoice by living in palaces built with cedar? Indeed, your father did eat and drink, but he also did justice and righteousness, therefore I did good to him. 16 He did justice to the cause of the poor and needy; and he did well; he who does these things, knows me, says the LORD.
29 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD!
5 Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Heir, and he shall reign over the kingdom with understanding, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 6 In his days Judah shall be saved and Israel shall dwell securely; and this is the name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
23 I am the God who is near, says the LORD God, and not a God afar off. 24 If any man should hide himself in secret places, I will see him, says the LORD; behold, heaven and earth are filled with me, says the LORD of hosts.
7 And I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God when they shall return to me with their whole heart.
2 Thus says the LORD: Stand in the court of the LORD’S house and speak to all the cities of Judah which come to worship in the house of the LORD all the words that I commanded you to speak to them; omit not a word: 3 Perhaps they will listen and turn every man from his evil way, so that I may cease from the harm which I purpose to do to them because of their evil doings. 4 And you shall say to them, Thus says the LORD: If you will not listen to me, to walk in my law which I have set before you 5 And to hearken to the words of my servants the prophets whom I have sent to you, warning you in advance, but you have not hearkened; 6 Then I will make this house like Shiloh and will make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth."
"7 So the priests and the false prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the LORD. 8 Now it came to pass when Jeremiah had finished speaking all that the LORD had commanded him to speak to all the people, then the priests and the false prophets and all the people seized him, saying, 9 He shall surely be put to death, for he has prophesied in the name of the LORD, saying, This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate without an inhabitant. And all the people were gathered against Jeremiah in the house of the LORD.
12 Then Jeremiah spoke to all the princes and to all the people, saying, The LORD sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city all the words that you have heard. 13 Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the LORD your God; and the LORD will cease from the evil which he has pronounced against you. 14 As for me, behold, I am in your hands; do with me as it seems right and proper to you. 15 But you must know for certain that if you put me to death, you shall surely bring innocent blood upon yourselves and upon this city and upon its inhabitants; for of a truth the LORD has sent me to you to speak all these words in your ears."
"16 Then the princes and all the people said to the priests and to the false prophets, This man is not guilty of death; for he has spoken to us in the name of the LORD our God.
13 And when you shall seek me with all your heart, you shall find me, says the LORD.
30 But every one shall die for his own sins; every man who eats the sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge.
4 Then Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah; and Baruch wrote from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the LORD which he had spoken to him, upon a scroll of a book.
6 Then they took Jeremiah and cast him into the well of Malchiah the son of the king, which was in the court of the prison; and they let down Jeremiah with ropes. And there was no water in the well, but only mire; so Jeremiah sank in the mire.
10 Then the king commanded Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, saying, Take from here thirty men with you, and go and draw up Jeremiah out of the well before he dies.
13 So they drew up Jeremiah with the rope, and took him up out of the well; and Jeremiah remained in the court of the prison.
16 So King Zedekiah swore secretly to Jeremiah in the palace, saying, As the LORD lives, who created soul in us, I will not put you to death, neither will I deliver you into the hand of these men who seek your life.
15 The LORD has made the earth by his power, he has established the world by his wisdom, and has stretched out heaven by his understanding.