Jeremiah Chapter 16 |
1The word of the Lord came to me:
2You are not to marry and not to have sons and daughters in this place. 3For thus said the Lord concerning any sons and daughters that may be born in this place, and concerning the mothers who bear them, and concerning the fathers who beget them in this land: 4They shall die gruesome deaths. They shall not be lamented or buried; they shall be like dung on the surface of the ground. They shall be consumed by the sword and by famine, and their corpses shall be food for the birds of the sky and the beasts of the earth.
5For thus said the Lord:
Do not enter a house of mourning,
Do not go to lament and to condole with them;
For I have withdrawn My favor from that people
—declares the Lord—
My kindness and compassion.
6Great and small alike shall die in this land,
They shall not be buried; men shall not lament them,
Nor gash and tonsure themselves for them.
7They shall not break bread for a mourner
To comfort him for a bereavement,
Nor offer one a cup of consolation
For the loss of his father or mother.
8Nor shall you enter a house of feasting,
To sit down with them to eat and drink.
9For thus said the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel: I am going to banish from this place, in your days and before your eyes, the sound of mirth and gladness, the voice of bridegroom and bride.
10And when you announce all these things to that people, and they ask you, “Why has the Lord decreed upon us all this fearful evil? What is the iniquity and what the sin that we have committed against the Lord our God?” 11say to them, “Because your fathers deserted Me—declares the Lord—and followed other gods and served them and worshiped them; they deserted Me and did not keep My Instruction. 12And you have acted worse than your fathers, every one of you following the willfulness of his evil heart and paying no heed to Me. 13Therefore I will hurl you out of this land to a land that neither you nor your fathers have known, and there you will serve other gods, day and night; for I will show you no mercy.”
14Assuredly, a time is coming—declares the Lord—when it shall no more be said, “As the Lord lives who brought the Israelites out of the land of Egypt,” 15but rather, “As the Lord lives who brought the Israelites out of the northland, and out of all the lands to which He had banished them.” For I will bring them back to their land, which I gave to their fathers.
16Lo, I am sending for many fishermen
—declares the Lord—
And they shall haul them out;
And after that I will send for many hunters,
And they shall hunt them
Out of every mountain and out of every hill
And out of the clefts of the rocks.
17For My eyes are on all their ways,
They are not hidden from My presence,
Their iniquity is not concealed from My sight.
18I will pay them in full—
Nay, doubly for their iniquity and their sins—
Because they have defiled My land
With the corpses of their abominations,
And have filled My own possession
With their abhorrent things.
19O Lord, my strength and my stronghold,
My refuge in a day of trouble,
To You nations shall come
From the ends of the earth and say:
Our fathers inherited utter delusions,
Things that are futile and worthless.
20Can a man make gods for himself?
No-gods are they!
21Assuredly, I will teach them,
Once and for all I will teach them
My power and My might.
And they shall learn that My name is Lord.