44:1 The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the Jews who
dwell in the land of Egypt, who dwell at Migdol, and at
Tahpanhes, and at Noph, and in the country of Pathros, saying,
44:2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Ye have
seen all the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, and upon
all the cities of Judah; and behold, this day they [are] a
desolation, and no man dwelleth in them.
44:3 Because of their wickedness which they have committed to
provoke me to anger, in that they went to burn incense, [and]
to serve other gods, whom they knew not, [neither] they, ye,
nor your fathers.
44:4 Yet I sent to you all my servants the prophets, rising
early and sending [them], saying, Oh, do not this abominable
thing that I hate.
44:5 But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear to turn from
their wickedness, to burn no incense to other gods.
44:6 Wherefore my fury and my anger was poured forth, and was
kindled in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem;
and they are wasted [and] desolate, as at this day.
44:7 Therefore now thus saith the LORD, the God of hosts, the
God of Israel; Why do ye commit [this] great evil against your
souls, to cut off from you man and woman, child and suckling,
out of Judah, to leave you none to remain;
44:8 In that ye provoke me to wrath with the works of your
hands, burning incense to other gods in the land of Egypt,
whither ye are gone to dwell, that ye may cut yourselves off,
and that ye may be a curse and a reproach among all the nations
of the earth?
44:9 Have ye forgotten the wickedness of your fathers, and the
wickedness of the kings of Judah, and the wickedness of their
wives, and your own wickedness, and the wickedness of your
wives, which they have committed in the land of Judah, and in
the streets of Jerusalem?
44:10 They are not humbled [even] to this day, neither have they
feared, nor walked in my law, nor in my statutes, that I set
before you and before your fathers.
44:11 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel;
Behold, I will set my face against you for evil, and to cut off
44:12 And I will take the remnant of Judah, that have set their
faces to go into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, and they
shall all be consumed, [and] fall in the land of Egypt; they
shall [even] be consumed by the sword [and] by the famine: they
shall die, from the least even to the greatest, by the sword
and by the famine: and they shall be an execration, [and] an
astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach.
44:13 For I will punish them that dwell in the land of Egypt, as
I have punished Jerusalem, by the sword, by the famine, and by
44:14 So that none of the remnant of Judah, who have gone into
the land of Egypt, to sojourn there, shall escape or remain,
that they should return into the land of Judah, to which they
have a desire to return to dwell there: for none shall return
but such as shall escape.
44:15 Then all the men who knew that their wives had burned
incense to other gods, and all the women that stood by, a great
multitude, even all the people that dwelt in the land of Egypt,
in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying,
44:16 [As for] the word that thou hast spoken to us in the name
of the LORD, we will not hearken to thee.
44:17 But we will certainly do whatever thing proceedeth from
our own mouth, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to
pour out drink-offerings to her, as we have done, we, and our
fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah,
and in the streets of Jerusalem: for [then] we had plenty of
provisions, and were well, and saw no evil.
44:18 But since we ceased to burn incense to the queen of
heaven, and to pour out drink-offerings to her, we have wanted
all [things], and have been consumed by the sword and by the
44:19 And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and
poured out drink-offerings to her, did we make for her cakes to
worship her, and pour out drink-offerings to her, without our
44:20 Then Jeremiah said to all the people, to the men, and to
the women, and to all the people who had given him [that]
44:21 The incense that ye burned in the cities of Judah, and in
the streets of Jerusalem, ye and your fathers, your kings and
your princes, and the people of the land, did not the LORD
remember them, and came it [not] into his mind?
44:22 So that the LORD could no longer bear, because of the evil
of your doings, [and] because of the abominations which ye have
committed; therefore is your land a desolation, and an
astonishment, and a curse, without an inhabitant, as at this
44:23 Because ye have burned incense, and because ye have sinned
against the LORD, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD,
nor walked in his law, nor in his statutes, nor in his
testimonies; therefore this evil hath happened to you, as at
44:24 Moreover, Jeremiah said to all the people, and to all the
women, Hear the word of the LORD, all Judah that [are] in the
land of Egypt:
44:25 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying;
Ye and your wives have both spoken with your mouths, and
fulfilled with your hand, saying, We will surely perform our
vows that we have vowed, to burn incense to the queen of
heaven, and to pour out drink-offerings to her: ye will surely
accomplish your vows, and surely perform your vows.
44:26 Therefore hear ye the word of the LORD, all Judah that
dwell in the land of Egypt; Behold, I have sworn by my great
name, saith the LORD, that my name shall no more be named in
the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying,
The Lord GOD liveth.
44:27 Behold, I will watch over them for evil, and not for good:
and all the men of Judah that [are] in the land of Egypt shall
be consumed by the sword and by the famine, until there shall
be an end of them.
44:28 Yet a small number that escape the sword shall return from
the land of Egypt into the land of Judah, and all the remnant
of Judah, that have gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn
there, shall know whose words shall stand, mine, or theirs.
44:29 And this [shall be] a sign to you, saith the LORD, that I
will punish you in this place, that ye may know that my words
shall surely stand against you for evil:
44:30 Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will give Pharaoh-hophra
king of Egypt into the hand of his enemies, and into the hand
of them that seek his life; as I gave Zedekiah king of Judah
into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, his enemy, and
that sought his life.