Jeremiah 44


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
 all Judah.
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
 the pestilence:
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
 famine.
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
 men?
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]
 answer, saying,
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
 day.
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
 this day.
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.
 
 

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