NASB — Jeremiah 16 — KJV

Distresses Foretold

1 The word of the LORD also came to me saying, 2 “You shall not take a wife for yourself nor have sons or daughters in this place.” 3 For thus says the LORD concerning the sons and daughters born in this place, and concerning their amothers who bear them, and their bfathers who beget them in this land: 4 “They will adie of deadly diseases, they bwill not be lamented or buried; they will be as cdung on the surface of the ground and come to an end by sword and famine, and their carcasses will become food for the dbirds of the sky and for the beasts of the earth.”

[3] aJr 15:8 bJr 6:21
[4] aJr 15:2 bJr 25:33 cPs 83:10; Jr 9:22; 25:33 dPs 79:2; Is 18:6; Jr 15:3; 34:20

5 ¶ For thus says the LORD, “Do not enter a house of Iamourning, or go to lament or to console them; for I have bwithdrawn My peace from this people,” declares the LORD, “[My] clovingkindness and compassion. 6 Both agreat men and small will die in this land; they will not be buried, they will not be lamented, nor will anyone bgash himself or cshave his head for them. 7 Men will not abreak [bread] in mourning for them, to comfort anyone for the dead, nor give them a cup of consolation to drink for anyone’s father or mother. 8 Moreover you shall anot go into a house of feasting to sit with them to eat and drink.” 9 For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: “Behold, I am going to Iaeliminate from this place, before your eyes and in your time, the voice of rejoicing and the voice of gladness, the voice of the groom and the voice of the bride.

[5] IOr banqueting aEzk 24:16-23 bJr 12:12; 15:1-4 cPs 25:6; Is 27:11; Jr 13:14
[6] a2Ch 36:17; Ezk 9:6 bDt 14:1; Jr 41:5; 47:5 cIs 22:12
[7] aDt 26:14; Ezk 24:17; Ho 9:4
[8] aEc 7:2-4; Is 22:12-14; Jr 15:17; Am 6:4-6
[9] ILit cause to cease aJr 7:34; 25:10; Ezk 26:13; Ho 2:11; Rv 18:23

10 ¶ “Now when you tell this people all these words, they will say to you, ‘aFor what reason has the LORD declared all this great calamity against us? And what is our iniquity, or what is our sin which we have committed against the LORD our God?’ 11 Then you are to say to them, ‘[It is] abecause your forefathers have forsaken Me,’ declares the LORD, ‘and have followed bother gods and served them and bowed down to them; but Me they have forsaken and have not kept My law. 12 You too have done evil, [even] amore than your forefathers; for behold, you are each one walking according to the bstubbornness of his own cevil heart, without listening to Me. 13 So I will ahurl you out of this land into the bland which you have not known, neither you nor your fathers; and there you will cserve other gods day and night, for I will grant you no favor.’

[10] aDt 29:24; 1K 9:8; Jr 5:19; 13:22; 22:8
[11] aDt 29:25; 1K 9:9; 2Ch 7:22; Ne 9:26-29; Jr 22:9 bDt 29:26; 1K 9:9; Ps 106:35-41; Jr 5:7-9; 8:2; Ezk 11:21; 1P 4:3
[12] aJr 7:26 b1S 15:23; Jr 7:24; 9:14; 13:10 cEc 9:3; Mk 7:21
[13] aDt 4:26, 27; 2Ch 7:20; Jr 15:1 bJr 15:14; 17:4 cDt 4:28; 28:36; Jr 5:19

God Will Restore Them

14 ¶ “aTherefore behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when it will no longer be said, ‘As the LORD lives, who bbrought up the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt,’ 15 but, ‘As the LORD lives, who brought up the sons of Israel from the aland of the north and from all the countries where He had banished them.’ For I will restore them to their own land which I gave to their fathers.

[14] aIs 43:18; Jr 23:7 bEx 20:2; Dt 15:15
[15] aPs 106:47; Is 11:11-16; 14:1; Jr 3:18; 23:8; 24:6

16 ¶ “Behold, I am going to send for many afishermen,” declares the LORD, “and they will fish for them; and afterwards I will send for many hunters, and they will bhunt them cfrom every mountain and every hill and from the clefts of the rocks. 17 aFor My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from My face, bnor is their iniquity concealed from My eyes. 18 I will first adoubly repay their iniquity and their sin, because they have bpolluted My land; they have filled My inheritance with the carcasses of their cdetestable idols and with their abominations.”

[16] aAm 4:2; Hab 1:14, 15 b1S 26:20; Mi 7:2 cIs 2:21; Am 9:3
[17] a2Ch 16:9; Jb 34:21; Ps 90:8; Pv 5:21; 15:3; Jr 23:24; 32:19; Zc 4:10; Lk 12:2; 1Co 4:5; He 4:13 bJr 2:22
[18] aJr 17:18; Rv 18:6 bNu 35:33, 34; Jr 2:7; 3:9 cJr 7:30; Ezk 11:18, 21

  19 ¶ O LORD, my astrength and my stronghold,
  And my brefuge in the day of distress,
  To You the cnations will come
  From the ends of the earth and say,
  “Our fathers have inherited nothing but dfalsehood,
  Futility and Iethings of no profit.”
  20 Can man make gods for himself?
  Yet they are anot gods!

[19] ILit there is nothing profitable in them aPs 18:1, 2; Is 25:4 bNa 1:7 cPs 22:27; Is 2:2; Jr 3:17; 4:2 dIs 44:20; Hab 2:18 eIs 44:10
[20] aPs 115:4-8; Is 37:19; Jr 2:11; 5:7; Ho 8:4-6; Ga 4:8

  21 ¶ “Therefore behold, I am going to make them know
  This time I will amake them know
  My Ipower and My might;
  And they shall bknow that My name is the LORD.”

[21] ILit hand aPs 9:16 bPs 83:18; Is 43:3; Jr 33:2; Am 5:8


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The prophet, under the types of abstaining from marriage, from houses of mourning and feasting, foresheweth the utter ruin of the Jews,

1 ¶ The word of the LORD came also unto me, saying, 2 Thou shalt not take thee a wife, neither shalt thou have sons or daughters in this place. 3 For thus saith the LORD concerning the sons and concerning the daughters that are born in this place, and concerning their mothers that bare them, and concerning their fathers that begat them in this land; 4 They shall die of grievous deaths; they shall not be lamented; neither shall they be buried; [but] they shall be as dung upon the face of the earth: and they shall be consumed by the sword, and by famine; and their carcases shall be meat for the fowls of heaven, and for the beasts of the earth. 5 For thus saith the LORD, Enter not into the house of mourning, neither go to lament nor bemoan them: for I have taken away my peace from this people, saith the LORD, [even] lovingkindness and mercies. 6 Both the great and the small shall die in this land: they shall not be buried, neither shall [men] lament for them, nor cut themselves, nor make themselves bald for them: 7 Neither shall [men] tear [themselves] for them in mourning, to comfort them for the dead; neither shall [men] give them the cup of consolation to drink for their father or for their mother. 8 Thou shalt not also go into the house of feasting, to sit with them to eat and to drink. 9 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will cause to cease out of this place in your eyes, and in your days, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride.

[1] Jr 1:2, 4; 2:1.
[2] Gn 19:14; Mt 24:19; Lk 21:23; 23:29; 1Co 7:26.
[3] Jr 16:5, 9.
[4] 1K 14:10; 21:23; 2K 9:10, 36; Ps 78:64; 79:2; 83:10; Is 5:25; 18:6; Jr 7:33; 8:1; 9:22; 14:15, 16; 15:2; 16:5; 22:18, 19; 25:33; 34:17, 20; 36:30; 44:12, 27; Ezk 5:12; 39:17; Am 6:9; Zp 1:17; Rv 19:17.
[5] Dt 31:17; 2Ch 15:5; Is 27:11; Jr 15:1; 16:6; Ezk 24:16; Zc 8:10; Rv 6:4.
[6] Lv 19:28; Dt 14:1; Is 9:14; 22:12; 24:2; Jr 7:29; 13:13; 16:4; 22:18; 41:5; 47:5; 48:37; Ezk 9:5; Am 6:11; Rv 6:15; 20:12.
[7] Dt 26:14; Jb 42:11; Pv 31:6; Ezk 24:17; Ho 9:4.
[8] Ps 26:4; Ec 7:2; Is 22:12; Jr 15:17; Am 6:4; Mt 24:38; Lk 17:27; 1Co 5:11; Ep 5:11.
[9] Is 24:7; Jr 7:34; 25:10; Ezk 26:13; Ho 2:11; Rv 18:22.

because they were worse than their fathers.

10 ¶ And it shall come to pass, when thou shalt shew this people all these words, and they shall say unto thee, Wherefore hath the LORD pronounced all this great evil against us? or what [is] our iniquity? or what [is] our sin that we have committed against the LORD our God? 11 Then shalt thou say unto them, Because your fathers have forsaken me, saith 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 ye have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, ye walk every one after the imagination of his evil heart, that they may not hearken unto me: 13 Therefore will I cast you out of this land into a land that ye know not, [neither] ye nor your fathers; and there shall ye serve other gods day and night; where I will not shew you favour.

[10] Dt 29:24; 1K 9:8; Jr 2:35; 5:19; 13:22; 22:8; Ho 12:8.
[11] Jg 2:12; 10:13; Ne 9:26; Ps 106:35; Jr 2:8; 5:7; 8:2; 9:14; Ezk 11:21; Dn 9:10; 1P 4:3.
[12] Gn 6:5; 8:21; Dt 9:27; 29:19; Jg 2:19; 1S 15:23; Ec 8:12; 9:3; Jr 7:24, 26; 9:14; 13:10; 17:9; Mk 7:21; 2Ti 3:13; He 3:12.
[13] Lv 18:27; Dt 4:26, 28; 28:36, 63; 29:28; 30:17; Jsh 23:15; 2Ch 7:20; Ps 81:12; Jr 6:15; 14:8; 15:4, 14; 17:4; 22:28.

Their return from captivity shall be stranger than their deliverance out of Egypt.

14 ¶ Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no more be said, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; 15 But, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.

[14] Ex 20:2; Dt 15:15; Is 43:18; Jr 23:7; Ho 3:4; Mi 6:4.
[15] Dt 30:3; Ps 106:47; Is 11:11; 13:5; 14:1; 27:12; Jr 3:18; 24:6; 30:3, 10; 31:8; 32:37; 50:19; Ezk 34:12; 36:24; 37:21; 39:28; Am 9:14.

God will doubly recompense their idolatry.

16 ¶ Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the LORD, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks. 17 For mine eyes [are] upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes. 18 And first I will recompense their iniquity and their sin double; because they have defiled my land, they have filled mine inheritance with the carcases of their detestable and abominable things. 19 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and [things] wherein [there is] no profit. 20 Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they [are] no gods? 21 Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know mine hand and my might; and they shall know that my name [is] The LORD.

[16] Gn 10:9; 1S 24:11; 26:20; Is 24:17; Jr 25:9; Am 4:2; 5:19; 9:1; Mi 7:2; Hab 1:14; Lk 17:34; Rv 6:15.
[17] 2Ch 16:9; Jb 34:21; Ps 90:8; 139:3; Pv 5:21; 15:3; Is 29:15; Jr 23:24; 32:19; Ezk 8:12; 9:9; Lk 12:1; 1Co 4:5; He 4:13.
[18] Lv 18:27; 26:30; Nu 35:33; Ps 106:38; Is 24:5; 40:2; 61:7; Jr 2:7; 3:1, 9; 17:18; Ezk 11:18, 21; 43:7; Mi 2:10; Zp 3:1; Rv 18:6.
[19] Ps 18:1; 19:14; 22:27; 27:5; 46:1, 7, 11; 62:2, 7; 67:2; 68:31; 72:8; 86:9; 91:1; 144:1; Pv 18:10; Is 2:2; 11:9; 25:4; 32:2; 44:10; 49:6; 60:1; 62:2; Jr 2:11; 3:16, 23; 10:5, 14; 17:17; Ezk 11:16; Mi 4:1; Na 1:7; Hab 2:18; 3:19; Zc 2:11; 8:20; Mal 1:11; 1P 1:18; Rv 7:9; 11:15.
[20] Ps 115:4; 135:14; Is 36:19; 37:19; Ho 8:4; Ac 19:26; Ga 1:8; 4:8.
[21] Ex 9:14; 14:4; 15:3; Ps 9:16; 83:18; Is 43:3; Jr 33:2; Ezk 6:7; 24:24, 27; 25:14; Am 5:8.


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