NASB — Jeremiah 6 — KJV

Destruction of Jerusalem Impending

  1 “Flee for safety, O sons of aBenjamin,
  From the midst of Jerusalem!
  Now blow a trumpet in Tekoa
  And raise a signal over IbBeth-haccerem;
  For evil looks down from the cnorth,
  And a great destruction.
  2 “The comely and adainty one, bthe daughter of Zion, I will cut off.
  3aShepherds and their flocks will come to her,
  They will bpitch [their] tents Iaround her,
  They will pasture each in his IIplace.
  4IaPrepare war against her;
  Arise, and let us IIattack at bnoon.
  Woe to us, for the day declines,
  For the shadows of the evening lengthen!
  5 “Arise, and let us Iattack by night
  And adestroy her IIpalaces!”
6 For thus says the LORD of hosts,
  “aCut down her trees
  And cast up a bsiege against Jerusalem.
  This is the city to be punished,
  In whose midst there is only coppression.
  7aAs a well Ikeeps its waters fresh,
  So she Ikeeps fresh her wickedness.
  bViolence and destruction are heard in her;
  cSickness and wounds are ever before Me.
  8aBe warned, O Jerusalem,
  Or IbI shall be alienated from you,
  And make you a desolation,
  A land not inhabited.”

[1] II.e. house of the vineyard aJsh 18:28 bNe 3:14 cJr 1:14; 4:6; 6:22
[2] aDt 28:56 bIs 1:8; Jr 4:31
[3] ILit against her round about IILit hand aJr 12:10 b2K 25:1; Jr 4:17; Lk 19:43
[4] ILit Sanctify IILit go up aJr 6:23; Jol 3:9 bJr 15:8; Zp 2:4
[5] ILit go up IIOr fortified towers aIs 32:14; Jr 52:13
[6] aDt 20:19, 20 bJr 32:24; 33:4 cJr 22:17
[7] ILit keeps cold aJm 3:11f bJr 20:8; Ezk 7:11, 23 cJr 30:12, 13
[8] ILit my soul aJr 7:28; 17:23 bEzk 23:18; Ho 9:12

  9 ¶ Thus says the LORD of hosts,
  “They will athoroughly glean as the vine the bremnant of Israel;
  Pass your hand again like a grape gatherer
  Over the branches.”
  10 To whom shall I speak and give warning
  That they may hear?
  Behold, their aears are Iclosed
  And they cannot listen.
  Behold, bthe word of the LORD has become a reproach to them;
  They have no delight in it.
  11 But I am afull of the wrath of the LORD;
  I am bweary with holding [it] in.
  “cPour [it] out on the children in the street
  And on the Igathering of young men together;
  For both husband and wife shall be taken,
  The aged IIand the very old.
  12 “Their ahouses shall be turned over to others,
  Their fields and their wives together;
  For I will bstretch out My hand
  Against the inhabitants of the land,” declares the LORD.
  13 “For afrom the least of them even to the greatest of them,
  Everyone is bgreedy for gain,
  And from the prophet even to the priest
  Everyone Ideals falsely.
  14 “They have ahealed the brokenness of My people superficially,
  Saying, ‘Peace, peace,’
  But there is no peace.
  15 “Were they aashamed because of the abomination they have done?
  They were not even ashamed at all;
  They did not even know how to blush.
  Therefore they shall fall among those who fall;
  At the time that I punish them,
  They shall be cast down,” says the LORD.

[9] aJr 16:16; 49:9; Ob 5, 6 bJr 8:3; 11:23
[10] ILit uncircumcised aJr 5:21; 7:26; Ac 7:51 bJr 20:8
[11] ILit council IILit with fullness of days aJb 32:18, 19; Mi 3:8 bJr 15:6; 20:9 cJr 7:20; 9:21
[12] aDt 28:30; Jr 8:10; 38:22, 23 bJr 15:6
[13] IOr makes lies aJr 8:10 bIs 56:11; 57:17; Jr 8:10; 22:17
[14] aJr 8:11; Ezk 13:10
[15] aJr 3:3; 8:12

  16 ¶ Thus says the LORD,
  “Stand by the ways and see and ask for the aancient paths,
  Where the good way is, and walk in it;
  And byou will find rest for your souls.
  But they said, ‘We will not walk [in it].’
  17 “And I set awatchmen over you, [saying],
  ‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’
  But they said, ‘We will not listen.’
  18 “Therefore hear, O nations,
  And know, O congregation, what is among them.
  19aHear, O earth: behold, I am bringing disaster on this people,
  The bfruit of their Iplans,
  Because they have not listened to My words,
  And as for My law, they have crejected it also.
  20aFor what purpose does bfrankincense come to Me from Sheba
  And the Icsweet cane from a distant land?
  dYour burnt offerings are not acceptable
  And your sacrifices are not pleasing to Me.”
21 Therefore, thus says the LORD,
  “Behold, aI am Ilaying stumbling blocks before this people.
  And they will stumble against them,
  bFathers and sons together;
  Neighbor and IIfriend will perish.”

[16] aIs 8:20; Jr 12:16; 18:15; 31:21; Mal 4:4; Lk 16:29 bMt 11:29
[17] aIs 21:11; 58:1; Jr 25:4; Ezk 3:17; Hab 2:1
[19] IOr devices aIs 1:2; Jr 19:3, 15; 22:29 bPv 1:31 cJr 8:9
[20] ILit good aPs 50:7-9; Is 1:11; 66:3; Mi 6:6 bIs 60:6 cEx 30:23 dPs 40:6; Am 5:22
[21] ILit giving IILit his friend aIs 8:14; Jr 13:16 bIs 9:14-17; Jr 9:21, 22

The Enemy from the North

  22 ¶ Thus says the LORD,
  “Behold, aa people is coming from the north land,
  And a great nation will be aroused from the bremote parts of the earth.
  23 “They seize abow and spear;
  They are bcruel and have no mercy;
  Their voice croars like the sea,
  And they ride on horses,
  Arrayed as a man for the battle
  Against you, O daughter of Zion!”
  24 We have aheard the report of it;
  Our hands are limp.
  bAnguish has seized us,
  Pain as of a woman in childbirth.
  25 aDo not go out into the field
  And bdo not walk on the road,
  For the enemy has a sword,
  cTerror is on every side.
  26 O daughter of my people, aput on sackcloth
  And broll in ashes;
  IcMourn as for an only son,
  A lamentation most bitter.
  For suddenly the destroyer
  Will come upon us.

[22] aJr 1:15; 10:22; 50:41-43 bNe 1:9
[23] aIs 13:18; Jr 4:29 bJr 50:42 cIs 5:30
[24] aIs 28:19; Jr 4:19-21 bIs 21:3; Jr 4:31; 13:21; 30:6; 49:24; 50:43
[25] aJr 14:18 bJg 5:6 cJr 20:10; 46:5; 49:29
[26] ILit Make for yourself mourning aJr 4:8 bJr 25:34; Mi 1:10 cAm 8:10; Zc 12:10

  27 ¶ “I have amade you an assayer [and] a tester among My people,
  That you may know and assay their way.”
  28 All of them are stubbornly rebellious,
  aGoing about as a talebearer.
  [They are] bbronze and iron;
  They, all of them, are corrupt.
  29 The bellows blow fiercely,
  The lead is consumed by the fire;
  In vain the refining goes on,
  But the awicked are not Iseparated.
  30 aThey call them rejected silver,
  Because the bLORD has rejected them.

[27] aJr 1:18; 15:20
[28] aJr 9:4 bEzk 22:18
[29] IOr drawn off aJr 15:19
[30] aPs 119:119; Is 1:22 bJr 7:29; Ho 9:17; Zc 11:8


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The enemies, sent against Judah,

1 ¶ O ye children of Benjamin, gather yourselves to flee out of the midst of Jerusalem, and blow the trumpet in Tekoa, and set up a sign of fire in Bethhaccerem: for evil appeareth out of the north, and great destruction. 2 I have likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate [woman]. 3 The shepherds with their flocks shall come unto her; they shall pitch [their] tents against her round about; they shall feed every one in his place.

[1] Jsh 15:63; 18:21; Jg 1:21; 2S 14:2; 2Ch 11:6; Ne 3:14; Jr 1:14; 4:5, 6, 19, 29; 6:22; 10:17, 22; 25:9; Ezk 26:7; Am 1:1.
[2] Is 1:8; 3:16; Jr 4:31; Lm 2:1, 13.
[3] 2K 24:2, 10; 25:1; Jr 4:16; 39:1; Na 3:18; Lk 19:43.

encourage themselves.

4 Prepare ye war against her; arise, and let us go up at noon. Woe unto us! for the day goeth away, for the shadows of the evening are stretched out. 5 Arise, and let us go by night, and let us destroy her palaces.

[4] So 2:17; Is 5:26; 13:2; Jr 5:10; 8:20; 15:8; 51:27; Jol 3:9; Zp 2:4.
[5] 2Ch 36:19; Ps 48:3; Is 32:14; Jr 9:21; 17:27; 52:13; Ho 8:14; Am 2:5; 3:10; Zc 11:1.

God setteth them on work because of their sins.

6 ¶ For thus hath the LORD of hosts said, Hew ye down trees, and cast a mount against Jerusalem: this [is] the city to be visited; she [is] wholly oppression in the midst of her. 7 As a fountain casteth out her waters, so she casteth out her wickedness: violence and spoil is heard in her; before me continually [is] grief and wounds. 8 Be thou instructed, O Jerusalem, lest my soul depart from thee; lest I make thee desolate, a land not inhabited.

[7] Ps 55:9; Pv 4:23; Is 57:20; Jr 20:8; Ezk 7:11, 23; 22:3; 24:7; Mi 2:1, 8; 3:1, 9; 7:2; Jm 3:10.
[8] Lv 26:34; Dt 32:29; Ps 2:10; 50:17; 94:12; Pv 4:13; Jr 2:15; 4:14; 7:3, 20, 34; 9:11; 17:23; 31:19; 32:33; 35:13; Ezk 23:18; Ho 9:12; Zp 3:7; Zc 11:8.

The prophet lamenteth the judgments of God because of their sins.

9 ¶ Thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall throughly glean the remnant of Israel as a vine: turn back thine hand as a grapegatherer into the baskets. 10 To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? behold, their ear [is] uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the word of the LORD is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it. 11 Therefore I am full of the fury of the LORD; I am weary with holding in: I will pour it out upon the children abroad, and upon the assembly of young men together: for even the husband with the wife shall be taken, the aged with [him that is] full of days. 12 And their houses shall be turned unto others, [with their] fields and wives together: for I will stretch out my hand upon the inhabitants of the land, saith the LORD. 13 For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one [is] given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely. 14 They have healed also the hurt [of the daughter] of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when [there is] no peace. 15 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time [that] I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD. 16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where [is] the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk [therein]. 17 Also I set watchmen over you, [saying], Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.

[9] Jr 16:16; 49:9; 52:28; Ob 1:5; Rv 14:18.
[10] Ex 6:12; Dt 29:4; 2Ch 36:15; Ps 1:2; 40:8; 119:16, 24, 35, 70, 77, 174; Is 6:9; 28:9; 42:23; 53:1; Jr 4:4; 5:4; 7:26; 20:8; Ezk 3:18; 33:3, 9; Am 7:10; Mt 3:7; Lk 11:45; 20:19; Jn 7:7; 9:40; Ac 7:51, 60; Ro 7:22; Col 1:28; 2Ti 4:3; He 11:7.
[11] Jb 32:18; Jr 9:21; 18:21; 20:9; Ezk 3:14; 9:6; Mi 3:8; Lk 17:34; Ac 4:20; 17:16; 18:5; Rv 16:1.
[12] Dt 28:30, 39; 1Ch 21:16; Is 5:25; 9:12, 17, 21; 10:4; 65:21; Jr 8:10; Lm 2:4, 8; 3:3; 5:3, 11; Zp 1:13.
[13] Is 28:7; 56:9; 57:17; Jr 2:8, 26; 5:31; 8:10; 14:18; 22:17; 23:11, 14; 26:7; 32:32; Lm 4:13; Ezk 22:12, 25; 33:31; Mi 2:1; 3:2, 5, 11; Zp 3:3, 4; Lk 16:14; 1Ti 3:3; 2P 2:3, 14.
[14] Is 1:6; 30:26; Jr 4:10; 5:12; 8:11; 14:13, 17; 23:17; 28:3; Lm 2:14; Ezk 13:10, 22; Mi 2:11; 2P 2:1, 18.
[15] Ex 32:34; Pv 29:1; Is 3:9; 10:4; Jr 3:3; 5:9, 29; 8:12; 23:12; Ezk 2:4; 7:6; 14:9; 16:24; 24:7; Ho 9:7; Mi 3:6; 7:4; Zp 3:5; Mt 15:14; Php 3:19.
[16] Dt 32:7; So 1:7; Is 2:5; 8:20; 28:12; 30:21; Jr 2:25; 7:23; 18:12, 15; 22:21; 44:16; Mal 4:4; Mt 11:28; 21:28; Lk 16:29; Jn 5:39, 46; 12:35; 13:17; Ac 17:11; Ro 4:1, 12; Col 2:6; He 6:12; 11:2; 12:1.
[17] Is 21:11; 56:10; 58:1; Jr 25:4; Ezk 3:17; 33:2; Ho 8:1; Am 3:6; Hab 2:1; Zc 7:11; Ac 20:27; He 13:17.

He proclaimeth God's wrath.

18 ¶ Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what [is] among them. 19 Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, [even] the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it. 20 To what purpose cometh there to me incense from Sheba, and the sweet cane from a far country? your burnt offerings [are] not acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet unto me. 21 Therefore thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will lay stumblingblocks before this people, and the fathers and the sons together shall fall upon them; the neighbour and his friend shall perish. 22 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, a people cometh from the north country, and a great nation shall be raised from the sides of the earth. 23 They shall lay hold on bow and spear; they [are] cruel, and have no mercy; their voice roareth like the sea; and they ride upon horses, set in array as men for war against thee, O daughter of Zion. 24 We have heard the fame thereof: our hands wax feeble: anguish hath taken hold of us, [and] pain, as of a woman in travail. 25 Go not forth into the field, nor walk by the way; for the sword of the enemy [and] fear [is] on every side.

[18] Dt 29:24; Ps 50:4; Is 5:3; Jr 4:10; 31:10; Mi 6:5.
[19] Dt 4:26; 30:19; 32:1; 1S 15:23, 26; Pv 1:24; 15:26; 28:9; Is 1:2; 59:7; 66:18; Jr 4:4; 6:10; 8:9; 17:10; 22:29; Ho 4:6; 10:13; Mi 6:2; Jn 3:19; 12:48; Ac 8:22.
[20] 1K 10:1, 10; Ps 40:6; 50:7, 16; 66:3; Is 1:11; 43:23; 60:6; 66:3; Jr 7:21; Ezk 20:39; 27:22; Am 5:21; Mi 6:6.
[21] 2Ch 36:17; Is 8:14; 9:14; 24:2; Jr 9:21; 13:16; 15:2; 16:3; 18:21; 19:7; 21:7; Lm 2:20; Ezk 3:20; 5:10; 9:5; Ro 9:33; 11:9; 1P 2:8.
[22] Jr 1:14; 5:15; 6:1; 10:22; 25:9; 50:41.
[23] Is 5:26; 13:18; 19:4; Jr 4:13; 5:16; 30:14; 50:42; Ezk 23:22; Hab 1:6; Lk 21:25.
[24] Ps 48:6; Pv 1:27; Is 21:3; 28:19; Jr 4:6, 19, 31; 13:21; 22:23; 30:6; 49:24; 50:43; Ezk 21:6; Mi 4:9; Hab 3:16; 1Th 5:3.
[25] Jg 5:6; 2Ch 15:5; Jb 18:11; Ps 31:13; Is 1:20; Jr 4:5, 10; 8:14; 14:18; 20:3, 10; 49:29; Lk 19:43.

He calleth the people to mourn for the judgment on their sins.

26 ¶ O daughter of my people, gird [thee] with sackcloth, and wallow thyself in ashes: make thee mourning, [as for] an only son, most bitter lamentation: for the spoiler shall suddenly come upon us. 27 I have set thee [for] a tower [and] a fortress among my people, that thou mayest know and try their way. 28 They [are] all grievous revolters, walking with slanders: [they are] brass and iron; they [are] all corrupters. 29 The bellows are burned, the lead is consumed of the fire; the founder melteth in vain: for the wicked are not plucked away. 30 Reprobate silver shall [men] call them, because the LORD hath rejected them.

[26] Is 22:4, 12; 30:13; 32:11; Jr 4:8, 11, 20; 6:14; 8:19, 21; 9:1, 10, 17; 12:12; 13:17; 14:17; 15:8; 25:33; Lm 1:2, 16; 2:11; 3:48; 4:3, 6, 10; Ezk 7:16; 27:30; Mi 1:8; Zc 12:10; Lk 7:12; Jm 4:9; 5:1.
[27] Jr 1:18; 15:20; Ezk 3:8; 20:4; 22:2.
[28] Ps 50:20; Is 1:4, 5; 31:6; Jr 5:23; 6:30; 9:4; 18:18; 20:10; Ezk 22:18; Rv 11:18; 19:2.
[29] Pv 17:3; Is 49:4; Jr 9:7; Ezk 24:13; Ho 11:7; Zc 13:9; Mal 3:2; 1P 1:7; 4:12.
[30] Ps 119:119; Pv 25:4; Is 1:22, 25; Jr 14:19; Lm 5:22; Ezk 22:18; Ho 9:17; Mt 5:13; Ro 11:1.


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