44 The word that occurred to Jeremiah for all the Jews that were dwelling in the land of Egypt, the ones dwelling in Migdol and in Tahpanhes and in Noph and in the land of Pathros, saying: 2 “This is what Jehovah of armies, the God of Israel, has said, ‘YOU yourselves have seen all the calamity that I have brought in upon Jerusalem and upon all the cities of Judah, and here they are a devastated place this day, and in them there is no inhabitant. 3 It is because of their badness that they did in order to offend me by going and making sacrificial smoke and rendering service to other gods whom they themselves had not known, neither YOU nor YOUR forefathers. 4 And I kept sending to YOU all my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending, saying: “Do not do, please, this detestable sort of thing that I have hated.” 5 But they did not listen, nor did they incline their ear to turn back from their badness by not making sacrificial smoke to other gods. 6 So my rage, and my anger, was poured out and it burned in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem; and they came to be a devastated place, a desolate waste, as at this day.’
7 “And now this is what Jehovah, the God of armies, the God of Israel, has said, ‘Why are YOU causing a great calamity to YOUR souls, in order to cut off from yourselves man and woman, child and suckling, out of the midst of Judah, so that YOU do not leave over for yourselves a remnant; 8 by offending me with the works of YOUR hands by making sacrificial smoke to other gods in the land of Egypt, into which YOU are entering to reside as aliens; for the purpose of causing a cutting off of yourselves and for the purpose of YOUR becoming a malediction and a reproach among all the nations of the earth? 9 Have YOU forgotten the bad deeds of YOUR forefathers and the bad deeds of the kings of Judah and the bad deeds of their wives and YOUR own bad deeds and the bad deeds of YOUR wives, that they have done in the land of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 10 And down to this day they did not feel crushed, and they did not become afraid, nor did they walk in my law and in my statutes that I put before YOU and before YOUR forefathers.’
11 “Therefore this is what Jehovah of armies, the God of Israel, has said, ‘Here I am setting my face against YOU for calamity and for cutting off all Judah. 12 And I will take the remnant of Judah who set their faces to enter into the land of Egypt to reside there as aliens, and they will all certainly come to their finish in the land of Egypt. They will fall by the sword; [and] by the famine they will come to their finish, from the smallest one even to the greatest one; by the sword and by the famine they will die. And they must become a curse, an object of astonishment and a malediction and a reproach. 13 And I will hold an accounting against those dwelling in the land of Egypt, just as I held an accounting against Jerusalem, with the sword, with the famine and with the pestilence. 14 And there will come to be no escapee or survivor for the remnant of Judah who are entering in to reside there as aliens, in the land of Egypt, even to return to the land of Judah to which they are lifting up their soul[ful desire] to return in order to dwell; for they will not return, except some escaped ones.’”
15 And all the men who were knowing that their wives had been making sacrificial smoke to other gods, and all the wives who were standing as a great congregation, and all the people who were dwelling in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, proceeded to answer Jeremiah, saying: 16 “As regards the word that you have spoken to us in the name of Jehovah, we are not listening to you; 17 but we shall positively do every word that has gone forth from our mouth, in order to make sacrificial smoke to the ‘queen of the heavens’ and to pour out to her drink offerings, just as we ourselves and our forefathers, our kings and our princes did in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem, when we used to be satisfied with bread and to be well off, and we did not see any calamity at all. 18 And from the time that we ceased to make sacrificial smoke to the ‘queen of the heavens’ and pour out drink offerings to her we have lacked everything, and by the sword and by the famine we have come to our finish.
19 “Also, when we were making sacrificial smoke to the ‘queen of the heavens’ and [were disposed] to pour out drink offerings to her, did we without asking our husbands make for her sacrificial cakes, in order to make an image of her, and to pour out drink offerings to her?”
20 In turn Jeremiah said to all the people, to the able-bodied men and to the wives and to all the people, who were answering him with a word, saying: 21 “As for the sacrificial smoke that YOU made in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem, YOU and YOUR forefathers, YOUR kings and YOUR princes and the people of the land, was it not this that Jehovah remembered and that proceeded to come up into his heart? 22 Finally Jehovah was no longer able to put up with it because of the badness of YOUR dealings, because of the detestable things that YOU had done, and so YOUR land came to be a devastated place and an object of astonishment and a malediction, without an inhabitant, as at this day. 23 Because of the fact that YOU made sacrificial smoke and that YOU sinned against Jehovah and did not obey the voice of Jehovah and in his law and in his statutes and in his reminders YOU did not walk, that is why there has befallen YOU this calamity as at this day.”
24 And Jeremiah continued on to say to all the people and to all the women: “Hear the word of Jehovah, all Judah who are in the land of Egypt. 25 This is what Jehovah of armies, the God of Israel, has said, ‘As for YOU men and YOUR wives, YOU women also speak with YOUR mouths, (and with YOUR hands YOU people have made a fulfillment,) saying: “We shall without fail perform our vows that we have vowed, to make sacrificial smoke to the ‘queen of the heavens’ and to pour out drink offerings to her.” YOU women will without fail carry out YOUR vows, and YOU will without fail perform YOUR vows.’
26 “Therefore hear the word of Jehovah, all Judah who are dwelling in the land of Egypt, ‘“Here I myself have sworn by my great name,” Jehovah has said, “that my name will no more prove to be something called out by the mouth of any man of Judah, saying, ‘As the Sovereign Lord Jehovah is alive!’ in all the land of Egypt. 27 Here I am keeping alert toward them for calamity and not for good; and all the men of Judah that are in the land of Egypt will certainly come to their finish by the sword and by the famine, until they cease to be. 28 And as for the ones escaping from the sword, they will return from the land of Egypt to the land of Judah, few in number; and all those of the remnant of Judah, who are coming into the land of Egypt to reside there as aliens, will certainly know whose word comes true, that from me or that from them.”’”
this is the sign for YOU,’ is the utterance of Jehovah, ‘that I am turning my
attention upon YOU in this place, in order that YOU may know that my words will
without fail come true upon YOU for calamity:
is what Jehovah has said: “Here I am giving Pharaoh Hophra, the king of Egypt,
into the hand of his enemies and into the hand of those seeking for his soul,
just as I have given Zedekiah the king of Judah into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar
the king of Babylon, his enemy and the one seeking for his soul.”’”
45 The word that Jeremiah the prophet spoke to Baruch the son of Neriah when he wrote in a book these words from the mouth of Jeremiah in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, the king of Judah, saying:
is what Jehovah the God of Israel has said concerning you, O Baruch,
have said: “Woe, now, to me, for Jehovah has added grief to my pain! I have
grown weary because of my sighing, and no resting-place have I found.”’
4 “This is what you should say to him, ‘This is what Jehovah has said: “Look! What I have built up I am tearing down, and what I have planted I am uprooting, even all the land itself. 5 But as for you, you keep seeking great things for yourself. Do not keep on seeking.”’
“‘For here I am bringing in a calamity upon all flesh,’ is the utterance of Jehovah, ‘and I will give you your soul as a spoil in all the places to which you may go.’”
46 This is what occurred as the word of Jehovah to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the nations: 2 For Egypt, concerning the military force of Pharaoh Necho the king of Egypt, who happened to be by the river Euphrates at Carchemish, whom Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon defeated in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, the king of Judah: 3 “Set in array, O men, buckler and large shield, and approach to battle. 4 Harness the horses, and mount, O YOU horsemen, and station yourselves with the helmet. Polish the lances. Clothe yourselves with coats of mail.
5 “‘Why is it that I have seen them terror-stricken? They are turning back, and their mighty men themselves are crushed to pieces; and they have positively fled, and they have not turned around. There is fright all around,’ is the utterance of Jehovah. 6 ‘Let not the swift one try to flee, and let not the mighty man try to escape. Up north by the bank of the river Euphrates they have stumbled and fallen.’
7 “Who is this one that comes up just like the Nile River, like the rivers the waters of which toss themselves? 8 Egypt itself comes up just like the Nile River, and like rivers the waters toss themselves. And it says, ‘I shall go up. I shall cover the earth. I shall readily destroy the city and those inhabiting it.’ 9 Go up, O YOU horses; and drive madly, O YOU chariots! And let the mighty men go forth, Cush and Put, who are handling the shield, and the Ludim, who are handling [and] treading the bow.
10 “And that day belongs to the Sovereign Lord, Jehovah of armies, the day of vengeance for avenging himself upon his adversaries. And the sword will certainly devour and satisfy itself and take its fill of their blood, for the Sovereign Lord, Jehovah of armies, has a sacrifice in the land of the north by the river Euphrates.
11 “Go up to Gilead and get some balsam, O virgin daughter of Egypt. In vain you have multiplied the means of healing. There is no mending for you. 12 The nations have heard your dishonor and your own outcry has filled the land. For they have stumbled, mighty man against mighty man. Together they have fallen down, both of them.”
13 The word that Jehovah spoke to Jeremiah the prophet as regards the coming of Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon to strike down the land of Egypt: 14 “Tell [it] in Egypt, O men, and publish [it] in Migdol, and publish [it] in Noph and in Tahpanhes. Say, ‘Station yourself, making preparation also for yourself, for a sword will certainly devour all around you. 15 Why is it that your powerful ones have been washed away? They have made no stand, for Jehovah himself has pushed them away. 16 In great numbers they are stumbling. They also actually fall. And they keep saying one to the other: “Do rise up, and do let us return to our people and to the land of our relatives because of the maltreating sword.”’ 17 There they have proclaimed, ‘Pharaoh the king of Egypt is a mere noise. He has let the festal time pass by.’
18 “‘As I am alive,’ is the utterance of the King, whose name is Jehovah of armies, ‘like Tabor among the mountains and like Carmel by the sea he will come in. 19 Make for yourself mere baggage for exile, O inhabitress, the daughter of Egypt. For Noph itself will become a mere object of astonishment and will actually be set afire, so as to be without an inhabitant. 20 Egypt is as a very pretty heifer. From the north a mosquito itself will certainly come against her. 21 Furthermore, her hired [soldiers] in the midst of her are like fattened calves. But they themselves also have given way; they have fled together. They have not made a stand. For the very day of their disaster has come in upon them, the time of their being given attention.’
22 “‘Her voice is like that of a serpent that goes along; for with vital energy men will go, and with axes they will actually come in to her, like those who are gathering pieces of wood. 23 They will certainly cut down her forest,’ is the utterance of Jehovah, ‘for it could not be penetrated. For they have become more numerous than the locust, and they are without number. 24 The daughter of Egypt will certainly feel shame. She will actually be given into the hand of the people of the north.’
of armies, the God of Israel, has said, ‘Here I am turning my attention upon
Amon from No and upon Pharaoh and upon Egypt and upon her gods and upon her
kings, even upon Pharaoh and upon all those trusting in him.’
26 “‘And I will give them into the hand of those seeking for their soul and into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon and into the hand of his servants; and afterward she will be resided in as in the days of old,’ is the utterance of Jehovah.
as for you, do not be afraid, O my servant Jacob, and do not be terror-stricken,
O Israel. For here I am saving you from far away and your offspring from the
land of their captivity. And Jacob will certainly return and have no disturbance
and be at ease and without anyone causing trembling.
for you, do not be afraid, O my servant Jacob,’ is the utterance of Jehovah,
‘for I am with you. For I shall make an extermination among all the nations to
which I have dispersed you, but with you I shall make no extermination. Yet I
shall have to chastise you to the proper degree, and I shall absolutely not
leave you unpunished.’”
47 This is what proved to be the word of Jehovah to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the Philistines before Pharaoh proceeded to strike down Gaza. 2 This is what Jehovah has said:
“Look! Waters are coming up from the north and have become a flooding torrent. And they will flood the land and what fills it, the city and those inhabiting it. And the men will certainly cry out, and everyone dwelling in the land must howl. 3 At the sound of the stamping of the hoofs of his stallions, at the rattling of his war chariots, the turmoil of his wheels, the fathers will actually not turn around to the sons, because of the dropping down of [their] hands, 4 on account of the day that is coming to despoil all the Philistines, to cut off from Tyre and from Sidon every survivor that was helping. For Jehovah is despoiling the Philistines, who are the remaining ones from the island of Caphtor. 5 Baldness must come to Gaza. Ashkelon has been put to silence. O remnant of their low plain, how long will you keep making cuts upon yourself?
the sword of Jehovah! How long will you not stay quiet? Be shoved into your
sheath. Take your repose and keep silent.
7 “How can it stay quiet, when Jehovah himself has given a command to it? It is for Ashkelon and for the coast of the sea. There is where he has designated it to be.”
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