The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the Jews which dwell in the land of Egypt, which dwell at Migdol, and at Tahpanhes, and at Noph, and in the country of Pathros,saying ,
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 therein,
3Because of their wickedness which they have committed to provoke me to anger , in that they went to burn incense , and to serveothergods, whom they knew not, neither they, ye, nor your fathers.4
Howbeit I sent unto you all my servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, saying , Oh, do not this abominablething that I hate .
But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear to turn from their wickedness, to burn no incense unto othergods.6
Wherefore my fury and mine 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.7
Therefore now thus saith the LORD, the God of hosts, the God of Israel; Wherefore commit ye this greatevil against your souls, to cut off from you man and woman,child and suckling , outa of Judah, to leave you none to remain;8
In that ye provoke me unto wrath with the works of your hands, burning incense unto othergods in the land of Egypt, whither ye be gone to dwell , that ye might cut yourselves off , and that ye might be a curse and a reproach among all the nations of the earth?9
Have ye forgotten the wickednessb 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?10
They are not humbledc even unto this day, neither have they feared , nor walked in my law, nor in my statutes, that I setbefore you and before your fathers.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.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 unto the greatest, by the sword and by the famine: and they shall be an execration, and an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach.13
For I will punish them that dwell in the land of Egypt, as I have punishedJerusalem, by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence:14
So that none of the remnant of Judah, which are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall escape or remain, that they should return into the land of Judah, to the which they haved a desire to return to dwell there: for none shall return but such as shall escape.15
Then all the men which knew that their wives had burned incense unto othergods, and all the women that stood by , a greatmultitude, even all the people that dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pathros,answeredJeremiah,saying ,
As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the LORD, we will not hearken unto thee.
But we will certainlydo whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queene of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto 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 had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.18
But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine.19
And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men?20
Then Jeremiahsaid unto all the people, to the men, and to the women, and to all the people which had given him that answer , saying ,
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 LORDremember them, and came it not into his mind?22
So that the LORDcould 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.23Becauseye 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 is happened unto you, as at this day.24
Moreover Jeremiahsaid unto all the people, and to all the women,Hear the word of the LORD, all Judah that are in the land of Egypt: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 surelyperform our vows that we have vowed , to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her: ye will surelyaccomplish your vows, and surelyperform your vows.26
Therefore hear ye the word of the LORD, all Judah that dwell in the land of Egypt; Behold, I have sworn by my greatname,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 LordGODliveth.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 be an end of them.
Yet a smallnumber that escape the sword shall return out of the land of Egypt into the land of Judah, and all the remnant of Judah, that are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall know whose words shall stand , mine, or theirs. f29
And this shall be a sign unto you, saith the LORD, that I will punish you in this place, that ye may know that my words shall surelystand against you for evil:30
Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will givePharaohhophraking of Egypt into the hand of his enemies , and into the hand of them that seek his life; as I gaveZedekiahking of Judah into the hand of Nebuchadrezzarking of Babylon, his enemy , and that sought his life.