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Jeremiah 44:20-30 (New American Standard)

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Calamity for the Jews

20 Then Jeremiah said to all the people, to the men and women -even to all the people who were giving him such an answer -saying, 21 "As for the a1smoking sacrifices that you burned in the cities of Judah and in the 2streets of Jerusalem, you and your forefathers, your kings and your princes, and the people of the land, did not the LORD 3remember them and did not all this come into His bmind? 22 "So the LORD was 4no longer able to endure it, 5because of the evil of your deeds, because of the abominations which you have committed; thus your land has become a 6ruin, an object of horror and a curse, without an inhabitant, as it is this day. 23 "Because you have burned csacrifices and have sinned against the LORD and 7not obeyed the voice of the LORD or 8walked in His law, His statutes or His testimonies, therefore this 9calamity has befallen you, as it has this day." 24 Then Jeremiah said to all the people, including all the women, "10Hear the word of the LORD, all Judah who are 11in the land of Egypt, 25 thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, as follows: 'As for you and your wives, you have spoken with your mouths and fulfilled it with your hands, saying, "We will 12certainly perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn dsacrifices to the queen of heaven and pour out drink offerings to her." e13Go ahead and confirm your vows, and certainly perform your vows!' 26 "fNevertheless hear the word of the LORD, all Judah who are living in the land of Egypt, 'Behold, I have 14sworn by My great name,' says the LORD, '15never shall My name be invoked again by the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, "16As the Lord gGOD lives." 27 'Behold, I am watching over them 17for harm and not for good, and 18all the men of Judah who are in the land of Egypt will hmeet their end by the sword and by famine until they iare completely gone. 28 '19Those who escape the sword will return out of the land of Egypt to the land of Judah j20few in number. Then all the remnant of Judah who have gone to the land of Egypt to reside there will know 21whose word will stand, Mine or theirs. 29 'This will be the 22sign to you,' declares the LORD, 'that I am going to punish you in this place, so that you may know that 23My words will surely stand against you for harm.' 30 "Thus says the LORD, 'Behold, I am going to give over 24Pharaoh Hophra king of Egypt to the hand of his enemies, to the hand of those who seek his life, just as I gave over 25Zedekiah king of Judah to the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, who was his enemy and was seeking his life.' "
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