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Jeremiah 16

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 1mothers who bear them, and their 2fathers who beget them in this land:
4 "They will 3die of deadly diseases, they 4will not be lamented or buried; they will be as 5dung on the surface of the ground and come to an end by sword and famine, and their carcasses will become food for the 6birds of the sky and for the beasts of the earth."
5 For thus says the LORD, "Do not enter a house of 7mourning, or go to lament or to console them; for I have 8withdrawn My peace from this people," declares the LORD, "My 9lovingkindness and compassion.
6 "Both 10great men and small will die in this land; they will not be buried, they will not be lamented, nor will anyone 11gash himself or 12shave his head for them.
7 "Men will not 13break 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 14not 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 15eliminate 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.
10 "Now when you tell this people all these words, they will say to you, '16For 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 17because * your forefathers have forsaken Me,' declares the LORD, 'and have followed * 18other 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 19more than your forefathers; for behold, you are each one walking according to the 20stubbornness of his own 21evil heart, without listening to Me.
13 'So I will 22hurl you out of this land into the 23land which you have not known, neither you nor your fathers; and there you will 24serve other gods day and night, for I will grant you no favor.'

God Will Restore Them

14 "25Therefore behold, days are coming," declares the LORD, "when it will no longer be said, 'As the LORD lives, who 26brought 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 27land 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.
16 "Behold, I am going to send for many 28fishermen," declares the LORD, "and they will fish for them; and afterwards * I will send for many hunters, and they will 29hunt them 30from every mountain and every hill and from the clefts of the rocks.
17 "31For My eyes are on all their ways; they are not hidden from My face, 32nor is their iniquity concealed from My eyes.
18 "I will first 33doubly repay their iniquity and their sin, because they have 34polluted My land; they have filled My inheritance with the carcasses of their 35detestable idols and with their abominations."
19 O LORD, my 36strength and my stronghold, And my 37refuge in the day of distress, To You the 38nations will come From the ends of the earth and say, "Our fathers have inherited nothing but 39falsehood, Futility and 40things of no profit."
20 Can man make gods for himself? Yet they are 41not gods!
21 "Therefore behold, I am going to make them know - This time I will 42make them know My power and My might; And they shall 43know that My name is the LORD."
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