2 Kings 25:22
King James Version (KJV)
22Â And as for the people that remained in the land of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had left, even over them he made Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, ruler.
11Â Now Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon gave charge concerning Jeremiah to Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard, saying,
12Â Take him, and look well to him, and do him no harm; but do unto him even as he shall say unto thee.
13Â So Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard sent, and Nebushasban, Rabsaris, and Nergalsharezer, Rabmag, and all the king of Babylon’s princes;
14Â Even they sent, and took Jeremiah out of the court of the prison, and committed him unto Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan, that he should carry him home: so he dwelt among the people.
15Â Now the word of the Lord came unto Jeremiah, while he was shut up in the court of the prison, saying,
16Â Go and speak to Ebedmelech the Ethiopian, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring my words upon this city for evil, and not for good; and they shall be accomplished in that day before thee.
17Â But I will deliver thee in that day, saith the Lord: and thou shalt not be given into the hand of the men of whom thou art afraid.
18Â For I will surely deliver thee, and thou shalt not fall by the sword, but thy life shall be for a prey unto thee: because thou hast put thy trust in me, saith the Lord.
40Â The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, after that Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had let him go from Ramah, when he had taken him being bound in chains among all that were carried away captive of Jerusalem and Judah, which were carried away captive unto Babylon.
2Â And the captain of the guard took Jeremiah, and said unto him, The Lord thy God hath pronounced this evil upon this place.
3Â Now the Lord hath brought it, and done according as he hath said: because ye have sinned against the Lord, and have not obeyed his voice, therefore this thing is come upon you.
4Â And now, behold, I loose thee this day from the chains which were upon thine hand. If it seem good unto thee to come with me into Babylon, come; and I will look well unto thee: but if it seem ill unto thee to come with me into Babylon, forbear: behold, all the land is before thee: whither it seemeth good and convenient for thee to go, thither go.
5Â Now while he was not yet gone back, he said, Go back also to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon hath made governor over the cities of Judah, and dwell with him among the people: or go wheresoever it seemeth convenient unto thee to go. So the captain of the guard gave him victuals and a reward, and let him go.
6Â Then went Jeremiah unto Gedaliah the son of Ahikam to Mizpah; and dwelt with him among the people that were left in the land.
1Â How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is she become as a widow! she that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary!
2Â She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks: among all her lovers she hath none to comfort her: all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they are become her enemies.
3Â Judah is gone into captivity because of affliction, and because of great servitude: she dwelleth among the heathen, she findeth no rest: all her persecutors overtook her between the straits.
4Â The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn feasts: all her gates are desolate: her priests sigh, her virgins are afflicted, and she is in bitterness.
5Â Her adversaries are the chief, her enemies prosper; for the Lord hath afflicted her for the multitude of her transgressions: her children are gone into captivity before the enemy.
6Â And from the daughter of Zion all her beauty is departed: her princes are become like harts that find no pasture, and they are gone without strength before the pursuer.
7Â Jerusalem remembered in the days of her affliction and of her miseries all her pleasant things that she had in the days of old, when her people fell into the hand of the enemy, and none did help her: the adversaries saw her, and did mock at her sabbaths.
8Â Jerusalem hath grievously sinned; therefore she is removed: all that honoured her despise her, because they have seen her nakedness: yea, she sigheth, and turneth backward.
9Â Her filthiness is in her skirts; she remembereth not her last end; therefore she came down wonderfully: she had no comforter. O Lord, behold my affliction: for the enemy hath magnified himself.
10Â The adversary hath spread out his hand upon all her pleasant things: for she hath seen that the heathen entered into her sanctuary, whom thou didst command that they should not enter into thy congregation.
11Â All her people sigh, they seek bread; they have given their pleasant things for meat to relieve the soul: see, O Lord, and consider; for I am become vile.
12Â Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the Lord hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger.
13Â From above hath he sent fire into my bones, and it prevaileth against them: he hath spread a net for my feet, he hath turned me back: he hath made me desolate and faint all the day.
14Â The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand: they are wreathed, and come up upon my neck: he hath made my strength to fall, the Lord hath delivered me into their hands, from whom I am not able to rise up.
15Â The Lord hath trodden under foot all my mighty men in the midst of me: he hath called an assembly against me to crush my young men: the Lord hath trodden the virgin, the daughter of Judah, as in a winepress.
16Â For these things I weep; mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water, because the comforter that should relieve my soul is far from me: my children are desolate, because the enemy prevailed.
17Â Zion spreadeth forth her hands, and there is none to comfort her: the Lord hath commanded concerning Jacob, that his adversaries should be round about him: Jerusalem is as a menstruous woman among them.
18Â The Lord is righteous; for I have rebelled against his commandment: hear, I pray you, all people, and behold my sorrow: my virgins and my young men are gone into captivity.
19Â I called for my lovers, but they deceived me: my priests and mine elders gave up the ghost in the city, while they sought their meat to relieve their souls.
20Â Behold, O Lord; for I am in distress: my bowels are troubled; mine heart is turned within me; for I have grievously rebelled: abroad the sword bereaveth, at home there is as death.
21Â They have heard that I sigh: there is none to comfort me: all mine enemies have heard of my trouble; they are glad that thou hast done it: thou wilt bring the day that thou hast called, and they shall be like unto me.
22Â Let all their wickedness come before thee; and do unto them, as thou hast done unto me for all my transgressions: for my sighs are many, and my heart is faint.
2Â How hath the Lord covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his anger, and cast down from heaven unto the earth the beauty of Israel, and remembered not his footstool in the day of his anger!
2Â The Lord hath swallowed up all the habitations of Jacob, and hath not pitied: he hath thrown down in his wrath the strong holds of the daughter of Judah; he hath brought them down to the ground: he hath polluted the kingdom and the princes thereof.
3Â He hath cut off in his fierce anger all the horn of Israel: he hath drawn back his right hand from before the enemy, and he burned against Jacob like a flaming fire, which devoureth round about.
4Â He hath bent his bow like an enemy: he stood with his right hand as an adversary, and slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion: he poured out his fury like fire.
5Â The Lord was as an enemy: he hath swallowed up Israel, he hath swallowed up all her palaces: he hath destroyed his strong holds, and hath increased in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation.
6Â And he hath violently taken away his tabernacle, as if it were of a garden: he hath destroyed his places of the assembly: the Lord hath caused the solemn feasts and sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion, and hath despised in the indignation of his anger the king and the priest.
7Â The Lord hath cast off his altar, he hath abhorred his sanctuary, he hath given up into the hand of the enemy the walls of her palaces; they have made a noise in the house of the Lord, as in the day of a solemn feast.
8Â The Lord hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion: he hath stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from destroying: therefore he made the rampart and the wall to lament; they languished together.
9Â Her gates are sunk into the ground; he hath destroyed and broken her bars: her king and her princes are among the Gentiles: the law is no more; her prophets also find no vision from the Lord.
10Â The elders of the daughter of Zion sit upon the ground, and keep silence: they have cast up dust upon their heads; they have girded themselves with sackcloth: the virgins of Jerusalem hang down their heads to the ground.
11Â Mine eyes do fail with tears, my bowels are troubled, my liver is poured upon the earth, for the destruction of the daughter of my people; because the children and the sucklings swoon in the streets of the city.
12Â They say to their mothers, Where is corn and wine? when they swooned as the wounded in the streets of the city, when their soul was poured out into their mothers’ bosom.
13Â What thing shall I take to witness for thee? what thing shall I liken to thee, O daughter of Jerusalem? what shall I equal to thee, that I may comfort thee, O virgin daughter of Zion? for thy breach is great like the sea: who can heal thee?
14Â Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee: and they have not discovered thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity; but have seen for thee false burdens and causes of banishment.
15Â All that pass by clap their hands at thee; they hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying, Is this the city that men call The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth?
16Â All thine enemies have opened their mouth against thee: they hiss and gnash the teeth: they say, We have swallowed her up: certainly this is the day that we looked for; we have found, we have seen it.
17Â The Lord hath done that which he had devised; he hath fulfilled his word that he had commanded in the days of old: he hath thrown down, and hath not pitied: and he hath caused thine enemy to rejoice over thee, he hath set up the horn of thine adversaries.
18Â Their heart cried unto the Lord, O wall of the daughter of Zion, let tears run down like a river day and night: give thyself no rest; let not the apple of thine eye cease.
19Â Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out thine heart like water before the face of the Lord: lift up thy hands toward him for the life of thy young children, that faint for hunger in the top of every street.
20Â Behold, O Lord, and consider to whom thou hast done this. Shall the women eat their fruit, and children of a span long? shall the priest and the prophet be slain in the sanctuary of the Lord?
21Â The young and the old lie on the ground in the streets: my virgins and my young men are fallen by the sword; thou hast slain them in the day of thine anger; thou hast killed, and not pitied.
22Â Thou hast called as in a solemn day my terrors round about, so that in the day of the Lord‘s anger none escaped nor remained: those that I have swaddled and brought up hath mine enemy consumed.
3Â I Am the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath.
2Â He hath led me, and brought me into darkness, but not into light.
3Â Surely against me is he turned; he turneth his hand against me all the day.
4Â My flesh and my skin hath he made old; he hath broken my bones.
5Â He hath builded against me, and compassed me with gall and travail.
6Â He hath set me in dark places, as they that be dead of old.
7Â He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he hath made my chain heavy.
8Â Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out my prayer.
9Â He hath inclosed my ways with hewn stone, he hath made my paths crooked.
10Â He was unto me as a bear lying in wait, and as a lion in secret places.
11Â He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces: he hath made me desolate.
12Â He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow.
13Â He hath caused the arrows of his quiver to enter into my reins.
14Â I was a derision to all my people; and their song all the day.
15Â He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath made me drunken with wormwood.
16Â He hath also broken my teeth with gravel stones, he hath covered me with ashes.
17Â And thou hast removed my soul far off from peace: I forgat prosperity.
18Â And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the Lord:
19Â Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.
20Â My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me.
21Â This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.
22Â It is of the Lord‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
23Â They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
24Â The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
25Â The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
26Â It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.
27Â It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.
28Â He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him.
29Â He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope.
30Â He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him: he is filled full with reproach.
31Â For the Lord will not cast off for ever:
32Â But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.
33Â For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.
34Â To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the earth.
35Â To turn aside the right of a man before the face of the most High,
36Â To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord approveth not.
37Â Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?
38Â Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good?
39Â Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?
40Â Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord.
41Â Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.
42Â We have transgressed and have rebelled: thou hast not pardoned.
43Â Thou hast covered with anger, and persecuted us: thou hast slain, thou hast not pitied.
44Â Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through.
45Â Thou hast made us as the offscouring and refuse in the midst of the people.
46Â All our enemies have opened their mouths against us.
47Â Fear and a snare is come upon us, desolation and destruction.
48Â Mine eye runneth down with rivers of water for the destruction of the daughter of my people.
49Â Mine eye trickleth down, and ceaseth not, without any intermission.
50Â Till the Lord look down, and behold from heaven.
51Â Mine eye affecteth mine heart because of all the daughters of my city.
52Â Mine enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without cause.
53Â They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and cast a stone upon me.
54Â Waters flowed over mine head; then I said, I am cut off.
55Â I called upon thy name, O Lord, out of the low dungeon.
56Â Thou hast heard my voice: hide not thine ear at my breathing, at my cry.
57Â Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not.
58Â O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life.
59Â O Lord, thou hast seen my wrong: judge thou my cause.
60Â Thou hast seen all their vengeance and all their imaginations against me.
61Â Thou hast heard their reproach, O Lord, and all their imaginations against me;
62Â The lips of those that rose up against me, and their device against me all the day.
63Â Behold their sitting down, and their rising up; I am their musick.
64Â Render unto them a recompence, O Lord, according to the work of their hands.
65Â Give them sorrow of heart, thy curse unto them.
66Â Persecute and destroy them in anger from under the heavens of the Lord.