44 1The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the Jews that dwelt
in the land of Egypt, that dwelt at Migdol, and at Tahpanhes, and at Memphis,
and in the country of Pathros, saying,
2Thus saith Jehovah 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 serve other gods, that they knew not, neither they,
nor ye, nor your fathers.
4Howbeit I sent unto you all my servants the
prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, Oh, do not this
abominable thing that I hate.
5But they hearkened not, nor inclined their
ear to turn from their wickedness, to burn no incense unto other gods.
6Wherefore my wrath 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 it is this day.
7Therefore now thus saith Jehovah, the God
of hosts, the God of Israel: Wherefore commit ye this great evil
against your own souls, to cut off from you man and woman, infant and
suckling, out of the midst of Judah, to leave you none remaining;
that ye provoke me unto anger with the works of your hands, burning incense
unto other gods in the land of Egypt, whither ye are gone to sojourn; that ye
may be cut off, and that ye may be a curse and a reproach among all the
nations of the earth?
9Have ye forgotten the wickedness 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
committed in the land of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem?
are not humbled even unto this day, neither have they feared, nor walked in
my law, nor in my statutes, that I set before you and before your fathers.
11Therefore thus saith Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I
will set my face against you for evil, even to cut off all Judah.
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; in the land of
Egypt shall they fall; they shall 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.
13For I will punish them that dwell in the land
of Egypt, as I have punished Jerusalem, by the sword, by the famine, and by
14so that none of the remnant of Judah, that are gone
into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall escape or be left, to return
into the land of Judah, to which they have a desire to return to dwell there:
for none shall return save such as shall escape.
15Then all the men who
knew that their wives burned incense unto other gods, and all the women that
stood by, a great assembly, even all the people that dwelt in the land of
Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying,
16As for the word that thou
hast spoken unto us in the name of Jehovah, we will not hearken unto thee.
17But we will certainly perform every word that is gone forth out of our
mouth, to burn incense unto the queen 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.
since we left off burning incense to the queen of heaven, and pouring out
drink-offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed
by the sword and by the famine.
19And 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 husbands?
20Then Jeremiah said unto all the people, to the men, and to the women,
even to all the people that had given him that answer, saying,
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 Jehovah remember them, and came it not into his mind?
22so that Jehovah could not longer bear, because of the evil of your
doings, and because of the abominations which ye have committed; therefore is
your land become a desolation, and an astonishment, and a curse, without
inhabitant, as it is this day.
23Because ye have burned incense, and
because ye have sinned against Jehovah, and have not obeyed the voice of
Jehovah, nor walked in his law, nor in his statutes, nor in his testimonies;
therefore this evil is happened unto you, as it is this day.
Jeremiah said unto all the people, and to all the women, Hear the word of
Jehovah, all Judah that are in the land of Egypt:
25Thus saith Jehovah of
hosts, the God of Israel, saying, Ye and your wives have both spoken with
your mouths, and with your hands have fulfilled it, saying, We will surely
perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn incense to the queen of heaven,
and to pour out drink-offerings unto her: establish then your vows, and
perform your vows.
26Therefore hear ye the word of Jehovah, all Judah
that dwell in the land of Egypt: Behold, I have sworn by my great name, saith
Jehovah, that my name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of Judah
in all the land of Egypt, saying, As the Lord Jehovah liveth.
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.
28And they that escape the sword shall return
out of the land of Egypt into the land of Judah, few in number; and all the
remnant of Judah, that are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there,
shall know whose word shall stand, mine, or theirs.
29And this shall be
the sign unto you, saith Jehovah, that I will punish you in this place, that
ye may know that my words shall surely stand against you for evil:
saith Jehovah, Behold, I will give Pharaoh Hophra king of Egypt into the hand
of his enemies, and into the hand of them that seek his life; as I gave
Zedekiah king of Judah into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, who
was his enemy, and sought his life.