The Bible in Its Traditions

Jeremiah 21:11–22:9

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11  And unto the house of the king of Judah: Hear ye the word of YHWH;

11  And concerning the house of the king of Judah, say, Hear the word of the LORD, O house of David; thus says the LORD

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12  O house of David, thus saith YHWH: Execute justice in the morning, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor, lest My fury go forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.

12  O house of David! Thus says the Lord: Judge with judgment from early morning, and rescue anyone who is oppressed by violence from the hand of a false accuser. Otherwise, my indignation may go forth like a fire, and may flare up, and there will be no one who can extinguish it, because of the evil of your intentions.

12  Execute justice in the morning, and deliver him who is oppressed from the hand of the oppressor, lest my fury go out like fire and burn so that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.

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13  Behold, I am against thee, O inhabitant of the valley, and rock of the plain, saith YHWH; ye that say: 'Who shall come down against us? or who shall enter into our habitations?'

13  Behold, I am against you, O inhabitants of a valley with firm and level ground, says the Lord. And you say: ‘Who can strike us? And who can enter into our houses?’

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14  And I will punish you according to the fruit of your doings, saith YHWH; and I will kindle a fire in her forest, and it shall devour all that is round about her.

14  And I will kindle a fire in the forest thereof, and it shall devour all things round about it.

14  But I will visit against you according to the fruit of your intentions, says the Lord. And I will kindle a fire in its forest. And it shall devour everything around it.”

22:1  Thus said YHWH: Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and speak there this word,

Thus saith the Lord; Go thou, and go down to the house of the king of Juda, and thou shalt speak there this word,

Thus says the Lord: “Descend to the house of the king of Judah, and there you shall speak this word.

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22:2  and say: Hear the word of YHWH, O king of Judah, that sittest upon the throne of David, thou, and thy servants, and thy people that enter in by these gates.

Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, who sits on the throne of David, you and your servants and your people who enter by these gates;

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22:3  Thus saith YHWH: Execute ye justice and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor; and do no wrong, do no violence, to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place.

thus saith the Lord; Execute ye judgement and justice, and rescue the spoiled out of the hand of him that wrongs him: and oppress not the stranger, and orphan, and widow, and sin not, and shed no innocent blood in this place.

Thus says the Lord: Exercise judgment and justice, and free anyone who is oppressed by violence from the hand of a false accuser. And do not be willing to sadden the new arrival, or the orphan, or the widow, nor should you burden them unfairly. And you shall not shed innocent blood in this place.

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22:4  For if ye do this thing indeed, then shall there enter in by the gates of this house kings sitting upon the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, he, and his servants, and his people.

For if you will indeed accomplish this word, then there will enter through the gates of this house kings from the stock of David, sitting on his throne, and riding on chariots and on horses: they, and their servants, and their people.

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22:5  But if ye will not hear these words, I swear by Myself, saith YHWH, that this house shall become a desolation.

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22:6  For thus saith YHWH concerning the house of the king of Judah: Thou art Gilead unto Me, the head of Lebanon; yet surely I will make thee a wilderness, cities which are not inhabited.

For thus says the LORD concerning the house of the king of Judah: You are like Gilead, like the head of Lebanon; but I will surely make you a desert, like an uninhabited city.

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22:7  And I will prepare destroyers against thee, every one with his weapons; and they shall cut down thy choice cedars, and cast them into the fire.

and I will bring upon thee a destroying man, and his axe: and they shall cut down thy choice cedars, and cast them into the fire.

And I will sanctify over you the destroying man and his weapons. And they will cut down your select cedars and throw them violently into the fire.

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22:8  And many nations shall pass by this city, and they shall say every man to his neighbour: 'Wherefore hath YHWH done thus unto this great city?'

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22:9  Then they shall answer: 'Because they forsook the covenant of YHWH their God, and worshipped other gods, and served them.'

And they will answer: ‘It is because they abandoned the covenant of the Lord their God, and they adored strange gods and served them.’