The Bible in Its Traditions

Jeremiah 25:1–13

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The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, that was the first year of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon;

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which Jeremiah the prophet spoke unto all the people of Judah, and to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying

which he spoke to all the people of Juda, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying,

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From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, even unto this day, these three and twenty years, the word of YHWH hath come unto me, and I have spoken unto you, speaking betimes and often; but ye have not hearkened.

In the thirteenth year of Josias, son of Amos, king of Juda, even until this day for three and twenty years, I have both spoken to you, rising early and speaking,

“From the thirteenth year of Josiah, the son of Amon, the king of Judah, even until this day, which is the twenty-third year, the word of the Lord has been given to me, and I have spoken to you, rising while it was still night, and speaking, and yet you have not listened.

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And YHWH hath sent unto you all His servants the prophets, sending them betimes and often--but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear to hear--

and I sent to you my servants the prophets, sending them early; (but ye hearkened not, and listened not with your ears;) saying,

And the Lord has sent to you all his servants, the prophets, rising at first light, and sending, and yet you have not listened, and you have not inclined your ears, so that you would hear,

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saying: 'Return ye now every one from his evil way, and from the evil of your doings, and dwell in the land that YHWH hath given unto you and to your fathers, for ever and ever;

Turn ye every one from his evil way, and from your evil practices, and ye shall dwell in the land which I gave to you and your fathers, of old and for ever.

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and go not after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, and provoke Me not with the work of your hands, and I will do you no hurt.'

And do not choose to go after strange gods, so that you would serve them and adore them. And do not provoke me to wrath by the works of your hands. And then I will not afflict you.

And do not go after other gods to serve them and to worship them, and do not provoke me to anger with the works of your hands; that I may not hurt you.

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Yet ye have not hearkened unto Me, saith YHWH; that ye might provoke Me with the work of your hands to your own hurt.

But ye hearkened not to me.

And yet you have not listened to me, says the Lord, and so you have provoked me to anger with the works of your hands, to your own harm.”

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Therefore thus saith YHWH of hosts: Because ye have not heard My words,

Because of this, thus says the Lord of hosts: “Since you have not listened to my words,

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behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, saith YHWH, and I will send unto Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, My servant, and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about; and I will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, and a hissing, and perpetual desolations.

behold I will send and take a family from the north, and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants of it, and against all the nations round about it, and I will make them utterly waste, and make them a desolation, and a hissing, and an everlasting reproach.

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10  Moreover I will cause to cease from among them the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the lamp.

10  And I will destroy from among them the voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the scent of ointment, and the light of a candle.

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11  And this whole land shall be a desolation, and a waste; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.

11  And all the land shall be a desolation; and they shall serve among the Gentiles seventy years.

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12  And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith YHWH, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans; and I will make it perpetual desolations.

12  And when the seventy years are fulfilled, I will take vengeance on that nation, and will make them a perpetual desolation.

12  And when the seventy years have been completed, I will visit their iniquity upon the king of Babylon, and upon that nation, and upon the land of the Chaldeans, says the Lord. And I will set it in continual desolations.

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13  And I will bring upon that land all My words which I have pronounced against it, even all that is written in this book, which Jeremiah hath prophesied against all the nations.