The Bible in Its Traditions

Jeremiah 27:1–22

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In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, came this word unto Jeremiah from YHWH, saying

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'Thus saith YHWH to me: Make thee bands and bars, and put them upon thy neck;

Thus said the Lord;

undefined  Make to thyself bonds and yokes, and put them about thy neck,

“Thus says the Lord to me: Make bands and chains for yourself. And you shall place them on your neck.

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and send them to the king of Edom, and to the king of Moab, and to the king of the children of Ammon, and to the king of Tyre, and to the king of Zidon, by the hand of the messengers that come to Jerusalem unto Zedekiah king of Judah;

Jer34:5  and thou shalt send them to the king of Idumea, and to the king of Moab, and to the king of the children of Ammon, and to the king of Tyre, and to the king of Sidon, by the hands of their messengers that come to meet them at Jerusalem to Sedekias king of Juda.

and give them a charge unto their masters, saying: Thus saith YHWH of hosts, the God of Israel: Thus shall ye say unto your masters

Jer34:6  And thou shalt commission them to say to their lords, Thus said the Lord God of Israel; Thus shall ye say to your lords;

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I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the face of the earth, by My great power and by My outstretched arm; and I give it unto whom it seemeth right unto Me.

Jer34:7  I have made the earth by my great power, and with my high arm, and I will give it to whomsoever it shall seem good in mine eyes.

I made the earth, and the men and beasts which are upon the face of the earth, by my great strength and by my outstretched arm. And I have given it to whomever it was pleasing in my eyes.

And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, My servant; and the beasts of the field also have I given him to serve him.

Jer34:8  I gave the earth to Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon to serve him, and the wild beasts of the field to labour for him.

And now, therefore, I have given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, my servant. Moreover, I have given to him also the beasts of the field, so that they may serve him.

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And all the nations shall serve him, and his son, and his son's son, until the time of his own land come; and then many nations and great kings shall make him their bondman.

And all nations shall serve him and his son and his son's son, until the very time of his land shall come; many nations and great kings shall serve him.

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And it shall come to pass, that the nation and the kingdom which will not serve the same Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and that will not put their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, that nation will I visit, saith YHWH, with the sword, and with the famine, and with the pestilence, until I have consumed them by his hand.

Jer34:10  And the nation and kingdom, all that shall not put their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, with sword and famine will I visit them, saith the Lord, until they are consumed by his hand.

But the nation or kingdom that will not serve Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, and whoever will not bend his neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, I will visit upon that nation with the sword, and with famine, and with pestilence, says the Lord, until I consume them by his hand.

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But as for you, hearken ye not to your prophets, nor to your diviners, nor to your dreams, nor to your soothsayers, nor to your sorcerers, that speak unto you, saying: Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon;

Jer34:11  And hearken ye not to your false prophets, nor to them that divine to you, nor to them that foretell events by dreams to you, nor to your auguries, nor your sorcerers, that say, Ye shall by no means work for the king of Babylon

Therefore, you should not choose to listen to your own prophets, and diviners, and dreamers, and soothsayers, and sorcerers, who say to you: ‘You shall not serve the king of Babylon.’

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10  for they prophesy a lie unto you, to remove you far from your land; and that I should drive you out and ye should perish.

Jer34:12  for they prophesy lies to you, to remove you far from your land.

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11  But the nation that shall bring their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and serve him, that nation will I let remain in their own land, saith YHWH; and they shall till it, and dwell therein.'

Jer34:13  But the nation which shall put its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and serve him, I will even leave it upon its land, and it shall serve him, and dwell in it.

11  Furthermore, the nation which will bend its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and which will serve him, I will permit them to remain in their own land, says the Lord. And they will cultivate it, and they will live in it.”

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12  And I spoke to Zedekiah king of Judah according to all these words, saying: 'Bring your necks under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and serve him and his people, and live.

Jer34:14  I spoke also to Sedekias king of Juda according to all these words, saying, Put your neck into the yoke, and serve the king of Babylon.

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13  Why will ye die, thou and thy people, by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, as YHWH hath spoken concerning the nation that will not serve the king of Babylon?

13  Why should you suffer death, you and your people, by the sword, and famine, and pestilence, just as the Lord has spoken against any nation that refuses to serve the king of Babylon?

13  So that you may not die, you and your people, by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence, according to that which the LORD has spoken against the nation that will not serve the king of Babylon.

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14  And hearken not unto the words of the prophets that speak unto you, saying: Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon, for they prophesy a lie unto you.

Jer34:16  For they prophesy unrighteous words to you,

14  Do not choose to listen to the words of the prophets, saying to you: ‘You will not serve the king of Babylon.’ For they are speaking a lie to you.

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15  For I have not sent them, saith YHWH, and they prophesy falsely in My name; that I might drive you out, and that ye might perish, ye, and the prophets that prophesy unto you.'

Jer34:17  for I sent them not, saith the Lord; and they prophesy in my name unjustly, that I might destroy you, and ye should perish, and your prophets, who unrighteously prophesy lies to you.

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16  Also I spoke to the priests and to all this people, saying: 'Thus saith YHWH: Hearken not to the words of your prophets that prophesy unto you, saying: Behold, the vessels of the YHWH'S house shall now shortly be brought back from Babylon; for they prophesy a lie unto you.

Jer34:18  I spoke to you, and to all this people, and to the priests, saying, Thus said the Lord; Hearken not to the words of the prophets that prophesy to you, saying, Behold, the vessels of the Lord’s house shall return from Babylon: for they prophesy to you unrighteous words.

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17  Hearken not unto them; serve the king of Babylon, and live; wherefore should this city become desolate?

Jer34:19  I sent them not.

17  Therefore, do not choose to listen to them, but instead, serve the king of Babylon, so that you may live. Why should this city be given over into desolation?

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18  But if they be prophets, and if the word of YHWH be with them, let them now make intercession to the YHWH of hosts, that the vessels which are left in the house of the LORD, and in the house of the king of Judah, and at Jerusalem, go not to Babylon.

Jer34:20  If they are prophets, and if the word of the Lord is in them, let them meet me, for thus has the Lord said.

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19  For thus saith YHWH of hosts concerning the pillars, and concerning the sea, and concerning the bases, and concerning the residue of the vessels that remain in this city,

Jer34:21  And as for the remaining vessels,

19  For thus says the Lord of hosts to the pillars, and to the sea of brass, and to the bases, and to the remainder of the vessels that have been left behind in this city,

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20  which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took not, when he carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, from Jerusalem to Babylon, and all the nobles of Judah and Jerusalem;

Jer34:22  which the king of Babylon took not, when he carried Jechonias prisoner out of Jerusalem,

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21  yea, thus saith YHWH of hosts, the God of Israel, concerning the vessels that remain in the house of the YHWH, and in the house of the king of Judah, and at Jerusalem

21  For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to the vessels that were left behind in the house of the Lord and in the house of the king of Judah and Jerusalem

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22  They shall be carried to Babylon, and there shall they be, until the day that I remember them, saith YHWH, and bring them up, and restore them to this place.'

Jer34:24  they shall go into Babylon, saith the Lord.

22  They shall be carried away to Babylon, and there they shall be, until the day of their visitation, says the Lord. And then I will cause them to be carried back, and to be restored to this place.