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Your fathers hearkened not unto Me – Neviim 18

Jeremiah 27-39

  1. I give it unto whom it seemeth right unto Me. 27.5
  2. The prophet that prophesieth of peace, 28.9
  3. Neither hearken ye to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed. 29.8
  4. I will turn the captivity of My people Israel and Judah, 30.3
  5. Again will I build thee, and thou shalt be built, 31.3
  6. Houses and fields and vineyards shall yet again be bought in this land. 32.15
  7. At that time, will I cause a shoot of righteousness to grow up unto David; 33.15
  8. But your fathers hearkened not unto Me, 34.14
  9. I have sent also unto you all My servants the prophets, sending them betimes 35.15
  10. Baruch wrote from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the LORD, 36.4
  11. Where now are your prophets that prophesied unto you, 37.19
  12. Jeremiah abode in the court of the guard until the day that Jerusalem was taken. 38.28
  13. The Chaldeans burned the king’s house, and the house of the people, 39.8

Chapter 27

א  בְּרֵאשִׁית, מַמְלֶכֶת יְהוֹיָקִם בֶּן-יֹאושִׁיָּהוּ–מֶלֶךְ יְהוּדָה:  הָיָה הַדָּבָר הַזֶּה, אֶל-יִרְמְיָה, מֵאֵת יְהוָה, לֵאמֹר. 1

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

ב  כֹּה-אָמַר יְהוָה, אֵלַי, עֲשֵׂה לְךָ, מוֹסֵרוֹת וּמֹטוֹת; וּנְתַתָּם, עַל-צַוָּארֶךָ. 2

‘Thus saith the LORD to me:

Make thee bands and bars, and put them upon thy neck;

ג  וְשִׁלַּחְתָּם אֶל-מֶלֶךְ אֱדוֹם וְאֶל-מֶלֶךְ מוֹאָב, וְאֶל-מֶלֶךְ בְּנֵי עַמּוֹן, וְאֶל-מֶלֶךְ צֹר, וְאֶל-מֶלֶךְ צִידוֹן–בְּיַד מַלְאָכִים הַבָּאִים יְרוּשָׁלִַם, אֶל-צִדְקִיָּהוּ מֶלֶךְ יְהוּדָה. 3

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;

ד  וְצִוִּיתָ אֹתָם, אֶל-אֲדֹנֵיהֶם לֵאמֹר:  כֹּה-אָמַר יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת, אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, כֹּה תֹאמְרוּ, אֶל-אֲדֹנֵיכֶם. 4

and give them a charge unto their masters, saying:

Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel:

Thus shall ye say unto your masters:

ה  אָנֹכִי עָשִׂיתִי אֶת-הָאָרֶץ, אֶת-הָאָדָם וְאֶת-הַבְּהֵמָה אֲשֶׁר עַל-פְּנֵי הָאָרֶץ, בְּכֹחִי הַגָּדוֹל, וּבִזְרוֹעִי הַנְּטוּיָה; וּנְתַתִּיהָ, לַאֲשֶׁר יָשַׁר בְּעֵינָי. 5

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.

ו  וְעַתָּה, אָנֹכִי נָתַתִּי אֶת-כָּל-הָאֲרָצוֹת הָאֵלֶּה, בְּיַד נְבוּכַדְנֶאצַּר מֶלֶךְ-בָּבֶל, עַבְדִּי; וְגַם אֶת-חַיַּת הַשָּׂדֶה, נָתַתִּי לוֹ לְעָבְדוֹ. 6

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.

ז  וְעָבְדוּ אֹתוֹ כָּל-הַגּוֹיִם, וְאֶת-בְּנוֹ וְאֶת-בֶּן-בְּנוֹ–עַד בֹּא-עֵת אַרְצוֹ, גַּם-הוּא, וְעָבְדוּ בוֹ גּוֹיִם רַבִּים, וּמְלָכִים גְּדֹלִים. 7 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.

ח  וְהָיָה הַגּוֹי וְהַמַּמְלָכָה, אֲשֶׁר לֹא-יַעַבְדוּ אֹתוֹ אֶת-נְבוּכַדְנֶאצַּר מֶלֶךְ-בָּבֶל, וְאֵת אֲשֶׁר לֹא-יִתֵּן אֶת-צַוָּארוֹ, בְּעֹל מֶלֶךְ בָּבֶל–בַּחֶרֶב וּבָרָעָב וּבַדֶּבֶר אֶפְקֹד עַל-הַגּוֹי הַהוּא, נְאֻם-יְהוָה, עַד-תֻּמִּי אֹתָם, בְּיָדוֹ. 8

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 the LORD, with the sword, and with the famine, and with the pestilence, until I have consumed them by his hand.

ט  וְאַתֶּם אַל-תִּשְׁמְעוּ אֶל-נְבִיאֵיכֶם וְאֶל-קֹסְמֵיכֶם, וְאֶל חֲלֹמֹתֵיכֶם, וְאֶל-עֹנְנֵיכֶם, וְאֶל-כַּשָּׁפֵיכֶם–אֲשֶׁר-הֵם אֹמְרִים אֲלֵיכֶם, לֵאמֹר, לֹא תַעַבְדוּ, אֶת-מֶלֶךְ בָּבֶל. 9

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;

י  כִּי שֶׁקֶר, הֵם נִבְּאִים לָכֶם, לְמַעַן הַרְחִיק אֶתְכֶם מֵעַל אַדְמַתְכֶם, וְהִדַּחְתִּי אֶתְכֶם וַאֲבַדְתֶּם. 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.

יא  וְהַגּוֹי, אֲשֶׁר יָבִיא אֶת-צַוָּארוֹ בְּעֹל מֶלֶךְ-בָּבֶל–וַעֲבָדוֹ:  וְהִנַּחְתִּיו עַל-אַדְמָתוֹ נְאֻם-יְהוָה, וַעֲבָדָהּ וְיָשַׁב בָּהּ. 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 the LORD; and they shall till it, and dwell therein.’

יב  וְאֶל-צִדְקִיָּה מֶלֶךְ-יְהוּדָה דִּבַּרְתִּי, כְּכָל-הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה לֵאמֹר:  הָבִיאוּ אֶת-צַוְּארֵיכֶם בְּעֹל מֶלֶךְ-בָּבֶל, וְעִבְדוּ אֹתוֹ וְעַמּוֹ–וִחְיוּ. 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.

יג  לָמָּה תָמוּתוּ אַתָּה וְעַמֶּךָ, בַּחֶרֶב בָּרָעָב וּבַדָּבֶר–כַּאֲשֶׁר, דִּבֶּר יְהוָה, אֶל-הַגּוֹי, אֲשֶׁר לֹא-יַעֲבֹד אֶת-מֶלֶךְ בָּבֶל. 13 Why will ye die, thou and thy people, by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, as the LORD hath spoken concerning the nation that will not serve the king of Babylon?

יד  וְאַל-תִּשְׁמְעוּ אֶל-דִּבְרֵי הַנְּבִאִים, הָאֹמְרִים אֲלֵיכֶם לֵאמֹר, לֹא תַעַבְדוּ, אֶת-מֶלֶךְ בָּבֶל:  כִּי שֶׁקֶר, הֵם נִבְּאִים לָכֶם. 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.

טו  כִּי לֹא שְׁלַחְתִּים נְאֻם-יְהוָה, וְהֵם נִבְּאִים בִּשְׁמִי לַשָּׁקֶר:  לְמַעַן הַדִּיחִי אֶתְכֶם, וַאֲבַדְתֶּם–אַתֶּם, וְהַנְּבִאִים הַנִּבְּאִים לָכֶם. 15

For I have not sent them, saith the LORD, 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.’

טז  וְאֶל-הַכֹּהֲנִים וְאֶל-כָּל-הָעָם הַזֶּה דִּבַּרְתִּי לֵאמֹר, כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה, אַל-תִּשְׁמְעוּ אֶל-דִּבְרֵי נְבִיאֵיכֶם הַנִּבְּאִים לָכֶם לֵאמֹר, הִנֵּה כְלֵי בֵית-יְהוָה מוּשָׁבִים מִבָּבֶלָה עַתָּה מְהֵרָה:  כִּי שֶׁקֶר, הֵמָּה נִבְּאִים לָכֶם. 16

Also I spoke to the priests and to all this people, saying:

‘Thus saith the LORD:

Hearken not to the words of your prophets that prophesy unto you, saying:

Behold, the vessels of the LORD’S house shall now shortly be brought back from Babylon; for they prophesy a lie unto you.

יז  אַל-תִּשְׁמְעוּ אֲלֵיהֶם, עִבְדוּ אֶת-מֶלֶךְ-בָּבֶל וִחְיוּ:  לָמָּה תִהְיֶה הָעִיר הַזֹּאת, חָרְבָּה. 17

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

יח  וְאִם-נְבִאִים הֵם, וְאִם-יֵשׁ דְּבַר-יְהוָה אִתָּם–יִפְגְּעוּ-נָא, בַּיהוָה צְבָאוֹת, לְבִלְתִּי-בֹאוּ הַכֵּלִים הַנּוֹתָרִים בְּבֵית-יְהוָה וּבֵית מֶלֶךְ יְהוּדָה וּבִירוּשָׁלִַם, בָּבֶלָה. 18

But if they be prophets, and if the word of the LORD be with them, let them now make intercession to the LORD 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.

יט  כִּי כֹה אָמַר, יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת, אֶל-הָעַמֻּדִים, וְעַל-הַיָּם וְעַל-הַמְּכֹנוֹת–וְעַל יֶתֶר הַכֵּלִים, הַנּוֹתָרִים בָּעִיר הַזֹּאת. 19 For thus saith the LORD 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,

כ  אֲשֶׁר לֹא-לְקָחָם, נְבוּכַדְנֶאצַּר מֶלֶךְ בָּבֶל, בַּגְלוֹתוֹ אֶת-יכוניה (יְכָנְיָה) בֶן-יְהוֹיָקִים מֶלֶךְ-יְהוּדָה מִירוּשָׁלִַם, בָּבֶלָה; וְאֵת כָּל-חֹרֵי יְהוּדָה, וִירוּשָׁלִָם. 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;

כא  כִּי כֹה אָמַר יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת, אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל–עַל-הַכֵּלִים, הַנּוֹתָרִים בֵּית יְהוָה, וּבֵית מֶלֶךְ-יְהוּדָה, וִירוּשָׁלִָם. 21

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

כב  בָּבֶלָה יוּבָאוּ, וְשָׁמָּה יִהְיוּ–עַד יוֹם פָּקְדִי אֹתָם, נְאֻם-יְהוָה, וְהַעֲלִיתִים וַהֲשִׁיבֹתִים, אֶל-הַמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה.  {פ} 22 They shall be carried to Babylon, and there shall they be, until the day that I remember them, saith the LORD, and bring them up, and restore them to this place.’ {P}

Chapter 28

א  וַיְהִי בַּשָּׁנָה הַהִיא, בְּרֵאשִׁית מַמְלֶכֶת צִדְקִיָּה מֶלֶךְ-יְהוּדָה, בשנת (בַּשָּׁנָה) הָרְבִעִית, בַּחֹדֶשׁ הַחֲמִישִׁי; אָמַר אֵלַי חֲנַנְיָה בֶן-עַזּוּר הַנָּבִיא אֲשֶׁר מִגִּבְעוֹן, בְּבֵית יְהוָה, לְעֵינֵי הַכֹּהֲנִים וְכָל-הָעָם, לֵאמֹר. 1

And it came to pass the same year, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the fourth year, in the fifth month, that Hananiah the son of Azzur the prophet, who was of Gibeon, spoke unto me in the house of the LORD, in the presence of the priests and of all the people, saying:

ב  כֹּה-אָמַר יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת, אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל–לֵאמֹר:  שָׁבַרְתִּי, אֶת-עֹל מֶלֶךְ בָּבֶל. 2

‘Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying:

I have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon.

ג  בְּעוֹד שְׁנָתַיִם יָמִים, אֲנִי מֵשִׁיב אֶל-הַמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה, אֶת-כָּל-כְּלֵי, בֵּית יְהוָה–אֲשֶׁר לָקַח נְבוּכַדְנֶאצַּר מֶלֶךְ-בָּבֶל, מִן-הַמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה, וַיְבִיאֵם, בָּבֶל. 3

Within two full years will I bring back into this place all the vessels of the LORD’S house, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took away from this place, and carried them to Babylon;

ד  וְאֶת-יְכָנְיָה בֶן-יְהוֹיָקִים מֶלֶךְ-יְהוּדָה וְאֶת-כָּל-גָּלוּת יְהוּדָה הַבָּאִים בָּבֶלָה, אֲנִי מֵשִׁיב אֶל-הַמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה–נְאֻם-יְהוָה:  כִּי אֶשְׁבֹּר, אֶת-עֹל מֶלֶךְ בָּבֶל. 4

and I will bring back to this place Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, with all the captives of Judah, that went to Babylon, saith the LORD; for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.’

ה  וַיֹּאמֶר יִרְמְיָה הַנָּבִיא, אֶל-חֲנַנְיָה הַנָּבִיא, לְעֵינֵי הַכֹּהֲנִים וּלְעֵינֵי כָל-הָעָם, הָעֹמְדִים בְּבֵית יְהוָה. 5

Then the prophet Jeremiah said unto the prophet Hananiah in the presence of the priests, and in the presence of all the people that stood in the house of the LORD,

ו  וַיֹּאמֶר, יִרְמְיָה הַנָּבִיא, אָמֵן, כֵּן יַעֲשֶׂה יְהוָה; יָקֵם יְהוָה, אֶת-דְּבָרֶיךָ, אֲשֶׁר נִבֵּאתָ לְהָשִׁיב כְּלֵי בֵית-יְהוָה וְכָל-הַגּוֹלָה, מִבָּבֶל אֶל-הַמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה. 6

even the prophet Jeremiah said:

‘Amen! the LORD do so! the LORD perform thy words which thou hast prophesied, to bring back the vessels of the LORD’S house, and all them that are carried away captive, from Babylon unto this place!

ז  אַךְ-שְׁמַע-נָא הַדָּבָר הַזֶּה, אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי דֹּבֵר בְּאָזְנֶיךָ, וּבְאָזְנֵי, כָּל-הָעָם. 7

Nevertheless hear thou now this word that I speak in thine ears, and in the ears of all the people:

ח  הַנְּבִיאִים, אֲשֶׁר הָיוּ לְפָנַי וּלְפָנֶיךָ–מִן-הָעוֹלָם:  וַיִּנָּבְאוּ אֶל-אֲרָצוֹת רַבּוֹת, וְעַל-מַמְלָכוֹת גְּדֹלוֹת, לְמִלְחָמָה, וּלְרָעָה וּלְדָבֶר. 8

The prophets that have been before me and before thee of old prophesied against many countries, and against great kingdoms, of war, and of evil, and of pestilence.

ט  הַנָּבִיא, אֲשֶׁר יִנָּבֵא לְשָׁלוֹם–בְּבֹא, דְּבַר הַנָּבִיא, יִוָּדַע הַנָּבִיא, אֲשֶׁר-שְׁלָחוֹ יְהוָה בֶּאֱמֶת. 9

The prophet that prophesieth of peace, when the word of the prophet shall come to pass, then shall the prophet be known, that the LORD hath truly sent him.’

י  וַיִּקַּח חֲנַנְיָה הַנָּבִיא, אֶת-הַמּוֹטָה, מֵעַל, צַוַּאר יִרְמְיָה הַנָּבִיא; וַיִּשְׁבְּרֵהוּ. 10

Then Hananiah the prophet took the bar from off the prophet Jeremiah’s neck, and broke it.

יא  וַיֹּאמֶר חֲנַנְיָה לְעֵינֵי כָל-הָעָם לֵאמֹר, כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה, כָּכָה אֶשְׁבֹּר אֶת-עֹל נְבֻכַדְנֶאצַּר מֶלֶךְ-בָּבֶל בְּעוֹד שְׁנָתַיִם יָמִים, מֵעַל צַוַּאר כָּל-הַגּוֹיִם; וַיֵּלֶךְ יִרְמְיָה הַנָּבִיא, לְדַרְכּוֹ.  {פ} 11

And Hananiah spoke in the presence of all the people, saying:

‘Thus saith the LORD:

Even so will I break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon from off the neck of all the nations within two full years.’

And the prophet Jeremiah went his way. {P}

יב  וַיְהִי דְבַר-יְהוָה, אֶל-יִרְמְיָה:  אַחֲרֵי שְׁבוֹר חֲנַנְיָה הַנָּבִיא, אֶת-הַמּוֹטָה, מֵעַל צַוַּאר יִרְמְיָה הַנָּבִיא, לֵאמֹר. 12

Then the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah, after that Hananiah the prophet had broken the bar from off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah, saying:

יג  הָלוֹךְ וְאָמַרְתָּ אֶל-חֲנַנְיָה לֵאמֹר, כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה, מוֹטֹת עֵץ, שָׁבָרְתָּ; וְעָשִׂיתָ תַחְתֵּיהֶן, מֹטוֹת בַּרְזֶל. 13

‘Go, and tell Hananiah, saying:

Thus saith the LORD:

Thou hast broken the bars of wood; but thou shalt make in their stead bars of iron.

יד  כִּי כֹה-אָמַר יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, עֹל בַּרְזֶל נָתַתִּי עַל-צַוַּאר כָּל-הַגּוֹיִם הָאֵלֶּה לַעֲבֹד אֶת-נְבֻכַדְנֶאצַּר מֶלֶךְ-בָּבֶל–וַעֲבָדֻהוּ; וְגַם אֶת-חַיַּת הַשָּׂדֶה, נָתַתִּי לוֹ. 14

For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel:

I have put a yoke of iron upon the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they shall serve him; and I have given him the beasts of the field also.’

טו  וַיֹּאמֶר יִרְמְיָה הַנָּבִיא אֶל-חֲנַנְיָה הַנָּבִיא, שְׁמַע-נָא חֲנַנְיָה:  לֹא-שְׁלָחֲךָ יְהוָה–וְאַתָּה הִבְטַחְתָּ אֶת-הָעָם הַזֶּה, עַל-שָׁקֶר. 15

Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet:

‘Hear now, Hananiah; the LORD hath not sent thee; but thou makest this people to trust in a lie.

טז  לָכֵן, כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה, הִנְנִי מְשַׁלֵּחֲךָ, מֵעַל פְּנֵי הָאֲדָמָה; הַשָּׁנָה אַתָּה מֵת, כִּי-סָרָה דִבַּרְתָּ אֶל-יְהוָה. 16

‘Therefore thus saith the LORD:

Behold, I will send thee away from off the face of the earth; this year thou shalt die, because thou hast spoken perversion against the LORD.’

יז  וַיָּמָת חֲנַנְיָה הַנָּבִיא, בַּשָּׁנָה הַהִיא, בַּחֹדֶשׁ, הַשְּׁבִיעִי.  {פ} 17

So Hananiah the prophet died the same year in the seventh month. {P}

Chapter 29

א  וְאֵלֶּה דִּבְרֵי הַסֵּפֶר, אֲשֶׁר שָׁלַח יִרְמְיָה הַנָּבִיא מִירוּשָׁלִָם–אֶל-יֶתֶר זִקְנֵי הַגּוֹלָה, וְאֶל-הַכֹּהֲנִים וְאֶל-הַנְּבִיאִים וְאֶל-כָּל-הָעָם, אֲשֶׁר הֶגְלָה נְבוּכַדְנֶאצַּר מִירוּשָׁלִַם, בָּבֶלָה. 1

Now these are the words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem unto the residue of the elders of the captivity, and to the priests, and to the prophets, and to all the people, whom Nebuchadnezzar had carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon,

ב  אַחֲרֵי צֵאת יְכָנְיָה-הַמֶּלֶךְ וְהַגְּבִירָה וְהַסָּרִיסִים שָׂרֵי יְהוּדָה וִירוּשָׁלִַם, וְהֶחָרָשׁ וְהַמַּסְגֵּר–מִירוּשָׁלִָם. 2

after that Jeconiah the king, and the queen-mother, and the officers, and the princes of Judah and Jerusalem, and the craftsmen, and the smiths, were departed from Jerusalem;

ג  בְּיַד אֶלְעָשָׂה בֶן-שָׁפָן, וּגְמַרְיָה בֶּן-חִלְקִיָּה:  אֲשֶׁר שָׁלַח צִדְקִיָּה מֶלֶךְ-יְהוּדָה, אֶל-נְבוּכַדְנֶאצַּר מֶלֶךְ בָּבֶל–בָּבֶלָה לֵאמֹר. 3 by the hand of Elasah the son of Shaphan, and Gemariah the son of Hilkiah, whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent unto Babylon to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, saying:

ד  כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת, אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל:  לְכָל-הַגּוֹלָה–אֲשֶׁר-הִגְלֵיתִי מִירוּשָׁלִַם, בָּבֶלָה. 4

Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all the captivity, whom I have caused to be carried away captive from Jerusalem unto Babylon:

ה  בְּנוּ בָתִּים, וְשֵׁבוּ; וְנִטְעוּ גַנּוֹת, וְאִכְלוּ אֶת-פִּרְיָן. 5

Build ye houses, and dwell in them, and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them;

ו  קְחוּ נָשִׁים, וְהוֹלִידוּ בָּנִים וּבָנוֹת, וּקְחוּ לִבְנֵיכֶם נָשִׁים וְאֶת-בְּנוֹתֵיכֶם תְּנוּ לַאֲנָשִׁים, וְתֵלַדְנָה בָּנִים וּבָנוֹת; וּרְבוּ-שָׁם, וְאַל-תִּמְעָטוּ. 6

take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; and multiply ye there, and be not diminished.

ז  וְדִרְשׁוּ אֶת-שְׁלוֹם הָעִיר, אֲשֶׁר הִגְלֵיתִי אֶתְכֶם שָׁמָּה, וְהִתְפַּלְלוּ בַעֲדָהּ, אֶל-יְהוָה:  כִּי בִשְׁלוֹמָהּ, יִהְיֶה לָכֶם שָׁלוֹם. 7 And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray unto the LORD for it; for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.

ח  כִּי כֹה אָמַר יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת, אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, אַל-יַשִּׁיאוּ לָכֶם נְבִיאֵיכֶם אֲשֶׁר-בְּקִרְבְּכֶם, וְקֹסְמֵיכֶם; וְאַל-תִּשְׁמְעוּ, אֶל-חֲלֹמֹתֵיכֶם, אֲשֶׁר אַתֶּם, מַחְלְמִים. 8

For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel:

Let not your prophets that are in the midst of you, and your diviners, beguile you, neither hearken ye to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed.

ט  כִּי בְשֶׁקֶר, הֵם נִבְּאִים לָכֶם בִּשְׁמִי:  לֹא שְׁלַחְתִּים, נְאֻם-יְהוָה.  {ס} 9

For they prophesy falsely unto you in My name; I have not sent them, saith the LORD. {S}

י  כִּי-כֹה, אָמַר יְהוָה, כִּי לְפִי מְלֹאת לְבָבֶל שִׁבְעִים שָׁנָה, אֶפְקֹד אֶתְכֶם; וַהֲקִמֹתִי עֲלֵיכֶם, אֶת-דְּבָרִי הַטּוֹב, לְהָשִׁיב אֶתְכֶם, אֶל-הַמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה. 10

For thus saith the LORD:

After seventy years are accomplished for Babylon, I will remember you, and perform My good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.

יא  כִּי אָנֹכִי יָדַעְתִּי אֶת-הַמַּחֲשָׁבֹת, אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי חֹשֵׁב עֲלֵיכֶם–נְאֻם-יְהוָה:  מַחְשְׁבוֹת שָׁלוֹם וְלֹא לְרָעָה, לָתֵת לָכֶם אַחֲרִית וְתִקְוָה. 11

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

יב  וּקְרָאתֶם אֹתִי וַהֲלַכְתֶּם, וְהִתְפַּלַּלְתֶּם אֵלָי; וְשָׁמַעְתִּי, אֲלֵיכֶם. 12

And ye shall call upon Me, and go, and pray unto Me, and I will hearken unto you.

יג  וּבִקַּשְׁתֶּם אֹתִי, וּמְצָאתֶם:  כִּי תִדְרְשֻׁנִי, בְּכָל-לְבַבְכֶם. 13

And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart.

יד  וְנִמְצֵאתִי לָכֶם, נְאֻם-יְהוָה, וְשַׁבְתִּי אֶת-שביתכם (שְׁבוּתְכֶם) וְקִבַּצְתִּי אֶתְכֶם מִכָּל-הַגּוֹיִם וּמִכָּל-הַמְּקוֹמוֹת אֲשֶׁר הִדַּחְתִּי אֶתְכֶם שָׁם, נְאֻם-יְהוָה; וַהֲשִׁבֹתִי אֶתְכֶם–אֶל-הַמָּקוֹם, אֲשֶׁר-הִגְלֵיתִי אֶתְכֶם מִשָּׁם. 14

And I will be found of you, saith the LORD, and I will turn your captivity, and gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you back unto the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.

טו  כִּי, אֲמַרְתֶּם:  הֵקִים לָנוּ יְהוָה נְבִאִים, בָּבֶלָה.  {ס} 15

For ye have said:

‘The LORD hath raised us up prophets in Babylon.’ {S}

טז  כִּי-כֹה אָמַר יְהוָה, אֶל-הַמֶּלֶךְ הַיּוֹשֵׁב אֶל-כִּסֵּא דָוִד, וְאֶל-כָּל-הָעָם, הַיּוֹשֵׁב בָּעִיר הַזֹּאת:  אֲחֵיכֶם, אֲשֶׁר לֹא-יָצְאוּ אִתְּכֶם בַּגּוֹלָה. 16

For thus saith the LORD concerning the king that sitteth upon the throne of David, and concerning all the people that dwell in this city, your brethren that are not gone forth with you into captivity;

יז  כֹּה אָמַר, יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת, הִנְנִי מְשַׁלֵּחַ בָּם, אֶת-הַחֶרֶב אֶת-הָרָעָב וְאֶת-הַדָּבֶר; וְנָתַתִּי אוֹתָם, כַּתְּאֵנִים הַשֹּׁעָרִים, אֲשֶׁר לֹא-תֵאָכַלְנָה, מֵרֹעַ. 17

thus saith the LORD of hosts:

Behold, I will send upon them the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them like vile figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so bad.

יח  וְרָדַפְתִּי, אַחֲרֵיהֶם, בַּחֶרֶב, בָּרָעָב וּבַדָּבֶר; וּנְתַתִּים לזועה (לְזַעֲוָה) לְכֹל מַמְלְכוֹת הָאָרֶץ, לְאָלָה וּלְשַׁמָּה וְלִשְׁרֵקָה וּלְחֶרְפָּה, בְּכָל-הַגּוֹיִם, אֲשֶׁר-הִדַּחְתִּים שָׁם. 18

And I will pursue after them with the sword, with the famine, and with the pestilence, and will make them a horror unto all the kingdoms of the earth, a curse, and an astonishment, and a hissing, and a reproach, among all the nations whither I have driven them;

יט  תַּחַת אֲשֶׁר-לֹא-שָׁמְעוּ אֶל-דְּבָרַי, נְאֻם-יְהוָה–אֲשֶׁר שָׁלַחְתִּי אֲלֵיהֶם אֶת-עֲבָדַי הַנְּבִאִים, הַשְׁכֵּם וְשָׁלֹחַ, וְלֹא שְׁמַעְתֶּם, נְאֻם-יְהוָה. 19

because they have not hearkened to My words, saith the LORD, wherewith I sent unto them My servants the prophets, sending them betimes and often; but ye would not hear, saith the LORD.

כ  וְאַתֶּם, שִׁמְעוּ דְבַר-יְהוָה:  כָּל-הַגּוֹלָה–אֲשֶׁר-שִׁלַּחְתִּי מִירוּשָׁלִַם, בָּבֶלָה.  {ס} 20

Hear ye therefore the word of the LORD, all ye of the captivity, whom I have sent away from Jerusalem to Babylon: {S}

כא  כֹּה-אָמַר יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, אֶל-אַחְאָב בֶּן-קוֹלָיָה וְאֶל-צִדְקִיָּהוּ בֶן-מַעֲשֵׂיָה, הַנִּבְּאִים לָכֶם בִּשְׁמִי, שָׁקֶר:  הִנְנִי נֹתֵן אֹתָם, בְּיַד נְבוּכַדְרֶאצַּר מֶלֶךְ-בָּבֶל, וְהִכָּם, לְעֵינֵיכֶם. 21

Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, concerning Ahab the son of Kolaiah, and concerning Zedekiah the son of Maaseiah, who prophesy a lie unto you in My name:

Behold, I will deliver them into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon; and he shall slay them before your eyes;

כב  וְלֻקַּח מֵהֶם, קְלָלָה, לְכֹל גָּלוּת יְהוּדָה, אֲשֶׁר בְּבָבֶל לֵאמֹר:  יְשִׂמְךָ יְהוָה כְּצִדְקִיָּהוּ וּכְאֶחָב, אֲשֶׁר-קָלָם מֶלֶךְ-בָּבֶל בָּאֵשׁ. 22

and of them shall be taken up a curse by all the captivity of Judah that are in Babylon, saying:

‘The LORD make thee like Zedekiah and like Ahab, whom the king of Babylon roasted in the fire’;

כג  יַעַן אֲשֶׁר עָשׂוּ נְבָלָה בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל, וַיְנַאֲפוּ אֶת-נְשֵׁי רֵעֵיהֶם, וַיְדַבְּרוּ דָבָר בִּשְׁמִי שֶׁקֶר, אֲשֶׁר לוֹא צִוִּיתִם; וְאָנֹכִי הוידע (הַיּוֹדֵעַ) וָעֵד, נְאֻם-יְהוָה.  {ס} 23

because they have wrought vile deeds in Israel, and have committed adultery with their neighbours’ wives, and have spoken words in My name falsely, which I commanded them not; but I am He that knoweth, and am witness, saith the LORD. {S}

כד  וְאֶל-שְׁמַעְיָהוּ הַנֶּחֱלָמִי, תֹּאמַר לֵאמֹר. 24

And concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite thou shalt speak, saying:

כה  כֹּה-אָמַר יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת, אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל–לֵאמֹר:  יַעַן אֲשֶׁר אַתָּה שָׁלַחְתָּ בְשִׁמְכָה סְפָרִים, אֶל-כָּל-הָעָם אֲשֶׁר בִּירוּשָׁלִַם, וְאֶל-צְפַנְיָה בֶן-מַעֲשֵׂיָה הַכֹּהֵן, וְאֶל כָּל-הַכֹּהֲנִים לֵאמֹר. 25

Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying:

Because thou hast sent letters in thine own name unto all the people that are at Jerusalem, and to Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest, and to all the priests, saying:

כו  יְהוָה נְתָנְךָ כֹהֵן, תַּחַת יְהוֹיָדָע הַכֹּהֵן, לִהְיוֹת פְּקִדִים בֵּית יְהוָה, לְכָל-אִישׁ מְשֻׁגָּע וּמִתְנַבֵּא; וְנָתַתָּה אֹתוֹ אֶל-הַמַּהְפֶּכֶת, וְאֶל-הַצִּינֹק. 26

‘The LORD hath made thee priest in the stead of Jehoiada the priest, that there should be officers in the house of the LORD for every man that is mad, and maketh himself a prophet, that thou shouldest put him in the stocks and in the collar.

כז  וְעַתָּה, לָמָּה לֹא גָעַרְתָּ, בְּיִרְמְיָהוּ, הָעַנְּתֹתִי–הַמִּתְנַבֵּא, לָכֶם. 27

Now therefore, why hast thou not rebuked Jeremiah of Anathoth, who maketh himself a prophet to you,

כח  כִּי עַל-כֵּן שָׁלַח אֵלֵינוּ, בָּבֶל לֵאמֹר–אֲרֻכָּה הִיא; בְּנוּ בָתִּים, וְשֵׁבוּ, וְנִטְעוּ גַנּוֹת, וְאִכְלוּ אֶת-פְּרִיהֶן. 28

forasmuch as he hath sent unto us in Babylon, saying:

The captivity is long; build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them?’

כט  וַיִּקְרָא צְפַנְיָה הַכֹּהֵן, אֶת-הַסֵּפֶר הַזֶּה, בְּאָזְנֵי, יִרְמְיָהוּ הַנָּבִיא.  {פ} 29

And Zephaniah the priest read this letter in the ears of Jeremiah the prophet. {P}

ל  וַיְהִי, דְּבַר-יְהוָה, אֶל-יִרְמְיָהוּ, לֵאמֹר. 30

Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying:

לא  שְׁלַח עַל-כָּל-הַגּוֹלָה, לֵאמֹר, כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה, אֶל-שְׁמַעְיָה הַנֶּחֱלָמִי:  יַעַן אֲשֶׁר נִבָּא לָכֶם שְׁמַעְיָה, וַאֲנִי לֹא שְׁלַחְתִּיו, וַיַּבְטַח אֶתְכֶם, עַל-שָׁקֶר. 31

Send to all them of the captivity, saying:

Thus saith the LORD concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite:

Because that Shemaiah hath prophesied unto you, and I sent him not, and he hath caused you to trust in a lie;

לב  לָכֵן כֹּה-אָמַר יְהוָה, הִנְנִי פֹקֵד עַל-שְׁמַעְיָה הַנֶּחֱלָמִי וְעַל-זַרְעוֹ–לֹא-יִהְיֶה לוֹ אִישׁ יוֹשֵׁב בְּתוֹךְ-הָעָם הַזֶּה וְלֹא-יִרְאֶה בַטּוֹב אֲשֶׁר-אֲנִי עֹשֶׂה-לְעַמִּי, נְאֻם-יְהוָה:  כִּי-סָרָה דִבֶּר, עַל-יְהוָה.  {ס} 32

therefore thus saith the LORD:

Behold, I will punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite, and his seed; he shall not have a man to dwell among this people, neither shall he behold the good that I will do unto My people, saith the LORD; because he hath spoken perversion against the LORD. {S}

Chapter 30

א  הַדָּבָר אֲשֶׁר הָיָה אֶל-יִרְמְיָהוּ, מֵאֵת יְהוָה לֵאמֹר. 1

The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying:

ב  כֹּה-אָמַר יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, לֵאמֹר:  כְּתָב-לְךָ, אֵת כָּל-הַדְּבָרִים אֲשֶׁר-דִּבַּרְתִּי אֵלֶיךָ–אֶל-סֵפֶר. 2

‘Thus speaketh the LORD, the God of Israel, saying:

Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book.

ג  כִּי הִנֵּה יָמִים בָּאִים, נְאֻם-יְהוָה, וְשַׁבְתִּי אֶת-שְׁבוּת עַמִּי יִשְׂרָאֵל וִיהוּדָה, אָמַר יְהוָה; וַהֲשִׁבֹתִים, אֶל-הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר-נָתַתִּי לַאֲבוֹתָם–וִירֵשׁוּהָ.  {פ} 3

For, lo, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will turn the captivity of My people Israel and Judah, saith the LORD; and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.’ {P}

ד  וְאֵלֶּה הַדְּבָרִים, אֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר יְהוָה אֶל-יִשְׂרָאֵל–וְאֶל-יְהוּדָה. 4

And these are the words that the LORD spoke concerning Israel and concerning Judah.

ה  כִּי-כֹה אָמַר יְהוָה, קוֹל חֲרָדָה שָׁמָעְנוּ–פַּחַד, וְאֵין שָׁלוֹם. 5

For thus saith the LORD:

We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace.

ו  שַׁאֲלוּ-נָא וּרְאוּ, אִם-יֹלֵד זָכָר:  מַדּוּעַ רָאִיתִי כָל-גֶּבֶר יָדָיו עַל-חֲלָצָיו, כַּיּוֹלֵדָה, וְנֶהֶפְכוּ כָל-פָּנִים, לְיֵרָקוֹן. 6

Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child; wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?

ז  הוֹי, כִּי גָדוֹל הַיּוֹם הַהוּא–מֵאַיִן כָּמֹהוּ; וְעֵת-צָרָה הִיא לְיַעֲקֹב, וּמִמֶּנָּה יִוָּשֵׁעַ. 7

Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it; and it is a time of trouble unto Jacob, but out of it shall he be saved.

ח  וְהָיָה בַיּוֹם הַהוּא נְאֻם יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת, אֶשְׁבֹּר עֻלּוֹ מֵעַל צַוָּארֶךָ, וּמוֹסְרוֹתֶיךָ, אֲנַתֵּק; וְלֹא-יַעַבְדוּ-בוֹ עוֹד, זָרִים. 8

And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bands; and strangers shall no more make him their bondman;

ט  וְעָבְדוּ, אֵת יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיהֶם, וְאֵת דָּוִד מַלְכָּם, אֲשֶׁר אָקִים לָהֶם.  {ס} 9

But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them. {S}

י  וְאַתָּה אַל-תִּירָא עַבְדִּי יַעֲקֹב נְאֻם-יְהוָה, וְאַל-תֵּחַת יִשְׂרָאֵל–כִּי הִנְנִי מוֹשִׁיעֲךָ מֵרָחוֹק, וְאֶת-זַרְעֲךָ מֵאֶרֶץ שִׁבְיָם; וְשָׁב יַעֲקֹב וְשָׁקַט וְשַׁאֲנַן, וְאֵין מַחֲרִיד. 10

Therefore fear thou not, O Jacob My servant, saith the LORD; neither be dismayed, O Israel; for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall again be quiet and at ease, and none shall make him afraid.

יא  כִּי-אִתְּךָ אֲנִי נְאֻם-יְהוָה, לְהוֹשִׁיעֶךָ:  כִּי אֶעֱשֶׂה כָלָה בְּכָל-הַגּוֹיִם אֲשֶׁר הֲפִצוֹתִיךָ שָּׁם, אַךְ אֹתְךָ לֹא-אֶעֱשֶׂה כָלָה, וְיִסַּרְתִּיךָ לַמִּשְׁפָּט, וְנַקֵּה לֹא אֲנַקֶּךָּ.  {פ} 11

For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee; for I will make a full end of all the nations whither I have scattered thee, but I will not make a full end of thee; for I will correct thee in measure, and will not utterly destroy thee. {P}

יב  כִּי כֹה אָמַר יְהוָה, אָנוּשׁ לְשִׁבְרֵךְ–נַחְלָה, מַכָּתֵךְ. 12

For thus saith the LORD:

Thy hurt is incurable, and thy wound is grievous.

יג  אֵין-דָּן דִּינֵךְ, לְמָזוֹר; רְפֻאוֹת תְּעָלָה, אֵין לָךְ. 13

None deemeth of thy wound that it may be bound up; thou hast no healing medicines.

יד  כָּל-מְאַהֲבַיִךְ שְׁכֵחוּךְ, אוֹתָךְ לֹא יִדְרֹשׁוּ:  כִּי מַכַּת אוֹיֵב הִכִּיתִיךְ, מוּסַר אַכְזָרִי–עַל רֹב עֲו‍ֹנֵךְ, עָצְמוּ חַטֹּאתָיִךְ. 14 All thy lovers have forgotten thee, they seek thee not; for I have wounded thee with the wound of an enemy, with the chastisement of a cruel one; for the greatness of thine iniquity, because thy sins were increased.

טו  מַה-תִּזְעַק עַל-שִׁבְרֵךְ, אָנוּשׁ מַכְאֹבֵךְ:  עַל רֹב עֲו‍ֹנֵךְ, עָצְמוּ חַטֹּאתַיִךְ–עָשִׂיתִי אֵלֶּה, לָךְ. 15

Why criest thou for thy hurt, that thy pain is incurable? For the greatness of thine iniquity, because thy sins were increased, I have done these things unto thee.

טז  לָכֵן כָּל-אֹכְלַיִךְ, יֵאָכֵלוּ, וְכָל-צָרַיִךְ כֻּלָּם, בַּשְּׁבִי יֵלֵכוּ; וְהָיוּ שֹׁאסַיִךְ לִמְשִׁסָּה, וְכָל-בֹּזְזַיִךְ אֶתֵּן לָבַז. 16

Therefore all they that devour thee shall be devoured, and all thine adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity; and they that spoil thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey upon thee will I give for a prey.

יז  כִּי אַעֲלֶה אֲרֻכָה לָךְ וּמִמַּכּוֹתַיִךְ אֶרְפָּאֵךְ, נְאֻם-יְהוָה:  כִּי נִדָּחָה, קָרְאוּ לָךְ–צִיּוֹן הִיא, דֹּרֵשׁ אֵין לָהּ.  {ס} 17

For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they have called thee an outcast:

‘She is Zion, there is none that careth for her.’ {S}

יח  כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה, הִנְנִי-שָׁב שְׁבוּת אָהֳלֵי יַעֲקוֹב, וּמִשְׁכְּנֹתָיו, אֲרַחֵם; וְנִבְנְתָה עִיר עַל-תִּלָּהּ, וְאַרְמוֹן עַל-מִשְׁפָּטוֹ יֵשֵׁב. 18 Thus saith the LORD:

Behold, I will turn the captivity of Jacob’s tents, and have compassion on his dwelling-places; and the city shall be builded upon her own mound, and the palace shall be inhabited upon its wonted place.

יט  וְיָצָא מֵהֶם תּוֹדָה, וְקוֹל מְשַׂחֲקִים; וְהִרְבִּתִים וְלֹא יִמְעָטוּ, וְהִכְבַּדְתִּים וְלֹא יִצְעָרוּ. 19

And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry; and I will multiply them, and they shall not be diminished, I will also increase them, and they shall not dwindle away.

כ  וְהָיוּ בָנָיו כְּקֶדֶם, וַעֲדָתוֹ לְפָנַי תִּכּוֹן; וּפָקַדְתִּי, עַל כָּל-לֹחֲצָיו. 20

Their children also shall be as aforetime, and their congregation shall be established before Me, and I will punish all that oppress them.

כא  וְהָיָה אַדִּירוֹ מִמֶּנּוּ, וּמֹשְׁלוֹ מִקִּרְבּוֹ יֵצֵא, וְהִקְרַבְתִּיו, וְנִגַּשׁ אֵלָי:  כִּי מִי הוּא-זֶה עָרַב אֶת-לִבּוֹ, לָגֶשֶׁת אֵלַי–נְאֻם-יְהוָה. 21

And their prince shall be of themselves, and their ruler shall proceed from the midst of them; and I will cause him to draw near, and he shall approach unto Me; for who is he that hath pledged his heart to approach unto Me? saith the LORD.

כב  וִהְיִיתֶם לִי, לְעָם; וְאָנֹכִי, אֶהְיֶה לָכֶם לֵאלֹהִים.  {ס} 22

And ye shall be My people, and I will be your God. {S}

כג  הִנֵּה סַעֲרַת יְהוָה, חֵמָה יָצְאָה–סַעַר, מִתְגּוֹרֵר:  עַל רֹאשׁ רְשָׁעִים, יָחוּל. 23

Behold, a storm of the LORD is gone forth in fury, a sweeping storm; it shall whirl upon the head of the wicked.

כד  לֹא יָשׁוּב, חֲרוֹן אַף-יְהוָה, עַד-עֲשֹׂתוֹ וְעַד-הֲקִימוֹ, מְזִמּוֹת לִבּוֹ; בְּאַחֲרִית הַיָּמִים, תִּתְבּוֹנְנוּ בָהּ. 24

The fierce anger of the LORD shall not return, until He have executed, and till He have performed the purposes of His heart; in the end of days ye shall consider it.

כה  בָּעֵת הַהִיא, נְאֻם-יְהוָה, אֶהְיֶה לֵאלֹהִים, לְכֹל מִשְׁפְּחוֹת יִשְׂרָאֵל; וְהֵמָּה, יִהְיוּ-לִי לְעָם.  {ס} 25

At that time, saith the LORD, will I be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be My people. {S}

Chapter 31

א  כֹּה, אָמַר יְהוָה, מָצָא חֵן בַּמִּדְבָּר, עַם שְׂרִידֵי חָרֶב; הָלוֹךְ לְהַרְגִּיעוֹ, יִשְׂרָאֵל. 1

Thus saith the LORD:

the people that were left of the sword have found grace in the wilderness, even Israel, when I go to cause him to rest.

ב  מֵרָחוֹק, יְהוָה נִרְאָה לִי; וְאַהֲבַת עוֹלָם אֲהַבְתִּיךְ, עַל-כֵּן מְשַׁכְתִּיךְ חָסֶד. 2

‘From afar the LORD appeared unto me.’

‘Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love; therefore with affection have I drawn thee.

ג  עוֹד אֶבְנֵךְ וְנִבְנֵית, בְּתוּלַת יִשְׂרָאֵל:  עוֹד תַּעְדִּי תֻפַּיִךְ, וְיָצָאת בִּמְחוֹל מְשַׂחֲקִים. 3

Again will I build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel; again shalt thou be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry.

ד  עוֹד תִּטְּעִי כְרָמִים, בְּהָרֵי שֹׁמְרוֹן; נָטְעוּ נֹטְעִים, וְחִלֵּלוּ. 4

Again shalt thou plant vineyards upon the mountains of Samaria; the planters shall plant, and shall have the use thereof.

ה  כִּי יֶשׁ-יוֹם, קָרְאוּ נֹצְרִים בְּהַר אֶפְרָיִם; קוּמוּ וְנַעֲלֶה צִיּוֹן, אֶל-יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ.  {פ} 5

For there shall be a day, that the watchmen shall call upon the mount Ephraim:

arise ye, and let us go up to Zion, unto the LORD our God.’ {P}

ו  כִּי-כֹה אָמַר יְהוָה, רָנּוּ לְיַעֲקֹב שִׂמְחָה, וְצַהֲלוּ, בְּרֹאשׁ הַגּוֹיִם; הַשְׁמִיעוּ הַלְלוּ, וְאִמְרוּ, הוֹשַׁע יְהוָה אֶת-עַמְּךָ, אֵת שְׁאֵרִית יִשְׂרָאֵל. 6

For thus saith the LORD:

sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout at the head of the nations; announce ye, praise ye, and say:

‘O LORD, save Thy people, The remnant of Israel.’

ז  הִנְנִי מֵבִיא אוֹתָם מֵאֶרֶץ צָפוֹן, וְקִבַּצְתִּים מִיַּרְכְּתֵי-אָרֶץ–בָּם עִוֵּר וּפִסֵּחַ, הָרָה וְיֹלֶדֶת יַחְדָּו:  קָהָל גָּדוֹל, יָשׁוּבוּ הֵנָּה. 7 Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the uttermost parts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together; a great company shall they return hither.

ח  בִּבְכִי יָבֹאוּ, וּבְתַחֲנוּנִים אוֹבִילֵם–אוֹלִיכֵם אֶל-נַחֲלֵי מַיִם, בְּדֶרֶךְ יָשָׁר לֹא יִכָּשְׁלוּ בָּהּ:  כִּי-הָיִיתִי לְיִשְׂרָאֵל לְאָב, וְאֶפְרַיִם בְּכֹרִי הוּא.  {ס} 8

They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them; I will cause them to walk by rivers of waters, in a straight way wherein they shall not stumble; for I am become a father to Israel, and Ephraim is My first-born. {S}

ט  שִׁמְעוּ דְבַר-יְהוָה גּוֹיִם, וְהַגִּידוּ בָאִיִּים מִמֶּרְחָק; וְאִמְרוּ, מְזָרֵה יִשְׂרָאֵל יְקַבְּצֶנּוּ, וּשְׁמָרוֹ, כְּרֹעֶה עֶדְרוֹ. 9

Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say:

‘He that scattered Israel doth gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.’

י  כִּי-פָדָה יְהוָה, אֶת-יַעֲקֹב; וּגְאָלוֹ, מִיַּד חָזָק מִמֶּנּוּ. 10

For the LORD hath ransomed Jacob, and He redeemeth him from the hand of him that is stronger than he.

יא  וּבָאוּ, וְרִנְּנוּ בִמְרוֹם-צִיּוֹן, וְנָהֲרוּ אֶל-טוּב יְהוָה עַל-דָּגָן וְעַל-תִּירֹשׁ וְעַל-יִצְהָר, וְעַל-בְּנֵי-צֹאן וּבָקָר; וְהָיְתָה נַפְשָׁם כְּגַן רָוֶה, וְלֹא-יוֹסִיפוּ לְדַאֲבָה עוֹד. 11

And they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow unto the goodness of the LORD, to the corn, and to the wine, and to the oil, and to the young of the flock and of the herd; and their soul shall be as a watered garden, and they shall not pine any more at all.

יב  אָז תִּשְׂמַח בְּתוּלָה בְּמָחוֹל, וּבַחֻרִים וּזְקֵנִים יַחְדָּו; וְהָפַכְתִּי אֶבְלָם לְשָׂשׂוֹן וְנִחַמְתִּים, וְשִׂמַּחְתִּים מִיגוֹנָם. 12

Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old together; for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.

יג  וְרִוֵּיתִי נֶפֶשׁ הַכֹּהֲנִים, דָּשֶׁן; וְעַמִּי אֶת-טוּבִי יִשְׂבָּעוּ, נְאֻם-יְהוָה.  {ס} 13

And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, saith the LORD. {S}

יד  כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה, קוֹל בְּרָמָה נִשְׁמָע נְהִי בְּכִי תַמְרוּרִים–רָחֵל, מְבַכָּה עַל-בָּנֶיהָ; מֵאֲנָה לְהִנָּחֵם עַל-בָּנֶיהָ, כִּי אֵינֶנּוּ.  {ס} 14

Thus saith the LORD:

A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children; she refuseth to be comforted for her children, because they are not. {S}

טו  כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה, מִנְעִי קוֹלֵךְ מִבֶּכִי, וְעֵינַיִךְ, מִדִּמְעָה:  כִּי יֵשׁ שָׂכָר לִפְעֻלָּתֵךְ נְאֻם-יְהוָה, וְשָׁבוּ מֵאֶרֶץ אוֹיֵב. 15

Thus saith the LORD:

Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears; for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the LORD; and they shall come back from the land of the enemy.

טז  וְיֵשׁ-תִּקְוָה לְאַחֲרִיתֵךְ, נְאֻם-יְהוָה; וְשָׁבוּ בָנִים, לִגְבוּלָם.  {ס} 16

And there is hope for thy future, saith the LORD; and thy children shall return to their own border. {S}

יז  שָׁמוֹעַ שָׁמַעְתִּי, אֶפְרַיִם מִתְנוֹדֵד, יִסַּרְתַּנִי וָאִוָּסֵר, כְּעֵגֶל לֹא לֻמָּד; הֲשִׁבֵנִי וְאָשׁוּבָה, כִּי אַתָּה יְהוָה אֱלֹהָי. 17

I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself:

‘Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a calf untrained; turn thou me, and I shall be turned, for Thou art the LORD my God.

יח  כִּי-אַחֲרֵי שׁוּבִי, נִחַמְתִּי, וְאַחֲרֵי הִוָּדְעִי, סָפַקְתִּי עַל-יָרֵךְ; בֹּשְׁתִּי וְגַם-נִכְלַמְתִּי, כִּי נָשָׂאתִי חֶרְפַּת נְעוּרָי. 18

Surely after that I was turned, I repented, and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh; I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth.’

יט  הֲבֵן יַקִּיר לִי אֶפְרַיִם, אִם יֶלֶד שַׁעֲשֻׁעִים–כִּי-מִדֵּי דַבְּרִי בּוֹ, זָכֹר אֶזְכְּרֶנּוּ עוֹד; עַל-כֵּן, הָמוּ מֵעַי לוֹ–רַחֵם אֲרַחֲמֶנּוּ, נְאֻם-יְהוָה.  {ס} 19

Is Ephraim a darling son unto Me? Is he a child that is dandled? For as often as I speak of him, I do earnestly remember him still; therefore My heart yearneth for him, I will surely have compassion upon him, saith the LORD. {S}

כ  הַצִּיבִי לָךְ צִיֻּנִים, שִׂמִי לָךְ תַּמְרוּרִים–שִׁתִי לִבֵּךְ, לַמְסִלָּה דֶּרֶךְ הלכתי (הָלָכְתְּ); שׁוּבִי בְּתוּלַת יִשְׂרָאֵל, שֻׁבִי אֶל-עָרַיִךְ אֵלֶּה. 20

Set thee up waymarks, make thee guide-posts; set thy heart toward the high-way, even the way by which thou wentest; return, O virgin of Israel, return to these thy cities.

כא  עַד-מָתַי תִּתְחַמָּקִין, הַבַּת הַשּׁוֹבֵבָה:  כִּי-בָרָא יְהוָה חֲדָשָׁה בָּאָרֶץ, נְקֵבָה תְּסוֹבֵב גָּבֶר.  {ס} 21

How long wilt thou turn away coyly, O thou backsliding daughter? For the LORD hath created a new thing in the earth:

a woman shall court a man. {S}

כב  כֹּה-אָמַר יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת, אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, עוֹד יֹאמְרוּ אֶת-הַדָּבָר הַזֶּה בְּאֶרֶץ יְהוּדָה וּבְעָרָיו, בְּשׁוּבִי אֶת-שְׁבוּתָם:  יְבָרֶכְךָ יְהוָה נְוֵה-צֶדֶק, הַר הַקֹּדֶשׁ. 22

Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel:

yet again shall they use this speech in the land of Judah and in the cities thereof, when I shall turn their captivity:

‘The LORD bless thee, O habitation of righteousness, O mountain of holiness.’

כג  וְיָשְׁבוּ בָהּ יְהוּדָה וְכָל-עָרָיו, יַחְדָּו:  אִכָּרִים, וְנָסְעוּ בַּעֵדֶר. 23

And Judah and all the cities thereof shall dwell therein together:

the husbandmen, and they that go forth with flocks.

כד  כִּי הִרְוֵיתִי, נֶפֶשׁ עֲיֵפָה; וְכָל-נֶפֶשׁ דָּאֲבָה, מִלֵּאתִי. 24

For I have satiated the weary soul, and every pining soul have I replenished.

כה  עַל-זֹאת, הֱקִיצֹתִי וָאֶרְאֶה; וּשְׁנָתִי, עָרְבָה לִּי.  {ס} 25

Upon this I awaked, and beheld; and my sleep was sweet unto me. {S}

כו  הִנֵּה יָמִים בָּאִים, נְאֻם-יְהוָה; וְזָרַעְתִּי, אֶת-בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאֶת-בֵּית יְהוּדָה, זֶרַע אָדָם, וְזֶרַע בְּהֵמָה. 26

Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man, and with the seed of beast.

כז  וְהָיָה כַּאֲשֶׁר שָׁקַדְתִּי עֲלֵיהֶם, לִנְתוֹשׁ וְלִנְתוֹץ וְלַהֲרֹס–וּלְהַאֲבִיד וּלְהָרֵעַ:  כֵּן אֶשְׁקֹד עֲלֵיהֶם לִבְנוֹת וְלִנְטֹעַ, נְאֻם-יְהוָה. 27

And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched over them to pluck up and to break down, and to overthrow and to destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them to build and to plant, saith the LORD.

כח  בַּיָּמִים הָהֵם–לֹא-יֹאמְרוּ עוֹד, אָבוֹת אָכְלוּ בֹסֶר; וְשִׁנֵּי בָנִים, תִּקְהֶינָה. 28

In those days they shall say no more:

‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.’

כט  כִּי אִם-אִישׁ בַּעֲו‍ֹנוֹ, יָמוּת:  כָּל-הָאָדָם הָאֹכֵל הַבֹּסֶר, תִּקְהֶינָה שִׁנָּיו.  {ס} 29

But every one shall die for his own iniquity; every man that eateth the sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge. {S}

ל  הִנֵּה יָמִים בָּאִים, נְאֻם-יְהוָה; וְכָרַתִּי, אֶת-בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאֶת-בֵּית יְהוּדָה–בְּרִית חֲדָשָׁה. 30

Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah;

לא  לֹא כַבְּרִית, אֲשֶׁר כָּרַתִּי אֶת-אֲבוֹתָם, בְּיוֹם הֶחֱזִיקִי בְיָדָם, לְהוֹצִיאָם מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם:  אֲשֶׁר-הֵמָּה הֵפֵרוּ אֶת-בְּרִיתִי, וְאָנֹכִי בָּעַלְתִּי בָם–נְאֻם-יְהוָה. 31

not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; forasmuch as they broke My covenant, and Alone I Myself was a lord over them, saith the LORD.

לב  כִּי זֹאת הַבְּרִית אֲשֶׁר אֶכְרֹת אֶת-בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל אַחֲרֵי הַיָּמִים הָהֵם, נְאֻם-יְהוָה, נָתַתִּי אֶת-תּוֹרָתִי בְּקִרְבָּם, וְעַל-לִבָּם אֶכְתְּבֶנָּה; וְהָיִיתִי לָהֶם לֵאלֹהִים, וְהֵמָּה יִהְיוּ-לִי לְעָם. 32

But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the LORD, I will put My law in their inward parts, and in their heart will I write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people;

לג  וְלֹא יְלַמְּדוּ עוֹד, אִישׁ אֶת-רֵעֵהוּ וְאִישׁ אֶת-אָחִיו לֵאמֹר, דְּעוּ, אֶת-יְהוָה:  כִּי-כוּלָּם יֵדְעוּ אוֹתִי לְמִקְּטַנָּם וְעַד-גְּדוֹלָם, נְאֻם-יְהוָה–כִּי אֶסְלַח לַעֲו‍ֹנָם, וּלְחַטָּאתָם לֹא אֶזְכָּר-עוֹד.  {ס} 33

and they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying:

‘Know the LORD’;

for they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin will I remember no more. {S}

לד  כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה, נֹתֵן שֶׁמֶשׁ לְאוֹר יוֹמָם, חֻקֹּת יָרֵחַ וְכוֹכָבִים, לְאוֹר לָיְלָה; רֹגַע הַיָּם וַיֶּהֱמוּ גַלָּיו, יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת שְׁמוֹ. 34 Thus saith the LORD, Who giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, who stirreth up the sea, that the waves thereof roar, the LORD of hosts is His name:

לה  אִם-יָמֻשׁוּ הַחֻקִּים הָאֵלֶּה, מִלְּפָנַי–נְאֻם-יְהוָה; גַּם זֶרַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יִשְׁבְּתוּ, מִהְיוֹת גּוֹי לְפָנַי–כָּל-הַיָּמִים.  {ס} 35

If these ordinances depart from before Me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before Me for ever. {S}

לו  כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה, אִם-יִמַּדּוּ שָׁמַיִם מִלְמַעְלָה, וְיֵחָקְרוּ מוֹסְדֵי-אֶרֶץ, לְמָטָּה:  גַּם-אֲנִי אֶמְאַס בְּכָל-זֶרַע יִשְׂרָאֵל, עַל-כָּל-אֲשֶׁר עָשׂוּ–נְאֻם-יְהוָה.  {ס} 36

Thus saith the LORD:

If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, then will I also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD. {S}

לז  הִנֵּה יָמִים      (בָּאִים), נְאֻם-יְהוָה; וְנִבְנְתָה הָעִיר לַיהוָה, מִמִּגְדַּל חֲנַנְאֵל שַׁעַר הַפִּנָּה. 37

Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the city shall be built to the LORD from the tower of Hananel unto the gate of the corner.

לח  וְיָצָא עוֹד קוה (קָו) הַמִּדָּה, נֶגְדּוֹ, עַל, גִּבְעַת גָּרֵב; וְנָסַב, גֹּעָתָה. 38

And the measuring line shall yet go out straight forward unto the hill Gareb, and shall turn about unto Goah.

לט  וְכָל-הָעֵמֶק הַפְּגָרִים וְהַדֶּשֶׁן וְכָל-השרמות (הַשְּׁדֵמוֹת) עַד-נַחַל קִדְרוֹן עַד-פִּנַּת שַׁעַר הַסּוּסִים, מִזְרָחָה–קֹדֶשׁ, לַיהוָה:  לֹא-יִנָּתֵשׁ וְלֹא-יֵהָרֵס עוֹד, לְעוֹלָם.  {פ} 39

And the whole valley of the dead bodies, and of the ashes, and all the fields unto the brook Kidron, unto the corner of the horse gate toward the east, shall be holy unto the LORD; it shall not be plucked up, nor thrown down any more for ever. {P}


Chapter 32

א  הַדָּבָר אֲשֶׁר-הָיָה אֶל-יִרְמְיָהוּ, מֵאֵת יְהוָה, בשנת (בַּשָּׁנָה) הָעֲשִׂרִית, לְצִדְקִיָּהוּ מֶלֶךְ יְהוּדָה–הִיא הַשָּׁנָה שְׁמֹנֶה-עֶשְׂרֵה שָׁנָה, לִנְבוּכַדְרֶאצַּר. 1

The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD in the tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar.

ב  וְאָז, חֵיל מֶלֶךְ בָּבֶל, צָרִים, עַל-יְרוּשָׁלִָם; וְיִרְמְיָהוּ הַנָּבִיא, הָיָה כָלוּא בַּחֲצַר הַמַּטָּרָה, אֲשֶׁר, בֵּית-מֶלֶךְ יְהוּדָה. 2 Now at that time the king of Babylon’s army was besieging Jerusalem; and Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the court of the guard, which was in the king of Judah’s house.

ג  אֲשֶׁר כְּלָאוֹ, צִדְקִיָּהוּ מֶלֶךְ-יְהוּדָה לֵאמֹר:  מַדּוּעַ אַתָּה נִבָּא לֵאמֹר, כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה, הִנְנִי נֹתֵן אֶת-הָעִיר הַזֹּאת בְּיַד מֶלֶךְ-בָּבֶל, וּלְכָדָהּ. 3

For Zedekiah king of Judah had shut him up, saying:

‘Wherefore dost thou prophesy, and say:

Thus saith the LORD:

Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall take it;

ד  וְצִדְקִיָּהוּ מֶלֶךְ יְהוּדָה, לֹא יִמָּלֵט מִיַּד הַכַּשְׂדִּים:  כִּי הִנָּתֹן יִנָּתֵן, בְּיַד מֶלֶךְ-בָּבֶל, וְדִבֶּר-פִּיו עִם-פִּיו, וְעֵינָיו אֶת-עֵינָו תִּרְאֶינָה. 4

and Zedekiah king of Judah shall not escape out of the hand of the Chaldeans, but shall surely be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon, and shall speak with him mouth to mouth, and his eyes shall behold his eyes;

ה  וּבָבֶל יוֹלִךְ אֶת-צִדְקִיָּהוּ, וְשָׁם יִהְיֶה, עַד-פָּקְדִי אֹתוֹ, נְאֻם-יְהוָה:  כִּי תִלָּחֲמוּ אֶת-הַכַּשְׂדִּים, לֹא תַצְלִיחוּ.  {פ} 5

and he shall lead Zedekiah to Babylon, and there shall he be until I remember him, saith the LORD; though ye fight with the Chaldeans, ye shall not prosper?’ {P}

ו  וַיֹּאמֶר, יִרְמְיָהוּ:  הָיָה דְבַר-יְהוָה, אֵלַי לֵאמֹר. 6

And Jeremiah said:

‘The word of the LORD came unto me, saying:

ז  הִנֵּה חֲנַמְאֵל, בֶּן-שַׁלֻּם דֹּדְךָ, בָּא אֵלֶיךָ, לֵאמֹר:  קְנֵה לְךָ, אֶת-שָׂדִי אֲשֶׁר בַּעֲנָתוֹת–כִּי לְךָ מִשְׁפַּט הַגְּאֻלָּה, לִקְנוֹת. 7 Behold, Hanamel, the son of Shallum thine uncle, shall come unto thee, saying:

Buy thee my field that is in Anathoth; for the right of redemption is thine to buy it.’

ח  וַיָּבֹא אֵלַי חֲנַמְאֵל בֶּן-דֹּדִי כִּדְבַר יְהוָה, אֶל-חֲצַר הַמַּטָּרָה, וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלַי קְנֵה נָא אֶת-שָׂדִי אֲשֶׁר-בַּעֲנָתוֹת אֲשֶׁר בְּאֶרֶץ בִּנְיָמִין כִּי-לְךָ מִשְׁפַּט הַיְרֻשָּׁה וּלְךָ הַגְּאֻלָּה, קְנֵה-לָךְ; וָאֵדַע, כִּי דְבַר-יְהוָה הוּא. 8

So Hanamel mine uncle’s son came to me in the court of the guard according to the word of the LORD, and said unto me:

‘Buy my field, I pray thee, that is in Anathoth, which is in the land of Benjamin; for the right of inheritance is thine, and the redemption is thine; buy it for thyself.’

Then I knew that this was the word of the LORD.

ט  וָאֶקְנֶה, אֶת-הַשָּׂדֶה, מֵאֵת חֲנַמְאֵל בֶּן-דֹּדִי, אֲשֶׁר בַּעֲנָתוֹת; וָאֶשְׁקְלָה-לּוֹ, אֶת-הַכֶּסֶף, שִׁבְעָה שְׁקָלִים, וַעֲשָׂרָה הַכָּסֶף. 9

And I bought the field that was in Anathoth of Hanamel mine uncle’s son, and weighed him the money, even seventeen shekels of silver.

י  וָאֶכְתֹּב בַּסֵּפֶר וָאֶחְתֹּם, וָאָעֵד עֵדִים; וָאֶשְׁקֹל הַכֶּסֶף, בְּמֹאזְנָיִם. 10

And I subscribed the deed, and sealed it, and called witnesses, and weighed him the money in the balances.

יא  וָאֶקַּח, אֶת-סֵפֶר הַמִּקְנָה, אֶת-הֶחָתוּם הַמִּצְוָה וְהַחֻקִּים, וְאֶת-הַגָּלוּי. 11

So I took the deed of the purchase, both that which was sealed, containing the terms and conditions, and that which was open;

יב  וָאֶתֵּן אֶת-הַסֵּפֶר הַמִּקְנָה, אֶל-בָּרוּךְ בֶּן-נֵרִיָּה בֶּן-מַחְסֵיָה, לְעֵינֵי חֲנַמְאֵל דֹּדִי, וּלְעֵינֵי הָעֵדִים הַכֹּתְבִים בְּסֵפֶר הַמִּקְנָה–לְעֵינֵי, כָּל-הַיְּהוּדִים, הַיֹּשְׁבִים, בַּחֲצַר הַמַּטָּרָה. 12

and I delivered the deed of the purchase unto Baruch the son of Neriah, the son of Mahseiah, in the presence of Hanamel mine uncle[‘s son], and in the presence of the witnesses that subscribed the deed of the purchase, before all the Jews that sat in the court of the guard.

יג  וָאֲצַוֶּה, אֶת-בָּרוּךְ, לְעֵינֵיהֶם, לֵאמֹר. 13

And I charged Baruch before them, saying:

יד  כֹּה-אָמַר יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, לָקוֹחַ אֶת-הַסְּפָרִים הָאֵלֶּה אֵת סֵפֶר הַמִּקְנָה הַזֶּה וְאֵת הֶחָתוּם וְאֵת סֵפֶר הַגָּלוּי הַזֶּה, וּנְתַתָּם, בִּכְלִי-חָרֶשׂ–לְמַעַן יַעַמְדוּ, יָמִים רַבִּים.  {ס} 14

‘Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel:

Take these deeds, this deed of the purchase, both that which is sealed, and this deed which is open, and put them in an earthen vessel; that they may continue many days. {S}

טו  כִּי כֹה אָמַר יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת, אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל:  עוֹד יִקָּנוּ בָתִּים וְשָׂדוֹת וּכְרָמִים, בָּאָרֶץ הַזֹּאת.  {פ} 15

For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel:

Houses and fields and vineyards shall yet again be bought in this land.’ {P}

טז  וָאֶתְפַּלֵּל, אֶל-יְהוָה, אַחֲרֵי תִתִּי אֶת-סֵפֶר הַמִּקְנָה, אֶל-בָּרוּךְ בֶּן-נֵרִיָּה לֵאמֹר. 16

Now after I had delivered the deed of the purchase unto Baruch the son of Neriah, I prayed unto the LORD, saying:

יז  אֲהָהּ, אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה, הִנֵּה אַתָּה עָשִׂיתָ אֶת-הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֶת-הָאָרֶץ, בְּכֹחֲךָ הַגָּדוֹל וּבִזְרֹעֲךָ הַנְּטוּיָה:  לֹא-יִפָּלֵא מִמְּךָ, כָּל-דָּבָר. 17

‘Ah Lord GOD! behold, Thou hast made the heaven and the earth by Thy great power and by Thy outstretched arm; there is nothing too hard for Thee;

יח  עֹשֶׂה חֶסֶד, לַאֲלָפִים, וּמְשַׁלֵּם עֲו‍ֹן אָבוֹת, אֶל-חֵיק בְּנֵיהֶם אַחֲרֵיהֶם:  הָאֵל הַגָּדוֹל הַגִּבּוֹר, יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת שְׁמוֹ. 18 who showest mercy unto thousands, and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them; the great, the mighty God, the LORD of hosts is His name;

יט  גְּדֹל, הָעֵצָה, וְרַב, הָעֲלִילִיָּה–אֲשֶׁר-עֵינֶיךָ פְקֻחוֹת, עַל-כָּל-דַּרְכֵי בְּנֵי אָדָם, לָתֵת לְאִישׁ כִּדְרָכָיו, וְכִפְרִי מַעֲלָלָיו. 19 great in counsel, and mighty in work; whose eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men, to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings;

כ  אֲשֶׁר-שַׂמְתָּ אֹתוֹת וּמֹפְתִים בְּאֶרֶץ-מִצְרַיִם, עַד-הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה, וּבְיִשְׂרָאֵל, וּבָאָדָם; וַתַּעֲשֶׂה-לְּךָ שֵׁם, כַּיּוֹם הַזֶּה. 20 who didst set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, even unto this day, and in Israel and among other men; and madest Thee a name, as at this day;

כא  וַתֹּצֵא אֶת-עַמְּךָ אֶת-יִשְׂרָאֵל, מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם–בְּאֹתוֹת וּבְמוֹפְתִים, וּבְיָד חֲזָקָה וּבְאֶזְרוֹעַ נְטוּיָה, וּבְמוֹרָא, גָּדוֹל. 21 and didst bring forth Thy people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs, and with wonders, and with a strong hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with great terror;

כב  וַתִּתֵּן לָהֶם אֶת-הָאָרֶץ הַזֹּאת, אֲשֶׁר-נִשְׁבַּעְתָּ לַאֲבוֹתָם לָתֵת לָהֶם–אֶרֶץ זָבַת חָלָב, וּדְבָשׁ. 22

and gavest them this land, which Thou didst swear to their fathers to give them, a land flowing with milk and honey;

כג  וַיָּבֹאוּ וַיִּרְשׁוּ אֹתָהּ, וְלֹא-שָׁמְעוּ בְקוֹלֶךָ ובתרותך (וּבְתוֹרָתְךָ) לֹא-הָלָכוּ–אֵת כָּל-אֲשֶׁר צִוִּיתָה לָהֶם לַעֲשׂוֹת, לֹא עָשׂוּ; וַתַּקְרֵא אֹתָם, אֵת כָּל-הָרָעָה הַזֹּאת. 23

and they came in, and possessed it; but they hearkened not to Thy voice, neither walked in Thy law; they have done nothing of all that Thou commandedst them to do; therefore Thou hast caused all this evil to befall them;

כד  הִנֵּה הַסֹּלְלוֹת, בָּאוּ הָעִיר לְלָכְדָהּ, וְהָעִיר נִתְּנָה בְּיַד הַכַּשְׂדִּים הַנִּלְחָמִים עָלֶיהָ, מִפְּנֵי הַחֶרֶב וְהָרָעָב וְהַדָּבֶר; וַאֲשֶׁר דִּבַּרְתָּ הָיָה, וְהִנְּךָ רֹאֶה. 24

behold the mounds, they are come unto the city to take it; and the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans that fight against it, because of the sword, and of the famine, and of the pestilence; and what Thou hast spoken is come to pass; and, behold, Thou seest it.

כה  וְאַתָּה אָמַרְתָּ אֵלַי, אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה, קְנֵה-לְךָ הַשָּׂדֶה בַּכֶּסֶף, וְהָעֵד עֵדִים; וְהָעִיר נִתְּנָה, בְּיַד הַכַּשְׂדִּים.  {ס} 25

Yet Thou hast said unto me, O Lord GOD:

Buy thee the field for money, and call witnesses; whereas the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans.’ {S}

כו  וַיְהִי, דְּבַר-יְהוָה, אֶל-יִרְמְיָהוּ, לֵאמֹר. 26

Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying:

כז  הִנֵּה אֲנִי יְהוָה, אֱלֹהֵי כָּל-בָּשָׂר–הֲמִמֶּנִּי, יִפָּלֵא כָּל-דָּבָר. 27

‘Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh; is there any thing too hard for Me?

כח  לָכֵן, כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה:  הִנְנִי נֹתֵן אֶת-הָעִיר הַזֹּאת בְּיַד הַכַּשְׂדִּים, וּבְיַד נְבוּכַדְרֶאצַּר מֶלֶךְ-בָּבֶל–וּלְכָדָהּ. 28 Therefore thus saith the LORD:

Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the Chaldeans, and into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and he shall take it;

כט  וּבָאוּ הַכַּשְׂדִּים, הַנִּלְחָמִים עַל-הָעִיר הַזֹּאת, וְהִצִּיתוּ אֶת-הָעִיר הַזֹּאת בָּאֵשׁ, וּשְׂרָפוּהָ; וְאֵת הַבָּתִּים אֲשֶׁר קִטְּרוּ עַל-גַּגּוֹתֵיהֶם לַבַּעַל, וְהִסִּכוּ נְסָכִים לֵאלֹהִים אֲחֵרִים–לְמַעַן, הַכְעִסֵנִי. 29

and the Chaldeans, that fight against this city, shall come and set this city on fire, and burn it, with the houses, upon whose roofs they have offered unto Baal, and poured out drink-offerings unto other gods, to provoke Me.

ל  כִּי-הָיוּ בְנֵי-יִשְׂרָאֵל וּבְנֵי יְהוּדָה, אַךְ עֹשִׂים הָרַע בְּעֵינַי–מִנְּעֻרֹתֵיהֶם:  כִּי בְנֵי-יִשְׂרָאֵל, אַךְ מַכְעִסִים אֹתִי בְּמַעֲשֵׂה יְדֵיהֶם–נְאֻם-יְהוָה. 30

For the children of Israel and the children of Judah have only done that which was evil in My sight from their youth; for the children of Israel have only provoked Me with the work of their hands, saith the LORD.

לא  כִּי עַל-אַפִּי וְעַל-חֲמָתִי, הָיְתָה לִּי הָעִיר הַזֹּאת, לְמִן-הַיּוֹם אֲשֶׁר בָּנוּ אוֹתָהּ, וְעַד הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה–לַהֲסִירָהּ, מֵעַל פָּנָי. 31 For this city hath been to Me a provocation of Mine anger and of My fury from the day that they built it even unto this day, that I should remove it from before My face;

לב  עַל כָּל-רָעַת בְּנֵי-יִשְׂרָאֵל וּבְנֵי יְהוּדָה, אֲשֶׁר עָשׂוּ לְהַכְעִסֵנִי, הֵמָּה מַלְכֵיהֶם שָׂרֵיהֶם, כֹּהֲנֵיהֶם וּנְבִיאֵיהֶם; וְאִישׁ יְהוּדָה, וְיֹשְׁבֵי יְרוּשָׁלִָם. 32

because of all the evil of the children of Israel and of the children of Judah, which they have done to provoke Me, they, their kings, their princes, their priests, and their prophets, and the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

לג  וַיִּפְנוּ אֵלַי עֹרֶף, וְלֹא פָנִים; וְלַמֵּד אֹתָם הַשְׁכֵּם וְלַמֵּד, וְאֵינָם שֹׁמְעִים לָקַחַת מוּסָר. 33

And they have turned unto Me the back, and not the face; and though I taught them, teaching them betimes and often, yet they have not hearkened to receive instruction.

לד  וַיָּשִׂימוּ שִׁקּוּצֵיהֶם, בַּבַּיִת אֲשֶׁר-נִקְרָא-שְׁמִי עָלָיו–לְטַמְּאוֹ. 34

But they set their abominations in the house whereupon My name is called, to defile it.

לה  וַיִּבְנוּ אֶת-בָּמוֹת הַבַּעַל אֲשֶׁר בְּגֵיא בֶן-הִנֹּם, לְהַעֲבִיר אֶת-בְּנֵיהֶם וְאֶת-בְּנוֹתֵיהֶם לַמֹּלֶךְ, אֲשֶׁר לֹא-צִוִּיתִים וְלֹא עָלְתָה עַל-לִבִּי, לַעֲשׂוֹת הַתּוֹעֵבָה הַזֹּאת–לְמַעַן, הַחֲטִי אֶת-יְהוּדָה.  {ס} 35

And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to set apart their sons and their daughters unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into My mind, that they should do this abomination; to cause Judah to sin. {S}

לו  וְעַתָּה, לָכֵן כֹּה-אָמַר יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל:  אֶל-הָעִיר הַזֹּאת–אֲשֶׁר אַתֶּם אֹמְרִים נִתְּנָה בְּיַד מֶלֶךְ-בָּבֶל, בַּחֶרֶב וּבָרָעָב וּבַדָּבֶר. 36

And now therefore thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning this city, whereof ye say:

It is given into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence:

לז  הִנְנִי מְקַבְּצָם מִכָּל-הָאֲרָצוֹת, אֲשֶׁר הִדַּחְתִּים שָׁם בְּאַפִּי וּבַחֲמָתִי וּבְקֶצֶף גָּדוֹל; וַהֲשִׁבֹתִים אֶל-הַמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה, וְהֹשַׁבְתִּים לָבֶטַח. 37

Behold, I will gather them out of all the countries, whither I have driven them in Mine anger, and in My fury, and in great wrath; and I will bring them back unto this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely;

לח  וְהָיוּ לִי, לְעָם; וַאֲנִי, אֶהְיֶה לָהֶם לֵאלֹהִים. 38

and they shall be My people, and I will be their God;

לט  וְנָתַתִּי לָהֶם לֵב אֶחָד, וְדֶרֶךְ אֶחָד, לְיִרְאָה אוֹתִי, כָּל-הַיָּמִים–לְטוֹב לָהֶם, וְלִבְנֵיהֶם אַחֲרֵיהֶם. 39

and I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me for ever; for the good of them, and of their children after them;

מ  וְכָרַתִּי לָהֶם, בְּרִית עוֹלָם, אֲשֶׁר לֹא-אָשׁוּב מֵאַחֲרֵיהֶם, לְהֵיטִיבִי אוֹתָם; וְאֶת-יִרְאָתִי אֶתֵּן בִּלְבָבָם, לְבִלְתִּי סוּר מֵעָלָי. 40

and I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; and I will put My fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from Me.

מא  וְשַׂשְׂתִּי עֲלֵיהֶם, לְהֵטִיב אוֹתָם; וּנְטַעְתִּים בָּאָרֶץ הַזֹּאת, בֶּאֱמֶת–בְּכָל-לִבִּי, וּבְכָל-נַפְשִׁי.  {ס} 41

Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land in truth with My whole heart and with My whole soul. {S}

מב  כִּי-כֹה, אָמַר יְהוָה, כַּאֲשֶׁר הֵבֵאתִי אֶל-הָעָם הַזֶּה, אֵת כָּל-הָרָעָה הַגְּדוֹלָה הַזֹּאת–כֵּן אָנֹכִי מֵבִיא עֲלֵיהֶם, אֶת-כָּל-הַטּוֹבָה, אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי, דֹּבֵר עֲלֵיהֶם. 42

For thus saith the LORD:

Like as I have brought all this great evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all the good that I have promised them.

מג  וְנִקְנָה הַשָּׂדֶה, בָּאָרֶץ הַזֹּאת–אֲשֶׁר אַתֶּם אֹמְרִים, שְׁמָמָה הִיא מֵאֵין אָדָם וּבְהֵמָה, נִתְּנָה, בְּיַד הַכַּשְׂדִּים. 43

And fields shall be bought in this land, whereof ye say:

It is desolate, without man or beast; it is given into the hand of the Chaldeans.

מד  שָׂדוֹת בַּכֶּסֶף יִקְנוּ, וְכָתוֹב בַּסֵּפֶר וְחָתוֹם וְהָעֵד עֵדִים, בְּאֶרֶץ בִּנְיָמִן וּבִסְבִיבֵי יְרוּשָׁלִַם וּבְעָרֵי יְהוּדָה וּבְעָרֵי הָהָר, וּבְעָרֵי הַשְּׁפֵלָה וּבְעָרֵי הַנֶּגֶב:  כִּי-אָשִׁיב אֶת-שְׁבוּתָם, נְאֻם-יְהוָה.  {פ} 44

Men shall buy fields for money, and subscribe the deeds, and seal them, and call witnesses, in the land of Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, and in the cities of the hill-country, and in the cities of the Lowland, and in the cities of the South; for I will cause their captivity to return, saith the LORD.’ {P}

Chapter 33

א  וַיְהִי דְבַר-יְהוָה אֶל-יִרְמְיָהוּ, שֵׁנִית; וְהוּא עוֹדֶנּוּ עָצוּר, בַּחֲצַר הַמַּטָּרָה לֵאמֹר. 1

Moreover the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah the second time, while he was yet shut up in the court of the guard, saying:

ב  כֹּה-אָמַר יְהוָה, עֹשָׂהּ:  יְהוָה, יוֹצֵר אוֹתָהּ לַהֲכִינָהּ–יְהוָה שְׁמוֹ. 2

Thus saith the LORD the Maker thereof, the LORD that formed it to establish it, the LORD is His name:

ג  קְרָא אֵלַי, וְאֶעֱנֶךָּ; וְאַגִּידָה לְּךָ גְּדֹלוֹת וּבְצֻרוֹת, לֹא יְדַעְתָּם.  {פ} 3

Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and will tell thee great things, and hidden, which thou knowest not. {P}

ד  כִּי כֹה אָמַר יְהוָה, אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, עַל-בָּתֵּי הָעִיר הַזֹּאת, וְעַל-בָּתֵּי מַלְכֵי יְהוּדָה–הַנְּתֻצִים, אֶל-הַסֹּלְלוֹת וְאֶל-הֶחָרֶב. 4 For thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the houses of this city, and concerning the houses of the kings of Judah, which are broken down for mounds, and for ramparts;

ה  בָּאִים, לְהִלָּחֵם אֶת-הַכַּשְׂדִּים, וּלְמַלְאָם אֶת-פִּגְרֵי הָאָדָם, אֲשֶׁר-הִכֵּיתִי בְאַפִּי וּבַחֲמָתִי; וַאֲשֶׁר הִסְתַּרְתִּי פָנַי מֵהָעִיר הַזֹּאת, עַל כָּל-רָעָתָם. 5

whereon they come to fight with the Chaldeans, even to fill them with the dead bodies of men, whom I have slain in Mine anger and in My fury, and for all whose wickedness I have hid My face from this city:

ו  הִנְנִי מַעֲלֶה-לָּהּ אֲרֻכָה וּמַרְפֵּא, וּרְפָאתִים; וְגִלֵּיתִי לָהֶם, עֲתֶרֶת שָׁלוֹם וֶאֱמֶת. 6

Behold, I will bring it healing and cure, and I will cure them; and I will reveal unto them the abundance of peace and truth.

ז  וַהֲשִׁבֹתִי אֶת-שְׁבוּת יְהוּדָה, וְאֵת שְׁבוּת יִשְׂרָאֵל; וּבְנִתִים, כְּבָרִאשֹׁנָה. 7

And I will cause the captivity of Judah and the captivity of Israel to return, and will build them, as at the first.

ח  וְטִהַרְתִּים, מִכָּל-עֲו‍ֹנָם אֲשֶׁר חָטְאוּ-לִי; וְסָלַחְתִּי, לכול- (לְכָל-) עֲו‍ֹנוֹתֵיהֶם אֲשֶׁר חָטְאוּ-לִי, וַאֲשֶׁר, פָּשְׁעוּ בִי. 8

And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby they have sinned against Me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, whereby they have sinned against Me, and whereby they have transgressed against Me.

ט  וְהָיְתָה לִּי, לְשֵׁם שָׂשׂוֹן לִתְהִלָּה וּלְתִפְאֶרֶת, לְכֹל, גּוֹיֵי הָאָרֶץ–אֲשֶׁר יִשְׁמְעוּ אֶת-כָּל-הַטּוֹבָה, אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי עֹשֶׂה אוֹתָם, וּפָחֲדוּ וְרָגְזוּ עַל כָּל-הַטּוֹבָה וְעַל כָּל-הַשָּׁלוֹם, אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי עֹשֶׂה לָּהּ.  {ס} 9

And this city shall be to Me for a name of joy, for a praise and for a glory, before all the nations of the earth, which shall hear all the good that I do unto them, and shall fear and tremble for all the good and for all the peace that I procure unto it. {S}

י  כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה, עוֹד יִשָּׁמַע בַּמָּקוֹם-הַזֶּה, אֲשֶׁר אַתֶּם אֹמְרִים, חָרֵב הוּא מֵאֵין אָדָם וּמֵאֵין בְּהֵמָה–בְּעָרֵי יְהוּדָה, וּבְחֻצוֹת יְרוּשָׁלִַם, הַנְשַׁמּוֹת מֵאֵין אָדָם וּמֵאֵין יוֹשֵׁב, וּמֵאֵין בְּהֵמָה. 10

Thus saith the LORD:

Yet again there shall be heard in this place, whereof ye say:

It is waste, without man and without beast, even in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, that are desolate, without man and without inhabitant and without beast,

יא  קוֹל שָׂשׂוֹן וְקוֹל שִׂמְחָה, קוֹל חָתָן וְקוֹל כַּלָּה, קוֹל אֹמְרִים הוֹדוּ אֶת-יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת כִּי-טוֹב יְהוָה כִּי-לְעוֹלָם חַסְדּוֹ, מְבִאִים תּוֹדָה בֵּית יְהוָה:  כִּי-אָשִׁיב אֶת-שְׁבוּת-הָאָרֶץ כְּבָרִאשֹׁנָה, אָמַר יְהוָה.  {ס} 11

the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that say:

‘Give thanks to the LORD of hosts, for the LORD is good, for His mercy endureth for ever’,

even of them that bring offerings of thanksgiving into the house of the LORD. For I will cause the captivity of the land to return as at the first, saith the LORD. {S}

יב  כֹּה-אָמַר, יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת, עוֹד יִהְיֶה בַּמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה הֶחָרֵב מֵאֵין-אָדָם וְעַד-בְּהֵמָה, וּבְכָל-עָרָיו–נְוֵה רֹעִים, מַרְבִּצִים צֹאן. 12

Thus saith the LORD of hosts:

Yet again shall there be in this place, which is waste, without man and without beast, and in all the cities thereof, a habitation of shepherds causing their flocks to lie down.

יג  בְּעָרֵי הָהָר בְּעָרֵי הַשְּׁפֵלָה, וּבְעָרֵי הַנֶּגֶב, וּבְאֶרֶץ בִּנְיָמִן וּבִסְבִיבֵי יְרוּשָׁלִַם, וּבְעָרֵי יְהוּדָה–עֹד תַּעֲבֹרְנָה הַצֹּאן עַל-יְדֵי מוֹנֶה, אָמַר יְהוָה.  {ס} 13

In the cities of the hill-country, in the cities of the Lowland, and in the cities of the South, and in the land of Benjamin, and in the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, shall the flocks again pass under the hands of him that counteth them, saith the LORD. {S}

יד  הִנֵּה יָמִים בָּאִים, נְאֻם-יְהוָה; וַהֲקִמֹתִי אֶת-הַדָּבָר הַטּוֹב, אֲשֶׁר דִּבַּרְתִּי אֶל-בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל וְעַל-בֵּית יְהוּדָה. 14 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will perform that good word which I have spoken concerning the house of Israel and concerning the house of Judah.

טו  בַּיָּמִים הָהֵם וּבָעֵת הַהִיא, אַצְמִיחַ לְדָוִד צֶמַח צְדָקָה; וְעָשָׂה מִשְׁפָּט וּצְדָקָה, בָּאָרֶץ. 15

In those days, and at that time, will I cause a shoot of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.

טז  בַּיָּמִים הָהֵם תִּוָּשַׁע יְהוּדָה, וִירוּשָׁלִַם תִּשְׁכּוֹן לָבֶטַח; וְזֶה אֲשֶׁר-יִקְרָא-לָהּ, יְהוָה צִדְקֵנוּ.  {ס} 16

In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely; and this is the name whereby she shall be called, the LORD is our righteousness. {S}

יז  כִּי-כֹה, אָמַר יְהוָה:  לֹא-יִכָּרֵת לְדָוִד–אִישׁ, יֹשֵׁב עַל-כִּסֵּא בֵית-יִשְׂרָאֵל. 17

For thus saith the LORD:

There shall not be cut off unto David a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel;

יח  וְלַכֹּהֲנִים, הַלְוִיִּם, לֹא-יִכָּרֵת אִישׁ, מִלְּפָנָי:  מַעֲלֶה עוֹלָה וּמַקְטִיר מִנְחָה, וְעֹשֶׂה זֶּבַח–כָּל-הַיָּמִים.  {פ} 18

neither shall there be cut off unto the priests the Levites a man before Me to offer burnt-offerings, and to burn meal-offerings, and to do sacrifice continually. {P}

יט  וַיְהִי, דְּבַר-יְהוָה, אֶל-יִרְמְיָהוּ, לֵאמוֹר. 19

And the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah, saying:

כ  כֹּה, אָמַר יְהוָה, אִם-תָּפֵרוּ אֶת-בְּרִיתִי הַיּוֹם, וְאֶת-בְּרִיתִי הַלָּיְלָה; וּלְבִלְתִּי הֱיוֹת יוֹמָם-וָלַיְלָה, בְּעִתָּם. 20

Thus saith the LORD:

If ye can break My covenant with the day, and My covenant with the night, so that there should not be day and night in their season;

כא  גַּם-בְּרִיתִי תֻפַר אֶת-דָּוִד עַבְדִּי, מִהְיוֹת-לוֹ בֵן מֹלֵךְ עַל-כִּסְאוֹ; וְאֶת-הַלְוִיִּם הַכֹּהֲנִים, מְשָׁרְתָי. 21

Then may also My covenant be broken with David My servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne; and with the Levites the priests, My ministers.

כב  אֲשֶׁר לֹא-יִסָּפֵר צְבָא הַשָּׁמַיִם, וְלֹא יִמַּד חוֹל הַיָּם–כֵּן אַרְבֶּה, אֶת-זֶרַע דָּוִד עַבְדִּי, וְאֶת-הַלְוִיִּם, מְשָׁרְתֵי אֹתִי.  {ס} 22 As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured; so will I multiply the seed of David My servant, and the Levites that minister unto Me. {S}

כג  וַיְהִי, דְּבַר-יְהוָה, אֶל-יִרְמְיָהוּ, לֵאמֹר. 23

And the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying:

כד  הֲלוֹא רָאִיתָ, מָה-הָעָם הַזֶּה דִּבְּרוּ לֵאמֹר, שְׁתֵּי הַמִּשְׁפָּחוֹת אֲשֶׁר בָּחַר יְהוָה בָּהֶם, וַיִּמְאָסֵם; וְאֶת-עַמִּי, יִנְאָצוּן, מִהְיוֹת עוֹד, גּוֹי לִפְנֵיהֶם.  {ס} 24

‘Considerest thou not what this people have spoken, saying:

The two families which the LORD did choose, He hath cast them off? and they contemn My people, that they should be no more a nation before them. {S}

כה  כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה, אִם-לֹא בְרִיתִי יוֹמָם וָלָיְלָה–חֻקּוֹת שָׁמַיִם וָאָרֶץ, לֹא-שָׂמְתִּי. 25

Thus saith the LORD:

If My covenant be not with day and night, if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth;

כו  גַּם-זֶרַע יַעֲקוֹב וְדָוִד עַבְדִּי אֶמְאַס, מִקַּחַת מִזַּרְעוֹ מֹשְׁלִים, אֶל-זֶרַע אַבְרָהָם, יִשְׂחָק וְיַעֲקֹב:  כִּי-אשוב (אָשִׁיב) אֶת-שְׁבוּתָם, וְרִחַמְתִּים.  {פ} 26

then will I also cast away the seed of Jacob, and of David My servant, so that I will not take of his seed to be rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; for I will cause their captivity to return, and will have compassion on them.’ {P}

Chapter 34

א  הַדָּבָר אֲשֶׁר-הָיָה אֶל-יִרְמְיָהוּ, מֵאֵת יְהוָה; וּנְבוּכַדְרֶאצַּר מֶלֶךְ-בָּבֶל וְכָל-חֵילוֹ וְכָל-מַמְלְכוֹת אֶרֶץ מֶמְשֶׁלֶת יָדוֹ וְכָל-הָעַמִּים, נִלְחָמִים עַל-יְרוּשָׁלִַם וְעַל-כָּל-עָרֶיהָ–לֵאמֹר. 1

The word which came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, when Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and all his army, and all the kingdoms of the land of his dominion, and all the peoples, fought against Jerusalem, and against all the cities thereof, saying:

ב  כֹּה-אָמַר יְהוָה, אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, הָלֹךְ וְאָמַרְתָּ, אֶל-צִדְקִיָּהוּ מֶלֶךְ יְהוּדָה; וְאָמַרְתָּ אֵלָיו, כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה, הִנְנִי נֹתֵן אֶת-הָעִיר הַזֹּאת בְּיַד מֶלֶךְ-בָּבֶל, וּשְׂרָפָהּ בָּאֵשׁ. 2

Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel:

Go, and speak to Zedekiah king of Judah, and tell him:

Thus saith the LORD:

Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire;

ג  וְאַתָּה, לֹא תִמָּלֵט מִיָּדוֹ–כִּי תָּפֹשׂ תִּתָּפֵשׂ, וּבְיָדוֹ תִּנָּתֵן; וְעֵינֶיךָ אֶת-עֵינֵי מֶלֶךְ-בָּבֶל תִּרְאֶינָה, וּפִיהוּ אֶת-פִּיךָ יְדַבֵּר–וּבָבֶל תָּבוֹא. 3

and thou shalt not escape out of his hand, but shalt surely be taken, and delivered into his hand; and thine eyes shall behold the eyes of the king of Babylon, and he shall speak with thee mouth to mouth, and thou shalt go to Babylon.

ד  אַךְ שְׁמַע דְּבַר-יְהוָה, צִדְקִיָּהוּ מֶלֶךְ יְהוּדָה; כֹּה-אָמַר יְהוָה עָלֶיךָ, לֹא תָמוּת בֶּחָרֶב. 4

Yet hear the word of the LORD, O Zedekiah king of Judah:

Thus saith the LORD concerning thee:

Thou shalt not die by the sword;

ה  בְּשָׁלוֹם תָּמוּת, וּכְמִשְׂרְפוֹת אֲבוֹתֶיךָ הַמְּלָכִים הָרִאשֹׁנִים אֲשֶׁר-הָיוּ לְפָנֶיךָ כֵּן יִשְׂרְפוּ-לָךְ, וְהוֹי אָדוֹן, יִסְפְּדוּ-לָךְ:  כִּי-דָבָר אֲנִי-דִבַּרְתִּי, נְאֻם-יְהוָה.  {ס} 5

thou shalt die in peace; and with the burnings of thy fathers, the former kings that were before thee, so shall they make a burning for thee; and they shall lament thee:

‘Ah lord!’

for I have spoken the word, saith the LORD. {S}

ו  וַיְדַבֵּר יִרְמְיָהוּ הַנָּבִיא, אֶל-צִדְקִיָּהוּ מֶלֶךְ יְהוּדָה, אֵת כָּל-הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה, בִּירוּשָׁלִָם. 6

Then Jeremiah the prophet spoke all these words unto Zedekiah king of Judah in Jerusalem,

ז  וְחֵיל מֶלֶךְ-בָּבֶל, נִלְחָמִים עַל-יְרוּשָׁלִַם, וְעַל כָּל-עָרֵי יְהוּדָה, הַנּוֹתָרוֹת:  אֶל-לָכִישׁ, וְאֶל-עֲזֵקָה, כִּי הֵנָּה נִשְׁאֲרוּ בְּעָרֵי יְהוּדָה, עָרֵי מִבְצָר.  {פ} 7

when the king of Babylon’s army fought against Jerusalem, and against all the cities of Judah that were left, against Lachish and against Azekah; for these alone remained of the cities of Judah as fortified cities. {P}

ח  הַדָּבָר אֲשֶׁר-הָיָה אֶל-יִרְמְיָהוּ, מֵאֵת יְהוָה–אַחֲרֵי כְּרֹת הַמֶּלֶךְ צִדְקִיָּהוּ בְּרִית, אֶת-כָּל-הָעָם אֲשֶׁר בִּירוּשָׁלִַם, לִקְרֹא לָהֶם, דְּרוֹר. 8

The word that came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, after that the king Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people that were at Jerusalem, to proclaim liberty unto them;

ט  לְשַׁלַּח אִישׁ אֶת-עַבְדּוֹ וְאִישׁ אֶת-שִׁפְחָתוֹ, הָעִבְרִי וְהָעִבְרִיָּה–חָפְשִׁים:  לְבִלְתִּי עֲבָד-בָּם בִּיהוּדִי אָחִיהוּ, אִישׁ. 9 that every man should let his manservant, and every man his maidservant, being a Hebrew man or a Hebrew woman, go free; that none should make bondmen of them, even of a Jew his brother;

י  וַיִּשְׁמְעוּ כָל-הַשָּׂרִים וְכָל-הָעָם אֲשֶׁר-בָּאוּ בַבְּרִית, לְשַׁלַּח אִישׁ אֶת-עַבְדּוֹ וְאִישׁ אֶת-שִׁפְחָתוֹ חָפְשִׁים, לְבִלְתִּי עֲבָד-בָּם, עוֹד; וַיִּשְׁמְעוּ, וַיְשַׁלֵּחוּ. 10

and all the princes and all the people hearkened, that had entered into the covenant to let every one his man-servant, and every one his maid-servant, go free, and not to make bondmen of them any more; they hearkened, and let them go;

יא  וַיָּשׁוּבוּ, אַחֲרֵי-כֵן, וַיָּשִׁבוּ אֶת-הָעֲבָדִים וְאֶת-הַשְּׁפָחוֹת, אֲשֶׁר שִׁלְּחוּ חָפְשִׁים; ויכבישום (וַיִּכְבְּשׁוּם), לַעֲבָדִים וְלִשְׁפָחוֹת.  {פ} 11

but afterwards they turned, and caused the servants and the handmaids, whom they had let go free, to return, and brought them into subjection for servants and for handmaids; {P}

יב  וַיְהִי דְבַר-יְהוָה אֶל-יִרְמְיָהוּ, מֵאֵת יְהוָה לֵאמֹר. 12

therefore the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying:

יג  כֹּה-אָמַר יְהוָה, אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל:  אָנֹכִי, כָּרַתִּי בְרִית אֶת-אֲבוֹתֵיכֶם, בְּיוֹם הוֹצִאִי אוֹתָם מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם, מִבֵּית עֲבָדִים לֵאמֹר. 13

Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel:

I Myself made a covenant with your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage, saying:

יד  מִקֵּץ שֶׁבַע שָׁנִים תְּשַׁלְּחוּ אִישׁ אֶת-אָחִיו הָעִבְרִי אֲשֶׁר-יִמָּכֵר לְךָ, וַעֲבָדְךָ שֵׁשׁ שָׁנִים, וְשִׁלַּחְתּוֹ חָפְשִׁי, מֵעִמָּךְ; וְלֹא-שָׁמְעוּ אֲבוֹתֵיכֶם אֵלַי, וְלֹא הִטּוּ אֶת-אָזְנָם. 14 ‘At the end of seven years ye shall let go every man his brother that is a Hebrew, that hath been sold unto thee, and hath served thee six years, thou shalt let him go free from thee’;

but your fathers hearkened not unto Me, neither inclined their ear.

טו  וַתָּשֻׁבוּ אַתֶּם הַיּוֹם, וַתַּעֲשׂוּ אֶת-הַיָּשָׁר בְּעֵינַי, לִקְרֹא דְרוֹר, אִישׁ לְרֵעֵהוּ; וַתִּכְרְתוּ בְרִית, לְפָנַי, בַּבַּיִת, אֲשֶׁר-נִקְרָא שְׁמִי עָלָיו. 15

And ye were now turned, and had done that which is right in Mine eyes, in proclaiming liberty every man to his neighbour; and ye had made a covenant before Me in the house whereon My name is called;

טז  וַתָּשֻׁבוּ, וַתְּחַלְּלוּ אֶת-שְׁמִי, וַתָּשִׁבוּ אִישׁ אֶת-עַבְדּוֹ וְאִישׁ אֶת-שִׁפְחָתוֹ, אֲשֶׁר-שִׁלַּחְתֶּם חָפְשִׁים לְנַפְשָׁם; וַתִּכְבְּשׁוּ אֹתָם–לִהְיוֹת לָכֶם, לַעֲבָדִים וְלִשְׁפָחוֹת.  {ס} 16

but ye turned and profaned My name, and caused every man his servant, and every man his handmaid, whom ye had let go free at their pleasure, to return; and ye brought them into subjection, to be unto you for servants and for handmaids. {S}

יז  לָכֵן, כֹּה-אָמַר יְהוָה, אַתֶּם לֹא-שְׁמַעְתֶּם אֵלַי, לִקְרֹא דְרוֹר אִישׁ לְאָחִיו וְאִישׁ לְרֵעֵהוּ; הִנְנִי קֹרֵא לָכֶם דְּרוֹר נְאֻם-יְהוָה, אֶל-הַחֶרֶב אֶל-הַדֶּבֶר וְאֶל-הָרָעָב, וְנָתַתִּי אֶתְכֶם לזועה (לְזַעֲוָה), לְכֹל מַמְלְכוֹת הָאָרֶץ. 17

Therefore thus saith the LORD:

Ye have not hearkened unto Me, to proclaim liberty, every man to his brother, and every man to his neighbour; behold, I proclaim for you a liberty, saith the LORD, unto the sword, unto the pestilence, and unto the famine; and I will make you a horror unto all the kingdoms of the earth.

יח  וְנָתַתִּי אֶת-הָאֲנָשִׁים, הָעֹבְרִים אֶת-בְּרִתִי, אֲשֶׁר לֹא-הֵקִימוּ אֶת-דִּבְרֵי הַבְּרִית, אֲשֶׁר כָּרְתוּ לְפָנָי–הָעֵגֶל אֲשֶׁר כָּרְתוּ לִשְׁנַיִם, וַיַּעַבְרוּ בֵּין בְּתָרָיו. 18

And I will give the men that have transgressed My covenant, that have not performed the words of the covenant which they made before Me, when they cut the calf in twain and passed between the parts thereof;

יט  שָׂרֵי יְהוּדָה וְשָׂרֵי יְרוּשָׁלִַם, הַסָּרִסִים וְהַכֹּהֲנִים, וְכֹל, עַם הָאָרֶץ–הָעֹבְרִים, בֵּין בִּתְרֵי הָעֵגֶל. 19

the princes of Judah, and the princes of Jerusalem, the officers, and the priests, and all the people of the land, that passed between the parts of the calf;

כ  וְנָתַתִּי אוֹתָם בְּיַד אֹיְבֵיהֶם, וּבְיַד מְבַקְשֵׁי נַפְשָׁם; וְהָיְתָה נִבְלָתָם לְמַאֲכָל, לְעוֹף הַשָּׁמַיִם וּלְבֶהֱמַת הָאָרֶץ. 20

I will even give them into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of them that seek their life; and their dead bodies shall be for food unto the fowls of the heaven, and to the beasts of the earth.

כא  וְאֶת-צִדְקִיָּהוּ מֶלֶךְ-יְהוּדָה וְאֶת-שָׂרָיו, אֶתֵּן בְּיַד אֹיְבֵיהֶם, וּבְיַד, מְבַקְשֵׁי נַפְשָׁם; וּבְיַד, חֵיל מֶלֶךְ בָּבֶל, הָעֹלִים, מֵעֲלֵיכֶם. 21

And Zedekiah king of Judah and his princes will I give into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of them that seek their life, and into the hand of the king of Babylon’s army, that are gone up from you.

כב  הִנְנִי מְצַוֶּה נְאֻם-יְהוָה, וַהֲשִׁבֹתִים אֶל-הָעִיר הַזֹּאת וְנִלְחֲמוּ עָלֶיהָ, וּלְכָדוּהָ, וּשְׂרָפֻהָ בָאֵשׁ; וְאֶת-עָרֵי יְהוּדָה אֶתֵּן שְׁמָמָה, מֵאֵין יֹשֵׁב.  {פ} 22

Behold, I will command, saith the LORD, and cause them to return to this city; and they shall fight against it, and take it, and burn it with fire; and I will make the cities of Judah a desolation, without inhabitant. {P}

Chapter 35

א  הַדָּבָר אֲשֶׁר-הָיָה אֶל-יִרְמְיָהוּ, מֵאֵת יְהוָה, בִּימֵי יְהוֹיָקִים בֶּן-יֹאשִׁיָּהוּ מֶלֶךְ יְהוּדָה, לֵאמֹר. 1

The word which came unto Jeremiah from the LORD in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, saying:

ב  הָלוֹךְ, אֶל-בֵּית הָרֵכָבִים, וְדִבַּרְתָּ אוֹתָם, וַהֲבִאוֹתָם בֵּית יְהוָה אֶל-אַחַת הַלְּשָׁכוֹת; וְהִשְׁקִיתָ אוֹתָם, יָיִן. 2

‘Go unto the house of the Rechabites, and speak unto them, and bring them into the house of the LORD, into one of the chambers, and give them wine to drink.’

ג  וָאֶקַּח אֶת-יַאֲזַנְיָה בֶן-יִרְמְיָהוּ, בֶּן-חֲבַצִּנְיָה, וְאֶת-אֶחָיו, וְאֶת-כָּל-בָּנָיו–וְאֵת, כָּל-בֵּית הָרֵכָבִים. 3

Then I took Jaazaniah the son of Jeremiah, the son of Habazziniah, and his brethren, and all his sons, and the whole house of the Rechabites;

ד  וָאָבִא אֹתָם, בֵּית יְהוָה, אֶל-לִשְׁכַּת בְּנֵי חָנָן בֶּן-יִגְדַּלְיָהוּ, אִישׁ הָאֱלֹהִים–אֲשֶׁר-אֵצֶל, לִשְׁכַּת הַשָּׂרִים, אֲשֶׁר מִמַּעַל לְלִשְׁכַּת מַעֲשֵׂיָהוּ בֶן-שַׁלֻּם, שֹׁמֵר הַסַּף. 4

and I brought them into the house of the LORD, into the chamber of the sons of Hanan the son of Igdaliah, the man of God, which was by the chamber of the princes, which was above the chamber of Maaseiah the son of Shallum, the keeper of the door;

ה  וָאֶתֵּן לִפְנֵי בְּנֵי בֵית-הָרֵכָבִים, גְּבִעִים מְלֵאִים יַיִן–וְכֹסוֹת; וָאֹמַר אֲלֵיהֶם, שְׁתוּ-יָיִן. 5

and I set before the sons of the house of the Rechabites goblets full of wine, and cups, and I said unto them:

‘Drink ye wine.’

ו  וַיֹּאמְרוּ, לֹא נִשְׁתֶּה-יָּיִן:  כִּי יוֹנָדָב בֶּן-רֵכָב אָבִינוּ, צִוָּה עָלֵינוּ לֵאמֹר, לֹא תִשְׁתּוּ-יַיִן אַתֶּם וּבְנֵיכֶם, עַד-עוֹלָם. 6

But they said:

‘We will drink no wine; for Jonadab the son of Rechab our father commanded us, saying:

Ye shall drink no wine, neither ye, nor your sons, for ever;

ז  וּבַיִת לֹא-תִבְנוּ, וְזֶרַע לֹא-תִזְרָעוּ וְכֶרֶם לֹא-תִטָּעוּ, וְלֹא יִהְיֶה, לָכֶם:  כִּי בָּאֳהָלִים תֵּשְׁבוּ, כָּל-יְמֵיכֶם, לְמַעַן תִּחְיוּ יָמִים רַבִּים עַל-פְּנֵי הָאֲדָמָה, אֲשֶׁר אַתֶּם גָּרִים שָׁם. 7

neither shall ye build house, nor sow seed, nor plant vineyard, nor have any; but all your days ye shall dwell in tents, that ye may live many days in the land wherein ye sojourn.

ח  וַנִּשְׁמַע, בְּקוֹל יְהוֹנָדָב בֶּן-רֵכָב אָבִינוּ, לְכֹל, אֲשֶׁר צִוָּנוּ:  לְבִלְתִּי שְׁתוֹת-יַיִן, כָּל-יָמֵינוּ–אֲנַחְנוּ נָשֵׁינוּ, בָּנֵינוּ וּבְנֹתֵינוּ. 8 And we have hearkened to the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab our father in all that he charged us, to drink no wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons, nor our daughters;

ט  וּלְבִלְתִּי בְּנוֹת בָּתִּים, לְשִׁבְתֵּנוּ; וְכֶרֶם וְשָׂדֶה וָזֶרַע, לֹא יִהְיֶה-לָּנוּ. 9

nor to build houses for us to dwell in, neither to have vineyard, or field, or seed;

י  וַנֵּשֶׁב, בָּאֳהָלִים; וַנִּשְׁמַע וַנַּעַשׂ, כְּכֹל אֲשֶׁר-צִוָּנוּ יוֹנָדָב אָבִינוּ. 10

but we have dwelt in tents, and have hearkened, and done according to all that Jonadab our father commanded us.

יא  וַיְהִי, בַּעֲלוֹת נְבוּכַדְרֶאצַּר מֶלֶךְ-בָּבֶל אֶל-הָאָרֶץ, וַנֹּאמֶר בֹּאוּ וְנָבוֹא יְרוּשָׁלִַם, מִפְּנֵי חֵיל הַכַּשְׂדִּים וּמִפְּנֵי חֵיל אֲרָם; וַנֵּשֶׁב, בִּירוּשָׁלִָם.  {פ} 11

But it came to pass, when Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon came up against the land, that we said:

Come, and let us go to Jerusalem for fear of the army of the Chaldeans, and for fear of the army of the Arameans; so we dwell at Jerusalem.’ {P}

יב  וַיְהִי, דְּבַר-יְהוָה, אֶל-יִרְמְיָהוּ, לֵאמֹר. 12

Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying:

יג  כֹּה-אָמַר יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת, אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, הָלֹךְ וְאָמַרְתָּ לְאִישׁ יְהוּדָה, וּלְיוֹשְׁבֵי יְרוּשָׁלִָם:  הֲלוֹא תִקְחוּ מוּסָר לִשְׁמֹעַ אֶל-דְּבָרַי, נְאֻם-יְהוָה. 13

‘Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel:

Go, and say to the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem:

Will ye not receive instruction to hearken to My words? saith the LORD.

יד  הוּקַם אֶת-דִּבְרֵי יְהוֹנָדָב בֶּן-רֵכָב אֲשֶׁר-צִוָּה אֶת-בָּנָיו לְבִלְתִּי שְׁתוֹת-יַיִן, וְלֹא שָׁתוּ עַד-הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה–כִּי שָׁמְעוּ, אֵת מִצְוַת אֲבִיהֶם; וְאָנֹכִי דִּבַּרְתִּי אֲלֵיכֶם, הַשְׁכֵּם וְדַבֵּר–וְלֹא שְׁמַעְתֶּם, אֵלָי. 14

The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his sons, not to drink wine, are performed, and unto this day they drink none, for they hearken to their father’s commandment; but I have spoken unto you, speaking betimes and often, and ye have not hearkened unto Me.

טו  וָאֶשְׁלַח אֲלֵיכֶם אֶת-כָּל-עֲבָדַי הַנְּבִאִים הַשְׁכֵּם וְשָׁלֹחַ לֵאמֹר שֻׁבוּ-נָא אִישׁ מִדַּרְכּוֹ הָרָעָה וְהֵיטִיבוּ מַעַלְלֵיכֶם, וְאַל-תֵּלְכוּ אַחֲרֵי אֱלֹהִים אֲחֵרִים לְעָבְדָם, וּשְׁבוּ אֶל-הָאֲדָמָה, אֲשֶׁר-נָתַתִּי לָכֶם וְלַאֲבֹתֵיכֶם; וְלֹא הִטִּיתֶם אֶת-אָזְנְכֶם, וְלֹא שְׁמַעְתֶּם אֵלָי. 15

I have sent also unto you all My servants the prophets, sending them betimes and often, saying:

Return ye now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers; but ye have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto Me.

טז  כִּי הֵקִימוּ, בְּנֵי יְהוֹנָדָב בֶּן-רֵכָב, אֶת-מִצְוַת אֲבִיהֶם, אֲשֶׁר צִוָּם; וְהָעָם הַזֶּה, לֹא שָׁמְעוּ אֵלָי. 16

Because the sons of Jonadab the son of Rechab have performed the commandment of their father which he commanded them, but this people hath not hearkened unto Me;

יז  לָכֵן כֹּה-אָמַר יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵי צְבָאוֹת, אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, הִנְנִי מֵבִיא אֶל-יְהוּדָה וְאֶל כָּל-יוֹשְׁבֵי יְרוּשָׁלִַם, אֵת כָּל-הָרָעָה אֲשֶׁר דִּבַּרְתִּי עֲלֵיהֶם:  יַעַן דִּבַּרְתִּי אֲלֵיהֶם וְלֹא שָׁמֵעוּ, וָאֶקְרָא לָהֶם וְלֹא עָנוּ. 17

therefore thus saith the LORD, the God of hosts, the God of Israel:

Behold, I will bring upon Judah and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the evil that I have pronounced against them; because I have spoken unto them, but they have not heard, and I have called unto them, but they have not answered.’

יח  וּלְבֵית הָרֵכָבִים אָמַר יִרְמְיָהוּ, כֹּה-אָמַר יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, יַעַן אֲשֶׁר שְׁמַעְתֶּם, עַל-מִצְוַת יְהוֹנָדָב אֲבִיכֶם; וַתִּשְׁמְרוּ, אֶת-כָּל-מִצְו‍ֹתָיו, וַתַּעֲשׂוּ, כְּכֹל אֲשֶׁר-צִוָּה אֶתְכֶם. 18

And unto the house of the Rechabites Jeremiah said:

Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel:

Because ye have hearkened to the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done according unto all that he commanded you;

יט  לָכֵן, כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת–אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל:  לֹא-יִכָּרֵת אִישׁ לְיוֹנָדָב בֶּן-רֵכָב, עֹמֵד לְפָנַי–כָּל-הַיָּמִים.  {פ} 19

therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel:

There shall not be cut off unto Jonadab the son of Rechab a man to stand before Me for ever.’ {P}

Chapter 36

א  וַיְהִי בַּשָּׁנָה הָרְבִעִית, לִיהוֹיָקִים בֶּן-יֹאשִׁיָּהוּ מֶלֶךְ יְהוּדָה; הָיָה הַדָּבָר הַזֶּה, אֶל-יִרְמְיָהוּ, מֵאֵת יְהוָה, לֵאמֹר. 1

And it came to pass in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, that this word came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, saying:

ב  קַח-לְךָ, מְגִלַּת-סֵפֶר, וְכָתַבְתָּ אֵלֶיהָ אֵת כָּל-הַדְּבָרִים אֲשֶׁר-דִּבַּרְתִּי אֵלֶיךָ עַל-יִשְׂרָאֵל וְעַל-יְהוּדָה, וְעַל-כָּל-הַגּוֹיִם–מִיּוֹם דִּבַּרְתִּי אֵלֶיךָ, מִימֵי יֹאשִׁיָּהוּ, וְעַד, הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה. 2

‘Take thee a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken unto thee against Israel, and against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spoke unto thee, from the days of Josiah, even unto this day.

ג  אוּלַי יִשְׁמְעוּ, בֵּית יְהוּדָה, אֵת כָּל-הָרָעָה, אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי חֹשֵׁב לַעֲשׂוֹת לָהֶם–לְמַעַן יָשׁוּבוּ, אִישׁ מִדַּרְכּוֹ הָרָעָה, וְסָלַחְתִּי לַעֲו‍ֹנָם, וּלְחַטָּאתָם.  {ס} 3

It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from his evil way, and I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.’ {S}

ד  וַיִּקְרָא יִרְמְיָהוּ, אֶת-בָּרוּךְ בֶּן-נֵרִיָּה; וַיִּכְתֹּב בָּרוּךְ מִפִּי יִרְמְיָהוּ, אֵת כָּל-דִּבְרֵי יְהוָה אֲשֶׁר-דִּבֶּר אֵלָיו–עַל-מְגִלַּת-סֵפֶר. 4 Then Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah; and Baruch wrote from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the LORD, which He had spoken unto him, upon a roll of a book.

ה  וַיְצַוֶּה יִרְמְיָהוּ, אֶת-בָּרוּךְ לֵאמֹר:  אֲנִי עָצוּר–לֹא אוּכַל, לָבוֹא בֵּית יְהוָה. 5

And Jeremiah commanded Baruch, saying:

‘I am detained, I cannot go into the house of the LORD;

ו  וּבָאתָ אַתָּה וְקָרָאתָ בַמְּגִלָּה אֲשֶׁר-כָּתַבְתָּ-מִפִּי אֶת-דִּבְרֵי יְהוָה בְּאָזְנֵי הָעָם, בֵּית יְהוָה–בְּיוֹם צוֹם; וְגַם בְּאָזְנֵי כָל-יְהוּדָה הַבָּאִים מֵעָרֵיהֶם, תִּקְרָאֵם. 6

therefore go thou, and read in the roll, which thou hast written from my mouth, the words of the LORD in the ears of the people in the LORD’S house upon a fast-day; and also thou shalt read them in the ears of all Judah that come out of their cities.

ז  אוּלַי תִּפֹּל תְּחִנָּתָם, לִפְנֵי יְהוָה, וְיָשֻׁבוּ, אִישׁ מִדַּרְכּוֹ הָרָעָה:  כִּי-גָדוֹל הָאַף וְהַחֵמָה, אֲשֶׁר-דִּבֶּר יְהוָה אֶל-הָעָם הַזֶּה. 7 It may be they will present their supplication before the LORD, and will return every one from his evil way; for great is the anger and the fury that the LORD hath pronounced against this people.’

ח  וַיַּעַשׂ, בָּרוּךְ בֶּן-נֵרִיָּה, כְּכֹל אֲשֶׁר-צִוָּהוּ, יִרְמְיָהוּ הַנָּבִיא–לִקְרֹא בַסֵּפֶר דִּבְרֵי יְהוָה, בֵּית יְהוָה.  {פ} 8

And Baruch the son of Neriah did according to all that Jeremiah the prophet commanded him, reading in the book the words of the LORD in the LORD’S house. {P}

ט  וַיְהִי בַשָּׁנָה הַחֲמִשִׁית לִיהוֹיָקִים בֶּן-יֹאשִׁיָּהוּ מֶלֶךְ-יְהוּדָה, בַּחֹדֶשׁ הַתְּשִׁעִי, קָרְאוּ צוֹם לִפְנֵי יְהוָה כָּל-הָעָם, בִּירוּשָׁלִָם; וְכָל-הָעָם, הַבָּאִים מֵעָרֵי יְהוּדָה–בִּירוּשָׁלִָם. 9

Now it came to pass in the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, in the ninth month, that they proclaimed a fast before the LORD, all the people in Jerusalem, and all the people that came from the cities of Judah unto Jerusalem.

י  וַיִּקְרָא בָרוּךְ בַּסֵּפֶר אֶת-דִּבְרֵי יִרְמְיָהוּ, בֵּית יְהוָה–בְּלִשְׁכַּת גְּמַרְיָהוּ בֶן-שָׁפָן הַסֹּפֵר בֶּחָצֵר הָעֶלְיוֹן, פֶּתַח שַׁעַר בֵּית-יְהוָה הֶחָדָשׁ, בְּאָזְנֵי, כָּל-הָעָם. 10

Then did Baruch read in the book the words of Jeremiah in the house of the LORD, in the chamber of Gemariah the son of Shaphan the scribe, in the upper court, at the entry of the new gate of the LORD’S house, in the ears of all the people.

יא  וַיִּשְׁמַע מִכָיְהוּ בֶן-גְּמַרְיָהוּ בֶן-שָׁפָן, אֶת-כָּל-דִּבְרֵי יְהוָה–מֵעַל הַסֵּפֶר. 11

And when Micaiah the son of Gemariah, the son of Shaphan, had heard out of the book all the words of the LORD,

יב  וַיֵּרֶד בֵּית-הַמֶּלֶךְ, עַל-לִשְׁכַּת הַסֹּפֵר, וְהִנֵּה-שָׁם, כָּל-הַשָּׂרִים יוֹשְׁבִים:  אֱלִישָׁמָע הַסֹּפֵר וּדְלָיָהוּ בֶן-שְׁמַעְיָהוּ וְאֶלְנָתָן בֶּן-עַכְבּוֹר וּגְמַרְיָהוּ בֶן-שָׁפָן, וְצִדְקִיָּהוּ בֶן-חֲנַנְיָהוּ–וְכָל-הַשָּׂרִים. 12

he went down into the king’s house, into the scribe’s chamber; and, lo, all the princes sat there, even Elishama the scribe, and Delaiah the son of Shemaiah, and Elnathan the son of Achbor, and Gemariah the son of Shaphan, and Zedekiah the son of Hananiah, and all the princes.

יג  וַיַּגֵּד לָהֶם מִכָיְהוּ, אֵת כָּל-הַדְּבָרִים אֲשֶׁר שָׁמֵעַ, בִּקְרֹא בָרוּךְ בַּסֵּפֶר, בְּאָזְנֵי הָעָם. 13

Then Micaiah declared unto them all the words that he had heard, when Baruch read the book in the ears of the people.

יד  וַיִּשְׁלְחוּ כָל-הַשָּׂרִים אֶל-בָּרוּךְ, אֶת-יְהוּדִי בֶּן-נְתַנְיָהוּ בֶּן-שֶׁלֶמְיָהוּ בֶן-כּוּשִׁי לֵאמֹר, הַמְּגִלָּה אֲשֶׁר קָרָאתָ בָּהּ בְּאָזְנֵי הָעָם, קָחֶנָּה בְיָדְךָ וָלֵךְ; וַיִּקַּח בָּרוּךְ בֶּן-נֵרִיָּהוּ אֶת-הַמְּגִלָּה, בְּיָדוֹ, וַיָּבֹא, אֲלֵיהֶם. 14

Therefore all the princes sent Jehudi the son of Nethaniah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Cushi, unto Baruch, saying:

‘Take in thy hand the roll wherein thou hast read in the ears of the people, and come.’

So Baruch the son of Neriah took the roll in his hand, and came unto them.

טו  וַיֹּאמְרוּ אֵלָיו–שֵׁב נָא, וּקְרָאֶנָּה בְּאָזְנֵינוּ; וַיִּקְרָא בָרוּךְ, בְּאָזְנֵיהֶם. 15

And they said unto him:

‘Sit down now, and read it in our ears.’

So Baruch read it in their ears.

טז  וַיְהִי, כְּשָׁמְעָם אֶת-כָּל-הַדְּבָרִים, פָּחֲדוּ, אִישׁ אֶל-רֵעֵהוּ; וַיֹּאמְרוּ, אֶל-בָּרוּךְ, הַגֵּיד נַגִּיד לַמֶּלֶךְ, אֵת כָּל-הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה. 16

Now it came to pass, when they had heard all the words, they turned in fear one toward another, and said unto Baruch:

‘We will surely tell the king of all these words.’

יז  וְאֶת-בָּרוּךְ–שָׁאֲלוּ, לֵאמֹר:  הַגֶּד-נָא לָנוּ–אֵיךְ כָּתַבְתָּ אֶת-כָּל-הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה, מִפִּיו. 17

And they asked Baruch, saying:

‘Tell us now:

How didst thou write all these words at his mouth?’

יח  וַיֹּאמֶר לָהֶם, בָּרוּךְ, מִפִּיו יִקְרָא אֵלַי, אֵת כָּל-הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה; וַאֲנִי כֹּתֵב עַל-הַסֵּפֶר, בַּדְּיוֹ.  {ס} 18

Then Baruch answered them:

‘He pronounced all these words unto me with his mouth, and I wrote them with ink in the book.’ {S}

יט  וַיֹּאמְרוּ הַשָּׂרִים אֶל-בָּרוּךְ, לֵךְ הִסָּתֵר אַתָּה וְיִרְמְיָהוּ; וְאִישׁ אַל-יֵדַע, אֵיפֹה אַתֶּם. 19

Then said the princes unto Baruch:

‘Go, hide thee, thou and Jeremiah, and let no man know where ye are.’

כ  וַיָּבֹאוּ אֶל-הַמֶּלֶךְ, חָצֵרָה, וְאֶת-הַמְּגִלָּה הִפְקִדוּ, בְּלִשְׁכַּת אֱלִישָׁמָע הַסֹּפֵר; וַיַּגִּידוּ בְּאָזְנֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ, אֵת כָּל-הַדְּבָרִים. 20 And they went in to the king into the court; but they had deposited the roll in the chamber of Elishama the scribe; and they told all the words in the ears of the king.

כא  וַיִּשְׁלַח הַמֶּלֶךְ אֶת-יְהוּדִי, לָקַחַת אֶת-הַמְּגִלָּה, וַיִּקָּחֶהָ, מִלִּשְׁכַּת אֱלִישָׁמָע הַסֹּפֵר; וַיִּקְרָאֶהָ יְהוּדִי, בְּאָזְנֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ, וּבְאָזְנֵי כָּל-הַשָּׂרִים, הָעֹמְדִים מֵעַל הַמֶּלֶךְ. 21

So the king sent Jehudi to fetch the roll; and he took it out of the chamber of Elishama the scribe. And Jehudi read it in the ears of the king, and in the ears of all the princes that stood beside the king.

כב  וְהַמֶּלֶךְ, יוֹשֵׁב בֵּית הַחֹרֶף, בַּחֹדֶשׁ, הַתְּשִׁיעִי; וְאֶת-הָאָח, לְפָנָיו מְבֹעָרֶת. 22

Now the king was sitting in the winter-house in the ninth month; and the brazier was burning before him.

כג  וַיְהִי כִּקְרוֹא יְהוּדִי, שָׁלֹשׁ דְּלָתוֹת וְאַרְבָּעָה, יִקְרָעֶהָ בְּתַעַר הַסֹּפֵר, וְהַשְׁלֵךְ אֶל-הָאֵשׁ אֲשֶׁר אֶל-הָאָח:  עַד-תֹּם, כָּל-הַמְּגִלָּה, עַל-הָאֵשׁ, אֲשֶׁר עַל-הָאָח. 23

And it came to pass, when Jehudi had read three or four columns, that he cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the fire that was in the brazier, until all the roll was consumed in the fire that was in the brazier.

כד  וְלֹא פָחֲדוּ, וְלֹא קָרְעוּ אֶת-בִּגְדֵיהֶם–הַמֶּלֶךְ, וְכָל-עֲבָדָיו, הַשֹּׁמְעִים, אֵת כָּל-הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה. 24

Yet they were not afraid, nor rent their garments, neither the king, nor any of his servants that heard all these words.

כה  וְגַם אֶלְנָתָן וּדְלָיָהוּ וּגְמַרְיָהוּ הִפְגִּעוּ בַמֶּלֶךְ, לְבִלְתִּי שְׂרֹף אֶת-הַמְּגִלָּה; וְלֹא שָׁמַע, אֲלֵיהֶם. 25

Moreover Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah had entreated the king not to burn the roll; but he would not hear them.

כו  וַיְצַוֶּה הַמֶּלֶךְ אֶת-יְרַחְמְאֵל בֶּן-הַמֶּלֶךְ וְאֶת-שְׂרָיָהוּ בֶן-עַזְרִיאֵל, וְאֶת-שֶׁלֶמְיָהוּ בֶּן-עַבְדְּאֵל, לָקַחַת אֶת-בָּרוּךְ הַסֹּפֵר, וְאֵת יִרְמְיָהוּ הַנָּבִיא; וַיַּסְתִּרֵם, יְהוָה.  {ס} 26

And the king commanded Jerahmeel the king’s son, and Seraiah the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel, to take Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet; but the LORD hid them. {S}

כז  וַיְהִי דְבַר-יְהוָה, אֶל-יִרְמְיָהוּ–אַחֲרֵי שְׂרֹף הַמֶּלֶךְ, אֶת-הַמְּגִלָּה וְאֶת-הַדְּבָרִים, אֲשֶׁר כָּתַב בָּרוּךְ מִפִּי יִרְמְיָהוּ, לֵאמֹר. 27 Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, after that the king had burned the roll, and the words which Baruch wrote at the mouth of Jeremiah, saying:

כח  שׁוּב קַח-לְךָ, מְגִלָּה אַחֶרֶת; וּכְתֹב עָלֶיהָ, אֵת כָּל-הַדְּבָרִים הָרִאשֹׁנִים, אֲשֶׁר הָיוּ עַל-הַמְּגִלָּה הָרִאשֹׁנָה, אֲשֶׁר שָׂרַף יְהוֹיָקִים מֶלֶךְ-יְהוּדָה. 28

‘Take thee again another roll, and write in it all the former words that were in the first roll, which Jehoiakim the king of Judah hath burned.

כט  וְעַל-יְהוֹיָקִים מֶלֶךְ-יְהוּדָה תֹאמַר, כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה:  אַתָּה שָׂרַפְתָּ אֶת-הַמְּגִלָּה הַזֹּאת, לֵאמֹר, מַדּוּעַ כָּתַבְתָּ עָלֶיהָ לֵאמֹר בֹּא-יָבוֹא מֶלֶךְ-בָּבֶל וְהִשְׁחִית אֶת-הָאָרֶץ הַזֹּאת, וְהִשְׁבִּית מִמֶּנָּה אָדָם וּבְהֵמָה.  {ס} 29

And concerning Jehoiakim king of Judah thou shalt say:

Thus saith the LORD:

Thou hast burned this roll, saying:

Why hast thou written therein, saying:

The king of Babylon shall certainly come and destroy this land, and shall cause to cease from thence man and beast? {S}

ל  לָכֵן כֹּה-אָמַר יְהוָה, עַל-יְהוֹיָקִים מֶלֶךְ יְהוּדָה, לֹא-יִהְיֶה-לּוֹ יוֹשֵׁב, עַל-כִּסֵּא דָוִד; וְנִבְלָתוֹ תִּהְיֶה מֻשְׁלֶכֶת, לַחֹרֶב בַּיּוֹם וְלַקֶּרַח בַּלָּיְלָה. 30

Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning Jehoiakim king of Judah:

He shall have none to sit upon the throne of David; and his dead body shall be cast out in the day to the heat, and in the night to the frost.

לא  וּפָקַדְתִּי עָלָיו וְעַל-זַרְעוֹ וְעַל-עֲבָדָיו, אֶת-עֲו‍ֹנָם; וְהֵבֵאתִי עֲלֵיהֶם וְעַל-יֹשְׁבֵי יְרוּשָׁלִַם וְאֶל-אִישׁ יְהוּדָה, אֵת כָּל-הָרָעָה אֲשֶׁר-דִּבַּרְתִּי אֲלֵיהֶם–וְלֹא שָׁמֵעוּ. 31

And I will visit upon him and his seed and his servants their iniquity; and I will bring upon them, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and upon the men of Judah, all the evil that I have pronounced against them, but they hearkened not.’

לב  וְיִרְמְיָהוּ לָקַח מְגִלָּה אַחֶרֶת, וַיִּתְּנָהּ אֶל-בָּרוּךְ בֶּן-נֵרִיָּהוּ הַסֹּפֵר, וַיִּכְתֹּב עָלֶיהָ מִפִּי יִרְמְיָהוּ, אֵת כָּל-דִּבְרֵי הַסֵּפֶר אֲשֶׁר שָׂרַף יְהוֹיָקִים מֶלֶךְ-יְהוּדָה בָּאֵשׁ; וְעוֹד נוֹסַף עֲלֵיהֶם דְּבָרִים רַבִּים, כָּהֵמָּה.  {פ} 32

Then took Jeremiah another roll, and gave it to Baruch the scribe, the son of Neriah; who wrote therein from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the book which Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire; and there were added besides unto them many like words. {P}

Chapter 37

א  וַיִּמְלָךְ-מֶלֶךְ–צִדְקִיָּהוּ, בֶּן-יֹאשִׁיָּהוּ:  תַּחַת, כָּנְיָהוּ בֶּן-יְהוֹיָקִים, אֲשֶׁר הִמְלִיךְ נְבוּכַדְרֶאצַּר מֶלֶךְ-בָּבֶל, בְּאֶרֶץ יְהוּדָה. 1 And Zedekiah the son of Josiah reigned as king, instead of Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, whom Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon made king in the land of Judah.

ב  וְלֹא שָׁמַע הוּא וַעֲבָדָיו, וְעַם הָאָרֶץ:  אֶל-דִּבְרֵי יְהוָה–אֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר, בְּיַד יִרְמְיָהוּ הַנָּבִיא. 2

But neither he, nor his servants, nor the people of the land, did hearken unto the words of the LORD, which He spoke by the prophet Jeremiah.

ג  וַיִּשְׁלַח הַמֶּלֶךְ צִדְקִיָּהוּ אֶת-יְהוּכַל בֶּן-שֶׁלֶמְיָה, וְאֶת-צְפַנְיָהוּ בֶן-מַעֲשֵׂיָה הַכֹּהֵן, אֶל-יִרְמְיָהוּ הַנָּבִיא, לֵאמֹר:  הִתְפַּלֶּל-נָא בַעֲדֵנוּ, אֶל-יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ. 3

And Zedekiah the king sent Jehucal the son of Shelemiah, and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest, to the prophet Jeremiah, saying:

‘Pray now unto the LORD our God for us.’

ד  וְיִרְמְיָהוּ, בָּא וְיֹצֵא בְּתוֹךְ הָעָם; וְלֹא-נָתְנוּ אֹתוֹ, בֵּית הכליא (הַכְּלוּא). 4

Now Jeremiah came in and went out among the people; for they had not put him into prison.

ה  וְחֵיל פַּרְעֹה, יָצָא מִמִּצְרָיִם; וַיִּשְׁמְעוּ הַכַּשְׂדִּים הַצָּרִים עַל-יְרוּשָׁלִַם, אֶת-שִׁמְעָם, וַיֵּעָלוּ, מֵעַל יְרוּשָׁלִָם.  {פ} 5

And Pharaoh’s army was come forth out of Egypt; and when the Chaldeans that besieged Jerusalem heard tidings of them, they broke up from Jerusalem. {P}

ו  וַיְהִי, דְּבַר-יְהוָה, אֶל-יִרְמְיָהוּ הַנָּבִיא, לֵאמֹר. 6

Then came the word of the LORD unto the prophet Jeremiah, saying:

ז  כֹּה-אָמַר יְהוָה, אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, כֹּה תֹאמְרוּ אֶל-מֶלֶךְ יְהוּדָה, הַשֹּׁלֵחַ אֶתְכֶם אֵלַי לְדָרְשֵׁנִי:  הִנֵּה חֵיל פַּרְעֹה, הַיֹּצֵא לָכֶם לְעֶזְרָה, שָׁב לְאַרְצוֹ, מִצְרָיִם. 7

‘Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel:

Thus shall ye say to the king of Judah, that sent you unto Me to inquire of Me:

Behold, Pharaoh’s army, which is come forth to help you, shall return to Egypt into their own land.

ח  וְשָׁבוּ, הַכַּשְׂדִּים, וְנִלְחֲמוּ, עַל-הָעִיר הַזֹּאת; וּלְכָדֻהָ, וּשְׂרָפֻהָ בָאֵשׁ.  {פ} 8

And the Chaldeans shall return, and fight against this city; and they shall take it, and burn it with fire. {P}

ט  כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה, אַל-תַּשִּׁאוּ נַפְשֹׁתֵיכֶם לֵאמֹר, הָלֹךְ יֵלְכוּ מֵעָלֵינוּ, הַכַּשְׂדִּים:  כִּי-לֹא, יֵלֵכוּ. 9

Thus saith the LORD:

Deceive not yourselves, saying:

The Chaldeans shall surely depart from us; for they shall not depart.

י  כִּי אִם-הִכִּיתֶם כָּל-חֵיל כַּשְׂדִּים, הַנִּלְחָמִים אִתְּכֶם, וְנִשְׁאֲרוּ-בָם, אֲנָשִׁים מְדֻקָּרִים–אִישׁ בְּאָהֳלוֹ יָקוּמוּ, וְשָׂרְפוּ אֶת-הָעִיר הַזֹּאת בָּאֵשׁ. 10

For though ye had smitten the whole army of the Chaldeans that fight against you, and there remained but wounded men among them, yet would they rise up every man in his tent, and burn this city with fire.’

יא  וְהָיָה, בְּהֵעָלוֹת חֵיל הַכַּשְׂדִּים, מֵעַל, יְרוּשָׁלִָם–מִפְּנֵי, חֵיל פַּרְעֹה.  {ס} 11

And it came to pass, that when the army of the Chaldeans was broken up from Jerusalem for fear of Pharaoh’s army, {S}

יב  וַיֵּצֵא יִרְמְיָהוּ מִירוּשָׁלִַם, לָלֶכֶת אֶרֶץ בִּנְיָמִן, לַחֲלִק מִשָּׁם, בְּתוֹךְ הָעָם. 12

then Jeremiah went forth out of Jerusalem to go into the land of Benjamin, to receive his portion there, in the midst of the people.

יג  וַיְהִי-הוּא בְּשַׁעַר בִּנְיָמִן, וְשָׁם בַּעַל פְּקִדֻת, וּשְׁמוֹ יִרְאִיָּיה, בֶּן-שֶׁלֶמְיָה בֶּן-חֲנַנְיָה; וַיִּתְפֹּשׂ אֶת-יִרְמְיָהוּ הַנָּבִיא, לֵאמֹר, אֶל-הַכַּשְׂדִּים, אַתָּה נֹפֵל. 13

And when he was in the gate of Benjamin, a captain of the ward was there, whose name was Irijah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Hananiah; and he laid hold on Jeremiah the prophet, saying:

‘Thou fallest away to the Chaldeans.’

יד  וַיֹּאמֶר יִרְמְיָהוּ שֶׁקֶר, אֵינֶנִּי נֹפֵל עַל-הַכַּשְׂדִּים–וְלֹא שָׁמַע, אֵלָיו; וַיִּתְפֹּשׂ יִרְאִיָּיה בְּיִרְמְיָהוּ, וַיְבִאֵהוּ אֶל-הַשָּׂרִים. 14 Then said Jeremiah:

‘It is false; I fall not away to the Chaldeans’;

but he hearkened not to him; so Irijah laid hold on Jeremiah, and brought him to the princes.

טו  וַיִּקְצְפוּ הַשָּׂרִים עַל-יִרְמְיָהוּ, וְהִכּוּ אֹתוֹ; וְנָתְנוּ אוֹתוֹ בֵּית הָאֵסוּר, בֵּית יְהוֹנָתָן הַסֹּפֵר–כִּי-אֹתוֹ עָשׂוּ, לְבֵית הַכֶּלֶא. 15 And the princes were wroth with Jeremiah, and smote him, and put him in prison in the house of Jonathan the scribe; for they had made that the prison.

טז  כִּי בָא יִרְמְיָהוּ אֶל-בֵּית הַבּוֹר, וְאֶל-הַחֲנֻיוֹת; וַיֵּשֶׁב-שָׁם יִרְמְיָהוּ, יָמִים רַבִּים. 16

When Jeremiah was come into the dungeon-house, and into the cells, and Jeremiah had remained there many days;

יז  וַיִּשְׁלַח הַמֶּלֶךְ צִדְקִיָּהוּ וַיִּקָּחֵהוּ, וַיִּשְׁאָלֵהוּ הַמֶּלֶךְ בְּבֵיתוֹ בַּסֵּתֶר, וַיֹּאמֶר, הֲיֵשׁ דָּבָר מֵאֵת יְהוָה; וַיֹּאמֶר יִרְמְיָהוּ, יֵשׁ, וַיֹּאמֶר, בְּיַד מֶלֶךְ-בָּבֶל תִּנָּתֵן. 17

then Zedekiah the king sent, and fetched him; and the king asked him secretly in his house, and said:

‘Is there any word from the LORD?’

And Jeremiah said:

‘There is.’

He said also:

‘Thou shalt be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon.’

יח  וַיֹּאמֶר יִרְמְיָהוּ, אֶל-הַמֶּלֶךְ צִדְקִיָּהוּ:  מֶה חָטָאתִי לְךָ וְלַעֲבָדֶיךָ וְלָעָם הַזֶּה, כִּי-נְתַתֶּם אוֹתִי אֶל-בֵּית הַכֶּלֶא. 18 Moreover Jeremiah said unto king Zedekiah:

‘Wherein have I sinned against thee, or against thy servants, or against this people, that ye have put me in prison?

יט  ואיו (וְאַיֵּה), נְבִיאֵיכֶם, אֲשֶׁר-נִבְּאוּ לָכֶם, לֵאמֹר:  לֹא-יָבֹא מֶלֶךְ-בָּבֶל עֲלֵיכֶם, וְעַל הָאָרֶץ הַזֹּאת. 19

Where now are your prophets that prophesied unto you, saying:

The king of Babylon shall not come against you, nor against this land?

כ  וְעַתָּה, שְׁמַע-נָא אֲדֹנִי הַמֶּלֶךְ:  תִּפָּל-נָא תְחִנָּתִי, לְפָנֶיךָ, וְאַל-תְּשִׁבֵנִי בֵּית יְהוֹנָתָן הַסֹּפֵר, וְלֹא אָמוּת שָׁם. 20

And now hear, I pray thee, O my lord the king:

let my supplication, I pray thee, be presented before thee; that thou cause me not to return to the house of Jonathan the scribe, lest I die there.’

כא  וַיְצַוֶּה הַמֶּלֶךְ צִדְקִיָּהוּ, וַיַּפְקִדוּ אֶת-יִרְמְיָהוּ בַּחֲצַר הַמַּטָּרָה, וְנָתֹן לוֹ כִכַּר-לֶחֶם לַיּוֹם מִחוּץ הָאֹפִים, עַד-תֹּם כָּל-הַלֶּחֶם מִן-הָעִיר; וַיֵּשֶׁב יִרְמְיָהוּ, בַּחֲצַר הַמַּטָּרָה. 21

Then Zedekiah the king commanded, and they committed Jeremiah into the court of the guard, and they gave him daily a loaf of bread out of the bakers’ street, until all the bread in the city was spent. Thus Jeremiah remained in the court of the guard.

Chapter 38

א  וַיִּשְׁמַע שְׁפַטְיָה בֶן-מַתָּן, וּגְדַלְיָהוּ בֶּן-פַּשְׁחוּר, וְיוּכַל בֶּן-שֶׁלֶמְיָהוּ, וּפַשְׁחוּר בֶּן-מַלְכִּיָּה:  אֶת-הַדְּבָרִים–אֲשֶׁר יִרְמְיָהוּ מְדַבֵּר אֶל-כָּל-הָעָם, לֵאמֹר. 1

And Shephatiah the son of Mattan, and Gedaliah the son of Pashhur, and Jucal the son of Shelemiah, and Pashhur the son of Malchiah, heard the words that Jeremiah spoke unto all the people, saying:

ב  כֹּה, אָמַר יְהוָה, הַיֹּשֵׁב בָּעִיר הַזֹּאת, יָמוּת בַּחֶרֶב בָּרָעָב וּבַדָּבֶר; וְהַיֹּצֵא אֶל-הַכַּשְׂדִּים יחיה (וְחָיָה), וְהָיְתָה-לּוֹ נַפְשׁוֹ לְשָׁלָל וָחָי.  {ס} 2

‘Thus saith the LORD:

He that remaineth in this city shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence; but he that goeth forth to the Chaldeans shall live, and his life shall be unto him for a prey, and he shall live. {S}

ג  כֹּה, אָמַר יְהוָה:  הִנָּתֹן תִּנָּתֵן הָעִיר הַזֹּאת, בְּיַד חֵיל מֶלֶךְ-בָּבֶל–וּלְכָדָהּ. 3

Thus saith the LORD:

This city shall surely be given into the hand of the army of the king of Babylon, and he shall take it.’

ד  וַיֹּאמְרוּ הַשָּׂרִים אֶל-הַמֶּלֶךְ, יוּמַת נָא אֶת-הָאִישׁ הַזֶּה–כִּי-עַל-כֵּן הוּא-מְרַפֵּא אֶת-יְדֵי אַנְשֵׁי הַמִּלְחָמָה הַנִּשְׁאָרִים בָּעִיר הַזֹּאת וְאֵת יְדֵי כָל-הָעָם, לְדַבֵּר אֲלֵיהֶם כַּדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה:  כִּי הָאִישׁ הַזֶּה, אֵינֶנּוּ דֹרֵשׁ לְשָׁלוֹם לָעָם הַזֶּה–כִּי אִם-לְרָעָה. 4

Then the princes said unto the king:

‘Let this man, we pray thee, be put to death; forasmuch as he weakeneth the hands of the men of war that remain in this city, and the hands of all the people, in speaking such words unto them; for this man seeketh not the welfare of this people, but the hurt.’

ה  וַיֹּאמֶר הַמֶּלֶךְ צִדְקִיָּהוּ, הִנֵּה-הוּא בְּיֶדְכֶם:  כִּי-אֵין הַמֶּלֶךְ, יוּכַל אֶתְכֶם דָּבָר. 5

Then Zedekiah the king said:

‘Behold, he is in your hand; for the king is not he that can do any thing against you.’

ו  וַיִּקְחוּ אֶת-יִרְמְיָהוּ, וַיַּשְׁלִכוּ אֹתוֹ אֶל-הַבּוֹר מַלְכִּיָּהוּ בֶן-הַמֶּלֶךְ אֲשֶׁר בַּחֲצַר הַמַּטָּרָה, וַיְשַׁלְּחוּ אֶת-יִרְמְיָהוּ, בַּחֲבָלִים; וּבַבּוֹר אֵין-מַיִם כִּי אִם-טִיט, וַיִּטְבַּע יִרְמְיָהוּ בַּטִּיט.  {ס} 6

Then took they Jeremiah, and cast him into the pit of Malchiah the king’s son, that was in the court of the guard; and they let down Jeremiah with cords. And in the pit there was no water, but mire; and Jeremiah sank in the mire. {S}

ז  וַיִּשְׁמַע עֶבֶד-מֶלֶךְ הַכּוּשִׁי אִישׁ סָרִיס, וְהוּא בְּבֵית הַמֶּלֶךְ, כִּי-נָתְנוּ אֶת-יִרְמְיָהוּ, אֶל-הַבּוֹר; וְהַמֶּלֶךְ יוֹשֵׁב, בְּשַׁעַר בִּנְיָמִן. 7 Now when Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, an officer, who was in the king’s house, heard that they had put Jeremiah in the pit; the king then sitting in the gate of Benjamin;

ח  וַיֵּצֵא עֶבֶד-מֶלֶךְ, מִבֵּית הַמֶּלֶךְ; וַיְדַבֵּר אֶל-הַמֶּלֶךְ, לֵאמֹר. 8

Ebed-melech went forth out of the king’s house, and spoke to the king, saying:

ט  אֲדֹנִי הַמֶּלֶךְ, הֵרֵעוּ הָאֲנָשִׁים הָאֵלֶּה אֵת כָּל-אֲשֶׁר עָשׂוּ לְיִרְמְיָהוּ הַנָּבִיא, אֵת אֲשֶׁר-הִשְׁלִיכוּ, אֶל-הַבּוֹר; וַיָּמָת תַּחְתָּיו מִפְּנֵי הָרָעָב, כִּי אֵין הַלֶּחֶם עוֹד בָּעִיר. 9

‘My lord the king, these men have done evil in all that they have done to Jeremiah the prophet, whom they have cast into the pit; and he is like to die in the place where he is because of the famine; for there is no more bread in the city.’

י  וַיְצַוֶּה הַמֶּלֶךְ, אֵת עֶבֶד-מֶלֶךְ הַכּוּשִׁי לֵאמֹר:  קַח בְּיָדְךָ מִזֶּה, שְׁלֹשִׁים אֲנָשִׁים, וְהַעֲלִיתָ אֶת-יִרְמְיָהוּ הַנָּבִיא מִן-הַבּוֹר, בְּטֶרֶם יָמוּת. 10

Then the king commanded Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, saying:

‘Take from hence thirty men with thee, and take up Jeremiah the prophet out of the pit, before he die.’

יא  וַיִּקַּח עֶבֶד-מֶלֶךְ אֶת-הָאֲנָשִׁים בְּיָדוֹ, וַיָּבֹא בֵית-הַמֶּלֶךְ אֶל-תַּחַת הָאוֹצָר, וַיִּקַּח מִשָּׁם בְּלוֹיֵ הסחבות (סְחָבוֹת), וּבְלוֹיֵ מְלָחִים; וַיְשַׁלְּחֵם אֶל-יִרְמְיָהוּ אֶל-הַבּוֹר, בַּחֲבָלִים. 11

So Ebed-melech took the men with him, and went into the house of the king under the treasury, and took thence worn clouts and worn rags, and let them down by cords into the pit to Jeremiah.

יב  וַיֹּאמֶר עֶבֶד-מֶלֶךְ הַכּוּשִׁי אֶל-יִרְמְיָהוּ, שִׂים נָא בְּלוֹאֵי הַסְּחָבוֹת וְהַמְּלָחִים תַּחַת אַצִּלוֹת יָדֶיךָ, מִתַּחַת, לַחֲבָלִים; וַיַּעַשׂ יִרְמְיָהוּ, כֵּן. 12

And Ebed-melech the Ethiopian said unto Jeremiah:

‘Put now these worn clouts and rags under thine armholes under the cords.’

And Jeremiah did so.

יג  וַיִּמְשְׁכוּ אֶת-יִרְמְיָהוּ בַּחֲבָלִים, וַיַּעֲלוּ אֹתוֹ מִן-הַבּוֹר; וַיֵּשֶׁב יִרְמְיָהוּ, בַּחֲצַר הַמַּטָּרָה.  {ס} 13

So they drew up Jeremiah with the cords, and took him up out of the pit; and Jeremiah remained in the court of the guard. {S}

יד  וַיִּשְׁלַח הַמֶּלֶךְ צִדְקִיָּהוּ, וַיִּקַּח אֶת-יִרְמְיָהוּ הַנָּבִיא אֵלָיו, אֶל-מָבוֹא הַשְּׁלִישִׁי, אֲשֶׁר בְּבֵית יְהוָה; וַיֹּאמֶר הַמֶּלֶךְ אֶל-יִרְמְיָהוּ, שֹׁאֵל אֲנִי אֹתְךָ דָּבָר–אַל-תְּכַחֵד מִמֶּנִּי, דָּבָר. 14

Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took Jeremiah the prophet unto him into the third entry that was in the house of the LORD; and the king said unto Jeremiah:

‘I will ask thee a thing; hide nothing from me.’

טו  וַיֹּאמֶר יִרְמְיָהוּ, אֶל-צִדְקִיָּהוּ, כִּי אַגִּיד לְךָ, הֲלוֹא הָמֵת תְּמִיתֵנִי; וְכִי, אִיעָצְךָ, לֹא תִשְׁמַע, אֵלָי. 15

Then Jeremiah said unto Zedekiah:

‘If I declare it unto thee, wilt thou not surely put me to death? and if I give thee counsel, thou wilt not hearken unto me.’

טז  וַיִּשָּׁבַע הַמֶּלֶךְ צִדְקִיָּהוּ, אֶל-יִרְמְיָהוּ–בַּסֵּתֶר לֵאמֹר:  חַי-יְהוָה את (  ) אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה-לָנוּ אֶת-הַנֶּפֶשׁ הַזֹּאת, אִם-אֲמִיתֶךָ, וְאִם-אֶתֶּנְךָ בְּיַד הָאֲנָשִׁים הָאֵלֶּה, אֲשֶׁר מְבַקְשִׁים אֶת-נַפְשֶׁךָ.  {ס} 16

So Zedekiah the king swore secretly unto Jeremiah, saying:

‘As the LORD liveth, that made us this soul, I will not put thee to death, neither will I give thee into the hand of these men that seek thy life.’ {S}

יז  וַיֹּאמֶר יִרְמְיָהוּ אֶל-צִדְקִיָּהוּ  {ס}  כֹּה-אָמַר יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵי צְבָאוֹת אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, אִם-יָצֹא תֵצֵא אֶל-שָׂרֵי מֶלֶךְ-בָּבֶל וְחָיְתָה נַפְשֶׁךָ, וְהָעִיר הַזֹּאת, לֹא תִשָּׂרֵף בָּאֵשׁ; וְחָיִתָה, אַתָּה וּבֵיתֶךָ. 17

Then said Jeremiah unto Zedekiah: {S}

‘Thus saith the LORD, the God of hosts, the God of Israel:

If thou wilt go forth unto the king of Babylon’s princes, then thy soul shall live, and this city shall not be burned with fire; and thou shalt live, thou, and thy house;

יח  וְאִם לֹא-תֵצֵא, אֶל-שָׂרֵי מֶלֶךְ בָּבֶל–וְנִתְּנָה הָעִיר הַזֹּאת בְּיַד הַכַּשְׂדִּים, וּשְׂרָפוּהָ בָּאֵשׁ; וְאַתָּה, לֹא-תִמָּלֵט מִיָּדָם.  {ס} 18

but if thou wilt not go forth to the king of Babylon’s princes, then shall this city be given into the hand of the Chaldeans, and they shall burn it with fire, and thou shalt not escape out of their hand.’ {S}

יט  וַיֹּאמֶר הַמֶּלֶךְ צִדְקִיָּהוּ, אֶל-יִרְמְיָהוּ:  אֲנִי דֹאֵג אֶת-הַיְּהוּדִים, אֲשֶׁר נָפְלוּ אֶל-הַכַּשְׂדִּים–פֶּן-יִתְּנוּ אֹתִי בְּיָדָם, וְהִתְעַלְּלוּ-בִי. 19

And Zedekiah the king said unto Jeremiah:

‘I am afraid of the Jews that are fallen away to the Chaldeans, lest they deliver me into their hand, and they mock me.’

כ  וַיֹּאמֶר יִרְמְיָהוּ, לֹא יִתֵּנוּ; שְׁמַע-נָא בְּקוֹל יְהוָה, לַאֲשֶׁר אֲנִי דֹּבֵר אֵלֶיךָ–וְיִיטַב לְךָ, וּתְחִי נַפְשֶׁךָ. 20

But Jeremiah said:

‘They shall not deliver thee. Hearken, I beseech thee, to the voice of the LORD, in that which I speak unto thee; so it shall be well with thee, and thy soul shall live.

כא  וְאִם-מָאֵן אַתָּה, לָצֵאת–זֶה הַדָּבָר, אֲשֶׁר הִרְאַנִי יְהוָה. 21

But if thou refuse to go forth, this is the word that the LORD hath shown me:

כב  וְהִנֵּה כָל-הַנָּשִׁים, אֲשֶׁר נִשְׁאֲרוּ בְּבֵית מֶלֶךְ-יְהוּדָה, מוּצָאוֹת, אֶל-שָׂרֵי מֶלֶךְ בָּבֶל; וְהֵנָּה אֹמְרֹת, הִסִּיתוּךָ וְיָכְלוּ לְךָ אַנְשֵׁי שְׁלֹמֶךָ, הָטְבְּעוּ בַבֹּץ רַגְלֶךָ, נָסֹגוּ אָחוֹר. 22

Behold, all the women that are left in the king of Judah’s house shall be brought forth to the king of Babylon’s princes, and those women shall say:

Thy familiar friends have set thee on, and have prevailed over thee; thy feet are sunk in the mire, and they are turned away back.

כג  וְאֶת-כָּל-נָשֶׁיךָ וְאֶת-בָּנֶיךָ, מוֹצִאִים אֶל-הַכַּשְׂדִּים, וְאַתָּה, לֹא-תִמָּלֵט מִיָּדָם:  כִּי בְיַד מֶלֶךְ-בָּבֶל תִּתָּפֵשׂ, וְאֶת-הָעִיר הַזֹּאת תִּשְׂרֹף בָּאֵשׁ.  {ס} 23

And they shall bring out all thy wives and thy children to the Chaldeans; and thou shalt not escape out of their hand, but shalt be taken by the hand of the king of Babylon; and thou shalt cause this city to be burned with fire.’ {S}

כד  וַיֹּאמֶר צִדְקִיָּהוּ אֶל-יִרְמְיָהוּ, אִישׁ אַל-יֵדַע בַּדְּבָרִים-הָאֵלֶּה–וְלֹא תָמוּת. 24

Then said Zedekiah unto Jeremiah:

‘Let no man know of these words, and thou shalt not die.

כה  וְכִי-יִשְׁמְעוּ הַשָּׂרִים, כִּי-דִבַּרְתִּי אִתָּךְ, וּבָאוּ אֵלֶיךָ וְאָמְרוּ אֵלֶיךָ הַגִּידָה-נָּא לָנוּ מַה-דִּבַּרְתָּ אֶל-הַמֶּלֶךְ אַל-תְּכַחֵד מִמֶּנּוּ, וְלֹא נְמִיתֶךָ; וּמַה-דִּבֶּר אֵלֶיךָ, הַמֶּלֶךְ. 25

But if the princes hear that I have talked with thee, and they come unto thee, and say unto thee:

Declare unto us now what thou hast said unto the king; hide it not from us, and we will not put thee to death; also what the king said unto thee;

כו  וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵיהֶם, מַפִּיל-אֲנִי תְחִנָּתִי לִפְנֵי הַמֶּלֶךְ, לְבִלְתִּי הֲשִׁיבֵנִי בֵּית יְהוֹנָתָן, לָמוּת שָׁם.  {פ} 26

then thou shalt say unto them:

I presented my supplication before the king, that he would not cause me to return to Jonathan’s house, to die there.’ {P}

כז  וַיָּבֹאוּ כָל-הַשָּׂרִים אֶל-יִרְמְיָהוּ, וַיִּשְׁאֲלוּ אֹתוֹ, וַיַּגֵּד לָהֶם כְּכָל-הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה, אֲשֶׁר צִוָּה הַמֶּלֶךְ; וַיַּחֲרִשׁוּ מִמֶּנּוּ, כִּי לֹא-נִשְׁמַע הַדָּבָר. 27

Then came all the princes unto Jeremiah, and asked him; and he told them according to all these words that the king had commanded. So they left off speaking with him; for the matter was not reported.

כח  וַיֵּשֶׁב יִרְמְיָהוּ בַּחֲצַר הַמַּטָּרָה, עַד-יוֹם אֲשֶׁר-נִלְכְּדָה יְרוּשָׁלִָם;  {ס}  וְהָיָה, כַּאֲשֶׁר נִלְכְּדָה יְרוּשָׁלִָם. 28

So Jeremiah abode in the court of the guard until the day that Jerusalem was taken. {S} And it came to pass, when Jerusalem was taken–

Chapter 39

א  בַּשָּׁנָה הַתְּשִׁעִית לְצִדְקִיָּהוּ מֶלֶךְ-יְהוּדָה בַּחֹדֶשׁ הָעֲשִׂרִי, בָּא נְבוּכַדְרֶאצַּר מֶלֶךְ-בָּבֶל וְכָל-חֵילוֹ אֶל-יְרוּשָׁלִַם, וַיָּצֻרוּ, עָלֶיהָ. 1

in the ninth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the tenth month, came Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon and all his army against Jerusalem, and besieged it;

ב  בְּעַשְׁתֵּי-עֶשְׂרֵה שָׁנָה לְצִדְקִיָּהוּ, בַּחֹדֶשׁ הָרְבִיעִי בְּתִשְׁעָה לַחֹדֶשׁ, הָבְקְעָה, הָעִיר. 2

in the eleventh year of Zedekiah, in the fourth month, the ninth day of the month, a breach was made in the city–

ג  וַיָּבֹאוּ, כֹּל שָׂרֵי מֶלֶךְ-בָּבֶל, וַיֵּשְׁבוּ, בְּשַׁעַר הַתָּוֶךְ–נֵרְגַל שַׂרְאֶצֶר סַמְגַּר-נְבוּ שַׂר-סְכִים רַב-סָרִיס, נֵרְגַל שַׂרְאֶצֶר רַב-מָג, וְכָל-שְׁאֵרִית, שָׂרֵי מֶלֶךְ בָּבֶל. 3

that all the princes of the king of Babylon came in, and sat in the middle gate, even Nergal-sarezer, Samgar-nebo, Sarsechim Rab-saris, Nergal-sarezer Rab-mag, with all the residue of the princes of the king of Babylon.

ד  וַיְהִי כַּאֲשֶׁר רָאָם צִדְקִיָּהוּ מֶלֶךְ-יְהוּדָה וְכֹל אַנְשֵׁי הַמִּלְחָמָה, וַיִּבְרְחוּ וַיֵּצְאוּ לַיְלָה מִן-הָעִיר דֶּרֶךְ גַּן הַמֶּלֶךְ, בְּשַׁעַר, בֵּין הַחֹמֹתָיִם; וַיֵּצֵא, דֶּרֶךְ הָעֲרָבָה. 4

And it came to pass, that when Zedekiah the king of Judah and all the men of war saw them, then they fled, and went forth out of the city by night, by the way of the king’s garden, by the gate betwixt the two walls; and he went out the way of the Arabah.

ה  וַיִּרְדְּפוּ חֵיל-כַּשְׂדִּים אַחֲרֵיהֶם, וַיַּשִּׂגוּ אֶת-צִדְקִיָּהוּ בְּעַרְבוֹת יְרֵחוֹ, וַיִּקְחוּ אוֹתוֹ וַיַּעֲלֻהוּ אֶל-נְבוּכַדְרֶאצַּר מֶלֶךְ-בָּבֶל רִבְלָתָה, בְּאֶרֶץ חֲמָת; וַיְדַבֵּר אִתּוֹ, מִשְׁפָּטִים. 5

But the army of the Chaldeans pursued after them, and overtook Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho; and when they had taken him, they brought him up to Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon to Riblah in the land of Hamath, and he gave judgment upon him.

ו  וַיִּשְׁחַט מֶלֶךְ בָּבֶל אֶת-בְּנֵי צִדְקִיָּהוּ, בְּרִבְלָה–לְעֵינָיו; וְאֵת כָּל-חֹרֵי יְהוּדָה, שָׁחַט מֶלֶךְ בָּבֶל. 6

Then the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah in Riblah before his eyes; also the king of Babylon slew all the nobles of Judah.

ז  וְאֶת-עֵינֵי צִדְקִיָּהוּ, עִוֵּר; וַיַּאַסְרֵהוּ, בַּנְחֻשְׁתַּיִם, לָבִיא אֹתוֹ, בָּבֶלָה. 7

Moreover he put out Zedekiah’s eyes, and bound him in fetters, to carry him to Babylon.

ח  וְאֶת-בֵּית הַמֶּלֶךְ וְאֶת-בֵּית הָעָם, שָׂרְפוּ הַכַּשְׂדִּים בָּאֵשׁ; וְאֶת-חֹמוֹת יְרוּשָׁלִַם, נָתָצוּ. 8

And the Chaldeans burned the king’s house, and the house of the people, with fire, and broke down the walls of Jerusalem.

ט  וְאֵת יֶתֶר הָעָם הַנִּשְׁאָרִים בָּעִיר, וְאֶת-הַנֹּפְלִים אֲשֶׁר נָפְלוּ עָלָיו, וְאֵת יֶתֶר הָעָם, הַנִּשְׁאָרִים–הֶגְלָה נְבוּזַרְאֲדָן רַב-טַבָּחִים, בָּבֶל. 9

Then Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive into Babylon the remnant of the people that remained in the city, the deserters also, that fell away to him, with the rest of the people that remained.

י  וּמִן-הָעָם הַדַּלִּים, אֲשֶׁר אֵין-לָהֶם מְאוּמָה, הִשְׁאִיר נְבוּזַרְאֲדָן רַב-טַבָּחִים, בְּאֶרֶץ יְהוּדָה; וַיִּתֵּן לָהֶם כְּרָמִים וִיגֵבִים, בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא. 10

But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left of the poor of the people, that had nothing, in the land of Judah, and gave them vineyards and fields in that day.

יא  וַיְצַו נְבוּכַדְרֶאצַּר מֶלֶךְ-בָּבֶל, עַל-יִרְמְיָהוּ, בְּיַד נְבוּזַרְאֲדָן רַב-טַבָּחִים, לֵאמֹר. 11

Now Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon gave charge concerning Jeremiah to Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard, saying:

יב  קָחֶנּוּ, וְעֵינֶיךָ שִׂים עָלָיו, וְאַל-תַּעַשׂ לוֹ, מְאוּמָה רָּע:  כִּי, אם (  ) כַּאֲשֶׁר יְדַבֵּר אֵלֶיךָ–כֵּן, עֲשֵׂה עִמּוֹ. 12

‘Take him, and look well to him, and do him no harm; but do unto him even as he shall say unto thee.’

יג  וַיִּשְׁלַח נְבוּזַרְאֲדָן רַב-טַבָּחִים, וּנְבוּשַׁזְבָּן רַב-סָרִיס, וְנֵרְגַל שַׂרְאֶצֶר, רַב-מָג–וְכֹל, רַבֵּי מֶלֶךְ-בָּבֶל. 13

So Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard sent, and Nebushazban Rab-saris, and Nergal-sarezer Rab-mag, and all the chief officers of the king of Babylon;

יד  וַיִּשְׁלְחוּ וַיִּקְחוּ אֶת-יִרְמְיָהוּ מֵחֲצַר הַמַּטָּרָה, וַיִּתְּנוּ אֹתוֹ אֶל-גְּדַלְיָהוּ בֶּן-אֲחִיקָם בֶּן-שָׁפָן, לְהוֹצִאֵהוּ, אֶל-הַבָּיִת; וַיֵּשֶׁב, בְּתוֹךְ הָעָם.  {ס} 14

they sent, and took Jeremiah out of the court of the guard, 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. {S}

טו  וְאֶל-יִרְמְיָהוּ, הָיָה דְבַר-יְהוָה, בִּהְיֹתוֹ עָצוּר, בַּחֲצַר הַמַּטָּרָה לֵאמֹר. 15

Now the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah, while he was shut up in the court of the guard, saying:

טז  הָלוֹךְ וְאָמַרְתָּ לְעֶבֶד-מֶלֶךְ הַכּוּשִׁי לֵאמֹר, כֹּה-אָמַר יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, הִנְנִי מֵבִי אֶת-דְּבָרַי אֶל-הָעִיר הַזֹּאת לְרָעָה, וְלֹא לְטוֹבָה; וְהָיוּ לְפָנֶיךָ, בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא. 16

‘Go, and speak to Ebed-melech 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 before thee in that day.

יז  וְהִצַּלְתִּיךָ בַיּוֹם-הַהוּא, נְאֻם-יְהוָה; וְלֹא תִנָּתֵן בְּיַד הָאֲנָשִׁים, אֲשֶׁר-אַתָּה יָגוֹר מִפְּנֵיהֶם. 17

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.

יח  כִּי מַלֵּט אֲמַלֶּטְךָ, וּבַחֶרֶב לֹא תִפֹּל; וְהָיְתָה לְךָ נַפְשְׁךָ לְשָׁלָל, כִּי-בָטַחְתָּ בִּי נְאֻם-יְהוָה.  {פ} 18

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.’ {P}

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