Jeremiah 8 ©

1 The calamities of the Jews, both of the dead and the living. 4 The prophet upbraideth their stubborn and shameless impenitency: 13 he sheweth God's severe judgments against them; 18 and bewaileth the misery of his people.


AT athat time, saith the LORD, they shall bring out the bones of the kings of Judah, and the bones of his princes, and the bones of the priests, and the bones of the prophets, and the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, out of their graves:


And they shall spread them before bthe sun, and the moon, and all the host of heaven, cwhom they have loved, and whom they have served, and after whom they have walked, and whom they have sought, and whom they have worshipped: dthey shall not be gathered, nor be buried; ethey shall be for dung upon the face of the earth.


And fdeath shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue of them that remain of this evil family, which remain in all the places whither I have driven them, saith the LORD of hosts.


¶Moreover thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD; gShall they fall, and not arise? shall he turn away, and not return?


Why then is this people of Jerusalem hslidden back by a perpetual backsliding? ithey hold fast deceit, jthey refuse to return.


I khearkened and heard, but they spake not aright: lno man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? every one turned to his course, mas the horse rusheth into the battle.


Yea, nthe stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and othe *turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD.


pHow do ye say, We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us? Lo, certainly qin vain made he it; 1the pen of the scribes is in vain.


The rwise men 2are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the LORD; and 3what swisdom is in them?


Therefore twill I give their wives unto others, and their fields to them that shall inherit them : ufor every one from the least even unto the greatest is given to covetousness, from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.


For vthey have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.


wWere they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall: xin the time of their visitation they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.


4I will surely consume them, saith the LORD: ythere shall be no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree, and the leaf shall fade; and the things that I have given them shall pass away from them.


Why do we sit still? zassemble yourselves, and let us enter into the defenced cities, and let us abe silent there: for the LORD our God hath bput us to silence, and given us cwater of 5gall to drink, because we have sinned against the LORD.


We dlooked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of health, and behold trouble!


The esnorting of his horses was heard from Dan: the fwhole land trembled at the sound of the neighing of his strong ones; for they are come, and have devoured the land, and 6all that is in it; the city, and those that dwell therein.


For, behold, I will send gserpents, *cockatrices, among you, which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you, saith the LORD.


When I would comfort myself against sorrow, hmy heart is faint 7in me.


Behold ithe voice of the cry of the daughter of my people jbecause of 8them that dwell in a far country: kIs not the LORD in Zion? lis not her king in her? Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, and with strange vanities?


The harvest is mpast, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.


For nthe hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me.


Is there no obalm in Gilead; is there pno physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people 9recovered?