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1 The word that came to Jeremiah, concerning all the people of Judah, in the [a]fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, that was in the first year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babel:

2 The which Jeremiah the Prophet spake unto all the people of Judah, and to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying,

3 From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, even unto [b]this day (that is the three and twentieth year) the word of the Lord hath come unto me, and I have spoken unto you [c]rising early and speaking, but ye would not hear.

4 And the Lord hath sent unto you all his servants the Prophets, rising early, and sending them, but ye would not hear, nor incline your ears, to obey.

5 They [d]said, Turn again now everyone from his evil way, and from the wickedness of your inventions, and ye shall dwell in the land that the Lord hath given unto you, and to your fathers forever and ever.

6 And go not after other gods to serve them and to worship them, and provoke me not to anger with the works of your hands, and I will not punish you.

7 Nevertheless, ye would not hear me, saith the Lord, but have provoked me to anger with the works of your hands to your own hurt.

8 Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, Because ye have not heard my words,

9 Behold, I will send and take to me all the [e]families of the North, saith the Lord, and Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babel my [f]servant, and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations [g]round about, and will destroy them, and make them an astonishment and an hissing, and a continual desolation.

10 Moreover I will [h]take from them the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the noise of the [i]millstones, and the light of the candle.


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