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The Prophets of The Exile

(Category 10 of 16)

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Idols and the True God


1 Hear the word which the LORD speaks to you, O house of Israel.
2 Thus says the LORD:

a“Do not learn the way of the Gentiles; Do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven, For the Gentiles are dismayed at them.
3 For the customs of the peoples are 1futile; For aone cuts a tree from the forest, The work of the hands of the workman, with the ax.
4 They decorate it with silver and gold; They afasten it with nails and hammers So that it will not topple.
5 They are upright, like a palm tree, And athey cannot speak; They must be bcarried, Because they cannot go by themselves. Do not be afraid of them, For cthey cannot do evil, Nor can they do any good.”

6 Inasmuch as there is none alike You, O LORD (You are great, and Your name is great in might),
7 aWho would not fear You, O King of the nations? For this is Your rightful due. For bamong all the wise men of the nations, And in all their kingdoms, There is none like You.
8 But they are altogether adull-hearted and foolish; A wooden idol is a 1worthless doctrine.
9 Silver is beaten into plates; It is brought from Tarshish, And agold from Uphaz, The work of the craftsman

CHAPTER 10 References

2 a[Lev. 18:3;
20:23] 3 aIs. 40:19;
45:20 1Lit.
4 aIs. 41:7
5 aPs. 115:5
bPs. 115:7 cIs.
41:23, 24
6 aEx. 15:11
7 aRev. 15:4
bPs. 89:6
8 aHab. 2:18
1vain teaching
9 aDan. 10:5
bPs. 115:4
10 a1 Tim. 6:17
bPs. 10:16
11 aPs. 96:5
bZeph. 2:11
12 aJer. 51:15
bPs. 93:1 cJob
13 aJob 38:34
bPs. 135:7 1Or
14 aJer. 51:17
bProv. 30:2 cIs.
42:17; 44:11
dHab. 2:18
16 aLam. 3:24
bDeut. 32:9
cIs. 47:4
17 aJer. 6:1 1Or
you who
dwell under
18 a1 Sam.
25:29 bEzek.
19 aJer. 8:21
bPs. 77:10


And of the hands of the metalsmith; Blue and purple are their clothing; They are all bthe work of skillful men.
10 But the LORD is the true God; He is athe living God and the beverlasting King. At His wrath the earth will tremble, And the nations will not be able to endure His indignation.

11 Thus you shall say to them: a“The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth bshall perish from the earth and from under these heavens.”

12 He ahas made the earth by His power, He has bestablished the world by His wisdom, And chas stretched out the heavens at His discretion .
13 aWhen He utters His voice, There is a 1multitude of waters in the heavens: b“And He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth. He makes lightning for the rain, He brings the wind out of His treasuries.”

14 aEveryone is bdull-hearted, without knowledge; cEvery metalsmith is put to shame by an image; dFor his molded image is falsehood, And there is no breath in them.
15 They are futile, a work of errors; In the time of their punishment they shall perish.
16 aThe Portion of Jacob is not like them, For He is the Maker of all things, And bIsrael is the tribe of His inheritance; cThe LORD of hosts is His name. The Coming Captivity of Judah

17 aGather up your wares from the land, O 1inhabitant of the fortress!

18 For thus says the LORD:

“Behold, I will athrow out at this time The inhabitants of the land, And will distress them, bThat they may find it so.”

19 aWoe is me for my hurt! My wound is severe. But I say, b“Truly this is an infirmity,

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And cI must bear it.”
20 aMy tent is plundered, And all my cords are broken; My children have gone from me, And they are bno more. There is no one to pitch my tent anymore, Or set up my curtains.

21 For the shepherds have become dull-hearted, And have not sought the LORD; Therefore they shall not prosper, And all their flocks shall be ascattered.
22 Behold, the noise of the report has come, And a great commotion out of the anorth country, To make the cities of Judah desolate, a bden of jackals.

23 O LORD, I know the away of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.
24 O LORD, acorrect me, but with justice; Not in Your anger, lest You bring me to nothing.
25 aPour out Your fury on the Gentiles, bwho do not know You, And on the families who do not call on Your name; For they have eaten up Jacob, cDevoured him and consumed him, And made his dwelling place desolate.

The Broken Covenant


1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
2 “Hear the words of this covenant, and speak to the men of Judah and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem;
3 “and say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD God of Israel: a“Cursed is the man who does not obey the words of this covenant
4 “which I commanded your fathers in the day I brought them out of the land of Egypt, afrom the iron furnace, saying, b‘Obey My voice, and do according to all that I command you; so shall you be My people, and I will be your God,’
5 “that I may establish the aoath which I have sworn to your fathers, to give them b‘a land flowing with milk and honey,’ as it is this day.” ’ ” And I answered and said, 1“So be it, LORD.”
6 Then the LORD said to me, “Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem, saying: ‘Hear the words of this covenant aand do them.
7 ‘For I earnestly exhorted your fa-

19 cMic. 7:9
20 aJer. 4:20
bJer. 31:15
21 aJer. 23:2
22 aJer. 5:15
bJer. 9:11
23 aProv. 16:1;
24 aJer. 30:11
25 aPs. 79:6, 7
bJob 18:21
cJer. 8:16

CHAPTER 11 References

3 aDeut. 27:26
4 aDeut. 4:20
bLev. 26:3
5 aPs. 105:9
bEx. 3:8 1Heb.
6 a[Rom. 2:13] 7 aJer. 35:15
8 aJer. 7:26
bJer. 13:10
1walked in
the stubbornness,
9 aEzek. 22:25
10 aEzek.
11 aProv. 1:28
1Lit. go out
12 aDeut.
13 aJer. 2:28
14 aEx. 32:10
15 aPs. 50:16
bEzek. 16:25
c[Titus 1:15] dProv. 2:14
16 aPs. 52:8
17 aIs. 5:2

thers in the day I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, until this day, arising early and exhorting, saying, “Obey My voice.”
8 a‘Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but beveryone 1followed the dictates of his evil heart; therefore I will bring upon them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do, but which they have not done.’ ”
9 And the LORD said to me, a“A conspiracy has been found among the men of Judah and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
10 “They have turned back to athe iniquities of their forefathers who refused to hear My words, and they have gone after other gods to serve them; the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken My covenant which I made with their fathers.”
11 Therefore thus says the LORD: “Behold, I will surely bring calamity on them which they will not be able to 1escape; and athough they cry out to Me, I will not listen to them.
12 “Then the cities of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem will go and acry out to the gods to whom they offer incense, but they will not save them at all in the time of their trouble.
13 “For according to the number of your acities were your gods, O Judah; and according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem you have set up altars to that shameful thing, altars to burn incense to Baal.
14 “So ado not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer for them; for I will not hear them in the time that they cry out to Me because of their trouble.

15 “Whata has My beloved to do in My house, Having bdone lewd deeds with many? And cthe holy flesh has passed from you. When you do evil, then you drejoice.
16 The LORD called your name, aGreen Olive Tree, Lovely and of Good Fruit. With the noise of a great tumult He has kindled fire on it, And its branches are broken.

17 “For the LORD of hosts, awho planted you, has pronounced doom against you for the evil of the house of Israel and of the house of Judah, which they have done against themselves to provoke Me to anger in offering incense to Baal.”

Jeremiah’s Life Threatened

18 Now the LORD gave me knowledge of it, and I know it; for You showed me their doings.

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19 But I was like a docile lamb brought to the slaughter; and I did not know that they had devised schemes against me, saying, “Let us destroy the tree with its fruit, aand let us cut him off from bthe land of the living, that his name may be remembered no more.”

20 But, O LORD of hosts, You who judge righteously, aTesting the 1mind and the heart, Let me see Your bvengeance on them, For to You I have revealed my cause.

21 “Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the men of aAnathoth who seek your life, saying, b‘Do not prophesy in the name of the LORD, lest you die by our hand’—
22 “therefore thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Behold, I will punish them. The young men shall die by the sword, their sons and their daughters shall adie by famine;
23 ‘and there shall be no remnant of them, for I will bring catastrophe on the men of Anathoth, even athe year of their punishment.’ ”

Jeremiah’s Question


1 Righteous aare You, O LORD, when I plead with You; Yet let me talk with You about Your judgments. bWhy does the way of the wicked prosper? Why are those happy who deal so treacherously?
2 You have planted them, yes, they have taken root; They grow, yes, they bear fruit. aYou are near in their mouth But far from their 1mind.
3 But You, O LORD, aknow me; You have seen me, And You have btested my heart toward You. Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, And prepare them for cthe day of slaughter.
4 How long will athe land mourn, And the herbs of every field wither? bThe beasts and birds are consumed, cFor the wickedness of those who dwell there, Because they said, “He will not see our final end.”

The LORD Answers Jeremiah

5 “If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, Then how can you contend with horses?

19 aPs. 83:4;
Jer. 18:18 bPs.
20 a1 Sam.
16:7; 1 Chr.
28:9; Ps. 7:9
bJer. 15:15
1Most secret
parts, lit. kidneys
21 aJer. 1:1;
12:5, 6 bIs.
30:10; Amos
2:12; Mic. 2:6
22 aJer. 9:21
23 aJer. 23:12;
Hos. 9:7; Mic.

CHAPTER 12 References

1 aEzra 9:15;
Ps. 51:14; Jer.
11:20 bJob
12:6; Jer. 5:27,
28; Hab. 1:4;
Mal. 3:15
2 aIs. 29:13;
Ezek. 33:31;
Matt. 15:8;
Mark 7:6
1Most secret
parts, lit. kidneys
3 aPs. 17:3 bPs.
7:9; 11:5; Jer.
11:20 cJer.
17:18; 50:27;
James 5:5
4 aJer. 23:10;
Hos. 4:3 bJer.
9:10; Hos. 4:3;
Hab. 3:17 cPs.
5 aJosh. 3:15;
1 Chr. 12:15
1Or thicket
6 aGen.
37:4–11; Job
6:15; Ps. 69:8;
Jer. 9:4, 5 bPs.
12:2; Prov.
26:25 1Or
2Lit. good
8 aHos. 9:15;
Amos 6:8
9 aLev. 26:22
10 aJer. 6:3;
23:1 bPs.
80:8–16; Is.
5:1–7 cIs.
63:18 1Lit.
shepherds or
pastors 2desired
of land
11 aJer. 10:22;
22:6 bIs. 42:25
13 aLev. 26:16;
Deut. 28:38;
Mic. 6:15;
Hag. 1:6 1Or
14 aJer. 2:3;
50:11, 12;
Zech. 2:8
bDeut. 30:3;
Ps. 106:47; Is.
11:11–16; Jer.
15 aJer. 31:20;
Lam. 3:32;
Ezek. 28:25
bAmos 9:14


And if in the land of peace, In which you trusted, they wearied you, Then how will you do in athe 1floodplain of the Jordan?
6 For even ayour brothers, the house of your father, Even they have dealt treacherously with you; Yes, they have called 1a multitude after you. bDo not believe them, Even though they speak 2smooth words to you.

7 “I have forsaken My house, I have left My heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of My soul into the hand of her enemies.
8 My heritage is to Me like a lion in the forest; It cries out against Me; Therefore I have ahated it.
9 My 1heritage is to Me like a speckled vulture; The vultures all around are against her. Come, assemble all the beasts of the field, aBring them to devour!

10 “Many arulers1 have destroyed bMy vineyard, They have ctrodden My portion underfoot; They have made My 2pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.
11 They have made it adesolate; Desolate, it mourns to Me; The whole land is made desolate, Because bno one takes it to heart.
12 The plunderers have come On all the desolate heights in the wilderness, For the sword of the LORD shall devour From one end of the land to the other end of the land; No flesh shall have peace.
13 aThey have sown wheat but reaped thorns; They have 1put themselves to pain but do not profit. But be ashamed of your harvest Because of the fierce anger of the LORD.”

14 Thus says the LORD: “Against all My evil neighbors who atouch the inheritance which I have caused My people Israel to inherit—behold, I will bpluck them out of their land and pluck out the house of Judah from among them.
15 a“Then it shall be, after I have plucked them out, that I will return and have compassion on them band bring them back, everyone to his heritage and everyone to his land.
16 “And it shall be, if they will learn

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carefully the ways of My people, ato swear by My name, ‘As the LORD lives,’ as they taught My people to swear by Baal, then they shall be bestablished in the midst of My people.
17 “But if they do not aobey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation,” says the LORD.

Symbol of the Linen Sash


1 Thus the LORD said to me: “Go and get yourself a linen sash, and put it 1around your waist, but do not put it in water.”
2 So I got a 1sash according to the word of the LORD, and put it around my waist.
3 And the word of the LORD came to me the second time, saying,
4 “Take the 1sash that you acquired, which is 2around your waist, and arise, go to the 3Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole in the rock.”
5 So I went and hid it by the Euphrates, as the LORD commanded me.
6 Now it came to pass after many days that the LORD said to me, “Arise, go to the Euphrates, and take from there the sash which I commanded you to hide there.”
7 Then I went to the Euphrates and dug, and I took the 1sash from the place where I had hidden it; and there was the sash, ruined. It was profitable for nothing.
8 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
9 “Thus says the LORD: ‘In this manner aI will ruin the pride of Judah and the great bpride of Jerusalem.
10 ‘This evil people, who arefuse to hear My words, who bfollow1 the dictates of their hearts, and walk after other gods to serve them and worship them, shall be just like this sash which is profitable for nothing.
11 ‘For as the sash clings to the waist of a man, so I have caused the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah to cling to Me,’ says the LORD, ‘that athey may become My people, bfor renown, for praise, and for cglory; but they would dnot hear.’

Symbol of the Wine Bottles

12 “Therefore you shall speak to them this word: ‘Thus says the LORD God of Israel: “Every bottle shall be filled with wine.” ’ And they will say to you, ‘Do we not certainly know that every bottle will be filled with wine?’
13 “Then you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD: “Behold, I will fill all the inhabitants of this land— even the kings who sit on David’s throne, the priests, the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem— awith drunkenness!
14 “And aI will dash them 1one against another, even the fathers and

16 a[Jer. 4:2];
Zeph. 1:5
b[Eph. 2:20,
21; 1 Pet. 2:5] 17 aPs. 2:8–12;
Is. 60:12

CHAPTER 13 References

1 1Lit. upon
your loins
2 1waistband
4 1waistband
2Lit. upon
your loins
3Heb. Perath
7 1waistband
9 aLev. 26:19
b[Is. 2:10–17;
23:9]; Zeph.
10 aJer. 16:12
bJer. 7:24;
16:12 1walk in
the stubbornness
11 a[Ex. 19:5,
6; Deut. 32:10,
11] bJer. 33:9
cIs. 43:21 dPs.
81:11; Jer.
7:13, 24, 26
13 aPs. 60:3;
75:8; Is. 51:17;
63:6; Jer.
25:27; 51:7, 57
14 a2 Chr.
36:17; Ps. 2:9;
Is. 9:20, 21;
Jer. 19:9–11
1Lit. a man
against his
16 aJosh. 7:19;
Ps. 96:8; Mal.
2:2 bIs. 5:30;
8:22; Amos
8:9 cIs. 59:9
dPs. 44:19; Jer.
17 aPs.
119:136; Jer.
9:1; 14:17;
Luke 19:41, 42
18 a2 Kin.
24:12; Jer.
20 aJer. 10:22;
21 aJer. 6:24
22 aJer. 16:10
bIs. 47:2;
Ezek. 16:37;
Nah. 3:5 1Lit.
suffer violence
24 aLev. 26:33;
Jer. 9:16;
Ezek. 5:2, 12
bPs. 1:4; Hos.
25 aJob 20:29;
Ps. 11:6; Matt.

the sons together,” says the LORD. “I will not pity nor spare nor have mercy, but will destroy them.” ’ ”

Pride Precedes Captivity

15 Hear and give ear: Do not be proud, For the LORD has spoken.
16 aGive glory to the LORD your God Before He causes bdarkness, And before your feet stumble On the dark mountains, And while you are clooking for light, He turns it into dthe shadow of death And makes it dense darkness.
17 But if you will not hear it, My soul will aweep in secret for your pride; My eyes will weep bitterly And run down with tears, Because the LORD’s flock has been taken captive.
18 Say to athe king and to the queen mother, “Humble yourselves; Sit down, For your rule shall collapse, the crown of your glory.”
19 The cities of the South shall be shut up, And no one shall open them; Judah shall be carried away captive, all of it; It shall be wholly carried away captive.

20 Lift up your eyes and see Those who come from the anorth. Where is the flock that was given to you, Your beautiful sheep?
21 What will you say when He punishes you? For you have taught them To be chieftains, to be head over you. Will not apangs seize you, Like a woman in 1labor?
22 And if you say in your heart, a“Why have these things come upon me?” For the greatness of your iniquity bYour skirts have been uncovered, Your heels 1made bare.
23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Then may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil.

24 “Therefore I will ascatter them blike stubble That passes away by the wind of the wilderness.
25 aThis is your lot,

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The portion of your measures from Me,” says the LORD, “Because you have forgotten Me And trusted in bfalsehood.
26 Therefore aI will uncover your skirts over your face, That your shame may appear.
27 I have seen your adulteries And your lustful aneighings, The lewdness of your harlotry, Your abominations bon the hills in the fields. Woe to you, O Jerusalem! Will you still not be made clean?”

25 bJer. 10:14
26 aLam. 1:8;
Ezek. 16:37;
Hos. 2:10
27 aJer. 5:7, 8
bIs. 65:7; Jer.
2:20; Ezek.

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The Hope of the Faithful, and the Messiah’s Victory

A aMichtam of David.

1 PRESERVE1 me, O God, for in You I put my trust.
2 O my soul, you have said to the LORD, “You are my Lord, aMy goodness is nothing apart from You.”
3 As for the saints who are on the earth, “They are the excellent ones, in awhom is all my delight.”

4 Their sorrows shall be multiplied who hasten after another god; Their drink offerings of ablood I will not offer, bNor take up their names on my lips.

5 O LORD, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You 1maintain my lot.

PSALM 16 References

title aPs.
1 1Watch over
2 aJob 35:7
3 aPs. 119:63
4 aPs. 106:37,
38 b[Ex.
23:13]; Josh.
5 1Lit. uphold
7 1Mind, lit.
8 a[Acts
2:25–28] 9 1Or dwell securely

10 aPs. 49:15;
86:13; Acts
2:31, 32; Heb.
13:20 1The
abode of
the dead

11 aPs. 139:24;
[Matt. 7:14]

6 The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Yes, I have a good inheritance.

7 I will bless the LORD who has given me counsel; My 1heart also instructs me in the night seasons.
8 aI have set the LORD always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.

9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will 1rest in hope.
10 aFor You will not leave my soul in 1Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to 2see corruption.
11 You will show me the apath of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.




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