The prophet, under the types of abstaining from marriage, from houses of mourning and feasting, foresheweth the utter ruin of the Jews,
Jeremiah 16:1 The word of the LORD came also vnto me, saying; Jeremiah 16:2 Thou shalt not take thee a wife, neither shalt thou haue sonnes nor daughters in this place. Jeremiah 16:3 For thus sayth the LORD concerning the sonnes and concerning the daughters that are borne in this place, and concerning their mothers that bare them, and concerning their fathers that begate them in this land: Jeremiah 16:4 They shal die of grieuous deaths, they shall not bee lamented, neither shall they be buried: [but] they shall be as doung vpon the face of the earth, and they shalbe consumed by the sword, and by famine, and their carkeises shall be meate for the foules of heauen, and for the beasts of the earth. Jeremiah 16:5 For thus sayth the LORD, Enter not into the house of mourning, neither goe to lament nor bemoane them: for I haue taken away my peace from this people, sayth the LORD, [euen] louing kindnesse and mercies. Jeremiah 16:6 Both the great and the small shall die in this land: they shall not be buried, neither shall men lament for them, nor cut themselues, nor make themselues balde for them. Jeremiah 16:7 Neither shall men teare [themselues] for them in mourning to comfort them for the dead, neither shall men giue them the cuppe of consolation to drinke for their father, or for their mother. Jeremiah 16:8 Thou shalt not also goe into the house of feasting, to sit with them to eat and to drinke. Jeremiah 16:9 For thus sayth the LORD of hostes, the God of Israel: Behold, I will cause to cease out of this place in your eyes, and in your dayes, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladnesse, the voice of the bridegroome, and the voice of the bride.
because they were worse than their fathers.
Jeremiah 16:10 And it shal come to passe when thou shalt shewe this people all these wordes, and they shall say vnto thee; Wherefore hath the LORD pronounced all this great euill against vs? or what is our iniquitie? or what is our sinne, that we haue committed against the LORD our God? Jeremiah 16:11 Then shalt thou say vnto them; Because your fathers haue forsaken me, saith the LORD, and haue walked after other Gods, and haue serued them, and haue worshipped them, and haue forsaken mee, and haue not kept my law: Jeremiah 16:12 And yee haue done worse then your fathers, (for behold, yee walke euerie one after the imagination of his euill heart, that they may not hearken vnto me.) Jeremiah 16:13 Therefore will I cast you out of this land into a land that yee knowe not, [neither] yee, nor your fathers, and there shall yee serue other Gods day and night, where I will not shewe you fauour.
Their return from captivity shall be stranger than their deliverance out of Egypt.
Jeremiah 16:14 Therefore behold, the dayes come, saith the LORD, that it shall no more be said; The LORD liueth that brought vp the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; Jeremiah 16:15 But, The LORD liueth, that brought vp the children of Israel from the land of the North, and from all the lands whither hee had driuen them: and I will bring them againe into their land, that I gaue vnto their fathers.
God will doubly recompense their idolatry.
Jeremiah 16:16 Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the LORD, and they shal fish them, and after will I send for manie hunters, and they shall hunt them from euery mountaine, and from euery hill, and out of the holes of the rockes. Jeremiah 16:17 For mine eyes [are] vpon all their waies: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquitie hid from mine eies. Jeremiah 16:18 And first I will recompense their iniquitie, and their sinne double, because they haue defiled my land, they haue filled mine inheritance with the carkeises of their detestable and abominable things. Jeremiah 16:19 O LORD, my strength and my fortresse, and my refuge in the day of affliction; the Gentiles shall come vnto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say; Surely our fathers haue inherited lyes, vanitie, and [things] wherein [there is] no profit. Jeremiah 16:20 Shall a man make Gods vnto himselfe, and they [are] no Gods? Jeremiah 16:21 Therefore behold, I will this once cause them to know: I will cause them to knowe mine hand and my might, and they shall know that my name [is] the LORD.