Jeremiah expresseth the desolation of Judah for their idolatry.
Jeremiah 44:1 The word that came to Ieremiah concerning all the Iewes which dwel in the land of Egypt, which dwell at Migdol, and at Tahpanhes, and at Noph, and in the countrey of Pathros, saying, Jeremiah 44:2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Ye haue seene all the euill that I haue brought vpon Ierusalem, and vpon all the cities of Iudah: and behold, this day they [are] a desolation, and no man dwelleth therein, Jeremiah 44:3 Because of their wickednes which they haue committed, to prouoke me to anger, in that they went to burne incense, [and] to serue other gods, whom they knew not, [neither] they, you, nor your fathers. Jeremiah 44:4 Howbeit I sent vnto you all my seruants the Prophets, rising early and sending [them], saying, Oh doe not this abominable thing that I hate. Jeremiah 44:5 But they hearkened not, nor enclined their eare to turne from their wickednes, to burne no incense vnto other gods. Jeremiah 44:6 Wherefore my furie and mine anger was powred forth, and was kindled in the cities of Iudah, and in the streets of Ierusalem, and they are wasted and desolate, as at this day. Jeremiah 44:7 Therefore now thus saith the LORD the God of hostes, the God of Israel, Wherefore commit ye [this] great euill against your soules, to cut off from you man and woman, childe and suckling out of Iudah, to leaue you none to remaine. Jeremiah 44:8 In that yee prouoke mee vnto wrath with the workes of your hands, burning incense vnto other gods in the land of Egypt whither ye bee gone to dwell, that yee might cut your selues off, and that ye might be a curse, and a reproch among all the nations of the earth? Jeremiah 44:9 Haue ye forgotten the wickednes of your fathers, and the wickednesse of the kings of Iudah, and the wickednes of their wiues, and your owne wickednesse, and the wickednesse of your wiues, which they haue committed in the land of Iudah, and in the streets of Ierusalem? Jeremiah 44:10 They are not humbled euen vnto this day, neither haue they feared, nor walked in my Law, nor in my Statutes that I set before you, and before your fathers.
He prophesieth their destruction, who commit idolatry in Egypt.
Jeremiah 44:11 Therefore thus sayeth the LORD of hostes, the God of Israel, Behold, I will set my face against you for euill, and to cut off all Iudah. Jeremiah 44:12 And I will take the remnant of Iudah, that haue set their faces to goe into the land of Egypt to soiourne there, and they shall all be consumed [and] fall in the land of Egypt: they shall euen bee consumed by the sword, [and] by the famine: they shall die, from the least euen vnto the greatest, by the sword and by the famine: and they shalbe an execration [and] an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproch. Jeremiah 44:13 For I will punish them that dwell in the land of Egypt, as I haue punished Ierusalem, by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence; Jeremiah 44:14 So that none of the remnant of Iudah which are gone into the land of Egypt to soiourne there, shall escape or remaine, that they should returne into the land of Iudah to the which they haue a desire to returne to dwell there: for none shall returne but such as shall escape.
The obstinacy of the Jews.
Jeremiah 44:15 Then all the men which knew that their wiues had burnt incense vnto other Gods, and all the women that stood by, a great multitude, euen all the people that dwelt in the land of Egypt in Pathros, answered Ieremiah, saying, Jeremiah 44:16 As for the word that thou hast spoken vnto vs in the name of the LORD, we will not hearken vnto thee. Jeremiah 44:17 But we will certainly doe whatsoeuer thing goeth forth out of our owne mouth, to burne incense vnto the queene of heauen, and to powre out drinke offrings vnto her, as we haue done, we and our fathers, our kings and our princes in the cities of Iudah, and in the streetes of Ierusalem: for [then] had we plentie of vitailes, and were well, and saw no euill. Jeremiah 44:18 But since we left off to burne incense to the queene of heauen, and to powre out drinke offrings vnto her, we haue wanted all things, and haue beene consumed by the sword, and by the famine. Jeremiah 44:19 And when we burnt incense to the queene of heauen, and powred out drinke offrings vnto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and powre out drinke offrings vnto her without our men?
Jeremiah threateneth them for the same,
Jeremiah 44:20 Then Ieremiah sayd vnto all the people, to the men and to the women, and to all the people which had giuen him that answere, saying; Jeremiah 44:21 The incense that yee burnt in the cities of Iudah, and in the streetes of Ierusalem, yee and your fathers, your kings and your princes, and the people of the land, did not the LORD remember them, and came it not into his minde? Jeremiah 44:22 So that the LORD could no longer beare, because of the euill of your doings, [and] because of the abominations, which yee haue committed: therefore is your land a desolation, and an astonishment, and a curse without an inhabitant, as at this day. Jeremiah 44:23 Because you haue burnt incense, and because yee haue sinned against the LORD, and haue not obeyed the voyce of the LORD, nor walked in his law, nor in his statutes, nor in his testimonies: therefore this euill is happened vnto you, as at this day. Jeremiah 44:24 Moreouer Ieremiah sayd vnto all the people, and to all the women; Heare the word of the LORD, all Iudah, that [are] in the land of Egypt. Jeremiah 44:25 Thus saith the LORD of hostes the God of Israel, saying: Yee and your wiues haue both spoken with your mouths, and fulfilled with your hand, saying; We will surely performe our vowes that we haue vowed, to burne incense to the queene of heauen, and to powre out drinke offrings vnto her: yee will surely accomplish your vowes, and surely performe your vowes. Jeremiah 44:26 Therefore heare yee the word of the LORD, all Iudah that dwell in the land of Egypt, Behold, I haue sworne by my great Name, saith the LORD, that my Name shal no more be named in the mouth of any man of Iudah, in all the land of Egypt, saying, The Lord GOD liueth. Jeremiah 44:27 Behold, I will watch ouer them for euill, and not for good, and all the men of Iudah that [are] in the land of Egypt shalbe consumed by the sword, & by the famin, vntil there be an end of them. Jeremiah 44:28 Yet a small number that escape the sword, shall returne out of the land of Egypt into the land of Iudah: and all the remnant of Iudah that are gone into the land of Egypt to soiourne there, shall know whose wordes shall stand, mine or theirs.
and for a sign prophesieth the destruction of Egypt.
Jeremiah 44:29 And this [shalbe] a signe vnto you, saith the LORD, that I will punish you in this place, that ye may knowe that my words shal surely stand against you for euill. Jeremiah 44:30 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will giue Pharaoh-Hophra king of Egypt into the hand of his enemies, and into the hande of them that seeke his life, as I gaue Zedekiah king of Iudah into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon his enemy, and that sought his life.