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Jeremiah 15

The utter rejection and manifold judgments of the Jews.

Jeremiah 15:1 Then spake þe Lord vnto me: Thoughe Moses & Samuell stode before me, yet haue I no hearte to thys people. Driue them awaye, þt they maye go out of my syght. Jeremiah 15:2 And yf they say vnto þe. Whyther shall we go? Then tell them: The lord gyueth you thys answere. Some vnto death, some the swearde, some to honger, some into captyuyte. Jeremiah 15:3 For I will bryng foure plages vpon them, sayeth the Lorde. The swearde shall sleye them, the dogges shall teare them in peaces, the foules of the ayre, & beastes of the earth shall eate them vp, and destroye them. Jeremiah 15:4 I wyll scatter them aboute also in all kyngdomes and landes to be plaged because of Manasseh the sonne of Hezekia kynge of Iuda, for the thynges that he dyd in Ierusalem. Jeremiah 15:5 Who shall then haue pyte vpon þe, O Ierusalem? Who shall be sory for þe? Or who shall make intercession, to optayne peace for the? Jeremiah 15:6 seynge thou goest fro me, & turnest backwarde, sayeth the Lorde? Therfore, I dyd stretch out myne hande agaynst þe, to destroye þe, & I haue bene sorye for the so longe þt I am werye. Jeremiah 15:7 I haue scatred them abrode wt þe fanne on ouery syde of þe land. I haue wasted my people & destroyed them. Yet they haue had no lust to turne from theyr awne wayes Jeremiah 15:8 I haue made theyr wyddowes mo in nombre, then þe sandes of the see. Upon the mothers of their chyldren dyd I brynge a destroyer in þe none daye. Sodenly and vnawarres dyd I sende a feare vpon theyr cyties. Jeremiah 15:9 She that hath borne seuen chyldren, hath noone, her herte is full of sorowe. The Sunne doth fayle her in the cleare daye, she is confounded and fayntie for very heuynesse. As for those þt remayne, I wyll delyuer them vnto þe swearde before theyr enemyes, sayth þe Lorde.

Jeremiah, complaining of their spite, receiveth a promise for himself,

Jeremiah 15:10 O mother, alas that euer þu dydest beare me, a brawler & rebuker of the whole lande: Thoughe I neuer lente ner receaued vpon vsury, yet all men speake euell vpon me. Jeremiah 15:11 And þe Lorde answered me: Uerely thy remnaunte shall haue welthe. Come not I to the, when thou art in trouble: and helpe þe, when thyne enemy oppresseth þe?

and a threatening for them.

Jeremiah 15:12 Doth one yron hurte another or one metall that commeth from the North, another? Jeremiah 15:13 As for thy richesse and treasure, I wyll geue them out into a praye, not for eny money, but because of all thy synnes, þt þu hast done in all thy coastes. Jeremiah 15:14 And I wyll brynge þe with thyne enemyes into a land, that þu knowest not: for þe fyre þt is kyndled in my indignacyon, shall burne you vp.

He prayeth,

Jeremiah 15:15 O Lord, thou knowest: therfore remembre me, & vyset me, delyuer me fro my persecuters. Take me not from this lyfe in the tyme of the longe pacyence, thou knowest, that for thy sake I suffer rebuke. Jeremiah 15:16 When I had founde thy wordes, I dyd eate them vp gredely: they haue made my herte ioyfull & glad. For thy name was called vpon me, O Lorde God of Hostes. Jeremiah 15:17 I dwell not amonge the scorners, nether is my delyte therin: but I dwell only in the feare of thy hand, for thou hast fylled me with bytternes. Jeremiah 15:18 Shall my heuynes endure for euer? Are my plages then so greate, that they maye neuer be healed? Wilt thou be as one þt is false & as a water, that falleth, and cannot continue?

and receiveth a gracious promise.

Jeremiah 15:19 Upon these wordes, thus sayde þe Lorde vnto me. If þu wilt turne agayne, I shall sett the in my seruice: and yf thou wilt take out the thynges þt is precious from þe vile, thou shalt be euen as myne awne mouth. They shall conuerte vnto the, but turne not thou vnto them: Jeremiah 15:20 & so shall I make þe a stronge brasen wall agaynst this people. They shall fight agaynst þe, but they shall not preuayle. For I my selfe will be wt the, to helpe þe, and deliuer the, sayeth þe Lorde. Jeremiah 15:21 And I wyll ryd the out of the handes of the wicked, and delyuer the out of the hande of tirauntes.

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