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 Thus sayde the Lord vnto me. Jeremiah 16:2 Thou shalt take þe no wyfe, ner beget chyldren in this place, Jeremiah 16:3 For of the chyldren that are borne in this place, of theyr mothers that haue borne them, and of their fathers that haue begotten them in this lande thus sayeth the Lorde. Jeremiah 16:4 They shall dye an horrible deeth, no man shall mourne for them ner bury them, but they shall lye as donge vpon the earth. They shall perishe thorow the swearde and honger, and theyr bodyes shall be meate for the foules of the ayre, and beastes of þe earth. Jeremiah 16:5 For thus saieth þe Lorde: Go not þu in vnto them ner come to mourne and wepe for them: for I haue taken my peace from thys people (sayeth the Lorde) yee my fauoure & my mercy. Jeremiah 16:6 And in this lande shall they dye, olde and yonge, and shall not be buried: no man shall bewepe them, no man shall clyppe or shaue him selfe for them. Jeremiah 16:7 There shal not one viset another, to mourne wyth them for their deed, or to comforte them. One shal not offre another the cuppe of consolacyon, to forget theyr heuynes for father and mother. Jeremiah 16:8 Thou shalt not go into theyr feast house, to syt downe, to eate or drincke with them. Jeremiah 16:9 For thus sayeth þe Lorde of Hostes the God of Israell: Beholde, I shall take awaye out of this place, þe voyce of myrth and gladnesse, the voyce of the brydegrome and of the bryde: yee, and that in youre dayes, that ye maye se it.
because they were worse than their fathers.
Jeremiah 16:10 Now when thou shewest this people all these wordes, & they saye vnto the. Wherfore hath the Lorde deuysed all thys greate plage for vs? Or what is the offence & synne, that we haue done agaynst þe Lorde our God? Jeremiah 16:11 Then make thou them this answere: Because youre fathers haue forsaken me (sayeth the Lorde) and haue walked after straunge goddes, whom they haue honoured and worshypped: but me haue they forsaken, and haue not kepte my lawe. Jeremiah 16:12 And ye with your shamefull blasphemyes, haue exceaded the wyckednes of youre fathers. For euery one of you hath folowed the frowarde and euell ymaginacion of his awne herte, and is not obedient vnto me. Jeremiah 16:13 Therfore wyll I cast you oute of thys lande, into a lande that ye and youre fathers knowe not: and there shall ye serue straunge goddes daye and nyght, there wyll I shewe you no fauoure.
Their return from captivity shall be stranger than their deliverance out of Egypt.
Jeremiah 16:14 Beholde therfore (sayeth the Lorde) the dayes are come, that it shall nomore be sayde: The Lorde lyueth, which brought the children of Israel out of þe lande of Egypte: Jeremiah 16:15 but, it shall be sayde, the Lorde lyueth, that brought the children of Israell from the North, and from all landes where he had scatred them. For I wyl brynge them agayne into the lande, that I gaue vnto theyr fathers.
God will doubly recompense their idolatry.
Jeremiah 16:16 Beholde (sayeth the Lorde) I wyl sende out many fyshers to take them, and after þt wyll I sende out many hunters to hunte them out, from all mountaynes and hylles and out of þe caues of stone. Jeremiah 16:17 For myne eyes beholde al theyr wayes, and they cannot be hyd fro my face, nether can theyr wycked dedes be kepte close out of my syghte. Jeremiah 16:18 But first wyll I sufficiently rewarde their shamefull blasphemies and synnes, because they haue defyled my lande: Namely with theyr stincking Idols & with the carayns of their abhominacions, wherwith they haue filled myne herytage. Jeremiah 16:19 O Lorde, my strength, my power, and refuge in tyme of trouble. The Gentyles shall come vnto the from the endes of the worlde, and saye: Uerely our fathers haue cleaued vnto lyes, their Idols are but vayne & vnprofitable. Jeremiah 16:20 How can a man make those his goddes, whyche are not able to be goddes? Jeremiah 16:21 And therfore I will once teach them, sayeth the Lorde, I wyll shewe them my hande & my power, that they maye knowe, that my name is the Lorde.