The enemies, sent against Judah,
Jeremiah 6:1 Come out of Ierusalem, ye stronge chyldren of BenIamin: blowe vp the trompettes ye Tecuytes, set vp a token vnto Bethcaran, for a plage and a greate myserye appeareth out from the North. Jeremiah 6:2 I wyll lyken the doughter Sion to a fayre and tendre woman, and to her shall come the shepherdes with theyr flockes. Jeremiah 6:3 Theyr tentes shall they pytche rounde about her, and euery one shall fede them that are vnder his hande.
Jeremiah 6:4 Make battayle agaynst her (shall they saye) Aryse, let vs go vp, whyle it is yet daye. Alas, the daye goeth away, and the night shadowes fall downe: Jeremiah 6:5 Aryse: let vs go vp by nyght, & destroye her stronge holdes,
God setteth them on work because of their sins.
Jeremiah 6:6 for thus hath the Lorde of hoostes commaunded. Hewe downe her trees, and set vp bulworkes agaynst Ierusalem, for the tyme is come that this cytie must be punysshed: for in her is all maliciousnesse. Jeremiah 6:7 Lyke as a condyte spouteth oute waters, so she spouteth out her wickednesse. Robberye & vnrightousnesse is herde in her sorowe and woundes are euer there in my syght. Jeremiah 6:8 Amend the (O Ierusalem) lest I withdrawe my hert from the, & make the desolate: & thy land also, þt noman dwel in it.
The prophet lamenteth the judgments of God because of their sins.
Jeremiah 6:9 For thus saith the Lorde of hoostes. The residue of Israel shalbe gathered, as the remnaunt of grapes. And therfore turne thyne hande agayne into the basket, lyke the grape gatherer. Jeremiah 6:10 But vnto whom shall I speake, whom shall I warne that he maye take hede? Their eares are so vncircumcised, that they maye not heare. Beholde, they take the worde of God but for a scorne, & haue no lust therto. Jeremiah 6:11 And therfore, I am so full of thyne indignacyon, (O Lord) þt I maye suffre no longer. But shede it out vpon þe chyldren þt are without, and vpon all yonge men. Yee, the man must be taken presoner with the wyfe, & the aged wyth the crepel. Jeremiah 6:12 Theyr houses with theyr landes & wyues shallbe turned vnto straungers, when I stretch out myne hande vpon the inhabitatours of this land, sayeth the Lorde. Jeremiah 6:13 For from the leest vnto the most, they hange all vpon couetousnesse, & from the prophete vnto þe prest, they go all aboute with falsheed and lyes. Jeremiah 6:14 And besyde that, they heale the hurt of my people with swete wordes, sayeng: peace, peace, when there is no peace at all. Jeremiah 6:15 Were they ashamed when they hadd commytted abhomynacyon? Trulye nay they be past shame? And therfore they shall fall amonge þe slayne, & in the houre when I shall vyset them, they shall be brought downe, sayeth the Lorde. Jeremiah 6:16 Thus sayeth the Lord: go into the streates, consydre & make inquisicyon for þe olde waye: and yf it be þe good and ryght waye, then go therin, that ye maye fynde rest for youre soules. But they saye: we wyll not walcke therin, Jeremiah 6:17 and I wyll sett wacthmen ouer you, & therfore take hede vnto þe voyce of þe trompett. But they saye: we wyll not take hede.
He proclaimeth God's wrath.
Jeremiah 6:18 Heare therfore ye Gentyles, & thou congregacyon shalt knowe, what I haue deuysed for them. Jeremiah 6:19 Heare þu earth also: behold, I will cause a plage to come vpon this people, euen þe frute of their awne imaginacions. For they haue not bene obedient vnto my wordes & to my lawe, but abhorred them. Jeremiah 6:20 Wherfore, bryng ye me incense from Saba, & swete smellyng Calamus from farre countrees? Your burnt offerynges dysplease me, & I reioyce not in your sacrifyces. Jeremiah 6:21 And therfore thus sayeth the Lorde: behold, I wyll make this people fall, and there shall fall from among them the father wt the chyldren, one neyghboure shall peryshe wyth another. Jeremiah 6:22 Thus sayeth the Lord, Beholde, there shal come a people from þe North, & a great people shal aryse from þe endes of the earth, Jeremiah 6:23 with bowes and with dartes shall they be weapened. It is a rough & fearce people, & & an vnmercyfull people, theyr voyce roareth lyke þe see, they ryde vpon horses well apointed to þe battaill agaynst þe, O daughter Sion. Jeremiah 6:24 The crye of them haue we herde. Oure armes are feble, heuynesse & sorowe is come vp on vs, as vpon a woman trauelyng with chylde. Jeremiah 6:25 Let no man go forth into þe felde, let no man come vpon þe hye strete: for the swearde and feare of the enemy is on euery syde.
He calleth the people to mourn for the judgment on their sins.
Jeremiah 6:26 Wherfore, gyrde a sack cloth aboute the (O thou daughter of my people) sprynkle thy selfe wt asshes, mourne & wepe bitterly as vpon thy only beloued sonne. For the destroyer shal sodenly fall vpon vs. Jeremiah 6:27 The haue I set for a stronge tower (o thou prophete) & a well fensed wall amonge my people, to seke out and to trye theyr wayes. Jeremiah 6:28 For they are all stubberne apostates and fallen awaye, walkinge disceitfully, they are cleane brasse & yron, for they hurt & destroye euery man. Jeremiah 6:29 The bellous are brent in þe fyre, þe leade is not molten, þe melter melteth in vayne for þe euell is not taken awaye from them. Jeremiah 6:30 Therfore do they call them naughty syluer, because the Lorde hath cast them out.