Jeremiah proclaimeth God's Covenant,
Jeremiah 11:1 This is another Sermon, which the Lorde commaunded Ieremy for to preache, saying: Jeremiah 11:2 Hear the wordes of the couenaunt, & speake vnto all Iuda, and to all them that dwell at Ierusalem. Jeremiah 11:3 And saye thou vnto them: Thus sayth the Lorde God of Israell. Cursed be euerye one that is not obedient vnto the wordes of this couenaunt: Jeremiah 11:4 whiche I commaunded vnto youre fathers, what tyme as I brought them oute of Egypte, from the yron fornace, sayinge: Be obedient vnto my voyce, & do accordynge to all that I commaund you: so shall ye be my people, & I wilbe youre God, Jeremiah 11:5 and will kepe my promyse, that I haue sworne vnto youre fathers: Namelye, that I wolde geue them a lande which floweth with mylcke and hony, as ye se, it is come to passe vnto this daye. Then aunswered I, and sayd: Amen. It is euen so Lorde, as thou sayest. Jeremiah 11:6 Then the Lorde sayde vnto me agayne: preache this in the cytyes of Iuda & round about Ierusalem, & saye: Heare the wordes of this conuenaunt, that ye maye kepe them. Jeremiah 11:7 For I haue diligently exorted youre fathers, euer sence the tyme that I broughte them oute of þe land of Egipte, vnto this daye. I gaue them warnyng by tymes, sayenge: herken vnto my voyce:
rebuketh the Jews disobeying thereof,
Jeremiah 11:8 Neuertheles, they wolde not obeye me nor enclyne theyr eares vnto me, but folowed the wicked ymaginacions of theyr owne hertes. And therfore haue I accused them as transgressours of all the wordes of this couenaunt, that I gaue them to kepe, whiche they (not with vnderstandynge) haue not kepte. Jeremiah 11:9 And the Lorde sayde vnto me: It is founde oute, that whole Israell and all these citesens of Ierusalem are gone backe. Jeremiah 11:10 They haue turned them selues to the blasphemyes of theyr forefathers, whiche had no luste to heare my worde. Euen lykewyse haue these also folowed straunge Goddes, and worshypped them. The house of Israell and Iuda haue broken my couenaunt, whiche I made wyth their fathers.
prophesieth evils to come upon them,
Jeremiah 11:11 Therfore thus sayth the Lorde: Beholde, I wyll sende a plage amonge you, whiche ye shall not be able to escape: and though ye crye vnto me, I wyll not heare you. Jeremiah 11:12 Then shal the tounes of Iuda and the cytezyns of Ierusalem go, and call vpon theyr Goddes, vnto whom they made theyr oblacyons: but they are not able to helpe them in tyme of theyr trouble. Jeremiah 11:13 For as manye cytyes as thou haste, O Iuda, so many Goddes haste thou also: And loke how many stretes there be in the (O Ierusalem) so manye shamefull aulters haue ye set vp, to offre vpon them vnto Baal. Jeremiah 11:14 But praye not thou for thys people, byd neyther prayse nor prayer for them, for thoughe they crye vnto me in theyr trouble, yet wyl I not heare them. Jeremiah 11:15 O thou beloued, why doest thou so shamefull greate blasphemyes in my house, euen as though that holy flesh myght absolue the, specially when thou haste made thy boaste of thy wickednes. Jeremiah 11:16 The Lorde called the a grene olyue tree, a fayre one, a fruteful one, a goodly one, but nowe that there is a contrarye reporte of the abroade, he wyl burne the vp, & destroye thy braunches. Jeremiah 11:17 For the Lorde of hostes that planted the, hath deuysed a plage for the, (O thou house of Israell and Iuda) for the euyll that ye haue done to prouoke hym to wrath, in that ye dyd seruyce vnto Baal.
and upon the men of Anathoth, for conspiring to kill Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 11:18 This (O Lord) haue I learned of the, and vnderstand it, for thou hast shewed me theyr ymaginacions. Jeremiah 11:19 But I (as a meke lambe) was caried awaye to be slayne: not knowing, that they had deuised soche a councell agaynst me sayenge: We wyll destroye hys meate wyth woed, & dryue hym out of the lande of the lyuing: þt his name shall neuer be thought vpon. Jeremiah 11:20 Therfore I wyll beseche the now (O Lord of hostes) thou rightuous iudge, thou that tryest the reynes and the hertes: lett me se the aunged of them, for vnto the haue I committed my cause. Jeremiah 11:21 The Lord therfore spake thus of þe citezyns of Anothoth, that sought to slaye me, sayenge: Preache not vnto vs in the name of the Lord, or els thou shalt dye of oure handes. Jeremiah 11:22 Thus (I saye) spake the Lorde of hostes: Beholde, I will viset you. Youre yonge men shall peryshe wyth the swearde, your sonnes & your daughters shall vtterlye dye of honger, Jeremiah 11:23 so that none shall remayne. For vpon þe cytezyns of Anathoth wil I bring a plage, the yeare of their visitacion.