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 Moreouer, thus sayde the Lorde vnto me: Jeremiah 16:2 Thou shalt take þe no wyfe, ner beget chyldren in this place. Jeremiah 16:3 For of the chyldren þt are borne in thys place, of their mother þt haue borne them, and of their fathers that haue begotten them in thys lande, thus sayeth the Lorde: Jeremiah 16:4 They shal dye an horrible deeth, no man shall mourne for them, ner burye them, but they shall lye as donge vpon the earth. They shall perishe thorow the swearde and honger, and their bodyes shall be meate for the foules of the ayre, & beastes of the earth. Jeremiah 16:5 Agayne, thus sayeth the Lorde: Go not vnto them, that come together, for to mourne and wepe: for I haue taken my peace from this people (saieth the Lorde) yee my fauoure & my mercy. Jeremiah 16:6 And in this lande shall they dye, olde and yonge, and shall not be buryed: no man shall bewepe them, no man shall clyppe or shaue hym selfe for them. Jeremiah 16:7 There shal not one viset another, to mourne with them for their deed, or to comforte them. One shall not offre another the cuppe of consolacyon, to forget their heuynes for father & mother. Jeremiah 16:8 Thou shalt not go in to their feaste house, to syt downe, moche lesse to eate or drincke with them. Jeremiah 16:9 For thus sayeth the Lorde of Hostes the God of Israell: Beholde, I shall take awaye out of this place, the voyce of myrth and gladnesse, the voyce of the brydegrome and of the bryde: yee & that in youre dayes, that ye maye se it.
because they were worse than their fathers.
Jeremiah 16:10 Now when thou shewest thys people all these wordes, and they saye vnto the: Wherfore hath the Lorde deuysed all thys greate plage for vs? Or what is the offence & synne, þt we haue done agaynst the Lord oure God? Jeremiah 16:11 Then make thou them this answere: Because youre fathers haue forsaken me (sayth þe Lord) and haue cleued vnto straunge goddes, whom they haue honoured and worshypped: but me haue they forsaken, & haue not kepte my lawe. Jeremiah 16:12 And ye with youre shamefull blasphemyes, haue exceaded the wyckednes of youre fathers. For euery one of you foloweth the frowarde and euell ymagynacyon of his owne herte, and is not obedient vnto me. Jeremiah 16:13 Therfore wyll I cast you oute of this lande, in to 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 Behold therfore (sayeth the Lorde) the dayes are come, that it shall nomore be sayed: The Lorde lyueth, whyche brought the chyldren of Israell out of the lande of Egypte: Jeremiah 16:15 but, it shall be sayde, þe Lord lyueth, that brought the chyldren of Israell from the North, and from all landes where I had scatred them. For I wyll brynge them agayne in to the lande, that I gaue vnto their fathers.
God will doubly recompense their idolatry.
Jeremiah 16:16 Beholde (sayeth the Lorde) I wyll sende out many fyshers to take them, & after þt wyll I sende out manye hunters to hunte them out, from all mountaynes and hylles & out of þe caues of stones. Jeremiah 16:17 For myne eyes beholde all their wayes, and they can not be hyd fro my face, nether can their wycked dedes be kepte close out of my syght. Jeremiah 16:18 But firste wyll I sufficientlye rewarde their shamefull blasphemies and synnes, wherwyth they haue defyled my lande: Namely, wyth their stinckyng Idols and obhominacions, wherwith they haue fylled myne heretage. Jeremiah 16:19 O Lorde, my strength, my power, and refuge in tyme of trouble. The Gentyles shall come vnto þe from the endes of the worlde, and saye: Verely our fathers haue cleued vnto lyes, their Idols are but vayne & vnprofitable. Jeremiah 16:20 How can a man make those his goddes, which are not able to be goddes. Jeremiah 16:21 And therfore I wyll ones teach them, sayeth the Lorde, I wyll shewe them my hande & my power, that they maye knowe, that my name is the Lorde.