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 And the word of Yahweh came unto me, saying: Jeremiah 16:2 Thou shall not take to thee a wife,Neither shalt thou have sons or daughters, in this place. Jeremiah 16:3 For, Thus, saith Yahweh, Concerning the sons, and concerning the daughters, that are being born in this place,and concerning their mothers who do bear them, and concerning their fathers who do beget them, in this land, Jeremiah 16:4 Of deaths from diseases, shall they die, They shall not be lamented, Neither shall they be buried, As heaps of dung on the face of the ground, shall they serve,Yea, by sword and by famine, shall they be consumed, And, their dead bodies, shall become, foodTo the bird of the heavens, and, To the beast of the earth. Jeremiah 16:5 For, Thus, saith YahwehDo not thou enter into the house of crying, Neither do thou go to lament, nor do thou bemoan for them,For I have withdrawn my blessing from this people, Declareth Yahweh, Both lovingkindness and compassion. Jeremiah 16:6 So shall great and small die in this land, They shall not be buried,Neither shall men lament for them, Nor cut themselves, Nor make themselves bald for them; Jeremiah 16:7 Neither shall they break bread to them in mourning, To console one over his dead,Nor cause them to drink the cup of consolation, Over one's father, Or over one's mother; Jeremiah 16:8 And, the house of banqueting, shall thou not enter, To sit with them, To eat and to drink. Jeremiah 16:9 For, Thus, saith Yahweh of hosts, God of Israel,Behold me! causing to cease, out of this place, Before your eyes, And in your days, The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, The voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride,
because they were worse than their fathers.
Jeremiah 16:10 And it shall be, when thou shalt declare to this people, all these words,and they shall say unto theeFor what reason, hath Yahweh pronounced against us, all this great calamity? Or what is our iniquity, or what our sin, which we have sinned against Yahweh our God? Jeremiah 16:11 Then shalt thou say unto them,For that your fathers forsook, me, Declareth Yahweh, And walked after other gods, and served them, and bowed down to them,Whereas, me, they forsook And, my law, kept they not; Jeremiah 16:12 And, ye, have done more wickedly than your fathers,for, look at you! walking every man after the stubbornness of his wicked, heart, so as not to hearken unto me, Jeremiah 16:13 Therefore will I hurl you forth, from off this land, unto a land, which ye have not known, ye, nor your fathers,and ye can serve there, other gods, day and night, in that I will grant you no favour.
Their return from captivity shall be stranger than their deliverance out of Egypt.
Jeremiah 16:14 Therefore, lo! days are coming, Declareth Yahweh, When it shall be said no more, By the life of Yahweh, who brought up the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt; but Jeremiah 16:15 By the life of Yahweh, who hath brought up the sons of Israel out of the land of the North, and out of all the lands, whither he had driven them,So will I bring them back upon their own soil, which I gave to their fathers.
God will doubly recompense their idolatry.
Jeremiah 16:16 Behold me! sending for many fishers, Declareth Yahweh, And they shall catch them,and, thereafter, will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from off every mountain, and from off every hill, and out of the clefts of the crags. Jeremiah 16:17 For, mine own eyes, are upon all their ways, they have not been hid from my faceneither hath their iniquity been concealed from being straight before mine eyes. Jeremiah 16:18 Thus will I recompense, first, twofold, their iniquity and their sin, because of their profaning my land,with the carcase of their disgusting and detestable things, have they filled mine inheritance. Jeremiah 16:19 O Yahweh, my strength, and my refuge, and my place to fly to, in the day of distress,Unto thee, shall nations come in, out of the ends of the earth, that they may saySurely! Falsehood, did our fathers inherit, Vanity, among whom is none that can profit: Jeremiah 16:20 Shall, a son of earth, make for himself, gods, Seeing that, they, are no-gods? Jeremiah 16:21 Therefore, behold me! causing them to know, by this stroke, I will cause them to know my hand, and my might,That they may know, that, my name, is, Yahweh!