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 there is a word of Jehovah unto me, saying: Jeremiah 16:2 Thou dost not take to thee a wife, Nor hast thou sons and daughters in this place. Jeremiah 16:3 For thus said Jehovah, Of the sons and of the daughters who are born in this place, And of their mothersthose bearing them, And of their fathersthose begetting them in this land: Jeremiah 16:4 Of painful deaths they die, They are not lamented, nor are they buried, For dung on the face of the ground they are, And by sword and by famine are consumed, And their carcase hath been for food To the fowl of the heavens, And to the beast of the earth. Jeremiah 16:5 For thus said Jehovah: Do not enter the house of a mourning-feast, Nor go to lament nor bemoan for them, For I have removed My peace from this people, An affirmation of Jehovah, The kindness and the mercies. Jeremiah 16:6 And died have great and small in this land, They are not buried, and none lament for them, Nor doth any cut himself, nor become bald for them. Jeremiah 16:7 Nor do they deal out to them for mourning, To comfort him concerning the dead, Nor cause them to drink a cup of consolations For his father and for his mother. Jeremiah 16:8 A house of banqueting thou dost not enter, To sit with them, to eat and to drink, Jeremiah 16:9 For thus said Jehovah of Hosts, God of Israel: Lo, I am causing to cease from this place, Before your eyes, and in your days, The voice of joy, and the voice of rejoicing, The voice of bridegroom and voice of bride.
because they were worse than their fathers.
Jeremiah 16:10 And it hath come to pass when thou declarest to this people all these words, and they have said unto thee, 'For what hath Jehovah spoken against us all this great evil? yea, what [is] our iniquity, and what our sin, that we have sinned against Jehovah our God?' Jeremiah 16:11 Then thou hast said unto them: Because that your fathers have forsaken Me, An affirmation of Jehovah, And go after other gods, and serve them, And they bow themselves to them, And Me have forsaken, and My law not kept, Jeremiah 16:12 Ye also have done evil above your fathers, And lo, ye are walking each after the stubbornness of his evil heart, So as not to hearken unto Me. Jeremiah 16:13 And I have cast you from off this land, On to a land that ye have not known, Ye and your fathers, And ye have served there other gods by day and by night, Where I do not give to you grace.
Their return from captivity shall be stranger than their deliverance out of Egypt.
Jeremiah 16:14 Therefore, lo, days are coming, An affirmation of Jehovah, And it is not said any more: 'Jehovah liveth, who brought up The sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt,' Jeremiah 16:15 But, 'Jehovah liveth, who brought up The sons of Israel out of the land of the north, And out of all the lands whither He drove them,' And I have brought them back to their land, That I gave to their fathers.
God will doubly recompense their idolatry.
Jeremiah 16:16 Lo, I am sending for many fishers, An affirmation of Jehovah, And they have fished them, And after this I send for many hunters, And they have hunted them from off every mountain, And from off every hill, and from holes of the rocks. Jeremiah 16:17 For Mine eyes [are] upon all their ways, They have not been hidden from My face, Nor hath their iniquity been concealed from before Mine eyes. Jeremiah 16:18 And I have recompensed a firstA second timetheir iniquity and their sin, Because of their polluting My land, With the carcase of their detestable things, Yea, their abominable things have filled Mine inheritance. Jeremiah 16:19 O Jehovah, my strength, and my fortress, And my refuge in a day of adversity, Unto Thee nations do come from the ends of earth, And say, Only falsehood did our fathers inherit, Vanity, and none among them is profitable. Jeremiah 16:20 Doth man make for himself gods, And theyno gods? Jeremiah 16:21 Therefore, lo, I am causing them to know at this time, I cause them to know My hand and My might, And they have known that My name [is] Jehovah!