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Jeremiah 6 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

1 The coming of the Assyrians and Chaldeans. 16 He exhorteth the Jews to repentance.

O ye children of [a]Benjamin, prepare to flee out of the midst of Jerusalem, and blow the trumpet in [b]Tekoa: set up a standard upon [c]Beth-Haccerem: for a plague appeareth out of the North and great destruction.

I have compared the daughter of Zion to [d]a beautiful and dainty woman.

The Pastors with their flocks [e]shall come unto her: they shall pitch their tents round about by her, and everyone shall feed in his place.

[f]Prepare war against her: arise, and let us go up toward the South: woe unto us: for the day declineth, and the shadows of the evening are stretched out.

Arise, and let us go up by night, and destroy her palaces.

For thus hath the Lord of hosts said, Hew down wood, and cast a mount against Jerusalem: this city must be visited; all oppression is in the midst of it.

As the fountain casteth out her waters, so she casteth out her malice; [g]cruelty and spoil is continually heard in her before me, with sorrow and strokes.

Be thou instructed, O [h]Jerusalem, lest my soul depart from thee, lest I make thee desolate as a land that none inhabiteth.

Thus saith the Lord of hosts, They shall gather as a vine, the residue of Israel: turn [i]back thine hand as the grape gatherer into the baskets.

10 Unto whom shall I speak, and admonish that they may hear? behold, their ears are [j]uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the word of the Lord is unto them as a reproach: they have no delight in it.

11 Therefore I am full of the wrath of the Lord: I am weary with holding it: [k]I will pour it out upon the [l]children in the street, and likewise upon the assembly of the young men: for the husband shall even be taken with the wife, and the aged with him that is full of days.

12 And their houses with their lands, and wives also shall be turned unto strangers: for I will stretch out mine hand upon the inhabitants of the land, saith the Lord.

13 For from the least of them, even unto the greatest of them, everyone is given unto covetousness, and from the Prophet even unto the Priest, they all deal falsely.

14 They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people with sweet words, saying, [m]Peace, peace, when there is no peace.

15 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not ashamed, no neither could they have any shame: therefore they shall fall among the [n]slain: when I shall visit them, they shall be cast down, saith the Lord.

16 Thus saith the Lord, Stand in the ways and behold, and ask for the [o]old way, which is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls: but they said, We will not walk therein.

17 Also I set [p]watchmen over you, which said, Take heed to the sound of the trumpet: but they said, We will not take heed.

18 Hear therefore, ye [q]Gentiles, and thou Congregation know, what is among them.

19 Hear, O earth, behold, I will cause a plague to come upon this people, even the fruit of their own imaginations: because they have not taken heed unto my words, nor to my Law, but cast it off.

20 To what purpose bringest thou me [r]incense from Sheba, and sweet calamus from a far country? Your burnt offerings are not pleasant, nor your sacrifices sweet unto me.

21 Therefore thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will lay stumbling blocks before this people, and the fathers and the sons together shall fall upon them: the neighbor and his friend shall perish.

22 Thus saith the Lord, Behold, a people cometh from the [s]North country, and a great nation shall arise from the sides of the earth.

23 With bow and shield shall they be weaponed: they are cruel and will have no compassion: their voice roareth like the sea, and they ride upon horses well appointed, like men of war against thee, O daughter Zion.

24 We have heard their fame, and our hands wax [t]feeble: sorrow is come upon us, as the sorrow of a woman in travail.

25 Go not forth into the field, nor walk by the way: for the sword of the enemy and fear is on every side.

26 O daughter of my people, gird thee with sackcloth, and wallow thyself in the ashes: make lamentation, and bitter mourning as for thine only son: for the destroyer shall suddenly come upon us.

27 I have set [u]thee for a defense and fortress among my people, that thou mayest know and try their ways.

28 They are all rebellious traitors, walking craftily; they are brass and iron, they all are destroyers,

29 The [v]bellows are burnt; the lead is consumed in the fire; the founder melteth in vain; for the wicked are not taken away.

30 They shall call them reprobate silver, because the Lord hath rejected them.


  1. Jeremiah 6:1 He speaketh to them chiefly because they should take heed by the example of their brethren, the other half of their tribe, which were now carried away prisoners.
  2. Jeremiah 6:1 Which was a city in Judah, six miles from Bethlehem, 2 Chron. 11:6.
  3. Jeremiah 6:1 Read Neh. 3:14.
  4. Jeremiah 6:2 I have entreated her gently, and given her abundance of all things.
  5. Jeremiah 6:3 She shall be so destroyed; that the sheep may be fed in her.
  6. Jeremiah 6:4 He speaketh this in the person of the Babylonians, which complain that the time faileth them before they have brought their enterprises to pass.
  7. Jeremiah 6:7 He showeth the cause why it should be destroyed, and how it cometh of themselves.
  8. Jeremiah 6:8 He warneth them to amend by his correction, and turn to him by repentance.
  9. Jeremiah 6:9 He exhorteth the Babylonians to be diligent to search out all and to leave none.
  10. Jeremiah 6:10 They delight to hear vain things, and to shut up their ears to true doctrine.
  11. Jeremiah 6:11 As the Lord had given him his word to be as a fire of his indignation to burn the wicked, Jer. 5:14, so he kindleth it now when he seeth that all remedies are past.
  12. Jeremiah 6:11 None shall be spared.
  13. Jeremiah 6:14 When the people began to fear God’s judgments, the false prophets comforted them by flatterings, showing that God would send peace and not war.
  14. Jeremiah 6:15 Hebrew, them that fall.
  15. Jeremiah 6:16 Wherein the Patriarchs and Prophets walked, directed by the word of God: signifying that there is no true way, but that which God prescribeth.
  16. Jeremiah 6:17 Prophets which should warn you of the dangers that were at hand.
  17. Jeremiah 6:18 God taketh all the world to witness, and the insensible creatures, of the ingratitude of the Jews.
  18. Jeremiah 6:20 Read Isa. 1:11 and Amos 5:21.
  19. Jeremiah 6:22 From Babylon by Dan, which was North from Jerusalem.
  20. Jeremiah 6:24 For fear of the enemy: he speaketh this in the person of the Jews.
  21. Jeremiah 6:27 Meaning, Jeremiah, whom God had appointed to try out the godly from the wicked, as a founder doth the pure metal from the dross.
  22. Jeremiah 6:29 All the pain and labor that hath been taken with them, is lost.
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Jeremiah 6 New International Version (NIV)

Jerusalem Under Siege

“Flee for safety, people of Benjamin!
    Flee from Jerusalem!
Sound the trumpet in Tekoa!
    Raise the signal over Beth Hakkerem!
For disaster looms out of the north,
    even terrible destruction.
I will destroy Daughter Zion,
    so beautiful and delicate.
Shepherds with their flocks will come against her;
    they will pitch their tents around her,
    each tending his own portion.”

“Prepare for battle against her!
    Arise, let us attack at noon!
But, alas, the daylight is fading,
    and the shadows of evening grow long.
So arise, let us attack at night
    and destroy her fortresses!”

This is what the Lord Almighty says:

“Cut down the trees
    and build siege ramps against Jerusalem.
This city must be punished;
    it is filled with oppression.
As a well pours out its water,
    so she pours out her wickedness.
Violence and destruction resound in her;
    her sickness and wounds are ever before me.
Take warning, Jerusalem,
    or I will turn away from you
and make your land desolate
    so no one can live in it.”

This is what the Lord Almighty says:

“Let them glean the remnant of Israel
    as thoroughly as a vine;
pass your hand over the branches again,
    like one gathering grapes.”

10 To whom can I speak and give warning?
    Who will listen to me?
Their ears are closed[a]
    so they cannot hear.
The word of the Lord is offensive to them;
    they find no pleasure in it.
11 But I am full of the wrath of the Lord,
    and I cannot hold it in.

“Pour it out on the children in the street
    and on the young men gathered together;
both husband and wife will be caught in it,
    and the old, those weighed down with years.
12 Their houses will be turned over to others,
    together with their fields and their wives,
when I stretch out my hand
    against those who live in the land,”
declares the Lord.
13 “From the least to the greatest,
    all are greedy for gain;
prophets and priests alike,
    all practice deceit.
14 They dress the wound of my people
    as though it were not serious.
‘Peace, peace,’ they say,
    when there is no peace.
15 Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct?
    No, they have no shame at all;
    they do not even know how to blush.
So they will fall among the fallen;
    they will be brought down when I punish them,”
says the Lord.

16 This is what the Lord says:

“Stand at the crossroads and look;
    ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
    and you will find rest for your souls.
    But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
17 I appointed watchmen over you and said,
    ‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’
    But you said, ‘We will not listen.’
18 Therefore hear, you nations;
    you who are witnesses,
    observe what will happen to them.
19 Hear, you earth:
    I am bringing disaster on this people,
    the fruit of their schemes,
because they have not listened to my words
    and have rejected my law.
20 What do I care about incense from Sheba
    or sweet calamus from a distant land?
Your burnt offerings are not acceptable;
    your sacrifices do not please me.”

21 Therefore this is what the Lord says:

“I will put obstacles before this people.
    Parents and children alike will stumble over them;
    neighbors and friends will perish.”

22 This is what the Lord says:

“Look, an army is coming
    from the land of the north;
a great nation is being stirred up
    from the ends of the earth.
23 They are armed with bow and spear;
    they are cruel and show no mercy.
They sound like the roaring sea
    as they ride on their horses;
they come like men in battle formation
    to attack you, Daughter Zion.

24 We have heard reports about them,
    and our hands hang limp.
Anguish has gripped us,
    pain like that of a woman in labor.
25 Do not go out to the fields
    or walk on the roads,
for the enemy has a sword,
    and there is terror on every side.
26 Put on sackcloth, my people,
    and roll in ashes;
mourn with bitter wailing
    as for an only son,
for suddenly the destroyer
    will come upon us.

27 “I have made you a tester of metals
    and my people the ore,
that you may observe
    and test their ways.
28 They are all hardened rebels,
    going about to slander.
They are bronze and iron;
    they all act corruptly.
29 The bellows blow fiercely
    to burn away the lead with fire,
but the refining goes on in vain;
    the wicked are not purged out.
30 They are called rejected silver,
    because the Lord has rejected them.”


  1. Jeremiah 6:10 Hebrew uncircumcised
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