David said to his son Solomon: “Be strong and brave! Do it! Don’t be afraid and don’t panic! 1 For the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not leave you or abandon you before all the work for the service of the Lord’s temple is finished.
When the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, he gave this message to Shemaiah: 1 “They have humbled themselves, so I will not destroy them. I will deliver them soon. 2 My anger will not be unleashed against 3 Jerusalem through 4 Shishak.
You will not fight in this battle. Take your positions, stand, and watch the Lord deliver you, 1 O Judah and Jerusalem. Don’t be afraid and don’t panic! 2 Tomorrow march out toward them; the Lord is with you!’”
For if you return to the Lord, your brothers and sons will be shown mercy by their captors and return to this land. The Lord your God is merciful and compassionate; he will not reject you 1 if you return to him.”
We will not buy 1 on the Sabbath or on a holy day from the neighboring peoples who bring their wares and all kinds of grain to sell on the Sabbath day. We will let the fields lie fallow every seventh year, and we will cancel every loan. 2
then I discerned all that God has done: 1 No one really comprehends what happens 2 on earth. 3 Despite all human 4 efforts to discover it, no one can ever grasp 5 it. 6 Even if 7 a wise person claimed 8 that he understood, he would not really comprehend 9 it.
Therefore, as flaming fire 1 devours straw, and dry grass disintegrates in the flames, so their root will rot, and their flower will blow away like dust. 2 For they have rejected the law of the Lord who commands armies, they have spurned the commands 3 of the Holy One of Israel. 4
So in this way Jacob’s sin will be forgiven, 1 and this is how they will show they are finished sinning: 2 They will make all the stones of the altars 3 like crushed limestone, and the Asherah poles and the incense altars will no longer stand. 4
“As for me, this is my promise to 1 them,” says the Lord. “My spirit, who is upon you, and my words, which I have placed in your mouth, will not depart from your mouth or from the mouths of your children and descendants from this time forward,” 2 says the Lord.
You people of this generation, listen to what the Lord says. “Have I been like a wilderness to you, Israel? Have I been like a dark and dangerous land to you? 1 Why then do you 2 say, ‘We are free to wander. 3 We will not come to you any more?’
In those days, your population will greatly increase 1 in the land. At that time,” says the Lord, “people will no longer talk about having the ark 2 that contains the Lord’s covenant with us. 3 They will not call it to mind, remember it, or miss it. No, that will not be done any more! 4
The Lord says, 1 “Listen, 2 nation of Israel! 3 I am about to bring a nation from far away to attack you. It will be a nation that was founded long ago and has lasted for a long time. It will be a nation whose language you will not know. Its people will speak words that you will not be able to understand.
Before this I had been like a docile lamb ready to be led to the slaughter. I did not know they were making plans to kill me. 1 I did not know they were saying, 2 “Let’s destroy the tree along with its fruit! 3 Let’s remove Jeremiah 4 from the world of the living so people will not even be reminded of him any more.” 5
But suppose a nation or a kingdom will not be subject to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. Suppose it will not submit to the yoke of servitude to 1 him. I, the Lord, affirm that 2 I will punish that nation. I will use the king of Babylon to punish it 3 with war, 4 starvation, and disease until I have destroyed it. 5
I will make myself available to you,’ 1 says the Lord. 2 ‘Then I will reverse your plight 3 and will regather you from all the nations and all the places where I have exiled you,’ says the Lord. 4 ‘I will bring you back to the place from which I exiled you.’
This will happen to them because they have done what is shameful 1 in Israel. They have committed adultery with their neighbors’ wives and have spoken lies while claiming my authority. 2 They have spoken words that I did not command them to speak. I know what they have done. I have been a witness to it,’ says the Lord.” 3
Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, “The Lord, the God who rules over all, the God of Israel, 1 says, ‘You must surrender to the officers of the king of Babylon. If you do, your life will be spared 2 and this city will not be burned down. Indeed, you and your whole family will be spared.
I, the Lord, tell 1 you not to be afraid, you descendants of Jacob, my servant, for I am with you. Though I completely destroy all the nations where I scatter you, I will not completely destroy you. I will indeed discipline you but only in due measure. I will not allow you to go entirely unpunished.” 2
For the Lord says, “If even those who did not deserve to drink from the cup of my wrath must drink from it, do you think you will go unpunished? You will not go unpunished, but must certainly drink from the cup of my wrath. 1