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The Lord who rules over all 1 says to the people of Jerusalem: 2 “Do not listen to what those prophets are saying to you. They are filling you with false hopes. They are reporting visions of their own imaginations, not something the Lord has given them to say. 3
The Lord said to me, “Jeremiah, 1 when one of these people, or a prophet, or a priest asks you, ‘What burdensome message 2 do you have from the Lord?’ Tell them, ‘You are the burden, 3 and I will cast you away. 4 I, the Lord, affirm it! 5
But just listen to what the Lord has to say about 1 the king who occupies David’s throne and all your fellow countrymen who are still living in this city of Jerusalem 2 and were not carried off into exile with you.
“Send a message to all the exiles in Babylon. Tell them, ‘The Lord has spoken about Shemaiah the Nehelamite. “Shemaiah has spoken to you as a prophet even though I did not send him. He is making you trust in a lie. 1
Then Jeremiah spoke to the Rechabite community, “The Lord God of Israel who rules over all 1 says, ‘You have obeyed the orders of your ancestor Jonadab. You have followed all his instructions. You have done exactly as he commanded you.’
“The Lord God of Israel says, ‘Give a message to the king of Judah who sent you to ask me to help him. 1 Tell him, “The army of Pharaoh that was on its way to help you will go back home to Egypt. 2
For even if you were to defeat all the Babylonian forces 1 fighting against you so badly that only wounded men were left lying in their tents, they would get up and burn this city down.”’” 2
The prophet Jeremiah answered them, “Agreed! 1 I will indeed pray to the Lord your God as you have asked. I will tell you everything the Lord replies in response to you. 2 I will not keep anything back from you.”
the wars you fear will catch up with you there in the land of Egypt. The starvation you are worried about will follow you there to 1 Egypt. You will die there. 2
You have sacrificed to other gods! You have sinned against the Lord! You have not obeyed the Lord! You have not followed his laws, his statutes, and his decrees! That is why this disaster that is evident to this day has happened to you.” 1
They will console you when you see their behavior and their deeds, because you will know that it was not without reason that I have done everything which I have done in it, declares the sovereign Lord.”
“Therefore I will judge each person according to his conduct, 1 O house of Israel, declares the sovereign Lord. Repent 2 and turn from all your wickedness; then it will not be an obstacle leading to iniquity. 3
As silver, bronze, iron, lead, and tin are gathered in a furnace so that the fire can melt them, so I will gather you in my anger and in my rage. I will deposit you there 1 and melt you.
So prophesy and say: ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Surely because they have made you desolate and crushed you from all directions, so that you have become the property of the rest of the nations, and have become the subject of gossip 1 and slander among the people,
When the prescribed period is over, 1 on the eighth day and thereafter the priests will offer up on the altar your burnt offerings and your peace offerings; 2 I will accept you, declares the sovereign Lord.”
You must allot it as an inheritance among yourselves and for the foreigners who reside among you, who have fathered sons among you. You must treat them as native-born among the people of Israel; they will be allotted an inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel. 1
The Lord responded 1 to his people, “Look! I am about to restore your grain 2 as well as fresh wine and olive oil. You will be fully satisfied. 3 I will never again make you an object of mockery among the nations.
Even so, take heart, Zerubbabel,’ says the Lord. ‘Take heart, Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and 1 all you citizens of the land,’ 2 says the Lord, ‘and begin to work. For I am with you,’ says the Lord who rules over all.
For the Lord who rules over all says to me that for his own glory 1 he has sent me to the nations that plundered you – for anyone who touches you touches the pupil 2 of his 3 eye.
As for that prophet or dreamer, 1 he must be executed because he encouraged rebellion against the Lord your God who brought you from the land of Egypt, redeeming you from that place of slavery, and because he has tried to entice you from the way the Lord your God has commanded you to go. In this way you must purge out evil from within. 2