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Jeremiah chapter 19

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This is what the LORD says: "Go, buy a potter's clay jug. Take some of the elders of the people and some of the elders of the priests
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and go out to the Valley of Hinnom near the entrance of the Potsherd Gate. Proclaim there the words I speak to you.
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Say: Hear the word of the LORD, kings of Judah and residents of Jerusalem. This is what the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: I am going to bring such disaster on this place that everyone who hears about it will shudder
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because they have abandoned Me and made this a foreign place. They have burned incense in it to other gods that they, their fathers, and the kings of Judah have never known. They have filled this place with the blood of the innocent.
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They have built high places to Baal on which to burn their children in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal, something I have never commanded or mentioned; I never entertained the thought.
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"Therefore, take note! The days are coming"-- [this is] the LORD's declaration-- "when this place will no longer be called Topheth and the Valley of Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter.
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I will spoil the plans of Judah and Jerusalem in this place. I will make them fall by the sword before their enemies, by the hand of those who want to take their life. I will provide their corpses as food for the birds of the sky and for the wild animals of the land.
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I will make this city desolate, an object of scorn. Everyone who passes by it will be horrified and scoff because of all its wounds.
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I will make them eat the flesh of their sons and their daughters, and they will eat each other's flesh in the siege and distress that their enemies, those who want to take their life, inflict on them.
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"Then you are to shatter the jug in the presence of the people traveling with you,
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and you are to proclaim to them: This is what the LORD of Hosts says: I will shatter these people and this city, like one shatters a potter's jar that can never again be mended. They will bury in Topheth until there is no place left to bury.
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I will do so to this place"-- [this is] the declaration of the LORD-- "and to its residents, making this city like Topheth.
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The houses of Jerusalem and the houses of the kings of Judah will become impure like that place Topheth-- all the houses on whose rooftops they have burned incense to the whole heavenly host and poured out drink offerings to other gods."
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Jeremiah came back from Topheth, where the LORD had sent him to prophesy, stood in the courtyard of the LORD's temple, and proclaimed to all the people,
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"This is what the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: 'I am about to bring on this city-- and on all its [dependent] villages-- all the disaster that I spoke against it, for they have become obstinate, not obeying My words.'"

Jeremiah chapter 20

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Pashhur the priest, the son of Immer and chief officer in the house of the LORD, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things.
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So Pashhur had Jeremiah the prophet beaten and put him in the stocks at the Upper Benjamin Gate in the LORD's temple.
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The next day, when Pashhur released Jeremiah from the stocks, Jeremiah said to him, "The LORD does not call you Pashhur, but Magor-missabib,
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for this is what the LORD says, 'I am about to make you a terror to both yourself and those you love. They will fall by the sword of their enemies before your very eyes. I will hand Judah over to the king of Babylon, and he will deport them to Babylon and put them to the sword.
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I will give away all the wealth of this city, all its products and valuables. Indeed, I will hand all the treasures of the kings of Judah over to their enemies. They will plunder them, seize them, and carry them off to Babylon.
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As for you, Pashhur, and all who live in your house, you will go into captivity. You will go to Babylon. There you will die, and there you will be buried, you and all your friends that you prophesied falsely to.'"
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You deceived me, LORD, and I was deceived. You seized me and prevailed. I am a laughingstock all the time; everyone ridicules me.
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For whenever I speak, I cry out-- I proclaim: Violence and destruction! because the word of the LORD has become for me constant disgrace and derision.
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If I say: I won't mention Him or speak any longer in His name, His message becomes a fire burning in my heart, shut up in my bones. I become tired of holding it in, and I cannot prevail.
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For I have heard the gossip of the multitudes, "Terror is on every side! Report [him]; let's report him!" Everyone I trusted watches for my fall. "Perhaps he will be deceived so that we might prevail against him and take our vengeance on him."
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But the LORD is with me like a violent warrior. Therefore, my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. Since they have not succeeded, they will be utterly shamed, an everlasting humiliation that will never be forgotten.
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LORD of Hosts, testing the righteous and seeing the heart and mind, let me see Your vengeance on them, for I have presented my case to You.
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Sing to the LORD! Praise the LORD, for He rescues the life of the needy from the hand of evil people.
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Cursed be the day on which I was born. The day my mother bore me-- let it never be blessed.
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Cursed be the man who brought the news to my father, saying, "A male child is born to you," bringing him great joy.
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Let that man be like the cities the LORD overthrew without compassion. Let him hear an outcry in the morning and a war cry at noontime
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because he didn't kill me in the womb so that my mother might have been my grave, her womb eternally pregnant.
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Why did I come out of the womb to see [only] struggle and sorrow, to end my life in shame?

Jeremiah chapter 21

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[This is] the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD when King Zedekiah sent Pashhur son of Malchijah and the priest Zephaniah son of Maaseiah to Jeremiah, asking,
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"Ask the LORD on our behalf, since Nebuchadnezzarking of Babylon is making war against us. Perhaps the LORD will perform for us something like all His [past] wonderful works so that [Nebuchadnezzar] will withdraw from us."
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But Jeremiah answered, "This is what you are to say to Zedekiah:
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'This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I will repel the weapons of war in your hands, those you are using to fight the king of Babylon and the Chaldeans who are besieging you outside the wall, and I will bring them into the center of this city.
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I will fight against you with an outstretched hand and a mighty arm, with anger, rage, and great wrath.
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I will strike the residents of this city, both man and beast. They will die in a great plague.
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Afterwards'"-- [this is] the LORD's declaration-- "'King Zedekiah of Judah, his officers, and the people-- those in this city who survive the plague, the sword, and the famine-- I will hand over to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, to their enemies, yes, to those who want to take their lives. He will put them to the sword; he won't spare them or show pity or compassion.'
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"But you must say to this people, 'This is what the LORD says: Look, I am presenting to you the way of life and the way of death.
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Whoever stays in this city will die by the sword, famine, and plague, but whoever goes out and surrenders to the Chaldeans who are besieging you will live and will retain his life like the spoils [of war].
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For I have turned against this city to [bring] disaster and not good""-- [this is] the LORD's declaration. "'It will be handed over to the king of Babylon, who will burn it down.'
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"And to the house of the king of Judah [say this]: 'Hear the word of the LORD!
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House of David, this is what the LORD says: Administer justice every morning, and rescue the victim of robbery from the hand of his oppressor, or My anger will flare up like fire and burn unquenchably because of their evil deeds.
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Beware! I am against you, you who sit above the valley, [you atop] the rocky plateau-- [this is] the LORD's declaration-- you who say: Who can come down against us? Who can enter our hiding places?
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I will punish you according to what you have done-- [this is] the LORD's declaration. I will kindle a fire in its forest that will consume everything around it.'"