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JEREMIAH / ΙΕΡΕΜΙΑΣ

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1 If Israel will return to me, saith the Lord, he shall return: and if he will remove his abominations out of his mouth, and fear before me, and swear, 2 The Lord lives, with truth, in judgment and righteousness, then shall nations bless by him, and by him they shall praise God in Jerusalem. 3 For thus saith the Lord to the men of Juda, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, Break up fresh ground for yourselves, and sow not among thorns. 4 Circumcise yourselves to your God, and circumcise your hardness of heart, ye men of Juda, and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my wrath go forth as fire, and burn, and there be none to quench it, because of the evil of your devices. 5 Declare ye in Juda, and let it be heard in Jerusalem: say ye, Sound the trumpet in the land; cry ye aloud: say ye, Gather yourselves together, and let us enter into the fortified cities. 6 Gather up [your wares] and flee to Sion: hasten, stay not: for I will bring evils from the north, an great destruction. 7 The lion is gone up from his lair, he has roused [himself] to the destruction of the nations, and has gone forth out of his place, to make the land desolate; and the cities shall be destroyed, so as to be without inhabitant. 8 For these things gird yourselves with sackcloths, and lament, and howl: for the anger of the Lord is not turned away from you. 9 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord, that the heart of the king shall perish, and the heart of the princes; and the priests shall be amazed, and the prophets shall wonder. 10 And I said, O sovereign Lord, verily thou hast deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, There shall be peace; whereas behold, the sword has reached even to their soul. 11 At that time they shall say to this people and to Jerusalem, [There is] a spirit of error in the wilderness: the way of the daughter of my people is not to purity, nor to holiness. 12 [But] a spirit of full vengeance shall come upon me; and now I declare my judgments against them. 13 Behold, he shall come up as a cloud, and his chariots as a tempest: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us! for we are in misery. 14 Cleanse thine heart from wickedness, O Jerusalem, that thou mayest be saved: how long will thy grievous thoughts be within thee? 15 For a voice of one publishing from Dan shall come, and trouble out of mount Ephraim shall be heard of. 16 Remind ye the nations; behold, they are come: proclaim [it] in Jerusalem, that bands are approaching from a land afar off, and have uttered their voice against the cities of Juda. 17 As keepers of a field, they have surrounded her; because thou, saith the Lord, has neglected me. 18 Thy ways and thy devices have brought these things upon thee; this is thy wickedness, for [it is] bitter, for it has reached to thy heart. 19 I am pained in my bowels, my bowels, and the sensitive powers of my heart; my soul is in great commotion, my heart is torn: I will not be silent, for my soul has heard the sound of a trumpet, the cry of war, and of distress: it calls on destruction; 20 for all the land is distressed: suddenly [my tabernacle is distressed, my curtains have been rent asunder. 21 How long shall I see fugitives, and hear the sound of the trumpet? 22 For the princes of my people have not known me, they are foolish and unwise children: they are wise to do evil, but [how] to do good they have not known. 23 I looked upon the earth, and, behold, [it was] not; and to the sky, an there was no light in it. 24 I beheld the mountains, and they trembled, and [I saw] all the hills in commotion. 25 I looked, and behold, there was no man, and all the birds of the sky were scared. 26 I saw, and, behold, Carmel was desert, and all the cities were burnt with fire at the presence of the Lord, and at the presence of his fierce anger they were utterly destroyed. 27 Thus saith the Lord, The whole land shall be desolate; but I will not make a full end. 28 For these things let the earth mourn, and let the sky be dark above: for I have spoken, and I will not repent; I have purposed, and I will not turn back from it. 29 The whole land has recoiled from the noise of the horseman and the bent bow; they have gone into the caves, and have hidden themselves in the groves, and have gone up upon the rocks: every city was abandoned, no man dwelt in them. 30 And what wilt thou do? Though thou clothe thyself with scarlet, and adorn thyself with golden ornaments; though thou adorn thine eyes with stibium, thy beauty [will be] in vain: thy lovers have rejected thee, they seek thy life. 31 For I have heard thy groaning as the voice of a woman in travail, as of her that brings forth her first child; the voice of the daughter of Zion shall fail through weakness, and she shall lose the strength of her hands, [saying], Woe is me! for my soul faints because of the slain. ΕΑΝ ἐπιστραφῇ ᾿Ισραήλ, λέγει Κύριος, πρός με ἐπιστραφήσεται· καὶ ἐὰν περιέλῃ τὰ βδελύγματα αὐτοῦ ἐκ στόματος αὐτοῦ καὶ ἀπὸ τοῦ προσώπου μου εὐλαβηθῇ 2 καὶ ὀμόσῃ· ζῇ Κύριος μετὰ ἀληθείας ἐν κρίσει καὶ ἐν δικαιοσύνῃ, καὶ εὐλογήσουσιν ἐν αὐτῷ ἔθνη καὶ ἐν αὐτῷ αἰνέσουσι τῷ Θεῷ ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ. 3 ὅτι τάδε λέγει Κύριος τοῖς ἀνδράσιν ᾿Ιούδα καὶ τοῖς κατοικοῦσιν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ· νεώσατε ἑαυτοῖς νεώματα καὶ μὴ σπείρητε ἐπ’ ἀκάνθαις. 4 περιτμήθητε τῷ Θεῷ ὑμῶν καὶ περιτέμνεσθε τὴν σκληροκαρδίαν ὑμῶν, ἄνδρες ᾿Ιούδα καὶ οἱ κατοικοῦντες ῾Ιερουσαλήμ, μὴ ἐξέλθῃ ὡς πῦρ ὁ θυμός μου καὶ ἐκκαυθήσεται, καὶ οὐκ ἔσται ὁ σβέσων ἀπὸ προσώπου πονηρίας ἐπιτηδευμάτων ὑμῶν. - 5 ᾿Αναγγείλατε ἐν τῷ ᾿Ιούδᾳ, καὶ ἀκουσθήτω ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ· εἴπατε· σημάνατε ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς σάλπιγγι καὶ κεκράξατε μέγα· εἴπατε· συνάχθητε καὶ εἰσέλθωμεν εἰς τὰς πόλεις τὰς τειχήρεις. 6 ἀναλαβόντες φεύγετε εἰς Σιών· σπεύσατε, μὴ στῆτε, ὅτι κακὰ ἐγὼ ἐπάγω ἀπὸ βορρᾶ καὶ συντριβὴν μεγάλην. 7 ἀνέβη λέων ἐκ τῆς μάνδρας αὐτοῦ, ἐξολοθρεύων ἔθνη ἐξῆρε καὶ ἐξῆλθεν ἐκ τοῦ τόπου αὐτοῦ τοῦ θεῖναι τὴν γῆν εἰς ἐρήμωσιν, καὶ αἱ πόλεις καθαιρεθήσονται παρὰ τὸ μὴ κατοικεῖσθαι αὐτάς. 8 ἐπὶ τούτοις περιζώσασθε σάκκους καὶ κόπτεσθε καὶ ἀλαλάξατε, διότι οὐκ ἀπεστράφη ὁ θυμὸς Κυρίου ἀφ’ ὑμῶν. 9 καὶ ἔσται ἐν ἐκείνῃ τῇ ἡμέρᾳ, λέγει Κύριος, ἀπολεῖται ἡ καρδία τοῦ βασιλέως καὶ ἡ καρδία τῶν ἀρχόντων, καὶ οἱ ἱερεῖς ἐκστήσονται, καὶ οἱ προφῆται θαυμάσονται. 10 καὶ εἶπα· ὦ δέσποτα Κύριε, ἄρα γε ἀπατῶν ἠπάτησας τὸν λαὸν τοῦτον καὶ τὴν ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ λέγων· εἰρήνη ἔσται ὑμῖν, καὶ ἰδοὺ ἥψατο ἡ μάχαιρα ἕως τῆς ψυχῆς αὐτῶν. 11 ἐν τῷ καιρῷ ἐκείνῳ ἐροῦσι τῷ λαῷ τούτῳ καὶ τῇ ῾Ιερουσαλήμ· πνεῦμα πλανήσεως ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ, ὁδὸς τῆς θυγατρὸς τοῦ λαοῦ μου οὐκ εἰς καθαρὸν οὐδ’ εἰς ἅγιον. 12 πνεῦμα πληρώσεως ἥξει μοι· νῦν δὲ ἐγὼ λαλῶ κρίματά μου πρὸς αὐτούς. 13 ἰδοὺ ὡς νεφέλη ἀναβήσεται καὶ ὡς καταιγὶς τὰ ἅρματα αὐτοῦ, κουφότεροι ἀετῶν οἱ ἵπποι αὐτοῦ· οὐαὶ ἡμῖν, ὅτι ταλαιπωροῦμεν. 14 ἀπόπλυνε ἀπὸ κακίας τὴν καρδίαν σου, ῾Ιερουσαλήμ, ἵνα σωθῇς· ἕως πότε ὑπάρχουσιν ἐν σοὶ διαλογισμοὶ πόνων σου; 15 διότι φωνὴ ἀγγέλλοντος ἐκ Δὰν ἥξει, καὶ ἀκουσθήσεται πόνος ἐξ ὄρους ᾿Εφραίμ. 16 ἀναμνήσατε ἔθνη, ἰδοὺ ἥκασιν· ἀναγγείλατε ἐν ῾Ιερουσαλήμ, συντροφαὶ ἔρχονται ἐκ γῆς μακρόθεν καὶ ἔδωκαν ἐπὶ τὰς πόλεις ᾿Ιούδα φωνὴν αὐτῶν. 17 ὡς φυλάσσοντες ἀγρὸν ἐγένοντο ἐπ’ αὐτὴν κύκλῳ, ὅτι ἐμοῦ ἠμέλησας, λέγει Κύριος. 18 αἱ ὁδοί σου καὶ τὰ ἐπιτηδεύματά σου ἐποίησαν ταῦτά σοι· αὕτη ἡ κακία σου, ὅτι πικρά, ὅτι ἥψατο ἕως τῆς καρδίας σου. 19 τὴν κοιλίαν μου, τὴν κοιλίαν μου ἀλγῶ, καὶ τὰ αἰσθητήρια τῆς καρδίας μου· μαιμάσσει ἡ ψυχή μου, σπαράσσεται ἡ καρδία μου, οὐ σιωπήσομαι, ὅτι φωνὴν σάλπιγγος ἤκουσεν ἡ ψυχή μου, κραυγὴν πολέμου. 20 καὶ ταλαιπωρίαν συντριμμὸν ἐπικαλεῖται, ὅτι τεταλαιπώρηκε πᾶσα ἡ γῆ· ἄφνω τεταλαιπώρηκεν ἡ σκηνή, διεσπάσθησαν αἱ δέρρεις μου. 21 ἕως πότε ὄψομαι φεύγοντας ἀκούων φωνὴν σαλπίγγων; 22 διότι οἱ ἡγούμενοι τοῦ λαοῦ μου ἐμὲ οὐκ ᾔδεισαν, υἱοὶ ἄφρονές εἰσι καὶ οὐ συνετοί· σοφοί εἰσι τοῦ κακοποιῆσαι, τὸ δὲ καλῶς ποιῆσαι οὐκ ἐπέγνωσαν. 23 ἐπέβλεψα ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν, καὶ ἰδοὺ οὐθέν, καὶ εἰς τὸν οὐρανόν, καὶ οὐκ ἦν τὰ φῶτα αὐτοῦ· 24 εἶδον τὰ ὄρη, καὶ ἦν τρέμοντα, καὶ πάντας τοὺς βουνοὺς ταρασσομένους· 25 ἐπέβλεψα, καὶ ἰδοὺ οὐκ ἦν ἄνθρωπος, καὶ πάντα τὰ πετεινὰ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ ἐπτοεῖτο· 26 εἶδον, καὶ ἰδοὺ ὁ Κάρμηλος ἔρημος, καὶ πᾶσαι αἱ πόλεις ἐμπεπυρισμέναι πυρὶ ἀπὸ προσώπου Κυρίου, καὶ ἀπὸ προσώπου ὀργῆς θυμοῦ αὐτοῦ ἠφανίσθησαν. 27 τάδε λέγει Κύριος· ἔρημος ἔσται πᾶσα ἡ γῆ, συντέλειαν δὲ οὐ μὴ ποιήσω. 28 ἐπὶ τούτοις πενθείτω ἡ γῆ, καὶ συσκοτασάτω ὁ οὐρανὸς ἄνωθεν, διότι ἐλάλησα καὶ οὐ μετανοήσω, ὥρμησα καὶ οὐκ ἀποστρέψω ἀπ’ αὐτῆς. 29 ἀπὸ φωνῆς ἱππέως καὶ ἐντεταμένου τόξου ἀνεχώρησε πᾶσα ἡ χώρα· εἰσέδυσαν εἰς τὰ σπήλαια καὶ εἰς τὰ ἄλση ἐκρύβησαν καὶ ἐπὶ τὰς πέτρας ἀνέβησαν· πᾶσα πόλις ἐγκατελείφθη, οὐ κατοικεῖ ἐν αὐταῖς ἄνθρωπος. 30 καὶ σὺ τί ποιήσεις, ἐὰν περιβάλῃ κόκκινον καὶ κοσμήσῃ κόσμῳ χρυσῷ, ἐὰν ἐγχρίσῃ στίβι τοὺς ὀφθαλμούς σου; εἰ μάταιον ὡραϊσμός σου· ἀπώσαντό σε οἱ ἐρασταί σου, τὴν ψυχήν σου ζητοῦσιν. 31 ὅτι φωνὴν ὡς ὠδινούσης ἤκουσα, τοῦ στεναγμοῦ σου ὡς πρωτοτοκούσης, φωνὴ θυγατρὸς Σιών· ἐκλυθήσεται καὶ παρήσει τὰς χεῖρας αὐτῆς· οἴμοι ἐγώ, ὅτι ἐκλείπει ἡ ψυχή μου ἐπὶ τοῖς ἀνῃρημένοις.

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