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JEREMIAH / ΙΕΡΕΜΙΑΣ

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1 Strengthen yourselves, ye children of Benjamin, [to flee] out of the midst of Jerusalem, and sound an alarm with the trumpet in Thecue, and set up a signal over Baethacharma: for evil threatens from the north, and a great destruction is coming. 2 And [thy] pride, O daughter of Sion, shall be taken away. 3 The shepherds and their flocks shall come to her; and they shall pitch [their] tents against her round about, and shall feed [their flocks] each with his hand. 4 Prepare yourselves for war against her; rise up, and let us go up against her at noon. Woe to us! for the day has gone down, for the shadows of the day fail. 5 Rise, and let us go up against her by night, and destroy her foundations. 6 For thus saith the Lord, Hew down her trees, array a numerous force against Jerusalem. O false city; [there is] all oppression in her. 7 As a cistern cools water, so her wickedness cools her, ungodliness and misery shall be heard in her, [as] continually before her. 8 Thou shalt be chastened, O Jerusalem, with pain and the scourge, lest my soul depart from thee; lest I make thee a desert land, which shall not be inhabited. 9 For thus saith the Lord, Glean, glean thoroughly as a vine the remnant of Israel: turn back [your hands] as a grape-gatherer to his basket. 10 To whom shall I speak, and testify, that he may hearken? behold, thine ears are uncircumcised, and they shall not be able to hear: behold, the word of the Lord is become to them a reproach, they will not at all desire it. 11 And I allowed my wrath to come to full, yet I kept [it] in, and did not utterly destroy them: I will pour it out on the children without, and on the assembly of young men together: for man and woman shall be taken together, the old man with him that is full of days. 12 And their houses shall be turned to others, [with] their fields and their wives together: for I will stretch out my hand upon the inhabitants of this land, saith the Lord. 13 For from the least of them even to the greatest they have all committed iniquity; from the priest even to the false prophet they have all wrought falsely. 14 And they healed the breach of my people [imperfectly], making light [of it], and saying, Peace, peace, and where is peace? 15 They were ashamed because they failed; yet they were not ashamed as those who are [truly] ashamed, and they knew not their own disgrace: therefore shall they [utterly] fall when they do fall, and in the time of visitation shall they perish, said the Lord. 16 Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths of the Lord; and see what is the good way, and walk in it, and ye shall find purification for your souls. But they said, We will not walk [in them]. 17 I have set watchmen over you, [saying], Hear ye the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hear [it]. 18 Therefore have the nations heard, and they that feed their flocks. 19 Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evils upon this people, [even] the fruit of their rebellions; for they have not heeded my words, and they have rejected my law. 20 Wherefore do ye bring me frankincense from Saba, and cinnamon from a land afar off? your whole-burnt-offerings are not acceptable, and your sacrifices have not been pleasant to me. 21 Therefore thus saith the Lord, Behold, I [will] bring weakness upon this people, and the fathers and sons shall be weak together; the neighbour and his friend shall perish. 22 Thus saith the Lord, Behold, a people comes from the north, and nations shall be stirred up from the end of the earth. 23 They shall lay hold on bow and spear; [the people] is fierce, and will have no mercy; their voice is as the roaring sea; they shall array themselves for war against thee as fire on horses and chariots, O daughter of Sion. 24 We have heard the report of them: our hands are weakened: anguish has seized us, the pangs as of a woman in travail. 25 Go not forth into the field, and walk not in the ways; for the sword of the enemy lingers round about. 26 O daughter of my people, gird thyself with sackcloth: sprinkle [thyself] with ashes; make for thyself pitiable lamentation, [as] the mourning for a beloved [son]: for misery will come suddenly upon you. 27 I have caused thee to be tried among tried nations, and thou shalt know me when I have tried their way. 28 [They are] all disobedient, walking perversely: [they are] brass and iron; they are all corrupted. 29 The bellows have failed from the fire, the lead has failed: the silversmith works at his trade in vain; their wickedness is not consumed. 30 Call ye them reprobate silver, because the Lord has rejected them. ΕΝΙΣΧΥΣΑΤΕ, υἱοὶ Βενιαμίν, ἐκ μέσου τῆς ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ καὶ ἐν Θεκουὲ σημάνατε σάλπιγγι καὶ ὑπὲρ Βαιθαχαρμὰ ἄρατε σημεῖον, ὅτι κακὰ ἐκκέκυφεν ἀπὸ βορρᾶ, καὶ συντριβὴ μεγάλη γίνεται, 2 καὶ ἀφαιρεθήσεται τὸ ὕψος σου, θύγατερ Σιών. 3 εἰς αὐτὴν ἥξουσι ποιμένες καὶ τὰ ποίμνια αὐτῶν καὶ πήξουσιν ἐπ’ αὐτὴν σκηνὰς κύκλῳ καὶ ποιμανοῦσιν ἕκαστος τῇ χειρὶ αὐτοῦ. 4 παρασκευάσασθε ἐπ’ αὐτὴν εἰς πόλεμον, ἀνάστητε καὶ ἀναβῶμεν ἐπ’ αὐτὴν μεσημβρίας· οὐαὶ ἡμῖν, ὅτι κέκλικεν ἡ ἡμέρα, ὅτι ἐκλείπουσιν αἱ σκιαὶ τῆς ἑσπέρας. 5 ἀνάστητε καὶ ἀναβῶμεν ἐπ’ αὐτὴν νυκτὶ καὶ διαφθείρωμεν τὰ θεμέλια αὐτῆς. 6 ὅτι τάδε λέγει Κύριος· ἔκκοψον τὰ ξύλα αὐτῆς, ἔκχεον ἐπὶ ῾Ιερουσαλὴμ δύναμιν· ὦ πόλις ψευδής, ὅλη καταδυναστεία ἐν αὐτῇ. 7 ὡς ψύχει λάκκος ὕδωρ, οὕτω ψύχει κακία αὐτῆς· ἀσέβεια καὶ ταλαιπωρία ἀκουσθήσεται ἐν αὐτῇ ἐπὶ πρόσωπον αὐτῆς διαπαντός. πόνῳ καὶ μάστιγι 8 παιδευθήσῃ ῾Ιερουσαλήμ, μὴ ἀποστῇ ἡ ψυχή μου ἀπὸ σοῦ, μὴ ποιήσω σε ἄβατον γῆν, ἥτις οὐ κατοικηθήσεται. 9 ὅτι τάδε λέγει Κύριος· καλαμᾶσθε, καλαμᾶσθε ὡς ἄμπελον τὰ κατάλοιπα τοῦ ᾿Ισραήλ, ἐπιστρέψατε ὡς ὁ τρυγῶν ἐπὶ τὸν κάρταλλον αὐτοῦ. 10 πρὸς τίνα λαλήσω καὶ διαμαρτύρωμαι, καὶ εἰσακούσεται; ἰδοὺ ἀπερίτμητα τὰ ὦτα αὐτῶν, καὶ οὐ δυνήσονται ἀκούειν· ἰδοὺ τὸ ῥῆμα Κυρίου ἐγένετο αὐτοῖς εἰς ὀνειδισμόν, οὐ μὴ βουληθῶσιν αὐτὸ ἀκοῦσαι. 11 καὶ τὸν θυμόν μου ἔπλησα καὶ ἐπέσχον καὶ οὐ συνετέλεσα αὐτούς. ἐκχεῶ ἐπὶ νήπια ἔξωθεν καὶ ἐπὶ συναγωγὴν νεανίσκων ἅμα, ὅτι ἀνὴρ καὶ γυνὴ συλληφθήσονται, πρεσβύτερος μετὰ πλήρους ἡμερῶν. 12 καὶ μεταστραφήσονται αἱ οἰκίαι αὐτῶν εἰς ἑτέρους, ἀγροὶ καὶ αἱ γυναῖκες αὐτῶν ἐπὶ τὸ αὐτό, ὅτι ἐκτενῶ τὴν χεῖρά μου ἐπὶ τοὺς κατοικοῦντας τὴν γῆν ταύτην, λέγει Κύριος. 13 ὅτι ἀπὸ μικροῦ αὐτῶν καὶ ἕως μεγάλου πάντες συνετελέσαντο ἄνομα, ἀπὸ ἱερέως καὶ ἕως ψευδοπροφήτου πάντες ἐποίησαν ψευδῆ. 14 καὶ ἰῶντο σύντριμμα τοῦ λαοῦ μου ἐξουθενοῦντες καὶ λέγοντες· εἰρήνη - εἰρήνη. καὶ ποῦ ἐστιν εἰρήνη; 15 κατῃσχύνθησαν, ὅτι ἐξελίποσαν· καὶ οὐδ’ ὡς καταισχυνόμενοι κατῃσχύνθησαν καὶ τὴν ἀτιμίαν αὐτῶν οὐκ ἔγνωσαν. διὰ τοῦτο πεσοῦνται ἐν τῇ πτώσει αὐτῶν καὶ ἐν καιρῷ ἐπισκοπῆς ἀπολοῦνται, εἶπε Κύριος. 16 τάδε λέγει Κύριος· στῆτε ἐπὶ ταῖς ὁδοῖς καὶ ἴδετε, καὶ ἐρωτήσατε τρίβους Κυρίου αἰωνίους καὶ ἴδετε ποία ἐστὶν ἡ ὁδὸς ἡ ἀγαθή, καὶ βαδίζετε ἐν αὐτῇ, καὶ εὑρήσετε ἁγνισμὸν ταῖς ψυχαῖς ὑμῶν. καὶ εἶπαν· οὐ πορευσόμεθα. 17 καθέστακα ἐφ’ ὑμᾶς σκοπούς, ἀκούσατε τῆς φωνῆς τῆς σάλπιγγος· καὶ εἶπαν· οὐκ ἀκουσόμεθα. 18 διὰ τοῦτο ἤκουσαν τὰ ἔθνη καὶ οἱ ποιμαίνοντες τὰ ποίμνια αὐτῶν. 19 ἄκουε, γῆ· ἰδοὺ ἐγὼ ἐπάγω ἐπὶ τὸν λαὸν τοῦτον κακά, τὸν καρπὸν ἀποστροφῆς αὐτῶν, ὅτι τῶν λόγων μου οὐ προσέσχον καὶ τὸν νόμον μου ἀπώσαντο. 20 ἱνατί μοι λίβανον ἐκ Σαβὰ φέρετε καὶ κινάμωμον ἐκ γῆς μακρόθεν; τὰ ὁλοκαυτώματα ὑμῶν οὐκ εἰσὶ δεκτά, καὶ αἱ θυσίαι ὑμῶν οὐχ ἥδυνάν μοι. 21 διὰ τοῦτο τάδε λέγει Κύριος· ἰδοὺ ἐγὼ δίδωμι ἐπὶ τὸν λαὸν τοῦτον ἀσθένειαν, καὶ ἀσθενήσουσιν ἐν αὐτῷ πατέρες καὶ υἱοὶ ἅμα, γείτων καὶ ὁ πλησίον αὐτοῦ ἀπολοῦνται. 22 τάδε λέγει Κύριος· ἰδοὺ λαὸς ἔρχεται ἀπὸ βορρᾶ, καὶ ἔθνη ἐξεγερθήσονται ἀπ’ ἐσχάτου τῆς γῆς· 23 τόξον καὶ ζιβύνην κρατήσουσιν, ἰταμός ἐστι καὶ οὐκ ἐλεήσει, φωνὴ αὐτοῦ ὡς θάλασσα κυμαίνουσα, ἐφ’ ἵπποις καὶ ἅρμασι παρατάξεται ὡς πῦρ εἰς πόλεμον πρὸς σέ, θύγατερ Σιών. 24 ἠκούσαμεν τὴν ἀκοὴν αὐτῶν, παρελύθησαν αἱ χεῖρες ἡμῶν, θλίψις κατέσχεν ἡμᾶς, ὠδῖνες ὡς τικτούσης. 25 μὴ ἐκπορεύεσθε εἰς ἀγρὸν καὶ ἐν ταῖς ὁδοῖς μὴ βαδίζετε, ὅτι ρομφαία τῶν ἐχθρῶν παροικεῖ κυκλόθεν. 26 θύγατερ λαοῦ μου, περίζωσαι σάκκον, κατάπασσε ἐν σποδῷ, πένθος ἀγαπητοῦ ποίησαι σεαυτῇ, κοπετὸν οἰκτρόν, ὅτι ἐξαίφνης ἥξει ταλαιπωρία ἐφ’ ὑμᾶς. 27 δοκιμαστὴν δέδωκά σε ἐν λαοῖς δεδοκιμασμένοις, καὶ γνώσῃ με ἐν τῷ δοκιμάσαι με τὴν ὁδὸν αὐτῶν· 28 πάντες ἀνήκοοι, πορευόμενοι σκολιῶς, χαλκὸς καὶ σίδηρος, πάντες διεφθαρμένοι εἰσίν. 29 ἐξέλιπε φυσητὴρ ἀπὸ πυρός, ἐξέλιπε μόλυβδος· εἰς κενὸν ἀργυροκόπος ἀργυροκοπεῖ, πονηρία αὐτῶν οὐκ ἐτάκη. 30 ἀργύριον ἀποδεδοκιμασμένον καλέσατε αὐτούς, ὅτι ἀπεδοκίμασεν αὐτοὺς Κύριος.

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