Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 34:8-22; 33:25-26


Jeremiah 34:8-22
8  The word which came to Yirmeyahu from יהוה, after Sovereign Tsiḏqiyahu had made a covenant with all the people who were at Yerushalayim to proclaim release to them:

9  that everyone was to let his male and female slave go free, the Iḇri man and the Iḇri woman, no one was to keep a Yahuḏi, his brother, enslaved.

10  And when all the heads and all the people who had come into the covenant heard that each one was to let his male and female slaves go free, and not keep them enslaved any longer, they obeyed and released them.

11  But afterward they changed their minds and made the male and female slaves return, whom they had let go free, and brought them into subjection as male and female slaves.

12  Therefore the word of יהוה came to Yirmeyahu from יהוה, saying,

13  "Thus said יהוה the Elohim of Yisra'ĕl, ‘I Myself made a Covenant with your fathers in the day that I brought them out of the land of Mitsrayim, out of the house of bondage, saying,

14  "At the end of seven years each one should let his Iḇri brother go free, who has been sold to him. And when he has served you six years, you shall let him go free from you." But your fathers did not obey Me nor incline their ear.

15  ‘And you recently turned and did what was right in My eyes, each man proclaiming release to his neighbour. And you made a covenant before Me in the house which is called by My Name.

16  ‘But you turned back and profaned My Name, and each one of you took back his male and female slaves, whom he had let go free, at their pleasure, and brought them into subjection, to be your male and female slaves.'

17  "Therefore thus said יהוה, ‘You have not obeyed Me in proclaiming release, each one to his brother and each one to his neighbour. See, I am proclaiming release to you,' declares יהוה, ‘to the sword, to the pestilence, and to the scarcity of food! And I shall make you a horror to all reigns of the earth.

18  ‘And I shall give the men who are transgressing My Covenant, who have not established the words of the covenant which they made before Me, when they cut the calf in two and passed between the parts of it:

19  the heads of Yahuḏah, and the heads of Yerushalayim, the eunuchs, and the kohenim, and all the people of the land who passed between the parts of the calf.

20  ‘And I shall give them into the hand of their enemies and into the hand of those who seek their life. And their corpses shall be for food to the birds of the shamayim and the beasts of the earth.

21  ‘And I shall give Tsiḏqiyahu sovereign of Yahuḏah and his heads into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of those who seek their life, and into the hand of the sovereign of Baḇel's army that has withdrawn from you.

22  ‘See, I am commanding,' declares יהוה, ‘and shall bring them back to this city, and they shall fight against it and take it and burn it with fire. And I shall make the cities of Yahuḏah a ruin without inhabitant.' "


Jeremiah 33:25-26
25  "Thus said יהוה, ‘If My covenant is not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the laws of the shamayim and earth,

26  then I would also reject the descendants of Yaʽaqoḇ and Dawiḏ My servant, so that I should not take of his descendants to be rulers over the descendants of Aḇraham, Yitsḥaq, and Yaʽaqoḇ. For I shall turn back their captivity, and have compassion on them.' "