Jeremiah 44:1-30 (Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition.) Queen of
The word that came to Jeremias, concerning all the Jews
that dwelt in the land of Egypt, dwelling in Magdal, and in
Taphnis, and in Memphis, and in the land of Phatures, saying:
2 Thus saith the Lord
of hosts the God of Israel: You have seen all this evil that I
have brought upon Jerusalem, and upon all the cities of Juda:
and behold they are desolate this day, and there is not an
inhabitant in them: 3 Because of the wickedness which they have committed, to provoke
me to wrath, and to go and offer sacrifice, and worship other
gods, which neither they, nor you, nor your fathers knew.
4 And I sent to you
all my servants the prophets, rising early, and sending, and
saying: Do not commit this abominable thing, which I hate.
5 But they heard not,
nor inclined their ear to turn from their evil ways, and not to
sacrifice to strange gods. 6
Wherefore my indignation and my fury was poured forth,
and was kindled in the cities of Juda, and in the streets of
Jerusalem: and they are turned to desolation and waste, as at
this day. 7 And now
thus saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel: Why do you
commit this great evil against your own souls, that there should
die of you man and woman, child and suckling out of the midst of
Juda, and no remnant should be left you:
8 In that you provoke
me to wrath with the works of your hands, by sacrificing to
other gods in the land of Egypt, into which you are come to
dwell there: and that you should perish, and be a curse, and a
reproach to all the nations of the earth?
9 Have you forgotten
the evils of your fathers, and the evils of the kings of Juda,
and the evils of their wives, and your evils, and the evils of
your wives, that they have done in the land of Juda, and in the
streets of Jerusalem? 10
They are not cleansed even to this day: neither have they
feared, nor walked in the law of the Lord, nor in my
commandments, which I set before you and your fathers.
11 Therefore thus
saith the Lord of hosts the God of Israel: Behold I will set my
face upon you for evil: and I will destroy all Juda.
12 And I will take
the remnant of Juda that have set their faces to go into the
land of Egypt, and to dwell there: and they shall be all
consumed in the land of Egypt: they shall fall by the sword, and
by the famine: and they shall be consumed from the least even to
the greatest, by the sword, and by the famine shall they die:
and they shall be for an execration, and for a wonder, and for a
curse, and for a reproach. 13
And I will visit them that dwell in the land of Egypt,
as I have visited Jerusalem by the sword, and by famine, and by
pestilence. 14 And
there shall be none that shall escape, and remain of the remnant
of the Jews that are gone to sojourn in the land of Egypt: and
that shall return into the land of Juda, to which they have a
desire to return to dwell there: there shall none return but
they that shall flee.15
Then all the men that knew that their wives sacrificed to
other gods: and all the women of whom there stood by a great
multitude, and all the people of them that dwelt in the land of
Egypt in Phatures, answered Jeremias, saying:
16 As for the word
which thou hast spoken to us in the name of the Lord, we will
not hearken to thee: 17
But we will certainly do every word that shall proceed
out of our own mouth, to sacrifice to the queen of heaven, and
to pour out drink offerings to her, as we and our fathers have
done, our kings, and our princes in the cities of Juda, and in
the streets of Jerusalem: and we were filled with bread, and it
was well with us, and we saw no evil.
18 But since we left
off to offer sacrifice to the queen of heaven, and to pour out
drink offerings to her, we have wanted all things, and have been
consumed by the sword, and by famine.
19 And if we offer
sacrifice to the queen of heaven, and pour out drink offerings
to her: did we make cakes to worship her, to pour out drink
offerings to her, without our husbands?
20 And Jeremias spoke
to all the people, to the men, and to the women, and to all the
people which had given him that answer, saying:
21 Was it not the
sacrifice that you offered in the cities of Juda, and in the
streets of Jerusalem, you and Sour fathers, your kings, and your
princes, and the people of the land, which the Lord hath
remembered, and hath it not entered into his heart?
22 So that the Lord
could no longer bear, because of the evil of your doings, and
because of the abominations which you have committed: therefore
your land is become a desolation, and an astonishment, and a
curse, without an inhabitant, as at this day.
23 Because you have
sacrificed to idols, and have sinned against the Lord: and have
not obeyed the voice of the Lord, and have not walked in his
law, and in his commandments, and in his testimonies: therefore
are these evils come upon you, as at this day.
24 And Jeremias said
to all the people, and to all the women : Hear ye the word of
the Lord, all Juda, you that dwell in the land of Egypt:
25 Thus saith the
Lord of hosts the God of Israel, saying: You and your wives have
spoken with your mouth, and fulfilled with your hands, saying:
Let us perform our vows which we have made, to offer sacrifice
to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings to her:
you have fulfilled your vows, and have performed them indeed.
26 Therefore hear ye
the word of the Lord, all Juda, you that dwell in the land of
Egypt: Behold I have sworn by my great name, saith the Lord:
that my name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of
Juda, in the land of Egypt, saying: The Lord God liveth.
27 Behold I will
watch over them for evil, and not for good: and all the men of
Juda that are in the land of Egypt, shall be consumed, by the
sword, and by famine, till there be an end of them.
28 And a few men that
shall flee from the sword, shall return out of the land of Egypt
into the land of Juda: and all the remnant of Juda that are gone
into the land of Egypt to dwell there, shall know whose word
shall stand, mine, or theirs.
29 And this shall be
a sign to you, saith the Lord, that I will punish you in this
place: that you may know that my words shall be accomplished
indeed against you for evil. 30
Thus saith the Lord: Behold I will deliver Pharao
Ephree king of Egypt into the hand of his enemies, and into the
hand of them that seek his life: as I delivered Sedecias king of
Juda into the hand of Nabuchodonosor the king of Babylon his
enemy, and that sought his life.