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Chapter 6 1 A copy of an epistle, which Jeremy sent unto them which were to be led captives into Babylon by the king of the Babylonians, to certify them, as it was commanded him of God.2 Because of the sins which ye have committed before God, ye shall be led away captives into Babylon by Nabuchodonosor king of the Babylonians.3 So when ye be come unto Babylon, ye shall remain there many years, and for a long season, namely, seven generations: and after that I will bring you away peaceably from thence.4 Now shall ye see in Babylon gods of silver, and of gold, and of wood, borne upon shoulders, which cause the nations to fear.5 Beware therefore that ye in no wise be like to strangers, neither be ye and of them, when ye see the multitude before them and behind them, worshipping them.6 But say ye in your hearts, O Lord, we must worship thee.7 For mine angel is with you, and I myself caring for your souls.8 As for their tongue, it is polished by the workman, and they themselves are gilded and laid over with silver; yet are they but false, and cannot speak.9 And taking gold, as it were for a virgin that loveth to go gay, they make crowns for the heads of their gods.10 Sometimes also the priests convey from their gods gold and silver, and bestow it upon themselves.11 Yea, they will give thereof to the common harlots, and deck them as men with garments, [being] gods of silver, and gods of gold, and wood.12 Yet cannot these gods save themselves from rust and moth, though they be covered with purple raiment.13 They wipe their faces because of the dust of the temple, when there is much upon them.14 And he that cannot put to death one that offendeth him holdeth a sceptre, as though he were a judge of the country.15 He hath also in his right hand a dagger and an ax: but cannot deliver himself from war and thieves.16 Whereby they are known not to be gods: therefore fear them not.17 For like as a vessel that a man useth is nothing worth when it is broken; even so it is with their gods: when they be set up in the temple, their eyes be full of dust through the feet of them that come in.18 And as the doors are made sure on every side upon him that offendeth the king, as being committed to suffer death: even so the priests make fast their temples with doors, with locks, and bars, lest their gods be spoiled with robbers.19 They light them candles, yea, more than for themselves, whereof they cannot see one.20 They are as one of the beams of the temple, yet they say their hearts are gnawed upon by things creeping out of the earth; and when they eat them and their clothes, they feel it not.