Picture Bible Stories
Who Made the World?
The Woman who Exchanged her Home and all she had for a Piece of Fruit
The Voyage of the Ark
The boy who Lost his Home by Mocking
The Young man Whom Yahweh Saved
The Young man who Traded his Inheritance for a Dish of Red Soup
The Beautiful Coat
The King Who Would Not Listen
And they drew Jeremiah up with ropes and brought him up out of the pit. And Jeremiah dwelt in the court of the guardhouse.
Zedekiah the king sent and took Jeremiah the prophet to him, into the third entrance in the house of YAHWEH.
And the king said to Jeremiah, I will ask you a thing; do not hide a thing from me. Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, If I declare it to you, surely will you not cause me to die? And if I counsel you, you will not listen to me.
Zedekiah the king swore secretly to Jeremiah, saying, As YAHWEH lives, who made us this soul, I will not cause you to die, nor will I give you into the hand of these men who seek your life.
Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, So says YAHWEH, the Elohim of Hosts, the Elohim of Israel: If surely you will go out to the rulers of the king of Babylon, then your soul shall live, and this city shall not be burned with fire. And you and your house shall live. But if you will not go out to the rulers of the king of Babylon, even this city shall be given into the hands of the Chaldeans, and they will burn it with fire. And you shall not escape out of their hand.
Zedekiah the king said to Jeremiah, I am afraid of the Jews who have fallen to the Chaldeans, lest they give me into their hand and they abuse me. Jeremiah said, They will not give. Please obey the voice of YAHWEH which I am speaking to you, and it will be well with you and your soul will live. But if you refuse to go out, this is the Word YAHWEH has made me see:
Even, behold, all the women who are left in the house of the king of Judah shall be brought out to the rulers of the king of Babylon. And they will say, The men who look after your welfare have seduced you and have prevailed against you; your feet have sunk in the mire, and they turned back.
And they shall bring out all your wives and your sons to the Chaldeans. And you shall not escape out of their hand, but shall be seized by the hand of the king of Babylon. And this city shall be burned with fire.
Zedekiah said to Jeremiah, Let not a man know of these words, and you shall not die.
But if the rulers hear that I have talked with you, and they come to you and say to you, Now tell us what you said to the king; do not hide it from us and we will not put you to death; also, What did the king say to you? Then you shall say to them, I was causing my plea to fall before the king, that he should not return me to the house of Jonathan, to die there.
And all the rulers came to Jeremiah and asked him. And he told them according to all these words that the king had ordered. And they were silent with him, for the matter was not heard.
Jeremiah dwelt in the court of the guardhouse until the day Jerusalem was captured. And he was there when Jerusalem was captured.
The Son who Returned
A certain man had two sons. And his younger son said to him, My father, give to me the portion that is coming to me from your estate. And he divided to them his possessions.
And not many days after, gathering up all things, the younger son went away to a distant country. And there he wasted his property, living lavishly. But having spent all his things, a severe famine came throughout that country, and he began to be in need. And going, he was joined to one of the citizens of that country.
And he sent him into his fields to feed pigs. And he longed to fill his stomach from the husks which the pigs ate, but no one gave to him.
But coming to himself he said, "How many servants of my father have plenty of bread, and I am perishing with famine. Rising up, I will go to my father, and I will say to him, Father, I sinned against Heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me as one of your hired servants".
And rising up, he came to his father. But he yet being far away, his father saw him and was moved with compassion. And running, he fell on his neck and kissed him.
And the son said to him, Father, I have sinned against Heaven and before you, and no longer am I worthy to be called your son.
But the father said to his slaves, Bring out the best robe and clothe him, and give a ring for his hand and sandals for his feet. And bring the fattened calf, slaughter and let us eat and be merry; for this son of mine was dead, and lives again, and was lost, yet was found.
And they began to be merry.
But the older son was in a field. And having come, as he drew near to the house, he heard the sound of singing of many. And having called one of the boys, he inquired what this may be. And he said to him, Your brother came, and your father killed the fattened calf, because he received him back in health. But he was angry and did not desire to go in. Then coming out, his father begged him.
But answering, he said to the father, Behold, so many years I have served you, and I have never transgressed your commandments. And you never gave a goat to me, so that I might be merry with my friends. But when this son of yours came, the one devouring your living with harlots, you killed the fattened calf for him.
But he said to him, My son, you are with me at all times, and everything that is mine is yours. But to be merry and to rejoice was right, for this brother of yours was dead, and lives again; and being lost, also he was found.