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Jeremiah 4
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Judah Threatened with Invasion

4IF YOU will return, O Israel, says the Lord, if you will return to Me, and if you will put away your abominable false gods out of My sight and not stray {or} waver,H7725H3478H5002H3068H7725H5493H8251H6440H5110 2And if you swear, As the Lord lives, in truth, in judgment {and} justice, and in righteousness (uprightness in every area and relation), then the nations will bless themselves in Him and in Him will they glory.H7650H3068H2416H571H4941H6666H1471H1288H1984 3For thus says the Lord to the men of Judah and to Jerusalem: Break up your ground left uncultivated for a season, so that you may not sow among thorns.H559H3068H376H3063H3389H5214H5215H2232H6975 4Circumcise yourselves to the Lord and take away the foreskins of your hearts, you men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, lest My wrath go forth like fire [consuming all that gets in its way] and burn so that no one can quench it because of the evil of your doings.H4135H3068H5493H6190H3824H376H3063H3427H3389H2534H3318H784H1197H3518H6440H7455H4611 5Declare in Judah and publish in Jerusalem and say: Blow the trumpet in the land; cry aloud and say: Assemble yourselves, and let us go into the fortified cities.H5046H3063H8085H3389H559H8628H7782H776H7121H4390H559H622H935H4013H5892 6Raise a standard toward Zion [to mark out the safest route to those seeking safety within Jerusalem's walls]! Flee for safety, stay not, for I bring evil from the north, and great destruction.H5375H5251H6726H5756H5975H935H7451H6828H1419H7667 7A lion has gone up from his thicket, and a destroyer of nations is on his way. He has gone forth from his place to make your land a desolate waste; and your cities shall be left in ruins without an inhabitant.H738H5927H5441H7843H1471H5265H3318H4725H7760H776H8047H5892H5327H3427 8For this, gird yourselves with sackcloth, lament and wail, for the fierce anger of the Lord has not turned back from us.H2296H8242H5594H3213H2740H639H3068H7725 9And it shall be in that day, says the Lord, that the understanding {and} courage of the king shall fail (be paralyzed), and also that of the princes; the priests shall be appalled and the prophets astounded {and} dazed with horror.H3117H5002H3068H3820H4428H6H3820H8269H3548H8074H5030H8539 10Then I [Jeremiah] said, Alas, Lord God! Surely You have greatly deceived {and} misled this people and Jerusalem, [for the prophets represented You as] saying [to Your people], You shall have peace, whereas the sword has reached to [their very] life.H559H162H136H3069H403H5377H5377H5971H3389H559H7965H2719H5060H5315 11At that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem, A hot wind from the bare heights in the wilderness [comes at My command] against the daughter of My people--not [a wind] to fan or cleanse [from chaff, as when threshing, but]H6256H559H5971H3389H6703H7307H8205H4057H1870H1323H5971H2219H1305 12A wind too strong {and} full for winnowing comes at My word. Now I will also speak in judgment against [My people].H4392H7307H935H1696H4941 13Behold, [the enemy] comes up like clouds, his chariots like the whirlwind; his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe to us, for we are ruined (destroyed)!H5927H6051H4818H5492H5483H7043H5404H188H7703 14O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved! How long shall your iniquitous {and} grossly offensive thoughts lodge within you?H3389H3526H3820H7451H3467H205H4284H3885H7130 15For a voice declares from Dan [in the north] and proclaims evil from Mount Ephraim [the range dividing Israel from Judah].H6963H5046H1835H8085H205H2022H669 16Warn the [neighboring] nations [that our adversary is coming]; announce to Jerusalem that besiegers are coming from a far country, and they shout against the cities of Judah.H2142H1471H8085H3389H5341H935H4801H776H5414H6963H5892H3063 17Like keepers of a field they are against her round about, because she has been rebellious against Me, says the Lord.H8104H7704H5439H4784H5002H3068 18Your ways and your doings have brought these things upon you. This is your calamity {and} doom; surely it is bitter, for surely it reaches your very heart!H1870H4611H6213H7451H4751H5060H3820

Lament over Judah’s Devastation

19[It is not only the prophet but also the people who cry out in their thoughts] My anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain! Oh, the walls of my heart! My heart is disquieted {and} throbs aloud within me; I cannot be silent! For I have heard the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.H4578H4578H2342H3176H7023H3820H3820H1993H2790H8085H5315H6963H7782H8643H4421 20News of one violent disaster {and} calamity comes close after another, for the whole land is laid waste; suddenly are my tents spoiled {and} destroyed, and my [tent] curtains ruined in a moment.H7667H7667H7121H776H7703H6597H168H7703H3407H7281 21[O Lord] how long must I see the flag [marking the route for flight] and hear the sound of the trumpet [urging the people to flee for refuge]?H7200H5251H8085H6963H7782 22[Their chastisement will continue until it has accomplished its purpose] for My people are stupid, says the Lord [replying to Jeremiah]; they do not know {and} understand Me. They are thickheaded children, and they have no understanding. They are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge [and know not how].H5971H191H3045H5530H1121H995H2450H7489H3190H3045 23[In a vision Jeremiah sees Judah laid waste by conquest and captivity.] I looked at the land, and behold, it was [as at the time of creation] waste and vacant (void); and at the heavens, and they had no light.H7200H776H8414H922H8064H216 24I looked at the mountains, and behold, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly to and fro.H7200H2022H7493H1389H7043 25I looked, and behold, there was no man, and all the birds of the air had fled.H7200H120H5775H8064H5074 26I looked, and behold, the fruitful land was a desert, and all its cities were laid waste before the Lord's presence, before His fierce anger.H7200H3759H4057H5892H5422H6440H3068H2740H639 27For thus says the Lord: The whole land will be a desolation, yet I will not make a full {and} complete end of it.H3068H559H776H8077H6213H3617 28For this will the earth mourn and the heavens above be black; because I have spoken, I have purposed, and I will not relent, nor will I turn back [from it].H776H56H8064H4605H6937H1696H2161H5162H7725 29Every city flees because of the noise of the horsemen and bowmen. They go into the thickets and climb among the rocks; every city is forsaken, and not a man dwells in them.H5892H1272H6963H6571H7198H7411H935H5645H5927H3710H5892H5800H376H3427H2004 30And you [plundered one], when you are made desolate, what will you do? Though you clothe yourself with scarlet, though you deck yourself with ornaments of gold, though you paint your eyelids {and} make them look farther apart, in vain you beautify yourself. Your lovers (allies) despise you; they seek your life.H7703H6213H3847H8144H5710H5716H2091H7167H5869H6320H7723H3302H5689H3988H1245H5315 31For I have heard a cry as of a woman in travail, the anguish as of one who brings forth her first child--the cry of the Daughter of Zion, who gasps for breath, who spreads her hands, saying, Woe is me now! I am fainting before the murderers.H8085H6963H2470H6869H1069H6963H1323H6726H3306H6566H3709H188H5315H5888H2026


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