Jeremiah 4 - Prayer Tents



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Jeremiah 4
New International Version (1984)
4"If you will return, O Israel, return to me," declares the LORD. "If you put your detestable idols out of my sight and no longer go astray,H7725H3478H5002H3068H7725H5493H8251H6440H5110 2and if in a truthful, just and righteous way you swear, 'As surely as the LORD lives,' then the nations will be blessed by him and in him they will glory."H7650H3068H2416H571H4941H6666H1471H1288H1984 3This is what the LORD says to the men of Judah and to Jerusalem: "Break up your unplowed ground and do not sow among thorns.H559H3068H376H3063H3389H5214H5215H2232H6975 4Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, circumcise your hearts, you men of Judah and people of Jerusalem, or my wrath will break out and burn like fire because of the evil you have done--burn with no one to quench it.H4135H3068H5493H6190H3824H376H3063H3427H3389H2534H3318H784H1197H3518H6440H7455H4611

Disaster From the North

5"Announce in Judah and proclaim in Jerusalem and say: 'Sound the trumpet throughout the land!' Cry aloud and say: 'Gather together! Let us flee to the fortified cities!'H5046H3063H8085H3389H559H8628H7782H776H7121H4390H559H622H935H4013H5892 6Raise the signal to go to Zion! Flee for safety without delay! For I am bringing disaster from the north, even terrible destruction."H5375H5251H6726H5756H5975H935H7451H6828H1419H7667 7A lion has come out of his lair; a destroyer of nations has set out. He has left his place to lay waste your land. Your towns will lie in ruins without inhabitant.H738H5927H5441H7843H1471H5265H3318H4725H7760H776H8047H5892H5327H3427 8So put on sackcloth, lament and wail, for the fierce anger of the LORD has not turned away from us.H2296H8242H5594H3213H2740H639H3068H7725 9"In that day," declares the LORD, "the king and the officials will lose heart, the priests will be horrified, and the prophets will be appalled."H3117H5002H3068H3820H4428H6H3820H8269H3548H8074H5030H8539 10Then I said, "Ah, Sovereign LORD, how completely you have deceived this people and Jerusalem by saying, 'You will have peace,' when the sword is at our throats."H559H162H136H3069H403H5377H5377H5971H3389H559H7965H2719H5060H5315 11At that time this people and Jerusalem will be told, "A scorching wind from the barren heights in the desert blows toward my people, but not to winnow or cleanse;H6256H559H5971H3389H6703H7307H8205H4057H1870H1323H5971H2219H1305 12a wind too strong for that comes from me. Now I pronounce my judgments against them."H4392H7307H935H1696H4941 13Look! He advances like the clouds, his chariots come like a whirlwind, his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe to us! We are ruined!H5927H6051H4818H5492H5483H7043H5404H188H7703 14O Jerusalem, wash the evil from your heart and be saved. How long will you harbor wicked thoughts?H3389H3526H3820H7451H3467H205H4284H3885H7130 15A voice is announcing from Dan, proclaiming disaster from the hills of Ephraim.H6963H5046H1835H8085H205H2022H669 16"Tell this to the nations, proclaim it to Jerusalem: 'A besieging army is coming from a distant land, raising a war cry against the cities of Judah.H2142H1471H8085H3389H5341H935H4801H776H5414H6963H5892H3063 17They surround her like men guarding a field, because she has rebelled against me,'" declares the LORD.H8104H7704H5439H4784H5002H3068 18"Your own conduct and actions have brought this upon you. This is your punishment. How bitter it is! How it pierces to the heart!"H1870H4611H6213H7451H4751H5060H3820 19Oh, my anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain. Oh, the agony of my heart! My heart pounds within me, I cannot keep silent. For I have heard the sound of the trumpet; I have heard the battle cry.H4578H4578H2342H3176H7023H3820H3820H1993H2790H8085H5315H6963H7782H8643H4421 20Disaster follows disaster; the whole land lies in ruins. In an instant my tents are destroyed, my shelter in a moment.H7667H7667H7121H776H7703H6597H168H7703H3407H7281 21How long must I see the battle standard and hear the sound of the trumpet?H7200H5251H8085H6963H7782 22"My people are fools; they do not know me. They are senseless children; they have no understanding. They are skilled in doing evil; they know not how to do good."H5971H191H3045H5530H1121H995H2450H7489H3190H3045 23I looked at the earth, and it was formless and empty; and at the heavens, and their light was gone.H7200H776H8414H922H8064H216 24I looked at the mountains, and they were quaking; all the hills were swaying.H7200H2022H7493H1389H7043 25I looked, and there were no people; every bird in the sky had flown away.H7200H120H5775H8064H5074 26I looked, and the fruitful land was a desert; all its towns lay in ruins before the LORD, before his fierce anger.H7200H3759H4057H5892H5422H6440H3068H2740H639 27This is what the LORD says: "The whole land will be ruined, though I will not destroy it completely.H3068H559H776H8077H6213H3617 28Therefore the earth will mourn and the heavens above grow dark, because I have spoken and will not relent, I have decided and will not turn back."H776H56H8064H4605H6937H1696H2161H5162H7725 29At the sound of horsemen and archers every town takes to flight. Some go into the thickets; some climb up among the rocks. All the towns are deserted; no one lives in them.H5892H1272H6963H6571H7198H7411H935H5645H5927H3710H5892H5800H376H3427H2004 30What are you doing, O devastated one? Why dress yourself in scarlet and put on jewels of gold? Why shade your eyes with paint? You adorn yourself in vain. Your lovers despise you; they seek your life.H7703H6213H3847H8144H5710H5716H2091H7167H5869H6320H7723H3302H5689H3988H1245H5315 31I hear a cry as of a woman in labor, a groan as of one bearing her first child--the cry of the Daughter of Zion gasping for breath, stretching out her hands and saying, "Alas! I am fainting; my life is given over to murderers."H8085H6963H2470H6869H1069H6963H1323H6726H3306H6566H3709H188H5315H5888H2026




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