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Version 0.31.57, 15 October 2020

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Jeremiah Chapter 4

1“If you will return, O Israel,

Says the Lord,

Return to me,

And if you will remove your abominations from my presence,

And will not be erratic,

2And you swear that the Lord lives,

In truth, in justice, in righteousness,

Then the nations will be blessed through him,

And will boast in him.”

3For this is what the Lord says

To the men of Judah and to Jerusalem:

“Till yourselves some fallow land,

And do not sow in the thorns.

4Circumcise yourselves to the Lord,

And remove the foreskin of your heart,

You men of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem,

So that my fury does not go forth like fire,

And burn,

With no-one to quench it,

For the evil of your actions.

5Tell of it in Judah,

And announce it in Jerusalem,

And say, ‘Sound the ramshorn in the land’.

Proclaim it aloud and say,

‘Assemble and let us go

To the fortified cities.

6Raise a standard in Zion

Bring your household to safety,

Do not stand still.’

For I will bring evil from the north,

And great destruction.

7A lion came up from its thicket,

And the one who brings ruin in nations

Has set off and left his place,

To make your land a desolation.

Your cities will be laid waste

Without an inhabitant.

8Because of this, gird yourselves with sackcloth,

Mourn and howl,

For the furious anger of the Lord

Has not receded from us.

9And it will come to pass on that day,

Says the Lord,

That the king will lose heart,

As will the officials,

And the priests will be astonished,

And the prophets will be astounded.”

10Then I said,

“Alas, my Lord the Lord,

You have truly really deceived this people and Jerusalem,

Saying, ‘You will have peace’,

But the sword has struck to the quick.”

11At that time, it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem,

There is a dry wind from the heights in the desert,

On its way to the daughter of my people,

Not for winnowing

And not for purifying.

12A full wind from these places

Will come to me,

And now I too will pronounce judgment

On them.”

13Behold, he will come up as clouds

And his chariots will be like a whirlwind.

His horses are swifter than eagles.

Woe is us,

For we are to be devastated.

14“Cleanse your heart from evil, Jerusalem,

So that you may be saved.

How long will your vain thoughts

Remain within you?

15For a voice is making an announcement from Dan,

And proclaiming vanity from Mount Ephraim.

16Remind the nations,

Look, proclaim to Jerusalem,

Watchmen are coming from a distant land,

And they have raised their voices

Against the cities of Judah.

17They are against her like guards around a field,

Because she has rebelled against me,

Says the Lord.

18Your way and your deeds have done these things to you

– This wickedness of yours,

For it is bitter,

Because it strikes at your heart.”

19My anguish, my anguish;

I writhe at the sides of my heart.

My heart is agitated in me;

I cannot be quiet,

For my inner being

Has heard the sound of the ramshorn

– The sound of war.

20Destruction upon destruction is reported,

For all the land has been spoiled,

My tents were suddenly spoiled

– My encampment in a moment.

21How long will I see a standard?

How long will I hear the sound of a ramshorn?

22“For my people are fools;

They do not know me.

They are witless sons;

They are not sensible.

They are wise in doing wrong,

But they do not know how to do what is right.”

23I have seen the land,

And seen that it is desolate and forlorn.

And concerning the heavens,

Their light is absent.

24I have seen the hills,

And seen that they were trembling,

And all the hills have shaken.

25I looked and saw that there was no man,

And all the birds of the sky

Had flown away.

26I looked and saw the well-cultivated plain

Looking like the desert,

And all its cities had been demolished

Because of the Lord,

Because of the fury of his anger.

27For this is what the Lord says:

“All the land will be a desolation,

But I will not bring it to a complete end.

28On account of this the land will mourn,

And the heavens above will be melancholic,

For I have spoken;

I have purposed it,

And I do not repent,

And I will not revoke it.

29At the sound of the horseman and the archer,

All the city will flee;

They will go to the thickets,

And go up into the rocks.

The whole city will be abandoned,

And there will be no man inhabiting any of them.

30And when you have been devastated,

What will you do?

Even if you dress in scarlet,

If you adorn yourself with golden ornaments,

If you make your eyes stand out with eye shadow,

You will beautify yourself in vain.

Your lovers will reject you;

They will seek your life.

31For I have heard a sound

Like a woman giving birth,

Distress like one bearing her firstborn,

The sound of the daughter of Zion,

Gasping and spreading her hands,

Saying, ‘Oh woe is me,

For my being is weary

With those who kill.’

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