Jeremiah 4


4:1 If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the LORD, return to me:
 and if thou wilt put away thy abominations out of my sight,
 then shalt thou not remove.
4:2 And thou shalt swear, The LORD liveth, in truth, in
 judgment, and in righteousness; and the nations shall bless
 themselves in him, and in him shall they glory.
4:3 For thus saith the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem,
 Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.
4:4 Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, and take away the
 foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of
 Jerusalem: lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that
 none can quench [it], because of the evil of your doings.
4:5 Declare ye in Judah, and publish in Jerusalem; and say, Blow
 ye the trumpet in the land: cry, Gather together, and say,
 Assemble yourselves, and let us go into the fortified cities.
4:6 Set up the standard towards Zion: retire, stay not: for I
 will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction.
4:7 The lion is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of
 the Gentiles is on his way; he is gone forth from his place to
 make thy land desolate; thy cities shall be laid waste, without
 an inhabitant.
4:8 For this gird you with sackcloth, lament and howl for the
 fierce anger of the LORD is not turned back from us.
4:9 And it shall come to pass at that day, saith the LORD,
 [that] the heart of the king shall perish, and the heart of the
 princes; and the priests shall be astonished, and the prophets
 shall wonder.
4:10 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! surely thou hast greatly
 deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall have
 peace; whereas the sword reacheth to the soul.
4:11 At that time shall it be said to this people and to
 Jerusalem, A dry wind of the high places in the wilderness
 towards the daughter of my people, not to fan, nor to cleanse,
4:12 [Even] a full wind from those [places] shall come to me:
 now also will I give sentence against them.
4:13 Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots [shall
 be] as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe to
 us! for we are laid waste.
4:14 O Jerusalem, wash thy heart from wickedness, that thou
 mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within
 thee?
4:15 For a voice declareth from Dan, and publisheth affliction
 from mount Ephraim.
4:16 Make ye mention to the nations; behold, publish against
 Jerusalem, [that] watchers come from a far country, and give
 out their voice against the cities of Judah.
4:17 As keepers of a field they are against her on all sides;
 because she hath been rebellious against me, saith the LORD.
4:18 Thy way and thy doings have procured these [things] to
 thee; this [is] thy wickedness, because it is bitter, because
 it reacheth to thy heart.
4:19 My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my
 heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because
 thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm
 of war.
4:20 Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land
 is laid waste; suddenly are my tents ruined, [and] my curtains
 in a moment.
4:21 How long shall I see the standard, [and] hear the sound of
 the trumpet?
4:22 For my people [are] foolish, they have not known me; they
 [are] sottish children, and they have no understanding: they
 [are] wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.
4:23 I beheld the earth, and lo, [it was] without form, and
 void; and the heavens, and they [had] no light.
4:24 I beheld the mountains, and lo, they trembled, and all the
 hills moved lightly.
4:25 I beheld, and lo, [there was] no man, and all the fowls of
 the heavens had fled.
4:26 I beheld, and lo, the fruitful place [was] a wilderness,
 and all its cities were broken down at the presence of the
 LORD, [and] by his fierce anger.
4:27 For thus hath the LORD said, The whole land shall be
 desolate; yet will I not make a full end.
4:28 For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be
 black: because I have spoken [it], I have purposed [it], and
 will not repent, neither will I turn back from it.
4:29 The whole city shall flee for the noise of the horsemen and
 bowmen; they shall go into thickets, and climb up upon the
 rocks: every city [shall be] forsaken, and not a man dwell
 therein.
4:30 And [when] thou [art] laid waste, what wilt thou do? Though
 thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee
 with ornaments of gold, though thou rendest thy face with
 painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair: [thy] lovers
 will despise thee, they will seek thy life.
4:31 For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, [and]
 the anguish as of her that bringeth forth her first child, the
 voice of the daughter of Zion, [that] bewaileth herself, [that]
 spreadeth her hands, [saying], Woe [is] me now! for my soul is
 wearied because of murderers.
 
 

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