Jeremiah 4
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1“If you return, O Israel,” "" A declaration of YHWH, "" “Return to Me, "" And if you turn aside Your abominations from My face, "" Then you do not bemoan.

2And you have sworn—YHWH lives, "" In truth, in judgment, and in righteousness, "" And nations have blessed themselves in Him, "" And they boast themselves in Him.”

3For thus said YHWH, "" To the man of Judah, and to Jerusalem: “Till for yourselves tillage, "" And do not sow to the thorns.

4Be circumcised to YHWH, "" And turn aside the foreskins of your heart, "" O man of Judah, and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, "" Lest My fury goes out as fire, and has burned, "" And there is none quenching, "" Because of the evil of your doings.”

5Declare in Judah, and sound in Jerusalem, and say: “Blow a horn in the land, "" Call, Fill up together, "" And say, Assemble yourselves and let us go into the fortified cities.

6Lift up an ensign toward Zion, "" Strengthen yourselves, do not stand still, "" For I am bringing evil in from the north, "" And a great destruction.”

7A lion has gone up from his thicket, "" And a destroyer of nations has journeyed, "" He has come forth from his place "" To make your land become a desolation, "" Your cities are laid waste, without inhabitant.

8For this, gird on sackcloth, lament and howl, "" For the fierce anger of YHWH has not turned back from us.

9“And it has come to pass in that day,” "" A declaration of YHWH, "" “The heart of the king perishes, "" And the heart of the princes, "" And the priests have been astonished, "" And the prophets wonder.”

10And I say, “Aah! Lord YHWH, "" Surely you have entirely forgotten this people and Jerusalem, "" Saying, Peace is for you, "" And a sword has struck to the soul!”

11At that time it is said of this people, "" And of Jerusalem: “A dry wind of high places in the wilderness, "" The way of the daughter of My people "" (Not for winnowing, nor for cleansing), 12A full wind from these comes for Me, "" Now also, I speak judgments with them.”

13“Behold, he comes up as clouds, "" And his chariots as a windstorm, "" His horses have been lighter than eagles, "" Woe to us, for we have been spoiled.”

14Wash evil from your heart, O Jerusalem, "" That you may be saved, "" Until when do you lodge in your heart "" Thoughts of your strength?

15For a voice is declaring from Dan, "" And sounding sorrow from Mount Ephraim:

16“Make mention to the nations, "" Behold, sound to Jerusalem, "" Besiegers are coming from the far-off land, "" And they give forth their voice against cities of Judah.

17As the keepers of a field "" They have been against her all around, "" For she has been rebellious with Me,” "" A declaration of YHWH.

18“Your way and your doings have done these to you, "" This [is] your distress, for [it is] bitter, "" For it has struck to your heart.”

19My bowels, my bowels! I am pained [in] the walls of my heart, "" My heart makes a noise for me, I am not silent, "" For I have heard the voice of a horn, "" O my soul—a shout of battle!

20Destruction on destruction is proclaimed, "" For all the land has been spoiled, "" My tents have suddenly been spoiled, "" In a moment—my curtains.

21Until when do I see an ensign? Do I hear the voice of a horn?

22“For My people [are] foolish, "" They have not known Me, "" They [are] foolish sons, "" Indeed, they [are] not intelligent, "" They [are] wise to do evil, "" And they have not known to do good.”

23I looked [to] the earth, and behold—formless and void, "" And to the heavens, and they [had] no light.

24I have looked [to] the mountains, "" And behold, they are trembling. And all the hills moved themselves lightly.

25I have looked, and behold, man is not, "" And all birds of the heavens have fled.

26I have looked, and behold, "" The fruitful place [is] a wilderness, "" And all its cities have been broken down, "" Because of YHWH, "" Because of the fierceness of His anger.

27For thus said YHWH: “All the land is a desolation, but I do not make a completion.

28For this the earth mourns, "" And the heavens above have been black, "" Because I have spoken—I have purposed, "" And I have not relented, "" Nor do I turn back from it.

29From the voice of the horseman, "" And of him shooting with the bow, "" All the city is fleeing, "" They have come into thickets, "" And they have gone up on cliffs, "" All the city is forsaken, "" And there is no one dwelling in them.

30And you, O spoiled one, what do you do? For you put on scarlet, "" For you adorn yourself [with] ornaments of gold. For you tear your eyes with pain, "" In vain you make yourself beautiful, "" Unhealthy ones have kicked against you, "" They seek your life.

31For I have heard a voice as of a travailing woman, "" Distress, as of one bringing forth a firstborn, "" The voice of the daughter of Zion, "" She laments herself, "" She spreads out her hands, "" Woe to me now, my soul is weary of slayers!”

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