"Why are we sitting here? Gather together! Let us flee to the fortified cities1 and perish there! For the LORD our God has doomed us to perish and given us poisoned water2 to drink, because we have sinned3 against him.
We hoped for peace4 but no good has come, for a time of healing but there was only terror.516
The snorting of the enemy's horses6 is heard from Dan;7 at the neighing of their stallions the whole land trembles.8 They have come to devour9 the land and everything in it, the city and all who live there."
"See, I will send venomous snakes10 among you, vipers that cannot be charmed,11 and they will bite you," declares the LORD.
O my Comfortera in sorrow, my heart is faint12 within me.
Listen to the cry of my people from a land far away:13 "Is the LORD not in Zion? Is her King14 no longer there?" "Why have they provoked15 me to anger with their images, with their worthless16 foreign idols?"1720
"The harvest is past, the summer has ended, and we are not saved."
Since my people are crushed,18 I am crushed; I mourn,19 and horror grips me.
Is there no balm in Gilead?20 Is there no physician21 there? Why then is there no healing22 for the wound of my people?