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Jeremiah 6:1-8 (Common English Bible)

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Prepare for war

1 Escape, people of Benjamin, get out of Jerusalem! Blow the trumpet in Tekoa, sound the alarm in Beth-haccherem; for disaster looms from the north, massive devastation. 2 You are like a lovely pasture, Daughter Zion.a 3 Shepherds come to her with their flocks. They pitch their tents around her and graze in their place. 4 "Prepare for battle against her; get ready; let's attack by noon! Oh, no! Daylight is fading, and the evening shadows lengthen. 5 Get ready, let's attack by night and destroy her fortresses!" 6 The LORD of heavenly forces proclaims: Cut down her trees, and build siege ramps against Jerusalem. This city must be held accountable,b for there's nothing but oppression in her midst. 7 As a well brings forth fresh water, she brings forth evil. Violence and destruction are heard within her; injury and wounds are ever before me. 8 Hear me out,c Jerusalem, or else I'll turn away from you and reduce you to ruins, a land unfit to live in.
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