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Jeremiah 4:17-27 (Holman Christian Standard)

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17 They have her surrounded like those who guard a field, because she has rebelled against Me. [This is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the Lord's declaration. 18 Your way of life and your actions have brought this on you. This is your punishment. It is very bitter, because it has reached your heart!

Jeremiah's Lament

19 My anguish, my anguish!a I writhe in agony! Oh, the pain inb my heart! My heart pounds; I cannot be silent. For you, my soul, have heard the sound of the ram's horn- the shout of battle. 20 Disaster after disaster is reported, for the whole land is destroyed. Suddenly my tents are destroyed, my tent curtains, in a moment. 21 How long must I see the signal flag and hear the sound of the ram's horn? 22 For My people are fools; they do not know Me. They are foolish children, without understanding. They are skilled in doing what is evil, but they do not know how to do what is good. 23 I looked at the earth, and it was formless and empty.c [I looked] to the heavens, and their light was gone. 24 I looked at the mountains, and they were quaking; all the hills shook. 25 I looked, and no man was left; all the birds of the sky had fled. 26 I looked, and the fertile fieldd was a wilderness. All its cities were torn down because of the Lord and His burning anger. 27 For this is what the Lord says: The whole land will be a desolation, but I will not finish it off.e
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