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Jeremiah 4:13-23 (New International Version)

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13 Look! He advances like the clouds,1 his chariots2 come like a whirlwind,3 his horses4 are swifter than eagles.5 Woe to us! We are ruined!6 14 O Jerusalem, wash7 the evil from your heart and be saved.8 How long9 will you harbor wicked thoughts? 15 A voice is announcing from Dan,10 proclaiming disaster from the hills of Ephraim.11 16 "Tell this to the nations, proclaim it to Jerusalem: 'A besieging army is coming from a distant land,12 raising a war cry13 against the cities of Judah.14 17 They surround15 her like men guarding a field, because she has rebelled16 against me,' " declares the LORD. 18 "Your own conduct and actions17 have brought this upon you.18 This is your punishment. How bitter19 it is! How it pierces to the heart!" 19 Oh, my anguish, my anguish!20 I writhe in pain.21 Oh, the agony of my heart! My heart pounds22 within me, I cannot keep silent.23 For I have heard the sound of the trumpet;24 I have heard the battle cry.25 20 Disaster follows disaster;26 the whole land lies in ruins.27 In an instant my tents28 are destroyed, my shelter in a moment. 21 How long must I see the battle standard29 and hear the sound of the trumpet?30 22 "My people are fools;31 they do not know me.32 They are senseless children; they have no understanding.33 They are skilled in doing evil;34 they know not how to do good."35 23 I looked at the earth, and it was formless and empty;36 and at the heavens, and their light37 was gone.
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