Jeremiah 4:21-31 (New International Version)

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21 How long must I see the battle standard1 and hear the sound of the trumpet?2 22 "My people are fools;3 they do not know me.4 They are senseless children; they have no understanding.5 They are skilled in doing evil;6 they know not how to do good."7 23 I looked at the earth, and it was formless and empty;8 and at the heavens, and their light9 was gone. 24 I looked at the mountains, and they were quaking;10 all the hills were swaying. 25 I looked, and there were no people; every bird in the sky had flown away.11 26 I looked, and the fruitful land was a desert;12 all its towns lay in ruins13 before the LORD, before his fierce anger.14 27 This is what the LORD says: "The whole land will be ruined,15 though I will not destroy16 it completely. 28 Therefore the earth will mourn17 and the heavens above grow dark,18 because I have spoken and will not relent,19 I have decided and will not turn back.20" 29 At the sound of horsemen and archers21 every town takes to flight.22 Some go into the thickets; some climb up among the rocks.23 All the towns are deserted;24 no one lives in them. 30 What are you doing,25 O devastated one? Why dress yourself in scarlet and put on jewels26 of gold? Why shade your eyes with paint?27 You adorn yourself in vain. Your lovers28 despise you; they seek your life.29 31 I hear a cry as of a woman in labor,30 a groan as of one bearing her first child-- the cry of the Daughter of Zion31 gasping for breath,32 stretching out her hands33 and saying, "Alas! I am fainting; my life is given over to murderers."34
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