Jeremiah 4:24-31 (New International Version)

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24 I looked at the mountains, and they were quaking;1 all the hills were swaying. 25 I looked, and there were no people; every bird in the sky had flown away.2 26 I looked, and the fruitful land was a desert;3 all its towns lay in ruins4 before the LORD, before his fierce anger.5 27 This is what the LORD says: "The whole land will be ruined,6 though I will not destroy7 it completely. 28 Therefore the earth will mourn8 and the heavens above grow dark,9 because I have spoken and will not relent,10 I have decided and will not turn back.11" 29 At the sound of horsemen and archers12 every town takes to flight.13 Some go into the thickets; some climb up among the rocks.14 All the towns are deserted;15 no one lives in them. 30 What are you doing,16 O devastated one? Why dress yourself in scarlet and put on jewels17 of gold? Why shade your eyes with paint?18 You adorn yourself in vain. Your lovers19 despise you; they seek your life.20 31 I hear a cry as of a woman in labor,21 a groan as of one bearing her first child-- the cry of the Daughter of Zion22 gasping for breath,23 stretching out her hands24 and saying, "Alas! I am fainting; my life is given over to murderers."25
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