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Jeremiah 4:25-31 (New International Version)

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25 I looked, and there were no people; every bird in the sky had flown away.1 26 I looked, and the fruitful land was a desert;2 all its towns lay in ruins3 before the LORD, before his fierce anger.4 27 This is what the LORD says: "The whole land will be ruined,5 though I will not destroy6 it completely. 28 Therefore the earth will mourn7 and the heavens above grow dark,8 because I have spoken and will not relent,9 I have decided and will not turn back.10" 29 At the sound of horsemen and archers11 every town takes to flight.12 Some go into the thickets; some climb up among the rocks.13 All the towns are deserted;14 no one lives in them. 30 What are you doing,15 O devastated one? Why dress yourself in scarlet and put on jewels16 of gold? Why shade your eyes with paint?17 You adorn yourself in vain. Your lovers18 despise you; they seek your life.19 31 I hear a cry as of a woman in labor,20 a groan as of one bearing her first child-- the cry of the Daughter of Zion21 gasping for breath,22 stretching out her hands23 and saying, "Alas! I am fainting; my life is given over to murderers."24
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