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Jeremiah 6:17-27 (New International Version)

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17 I appointed watchmen1 over you and said, 'Listen to the sound of the trumpet!'2 But you said, 'We will not listen.'3 18 Therefore hear, O nations; observe, O witnesses, what will happen to them. 19 Hear, O earth:4 I am bringing disaster5 on this people, the fruit of their schemes,6 because they have not listened to my words7 and have rejected my law.8 20 What do I care about incense from Sheba9 or sweet calamus10 from a distant land? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable;11 your sacrifices12 do not please me."13 21 Therefore this is what the LORD says: "I will put obstacles before this people. Fathers and sons alike will stumble14 over them; neighbors and friends will perish." 22 This is what the LORD says: "Look, an army is coming from the land of the north;15 a great nation is being stirred up from the ends of the earth.16 23 They are armed with bow and spear; they are cruel and show no mercy.17 They sound like the roaring sea18 as they ride on their horses;19 they come like men in battle formation to attack you, O Daughter of Zion.20" 24 We have heard reports about them, and our hands hang limp.21 Anguish22 has gripped us, pain like that of a woman in labor.23 25 Do not go out to the fields or walk on the roads, for the enemy has a sword, and there is terror on every side.24 26 O my people, put on sackcloth25 and roll in ashes;26 mourn with bitter wailing27 as for an only son,28 for suddenly the destroyer29 will come upon us. 27 "I have made you a tester30 of metals and my people the ore, that you may observe and test their ways.
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