Jeremiah 4:13-23 NIV

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

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14 O Jerusalem, wash7 the evil from your heart and be saved.8 How long9 will you harbor wicked thoughts?

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15 A voice is announcing from Dan,10 proclaiming disaster from the hills of Ephraim.11

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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

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17 They surround15 her like men guarding a field, because she has rebelled16 against me,' " declares the LORD.

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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!"

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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

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20 Disaster follows disaster;26 the whole land lies in ruins.27 In an instant my tents28 are destroyed, my shelter in a moment.

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21 How long must I see the battle standard29 and hear the sound of the trumpet?30

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      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

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      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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