Jeremiah 4:5-31 NIV

Disaster From the North

5 "Announce in Judah and proclaim1 in Jerusalem and say: 'Sound the trumpet2 throughout the land!' Cry aloud and say: 'Gather together! Let us flee to the fortified cities!'3

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6 Raise the signal4 to go to Zion! Flee for safety without delay! For I am bringing disaster5 from the north,6 even terrible destruction."

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7 A lion7 has come out of his lair;8 a destroyer9 of nations has set out. He has left his place to lay waste10 your land. Your towns will lie in ruins11 without inhabitant.

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8 So put on sackcloth,12 lament13 and wail, for the fierce anger14 of the LORD has not turned away from us.

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9 "In that day," declares the LORD, "the king and the officials will lose heart,15 the priests will be horrified, and the prophets will be appalled."16

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10 Then I said, "Ah, Sovereign LORD, how completely you have deceived17 this people and Jerusalem by saying, 'You will have peace,'18 when the sword is at our throats."

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11 At that time this people and Jerusalem will be told, "A scorching wind19 from the barren heights in the desert blows toward my people, but not to winnow or cleanse;

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12 a wind20 too strong for that comes from me.a Now I pronounce my judgments21 against them."

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    • a 4:12 - Or "comes at my command"
      13 Look! He advances like the clouds,22 his chariots23 come like a whirlwind,24 his horses25 are swifter than eagles.26 Woe to us! We are ruined!27

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      14 O Jerusalem, wash28 the evil from your heart and be saved.29 How long30 will you harbor wicked thoughts?

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      15 A voice is announcing from Dan,31 proclaiming disaster from the hills of Ephraim.32

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      16 "Tell this to the nations, proclaim it to Jerusalem: 'A besieging army is coming from a distant land,33 raising a war cry34 against the cities of Judah.35

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      17 They surround36 her like men guarding a field, because she has rebelled37 against me,' " declares the LORD.

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      18 "Your own conduct and actions38 have brought this upon you.39 This is your punishment. How bitter40 it is! How it pierces to the heart!"

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      19 Oh, my anguish, my anguish!41 I writhe in pain.42 Oh, the agony of my heart! My heart pounds43 within me, I cannot keep silent.44 For I have heard the sound of the trumpet;45 I have heard the battle cry.46

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      20 Disaster follows disaster;47 the whole land lies in ruins.48 In an instant my tents49 are destroyed, my shelter in a moment.

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      21 How long must I see the battle standard50 and hear the sound of the trumpet?51

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          22 "My people are fools;52 they do not know me.53 They are senseless children; they have no understanding.54 They are skilled in doing evil;55 they know not how to do good."56

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          23 I looked at the earth, and it was formless and empty;57 and at the heavens, and their light58 was gone.

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              24 I looked at the mountains, and they were quaking;59 all the hills were swaying.

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              25 I looked, and there were no people; every bird in the sky had flown away.60

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              26 I looked, and the fruitful land was a desert;61 all its towns lay in ruins62 before the LORD, before his fierce anger.63

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              27 This is what the LORD says: "The whole land will be ruined,64 though I will not destroy65 it completely.

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              28 Therefore the earth will mourn66 and the heavens above grow dark,67 because I have spoken and will not relent,68 I have decided and will not turn back.69"

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                  29 At the sound of horsemen and archers70 every town takes to flight.71 Some go into the thickets; some climb up among the rocks.72 All the towns are deserted;73 no one lives in them.

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                      30 What are you doing,74 O devastated one? Why dress yourself in scarlet and put on jewels75 of gold? Why shade your eyes with paint?76 You adorn yourself in vain. Your lovers77 despise you; they seek your life.78

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                      31 I hear a cry as of a woman in labor,79 a groan as of one bearing her first child-- the cry of the Daughter of Zion80 gasping for breath,81 stretching out her hands82 and saying, "Alas! I am fainting; my life is given over to murderers."83

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