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Jeremiah 4:19-31 (New American Standard)

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Lament over Judah's Devastation

19 1My asoul, my bsoul! I am in anguish! cOh, my heart! My 2heart is pounding in me; I cannot be silent, Because dyou have heard, O my soul, The 3sound of the trumpet, The alarm of war. 20 4Disaster on disaster is proclaimed, For the 5whole land is devastated; Suddenly my 6tents are devastated, My curtains in an instant. 21 How long must I see the standard And hear the sound of the trumpet? 22 "7For My people are foolish, They know Me not; They are stupid children And have no understanding. They are shrewd to 8do evil, But to do good they do not know." 23 I looked on the earth, and behold, it was e9formless and void; And to the heavens, and they had no light. 24 I looked on the mountains, and behold, they were 10quaking, And all the hills fmoved to and fro. 25 I looked, and behold, there was no man, And all the 11birds of the heavens had fled. 26 I looked, and behold, gthe 12fruitful land was a wilderness, And all its cities were pulled down Before the LORD, before His fierce anger. 27 For thus says the LORD, "The 13whole land shall be a desolation, Yet I will 14not execute a complete destruction. 28 "For this the 15earth shall mourn And the 16heavens above be dark, Because I have 17spoken, I have purposed, And I will not hchange My mind, nor will I turn from it." 29 At the sound of the horseman and bowman 18every city flees; They 19go into the thickets and climb among the rocks; 20Every city is forsaken, And no man dwells in them. 30 And you, O desolate one, 21what will you do? Although you dress in scarlet, Although you decorate yourself with ornaments of gold, Although you 22enlarge your eyes with paint, In vain you make yourself beautiful. Your i23lovers despise you; They seek your life. 31 For I heard a jcry as of a woman in labor, The anguish as of one giving birth to her first child, The kcry of the daughter of Zion 24gasping for breath, 25Stretching out her lhands, saying, "Ah, woe is me, for mI faint before murderers."
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