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Jeremiah 4

RSV 1 "If you return, O Israel, says the LORD, to me you should return. If you remove your abominations from my presence, and do not waver, NIV 1 "If you will return, O Israel, return to me," declares the LORD. "If you put your detestable idols out of my sight and no longer go astray, RSV 2 and if you swear, 'As the LORD lives,' in truth, in justice, and in uprightness, then nations shall bless themselves in him, and in him shall they glory." NIV 2 and if in a truthful, just and righteous way you swear, 'As surely as the LORD lives,' then the nations will be blessed by him and in him they will glory." RSV 3 For thus says the LORD to the men of Judah and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem: "Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns. NIV 3 This is what the LORD says to the men of Judah and to Jerusalem: "Break up your unplowed ground and do not sow among thorns. RSV 4 Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, remove the foreskin of your hearts, O men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem; lest my wrath go forth like fire, and burn with none to quench it, because of the evil of your doings." NIV 4 Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, circumcise your hearts, you men of Judah and people of Jerusalem, or my wrath will break out and burn like fire because of the evil you have done-- burn with no one to quench it. RSV 5 Declare in Judah, and proclaim in Jerusalem, and say, "Blow the trumpet through the land; cry aloud and say, 'Assemble, and let us go into the fortified cities!' NIV 5 "Announce in Judah and proclaim in Jerusalem and say: 'Sound the trumpet throughout the land!' Cry aloud and say: 'Gather together! Let us flee to the fortified cities!' RSV 6 Raise a standard toward Zion, flee for safety, stay not, for I bring evil from the north, and great destruction. NIV 6 Raise the signal to go to Zion! Flee for safety without delay! For I am bringing disaster from the north, even terrible destruction." RSV 7 A lion has gone up from his thicket, a destroyer of nations has set out; he has gone forth from his place to make your land a waste; your cities will be ruins without inhabitant. NIV 7 A lion has come out of his lair; a destroyer of nations has set out. He has left his place to lay waste your land. Your towns will lie in ruins without inhabitant. RSV 8 For this gird you with sackcloth, lament and wail; for the fierce anger of the LORD has not turned back from us." NIV 8 So put on sackcloth, lament and wail, for the fierce anger of the LORD has not turned away from us. RSV 9 "In that day, says the LORD, courage shall fail both king and princes; the priests shall be appalled and the prophets astounded." NIV 9 "In that day," declares the LORD, "the king and the officials will lose heart, the priests will be horrified, and the prophets will be appalled." RSV 10 Then I said, "Ah, Lord GOD, surely thou hast utterly deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, 'It shall be well with you'; whereas the sword has reached their very life." NIV 10 Then I said, "Ah, Sovereign LORD, how completely you have deceived this people and Jerusalem by saying, 'You will have peace,' when the sword is at our throats." RSV 11 At that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem, "A hot wind from the bare heights in the desert toward the daughter of my people, not to winnow or cleanse, NIV 11 At that time this people and Jerusalem will be told, "A scorching wind from the barren heights in the desert blows toward my people, but not to winnow or cleanse; RSV 12 a wind too full for this comes for me. Now it is I who speak in judgment upon them." NIV 12 a wind too strong for that comes from me. Now I pronounce my judgments against them." RSV 13 Behold, he comes up like clouds, his chariots like the whirlwind; his horses are swifter than eagles--woe to us, for we are ruined! NIV 13 Look! He advances like the clouds, his chariots come like a whirlwind, his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe to us! We are ruined! RSV 14 O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved. How long shall your evil thoughts lodge within you? NIV 14 O Jerusalem, wash the evil from your heart and be saved. How long will you harbor wicked thoughts? RSV 15 For a voice declares from Dan and proclaims evil from Mount E'phraim. NIV 15 A voice is announcing from Dan, proclaiming disaster from the hills of Ephraim. RSV 16 Warn the nations that he is coming; announce to Jerusalem, "Besiegers come from a distant land; they shout against the cities of Judah. NIV 16 "Tell this to the nations, proclaim it to Jerusalem: 'A besieging army is coming from a distant land, raising a war cry against the cities of Judah. RSV 17 Like keepers of a field are they against her round about, because she has rebelled against me, says the LORD. NIV 17 They surround her like men guarding a field, because she has rebelled against me,' " declares the LORD. RSV 18 Your ways and your doings have brought this upon you. This is your doom, and it is bitter; it has reached your very heart." NIV 18 "Your own conduct and actions have brought this upon you. This is your punishment. How bitter it is! How it pierces to the heart!" RSV 19 My anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain! Oh, the walls of my heart! My heart is beating wildly; I cannot keep silent; for I hear the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war. NIV 19 Oh, my anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain. Oh, the agony of my heart! My heart pounds within me, I cannot keep silent. For I have heard the sound of the trumpet; I have heard the battle cry. RSV 20 Disaster follows hard on disaster, the whole land is laid waste. Suddenly my tents are destroyed, my curtains in a moment. NIV 20 Disaster follows disaster; the whole land lies in ruins. In an instant my tents are destroyed, my shelter in a moment. RSV 21 How long must I see the standard, and hear the sound of the trumpet? NIV 21 How long must I see the battle standard and hear the sound of the trumpet? RSV 22 "For my people are foolish, they know me not; they are stupid children, they have no understanding. They are skilled in doing evil, but how to do good they know not." NIV 22 "My people are fools; they do not know me. They are senseless children; they have no understanding. They are skilled in doing evil; they know not how to do good." RSV 23 I looked on the earth, and lo, it was waste and void; and to the heavens, and they had no light. NIV 23 I looked at the earth, and it was formless and empty; and at the heavens, and their light was gone. RSV 24 I looked on the mountains, and lo, they were quaking, and all the hills moved to and fro. NIV 24 I looked at the mountains, and they were quaking; all the hills were swaying. RSV 25 I looked, and lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the air had fled. NIV 25 I looked, and there were no people; every bird in the sky had flown away. RSV 26 I looked, and lo, the fruitful land was a desert, and all its cities were laid in ruins before the LORD, before his fierce anger. NIV 26 I looked, and the fruitful land was a desert; all its towns lay in ruins before the LORD, before his fierce anger. RSV 27 For thus says the LORD, "The whole land shall be a desolation; yet I will not make a full end. NIV 27 This is what the LORD says: "The whole land will be ruined, though I will not destroy it completely. RSV 28 For this the earth shall mourn, and the heavens above be black; for I have spoken, I have purposed; I have not relented nor will I turn back." NIV 28 Therefore the earth will mourn and the heavens above grow dark, because I have spoken and will not relent, I have decided and will not turn back." RSV 29 At the noise of horseman and archer every city takes to flight; they enter thickets; they climb among rocks; all the cities are forsaken, and no man dwells in them. NIV 29 At the sound of horsemen and archers every town takes to flight. Some go into the thickets; some climb up among the rocks. All the towns are deserted; no one lives in them. RSV 30 And you, O desolate one, what do you mean that you dress in scarlet, that you deck yourself with ornaments of gold, that you enlarge your eyes with paint? In vain you beautify yourself. Your lovers despise you; they seek your life. NIV 30 What are you doing, O devastated one? Why dress yourself in scarlet and put on jewels of gold? Why shade your eyes with paint? You adorn yourself in vain. Your lovers despise you; they seek your life. RSV 31 For I heard a cry as of a woman in travail, anguish as of one bringing forth her first child, the cry of the daughter of Zion gasping for breath, stretching out her hands, "Woe is me! I am fainting before murderers." NIV 31 I hear a cry as of a woman in labor, a groan as of one bearing her first child-- the cry of the Daughter of Zion gasping for breath, stretching out her hands and saying, "Alas! I am fainting; my life is given over to murderers."