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Jeremiah 6 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Yahweh Disciplines Israel

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 6:1 -

“Flee for safety, O sons of Benjamin,

From the midst of Jerusalem!

Now blow a trumpet in Tekoa

And raise a signal over [fn]Beth-haccerem,

For evil looks down from the north,

As well as great destruction.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 6:2 -

“The comely and delicate one, the daughter of Zion, I will ruin.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 6:3 -

“Shepherds and their flocks will come to her;

They will pitch their tents [fn]around her;

They will pasture each in his [fn]place.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 6:4 -

“Set yourselves apart for war against her;

Arise, and let us go up at noon.

Woe to us, for the day declines,

For the shadows of the evening stretch out!

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 6:5 -

“Arise, and let us go up by night

And [fn]destroy her [fn]palaces!”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 6:6 -

For thus says Yahweh of hosts,

“Cut down her trees

And cast up a siege against Jerusalem.

This is the city to be punished,

In whose midst there is only oppression.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 6:7 -

“Like a well [fn]keeps its waters fresh,

So she [fn]keeps fresh her evil.

Violence and devastation are heard in her;

Sickness and wounds are continually before Me.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 6:8 -

“Heed discipline, O Jerusalem,

Lest My soul become disgusted at you,

Lest I make you a desolation,

A land not inhabited.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 6:9 -

Thus says Yahweh of hosts,

“They will thoroughly glean as the vine the remnant of Israel;

Pass your hand again like a grape gatherer

Over the branches.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 6:10 -

To whom shall I speak and give warning

That they may hear?

Behold, their ears are uncircumcised,

And they cannot give heed.

Behold, the word of Yahweh has become a reproach to them;

They have no delight in it.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 6:11 -

But I am full of the wrath of Yahweh;

I am weary of holding it in.

“Pour it out on the infants in the street

And on the [fn]gathering of choice men together;

For both husband and wife shall be captured,

The aged with the one full of days.

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“Their houses shall be turned over to others,

Their fields and their wives together,

For I will stretch out My hand

Against the inhabitants of the land,” declares Yahweh.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 6:13 -

“For from the least of them even to the greatest of them,

Everyone is greedy for gain,

And from the prophet even to the priest

Everyone practices lying.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 6:14 -

“They have healed the brokenness of My people superficially,

Saying, ‘Peace, peace,’

But there is no peace.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 6:15 -

“Were they ashamed because of the abomination they have done?

They were not even ashamed at all;

They did not even know how to feel dishonor.

Therefore they shall fall among those who fall;

At the time that I punish them,

They shall be cast down,” says Yahweh.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 6:16 -

Thus says Yahweh,

“Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths,

Where the good way is, and walk in it;

And you will find rest for your souls.

But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 6:17 -

“And I set watchmen over you, saying,

‘Give heed to the sound of the trumpet!’

But they said, ‘We will not give heed.’

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 6:18 -

“Therefore hear, O nations,

And know, O congregation, what is among them.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 6:19 -

“Hear, O earth: behold, I am bringing evil on this people,

The fruit of their [fn]plans,

Because they have not given heed to My words,

And as for My law, they have rejected it also.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 6:20 -

“For what purpose does frankincense come to Me from Sheba

And the [fn]sweet cane from a distant land?

Your burnt offerings are not acceptable,

And your sacrifices are not pleasing to Me.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 6:21 -

Therefore, thus says Yahweh,

“Behold, I am [fn]laying stumbling blocks before this people.

And they will stumble against them,

Fathers and sons together;

Neighbor and [fn]friend will perish.”

Mourn the Coming Destroyer

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 6:22 -

Thus says Yahweh,

“Behold, a people is coming from the land of the north,

And a great nation will be aroused from the remote parts of the earth.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 6:23 -

“They take hold of bow and spear;

They are cruel and have no compassion;

Their voice roars like the sea,

And they ride on horses,

Arranged as a man for the battle

Against you, O daughter of Zion!”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 6:24 -

We have heard the report of it;

Our hands are limp.

Distress has taken hold of us,

Pain as of a woman in childbirth.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 6:25 -

Do not go out into the field

And do not walk on the road,

For the enemy has a sword;

Terror is on every side.

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O daughter of my people, gird yourself with sackcloth

And roll in ashes;

[fn]Mourn as for an only son,

A lamentation most bitter.

For suddenly the destroyer

Will come upon us.

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“I have made you a tester of metals and [fn]an assayer among My people,

That you may know and test their way.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 6:28 -

All of them are rebelliously stubborn,

Going about as a slanderer.

They are bronze and iron;

They, all of them, are corrupt.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 6:29 -

The bellows blow fiercely;

The lead [fn]is consumed by the fire;

In vain the refining goes on,

But the evil ones are not [fn]separated.

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They call them rejected silver

Because Yahweh has rejected them.

LSB Footnotes
Lit house of the vineyard
Lit against her round about
Lit hand
Or bring to corruption, cf. 6:28
Or fortified towers
Lit keeps cold
Lit keeps cold
Lit council
Or devices
Lit good
Lit giving
Lit his friend
Lit Make for yourself mourning
Or a fortification
Lit comes to an end
Or drawn off

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