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Jeremiah 4 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Judah Threatened with Invasion

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:1 - “If you will return, O Israel,” declares the LORD,
Then you should return to Me.
And if you will put away your detested things from My presence,
And will not waver,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:2 - And you will swear, ‘As the LORD lives,’
In truth, in justice and in righteousness;
Then the nations will bless themselves in Him,
And in Him they will glory.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:3 - For thus says the LORD to the men of Judah and to Jerusalem,
[fn]Break up your fallow ground,
And do not sow among thorns.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:4 - “Circumcise yourselves to the LORD
And remove the foreskins of your heart,
Men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem,
Or else My wrath will go forth like fire
And burn with none to quench it,
Because of the evil of your deeds.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:5 - Declare in Judah and proclaim in Jerusalem, and say,
“Blow the trumpet in the land;
Cry aloud and say,
‘Assemble yourselves, and let us go
Into the fortified cities.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:6 - “Lift up a standard toward Zion!
Seek refuge, do not stand still,
For I am bringing evil from the north,
And great destruction.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:7 - “A lion has gone up from his thicket,
And a destroyer of nations has set out;
He has gone out from his place
To make your land a waste.
Your cities will be ruins
Without inhabitant.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:8 - “For this, put on sackcloth,
Lament and wail;
For the fierce anger of the LORD
Has not turned back from us.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:9 - “It shall come about in that day,” declares the LORD, “that the heart of the king and the heart of the princes will fail; and the priests will be appalled and the prophets will be astounded.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:10 - Then I said, “Ah, Lord [fn]GOD! Surely You have utterly deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, ‘You will have peace’; whereas a sword touches the [fn]throat.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:11 - In that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem, “A scorching wind from the bare heights in the wilderness in the direction of the daughter of My people—not to winnow and not to cleanse,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:12 - a wind too strong for [fn]this—will come [fn]at My command; now I will also pronounce judgments against them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:13 - “Behold, he goes up like clouds,
And his chariots like the whirlwind;
His horses are swifter than eagles.
Woe to us, for we are ruined!”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:14 - Wash your heart from evil, O Jerusalem,
That you may be saved.
How long will your wicked thoughts
Lodge within you?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:15 - For a voice declares from Dan,
And proclaims wickedness from Mount Ephraim.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:16 - “Report it to the nations, now!
Proclaim over Jerusalem,
‘Besiegers come from a far country,
And lift their voices against the cities of Judah.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:17 - ‘Like watchmen of a field they are against her round about,
Because she has rebelled against Me,’ declares the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:18 - “Your ways and your deeds
Have [fn]brought these things to you.
This is your evil. How bitter!
How it has touched your heart!”

Lament over Judah's Devastation

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:19 - My [fn]soul, my [fn]soul! I am in anguish! [fn]Oh, my heart!
My heart is pounding in me;
I cannot be silent,
Because [fn]you have heard, O my soul,
The sound of the trumpet,
The alarm of war.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:20 - Disaster on disaster is proclaimed,
For the whole land is devastated;
Suddenly my tents are devastated,
My curtains in an instant.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:21 - How long must I see the standard
And hear the sound of the trumpet?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:22 - “For My people are foolish,
They know Me not;
They are stupid children
And have no understanding.
They are shrewd to do evil,
But to do good they do not know.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:23 - I looked on the earth, and behold, it was [fn] formless and void;
And to the heavens, and they had no light.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:24 - I looked on the mountains, and behold, they were quaking,
And all the hills [fn]moved to and fro.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:25 - I looked, and behold, there was no man,
And all the birds of the heavens had fled.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:26 - I looked, and behold, [fn]the fruitful land was a wilderness,
And all its cities were pulled down
Before the LORD, before His fierce anger.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:27 - For thus says the LORD,
“The whole land shall be a desolation,
Yet I will not execute a complete destruction.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:28 - “For this the earth shall mourn
And the heavens above be dark,
Because I have spoken, I have purposed,
And I will not [fn]change My mind, nor will I turn from it.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:29 - At the sound of the horseman and bowman every city flees;
They go into the thickets and climb among the rocks;
Every city is forsaken,
And no man dwells in them.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:30 - And you, O desolate one, what will you do?
Although you dress in scarlet,
Although you decorate yourself with ornaments of gold,
Although you enlarge your eyes with paint,
In vain you make yourself beautiful.
Your [fn]lovers despise you;
They seek your life.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:31 - For I heard a [fn]cry as of a woman in labor,
The anguish as of one giving birth to her first child,
The [fn]cry of the daughter of Zion gasping for breath,
Stretching out her [fn]hands, saying,
“Ah, woe is me, for [fn]I faint before murderers.”
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: Plow for yourselves plowed ground
Hebrew: YHWH, usually rendered LORD
Or, life
Literally: these
Literally: for Me
Literally: done
Literally: inward parts
Literally: The walls of my heart
Or, I, my soul, heard
Or, a waste and emptiness
Literally: moved lightly
Or, Carmel
Literally: be sorry
Literally: paramours
Literally: sound
Literally: palms
Literally: my soul faints

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