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Jeremiah 4 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:1 - “If you, Israel, will return, then return to me,”

declares the LORD.

“If you put your detestable idols out of my sight and no longer go astray,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:2 - and if in a truthful, just and righteous way you swear, ‘As surely as the LORD lives,’ then the nations will invoke blessings by him and in him they will boast.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:3 - This is what the LORD says to the people of Judah and to Jerusalem: “Break up your unplowed ground and do not sow among thorns.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:4 - Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, circumcise your hearts, you people of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, or my wrath will flare up and burn like fire because of the evil you have done— burn with no one to quench it.

Disaster From the North

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:5 - “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!’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:6 - Raise the signal to go to Zion! Flee for safety without delay! For I am bringing disaster from the north, even terrible destruction.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:7 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:8 - So put on sackcloth, lament and wail, for the fierce anger of the LORD has not turned away from us.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:9 - “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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:10 - Then I said, “Alas, Sovereign LORD! How completely you have deceived this people and Jerusalem by saying, ‘You will have peace,’ when the sword is at our throats!”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:11 - 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;
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:12 - a wind too strong for that comes from me. Now I pronounce my judgments against them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:13 - Look! He advances like the clouds, his chariots come like a whirlwind, his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe to us! We are ruined!
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:14 - Jerusalem, wash the evil from your heart and be saved. How long will you harbor wicked thoughts?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:15 - A voice is announcing from Dan, proclaiming disaster from the hills of Ephraim.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:16 - “Tell this to the nations, proclaim concerning Jerusalem: ‘A besieging army is coming from a distant land, raising a war cry against the cities of Judah.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:17 - They surround her like men guarding a field, because she has rebelled against me,’ ”

declares the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:18 - “Your own conduct and actions have brought this on you. This is your punishment. How bitter it is! How it pierces to the heart!”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:19 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:20 - Disaster follows disaster; the whole land lies in ruins. In an instant my tents are destroyed, my shelter in a moment.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:21 - How long must I see the battle standard and hear the sound of the trumpet?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:22 - “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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:23 - I looked at the earth, and it was formless and empty; and at the heavens, and their light was gone.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:24 - I looked at the mountains, and they were quaking; all the hills were swaying.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:25 - I looked, and there were no people; every bird in the sky had flown away.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:26 - I looked, and the fruitful land was a desert; all its towns lay in ruins before the LORD, before his fierce anger.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:27 - This is what the LORD says: “The whole land will be ruined, though I will not destroy it completely.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:28 - 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.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:29 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:30 - What are you doing, you devastated one? Why dress yourself in scarlet and put on jewels of gold? Why highlight your eyes with makeup? You adorn yourself in vain. Your lovers despise you; they want to kill you.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:31 - I hear a cry as of a woman in labor, a groan as of one bearing her first child— the cry of Daughter Zion gasping for breath, stretching out her hands and saying, “Alas! I am fainting; my life is given over to murderers.”

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