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Jeremiah 4 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:1 - “If you will return, O Israel,” says the LORD,
“Return to Me;
And if you will put away your abominations out of My sight,
Then you shall not be moved.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:2 - And you shall swear, ‘The LORD lives,’
In truth, in judgment, and in righteousness;
The nations shall bless themselves in Him,
And in Him they shall glory.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:3 - For thus says the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem:

“Break up your fallow ground,
And do not sow among thorns.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:4 - Circumcise yourselves to the LORD,
And take away the foreskins of your hearts,
You men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem,
Lest My fury come forth like fire,
And burn so that no one can quench it,
Because of the evil of your doings.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:5 - Declare in Judah and proclaim in Jerusalem, and say:

“Blow the trumpet in the land;
Cry, ‘Gather together,’
And say, ‘Assemble yourselves,
And let us go into the fortified cities.’

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:6 - Set up the standard toward Zion.
Take refuge! Do not delay!
For I will bring disaster from the north,
And great destruction.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:7 - The lion has come up from his thicket,
And the destroyer of nations is on his way.
He has gone forth from his place
To make your land desolate.
Your cities will be laid waste,
Without inhabitant.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:8 - For this, clothe yourself with sackcloth,
Lament and wail.
For the fierce anger of the LORD
Has not turned back from us.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:9 - “And it shall come to pass in that day,” says the LORD,
That the heart of the king shall perish,
And the heart of the princes;
The priests shall be astonished,
And the prophets shall wonder.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:10 - Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD!
Surely You have greatly deceived this people and Jerusalem,
Saying, ‘You shall have peace,’
Whereas the sword reaches to the heart.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:11 - At that time it will be said
To this people and to Jerusalem,
“A dry wind of the desolate heights blows in the wilderness
Toward the daughter of My people—
Not to fan or to cleanse—

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:12 - A wind too strong for these will come for Me;
Now I will also speak judgment against them.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:13 - “Behold, he shall come up like clouds,
And his chariots like a whirlwind.
His horses are swifter than eagles.
Woe to us, for we are plundered!”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:14 - O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness,
That you may be saved.
How long shall your evil thoughts lodge within you?

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:15 - For a voice declares from Dan
And proclaims affliction from Mount Ephraim:

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:16 - “Make mention to the nations,
Yes, proclaim against Jerusalem,
That watchers come from a far country
And raise their voice against the cities of Judah.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:17 - Like keepers of a field they are against her all around,
Because she has been rebellious against Me,” says the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:18 - “Your ways and your doings
Have procured these things for you.
This is your wickedness,
Because it is bitter,
Because it reaches to your heart.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:19 - O my soul, my soul!
I am pained in my very heart!
My heart makes a noise in me;
I cannot hold my peace,
Because you have heard, O my soul,
The sound of the trumpet,
The alarm of war.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:20 - Destruction upon destruction is cried,
For the whole land is plundered.
Suddenly my tents are plundered,
And my curtains in a moment.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:21 - How long will I see the standard,
And hear the sound of the trumpet?

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:22 - “For My people are foolish,
They have not known Me.
They are silly children,
And they have no understanding.
They are wise to do evil,
But to do good they have no knowledge.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:23 - I beheld the earth, and indeed it was without form, and void;
And the heavens, they had no light.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:24 - I beheld the mountains, and indeed they trembled,
And all the hills moved back and forth.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:25 - I beheld, and indeed there was no man,
And all the birds of the heavens had fled.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:26 - I beheld, and indeed the fruitful land was a wilderness,
And all its cities were broken down
At the presence of the LORD,
By His fierce anger.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:27 - For thus says the LORD:

“The whole land shall be desolate;
Yet I will not make a full end.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:28 - For this shall the earth mourn,
And the heavens above be black,
Because I have spoken.
I have purposed and will not relent,
Nor will I turn back from it.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:29 - The whole city shall flee from the noise of the horsemen and bowmen.
They shall go into thickets and climb up on the rocks.
Every city shall be forsaken,
And not a man shall dwell in it.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:30 - “And when you are plundered,
What will you do?
Though you clothe yourself with crimson,
Though you adorn yourself with ornaments of gold,
Though you enlarge your eyes with paint,
In vain you will make yourself fair;
Your lovers will despise you;
They will seek your life.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 4:31 - “For I have heard a voice as of a woman in labor,
The anguish as of her who brings forth her first child,
The voice of the daughter of Zion bewailing herself;
She spreads her hands, saying,
‘Woe is me now, for my soul is weary
Because of murderers!’

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