Jeremiah 42 And if you swear, As the Lord lives, in truth, in judgment and justice, and in righteousness (uprightness in every area and relation), then the nations will bless themselves in Him and in Him will they glory. 3 For thus says the Lord to the men of Judah and to Jerusalem: Break up your ground left uncultivated for a season, so that you may not sow among thorns. 4 Circumcise yourselves to the Lord and take away the foreskins of your hearts, you men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, lest My wrath go forth like fire and burn so that no one can quench it because of the evil of your doings. 5 Declare in Judah and publish in Jerusalem and say: Blow the trumpet in the land; cry aloud and say: Assemble yourselves, and let us go into the fortified cities. 6 Raise a standard toward Zion ! Flee for safety, stay not, for I bring evil from the north, and great destruction. 7 A lion has gone up from his thicket, and a destroyer of nations is on his way. He has gone forth from his place to make your land a desolate waste; and your cities shall be left in ruins without an inhabitant. 8 For this, gird yourselves with sackcloth, lament and wail, for the fierce anger of the Lord has not turned back from us. 9 And it shall be in that day, says the Lord, that the understanding and courage of the king shall fail (be paralyzed), and also that of the princes; the priests shall be appalled and the prophets astounded and dazed with horror. 10 Then I said, Jeremiah could not reconcile the doom he was now commanded to pronounce either with his own previous prophecy or with what he had read in the writings of the previous prophets. We have the apostle Peter's comment on the perplexity of the prophets in I Pet. 1:10-12: ``The prophets, who prophesied of the grace (divine blessing) which was intended for you, searched and inquired earnestly about this salvation. They sought to whom or when this was to come which the Spirit of Christ working within them was indicating when He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that should follow . It was then disclosed to them that the services they were rendering were not meant for themselves and their period of time, but for you.... Into these things angels long to look!"Alas, Lord God! Surely You have greatly deceived and misled this people and Jerusalem, saying , You shall have peace, whereas the sword has reached to life. 11 At that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem, A hot wind from the bare heights in the wilderness against the daughter of My people--not to fan or cleanse 12 A wind too strong and full for winnowing comes at My word. Now I will also speak in judgment against . 13 Behold, comes up like clouds, his chariots like the whirlwind; his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe to us, for we are ruined (destroyed)! 14 O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved! How long shall your iniquitous and grossly offensive thoughts lodge within you? 15 For a voice declares from Dan and proclaims evil from Mount Ephraim . 16 Warn the nations ; announce to Jerusalem that besiegers are coming from a far country, and they shout against the cities of Judah. 17 Like keepers of a field they are against her round about, because she has been rebellious against Me, says the Lord. 18 Your ways and your doings have brought these things upon you. This is your calamity and doom; surely it is bitter, for surely it reaches your very heart! 19 My anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain! Oh, the walls of my heart! My heart is disquieted and throbs aloud within me; I cannot be silent! For I have heard the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war. 20 News of one violent disaster and calamity comes close after another, for the whole land is laid waste; suddenly are my tents spoiled and destroyed, and my curtains ruined in a moment. 21 how long must I see the flag and hear the sound of the trumpet ? 22 for My people are stupid, says the Lord ; they do not know and understand Me. They are thickheaded children, and they have no understanding. They are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge . 23 I looked at the land, and behold, it was waste and vacant (void); and at the heavens, and they had no light. 24 I looked at the mountains, and behold, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly to and fro. 25 I looked, and behold, there was no man, and all the birds of the air had fled. 26 I looked, and behold, the fruitful land was a desert, and all its cities were laid waste before the Lord's presence, before His fierce anger. 27 For thus says the Lord: The whole land will be a desolation, yet I will not make a full and complete end of it. 28 For this will the earth mourn and the heavens above be black; because I have spoken, I have purposed, and I will not relent, nor will I turn back . 29 Every city flees because of the noise of the horsemen and bowmen. They go into the thickets and climb among the rocks; every city is forsaken, and not a man dwells in them. 30 And you , when you are made desolate, what will you do? Though you clothe yourself with scarlet, though you deck yourself with ornaments of gold, though you paint your eyelids and make them look farther apart, in vain you beautify yourself. Your lovers (allies) despise you; they seek your life. 31 For I have heard a cry as of a woman in travail, the anguish as of one who brings forth her first child--the cry of the Daughter of Zion, who gasps for breath, who spreads her hands, saying, Woe is me now! I am fainting before the murderers.
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