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Jeremiah 4 - ESV

1 "If you return, O Israel,
declares the Lord,
to me you should return.
If you remove your detestable things from my presence,
and do not waver,
2 and if you swear, As the Lord lives,
in truth, in justice, and in righteousness,
then nations shall bless themselves in him,
and in him shall they glory."

3 For thus says the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem: "Break up your fallow ground,
and sow not among thorns.
4 Circumcise yourselves to the Lord;
remove the foreskin of your hearts,
O men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem;
lest my wrath go forth like fire,
and burn with none to quench it,
because of the evil of your deeds."

Disaster from the North

5 Declare in Judah, and proclaim in Jerusalem, and say, "Blow the trumpet through the land;
cry aloud and say,
Assemble, and let us go
into the fortified cities!
6 Raise a standard toward Zion,
flee for safety, stay not,
for I bring disaster from the north,
and great destruction.
7 A lion has gone up from his thicket,
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.
8 For this put on sackcloth,
lament and wail,
for the fierce anger of the Lord
has not turned back from us."

9 "In that day, declares the Lord, courage shall fail both king and officials. The priests shall be appalled and the prophets astounded." 10 Then I said, "Ah, Lord God, surely you have utterly deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, It shall be well with you, whereas the sword has reached their very life."

11 At that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem, "A hot wind from the bare heights in the desert toward the daughter of my people, not to winnow or cleanse,

12 a wind too full for this comes for me. Now it is I who speak in judgment upon them."

13 Behold, he comes up like clouds;
his chariots like the whirlwind;
his horses are swifter than eagles&emdash;
woe to us, for we are ruined!
14 O Jerusalem, wash your heart from evil,
that you may be saved.
How long shall your wicked thoughts
lodge within you?
15 For a voice declares from Dan
and proclaims trouble from Mount Ephraim.
16 Warn the nations that he is coming;
announce to Jerusalem,
"Besiegers come from a distant land;
they shout against the cities of Judah.
17 Like keepers of a field are they against her all around,
because she has rebelled against me,
declares the Lord.
18 Your ways and your deeds
have brought this upon you.
This is your doom, and it is bitter;
it has reached your very heart."
Anguish over Judah's Desolation 19 My anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain!
Oh the walls of my heart!
My heart is beating wildly;
I cannot keep silent,
for I hear the sound of the trumpet,
the alarm of war.
20 Crash follows hard on crash;
the whole land is laid waste.
Suddenly my tents are laid waste,
my curtains in a moment.
21 How long must I see the standard
and hear the sound of the trumpet?
22 "For my people are foolish;
they know me not;
they are stupid children;
they have no understanding.
They are wise&emdash;in doing evil!
But how to do good they know not."
23 I looked on the earth, and behold, it was without form and void;
and to the heavens, and they had no light.
24 I looked on the mountains, and behold, they were quaking,
and all the hills moved 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 in ruins
before the Lord, before his fierce anger.

27 For thus says the Lord, "The whole land shall be a desolation; yet I will not make a full end.

28 For this the earth shall mourn,
and the heavens above be dark;
for I have spoken; I have purposed;
I have not relented, nor will I turn back."
29 At the noise of horseman and archer
every city takes to flight;
they enter thickets; they climb among rocks;
all the cities are forsaken,
and no man dwells in them.
30 And you, O desolate one,
what do you mean that you dress in scarlet,
that you adorn yourself with ornaments of gold,
that you enlarge your eyes with paint?
In vain you beautify yourself.
Your lovers despise you;
they seek your life.
31 For I heard a cry as of a woman in labor,
anguish as of one giving birth to her first child,
the cry of the daughter of Zion gasping for breath,
stretching out her hands,
"Woe is me! I am fainting before murderers."




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Shared by: Christopher Holdsworth on Jun, 2016
Summary: A text of hope in the context of God's determination against His people.
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Weeping About the Future
Shared by: Craig Condon on Sep, 2015
Summary: Our job as Christians is to tell people about God and to try to lead them to Christ. Sometimes it means steering them to redemption. Do we actually reach out to them with this in mind? Do we seek a radical change in their hearts? Do we warn people?
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Abomination to the Lord!
Shared by: bala samson on Oct, 2014
Summary: We see the spiritual lives of Christians today in a state of confusion, decay and disarray; reason? Lack of Biblical teachings and knowledge of God and His holiness!
Scripture: Jeremiah 4:1
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 645
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Wise to do evil
Shared by: bala samson on Apr, 2013
Summary: The Lord cried passionately, ‘my people are wise to do evil!’ The level of manipulations we see now in methods of trickery is astounding!
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Jeremiah 4:22
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,128
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Abomination to the Lord
Shared by: bala samson on Oct, 2012
Summary: We see the spiritual lives of Christians today in a state of confusion and disarray. Reason? Lack of Biblical teachings and knowledge.
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The Solution
Shared by: Curry Pikkaart on Jul, 2012
Summary: Perhaps it's time for us as Christians to move out of our advisory mindset and into soiling our hands in the work of transformation.
Scripture: Jeremiah 3:6-4:4
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 2,191
Donald McCulley avatar
Can a Bride Forget?
Shared by: Donald McCulley on Dec, 2010
Summary: How can a nation forget God?
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Jeremiah 2:1-4:4
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,152
Spencer Cunnah avatar
How long shall your evil thoughts lodge within you?
Shared by: Spencer Cunnah on Jun, 2010
Summary: A challenging sermon to apply the Lordship of Christ to your thoughts.
based on 10 ratings
Scripture: Jeremiah 4:14
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 3,044
Mark Armstrong avatar
Pray, Give, Go
Shared by: Mark Armstrong on Feb, 2010
Summary: Designed as a short, punchy talk to motivate people for mission.
based on 7 ratings
Scripture: Jeremiah 4:19-31
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 4,403
Frank Edwards avatar
PREACHER CAN'T QUIT!
Shared by: Frank Edwards on Jan, 2010
Summary: "DOOMED TO BE A PREACHER"
based on 7 ratings
Scripture: Jeremiah 4:1-20:9
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 12,353
Gil Roman avatar
No sembreis sobre espinas!
Shared by: Gil Roman on Feb, 2008
Summary: Este es un mensaje para los caídos! Esto es para aquellos que han perdido el gozo del Señor, que en otra ocasión estuviste mas cerca del Señor Jesús que como hoy lo estas! Tenias mas gozo que hoy? Fue tu vida mas fructífera que hoy? Si tu respuesta es s
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Views: 5,263
Ivan Casteel avatar
THE LION IS OUT OF HIS THICKET
Shared by: Ivan Casteel on Jan, 2005
Summary: To strengthen the Christian life when confronted with the Devil
based on 17 ratings
Scripture: Jeremiah 4:5-7
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,056
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Condiciones Para Ser De Bendicion
Shared by: Jorge Alvarez on Jul, 2003
Summary: Dios escogio a Israel para que fuese de bendicion a las naciones. La iglesia tendra que ser de bendicion tambien pero al cumplir ciertas condiciones. ¿Estas listo?
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Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,782