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Jeremiah 4

1 Judgment from the north

1 If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the Lord, ch. 3:1,22;Joel 2:12return unto me: and if thou wilt put away thine abominations out of my sight, then shalt thou not remove.

2 Deut. 10:20;Is. 45:23;& 65:16;See ch. 5:2And thou shalt swear, The Lord liveth, Is. 48:1;Zech. 8:8in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; Gen. 22:18;Ps. 72:17;Gal. 3:8and the nations shall bless themselves in him, and in him shall they 1 Cor. 1:31glory.

3 For thus saith the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Hos. 10:12Break up your fallow ground, and Mat. 13:7sow not among thorns.

4 Deut. 10:16;ch. 9:26;Rom. 2:28Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.

5 Declare ye in Judah, and publish in Jerusalem; and say, Blow ye the trumpet in the land: cry, gather together, and say, ch. 8:14Assemble yourselves, and let us go into the defenced cities.

6 Set up the standard toward Zion: [a]retire, stay not: for I will bring evil from the ch. 1:13-15;& 6:1,22north, and a great [b]destruction.

7 2 Ki. 24:1;ch. 5:6;Dan. 7:4The lion is come up from his thicket, and ch. 25:9the destroyer of the Gentiles is on his way; he is gone forth from his place Is. 1:7to make thy land desolate; and thy cities shall be laid waste, without an inhabitant.

8 For this Is. 22:12gird you with sackcloth, lament and howl: for the fierce anger of the Lord is not turned back from us.

9 And it shall come to pass at that day, saith the Lord, that the heart of the king shall perish, and the heart of the princes; and the priests shall be astonished, and the prophets shall wonder.

10 (Then said I, Ah, Lord God! Ezek. 14:9;2 Thes. 2:11surely thou hast greatly deceived this people and Jerusalem, ch. 14:13saying, Ye shall have peace; whereas the sword reacheth unto the soul).

11 At that time shall it be said to this people and to Jerusalem, 11 ch. 51:1;Ezek. 17:10;Hos. 13:15A dry wind of the high places in the wilderness toward the daughter of my people, 11 Not to fan, nor to cleanse,

12 Even [c]a full wind from those places shall come unto me: 12 Now also ch. 1:16will I [d]give sentence against them.

13 Behold, he shall come up as clouds, 13 And Is. 5:28his chariots shall be as a whirlwind: 13 Deut. 28:49;Lam. 4:19;Hos. 8:1;Hab. 1:8His horses are swifter than eagles. 13 Woe unto us! for we are spoiled.

14 O Jerusalem, Is. 1:16;Jas. 4:8wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. 14 How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?

15 For a voice declareth ch. 8:16from Dan, 15 And publisheth affliction from mount Ephraim.

16 Make ye mention to the nations; behold, publish against Jerusalem, 16 That watchers come from a far country, 16 And give out their voice against the cities of Judah.

17 2 Ki. 25:1As keepers of a field, are they against her round about; 17 Because she hath been rebellious against me, saith the Lord.

18 Ps. 107:17;Is. 50:1;ch. 2:17,19Thy way and thy doings have procured these things unto thee; 18 This is thy wickedness, because it is bitter, 18 Because it reacheth unto thine heart.

19 My Is. 15:5;& 16:11;& 21:3;See Luke 19:42bowels, my bowels! I am pained at [e]my very heart; 19 My heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, 19 Because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.

20 Ps. 42:7;Ezek. 7:26Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled: 20 Suddenly are ch. 10:20my tents spoiled, and my curtains in a moment.

21 How long shall I see the standard, and hear the sound of the trumpet?

22 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; 22 They are sottish children, and they have none understanding: 22 Rom. 16:19They are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.

23 I Is. 24:19beheld the earth, and lo, it was Gen. 1:2without form, and void; 23 And the heavens, and they had no light.

24 Is. 5:25;Ezek. 38:20I beheld the mountains, and lo, they trembled, 24 And all the hills moved lightly.

25 I beheld, and lo, there was no man, 25 And Zeph. 1:3all the birds of the heavens were fled.

26 I beheld, and lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, 26 And all the cities thereof were broken down 26 At the presence of the Lord, and by his fierce anger.

27 For thus hath the Lord said, 27 The whole land shall be desolate; 27 ch. 5:10,18;& 30:11;& 46:28Yet will I not make a full end.

28 For this Hos. 4:3shall the earth mourn, and Is. 5:30;& 50:3the heavens above be black: 28 Because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, 28 And Num. 23:19;ch. 7:16will not repent, neither will I turn back from it.

29 The whole city shall flee for the noise of the horsemen and bowmen; 29 They shall go into thickets, and climb up upon the rocks: 29 Every city shall be forsaken, and not a man dwell therein.

30 And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? 30 Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, 30 2 Ki. 9:30Though thou rentest thy [f]face with painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair; 30 ch. 22:20,22Thy lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life.

31 For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, and the anguish as of her that bringeth forth her first child, 31 The voice of the daughter of Zion, that bewaileth herself, that Is. 1:15;Lam. 1:17spreadeth her hands, 31 Saying, Woe is me now! for my soul is wearied because of murderers.

32 Futile search for an upright man

Footnotes:

a. Jeremiah 4:6 Or, strengthen
b. Jeremiah 4:6 Heb. breaking
c. Jeremiah 4:12 Or, a fuller wind than those
d. Jeremiah 4:12 Heb. utter judgments
e. Jeremiah 4:19 Heb. the walls of my heart
f. Jeremiah 4:30 Heb. eyes