2 Take all of your oaths in my name. 2 Say, 'You can be sure that the Lord is alive.' 2 Let all of your promises be truthful, fair and honest. 2 Then I will bless the nations. 2 And they will take delight in me."
3 Here is what the Lord is telling the people of Judah and Jerusalem. He says, 3 "Your hearts are as hard as a field 3 that has not been plowed. 3 So change your ways and produce good crops. 3 Do not plant seeds among thorns.
4 People of Judah and Jerusalem, obey me. 4 Do not let your hearts be stubborn. 4 If you do, my anger will blaze out against you. 4 It will burn like fire because of the evil things you have done. 4 No one will be able to put it out.
5 Trouble Will Come From the North
5 "Announce my message in Judah. 5 Tell it in Jerusalem. 5 Say, 'Blow trumpets all through the land!' 5 Give a loud shout and say, 5 'Gather together! 5 Let's run to cities that have high walls around them!'
7 Lions have come out of their den. 7 Those who destroy nations have begun to march out. 7 They have left their place 7 to destroy your land completely. 7 Your towns will be broken to pieces. 7 No one will live in them.
10 Then I said, "You are my Lord and King. You have completely tricked the people of Judah and Jerusalem. You have told them, 'You will have peace and rest.' But swords are pointed at our throats."
11 At that time the people of Judah and Jerusalem will be warned. They will be told, "A hot and dry wind is coming, my people. It is blowing toward you from the bare hilltops in the desert. But it does not separate straw from grain. 12 It is much too strong for that. The wind is coming from me. I am making my decision against you."
13 Look! Our enemies are approaching like the clouds. 13 Their chariots are coming like a strong wind. 13 Their horses are faster than eagles. 13 How terrible it will be for us! 13 We'll be destroyed!
19 I'm suffering! I'm really suffering! 19 I'm hurting badly. 19 My heart is suffering so much! 19 It's pounding inside me. 19 I can't keep silent. 19 I've heard the sound of trumpets. 19 I've heard the battle cry.
22 The Lord says, "My people are foolish. 22 They do not know me. 22 They are children who do not have any sense. 22 They have no understanding at all. 22 They are skilled in doing what is evil. 22 They do not know how to do what is good."
29 People can hear the sound of horsemen. 29 Men who are armed with bows are coming. 29 The people in every town run away. 29 Some of them go into the bushes. 29 Others climb up among the rocks. 29 All of the towns are deserted. 29 No one is living in them.
30 What are you doing, you who are destroyed? 30 Why do you dress yourself in bright red clothes? 30 Why do you put on jewels of gold? 30 Why do you put makeup on your eyes? 30 You make yourself beautiful for no reason at all. 30 Your lovers hate you. 30 They are trying to kill you.
31 I hear a cry like the cry of a woman having a baby. 31 I hear a groan like someone having her first child. 31 It's the cry of the people of Zion struggling to breathe. 31 They reach out their hands and say, 31 "Help us! We're fainting! 31 Murderers are about to kill us!"
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