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Jeremiah 4 - NIRV

1 "If you will return, Israel, return to me," announces the Lord. "Put the statues of your gods out of my sight. I hate them. Stop going down the wrong path.

2 Take all of your oaths in my name. Say, 'You can be sure that the Lord is alive.' Let all of your promises be truthful, fair and honest. Then I will bless the nations. And they will take delight in me."

3 Here is what the Lord is telling the people of Judah and Jerusalem. He says, "Your hearts are as hard as a field that has not been plowed. So change your ways and produce good crops. Do not plant seeds among thorns.

4 People of Judah and Jerusalem, obey me. Do not let your hearts be stubborn. If you do, my anger will blaze out against you. It will burn like fire because of the evil things you have done. No one will be able to put it out.


Trouble Will Come From the North

5 "Announce my message in Judah. Tell it in Jerusalem. Say, 'Blow trumpets all through the land!' Give a loud shout and say, 'Gather together! Let's run to cities that have high walls around them!'

6 Warn everyone to go to Zion! Run for safety! Do not wait! I am bringing trouble from the north. Everything will be totally destroyed."

7 Lions have come out of their den. Those who destroy nations have begun to march out. They have left their place to destroy your land completely. Your towns will be broken to pieces. No one will live in them.

8 So put on black clothes. Sob and cry over what has happened. The Lord hasn't turned his burning anger away from us.

9 "A dark day is coming," announces the Lord. "The king and his officials will lose hope. The priests will be shocked. And the prophets will be terrified."

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. Their chariots are coming like a strong wind. Their horses are faster than eagles. How terrible it will be for us! We'll be destroyed!

14 People of Jerusalem, wash your sins from your hearts and be saved. How long will you hold on to your evil thoughts?

15 A voice is speaking all the way from the city of Dan. From the hills of Ephraim it announces that trouble is coming.

16 "Tell the nations. Warn Jerusalem. Say, 'An army will attack you. It is coming from a land far away. It will shout a war cry against the cities of Judah.

17 It will surround them like people who guard a field. Judah has refused to obey me,' " announces the Lord.

18 "The army will attack you because of your conduct and actions. That is how you will be punished. It will be so bitter! It will cut deep down into your hearts!"

19 I'm suffering! I'm really suffering! I'm hurting badly. My heart is suffering so much! It's pounding inside me. I can't keep silent. I've heard the sound of trumpets. I've heard the battle cry.

20 One trouble follows another. The whole land is destroyed. In an instant my tents are gone. My home disappears in a moment.

21 How long must I look at our enemy's battle flag? How long must I hear the sound of the trumpets?

22 The Lord says, "My people are foolish. They do not know me. They are children who do not have any sense. They have no understanding at all. They are skilled in doing what is evil. They do not know how to do what is good."

23 I looked at the earth. It didn't have any shape. And it was empty. I looked at the sky. Its light was gone.

24 I looked at the mountains. They were shaking. All of the hills were swaying.

25 I looked. And there weren't any people. Every bird in the sky had flown away.

26 I looked. And the fruitful land had become a desert. All of its towns were destroyed. The Lord had done all of that because of his burning anger.

27 The Lord says, "The whole land will be destroyed. But I will not destroy it completely.

28 So the earth will be filled with sadness. The sky above will grow dark. I have spoken, and I will not take pity on them. I have made my decision, and I will not change my mind."

29 People can hear the sound of horsemen. Men who are armed with bows are coming. The people in every town run away. Some of them go into the bushes. Others climb up among the rocks. All of the towns are deserted. No one is living in them.

30 What are you doing, you who are destroyed? Why do you dress yourself in bright red clothes? Why do you put on jewels of gold? Why do you put makeup on your eyes? You make yourself beautiful for no reason at all. Your lovers hate you. They are trying to kill you.

31 I hear a cry like the cry of a woman having a baby. I hear a groan like someone having her first child. It's the cry of the people of Zion struggling to breathe. They reach out their hands and say, "Help us! We're fainting! Murderers are about to kill us!"

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Christopher Holdsworth avatar
Yet I Will NOT Make A Full End
Shared by: Christopher Holdsworth on Jun, 2016
Summary: A text of hope in the context of God's determination against His people.
Craig Condon avatar
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
bala samson avatar
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
bala samson avatar
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
Shared by: Frank Edwards on Jan, 2010
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
based on 8 ratings
Scripture: Jeremiah 4:1-4
Denomination: Salvation Army
Views: 5,263
Ivan Casteel avatar
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
Jorge Alvarez avatar
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?
based on 137 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,782