1If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the LORD, return unto me: and if thou wilt put away thine abominations out of my sight, then shalt thou not remove.2And thou shalt swear, The LORD liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; and the nations shall bless themselves in him, and in him shall they glory.3For thus saith the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.4Circumcise 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.5Declare ye in Judah, and publish in Jerusalem; and say, Blow ye the trumpet in the land: cry, gather together, and say, Assemble yourselves, and let us go into the defenced cities.6Set up the standard toward Zion: retire, stay not: for I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction.7The lion is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the Gentiles is on his way; he is gone forth from his place to make thy land desolate; and thy cities shall be laid waste, without an inhabitant.8For this gird you with sackcloth, lament and howl: for the fierce anger of the LORD is not turned back from us.9And 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.10Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! surely thou hast greatly deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall have peace; whereas the sword reacheth unto the soul.11At that time shall it be said to this people and to Jerusalem, A dry wind of the high places in the wilderness toward the daughter of my people, not to fan, nor to cleanse,12Even a full wind from those places shall come unto me: now also will I give sentence against them.13Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us! for we are spoiled.14O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?15For a voice declareth from Dan, and publisheth affliction from mount Ephraim.16Make ye mention to the nations; behold, publish against Jerusalem, that watchers come from a far country, and give out their voice against the cities of Judah.17As keepers of a field, are they against her round about; because she hath been rebellious against me, saith the LORD.18Thy way and thy doings have procured these things unto thee; this is thy wickedness, because it is bitter, because it reacheth unto thine heart.19My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.20Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains in a moment.21How long shall I see the standard, and hear the sound of the trumpet?22For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.23I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.24I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly.25I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled.26I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and by his fierce anger.27For thus hath the LORD said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end.28For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black: because I have spoken it , I have purposed it , and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it.29The whole city shall flee for the noise of the horsemen and bowmen; they shall go into thickets, and climb up upon the rocks: every city shall be forsaken, and not a man dwell therein.30And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though thou rentest thy face with painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair; thy lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life.31For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, and the anguish as of her that bringeth forth her first child, the voice of the daughter of Zion, that bewaileth herself, that spreadeth her hands, saying , Woe is me now! for my soul is wearied because of murderers.
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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, (1Ki 14:15; Joe 2:12)2and 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.” (De 6:13; Isa 65:16; 1Co 1:31; 2Co 10:17)3For thus says the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem: “Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns. (Ho 10:12; Mt 13:7; Mt 13:22; Mr 4:7; Mr 4:18; Lu 8:7; Lu 8:14)4Circumcise 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.” (De 10:16; De 28:20; Jer 9:26; Jer 21:12; Ro 2:28)
Disaster from the North
5Declare 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!’ (Jer 6:1; Jer 8:14; Ho 5:8; Joe 2:1)6Raise a standard toward Zion, flee for safety, stay not, for I bring disaster from the north, and great destruction. (Isa 1:28; Jer 1:13; Jer 50:2; Jer 51:12; Jer 51:27)7A 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. (Isa 5:9; Isa 6:11; Jer 2:15; Jer 5:6; Jer 33:10; Jer 34:22; Jer 46:19; Jer 49:19)8For this put on sackcloth, lament and wail, for the fierce anger of the Lord has not turned back from us.” (Nu 25:4; Ps 78:49; Isa 13:9; Isa 22:12; Isa 32:11; Jer 6:26)9“In that day, declares the Lord, courage shall fail both king and officials. The priests shall be appalled and the prophets astounded.” (Ps 48:4)10Then 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.” (1Ki 22:22; Eze 14:9)11At 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, (Jer 3:2)12a wind too full for this comes for me. Now it is I who speak in judgment upon them.” (Jer 1:16)13Behold, he comes up like clouds; his chariots like the whirlwind; his horses are swifter than eagles— woe to us, for we are ruined! (2Sa 1:23; Isa 5:28; Jer 9:19; La 4:19)14O Jerusalem, wash your heart from evil, that you may be saved. How long shall your wicked thoughts lodge within you? (Ps 51:2; Ps 51:7; Isa 1:16; Jas 4:8)15For a voice declares from Dan and proclaims trouble from Mount Ephraim. (Jos 24:33; Jer 8:16)16Warn the nations that he is coming; announce to Jerusalem, “Besiegers come from a distant land; they shout against the cities of Judah. (Jer 5:15)17Like keepers of a field are they against her all around, because she has rebelled against me, declares the Lord. (2Ki 25:1; Jer 6:3)18Your ways and your deeds have brought this upon you. This is your doom, and it is bitter; it has reached your very heart.” (Jer 2:19)
Anguish over Judah’s Desolation
19My 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. (Isa 16:11; Isa 22:4; Jer 9:1; Hab 3:16)20Crash follows hard on crash; the whole land is laid waste. Suddenly my tents are laid waste, my curtains in a moment. (Jer 10:20; Jer 49:29; Eze 7:26)21How 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’—in doing evil! But how to do good they know not.” (Ps 36:3; Ps 82:5; Isa 1:3; Isa 1:16; Ro 16:19)23I looked on the earth, and behold, it was without form and void; and to the heavens, and they had no light. (Ge 1:2; Isa 5:30)24I looked on the mountains, and behold, they were quaking, and all the hills moved to and fro. (Na 1:5)25I looked, and behold, there was no man, and all the birds of the air had fled. (Zep 1:3)26I looked, and behold, the fruitful land was a desert, and all its cities were laid in ruins before the Lord, before his fierce anger. (Ps 107:34; Jer 4:8)27For thus says the Lord, “The whole land shall be a desolation; yet I will not make a full end. (Ne 9:31; Jer 5:10; Jer 5:18; Jer 30:11; Jer 46:28; Eze 11:13)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.” (Nu 23:19; Isa 50:3; Jer 12:4; Ho 4:3)29At 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. (Jer 4:7)30And 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. (2Ki 9:30; Isa 61:10; La 1:2; La 1:19; Eze 23:22)31For 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.” (Isa 1:15; Isa 13:8; Jer 6:24; La 1:17)