19 O my asoul, my soul!
I am pained in my very heart!
My heart makes a noise in me;
I cannot hold my peace,
Because you have heard, O my soul,
The sound of the trumpet,
The alarm of war.
20 bDestruction upon destruction is cried,
For the whole land is plundered.
Suddenly cmy tents are plundered,
And my curtains in a moment.
21 How long will I see the 6standard,
And hear the sound of the trumpet?
They have not known Me.
They are 7silly children,
And they have no understanding.
dThey are wise to do evil,
But to do good they have no knowledge.”
And the heavens, they had no light.
24 gI beheld the mountains, and indeed they trembled,
And all the hills moved back and forth.
And hall the birds of the heavens had fled.
26 I beheld, and indeed the fruitful land was a iwilderness,
And all its cities were broken down
At the presence of the Lord,
By His fierce anger.
“The whole land shall be desolate;
jYet I will not make a full end.
28 For this kshall the earth mourn,
And lthe heavens above be black,
Because I have spoken.
Nor will I turn back from it.
They shall go into thickets and climb up on the rocks.
Every city shall be forsaken,
And not a man shall dwell in it.
What will you do?
Though you clothe yourself with crimson,
Though you adorn yourself with ornaments of gold,
oThough you enlarge your eyes with paint,
In vain you will make yourself fair;
pYour lovers will despise you;
They will seek your life.
31 “For I have heard a voice as of a woman in 8labor,
The anguish as of her who brings forth her first child,
The voice of the daughter of Zion bewailing herself;
She qspreads her hands, saying,
‘Woe is me now, for my soul is 9weary
Because of murderers!’
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