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The Coming Captivity of Judah

17 cGather up your wares from the land,

O 4inhabitant of the fortress!

18 For thus says the Lord:

“Behold, I will dthrow out at this time

The inhabitants of the land,

And will distress them,

eThat they may find it so.”

19 fWoe is me for my hurt!

My wound is severe.

But I say, g“Truly this is an infirmity,

And hI must bear it.”

20 iMy tent is plundered,

And all my cords are broken;

My children have gone from me,

And they are jno more.

There is no one to pitch my tent anymore,

Or set up my curtains.

21 For the shepherds have become dull-hearted,

And have not sought the Lord;

Therefore they shall not prosper,

And all their flocks shall be kscattered.

22 Behold, the noise of the report has come,

And a great commotion out of the lnorth country,

To make the cities of Judah desolate, a mden of jackals.

23 O Lord, I know the nway of man is not in himself;

It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.

24 O Lord, ocorrect me, but with justice;

Not in Your anger, lest You bring me to nothing.

25 pPour out Your fury on the Gentiles, qwho do not know You,

And on the families who do not call on Your name;

For they have eaten up Jacob,

rDevoured him and consumed him,

And made his dwelling place desolate.


About The New King James Version

The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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