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4 If you return,B Israel—
this is the Lord’s declaration—
you will return to me,f
if you remove your abhorrent idolsg
from my presence
and do not waver,
2 then you can swear, “As the Lord lives,”h
and will boast in him.l
Break up the unplowed ground;m
do not sow among the thorns.n
remove the foreskin of your hearts,o
men of Judah and residents of Jerusalem.
Otherwise, my wrath will break out like fire
and burn with no one to extinguish itp
because of your evil deeds.
5 Declare in Judah, proclaim in Jerusalem, and say,
Blow the ram’s horn throughout the land.q
Cry out loudly and say,
and let’s flee to the fortified cities.”
6 Lift up a signal flag toward Zion.r
Run for cover! Don’t stand still!
For I am bringing disaster from the north—
a crushing blow.s
7 A lion has gone up from his thicket;t
a destroyer of nations has set out.
He has left his lair
to make your land a waste.
Your cities will be reduced to uninhabited ruins.u
mourn and wail,v
for the Lord’s burning angerw
has not turned away from us.
11 “At that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem, ‘A searing windz blows from the barren heights in the wilderness on the way to my dearE people. It comes not to winnow or to sift; 12 a wind too strong for this comes at my call.F Now I will also pronounce judgments against them.’ ”aa
13 Look, he advances like clouds;ab
his chariots are like a storm.ac
His horses are swifter than eagles.ad
Woe to us, for we are ruined!ae
14 Wash the evil from your heart,af Jerusalem,
so that you will be delivered.
How long will you harbor
proclaiming malice from Mount Ephraim.
Proclaim to Jerusalem:
Those who besiege are coming
from a distant land;ah
they raise their voices
against the cities of Judah.
17 They have her surroundeda
like those who guard a field,
because she has rebelled against me.b
This is the Lord’s declaration.
have brought this on you.c
This is your punishment. It is very bitter,
because it has reached your heart!
19 My anguish, my anguish!A I writhe in agony!
My heart pounds;
I cannot be silent.
For you, my soul,
have heard the sound of the ram’s horn—
the shout of battle.
20 Disaster after disastere is reported
because the whole land is destroyed.
Suddenly my tents are destroyed,
my tent curtains, in a moment.
and hear the sound of the ram’s horn?
they do not know me.
They are foolish children,
They are skilled in doing what is evil,
but they do not know how to do what is good.”g
and it was formless and empty.h
I looked to the heavens,
and their light was gone.i
and they were quaking;j
all the hills shook.
25 I looked, and there was no human being,k
and all the birds of the sky had fled.l
All its cities were torn down
because of the Lord
and his burning anger.o
“The whole land will be a desolation,p
but I will not finish it off.q
28 Because of this, the earth will mourn;r
the skies above will grow dark.s
I have spoken; I have planned,
and I will not relent or turn back from it.”t
29 Every city fleesu
at the sound of the horseman and the archer.
They enter the thickets
and climb among the rocks.v
Every city is abandoned;
no inhabitant is left.
30 And you, devastated one, what are you doingw
that you dress yourself in scarlet,
that you adorn yourself with gold jewelry,
that you enhance your eyes with makeup?x
You beautify yourself for nothing.
Your lovers reject you;y
they intend to take your life.z
31 I hear a cry like a woman in labor,aa
a cry of anguish like one bearing her first child.
The cry of Daughter Zion gasping for breath,
stretching out her hands:ab
“Woe is me, for my life is weary
because of the murderers!”
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