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4 If you return, h Israel—
this is the Lord’s declaration—
you will return to Me, i
if you remove your detestable idols j
from My presence
and do not waver,
2 then you can swear, “As the Lord lives,” k
and will pride themselves in Him. p
Break up the unplowed ground; q
do not sow among the thorns. r
remove the foreskin of your hearts, s
men of Judah and residents of Jerusalem.
Otherwise, My wrath will break out like fire
and burn with no one to extinguish it t
because of your evil deeds.
5 Declare in Judah, proclaim in Jerusalem, and say:
Blow the ram’s horn throughout the land. u
Cry out loudly and say:
and let’s flee to the fortified cities.
Run for cover! Don’t stand still!
For I am bringing disaster from the north—
a great destruction. w
7 A lion has gone up from his thicket; x
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. y
8 Because of this, put on * sackcloth;
mourn and wail, z
for the Lord’s burning anger a
has not turned away from us.
11 “At that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem, ‘A searing wind e blows from the barren heights in the wilderness on the way to My dear f people. It comes not to winnow or to sift; 12 a wind too strong for this comes at My call. g Now I will also pronounce judgments against them.’ ” h
13 Look, he advances like clouds; i
his chariots are like a storm. j
His horses are swifter than eagles. k
Woe to us, for we are ruined! l
14 Wash the evil from your heart, m Jerusalem,
so that you will be delivered.
How long will you harbor
malicious thoughts within you? n
proclaiming malice from Mount Ephraim.
Proclaim to Jerusalem:
Those who besiege are coming
from a distant land; o
they raise their voices
against the cities of Judah.
17 They have her surrounded p
like those who guard a field,
because she has rebelled against Me. q
This is the Lord’s declaration.
have brought this on you. r
This is your punishment. It is very bitter,
because it has reached your heart!
19 My anguish, my anguish! s 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 disaster v 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,
without understanding. w
They are skilled in doing what is evil,
but they do not know how to do what is good.” x
and it was formless and empty. y
I looked to the heavens,
and their light was gone. z
and they were quaking; a
all the hills shook.
25 I looked, and no man was left; b
all the birds of the sky had fled. c
All its cities were torn down
because of the Lord
and His burning anger. f
The whole land will be a desolation, g
but I will not finish it off. h
28 Because of this, the earth will mourn; i
the skies above will grow dark. j
I have spoken; I have planned,
and I will not relent or turn back from it. k
29 Every city flees l
at the sound of the horseman and the archer.
They enter the thickets
and climb among the rocks. m
Every city is abandoned;
no inhabitant is left.
30 And you, devastated one, what are you doing n
that you dress yourself in scarlet,
that you adorn yourself with gold jewelry,
that you enlarge your eyes with paint? o
You beautify yourself for nothing.
Your lovers reject you; p
they want to take your life. q
31 I hear a cry like a woman in labor, r
a cry of anguish like one bearing her first child.
The cry of Daughter Zion gasping for breath,
stretching out her hands: s
Woe is me, for my life is weary
because of the murderers!
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