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4 “If you, Israel, will return,a
then return to me,”
declares the Lord.
“If you put your detestable idolsb out of my sight
and no longer go astray,
then the nations will invoke blessingse by him
and in him they will boast.f”
“Break up your unplowed groundg
and do not sow among thorns.h
circumcise your hearts,i
you people of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem,
because of the evill you have done—
burn with no one to quenchm it.
5 “Announce in Judah and proclaimn in Jerusalem and say:
‘Sound the trumpeto throughout the land!’
Cry aloud and say:
Let us flee to the fortified cities!’p
6 Raise the signalq to go to Zion!
Flee for safety without delay!
even terrible destruction.”
a destroyerv of nations has set out.
He has left his place
to lay wastew your land.
Your towns will lie in ruinsx
8 So put on sackcloth,y
lamentz and wail,
for the fierce angera of the Lord
has not turned away from us.
“the king and the officials will lose heart,b
the priests will be horrified,
and the prophets will be appalled.”c
11 At that time this people and Jerusalem will be told, “A scorching windf from the barren heights in the desert blows toward my people, but not to winnow or cleanse; 12 a windg too strong for that comes from me. Now I pronounce my judgmentsh against them.”
13 Look! He advances like the clouds,i
Woe to us! We are ruined!n
How longq will you harbor wicked thoughts?
15 A voice is announcing from Dan,r
proclaiming disaster from the hills of Ephraim.s
proclaim concerning Jerusalem:
‘A besieging army is coming from a distant land,t
17 They surroundw her like men guarding a field,
because she has rebelledx against me,’ ”
declares the Lord.
18 “Your own conduct and actionsy
have brought this on you.z
This is your punishment.
How bittera it is!
How it pierces to the heart!”
19 Oh, my anguish, my anguish!b
I writhe in pain.c
Oh, the agony of my heart!
My heart poundsd within me,
I cannot keep silent.e
For I have heard the sound of the trumpet;f
I have heard the battle cry.g
20 Disaster follows disaster;h
the whole land lies in ruins.i
In an instant my tentsj are destroyed,
my shelter in a moment.
21 How long must I see the battle standardk
and hear the sound of the trumpet?l
22 “My people are fools;m
they do not know me.n
They are senseless children;
they have no understanding.o
They are skilled in doing evil;p
they know not how to do good.”q
and it was formless and empty;r
and at the heavens,
and their lights was gone.
and they were quaking;t
all the hills were swaying.
every bird in the sky had flown away.u
26 I looked, and the fruitful land was a desert;v
all its towns lay in ruinsw
before the Lord, before his fierce anger.x
“The whole land will be ruined,y
though I will not destroyz it completely.
28 Therefore the earth will mourna
and the heavens above grow dark,b
because I have spoken and will not relent,c
I have decided and will not turn back.d”
29 At the sound of horsemen and archerse
every town takes to flight.f
Some go into the thickets;
some climb up among the rocks.g
All the towns are deserted;h
no one lives in them.
30 What are you doing,i you devastated one?
Why dress yourself in scarlet
and put on jewelsj of gold?
Why highlight your eyes with makeup?k
You adorn yourself in vain.
Your loversl despise you;
they want to kill you.m
31 I hear a cry as of a woman in labor,n
a groan as of one bearing her first child—
stretching out her handsq and saying,
“Alas! I am fainting;
my life is given over to murderers.”r
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