NASB — Jeremiah 4 — KJV

Judah Threatened with Invasion

  1 “If you will areturn, O Israel,” declares the LORD,
  “[Then] you should return to Me.
  And bif you will put away your detested things from My presence,
  And will not waver,
  2 And you will aswear, ‘As the LORD lives,’
  bIn truth, in justice and in righteousness;
  Then the cnations will bless themselves in Him,
  And din Him they will glory.”

[1] aJr 3:22; 15:19; Jol 2:12 bJr 7:3, 7; 35:15
[2] aDt 10:20; Is 45:23; 65:16; Jr 12:16 bIs 48:1 cGn 22:18; Jr 3:17; 12:15, 16; Ga 3:8 dIs 45:25; Jr 9:24; 1Co 1:31

3 ¶ For thus says the LORD to the men of Judah and to Jerusalem,
  “IaBreak up your fallow ground,
  And bdo not sow among thorns.
  4aCircumcise yourselves to the LORD
  And remove the foreskins of your heart,
  Men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem,
  Or else My bwrath will go forth like fire
  And burn with cnone to quench it,
  Because of the evil of your deeds.”

[3] ILit Plow for yourselves plowed ground aHo 10:12 bMt 13:7
[4] aDt 10:16; 30:6; Jr 9:25, 26; Ro 2:28, 29; Col 2:11 bIs 30:27, 33; Jr 21:12; Zp 2:2 cAm 5:6; Mk 9:43, 48

  5 ¶ Declare in Judah and proclaim in Jerusalem, and say,
  “aBlow the trumpet in the land;
  Cry aloud and say,
  ‘bAssemble yourselves, and let us go
  Into the fortified cities.’
  6 “Lift up a astandard toward Zion!
  Seek refuge, do not stand [still],
  For I am bringing bevil from the north,
  And great destruction.
  7 “A alion has gone up from his thicket,
  And a bdestroyer of nations has set out;
  He has gone out from his place
  To cmake your land a waste.
  Your cities will be ruins
  Without inhabitant.
  8 “For this, aput on sackcloth,
  Lament and wail;
  For the bfierce anger of the LORD
  Has not turned back from us.”
9 “It shall come about in that day,” declares the LORD, “that the aheart of the king and the heart of the princes will fail; and the priests will be appalled and the bprophets will be astounded.”

[5] aJr 6:1; Ho 8:1 bJsh 10:20; Jr 8:14
[6] aIs 62:10; Jr 4:21; 50:2 bJr 1:14, 15; 6:1, 22
[7] aJr 5:6; 25:38; 50:17 bJr 25:9; Ezk 26:7-10 cIs 1:7; 6:11; Jr 2:15
[8] aIs 22:12; Jr 6:26 bIs 5:25; 10:4; Jr 30:24
[9] aIs 22:3-5; Jr 48:41 bIs 29:9, 10; Ezk 13:9-16

10 ¶ Then I said, “Ah, Lord IGOD! Surely You have utterly adeceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, ‘bYou will have peace’; whereas a sword touches the IIthroat.”

[10] IHeb YHWH, usually rendered LORD IIOr life aEzk 14:9; 2Th 2:11 bJr 5:12; 14:13

11 ¶ In that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem, “A ascorching wind from the bare heights in the wilderness in the direction of the daughter of My people—not to winnow and not to cleanse, 12 a wind too strong for Ithis—will come IIat My command; now I will also pronounce judgments against them.
  13 “Behold, he agoes up like clouds,
  And his bchariots like the whirlwind;
  His horses are cswifter than eagles.
  Woe to us, for dwe are ruined!”

[11] aJr 13:24; 51:1; Ezk 17:10; Ho 13:15
[12] ILit these IILit for Me
[13] aIs 19:1; Na 1:3 bIs 5:28; 66:15 cLm 4:19; Hab 1:8 dIs 3:8

  14 ¶ Wash your heart from evil, O Jerusalem,
  That you may be saved.
  How long will your awicked thoughts
  Lodge within you?
  15 For a voice declares from aDan,
  And proclaims wickedness from Mount Ephraim.
  16 “Report [it] to the nations, now!
  Proclaim over Jerusalem,
  ‘Besiegers come from a afar country,
  And blift their voices against the cities of Judah.
  17 ‘Like watchmen of a field they are aagainst her round about,
  Because she has brebelled against Me,’ declares the LORD.
  18 “Your aways and your deeds
  Have Ibrought these things to you.
  This is your evil. How bbitter!
  How it has touched your heart!”

[14] aPv 1:22; Jr 6:19; 13:27; Jm 4:8
[15] aJr 8:16
[16] aIs 39:3; Jr 5:15 bEzk 21:22
[17] a2K 25:1, 4 bIs 1:20, 23; Jr 5:23
[18] ILit done aPs 107:17; Is 50:1; Jr 2:17, 19 bJr 2:19

Lament over Judah’s Devastation

  19aMy Isoul, my Isoul! I am in anguish! IIOh, my heart!
  My bheart is pounding in me;
  I cannot be silent,
  Because IIIyou have heard, O my soul,
  The csound of the trumpet,
  The alarm of war.
  20 aDisaster on disaster is proclaimed,
  For the bwhole land is devastated;
  Suddenly my ctents are devastated,
  My curtains in an instant.
  21 How long must I see the standard
  And hear the sound of the trumpet?
  22aFor My people are foolish,
  They know Me not;
  They are stupid children
  And have no understanding.
  They are shrewd to bdo evil,
  But to do good they do not know.”

[19] ILit inward parts IILit The walls of my heart IIIOr I, my soul, heard aIs 15:5; 16:11; 21:3; 22:4; Jr 9:1, 10; 20:9 bHab 3:16 cNu 10:9
[20] aPs 42:7; Ezk 7:26 bJr 4:27 cJr 10:20
[22] aJr 5:4, 21; 10:8; Ro 1:22 bJr 9:3; 13:23; Ro 16:19; 1Co 14:20

  23 ¶ I looked on the earth, and behold, [it was] Ia formless and void;
  And to the heavens, and they had no light.
  24 I looked on the mountains, and behold, they were aquaking,
  And all the hills Imoved to and fro.
  25 I looked, and behold, there was no man,
  And all the abirds of the heavens had fled.
  26 I looked, and behold, Ithe afruitful land was a wilderness,
  And all its cities were pulled down
  Before the LORD, before His fierce anger.

[23] IOr a waste and emptiness aGn 1:2; Is 24:19
[24] ILit moved lightly aIs 5:25; Jr 10:10; Ezk 38:20
[25] aJr 9:10; 12:4; Zp 1:3
[26] IOr Carmel aJr 9:10

  27 ¶ For thus says the LORD,
  “The awhole land shall be a desolation,
  Yet I will bnot execute a complete destruction.
  28 “For this the aearth shall mourn
  And the bheavens above be dark,
  Because I have cspoken, I have purposed,
  And I will not Ichange My mind, nor will I turn from it.”
  29 At the sound of the horseman and bowman aevery city flees;
  They bgo into the thickets and climb among the rocks;
  cEvery city is forsaken,
  And no man dwells in them.
  30 And you, O desolate one, awhat will you do?
  Although you dress in scarlet,
  Although you decorate [yourself with] ornaments of gold,
  Although you benlarge your eyes with paint,
  In vain you make yourself beautiful.
  [Your] Iclovers despise you;
  They seek your life.
  31 For I heard a Icry as of a woman in labor,
  The anguish as of one giving birth to her first child,
  The Icry of the daughter of Zion agasping for breath,
  bStretching out her IIhands, [saying],
  “Ah, woe is me, for IIII faint before murderers.”

[27] aJr 12:11, 12; 25:11 bJr 5:10, 18; 30:11; 46:28
[28] ILit be sorry aJr 12:4, 11; 14:2; Ho 4:3 bIs 5:30; 50:3; Jol 2:30, 31 cNu 23:19; Jr 23:20; 30:24
[29] a2K 25:4 bIs 2:19-21; Jr 16:16 cJr 4:7
[30] ILit paramours aIs 10:3; 20:6; Jr 13:21 b2K 9:30; Ezk 23:40 cJr 22:20, 22; Lm 1:2, 19; Ezk 23:9, 10, 22
[31] ILit sound IILit palms IIILit my soul faints aIs 42:14 bIs 1:15; Lm 1:17


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God calleth Israel by his promise.

1 ¶ If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the LORD, return unto me: and if thou wilt put away thine abominations out of my sight, then shalt thou not remove. 2 And thou shalt swear, The LORD liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; and the nations shall bless themselves in him, and in him shall they glory.

[1] Gn 35:2; Dt 27:15; Jsh 24:14; Jg 10:16; 1S 7:3; 2K 23:13, 24; 2Ch 15:8; 33:8; Is 31:6; Jr 3:1, 12, 14, 22; 4:4; 15:4; 22:3; 24:9; 25:5; 36:3; Ezk 11:18; 18:13; 20:7; 43:9; Ho 2:2; 7:16; 14:1; Jol 2:12; Ep 4:22.
[2] Gn 22:18; Dt 10:20; 1K 3:6; Ps 72:17; 99:4; Is 45:23, 25; 48:1; 65:16; Jr 5:2; 9:24; Ho 2:19; Zc 8:8; 1Co 1:31; 2Co 10:17; Ga 3:8; Php 3:3.

He exhorteth Judah to repentance by fearful judgments.

3 ¶ For thus saith the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns. 4 Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench [it], because of the evil of your doings. 5 Declare ye in Judah, and publish in Jerusalem; and say, Blow ye the trumpet in the land: cry, gather together, and say, Assemble yourselves, and let us go into the defenced cities. 6 Set up the standard toward Zion: retire, stay not: for I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction. 7 The lion is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the Gentiles is on his way; he is gone forth from his place to make thy land desolate; [and] thy cities shall be laid waste, without an inhabitant. 8 For this gird you with sackcloth, lament and howl: for the fierce anger of the LORD is not turned back from us. 9 And it shall come to pass at that day, saith the LORD, [that] the heart of the king shall perish, and the heart of the princes; and the priests shall be astonished, and the prophets shall wonder. 10 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! surely thou hast greatly deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall have peace; whereas the sword reacheth unto the soul. 11 At that time shall it be said to this people and to Jerusalem, A dry wind of the high places in the wilderness toward the daughter of my people, not to fan, nor to cleanse, 12 [Even] a full wind from those [places] shall come unto me: now also will I give sentence against them. 13 Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots [shall be] as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us! for we are spoiled. 14 O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee? 15 For a voice declareth from Dan, and publisheth affliction from mount Ephraim. 16 Make ye mention to the nations; behold, publish against Jerusalem, [that] watchers come from a far country, and give out their voice against the cities of Judah. 17 As keepers of a field, are they against her round about; because she hath been rebellious against me, saith the LORD. 18 Thy way and thy doings have procured these [things] unto thee; this [is] thy wickedness, because it is bitter, because it reacheth unto thine heart.

[3] Gn 3:18; Ho 10:12; Mt 13:7, 22; Mk 4:7, 18; Lk 8:7, 14; Ga 6:7.
[4] Lv 26:28; Dt 10:16; 30:6; 32:22; Is 30:27; 51:17; Jr 9:26; 21:5, 12; 23:19; 36:7; Lm 4:11; Ezk 5:13; 6:12; 8:18; 16:38; 18:31; 20:33, 47; 21:17; 24:8, 13; Am 5:6; Zp 2:2; Mk 9:43; Ro 2:28; Col 2:11.
[5] Jsh 10:20; Jr 5:20; 6:1; 8:14; 9:12; 11:2; 35:11; Ezk 33:2; Ho 8:1; Am 3:6, 8.
[6] Is 62:10; Jr 1:13; 4:21; 6:1, 22; 21:7; 25:9; 50:2, 22; 51:12, 27, 54; Zp 1:10.
[7] 2K 24:1; 25:1; Is 1:7; 5:9; 6:11; Jr 2:15; 5:6; 9:11; 25:9, 38; 26:9; 27:8; 33:10; 34:22; 49:19; 50:17, 44; Ezk 21:19; 26:7; 30:10; Dn 5:19; 7:4.
[8] Is 5:25; 9:12, 17, 21; 10:4; 13:6; 15:2, 3; 22:12; 32:11; Jr 6:26; 48:20; Ezk 21:12; 30:2; Jol 2:12; Am 8:10.
[9] 1S 25:37; 2K 25:4; Ps 102:4; Is 19:3, 11, 16; 21:3; 22:3; 29:9; Jr 5:31; 6:13; 37:19; 39:4; 52:7; Ezk 13:9; Ac 13:41.
[10] Ex 9:14; 1K 22:20; Is 30:10; 37:35; 63:17; Jr 1:6; 4:18; 5:12; 6:14; 8:11; 14:13; 23:17; 32:17; Lm 2:21; Ezk 11:13; 14:9; Ro 1:24, 26, 28; 2Th 2:9.
[11] Is 22:4; 27:8; 41:16; 64:6; Jr 8:19; 9:1, 7; 14:17; 23:19; 30:23; 51:1, 2; Lm 2:11; 3:48; 4:3, 6, 10; Ezk 17:10; 19:12; Ho 13:3, 15; Mt 3:12; Lk 3:17.
[12] Jr 1:16; Ezk 5:8; 6:11; 7:8.
[13] Dt 28:49; Is 5:28; 13:5; 19:1; 66:15; Jr 4:31; 10:19; Lm 4:19; Dn 7:4; Ho 8:1; Na 1:3; 2:3; Hab 1:8; Mt 24:30; Rv 1:7.
[14] Ps 66:18; 119:113; Pv 1:22; Is 1:16; 55:7; Jr 13:27; Ezk 18:31; Mt 12:33; 15:19; 23:26; Lk 11:39; Ac 8:22; Ro 1:21; 1Co 3:20; Jm 4:8.
[15] Jsh 17:15; 20:7; Jg 18:29; 20:1; Jr 6:1; 8:16.
[16] Dt 28:49; Is 34:1; 39:3; Jr 2:15; 4:17; 5:6, 15; 6:18; 16:6; 31:10; 39:1; 50:2; Ezk 21:22.
[17] 2K 25:1; Ne 9:26, 30; Is 1:8, 20; 30:9; Jr 5:23; 6:2; Lm 1:8, 18; Ezk 2:3; Dn 9:7; Lk 19:43; 21:20.
[18] Jb 20:5; Ps 107:17; Pv 1:31; 5:22; Is 50:1; Jr 2:17, 19; 4:10; 5:19; 6:19; 26:19.

A grievous lamentation for the miseries of Judah.

19 ¶ My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war. 20 Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled, [and] my curtains in a moment. 21 How long shall I see the standard, [and] hear the sound of the trumpet? 22 For my people [is] foolish, they have not known me; they [are] sottish children, and they have none understanding: they [are] wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge. 23 I beheld the earth, and, lo, [it was] without form, and void; and the heavens, and they [had] no light. 24 I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly. 25 I beheld, and, lo, [there was] no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled. 26 I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place [was] a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, [and] by his fierce anger. 27 For thus hath the LORD said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end. 28 For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black: because I have spoken [it], I have purposed [it], and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it. 29 The whole city shall flee for the noise of the horsemen and bowmen; they shall go into thickets, and climb up upon the rocks: every city [shall be] forsaken, and not a man dwell therein. 30 And [when] thou [art] spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though thou rentest thy face with painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair; [thy] lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life. 31 For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, [and] the anguish as of her that bringeth forth her first child, the voice of the daughter of Zion, [that] bewaileth herself, [that] spreadeth her hands, [saying], Woe [is] me now! for my soul is wearied because of murderers.

[19] Gn 49:6; Jg 5:21; Ps 16:2; 42:5; 103:1; 116:7; 119:53, 136; 146:1; Is 15:5; 16:11; 21:3; 22:4; Jr 4:5, 21; 9:1, 10; 13:17; 14:17; 23:9; 48:31; Lm 1:16; 2:11; 3:48; Dn 7:15, 28; 8:27; Am 3:6; Hab 3:16; Zp 1:15; Lk 19:41; Ro 9:2; 10:1; Ga 4:19.
[20] Ex 33:5; Lv 26:18, 21, 24, 28; Nu 16:21, 45; Ps 42:7; 72:19; Is 13:6; 33:20; 47:9; 54:2; Jr 4:6; 10:19; 17:18; Lm 2:6; 3:47; Ezk 7:25; 14:21; Jol 1:15; Hab 3:7; Mt 10:28; 2Th 1:9.
[21] 2Ch 35:25; 36:3, 6, 10, 17; Jr 4:5, 14, 19; 6:1.
[22] Dt 32:6, 28; 2S 13:3; 16:21; Ps 14:1; Is 1:3; 6:9; 27:11; 29:10; 42:19; Jr 5:4, 21; 8:7; Ho 4:1, 6; 5:4; Mi 2:1; Mt 23:16; Lk 16:8; Jn 16:3; Ro 1:22, 28; 3:11; 16:19; 1Co 1:20; 14:20.
[23] Gn 1:2; Is 5:30; 13:10; 24:19; Jr 9:10; Ezk 32:7; Jol 2:10, 30; 3:15; Am 8:9; Mt 24:29, 35; Mk 13:24; Lk 21:25; Ac 2:19; Rv 20:11.
[24] Jg 5:4; 1K 19:11; Ps 18:7; 77:18; 97:4; 114:4; Is 5:25; Jr 8:16; 10:10; Ezk 38:20; Mi 1:4; Na 1:5; Hab 3:6, 10.
[25] Ho 4:3; Zp 1:2.
[26] Dt 29:23; Ps 76:7; 107:34; Is 5:9; 7:20; Jr 12:4; 14:2; Mi 3:12.
[27] Lv 26:44; 2Ch 36:21; Is 6:11; 24:1, 3, 12; Jr 4:7; 5:10, 18; 7:34; 12:11; 18:16; 30:11; 46:28; Ezk 6:14; 11:13; 33:28; Am 9:8; Ro 9:27; 11:1.
[28] Nu 23:19; 1S 15:29; Is 5:30; 14:24; 24:4; 33:8; 34:4; 46:10; 50:3; Jr 4:23; 7:16; 12:4; 14:11; 15:1; 23:10; Ezk 24:14; Ho 4:3; 13:14; Jol 1:10; 2:30; Mt 27:45; Mk 15:33; Lk 23:44; Ep 1:9, 11; He 7:21; Rv 6:12.
[29] 1S 13:6; 2K 25:4; 2Ch 33:11; Is 2:19; 30:17; Jr 4:27; 39:4; 52:7; Am 9:1; Lk 23:30; Rv 6:15.
[30] 2K 9:30; Is 10:3; 20:6; 33:14; Jr 5:31; 13:21; 22:20; Lm 1:2, 19; 4:17; Ezk 16:36; 23:9, 22, 28, 40; 28:9, 13; He 2:3; Rv 17:2, 4, 13, 16.
[31] Gn 27:46; Jb 10:1; Ps 120:5; Is 1:15; 6:5; 13:8; 21:3; Jr 6:2, 23, 24; 10:19; 13:21; 14:18; 15:18; 18:21; 22:23; 30:6; 45:2; 48:41; 49:22, 24; 50:43; Lm 1:17, 20; 2:21; Ezk 9:5; 23:46; Ho 13:13; Mi 7:1; Mt 21:5; 1Co 9:16; 1Th 5:3.


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