Jeremiah 4

1. "If Israel returns to me," says the Lord, "it is through repentance that they shall return to me,"* and if their abomination passes from my presence,* they shall not be shaken.*
2. "And if they swear by the Living God in sincerity, justice and righteousness, even the nations shall be blessed through Him and be glorified."*
3. Because this is what the Lord said to the men of Judea and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, "Light for yourselves a torch and do not plant the seed upon the thorns.
4. "Circumcise yourselves for the Lord and pluck out the eye of your uncircumcised hearts,* O, men of Judea and inhabitants of Jerusalem, lest my wrath flares out like fire and burns you without anything to suppress it, on account of your evil acts."
5. "Show it through Judea, listen to it in Jerusalem, and declare it; let them cry out with a loud sound, and proclaim it so as we may gather and enter the fortified towns.
6. "Lift the banners for Zion, fortify yourselves and hold fast* for I shall bring evil* upon you from the North and great destruction.
7. "A mighty king has risen, like a lion from his lair, who shall devastate the nations; he shall take up [his forces] and leave his country to turn your land into a wilderness and leave your towns empty of their residents.*
8. "Because of that they shall don the sackcloth and writhe; they shall wail, since the wrath of the Lord's anger shall not depart* from you."
9. "And on that Day," says the Lord, "the hearts of the kings and the hearts of the rulers shall faint, the high priests shall be amazed and the prophets shall be astonished.
10. And I said, begging the Lord God, "Truly, I have misled* these people here, and Jerusalem too, when I said that you shall be at peace, yet, behold, the sword has reached their very souls."
11. "In that season, it shall be said to this nation and to Jerusalem, like a lost spirit along the path that finds its way, is shall come to fetch me,* it shall be neither useful nor pleasing.
12. "The spirit that is full of these shall come to me, for I too shall speak of my judgment with them.*
13. "Behold, he rises like a cloud, and his chariot [swoops down] like a storm, his horses are lighter than eagles -- woe to us, we shall be carried off as booty.
14. "Cast off the evil from your heart, Jerusalem, so as you may be saved; how long will you harbor* inside you these evil intentions?
15. "Because the voice warns* for Dan and speaks* of calamities from the Mountain of Aprim.
16. "Remind the nations and make it heard in Jerusalem, behold, the gathering* of the nations from distant lands, as they raise their voices over the towns of Judea,
17. "Like the guarders of the fields they [stood] from all around her, because to me you murmured," said the Lord.
18. "Your ways and your actions did this to you; this is the evils that sickened you and poisoned* your heart."
19. "My guts, my guts are churning inside me, my heart is about to burst, my heart leaps within me and does not lay still, because my soul has heard the trumpet's call and the cries of battle.
20. "Destruction leads to destruction,* for the whole earth has been plundered; suddenly out of the calm my abode has been plundered and my veils have fallen.
21. "Until when shall one look at those that flee and those that listen to the sound of the trumpet?*
22. "Because they contend with me, but they know me not; they are children of foolishness, not of wisdom; they are wise toward evil; they know not how to do good.
23. "I looked at the earth and, behold, it was empty and desolate, and at the sky and there was no light.
24. "I saw the mountains and, behold, they were shaken, and all the hills were gone.
25. "I looked and, behold, there was not even a human being in sight,* and every bird of the sky had disappeared.*
26. "I looked and, behold, the vineyard was ruined, it had become a wilderness, and all its towns had been uprooted, from before the Lord and from the wrath of his anger.
27. "Because this is what the Lord God has said, 'The whole earth shall be in the throes of pain and there shall be no end to it.'*
28. "Because of these the world* shall lament and the heavens* above shall be darkened; whatever you speak and counsel shall not come to pass and nothing will be gained by it.*
29. "From the sound of the soldiers and bowmen,* every town has fled; they have entered into caves and climbed the sheer rock; all the towns have been abandoned, and no man sits in them.
30. "And you, the plundered, what are you going to do? As you wear purple, deck* yourself in gold, and adorn your eyes with kohl. It is in vain that you embellish yourself so; you have abandoned your friends and love only yourself.
31. "Because the voice like that of someone sick I heard, and the travail of a wife in throes of childbirth I heard, the voice of the daughter of Zion in anguish, who spreads her hands and cries out, 'Woe to me, my soul is tormented over my murderers.'"*

*4:1.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "If repents Israel says the Lord, they shall repent.")
*4:1.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "From before me."
*4:1.3 Lit. Ar. id.: Or, "moved."
*4:2 Note: A prophesy that was fulfilled when the nations were brought into the faith through the Apostles of Israel at the time of Jesus.
*4:4 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction retained: or, "Retain the covenant of inclusion (the covenant of faith) and blind your excluding hearts (prejudicial eyes)."
*4:6.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "And do not rise."
*4:6.2 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: "Destruction."
*4:7 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And your towns will be hunted down of their inhabitants."
*4:8 Lit. Ar. id.: "Return."
*4:9 Lit. Ar. id.: or: "abide with me."
*4:10 Lit. Ar. id.: "Losingly lost."
*4:12 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction retained: "The same spirit shall be upon me, for I too will speak of that judgment to them."
*4:14 Lit. Ar. id.: "Find home."
*4:15.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Shows."
*4:15.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Heard."
*4:17 Lit. Ar. id.: "Reached to."
*4:21 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction retained: "How much longer shall I watch those that are losing and those that are winning."
*4:25.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "There was no human."
*4:25.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And every bird had flown."
*4:27 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "To the throes shall be the whole earth and shrinking will not do."
*4:28.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Earth."
*4:28.2 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: "Stars."
*4:28.3 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "[Nothing] will return from it."
*4:29 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Gild yourself with gold."
*4:31 Note: Prophesy regarding Mary the Mother of Eashoa (Jesus) the Messiah, who is to come in the Old Testament Scriptures five centuries later. Thus everything in the Old Testament Scriptures is a metaphor or prophesy regarding the coming of the Messiah Eashoa.

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