Disaster from the North

Jeremiah 4

5 Declare in Judah and proclaim in Jerusalem, and say:
i "Blow the trumpet in the land;
Cry, 'Gather together,'
And say, j 'Assemble yourselves,
And let us go into the fortified cities.'
6 Set up the 1 standard toward Zion.
Take refuge! Do not delay!
For I will bring disaster from the k north,
And great destruction."
7 l The lion has come up from his thicket,
And m the destroyer of nations is on his way.
He has gone forth from his place
n To make your land desolate.
Your cities will be laid waste,
Without inhabitant.
8 For this, o clothe yourself with sackcloth,
Lament and wail.
For the fierce anger of the LORD
Has not turned back from us.

9 "And it shall come to pass in that day," says the LORD,
"That the heart of the king shall perish,
And the heart of the princes;
The priests shall be astonished,
And the prophets shall wonder."
10 Then I said, "Ah, Lord GOD!
p Surely You have greatly deceived this people and Jerusalem,
q Saying, 'You shall have peace,'
Whereas the sword reaches to the 2 heart."

11 At that time it will be said
To this people and to Jerusalem,
r "A dry wind of the desolate heights blows in the wilderness
Toward the daughter of My people -
Not to fan or to cleanse -
12 A wind too strong for these will come for Me;
Now s I will also speak judgment against them."

13 "Behold, he shall come up like clouds,
And t his chariots like a whirlwind.
u His horses are swifter than eagles.
Woe to us, for we are plundered!"
14 O Jerusalem, v wash your heart from wickedness,
That you may be saved.
How long shall your evil thoughts lodge within you?
15 For a voice declares w from Dan
And proclaims 3 affliction from Mount Ephraim:
16 "Make mention to the nations,
Yes, proclaim against Jerusalem,
That watchers come from a x far country
And raise their voice against the cities of Judah.
17 y Like keepers of a field they are against her all around,
Because she has been rebellious against Me," says the LORD.
18 "Your z ways and your doings
Have procured these things for you.
This is your wickedness,
Because it is bitter,
Because it reaches to your heart."

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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