Jeremiah 6

Destruction of Jerusalem Impending

1Flee for safety, O sons of a  Benjamin,
From the midst of Jerusalem!
Now blow a trumpet in Tekoa
And raise a signal over
I.e. house of the vineyard
c  Beth-haccerem;
For evil looks down from the d  north,
And a great destruction.
2The comely and e  dainty one, f  the daughter of Zion, I will cut off.
3 g  Shepherds and their flocks will come to her,
They will h  pitch their tents
Lit against her round about
around her,
They will pasture each in his
Lit hand
Lit Sanctify
l  Prepare war against her;
Arise, and let us
Lit go up
attack at n  noon.
Woe to us, for the day declines,
For the shadows of the evening lengthen!
5Arise, and let us
Lit go up
attack by night
And p  destroy her
Or fortified towers

6For thus says the  Lord of hosts, r  Cut down her trees
And cast up a s  siege against Jerusalem.
This is the city to be punished,
In whose midst there is only t  oppression.
7 u  As a well
Lit keeps cold
keeps its waters fresh,
So she
Lit keeps cold
keeps fresh her wickedness.
x  Violence and destruction are heard in her;
y  Sickness and wounds are ever before Me.
8 z  Be warned, O Jerusalem,
Lit my soul
ab  I shall be alienated from you,
And make you a desolation,
A land not inhabited.”

9Thus says the  Lord of hosts,
“They will ac  thoroughly glean as the vine the ad  remnant of Israel;
Pass your hand again like a grape gatherer
Over the branches.”
10To whom shall I speak and give warning
That they may hear?
Behold, their ae  ears are
Lit uncircumcised
And they cannot listen.
Behold ag  the word of the  Lord has become a reproach to them;
They have no delight in it.
11But I am ah  full of the wrath of the  Lord;
I am ai  weary with holding it in.
aj  Pour it out on the children in the street
And on the
Lit council
gathering of young men together;
For both husband and wife shall be taken,
The aged
Lit with fullness of days
and the very old.
12“Their am  houses shall be turned over to others,
Their fields and their wives together;
For I will an  stretch out My hand
Against the inhabitants of the land,” declares the  Lord.
13“For ao  from the least of them even to the greatest of them,
Everyone is ap  greedy for gain,
And from the prophet even to the priest
Or makes lies
deals falsely.
14“They have ar  healed the brokenness of My people superficially,
Saying, ‘Peace, peace,’
But there is no peace.
15“Were they as  ashamed because of the abomination they have done?
They were not even ashamed at all;
They did not even know how to blush.
Therefore they shall fall among those who fall;
At the time that I punish them,
They shall be cast down,” says the  Lord.

16Thus says the  Lord,
Stand by the ways and see and ask for the at  ancient paths,
Where the good way is, and walk in it;
And au  you will find rest for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
17And I set av  watchmen over you, saying,
Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’
But they said, ‘We will not listen.’
18Therefore hear, O nations,
And know, O congregation, what is among them.
19 aw  Hear, O earth: behold, I am bringing disaster on this people,
The ax  fruit of their
Or devices
Because they have not listened to My words,
And as for My law, they have az  rejected it also.
20 ba  For what purpose does bb  frankincense come to Me from Sheba
And the
Lit good
bd  sweet cane from a distant land?
be  Your burnt offerings are not acceptable
And your sacrifices are not pleasing to Me.”

21Therefore, thus says the  Lord, Behold bf  I am
Lit giving
laying stumbling blocks before this people.
And they will stumble against them,
bh  Fathers and sons together;
Neighbor and
Lit his friend
friend will perish.”

The Enemy from the North

22Thus says the  Lord,
Behold bj  a people is coming from the north land,
And a great nation will be aroused from the bk  remote parts of the earth.
23They seize bl  bow and spear;
They are bm  cruel and have no mercy;
Their voice bn  roars like the sea,
And they ride on horses,
Arrayed as a man for the battle
Against you, O daughter of Zion!”
24We have bo  heard the report of it;
Our hands are limp.
bp  Anguish has seized us,
Pain as of a woman in childbirth.
25 bq  Do not go out into the field
And br  do not walk on the road,
For the enemy has a sword,
bs  Terror is on every side.
26O daughter of my people bt  put on sackcloth
And bu  roll in ashes;
Lit Make for yourself mourning
bw  Mourn as for an only son,
A lamentation most bitter.
For suddenly the destroyer
Will come upon us.

27“I have bx  made you an assayer and a tester among My people,
That you may know and assay their way.”
28All of them are stubbornly rebellious,
by  Going about as a talebearer.
They are bz  bronze and iron;
They, all of them, are corrupt.
29The bellows blow fiercely,
The lead is consumed by the fire;
In vain the refining goes on,
But the ca  wicked are not
Or drawn off
30 cc  They call them rejected silver,
Because the cd   Lord has rejected them.

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