Threatened Siege of Jerusalem
1“Run for cover, #Ex 9:19Is 10:31Jr 4:6 Benjaminites,
out of Jerusalem!
Sound the ram’s horn #Jr 4:5|NoBook| 51:27Am 3:6 in Tekoa; #2Sm 14:22Ch 11:6|NoBook| 20:20
raise a smoke signal #Jdg 20:38Neh 3:14 over Beth-haccherem, # = House of the Vineyard
for disaster threatens from the north, #Jr 1:13|NoBook| 4:6|NoBook| 6:22|NoBook| 15:12|NoBook| 47:2|NoBook| 50:3|NoBook| 51:48
even great destruction.
2Though she is beautiful and delicate,
I will destroy # Or silence Daughter Zion.
3Shepherds and their flocks will come against her;
they will pitch their tents all around her. #Jr 4:17
Each will pasture his own portion.
4Set them apart for war #Jr 51:27Mc 3:5 against her;
rise up, let’s attack at noon.
Woe to us, for the day is passing;
the evening shadows grow long.
5Rise up, let’s attack by night.
Let us destroy her fortresses.”
6For this is what the Lord of Hosts says:
Cut down the trees; #Dt 20:19-20
raise a siege ramp against Jerusalem.
This city must be punished.
There is nothing but oppression within her. #Is 30:1259:9-15Jr 22:17Ezk 22:7Am 3:9Hab 1:3
7As a well gushes out its water,
so she pours out her evil. # Or well keeps its water fresh, so she keeps her evil fresh
Violence and destruction #Jr 20:8Am 3:10Hab 1:3 resound in her.
Sickness and wounds keep coming to My attention.
8Be warned, Jerusalem,
or I will turn away from you; #Ezk 23:18Hs 9:12
I will make you a desolation,
a land without inhabitants. #Jr 9:11|NoBook| 25:9|NoBook| 29:18|NoBook| 34:22Ezk 30:12
Wrath on Israel
9This is what the Lord of Hosts says:
Glean the remnant of Israel #Is 10:20Jr 31:7Ezk 9:8|NoBook| 11:13Mc 2:12Zph 3:13
as thoroughly as a vine.
Pass your hand once more like a grape gatherer
over the branches.
10Who can I speak to and give such a warning # Or and bear witness
that they will listen?
Look, their ear is uncircumcised, # They are unresponsive to God. #Lv 26:41Jr 9:26Ezk 44:7
so they cannot pay attention.
See, the word of the Lord has become contemptible to them —
they find no pleasure in it. #1Sm 15:23Jr 8:9
11But I am full of the Lord’s wrath;
I am tired of holding it back. #Jr 20:9Hs 5:10
Pour it out on the children in the street, #Jr 9:21
on the gang of young men as well.
For both husband and wife will be captured,
the old with the very old. # Lit with fullness of days
12Their houses will be turned over to others, #Jr 8:10-12
their fields and wives as well,
for I will stretch out My hand #Ex 3:20Jr 15:6Ezk 6:14|NoBook| 14:13|NoBook| 25:7Zph 1:4
against the inhabitants of the land.
This is the Lord’s declaration.
13For from the least to the greatest of them, #Est 1:20Jr 8:10|NoBook| 31:34|NoBook| 42:1|NoBook| 44:12
everyone is making profit dishonestly. #Pr 1:19|NoBook| 15:27Hab 2:9
From prophet to priest,
everyone deals falsely. #Jr 5:31|NoBook| 8:10|NoBook| 14:14|NoBook| 20:6|NoBook| 23:14|NoBook| 27:10|NoBook| 28:15|NoBook| 29:9Lm 2:14Zch 13:3
14They have treated My people’s brokenness superficially,
claiming, “Peace, peace,” #1Ch 12:18Is 57:19
when there is no peace.
15Were they ashamed when they acted so abhorrently?
They weren’t at all ashamed.
They can no longer feel humiliation. #Jr 3:3|NoBook| 8:12
Therefore, they will fall among the fallen.
When I punish them, they will collapse, #Jr 8:10-12
says the Lord.
Disaster because of Disobedience
16This is what the Lord says:
Stand by the roadways and look.
Ask about the ancient paths: #Is 59:8Jr 18:15Jb 24:13Pr 8:20|NoBook| 12:28
Which is the way to what is good?
Then take it
and find rest for yourselves. #Mt 11:29
But they protested, “We won’t!”
17I appointed watchmen over you #Is 21:11|NoBook| 58:1Hs 9:8
and said: Listen for the sound of the ram’s horn.
But they protested, “We won’t listen!”
18Therefore listen, you nations
and you witnesses,
learn what the charge is against them.
19Listen, earth!
I am about to bring disaster on these people,
the fruit of their own plotting, #Pr 1:31
for they have paid no attention to My word.
They have rejected My instruction. #Is 5:24Jr 23:17
20What use to Me is frankincense from Sheba #1Kg 10:1Is 60:6
or sweet cane #Ex 30:23Is 43:24Ezk 27:19 from a distant land?
Your burnt offerings are not acceptable;
your sacrifices do not please Me. #Ps 40:6Is 1:11|NoBook| 43:23|NoBook| 66:3Hs 9:4Am 5:21Mc 6:6Mal 1:10
21Therefore, this is what the Lord says:
I am going to place stumbling blocks before these people;
fathers and sons together will stumble over them; #Is 8:15Jr 31:9Ezk 7:19
friends and neighbors will also perish.
A Cruel Nation from the North
22This is what the Lord says:
Look, an army is coming from a northern land; #Is 13:4Jr 1:13|NoBook| 6:1|NoBook| 38:3Lm 1:15Ezk 38:15Jl 2:25
a great nation will be awakened
from the remote regions of the earth. #Jr 25:32|NoBook| 31:8
23They grasp bow and javelin.
They are cruel and show no mercy. #Is 13:18Jr 50:42Hab 1:6-17
Their voice roars like the sea, #Is 5:30|NoBook| 17:12
and they ride on horses,
lined up like men in battle formation
against you, Daughter Zion.
24We have heard about it,
and we are discouraged. # Lit and our hands fail
Distress has seized us —
pain like a woman in #Ps 48:6Is 13:8|NoBook| 21:3|NoBook| 42:14Jr 4:31|NoBook| 13:21|NoBook| 22:23|NoBook| 30:6|NoBook| 50:43Mc 4:9-101Th 5:3 labor. #Jr 50:41-43
25Don’t go out to the fields;
don’t walk on the road.
For the enemy has a sword;
terror is on every side. #Ps 31:13Jr 20:3|NoBook| 49:29
26My dear # Lit Daughter of My people, dress yourselves in sackcloth
and roll in the dust. #Jr 25:34Ezk 27:30Mc 1:10
Mourn as you would for an only son, #Am 8:10
a bitter lament,
for suddenly the destroyer #Ex 12:23Is 21:2|NoBook| 54:16Jr 48:81Co 10:10Heb 11:28 will come on us. #Is 47:11Jr 4:20|NoBook| 15:8
Jeremiah Appointed as an Examiner
27I have appointed you to be an assayer among My people —
a refiner # Text emended; MT reads fortress
so you may know and assay their way of life. #1Ch 29:17Ps 7:9Pr 17:3
28All are stubborn rebels
spreading slander. #Lv 19:16Pr 11:13|NoBook| 20:19Is 1:23
They are bronze and iron;
all of them are corrupt. #2Ch 27:2Is 1:4
29The bellows blow,
blasting the lead with fire.
The refining is completely in vain;
the evil ones are not separated out.
30They are called rejected silver,
for the Lord has rejected them. #1Sm 15:23Jr 2:37|NoBook| 7:29
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