Jeremiah 6
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Threatened Siege of Jerusalem

1“Run for covera

out of Jerusalem, Benjaminites.

Sound the ram’s hornb in Tekoa;c

raise a smoke signald over Beth-haccherem,A

for disaster threatens from the north,e

even a crushing blow.

2Though she is beautiful and delicate,

I will destroyA Daughter Zion.

3Shepherds and their flocks will come against her;

they will pitch their tents all around her.a

Each will pasture his own portion.

4Set them apart for wara 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’s destroy her fortresses.”

6For this is what the Lord of Armies says:

Cut down the trees;a

raise a siege ramp against Jerusalem.

This city must be punished.

There is nothing but oppression within her.b

7As a well gushes out its water,

so she pours out her evil.A

Violence and destructiona resound in her.

Sickness and wounds keep coming to my attention.

8Be warned, Jerusalem,

or I will turn away from you;a

I will make you a desolation,

a land without inhabitants.b

Wrath on Israel

9This is what the Lord of Armies says:

Glean the remnant of Israela

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 warningA

that they will listen?

Look, their ear is uncircumcised,B a

so they cannot pay attention.

See, the word of the Lord has become contemptible to them —

they find no pleasure in it.b

11But I am full of the Lord’s wrath;

I am tired of holding it back.a

Pour it out on the children in the street,b

on the gathering of young men as well.

For both husband and wife will be captured,

the old with the very old.A

12Their houses will be turned over to others,a

their fields and wives as well,

for I will stretch out my handb

against the inhabitants of the land.

This is the Lord’s declaration.

13For from the least to the greatest of them,a

everyone is making profit dishonestly.b

From prophet to priest,

everyone deals falsely.c

14They have treated my people’s brokenness superficially,

claiming, “Peace, peace,”a

when there is no peace.

15Were they ashamed when they acted so detestably?

They weren’t at all ashamed.

They can no longer feel humiliation.a

Therefore, they will fall among the fallen.

When I punish them, they will collapse,b

says the Lord.

Disaster because of Disobedience

16This is what the Lord says:

Stand by the roadways and look.

Ask about the ancient paths,a

“Which is the way to what is good? ”

Then take it

and find rest for yourselves.b

But they protested, “We won’t! ”

17I appointed watchmen over youa

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,a

for they have paid no attention to my words.

They have rejected my instruction.b

20What use to me is frankincense from Shebaa

or sweet caneb from a distant land?

Your burnt offerings are not acceptable;

your sacrifices do not please me.c

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;a

friends and neighbors will also perish.

A Cruel Nation from the North

22This is what the Lord says:

Look,a an army is coming from a northern land;b

a great nation will be stirred up

from the remote regions of the earth.c

23They grasp bow and javelin.

They are cruel and show no mercy.a

Their voice roars like the sea,b

and they ride on horses,

lined up like men in battle formation

against you, Daughter Zion.

24We have heard about it,

and our hands have become weak.

Distress has seized us —

pain, like a woman in labor.a

25Don’t go out to the fields;

don’t walk on the road.

For the enemy has a sword;

terror is on every side.a

26My dearA people, dress yourselves in sackcloth

and roll in the dust.a

Mourn as you would for an only son,b

a bitter lament,

for suddenly the destroyerc will come on us.d

Jeremiah Appointed as an Examiner

27I have appointed you to be an assayer among my people —

a refinerA

so you may know and assay their way of life.a

28All are stubborn rebels

spreading slander.a

They are bronze and iron;

all of them are corrupt.b

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.a

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