Anguish over Judah's Desolation

Jeremiah 4

19 d My anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain!
Oh the walls of my heart!
My heart is beating wildly;
I cannot keep silent,
for I hear the sound of the trumpet,
the alarm of war.
20 e Crash follows hard on crash;
the whole land is laid waste.
f Suddenly my tents are laid waste,
my curtains in a moment.
21 How long must I see the standard
and hear the sound of the trumpet?

22 "For g my people are foolish;
they know me not;
they are stupid children;
they have no understanding.
h They are 'wise' - in doing evil!
But how to do good they know not."

23 I looked on the earth, and behold, it was i without form and void;
j and to the heavens, and they had no light.
24 I looked on k the mountains, and behold, they were quaking,
and all the hills moved to and fro.
25 l I looked, and behold, there was no man,
and all the birds of the air had fled.
26 I looked, and behold, the m fruitful land was a desert,
and all its cities were laid in ruins
before the Lord, before n his fierce anger.

27 For thus says the Lord, "The whole land shall be a desolation; o yet I will not make a full end.

28 p "For this the earth shall mourn,
q and the heavens above be dark;
for I have spoken; I have purposed;
r I have not relented, nor will I turn back."

29 At the noise of horseman and archer
every city takes to flight;
they enter thickets; they climb among rocks;
all the cities are forsaken,
and s no man dwells in them.
30 And you, O desolate one,
what do you mean that you dress in scarlet,
t that you adorn yourself with ornaments of gold,
u that you enlarge your eyes with paint?
In vain you beautify yourself.
v Your lovers despise you;
they seek your life.
31 For I heard w a cry as of a woman in labor,
anguish as of one giving birth to her first child,
the cry of the daughter of Zion gasping for breath,
x stretching out her hands,
"Woe is me! I am fainting before murderers."

  1. Cross References
    Isaiah 16:11
    Therefore my inner parts moan like a lyre for Moab, and my inmost self for Kir-hareseth.
    Habakkuk 3:16
    I hear, and my body trembles; my lips quiver at the sound; rottenness enters into my bones; my legs tremble beneath me. Yet I will quietly wait for the day of trouble to come upon people who invade us.
    Jeremiah 9:1
    Oh that my head were waters, and my eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!
    Isaiah 22:4
    Therefore I said: "Look away from me; let me weep bitter tears; do not labor to comfort me concerning the destruction of the daughter of my people.
  2. Cross References
    Ezekiel 7:26
    Disaster comes upon disaster; rumor follows rumor. They seek a vision from the prophet, while the law perishes from the priest and counsel from the elders.
  3. Cross References
    Jeremiah 10:20
    My tent is destroyed, and all my cords are broken; my children have gone from me, and they are not; there is no one to spread my tent again and to set up my curtains.
    Jeremiah 49:29
    Their tents and their flocks shall be taken, their curtains and all their goods; their camels shall be led away from them, and men shall cry to them: 'Terror on every side!
  4. Cross References
    Psalms 82:5
    They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
    Isaiah 1:3
    The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master's crib, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.
  5. Cross References
    Psalms 36:3
    The words of his mouth are trouble and deceit; he has ceased to act wisely and do good.
    Isaiah 1:16 - 17
    Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil.
    Romans 16:19
    For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil.
  6. Cross References
    Genesis 1:2
    The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
  7. Cross References
    Isaiah 5:30
    They will growl over it on that day, like the growling of the sea. And if one looks to the land, behold, darkness and distress; and the light is darkened by its clouds.
  8. Cross References
    Nahum 1:5
    The mountains quake before him; the hills melt; the earth heaves before him, the world and all who dwell in it.
  9. Cross References
    Zephaniah 1:3
    I will sweep away man and beast; I will sweep away the birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea, and the rubble with the wicked. I will cut off mankind from the face of the earth," declares the Lord.
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 107:34
    A fruitful land into a salty waste, because of the evil of its inhabitants.
  11. Cross References
    Jeremiah 4:8
    For this put on sackcloth, lament and wail, for the fierce anger of the Lord has not turned back from us.
  12. Cross References
    Jeremiah 5:10
    Go up through her vine rows and destroy, but ma...
    Jeremiah 5:18
    But even in those days, declares the Lord, I wi...
    Jeremiah 30:11
    For I am with you to save you, declares the Lor...
    Jeremiah 46:28
    Fear not, O Jacob my servant, declares the Lord...
    Nehemiah 9:31
    Nevertheless, in your great mercies you did not...
    Ezekiel 11:13
    And it came to pass, while I was prophesying, t...
  13. Cross References
    Jeremiah 12:4
    How long will the land mourn and the grass of every field wither? For the evil of those who dwell in it the beasts and the birds are swept away, because they said, "He will not see our latter end.
    Hosea 4:3
    Therefore the land mourns, and all who dwell in it languish, and also the beasts of the field and the birds of the heavens, and even the fish of the sea are taken away.
  14. Cross References
    Isaiah 50:3
    I clothe the heavens with blackness and make sackcloth their covering.
  15. Cross References
    Numbers 23:19
    God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?
  16. Cross References
    Jeremiah 4:7
    A lion has gone up from his thicket, a destroyer of nations has set out; he has gone out from his place to make your land a waste; your cities will be ruins without inhabitant.
  17. Cross References
    Isaiah 61:10
    I will greatly rejoice in the Lord ; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
  18. Cross References
    2 Kings 9:30
    When Jehu came to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it. And she painted her eyes and adorned her head and looked out of the window.
  19. Cross References
    Lamentations 1:2
    She weeps bitterly in the night, with tears on her cheeks; among all her lovers she has none to comfort her; all her friends have dealt treacherously with her; they have become her enemies.
    Lamentations 1:19
    I called to my lovers, but they deceived me; my priests and elders perished in the city, while they sought food to revive their strength.
    Ezekiel 23:22
    Therefore, O Oholibah, thus says the Lord God : "Behold, I will stir up against you your lovers from whom you turned in disgust, and I will bring them against you from every side:
  20. Cross References
    Jeremiah 6:24
    We have heard the report of it; our hands fall helpless; anguish has taken hold of us, pain as of a woman in labor.
    Isaiah 13:8
    They will be dismayed: pangs and agony will seize them; they will be in anguish like a woman in labor. They will look aghast at one another; their faces will be aflame.
  21. Cross References
    Isaiah 1:15
    When you spread out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood.
    Lamentations 1:17
    Zion stretches out her hands, but there is none to comfort her; the Lord has commanded against Jacob that his neighbors should be his foes; Jerusalem has become a filthy thing among them.
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