4 1If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith Jehovah, if thou wilt return unto
me, and if thou wilt put away thine abominations out of my sight; then shalt
thou not be removed;
2and thou shalt swear, As Jehovah liveth, in truth,
in justice, and in righteousness; and the nations shall bless themselves in
him, and in him shall they glory.
3For thus saith Jehovah to the men of
Judah and to Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among
4Circumcise yourselves to Jehovah, and take away the foreskins of
your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem; lest my wrath go
forth like fire, and burn so that none can quench it, because of the evil of
5Declare ye in Judah, and publish in Jerusalem; and say,
Blow ye the trumpet in the land: cry aloud and say, Assemble yourselves, and
let us go into the fortified cities.
6Set up a standard toward Zion: flee
for safety, stay not; for I will bring evil from the north, and a great
7A lion is gone up from his thicket, and a destroyer of
nations; he is on his way, he is gone forth from his place, to make thy land
desolate, that thy cities be laid waste, without inhabitant.
gird you with sackcloth, lament and wail; for the fierce anger of Jehovah is
not turned back from us.
9And it shall come to pass at that day, saith
Jehovah, that the heart of the king shall perish, and the heart of the
princes; and the priests shall be astonished, and the prophets shall wonder.
10Then said I, Ah, Lord Jehovah! surely thou hast greatly deceived this
people and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall have peace; whereas the sword reacheth
unto the life.
11At that time shall it be said to this people and to
Jerusalem, A hot wind from the bare heights in the wilderness toward the
daughter of my people, not to winnow, nor to cleanse;
12a full wind from
these shall come for me: now will I also utter judgments against them.
13Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be
as the whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us! for we are
14O Jerusalem, wash thy heart from wickedness, that thou mayest
be saved. How long shall thine evil thoughts lodge within thee?
voice declareth from Dan, and publisheth evil from the hills of Ephraim:
16make ye mention to the nations; behold, publish against Jerusalem,
that watchers come from a far country, and give out their voice
against the cities of Judah.
17As keepers of a field are they against her
round about, because she hath been rebellious against me, saith Jehovah.
18Thy way and thy doings have procured these things unto thee; this is
thy wickedness; for it is bitter, for it reacheth unto thy heart.
anguish, my anguish! I am pained at my very heart; my heart is disquieted in
me; I cannot hold my peace; because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of
the trumpet, the alarm of war.
20Destruction upon destruction is cried;
for the whole land is laid waste: suddenly are my tents destroyed,
and my curtains in a moment.
21How long shall I see the standard,
and hear the sound of the trumpet?
22For my people are foolish, they know
me not; they are sottish children, and they have no understanding; they are
wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.
23I beheld the
earth, and, lo, it was waste and void; and the heavens, and they had no
24I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the
hills moved to and fro.
25I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all
the birds of the heavens were fled.
26I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful
field was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the
presence of Jehovah, and before his fierce anger.
saith Jehovah, The whole land shall be a desolation; yet will I not make a
28For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be
black; because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and I have not repented,
neither will I turn back from it.
29Every city fleeth for the noise of
the horsemen and bowmen; they go into the thickets, and climb up upon the
rocks: every city is forsaken, and not a man dwelleth therein.
thou, when thou art made desolate, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest
thyself with scarlet, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though
thou enlargest thine eyes with paint, in vain dost thou make thyself fair;
thy lovers despise thee, they seek thy life.
31For I have heard a
voice as of a woman in travail, the anguish as of her that bringeth forth her
first child, the voice of the daughter of Zion, that gaspeth for breath, that
spreadeth her hands, saying, Woe is me now! for my soul fainteth
before the murderers.