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Judgment of Invasion Predicted
4:1 If you will make teshuvah, O Yisrael, said ADONAI (יהוה), return to Me: and if you will put away your abominations out of My sight, then shall you not remove.
4:2 And you shall swear, ADONAI (יהוה) liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in tzedakah; and the nations shall bless themselves in Him, and in Him shall they glory.
4:3 For thus said ADONAI (יהוה) to the men of Yehudah and YeruShalayim, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.
4:4 Circumcise yourselves to ADONAI (יהוה), and take away the foreskins of your heart, you men of Yehudah and inhabitants of YeruShalayim: lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench [it], because of the evil of your doings.
4:5 Declare you in Yehudah, and publish in YeruShalayim; and say, Blow you the shofar in the land: cry, gather together, and say, Assemble yourselves, and let us go into the defenced cities.
4:6 Set up the standard toward Tzyon (ציון): retire, stay not: for I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction.
4:7 The lion is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the Goyim is on his derek; he is gone forth from his place to make your land desolate; [and] your cities shall be laid waste, without an inhabitant.
4:8 For this gird you with sackcloth, lament and howl: for the fierce anger of ADONAI (יהוה) is not turned back from us.
4:9 And it shall come to pass at that day, said ADONAI (יהוה), [that] the heart of ha melekh shall perish, and the heart of the sarim (princes); and the Kohanim shall be astonished, and the Nevi'im shall wonder.
4:10 Then said I, Ah, ADON (אדני) ADONAI (יהוה)! surely you have greatly deceived this people and YeruShalayim, saying, You shall have shalom; whereas the sword reaches to the soul.
4:11 At that time shall it be said to this people and to YeruShalayim, A dry wind of the shephi (high places) in the midbar derek bat ami (My people), lo zarah (winnow), lo babar (cleanse),
4:12 [Even] a full wind from those [places] shall come to me: now also will I give sentence against them.
4:13 Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots [shall be] as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe to us! for we are spoiled.
4:14 O YeruShalayim, wash your heart from wickedness, that you mayest be saved. How long shall your vain thoughts lodge within thee?
4:15 For a voice declareth from Dan, and publishs affliction from mount Ephraim.
4:16 Make you mention to the nations; behold, publish against YeruShalayim, [that] watchers come from a far country, and give out their voice against the cities of Yehudah.
4:17 As keepers of a field, are they against her round about; because she has been rebellious against me, said ADONAI (יהוה).
4:18 Thy derek and your doings have procured these [things] to thee; this [is] your wickedness, because it is bitter, because it reacheth to your heart.
4:19 My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my shalom, because you have heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.
4:20 Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled, [and] my curtains in a moment.
4:21 How long shall I see the standard, [and] hear the sound of the trumpet?
4:22 For My people [is] foolish, they have not known me; they [are] sottish children, and they have none understanding: they [are] wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.
4:23 I beheld the earth, and, lo, [it was] without form, and void; and the heavens, and they [had] no light.
4:24 I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly.
4:25 I beheld, and, lo, [there was] no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled.
4:26 I beheld, and, hinei, the fruitful place [was] a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of ADONAI (יהוה), [and] by his fierce anger.
4:27 For thus has ADONAI (יהוה) said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end.
4:28 For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black: because I have spoken [it], I have purposed [it], and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it.
4:29 The whole city shall flee for the noise of the horsemen and bowmen; they shall go into thickets, and climb up upon the rocks: every city [shall be] forsaken, and not a man dwell therein.
4:30 And [when] you [art] spoiled, what will you do? Though you clothest yourself with crimson, though you deckest you with ornaments of gold, though you rentest your face with painting, in vain shall you make yourself fair; [thy] lovers will despise you, they will seek your life.
4:31 For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, [and] the anguish as of her that bringeth forth her first child, the voice of Bat Tzyon (ציון), [that] bewaileth herself, [that] spreads her hands, [saying], Woe [is] me now! for my soul is wearied because of murderers.
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4:7 Lion is a metaphorical allusion to Nevukadnetztzar, the king of Babylon (Dani'el 7:4)