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Go to Commentary on Jer 6

 1 “Flee for safety, you children of Benjamin,

 out of the midst of Jerusalem,

 and blow the shofar in Tekoa

 and raise up a signal on Beth Haccherem;

 for evil looks forth from the north,

 even a great destruction.


 2 The comely and delicate one,

 the daughter of Zion, will I cut off.


 3 Shepherds with their flocks will come to her;

 they will pitch their tents against her all around;

 they will feed everyone in his place.”


 4 “Prepare war against her;

 arise, and let us go up at noon.

 Woe to us! For the day declines,

 for the shadows of the evening are stretched out.


 5 Arise, and let us go up by night,

 and let us destroy her palaces.”


6For Yahweh of Armies said,

 “Cut down trees

 and cast up a mound against Jerusalem;

 this is the city to be visited;

 she is wholly oppression in the midst of her.


 7 As a well casts forth its waters,

 so she casts forth her wickedness;

 violence and destruction is heard in her;

 before me continually is sickness and wounds.


 8 Be instructed, Jerusalem,

 lest my soul be alienated from you,

 lest I make you a desolation,

 a land not inhabited.”


9This is what Yahweh of Armies says,

 “They will thoroughly glean the remnant of Israel

 like a vine.

 Turn again your hand as a grape gatherer

 into the baskets.”


To whom can I speak and testify,

 that they may hear?

 Behold, their ear is uncircumcised

 and they cannot listen.

 Behold, the word of Yahweh has become a reproach to them.

 They have no delight in it.


 11 Therefore I am full of the wrath of Yahweh.

 I am weary with holding in.

 “Pour it out on the children in the street

 and on the assembly of young men together;

 for even the husband with the wife will be taken,

 the aged with him who is full of days.


 12 Their houses will be turned to others,

 their fields and their wives together,

 for I will stretch out my hand

 on the inhabitants of the land,”

 says Yahweh.


“For from their least even to their greatest,

 everyone is given to covetousness;

 and from the prophet even to the priest,

 everyone deals falsely.


 14 They have healed also the hurt of my people superficially,

 saying, ‘Peace, peace!’

 when there is no peace.


 15 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination?

 No, they were not at all ashamed,

 neither could they blush.

 Therefore they will fall among those who fall;

 at the time that I visit them,

 they will be cast down,” says Yahweh.


16This is what Yahweh says:

 “Stand in the ways and see,

 and ask for the old paths,

 ‘Where is the good way?’

 and walk in it,

 and you will find rest for your souls.

 But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’


 17 I set watchmen over you,

 saying, ‘Listen to the sound of the shofar!’

 But they said, ‘We will not listen!’


Therefore hear, you nations,

 and know, congregation,

 what is among them.


 19 Hear, earth!

 Behold, I will bring evil on this people,

 even the fruit of their thoughts,

 because they have not listened to my words;

 and as for my law, they have rejected it.


 20 For what purpose does frankincense come to me from Sheba

 and the sweet cane from a far country?

 Your burnt offerings are not acceptable,

 and your sacrifices are not pleasing to me.


 21 Therefore this is what Yahweh says:

 Behold, I will lay stumbling blocks before this people.

 The fathers and the sons together will stumble against them.

 The neighbor and his friend will perish.”


22This is what Yahweh says:

 “Behold, a people comes from the north country.

 A great nation will be stirred up

 from the uttermost parts of the earth.


 23 They take hold of bow and spear.

 They are cruel and have no mercy.

 Their voice roars like the sea,

 and they ride on horses,

 each one set in formation like a man for battle against you, daughter of Zion.”


We have heard its report;

 our hands become feeble.

 Anguish has taken hold of us,

 and pains as of a woman in labor.


 25 Do not go out into the field,

 nor walk by the way,

 for the sword of the enemy

 and terror are on every side.


Daughter of my people, clothe yourself with sackcloth

 and wallow in ashes!

 Mourn, as for an only son,

 most bitter lamentation;

 for the destroyer will suddenly come on us.


“I have made you a tester of metals

 and a fortress among my people,

 that you may know and test their way.


 28 They are all grievous rebels,

 going about with slanders;

 they are bronze and iron,

 they all of them deal corruptly.


 29 The bellows blow fiercely;

 the lead is consumed of the fire:

 in vain do they go on refining,

 for the wicked are not plucked away.


 30 Men will call them rejected silver,

 because Yahweh has rejected them.”


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