10 Zorah, Aijalon and Hebron. These were fortified cities(A) in Judah and Benjamin.

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Disaster From the North

“Announce in Judah and proclaim(A) in Jerusalem and say:
    ‘Sound the trumpet(B) throughout the land!’
Cry aloud and say:
    ‘Gather together!
    Let us flee to the fortified cities!’(C)

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17 They will devour(A) your harvests and food,
    devour(B) your sons and daughters;
they will devour(C) your flocks and herds,
    devour your vines and fig trees.(D)
With the sword(E) they will destroy
    the fortified cities(F) in which you trust.(G)

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14 Why are we sitting here?
    Gather together!
Let us flee to the fortified cities(A)
    and perish there!
For the Lord our God has doomed us to perish
    and given us poisoned water(B) to drink,
    because we have sinned(C) against him.

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11 But when Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon invaded(A) this land, we said, ‘Come, we must go to Jerusalem(B) to escape the Babylonian[a] and Aramean armies.’ So we have remained in Jerusalem.”

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 35:11 Or Chaldean