19 Oh, my anguish, my anguish!(A)
    I writhe in pain.(B)
Oh, the agony of my heart!
    My heart pounds(C) within me,
    I cannot keep silent.(D)
For I have heard the sound of the trumpet;(E)
    I have heard the battle cry.(F)
20 Disaster follows disaster;(G)
    the whole land lies in ruins.(H)
In an instant my tents(I) are destroyed,
    my shelter in a moment.
21 How long must I see the battle standard(J)
    and hear the sound of the trumpet?(K)

22 “My people are fools;(L)
    they do not know me.(M)
They are senseless children;
    they have no understanding.(N)
They are skilled in doing evil;(O)
    they know not how to do good.”(P)

23 I looked at the earth,
    and it was formless and empty;(Q)
and at the heavens,
    and their light(R) was gone.
24 I looked at the mountains,
    and they were quaking;(S)
    all the hills were swaying.
25 I looked, and there were no people;
    every bird in the sky had flown away.(T)
26 I looked, and the fruitful land was a desert;(U)
    all its towns lay in ruins(V)
    before the Lord, before his fierce anger.(W)

27 This is what the Lord says:

“The whole land will be ruined,(X)
    though I will not destroy(Y) it completely.
28 Therefore the earth will mourn(Z)
    and the heavens above grow dark,(AA)
because I have spoken and will not relent,(AB)
    I have decided and will not turn back.(AC)

29 At the sound of horsemen and archers(AD)
    every town takes to flight.(AE)
Some go into the thickets;
    some climb up among the rocks.(AF)
All the towns are deserted;(AG)
    no one lives in them.

30 What are you doing,(AH) you devastated one?
    Why dress yourself in scarlet
    and put on jewels(AI) of gold?
Why highlight your eyes with makeup?(AJ)
    You adorn yourself in vain.
Your lovers(AK) despise you;
    they want to kill you.(AL)

31 I hear a cry as of a woman in labor,(AM)
    a groan as of one bearing her first child—
the cry of Daughter Zion(AN) gasping for breath,(AO)
    stretching out her hands(AP) and saying,
“Alas! I am fainting;
    my life is given over to murderers.”(AQ)

Not One Is Upright

“Go up and down(AR) the streets of Jerusalem,
    look around and consider,(AS)
    search through her squares.
If you can find but one person(AT)
    who deals honestly(AU) and seeks the truth,
    I will forgive(AV) this city.
Although they say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives,’(AW)
    still they are swearing falsely.(AX)

Lord, do not your eyes(AY) look for truth?
    You struck(AZ) them, but they felt no pain;
    you crushed them, but they refused correction.(BA)
They made their faces harder than stone(BB)
    and refused to repent.(BC)
I thought, “These are only the poor;
    they are foolish,(BD)
for they do not know(BE) the way of the Lord,
    the requirements of their God.
So I will go to the leaders(BF)
    and speak to them;
surely they know the way of the Lord,
    the requirements of their God.”
But with one accord they too had broken off the yoke
    and torn off the bonds.(BG)
Therefore a lion from the forest(BH) will attack them,
    a wolf from the desert will ravage(BI) them,
a leopard(BJ) will lie in wait near their towns
    to tear to pieces any who venture out,
for their rebellion is great
    and their backslidings many.(BK)

“Why should I forgive you?
    Your children have forsaken me
    and sworn(BL) by gods that are not gods.(BM)
I supplied all their needs,
    yet they committed adultery(BN)
    and thronged to the houses of prostitutes.(BO)
They are well-fed, lusty stallions,
    each neighing for another man’s wife.(BP)
Should I not punish them for this?”(BQ)
    declares the Lord.
“Should I not avenge(BR) myself
    on such a nation as this?

10 “Go through her vineyards and ravage them,
    but do not destroy them completely.(BS)
Strip off her branches,
    for these people do not belong to the Lord.
11 The people of Israel and the people of Judah
    have been utterly unfaithful(BT) to me,”
declares the Lord.

12 They have lied(BU) about the Lord;
    they said, “He will do nothing!
No harm will come to us;(BV)
    we will never see sword or famine.(BW)
13 The prophets(BX) are but wind(BY)
    and the word is not in them;
    so let what they say be done to them.”

14 Therefore this is what the Lord God Almighty says:

“Because the people have spoken these words,
    I will make my words in your mouth(BZ) a fire(CA)
    and these people the wood it consumes.(CB)
15 People of Israel,” declares the Lord,
    “I am bringing a distant nation(CC) against you—
an ancient and enduring nation,
    a people whose language(CD) you do not know,
    whose speech you do not understand.
16 Their quivers(CE) are like an open grave;
    all of them are mighty warriors.
17 They will devour(CF) your harvests and food,
    devour(CG) your sons and daughters;
they will devour(CH) your flocks and herds,
    devour your vines and fig trees.(CI)
With the sword(CJ) they will destroy
    the fortified cities(CK) in which you trust.(CL)

18 “Yet even in those days,” declares the Lord, “I will not destroy(CM) you completely. 19 And when the people ask,(CN) ‘Why has the Lord our God done all this to us?’ you will tell them, ‘As you have forsaken me and served foreign gods(CO) in your own land, so now you will serve foreigners(CP) in a land not your own.’

20 “Announce this to the descendants of Jacob
    and proclaim(CQ) it in Judah:
21 Hear this, you foolish and senseless people,(CR)
    who have eyes(CS) but do not see,
    who have ears but do not hear:(CT)
22 Should you not fear(CU) me?” declares the Lord.
    “Should you not tremble(CV) in my presence?
I made the sand a boundary for the sea,(CW)
    an everlasting barrier it cannot cross.
The waves may roll, but they cannot prevail;
    they may roar,(CX) but they cannot cross it.
23 But these people have stubborn and rebellious(CY) hearts;
    they have turned aside(CZ) and gone away.
24 They do not say to themselves,
    ‘Let us fear(DA) the Lord our God,
who gives autumn and spring rains(DB) in season,
    who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.’(DC)
25 Your wrongdoings have kept these away;
    your sins have deprived you of good.(DD)

26 “Among my people are the wicked(DE)
    who lie in wait(DF) like men who snare birds
    and like those who set traps(DG) to catch people.
27 Like cages full of birds,
    their houses are full of deceit;(DH)
they have become rich(DI) and powerful
28     and have grown fat(DJ) and sleek.
Their evil deeds have no limit;
    they do not seek justice.
They do not promote the case of the fatherless;(DK)
    they do not defend the just cause of the poor.(DL)
29 Should I not punish them for this?”
    declares the Lord.
“Should I not avenge(DM) myself
    on such a nation as this?

30 “A horrible(DN) and shocking thing
    has happened in the land:
31 The prophets prophesy lies,(DO)
    the priests(DP) rule by their own authority,
and my people love it this way.
    But what will you do in the end?(DQ)

Jerusalem Under Siege

“Flee for safety, people of Benjamin!
    Flee from Jerusalem!
Sound the trumpet(DR) in Tekoa!(DS)
    Raise the signal over Beth Hakkerem!(DT)
For disaster looms out of the north,(DU)
    even terrible destruction.
I will destroy Daughter Zion,(DV)
    so beautiful and delicate.(DW)
Shepherds(DX) with their flocks will come against her;
    they will pitch their tents around(DY) her,
    each tending his own portion.”

“Prepare for battle against her!
    Arise, let us attack at noon!(DZ)
But, alas, the daylight is fading,
    and the shadows of evening grow long.
So arise, let us attack at night
    and destroy her fortresses!”

This is what the Lord Almighty says:

“Cut down the trees(EA)
    and build siege ramps(EB) against Jerusalem.
This city must be punished;
    it is filled with oppression.(EC)
As a well pours out its water,
    so she pours out her wickedness.
Violence(ED) and destruction(EE) resound in her;
    her sickness and wounds are ever before me.
Take warning, Jerusalem,
    or I will turn away(EF) from you
and make your land desolate
    so no one can live in it.”

This is what the Lord Almighty says:

“Let them glean the remnant(EG) of Israel
    as thoroughly as a vine;
pass your hand over the branches again,
    like one gathering grapes.”

10 To whom can I speak and give warning?
    Who will listen(EH) to me?
Their ears are closed[a](EI)
    so they cannot hear.(EJ)
The word(EK) of the Lord is offensive to them;
    they find no pleasure in it.
11 But I am full of the wrath(EL) of the Lord,
    and I cannot hold it in.(EM)

“Pour it out on the children in the street
    and on the young men(EN) gathered together;
both husband and wife will be caught in it,
    and the old, those weighed down with years.(EO)
12 Their houses will be turned over to others,(EP)
    together with their fields and their wives,(EQ)
when I stretch out my hand(ER)
    against those who live in the land,”
declares the Lord.
13 “From the least to the greatest,
    all(ES) are greedy for gain;(ET)
prophets and priests alike,
    all practice deceit.(EU)
14 They dress the wound of my people
    as though it were not serious.
‘Peace, peace,’ they say,
    when there is no peace.(EV)
15 Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct?
    No, they have no shame at all;
    they do not even know how to blush.(EW)
So they will fall among the fallen;
    they will be brought down when I punish(EX) them,”
says the Lord.


  1. Jeremiah 6:10 Hebrew uncircumcised

18 And he is the head(A) of the body, the church;(B) he is the beginning and the firstborn(C) from among the dead,(D) so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased(E) to have all his fullness(F) dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile(G) to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven,(H) by making peace(I) through his blood,(J) shed on the cross.

21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies(K) in your minds(L) because of[a] your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled(M) you by Christ’s physical body(N) through death to present you(O) holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation(P) 23 if you continue(Q) in your faith, established(R) and firm, and do not move from the hope(S) held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven,(T) and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.(U)

Paul’s Labor for the Church

24 Now I rejoice(V) in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions,(W) for the sake of his body, which is the church.(X) 25 I have become its servant(Y) by the commission God gave me(Z) to present to you the word of God(AA) in its fullness— 26 the mystery(AB) that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. 27 To them God has chosen to make known(AC) among the Gentiles the glorious riches(AD) of this mystery, which is Christ in you,(AE) the hope of glory.

28 He is the one we proclaim, admonishing(AF) and teaching everyone with all wisdom,(AG) so that we may present everyone fully mature(AH) in Christ. 29 To this end I strenuously(AI) contend(AJ) with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.(AK)

I want you to know how hard I am contending(AL) for you and for those at Laodicea,(AM) and for all who have not met me personally. My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart(AN) and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery(AO) of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.(AP) I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments.(AQ) For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit(AR) and delight to see how disciplined(AS) you are and how firm(AT) your faith in Christ(AU) is.

Spiritual Fullness in Christ

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord,(AV) continue to live your lives in him, rooted(AW) and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught,(AX) and overflowing with thankfulness.


  1. Colossians 1:21 Or minds, as shown by

Psalm 77[a]

For the director of music. For Jeduthun. Of Asaph. A psalm.

I cried out to God(A) for help;
    I cried out to God to hear me.
When I was in distress,(B) I sought the Lord;
    at night(C) I stretched out untiring hands,(D)
    and I would not be comforted.(E)

I remembered(F) you, God, and I groaned;(G)
    I meditated, and my spirit grew faint.[b](H)
You kept my eyes from closing;
    I was too troubled to speak.(I)
I thought about the former days,(J)
    the years of long ago;
I remembered my songs in the night.
    My heart meditated and my spirit asked:

“Will the Lord reject forever?(K)
    Will he never show his favor(L) again?
Has his unfailing love(M) vanished forever?
    Has his promise(N) failed for all time?
Has God forgotten to be merciful?(O)
    Has he in anger withheld his compassion?(P)

10 Then I thought, “To this I will appeal:
    the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.(Q)
11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
    yes, I will remember your miracles(R) of long ago.
12 I will consider(S) all your works
    and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”(T)

13 Your ways, God, are holy.
    What god is as great as our God?(U)
14 You are the God who performs miracles;(V)
    you display your power among the peoples.
15 With your mighty arm you redeemed your people,(W)
    the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.

16 The waters(X) saw you, God,
    the waters saw you and writhed;(Y)
    the very depths were convulsed.
17 The clouds poured down water,(Z)
    the heavens resounded with thunder;(AA)
    your arrows(AB) flashed back and forth.
18 Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind,(AC)
    your lightning(AD) lit up the world;
    the earth trembled and quaked.(AE)
19 Your path(AF) led through the sea,(AG)
    your way through the mighty waters,
    though your footprints were not seen.

20 You led your people(AH) like a flock(AI)
    by the hand of Moses and Aaron.(AJ)

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  1. Psalm 77:1 In Hebrew texts 77:1-20 is numbered 77:2-21.
  2. Psalm 77:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verses 9 and 15.

Further Sayings of the Wise

23 These also are sayings of the wise:(A)

To show partiality(B) in judging is not good:(C)
24 Whoever says to the guilty, “You are innocent,”(D)
    will be cursed by peoples and denounced by nations.
25 But it will go well with those who convict the guilty,
    and rich blessing will come on them.

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