Sorrow for the Doomed Nation

19 O my (A)soul, my soul!
I am pained in my very heart!
My heart makes a noise in me;
I cannot hold my peace,
Because you have heard, O my soul,
The sound of the trumpet,
The alarm of war.
20 (B)Destruction upon destruction is cried,
For the whole land is plundered.
Suddenly (C)my tents are plundered,
And my curtains in a moment.
21 How long will I see the [a]standard,
And hear the sound of the trumpet?

22 “For My people are foolish,
They have not known Me.
They are [b]silly children,
And they have no understanding.
(D)They are wise to do evil,
But to do good they have no knowledge.”

23 (E)I beheld the earth, and indeed it was (F)without form, and void;
And the heavens, they had no light.
24 (G)I beheld the mountains, and indeed they trembled,
And all the hills moved back and forth.
25 I beheld, and indeed there was no man,
And (H)all the birds of the heavens had fled.
26 I beheld, and indeed the fruitful land was a (I)wilderness,
And all its cities were broken down
At the presence of the Lord,
By His fierce anger.

27 For thus says the Lord:

“The whole land shall be desolate;
(J)Yet I will not make a full end.
28 For this (K)shall the earth mourn,
And (L)the heavens above be black,
Because I have spoken.
I have (M)purposed and (N)will not relent,
Nor will I turn back from it.
29 The whole city shall flee from the noise of the horsemen and bowmen.
They shall go into thickets and climb up on the rocks.
Every city shall be forsaken,
And not a man shall dwell in it.

30 “And when you are plundered,
What will you do?
Though you clothe yourself with crimson,
Though you adorn yourself with ornaments of gold,
(O)Though you enlarge your eyes with paint,
In vain you will make yourself fair;
(P)Your lovers will despise you;
They will seek your life.

31 “For I have heard a voice as of a woman in [c]labor,
The anguish as of her who brings forth her first child,
The voice of the daughter of Zion bewailing herself;
She (Q)spreads her hands, saying,
‘Woe is me now, for my soul is [d]weary
Because of murderers!’

The Justice of God’s Judgment

“Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem;
See now and know;
And seek in her open places
(R)If you can find a man,
(S)If there is anyone who executes [e]judgment,
Who seeks the truth,
(T)And I will pardon her.
(U)Though they say, ‘As (V)the Lord lives,’
Surely they (W)swear falsely.”

O Lord, are not (X)Your eyes on the truth?
You have (Y)stricken them,
But they have not grieved;
You have consumed them,
But (Z)they have refused to receive correction.
They have made their faces harder than rock;
They have refused to return.

Therefore I said, “Surely these are poor.
They are foolish;
For (AA)they do not know the way of the Lord,
The judgment of their God.
I will go to the great men and speak to them,
For (AB)they have known the way of the Lord,
The judgment of their God.”

But these have altogether (AC)broken the yoke
And burst the bonds.
Therefore (AD)a lion from the forest shall slay them,
(AE)A wolf of the deserts shall destroy them;
(AF)A leopard will watch over their cities.
Everyone who goes out from there shall be torn in pieces,
Because their transgressions are many;
Their backslidings have increased.

“How shall I pardon you for this?
Your children have forsaken Me
And (AG)sworn by those (AH)that are not gods.
(AI)When I had fed them to the full,
Then they committed adultery
And assembled themselves by troops in the harlots’ houses.
(AJ)They were like well-fed lusty stallions;
Every one neighed after his neighbor’s wife.
Shall I not punish them for these things?” says the Lord.
“And shall I not (AK)avenge Myself on such a nation as this?

10 “Go up on her walls and destroy,
But do not [f]make a (AL)complete end.
Take away her branches,
For they are not the Lord’s.
11 For (AM)the house of Israel and the house of Judah
Have dealt very treacherously with Me,” says the Lord.

12 (AN)They have lied about the Lord,
And said, (AO)It is not He.
(AP)Neither will [g]evil come upon us,
Nor shall we see sword or famine.
13 And the prophets become wind,
For the word is not in them.
Thus shall it be done to them.”

14 Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts:

“Because you speak this word,
(AQ)Behold, I will make My words in your mouth fire,
And this people wood,
And it shall devour them.
15 Behold, I will bring a (AR)nation against you (AS)from afar,
O house of Israel,” says the Lord.
“It is a mighty nation,
It is an ancient nation,
A nation whose language you do not know,
Nor can you understand what they say.
16 Their quiver is like an open tomb;
They are all mighty men.
17 And they shall eat up your (AT)harvest and your bread,
Which your sons and daughters should eat.
They shall eat up your flocks and your herds;
They shall eat up your vines and your fig trees;
They shall destroy your fortified cities,
In which you trust, with the sword.

18 “Nevertheless in those days,” says the Lord, “I (AU)will not [h]make a complete end of you. 19 And it will be when you say, (AV)‘Why does the Lord our God do all these things to us?’ then you shall answer them, ‘Just as you have (AW)forsaken Me and served foreign gods in your land, so (AX)you shall serve aliens in a land that is not yours.’

20 “Declare this in the house of Jacob
And proclaim it in Judah, saying,
21 ‘Hear this now, O (AY)foolish people,
Without [i]understanding,
Who have eyes and see not,
And who have ears and hear not:
22 (AZ)Do you not fear Me?’ says the Lord.
‘Will you not tremble at My presence,
Who have placed the sand as the (BA)bound of the sea,
By a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass beyond it?
And though its waves toss to and fro,
Yet they cannot prevail;
Though they roar, yet they cannot pass over it.
23 But this people has a defiant and rebellious heart;
They have revolted and departed.
24 They do not say in their heart,
“Let us now fear the Lord our God,
(BB)Who gives rain, both the (BC)former and the latter, in its season.
(BD)He reserves for us the appointed weeks of the harvest.”
25 (BE)Your iniquities have turned these things away,
And your sins have withheld good from you.

26 ‘For among My people are found wicked men;
They (BF)lie in wait as one who sets snares;
They set a trap;
They catch men.
27 As a cage is full of birds,
So their houses are full of deceit.
Therefore they have become great and grown rich.
28 They have grown (BG)fat, they are sleek;
Yes, they [j]surpass the deeds of the wicked;
They do not plead (BH)the cause,
The cause of the fatherless;
(BI)Yet they prosper,
And the right of the needy they do not defend.
29 (BJ)Shall I not punish them for these things?’ says the Lord.
‘Shall I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?’

30 “An astonishing and (BK)horrible thing
Has been committed in the land:
31 The prophets prophesy (BL)falsely,
And the priests rule by their own power;
And My people (BM)love to have it so.
But what will you do in the end?

Impending Destruction from the North

“O you children of Benjamin,
Gather yourselves to flee from the midst of Jerusalem!
Blow the trumpet in Tekoa,
And set up a signal-fire in (BN)Beth Haccerem;
(BO)For disaster appears out of the north,
And great destruction.
I have likened the daughter of Zion
To a lovely and delicate woman.
The (BP)shepherds with their flocks shall come to her.
They shall pitch their tents against her all around.
Each one shall pasture in his own place.”

“Prepare(BQ) war against her;
Arise, and let us go up (BR)at noon.
Woe to us, for the day goes away,
For the shadows of the evening are lengthening.
Arise, and let us go by night,
And let us destroy her palaces.”

For thus has the Lord of hosts said:

“Cut down trees,
And build a mound against Jerusalem.
This is the city to be punished.
She is full of oppression in her midst.
(BS)As a fountain [k]wells up with water,
So she wells up with her wickedness.
(BT)Violence and plundering are heard in her.
Before Me continually are [l]grief and wounds.
Be instructed, O Jerusalem,
Lest (BU)My soul depart from you;
Lest I make you desolate,
A land not inhabited.”

Thus says the Lord of hosts:

“They shall thoroughly glean as a vine the remnant of Israel;
As a grape-gatherer, put your hand back into the branches.”

10 To whom shall I speak and give warning,
That they may hear?
Indeed their (BV)ear is uncircumcised,
And they cannot give heed.
Behold, (BW)the word of the Lord is a reproach to them;
They have no delight in it.
11 Therefore I am full of the fury of the Lord.
(BX)I am weary of holding it in.
“I will pour it out (BY)on the children outside,
And on the assembly of young men together;
For even the husband shall be taken with the wife,
The aged with him who is full of days.
12 And (BZ)their houses shall be turned over to others,
Fields and wives together;
For I will stretch out My hand
Against the inhabitants of the land,” says the Lord.
13 “Because from the least of them even to the greatest of them,
Everyone is given to (CA)covetousness;
And from the prophet even to the (CB)priest,
Everyone deals falsely.
14 They have also (CC)healed the [m]hurt of My people [n]slightly,
(CD)Saying, ‘Peace, peace!’
When there is no peace.
15 Were they (CE)ashamed when they had committed abomination?
No! They were not at all ashamed;
Nor did they know how to blush.
Therefore they shall fall among those who fall;
At the time I punish them,
They shall be cast down,” says the Lord.


  1. Jeremiah 4:21 banner
  2. Jeremiah 4:22 foolish
  3. Jeremiah 4:31 childbirth
  4. Jeremiah 4:31 faint
  5. Jeremiah 5:1 justice
  6. Jeremiah 5:10 completely destroy
  7. Jeremiah 5:12 disaster
  8. Jeremiah 5:18 completely destroy
  9. Jeremiah 5:21 Lit. heart
  10. Jeremiah 5:28 Or pass over or overlook
  11. Jeremiah 6:7 gushes
  12. Jeremiah 6:7 sickness
  13. Jeremiah 6:14 Lit. crushing
  14. Jeremiah 6:14 Superficially

18 And (A)He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, (B)the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

Reconciled in Christ

19 For it pleased the Father that (C)in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and (D)by Him to reconcile (E)all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, (F)having made peace through the blood of His cross.

21 And you, (G)who once were alienated and enemies in your mind (H)by wicked works, yet now He has (I)reconciled 22 (J)in the body of His flesh through death, (K)to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight— 23 if indeed you continue (L)in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are (M)not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, (N)which was preached to every creature under heaven, (O)of which I, Paul, became a minister.

Sacrificial Service for Christ

24 (P)I now rejoice in my sufferings (Q)for you, and fill up in my flesh (R)what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for (S)the sake of His body, which is the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to (T)the [a]stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, 26 (U)the [b]mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, (V)but now has been revealed to His saints. 27 (W)To them God willed to make known what are (X)the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: [c]which is (Y)Christ in you, (Z)the hope of glory. 28 Him we preach, (AA)warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, (AB)that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. 29 To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me (AC)mightily.

Not Philosophy but Christ

For I want you to know what a great (AD)conflict[d] I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, [e]both of the Father and of Christ, (AE)in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Now this I say (AF)lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. For (AG)though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing [f]to see (AH)your good order and the (AI)steadfastness of your faith in Christ.

(AJ)As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, (AK)rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding [g]in it with thanksgiving.


  1. Colossians 1:25 dispensation or administration
  2. Colossians 1:26 secret or hidden truth
  3. Colossians 1:27 M who
  4. Colossians 2:1 struggle
  5. Colossians 2:2 NU omits both of the Father and
  6. Colossians 2:5 Lit. and seeing
  7. Colossians 2:7 NU omits in it

The Consoling Memory of God’s Redemptive Works

To the Chief Musician. (A)To Jeduthun. A Psalm of Asaph.

77 I cried out to God with my voice—
To God with my voice;
And He gave ear to me.
In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord;
My hand was stretched out in the night without ceasing;
My soul refused to be comforted.
I remembered God, and was troubled;
I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah

You hold my eyelids open;
I am so troubled that I cannot speak.
I have considered the days of old,
The years of ancient times.
I call to remembrance my song in the night;
I meditate within my heart,
And my spirit [a]makes diligent search.

Will the Lord cast off forever?
And will He be favorable no more?
Has His mercy ceased forever?
Has His (B)promise failed [b]forevermore?
Has God forgotten to be gracious?
Has He in anger shut up His tender mercies? Selah

10 And I said, “This is my [c]anguish;
But I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High.”
11 I will remember the works of the Lord;
Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.
12 I will also meditate on all Your work,
And talk of Your deeds.
13 Your way, O God, is in [d]the (C)sanctuary;
Who is so great a God as our God?
14 You are the God who does wonders;
You have declared Your strength among the peoples.
15 You have with Your arm redeemed Your people,
The sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah

16 The waters saw You, O God;
The waters saw You, they were (D)afraid;
The depths also trembled.
17 The clouds poured out water;
The skies sent out a sound;
Your arrows also flashed about.
18 The voice of Your thunder was in the whirlwind;
The lightnings lit up the world;
The earth trembled and shook.
19 Your way was in the sea,
Your path in the great waters,
And Your footsteps were not known.
20 You led Your people like a flock
By the hand of Moses and Aaron.

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  1. Psalm 77:6 ponders diligently
  2. Psalm 77:8 Lit. unto generation and generation
  3. Psalm 77:10 Lit. infirmity
  4. Psalm 77:13 Or holiness

Further Sayings of the Wise

23 These things also belong to the wise:

(A)It is not good to [a]show partiality in judgment.
24 (B)He who says to the wicked, “You are righteous,”
Him the people will curse;
Nations will abhor him.
25 But those who rebuke the wicked will have (C)delight,
And a good blessing will come upon them.

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  1. Proverbs 24:23 Lit. recognize faces

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