that you deck yourself with ornaments of gold. Christian living resources and Bible study to encourage your walk with Jesus Christ. (5-18) The approaching ruin of Judah. 11 At that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem: A hot wind comes from me out of the bare heights # 4.11 Or the trails in the desert toward my poor people, not to winnow or cleanse— 12 a wind too strong for that. When Nebuchadnezzar should be come up from Babylon into the land of Judea, and lay waste the cities thereof, and besiege Jerusalem. O Jerusalem, wash your heart clean of wickedness. I looked, and lo, the fruitful land was a desert. (5-18) The approaching ruin of Judah. Used by permission. (3-4) Judgements denounced. to the people of Judah and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem: O people of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem. the cry of daughter Zion gasping for breath, “Woe is me! 4 “If you, Israel, will return, then return to me,” declares the Lord. In contrast, stories about the life of Jeremiah comprise one of the signature features of the book that bears his name. It should seem that the first two verses of this chapter might better have been joined to the close of the foregoing chapter, for they are directed to Israel, the ten tribes, by way of reply to their compliance with God’s call, directing and encouraging them to hold their resolution (v. 1, v. 2).The rest of the chapter concerns Judah and Jerusalem. All rights reserved. Sin must be put away out of the heart, else it is not put away out of God's sight, for the heart is open before him. Oh, the walls of my heart!My heart is beating wildly;    I cannot keep silent;for I[d] hear the sound of the trumpet,    the alarm of war.20 Disaster overtakes disaster,    the whole land is laid waste.Suddenly my tents are destroyed,    my curtains in a moment.21 How long must I see the standard,    and hear the sound of the trumpet?22 “For my people are foolish,    they do not know me;they are stupid children,    they have no understanding.They are skilled in doing evil,    but do not know how to do good.”. the cry of daughter Zion gasping for breath, “Woe is me! Be inspired with daily articles featuring marriage help, parenting advice, movie reviews and more! I have not relented nor will I turn back. The NRSV Bible Translation Committee consists of thirty men and women who are among the top scholars in … My anguish, my anguish! Used by permission. “If you put your detestable idols out of my sight and no longer go astray, 2 and if in a truthful, just and righteous way you swear, ‘As surely as the Lord lives,’ then the nations will invoke blessings by him and in him they will boast. 4:21-25. 4 Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, . All rights reserved. Sin must be put away out of the heart, else it is not put away out of God's sight, for the heart is open before him. I writhe in pain! (19-31) Commentary on Jeremiah 4:1,2 (Read Jeremiah 4:1,2) The first two verses should be read with the last chapter. Jeremiah 4:4 4 Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, remove the foreskin of your hearts, O people of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, or else my wrath will go forth like fire, and burn with no one to quench it, because of the evil of your doings. Your lovers despise you;    they seek your life.31 For I heard a cry as of a woman in labor,    anguish as of one bringing forth her first child,the cry of daughter Zion gasping for breath,    stretching out her hands,“Woe is me! or else my wrath will go forth like fire, Invasion and Desolation of Judah Threatened. anguish as of one bringing forth her first child. For I heard a cry as of a woman in labor. 29 At the noise of horseman and archer    every town takes to flight;they enter thickets; they climb among rocks;    all the towns are forsaken,    and no one lives in them.30 And you, O desolate one,what do you mean that you dress in crimson,    that you deck yourself with ornaments of gold,    that you enlarge your eyes with paint?In vain you beautify yourself. and proclaims disaster from Mount Ephraim. Now it is I who speak in judgment against them. says the Lord,    if you return to me,if you remove your abominations from my presence,    and do not waver,2 and if you swear, “As the Lord lives!”    in truth, in justice, and in uprightness,then nations shall be blessed[a] by him,    and by him they shall boast. New Revised Standard Version Jeremiah 1:4-10 NRSV Easy-Print Commentary Jeremiah 1:4-10 NRSV Easy-Print Large Print Commentary New Revised Standard Version and Student Study Handout for Jeremiah 1:4-10 Audio Edition NIV Commentary Audio Edition Jeremiah 1:4 … Jeremiah speaks bluntly and honestly to God (cf. 23 I looked on the earth, and lo, it was waste and void;    and to the heavens, and they had no light.24 I looked on the mountains, and lo, they were quaking,    and all the hills moved to and fro.25 I looked, and lo, there was no one at all,    and all the birds of the air had fled.26 I looked, and lo, the fruitful land was a desert,    and all its cities were laid in ruins    before the Lord, before his fierce anger. (3-4) Judgements denounced. Notice the number of ways the God-sent invaders are described ... NRSV footnote, JPSOA "by you all the families of the earth shall bless themselves" TEV Now it is I who speak in judgment against them. 3 For thus says the Lord to the people of Judah and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem: Break up your fallow ground,    and do not sow among thorns.4 Circumcise yourselves to the Lord,    remove the foreskin of your hearts,    O people of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem,or else my wrath will go forth like fire,    and burn with no one to quench it,    because of the evil of your doings. O people of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem. 5 Declare in Judah, and proclaim in Jerusalem, and say: Blow the trumpet through the land;    shout aloud[b] and say,“Gather together, and let us go    into the fortified cities!”6 Raise a standard toward Zion,    flee for safety, do not delay,for I am bringing evil from the north,    and a great destruction.7 A lion has gone up from its thicket,    a destroyer of nations has set out;    he has gone out from his placeto make your land a waste;    your cities will be ruins    without inhabitant.8 Because of this put on sackcloth,    lament and wail:“The fierce anger of the Lord    has not turned away from us.”, 9 On that day, says the Lord, courage shall fail the king and the officials; the priests shall be appalled and the prophets astounded. The translation is true to the original Greek meaning. 13 Look! I am fainting before killers!”, NRSV Wesley Study Bible - Bonded Leather Charcoal, NRSV Single-Column Reference Bible, Comfort Print--soft leather-look, brown, NRSV Catholic Bible, Personal Size, Comfort Print, Leathersoft, Brown, NRSV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, Leathersoft, Burgundy, Comfort Print, NRSV Audio Bible with the Apocrypha on MP3. New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. 4:10 "Surely You have utterly deceived this people" Verse 10 is a comment from Jeremiah to YHWH about the message of the false prophets. that you deck yourself with ornaments of gold. a wind too strong for that. 28 Because of this the earth shall mourn,    and the heavens above grow black;for I have spoken, I have purposed;    I have not relented nor will I turn back. and to the heavens, and they had no light. I looked on the mountains, and lo, they were quaking. 10 Then I said, “Ah, Lord God, how utterly you have deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, ‘It shall be well with you,’ even while the sword is at the throat!”. in truth, in justice, and in uprightness. They have closed in around her like watchers of a field. Chapter 4. and proclaims disaster from Mount Ephraim. Declare in Judah, and proclaim in Jerusalem, and say: , courage shall fail the king and the officials; the priests shall be appalled and the prophets astounded. (19-31) Commentary on Jeremiah 4:1,2 (Read Jeremiah 4:1,2) The first two verses should be read with the last chapter. , how utterly you have deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, ‘It shall be well with you,’ even while the sword is at the throat!”, At that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem: A hot wind comes from me out of the bare heights, in the desert toward my poor people, not to winnow or cleanse—.