Jeremiah chapter 4

The nation needs to repent. Judgment is already on the way.





VERSE 1. “If you will return, Israel,” says the LORD, “if you will return to me, and if you will put away your abominations out of my sight; then you will not be removed;


VERSE 2. and you will swear, ‘As the LORD lives,’ in truth, in justice, and in righteousness. The nations will bless themselves in him, and they will glory in him.”

As the LORD lives. When people say this oath, they are implicitly saying the LORD God actually exists.


VERSE 3. For the LORD says to the men of Judah and to Jerusalem, “Break up your fallow ground, and don’t sow among thorns.


VERSE 4. Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, and take away the foreskins of your heart, you men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem; lest my wrath go out like fire, and burn so that no one can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.

the foreskins of your heart. This is usually translated as “circumcise your heart.”

Romans 2:29. but he is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit not in the letter; whose praise is not from men, but from God.




VERSE 5. Declare in Judah, and publish in Jerusalem; and say, ‘Blow the shofar in the land!’ Cry aloud and say, ‘Assemble yourselves! Let’s go into the fortified cities!’


VERSE 6. Set up a standard toward Zion. Flee for safety! Don’t wait; for I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction.”

I will bring evil from the north. The judgment will come from Judah’s enemies to the north.


VERSE 7. A lion has gone up from his thicket, and a destroyer of nations. He is on his way. He has gone out from his place, to make your land desolate, that your cities be laid waste, without inhabitant.

A lion has gone up from his thicket. The approaching army of Babylon was as ferocious as a lion.


VERSE 8. For this, clothe yourself with sackcloth, lament and wail; for the fierce anger of the LORD hasn’t turned back from us.


VERSE 9. “It will happen at that day,” says the LORD, “that the heart of the king will perish, along with the heart of the princes. The priests will be astonished, and the prophets will wonder.”


VERSE 10. Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Surely you have greatly deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, ‘You will have peace;’ whereas the sword reaches to the heart.”

you have greatly deceived this people. Jeremiah says the LORD God deceived his own people.


VERSE 11. At that time it will be said to this people and to Jerusalem, “A hot wind from the bare heights in the wilderness toward the daughter of my people, not to winnow, nor to cleanse;


VERSE 12. a full wind from these will come for me. Now I will also utter judgments against them.”


VERSE 13. Behold, he will come up as clouds, and his chariots will be as the whirlwind. His horses are swifter than eagles. Woe to us! For we are ruined.


VERSE 14. Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved. How long will your evil thoughts lodge within you?

NASB translation. Wash your heart from evil, O Jerusalem, That you may be saved. How long will your wicked thoughts Lodge within you?

Wash your heart from evil. Is this a foreshadowing of baptism?

That you may be saved. This “washing” is not trivial. It is done in order to be “saved.” It is how sins are forgiven.

your evil thoughts. Or “pernicious” thoughts.


VERSE 15. For a voice declares from Dan, and publishes evil from the hills of Ephraim:


VERSE 16. “Tell the nations, behold, publish against Jerusalem, ‘Watchers come from a far country, and raise their voice against the cities of Judah.


VERSE 17. As keepers of a field, they are against her all around, because she has been rebellious against me,’ ” says the LORD.


VERSE 18. “Your way and your doings have brought these things to you. This is your wickedness; for it is bitter, for it reaches to your heart.”


VERSE 19. My anguish, my anguish! I am pained at my very heart! My heart trembles within me. I can’t hold my peace, because you have heard, O my soul, the sound of the shofar, the alarm of war.


VERSE 20. Destruction on destruction is decreed, for the whole land is laid waste. Suddenly my tents are destroyed, and my curtains gone in a moment.


VERSE 21. How long will I see the standard and hear the sound of the shofar?


VERSE 22. “For my people are foolish. They don’t know me. They are foolish children, and they have no understanding. They are skillful in doing evil, but they don’t know how to do good.”

They don’t know me. Eternal life is knowing God the Father and Jesus Christ. Do you know them? Do you have a love-relationship with them? Here are the Bible verses about this »


VERSE 23. I saw the earth, and, behold, it was waste and void, and the heavens, and they had no light.


VERSE 24. I saw the mountains, and behold, they trembled, and all the hills moved back and forth.


VERSE 25. I saw, and behold, there was no man, and all the birds of the sky had fled.


VERSE 26. I saw, and behold, the fruitful field was a wilderness, and all its cities were broken down at the presence of the LORD, before his fierce anger.


VERSE 27. For the LORD says, “The whole land will be a desolation; yet I will not make a full end.


VERSE 28. For this the earth will mourn, and the heavens above be black, because I have spoken it. I have planned it, and I have not repented, neither will I turn back from it.”


VERSE 29. Every city flees for the noise of the horsemen and archers. They go into the thickets, and climb up on the rocks. Every city is forsaken, and not a man dwells therein.


VERSE 30. You, when you are made desolate, what will you do? Though you clothe yourself with scarlet, though you deck yourself with ornaments of gold, though you enlarge your eyes with makeup, you make yourself beautiful in vain. Your lovers despise you. They seek your life.

you enlarge your eyes with makeup. They were using cosmetics.


VERSE 31. For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, the anguish as of her who gives birth to her first child, the voice of the daughter of Zion, who gasps for breath, who spreads her hands, saying, “Woe is me now! For my soul faints before the murderers.”


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