Jeremiah 4:11-12Contemporary English Version (CEV)
The Coming Disaster
11-12 When disaster comes, the Lord will tell you people of Jerusalem,
“I am sending a windstorm from the desert— not a welcome breeze.[a] And it will sweep you away as punishment for your sins.
4.11,12a welcome breeze: Hebrew “a wind to blow away the husks.” Farmers used a special shovel to pitch grain and husks into the air. Wind would blow away the light husks, and the grain would fall back to the ground, where it could be gathered up.
Jeremiah 4:22-28Contemporary English Version (CEV)
22 I heard the Lord say, “My people ignore me. They are foolish children who do not understand that they will be punished. All they know is how to sin.”
23 After this, I looked around. The earth was barren, with no form of life. The sun, moon, and stars had disappeared. 24 The mountains were shaking; 25 no people could be seen, and all the birds had flown away. 26 Farmland had become a desert, and towns were in ruins. The Lord’s fierce anger had done all of this.
The Death of Jerusalem
27-28 The Lord said:
I have made my decision, and I won’t change my mind. This land will be destroyed, although not completely. The sky will turn dark, and the earth will mourn.
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