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The Prophets of The Exile

(Category 10 of 16)

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1 “If you will return, O Israel,” says the LORD, a“Return to Me; And if you will put away your abominations out of My sight, Then you shall not be moved.
2 aAnd you shall swear, ‘The LORD lives,’ bIn truth, in 1judgment, and in righteousness; cThe nations shall bless themselves in Him, And in Him they shall dglory.”

3 For thus says the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem:

a“Break up your 1fallow ground, And bdo not sow among thorns.
4 aCircumcise yourselves to the LORD, And take away the foreskins of your hearts, You men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, Lest My fury come forth like fire, And burn so that no one can quench it, Because of the evil of your doings.”

An Imminent Invasion

5 Declare in Judah and proclaim in Jerusalem, and say:

a“Blow the trumpet in the land; Cry, ‘Gather together,’ And say, b‘Assemble yourselves, And let us go into the fortified cities.’
6 Set up the 1standard toward Zion. Take refuge! Do not delay! For I will bring disaster from the anorth, And great destruction.”

7 aThe lion has come up from his thicket, And bthe destroyer of nations is on his way. He has gone forth from his place cTo make your land desolate. Your cities will be laid waste, Without inhabitant.
8 For this, aclothe yourself with sackcloth, Lament and wail.

CHAPTER 4 References

1 aJer. 3:1, 22;
15:19; Joel
2 aDeut. 10:20;
Is. 45:23;
65:16; Jer.
12:16 bIs. 48:1;
Zech. 8:8
c[Gen. 22:18];
Ps. 72:18; Is.
65:16; Jer.
3:17; [Gal. 3:8] dIs. 45:25; Jer.
9:24; 1 Cor.
1:31; 2 Cor.
10:17 1justice
3 aHos. 10:12
bMatt. 13:7
4 aDeut. 10:16;
30:6; Jer. 9:25,
26; [Rom.
2:28, 29; Col.
2:11] 5 aJer. 6:1;
Hos. 8:1
bJosh. 10:20;
Jer. 8:14
6 aJer. 1:13–15;
6:1, 22; 50:17
7 a2 Kin. 24:1;
Dan. 7:4 bJer.
25:9; Ezek.
26:7–10 cIs.
1:7; 6:11; Jer.
8 aIs. 22:12;
Jer. 6:26
10 a2 Kin.
Ezek. 14:9;
2 Thess. 2:11
bJer. 5:12;
14:13 1Lit.
11 aJer. 51:1;
Ezek. 17:10;
Hos. 13:15
12 aJer. 1:16
13 aIs. 5:28
bDeut. 28:49;
Lam. 4:19;
Hos. 8:1; Hab.
14 aProv. 1:22;
Is. 1:16; Jer.
13:27; James
15 aJer. 8:16;
50:17 1Or
16 aIs. 39:3;
Jer. 5:15
17 a2 Kin. 25:1,
18 aPs. 107:17;
Is. 50:1; Jer.
2:17, 19
19 a2 Kin.
25:11; 2 Chr.
36:20; Is. 15:5;
16:11; 21:3;
22:4; Jer. 9:1,
10; 20:9


For the fierce anger of the LORD Has not turned back from us.

9 “And it shall come to pass in that day,” says the LORD, “That the heart of the king shall perish, And the heart of the princes; The priests shall be astonished, And the prophets shall wonder.”

10 Then I said, “Ah, Lord GOD! aSurely You have greatly deceived this people and Jerusalem, bSaying, ‘You shall have peace,’ Whereas the sword reaches to the 1heart.”

11 At that time it will be said To this people and to Jerusalem, a“A dry wind of the desolate heights blows in the wilderness Toward the daughter of My people— Not to fan or to cleanse—
12 A wind too strong for these will come for Me; Now aI will also speak judgment against them.”

13 “Behold, he shall come up like clouds, And ahis chariots like a whirlwind. bHis horses are swifter than eagles. Woe to us, for we are plundered!”

14 O Jerusalem, awash your heart from wickedness, That you may be saved. How long shall your evil thoughts lodge within you?
15 For a voice declares afrom Dan And proclaims 1affliction from Mount Ephraim:
16 “Make mention to the nations, Yes, proclaim against Jerusalem, That watchers come from a afar country And raise their voice against the cities of Judah.
17 aLike keepers of a field they are against her all around, Because she has been rebellious against Me,” says the LORD.
18 “Youra ways and your doings Have procured these things for you. This is your wickedness, Because it is bitter, Because it reaches to your heart.”

Sorrow for the Doomed Nation

19 O my asoul, my soul! I am pained in my very heart!

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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 aDestruction upon destruction is cried, For the whole land is plundered. Suddenly bmy tents are plundered, And my curtains in a moment.
21 How long will I see the 1standard, And hear the sound of the trumpet?

22 “For My people are foolish, They have not known Me. They are 1silly children, And they have no understanding. aThey are wise to do evil, But to do good they have no knowledge.”

23 aI beheld the earth, and indeed it was bwithout form, and void; And the heavens, they had no light.
24 aI 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 aall the birds of the heavens had fled.
26 I beheld, and indeed the fruitful land was a awilderness, 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; aYet I will not make a full end.
28 For this ashall the earth mourn, And bthe heavens above be black, Because I have spoken. I have cpurposed and dwill 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,

20 aPs. 42:7;
Ezek. 7:26
bJer. 10:20
21 1banner
22 aJer. 9:3;
13:23; Rom.
16:19; 1 Cor.
14:20 1foolish
23 aIs. 24:19
bGen. 1:2
24 aIs. 5:25;
Jer. 10:10;
Ezek. 38:20
25 aJer. 9:10;
12:4; Zeph.
26 aJer. 9:10
27 aJer. 5:10,
18; 30:11;
28 aJer. 12:4,
11; 14:2; Hos.
4:3 bIs. 5:30;
50:3; Joel
2:30, 31 cIs.
46:10, 11;
[Dan. 4:35] d[Num. 23:19];
Jer. 7:16;
23:30; 30:24
30 a2 Kin. 9:30;
Ezek. 23:40
bJer. 22:20, 22;
Lam. 1:2, 19;
Ezek. 23:9, 10,
31 aIs. 1:15;
Lam. 1:17

CHAPTER 5 References

1 aEzek. 22:30
cGen. 18:26
2 aIs. 48:1; Titus
1:16 bJer.
4:2 cJer. 7:9
3 a2 Kin. 25:1;
[2 Chr. 16:9;
Jer. 16:17] bIs.
1:5; 9:13; Jer.
2:30 cIs. 9:13;
Jer. 7:28;
Zeph. 3:2
4 aIs. 27:11;
Jer. 8:7; Hos.
5 aMic. 3:1
bEx. 32:25; Ps.
2:3; Jer. 2:20
6 aJer. 4:7 bPs.
104:20; Ezek.
22:27; Hab.
1:8; Zeph. 3:3
cHos. 13:7

aThough you enlarge your eyes with paint, In vain you will make yourself fair; bYour lovers will despise you; They will seek your life.

31 “For I have heard a voice as of a woman in 1labor, The anguish as of her who brings forth her first child, The voice of the daughter of Zion bewailing herself; She aspreads her hands, saying, ‘Woe is me now, for my soul is 2weary Because of murderers!’

The Justice of God’s Judgment


1 “Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem; See now and know; And seek in her open places aIf you can find a man, bIf there is anyone who executes 1judgment, Who seeks the truth, cAnd I will pardon her.
2 aThough they say, ‘As bthe LORD lives,’ Surely they cswear falsely.”

3 O LORD, are not aYour eyes on the truth? You have bstricken them, But they have not grieved; You have consumed them, But cthey have refused to receive correction. They have made their faces harder than rock; They have refused to return.

4 Therefore I said, “Surely these are poor. They are foolish; For athey do not know the way of the LORD, The judgment of their God.
5 I will go to the great men and speak to them, For athey have known the way of the LORD, The judgment of their God.”

But these have altogether bbroken the yoke And burst the bonds.
6 Therefore aa lion from the forest shall slay them, bA wolf of the deserts shall destroy them; cA 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.

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7 “How shall I pardon you for this? Your children have forsaken Me And asworn by those bthat are not gods. cWhen I had fed them to the full, Then they committed adultery And assembled themselves by troops in the harlots’ houses.
8 aThey were like well-fed lusty stallions; Every one neighed after his neighbor’s wife.
9 Shall I not punish them for these things?” says the LORD. “And shall I not aavenge Myself on such a nation as this?

10 “Go up on her walls and destroy, But do not 1make a acomplete end. Take away her branches, For they are not the LORD’s.
11 For athe house of Israel and the house of Judah Have dealt very treacherously with Me,” says the LORD.

12 aThey have lied about the LORD, And said, b“It is not He. cNeither will 1evil 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, aBehold, I will make My words in your mouth fire, And this people wood, And it shall devour them.
15 Behold, I will bring a anation against you bfrom 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 aharvest 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.

7 aJosh. 23:7;
Jer. 12:16;
Zeph. 1:5
bDeut. 32:21;
Jer. 2:11; Gal.
4:8 cDeut.
8 aJer. 13:27;
29:23; Ezek.
9 aJer. 9:9
10 aJer. 4:27
11 aJer. 3:6, 7,
12 a2 Chr.
36:16; Jer.
4:10 bIs. 28:15;
47:8; Jer.
23:17 cJer.
14:13 1disaster
14 aIs. 24:6;
Jer. 1:9; 23:29;
Hos. 6:5;
Zech. 1:6
15 aDeut.
28:49; Is. 5:26;
Jer. 1:15; 6:22
bIs. 39:3; Jer.
17 aLev. 26:16;
Deut. 28:31,
33; Jer. 8:16;
50:7, 17
18 aJer. 30:11;
Amos 9:8
19 aDeut.
1 Kin. 9:8, 9;
Jer. 13:22;
16:10–13 bJer.
1:16; 2:13
cDeut. 28:48;
Jer. 16:13
21 aIs. 6:9; Jer.
6:10; Ezek.
12:2; Matt.
13:14; John
12:40; Acts
28:26; Rom.
11:8 1Lit.
22 aDeut.
28:58; Ps.
119:120; Jer.
2:19; 10:7;
[Rev. 15:4] bJob 26:10
24 aPs. 147:8;
Jer. 14:22;
[Matt. 5:45];
Acts 14:17
bDeut. 11:14;
Joel 2:23;
James 5:7
c[Gen. 8:22] 25 aJer. 3:3
26 aPs. 10:9;
Prov. 1:11; Jer.
18:22; Hab.
28 aDeut. 32:15
bIs. 1:23; Jer.
7:6; 22:3;
Zech. 7:10
cJob 12:6; Ps.
73:12 1Or pass
over or overlook


18 “Nevertheless in those days,” says the LORD, “I awill not 1make a complete end of you.
19 “And it will be when you say, a‘Why does the LORD our God do all these things to us?’ then you shall answer them, ‘Just as you have bforsaken Me and served foreign gods in your land, so cyou 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 afoolish people, Without 1understanding, Who have eyes and see not, And who have ears and hear not:
22 aDo you not fear Me?’ says the LORD. ‘Will you not tremble at My presence, Who have placed the sand as the bbound 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, aWho gives rain, both the bformer and the latter, in its season. cHe reserves for us the appointed weeks of the harvest.”
25 aYour iniquities have turned these things away, And your sins have withheld good from you.

26 ‘For among My people are found wicked men; They alie 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 afat, they are sleek; Yes, they 1surpass the deeds of the wicked; They do not plead bthe cause, The cause of the fatherless; cYet they prosper, And the right of the needy they do not defend.

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29 aShall 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 ahorrible thing Has been committed in the land:
31 The prophets prophesy afalsely, And the priests rule by their own power; And My people blove to have it so. But what will you do in the end?

Impending Destruction from the North


1 “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 aBeth Haccerem; bFor disaster appears out of the north, And great destruction.
2 I have likened the daughter of Zion To a lovely and delicate woman.
3 The ashepherds with their flocks shall come to her. They shall pitch their tents against her all around. Each one shall pasture in his own place.”

4 “Preparea war against her; Arise, and let us go up bat noon. Woe to us, for the day goes away, For the shadows of the evening are lengthening.
5 Arise, and let us go by night, And let us destroy her palaces.”

6 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.
7 aAs a fountain 1wells up with water, So she wells up with her wickedness. bViolence and plundering are heard in her. Before Me continually are 2grief and wounds.
8 Be instructed, O Jerusalem, Lest aMy soul depart from you; Lest I make you desolate, A land not inhabited.”

9 Thus says the LORD of hosts:

29 aJer. 5:9;
Mal. 3:5
30 aJer. 23:14;
Hos. 6:10;
2 Tim. 4:3
31 aJer. 14:14;
Ezek. 13:6
bMic. 2:11

CHAPTER 6 References

1 aNeh. 3:14
bJer. 4:6
3 a2 Kin.
25:1–4; Jer.
4:17; 12:10
4 aJer. 51:27;
Joel 3:9 bJer.
15:8; Zeph.
7 aIs. 57:20
bPs. 55:9
1gushes 2sickness
8 aEzek. 23:18;
Hos. 9:12
10 aEx. 6:12;
Jer. 5:21; 7:26;
[Acts 7:51] bJer. 8:9; 20:8
11 aJer. 20:9
bJer. 9:21
12 aDeut.
28:30; Jer.
8:10; 38:22
13 aIs. 56:11;
Jer. 8:10;
22:17 bJer.
5:31; 23:11;
Mic. 3:5, 11
14 aJer.
8:11–15; Ezek.
13:10 bJer.
4:10; 23:17
1Lit. crushing
15 aJer. 3:3;
16 aIs. 8:20;
Jer. 18:15;
Mal. 4:4; Luke
16:29 bMatt.
17 aIs. 21:11;
58:1; Jer. 25:4;
Ezek. 3:17;
Hab. 2:1
bDeut. 4:1

“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 aear is uncircumcised, And they cannot give heed. Behold, bthe 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. aI am weary of holding it in. “I will pour it out bon 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 atheir 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 a covetousness ; And from the prophet even to the bpriest, Everyone deals falsely.
14 They have also ahealed the 1hurt of My people 2slightly, bSaying, ‘Peace, peace!’ When there is no peace.
15 Were they aashamed 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.

16 Thus says the LORD:

“Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the aold paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find brest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
17 Also, I set awatchmen over you, saying, b‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’ But they said, ‘We will not listen.’
18 Therefore hear, you nations,

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And know, O congregation, what is among them.
19 aHear, O earth! Behold, I will certainly bring bcalamity on this people— cThe fruit of their thoughts, Because they have not heeded My words Nor My law, but rejected it.
20 aFor what purpose to Me Comes frankincense bfrom Sheba, And csweet cane from a far country? dYour burnt offerings are not acceptable, Nor your sacrifices sweet to Me.”

21 Therefore thus says the LORD:

“Behold, I will lay stumbling blocks before this people, And the fathers and the sons together shall fall on them. The neighbor and his friend shall perish.”

22 Thus says the LORD:

“Behold, a people comes from the anorth country, And a great nation will be raised from the farthest parts of the earth.
23 They will lay hold on bow and spear; They are cruel and have no mercy; Their voice aroars like the sea; And they ride on horses, As men of war set in array against you, O daughter of Zion.”

24 We have heard the report of it; Our hands grow feeble. aAnguish has taken hold of us, Pain as of a woman in 1labor.
25 Do not go out into the field, Nor walk by the way. Because of the sword of the enemy, Fear is on every side.
26 O daughter of my people, aDress in sackcloth bAnd roll about in ashes! cMake mourning as for an only son, most bitter lamentation; For the plunderer will suddenly come upon us.

27 “I have set you as an assayer and aa fortress among My people, That you may know and test their way.
28 aThey are all stubborn rebels, bwalking as slanderers. They are cbronze and iron, They are all corrupters;
29 The bellows blow fiercely,

19 aIs. 1:2 bJer.
19:3, 15 cProv.
20 aPs. 40:6;
50:7–9; Is.
1:11; 66:3;
Amos 5:21;
Mic. 6:6, 7 bIs.
60:6 cIs. 43:24
dJer. 7:21–23
22 aJer. 1:15;
23 aIs. 5:30
24 aJer. 4:31;
13:21; 49:24
26 aJer. 4:8
bJer. 25:34;
Mic. 1:10
cAmos 8:10;
[Zech. 12:10] 27 aJer. 1:18
28 aJer. 5:23
bJer. 9:4
cEzek. 22:18
30 aIs. 1:22;
Jer. 7:29

The lead is consumed by the fire; The smelter refines in vain, For the wicked are not drawn off.
30 People will call them arejected silver, Because the LORD has rejected them.”

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Folly of the Godless, and God’s Final Triumph

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of

1 THE afool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good.

2 aThe LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God.
3 aThey have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one.

PSALM 14 References

1 aPs. 10:4;
2 aPs. 33:13,
14; 102:19;
Rom. 3:11
3 aRom. 3:12
4 aPs. 79:6; Is.
64:7; Jer.
10:25; Amos
8:4; Mic. 3:3
6 aPs. 9:9;
40:17; 46:1;
7 aPs. 53:6;
11:25–27] bDeut. 30:3;
Job 42:10 1Lit.
Who will give
out of Zion
the salvation
of Israel? 2Or
His capt

4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge, Who eat up my people as they eat bread, And ado not call on the LORD?
5 There they are in great fear, For God is with the generation of the righteous.
6 You shame the counsel of the poor, But the LORD is his arefuge.

7 aOh,1 that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! bWhen the LORD brings back 2the captivity of His people, Let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad.




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