“Tell these people this, Jeremiah: 1 ‘My eyes overflow with tears day and night without ceasing. 2 For my people, my dear children, 3 have suffered a crushing blow. They have suffered a serious wound. 4
Say, ‘Listen to what the Lord says, you kings of Judah and citizens of Jerusalem! 1 The Lord God of Israel who rules over all 2 says, “I will bring a disaster on this place 3 that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it ring! 4
I will reduce the people of this city to desperate straits during the siege imposed on it by their enemies who are seeking to kill them. I will make them so desperate that they will eat the flesh of their own sons and daughters and the flesh of one another.”’” 1
‘I will certainly regather my people from all the countries where I will have exiled 1 them in my anger, fury, and great wrath. I will bring them back to this place and allow them to live here in safety.
You will be 1 an object of scorn and taunting, 2 a prime example of destruction 3 among the nations around you when I execute judgments against you in anger and raging fury. 4 I, the Lord, have spoken!
“For this is what the sovereign Lord says: How much worse will it be when I send my four terrible judgments – sword, famine, wild animals, and plague – to Jerusalem 1 to kill both people and animals!
Then you will know that I, the Lord, have heard all the insults you spoke against the mountains of Israel, saying, “They are desolate, they have been given to us for food.”
“Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel, and say to the mountains and hills, the ravines and valleys, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Look, I have spoken in my zeal and in my anger, because you have endured the insults of the nations.
“Look! I am about to bring 1 a nation against you, family 2 of Israel.” The Lord, the God who commands armies, is speaking. “They will oppress 3 you all the way from Lebo-Hamath 4 to the Stream of the Arabah.” 5
“But all these nations will someday taunt him 1 and ridicule him with proverbial sayings: 2 ‘The one who accumulates what does not belong to him is as good as dead 3 (How long will this go on?) 4 – he who gets rich by extortion!’ 5
Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord’s angry judgment. The whole earth 1 will be consumed by his fiery wrath. 2 Indeed, 3 he will bring terrifying destruction 4 on all who live on the earth.” 5
Esau exclaimed, “‘Jacob’ is the right name for him! 1 He has tripped me up 2 two times! He took away my birthright, and now, look, he has taken away my blessing!” Then he asked, “Have you not kept back a blessing for me?”
then 1 the man must bring his wife to the priest, and he must bring the offering required for her, one tenth of an ephah of barley meal; he must not pour olive oil on it or put frankincense on it, because it is a grain offering of suspicion, 2 a grain offering for remembering, 3 for bringing 4 iniquity to remembrance.