The enemies, sent against Judah,
Jeremiah 6:1 Strengthen yourselves, sons of Benjamin, From the midst of Jerusalem, And in Tekoa blow ye a trumpet, And over Beth-Haccerem lift ye up a flame, For evil hath been seen from the north, And great destruction. Jeremiah 6:2 The comely and the delicate one I have cut off, The daughter of Zion. Jeremiah 6:3 Unto her come do shepherds and their droves, They have stricken tents by her round about, They have fed each [in] his own station.
Jeremiah 6:4 Sanctify ye against her the battle, Rise, and we go up at noon. Woe to us, for turned hath the day, For stretched out are the shades of evening, Jeremiah 6:5 'Rise, and we go up by night, And we destroy her palaces.'
God setteth them on work because of their sins.
Jeremiah 6:6 For thus said Jehovah of Hosts: Cut down her wood, And pour out against Jerusalem a mount, She [is] the city to be inspected, Whollyshe is oppression in her midst. Jeremiah 6:7 As the digging of a well, is [for] its waters, So she hath digged [for] her wickedness, Violence and spoil is heard in her, Before My face continually [are] sickness and smiting. Jeremiah 6:8 Be instructed, O Jerusalem, Lest My soul be alienated from thee, Lest I make thee a desolation, a land not inhabited.
The prophet lamenteth the judgments of God because of their sins.
Jeremiah 6:9 Thus said Jehovah of Hosts: They surely glean, as a vine, the remnant of Israel, Put back thy hand, as a gatherer to the baskets. Jeremiah 6:10 To whom do I speak, and testify, and they hear? Lo, their ear [is] uncircumcised, And they are not able to attend. Lo, a word of Jehovah hath been to them for a reproach, They delight not in it. Jeremiah 6:11 And with the fury of Jehovah I have been filled, (I have been weary of containing,) To pour [it] on the suckling in the street, And on the assembly of youths together, For even husband with wife are captured, An elder with one full of days, Jeremiah 6:12 And their houses have been turned to others, Fields and wives together, For I stretch out My hand against the inhabitants of the land, An affirmation of Jehovah. Jeremiah 6:13 For from their least unto their greatest, Every one is gaining dishonest gain, And from prophet even unto priest, Every one is dealing falsely, Jeremiah 6:14 And they heal the breach of the daughter of my people slightly, Saying, 'Peace, peace!' and there is no peace. Jeremiah 6:15 They were ashamed when they did abomination! Yea, they are not at all ashamed, Yea, blushing they have not known, Therefore they do fall among those falling, In the time I have inspected them, They stumble, said Jehovah. Jeremiah 6:16 Thus said Jehovah: Stand ye by the ways and see, and ask for paths of old, Where [is] thisthe good way? and go ye in it, And find rest for yourselves. And they say, 'We do not go.' Jeremiah 6:17 And I have raised up for you watchmen, Attend ye to the voice of the trumpet. And they say, 'We do not attend.'
He proclaimeth God's wrath.
Jeremiah 6:18 Therefore hear, O nations, and know, O company, That which [is] upon them. Jeremiah 6:19 Hear, O earth, lo, I am bringing evil on this people, The fruit of their devices, For to My words they gave no attention, And My lawthey kick against it. Jeremiah 6:20 Why [is] this to Me? frankincense from Sheba cometh, And the sweet cane from a land afar off, Your burnt-offerings [are] not for acceptance, And your sacrifices have not been sweet to Me. Jeremiah 6:21 Therefore thus said Jehovah: Lo, I do give to this people stumbling blocks, And stumbled against them have fathers and sons together, The neighbour and his friend do perish. Jeremiah 6:22 Thus said Jehovah: Lo, a people hath come from a north country, And a great nation is stirred up from the sides of the earth. Jeremiah 6:23 Bow and javelin they take hold of, Fierce it [is], and they have no mercy, Their voice as a sea doth sound, And on horses they ride, set in array as a man of war, Against thee, O daughter of Zion. Jeremiah 6:24 'We have heard its sound, feeble have been our hands, Distress hath seized us, pain as of a travailing woman. Jeremiah 6:25 Go not forth to the field, And in the way walk not, For a sword hath the enemy, fear [is] round about.
He calleth the people to mourn for the judgment on their sins.
Jeremiah 6:26 O daughter of My people, Gird on sackcloth, and roll thyself in ashes, The mourning of an only one make for thee, A lamentation most bitter, For suddenly come doth the spoiler against us. Jeremiah 6:27 A watch-tower I have given thee, Among My people a fortress, And thou knowest, and hast tried their way. Jeremiah 6:28 All of them are turned aside by apostates, Walking slanderouslybrass and iron, All of them are corrupters. Jeremiah 6:29 The bellows have been burnt, By fire hath the lead been consumed, In vain hath a refiner refined, And the wicked have not been drawn away. Jeremiah 6:30 'Silver rejected,' they have called to them, For Jehovah hath kicked against them!