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11At that time shall it be said of this people and of Jerusalem;
A hot wind of the high hills in the wilderness
Toward the daughter of My people,
Not to fan, nor to cleanse;
12A wind too strong for this shall come for Me;
Now will I also utter judgments against them.
13Behold, he cometh up as clouds,
And his chariots are as the whirlwind;
His horses are swifter than eagles.—
'Woe unto us! for we are undone.'—
14O Jerusalem, wash thy heart from wickedness,
That thou mayest be saved.
How long shall thy baleful thoughts
Lodge within thee?
15For hark! one declareth from Dan,
And announceth calamity from the hills of Ephraim:
16'Make ye mention to the nations:
Behold—publish concerning Jerusalem—
Watchers come from a far country,
And give out their voice against the cities of Judah.'
17As keepers of a field
Are they against her round about;
Because she hath been rebellious against Me,
Saith the Lord.
18Thy way and thy doings have procured
These things unto thee;
This is thy wickedness; yea, it is bitter,
Yea, it reacheth unto thy heart.
19My bowels, my bowels! I writhe in pain!
The chambers of my heart!
My heart moaneth within me!
I cannot hold my peace!
Because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the horn,
The alarm of war.
20Destruction followeth upon destruction,
For the whole land is spoiled;
Suddenly are my tents spoiled,
My curtains in a moment.
21How long shall I see the standard,
Shall I hear the sound of the horn?
22For My people is foolish,
They know Me not;
They are sottish children,
And they have no understanding;
They are wise to do evil,
But to do good they have no knowledge.
23I beheld the earth,
And, lo, it was waste and void;
And the heavens, and they had no light.
24I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled,
And all the hills moved to and fro.
25I beheld, and, lo, there was no man,
And all the birds of the heavens were fled.
26I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful field was a wilderness,
And all the cities thereof were broken down
At the presence of the Lord,
And before His fierce anger.
27For thus saith the Lord:
The whole land shall be desolate;
Yet will I not make a full end.
28For this shall the earth mourn,
And the heavens above be black;
Because I have spoken it, I have purposed it,
And I have not repented, neither will I turn back from it.