Jeremiah 4
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1  If you return, O Yisrael —declares Hashem—If you return to Me, If you remove your abominations from My presence And do not waver,

א  אִם־תָּשׁוּב יִשְׂרָאֵל נְאֻם־יְהוָה אֵלַי תָּשׁוּב וְאִם־תָּסִיר שִׁקּוּצֶיךָ מִפָּנַי וְלֹא תָנוּד׃

2  And swear, “As Hashem lives,” In sincerity, justice, and righteousness— Nations shall bless themselves by you And praise themselves by you.

ב  וְנִשְׁבַּעְתָּ חַי־יְהוָה בֶּאֱמֶת בְּמִשְׁפָּט וּבִצְדָקָה וְהִתְבָּרְכוּ בוֹ גּוֹיִם וּבוֹ יִתְהַלָּלוּ׃

3  For thus said Hashem to the men of Yehuda and to Yerushalayim: Break up the untilled ground, And do not sow among thorns.

ג  כִּי־כֹה אָמַר יְהֹוָה לְאִישׁ יְהוּדָה וְלִירוּשָׁלִַם נִירוּ לָכֶם נִיר וְאַל־תִּזְרְעוּ אֶל־קוֹצִים׃

4  Open your hearts to Hashem, Remove the thickening about your hearts— O men of Yehuda and inhabitants of Yerushalayim— Lest My wrath break forth like fire, And burn, with none to quench it, Because of your wicked acts.

ד  הִמֹּלוּ לַיהֹוָה וְהָסִרוּ עָרְלוֹת לְבַבְכֶם אִישׁ יְהוּדָה וְיֹשְׁבֵי יְרוּשָׁלִָם פֶּן־תֵּצֵא כָאֵשׁ חֲמָתִי וּבָעֲרָה וְאֵין מְכַבֶּה מִפְּנֵי רֹעַ מַעַלְלֵיכֶם׃

5  Proclaim in Yehuda, Announce in Yerushalayim, And say: “Blow the horn in the land!” Shout aloud and say: “Assemble, and let us go Into the fortified cities!”

ה  הַגִּידוּ בִיהוּדָה וּבִירוּשָׁלִַם הַשְׁמִיעוּ וְאִמְרוּ ותקעו [תִּקְעוּ] שׁוֹפָר בָּאָרֶץ קִרְאוּ מַלְאוּ וְאִמְרוּ הֵאָסְפוּ וְנָבוֹאָה אֶל־עָרֵי הַמִּבְצָר׃

6  Set up a signpost: To Tzion. Take refuge, do not delay! For I bring evil from the north, And great disaster.

s’-u NAYS tzi-YO-nah ha-EE-zu al ta-a-MO-du KEE ra-AH a-no-KHEE may-VEE mi-tza-FON v’-SHE-ver ga-DOL

ו  שְׂאוּ־נֵס צִיּוֹנָה הָעִיזוּ אַל־תַּעֲמֹדוּ כִּי רָעָה אָנֹכִי מֵבִיא מִצָּפוֹן וְשֶׁבֶר גָּדוֹל׃

4:6   Set up a signpost: To Tzion

After the sentry alerts the nation to the invaders from the north, the people flock to Yerushalayim for protection. To guide and direct them, signposts will be established on the roadways. The Hebrew term nes tziona (נס ציונה), ‘a signpost: To Tzion,’ became the name of one of the first towns established in Israel by returning Jews at the end of the nineteenth century. In 1891, a man by the name of Michael Halperin gathered a group of people in Central Israel and unfurled a blue and white flag emblazoned with the words nes tziona written in gold. This location became the modern-day city of Nes Tziona, and Halperin’s banner became the model for the future Israeli flag.Comment

7  The lion has come up from his thicket: The destroyer of nations has set out, Has departed from his place, To make your land a desolation; Your cities shall be ruined, Without inhabitants.

ז  עָלָה אַרְיֵה מִסֻּבְּכוֹ וּמַשְׁחִית גּוֹיִם נָסַע יָצָא מִמְּקֹמוֹ לָשׂוּם אַרְצֵךְ לְשַׁמָּה עָרַיִךְ תִּצֶּינָה מֵאֵין יוֹשֵׁב׃

8  For this, put on sackcloth, Mourn and wail; For the blazing anger of Hashem Has not turned away from us.

ח  עַל־זֹאת חִגְרוּ שַׂקִּים סִפְדוּ וְהֵילִילוּ כִּי לֹא־שָׁב חֲרוֹן אַף־יְהֹוָה מִמֶּנּוּ׃

9  And in that day —declares Hashem— The mind of the king And the mind of the nobles shall fail, The kohanim shall be appalled, And the neviim shall stand aghast.

ט  וְהָיָה בַיּוֹם־הַהוּא נְאֻם־יְהוָה יֹאבַד לֵב־הַמֶּלֶךְ וְלֵב הַשָּׂרִים וְנָשַׁמּוּ הַכֹּהֲנִים וְהַנְּבִיאִים יִתְמָהוּ׃

10  And I said: Ah, Hashem! Surely You have deceived this people and Yerushalayim saying: It shall be well with you— Yet the sword threatens the very life!

י  וָאֹמַר אֲהָהּ אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה אָכֵן הַשֵּׁא הִשֵּׁאתָ לָעָם הַזֶּה וְלִירוּשָׁלִַם לֵאמֹר שָׁלוֹם יִהְיֶה לָכֶם וְנָגְעָה חֶרֶב עַד־הַנָּפֶשׁ׃

11  At that time, it shall be said concerning this people and Yerushalayim: The conduct of My poor people is like searing wind From the bare heights of the desert— It will not serve to winnow or to fan.

יא  בָּעֵת הַהִיא יֵאָמֵר לָעָם־הַזֶּה וְלִירוּשָׁלִַם רוּחַ צַח שְׁפָיִים בַּמִּדְבָּר דֶּרֶךְ בַּת־עַמִּי לוֹא לִזְרוֹת וְלוֹא לְהָבַר׃

12  A full blast from them comes against Me: Now I in turn will bring charges against them.

יב  רוּחַ מָלֵא מֵאֵלֶּה יָבוֹא לִי עַתָּה גַּם־אֲנִי אֲדַבֵּר מִשְׁפָּטִים אוֹתָם׃

13  Lo, he ascends like clouds, His chariots are like a whirlwind, His horses are swifter than eagles. Woe to us, we are ruined!

יג  הִנֵּה כַּעֲנָנִים יַעֲלֶה וְכַסּוּפָה מַרְכְּבוֹתָיו קַלּוּ מִנְּשָׁרִים סוּסָיו אוֹי לָנוּ כִּי שֻׁדָּדְנוּ׃

14  Wash your heart clean of wickedness, O Yerushalayim, that you may be rescued. How long will you harbor within you Your evil designs?

יד  כַּבְּסִי מֵרָעָה לִבֵּךְ יְרוּשָׁלִַם לְמַעַן תִּוָּשֵׁעִי עַד־מָתַי תָּלִין בְּקִרְבֵּךְ מַחְשְׁבוֹת אוֹנֵךְ׃

15  Hark, one proclaims from Dan And announces calamity from Mount Efraim!

טו  כִּי קוֹל מַגִּיד מִדָּן וּמַשְׁמִיעַ אָוֶן מֵהַר אֶפְרָיִם׃

16  Tell the nations: Here they are! Announce concerning Yerushalayim: Watchers are coming from a distant land, They raise their voices against the towns of Yehuda.

טז  הַזְכִּירוּ לַגּוֹיִם הִנֵּה הַשְׁמִיעוּ עַל־יְרוּשָׁלִַם נֹצְרִים בָּאִים מֵאֶרֶץ הַמֶּרְחָק וַיִּתְּנוּ עַל־עָרֵי יְהוּדָה קוֹלָם׃

17  Like guards of fields, they surround her on every side. For she has rebelled against Me —declares Hashem.

יז  כְּשֹׁמְרֵי שָׂדַי הָיוּ עָלֶיהָ מִסָּבִיב כִּי־אֹתִי מָרָתָה נְאֻם־יְהוָה׃

18  Your conduct and your acts Have brought this upon you; This is your bitter punishment; It pierces your very heart.

יח  דַּרְכֵּךְ וּמַעֲלָלַיִךְ עָשׂוֹ אֵלֶּה לָךְ זֹאת רָעָתֵךְ כִּי מָר כִּי נָגַע עַד־לִבֵּךְ׃

19  Oh, my suffering, my suffering! How I writhe! Oh, the walls of my heart! My heart moans within me, I cannot be silent; For I hear the blare of horns, Alarms of war.

יט  מֵעַי מֵעַי אחולה [אוֹחִילָה] קִירוֹת לִבִּי הֹמֶה־לִּי לִבִּי לֹא אַחֲרִישׁ כִּי קוֹל שׁוֹפָר שמעתי [שָׁמַעַתְּ] נַפְשִׁי תְּרוּעַת מִלְחָמָה׃

20  Disaster overtakes disaster, For all the land has been ravaged. Suddenly my tents have been ravaged, In a moment, my tent cloths.

כ  שֶׁבֶר עַל־שֶׁבֶר נִקְרָא כִּי שֻׁדְּדָה כָּל־הָאָרֶץ פִּתְאֹם שֻׁדְּדוּ אֹהָלַי רֶגַע יְרִיעֹתָי׃

21  How long must I see standards And hear the blare of horns?

כא  עַד־מָתַי אֶרְאֶה־נֵּס אֶשְׁמְעָה קוֹל שׁוֹפָר׃

22  For My people are stupid, They give Me no heed; They are foolish children, They are not intelligent. They are clever at doing wrong, But unable to do right.

כב  כִּי אֱוִיל עַמִּי אוֹתִי לֹא יָדָעוּ בָּנִים סְכָלִים הֵמָּה וְלֹא נְבוֹנִים הֵמָּה חֲכָמִים הֵמָּה לְהָרַע וּלְהֵיטִיב לֹא יָדָעוּ׃

23  I look at the earth, It is unformed and void; At the skies, And their light is gone.

כג  רָאִיתִי אֶת־הָאָרֶץ וְהִנֵּה־תֹהוּ וָבֹהוּ וְאֶל־הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵין אוֹרָם׃

24  I look at the mountains, They are quaking; And all the hills are rocking.

כד  רָאִיתִי הֶהָרִים וְהִנֵּה רֹעֲשִׁים וְכָל־הַגְּבָעוֹת הִתְקַלְקָלוּ׃

25  I look: no man is left, And all the birds of the sky have fled.

כה  רָאִיתִי וְהִנֵּה אֵין הָאָדָם וְכָל־עוֹף הַשָּׁמַיִם נָדָדוּ׃

26  I look: the farm land is desert, And all its towns are in ruin— Because of Hashem, Because of His blazing anger.

כו  רָאִיתִי וְהִנֵּה הַכַּרְמֶל הַמִּדְבָּר וְכָל־עָרָיו נִתְּצוּ מִפְּנֵי יְהוָה מִפְּנֵי חֲרוֹן אַפּוֹ׃

27  For thus said Hashem: The whole land shall be desolate, But I will not make an end of it.)

כז  כִּי־כֹה אָמַר יְהוָה שְׁמָמָה תִהְיֶה כָּל־הָאָרֶץ וְכָלָה לֹא אֶעֱשֶׂה׃

28  For this the earth mourns, And skies are dark above— Because I have spoken, I have planned, And I will not relent or turn back from it.

כח  עַל־זֹאת תֶּאֱבַל הָאָרֶץ וְקָדְרוּ הַשָּׁמַיִם מִמָּעַל עַל כִּי־דִבַּרְתִּי זַמֹּתִי וְלֹא נִחַמְתִּי וְלֹא־אָשׁוּב מִמֶּנָּה׃

29  At the shout of horseman and bowman The whole city flees. They enter the thickets, They clamber up the rocks. The whole city is deserted, Not a man remains there.

כט  מִקּוֹל פָּרָשׁ וְרֹמֵה קֶשֶׁת בֹּרַחַת כָּל־הָעִיר בָּאוּ בֶּעָבִים וּבַכֵּפִים עָלוּ כָּל־הָעִיר עֲזוּבָה וְאֵין־יוֹשֵׁב בָּהֵן אִישׁ׃

30  And you, who are doomed to ruin, What do you accomplish by wearing crimson, By decking yourself in jewels of gold, By enlarging your eyes with kohl? You beautify yourself in vain: Lovers despise you, They seek your life!

ל  ואתי [וְאַתְּ] שָׁדוּד מַה־תַּעֲשִׂי כִּי־תִלְבְּשִׁי שָׁנִי כִּי־תַעְדִּי עֲדִי־זָהָב כִּי־תִקְרְעִי בַפּוּךְ עֵינַיִךְ לַשָּׁוְא תִּתְיַפִּי מָאֲסוּ־בָךְ עֹגְבִים נַפְשֵׁךְ יְבַקֵּשׁוּ׃

31  I hear a voice as of one in travail, Anguish as of a woman bearing her first child, The voice of Fair Tzion Panting, stretching out her hands: “Alas for me! I faint Before the killers!”

 

לא  כִּי קוֹל כְּחוֹלָה שָׁמַעְתִּי צָרָה כְּמַבְכִּירָה קוֹל בַּת־צִיּוֹן תִּתְיַפֵּחַ תְּפָרֵשׂ כַּפֶּיהָ אוֹי־נָא לִי כִּי־עָיְפָה נַפְשִׁי לְהֹרְגִים׃

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