Jeremiah Chapter 4

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Jeremiah 4

If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the Lord, return unto me: and if thou wilt put away thine abominations out of my sight, then shalt thou not remove.

And thou shalt swear, The Lord liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; and the nations shall bless themselves in him, and in him shall they glory.

For thus saith the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.

Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.

Declare ye in Judah, and publish in Jerusalem; and say, Blow ye the trumpet in the land: cry, gather together, and say, Assemble yourselves, and let us go into the defenced cities.

Set up the standard toward Zion: retire, stay not: for I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction.

The lion is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the Gentiles is on his way; he is gone forth from his place to make thy land desolate; and thy cities shall be laid waste, without an inhabitant.

For this gird you with sackcloth, lament and howl: for the fierce anger of the Lord is not turned back from us.

And it shall come to pass at that day, saith the Lord, that the heart of the king shall perish, and the heart of the princes; and the priests shall be astonished, and the prophets shall wonder.

10 Then said I, Ah, Lord God! surely thou hast greatly deceived this people and Jerusalem, saying, Ye shall have peace; whereas the sword reacheth unto the soul.

11 At that time shall it be said to this people and to Jerusalem, A dry wind of the high places in the wilderness toward the daughter of my people, not to fan, nor to cleanse,

12 Even a full wind from those places shall come unto me: now also will I give sentence against them.

13 Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us! for we are spoiled.

14 O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?

15 For a voice declareth from Dan, and publisheth affliction from mount Ephraim.

16 Make ye mention to the nations; behold, publish against Jerusalem, that watchers come from a far country, and give out their voice against the cities of Judah.

17 As keepers of a field, are they against her round about; because she hath been rebellious against me, saith the Lord.

18 Thy way and thy doings have procured these things unto thee; this is thy wickedness, because it is bitter, because it reacheth unto thine heart.

19 My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.

20 Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains in a moment.

21 How long shall I see the standard, and hear the sound of the trumpet?

22 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.

23 I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.

24 I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly.

25 I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled.

26 I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the Lord, and by his fierce anger.

27 For thus hath the Lord said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end.

28 For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black; because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it.

29 The whole city shall flee for the noise of the horsemen and bowmen; they shall go into thickets, and climb up upon the rocks: every city shall be forsaken, and not a man dwell therein.

30 And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though thou rentest thy face with painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair; thy lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life.

31 For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, and the anguish as of her that bringeth forth her first child, the voice of the daughter of Zion, that bewaileth herself, that spreadeth her hands, saying, Woe is me now! for my soul is wearied because of murderers.

33 thoughts on “Jeremiah Chapter 4

  1. v 1 If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the LORD, return unto me : and if thou wilt put away thine abomination out of my sight, then shalt thou not be remove.

    A genuine repentance is absolutely necessary if the blessing and approval of the LORD is to follow and be enjoyed by a person or the Church.

  2. Jeremiah 4:30Amplified Bible (AMP)

    30
    And you, O desolate one, what will you do?
    Though you clothe yourself in scarlet,
    Though you adorn yourself with ornaments of gold,
    Though you enlarge your eyes with paint,
    You make yourself beautiful in vain.
    Your lovers (allies) despise you;
    They seek your life.

    Oh Lord we must allow you to beautify us . This world seeks to beautify the outward . Everywhere everyone trying to look better. Beautifying their selves.
    Yes we are all guilty. The answer is allowing God to work on the inside so that His Glory will shine through. The world seeks life in position,looks,prestige,finances yet their end will be destruction. We must show forth the glory of God in every areas of our life seeking His Kingdom first. Beauty is only skin deep the real you is what you allow to come forth for God’s kingdom. The outward can be marred and distorted but if the inward is beautiful it will shine forth more than any thing that could be applied on the outside. So allow His Kingdom within you to shine forth fir His glory!

  3. 4 Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, circumcise your hearts, and men of Judah and people of Jerusalem or my wrath will break out and burn like fire because of the evil you have done- burn with no one to quench it.

  4. RESTORING HIS KINGDOM

    3 For thus saith the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.

    In our quest to “Seek FIRST the Kingdom of GOD”, there are some necessary decisions we must FIRST make.

    First, we are not on a SEARCH, we know who GOD is, we know where GOD dwells, we know what GOD desires.

    Second, we are to SEEK, to GO to, to discover, to desire to gain or acquire, when we seek GOD we desire to know HIM deeper, follow HIM closer, obey HIM sooner.

    Third, to approach the Kingdom of GOD and approach the KING of Kings, we must REPENT of our hardened ways, forgive others and seek the LORD JESUS with the attitude, mentality and posture of humility. We seek JESUS because we need JESUS.

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap
    iGo
    iBlessYouInTheNameOfTheLordJESUS

  5. 1. O Israel if you turn, turn home to Me. Just turn away from the vile worship of those things, those idols that repulse Me. Put them out of My sight for good. Come home to Me and never stray. Voice

    2 Chronicles 7:14
    If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. KJV

  6. 1 If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the Lord, return unto me: and if thou wilt put away thine abominations out of my sight, then shalt thou not remove.

    If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
    1 John 1:9 KJV

  7. For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.
    Jeremiah 4:22 KJV

    What a sad commentary on the state of the church at that time. Sin had become so rampant, compromise so pervasive, that they no longer even knew how to live right before God if they wanted to. We have a responsibility in this age to shine a light intol this darkened world. We must be a people that others can look to for a knowledge of how to live in right standing with God. We must live in such a way that the world can see that the Kingdom of God is among us.

  8. God asks a question in the midst of the prophecies against Jerusalem. ‘How long shall I see the standard, and hear the sound of the trumpet?’ God obviously knows the answer… he is asking for their benefit. If you continue in your backslidden ways, how long do you think my standard will be lifted from among you. How long do you think you’ll have the strength to sound the trumpet when the enemy comes in. If you do not change your heart, if you do not change your direction, how long do you think the patience of God will allow those sins to remain among his chosen people.

    We are asked a similar question as we begin our own walk with God. There are so many choices to be made, many of which we just don’t know the answer. God is calling us closer to him but the enemy is also trying to retain a foothold in our life. He understands the strength of the passion of those that first come to God and throws everything he can at them to discourage it… but he can’t even begin to compare to God. For those who continue to come, he has only one real alternative, and that is to find something they still want to hold onto to. He assures them everything they’re doing is enough and retains a means to influence them when that passion begins to subside, because he understands the heart of man. He has no new tricks, he merely reuses those that have worked so often in the past.

    The key to overcoming him is in the very next verse. ‘For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.’ We need to have a relationship with God! An experience, no matter how powerful, is not what saves us. It takes a continuation of that experience in a relationship with God! That word sottish means foolish to the point of being stupid, and the Bible clearly declares that his people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. It is HIS holy ghost that leads us and guides us into all truth! … a relationship we can depend upon! It doesn’t matter where each of us are in our walk with God as long as we’re still listening to that still small voice that makes such a difference to our soul!

  9. “I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light. I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved lightly.”
    ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭4:23-24‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    He’s got the whole world in his hands!
    The beholder, the mighty God, the everlasting father.

  10. Jeremiah 5;14 (English Amp) O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved! How long shall your iniquitious and grossly offensive thoughts lodge without you ? We must repent everyday of our lives, make sure that our hearts clean out. Lord guard my heart and my mind. Lord I need your help . Lord I must have more of you. Thank you Lord for such a great pastor and sweet wife .

  11. 4 Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.

    We must be willing to do our part to cleanse ourselves from all unrighteousness. Our righteousness is as filthy rags to the Lord. His righteousness brings a closeness to Him. We will want to be like Him, walk like Him, talk like Him, react like Him. However, we must cut away our flesh (sin) from our lives in order to be like Jesus.

  12. Josiah: 14 O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?
    Nothing in this world is worth not being saved for. We all sin and sin is not prejudice. It is not just for the fat out skinny. Not just for the tall or short. Not just for the rich or poor. We all sin but we can repent. We can be a light to this world. We can help people see God. This Gospel is for the whole world; all nations and all people. God died for us all. So, let us GO SHARE the good news of the Lord to this lost world!

  13. Jeremiah 4:3
    “For thus saith the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.”

    Hosea 10:12 says, “Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.”

    It’s Time to “Break Up” the Fallow Ground of our hearts and Seek the LORD. It’s Time to stop sowing among thorns and Sow in Righteousness. It’s Time to Seek “The Kingdom Of God” and His Righteousness.

  14. iLove the Kingdom
    Jeremiah 4:14 KJV O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?

    We need washed hearts and pure thoughts in order to be saved. God has always required this from his people. This scripture was written in the Old Testament, but it has not changed in the 21st century related to the will of God. God still requires a washed heart and pure mind.

  15. How long will this war last?

    17 As keepers of a field, are they against her round about; because she hath been rebellious against me, saith the Lord.

    18 Thy way and thy doings have procured these things unto thee; this is thy wickedness, because it is bitter, because it reacheth unto thine heart.

    19 My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.

    20 Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains in a moment.

    21 How long shall I see the standard, and hear the sound of the trumpet?

    Every war has a point of escalation and a first strike. It also has a pivot point where one side begins to prevail over the other. And when it is finished there are many losses and one side they claim the victory although each side have suffered losses. In the kingdom of God the Victor is already been settled but the decision of which side your on is still to be reckoned. This war begins with rebellion, look at verse 17. When rebellion reaches the heart verse 18 it leads to a war that cannot be won, verse 19. distraction is imminent verse 20. How long does this war have to last? Verse 21 How long do you continue to fight a war that cannot be won?

  16. 1 If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the Lord, return unto me: and if thou wilt put away thine abominations out of my sight, then shalt thou not remove.

    2 And thou shalt swear, The Lord liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; and the nations shall bless themselves in him, and in him shall they glory.

  17. 30 And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though thou rentest thy face with painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair; thy lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life.

    It’s OK to look nice and get dressed up but when your more concerned with the outward appearance you become vain and unholy. Seek the Lord’s kingdom rather than making your great. Thy kingdom come thy will be done!

  18. 3 For thus saith the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.

    Tonight we have broken the fallow ground, and have gone to a new damintion. It’s time to Grow and follow God.

  19. 3 Yes, the Lord has this to say
    to the people of Judah and Jerusalem:
    “Like a farmer breaking up hard unplowed ground,
    you must break your rebellious will and make a new beginning;
    just as a farmer must clear away thorns lest the seed is wasted,
    you must get rid of the sin that is ruining your lives.
    4 Just as ritual circumcision cuts away the foreskin
    as an external symbol of dedicated covenant commitment,
    you must genuinely dedicate yourselves to the Lord
    and get rid of everything that hinders your commitment to me,

    Preparing our hearts to seek the Lord by keeping it tender, forgiving, full of His love is important every time we come together to worship Him. “Harden not your hearts” as in the day when God’s people provoked Him in the wilderness. As evangelist Smith was saying tonight, in all of our shouting and worship, which is needful, let us not miss the still small voice of the Lord and be sensitive to His direction.
    I like the phrase “get rid of everything that hinders your commitment to me,” easier said than done but worth every effort and every sacrifice. We are seeing the glory of God, souls being transformed, and His Spirit being poured out. Let’s not lose sight of our commitment in the midst of revival!

  20. 3 For thus saith the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.

    4 Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.

    An unhumbled heart is like ground untilled. It is ground which may be improved; it is our ground let out to us; but it is fallow; it is over-grown with thorns and weeds, the natural product of the corrupt heart. Let us entreat the Lord to create in us a clean heart, and to renew a right spirit within us; for except a man be born again, he cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven.

  21. 1“O Israel,” says the LORD,
    “if you wanted to return to me, you could.
    You could throw away your detestable idols
    and stray away no more.
    2Then when you swear by my name, saying,
    ‘As surely as the LORD lives,’
    you could do so
    with truth, justice, and righteousness.
    Then you would be a blessing to the nations of the world,
    and all people would come and praise my name.”

    “If you wanted to return to me, you could”…… repentance isn’t a premeditated prayer we say in some religious institution because that’s what we’re “suppose to do”. Repentance is a condition of the heart. It is such a want and desire to change that it provokes a person to make a difference in their life. That’s why we say it’s a turning away from the things which caused us to sin, not just the sin itself. It is a choice that we make, a place we have to get to. We don’t just ask for forgiveness and then everything can stay the way it is. There has to be a change in our life, in our actions.

  22. 3 For thus saith the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.

    This is a church planters prayer.. I pray this almost every day because it’s so important not to sow seeds among thorns. We pray that every time we reach the lost and cast seed that it falls on good ground.

  23. 4 O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?
    15 For a voice declareth from Dan, and publisheth affliction from mount Ephraim.
    16 Make ye mention to the nations; behold, publish against Jerusalem, that watchers come from a far country, and give out their voice against the cities of Judah.
    17 As keepers of a field, are they against her round about; because she hath been rebellious against me, saith the Lord.
    18 Thy way and thy doings have procured these things unto thee; this is thy wickedness, because it is bitter, because it reacheth unto thine heart.
    19 My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war

    It is a heart issue. Sin behind and ends with the heart. The word eyes us a few chapterss later that it is the heart is deceptive and no man can know it. If Cain’s heart has been right to bring with, he would have offered the blood sacrifice or at least corrected it. The issues of the heart is what flows, it’s what speaks out… This is why we must not only guard it but examine it daily

  24. “Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.”
    ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭4:4‬ ‭KJV‬‬
    We must cut away from our hearts the kingdom of this world. The kingdom or government of this world is not for us. We are under a new rulership He is the King of kings and Lord or lords. We are apart of His Kindgom!

  25. “For thus saith the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.”
    ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭4:3‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    God didn’t say that he was going to break up the fallow ground, but that man would have to break up their own fallow ground. Unless we break up our own sins or hearts all that it will do is get worse.

  26. 14 O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?

    Jesus, give me wisdom and understanding, help me see the things I do that don’t please you. The ones I’m not aware of. Search my heart Jesus and guide me.

  27. Verse 18 ERV “The way you lived and the things you did brought this trouble to you. It is your evil that made your life so hard. Your evil life brought the pain that hurts deep in your heart.” Jeremiah 17:9-10 NLT “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.” Same verses MSG “The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out. But I, God, search the heart and examine the mind. I get to the heart of the human. I get to the root of things. I treat them as they really are, not as they pretend to be.”

  28. 3 This is what the Lord says to the people of Judah and Jerusalem: “Plow up the hard ground of your hearts! Do not waste your good seed among thorns. (NLT)

    As His Kingdom comes, be ready to receive!

  29. 3 For thus saith the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.

    Fallow ground is ground that perhaps was plowed but then left unseeded. It is land left unused. Our hearts can become fallow ground when we do not cultivate a prayer life and seed it with the word of God. We are to bear the fruits of the spirit but it takes work. We are to bear babes in the kingdom and again it takes cultivating in our own lives to produce. Let thy kingdom come and will be done in earth as it is in heaven.

  30. 14 O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?

    It seems that as I read this the stage in which we live in today’s world is explained. The Lord seeks to restore relationship with people. He wants us to turn away from sin and to look to Him. In God is all we need. He is the source of life himself.

  31. 4 Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.

    The same way a male as a baby is circumcised, the Israelites are told to circumcise their hearts. This means that they need to turn away from the sinful nature. Jesus doesn’t want his people caught up in the things of this world but consumed in his marvelous light. It’s better to burn with the Holy Ghost than the fire of his fiery wrath.

  32. 14 O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?

    There are ups, downs, and unexpected turns in life. Though we may go back along a trail we have been traveling, the one thing we don’t want to do is to go backwards spiritually. Backsliding refers to going backwards spiritually and morally. When we backslide, we fall back in some way into a less desirable condition. This lapse may be a relatively minor one and unintentional. We may simply fall back through neglect by not praying, reading the Bible, and keeping our focus on God.

    We must not let anything hold us back from God and His forgiveness and grace. Don’t let the pleasures of sin deceive us. In time, sin will bring pain. We cannot let doubt or guilt hold us back. The Lord’s mercies are new every morning, but do not assume that you are promised tomorrow. Pray to the Lord now.

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