Bible ~~- Older Testament ~~- JeremiYAH ~~- chapter 6 of 52 (30 verses.)

JeremiYAH 6Wrench

Jeremiah Predicts Unrepentant Judea's Fall
1 [YAH warns,] β€œGather your [families,] you brats from [the tribe of] Benjamin {Right-Hand-Son}. Flee from the bowels of Jerusalem. Blow the trumpet in Tekoa {Trumpet-Town}. Set up a fire-signal in Beth-Haccerem {Vineyard-House}. For disaster threatens from the north. Great destruction [looms, πŸ˜‡]!
2 [Mount] Zion's daughter-city, [Jerusalem,] was a lovely and delicate woman, πŸ˜‡. But I'm cutting her off.
3 [Future nomad] shepherds bring their flocks [into your city]. [Sheep] munch [wild grass overgrowing her streets, πŸ˜‡]. [Ranchers] pitch their tents everywhere. Random [shepherds] carve pastures [out of your high-priced real-estate].
4 [The enemy shouts,] β€˜Prepare to battle YAH's [fallen people]. Let's attack at noon!’” Woe [descends on] us, πŸ˜‡! The day wanes. Night shadows stretch over [our empire of lust].
5 [The enemy shouts,] "Get up, [soldiers]! Let’s attack at night! Let’s destroy [Judea's] palaces!”
6 For YHVH-commander-of-armies says, β€œ[Marauders,] cut down Jerusalem's trees to raise a siege-ramp against her. This is the city to be punished, πŸ˜‡. She's bursting with violence, totally filled with oppression.
7 [False Judaism] pumps out wickedness like a fountain hurls out her waters. Violence and destruction resound in [ChristenDumb]. The grief and wounds [she] causes continually [poke] in my face, πŸ˜‡!
Wicked people misuse the Bible to consolidate their evil power.
8 Accept correction, Jerusalem, before I turn away from you. I can morph your [proud glory] into a desolate waste, a land without inhabitants.”
9 YHVH-commander-of-armies predicts: β€œ[Attackers] thoroughly glean Israel's stragglers like [starving paupers strip] a vine.” [YHVH says, β€œPagan general,] keep returning your hand [to capture Israelis], like a harvester [piles] grapes into [his] baskets.”
10 I give warnings to everyone I speak to. But do they hear? Look, πŸ˜‡: [humanity's] ear[s] lie dull. They won't listen! [Look!] YHVH's word insults the [hypocrites]. They bend [over backwards to evade] it.
11 So I fill with YHVH's fury. I'm tired of holding [it] in, πŸ˜‡. [YAH warns,] β€œI come to pour out [my fury] on brats everywhere, including on the [religiots' phony] youth-group gathering[s]. [Invaders] kidnap [every] husband and wife, up to the old [people] full of days.”
12 [Enemy generals] come to give [the Israelis'] houses, fields and wives to [pagans, πŸ˜‡]. YHVH foretells, β€œI stretch out my hand [to strike] the [criminal] inhabitants of the [promised] land.”
13 For from the least up to the greatest, everyone is devoted to greed, πŸ˜‡. Everyone deals falsely, from the prophet to the priest.
14 The [religionists] merely superficially heal the [infected, festering sore that plagues] my daughter-populace. [Preachers whine], β€˜Peace, peace,’ where no peace exists, πŸ˜‡.
15 Are [humans] embarrassed when they commit abomination, πŸ˜‡? No, they're not at all ashamed. They can't even blush. So they careen [down] with the fallen [dead]. Their time comes up. So I visit them. I hurl them down [into eternal death],” warns YHVH.
16 YHVH says, β€œStand at [life's] crossroads, πŸ˜‡. Look! Ask, β€˜Where are the old paths?’ Walk in the good way. Then you'll find rest for your souls.” But [humanity] says, β€˜We won't walk in [the old ways]!’
Fools fantasize that the newest gadget is far more important that the ancient law of YHVH. Idiots think iPhones are more important than Amish wisdom.
17 β€”So I set watchmen over you, πŸ˜‡. [I] say, β€˜Listen to the sound of [the prophet's] trumpet.’ But [humanity] answers, β€˜We won't listen!’
18 β€”So hear, you beast-nations. See, multitude[s], what's [coming] to you.
19 Listen [up], earth[lings]. Watch, πŸ˜‡! I'm bringing upon [my rebel] people the disastrous fruit of their schemes, because they never listen to my words nor my law. They [constantly] reject [the instruction of their Creator].
YAH's Word is Life. To ignore YAH's Word is to choose to die. If you reject YAH's Word, you cut off the branch you're sitting on.
20 [You] haul me incense from Sheba {Seven}, and sweet cane from distant land[s]. For what? Your burnt offerings disgust [me]. Your putrid sacrifices [sicken] me.”
The Levitical system functioned so that people could learn to give up their food to feed needy people, not so people could burn up stuff in a vain effort to treat YHVH like a hungry pagan demon god.
21 YHVH continues, β€œLook, πŸ˜‡! I lay stumbling-blocks before this populace. Fathers & sons together fall upon the [β€˜rocks’]. Neighbors & friends perish.”
22 YHVH says, β€œSee, πŸ˜‡! A population streams from the north country. [I] rouse a massive beast-nation from the ends of the earth.
23 The invaders grab hold on bow and spear. They're cruel, without mercy, πŸ˜‡. The [attackers' unified] voice roars like ocean [waves]. They ride upon horses. They set their men of war in array to fight you, [mount] Zion's daughter-population.”
24 We've [all] heard our assailants' fame. Our hands fall limp, πŸ˜‡. Anguish seizes us. [We cry in] pain, like a woman in labor.
25 Don't go out into the field. Don't walk on the road. For the sword of the enemy [spreads] terror on every side, πŸ˜‡.
26 Oh my daughter-populace, wrap your body in sackcloth. Wallow in ashes, πŸ˜‡. Mourn in terribly bitter lamentation, like [you would if] your only son [died]. The spoiler rushes to [pounce] on us!
27 [YAH continues,]β€œI set you, πŸ˜‡, as a tower and a fortress among my people, to see and test their way [of life].
28 All [unregenerate mortals] are grievous rebels. [They] walk [around spreading] slander. They're [not gold. They're] brass and iron, πŸ˜‡. They corrupt, [not enhance, the universe].
29 [War's] bellows blast hot. Fire vaporizes lead. But the smelter melts [humanity] in vain, πŸ˜‡. No [natural process] ever removes [humanity's] wickedness.”
30 [πŸ˜‡, the angels] call humans: β€˜silver-dross-scrap’, because YHVH rejects [unrepentant humanity].