Mary Anna (9 May 2011)
"Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is
spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled and my curtains in a moment.
How long shall I see the standard, and hear the sound of the trumpet?
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.
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.
I beheld, and lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled.
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.
For thus hath the Lord said, The whole lands shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end.
For this shall the earth morn, and the heavens above be
black: because I have spoken it. I have proposed it and will not
repent neither will I turn back from it.
The whole city shall flee for the noise of the
horsemen and bowmen; they shall go into the thickets, and climb up upon
the rocks: every city shall be forsaken and not a man dwell therein.
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 shall thou make thyself fair; thy lovers will despise
thee, they will seek thy life.
For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail,
and the anguish as of her that bringeth forth her first child, and
voice of the daughter of Zion, that bewaileth herself, that spredeth
her hand, saying. Woe is me now! for my soul is wearied because of
5 Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see
now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a
man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the
truth, and I will pardon it.
And though they say, The Lord liveth; surely they swear falsely?
O Lord are not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast
stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, but
they have refused to receive correction: they have made their faces
harder than a rock; they have refused to return.
Therefore I said, Surely thee are poor; they are
foolish; for they know not the way of the Lord, nor the judgment of
If any of the above sounds vaguely familiar, it's found in Jeremiah 4:20-25 and 5: 1-5. (KJV)