Jeremiah 6:20-30

20Of what use to me is frankincense that comes from Sheba, or sweet cane from a distant land? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor are your sacrifices pleasing to me. 21Therefore thus says the Lord: See, I am laying before this people stumbling blocks against which they shall stumble; parents and children together, neighbor and friend shall perish. 22Thus says the Lord: See, a people is coming from the land of the north, a great nation is stirring from the farthest parts of the earth. 23They grasp the bow and the javelin, they are cruel and have no mercy, their sound is like the roaring sea; they ride on horses, equipped like a warrior for battle, against you, O daughter Zion! 24“We have heard news of them, our hands fall helpless; anguish has taken hold of us, pain as of a woman in labor. 25Do not go out into the field, or walk on the road; for the enemy has a sword, terror is on every side.” 26O my poor people, put on sackcloth, and roll in ashes; make mourning as for an only child, most bitter lamentation: for suddenly the destroyer will come upon us. 27I have made you a tester and a refiner among my people so that you may know and test their ways. 28They are all stubbornly rebellious, going about with slanders; they are bronze and iron, all of them act corruptly. 29The bellows blow fiercely, the lead is consumed by the fire; in vain the refining goes on, for the wicked are not removed. 30They are called “rejected silver,” for the Lord has rejected them.

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