Jeremiah 4:23
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New International Version
I looked at the earth, and it was formless and empty; and at the heavens, and their light was gone.

New Living Translation
I looked at the earth, and it was empty and formless. I looked at the heavens, and there was no light.

English Standard Version
I looked on the earth, and behold, it was without form and void; and to the heavens, and they had no light.

New American Standard Bible
I looked on the earth, and behold, it was formless and void; And to the heavens, and they had no light.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I looked at the earth, and it was formless and empty. I looked to the heavens, and their light was gone.

International Standard Version
I looked at the earth, and it was formless and void, at the heavens, and there was no light there.

NET Bible
"I looked at the land and saw that it was an empty wasteland. I looked up at the sky, and its light had vanished.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I see the earth. It's formless and empty. I see the sky. Its lights are gone.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I beheld the earth, And, lo, it was waste and void; And the heavens, and they had no light.

New American Standard 1977
I looked on the earth, and behold, it was formless and void;
            And to the heavens, and they had no light.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I beheld the earth, and, behold, it was without order, and empty; and the heavens, and they had no light.

King James 2000 Bible
I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.

American King James Version
I beheld the earth, and, see, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.

American Standard Version
I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was waste and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I beheld the earth, and lo it was void, and nothing: and the heavens, and there was no light in them.

Darby Bible Translation
I beheld the earth, and lo, it was waste and empty; and the heavens, and they had no light.

English Revised Version
I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was waste and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.

Webster's Bible Translation
I beheld the earth, and lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.

World English Bible
I saw the earth, and, behold, it was waste and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.

Young's Literal Translation
I looked to the land, and lo, waste and void, And unto the heavens, and their light is not.
Study Bible
Lamentation for Judah
22"For My people are foolish, They know Me not; They are stupid children And have no understanding. They are shrewd to do evil, But to do good they do not know." 23I looked on the earth, and behold, it was formless and void; And to the heavens, and they had no light. 24I looked on the mountains, and behold, they were quaking, And all the hills moved to and fro.…
Word Study

I beheld
ra'ah  (raw-aw')
to see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitive, intransitive and causative)surely, think, view, visions.

the earth
'erets  (eh'-rets)
the earth (at large, or partitively a land) -- common, country, earth, field, ground, land, natins, way, + wilderness, world.

and lo it was without form
tohuw  (to'-hoo)
a desolation (of surface), i.e. desert; figuratively, a worthless thing; adverbially, in vain -- confusion, empty place, without form, nothing, (thing of) nought, vain, vanity, waste, wilderness.

and void
bohuw  (bo'-hoo)
a vacuity, i.e. (superficially) an undistinguishable ruin -- emptiness, void.

and the heavens
shamayim  (shaw-mah'-yim)
air, astrologer, heaven(-s).

and they had no light
'owr  (ore)
illumination or (concrete) luminary (in every sense, including lightning, happiness, etc.) -- bright, clear, + day, light (-ning), morning, sun.

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
4:19-31 The prophet had no pleasure in delivering messages of wrath. He is shown in a vision the whole land in confusion. Compared with what it was, every thing is out of order; but the ruin of the Jewish nation would not be final. Every end of our comforts is not a full end. Though the Lord may correct his people very severely, yet he will not cast them off. Ornaments and false colouring would be of no avail. No outward privileges or profession, no contrivances would prevent destruction. How wretched the state of those who are like foolish children in the concerns of their souls! Whatever we are ignorant of, may the Lord make of good understanding in the ways of godliness. As sin will find out the sinner, so sorrow will, sooner or later, find out the secure.
Cross References
Genesis 1:2
The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.

Isaiah 5:30
And it will growl over it in that day like the roaring of the sea. If one looks to the land, behold, there is darkness and distress; Even the light is darkened by its clouds.

Isaiah 24:19
The earth is broken asunder, The earth is split through, The earth is shaken violently.

Jeremiah 2:12
"Be appalled, O heavens, at this, And shudder, be very desolate," declares the LORD.

Lamentations 3:2
He has driven me and made me walk In darkness and not in light.

Joel 2:10
Before them the earth quakes, The heavens tremble, The sun and the moon grow dark And the stars lose their brightness.

Zechariah 14:6
In that day there will be no light; the luminaries will dwindle.
Treasury of Scripture

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the earth.

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the heavens.

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Acts 2:19,20 And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; …

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