Jeremiah 4:6
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New International Version
Raise the signal to go to Zion! Flee for safety without delay! For I am bringing disaster from the north, even terrible destruction."

New Living Translation
Raise a signal flag as a warning for Jerusalem: 'Flee now! Do not delay!' For I am bringing terrible destruction upon you from the north."

English Standard Version
Raise a standard toward Zion, flee for safety, stay not, for I bring disaster from the north, and great destruction.

New American Standard Bible
"Lift up a standard toward Zion! Seek refuge, do not stand still, For I am bringing evil from the north, And great destruction.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Lift up a signal flag toward Zion. Run for cover! Don't stand still! For I am bringing disaster from the north-- a great destruction.

International Standard Version
Raise a standard in the direction of Zion. Flee! Don't stand around! For I'm bringing calamity from the north, along with great destruction.

NET Bible
Raise a signal flag that tells people to go to Zion. Run for safety! Do not delay! For I am about to bring disaster out of the north. It will bring great destruction.

New Heart English Bible
Set up a standard toward Zion. Flee for safety. Do not wait; for I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Raise the flag to signal people to go to Zion. Take cover! Don't just stand there! I'm bringing disaster and widespread destruction from the north.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Set up a standard toward Zion; Put yourselves under covert, stay not; For I will bring evil from the north, And a great destruction.

New American Standard 1977
“Lift up a standard toward Zion!
            Seek refuge, do not stand still,
            For I am bringing evil from the north,
            And great destruction.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Set up the banner in Zion: come together, do not delay: for I bring evil from the north wind, and a great destruction.

King James 2000 Bible
Set up the standard toward Zion: take refuge, delay not: for I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction.

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

American Standard Version
Set up a standard toward Zion: flee for safety, stay not; for I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Set up the standard in Sion. Strengthen yourselves, stay not: for I bring evil from the north, and great destruction.

Darby Bible Translation
Set up a banner toward Zion; take to flight, stay not! For I am bringing evil from the north, and a great destruction.

English Revised Version
Set up a standard toward Zion: flee for safety, stay not: for I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction.

Webster's Bible Translation
Set up the standard towards Zion: retire, stay not: for I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction.

World English Bible
Set up a standard toward Zion. Flee for safety! Don't wait; for I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction."

Young's Literal Translation
Lift up an ensign Zionward, Strengthen yourselves, stand not still, For evil I am bringing in from the north, And a great destruction.
Study Bible
Disaster from the North
5Declare in Judah and proclaim in Jerusalem, and say, "Blow the trumpet in the land; Cry aloud and say, 'Assemble yourselves, and let us go Into the fortified cities.' 6"Lift up a standard toward Zion! Seek refuge, do not stand still, For I am bringing evil from the north, And great destruction. 7"A lion has gone up from his thicket, And a destroyer of nations has set out; He has gone out from his place To make your land a waste. Your cities will be ruins Without inhabitant.…
Cross References
Isaiah 62:10
Go through, go through the gates, Clear the way for the people; Build up, build up the highway, Remove the stones, lift up a standard over the peoples.

Jeremiah 1:14
Then the LORD said to me, "Out of the north the evil will break forth on all the inhabitants of the land.

Jeremiah 1:15
"For, behold, I am calling all the families of the kingdoms of the north," declares the LORD; "and they will come and they will set each one his throne at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all its walls round about and against all the cities of Judah.

Jeremiah 4:21
How long must I see the standard And hear the sound of the trumpet?

Jeremiah 6:1
"Flee for safety, O sons of Benjamin, From the midst of Jerusalem! Now blow a trumpet in Tekoa And raise a signal over Beth-haccerem; For evil looks down from the north, And a great destruction.

Jeremiah 6:22
Thus says the LORD, "Behold, a people is coming from the north land, And a great nation will be aroused from the remote parts of the earth.

Jeremiah 18:11
"So now then, speak to the men of Judah and against the inhabitants of Jerusalem saying, 'Thus says the LORD, "Behold, I am fashioning calamity against you and devising a plan against you. Oh turn back, each of you from his evil way, and reform your ways and your deeds."'

Jeremiah 22:7
"For I will set apart destroyers against you, Each with his weapons; And they will cut down your choicest cedars And throw them on the fire.

Jeremiah 50:2
"Declare and proclaim among the nations. Proclaim it and lift up a standard. Do not conceal it but say, 'Babylon has been captured, Bel has been put to shame, Marduk has been shattered; Her images have been put to shame, her idols have been shattered.'

Zechariah 6:6
with one of which the black horses are going forth to the north country; and the white ones go forth after them, while the dappled ones go forth to the south country.
Treasury of Scripture

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

the standard

Jeremiah 4:21 How long shall I see the standard, and hear the sound of the trumpet?

Jeremiah 50:2 Declare you among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; …

Jeremiah 51:12,27 Set up the standard on the walls of Babylon, make the watch strong, …

Isaiah 62:10 Go through, go through the gates; prepare you the way of the people; …

retire. or, strengthen. for I will

Jeremiah 1:13-15 And the word of the LORD came to me the second time, saying, What …

Jeremiah 6:1,22 O you children of Benjamin, gather yourselves to flee out of the …

Jeremiah 21:7 And afterward, said the LORD, I will deliver Zedekiah king of Judah, …

Jeremiah 25:9 Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, said …

and a great

Jeremiah 50:22 A sound of battle is in the land, and of great destruction.

Jeremiah 51:54 A sound of a cry comes from Babylon, and great destruction from the …

destruction. Heb. breaking

Zephaniah 1:10 And it shall come to pass in that day, said the LORD, that there …

(6) Set up the standard toward Zion.--Still the language of alarm. The words are as a command, "Raise the signal which shall point to Zion as a place of refuge from the foe, by whom the rest of the country is laid waste."

Retire.--Withdraw, in the transitive sense, "gather, with a view to removing" (as in Exodus 9:19), and this is followed by "stay not," linger not, be quick. The call to retreat was urgent.

I will bring.--Literally, I am bringing.

From the north.--The Chaldan, and possibly the Scythian, invasion, as in Jeremiah 1:14.

Verse 6. - Set up the standard. The "standard" was a tall pole with a flag, pointing in the direction of Zion, for the guidance of fugitives. Retire, stay not; rather, save your goods by flight; linger not. The former verb occurs again in the same sense in Exodus 9:19; Isaiah 10:31. From the north. The expression suits either the Scythians or the Chaldeans (see on Jeremiah 1:14). Set up the standard toward Zion,.... Not on the tower of Zion, as Kimchi interprets it; but on some high place, pointing to Zion, and directing the country people to flee thither for safety; for the setting up of the standard here is not for enlisting of soldiers in order to fight, but as a sign of danger, and a direction where to flee from it:

retire; gather yourselves together in order to flee, as the word (p) is rendered in Isaiah 10:31, though some render it, "be ye strengthened" (q); take heart, and play the man; but this does not seem so agreeable to the context:

stay not; or, "stand not"; stand not in the place ye are in, but move from it in all haste, because of present danger:

for I will bring evil from the north; from Babylon, as Kimchi interprets it; which lay north to the land of Israel; and so designs the captivity Judah should be brought into there:

and a great destruction or, "breach" (r); which the Babylonians should make on the inhabitants of Judea and Jerusalem.

(p) "congregate vos, sub. ad fugiendum", Vatablus; "confirmate vos ad fugiendum", Piscator. (q) "Confortamini", V. L. "corroboramiui", Castalio; "agite viriliter", Munster. (r) "contritionem", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "confractionem", Cocceius. 6. Zion—The standard toward Zion intimated that the people of the surrounding country were to fly to it, as being the strongest of their fortresses.4:5-18 The fierce conqueror of the neighbouring nations was to make Judah desolate. The prophet was afflicted to see the people lulled into security by false prophets. The approach of the enemy is described. Some attention was paid in Jerusalem to outward reformation; but it was necessary that their hearts should be washed, in the exercise of true repentance and faith, from the love and pollution of sin. When lesser calamities do not rouse sinners and reform nations, sentence will be given against them. The Lord's voice declares that misery is approaching, especially against wicked professors of the gospel; when it overtakes them, it will be plainly seen that the fruit of wickedness is bitter, and the end is fatal.
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