Jeremiah 4:6
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.

Berean Study Bible
Raise a signal flag toward Zion. Seek refuge! Do not delay! For I am bringing disaster from the north, and terrible 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.

New King James Version
Set up the standard toward Zion. Take refuge! Do not delay! For I will bring disaster from the north, And great destruction.”

New American Standard Bible
“Raise a flag toward Zion! Take refuge, do not stand still, For I am bringing evil from the north, And great destruction.

NASB 1995
“Lift up a standard toward Zion! Seek refuge, do not stand still, For I am bringing evil from the north, And great destruction.

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

Amplified Bible
“Raise a banner toward Zion [to mark the way for those seeking safety inside Jerusalem’s walls]! Seek refuge, do not stand [immobile], For I am bringing evil from the north (the army of Babylon), And great destruction.

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 crushing blow.

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.

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.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Take standards to Zion. Be courageous and do not stop, because I bring evil from the North, and great ruin

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Gather up your wares and flee to Sion: hasten, stay not: for I will bring evils from the north, an great destruction.

Contemporary English Version
Head for Jerusalem or another walled town!' "Jeremiah, tell them I'm sending disaster from the north.

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

Good News Translation
Point the way to Zion! Run for safety! Don't delay! The LORD is bringing disaster and great destruction from the north.

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.

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.

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.

Literal Standard Version
Lift up an ensign toward Zion, Strengthen yourselves, do not stand still, For I am bringing evil in from the north, And a 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."

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Disaster from the North
5Announce in Judah, proclaim in Jerusalem, and say: “Blow the ram’s horn throughout the land. Cry aloud and say, ‘Assemble yourselves and let us flee to the fortified cities.’ 6Raise a signal flag toward Zion. Seek refuge! Do not delay! For I am bringing disaster from the north, and terrible destruction. 7A lion has gone up from his thicket, and a destroyer of nations has set out. He has left his lair to lay waste your land. Your cities will be reduced to ruins and lie uninhabited.…

Cross References
Isaiah 62:10
Go out, go out through the gates; prepare the way for the people! Build it up, build up the highway; clear away the stones; raise a banner for the nations!

Jeremiah 1:14
Then the LORD said to me, "Disaster from the north will be poured out on all who live in the land.

Jeremiah 1:15
For I am about to summon all the clans and kingdoms of the north," declares the LORD. "Their kings will come and set up their thrones at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem. They will attack all her surrounding walls and all the other cities of Judah.

Jeremiah 4:21
How long must I see the signal flag and hear the sound of the horn?

Jeremiah 6:1
"Run for cover, O sons of Benjamin; flee from Jerusalem! Sound the ram's horn in Tekoa; send up a signal over Beth-haccherem, for disaster looms from the north, even great destruction.

Jeremiah 6:22
This is what the LORD says: "Behold, an army is coming from the land of the north; a great nation is stirred up from the ends of the earth.

Jeremiah 18:11
Now therefore, tell the men of Judah and the residents of Jerusalem that this is what the LORD says: 'Behold, I am planning a disaster for you and devising a plan against you. Turn now, each of you, from your evil ways, and correct your ways and deeds.'


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 ye among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, and conceal not: say, Babylon is taken, Bel is confounded, Merodach is broken in pieces; her idols are confounded, her images are broken in pieces.

Jeremiah 51:12,27
Set up the standard upon the walls of Babylon, make the watch strong, set up the watchmen, prepare the ambushes: for the LORD hath both devised and done that which he spake against the inhabitants of Babylon…

retire.

Jeremiah 1:13-15
And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time, saying, What seest thou? And I said, I see a seething pot; and the face thereof is toward the north…

Jeremiah 6:1,22
O ye children of Benjamin, gather yourselves to flee out of the midst of Jerusalem, and blow the trumpet in Tekoa, and set up a sign of fire in Bethhaccerem: for evil appeareth out of the north, and great destruction…

Jeremiah 21:7
And afterward, saith the LORD, I will deliver Zedekiah king of Judah, and his servants, and the people, and such as are left in this city from the pestilence, from the sword, and from the famine, into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of those that seek their life: and he shall smite them with the edge of the sword; he shall not spare them, neither have pity, nor have mercy.

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 cometh from Babylon, and great destruction from the land of the Chaldeans:

destruction.

Zephaniah 1:10
And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD, that there shall be the noise of a cry from the fish gate, and an howling from the second, and a great crashing from the hills.









(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 Chaldaean, 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).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Raise
שְׂאוּ־ (śə·’ū-)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's 5375: To lift, carry, take

a signal flag
נֵ֣ס (nês)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5251: A flag, a sail, a flagstaff, a signal, a token

toward Zion.
צִיּ֔וֹנָה (ṣî·yō·w·nāh)
Noun - proper - feminine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's 6726: Zion -- a mountain in Jerusalem, also a name for Jerusalem

Seek refuge!
הָעִ֖יזוּ (hā·‘î·zū)
Verb - Hifil - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's 5756: To be strong, to stregthen, to save

Do not
אַֽל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's 408: Not

delay!
תַּעֲמֹ֑דוּ (ta·‘ă·mō·ḏū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's 5975: To stand, in various relations

For
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

I
אָנֹכִ֛י (’ā·nō·ḵî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's 595: I

am bringing
מֵבִ֥יא (mê·ḇî)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go

disaster
רָעָ֗ה (rā·‘āh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's 7451: Bad, evil

from the north,
מִצָּפ֖וֹן (miṣ·ṣā·p̄ō·wn)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 6828: Hidden, dark, the north as a, quarter

and terrible
גָּדֽוֹל׃ (gā·ḏō·wl)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 1419: Great, older, insolent

destruction.
וְשֶׁ֥בֶר (wə·še·ḇer)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7667: A breaking, fracture, crushing, breach, crash


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