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Chapter 4 7 For ye provoked him that made you by sacrificing unto devils, and not to God.8 Ye have forgotten the everlasting God, that brought you up; and ye have grieved Jerusalem, that nursed you.9 For when she saw the wrath of God coming upon you, she said, Hearken, O ye that dwell about Sion: God hath brought upon me great mourning;10 For I saw the captivity of my sons and daughters, which the Everlasting brought upon them.11 With joy did I nourish them; but sent them away with weeping and mourning.12 Let no man rejoice over me, a widow, and forsaken of many, who for the sins of my children am left desolate; because they departed from the law of God.13 They knew not his statutes, nor walked in the ways of his commandments, nor trod in the paths of discipline in his righteousness.14 Let them that dwell about Sion come, and remember ye the captivity of my sons and daughters, which the Everlasting hath brought upon them.15 For he hath brought a nation upon them from far, a shameless nation, and of a strange language, who neither reverenced old man, nor pitied child.16 These have carried away the dear beloved children of the widow, and left her that was alone desolate without daughters.17 But what can I help you?18 For he that brought these plagues upon you will deliver you from the hands of your enemies.19 Go your way, O my children, go your way: for I am left desolate.20 I have put off the clothing of peace, and put upon me the sackcloth of my prayer: I will cry unto the Everlasting in my days.21 Be of good cheer, O my children, cry unto the Lord, and he will deliver you from the power and hand of the enemies.22 For my hope is in the Everlasting, that he will save you; and joy is come unto me from the Holy One, because of the mercy which shall soon come unto you from the Everlasting our Saviour.23 For I sent you out with mourning and weeping: but God will give you to me again with joy and gladness for ever.24 Like as now the neighbours of Sion have seen your captivity: so shall they see shortly your salvation from our God which shall come upon you with great glory, and brightness of the Everlasting.25 My children, suffer patiently the wrath that is come upon you from God: for thine enemy hath persecuted thee; but shortly thou shalt see his destruction, and shalt tread upon his neck.26 My delicate ones have gone rough ways, and were taken away as a flock caught of the enemies.