Cruelty and Violence
Science and History
If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the LORD, return unto me: and if thou
wilt put away thine abominations out of my sight, then shalt thou not
And thou shalt swear,
The LORD liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; and the
nations shall bless themselves in him, and in him shall they glory.||
(4:2) "And thou shalt swear."|
Is it okay to take oaths?
For thus saith the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your
fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.||
Circumcise yourselves to
the LORD, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of
Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench
it, because of the evil of your doings.||
"Circumcise ... the foreskins of your heart ... lest my fury
come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it."
Circumcise the foreskin of your heart or God will burn you to death.
Declare ye in Judah, and publish in Jerusalem; and say, Blow ye the
trumpet in the land: cry, gather together, and say, Assemble yourselves, and
let us go into the defenced cities.
Set up the standard toward Zion: retire, stay not: for I will bring evil
from the north, and a great destruction.||
(4:6-8) God will bring evil to entire cities, destroying them and wipe out all of their
What the Bible says about Evil
(4:6) "I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction."
(4:7) "The lion is come up from his thicket ... and thy cities shall be laid waste, without an inhabitant."
(4:8) "Gird you with sackcloth, lament and howl: for the fierce anger of the LORD is not turned back from us."
They put sackcloth on their loins.
The lion is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the Gentiles is
on his way; he is gone forth from his place to make thy land desolate; and
thy cities shall be laid waste, without an inhabitant.
For this gird you with sackcloth, lament and howl: for the fierce anger of the LORD is not turned
back from us.
And it shall come to pass at that day, saith the LORD, that the heart of
the king shall perish, and the heart of the princes; and the priests shall
be astonished, and the prophets shall wonder.
Then said I, Ah, Lord
GOD! surely thou hast greatly deceived this people and Jerusalem,
saying, Ye shall have peace; whereas the sword reacheth unto the soul.||
(4:10) "Ah, Lord GOD! surely thou hast greatly deceived this people."|
Does God ever lie?
At that time shall it be said to this people and to Jerusalem, A dry wind
of the high places in the wilderness toward the daughter of my people, not
to fan, nor to cleanse,
Even a full wind from those places shall come unto me: now also will I
give sentence against them.||
Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots shall be as a
whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us! for we are
O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved.
How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?||
For a voice declareth from Dan, and publisheth affliction from mount
Make ye mention to the nations; behold, publish against Jerusalem, that
watchers come from a far country, and give out their voice against the
cities of Judah.||
As keepers of a field, are they against her round about; because she hath
been rebellious against me, saith the LORD.||
Thy way and thy doings have procured these things unto thee; this is thy
wickedness, because it is bitter, because it reacheth unto thine heart.||
My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a
noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the
sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.||
(4:19) "My bowels, my bowels!"
Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled:
suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains in a moment.||
How long shall I see the standard, and hear the sound of the trumpet?||
For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish
children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to
do good they have no knowledge.||
I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the
heavens, and they had no light.||
I beheld the mountains, and, lo, they trembled, and all the hills moved
I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were
What was once fruitful is now barren. Birds have fled, people are
gone, towns are in ruins. All "by his (God's) fierce anger."
(4:25) "I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled."
(4:26) "All the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and by his fierce anger."
(4:27) "For thus hath the LORD said, The whole land shall be desolate."
(4:28) "For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black; because I have spoken it,
I have purposed it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it."
I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities
thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and by his fierce
For thus hath the LORD said, The whole land
shall be desolate; yet will I
not make a full end.
For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black; because I
have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will not repent, neither will I turn
back from it.
The whole city shall flee for the noise of the horsemen and bowmen; they
shall go into thickets, and climb up upon the rocks: every city shall be
forsaken, and not a man dwell therein.
And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself
with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though thou
rentest thy face with painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair; thy
lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life.
For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, and the anguish as of
her that bringeth forth her first child, the voice of the daughter of Zion,
that bewaileth herself, that spreadeth her hands, saying, Woe is me now! for
my soul is wearied because of murderers.
- Swear that the Lord lives.
- Thou shalt swear, The LORD liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness. 4:2
- Circumcise the foreskin of your heart.
- Circumcise ... the foreskins of your heart. 4:4
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