Jeremiah 10:17
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New International Version
Gather up your belongings to leave the land, you who live under siege.

New Living Translation
Pack your bags and prepare to leave; the siege is about to begin.

English Standard Version
Gather up your bundle from the ground, O you who dwell under siege!

New American Standard Bible
Pick up your bundle from the ground, You who dwell under siege!

King James Bible
Gather up thy wares out of the land, O inhabitant of the fortress.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Gather up your belongings from the ground, you who live under siege.

International Standard Version
You who live under siege, Gather up your bundle from the ground.

NET Bible
Gather your belongings together and prepare to leave the land, you people of Jerusalem who are being besieged.

New Heart English Bible
'Gather up your wares out of the land, you who live under siege.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Pick up your bags. You are being blockaded.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Gather up thy wares from the ground, O thou that abidest in the siege.

New American Standard 1977
Pick up your bundle from the ground,
            You who dwell under siege!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Gather up thy wares out of the lands, O inhabitant of the fortress.

King James 2000 Bible
Gather up your wares out of the land, O inhabitant of the fortress.

American King James Version
Gather up your wares out of the land, O inhabitant of the fortress.

American Standard Version
Gather up thy wares out of the land, O thou that abidest in the siege.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Gather up thy shame out of the land, thou that dwellest in a siege.

Darby Bible Translation
Gather up thy baggage out of the land, O inhabitress of the fortress.

English Revised Version
Gather up thy wares out of the land, O thou that abidest in the siege.

Webster's Bible Translation
Gather up thy wares out of the land, O inhabitant of the fortress.

World English Bible
Gather up your wares out of the land, you who live under siege.

Young's Literal Translation
Gather from the land thy merchandise, O dweller in the bulwark,
Study Bible
The Coming Destruction
16The portion of Jacob is not like these; For the Maker of all is He, And Israel is the tribe of His inheritance; The LORD of hosts is His name. 17Pick up your bundle from the ground, You who dwell under siege! 18For thus says the LORD, "Behold, I am slinging out the inhabitants of the land At this time, And will cause them distress, That they may be found."…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 28:52
"It shall besiege you in all your towns until your high and fortified walls in which you trusted come down throughout your land, and it shall besiege you in all your towns throughout your land which the LORD your God has given you.

Ezekiel 12:3
"Therefore, son of man, prepare for yourself baggage for exile and go into exile by day in their sight; even go into exile from your place to another place in their sight. Perhaps they will understand though they are a rebellious house.
Treasury of Scripture

Gather up your wares out of the land, O inhabitant of the fortress.

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

Ezekiel 12:3-12 Therefore, you son of man, prepare you stuff for removing, and remove …

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inhabitant. Heb. inhabitress.

Jeremiah 21:13 Behold, I am against you, O inhabitant of the valley, and rock of …

(17) Gather up thy wares.--The section from Jeremiah 10:1-16 inclusive had been as a long parenthesis, reproving Israel for the sin which placed it among the "uncircumcised in the heart" (Jeremiah 9:26). Now the prophet returns to his main theme, the devastation of the land of Israel as the penalty of that sin. He begins with a vivid touch in the picture of utter misery. The daughter of Israel (the word "inhabitant" is feminine), sitting as in a besieged fortress, is to gather up her goods and chattels into one small bundle (the English "wares" suggests the idea of trade, which is foreign to the context), and with that as the sole remnant of her possessions, to go forth into exile. Probably, indeed, the word may mean simply the travelling carpet or mantle which the exile was to take with him. The whole phrase has something of a proverbial type, like our "bag and baggage" or the collige sarcinulas et exi ("take up your packages and begone") of Juven. Sat. vi. 146.

Verses 17-22. - This passage connects itself immediately with Jeremiah 9, where the invasion of Judah and the dispersion of its inhabitants have been foretold. Here, after describing dramatically the departure of the latter into exile, the prophet reports a distinct revelation of the same fact, so that this can no longer be assumed to be mere imaginative rhetoric. The Jewish people is then introduced, lamenting her sad fate, but expressing resignation. Verse 17. - Gather up thy wares. "Wares" should rather be bundle. There is no allusion to trafficking. O inhabitant of the fortress; rather, thou that dwellest besieged. Gather up thy wares out of the land,.... Or thy merchandise, as the Targum; or thy substance, as the Septuagint; all valuable effects and goods that are movable, which might be carried from place to place. The meaning is, that the Jews would gather up their riches from the several parts of the land of Judea, and bring them to Jerusalem, a fortified place; or they would be in danger of falling into the hands of the enemy. Kimchi interprets the words as if spoken of Babylon, and directed to the Chaldeans, not to be elated with the captivity of Israel; and because the word signifies "to humble and subdue" he takes the sense to be,

"gather in or contract thine humiliation or subjection;''

that is, of other nations; refrain thyself, or cease from subduing kingdoms; that is now at an end, it shall be no more so; but the words manifestly respect the people of the Jews, as is clear from the next verse.

O inhabitant of the fortress; of the fortress of Zion, or the fortified city, Jerusalem. The Targum is,

"O thou that dwellest in the strong place, in the fortified cities.''

It may be rendered, "that dwellest in the siege" (y); in the besieged city, Jerusalem.

(y) "quae habitas in obsidione", V. L. Cocceius, Schmidt. 17. wares—thine effects or movable goods (Eze 12:3). Prepare for migrating as captives to Babylon. The address is to Jerusalem, as representative of the whole people.

inhabitant of the fortress—rather, "inhabitress of the fortress." Though thou now seemest to inhabit an impregnable fortress, thou shalt have to remove. "The land" is the champaign region opposed to the "fortified" cities. The "fortress" being taken, the whole "land" will share the disaster. Henderson translates, "Gather up thy packages from the ground." Rosenmuller, for "fortress," translates, "siege," that is, the besieged city. The various articles, in this view, are supposed to be lying about in confusion on the ground during the siege.10:17-25 The Jews who continued in their own land, felt secure. But, sooner or later, sinners will find all things as the word of God has declared, and that its threatenings are not empty terrors. Submission will support the believer under every grief allotted to him; but what can render the load of Divine vengeance easy to be borne by those who fall under it in sullen despair? Those cannot expect to prosper, who do not, by faith and prayer, take God with them in all their ways. The report of the enemy's approach was very dreadful. Yet the designs which men lay deep, and think well formed, are dashed to pieces in a moment. Events are often overruled, so as to be quite contrary to what we intended and expected. If the Lord has directed our steps into the ways of peace and righteousness, let us entreat him to enable us to walk therein. Say not, Lord, do not correct me; but, Lord, do not correct me in anger. We may bear the smart of God's rod, but we cannot bear the weight of his wrath. Those who restrain prayer, prove that they know not God; for those who know him will seek him, and seek his favour. If even severe corrections lead sinners to be convinced of wholesome truths, they will have abundant cause for gratitude. And they will then humble themselves before the Lord.
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