Jeremiah 12:7
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New International Version
"I will forsake my house, abandon my inheritance; I will give the one I love into the hands of her enemies.

New Living Translation
"I have abandoned my people, my special possession. I have surrendered my dearest ones to their enemies.

English Standard Version
“I have forsaken my house; I have abandoned my heritage; I have given the beloved of my soul into the hands of her enemies.

New American Standard Bible
"I have forsaken My house, I have abandoned My inheritance; I have given the beloved of My soul Into the hand of her enemies.

King James Bible
I have forsaken mine house, I have left mine heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of her enemies.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have abandoned My house; I have deserted My inheritance. I have given the love of My life into the hands of her enemies.

International Standard Version
I'll forsake my house, I'll abandon my inheritance. I'll give the beloved of my heart into the hand of her enemies.

NET Bible
"I will abandon my nation. I will forsake the people I call my own. I will turn my beloved people over to the power of their enemies.

New Heart English Bible
I have forsaken my house, I have cast off my heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of her enemies.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"I have abandoned my nation. I have left my own people. I have handed the people I love over to their enemies.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I have forsaken My house, I have cast off My heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of My soul Into the hand of her enemies.

New American Standard 1977
“I have forsaken My house,
            I have abandoned My inheritance;
            I have given the beloved of My soul
            Into the hand of her enemies.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I have forsaken my house, I have left my heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of her enemies.

King James 2000 Bible
I have forsaken my house, I have left my heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of her enemies.

American King James Version
I have forsaken my house, I have left my heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of her enemies.

American Standard Version
I have forsaken my house, I have cast off my heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of her enemies.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have forsaken my house, I have left my inheritance: I have given my dear soul into the land of her enemies.

Darby Bible Translation
I have forsaken my house, I have cast off my heritage, I have given the beloved of my soul into the hand of her enemies.

English Revised Version
I have forsaken mine house, I have cast off mine heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of her enemies.

Webster's Bible Translation
I have forsaken my house, I have left my heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of her enemies.

World English Bible
I have forsaken my house, I have cast off my heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of her enemies.

Young's Literal Translation
I have forsaken My house, I have left Mine inheritance, I have given the beloved of My soul Into the hand of her enemies.
Study Bible
God's Answer to Jeremiah
6"For even your brothers and the household of your father, Even they have dealt treacherously with you, Even they have cried aloud after you. Do not believe them, although they may say nice things to you." 7"I have forsaken My house, I have abandoned My inheritance; I have given the beloved of My soul Into the hand of her enemies. 8"My inheritance has become to Me Like a lion in the forest; She has roared against Me; Therefore I have come to hate her.…
Cross References
Isaiah 2:6
For You have abandoned Your people, the house of Jacob, Because they are filled with influences from the east, And they are soothsayers like the Philistines, And they strike bargains with the children of foreigners.

Jeremiah 7:29
Cut off your hair and cast it away, And take up a lamentation on the bare heights; For the LORD has rejected and forsaken The generation of His wrath.'

Jeremiah 11:15
"What right has My beloved in My house When she has done many vile deeds? Can the sacrificial flesh take away from you your disaster, So that you can rejoice?"

Jeremiah 14:19
Have You completely rejected Judah? Or have You loathed Zion? Why have You stricken us so that we are beyond healing? We waited for peace, but nothing good came; And for a time of healing, but behold, terror!

Jeremiah 17:4
And you will, even of yourself, let go of your inheritance That I gave you; And I will make you serve your enemies In the land which you do not know; For you have kindled a fire in My anger Which will burn forever.

Jeremiah 23:33
"Now when this people or the prophet or a priest asks you saying, 'What is the oracle of the LORD?' then you shall say to them, 'What oracle?' The LORD declares, 'I will abandon you.'

Jeremiah 23:39
"Therefore behold, I will surely forget you and cast you away from My presence, along with the city which I gave you and your fathers.

Hosea 11:1
When Israel was a youth I loved him, And out of Egypt I called My son.
Treasury of Scripture

I have forsaken my house, I have left my heritage; I have given the dearly beloved of my soul into the hand of her enemies.

have forsaken.

Jeremiah 11:15 What has my beloved to do in my house, seeing she has worked lewdness …

Jeremiah 51:5 For Israel has not been forsaken, nor Judah of his God, of the LORD of hosts…

Isaiah 2:6 Therefore you have forsaken your people the house of Jacob, because …

Psalm 78:59,60 When God heard this, he was wroth, and greatly abhorred Israel…

Hosea 9:15 All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I hated them: for the …

Joel 2:15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:

Joel 3:2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the …

I have given.

Jeremiah 7:14 Therefore will I do to this house, which is called by my name, wherein …

Lamentations 2:1 How has the LORD covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his …

Ezekiel 7:20,21 As for the beauty of his ornament, he set it in majesty…

Ezekiel 24:21 Speak to the house of Israel, Thus said the Lord GOD; Behold, I will …

Luke 21:24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away …

dearly beloved. Heb. love.

(7) I have forsaken mine house.--The speaker is clearly Jehovah, but the connection with what precedes is not clear. Possibly we have, in this chapter, what in the writings of a poet would be called fragmentary pieces, written at intervals, and representing different phases of thought, and afterwards arranged without the devices of headings and titles and spaces with which modern bookmaking has made us familiar. So far as a sequence of thought is traceable, it is this, "Thou complainest of thine own sufferings, but there are worse things yet in store for thee; and what after all are thine, as compared with those that I, Jehovah, have brought upon mine heritage, dear as it is to me?"

I have left.--Better, I have cast away.

Into the hand.--Literally, the palm, as given over utterly, unable to resist, and not needing the "grasp" of the whole hand.

Verses 7-17. - A separate prophecy. The key to it is in 2 Kings 24:1, 2, where it is related that, after Jehoiakim's rebellion against Nebuchadnezzar, "Jehovah sent against him bands of the Chaldees, and bands of the Syrians, and bands of the Moabites, and bands of the children of Ammon, and sent them against Judah to destroy it." The prophecy falls into two strophes or sections, Vers. 7-13 and Vers. 14-17. In the first we have a complaint of the desolation produced by the guerilla warfare; in the second, a prediction of the captivity of the hostile peoples, not, however, without a prospect of their return home and conversion to Jehovah. It is evident enough that this passage stands in no connection with what precedes. The whole tone is that of a description of present scenes and not of the future. Sometimes, no doubt, a prophet, in the confidence of faith, represents the future as though it were already past; but there is always something in the context to determine the reference and prevent ambiguity. Here, however, there is nothing to indicate that the description relates to the future; and it is followed by a prediction which presupposes that the preceding passage refers to the literal past. Verse 7. - I have forsaken mine house. The "house" is here not the temple, but the people of Israel, as the parallel clause shows (see Hosea 8:1, and setup. Hebrews 3:6; 1 Timothy 3:15). Jehovah, not the prophet, is evidently the speaker. I have left; rather, I have east away. Into the hand of her enemies. The Hebrew is more expressive: "Into the palm of the hand." Bonomi ('Nineveh and her Palaces,' p. 191) has an engraving from the monuments of guests at a banquet, holding their drinking-vessels in the deeply hollowed palm of their hand. So here the people of Israel, in her weak, fainting state, needs only to be held in the quiet pressure of the palm of the hand. The remark and the illustration are due to Dr. Payne Smith. I have forsaken my house,.... The temple, where the Lord took up his residence, and vouchsafed his presence to his people; this was fulfilled in the first temple, when it was destroyed by the Chaldeans; and more fully in the second, when Christ took his leave of it, Matthew 23:38 and when that voice was heard in it, a little before the destruction of Jerusalem, as Josephus (a) relates,

"let us go hence.''

So the Targum,

"I have forsaken the house of my sanctuary.''

I have left mine heritage: the people whom he had chosen for his inheritance, whom he prized and valued, took care of, and protected as such; see Deuteronomy 32:9.

I have given the dearly beloved of my soul; whom he heartily loved and delighted in, and who were as dear to him as the apple of his eye:

into the hands of her enemies; the Chaldeans. This prophecy represents the thing as if it was already done, because of the certainty of it, and to awaken the Jews out of their lethargy and stupidity; and by the characters which the Lord gives of them it appears what ingratitude they had been guilty of, and that their ruin was owing to themselves and their sins.

(a) De Bello Jud. l. 6. c. 5. sect. 3.7. I have forsaken—Jehovah will forsake His temple and the people peculiarly His. The mention of God's close tie to them, as heretofore His, aggravates their ingratitude, and shows that their past spiritual privileges will not prevent God from punishing them.

beloved of my soul—image from a wife (Jer 11:15; Isa 54:5).12:7-13 God's people had been the dearly-beloved of his soul, precious in his sight, but they acted so, that he gave them up to their enemies. Many professing churches become like speckled birds, presenting a mixture of religion and the world, with its vain fashions, pursuits, and pollutions. God's people are as men wondered at, as a speckled bird; but this people had by their own folly made themselves so; and the beasts and birds are called to prey upon them. The whole land would be made desolate. But until the judgments were actually inflicted, none of the people would lay the warning to heart. When God's hand is lifted up, and men will not see, they shall be made to feel. Silver and gold shall not profit in the day of the Lord's anger. And the efforts of sinners to escape misery, without repentance and works answerable thereto, will end in confusion.
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