Jeremiah 13:1
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New International Version
This is what the LORD said to me: "Go and buy a linen belt and put it around your waist, but do not let it touch water."

New Living Translation
This is what the LORD said to me: "Go and buy a linen loincloth and put it on, but do not wash it."

English Standard Version
Thus says the LORD to me, “Go and buy a linen loincloth and put it around your waist, and do not dip it in water.”

New American Standard Bible
Thus the LORD said to me, "Go and buy yourself a linen waistband and put it around your waist, but do not put it in water."

King James Bible
Thus saith the LORD unto me, Go and get thee a linen girdle, and put it upon thy loins, and put it not in water.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This is what the LORD said to me: "Go and buy yourself a linen undergarment and put it on, but do not put it in water."

International Standard Version
This is what the LORD told me: "Go and buy a linen belt for yourself, and put it around your waist. But don't let it get wet."

NET Bible
The LORD said to me, "Go and buy some linen shorts and put them on. Do not put them in water."

New Heart English Bible
Thus says the LORD to me, "Go, and buy yourself a linen belt, and put it on your waist, and do not put it in water."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is what the LORD said to me: "Buy a linen belt. Put it around your waist. Don't let it get wet."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thus said the LORD unto me: 'Go, and get thee a linen girdle, and put it upon thy loins, and put it not in water.'

New American Standard 1977
Thus the LORD said to me, “Go and buy yourself a linen waistband, and put it around your waist, but do not put it in water.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thus hath the LORD said unto me, Go and buy thee a linen girdle and put it upon thy loins, and thou shalt not put it in water.

King James 2000 Bible
Thus says the LORD unto me, Go and buy you a linen belt, and put it upon your waist, and put it not in water.

American King James Version
Thus said the LORD to me, Go and get you a linen girdle, and put it on your loins, and put it not in water.

American Standard Version
Thus saith Jehovah unto me, Go, and buy thee a linen girdle, and put it upon thy loins, and put it not in water.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thus saith the Lord to me: Go, and get thee a linen girdle, and thou shalt put it about thy loins, and shalt not put it into water.

Darby Bible Translation
Thus said Jehovah unto me: Go and buy thee a linen girdle, and put it upon thy loins; but dip it not in water.

English Revised Version
Thus said the LORD unto me, Go, and buy thee a linen girdle, and put it upon thy loins, and put it not in water.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thus saith the LORD to me, Go and get for thee a linen girdle, and put it upon thy loins, and put it not in water.

World English Bible
Thus says Yahweh to me, Go, and buy yourself a linen belt, and put it on your waist, and don't put it in water.

Young's Literal Translation
Thus said Jehovah unto me, 'Go, and thou hast got for thee a girdle of linen, and hast placed it on thy loins, and into water thou dost not cause it to enter:'
Study Bible
The Linen Belt
1Thus the LORD said to me, "Go and buy yourself a linen waistband and put it around your waist, but do not put it in water." 2So I bought the waistband in accordance with the word of the LORD and put it around my waist.…
Cross References
Acts 21:11
Coming over to us, he took Paul's belt, bound his own feet and hands, and said, "The Holy Spirit says: 'In this way the Jews of Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and hand him over to the Gentiles.'"

Jeremiah 13:11
'For as the waistband clings to the waist of a man, so I made the whole household of Israel and the whole household of Judah cling to Me,' declares the LORD, 'that they might be for Me a people, for renown, for praise and for glory; but they did not listen.'

Ezekiel 4:1
"Now you son of man, get yourself a brick, place it before you and inscribe a city on it, Jerusalem.
Treasury of Scripture

Thus said the LORD to me, Go and get you a linen girdle, and put it on your loins, and put it not in water.

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Jeremiah 13:11 For as the girdle sticks to the loins of a man, so have I caused …

Jeremiah 19:1 Thus said the LORD, Go and get a potter's earthen bottle, and take …

Jeremiah 27:2 Thus said the LORD to me; Make you bonds and yokes, and put them on your neck,

Ezekiel 4:1 You also, son of man, take you a tile, and lay it before you, and …

Ezekiel 5:1 And you, son of man, take you a sharp knife, take you a barber's …

Hebrews 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past …

(1) A linen girdle.--The point of comparison is given in Jeremiah 13:11. Of all garments worn by man the girdle was that most identified with the man's activity, nearest to his person. The "linen girdle" was part of Jeremiah's priestly dress (Exodus 28:40; Leviticus 16:4), and this also was significant in the interpretation of the symbolic act. Israel, represented as the girdle of Jehovah, had been chosen for consecrated uses. The word "get" implies the act of purchasing, and this too was not without its symbolic significance.

Put it not in water.--The work of the priest as a rule necessarily involved frequent washings both of flesh and garments. The command in this case was therefore exceptional. The unwashed girdle was to represent the guilt of the people unpurified by any real contact with the "clean water" of repentance (Ezekiel 36:25). In the "filthy garments" of Joshua, in Zechariah 3:3, we have a like symbolism. This seems a much more natural interpretation than that which starts from the idea that water would spoil the girdle, and sees in the command the symbol of God's care for His people.

Verses 1-11. - The entire people of the Jews is like a good-for-nothing apron. Verse 1. - A linen girdle; rather, a linen apron. "Girdle" is one of the meanings of the Hebrew ('ezor), but is here unsuitable. As Ver. 11 shows, it is an inner garment that is meant, one that "cleaveth to the loins of a man" (in fact, περίζωμα of the Septuagint, the lumbare of the Vulgate). The corresponding Arabic word, 'izar, has, according to Lane, the meaning of "waist-wrapper.' Israel was to Jehovah in as close a relation spiritually as that in which the inner garment referred to is to him who wears it materially. There is an Arabic proverb which well illustrates this: "He is to me in place of an 'izar" (Freytag, 'Studium der Arab. Spraohe,' p. 298). "A linen apron" may perhaps be specified, because linen was the material of the priestly dress (Leviticus 16:4), and Israel was to be spiritually" a kingdom of priests." But this is not absolutely necessary. The common man used linen in his dress as well as the priest; the only difference between them was that the priest was confined to linen garments. But an ,' apron" would in any case naturally be made of linen. Linen; literally, flax (a product of Judah, Hosea 2:5). Put it not in water. The object of the prohibition is well stated by St. Jerome. It was at once to symbolize the character of the people of Israel, stiff and impure, like unwashed linen, and to suggest the fate in store for it (Ver. 9). Thus saith the Lord unto me,.... In a vision, and by the spirit of prophecy: when this was said is not certain, very likely in the reign of Jehoiakim; the prophet gives an account of what had been done, the present tense is put for the past.

Go and get thee a linen girdle; or, "a girdle of linens" (l); a girdle made of flax or fine linen, which the prophet had not used to wear; and having none, is bid to go, perhaps from Anathoth to Jerusalem, to "get" one, or "buy" one: this girdle represents the people of the Jews in their more pure and less corrupted state, when they were a people near unto the Lord, and greatly regarded by him, and had a share in his affections; when they cleaved unto him, and served him, and were to his praise and glory: "and put it upon thy loins"; near the reins, the seat of affection and desire, and that it might be visible and ornamental; denoting what has been before observed: "and" or

but put it not in water or, "bring it not through it" (m); meaning either before he put it on his loins; and the sense is, that he was not to wash it, and whiten it, but to wear it just as it was wrought, signifying that those people were originally taken by the Lord of his own mercy, and without any merits of theirs, rough, unwashed, and unpolished as they were: or else, after he had wore it, as Jarchi, when it was soiled with sweat; yet not to be washed, that it might rot the sooner: and so may design the corrupt and filthy state of this people, and the ruin brought thereby upon them, which was not to be prevented.

(l) "cingulum linorum", Montanus. (m) "sed per aquam non duces eam", Schmidt. CHAPTER 13

Jer 13:1-27. Symbolical Prophecy (Jer 13:1-7).

Many of these figurative acts being either not possible, or not probable, or decorous, seem to have existed only in the mind of the prophet as part of his inward vision. [So Calvin]. The world he moved in was not the sensible, but the spiritual, world. Inward acts were, however, when it was possible and proper, materialized by outward performance, but not always, and necessarily so. The internal act made a naked statement more impressive and presented the subject when extending over long portions of space and time more concentrated. The interruption of Jeremiah's official duty by a journey of more than two hundred miles twice is not likely to have literally taken place.

1. put it upon thy loins, etc.—expressing the close intimacy wherewith Jehovah had joined Israel and Judah to Him (Jer 13:11).

linen—implying it was the inner garment next the skin, not the outer one.

put it not in water—signifying the moral filth of His people, like the literal filth of a garment worn constantly next the skin, without being washed (Jer 13:10). Grotius understands a garment not bleached, but left in its native roughness, just as Judah had no beauty, but was adopted by the sole grace of God (Eze 16:4-6). "Neither wast thou washed in water," etc.13:1-11 It was usual with the prophets to teach by signs. And we have the explanation, ver. 9-11. The people of Israel had been to God as this girdle. He caused them to cleave to him by the law he gave them, the prophets he sent among them, and the favours he showed them. They had by their idolatries and sins buried themselves in foreign earth, mingled among the nations, and were so corrupted that they were good for nothing. If we are proud of learning, power, and outward privileges, it is just with God to wither them. The minds of men should be awakened to a sense of their guilt and danger; yet nothing will be effectual without the influences of the Spirit.
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