Jeremiah 13:18
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New International Version
Say to the king and to the queen mother, "Come down from your thrones, for your glorious crowns will fall from your heads."

New Living Translation
Say to the king and his mother, "Come down from your thrones and sit in the dust, for your glorious crowns will soon be snatched from your heads."

English Standard Version
Say to the king and the queen mother: “Take a lowly seat, for your beautiful crown has come down from your head.”

New American Standard Bible
Say to the king and the queen mother, "Take a lowly seat, For your beautiful crown Has come down from your head."

King James Bible
Say unto the king and to the queen, Humble yourselves, sit down: for your principalities shall come down, even the crown of your glory.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Say to the king and the queen mother: Take a humble seat, for your glorious crowns have fallen from your heads.

International Standard Version
Say to the king and the queen mother, "Come take a lowly seat, because your beautiful crowns have fallen off your heads."

NET Bible
The LORD told me, "Tell the king and the queen mother, 'Surrender your thrones, for your glorious crowns will be removed from your heads.

New Heart English Bible
"Say to the king and to the queen mother, 'Take a lowly seat, for your glorious crowns have come down from your heads.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Say to the king and his mother, "Come down from your thrones, because your crowns have fallen off your heads."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Say thou unto the king and to the queen-mother: 'Sit ye down low; For your headtires are come down, Even your beautiful crown.'

New American Standard 1977
Say to the king and the queen mother,
            “Take a lowly seat,
            For your beautiful crown
            Has come down from your head.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Say unto the king and to the queen, Humble yourselves, sit down in the dust because the crown of your glory has come down off your heads.

King James 2000 Bible
Say unto the king and to the queen, Humble yourselves, sit down: for your rule shall come down, even the crown of your glory.

American King James Version
Say to the king and to the queen, Humble yourselves, sit down: for your principalities shall come down, even the crown of your glory.

American Standard Version
Say thou unto the king and to the queen-mother, Humble yourselves, sit down; for your headtires are come down, even the crown of your glory.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Say to the king, and to the queen: Humble yourselves, sit down: for the crown of your glory is come down from your head.

Darby Bible Translation
Say unto the king and to the queen: Humble yourselves, sit down low; for from your heads shall come down the crown of your magnificence.

English Revised Version
Say thou unto the king and to the queen-mother, Humble yourselves, sit down: for your headtires are come down, even the crown of your glory.

Webster's Bible Translation
Say to the king and to the queen, Humble yourselves, sit down: for your principalities shall come down, even the crown of your glory.

World English Bible
Say to the king and to the queen mother, Humble yourselves, sit down; for your headdresses have come down, even the crown of your glory.

Young's Literal Translation
Say to the king and to the mistress: Make yourselves low -- sit still, For come down have your principalities, The crown of your beauty.
Study Bible
Captivity Threatened
17But if you will not listen to it, My soul will sob in secret for such pride; And my eyes will bitterly weep And flow down with tears, Because the flock of the LORD has been taken captive. 18Say to the king and the queen mother, "Take a lowly seat, For your beautiful crown Has come down from your head." 19The cities of the Negev have been locked up, And there is no one to open them; All Judah has been carried into exile, Wholly carried into exile.…
Cross References
Exodus 39:28
and the turban of fine linen, and the decorated caps of fine linen, and the linen breeches of fine twisted linen,

2 Kings 24:12
Jehoiachin the king of Judah went out to the king of Babylon, he and his mother and his servants and his captains and his officials. So the king of Babylon took him captive in the eighth year of his reign.

2 Kings 24:15
So he led Jehoiachin away into exile to Babylon; also the king's mother and the king's wives and his officials and the leading men of the land, he led away into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.

2 Chronicles 33:12
When he was in distress, he entreated the LORD his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers.

2 Chronicles 33:19
His prayer also and how God was entreated by him, and all his sin, his unfaithfulness, and the sites on which he built high places and erected the Asherim and the carved images, before he humbled himself, behold, they are written in the records of the Hozai.

Proverbs 27:24
For riches are not forever, Nor does a crown endure to all generations.

Isaiah 3:20
headdresses, ankle chains, sashes, perfume boxes, amulets,

Jeremiah 22:26
"I will hurl you and your mother who bore you into another country where you were not born, and there you will die.

Jeremiah 29:2
(This was after King Jeconiah and the queen mother, the court officials, the princes of Judah and Jerusalem, the craftsmen and the smiths had departed from Jerusalem.)

Jeremiah 36:16
When they had heard all the words, they turned in fear one to another and said to Baruch, "We will surely report all these words to the king."
Treasury of Scripture

Say to the king and to the queen, Humble yourselves, sit down: for your principalities shall come down, even the crown of your glory.

unto.

Jeremiah 22:26 And I will cast you out, and your mother that bore you, into another …

2 Kings 24:12,15 And Jehoiachin the king of Judah went out to the king of Babylon, …

Ezekiel 19:2 And say, What is your mother? A lioness: she lay down among lions, …

Jonah 3:6 For word came to the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, …

humble.

Exodus 10:3 And Moses and Aaron came in to Pharaoh, and said to him, Thus said …

2 Chronicles 33:12,19,23 And when he was in affliction, he sought the LORD his God, and humbled …

Matthew 18:4 Whoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the …

James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he …

sit.

Isaiah 3:26 And her gates shall lament and mourn; and she being desolate shall …

Isaiah 47:1 Come down, and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon, sit …

Lamentations 2:10 The elders of the daughter of Zion sit on the ground, and keep silence: …

principalities. or head-tires.

(18) The queen.--Not the usual word, the Hebrew feminine of king, but literally "the great lady" ("dominatrix" Vulg.), the title of a queen-mother (in this case, probably, of Nehushta, the mother of Jehoiachin, 2Kings 24:8), sharing the throne during her son's minority. The same word is used of Maachah, the mother of Asa (1Kings 15:13; 2Kings 10:13; 2Chronicles 15:16), and meets us again in Jeremiah 29:2.

Your principalities.--Literally, as in the margin, your head-tires, i.e., the diadems which were signs of kingly state. The word is used nowhere else, and may have been coined by the prophet or taken from the court vocabulary of the time.

Verse 18. - The extent of the calamity shown in individual instances. For the fulfillment, see 2 Kings 24:15. After a reign of three months, the young prince and his mother were carried to Babylon. And to the queen; rather, and to the queen-mother (literally, the mistress). It will be noticed that, except in two cases, the names of the mothers of the reigning kings of Judah are scrupulously mentioned in the Books of Kings. This and the title of "mistress" are indications of the high rank they enjoyed in the social system. In the case of Asa, we are told that he removed his mother, Maachah, from her position as "mistress," or queen-mother, on account of her idolatry (1 Kings 15:13). The political value of the station is strikingly shown by the ease with which Athaliah, as queen-mother, usurped the supreme authority (2 Kings 11.). From an historical point of view, the "queen-mother" of the Jews is a most interesting personage; she is a relic of the primitive age in which relationship was reckoned with regard to the mother (so with the Accadians, Etruseans, Finns, etc.). It should be added, however, that once (viz. 1 Kings 11:19) the same title, "mistress," is applied to the queen-consort. Humble yourselves, sit down; rather, sit down in abase-sent; i.e. take the station suitable for your abased circumstances (comp. Isaiah 47:1). Your principalities; rather, your head. ornaments. Say unto the king, and to the queen,.... Jehoiachin, and his mother Nehushta, as it is generally interpreted by the Jewish commentators, and others; who, with many princes and officers, were carried captive into Babylon, 2 Kings 24:12 or rather Zedekiah and his wife; since the captivity after threatened is a perfect and complete one, which Jehoiachin's was not:

humble yourselves, sit down; or, "sit down humbled" (d); come down from your thrones, and sit in the dust; humble yourselves before the Lord for your own sins, and the sins of the people; in times of general corruption, and which threatens a nation with ruin, it becomes kings and princes to set an example of repentance, humiliation, and reformation; though it may be this is rather a prediction of what would be, that they should descend from their throne, and lose their grandeur, and be in a low and abject condition, than an exhortation to what was their duty; since it follows:

for your principalities shall come down; their royal state and greatness, and all the ensigns of it; and especially such as they had upon their heads, as the word used denotes, and as the following explanation shows:

even the crown of your glory; or glorious crown, which should fall from their heads, or be taken from them, when they should be no more served in state, or treated as crowned heads.

(d) "degite humiliter", Castalio; "abjectissime considite", Junius & Tremellius; "loco humili considite", Piscator. 18. king—Jehoiachin or Jeconiah.

queen—the queen mother who, as the king was not more than eighteen years old, held the chief power. Nehushta, daughter of Elnathan, carried away captive with Jehoiachin by Nebuchadnezzar (2Ki 24:8-15).

Humble yourselves—that is, Ye shall be humbled, or brought low (Jer 22:26; 28:2).

your principalities—rather, "your head ornament."13:18-27 Here is a message sent to king Jehoiakim, and his queen. Their sorrows would be great indeed. Do they ask, Wherefore come these things upon us? Let them know, it is for their obstinacy in sin. We cannot alter the natural colour of the skin; and so is it morally impossible to reclaim and reform these people. Sin is the blackness of the soul; it is the discolouring of it; we were shapen in it, so that we cannot get clear of it by any power of our own. But Almighty grace is able to change the Ethiopian's skin. Neither natural depravity, nor strong habits of sin, form an obstacle to the working of God, the new-creating Spirit. The Lord asks of Jerusalem, whether she is determined not be made clean. If any poor slave of sin feels that he could as soon change his nature as master his headstrong lusts, let him not despair; for things impossible to men are possible with God. Let us then seek help from Him who is mighty to save.
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