Jeremiah 13:20
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New International Version
Look up and see those who are coming from the north. Where is the flock that was entrusted to you, the sheep of which you boasted?

New Living Translation
Open up your eyes and see the armies marching down from the north! Where is your flock--your beautiful flock--that he gave you to care for?

English Standard Version
“Lift up your eyes and see those who come from the north. Where is the flock that was given you, your beautiful flock?

Berean Study Bible
Lift up your eyes and see those coming from the north. Where is the flock entrusted to you, the sheep that were your pride?

New American Standard Bible
"Lift up your eyes and see Those coming from the north. Where is the flock that was given you, Your beautiful sheep?

King James Bible
Lift up your eyes, and behold them that come from the north: where is the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful flock?

Christian Standard Bible
Look up and see those coming from the north. Where is the flock entrusted to you, the sheep that were your pride?

Contemporary English Version
Jerusalem, you were so proud of ruling the people of Judah. But where are they now? Look north, and you will see your enemies approaching.

Good News Translation
Jerusalem, look! Your enemies are coming down from the north! Where are the people entrusted to your care, your people you were so proud of?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Look up and see those coming from the north. Where is the flock entrusted to you, the sheep that were your pride?

International Standard Version
"Look up and see those who are coming from the north. Where is the flock that was given to you— your beautiful sheep?

NET Bible
Then I said, "Look up, Jerusalem, and see the enemy that is coming from the north. Where now is the flock of people that were entrusted to your care? Where now are the 'sheep' that you take such pride in?

New Heart English Bible
"Lift up your eyes, and see those who come from the north: where is the flock that was given you, your beautiful flock?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Look up, and see those who are coming from the north. Where is the flock that was given to you-your beautiful sheep?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Lift up your eyes, and behold Them that come from the north; Where is the flock that was given thee, Thy beautiful flock?

New American Standard 1977
“Lift up your eyes and see Those coming from the north. Where is the flock that was given you, Your beautiful sheep?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Lift up your eyes, and behold those that come from the north wind: where is the flock that was given thee, the cattle of thy beauty?

King James 2000 Bible
Lift up your eyes, and behold them that come from the north: where is the flock that was given you, your beautiful flock?

American King James Version
Lift up your eyes, and behold them that come from the north: where is the flock that was given you, your beautiful flock?

American Standard Version
Lift up your eyes, and behold them that come from the north: where is the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful flock?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Lift up your eyes, and see, you that come from the north: where is the flock that is given thee, thy beautiful cattle?

Darby Bible Translation
Lift up your eyes, and behold them that come from the north. Where is the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful flock?

English Revised Version
Lift up your eyes, and behold them that come from the north: where is the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful flock?

Webster's Bible Translation
Lift up your eyes, and behold them that come from the north: where is the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful flock?

World English Bible
Lift up your eyes, and see those who come from the north: where is the flock that was given you, your beautiful flock?

Young's Literal Translation
Lift up your eyes, and see those coming in from the north, Where is the drove given to thee, thy beautiful flock?
Study Bible
Captivity Threatened
19The cities of the Negev have been shut tight, and no one can open them. All of Judah has been carried into exile, wholly taken captive. 20Lift up your eyes and see those coming from the north. Where is the flock entrusted to you, the sheep that were your pride? 21What will you say when He sets over you close allies whom you yourself trained? Will not pangs of anguish grip you, as they do a woman in labor?…
Cross References
Jeremiah 1:15
For I am about to summon all the clans and kingdoms of the north," declares the LORD. "Their kings will come and set up their thrones at the entrance to Jerusalem's gates. They will attack all her surrounding walls and all the other cities of Judah.

Jeremiah 6:22
This is what the LORD says: "Behold, an army is coming from the land of the north; a great nation is stirred from the ends of the earth.

Jeremiah 13:17
But if you do not listen, I will weep alone because of your pride; My eyes will overflow with tears, because the LORD's flock has been taken captive.

Jeremiah 23:2
Therefore, this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says about the shepherds who tend My people: "You have scattered My flock and driven them away, and have not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for the evil of your deeds, declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 25:37
The peaceful meadows will become lifeless because of the LORD's burning anger.

Habakkuk 1:6
For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans--that ruthless and impetuous nation that marches through the breadth of the earth to seize dwelling places not their own.

Treasury of Scripture

Lift up your eyes, and behold them that come from the north: where is the flock that was given you, your beautiful flock?

and.

Jeremiah 1:14 Then the LORD said to me, Out of the north an evil shall break forth …

Jeremiah 6:22 Thus said the LORD, Behold, a people comes from the north country, …

Jeremiah 10:22 Behold, the noise of the bruit is come, and a great commotion out …

Habakkuk 1:6 For, see, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, …

where.

Jeremiah 13:17 But if you will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places …

Jeremiah 23:2 Therefore thus said the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that …

Isaiah 56:9-12 All you beasts of the field, come to devour, yes, all you beasts …

Ezekiel 34:7-10 Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD…

Zechariah 11:16,17 For, see, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, which shall not …

John 10:12,13 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep …

Acts 20:26-29 Why I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men…







(20) Lift up your eyes.--The Hebrew verb is feminine and singular, the possessive pronoun masculine and plural. Assuming the reading to be correct, the irregularity may have been intended to combine the ideal personification of Jerusalem, the daughter of Zion, as the natural protectress of the other cities, with the concrete multitude of her inhabitants. The "beautiful flock" of those cities had been committed to her care, and she is now called to give an account of her stewardship.

Them that come from the north.--These are, of course, as in Jeremiah 1:14 and elsewhere, the invading army of the Chaldeans, and probably also their Scythian allies.

Verses 20, 21. - The captivity being still (in spite of the perfect tense) a thing of the future, the prophet can seek to awaken the conscience of the careless under-shepherd by showing how serf-caused is his (or rather her) punishment. Verse 20. - Lift up your eyes. The verb is fern. sing., the pronoun (in suffix form) masc. plu, - a clear indication that the person addressed is a collective. Probably the "daughter of Zion" is intended, which, in a certain sense, might be called the "shepherd" or leader of the rest of the nation. From the north. Again this horror of the north as the source of calamity (see on Jeremiah 14). Lift up your eyes, and behold them that come from the north,.... There are a Keri and a Cetib of the words "lift up" and "behold"; they are written in the singular number, and may be considered as directed to the king, as the words following are; and they are read in the plural number, the state and whole body of the people being called upon to observe the Chaldean army, which came from the north; and is represented as on the march, just at hand to invade, besiege, take, and carry them captive. The Septuagint version renders it, "lift up thine eyes, O Jerusalem"; and the Arabic version, "O Israel: where is the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful flock?" that is, the people, as the Targum interprets it, which were committed to the care and charge of the king, as sheep into the hands of a shepherd; and were a fine body of people, chosen of God and precious, distinguished above all others by wholesome and righteous laws and statutes, and special privileges; a people who were a kingdom of priests, a holy nation, and a peculiar people, the glory of the whole earth; but now carried, or about to be carried, captive. It is no unusual thing to represent a king as a shepherd, and his people as a flock, guided, governed, and protected by him, and who is accountable for his trust to the King of kings; see Psalm 78:71. 20. from … north—Nebuchadnezzar and his hostile army (Jer 1:14; 6:22).

flock … given thee—Jeremiah, amazed at the depopulation caused by Nebuchadnezzar's forces, addresses Jerusalem (a noun of multitude, which accounts for the blending of plural and singular, Your eyes … thee … thy flock), and asks where is the population (Jer 13:17, "flock") which God had given her?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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