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?

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?

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 locked up, And there is no one to open them; All Judah has been carried into exile, Wholly carried into exile. 20"Lift up your eyes and see Those coming from the north. Where is the flock that was given you, Your beautiful sheep? 21"What will you say when He appoints over you-- And you yourself had taught them-- Former companions to be head over you? Will not pangs take hold of you Like a woman in childbirth?…
Cross References
Jeremiah 1:15
"For, behold, I am calling all the families of the kingdoms of the north," declares the LORD; "and they will come and they will set each one his throne at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all its walls round about and against all the cities of Judah.

Jeremiah 6:22
Thus says the LORD, "Behold, a people is coming from the north land, And a great nation will be aroused from the remote parts of the earth.

Jeremiah 13:17
But 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.

Jeremiah 23:2
Therefore thus says the LORD God of Israel concerning the shepherds who are tending My people: "You have scattered My flock and driven them away, and have not attended to them; behold, I am about to attend to you for the evil of your deeds," declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 25:37
"And the peaceful folds are made silent Because of the fierce anger of the LORD.

Habakkuk 1:6
"For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans, That fierce and impetuous people Who march throughout the earth To seize dwelling places which are not theirs.
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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