Jeremiah 16:2
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New International Version
"You must not marry and have sons or daughters in this place."

New Living Translation
"Do not get married or have children in this place.

English Standard Version
“You shall not take a wife, nor shall you have sons or daughters in this place.

New American Standard Bible
"You shall not take a wife for yourself nor have sons or daughters in this place."

King James Bible
Thou shalt not take thee a wife, neither shalt thou have sons or daughters in this place.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"You must not marry or have sons or daughters in this place.

International Standard Version
"You are not to take a wife, nor are you to have sons or daughters in this place."

NET Bible
"Do not get married and do not have children here in this land.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Don't marry! Don't have any sons or daughters in this place!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou shalt not take thee a wife, neither shalt thou have sons or daughters in this place.

King James 2000 Bible
You shall not take you a wife, neither shall you have sons or daughters in this place.

American King James Version
You shall not take you a wife, neither shall you have sons or daughters in this place.

American Standard Version
Thou shalt not take thee a wife, neither shalt thou have sons or daughters, in this place.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou shalt not take thee a wife, neither shalt thou have thee sons and daughters in this place.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou shalt not take thee a wife, and thou shalt not have sons nor daughters in this place.

English Revised Version
Thou shalt not take thee a wife, neither shalt thou have sons or daughters in this place.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou shalt not take thee a wife, neither shalt thou have sons nor daughters in this place.

World English Bible
You shall not take a wife, neither shall you have sons or daughters, in this place.

Young's Literal Translation
Thou dost not take to thee a wife, Nor hast thou sons and daughters in this place.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

16:1-9 The prophet must conduct himself as one who expected to see his country ruined very shortly. In the prospect of sad times, he is to abstain from marriage, mourning for the dead, and pleasure. Those who would convince others of the truths of God, must make it appear by their self-denial, that they believe it themselves. Peace, inward and outward, family and public, is wholly the work of God, and from his loving-kindness and mercy. When He takes his peace from any people, distress must follow. There may be times when it is proper to avoid things otherwise our duty; and we should always sit loose to the pleasures and concerns of this life.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - Thou shalt not take thee a wife. So St. Paul, "I think therefore that this is good by reason of the present distress, namely, that it is good for a man to be as he is (1 Corinthians 7:26, Revised Version); and Hosea has already drawn an awful picture of "Ephraim bringing forth his children to the murderer" (Hosea 9:9). In ordinary times it was a kind of unwritten law among the Israelites to marry and beget children. Most of the prophets (e.g. Isaiah) appear to have been married. In this place; i.e. in the land of Judah. A Jeremianic phrase (comp. Jeremiah 7:3).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Thou shall not take thee a wife,.... Not because it was unlawful; for it was lawful for prophets to marry, and they did; but because it was not advisable, on account of the calamities and distresses which were coming upon the nation; which would be more bearable by him alone, than if he had a wife, which would increase his care, concern, and sorrow.

Neither shall thou have sons nor daughters in this place; in Anathoth, says Kimchi; but it is most likely that Jerusalem in particular is meant, though the whole land of Judea in general may be designed; and though nothing is more desirable than to have children to build up the family, and bear and continue a man's name for futurity, yet in times of public calamity these do but add to the affliction.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. in this place—in Judea. The direction to remain single was (whether literally obeyed, or only in prophetic vision) to symbolize the coming calamities of the Jews (Eze 24:15-27) as so severe that the single state would be then (contrary to the ordinary course of things) preferable to the married (compare 1Co 7:8, 26, 29; Mt 24:19; Lu 23:29).

Jeremiah 16:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Disaster Predicted
1The word of the LORD also came to me saying, 2"You shall not take a wife for yourself nor have sons or daughters in this place." 3For thus says the LORD concerning the sons and daughters born in this place, and concerning their mothers who bear them, and their fathers who beget them in this land:…
Cross References
Jeremiah 16:1
Then the word of the LORD came to me:

Jeremiah 16:3
For this is what the LORD says about the sons and daughters born in this land and about the women who are their mothers and the men who are their fathers:

Jeremiah 29:6
Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease.

Lamentations 2:22
"As you summon to a feast day, so you summoned against me terrors on every side. In the day of the LORD's anger no one escaped or survived; those I cared for and reared my enemy has destroyed."
Treasury of Scripture

You shall not take you a wife, neither shall you have sons or daughters in this place.

Genesis 19:14 And Lot went out, and spoke to his sons in law, which married his …

Matthew 24:19 And woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

Luke 21:23 But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck, …

Luke 23:29 For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed …

1 Corinthians 7:26,27 I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I …

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