Jeremiah 18:12
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New International Version
But they will reply, 'It's no use. We will continue with our own plans; we will all follow the stubbornness of our evil hearts.'"

New Living Translation
But the people replied, "Don't waste your breath. We will continue to live as we want to, stubbornly following our own evil desires."

English Standard Version
“But they say, ‘That is in vain! We will follow our own plans, and will every one act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.’

New American Standard Bible
"But they will say, 'It's hopeless! For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.'

King James Bible
And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But they will say, 'It's hopeless. We will continue to follow our plans, and each of us will continue to act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.'"

International Standard Version
But they'll say, 'It's useless! We will follow our plans and each of us will pursue his own evil desires.'

NET Bible
But they just keep saying, 'We do not care what you say! We will do whatever we want to do! We will continue to behave wickedly and stubbornly!'"

New Heart English Bible
But they say, 'It is in vain; for we will walk after our own devices, and we will do everyone after the stubbornness of his evil heart.'"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"But they will answer, 'It's useless! We'll live the way we want to. We'll go our own stubborn, evil ways.'

JPS Tanakh 1917
But they say: There is no hope; but we will walk after our own devices, and we will do every one after the stubbornness of his evil heart.'

New American Standard 1977
“But they will say, ‘It’s hopeless! For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.’

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they said, This is useless, for we must walk after our own devices, and we must each one do the imagination of his evil heart.

King James 2000 Bible
And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our own plans, and we will everyone do the imagination of his evil heart.

American King James Version
And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart.

American Standard Version
But they say, It is in vain; for we will walk after our own devices, and we will do every one after the stubbornness of his evil heart.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they said: We have no hopes: for we will go after our own thoughts, and we will do every one according to the perverseness of his evil heart.

Darby Bible Translation
But they say, There is no hope; for we will walk after our own devices, and we will each one do [according to] the stubbornness of his evil heart.

English Revised Version
But they say, There is no hope: for we will walk after our own devices, and we will do every one after the stubbornness of his evil heart.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart.

World English Bible
But they say, It is in vain; for we will walk after our own devices, and we will do everyone after the stubbornness of his evil heart.

Young's Literal Translation
And they have said, It is incurable, For after our own devices we do go, And each the stubbornness of his evil heart we do.
Study Bible
The Potter and the Clay
11"So now then, speak to the men of Judah and against the inhabitants of Jerusalem saying, 'Thus says the LORD, "Behold, I am fashioning calamity against you and devising a plan against you. Oh turn back, each of you from his evil way, and reform your ways and your deeds."' 12"But they will say, 'It's hopeless! For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.' 13"Therefore thus says the LORD, 'Ask now among the nations, Who ever heard the like of this? The virgin of Israel Has done a most appalling thing.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 29:19
"It shall be when he hears the words of this curse, that he will boast, saying, 'I have peace though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart in order to destroy the watered land with the dry.'

Isaiah 57:10
"You were tired out by the length of your road, Yet you did not say, 'It is hopeless.' You found renewed strength, Therefore you did not faint.

Jeremiah 2:25
"Keep your feet from being unshod And your throat from thirst; But you said, 'It is hopeless! No! For I have loved strangers, And after them I will walk.'

Jeremiah 7:24
"Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and went backward and not forward.

Jeremiah 16:12
You too have done evil, even more than your forefathers; for behold, you are each one walking according to the stubbornness of his own evil heart, without listening to Me.

Jeremiah 23:17
"They keep saying to those who despise Me, 'The LORD has said, "You will have peace "'; And as for everyone who walks in the stubbornness of his own heart, They say, 'Calamity will not come upon you.'

Malachi 3:14
"You have said, 'It is vain to serve God; and what profit is it that we have kept His charge, and that we have walked in mourning before the LORD of hosts?
Treasury of Scripture

And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart.

There.

Jeremiah 2:25 Withhold your foot from being unshod, and your throat from thirst: …

2 Kings 6:33 And while he yet talked with them, behold, the messenger came down …

Isaiah 57:10 You are wearied in the greatness of your way; yet said you not, There …

Ezekiel 37:11 Then he said to me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of …

we will walk.

Jeremiah 3:17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and …

Jeremiah 7:24 But they listened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the …

Jeremiah 11:8 Yet they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but walked every one …

Jeremiah 16:12 And you have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, you walk …

Jeremiah 23:17 They say still to them that despise me, The LORD has said, You shall …

Jeremiah 44:17 But we will certainly do whatever thing goes forth out of our own …

Genesis 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth…

Genesis 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet smell; and the LORD said in his heart, …

Deuteronomy 29:19 And it come to pass, when he hears the words of this curse, that …

Mark 7:21,22 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, …

Luke 1:51 He has showed strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in …

(12) And they said.--Better, But they say, as of continued action. This was the ever-recurring answer (see Note on Jeremiah 2:25) which they made to the prophet's pleas. It was the answer of defiance rather than of despair. "There is no hope, you need not hope, that we will do as you bid us. We will go on our way, and walk after our own devices."

Imagination.--Better, as elsewhere, stubbornness.

Verse 12. - And they said; rather, But they go on saying (comp. Ezekiel 33:17, 20). There is no hope. The rendering may be easily misunderstood. The speakers are not, as we might suppose, despondent about their state and prospects, but they seek to check the troublesome preacher by the warning that he has no chance of success (so Jeremiah 2:25). Imagination; rather, stubbornness (as constantly). And they said, there is no hope,.... Or, "but they said" (w); not that there was no hope of the grace and mercy of God, upon their repentance and reformation, for that is before declared; but that they were so hardened in their sins, so fixed in their wicked courses, and so determined to go on in them, that there was no room for the prophet to hope of ever reclaiming them; signifying, that it was to little purpose to talk to them, or exhort them; his labour would be in vain; for they were at a point, and resolved to continue in their evil practices, let the consequences be what they would. Jarchi's note is,

"but I know that they will say to thee concerning thy words, that we do not care for them;''

no, not a rush; you may as well hold your peace and say nothing; we are in no pain about future judgments, these give us no uneasiness. The Targum is,

"we are turned from thy worship;''

and we are resolved to continue as we are, and not to return to say what you will:

but we will walk after our own devices; God may take his way, and we will take ours; he has devised evil against us, you say, and he may bring it if he pleases; we have devised sin, and we shall go on in it:

and we will do everyone the imagination of his evil heart; whatsoever our hearts suggest to us as pleasant and agreeable, that we shall do, let the issue be what it will: it is not to be thought that these people expressed themselves in so many words; but this was the language of their hearts, and of their actions, known unto the Lord, and are put into this form by him, or by the prophet, expressing the real sentiments of their minds.

(w) "sed dixerunt", Schmidt; "sed dicunt", Piscator. 12. no hope—Thy threats and exhortations are all thrown away (Jer 2:25). Our case is desperate; we are hopelessly abandoned to our sins and their penalty. In this and the following clauses, "We will walk after our own devices," Jeremiah makes them express the real state of the case, rather than the hypocritical subterfuges which they would have been inclined to put forth. So Isa 30:10, 11.18:11-17 Sinners call it liberty to live at large; whereas for a man to be a slave to his lusts, is the very worst slavery. They forsook God for idols. When men are parched with heat, and meet with cooling, refreshing streams, they use them. In these things men will not leave a certainty for an uncertainty; but Israel left the ancient paths appointed by the Divine law. They walked not in the highway, in which they might travel safely, but in a way in which they must stumble: such was the way of idolatry, and such is the way of iniquity. This made their land desolate, and themselves miserable. Calamities may be borne, if God smile upon us when under them; but if he is displeased, and refuses his help, we are undone. Multitudes forget the Lord and his Christ, and wander from the ancient paths, to walk in ways of their own devising. But what will they do in the day of judgment!
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