Jeremiah 18:16
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New International Version
Their land will be an object of horror and of lasting scorn; all who pass by will be appalled and will shake their heads.

New Living Translation
Therefore, their land will become desolate, a monument to their stupidity. All who pass by will be astonished and will shake their heads in amazement.

English Standard Version
making their land a horror, a thing to be hissed at forever. Everyone who passes by it is horrified and shakes his head.

New American Standard Bible
To make their land a desolation, An object of perpetual hissing; Everyone who passes by it will be astonished And shake his head.

King James Bible
To make their land desolate, and a perpetual hissing; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and wag his head.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They have made their land a horror, a perpetual object of scorn; everyone who passes by it will be horrified and shake his head.

International Standard Version
They make their land into a desolate place, an object of lasting scorn. All who pass by will be appalled and will shake their heads.

NET Bible
So their land will become an object of horror. People will forever hiss out their scorn over it. All who pass that way will be filled with horror and will shake their heads in derision.

New Heart English Bible
to make their land an astonishment, and a perpetual hissing; everyone who passes thereby shall be astonished, and shake his head.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Their land will become desolate and something to be hissed at forever. Everyone who will pass by it will be stunned and shake his head.

JPS Tanakh 1917
To make their land an astonishment, And a perpetual hissing; Every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, And shake his head.

New American Standard 1977
To make their land a desolation,
            An object of perpetual hissing;
            Everyone who passes by it will be astonished
            And shake his head.

Jubilee Bible 2000
to make their land desolate, and a perpetual hissing; every one that passes thereby shall be astonished and wag his head.

King James 2000 Bible
To make their land desolate, and a perpetual hissing; everyone that passes by it shall be astonished, and shake his head.

American King James Version
To make their land desolate, and a perpetual hissing; every one that passes thereby shall be astonished, and wag his head.

American Standard Version
to make their land an astonishment, and a perpetual hissing; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and shake his head.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That their land might be given up to desolation, and to a perpetual hissing: every one that shall pass by it, shall be astonished, and wag his head.

Darby Bible Translation
to make their land an astonishment, a perpetual hissing: every one that passeth by shall be astonished, and shake his head.

English Revised Version
to make their land an astonishment, and a perpetual hissing; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and shake his head.

Webster's Bible Translation
To make their land desolate, and a perpetual hissing; every one that passeth by it shall be astonished, and wag his head.

World English Bible
to make their land an astonishment, and a perpetual hissing; everyone who passes thereby shall be astonished, and shake his head.

Young's Literal Translation
To make their land become a desolation, A hissing age-during, Every passer by it is astonished, And bemoaneth with his head.
Study Bible
The Potter and the Clay
15'For My people have forgotten Me, They burn incense to worthless gods And they have stumbled from their ways, From the ancient paths, To walk in bypaths, Not on a highway, 16To make their land a desolation, An object of perpetual hissing; Everyone who passes by it will be astonished And shake his head. 17Like an east wind I will scatter them Before the enemy; I will show them My back and not My face In the day of their calamity.'"…
Cross References
Leviticus 26:32
'I will make the land desolate so that your enemies who settle in it will be appalled over it.

1 Kings 9:8
"And this house will become a heap of ruins; everyone who passes by will be astonished and hiss and say, 'Why has the LORD done thus to this land and to this house?'

Psalm 22:7
All who see me sneer at me; They separate with the lip, they wag the head, saying,

Psalm 109:25
I also have become a reproach to them; When they see me, they wag their head.

Isaiah 37:22
this is the word that the LORD has spoken against him: "She has despised you and mocked you, The virgin daughter of Zion; She has shaken her head behind you, The daughter of Jerusalem!

Jeremiah 19:8
"I will also make this city a desolation and an object of hissing; everyone who passes by it will be astonished and hiss because of all its disasters.

Jeremiah 25:9
behold, I will send and take all the families of the north,' declares the LORD, 'and I will send to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, My servant, and will bring them against this land and against its inhabitants and against all these nations round about; and I will utterly destroy them and make them a horror and a hissing, and an everlasting desolation.

Jeremiah 42:18
For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, "As My anger and wrath have been poured out on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so My wrath will be poured out on you when you enter Egypt. And you will become a curse, an object of horror, an imprecation and a reproach; and you will see this place no more."

Jeremiah 44:12
And I will take away the remnant of Judah who have set their mind on entering the land of Egypt to reside there, and they will all meet their end in the land of Egypt; they will fall by the sword and meet their end by famine. Both small and great will die by the sword and famine; and they will become a curse, an object of horror, an imprecation and a reproach.

Jeremiah 48:27
"Now was not Israel a laughingstock to you? Or was he caught among thieves? For each time you speak about him you shake your head in scorn.
Treasury of Scripture

To make their land desolate, and a perpetual hissing; every one that passes thereby shall be astonished, and wag his head.

make.

Jeremiah 9:11 And I will make Jerusalem heaps, and a den of dragons; and I will …

Jeremiah 19:8 And I will make this city desolate, and an hissing…

Jeremiah 25:9 Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, said …

Jeremiah 49:13 For I have sworn by myself, said the LORD, that Bozrah shall become …

Jeremiah 50:13 Because of the wrath of the LORD it shall not be inhabited, but it …

Leviticus 26:33,34,43 And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword …

Deuteronomy 29:23 And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and burning, …

Isaiah 6:11 Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be …

Ezekiel 6:14 So will I stretch out my hand on them, and make the land desolate, …

Ezekiel 12:19 And say to the people of the land, Thus said the Lord GOD of the …

Ezekiel 33:28,29 For I will lay the land most desolate, and the pomp of her strength …

a perpetual.

1 Kings 9:8 And at this house, which is high, every one that passes by it shall …

2 Chronicles 7:20,21 Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have …

Lamentations 2:15,16 All that pass by clap their hands at you; they hiss and wag their …

Micah 6:16 For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house …

shall be.

Deuteronomy 28:59 Then the LORD will make your plagues wonderful, and the plagues of …

Psalm 22:7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they …

Psalm 44:14 You make us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people.

Isaiah 37:22 This is the word which the LORD has spoken concerning him; The virgin, …

Matthew 27:39 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,

Mark 15:29 And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, …

(16) Desolate . . . astonished.--Better, desolate in both clauses. The Hebrew verb is the same, and there is a manifest emphasis in the repetition which it is better to reproduce in English.

A perpetual hissing.--The Hebrew word is onomatopoetic, and expresses the inarticulate sounds which we utter on seeing anything that makes us shudder, rather than "hissing in its modern use as an expression of contempt or disapproval.

Wag his head.--Better, shake his head. The verb is not the same as that which describes the gesture of scorn in Psalm 22:7; Psalm 109:25; Lamentations 2:15; Zephaniah 2:15, and describes pity or bemoaning rather than contempt. Men would not mock the desolation of Israel, but would gaze on it astounded and pitying, themselves also desolate.

Verse 16. - The effect of this is to make the land of the transgressors an object of horror and astonishment (so render rather than desolate). To make their land desolate,.... Not that this was the intention either of those that led them out of the right way into those wrong paths, or of them that went into them; but so it was eventually; this was the issue of things; their idolatry and other sins were the cause of their land being desolate; through the ravage of the enemy, let in upon them by way of judgment; and through the destruction of men by them; so that there were few or none to cultivate and manure it:

and a perpetual hissing; to be hissed at perpetually by the enemy, whenever they passed by it, and observed its desolation; thereby expressing their hatred at its inhabitants; their joy at its desolation; and their satisfaction in it, which would be for ever; or, as Kimchi interprets, a long time. This is the present case of the Jews; and has been ever since their destruction by the Romans; and will be until the fulness of the Gentiles is gathered in:

everyone that passeth thereby shall be astonished: to see the desolations made, and the strange alterations in a place once so famous for fruitfulness and number of inhabitants:

and wag his head; either out of pity, or rather in a way of derision and exultation; see Lamentations 2:15. 16. hissing—(1Ki 9:8). In sign of contempt. That which was to be only the event is ascribed to the purpose of the people, although altogether different from what they would have been likely to hope for. Their purpose is represented as being the destruction of their country, because it was the inevitable result of their course of acting.

wag … head—in mockery (2Ki 19:21; Mt 27:39). As "wag … head" answers to "hissing," so "astonished" answers to "desolate," for which, therefore, Munster and others rather translate, "an object of wonder" (Jer 19:8).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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