Jeremiah 18:17
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New International Version
Like a wind from the east, I will scatter them before their enemies; I will show them my back and not my face in the day of their disaster."

New Living Translation
I will scatter my people before their enemies as the east wind scatters dust. And in all their trouble I will turn my back on them and refuse to notice their distress."

English Standard Version
Like the east wind I will scatter them before the enemy. I will show them my back, not my face, in the day of their calamity.”

New American Standard Bible
Like 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.'"

King James Bible
I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I will shew them the back, and not the face, in the day of their calamity.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I will scatter them before the enemy like the east wind. I will show them My back and not My face on the day of their calamity.

International Standard Version
Like the east wind, I'll scatter them before the enemy. I'll show them my back and not my face, on the day of their downfall.'"

NET Bible
I will scatter them before their enemies like dust blowing in front of a burning east wind. I will turn my back on them and not look favorably on them when disaster strikes them."

New Heart English Bible
I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I will show them the back, and not the face, in the day of their calamity."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Like the east wind I will scatter them in front of the enemy. On the day of their disaster, I will show them my back, not my face."

JPS Tanakh 1917
I will scatter them as with an east wind Before the enemy; I will look upon their back, and not their face, In the day of their calamity.

New American Standard 1977
‘Like 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.’”

Jubilee Bible 2000
I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I will show them the back, and not the face, in the day of their perdition.

King James 2000 Bible
I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I will show them the back, and not the face, in the day of their calamity.

American King James Version
I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I will show them the back, and not the face, in the day of their calamity.

American Standard Version
I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I will show them the back, and not the face, in the day of their calamity.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As a burning will I scatter them before the enemy: I will shew them the back, and not the face, in the day of their destruction.

Darby Bible Translation
As with an east wind will I scatter them before the enemy; I will shew them the back, and not the face, in the day of their calamity.

English Revised Version
I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I will look upon their back, and not their face, in the day of their calamity.

Webster's Bible Translation
I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I will show them the back, and not the face, in the day of their calamity.

World English Bible
I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I will show them the back, and not the face, in the day of their calamity.

Young's Literal Translation
As an east wind I scatter them before an enemy, The neck, and not the face, I shew them, In the day of their calamity.'
Study Bible
The Potter and the Clay
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.'" 18Then they said, "Come and let us devise plans against Jeremiah. Surely the law is not going to be lost to the priest, nor counsel to the sage, nor the divine word to the prophet! Come on and let us strike at him with our tongue, and let us give no heed to any of his words."…
Cross References
Job 27:21
"The east wind carries him away, and he is gone, For it whirls him away from his place.

Psalm 48:7
With the east wind You break the ships of Tarshish.

Proverbs 24:16
For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again, But the wicked stumble in time of calamity.

Jeremiah 2:27
Who say to a tree, 'You are my father,' And to a stone, 'You gave me birth.' For they have turned their back to Me, And not their face; But in the time of their trouble they will say, 'Arise and save us.'

Jeremiah 13:24
"Therefore I will scatter them like drifting straw To the desert wind.

Jeremiah 32:33
"They have turned their back to Me and not their face; though I taught them, teaching again and again, they would not listen and receive instruction.

Jeremiah 46:21
"Also her mercenaries in her midst Are like fattened calves, For even they too have turned back and have fled away together; They did not stand their ground. For the day of their calamity has come upon them, The time of their punishment.

Ezekiel 7:22
'I will also turn My face from them, and they will profane My secret place; then robbers will enter and profane it.

Ezekiel 27:26
"Your rowers have brought you Into great waters; The east wind has broken you In the heart of the seas.
Treasury of Scripture

I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I will show them the back, and not the face, in the day of their calamity.

scatter.

Jeremiah 13:24 Therefore will I scatter them as the stubble that passes away by …

Deuteronomy 28:25,64 The LORD shall cause you to be smitten before your enemies: you shall …

Job 27:21 The east wind carries him away, and he departs: and as a storm hurles …

Psalm 48:7 You break the ships of Tarshish with an east wind.

Hosea 13:15 Though he be fruitful among his brothers, an east wind shall come, …

shew.

Jeremiah 2:27 Saying to a stock, You are my father; and to a stone, You have brought …

Jeremiah 32:33 And they have turned to me the back, and not the face: though I taught …

Deuteronomy 31:17 Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will …

Judges 10:13,14 Yet you have forsaken me, and served other gods: why I will deliver …

the day.

Jeremiah 46:21 Also her hired men are in the middle of her like fatted bullocks; …

Proverbs 7:25,26 Let not your heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths…

(17) With an east wind.--MSS. vary, some giving "with" and some "as an east wind." The difference does not much affect the meaning. The east wind blowing from the desert was the wind of storms, tempests, and parching heat (Jonah 4:8; Psalm 48:7; Isaiah 27:8). I will shew them the back, and not the face.--The figure is boldly anthropomorphic. The light of God's countenance is the fulness of joy (Numbers 6:25). To turn away that light was to leave the people to the darkness of their misery. What was thus done by Jehovah was but a righteous retribution on the people who had "turned their back" and "not their face" to Him (Jeremiah 2:27).

Verse 17. - As with an east wind. The east was a stormy wind (Psalm 48:7; Job 27:21). I wilt show them the back; as they have done to Jehovah (Jeremiah 2:27; Jeremiah 32:33). I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy,.... As the east wind, which is generally strong and boisterous, drives the chaff and stubble, and anything that is light, before it, and scatters it here and there; so the Lord threatens to scatter the people of the Jews over the face of the earth, before their enemies, whom they should not be able to withstand. It denotes the power of the enemy God would make use of; the ease with which this should be done; and the utter dispersion of them; and is their present case:

I will show them the back, and not the face, in the day of their calamity; that is, will not look upon them in a favourable way, nor with any pity and compassion for them, nor hear their cries; but turn his back upon them, and a deaf ear unto them, and give them no help and relief, or deliver them out of their calamities; but suffer them to continue upon them, and them to sink under them; see Proverbs 1:26; which refers to the same time of calamity as here. 17. as with an east wind—literally, "I will scatter them, as an east wind (scatters all before it)": a most violent wind (Job 27:21; Ps 48:7; Isa 27:8). Thirty-two manuscripts read (without as), "with an east wind."

I will show them the back … not … face—just retribution: as "they turned their back unto Me … not their face" (Jer 2:27).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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