Jeremiah 2:15
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New International Version
Lions have roared; they have growled at him. They have laid waste his land; his towns are burned and deserted.

New Living Translation
Strong lions have roared against him, and the land has been destroyed. The towns are now in ruins, and no one lives in them anymore.

English Standard Version
The lions have roared against him; they have roared loudly. They have made his land a waste; his cities are in ruins, without inhabitant.

New American Standard Bible
"The young lions have roared at him, They have roared loudly. And they have made his land a waste; His cities have been destroyed, without inhabitant.

King James Bible
The young lions roared upon him, and yelled, and they made his land waste: his cities are burned without inhabitant.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The young lions have roared at him; they have roared loudly. They have laid waste his land. His cities are in ruins, without inhabitants.

International Standard Version
Young lions roar at him, they cry out loudly. They have made his land into a wasteland, and his cities are destroyed so they are without inhabitants.

NET Bible
Like lions his enemies roar victoriously over him; they raise their voices in triumph. They have laid his land waste; his cities have been burned down and deserted.

New Heart English Bible
The young lions have roared at him, and yelled. They have made his land waste. His cities are burned up, without inhabitant.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Young lions have roared very loudly at them. Young lions have turned the land into a wasteland. The cities have been burned down, and everyone has left.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The young lions have roared upon him, And let their voice resound; And they have made his land desolate, His cities are laid waste, Without inhabitant.

New American Standard 1977
“The young lions have roared at him,
            They have roared loudly.
            And they have made his land a waste;
            His cities have been destroyed, without inhabitant.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The young lions roared upon him and yelled, and they made his land waste: his cities are deserted without inhabitant.

King James 2000 Bible
The young lions roared upon him, and growled, and they made his land waste: his cities are burned without inhabitant.

American King James Version
The young lions roared on him, and yelled, and they made his land waste: his cities are burned without inhabitant.

American Standard Version
The young lions have roared upon him, and yelled; and they have made his land waste: his cities are burned up, without inhabitant.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The lions have roared upon him, and have made a noise, they have made his land a wilderness: his cities are burnt down and there is none to dwell in them.

Darby Bible Translation
The young lions roared against him, they gave forth their voice, and they made his land desolate: his cities are burned, without inhabitant.

English Revised Version
The young lions have roared upon him, and yelled: and they have made his land waste; his cities are burned up, without inhabitant.

Webster's Bible Translation
The young lions roared upon him, and yelled, and they made his land waste: his cities are burned without inhabitant.

World English Bible
The young lions have roared at him, and yelled. They have made his land waste. His cities are burned up, without inhabitant.

Young's Literal Translation
Against him roar do young lions, They have given forth their voice, And make his land become a desolation, His cities have been burnt without inhabitant.
Study Bible
The Results of Israel's Sin
14"Is Israel a slave? Or is he a homeborn servant? Why has he become a prey? 15"The young lions have roared at him, They have roared loudly. And they have made his land a waste; His cities have been destroyed, without inhabitant. 16"Also the men of Memphis and Tahpanhes Have shaved the crown of your head.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 4:7
"A lion has gone up from his thicket, And a destroyer of nations has set out; He has gone out from his place To make your land a waste. Your cities will be ruins Without inhabitant.

Jeremiah 50:17
"Israel is a scattered flock, the lions have driven them away. The first one who devoured him was the king of Assyria, and this last one who has broken his bones is Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.

Jeremiah 51:38
"They will roar together like young lions, They will growl like lions' cubs.

Ezekiel 36:3
therefore prophesy and say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "For good reason they have made you desolate and crushed you from every side, that you would become a possession of the rest of the nations and you have been taken up in the talk and the whispering of the people."'"

Zechariah 11:3
There is a sound of the shepherds' wail, For their glory is ruined; There is a sound of the young lions' roar, For the pride of the Jordan is ruined.
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The young lions roared on him, and yelled, and they made his land waste: his cities are burned without inhabitant.

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Jeremiah 5:6 Why a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings …

Jeremiah 25:30 Therefore prophesy you against them all these words, and say to them, …

Jeremiah 50:17 Israel is a scattered sheep; the lions have driven him away: first …

Judges 14:5 Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to Timnath, …

Job 4:10 The roaring of the lion, and the voice of the fierce lion, and the …

Psalm 57:4 My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on …

Isaiah 5:29 Their roaring shall be like a lion, they shall roar like young lions: …

Hosea 5:14 For I will be to Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house …

Hosea 11:10 They shall walk after the LORD: he shall roar like a lion: when he …

Hosea 13:7,8 Therefore I will be to them as a lion: as a leopard by the way will …

Amos 3:4,8,13 Will a lion roar in the forest, when he has no prey? will a young …

Nahum 2:11 Where is the dwelling of the lions, and the feeding place of the …

yelled. Heb. gave out their voice. they made

Isaiah 1:7 Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your …

Isaiah 24:1 Behold, the LORD makes the earth empty, and makes it waste, and turns …

Ezekiel 5:14 Moreover I will make you waste, and a reproach among the nations …

his cities

Jeremiah 4:7 The lion is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the Gentiles …

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

Jeremiah 26:9 Why have you prophesied in the name of the LORD, saying, This house …

Jeremiah 33:10 Thus said the LORD; Again there shall be heard in this place, which …

Jeremiah 34:22 Behold, I will command, said the LORD, and cause them to return to …

Jeremiah 44:22 So that the LORD could no longer bear, because of the evil of your …

Isaiah 5:9 In my ears said the LORD of hosts, Of a truth many houses shall be …

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

Zephaniah 1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them …

Zephaniah 2:5 Woe to the inhabitants of the sea coast, the nation of the Cherethites! …

Zephaniah 3:6 I have cut off the nations: their towers are desolate; I made their …

(15) The young lions roared . . .--The real answer to the question, that Israel had forsaken its true master, is given in Jeremiah 2:17. Here it is implied in the description of what the runaway slave had suffered. Lions had attacked him; not figuratively only, as symbolising invaders, but in the most literal sense, they had made his land waste (2Kings 17:25).

Are burned.--Better, levelled with the ground.

Verse 15. - The young lions, etc. A fresh figure, and a most natural one in Judaea (comp. 1 Samuel 17:34); already applied to the Assyrians by Isaiah (Isaiah 5:29, 30). Burned; rather, made ruinous (corer. "ruinous heaps," 2 Kings 19:25). The young lions roared upon him, and yelled,.... Or, "gave out their voice" (e); meaning the kings of the nations, as the Targum, Jarchi, and Kimchi explain it; and are to be understood of the kings of Assyria and Babylon, and particularly of Nebuchadnezzar; see Jeremiah 50:17 compared to lions for their strength and cruelty; their "roaring" and "yelling design" the bringing forth of their armies against Israel, the noise of the battle, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war, and the voice of the warrior:

and they made his land waste; all this is said as past, when it was yet to come, because of the certainty of it, and the sure accomplishment of these prophecies; for this respects the future desolation of the land of Israel at the Babylonish captivity:

his cities are burnt without inhabitant; not only Jerusalem was burnt with fire, Jeremiah 52:13, but other cities in the land of Israel, so that they were not inhabited: or, "they were desolate or destroyed" (f) as the Septuagint version, so that none could dwell in them; and so the Targum,

"her cities are desolate, without inhabitant.''

Kimchi's father explains the word by "budded", or brought forth herbs or plants; for desolate places bring up plants; where there is no inhabitant, grass grows.

(e) "dederunt vocem suam", Montanus, Pagninus; "edunt rocem suam", Schmidt. (f) "desolatae sunt, sive destructae", Vatablus. 15. lions—the Babylonian princes (Jer 4:7; compare Am 3:4). The disaster from the Babylonians in the fourth year of Jehoiakim's reign, and again three years later when, relying on Egypt, he revolted from Nebuchadnezzar, is here referred to (Jer 46:2; 2Ki 24:1, 2).2:14-19 Is Israel a servant? No, they are the seed of Abraham. We may apply this spiritually: Is the soul of man a slave? No, it is not; but has sold its own liberty, and enslaved itself to divers lusts and passions. The Assyrian princes, like lions, prevailed against Israel. People from Egypt destroyed their glory and strength. They brought these calamities on themselves by departing from the Lord. The use and application of this is, Repent of thy sin, that thy correction may not be thy ruin. What has a Christian to do in the ways of forbidden pleasure or vain sinful mirth, or with the pursuits of covetousness and ambition?
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