Jeremiah 2:34
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New International Version
On your clothes is found the lifeblood of the innocent poor, though you did not catch them breaking in. Yet in spite of all this

New Living Translation
Your clothing is stained with the blood of the innocent and the poor, though you didn't catch them breaking into your houses!

English Standard Version
Also on your skirts is found the lifeblood of the guiltless poor; you did not find them breaking in. Yet in spite of all these things

New American Standard Bible
"Also on your skirts is found The lifeblood of the innocent poor; You did not find them breaking in. But in spite of all these things,

King James Bible
Also in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search, but upon all these.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Moreover, your skirts are stained with the blood of the innocent poor. You did not catch them breaking and entering. But in spite of all these things

International Standard Version
On your skirts is found the lifeblood of the innocent poor, even though you didn't catch them breaking in. Yet despite all these things,

NET Bible
Even your clothes are stained with the lifeblood of the poor who had not done anything wrong; you did not catch them breaking into your homes. Yet, in spite of all these things you have done,

New Heart English Bible
Also the blood of the souls of the innocent poor is found in your skirts. You did not find them breaking in; but it is because of all these things.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You have the blood from poor and innocent people on your clothes. You didn't kill them for breaking in to your home.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Also in thy skirts is found the blood Of the souls of the innocent poor; Thou didst not find them breaking in; Yet for all these things

New American Standard 1977
“Also on your skirts is found
            The lifeblood of the innocent poor;
            You did not find them breaking in.
            But in spite of all these things,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Even in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents; thou didst not find them in any trespass, but by all these things.

King James 2000 Bible
Also on your skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search, but plainly upon all these things.

American King James Version
Also in your skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search, but on all these.

American Standard Version
Also in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the innocent poor: thou didst not find them breaking in; but it is because of all these things.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor and innocent? not in ditches have I found them, but in all places, which I mentioned before.

Darby Bible Translation
Yea, in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the innocent poor, whom thou didst not encounter breaking in, but [it is found] upon all these.

English Revised Version
Also, in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the innocent poor: I have not found it at the place of breaking in, but upon all these.

Webster's Bible Translation
Also in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search, but upon all these.

World English Bible
Also the blood of the souls of the innocent poor is found in your skirts. You did not find them breaking in; but it is because of all these things.

Young's Literal Translation
Also in thy skirts hath been found the blood of innocent needy souls, Not by digging have I found them, but upon all these.
Study Bible
Israel's Unfaithfulness
33"How well you prepare your way To seek love! Therefore even the wicked women You have taught your ways. 34"Also on your skirts is found The lifeblood of the innocent poor; You did not find them breaking in. But in spite of all these things, 35Yet you said, 'I am innocent; Surely His anger is turned away from me.' Behold, I will enter into judgment with you Because you say, 'I have not sinned.'…
Cross References
Exodus 22:2
"If the thief is caught while breaking in and is struck so that he dies, there will be no bloodguiltiness on his account.

2 Kings 21:16
Moreover, Manasseh shed very much innocent blood until he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another; besides his sin with which he made Judah sin, in doing evil in the sight of the LORD.

2 Kings 24:4
and also for the innocent blood which he shed, for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; and the LORD would not forgive.

Psalm 106:38
And shed innocent blood, The blood of their sons and their daughters, Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; And the land was polluted with the blood.

Isaiah 59:3
For your hands are defiled with blood And your fingers with iniquity; Your lips have spoken falsehood, Your tongue mutters wickedness.

Jeremiah 2:33
"How well you prepare your way To seek love! Therefore even the wicked women You have taught your ways.

Jeremiah 7:6
if you do not oppress the alien, the orphan, or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place, nor walk after other gods to your own ruin,

Jeremiah 19:4
"Because they have forsaken Me and have made this an alien place and have burned sacrifices in it to other gods, that neither they nor their forefathers nor the kings of Judah had ever known, and because they have filled this place with the blood of the innocent

Lamentations 1:9
Her uncleanness was in her skirts; She did not consider her future. Therefore she has fallen astonishingly; She has no comforter. "See, O LORD, my affliction, For the enemy has magnified himself!"

Lamentations 4:14
They wandered, blind, in the streets; They were defiled with blood So that no one could touch their garments.
Treasury of Scripture

Also in your skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search, but on all these.

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Jeremiah 7:31 And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the valley …

Jeremiah 19:4 Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged this place, and …

2 Kings 21:16 Moreover Manasseh shed innocent blood very much, till he had filled …

2 Kings 24:4 And also for the innocent blood that he shed: for he filled Jerusalem …

Psalm 106:37,38 Yes, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters to devils…

Isaiah 57:5 Enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree, slaying the …

Isaiah 59:7 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: …

Ezekiel 16:20,21 Moreover you have taken your sons and your daughters, whom you have …

Ezekiel 20:31 For when you offer your gifts, when you make your sons to pass through …

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Jeremiah 6:15 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? no, they were …

Jeremiah 8:12 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? no, they were …

Ezekiel 24:7 For her blood is in the middle of her; she set it on the top of a …

secret search. Heb. digging

(34) Also in thy skirts . . .--The general meaning is clear, and points to the guilt of Israel in offering her children--the "poor innocents"--in horrid sacrifice to Molech; perhaps, also, to her maltreatment of the prophets. Their "blood" is on the "skirts" of her raiment; perhaps, if we take another reading, on the "palms" of her hands. The last clause is, however, obscure enough. We have to choose, according to variations of reading and construction, between (1) I have not found it as by secret search (literally, by digging, as men dig through the wall of a house in search of plunder), but under every oak or terebinth, or, more probably, as in the Authorised version, upon all these--i.e., the sin was patent, flagrant, everywhere; and (2) Thou didst not find them (those who had been put to death) in the place of breaking through--i.e., in the act of the robber that would have deserved death (Exodus 22:2; Job 24:16); but because of all this--i.e., thou didst slay them through thy passion for idolatry. Of these (1) commends itself most.

Verse 34. - Also in thy skirts, etc.; or, there is even fennel in thy skirts (or, perhaps, in thy sleeves - the wide sleeves of an Eastern mantle). The fact which follows is adduced as the crowning evidence of wickedness. Blood of the souls is explained by the statement in Leviticus 17:11, "The soul of the flesh [i.e. of the body] is in the blood;" hence the importance of the blood in the Mosaic sacrifices. The historical reference of this passage of Jeremiah may well be to the persecution of Manasseh, who is said to have "shed innocent blood very much" (2 Kings 21:16). It is Judah, no doubt, who is addressed, but the prophets mostly assume the "solidarity" of king and people (analogous to that of a forefather and his posterity); Manasseh, moreover, probably had the support of a large section of the population, at any rate in so far as he favored the inveterate cultus of the high places or local sanctuaries. I have not found it by secret search; rather, thou hast not found them breaking through (houses). The phraseology agrees with that of Exodus 22:2, the law against "breaking through;" it suggests that the houses of all but the highest class in ancient as well as often in modern Palestine, were made of mere sun-dried brick, which could be easily "dug into" (comp. Ezekiel 12:5; Matthew 6:19, 20, in the Greek). [Lieut. Conder states, it is true, that in hilly districts of Palestine the houses of the villages are built of stone, but he adds that the stone is simply taken from the ruins of the ancient towns.] Burglars caught in the act might be killed (Exodus 22:2), but the innocent victims of persecution could not be brought under this category, and hence those who slew them were really guilty of murder. But upon all these; rather, but because of all these things; i.e. not for any crime, but because of thine things," as in Jeremiah 3:7); so Hitzig, Keil Payne Smith; less naturally De Dieu, "because of those false gods" Also in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents,.... Either of the innocent infants of poor persons, who were sacrificed to Moloch; or of the poor prophets of the Lord, whom they slew, because they faithfully reproved them for their sins; and the blood of those being found in their skirts is expressive of the publicness and notoriety of their sin, and also of the large quantity of blood shed, inasmuch as the skirts of their garments were filled with it, as if they had trod and walked in blood; see Isaiah 63:3.

I have not found it by secret search; or, "by digging" (q); there was no need to dig for it; it lay above ground; it was upon their skirts, public enough: or, "in ditches", as the Septuagint and Vulgate Latin (r) versions; as when murders are privately and secretly committed; but these were done openly. Some read the words, "thou didst not find them with a digging instrument" (s); so Jarchi interprets the words,

"you did not find them with a digging instrument, or in digging, when you slew them;''

you did not find them prepared as thieves to break up your houses, or digging down your walls, and breaking through into your houses, then you would have been justified by the law in slaying them, Exodus 22:2, but this was not the case:

but upon all these; upon all their skirts, and not in ditches, or under ground; or, "for all these"; thou hast so done; not for their sins, for theft, or any other; but for their faithful reproofs and rebukes; so Jarchi, for all these words with which they reproved thee; or for all these, the idols on whose account, in the worship of them, the blood of the innocents was shed.

(q) "in suffossione", Vatablus, Calvin, De Dieu; "effossione", Junius & Tremellius; "perfossione", Schmidt. (r) , Sept. "in fossis", V. L. (s) "Cum perfossorio", Pagninus, Montanus; "sub. instrumento", Grotius; "terebro", Cocceius. 34. Also—not only art thou polluted with idolatry, but also with the guilt of shedding innocent blood [Maurer]. Rosenmuller not so well translates, "even in thy skirts," etc.; that is, there is no part of thee (not even thy skirts) that is not stained with innocent blood (Jer 19:4; 2Ki 21:16; Ps 106:38). See as to innocent blood shed, not as here in honor of idols, but of prophets for having reproved them (Jer 2:30; Jer 26:20-23).

souls—that is, persons.

search—I did not need to "search deep" to find proof of thy guilt; for it was "upon all these" thy skirts. Not in deep caverns didst thou perpetrate these atrocities, but openly in the vale of Hinnom and within the precincts of the temple.2:29-37 The nation had not been wrought upon by the judgements of God, but sought to justify themselves. The world is, to those who make it their home and their portion, a wilderness and a land of darkness; but those who dwell in God, have the lines fallen to them in pleasant places. Here is the language of presumptuous sinners. The Jews had long thrown off serious thoughts of God. How many days of our lives pass without suitable remembrance of him! The Lord was displeased with their confidences, and would not prosper them therein. Men employ all their ingenuity, but cannot find happiness in the way of sin, or excuse for it. They may shift from one sin to another, but none ever hardened himself against God, or turned from him, and prospered.
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