Jeremiah 20:16
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New International Version
May that man be like the towns the LORD overthrew without pity. May he hear wailing in the morning, a battle cry at noon.

New Living Translation
Let him be destroyed like the cities of old that the LORD overthrew without mercy. Terrify him all day long with battle shouts,

English Standard Version
Let that man be like the cities that the LORD overthrew without pity; let him hear a cry in the morning and an alarm at noon,

New American Standard Bible
But let that man be like the cities Which the LORD overthrew without relenting, And let him hear an outcry in the morning And a shout of alarm at noon;

King James Bible
And let that man be as the cities which the LORD overthrew, and repented not: and let him hear the cry in the morning, and the shouting at noontide;

Christian Standard Bible
Let that man be like the cities the LORD demolished without compassion. Let him hear an outcry in the morning and a war cry at noontime

Contemporary English Version
May that man be like the towns you destroyed without pity. Let him hear shouts of alarm in the morning and battle cries at noon.

Good News Translation
May he be like those cities that the LORD destroyed without mercy. May he hear cries of pain in the morning and the battle alarm at noon,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Let that man be like the cities the LORD demolished without compassion. Let him hear an outcry in the morning and a war cry at noontime

International Standard Version
May that man be like the cities that the LORD overthrew without compassion. Let him hear a cry in the morning, and a battle cry at noon,

NET Bible
May that man be like the cities that the LORD destroyed without showing any mercy. May he hear a cry of distress in the morning and a battle cry at noon.

New Heart English Bible
Let that man be as the cities which the LORD overthrew, and did not repent: and let him hear a cry in the morning, and shouting at noontime;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
May that man be like the cities that the LORD destroyed without pity. May he hear a cry of alarm in the morning and a battle cry at noon.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And let that man be as the cities Which the LORD overthrew, and repented not; And let him hear a cry in the morning, And an alarm at noontide;

New American Standard 1977
But let that man be like the cities Which the LORD overthrew without relenting, And let him hear an outcry in the morning And a shout of alarm at noon;

Jubilee Bible 2000
And let that man be as the cities which the LORD overthrew and did not repent; and let him hear the cry in the morning and the shouting at noontide

King James 2000 Bible
And let that man be as the cities which the LORD overthrew, and repented not: and let him hear the cry in the morning, and the shouting at noontide;

American King James Version
And let that man be as the cities which the LORD overthrew, and repented not: and let him hear the cry in the morning, and the shouting at noontide;

American Standard Version
And let that man be as the cities which Jehovah overthrew, and repented not: and let him hear a cry in the morning, and shouting at noontime;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let that man be as the cities that the Lord hath overthrown, and hath not repented: let him hear a cry in the morning, and howling at noontide:

Darby Bible Translation
And let that man be as the cities which Jehovah overthrew, and repented not; and let him hear a cry in the morning, and a shouting at noonday,

English Revised Version
And let that man be as the cities which the LORD overthrew, and repented not: and let him hear a cry in the morning, and shouting at noontide;

Webster's Bible Translation
And let that man be as the cities which the LORD overthrew, and repented not: and let him hear the cry in the morning, and the shouting at noon;

World English Bible
Let that man be as the cities which Yahweh overthrew, and didn't repent: and let him hear a cry in the morning, and shouting at noontime;

Young's Literal Translation
Then hath that man been as the cities, That Jehovah overthrew, and repented not, And he hath heard a cry at morning, And a shout at time of noon.
Study Bible
Jeremiah's Complaint
15Cursed be the man who brought the news To my father, saying, "A baby boy has been born to you!" And made him very happy. 16But let that man be like the cities Which the LORD overthrew without relenting, And let him hear an outcry in the morning And a shout of alarm at noon; 17Because he did not kill me before birth, So that my mother would have been my grave, And her womb ever pregnant.…
Cross References
Genesis 19:25
and He overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.

Jeremiah 18:22
May an outcry be heard from their houses, When You suddenly bring raiders upon them; For they have dug a pit to capture me And hidden snares for my feet.

Jeremiah 23:14
"Also among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen a horrible thing: The committing of adultery and walking in falsehood; And they strengthen the hands of evildoers, So that no one has turned back from his wickedness. All of them have become to Me like Sodom, And her inhabitants like Gomorrah.

Jeremiah 48:3
"The sound of an outcry from Horonaim, 'Devastation and great destruction!'

Jeremiah 48:4
"Moab is broken, Her little ones have sounded out a cry of distress.

Lamentations 4:6
For the iniquity of the daughter of my people Is greater than the sin of Sodom, Which was overthrown as in a moment, And no hands were turned toward her.

Hosea 13:14
Shall I ransom them from the power of Sheol? Shall I redeem them from death? O Death, where are your thorns? O Sheol, where is your sting? Compassion will be hidden from My sight.
Treasury of Scripture

And let that man be as the cities which the LORD overthrew, and repented not: and let him hear the cry in the morning, and the shouting at noontide;

as.

Genesis 19:24,25 Then the LORD rained on Sodom and on Gomorrah brimstone and fire …

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

Hosea 11:8 How shall I give you up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver you, Israel? …

Amos 4:11 I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, …

Zephaniah 2:9 Therefore as I live, said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Surely …

Luke 17:29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone …

2 Peter 2:6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned …

Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, …

repented.

Jeremiah 18:8 If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, …

Jeremiah 26:13 Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice …

Jonah 3:4,9,10 And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey, and he cried, …

Jonah 4:2 And he prayed to the LORD, and said, I pray you, O LORD, was not …

let him.

Jeremiah 4:19 My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart makes …

Jeremiah 18:22 Let a cry be heard from their houses, when you shall bring a troop …

Jeremiah 48:3,4 A voice of crying shall be from Horonaim, spoiling and great destruction…

Ezekiel 21:22 At his right hand was the divination for Jerusalem, to appoint captains, …

Hosea 10:14 Therefore shall a tumult arise among your people, and all your fortresses …

Amos 1:14 But I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah, and it shall devour …

Amos 2:2 But I will send a fire on Moab, and it shall devour the palaces of …

Zephaniah 1:16 A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against …

(16) The cities which the Lord overthrew.--The verb is the same as that used in Genesis 19:29, and the reference is clearly to the "cities of the plain," whose destruction is there described. The reference to them in Deuteronomy 32:32; Isaiah 1:9-10, shows that they had already become familiar to men as the great representative instances both of evil and its punishment.

The cry . . . the shouting.--The former word describes the wail of lamentation, the latter the shout of an invading army.

Verse 16. - As the cities which the Lord overthrow. It is, so to speak, the "technical term" for the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah which Jeremiah employs. So deeply imprinted was the tradition on the Hebrew mind, that a special word was appropriated to it, which at once called up thoughts of the awful justice of God (see Genesis 19:25; Isaiah 1:7 (?); 13:19; Amos 4:11; Deuteronomy 29:23 [22]; Jeremiah 49:18; Jeremiah 50:40). The cry... the shouting. The cry of the besieged for help; the shouting of the suddenly appearing assailants (comp. Jeremiah 15:8).



And let that man be as the cities which the Lord overthrew,.... In his fury, as the Targum and Septuagint add. Meaning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, who were utterly destroyed, and were never recovered:

and repented not; whose sentence God never repented of, nor revoked: this was very severe and uncharitable, to wish for so sore a destruction upon an innocent person;

and let him hear the cry in the morning, and the shouting at noontide; as soon as he is up in the morning, the first thing that salutes his ears, let it be the noise of an enemy invading the city he dwells in; and by noon let him hear the shouting of him, having broke in, and gotten the victory, seizing the plunder. 16. the cities—Sodom and Gomorrah.

cry … morning … noontide—that is, Let him be kept in alarm the whole day (not merely at night when terrors ordinarily prevail, but in daytime when it is something extraordinary) with terrifying war shouts, as those in a besieged city (Jer 18:22).20:14-18 When grace has the victory, it is good to be ashamed of our folly, to admire the goodness of God, and be warned to guard our spirits another time. See how strong the temptation was, over which the prophet got the victory by Divine assistance! He is angry that his first breath was not his last. While we remember that these wishes are not recorded for us to utter the like, we may learn good lessons from them. See how much those who think they stand, ought to take heed lest they fall, and to pray daily, Lead us not into temptation. How frail, changeable, and sinful is man! How foolish and unnatural are the thoughts and wishes of our hearts, when we yield to discontent! Let us consider Him who endured the contradiction of sinners against himself, lest we should be at any time weary and faint in our minds under our lesser trials.
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