Jeremiah 26:17
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New International Version
Some of the elders of the land stepped forward and said to the entire assembly of people,

New Living Translation
Then some of the wise old men stood and spoke to all the people assembled there.

English Standard Version
And certain of the elders of the land arose and spoke to all the assembled people, saying,

Berean Study Bible
Some of the elders of the land stood up and said to the whole assembly of the people,

New American Standard Bible
Then some of the elders of the land rose up and spoke to all the assembly of the people, saying,

King James Bible
Then rose up certain of the elders of the land, and spake to all the assembly of the people, saying,

Christian Standard Bible
Some of the elders of the land stood up and said to all the assembled people,

Contemporary English Version
Then some of the leaders from other towns stepped forward. They told the crowd that

Good News Translation
After that, some of the elders stood up and said to the people who had gathered,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Some of the elders of the land stood up and said to all the assembled people,

International Standard Version
Some of the elders of the land got up and told all the assembled people,

NET Bible
Then some of the elders of Judah stepped forward and spoke to all the people gathered there. They said,

New Heart English Bible
Then rose up certain of the elders of the land, and spoke to all the assembly of the people, saying,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then some of the leaders in the land got up and said to the entire crowd,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then rose up certain of the elders of the land, and spoke to all the assembly of the people, saying:

New American Standard 1977
Then some of the elders of the land rose up and spoke to all the assembly of the people, saying,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then certain of the elders of the land rose up and spoke to all the congregation of the people, saying,

King James 2000 Bible
Then rose up certain of the elders of the land, and spoke to all the assembly of the people, saying,

American King James Version
Then rose up certain of the elders of the land, and spoke to all the assembly of the people, saying,

American Standard Version
Then rose up certain of the elders of the land, and spake to all the assembly of the people, saying,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And some of the ancients of the land rose up: and they spoke to all the assembly of the people, saying:

Darby Bible Translation
And there rose up certain of the elders of the land and spoke to all the congregation of the people, saying,

English Revised Version
Then rose up certain of the elders of the land, and spake to all the assembly of the people, saying,

Webster's Bible Translation
Then arose certain of the elders of the land, and spoke to all the assembly of the people, saying,

World English Bible
Then rose up certain of the elders of the land, and spoke to all the assembly of the people, saying,

Young's Literal Translation
And certain of the elders of the land rise up, and speak unto all the assembly of the people, saying,
Study Bible
Jeremiah Spared from Death
16Then the officials and all the people told the priests and prophets, “This man is not worthy of death, for he has spoken to us in the name of the LORD our God!” 17Some of the elders of the land stood up and said to the whole assembly of the people, 18“Micah the Moreshite prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah and told all the people of Judah that this is what the LORD of Hosts says: ‘Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble, and the temple mount a wooded ridge.’…
Cross References
Acts 5:34
But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a short time.

Jeremiah 26:18
"Micah the Moreshite prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah and told all the people of Judah that this is what the LORD of Hosts says: 'Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble, and the temple mount a wooded ridge.'

Treasury of Scripture

Then rose up certain of the elders of the land, and spoke to all the assembly of the people, saying,

Micah.

Micah 1:1 The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days …

Zion. Josephus relates that Titus, after he had taken Jerusalem, ordered his soldiers to demolish it, except three of the largest and most beautiful towers, and the western wall of the city; all the rest was levelled, so that they who had never before seen it, could scarcely persuade themselves it had been inhabited. The Jewish writers also inform us, that Turnus Rufus, whom Titus had left in command, ploughed up the very foundations of the temple. When Dr. Richardson visited this sacred spot in

Micah 3:12 Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem …

Jerusalem.

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

Jeremiah 51:37 And Babylon shall become heaps, a dwelling place for dragons, an …

2 Kings 19:25 Have you not heard long ago how I have done it, and of ancient times …

Nehemiah 4:2 And he spoke before his brothers and the army of Samaria, and said, …

Psalm 79:1 O God, the heathen are come into your inheritance; your holy temple …

the mountain.

Jeremiah 17:3 O my mountain in the field, I will give your substance and all your …

Isaiah 2:2,3 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of …

Micah 4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of …

Zechariah 8:3 Thus said the LORD; I am returned to Zion, and will dwell in the …

(17) Certain of the elders of the land.--The word is probably to be taken rather in the literal than in an official sense--or, if officially, then as including the literal meaning also. The elders speaking in the time of Jehoiakim (cir. B.C. 608) remembered the tradition of what had passed, a century or so before, in the reign of Hezekiah (B.C. 726-698), and could appeal to it as a precedent in favour of the prophet. The word for "assembly" (elsewhere rendered "congregation") corresponds to the Ecclesia of a Greek city.

Verse 17. - The elders of the land add their voice in favor of Jeremiah, not, however, without first of all consulting the people whose representatives they are. The whole verse is thoroughly technical in its phraseology. The word (qahal) rendered "assembly" is the traditional legal term for the "congregation of Israel" (Deuteronomy 31:30); comp. ver. 9, where the verb is the corresponding one to qahal. Thus, with all the faults of the government of Judah, which Jeremiah himself reveals to us, it was very far removed from the Oriental despotisms of our day. The "elders" are still an important element in the social system, and form a link with that earlier period in which the family was the leading power in the social organization. Originally the term denoted, strictly and in the full sense, heads of families; they have their analogue in the councils of the Aryan village communities. "References to their parliamentary status (if the phrase may be used) occur in Exodus 3:16; 2 Samuel 19:11; 1 Kings 8:1; 1 Kings 20:7. The institution lingered on during and after the Babylonian Exile (Jeremiah 29:1; Ezekiel 14:1; Ezekiel 20:1; Ezra 5:5; Ezra 6:7; Ezra 10:14; Matthew 26:3, 47; Mark 14:43; Acts 4:5, etc.)." We find another reference to their quasi-judicial authority in Deuteronomy 21:2. Then rose up certain of the elders of the land,.... The same with the princes; some of the court, who rose up as advocates for the prophet:

and spake to all the assembly of the people: to justify the vote of the court, and to confirm the people in a good opinion of it, by giving them examples and instances of the like kind:

saying; as follows: 17. Compare Gamaliel's interposition (Ac 5:34, etc.).

elders—some of the "princes" mentioned (Jer 26:16) those whose age, as well as dignity, would give weight to the precedents of past times which they adduce.26:16-24 When secure sinners are threatened with taking away the Spirit of God, and the kingdom of God, it is what is warranted from the word of God. Hezekiah who protected Micah, prospered. Did Jehoiakim, who slew Urijah, prosper? The examples of bad men, and the bad consequences of their sins, should deter from what is evil. Urijah was faithful in delivering his message, but faulty in leaving his work. And the Lord was pleased to permit him to lose his life, while Jeremiah was protected in danger. Those are safest who most simply trust in the Lord, whatever their outward circumstances may be; and that He has all men's hearts in his hands, encourages us to trust him in the way of duty. He will honour and recompense those who show kindness to such as are persecuted for his sake.
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