Jeremiah 30:5
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New International Version
"This is what the LORD says: "'Cries of fear are heard-- terror, not peace.

New Living Translation
This is what the LORD says: "I hear cries of fear; there is terror and no peace.

English Standard Version
“Thus says the LORD: We have heard a cry of panic, of terror, and no peace.

New American Standard Bible
"For thus says the LORD, 'I have heard a sound of terror, Of dread, and there is no peace.

King James Bible
For thus saith the LORD; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Yes, this is what the LORD says: We have heard a cry of terror, of dread--there is no peace.

International Standard Version
"Indeed, this is what the LORD says: 'We have heard a sound of terror and of fear, and there is no peace.

NET Bible
Yes, here is what he says: "You hear cries of panic and of terror; there is no peace in sight.

New Heart English Bible
For thus says the LORD: "We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"This is what the LORD says: "We hear cries of fear, cries of panic, not cries of peace.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For thus saith the LORD: We have heard a voice of trembling, Of fear, and not of peace.

New American Standard 1977
“For thus says the LORD,
            ‘I have heard a sound of terror,
            Of dread, and there is no peace.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For thus hath the LORD said; We have heard a voice of trembling, of terror, and not of peace.

King James 2000 Bible
For thus says the LORD; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace.

American King James Version
For thus said the LORD; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace.

American Standard Version
For thus saith Jehovah: We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For thus saith the Lord: We have heard a voice of terror : there is fear and no peace.

Darby Bible Translation
for thus saith Jehovah: We have heard a voice of trembling, there is fear, and no peace.

English Revised Version
For thus saith the LORD: We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace.

Webster's Bible Translation
For thus saith the LORD; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace.

World English Bible
For thus says Yahweh: We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace.

Young's Literal Translation
Surely thus said Jehovah: A voice of trembling we have heard, Fear -- and there is no peace.
Study Bible
Restoration of Israel and Judah
4Now these are the words which the LORD spoke concerning Israel and concerning Judah: 5"For thus says the LORD, I have heard a sound of terror, Of dread, and there is no peace. 6Ask now, and see If a male can give birth. Why do I see every man With his hands on his loins, as a woman in childbirth? And why have all faces turned pale?…
Cross References
Isaiah 5:30
And it will growl over it in that day like the roaring of the sea. If one looks to the land, behold, there is darkness and distress; Even the light is darkened by its clouds.

Jeremiah 6:25
Do not go out into the field And do not walk on the road, For the enemy has a sword, Terror is on every side.

Jeremiah 8:16
From Dan is heard the snorting of his horses; At the sound of the neighing of his stallions The whole land quakes; For they come and devour the land and its fullness, The city and its inhabitants.

Jeremiah 12:12
"On all the bare heights in the wilderness Destroyers have come, For a sword of the LORD is devouring From one end of the land even to the other; There is no peace for anyone.

Jeremiah 30:4
Now these are the words which the LORD spoke concerning Israel and concerning Judah:

Amos 5:16
Therefore thus says the LORD God of hosts, the Lord, "There is wailing in all the plazas, And in all the streets they say, 'Alas! Alas!' They also call the farmer to mourning And professional mourners to lamentation.
Treasury of Scripture

For thus said the LORD; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace.

a voice.

Jeremiah 4:15-20 For a voice declares from Dan, and publishes affliction from mount Ephraim…

Jeremiah 6:23,24 They shall lay hold on bow and spear; they are cruel, and have no …

Jeremiah 8:19 Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people because …

Jeremiah 9:19 For a voice of wailing is heard out of Zion, How are we spoiled! …

Jeremiah 25:36 A voice of the cry of the shepherds, and an howling of the principal …

Jeremiah 31:15,16 Thus said the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and …

Isaiah 5:30 And in that day they shall roar against them like the roaring of …

Isaiah 59:11 We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, …

Amos 5:16-18 Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the LORD, said thus; Wailing …

Amos 8:10 And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into …

Zephaniah 1:10,11 And it shall come to pass in that day, said the LORD, that there …

Luke 19:41-44 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it…

Luke 21:25,26 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the …

Luke 23:29-30 For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed …

of fear, and not of peace. or, there is fear, and not peace.

Jeremiah 46:5 Why have I seen them dismayed and turned away back? and their mighty …

(5, 6) Thus saith the Lord; We have heard a voice of trembling . . .--There is a strange mingling of the divine and human elements in these words. The prophet speaks with the sense that the words are not his own, and yet what he utters is, at first, the expression of his own horror and astonishment at the vision of woe that is opening before his eyes. He sees, as it were, the famine-stricken people, their faces gathering blackness, the strong men giving way to a woman's anguish, wailing with their hands on their loins. In horror rather than in scorn, he asks the question, What means all this? Are these men in the pangs of childbirth? (Comp. Jeremiah 4:31; Jeremiah 6:24; Jeremiah 13:21.) In Lamentations 2:19-22 we have a fuller picture of a like scene. By some commentators the three verses (5-7) are referred to the alarm caused in Babylon by the advance of Cyrus, and "that day" is the day of his capture of the city, but there seems no sufficient reason for such an interpretation.

Verses 5-11. - The great judgment of Israel's deliverance. It is nothing less than the "day of Jehovah" which the prophet sees in spirit - a day which is "great" (ver. 7; comp. Joel 2:11; Zephaniah 1:14) and terrible (vers. 5, 6; comp. Amos 5:18, 20; Isaiah 13:6; Joel 2:1, 11) for Israel, a day of "trouble" (ver. 7), but for his enemies of destruction. Verse 5. - A voice of trembling; rather, a sound of trembling, a sound causing men to tremble; doubtless it is "the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war" (Jeremiah 4:19). Of fear, and not of peace; rather, there is fear, and no peace. "Peace," as usual, means the harmony of a well ordered, secure, and peaceful community. Literally, it is wholeness; its opposite is "breaking," i.e. outward ruin and inward anguish. For thus saith the Lord,.... Yet what follows are the words of others; wherefore some supply it, "for thus saith the Lord, the nations shall say" (p); so Kimchi and Ben Melech interpret it as what the Gentiles will say in the times of the Messiah; but it might be better supplied, "ye shall say"; that is, Israel and Judah; to whom the words of the Lord are spoken in Jeremiah 30:3; or else the Lord here represents his people, saying:

we have heard a voice of trembling, ear, and not of peace; which is to be understood, of the fear and dread injected into them by the Babylonians when they besieged their city, and burned that, and their temple; nor of the fear and dread which came upon the Babylonians at the taking of their city by Cyrus, upon which followed the deliverance of the Jews. Kimchi interprets this of something yet future, the war of Gog and Magog, which he supposes wilt be when their Messiah comes; and Jarchi sans it is so understood in their Midrash Agadah. This distress, I think, refers to the slaying of the witnesses, and to that hour of temptation which shall come upon all the earth to try the inhabitants of it; and which will be followed with the destruction of antichrist; and that will make way for the call and conversion of the Jews.

(p) "Gentes dicturae sunt", Vatablus. 5. We have heard … trembling—God introduces the Jews speaking that which they will be reduced to at last in spite of their stubbornness. Threat and promise are combined: the former briefly; namely, the misery of the Jews in the Babylonian captivity down to their "trembling" and "fear" arising from the approach of the Medo-Persian army of Cyrus against Babylon; the promise is more fully dwelt on; namely, their "trembling" will issue in a deliverance as speedy as is the transition from a woman's labor pangs to her joy at giving birth to a child (Jer 30:6).30:1-11 Jeremiah is to write what God had spoken to him. The very words are such as the Holy Ghost teaches. These are the words God ordered to be written; and promises written by his order, are truly his word. He must write a description of the trouble the people were now in, and were likely to be in. A happy end should be put to these calamities. Though the afflictions of the church may last long, they shall not last always. The Jews shall be restored again. They shall obey, or hearken to the Messiah, the Christ, the Son of David, their King. The deliverance of the Jews from Babylon, is pointed out in the prophecy, but the restoration and happy state of Israel and Judah, when converted to Christ their King, are foretold; also the miseries of the nations before the coming of Christ. All men must honour the Son as they honour the Father, and come into the service and worship of God by him. Our gracious Lord pardons the sins of the believer, and breaks off the yoke of sin and Satan, that he may serve God without fear, in righteousness and true holiness before him all the remainder of his days, as the redeemed subject of Christ our King.
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