Jeremiah 4:14
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New International Version
Jerusalem, wash the evil from your heart and be saved. How long will you harbor wicked thoughts?

New Living Translation
O Jerusalem, cleanse your heart that you may be saved. How long will you harbor your evil thoughts?

English Standard Version
O Jerusalem, wash your heart from evil, that you may be saved. How long shall your wicked thoughts lodge within you?

New American Standard Bible
Wash your heart from evil, O Jerusalem, That you may be saved. How long will your wicked thoughts Lodge within you?

King James Bible
O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Wash the evil from your heart, Jerusalem, so that you will be delivered. How long will you harbor malicious thoughts within you?

International Standard Version
Jerusalem, wash your evil from your heart so that you may be delivered. How long will you harbor evil schemes within you?

NET Bible
"Oh people of Jerusalem, purify your hearts from evil so that you may yet be delivered. How long will you continue to harbor up wicked schemes within you?

New Heart English Bible
Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved. How long shall your evil thoughts lodge within you?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Jerusalem, wash the evil from your heart so that you may be rescued. Don't continue making evil plans.

JPS Tanakh 1917
O Jerusalem, wash thy heart from wickedness, That thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy baleful thoughts Lodge within thee?

New American Standard 1977
Wash your heart from evil, O Jerusalem,
            That you may be saved.
            How long will your wicked thoughts
            Lodge within you?

Jubilee Bible 2000
O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness that thou may be saved. How long shalt thou entertain the thoughts of thy iniquity within thee?

King James 2000 Bible
O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved. How long shall your vain thoughts lodge within you?

American King James Version
O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved. How long shall your vain thoughts lodge within you?

American Standard Version
O Jerusalem, wash thy heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thine evil thoughts lodge within thee?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wash thy heart from wickedness, O Jerusalem, that thou mayst be saved: how long shall hurtful thoughts abide in thee?

Darby Bible Translation
Wash thy heart, Jerusalem, from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?

English Revised Version
O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thine evil thoughts lodge within thee?

Webster's Bible Translation
O Jerusalem, wash thy heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?

World English Bible
Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved. How long shall your evil thoughts lodge within you?

Young's Literal Translation
Wash from evil thy heart, O Jerusalem, That thou mayest be saved, Till when dost thou lodge in thy heart Thoughts of thy strength?
Study Bible
Disaster from the North
13"Behold, he goes up like clouds, And his chariots like the whirlwind; His horses are swifter than eagles. Woe to us, for we are ruined!" 14Wash your heart from evil, O Jerusalem, That you may be saved. How long will your wicked thoughts Lodge within you? 15For a voice declares from Dan, And proclaims wickedness from Mount Ephraim.…
Cross References
James 4:8
Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Psalm 51:2
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity And cleanse me from my sin.

Proverbs 1:22
"How long, O naive ones, will you love being simple-minded? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing And fools hate knowledge?

Jeremiah 2:22
"Although you wash yourself with lye And use much soap, The stain of your iniquity is before Me," declares the Lord GOD.

Jeremiah 6:19
"Hear, O earth: behold, I am bringing disaster on this people, The fruit of their plans, Because they have not listened to My words, And as for My law, they have rejected it also.

Jeremiah 13:27
"As for your adulteries and your lustful neighings, The lewdness of your prostitution On the hills in the field, I have seen your abominations. Woe to you, O Jerusalem! How long will you remain unclean?"

Jeremiah 17:1
The sin of Judah is written down with an iron stylus; With a diamond point it is engraved upon the tablet of their heart And on the horns of their altars,

Zechariah 8:17
'Also let none of you devise evil in your heart against another, and do not love perjury; for all these are what I hate,' declares the LORD."
Treasury of Scripture

O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved. How long shall your vain thoughts lodge within you?

wash

Isaiah 1:16-19 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before …

Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: …

Ezekiel 18:31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby you have transgressed; …

Matthew 12:33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree …

Matthew 15:19,20 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, …

Matthew 23:26,27 You blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and …

Luke 11:39 And the Lord said to him, Now do you Pharisees make clean the outside …

James 4:8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, …

how long

Jeremiah 13:27 I have seen your adulteries, and your neighings, the lewdness of …

Psalm 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

Psalm 119:113 I hate vain thoughts: but your law do I love.

Proverbs 1:22 How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? and the scorners …

Acts 8:22 Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps …

Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, …

1 Corinthians 3:20 And again, The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

(14) O Jerusalem.--The prophet's answer to the cry that comes from the city. In that "washing of the heart" which had seemed impossible before (Jeremiah 2:22), but is thought of now as "possible with God," is the one hope of salvation. (Comp. Isaiah 1:16.)

Vain thoughts.--The Hebrew has a force which the English does not reproduce, thoughts of vanity, thoughts of aven, i.e., of the word which had been specially applied, as in Beth-aven for Beth-el (the "house of vanity" for the "house of God") to the idols which Israel and Judah worshipped (Hosea 4:15; Hosea 10:5; Amos 5:5).

Verse 14. - Thy vain thoughts. The phrase specially belongs to sins against one's neighbor - such sins as are described in Jeremiah 7:5-9 (Keil). "Vain" should rather be "wicked" (immoral); the root-meaning of the noun is "a breath" (the symbol of material or moral emptiness). O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness,.... These are the words of the prophet, or of God by the prophet, showing the cause of all their ruin and destruction, the wickedness of their hearts; and they are expressed in such form and language, as to be accommodated to the case of any unregenerate sinner: every man's heart is wicked, desperately wicked, even wickedness itself; everything in it is wicked; the thoughts, and the imagination of the thoughts of the heart, the mind, the understanding, the will, the conscience, and the affections; and everything that is wicked is in that: it is the womb in which all sin is conceived; the shop and forge in which it is wrought; it is the habitation of every unclean lust; the seeds and principles of all sin are in it; it is the fountain spring and source of all evil; of all evil thoughts, words, and actions; all come out of it, and have their rise in it: and this wickedness is of a defiling nature, and has left a pollution on it; and what comes out of it defiles the man, that he stands in need of washing; which cannot be done to purpose by ceremonial ablutions and sacrifices, by moral acts of righteousness, by humiliation and tears, nor by submission to Gospel ordinances; nor indeed is this to be done by man at all, any other way than by faith dealing with the blood of Christ, by which only the heart is purified: for this is God's work, as appears from his promises to cleanse his people from all sins; from their prayers to him, to create in them clean hearts, to wash them thoroughly from their iniquity, and cleanse them from their sin; from the sanctifying grace of the Spirit, and the washing of regeneration ascribed to him; and from the end and efficacy of the bloodshed of Christ, to cleanse from sin, and purge the conscience from dead works; and the design of such exhortations as these is to convince men of the wickedness and pollution of their hearts, of the necessity of being washed from it, and of their own inability to do it of themselves; and to lead them to the fountain of Christ's blood, to wash in for sin and for uncleanness:

that thou mayest be saved; not only with a temporal salvation, which may be here primarily meant; but with a spiritual and eternal one; for without purification of the heart there is no salvation: this is the meetness for the undefiled inheritance; without the washing of regeneration, there is no seeing nor entering into the kingdom of God; and unless we are washed by Christ, and in his blood, we can have no part nor portion with him in the heavenly glory; none shall ascend the holy hill, or dwell in the holy place, but such who have clean hands, and a pure heart; without this there is no seeing of God, nor having communion with him; this is the way in which he saves men, Titus 3:5,

how long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee? or, "wilt thou suffer them to lodge within thee?" (z) if the question is of right, the answer is, they ought not to lodge one night, one hour, one moment; but if it is of fact, the answer is, they will have a place in the heart as long as we are in this tabernacle; but the words are spoken by way of complaint and reproof: the thoughts of men's hearts are vain, are taken up about vain and foolish things; and these not only pass to and fro, but have a lodging in the heart; and particularly vain are the thoughts of those who think themselves pure, and that their hearts are good, and trust in them; or that they can wash themselves from their wickedness; and that an outward reformation of life and manners is sufficient; and who think they can be saved without the washing of regeneration, and the blood of Christ. The Targum is,

"cleanse thine heart from doing evil, O Jerusalem, that ye may be saved; how long shall they endure and be stable who do violence, which is in the midst of thee?''

(z) "quousque morari sines", Pagninus, Montanus. 14. Only one means of deliverance is left to the Jews—a thorough repentance.

vain thoughts—namely, projects for deliverance, such as enlisting the Egyptians on their side. Gesenius translates, "How long wilt thou harbor vain thoughts?"4:5-18 The fierce conqueror of the neighbouring nations was to make Judah desolate. The prophet was afflicted to see the people lulled into security by false prophets. The approach of the enemy is described. Some attention was paid in Jerusalem to outward reformation; but it was necessary that their hearts should be washed, in the exercise of true repentance and faith, from the love and pollution of sin. When lesser calamities do not rouse sinners and reform nations, sentence will be given against them. The Lord's voice declares that misery is approaching, especially against wicked professors of the gospel; when it overtakes them, it will be plainly seen that the fruit of wickedness is bitter, and the end is fatal.
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