Jeremiah 48:10
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New International Version
"A curse on anyone who is lax in doing the LORD's work! A curse on anyone who keeps their sword from bloodshed!

New Living Translation
Cursed are those who refuse to do the LORD's work, who hold back their swords from shedding blood!

English Standard Version
“Cursed is he who does the work of the LORD with slackness, and cursed is he who keeps back his sword from bloodshed.

New American Standard Bible
"Cursed be the one who does the LORD'S work negligently, And cursed be the one who restrains his sword from blood.

King James Bible
Cursed be he that doeth the work of the LORD deceitfully, and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one who does the LORD's business deceitfully is cursed, and the one who withholds his sword from bloodshed is cursed.

International Standard Version
Cursed is the one who is slack in doing the LORD's work. Cursed is the one who holds back his sword from shedding blood.

NET Bible
A curse on anyone who is lax in doing the LORD's work! A curse on anyone who keeps from carrying out his destruction!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Cursed are those who neglect doing the LORD's work. Cursed are those who keep their swords from killing.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Cursed be he that does the work of the LORD deceitfully, and cursed be he that keeps back his sword from blood.

King James 2000 Bible
Cursed is he that does the work of the LORD deceitfully, and cursed is he that keeps back his sword from blood.

American King James Version
Cursed be he that does the work of the LORD deceitfully, and cursed be he that keeps back his sword from blood.

American Standard Version
Cursed be he that doeth the work of Jehovah negligently; and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Cursed be he that doth the work of the Lord deceitfully: and cursed be he that withholdeth his sword from blood.

Darby Bible Translation
Cursed be he that doeth the work of Jehovah negligently, and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood!

English Revised Version
Cursed be he that doeth the work of the LORD negligently, and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood.

Webster's Bible Translation
Cursed be he that doeth the work of the LORD deceitfully, and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood.

World English Bible
Cursed is he who does the work of Yahweh negligently; and cursed is he who keeps back his sword from blood.

Young's Literal Translation
Cursed is he who is doing the work of Jehovah slothfully, And cursed is he Who is withholding his sword from blood.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

48:1-13. The Chaldeans are to destroy the Moabites. We should be thankful that we are required to seek the salvation of men's lives, and the salvation of their souls, not to shed their blood; but we shall be the more without excuse if we do this pleasant work deceitfully. The cities shall be laid in ruins, and the country shall be wasted. There will be great sorrow. There will be great hurry. If any could give wings to sinners, still they could not fly out of the reach of Divine indignation. There are many who persist in unrepented iniquity, yet long enjoy outward prosperity. They had been long corrupt and unreformed, secure and sensual in prosperity. They have no changes of their peace and prosperity, therefore their hearts and lives are unchanged, Ps 55:19.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - Deceitfully; rather, slackly, negligently.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Cursed be he that doeth the work of the Lord deceitfully,.... Which is said with respect to the Chaldeans, who were enjoined to destroy the Moabites; which is called the work of the Lord, because he had given them a commission to do it; and which was to be done by them, not by halves, or in a remiss and negligent manner, but fully and faithfully; they were not to spare them, as Saul did the Amalekites, and Ahab Benhadad. This is a general rule, which may be applied to all divine work and service; every man has work to do for God; some in a more public, others in a more private way; all should be done in uprightness and sincerity, with all faithfulness and integrity: it is done deceitfully when men play the hypocrite; and negligently when they are backward to it, lukewarm in it, and infrequent in the performance of it; which brings upon them the curse of God; and which is not a curse causeless, but a legal one; and is no other than the wrath of God in strict justice:

and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood; from shedding the blood of the Moabites, when God had given command to do it. The curse is repeated, as Kimchi observes, to confirm the matter, that it might be most assuredly expected; since it would certainly come, if the Lord's work was not done aright.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

10. work of … Lord—the divinely appointed utter devastation of Moab. To represent how entirely this is God's will, a curse is pronounced on the Chaldeans, the instrument, if they do it negligently (Margin) or by halves (Jud 5:23); compare Saul's sin as to Amalek (1Sa 15:3, 9), and Ahab's as to Syria (1Ki 20:42).

Jeremiah 48:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Judgment on Moab
9"Give wings to Moab, For she will flee away; And her cities will become a desolation, Without inhabitants in them. 10"Cursed be the one who does the LORD'S work negligently, And cursed be the one who restrains his sword from blood. 11"Moab has been at ease since his youth; He has also been undisturbed, like wine on its dregs, And he has not been emptied from vessel to vessel, Nor has he gone into exile. Therefore he retains his flavor, And his aroma has not changed.…
Cross References
1 Kings 20:39
As the king passed by, the prophet called out to him, "Your servant went into the thick of the battle, and someone came to me with a captive and said, 'Guard this man. If he is missing, it will be your life for his life, or you must pay a talent of silver.'

1 Kings 20:40
While your servant was busy here and there, the man disappeared." "That is your sentence," the king of Israel said. "You have pronounced it yourself."

2 Kings 13:19
The man of God was angry with him and said, "You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times."

Jeremiah 11:3
Tell them that this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'Cursed is the one who does not obey the terms of this covenant--

Jeremiah 47:6
"'Alas, sword of the LORD, how long till you rest? Return to your sheath; cease and be still.'

Jeremiah 47:7
But how can it rest when the LORD has commanded it, when he has ordered it to attack Ashkelon and the coast?"

Jeremiah 50:27
Kill all her young bulls; let them go down to the slaughter! Woe to them! For their day has come, the time for them to be punished.
Treasury of Scripture

Cursed be he that does the work of the LORD deceitfully, and cursed be he that keeps back his sword from blood.

Cursed

Jeremiah 50:25 The LORD has opened his armory, and has brought forth the weapons …

Numbers 31:14-18 And Moses was wroth with the officers of the host, with the captains …

Judges 5:23 Curse you Meroz, said the angel of the LORD, curse you bitterly the …

1 Samuel 15:3,9,13 Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, …

1 Kings 20:42 And he said to him, Thus said the LORD, Because you have let go out …

deceitfully. or, negligently

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