Jeremiah 5:26
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New International Version
"Among my people are the wicked who lie in wait like men who snare birds and like those who set traps to catch people.

New Living Translation
"Among my people are wicked men who lie in wait for victims like a hunter hiding in a blind. They continually set traps to catch people.

English Standard Version
For wicked men are found among my people; they lurk like fowlers lying in wait. They set a trap; they catch men.

Berean Study Bible
For My people are among wicked men. They watch like fowlers lying in wait; they set a trap; they catch men.

New American Standard Bible
'For wicked men are found among My people, They watch like fowlers lying in wait; They set a trap, They catch men.

King James Bible
For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men.

Christian Standard Bible
for wicked men live among my people. They watch like hunters lying in wait. They set a trap; they catch men.

Contemporary English Version
A hunter traps birds and puts them in a cage, but some of you trap humans and make them your slaves.

Good News Translation
"Evildoers live among my people; they lie in wait like those who lay nets to catch birds, but they have set their traps to catch people.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
for wicked men live among My people. They watch like fowlers lying in wait. They set a trap; they catch men.

International Standard Version
"Evil men are found among my people. They lie in wait like someone who traps birds. They set a trap, but they do so to catch people.

NET Bible
"Indeed, there are wicked scoundrels among my people. They lie in wait like bird catchers hiding in ambush. They set deadly traps to catch people.

New Heart English Bible
For among my people are found wicked men. They watch, as fowlers lie in wait. They set a trap. They catch men.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Wicked people are found among my people. They lie in ambush like bird catchers. They set traps and catch people.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For among My people are found wicked men; They pry, as fowlers lie in wait; They set a trap, they catch men.

New American Standard 1977
‘For wicked men are found among My people, They watch like fowlers lying in wait; They set a trap, They catch men.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For among my people were found wicked men: they lay in wait as he that sets snares; they set a trap of perdition to catch men.

King James 2000 Bible
For among my people are found wicked men: they lie in wait, as he that sets snares; they set a trap, they catch men.

American King James Version
For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that sets snares; they set a trap, they catch men.

American Standard Version
For among my people are found wicked men: they watch, as fowlers lie in wait; they set a trap, they catch men.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For among my people are found wicked men, that lie in wait as fowlers, setting snares and traps to catch men.

Darby Bible Translation
For among my people are found wicked [men]: they lay wait, as fowlers stoop down; they set a trap, they catch men.

English Revised Version
For among my people are found wicked men: they watch, as fowlers lie in wait; they set a trap, they catch men.

Webster's Bible Translation
For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men.

World English Bible
For among my people are found wicked men. They watch, as fowlers lie in wait. They set a trap. They catch men.

Young's Literal Translation
For the wicked have been found among My people. It looketh about the covering of snares, They have set up a trap -- men they capture.
Study Bible
Judgment Proclaimed
25Your iniquities have diverted these from you; your sins have deprived you of My bounty. 26For My people are among wicked men. They watch like fowlers lying in wait; they set a trap; they catch men. 27Like cages full of birds, so their houses are full of deceit. Therefore they have become powerful and rich.…
Cross References
Psalm 10:9
He lies in wait like a lion in a thicket; he lurks to seize the oppressed; he catches the lowly in his dragnet.

Proverbs 1:11
If they say, “Come along, let us lie in wait for blood, let us ambush the innocent without cause,

Isaiah 32:7
The weapons of the scoundrel are destructive; he hatches plots to destroy the poor with lies, even when the plea of the needy is just.

Jeremiah 9:8
Their tongues are deadly arrows; they speak deception. With his mouth a man speaks peace to his neighbor, but in his heart he sets a trap for him.

Jeremiah 18:20
Should good be repaid with evil? Yet they have dug a pit for me. Remember how I stood before You to speak good on their behalf, to turn Your wrath from them.

Jeremiah 18:22
Let a cry be heard from their houses when You suddenly bring raiders against them, for they have dug a pit to capture me and have hidden snares for my feet.

Micah 6:10
Can I forget any longer, O house of the wicked, the treasures of wickedness and the short ephah, which is accursed?

Micah 7:2
The godly man has perished from the earth; there is no one upright among men. They all lie in wait for blood; they hunt each other with a net.

Habakkuk 1:15
The Chaldeans bring all of them up with a hook; they catch them in their net, and gather them in their dragnet; so they are glad and rejoice.

Treasury of Scripture

For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that sets snares; they set a trap, they catch men.

For.

Jeremiah 4:22 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are silly …

Isaiah 58:1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up your voice like a trumpet, and show …

Ezekiel 22:2-12 Now, you son of man, will you judge, will you judge the bloody city? …

lay wait. or, pry as fowlers lie in wait.

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

1 Samuel 19:10,11 And Saul sought to smite David even to the wall with the javelin: …

Psalm 10:9,10 He lies in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lies in wait to …

Psalm 64:5 They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying …

Proverbs 1:11,17,18 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk …

Habakkuk 1:14 And make men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that …

catch.

Luke 5:10 And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were …







(26) They lay wait.--Literally, he lieth in wait (used of the leopard in Hosea 13:7), as in the crouching down of fowlers: they have set the snare. The indefinite singular in the first clause brings before us the picture of isolated guilt, the plural that of confederate evil.

Verse 26. - They lay wait, etc.; rather, they spy (literally, one spieth), as fowlers lie in wait. A trap; literally, a destroyer; i.e. an instrument of destruction (comp. Isaiah 54:16, where" the waster" (or destroyer) probably means the weapon referred to previously). For among my people are found wicked men,.... Not a few only, but in general they appeared to be so, upon an inquiry into their character and conduct; for otherwise it would not have been so difficult to find a good man among them, as is suggested Jeremiah 5:1,

they lay wait as he that setteth snares; or, "they look about" (c); that is, as Kimchi interprets it, every man looks in the ways, to see if a man passed by, that he might rob him of what he had; as a man that lays snares, or sets a trap to catch birds in: or, "everyone looks out, when they that lay snares rest" (d); and so they are more diligent and constant in catching men than such persons are in catching birds:

they set a trap; or "dig a pit, or ditch" (e); for men to fall in; see Psalm 7:15,

they catch men; and rob them of their substance; or by their ill examples and counsels draw them into sin, and so into ruin; or circumvent them in trade and business.

(c) "aspicit", Vatablus, i. e. "quisque eorum", Piscator; "aspicient", Pagninus. (d) "contemplatur quisque, cum quiescunt aucupes", De Dieu; so Ben Melech; "et cum resident aucupes", Piscator, Gataker; "sit quiet and unmoved, that they may not frighten the birds by any noise, watching and expecting when they would get into the net"; so Gussetius. (e) "fodiunt foveas", Tigurine version. 26. (Pr 1:11, 17, 18; Hab 1:15).

as he that setteth snares—rather, "as fowlers crouch" [Maurer].

trap—literally, "destruction": the instrument of destruction.

catch men—not as Peter, to save (Lu 5:10), but to destroy men.5:19-31 Unhumbled hearts are ready to charge God with being unjust in their afflictions. But they may read their sin in their punishment. If men will inquire wherefore the Lord doeth hard things unto them, let them think of their sins. The restless waves obeyed the Divine decree, that they should not pass the sandy shores, which were as much a restraint as lofty mountains; but they burst all restraints of God's law, and were wholly gone into wickedness. Neither did they consider their interest. While the Lord, year after year, reserves to us the appointed weeks of harvest, men live on his bounty; yet they transgress against him. Sin deprives us of God's blessings; it makes the heaven as brass, and the earth as iron. Certainly the things of this world are not the best things; and we are not to think, that, because evil men prosper, God allows their practices. Though sentence against evil works is not executed speedily, it will be executed. Shall I not visit for these things? This speaks the certainty and the necessity of God's judgments. Let those who walk in bad ways consider that an end will come, and there will be bitterness in the latter end.
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