Jeremiah 6:10
Parallel Verses
New International Version
To whom can I speak and give warning? Who will listen to me? Their ears are closed so they cannot hear. The word of the LORD is offensive to them; they find no pleasure in it.

New Living Translation
To whom can I give warning? Who will listen when I speak? Their ears are closed, and they cannot hear. They scorn the word of the LORD. They don't want to listen at all.

English Standard Version
To whom shall I speak and give warning, that they may hear? Behold, their ears are uncircumcised, they cannot listen; behold, the word of the LORD is to them an object of scorn; they take no pleasure in it.

New American Standard Bible
To whom shall I speak and give warning That they may hear? Behold, their ears are closed And they cannot listen. Behold, the word of the LORD has become a reproach to them; They have no delight in it.

King James Bible
To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the word of the LORD is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Who can I speak to and give such a warning that they will listen? Look, their ear is uncircumcised, so they cannot pay attention. See, the word of the LORD has become contemptible to them-- they find no pleasure in it.

International Standard Version
To whom will I speak and give a warning so they'll listen? Look, their ears are closed, and they cannot hear. Look, this message from the LORD is contemptible to them; they don't delight in it.

NET Bible
I answered, "Who would listen if I spoke to them and warned them? Their ears are so closed that they cannot hear! Indeed, what the LORD says is offensive to them. They do not like it at all.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whom can I speak to? Whom can I give a warning to? Who will listen? Their ears are plugged, and they aren't able to pay attention. When the LORD speaks his word to them, they show contempt for it and object to it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
To whom shall I speak, and give warning that they may hear? behold, their ears are uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken, behold, the word of the LORD is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it.

King James 2000 Bible
To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the word of the LORD is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it.

American King James Version
To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot listen: behold, the word of the LORD is to them a reproach; they have no delight in it.

American Standard Version
To whom shall I speak and testify, that they may hear? behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the word of Jehovah is become unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
To whom shall I speak? and to whom shall I testify, that he may hear? behold, their ears are uncircumcised, and they cannot hear: behold the word of the Lord is become unto them a reproach: and and they will not receive it.

Darby Bible Translation
To whom shall I speak and testify, that they may hear? Behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the word of Jehovah is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it.

English Revised Version
To whom shall I speak and testify, that they may hear? behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the word of the LORD is become unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it.

Webster's Bible Translation
To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? Behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the word of the LORD is to them a reproach; they have no delight in it.

World English Bible
To whom shall I speak and testify, that they may hear? Behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they can't listen. Behold, the word of Yahweh has become a reproach to them. They have no delight in it.

Young's Literal Translation
To whom do I speak, and testify, and they hear? Lo, their ear is uncircumcised, And they are not able to attend. Lo, a word of Jehovah hath been to them for a reproach, They delight not in it.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:9-17 When the Lord arises to take vengeance, no sinners of any age or rank, or of either sex escape. They were set upon the world, and wholly carried away by the love of it. If we judge of this sin by God's word, we find multitudes in every station and rank given up to it. Those are to be reckoned our worst and most dangerous enemies, who flatter us in a sinful way. Oh that men would be wise for their souls! Ask for the old paths; the way of godliness and righteousness has always been the way God has owned and blessed. Ask for the old paths set forth by the written word of God. When you have found the good way, go on in it, you will find abundant recompence at your journey's end. But if men will not obey the voice of God and flee to his appointed Refuge, it will plainly appear at the day of judgment, that they are ruined because they reject God's word.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - Their ear is uncircumcised; covered as it were with a foreskin, which prevents the prophetic message from finding admittance. Elsewhere it is the heart (Leviticus 26:41; Ezekiel 44:7), or the lips (Exodus 6:12) which are said to be "circumcised;" a passage in Stephen's speech applies the epithet both to the heart and to the ears (Acts 7:51).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear?.... These are the words of the prophet, despairing of any success by his ministry; suggesting that the people were so universally depraved, that there were none that would hear him; that speaking to them was only beating the air, and that all expostulations, warnings, remonstrances, and testimonies, would signify nothing:

behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken; their ears were stopped with the filth of sin naturally, and they wilfully stopped their ears like the adder; and so being unsanctified, they neither could hear nor desired to hear the word of the Lord, as to understand it; see Acts 7:51,

behold, the word of the Lord is unto them a reproach; they reproached it, and blasphemed it, as a novel and false doctrine, and thought it a dishonour to them to receive and profess it; and just so the Jews vilified the Gospel, in the times of Christ and his apostles; and as many do now, who treat it with contempt, as unworthy of God, as contrary to reason, as opening a door to licentiousness, and think it a scandal to preach or profess it:

they have no delight in it; they see no beauty nor glory in it; they taste nothing of the sweetness of it; its doctrines are insipid things to them, they having never felt the power of it in their hearts; whereas such who are the true circumcision, who are circumcised in heart and ears, who are born again, these desire the sincere milk of the word; it is to them more than their necessary food; and, with this Prophet Jeremiah, they find it, and eat it, and it is the joy and rejoicing of their hearts, Jeremiah 15:16.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

10. ear is uncircumcised—closed against the precepts of God by the foreskin of carnality (Le 26:41; Eze 44:7; Ac 7:51).

word … reproach—(Jer 20:8).

Jeremiah 6:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
Israel's Rebellion and God's Wrath
10To whom shall I speak and give warning That they may hear? Behold, their ears are closed And they cannot listen. Behold, the word of the LORD has become a reproach to them; They have no delight in it. 11But I am full of the wrath of the LORD; I am weary with holding it in. "Pour it out on the children in the street And on the gathering of young men together; For both husband and wife shall be taken, The aged and the very old.…
Cross References
Acts 7:51
"You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit!

Jeremiah 5:21
Hear this, you foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear:

Jeremiah 7:26
But they did not listen to me or pay attention. They were stiff-necked and did more evil than their ancestors.'

Jeremiah 9:26
Egypt, Judah, Edom, Ammon, Moab and all who live in the wilderness in distant places. For all these nations are really uncircumcised, and even the whole house of Israel is uncircumcised in heart."

Jeremiah 20:8
Whenever I speak, I cry out proclaiming violence and destruction. So the word of the LORD has brought me insult and reproach all day long.
Treasury of Scripture

To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot listen: behold, the word of the LORD is to them a reproach; they have no delight in it.

To whom.

Jeremiah 5:4,5 Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they …

Isaiah 28:9-13 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand …

Isaiah 53:1 Who has believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

give.

Ezekiel 3:18-21 When I say to the wicked, You shall surely die; and you give him …

Ezekiel 33:3,9 If when he sees the sword come on the land, he blow the trumpet, …

Matthew 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, …

Colossians 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all …

Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved …

their ear.

Jeremiah 4:4 Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, and take away the foreskins of …

Jeremiah 7:26 Yet they listened not to me, nor inclined their ear, but hardened …

Exodus 6:12 And Moses spoke before the LORD, saying, Behold, the children of …

Deuteronomy 29:4 Yet the LORD has not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to …

Isaiah 6:9,10 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear you indeed, but understand …

Isaiah 42:23-25 Who among you will give ear to this? who will listen and hear for …

Acts 7:51 You stiff necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you do always …

the word.

Jeremiah 20:8,9 For since I spoke, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil; because …

2 Chronicles 36:15,16 And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, …

Amos 7:10 Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying…

Luke 11:45 Then answered one of the lawyers, and said to him, Master, thus saying …

Luke 20:19 And the chief priests and the scribes the same hour sought to lay …

John 7:7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hates, because I testify of …

John 9:40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, …

2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; …

delight.

Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law does he …

Psalm 40:8 I delight to do your will, O my God: yes, your law is within my heart.

Psalm 119:16,24,35,70,77,174 I will delight myself in your statutes: I will not forget your word…

Romans 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

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