Jeremiah 6:17
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New International Version
I appointed watchmen over you and said, 'Listen to the sound of the trumpet!' But you said, 'We will not listen.'

New Living Translation
I posted watchmen over you who said, 'Listen for the sound of the alarm.' But you replied, 'No! We won't pay attention!'

English Standard Version
I set watchmen over you, saying, ‘Pay attention to the sound of the trumpet!’ But they said, ‘We will not pay attention.’

New American Standard Bible
"And I set watchmen over you, saying, 'Listen to the sound of the trumpet!' But they said, 'We will not listen.'

King James Bible
Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I appointed watchmen over you and said: Listen for the sound of the ram's horn. But they protested, "We won't listen!"

International Standard Version
I appointed watchmen over you. Listen for the sound of the trumpet. But they said, 'We won't listen!'

NET Bible
The LORD said, "I appointed prophets as watchmen to warn you, saying: 'Pay attention to the warning sound of the trumpet!'" But they said, "We will not pay attention!"

New Heart English Bible
"I set watchmen over you, saying, 'Listen to the sound of the trumpet.'" But they said, "We will not listen."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I posted watchmen over you. Pay attention to the sound of the ram's horn. But you said that you wouldn't pay attention.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And I set watchmen over you: 'Attend to the sound of the horn', But they said: 'We will not attend.'

New American Standard 1977
“And I set watchmen over you, saying,
            ‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’
            But they said, ‘We will not listen.’

Jubilee Bible 2000
Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the shofar. But they said, We will not hearken.

King James 2000 Bible
Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.

American King James Version
Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Listen to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not listen.

American Standard Version
And I set watchmen over you,'saying , Hearken to the sound of the trumpet; but they said, We will not hearken.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I appointed watchmen over you, saying: Hearken ye to the sound of the trumpet. And they said: We will not hearken.

Darby Bible Translation
Also I have set watchmen over you: -- Hearken ye to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.

English Revised Version
And I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet; but they said, We will not hearken.

Webster's Bible Translation
Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.

World English Bible
I set watchmen over you, saying, 'Listen to the sound of the trumpet!' But they said, 'We will not listen!'

Young's Literal Translation
And I have raised up for you watchmen, Attend ye to the voice of the trumpet. And they say, 'We do not attend.'
Study Bible
Israel's Rebellion and God's Wrath
16Thus says the LORD, "Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you will find rest for your souls. But they said, 'We will not walk in it.' 17"And I set watchmen over you, saying, 'Listen to the sound of the trumpet!' But they said, 'We will not listen.' 18"Therefore hear, O nations, And know, O congregation, what is among them.…
Cross References
Isaiah 21:11
The oracle concerning Edom. One keeps calling to me from Seir, "Watchman, how far gone is the night? Watchman, how far gone is the night?"

Isaiah 58:1
"Cry loudly, do not hold back; Raise your voice like a trumpet, And declare to My people their transgression And to the house of Jacob their sins.

Isaiah 62:6
On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen; All day and all night they will never keep silent. You who remind the LORD, take no rest for yourselves;

Jeremiah 6:18
"Therefore hear, O nations, And know, O congregation, what is among them.

Jeremiah 7:28
"You shall say to them, 'This is the nation that did not obey the voice of the LORD their God or accept correction; truth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth.

Jeremiah 25:4
"And the LORD has sent to you all His servants the prophets again and again, but you have not listened nor inclined your ear to hear,

Ezekiel 3:17
"Son of man, I have appointed you a watchman to the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from My mouth, warn them from Me.

Ezekiel 33:4
then he who hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, and a sword comes and takes him away, his blood will be on his own head.

Habakkuk 2:1
I will stand on my guard post And station myself on the rampart; And I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me, And how I may reply when I am reproved.

Zechariah 1:4
"Do not be like your fathers, to whom the former prophets proclaimed, saying, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, "Return now from your evil ways and from your evil deeds."' But they did not listen or give heed to Me," declares the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Listen to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not listen.

I.

Jeremiah 25:4 And the LORD has sent to you all his servants the prophets, rising …

Isaiah 21:11 The burden of Dumah. He calls to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of …

Isaiah 56:10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb …

Ezekiel 3:17-21 Son of man, I have made you a watchman to the house of Israel: therefore …

Ezekiel 33:2-9 Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them, …

Habakkuk 2:1 I will stand on my watch, and set me on the tower, and will watch …

Acts 20:27-31 For I have not shunned to declare to you all the counsel of God…

Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for …

hearken.

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

Hosea 8:1 Set the trumpet to your mouth. He shall come as an eagle against …

Amos 3:6-8 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? …

we.

Zechariah 7:11 But they refused to listen, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped …

(17) Watchmen.--i.e., the sentinels of the army, as in 1Samuel 14:16, giving the signal in this case, not for advance but for retreat (comp. Jeremiah 6:1, and Amos 3:6). The watchmen are, of course (as in Isaiah 52:8; Isaiah 56:10; Ezekiel 3:17; Habakkuk 2:1), the prophets blowing the trumpet of alarm, proclaiming, as in Jeremiah 6:1, the nearness of the invader, and calling on them to flee from the wrath of Jehovah. They call, however, in vain. The people refuse to hearken.

Verse 17. - Also I set; rather, and I kept raising up (the frequentative perfect). Watchmen; i.e. prophets (Ezekiel 3:17, and part of Isaiah 52:8; Isaiah 56:10). Hearken, etc. probably the words of Jehovah. Standing on their high watch-tower (Habakkuk 2:1), the prophets scrutinize the horizon for the first appearance of danger, and give warning of it by (metaphorically) blowing a trumpet (so Amos 3:6). Also I set watchmen over you,.... That is, prophets, as Jarchi; true prophets, as Kimchi; such an one was Ezekiel, Jeremiah 3:17. The Targum interprets it teachers; such were the apostles and first ministers of the Gospel; and all faithful preachers of it, who teach men good doctrine and watch for their souls, give them warning of their danger, and exhort them to flee to Christ for rest and safety; and these are of the Lord's appointing, constituting, and setting in his churches; see 1 Corinthians 12:28.

Saying, hearken to the sound of the trumpet; to their voice, lifted up like a trumpet, Isaiah 58:1, to the word preached by them; to the law, which lays before them their sin and danger; and to the Gospel, which is a joyful sound, and gives a certain one, and proclaims peace, pardon, and salvation, by Christ:

but they said, we will not hearken; so the Jews, in the times of Christ and his apostles, turned a deaf ear to their ministry, contradicted and blasphemed the Gospel, and judged themselves unworthy of it, and of eternal life, brought to light by it. Perhaps here it may regard the punishments threatened the Jews by the prophets, which they would not believe were coming upon them, but put away the evil day far from them. 17. watchmen—prophets, whose duty it was to announce impending calamities, so as to lead the people to repentance (Isa 21:11; 58:1; Eze 3:17; Hab 2:1).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.
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