Jeremiah 6:27
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New International Version
"I have made you a tester of metals and my people the ore, that you may observe and test their ways.

New Living Translation
"Jeremiah, I have made you a tester of metals, that you may determine the quality of my people.

English Standard Version
“I have made you a tester of metals among my people, that you may know and test their ways.

New American Standard Bible
"I have made you an assayer and a tester among My people, That you may know and assay their way."

King James Bible
I have set thee for a tower and a fortress among my people, that thou mayest know and try their way.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have appointed you to be an assayer among My people-- a refiner-- so you may know and assay their way of life.

International Standard Version
"I've made you an assayer of my people, as well as a fortress. You know how to test their way."

NET Bible
The LORD said to me, "I have made you like a metal assayer to test my people like ore. You are to observe them and evaluate how they behave."

New Heart English Bible
"I have made you a tester of metals and a fortress among my people; that you may know and try their way."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Jeremiah, I have put you in charge of testing and refining my people. You will know how to test their ways.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I have made thee a tower and a fortress among My people; That thou mayest know and try their way.

New American Standard 1977
“I have made you an assayer and a tester among My people,
            That you may know and assay their way.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
I have set thee for a tower and a fortress among my people; thou shalt know and examine their way.

King James 2000 Bible
I have set you for a tester and a fortress among my people, that you may know and test their way.

American King James Version
I have set you for a tower and a fortress among my people, that you may know and try their way.

American Standard Version
I have made thee a trier and a fortress among my people; that thou mayest know and try their way.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have set thee for a strong trier among my people: and thou shalt know and prove their way.

Darby Bible Translation
I have set thee among my people as an assayer, a fortress, that thou mayest know and try their way.

English Revised Version
I have made thee a tower and a fortress among my people; that thou mayest know and try their way.

Webster's Bible Translation
I have set thee for a tower and a fortress among my people, that thou mayest know and try their way.

World English Bible
"I have made you a tester of metals [and] a fortress among my people; that you may know and try their way.

Young's Literal Translation
A watch-tower I have given thee, Among My people a fortress, And thou knowest, and hast tried their way.
Study Bible
An Invasion from the North
26O daughter of my people, put on sackcloth And roll in ashes; Mourn as for an only son, A lamentation most bitter. For suddenly the destroyer Will come upon us. 27"I have made you an assayer and a tester among My people, That you may know and assay their way." 28All of them are stubbornly rebellious, Going about as a talebearer. They are bronze and iron; They, all of them, are corrupt.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 1:18
"Now behold, I have made you today as a fortified city and as a pillar of iron and as walls of bronze against the whole land, to the kings of Judah, to its princes, to its priests and to the people of the land.

Jeremiah 9:7
Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, "Behold, I will refine them and assay them; For what else can I do, because of the daughter of My people?

Jeremiah 15:20
"Then I will make you to this people A fortified wall of bronze; And though they fight against you, They will not prevail over you; For I am with you to save you And deliver you," declares the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

I have set you for a tower and a fortress among my people, that you may know and try their way.

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(27) I have set thee . . .--The verse is difficult, as containing words in the Hebrew which are not found elsewhere, and have therefore to be guessed at. The following rendering is given on the authority of the most recent commentators, and has the merit of being in harmony with the metallurgic imagery of the following verses. As a prover of ore I have set thee among my people, and thou shalt know and try their way. The words are spoken by Jehovah to the prophet, and describe his work. By others, the first part of the sentence is rendered as follows: As a prover of ore I have set thee like a fortress, as if with a reference to Jeremiah 1:18, where the same word is used.

Verse 27. - I have set thee, etc.; literally, as an assayer have I set thee among my people, a fortress. Various attempts have been made to avoid giving the last word its natural rendering, "a fortress." Ewald, for instance, would alter the points, and render "a separator [of metals]," thus making the word synonymous with that translated "an assayer;" but this is against Hebrew usage. Hitzig, assuming a doubtful interpretation of Job 22:24, renders "... among my people without gold," i.e. "without there being any gold there for thee to essay" (a very awkward form of expression). These are the two most plausible views, and yet neither of them is satisfactory. Nothing remains but the very simple conjecture, supported by not a few similar phenomena, that mibhcar, a fortress, has been inserted by mistake from the margin, where an early glossator had written the word, to remind of the parallel passage (Jeremiah 1:18, "I have made thee this day a fortress-city," 'it mibhcar). In this and the following verses metallurgic phraseology is employed with a moral application (comp. Isaiah 1:22, 25). I have set thee for a tower,.... Or "in" one (d); in a watch tower, to look about and observe the actions of the people, their sins and transgressions, and reprove them for them; as well as to descry the enemy, and give notice of danger; see Habakkuk 2:1 or, "for a trier"; since the word used comes from one which signifies to "try" metals, as gold and silver; and the rather this may be thought to be the meaning here, since the verb is made use of in this sense in the text; and the metaphor is carried on in the following words; though the word is used for towers in Isaiah 23:13 and may well enough be understood of a watchtower, agreeably with the office of the prophet; who is here addressed as a watchman, and was one to the house of Israel: and as the faithful discharge of his work required courage, as well as diligence and faithfulness, it follows, and

for a fortress among my people; not to defend them, but himself against them; or he was to consider himself as so under the divine protection, that he was as a fortress or strong tower, impregnable, and not to be dismayed and terrified with their calumnies and threatenings; see Jeremiah 1:18,

that thou mayest know and try their way; their course and manner of life, whether good or bad; which he would be able to do, being in his watch tower, and in the discharge of his duty; for the ministry of a good man is as a touchstone, by which the principles and practices of men are tried and known; for if it is heard and attended to with pleasure, it shows that the principles and practices of men are good; but if despised and rejected, the contrary is evident, see 1 John 4:5.

(d) "in exploratoria specula", Junius & Tremellius. 27. tower … fortress—(Jer 1:18), rather, "an assayer (and) explorer." By a metaphor from metallurgy in Jer 6:27-30, Jehovah, in conclusion, confirms the prophet in his office, and the latter sums up the description of the reprobate people on whom he had to work. The Hebrew for "assayer" (English Version, "tower") is from a root "to try" metals. "Explorer" (English Version, "fortress") is from an Arabic root, "keen-sighted"; or a Hebrew root, "cutting," that is, separating the metal from the dross [Ewald]. Gesenius translates as English Version, "fortress," which does not accord with the previous "assayer."6:18-30 God rejects their outward services, as worthless to atone for their sins. Sacrifice and incense were to direct them to a Mediator; but when offered to purchase a license to go on in sin, they provoke God. The sins of God's professing people make them an easy prey to their enemies. They dare not show themselves. Saints may rejoice in hope of God's mercies, though they see them only in the promise: sinners must mourn for fear of God's judgments, though they see them only in the threatenings. They are the worst of revolters, and are all corrupters. Sinners soon become tempters. They are compared to ore supposed to have good metal in it, but which proves all dross. Nothing will prevail to part between them and their sins. Reprobate silver shall they be called, useless and worthless. When warnings, corrections, rebukes, and all means of grace, leave men unrenewed, they will be left, as rejected of God, to everlasting misery. Let us pray, then, that we may be refined by the Lord, as silver is refined.
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