Jeremiah 6:7
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New International Version
As a well pours out its water, so she pours out her wickedness. Violence and destruction resound in her; her sickness and wounds are ever before me.

New Living Translation
She spouts evil like a fountain. Her streets echo with the sounds of violence and destruction. I always see her sickness and sores.

English Standard Version
As a well keeps its water fresh, so she keeps fresh her evil; violence and destruction are heard within her; sickness and wounds are ever before me.

New American Standard Bible
"As a well keeps its waters fresh, So she keeps fresh her wickedness. Violence and destruction are heard in her; Sickness and wounds are ever before Me.

King James Bible
As a fountain casteth out her waters, so she casteth out her wickedness: violence and spoil is heard in her; before me continually is grief and wounds.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As a well gushes out its water, so she pours out her evil. Violence and destruction resound in her. Sickness and wounds keep coming to My attention.

International Standard Version
As a well keeps its waters fresh, so the city keeps her wickedness fresh. Violence and destruction are heard in her, sickness and wounds are always before me.

NET Bible
As a well continually pours out fresh water so it continually pours out wicked deeds. Sounds of violence and destruction echo throughout it. All I see are sick and wounded people.'

New Heart English Bible
As a well casts forth its waters, so she casts forth her wickedness: violence and destruction is heard in her; before me continually is sickness and wounds.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As a well keeps its water fresh, so Jerusalem keeps its evil fresh. Violence and destruction can be heard in it. I see that it is sick and wounded.

JPS Tanakh 1917
As a cistern welleth with her waters, So she welleth with her wickedness; Violence and spoil is heard in her; Before Me continually is sickness and wounds.

New American Standard 1977
“As a well keeps its waters fresh,
            So she keeps fresh her wickedness.
            Violence and destruction are heard in her;
            Sickness and wounds are ever before Me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
As the waters never cease to flow from a fountain, so her wickedness never ceases to flow; injustice and robbery is heard in her; in my presence continually, sickness and wounds.

King James 2000 Bible
As a fountain casts out her waters, so she casts out her wickedness: violence and plundering are heard in her; before me continually are grief and wounds.

American King James Version
As a fountain casts out her waters, so she casts out her wickedness: violence and spoil is heard in her; before me continually is grief and wounds.

American Standard Version
As a well casteth forth its waters, so she casteth forth her wickedness: violence and destruction is heard in her; before me continually is sickness and wounds.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As a cistern maketh its water cold, so hath she made her wickedness cold: violence and spoil shall be heard in her, infirmity and stripes are continually before me.

Darby Bible Translation
As a well poureth forth her waters, so she poureth forth her wickedness: violence and destruction are heard in her; before me continually are grief and wounds.

English Revised Version
As a well casteth forth her waters, so she casteth forth her wickedness: violence and spoil is heard in her; before me continually is sickness and wounds.

Webster's Bible Translation
As a fountain casteth out her waters, so she casteth out her wickedness: violence and devastation is heard in her; before me continually are grief and wounds.

World English Bible
As a well casts forth its waters, so she casts forth her wickedness: violence and destruction is heard in her; before me continually is sickness and wounds.

Young's Literal Translation
As the digging of a well, is for its waters, So she hath digged for her wickedness, Violence and spoil is heard in her, Before My face continually are sickness and smiting.
Study Bible
Jerusalem's Final Warning
6For thus says the LORD of hosts, "Cut down her trees And cast up a siege against Jerusalem. This is the city to be punished, In whose midst there is only oppression. 7"As a well keeps its waters fresh, So she keeps fresh her wickedness. Violence and destruction are heard in her; Sickness and wounds are ever before Me. 8"Be warned, O Jerusalem, Or I shall be alienated from you, And make you a desolation, A land not inhabited."…
Cross References
James 3:11
Can both fresh water and bitter water flow from the same spring?

Psalm 55:9
Confuse, O Lord, divide their tongues, For I have seen violence and strife in the city.

Isaiah 59:6
Their webs will not become clothing, Nor will they cover themselves with their works; Their works are works of iniquity, And an act of violence is in their hands.

Jeremiah 20:8
For each time I speak, I cry aloud; I proclaim violence and destruction, Because for me the word of the LORD has resulted In reproach and derision all day long.

Jeremiah 30:12
"For thus says the LORD, 'Your wound is incurable And your injury is serious.

Jeremiah 30:13
There is no one to plead your cause; No healing for your sore, No recovery for you.

Jeremiah 32:31
"Indeed this city has been to Me a provocation of My anger and My wrath from the day that they built it, even to this day, so that it should be removed from before My face,

Ezekiel 7:11
Violence has grown into a rod of wickedness. None of them shall remain, none of their people, none of their wealth, nor anything eminent among them.

Ezekiel 7:23
'Make the chain, for the land is full of bloody crimes and the city is full of violence.

Ezekiel 45:9
'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Enough, you princes of Israel; put away violence and destruction, and practice justice and righteousness. Stop your expropriations from My people," declares the Lord GOD.
Treasury of Scripture

As a fountain casts out her waters, so she casts out her wickedness: violence and spoil is heard in her; before me continually is grief and wounds.

a fountain.

Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Isaiah 57:20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose …

James 3:10-12 Out of the same mouth proceeds blessing and cursing. My brothers, …

violence.

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

Psalm 55:9-11 Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence …

Ezekiel 7:11,23 Violence is risen up into a rod of wickedness: none of them shall …

Ezekiel 22:3-12 Then say you, Thus said the Lord GOD, The city sheds blood in the …

Ezekiel 24:7 For her blood is in the middle of her; she set it on the top of a …

Micah 2:1,2,8-10 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil on their beds! when …

Micah 3:1-3,9-12 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and you princes of …

Micah 7:2,3 The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright …

(7) As a fountain casteth out her waters.--The English is plain enough, but the Hebrew presents two difficulties: (1) The word rendered "fountain" (better, cistern) is not spelt with the usual vowels, and the etymology of the verb is quite uncertain. It has been rendered, As a cistern "gathers" or "keeps in," or "keeps its waters cool," or "lets them flow." The general meaning is probably given by the Authorised Version. Jerusalem was literally "overflowing" with wickedness.

Grief.--Better, sickness. The word and the imagery are the same as in Isaiah 1:5.

Verse 7. - As a fountain casteth out; rather, as a cistern keepeth fresh (literally, cool). The wickedness of Jerusalem is so thoroughly ingrained that it seems to pass into act by a law of nature, just as a cistern cannot help always yielding a supply of cool, fresh water. Violence and spoil; rather, injustice and violence (so Jeremiah 20:8; Amos 3:10; Habakkuk 1:3). Before me, etc.; rather, before my face continually is sickness and wounding. The ear is constantly dinned with the sounds of oppression, and the eye pained with the sight of the bodily sufferings of the victims. The word for" sickness" is applicable to any kind of infirmity (see Isaiah 53:3, 4), but the context clearly limits it here to bodily trouble. As a fountain casteth out her waters,.... In great abundance, and continually:

so she casteth out her wickedness; this metaphor expresses the multitude of her sins, the frequent and constant commission of them, and the source and spring of them, the corrupt fountain of the heart; see Matthew 12:34,

violence and spoil is heard in her; that is, the cry of those that are oppressed and spoiled is heard, and that by the Lord himself, whose ears are open to the cries of the oppressed, and will avenge them:

before me continually is grief and wounds; the poor, who were grieved and wounded by their oppressors; the Lord was an eye and ear witness of their grievances, and would redress them; nor could their enemies expect to escape his wrath, since they were all known to him; or else the sense is, that because of their violence and spoil of the poor, it was continually before the Lord, in his mind and purpose, and he was just ready to bring upon them, by way of punishment for these things, what would grieve and wound them; so Jarchi interprets it, which Kimchi mentions; and to it the Targum agrees,

"the voice of robbers and plunderers is heard in her before me continually, therefore will I bring upon her evil and smiting.'' 7. fountain—rather, a well dug, from which water springs; distinct from a natural spring or fountain.

casteth out—causeth to flow; literally, "causeth to dig," the cause being put for the effect (2Ki 21:16, 24; Isa 57:20).

me—Jehovah.6:1-8 Whatever methods are used, it is vain to contend with God's judgments. The more we indulge in the pleasures of this life, the more we unfit ourselves for the troubles of this life. The Chaldean army shall break in upon the land of Judah, and in a little time devour all. The day is coming, when those careless and secure in sinful ways will be visited. It is folly to trifle when we have eternal salvation to work out, and the enemies of that salvation to fight against. But they were thus eager, not that they might fulfil God's counsels, but that they might fill their own treasures; yet God thereby served his own purposes. The corrupt heart of man, in its natural state, casts out evil thoughts, just as a fountain casts out her waters. It is always flowing, yet always full. The God of mercy is loth to depart even from a provoking people, and is earnest with them, that by repentance and reformation, they may prevent things from coming to extremity.
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