Jeremiah 6:8
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New International Version
Take warning, Jerusalem, or I will turn away from you and make your land desolate so no one can live in it."

New Living Translation
Listen to this warning, Jerusalem, or I will turn from you in disgust. Listen, or I will turn you into a heap of ruins, a land where no one lives."

English Standard Version
Be warned, O Jerusalem, lest I turn from you in disgust, lest I make you a desolation, an uninhabited land.”

New American Standard Bible
"Be warned, O Jerusalem, Or I shall be alienated from you, And make you a desolation, A land not inhabited."

King James Bible
Be thou instructed, O Jerusalem, lest my soul depart from thee; lest I make thee desolate, a land not inhabited.

Christian Standard Bible
Be warned, Jerusalem, or I will turn away from you; I will make you a desolation, a land without inhabitants.

Contemporary English Version
Listen to me, you people of Jerusalem and Judah. I will abandon you, and your land will become an empty desert.

Good News Translation
People of Jerusalem, let these troubles be a warning to you, or else I will abandon you; I will turn your city into a desert, a place where no one lives."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Be warned, Jerusalem, or I will turn away from you; I will make you a desolation, a land without inhabitants.

International Standard Version
Be warned, Jerusalem, or I'll be alienated from you. I'll make you desolate, a land not inhabited."

NET Bible
So take warning, Jerusalem, or I will abandon you in disgust and make you desolate, a place where no one can live."

New Heart English Bible
Be instructed, Jerusalem, lest my soul be alienated from you; lest I make you a desolation, a land not inhabited."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Pay attention to my warning, Jerusalem, or I will turn away from you. I will make your land desolate, a land where no one will live.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Be thou corrected, O Jerusalem, Lest My soul be alienated from thee, Lest I make thee desolate, A land not inhabited.

New American Standard 1977
“Be warned, O Jerusalem, Lest I be alienated from you; Lest I make you a desolation, A land not inhabited.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Chastise Jerusalem lest peradventure my soul be disjointed from thee, lest peradventure I make thee desolate, a land not inhabited.

King James 2000 Bible
Be you instructed, O Jerusalem, lest my soul depart from you; lest I make you desolate, a land not inhabited.

American King James Version
Be you instructed, O Jerusalem, lest my soul depart from you; lest I make you desolate, a land not inhabited.

American Standard Version
Be thou instructed, O Jerusalem, lest my soul be alienated from thee; lest I make thee a desolation, a land not inhabited.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be thou instructed, O Jerusalem, lest my soul depart from thee, lest I make thee desolate, a land uninhabited.

Darby Bible Translation
Be thou instructed, Jerusalem, lest my soul be alienated from thee; lest I make thee a desolation, a land not inhabited.

English Revised Version
Be thou instructed, O Jerusalem, lest my soul be alienated from thee; lest I make thee a desolation, a land not inhabited.

Webster's Bible Translation
Be thou instructed, O Jerusalem, lest my soul depart from thee; lest I make thee desolate, a land not inhabited.

World English Bible
Be instructed, Jerusalem, lest my soul be alienated from you; lest I make you a desolation, a land not inhabited."

Young's Literal Translation
Be instructed, O Jerusalem, Lest My soul be alienated from thee, Lest I make thee a desolation, a land not inhabited.
Study Bible
Jerusalem's Final Warning
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." 9Thus says the LORD of hosts, "They will thoroughly glean as the vine the remnant of Israel; Pass your hand again like a grape gatherer Over the branches."…
Cross References
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 17:23
"Yet they did not listen or incline their ears, but stiffened their necks in order not to listen or take correction.

Jeremiah 35:13
"Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, 'Go and say to the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, "Will you not receive instruction by listening to My words?" declares the LORD.

Ezekiel 23:18
"She uncovered her harlotries and uncovered her nakedness; then I became disgusted with her, as I had become disgusted with her sister.

Hosea 9:12
Though they bring up their children, Yet I will bereave them until not a man is left. Yes, woe to them indeed when I depart from them!
Treasury of Scripture

Be you instructed, O Jerusalem, lest my soul depart from you; lest I make you desolate, a land not inhabited.

Be thou.

Jeremiah 4:14 O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved. …

Jeremiah 7:3-7 Thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and …

Jeremiah 17:23 But they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck …

Jeremiah 31:19 Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was …

Jeremiah 32:33 And they have turned to me the back, and not the face: though I taught …

Jeremiah 35:13-15 Thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Go and tell the men …

Deuteronomy 32:29 O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would …

Psalm 2:10 Be wise now therefore, O you kings: be instructed, you judges of the earth.

Psalm 50:17 Seeing you hate instruction, and casts my words behind you.

Psalm 94:12 Blessed is the man whom you chasten, O LORD, and teach him out of your law;

Proverbs 4:13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is your life.

Zephaniah 3:7 I said, Surely you will fear me, you will receive instruction; so …

lest.

Ezekiel 23:18 So she discovered her prostitutions, and discovered her nakedness: …

Hosea 9:12 Though they bring up their children, yet will I bereave them, that …

Zechariah 11:8,9 Three shepherds also I cut off in one month; and my soul loathed …

depart. Heb. be loosed. or disjointed. lest I.

Jeremiah 2:15 The young lions roared on him, and yelled, and they made his land …

Jeremiah 7:20,34 Therefore thus said the Lord GOD; Behold, my anger and my fury shall …

Jeremiah 9:11 And I will make Jerusalem heaps, and a den of dragons; and I will …

Leviticus 26:34 Then shall the land enjoy her sabbaths, as long as it lies desolate, …

(8) Be thou instructed.--Better, Be thou corrected, or, chastened. Comp. Psalm 2:10; Leviticus 26:23 (where we have "reformed"); and Proverbs 29:19.

Lest my soul.--As in Jeremiah 4:19, the Hebrew formula for emphasised personality. The word for "depart" may be better rendered tear itself away.

Verse 8. - Be thou instructed; rather, Let thyself be corrected (Authorized Version misses the sense, a very important one, of the conjugation, which is Nifal tolerativum (comp. Psalm 2:10; Isaiah 53:12). The phrase equivalent to "receive correction" (Jeremiah 2:30; Jeremiah 5:3), and means to accept the warning conveyed in the Divine chastisement. Lest my soul, etc.; rather, lest my soul be rent from thee (Authorized Version renders the same verb in Ezekiel 23:17, "be alienated"). And be thou instructed, O Jerusalem,.... Or "corrected" (s); receive discipline or instructions by chastisements and corrections, return by repentance, that the evils threatened may not come: this shows the affection of the Lord to his people, notwithstanding all their sins; that their amendment, and not their destruction, were pleasing to him; that it was with reluctance he was about to visit them in the manner threatened; and that even now it was not too late, provided they were instructed and reformed; but, if not, they must expect what follows:

lest my soul depart from thee; his Shechinah, or divine Presence, and all the tokens of his love, favour, and good will. The Targum interprets it of the Word of the Lord,

"lest my Word cast thee off;''

see Romans 11:1, or, "lest my soul pluck itself from thee"; or "be plucked" (t), and separated from thee: the phrase denotes an utter separation, a forcible one, joined with the utmost abhorrence and detestation. In Ezekiel 23:18, it is rendered, "my mind was alienated"; it denotes disunion and disaffection.

Lest I make thee desolate, a land not inhabited; the Targum adds, by way of illustration,

"as the land of Sodom;''

so that not a man should dwell in it; see Jeremiah 4:25.

(s) "cape disciplinam", Vatablus; "admitte disciplinam", Cocceius; "castigationem", Schmidt. (t) "ut non luxetur, vel avellatur anima mea a te", Vatablus, Junius & Tremellius, Schmidt. 8. Tender appeal in the midst of threats.

depart—Hebrew, "be torn away"; Jehovah's affection making Him unwilling to depart; His attachment to Jerusalem was such that an effort was needed to tear Himself from it (Eze 23:18; Ho 9:12; 11:8).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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