Jeremiah 9:21
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New International Version
Death has climbed in through our windows and has entered our fortresses; it has removed the children from the streets and the young men from the public squares.

New Living Translation
For death has crept in through our windows and has entered our mansions. It has killed off the flower of our youth: Children no longer play in the streets, and young men no longer gather in the squares.

English Standard Version
For death has come up into our windows; it has entered our palaces, cutting off the children from the streets and the young men from the squares.

New American Standard Bible
For death has come up through our windows; It has entered our palaces To cut off the children from the streets, The young men from the town squares.

King James Bible
For death is come up into our windows, and is entered into our palaces, to cut off the children from without, and the young men from the streets.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
for Death has climbed through our windows; it has entered our fortresses, cutting off children from the streets, young men from the squares.

International Standard Version
For death comes up through our windows; it has come into our palaces to eliminate children from the streets and young men from the town squares.

NET Bible
Death has climbed in through our windows. It has entered into our fortified houses. It has taken away our children who play in the streets. It has taken away our young men who gather in the city squares.'

New Heart English Bible
'For death has come up into our windows, it is entered into our palaces; to cut off the children from outside, and the young men from the streets.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Death has come through our windows and entered our palaces. Death has cut down the children in the streets and the young men in the market places.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For death is come up into our windows, It is entered into our palaces, To cut off the children from the street, And the young men from the broad places.--

New American Standard 1977
For death has come up through our windows;
            It has entered our palaces
            To cut off the children from the streets,
            The young men from the town squares.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For death is come up into our windows and is entered into our palaces to cut off the children from without and the young men from the streets.

King James 2000 Bible
For death is come up into our windows, and is entered into our palaces, to cut off the children from outside, and the young men from the squares.

American King James Version
For death is come up into our windows, and is entered into our palaces, to cut off the children from without, and the young men from the streets.

American Standard Version
For death is come up into our windows, it is entered into our palaces; to cut off the children from without, and the young men from the streets.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For death is come up through our windows, it is entered into our houses to destroy the children from without, the young men from the streets.

Darby Bible Translation
For death is come up through our windows, is entered into our palaces, to cut off the children from the street, the young men from the broadways.

English Revised Version
For death is come up into our windows, it is entered into our palaces; to cut off the children from without, and the young men from the streets.

Webster's Bible Translation
For death hath come up into our windows, and hath entered into our palaces, to cut off the children from without, and the young men from the streets.

World English Bible
For death is come up into our windows, it is entered into our palaces; to cut off the children from outside, [and] the young men from the streets.

Young's Literal Translation
For death hath come up into our windows, It hath come into our palaces, To cut off the suckling from without, Young men from the broad places.
Study Bible
Weeping in Jerusalem
20Now hear the word of the LORD, O you women, And let your ear receive the word of His mouth; Teach your daughters wailing, And everyone her neighbor a dirge. 21For death has come up through our windows; It has entered our palaces To cut off the children from the streets, The young men from the town squares. 22Speak, "Thus says the LORD, 'The corpses of men will fall like dung on the open field, And like the sheaf after the reaper, But no one will gather them.'"…
Cross References
2 Chronicles 36:17
Therefore He brought up against them the king of the Chaldeans who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion on young man or virgin, old man or infirm; He gave them all into his hand.

Isaiah 40:30
Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly,

Jeremiah 6:11
But 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.

Jeremiah 6:21
Therefore, thus says the LORD, "Behold, I am laying stumbling blocks before this people. And they will stumble against them, Fathers and sons together; Neighbor and friend will perish."

Jeremiah 15:7
"I will winnow them with a winnowing fork At the gates of the land; I will bereave them of children, I will destroy My people; They did not repent of their ways.

Jeremiah 18:21
Therefore, give their children over to famine And deliver them up to the power of the sword; And let their wives become childless and widowed. Let their men also be smitten to death, Their young men struck down by the sword in battle.

Jeremiah 44:7
'Now then thus says the LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, "Why are you doing great harm to yourselves, so as to cut off from you man and woman, child and infant, from among Judah, leaving yourselves without remnant,

Jeremiah 50:30
"Therefore her young men will fall in her streets, And all her men of war will be silenced in that day," declares the LORD.

Ezekiel 9:5
But to the others He said in my hearing, "Go through the city after him and strike; do not let your eye have pity and do not spare.

Ezekiel 9:6
"Utterly slay old men, young men, maidens, little children, and women, but do not touch any man on whom is the mark; and you shall start from My sanctuary." So they started with the elders who were before the temple.
Treasury of Scripture

For death is come up into our windows, and is entered into our palaces, to cut off the children from without, and the young men from the streets.

Jeremiah 6:11 Therefore I am full of the fury of the LORD; I am weary with holding …

Jeremiah 15:7 And I will fan them with a fan in the gates of the land; I will bereave …

2 Chronicles 36:17 Therefore he brought on them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their …

Ezekiel 9:5,6 And to the others he said in my hearing, Go you after him through …

Ezekiel 21:14,15 You therefore, son of man, prophesy, and smite your hands together. …

Amos 6:10,11 And a man's uncle shall take him up, and he that burns him, to bring …

(21) Death is come up into our windows.--"Death" stands here, as in Jeremiah 15:2, specifically for the pestilence, which is to add its horrors to those of the famine and the sword, and which creeps in with its fatal taint at the windows, even though the invader is for a time kept at bay, and cuts off the children who else would play "without," sc., in the court-yard of the house, and the "young men" who else would gather, as were their wont, in the streets or the open places of the city. The Hebrew word rehoboth (comp. Genesis 26:22) answers to "piazza," "square," "market-place," rather than to our street.

Verse 21. - Death is come up, etc. "Death," equivalent to "pestilence" (as Jeremiah 15:2), the most dreaded foe of a besieged population. (For the figure, comp. Joel 2:9.) The children from without. The ideal of Zechariah is that "the streets of the city should be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof" (Jeremiah 8:5). But the pitiless reaper, Death, shall cut off even "the playful child from the street" (so we might render more literally). Streets, in the parallel clause, means the "broad places" where men congregate to toll the news. For death is come up into our windows,.... Their doors being shut, bolted, and barred, they thought themselves safe, but were not; the Chaldeans scaled their walls, broke in at the tops of their houses, or at their windows, and destroyed them: for the invasion of the enemy, and the manner of their entrance into them, seem to be described. Death is here represented as a person, as it sometimes is in Scripture; see Revelation 6:8 and as coming suddenly and unawares upon men, and from whom there is no escape, or any way and method of keeping him out; bolts and bars will not do; he can climb up, and go in at the window:

and is entered into our palaces; the houses of their principal men, which were well built, and most strongly fortified, these could not keep out the enemy: and death spares none, high nor low, rich nor poor; it enters the palaces of great men, as well as the cottages of the poor. The Septuagint version is, "it is entered into our land"; and so the Arabic version; only it places the phrase, "into our land", in the preceding clause; and that of "into", or "through our windows", in this:

to cut off the children from without, and the young men from the streets; these words are not strictly to be connected with the preceding, as though they pressed the end of death, ascending up to the windows, and entering palaces, to cut off such as were in the streets; but the words are a proposition of themselves, as the distinctive accent "athnach" shows; and must be supplied after this manner, and passing through them it goes on, "to cut off", &c. and so aptly describes the invading enemy climbing the walls of the city, entering at windows, or tops of houses, upon or near the walls; and, having destroyed all within, goes forth into the streets, where children were at play, and slays them and into courts or markets, where young men were employed in business, and destroys them. The Jews (e) interpret it of famine.

(e) T. Bab. Bava Kama, fol. 60. 2.21. death … windows—The death-inflicting soldiery, finding the doors closed, burst in by the windows.

to cut off … children from … streets—Death cannot be said to enter the windows to cut off the children in the streets, but to cut them off, so as no more to play in the streets without (Zec 8:5).9:12-22 In Zion the voice of joy and praise used to be heard, while the people kept close to God; but sin has altered the sound, it is now the voice of lamentation. Unhumbled hearts lament their calamity, but not their sin, which is the cause of it. Let the doors be shut ever so fast, death steals upon us. It enters the palaces of princes and great men, though stately, strongly built, and guarded. Nor are those more safe that are abroad; death cuts off even the children from without, and the young men from the streets. Hearken to the word of the Lord, and mourn with godly sorrow. This alone can bring true comfort; and it can turn the heaviest afflictions into precious mercies.
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