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This is what the LORD says to the people of Judah and to Jerusalem: "Break up your unplowed ground and do not sow among thorns.
King James Bible
For thus saith the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.
American Standard Version
For thus saith Jehovah to the men of Judah and to Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.
Young's Literal Translation
For thus said Jehovah, To the man of Judah, and to Jerusalem: Till for yourselves tillage, And do not sow unto the thorns.
Jeremiah 4:3 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Break up your fallow ground - Fallow ground is either that which, having been once tilled, has lain long uncultivated; or, ground slightly ploughed, in order to be ploughed again previously to its being sown. Ye have been long uncultivated in righteousness; let true repentance break up your fruitless and hardened hearts; and when the seed of the word of life is sown in them, take heed that worldly cares and concerns do not arise, and, like thorns, choke the good seed.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Genesis 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to you; and you shall eat the herb of the field;
Hosea 10:12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD...
Matthew 13:7,22 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them...
Mark 4:7,18,19 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit...
Luke 8:7,14 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it...
Galatians 6:7,8 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap...
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Matthew 13:7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.
Exodus 23:11 but during the seventh year let the land lie unplowed and unused. Then the poor among your people may get food from it, and the wild animals may eat what is left. Do the same with your vineyard and your olive grove.
Hosea 10:12 Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you.