Jeremiah 18:16
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English Standard Version
making their land a horror, a thing to be hissed at forever. Everyone who passes by it is horrified and shakes his head.

King James Bible
To make their land desolate, and a perpetual hissing; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and wag his head.

American Standard Version
to make their land an astonishment, and a perpetual hissing; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and shake his head.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That their land might be given up to desolation, and to a perpetual hissing: every one that shall pass by it, shall be astonished, and wag his head.

English Revised Version
to make their land an astonishment, and a perpetual hissing; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and shake his head.

Webster's Bible Translation
To make their land desolate, and a perpetual hissing; every one that passeth by it shall be astonished, and wag his head.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

In Jeremiah 18:6-10 the Lord discloses to the prophet the truth lying in the potter's treatment of the clay. The power the potter has over the clay to remould, according to his pleasure, the vessel he had formed from it if it went wrong; the same power God possesses over the people of Israel. This unlimited power of God over mankind is exercised according to man's conduct, not according to a decretum absolutum or unchangeable determination. If he pronounces a people's overthrow or ruin, and if that people turn from its wickedness, He repeals His decree (Jeremiah 18:7.); and conversely, if He promises a people welfare and prosperity, and if that people turn away from Him to wickedness, then too He changes His resolve to do good to it (Jeremiah 18:9.). Inasmuch as He is even now making His decree known by the mouth of the prophet, it follows that the accomplishment of Jeremiah's last utterances is conditioned by the impression God's word makes on men. רגע, adv., in the moment, forthwith, and when repeated equals now...now, now...again. Ng. maintains that the arrangement here is paratactic, so that the רגע does not belong to the nearest verb, but to the main idea, i.e., to the apodosis in this case. The remark is just; but the word does not mean suddenly, but immediately, and the sense is: when I have spoken against a people, and this people repents, then immediately I let it repent me. נחם על as in Joel 2:13, etc. With "to pluck up," etc., "to build," etc., cf. Jeremiah 1:10. "Against which I spake," Jeremiah 18:8, belongs to "that people," and seems as if it might be dispensed with; but is not therefore spurious because the lxx have omitted it. For הרעה the Keri has הרע, the most usual form, Jeremiah 7:30, Numbers 32:13; Judges 2:11, etc.; but the Chet. is called for by the following הטּובה and מרעתו. להיטיב הטּובה, to show kindness, cf. Numbers 10:32.

The emblematical interpretation of the potter with the clay lays a foundation for the prophecy that follows, Jeremiah 18:11-17, in which the people are told that it is only by reason of their stiffnecked persistency in wickedness that they render threatened judgment certain, whereas by return to their God they might prevent the ruin of the kingdom.

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make.

Jeremiah 9:11 And I will make Jerusalem heaps, and a den of dragons; and I will make the cities of Judah desolate, without an inhabitant.

Jeremiah 19:8 And I will make this city desolate, and an hissing...

Jeremiah 25:9 Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, said the LORD, and Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant...

Jeremiah 49:13 For I have sworn by myself, said the LORD, that Bozrah shall become a desolation, a reproach, a waste, and a curse...

Jeremiah 50:13 Because of the wrath of the LORD it shall not be inhabited, but it shall be wholly desolate...

Leviticus 26:33,34,43 And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste...

Deuteronomy 29:23 And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and burning, that it is not sown, nor bears, nor any grass grows therein...

Isaiah 6:11 Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man...

Ezekiel 6:14 So will I stretch out my hand on them, and make the land desolate, yes, more desolate than the wilderness toward Diblath...

Ezekiel 12:19 And say to the people of the land, Thus said the Lord GOD of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and of the land of Israel...

Ezekiel 33:28,29 For I will lay the land most desolate, and the pomp of her strength shall cease; and the mountains of Israel shall be desolate...

a perpetual.

1 Kings 9:8 And at this house, which is high, every one that passes by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss; and they shall say...

2 Chronicles 7:20,21 Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name...

Lamentations 2:15,16 All that pass by clap their hands at you; they hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying...

Micah 6:16 For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab, and you walk in their counsels...

shall be.

Deuteronomy 28:59 Then the LORD will make your plagues wonderful, and the plagues of your seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance...

Psalm 22:7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,

Psalm 44:14 You make us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people.

Isaiah 37:22 This is the word which the LORD has spoken concerning him; The virgin, the daughter of Zion, has despised you, and laughed you to scorn...

Matthew 27:39 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,

Mark 15:29 And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, you that destroy the temple, and build it in three days,

Cross References
Leviticus 26:32
And I myself will devastate the land, so that your enemies who settle in it shall be appalled at it.

1 Kings 9:8
And this house will become a heap of ruins. Everyone passing by it will be astonished and will hiss, and they will say, 'Why has the LORD done thus to this land and to this house?'

Psalm 22:7
All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;

Psalm 109:25
I am an object of scorn to my accusers; when they see me, they wag their heads.

Isaiah 37:22
this is the word that the LORD has spoken concerning him: "'She despises you, she scorns you-- the virgin daughter of Zion; she wags her head behind you-- the daughter of Jerusalem.

Jeremiah 19:8
And I will make this city a horror, a thing to be hissed at. Everyone who passes by it will be horrified and will hiss because of all its wounds.

Jeremiah 25:9
behold, I will send for all the tribes of the north, declares the LORD, and for Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and I will bring them against this land and its inhabitants, and against all these surrounding nations. I will devote them to destruction, and make them a horror, a hissing, and an everlasting desolation.

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