Jeremiah 18:17
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English Standard Version
Like the east wind I will scatter them before the enemy. I will show them my back, not my face, in the day of their calamity.”

King James Bible
I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I will shew them the back, and not the face, in the day of their calamity.

American Standard Version
I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I will show them the back, and not the face, in the day of their calamity.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As a burning will I scatter them before the enemy: I will shew them the back, and not the face, in the day of their destruction.

English Revised Version
I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I will look upon their back, and not their face, in the day of their calamity.

Webster's Bible Translation
I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I will show them the back, and not the face, in the day of their calamity.

Jeremiah 18:17 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Application of the emblem to Judah. - Jeremiah 18:11. "And now speak to the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying: Thus hath Jahveh said: Behold, I frame against you evil and devise against you a device. Return ye, now, each from his evil way, and better your ways and your doings. Jeremiah 18:12. But they say: There is no use! For our imaginations will we follow, and each do the stubbornness of his evil heart. Jeremiah 18:13. Therefore thus hath Jahveh said: Ask now among the heathen! who hath heard the like? A very horrible thing hath the virgin of Israel done! Jeremiah 18:14. Does the snow of Lebanon cease from the rock of the field? or do strange, cold trickling waters dry up? Jeremiah 18:15. For my people hath forgotten me; to the vanity they offer odours; they have made them to stumble upon their ways, the everlasting paths, to walk in by-paths, a way not cast up. Jeremiah 18:16. To make their land a dismay, a perpetual hissing, every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished and shake his head. Jeremiah 18:17. Like the east wind I will scatter them before the enemy; with the back and not with the face will I look upon them in the day of their ruin."

Jeremiah 18:11-12

In Jeremiah 18:11 and Jeremiah 18:12 what was said at Jeremiah 18:6. is applied to Judah. יצר, from in sense of prepare (cf. Isaiah 22:11; Isaiah 37:26), is chosen with special reference to the potter (יוצר). מחשׁבה, the thought, design, here in virtue of the parallelism: evil plot, as often both with and without רעה; cf. Esther 8:3, Esther 8:5; Esther 9:25; Ezekiel 38:10. The call to repentance runs much as do Jeremiah 35:15 and Jeremiah 7:3. - But this call the people reject disdainfully, replying that they are resolved to abide by their evil courses. ואמרוּ, not: they said, but: they say; the perf. consec. of the action repeating itself at the present time; cf. Ew. 342, b. 1. נואשׁ as in Jeremiah 2:25; on "stubbornness of their evil heart," cf. Jeremiah 3:17. By this answer the prophet makes them condemn themselves out of their own mouth; cf. Isaiah 28:15; Isaiah 30:10.

Jeremiah 18:17 Parallel Commentaries

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scatter.

Jeremiah 13:24 Therefore will I scatter them as the stubble that passes away by the wind of the wilderness.

Deuteronomy 28:25,64 The LORD shall cause you to be smitten before your enemies: you shall go out one way against them, and flee seven ways before them...

Job 27:21 The east wind carries him away, and he departs: and as a storm hurles him out of his place.

Psalm 48:7 You break the ships of Tarshish with an east wind.

Hosea 13:15 Though he be fruitful among his brothers, an east wind shall come, the wind of the LORD shall come up from the wilderness...

shew.

Jeremiah 2:27 Saying to a stock, You are my father; and to a stone, You have brought me forth: for they have turned their back to me...

Jeremiah 32:33 And they have turned to me the back, and not the face: though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them...

Deuteronomy 31:17 Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them...

Judges 10:13,14 Yet you have forsaken me, and served other gods: why I will deliver you no more...

the day.

Jeremiah 46:21 Also her hired men are in the middle of her like fatted bullocks; for they also are turned back, and are fled away together...

Proverbs 7:25,26 Let not your heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths...

Cross References
Job 27:21
The east wind lifts him up and he is gone; it sweeps him out of his place.

Psalm 48:7
By the east wind you shattered the ships of Tarshish.

Proverbs 24:16
for the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.

Jeremiah 2:27
who say to a tree, 'You are my father,' and to a stone, 'You gave me birth.' For they have turned their back to me, and not their face. But in the time of their trouble they say, 'Arise and save us!'

Jeremiah 13:24
I will scatter you like chaff driven by the wind from the desert.

Jeremiah 32:33
They have turned to me their back and not their face. And though I have taught them persistently, they have not listened to receive instruction.

Jeremiah 46:21
Even her hired soldiers in her midst are like fattened calves; yes, they have turned and fled together; they did not stand, for the day of their calamity has come upon them, the time of their punishment.

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