Jeremiah 21:2
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English Standard Version
“Inquire of the LORD for us, for Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon is making war against us. Perhaps the LORD will deal with us according to all his wonderful deeds and will make him withdraw from us.”

King James Bible
Inquire, I pray thee, of the LORD for us; for Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon maketh war against us; if so be that the LORD will deal with us according to all his wondrous works, that he may go up from us.

American Standard Version
Inquire, I pray thee, of Jehovah for us; for Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon maketh war against us: peradventure Jehovah will deal with us according to all his wondrous works, that he may go up from us.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Inquire of the Lord for us, for Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon maketh war against us: if so be the Lord will deal with us according to all his wonderful works, that he may depart from us.

English Revised Version
Inquire, I pray thee, of the LORD for us; for Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon maketh war against us: peradventure the LORD will deal with us according to all his wondrous works, that he may go up from us.

Webster's Bible Translation
Inquire, I pray thee, of the LORD for us; for Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon maketh war against us; it may be that the LORD will deal with us according to all his wondrous works, that he may go up from us.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The day of his birth cursed. - Jeremiah 20:14. "Cursed be the day wherein I was born! The day my mother bare me, let it not be blessed! Jeremiah 20:15. Cursed be the man that brought the good tidings to my father, saying: A man-child is born to thee, who made him very glad. Jeremiah 20:16. Let that man be as the cities which Jahveh overthrew without repenting; let him hear crying in the morning and a war-cry at noon-tide, Jeremiah 20:17. Because he slew me not from the womb, and so my mother should have been my grave, and her womb should have been always great. Jeremiah 20:18. Wherefore am I come forth out of the womb to see hardship and sorrow, and that my days should wear away in shame?"

Inasmuch as the foregoing lamentation had ended in assured hope of deliverance, and in the praise rendered to God therefor, it seems surprising that now there should follow curses on the day of his birth, without any hint to show that at the end this temptation, too, had been overcome. For this reason Ew. wishes to rearrange the two parts of the complaint, setting Jeremiah 20:14-18 before Jeremiah 20:7-12. This transposition he holds to be so unquestionably certain, that he speaks of the order ad numbering of the verses in the text as an example, clear as it is remarkable, of displacement. But against this hypothesis we have to consider the improbability that, if individual copyists had omitted the second portion (Jeremiah 20:14-18) or written it on the margin, others should have introduced it into an unsuitable place. Copyists did not go to work with the biblical text in such an arbitrary and clumsy fashion. Nor is the position occupied by the piece in question so incomprehensible as Ew. imagines. The cursing of the day of his birth, or of his life, after the preceding exaltation to hopeful assurance is not psychologically inconceivable. It may well be understood, if we but think of the two parts of the lamentation as not following one another in the prophet's soul in such immediate succession as they do in the text; if we regard them as spiritual struggles, separated by an interval of time, through which the prophet must successively pass. In vanquishing the temptation that arose from the plots of his enemies against his life, Jeremiah had a strong support in the promise which the Lord gave him at his call, that those who strove against him should not prevail against him; and the deliverance out of the hand of Pashur which he had just experience, must have given him an actual proof that the Lord was fulfilling His promise. The feeling of this might fill the trembling heart with strength to conquer his temptation, and to elevate himself again, in the joyful confidence of faith, to the praising of the Lord, who delivers the soul of the poor from the hand of the ungodly. But the power of the temptation was not finally vanquished by the renewal of his confidence that the Lord will defend him against all his foes. The unsuccess of his mission might stir up sore struggles in his soul, and not only rob him of all heart to continue his labours, but excite bitter discontent with a life full or hardship and sorrow - a discontent which found vent in his cursing the day of his birth.

The curse uttered in Jeremiah 20:14-18 against the day of his birth, while it reminds us of the verses, Jeremiah 3:3., in which Job curses the day of his conception and of his birth, is markedly distinguished in form and substance from that dreadful utterance of Job's. Job's words are much more violent and passionate, and are turned directly against God, who has given life to him, to a man whose way is hid, whom God hath hedged round. Jeremiah, on the other hand, curses first the day of his birth (Jeremiah 20:14), then the man that brought his father the joyful news of the birth of a son (Jeremiah 20:15-17), because his life is passing away in hardship, trials, sorrow, and shame, without expressly blaming God as the author of that life.

Jeremiah 20:14

The day on which I was born, let it be cursed and not blessed, sc. because life has never been a blessing to me. Job wishes that the day of his birth and the night of his conception may perish, be annihilated.

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Enquire.

Jeremiah 37:3,7 And Zedekiah the king sent Jehucal the son of Shelemiah and Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest to the prophet Jeremiah, saying...

Jeremiah 38:14-27 Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took Jeremiah the prophet to him into the third entry that is in the house of the LORD...

Jeremiah 42:4-6 Then Jeremiah the prophet said to them, I have heard you; behold, I will pray to the LORD your God according to your words...

Judges 20:27 And the children of Israel inquired of the LORD, (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days,

1 Samuel 10:22 Therefore they inquired of the LORD further, if the man should yet come thither. And the LORD answered...

1 Samuel 28:6,15 And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets...

1 Kings 14:2,3 And Jeroboam said to his wife, Arise, I pray you, and disguise yourself, that you be not known to be the wife of Jeroboam...

1 Kings 22:3-8 And the king of Israel said to his servants, Know you that Ramoth in Gilead is ours, and we be still...

2 Kings 1:3 But the angel of the LORD said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say to them...

2 Kings 3:11-14 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD, that we may inquire of the LORD by him...

2 Kings 22:13,14 Go you, inquire of the LORD for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that is found...

Ezekiel 14:3-7 Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumbling block of their iniquity before their face...

Ezekiel 20:1-3 And it came to pass in the seventh year, in the fifth month, the tenth day of the month...

for.

Jeremiah 32:24 Behold the mounts, they are come to the city to take it; and the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans, that fight against it...

Jeremiah 39:1,2 In the ninth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the tenth month, came Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon and all his army against Jerusalem...

Jeremiah 52:3-6 For through the anger of the LORD it came to pass in Jerusalem and Judah, till he had cast them out from his presence...

2 Kings 25:1,2 And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month...

according.

Exodus 14:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

Exodus 15:1 Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song to the LORD, and spoke, saying, I will sing to the LORD...

Joshua 10:1 Now it came to pass, when Adonizedec king of Jerusalem had heard how Joshua had taken Ai, and had utterly destroyed it...

Joshua 11:1 And it came to pass, when Jabin king of Hazor had heard those things, that he sent to Jobab king of Madon, and to the king of Shimron...

Judges 4:1 And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the LORD, when Ehud was dead.

Judges 5:1 Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying,

1 Samuel 7:10-12 And as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel...

1 Samuel 14:6-14 And Jonathan said to the young man that bore his armor, Come, and let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised...

1 Samuel 17:45-50 Then said David to the Philistine, You come to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield...

2 Chronicles 14:9-13 And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots...

2 Chronicles 20:1-30 It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites...

2 Chronicles 32:21 And the LORD sent an angel, which cut off all the mighty men of valor, and the leaders and captains in the camp of the king of Assyria...

Psalm 44:1-4 We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us, what work you did in their days, in the times of old...

Psalm 46:8-11 Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he has made in the earth...

Psalm 48:4-8 For, see, the kings were assembled, they passed by together...

Psalm 105:5 Remember his marvelous works that he has done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;

Psalm 136:1 O give thanks to the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endures for ever.

Isaiah 59:1,2 Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear...

Cross References
Genesis 10:10
The beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

Exodus 9:28
Plead with the LORD, for there has been enough of God's thunder and hail. I will let you go, and you shall stay no longer."

2 Kings 17:24
And the king of Assyria brought people from Babylon, Cuthah, Avva, Hamath, and Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the people of Israel. And they took possession of Samaria and lived in its cities.

2 Kings 25:1
And in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, on the tenth day of the month, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came with all his army against Jerusalem and laid siege to it. And they built siegeworks all around it.

Psalm 44:1
O God, we have heard with our ears, our fathers have told us, what deeds you performed in their days, in the days of old:

Isaiah 48:2
For they call themselves after the holy city, and stay themselves on the God of Israel; the LORD of hosts is his name.

Jeremiah 15:11
The LORD said, "Have I not set you free for their good? Have I not pleaded for you before the enemy in the time of trouble and in the time of distress?

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