Jeremiah 1:17
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New International Version
"Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them.

New Living Translation
"Get up and prepare for action. Go out and tell them everything I tell you to say. Do not be afraid of them, or I will make you look foolish in front of them.

English Standard Version
But you, dress yourself for work; arise, and say to them everything that I command you. Do not be dismayed by them, lest I dismay you before them.

Berean Study Bible
Get yourself ready. Stand up and tell them everything that I command you. Do not be intimidated by them, or I will terrify you before them.

New American Standard Bible
"Now, gird up your loins and arise, and speak to them all which I command you. Do not be dismayed before them, or I will dismay you before them.

King James Bible
Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them.

Christian Standard Bible
"Now, get ready. Stand up and tell them everything that I command you. Do not be intimidated by them or I will cause you to cower before them.

Contemporary English Version
Jeremiah, get ready! Go and tell the people what I command you to say. Don't be frightened by them, or I will make you terrified while they watch.

Good News Translation
Get ready, Jeremiah; go and tell them everything I command you to say. Do not be afraid of them now, or I will make you even more afraid when you are with them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Now, get ready. Stand up and tell them everything that I command you. Do not be intimidated by them or I will cause you to cower before them.

International Standard Version
"As for you, get ready! Stand up and tell them everything that I've commanded you. Don't be frightened as you face them, or I'll frighten you right in front of them.

NET Bible
"But you, Jeremiah, get yourself ready! Go and tell these people everything I instruct you to say. Do not be terrified of them, or I will give you good reason to be terrified of them.

New Heart English Bible
"You therefore put your belt on your waist, arise, and speak to them all that I command you. Do not be dismayed at them, lest I dismay you before them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Brace yourself, Jeremiah! Stand up, and say to them whatever I tell you to say. Don't be terrified in their presence, or I will make you [even more] terrified in their presence.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee; be not dismayed at them, lest I dismay thee before them.

New American Standard 1977
“Now, gird up your loins, and arise, and speak to them all which I command you. Do not be dismayed before them, lest I dismay you before them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and thou shalt arise and speak unto them all that I shall command thee; do not fear them lest I confound thee before them.

King James 2000 Bible
You therefore prepare yourself, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command you: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound you before them.

American King James Version
You therefore gird up your loins, and arise, and speak to them all that I command you: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound you before them.

American Standard Version
Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at them, lest I dismay thee before them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak to them all that I command thee. Be not afraid at their presence : for I will make thee not to fear their countenance.

Darby Bible Translation
Thou, therefore, gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I shall command thee: be not dismayed at them, lest I cause thee to be dismayed before them.

English Revised Version
Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at them, lest I dismay thee before them.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou therefore gird up thy loins, and arise, and speak to them all that I command thee: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them.

World English Bible
"You therefore put your belt on your waist, arise, and speak to them all that I command you. Don't be dismayed at them, lest I dismay you before them.

Young's Literal Translation
'And thou, thou dost gird up thy loins, and hast arisen, and spoken unto them all that I command thee: be not affrighted because of them, lest I affright thee before them.
Study Bible
The Call of Jeremiah
16I will pronounce My judgments against them for all the evil they did, when they abandoned Me to burn incense to other gods and to worship the works of their own hands. 17Get yourself ready. Stand up and tell them everything that I command you. Do not be intimidated by them, or I will terrify you before them. 18Now behold, this day I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests, and the people of the land.…
Cross References
1 Kings 18:46
And the hand of the LORD came upon Elijah, and he tucked his cloak into his belt and ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.

2 Kings 1:15
Then the angel of the LORD said to Elijah, "Go down with him. Do not be afraid of him." So Elijah arose and went down with him to the king.

Job 38:3
Now brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall inform me!

Jeremiah 1:7
But the LORD told me: "Do not say, 'I am only a child.' For to everyone I send you, you must go, and all that I command you, you must speak.

Jeremiah 1:18
Now behold, this day I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls against the whole land--against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests, and the people of the land.

Jeremiah 17:18
Let my persecutors be put to shame, but do not let me be put to shame. Let them be terrified, but do not let me be terrified. Bring upon them the day of disaster and shatter them with double destruction.

Jeremiah 26:2
"This is what the LORD says: Stand in the courtyard of the LORD's house and speak all the words I have commanded you to speak to all the cities of Judah who come to worship there. Do not omit a word.

Jeremiah 26:12
And Jeremiah said to all the officials and all the people, "The LORD sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city all the words that you have heard.

Jeremiah 36:8
So Baruch son of Neriah did everything Jeremiah the prophet had commanded him. In the house of the LORD he read the words of the LORD from the scroll.

Ezekiel 2:6
But you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns surround you, and you dwell among scorpions. Do not be afraid of their words or dismayed by their presence, though they are a rebellious house.

Ezekiel 2:7
But speak My words to them, whether they listen or refuse to listen, for they are rebellious.

Ezekiel 3:16
At the end of seven days the word of the LORD came to me saying,

Ezekiel 33:7
As for you, O son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word from My mouth and give them warning from Me.

Jonah 3:2
"Arise! Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim the message that I will give you."

Treasury of Scripture

You therefore gird up your loins, and arise, and speak to them all that I command you: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound you before them.

gird up

1 Kings 18:46 And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, …

2 Kings 4:29 Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up your loins, and take my staff in …

2 Kings 9:1 And Elisha the prophet called one of the children of the prophets, …

Job 38:3 Gird up now your loins like a man; for I will demand of you, and answer you me.

Luke 12:35 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;

1 Peter 1:13 Why gird up the loins of your mind, be sober…

and speak

Jeremiah 1:7 But the LORD said to me, Say not, I am a child: for you shall go …

Jeremiah 23:28 The prophet that has a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that has …

Exodus 7:2 You shall speak all that I command you: and Aaron your brother shall …

Ezekiel 3:10,11 Moreover he said to me, Son of man, all my words that I shall speak …

Jonah 3:2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the preaching …

Acts 20:20,27 And how I kept back nothing that was profitable to you, but have …

be not

Jeremiah 1:8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with you to deliver you, said the LORD.

Jeremiah 17:18 Let them be confounded that persecute me, but let not me be confounded: …

Exodus 3:12 And he said, Certainly I will be with you; and this shall be a token …

Ezekiel 2:6,7 And you, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of …

1 Thessalonians 2:2 But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, …

confound thee. or, break thee to pieces

Ezekiel 3:14-18 So the spirit lifted me up, and took me away, and I went in bitterness, …

Ezekiel 33:6-8 But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, …

1 Corinthians 9:16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity …







(17) Gird up thy loins.--Be as the messenger who prepares to be swift on his errand, and to go whithersoever he is sent (1Kings 18:46; 2Kings 4:29; 2Kings 9:1). The vivid image of intense activity re-appears in the New Testament (Luke 12:35; 1Peter 1:13), and has become proverbial in the speech of Christendom.

Be not dismayed.--The repeated calls to courage appear to indicate--like St. Paul's exhortations to Timothy (1Timothy 4:12; 1Timothy 6:13; 2Timothy 2:3)--a constitutional timidity. We must remember, as some excuse for this, that the reign of Manasseh had shown that the work of the prophet might easily lead to the fate of the martyr (2Kings 21:16). Even Ezekiel, among the remnant of exiles on the banks of Chebar, needed a like encouragement (Ezekiel 2:6).

Lest I confound thee.--The Hebrew emphasises the command by repeating the same words: Be not dismayed, lest I dismay thee.

Verse 17. - Gird up thy loins, as an Oriental does before making any kind of physical exertion, whether walking (Exodus 12:11; 2 Kings 4:29), running (1 Kings 18:46), or fighting (Job 12:21). Be not dismayed. A want of confidence on Jeremiah's part will issue in his utter discomfiture by his enemies. "Dismay" in Hebrew has a twofold reference, subjective ("dismay") and objective ("ruin," "discomfiture"). Both references can be illustrated from this verse. (Comp. the command and - ver. 18 - premise to Jeremiah with the command and promise to Ezekiel - 3:8, 9.) Thou therefore gird up thy loins,.... The loins both of his mind and body. The allusion is to the custom of the eastern countries in wearing long garments, who, when they went about business, girt them about them for quicker dispatch; and here it designs haste and expedition in doing the Lord's work, as well as courage and resolution of mind:

and arise; and go from Anathoth to Jerusalem:

and speak unto them all that I command thee; See Gill on Jeremiah 1:7,

be not dismayed at their faces; See Gill on Jeremiah 1:8,

lest I confound thee before them; show resentment at him in some way or another, which would make him ashamed before them. The Septuagint and Arabic versions add, "for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord", as in Jeremiah 1:8. 17. gird … loins—resolutely prepare for thy appointed task. Metaphor from the flowing robes worn in the East, which have to be girt up with a girdle, so as not to incommode one, when undertaking any active work (Job 38:3; Lu 12:35; 1Pe 1:13).

dismayed … confound—the same Hebrew word; literally, "to break." Be not dismayed at their faces (before them), lest I make thee dismayed before their faces (before them), that is, "lest I should permit thee to be overcome by them" (compare Jer 49:37).1:11-19 God gave Jeremiah a view of the destruction of Judah and Jerusalem by the Chaldeans. The almond-tree, which is more forward in the spring than any other, represented the speedy approach of judgments. God also showed whence the intended ruin should arise. Jeremiah saw a seething-pot boiling, representing Jerusalem and Judah in great commotion. The mouth or face of the furnace or hearth, was toward the north; from whence the fire and fuel were to come. The northern powers shall unite. The cause of these judgments was the sin of Judah. The whole counsel of God must be declared. The fear of God is the best remedy against the fear of man. Better to have all men our enemies than God our enemy; those who are sure they have God with them, need not, ought not to fear, whoever is against them. Let us pray that we may be willing to give up personal interests, and that nothing may move us from our duty.
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