Jeremiah 13:4
New International Version
"Take the belt you bought and are wearing around your waist, and go now to Perath and hide it there in a crevice in the rocks."

New Living Translation
"Take the linen loincloth you are wearing, and go to the Euphrates River. Hide it there in a hole in the rocks."

English Standard Version
“Take the loincloth that you have bought, which is around your waist, and arise, go to the Euphrates and hide it there in a cleft of the rock.”

Berean Study Bible
“Take the loincloth that you bought and are wearing, and go at once to Perath and hide it there in a crevice of the rocks.”

New American Standard Bible
"Take the waistband that you have bought, which is around your waist, and arise, go to the Euphrates and hide it there in a crevice of the rock."

King James Bible
Take the girdle that thou hast got, which is upon thy loins, and arise, go to Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole of the rock.

Christian Standard Bible
"Take the underwear that you bought and are wearing, and go at once to the Euphrates and hide it in a rocky crevice."

Contemporary English Version
"Take off the shorts. Go to Parah and hide the shorts in a crack between some large rocks."

Good News Translation
"Go to the Euphrates River and hide the shorts in a hole in the rocks."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Take the underwear that you bought and are wearing, and go at once to the Euphrates and hide it in a rocky crevice."

International Standard Version
Take the belt that you bought and that is around your waist. Get up and go to the Euphrates, and hide it there in a crevice in the rock."

NET Bible
"Take the shorts that you bought and are wearing and go at once to Perath. Bury the shorts there in a crack in the rocks."

New Heart English Bible
"Take the belt that you have bought, which is on your waist, and arise, go to the Perath, and hide it there in a cleft of the rock."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Take the belt that you bought, the one you're wearing. Go to the Euphrates River, and bury it there in a crack in the rocks."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Take the girdle that thou hast gotten, which is upon thy loins, and arise, go to Perath, and hide it there in a cleft of the rock.'

New American Standard 1977
“Take the waistband that you have bought, which is around your waist, and arise, go to the Euphrates and hide it there in a crevice of the rock.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Take the girdle that thou hast bought, which is upon thy loins, and arise; go to the Euphrates and hide it there in a hole of the rock.

King James 2000 Bible
Take the belt that you have bought, which is upon your waist, and arise, go to the Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole in the rock.

American King James Version
Take the girdle that you have got, which is on your loins, and arise, go to Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole of the rock.

American Standard Version
Take the girdle that thou hast bought, which is upon thy loins, and arise, go to the Euphrates, and hide it there in a cleft of the rock.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Take the girdle that is upon thy loins, and arise, and go to the Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole of the rock.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Take the girdle which thou hast got, which is about thy loins, and arise, and go to the Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole of the rock.

Darby Bible Translation
Take the girdle that thou hast bought, which is upon thy loins, and arise, go to the Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole of the rock.

English Revised Version
Take the girdle that thou hast bought, which is upon thy loins, and arise, go to Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole of the rock.

Webster's Bible Translation
Take the girdle that thou hast procured, which is upon thy loins, and arise, go to Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole of the rock.

World English Bible
Take the belt that you have bought, which is on your waist, and arise, go to the Euphrates, and hide it there in a cleft of the rock.

Young's Literal Translation
Take the girdle that thou hast got, that is on thy loins, and rise, go to Phrat, and hide it there in a hole of the rock;
Study Bible
The Linen Loincloth
3Then the word of the LORD came to me a second time: 4“Take the loincloth that you bought and are wearing, and go at once to Perath and hide it there in a crevice of the rocks.” 5So I went and hid it at Perath, as the LORD had commanded me.…
Cross References
Matthew 3:4
John wore a garment of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.

Jeremiah 13:3
Then the word of the LORD came to me a second time:

Jeremiah 51:63
When you finish reading this scroll, tie a stone to it and cast it into the Euphrates.

Treasury of Scripture

Take the girdle that you have got, which is on your loins, and arise, go to Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole of the rock.

go.

Jeremiah 51:63,64
And it shall be, when thou hast made an end of reading this book, that thou shalt bind a stone to it, and cast it into the midst of Euphrates: …

Psalm 137:1
By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.

Micah 4:10
Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the LORD shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.







Lexicon
“Take
קַ֧ח (qaḥ)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3947: To take

the loincloth
הָאֵז֛וֹר (hā·’ê·zō·wr)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 232: Something girt, a belt, a band

that
אֲשֶׁ֥ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's Hebrew 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

you bought
קָנִ֖יתָ (qā·nî·ṯā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7069: To erect, create, to procure, by purchase, to own

and are wearing,
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

and go
לֵ֣ךְ (lêḵ)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1980: To go, come, walk

at once
וְקוּם֙ (wə·qūm)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6965: To arise, stand up, stand

to Perath
פְּרָ֔תָה (pə·rā·ṯāh)
Noun - proper - feminine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6578: Euphrates -- a river of west Asia

and hide
וְטָמְנֵ֥הוּ (wə·ṭā·mə·nê·hū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2934: To hide, conceal

it there
שָׁ֖ם (šām)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 8033: There, then, thither

in a crevice
בִּנְקִ֥יק (bin·qîq)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 5357: Cleft (of a rock)

of the rocks.”
הַסָּֽלַע׃ (has·sā·la‘)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5553: A craggy rock
(4) Go to Euphrates.--The Hebrew word Phrath is the same as that which, everywhere else in the O.T., is rendered by the Greek name for the river, Euphrates. It has been suggested (1) that the word means "river" generally, or "rushing water," applied by way of pre-eminence to the "great river" and therefore that it may have been used here in its general sense; and (2) that it may stand here for Ephratah, or Bethlehem, as the scene of Jeremiah's symbolic actions, the place being chosen on account of its suggestive likeness to Euphrates. These conjectures, however, have no other basis than the assumed improbability of a double journey of two hundred and fifty miles, and this, as has been shown, can hardly be weighed as a serious element in the question. In Jeremiah 51 there can be no doubt that the writer means Euphrates. It may be noted, too, as a coincidence confirming this view, that Jeremiah appears as personally known to Nebuchadnezzar in Jeremiah 39:11. Those who make Ephratah the scene of what is here recorded, point to the caves and clefts in the rocky region between Bethlehem and the Dead Sea as agreeing with the description. On the other hand, the form Prath is nowhere found as substituted for the familiar Ephratah.

A hole of the rock.--Better, cleft. In the lower part of its course the Euphrates flows through an alluvial plain, and the words point therefore to some part of its upper course above Pylae, where its course is through a valley more or less rocky.

Verses 4-6. - After Jeremiah has worn the apron for some time, he is directed to take it to P'rath, and hide it there in a cleft (not "hole") of the rock. A long interval elapses, and he is commanded to make a second journey to the same place, and fetch away the apron. What does this P'rath mean? It is by no means easy to decide. Hardly "the Euphrates,"

(1) because the common prefix, "the river," is wanting, though in so extraordinary a narrative it was peculiarly needed;

(2) because of the length of the journey to Babylonia, which has ex hyp. to be made twice; and

(3) because the Euphrates is not a rocky river. Ewald suggested that "some wet place near Jerusalem" probably had the name of P'rath, and indicates a valley and spring called Forah, about six English miles north-east of Jerusalem. Mr. Birch appears to have hit independently on the same spot, which he identifies with the Parah of Joshua 18:23, about three miles north-east of Anatbeth, and describes as a picturesque gorge between savage rocks, with a copious stream (Quarterly Statement of the Palestine Exploration Fund, October, 1880, p. 236). This combination, however, involves an emendation of the text (P'rath into Parah) - logically it involves this, as Mr. Birch has seen; Ewald's comparison of the Arabic furat, sweet water, seems inconsistent with his reference to Parah - for which there does not seem to be sufficient necessity; and it is better to adopt the view of the great old French Protestant scholar, Bochart, that P'rath is a shortened form of Ephrath, i.e. at once Bethlehem and the district in which Bethlehem lay (see 1 Chronicles 2:50; 1 Chronicles 4:4; and perhaps Psalm 132:6). It need hardly be said that the limestone hills of this region afforded abundance of secluded rocks. There may, of course, be at the same time an allusion to the ordinary meaning of P'rath, viz. Euphrates, on the analogy of the allusion in Isaiah 27:12. Those who hold the view here rejected, that P'rath is equivalent to the Euphrates, sometimes suppose that the narrative is a parable or symbolical fiction, such as Luther, Calvin, and others find in Hosea 1, 3, the thing signified being in this case the carrying captive of the people to Babylon; and this seems the best way of making this interpretation plausible. 13:1-11 It was usual with the prophets to teach by signs. And we have the explanation, ver. 9-11. The people of Israel had been to God as this girdle. He caused them to cleave to him by the law he gave them, the prophets he sent among them, and the favours he showed them. They had by their idolatries and sins buried themselves in foreign earth, mingled among the nations, and were so corrupted that they were good for nothing. If we are proud of learning, power, and outward privileges, it is just with God to wither them. The minds of men should be awakened to a sense of their guilt and danger; yet nothing will be effectual without the influences of the Spirit.
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