Jeremiah 14:4
New International Version
The ground is cracked because there is no rain in the land; the farmers are dismayed and cover their heads.

New Living Translation
The ground is parched and cracked for lack of rain. The farmers are deeply troubled; they, too, cover their heads.

English Standard Version
Because of the ground that is dismayed, since there is no rain on the land, the farmers are ashamed; they cover their heads.

Berean Study Bible
The ground is cracked because no rain has fallen on the land. The farmers are ashamed; they cover their heads.

New American Standard Bible
"Because the ground is cracked, For there has been no rain on the land; The farmers have been put to shame, They have covered their heads.

King James Bible
Because the ground is chapt, for there was no rain in the earth, the plowmen were ashamed, they covered their heads.

Christian Standard Bible
The ground is cracked since no rain has fallen on the land. The farmers are ashamed; they cover their heads.

Contemporary English Version
There has been no rain, and farmers feel sick as they watch cracks appear in the dry ground.

Good News Translation
Because there is no rain and the ground is dried up, the farmers are sick at heart; they hide their faces.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The ground is cracked since no rain has fallen on the land. The farmers are ashamed; they cover their heads.

International Standard Version
The ground is cracked, because there has been no rain in the land. The farmers are disappointed, and they cover their heads in shame.

NET Bible
They are dismayed because the ground is cracked because there has been no rain in the land. The farmers, too, are dismayed and bury their faces in their hands.

New Heart English Bible
Because of the ground which is cracked, because no rain has been in the land, the plowmen are disappointed, they cover their heads.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The ground is cracked because there has been no rain in the land. The farmers are disappointed. They cover their heads.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Because of the ground which is cracked, For there hath been no rain in the land, The plowmen are ashamed, they cover their heads.

New American Standard 1977
“Because the ground is cracked, For there has been no rain on the land; The farmers have been put to shame, They have covered their heads.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Because the ground is chapped, for there was no rain in the earth, the plowmen were ashamed, they covered their heads.

King James 2000 Bible
Because the ground is parched, for there was no rain in the earth, the plowmen were ashamed, they covered their heads.

American King James Version
Because the ground is beat down, for there was no rain in the earth, the plowmen were ashamed, they covered their heads.

American Standard Version
Because of the ground which is cracked, for that no rain hath been in the land, the plowmen are put to shame, they cover their heads.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the labours of the land failed, because there was no rain: the husbandmen were ashamed, they covered their heads.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the destruction of the land, because there came no rain upon the earth, the husbandmen were confounded, they covered their heads.

Darby Bible Translation
Because the ground is chapt, for there hath been no rain on the earth, the ploughmen are ashamed, they cover their heads.

English Revised Version
Because of the ground which is chapt, for that no rain hath been in the land, the plowmen are ashamed, they cover their heads.

Webster's Bible Translation
Because the ground is chapt, for there was no rain on the earth, the plowmen were ashamed, they covered their heads.

World English Bible
Because of the ground which is cracked, because no rain has been in the land, the plowmen are disappointed, they cover their heads.

Young's Literal Translation
Because the ground hath been broken, For there hath been no rain in the land, Ashamed have been husbandmen, They have covered their head.
Study Bible
Drought, Famine, Sword, Pestilence
3The nobles send their servants for water; they go to the cisterns, but find no water their jars return empty. They are ashamed and humiliated; they cover their heads. 4The ground is cracked because no rain has fallen on the land. The farmers are ashamed; they cover their heads. 5Even the doe in the field deserts her newborn fawn because there is no grass.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 2:37
Moreover, you will leave that place with your hands on your head, for the LORD has rejected those you trust; you will not prosper by their help."

Jeremiah 3:3
Therefore the showers have been withheld, and no spring rains have fallen. Yet you have the brazen look of a prostitute; you refused to be ashamed.

Joel 1:11
Be dismayed, O farmers, wail, O vinedressers, over the wheat and barley, because the harvest of the field has perished.

Joel 1:19
To You, O LORD, I call, for fire has consumed the open pastures and flames have scorched all the trees of the field.

Joel 1:20
Even the beasts of the field pant for You, for the streams of water have dried up, and fire has consumed the open pastures.

Amos 4:8
People staggered from city to city for water to drink, but they were not satisfied; yet you have not returned to Me," declares the LORD.

Treasury of Scripture

Because the ground is beat down, for there was no rain in the earth, the plowmen were ashamed, they covered their heads.

the ground.

Leviticus 26:19,20
And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass: …

Deuteronomy 28:23,24
And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron…

Deuteronomy 29:23
And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and burning, that it is not sown, nor beareth, nor any grass groweth therein, like the overthrow of Sodom, and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim, which the LORD overthrew in his anger, and in his wrath:

the plowmen.

Joel 1:11,17
Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished…







Lexicon
The ground
הָאֲדָמָה֙ (hā·’ă·ḏā·māh)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 127: Ground, land

is cracked
חַ֔תָּה (ḥat·tāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2865: To prostrate, to break down, either, by violence, by confusion and fear

because
כִּ֛י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

no
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

rain
גֶ֖שֶׁם (ḡe·šem)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1653: Rain, shower

has fallen on the land.
בָּאָ֑רֶץ (bā·’ā·reṣ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 776: Earth, land

The farmers
אִכָּרִ֖ים (’ik·kā·rîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 406: A plowman, husbandman

are ashamed;
בֹּ֥שׁוּ (bō·šū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 954: To pale, to be ashamed, to be disappointed, delayed

they cover
חָפ֥וּ (ḥā·p̄ū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 2645: To cover, to veil, to encase, protect

their heads.
רֹאשָֽׁם׃ (rō·šām)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7218: The head
(4) The ground is chapt.--The word is so vivid as describing the long fissures of the soil in a time of drought that one admits with reluctance that no such meaning is found in the Hebrew word, which simply means is struck with terror. The translators apparently followed Luther, who gives lechzet--"languishes for thirst," "gapes open with exhaustion," and so applied to the earth, "is cracked or chapt."

As the "gates" in Jeremiah 14:2 stood for the people of the city, so the "ground" stands here as in visible sympathy with the tillers of the soil, the "plowmen" of the next clause.

They covered their heads.--There is a singular, almost awful, pathos in the iteration of this description. Cities and country alike are plunged into the utter blackness of despair.

Verse 4. - The ground is chapt. Perhaps: but it is more obvious to render, is dismayed, according to the usual meaning of the word. Words which properly belong to human beings are often, by a "poetic fallacy," applied to inanimate objects (as in Ver. 2). In the earth; rather, in the land. 14:1-9 The people were in tears. But it was rather the cry of their trouble, and of their sin, than of their prayer. Let us be thankful for the mercy of water, that we may not be taught to value it by feeling the want of it. See what dependence husbandmen have upon the Divine providence. They cannot plough nor sow in hope, unless God water their furrows. The case even of the wild beasts was very pitiable. The people are not forward to pray, but the prophet prays for them. Sin is humbly confessed. Our sins not only accuse us, but answer against us. Our best pleas in prayer are those fetched from the glory of God's own name. We should dread God's departure, more than the removal of our creature-comforts. He has given Israel his word to hope in. It becomes us in prayer to show ourselves more concerned for God's glory than for our own comfort. And if we now return to the Lord, he will save us to the glory of his grace.
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