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.

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

New King James Version
Because the ground is parched, For there was no rain in the land, The plowmen were ashamed; They covered 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.

NASB 1995
“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.

NASB 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.

Amplified Bible
“The ground is cracked Because there has been no rain on the land; The farmers are distressed, And they have covered their heads [in shame].

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because of the deeds of the land there was no rain. The farmers were disgraced and they covered 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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Literal Standard Version
Because the ground has been broken, For there has been no rain in the land, Farmers have been ashamed, They have covered their head.

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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
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. 4 The 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 refuse 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 did not return 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…









(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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

their heads.
רֹאשָֽׁם׃ (rō·šām)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 7218: The head


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