Jeremiah 18:12
New International Version
But they will reply, 'It's no use. We will continue with our own plans; we will all follow the stubbornness of our evil hearts.'"

New Living Translation
But the people replied, "Don't waste your breath. We will continue to live as we want to, stubbornly following our own evil desires."

English Standard Version
“But they say, ‘That is in vain! We will follow our own plans, and will every one act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.’

Berean Study Bible
But they will reply, ‘It is hopeless. We will follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.’”

New American Standard Bible
"But they will say, 'It's hopeless! For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.'

King James Bible
And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart.

Christian Standard Bible
But they will say, 'It's hopeless. We will continue to follow our plans, and each of us will continue to act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.'"

Contemporary English Version
But I know you won't listen. You might as well answer, "We don't care what you say. We have made plans to sin, and we are going to be stubborn and do as we please!"

Good News Translation
They will answer, 'No, why should we? We will all be just as stubborn and evil as we want to be.'"

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But they will say, 'It's hopeless. We will continue to follow our plans, and each of us will continue to act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.'"

International Standard Version
But they'll say, 'It's useless! We will follow our plans and each of us will pursue his own evil desires.'

NET Bible
But they just keep saying, 'We do not care what you say! We will do whatever we want to do! We will continue to behave wickedly and stubbornly!'"

New Heart English Bible
But they say, 'It is in vain; for we will walk after our own devices, and we will do everyone after the stubbornness of his evil heart.'"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"But they will answer, 'It's useless! We'll live the way we want to. We'll go our own stubborn, evil ways.'

JPS Tanakh 1917
But they say: There is no hope; but we will walk after our own devices, and we will do every one after the stubbornness of his evil heart.'

New American Standard 1977
“But they will say, ‘It’s hopeless! For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.’

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they said, This is useless, for we must walk after our own devices, and we must each one do the imagination of his evil heart.

King James 2000 Bible
And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our own plans, and we will everyone do the imagination of his evil heart.

American King James Version
And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart.

American Standard Version
But they say, It is in vain; for we will walk after our own devices, and we will do every one after the stubbornness of his evil heart.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And they said, We will quit ourselves like men, for we will pursue our perverse ways, and we will perform each the lusts of his evil heart.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they said: We have no hopes: for we will go after our own thoughts, and we will do every one according to the perverseness of his evil heart.

Darby Bible Translation
But they say, There is no hope; for we will walk after our own devices, and we will each one do [according to] the stubbornness of his evil heart.

English Revised Version
But they say, There is no hope: for we will walk after our own devices, and we will do every one after the stubbornness of his evil heart.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart.

World English Bible
But they say, It is in vain; for we will walk after our own devices, and we will do everyone after the stubbornness of his evil heart.

Young's Literal Translation
And they have said, It is incurable, For after our own devices we do go, And each the stubbornness of his evil heart we do.
Study Bible
The Potter and the Clay
11Now therefore, tell the men of Judah and residents of Jerusalem that this is what the LORD says: ‘Behold, I am planning a disaster for you and devising a plan against you. Turn now, each of you, from your evil ways, and correct your ways and deeds.’ 12But they will reply, ‘It is hopeless. We will follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.’” 13Therefore, this is what the LORD says: “Inquire among the nations: Who has ever heard things like these? Virgin Israel has done a most terrible thing.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 29:19
because when such a person hears the words of this oath, he may invoke a blessing on himself, saying, 'I will have peace, even though I walk in the stubbornness of my own heart.' This will bring disaster on the watered land as well as the dry.

Isaiah 57:10
You are wearied by your many journeys, but you did not say, "There is no hope!" You found renewal of your strength; therefore you did not grow weak.

Jeremiah 2:25
Keep your feet from being unshod and your throat from thirst. But you say, 'It is hopeless! I love foreign gods, and I must go after them.'

Jeremiah 7:24
Yet they did not listen or pay attention, but they followed the stubborn inclinations of their own evil hearts. They went backward and not forward.

Jeremiah 16:12
And you have done more evil than your fathers. See how each of you was following the stubbornness of his evil heart, instead of obeying Me.

Jeremiah 23:17
They keep saying to those who despise Me, 'The LORD says that you will have peace,' and to everyone who walks in the stubbornness of his own heart, 'No harm will come to you.'

Malachi 3:14
You have said, 'It is futile to serve God. What have we gained by keeping His requirements and walking mournfully before the LORD of Hosts?

Treasury of Scripture

And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart.

There.

Jeremiah 2:25
Withhold thy foot from being unshod, and thy throat from thirst: but thou saidst, There is no hope: no; for I have loved strangers, and after them will I go.

2 Kings 6:33
And while he yet talked with them, behold, the messenger came down unto him: and he said, Behold, this evil is of the LORD; what should I wait for the LORD any longer?

Isaiah 57:10
Thou art wearied in the greatness of thy way; yet saidst thou not, There is no hope: thou hast found the life of thine hand; therefore thou wast not grieved.

we will walk.

Jeremiah 3:17
At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart.

Jeremiah 7:24
But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.

Jeremiah 11:8
Yet they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but walked every one in the imagination of their evil heart: therefore I will bring upon them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do; but they did them not.







Lexicon
But they will reply,
וְאָמְר֖וּ (wə·’ā·mə·rū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

‘It is hopeless.
נוֹאָ֑שׁ (nō·w·’āš)
Verb - Nifal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2976: To desist, to despond

We will follow
נֵלֵ֔ךְ (nê·lêḵ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 1980: To go, come, walk

our own plans,
מַחְשְׁבוֹתֵ֙ינוּ֙ (maḥ·šə·ḇō·w·ṯê·nū)
Noun - feminine plural construct | first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 4284: A contrivance, a texture, machine, intention, plan

and each of us
וְאִ֛ישׁ (wə·’îš)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person

will act
נַעֲשֶֽׂה׃ (na·‘ă·śeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

according to the stubbornness
שְׁרִר֥וּת (šə·ri·rūṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 8307: Firmness, stubbornness

of his evil
הָרָ֖ע (hā·rā‘)
Article | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7451: Bad, evil

heart.’”
לִבּֽוֹ־ (lib·bōw-)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre
(12) And they said.--Better, But they say, as of continued action. This was the ever-recurring answer (see Note on Jeremiah 2:25) which they made to the prophet's pleas. It was the answer of defiance rather than of despair. "There is no hope, you need not hope, that we will do as you bid us. We will go on our way, and walk after our own devices."

Imagination.--Better, as elsewhere, stubbornness.

Verse 12. - And they said; rather, But they go on saying (comp. Ezekiel 33:17, 20). There is no hope. The rendering may be easily misunderstood. The speakers are not, as we might suppose, despondent about their state and prospects, but they seek to check the troublesome preacher by the warning that he has no chance of success (so Jeremiah 2:25). Imagination; rather, stubbornness (as constantly). 18:11-17 Sinners call it liberty to live at large; whereas for a man to be a slave to his lusts, is the very worst slavery. They forsook God for idols. When men are parched with heat, and meet with cooling, refreshing streams, they use them. In these things men will not leave a certainty for an uncertainty; but Israel left the ancient paths appointed by the Divine law. They walked not in the highway, in which they might travel safely, but in a way in which they must stumble: such was the way of idolatry, and such is the way of iniquity. This made their land desolate, and themselves miserable. Calamities may be borne, if God smile upon us when under them; but if he is displeased, and refuses his help, we are undone. Multitudes forget the Lord and his Christ, and wander from the ancient paths, to walk in ways of their own devising. But what will they do in the day of judgment!
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