Jeremiah 18:16
New International Version
Their land will be an object of horror and of lasting scorn; all who pass by will be appalled and will shake their heads.

New Living Translation
Therefore, their land will become desolate, a monument to their stupidity. All who pass by will be astonished and will shake their heads in amazement.

English Standard Version
making their land a horror, a thing to be hissed at forever. Everyone who passes by it is horrified and shakes his head.

Berean Study Bible
They have made their land a desolation, a perpetual object of scorn; everyone who passes by will be appalled and shake their heads.

New American Standard Bible
To make their land a desolation, An object of perpetual hissing; Everyone who passes by it will be astonished And shake his head.

King James Bible
To make their land desolate, and a perpetual hissing; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and wag his head.

Christian Standard Bible
They have made their land a horror, a perpetual object of scorn; all who pass by it will be appalled and shake their heads.

Contemporary English Version
Your land will be ruined, and every passerby will look at it with horror and make insulting remarks.

Good News Translation
They have made this land a thing of horror, to be despised forever. All who pass by will be shocked at what they see; they will shake their heads in amazement.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They have made their land a horror, a perpetual object of scorn; everyone who passes by it will be horrified and shake his head.

International Standard Version
They make their land into a desolate place, an object of lasting scorn. All who pass by will be appalled and will shake their heads.

NET Bible
So their land will become an object of horror. People will forever hiss out their scorn over it. All who pass that way will be filled with horror and will shake their heads in derision.

New Heart English Bible
to make their land an astonishment, and a perpetual hissing; everyone who passes thereby shall be astonished, and shake his head.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Their land will become desolate and something to be hissed at forever. Everyone who will pass by it will be stunned and shake his head.

JPS Tanakh 1917
To make their land an astonishment, And a perpetual hissing; Every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, And shake his head.

New American Standard 1977
To make their land a desolation, An object of perpetual hissing; Everyone who passes by it will be astonished And shake his head.

Jubilee Bible 2000
to make their land desolate, and a perpetual hissing; every one that passes thereby shall be astonished and wag his head.

King James 2000 Bible
To make their land desolate, and a perpetual hissing; everyone that passes by it shall be astonished, and shake his head.

American King James Version
To make their land desolate, and a perpetual hissing; every one that passes thereby shall be astonished, and wag his head.

American Standard Version
to make their land an astonishment, and a perpetual hissing; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and shake his head.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
to make their land a desolation, and a perpetual hissing; all that go through it shall be amazed, and shall shake their heads.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That their land might be given up to desolation, and to a perpetual hissing: every one that shall pass by it, shall be astonished, and wag his head.

Darby Bible Translation
to make their land an astonishment, a perpetual hissing: every one that passeth by shall be astonished, and shake his head.

English Revised Version
to make their land an astonishment, and a perpetual hissing; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and shake his head.

Webster's Bible Translation
To make their land desolate, and a perpetual hissing; every one that passeth by it shall be astonished, and wag his head.

World English Bible
to make their land an astonishment, and a perpetual hissing; everyone who passes thereby shall be astonished, and shake his head.

Young's Literal Translation
To make their land become a desolation, A hissing age-during, Every passer by it is astonished, And bemoaneth with his head.
Study Bible
The Potter and the Clay
15Yet My people have forgotten Me. They burn incense to worthless idols that make them stumble in their ways on the ancient roads and walk on bypaths instead of the highway. 16They have made their land a desolation, a perpetual object of scorn; everyone who passes by will be appalled and shake their heads. 17I will scatter them before the enemy like the east wind. I will show them My back and not My face in the day of their calamity.”…
Cross References
Leviticus 26:32
And I will lay waste to the land, so that your enemies who dwell in it will be appalled.

1 Kings 9:8
And though this temple is now exalted, all who pass by it will be appalled and will hiss and say, 'Why has the LORD done such a thing to this land and to this temple?'

Psalm 22:7
All who see me mock me; they sneer and shake their heads:

Psalm 109:25
I am an object of scorn to my accusers; when they see me, they shake their heads.

Isaiah 37:22
this is the word that the LORD has spoken against him: 'The Virgin Daughter of Zion despises you and mocks you; the Daughter of Jerusalem shakes her head behind you.

Jeremiah 19:8
I will make this city a desolation and an object of scorn. All who pass by will be horrified, and will scoff because of all its wounds.

Jeremiah 25:9
behold, I will summon all the families of the north, declares the LORD, and I will send for My servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. I will bring them against this land, against its residents, and against all the surrounding nations. So I will devote them to destruction and make them an object of horror and contempt, an everlasting desolation.

Jeremiah 42:18
For this is what the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: 'Just as My anger and wrath were poured out on the residents of Jerusalem, so will My wrath be poured out on you if you go to Egypt. You will become an object of cursing and horror, of vilification and disgrace, and you will never see this place again.'

Jeremiah 44:12
And I will take away the remnant of Judah who have resolved to go to the land of Egypt to reside there; they will meet their end. They will all fall by the sword or by famine. From the least to the greatest, they will die by sword or famine. Then they will become an object of cursing and horror, of vilification and reproach.

Jeremiah 48:27
Was not Israel your object of ridicule? Was he ever found among thieves? For whenever you speak of him you shake your head."

Jeremiah 49:13
For by Myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, that Bozrah will become a desolation, a disgrace, a ruin, and a curse, and all her cities will be in ruins forever."

Jeremiah 49:17
"Edom will become an object of horror. Everyone who passes by will be appalled and will scoff because of all its wounds.

Jeremiah 50:13
Because of the wrath of the LORD, she will not be inhabited; she will become completely desolate. All who pass through Babylon will be horrified and scoff at all her wounds.

Lamentations 1:12
Is this nothing to you, all you who pass by? Look around and see! Is there any sorrow like mine, which was inflicted on me, which the LORD made me suffer on the day of His fierce anger?

Lamentations 2:15
All who pass by clap their hands at you in scorn. They hiss and shake their heads at the Daughter of Jerusalem: "Is this the city that was called the perfection of beauty, the joy of all the earth?"

Ezekiel 27:36
Those who trade among the nations hiss at you; you have come to a horrible end and will be no more.'"

Ezekiel 33:28
I will make the land a desolate waste, and the pride of her strength will come to an end. The mountains of Israel will become desolate, so that no one will pass through.

Ezekiel 33:29
Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I have made the land a desolate waste because of all the abominations they have committed.'

Ezekiel 36:3
therefore prophesy and declare that this is what the Lord GOD says: Because they have made you desolate and have trampled you on every side, so that you became a possession of the rest of the nations and were taken up in slander by the lips of their talkers,

Micah 6:16
You have observed the statutes of Omri and all the practices of Ahab's house; you have followed their traditions. Therefore I will make you a desolation, and your inhabitants an object of contempt; you will bear the scorn of the nations."

Treasury of Scripture

To make their land desolate, and a perpetual hissing; every one that passes thereby shall be astonished, and wag his head.

make.

Jeremiah 9:11
And I will make Jerusalem heaps, and a den of dragons; and I will make the cities of Judah desolate, without an inhabitant.

Jeremiah 19:8
And I will make this city desolate, and an hissing; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished and hiss because of all the plagues thereof.

Jeremiah 25:9
Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, saith the LORD, and Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, and an hissing, and perpetual desolations.

a perpetual.

1 Kings 9:8
And at this house, which is high, every one that passeth by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss; and they shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus unto this land, and to this house?

2 Chronicles 7:20,21
Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all nations…

Lamentations 2:15,16
All that pass by clap their hands at thee; they hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying, Is this the city that men call The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth? …

shall be.

Deuteronomy 28:59
Then the LORD will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance.

Psalm 22:7
All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,

Psalm 44:14
Thou makest us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people.







Lexicon
They have made
לָשׂ֥וּם (lā·śūm)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

their land
אַרְצָ֛ם (’ar·ṣām)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 776: Earth, land

a desolation,
לְשַׁמָּ֖ה (lə·šam·māh)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8047: Ruin, consternation

a perpetual
עוֹלָ֑ם (‘ō·w·lām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5769: Concealed, eternity, frequentatively, always

object of scorn;
שְׁרִיק֣וֹת‪‬ (šə·rî·qō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 8292: Hissing, whistling, piping

everyone
כֹּ֚ל (kōl)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

who passes
עוֹבֵ֣ר (‘ō·w·ḇêr)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5674: To pass over, through, or by, pass on

by
עָלֶ֔יהָ (‘ā·le·hā)
Preposition | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

will be appalled
יִשֹּׁ֖ם (yiš·šōm)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8074: To stun, devastate, stupefy

and shake
וְיָנִ֥יד (wə·yā·nîḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5110: To nod, waver, to wander, flee, disappear, to console, deplore, taunt

their heads.
בְּרֹאשֽׁוֹ׃ (bə·rō·šōw)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7218: The head
(16) Desolate . . . astonished.--Better, desolate in both clauses. The Hebrew verb is the same, and there is a manifest emphasis in the repetition which it is better to reproduce in English.

A perpetual hissing.--The Hebrew word is onomatopoetic, and expresses the inarticulate sounds which we utter on seeing anything that makes us shudder, rather than "hissing in its modern use as an expression of contempt or disapproval.

Wag his head.--Better, shake his head. The verb is not the same as that which describes the gesture of scorn in Psalm 22:7; Psalm 109:25; Lamentations 2:15; Zephaniah 2:15, and describes pity or bemoaning rather than contempt. Men would not mock the desolation of Israel, but would gaze on it astounded and pitying, themselves also desolate.

Verse 16. - The effect of this is to make the land of the transgressors an object of horror and astonishment (so render rather than desolate). 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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