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

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

New King James Version
To make their land desolate and a perpetual hissing; Everyone who passes by it will be astonished And shake his head.

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.

NASB 1995
To make their land a desolation, An object of perpetual hissing; Everyone who passes by it will be astonished And shake his head.

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

Amplified Bible
Making their land a desolation and a horror, A thing to be hissed at perpetually; Everyone who passes by will be astounded And shake his head [in scorn].

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.

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.

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.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
To make their land a horror and for hissing to eternity, and everyone who will pass by it shall be astonished and shall 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Literal Standard Version
To make their land become a desolation, A continuous hissing, Everyone passing by it is astonished, And bemoans with his head.

New American Bible
Their land shall be made a waste, an object of endless hissing: All passersby will be horrified, shaking 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 Revised Standard Version
making their land a horror, a thing to be hissed at forever. All who pass by it are horrified and shake their heads.

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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Potter and the Clay
15Yet My people have forgotten Me. They burn incense to worthless idols that make them stumble in their ways, leaving the ancient roads to walk on rutted bypaths instead of on the highway. 16They have made their land a desolation, a perpetual object of scorn; all who pass 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 the land, so that your enemies who dwell in it will be appalled.

1 Kings 9:8
And when this temple has become a heap of rubble, 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 appalled and will scoff at all her 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, whom I will bring 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.


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.











(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).

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and shake
וְיָנִ֥יד (wə·yā·nîḏ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 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 7218: The head


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