Jeremiah 23:29
New International Version
"Is not my word like fire," declares the LORD, "and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?

New Living Translation
Does not my word burn like fire?” says the LORD. “Is it not like a mighty hammer that smashes a rock to pieces?

English Standard Version
Is not my word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?

Berean Study Bible
Is not My word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that smashes a rock?”

New American Standard Bible
"Is not My word like fire?" declares the LORD, "and like a hammer which shatters a rock?

King James Bible
Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

Christian Standard Bible
"Is not my word like fire"--this is the LORD's declaration--"and like a hammer that pulverizes rock?

Contemporary English Version
My words are a powerful fire; they are a hammer that shatters rocks.

Good News Translation
My message is like a fire and like a hammer that breaks rocks in pieces.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Is not My word like fire"--this is the LORD's declaration--"and like a hammer that pulverizes rock?

International Standard Version
"My message is like fire or like a hammer that shatters rock, is it not?" declares the LORD.

NET Bible
My message is like a fire that purges dross! It is like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces! I, the LORD, so affirm it!

New Heart English Bible
'Isn't my word like fire?' says the LORD; 'and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Isn't my word like fire or like a hammer that shatters a rock?" asks the LORD.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Is not My word like as fire? Saith the LORD; And like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

New American Standard 1977
“Is not My word like fire?” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer which shatters a rock?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?

King James 2000 Bible
Is not my word like a fire? says the LORD; and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?

American King James Version
Is not my word like as a fire? said the LORD; and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?

American Standard Version
Is not my word like fire? saith Jehovah; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Behold, are not my words as fire? saith the Lord; and as an axe cutting the rock?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Are not my words as a fire, saith the Lord: and as a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

Darby Bible Translation
Is not my word like a fire, saith Jehovah; and like a hammer [that] breaketh the rock in pieces?

English Revised Version
Is not my word like as fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

Webster's Bible Translation
Is not my word like a fire? saith the LORD? and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

World English Bible
Isn't my word like fire? says Yahweh; and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?

Young's Literal Translation
Is it not thus? My word is as a fire, An affirmation of Jehovah. And as a hammer -- it breaketh in pieces a rock.
Study Bible
Lying Prophets
28Let the prophet who has a dream retell it, but let him who has My word speak it truthfully. For what is straw compared to grain? declares the LORD. 29Is not My word like fire, declares the LORD, and like a hammer that smashes a rock?” 30“Therefore behold,” declares the LORD, “I am against the prophets who steal from each other words they attribute to Me.”…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 10:4
The weapons of our warfare are not the weapons of the world. Instead, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

2 Corinthians 10:5
We tear down arguments, and every presumption set up against the knowledge of God; and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it pierces even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Jeremiah 5:14
Therefore this is what the Lord GOD of Hosts says: "Because you have spoken this word, I will make My words a fire in your mouth and this people the wood it will consume.

Jeremiah 20:9
If I say, "I will not mention Him or speak any more in His name," His message becomes a fire burning in my heart, shut up in my bones, and I become weary of holding it in, and I cannot prevail.

Hosea 6:5
Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of My mouth, and My judgments go forth like lightning.

Treasury of Scripture

Is not my word like as a fire? said the LORD; and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?

like as.

Jeremiah 5:14
Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.

Jeremiah 20:9
Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.

Luke 24:32
And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?







Lexicon
Is not
הֲל֨וֹא (hă·lō·w)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

My word
דְבָרִ֛י (ḏə·ḇā·rî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

like fire,
כָּאֵ֖שׁ (kā·’êš)
Preposition-k, Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 784: A fire

declares
נְאֻם־ (nə·’um-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 5002: An oracle

the LORD,
יְהוָ֑ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

and like a hammer
וּכְפַטִּ֖ישׁ (ū·ḵə·p̄aṭ·ṭîš)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6360: A forge hammer

that smashes
יְפֹ֥צֵֽץ (yə·p̄ō·ṣêṣ)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6327: To be dispersed or scattered

a rock?”
סָֽלַע׃ (sā·la‘)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5553: A craggy rock
(29) Is not my word like as a fire? . . .--The prophet speaks out of the depths of his own experience. The true prophetic word burns in the heart of a man, and will not be restrained (Jeremiah 5:14; Jeremiah 20:9; Psalm 39:3), and when uttered it consumes the evil, and purifies the good. It will burn up the chaff of the utterances of the false prophets. (Comp. 1Corinthians 3:12-13.) As the hammer breaks the rock, so it shatters the pride and stubbornness of man, is mighty to the pulling down of strongholds (2Corinthians 10:4), and the heart of him who hears it as it should be heard is broken and contrite. What these words paint in the language of poetry, St. Paul describes without imagery in 1Corinthians 14:24-25. (Comp. also Hebrews 4:12.)

Verse 29. - Is not my word like as a fire? As in vers. 19, 20, so here, the prophet contrasts the message of the false prophets with that of the true. The former flatter their hearers with promises of peace; the latter speak a stern but potent word, which burns like a fire, and crushes like a hammer. Observe, the prophet does not define the activity of the fire as he does that of the hammer; for the fire has a twofold effect - protection to God's friends and destruction to his enemies. On the figure of the hammer, comp. Jeremiah 1:23; 51:20. 23:23-32 Men cannot be hidden from God's all-seeing eye. Will they never see what judgments they prepare for themselves? Let them consider what a vast difference there is between these prophecies and those delivered by the true prophets of the Lord. Let them not call their foolish dreams Divine oracles. The promises of peace these prophets make are no more to be compared to God's promises than chaff to wheat. The unhumbled heart of man is like a rock; if not melted by the word of God as a fire, it will be broken to pieces by it as a hammer. How can they be long safe, or at all easy, who have a God of almighty power against them? The word of God is no smooth, lulling, deceitful message. And by its faithfulness it may certainly be distinguished from false doctrines.
Jump to Previous
Affirmation Bits Breaketh Breaks Declares Fire Hammer Pieces Rock Shatters Smashing Word
Jump to Next
Affirmation Bits Breaketh Breaks Declares Fire Hammer Pieces Rock Shatters Smashing Word
Links
Jeremiah 23:29 NIV
Jeremiah 23:29 NLT
Jeremiah 23:29 ESV
Jeremiah 23:29 NASB
Jeremiah 23:29 KJV

Jeremiah 23:29 Bible Apps
Jeremiah 23:29 Biblia Paralela
Jeremiah 23:29 Chinese Bible
Jeremiah 23:29 French Bible
Jeremiah 23:29 German Bible

Alphabetical: a and breaks declares fire hammer in Is like LORD my not pieces rock shatters that the which word

OT Prophets: Jeremiah 23:29 Isn't my word like fire? Says Yahweh (Jer.) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools
Jeremiah 23:28
Top of Page
Top of Page