Jeremiah 4:20
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New International Version
Disaster follows disaster; the whole land lies in ruins. In an instant my tents are destroyed, my shelter in a moment.

New Living Translation
Waves of destruction roll over the land, until it lies in complete desolation. Suddenly my tents are destroyed; in a moment my shelters are crushed.

English Standard Version
Crash follows hard on crash; the whole land is laid waste. Suddenly my tents are laid waste, my curtains in a moment.

Berean Study Bible
Disaster after disaster is proclaimed, for the whole land is laid waste. My tents are destroyed in an instant, my curtains in a moment.

New American Standard Bible
Disaster on disaster is proclaimed, For the whole land is devastated; Suddenly my tents are devastated, My curtains in an instant.

King James Bible
Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains in a moment.

Christian Standard Bible
Disaster after disaster is reported because the whole land is destroyed. Suddenly my tents are destroyed, my tent curtains, in a moment.

Contemporary English Version
I see the enemy defeating us time after time, leaving everything in ruins. Even my own home is destroyed in a moment.

Good News Translation
One disaster follows another; the whole country is left in ruins. Suddenly our tents are destroyed; their curtains are torn to pieces.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Disaster after disaster is reported because the whole land is destroyed. Suddenly my tents are destroyed, my tent curtains, in a moment.

International Standard Version
Disaster upon disaster is proclaimed, for the entire land is devastated. Suddenly, my tent is destroyed, in a moment my curtains.

NET Bible
I see one destruction after another taking place, so that the whole land lies in ruins. I see our tents suddenly destroyed, their curtains torn down in a mere instant.

New Heart English Bible
Destruction on destruction is proclaimed; for the whole land is laid waste: suddenly are my tents destroyed, and my curtains in a moment.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
One disaster follows another. The whole land is ruined. My tents are suddenly destroyed. Their curtains are torn in an instant.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Destruction followeth upon destruction, For the whole land is spoiled; Suddenly are my tents spoiled, My curtains in a moment.

New American Standard 1977
Disaster on disaster is proclaimed, For the whole land is devastated; Suddenly my tents are devastated, My curtains in an instant.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Destruction upon destruction is cried, for the whole land is destroyed; suddenly are my tents destroyed, and my curtains in a moment.

King James 2000 Bible
Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is plundered: suddenly are my tents plundered, and my curtains in a moment.

American King James Version
Destruction on destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains in a moment.

American Standard Version
Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is laid waste: suddenly are my tents destroyed, and my curtains in a moment.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Destruction upon destruction is called for, and all the earth is laid waste: my tents are destroyed on a sudden, and my pavilions in a moment.

Darby Bible Translation
Destruction upon destruction is proclaimed; for the whole land is wasted: suddenly are my tents laid waste, my curtains, in a moment.

English Revised Version
Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains in a moment.

Webster's Bible Translation
Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is laid waste; suddenly are my tents ruined, and my curtains in a moment.

World English Bible
Destruction on destruction is cried; for the whole land is laid waste: suddenly are my tents destroyed, [and] my curtains in a moment.

Young's Literal Translation
Destruction on destruction is proclaimed, For spoiled hath been all the land, Suddenly spoiled have been my tents, In a moment -- my curtains.
Study Bible
Lamentation for Judah
19My anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain! Oh, the pain in my chest! My heart pounds within me; I cannot be silent. For I have heard the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of battle. 20Disaster after disaster is proclaimed, for the whole land is laid waste. My tents are destroyed in an instant, my curtains in a moment. 21How long must I see the signal flag and hear the sound of the trumpet?…
Cross References
Psalm 42:7
Deep calls to deep in the roar of Your waterfalls; all Your breakers and waves have rolled over me.

Isaiah 15:5
My heart cries out over Moab; her fugitives flee as far as Zoar, as far as Eglath-shelishiyah; with weeping they ascend the slope of Luhith; they lament their destruction on the road to Horonaim.

Jeremiah 4:21
How long must I see the signal flag and hear the sound of the trumpet?

Jeremiah 4:27
For this is what the LORD says: "The whole land will be desolate, but I will not finish its destruction.

Jeremiah 10:20
My tent is destroyed, and all its ropes are snapped. My sons have departed from me and are no more. I have no one left to pitch my tent or set up my curtains.

Jeremiah 12:11
They have made it a desolation. Desolate before Me, it mourns; all the land is laid waste, but no man takes it to heart.

Ezekiel 7:26
Disaster upon disaster will come, and rumor after rumor. Then they will seek a vision from a prophet, but instruction from the priests and counsel from the ancients will perish.

Treasury of Scripture

Destruction on destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains in a moment.

upon destruction.

Jeremiah 4:6 Set up the standard toward Zion: retire, stay not: for I will bring …

Jeremiah 17:18 Let them be confounded that persecute me, but let not me be confounded: …

Leviticus 26:18,21,24,28 And if you will not yet for all this listen to me, then I will punish …

Psalm 42:7 Deep calls to deep at the noise of your waterspouts: all your waves …

Isaiah 13:6 Howl you; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a …

Lamentations 3:47 Fear and a snare is come on us, desolation and destruction.

Ezekiel 7:25,26 Destruction comes; and they shall seek peace, and there shall be none…

Ezekiel 14:21 For thus said the Lord GOD; How much more when I send my four sore …

Joel 1:15 Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction …

Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul…

2 Thessalonians 1:9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence …

suddenly.

Jeremiah 10:19,20 Woe is me for my hurt! my wound is grievous; but I said, Truly this …

Isaiah 33:20 Look on Zion, the city of our solemnities: your eyes shall see Jerusalem …

Isaiah 54:2 Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains …

Lamentations 2:6-9 And he has violently taken away his tabernacle, as if it were of …

Habakkuk 3:7 I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction: and the curtains of the …

in.

Exodus 33:5 For the LORD had said to Moses, Say to the children of Israel, You …

Numbers 16:21,45 Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume …

Psalm 72:19 And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth …

Isaiah 47:9 But these two things shall come to you in a moment in one day, the …







(20) Destruction upon destruction is cried.--Literally, Breaking upon breaking, or crash upon crash, is reported.

Suddenly are my tents spoiled.--The tent dwelling retained its position even amid the cities and villages of Israel (2Samuel 18:17; 1Kings 8:66). The "curtains" are, of course, those of the tent (Isaiah 54:2). Conspicuous among such survivals of the nomad form of life we find the Rechabites of Jeremiah 35

Verse 20. - My tents. Jeremiah uses a similar phrase in Jeremiah 30:18 (scrap. also 2 Samuel 20:1; 1 Kings 8:66; 1 Kings 12:16; Psalm 132:3; also Isaiah 29:1, "city where David encamped, i.e. dwelt"). The expression is evidently a "survival" of the nomadic, tent-dwelling age. (Comp. the parallel phrase, "my curtains," i.e. my tent-curtains; comp. Jeremiah 10:20; Isaiah 54:2; Song of Solomon 1:5.) Destruction upon destruction is cried;.... Or, "breach upon breach" (g); as soon as one affliction is over, another comes on; and upon the news of one calamity, tidings are brought of another, as in Job's case: it signifies, that distress and troubles would come thick and fast, and that there would be no end of them, until there was an utter destruction, as this phrase signifies, and the following words show. Kimchi interprets it of the destruction of the ten tribes which came first, and of the destruction of Judah that came now.

For the whole land is spoiled, or "wasted" (h); that is, the land of Judea:

suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains in a moment: meaning either the armies of his people, which dwelt in tents, and were destroyed at once; or the cities, towns, and habitations of his countrymen, which he compares to tents, as being easily beat down or overthrown; and so the Targum interprets it of cities; and the prophet seems to intimate that this destruction would reach to Anathoth, where his tent; cottage, and curtains were. So sudden destruction some times comes, when men are crying Peace, peace, 1 Thessalonians 5:3.

(g) "contritio super contritionem", Pagninus, Montanus, Junius & Tremellius. (h) "vastata", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus. 20. Destruction … cried—Breach upon breach is announced (Ps 42:7; Eze 7:26). The war "trumpet" … the battle shout … the "destructions" … the havoc throughout "the whole land" … the spoiling of the shepherds' "tents" (Jer 10:20; or, "tents" means cities, which should be overthrown as easily as tents [Calvin]), form a gradation.4:19-31 The prophet had no pleasure in delivering messages of wrath. He is shown in a vision the whole land in confusion. Compared with what it was, every thing is out of order; but the ruin of the Jewish nation would not be final. Every end of our comforts is not a full end. Though the Lord may correct his people very severely, yet he will not cast them off. Ornaments and false colouring would be of no avail. No outward privileges or profession, no contrivances would prevent destruction. How wretched the state of those who are like foolish children in the concerns of their souls! Whatever we are ignorant of, may the Lord make of good understanding in the ways of godliness. As sin will find out the sinner, so sorrow will, sooner or later, find out the secure.
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