Jeremiah 4:26
New International Version
I looked, and the fruitful land was a desert; all its towns lay in ruins before the LORD, before his fierce anger.

New Living Translation
I looked, and the fertile fields had become a wilderness. The towns lay in ruins, crushed by the LORD’s fierce anger.

English Standard Version
I looked, and behold, the fruitful land was a desert, and all its cities were laid in ruins before the LORD, before his fierce anger.

Berean Study Bible
I looked, and the fruitful land was a desert. All its cities were torn down before the LORD, before His fierce anger.

King James Bible
I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and by his fierce anger.

New King James Version
I beheld, and indeed the fruitful land was a wilderness, And all its cities were broken down At the presence of the LORD, By His fierce anger.

New American Standard Bible
I looked, and behold, the fruitful land was a wilderness, And all its cities were pulled down Before the LORD, before His fierce anger.

NASB 1995
I looked, and behold, the fruitful land was a wilderness, And all its cities were pulled down Before the LORD, before His fierce anger.

NASB 1977
I looked, and behold, the fruitful land was a wilderness, And all its cities were pulled down Before the LORD, before His fierce anger.

Amplified Bible
I looked, and behold, the fertile land was a wilderness, And all its cities were pulled down Before the [presence of the] LORD, before His fierce anger.

Christian Standard Bible
I looked, and the fertile field was a wilderness. All its cities were torn down because of the LORD and his burning anger.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I looked, and the fertile field was a wilderness. All its cities were torn down because of the LORD and His burning anger.

American Standard Version
I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful field was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of Jehovah, and before his fierce anger.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I have seen, and behold, Karmela is desolate as the wilderness, and all her cities have passed away from the presence of LORD JEHOVAH and from the presence of the heat of his anger

Brenton Septuagint Translation
I saw, and, behold, Carmel was desert, and all the cities were burnt with fire at the presence of the Lord, and at the presence of his fierce anger they were utterly destroyed.

Contemporary English Version
Farmland had become a desert, and towns were in ruins. The LORD's fierce anger had done all of this.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I looked, and behold Carmel was a wilderness: and all its cities were destroyed at the presence of the Lord, and at the presence of the wrath of his indignation.

English Revised Version
I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful field was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and before his fierce anger.

Good News Translation
The fertile land had become a desert; its cities were in ruins because of the LORD's fierce anger. (

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I see that the fertile land has become a desert, and all its cities are torn down because of the LORD and his burning anger.

International Standard Version
I looked, and the fruitful land had become a desert. All its towns were broken down because of the LORD, because of his burning anger.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful field was a wilderness, And all the cities thereof were broken down At the presence of the LORD, And before His fierce anger.

Literal Standard Version
I have looked, and behold, The fruitful place [is] a wilderness, And all its cities have been broken down, Because of YHWH, Because of the fierceness of His anger.

NET Bible
I looked and saw that the fruitful land had become a desert and that all of the cities had been laid in ruins. The LORD had brought this all about because of his blazing anger.

New Heart English Bible
I saw, and look, the fruitful field was a wilderness, and all its cities were broken down at the presence of the LORD; before his fierce anger they were destroyed.

World English Bible
I saw, and behold, the fruitful field was a wilderness, and all its cities were broken down at the presence of Yahweh, [and] before his fierce anger.

Young's Literal Translation
I have looked, and lo, The fruitful place is a wilderness, And all its cities have been broken down, Because of Jehovah, Because of the fierceness of His anger.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Lamentation for Judah
25I looked, and no man was left; all the birds of the air had fled. 26I looked, and the fruitful land was a desert. All its cities were torn down before the LORD, before His fierce anger. 27For this is what the LORD says: “The whole land will be desolate, but I will not finish its destruction.…

Cross References
Jeremiah 9:10
I will take up a weeping and wailing for the mountains, a dirge over the wilderness pasture, for they have been scorched so no one passes through, and the lowing of cattle is not heard. Both the birds of the air and the beasts have fled; they have gone away.

Jeremiah 12:13
They have sown wheat but harvested thorns. They have exhausted themselves to no avail. Bear the shame of your harvest because of the fierce anger of the LORD."


Treasury of Scripture

I beheld, and, see, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the LORD, and by his fierce anger.

the fruitful.

Jeremiah 12:4
How long shall the land mourn, and the herbs of every field wither, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein? the beasts are consumed, and the birds; because they said, He shall not see our last end.

Jeremiah 14:2-6
Judah mourneth, and the gates thereof languish; they are black unto the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up…

Deuteronomy 29:23-28
And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and burning, that it is not sown, nor beareth, nor any grass groweth therein, like the overthrow of Sodom, and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim, which the LORD overthrew in his anger, and in his wrath: …









(26) The fruitful place.--The Carmel, or vine-land, became as "the wilderness." The Hebrew article points probably to the well-known desert of the wanderings.

At the presence of the Lord.--Literally, from before Jehovah, from before the heat of his anger. The original has the emphasis of repeating the preposition.

Verse 26. - The fruitful place; rather, the garden-land (see on Jeremiah 2:7). Not "the Carmel" (Keil, Payne Smith) for the context refers to the whole of the country, not to any single tract. The article before the two appellatives is the generic. At the presence of; rather, by reason of.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
I looked,
רָאִ֕יתִי (rā·’î·ṯî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 7200: To see

and the fertile field
הַכַּרְמֶ֖ל (hak·kar·mel)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3759: A plantation, garden land, fruit, garden growth

was a desert.
הַמִּדְבָּ֑ר (ham·miḏ·bār)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4057: A pasture, a desert, speech

All
וְכָל־ (wə·ḵāl)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3605: The whole, all, any, every

its cities
עָרָ֗יו (‘ā·rāw)
Noun - feminine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 5892: Excitement

were torn down
נִתְּצוּ֙ (nit·tə·ṣū)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 5422: To pull down, break down

before
מִפְּנֵ֣י (mip·pə·nê)
Preposition-m | Noun - common plural construct
Strong's 6440: The face

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

before
מִפְּנֵ֖י (mip·pə·nê)
Preposition-m | Noun - common plural construct
Strong's 6440: The face

His fierce
חֲר֥וֹן (ḥă·rō·wn)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 2740: A burning of anger

anger.
אַפּֽוֹ׃ (’ap·pōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 639: The nose, nostril, the face, a person, ire


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