Jeremiah 8:22
New International Version
Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people?

New Living Translation
Is there no medicine in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why is there no healing for the wounds of my people?

English Standard Version
Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of the daughter of my people not been restored?

Berean Study Bible
Is there no balm in Gilead? Is no physician there? Why then has the health of the daughter of my people not been restored?

New American Standard Bible
Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has not the health of the daughter of my people been restored?

King James Bible
Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?

Christian Standard Bible
Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? So why has the healing of my dear people not come about?

Contemporary English Version
If medicine and doctors may be found in Gilead, why aren't my people healed?

Good News Translation
Is there no medicine in Gilead? Are there no doctors there? Why, then, have my people not been healed?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? So why has the healing of my dear people not come about?

International Standard Version
Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? So why is there no healing for my people?

NET Bible
There is still medicinal ointment available in Gilead! There is still a physician there! Why then have my dear people not been restored to health?

New Heart English Bible
Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then isn't the health of the daughter of my people recovered?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Isn't there medicine in Gilead? Aren't there doctors there? Then why hasn't the health of my dear people been restored?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is not the health Of the daughter of my people recovered?

New American Standard 1977
Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has not the health of the daughter of my people been restored?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? Why then was there no medicine for the daughter of my people?

King James 2000 Bible
Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then has not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?

American King James Version
Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?

American Standard Version
Is there no balm in Gilead? is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And is there no balm in Galaad, or is there no physician there? why has not the healing of the daughter of my people taken place?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Is there no balm in Galaad? or is no physician there? Why then is not the wound of the daughter of my people closed?

Darby Bible Translation
Is there no balm in Gilead? is there no physician there? Why then is there no dressing applied for the healing of the daughter of my people?

English Revised Version
Is there no balm in Gilead? is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?

Webster's Bible Translation
Is there no balm in Gilead: is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered.

World English Bible
Is there no balm in Gilead? is there no physician there? why then isn't the health of the daughter of my people recovered?

Young's Literal Translation
Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? For wherefore hath not the health of the daughter of my people gone up?
Study Bible
Jeremiah Weeps for His People
21For the brokenness of the daughter of my people I am crushed. I mourn; horror has gripped me. 22Is there no balm in Gilead? Is no physician there? Why then has the health of the daughter of my people not been restored?
Cross References
Matthew 9:12
On hearing this, Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.

Genesis 37:25
And as they sat down to eat a meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead. Their camels were carrying spices, balm, and myrrh on their way down to Egypt.

Genesis 43:11
Then their father Israel said to them, "If it must be so, then do this: Put some of the best products of the land in your packs and carry them down as a gift for the man--a little balm and a little honey, spices and myrrh, pistachios and almonds.

Isaiah 1:6
From the sole of your foot to the top of your head, there is no soundness--only wounds and welts and festering sores not cleansed or bandaged or soothed with oil.

Jeremiah 9:1
Oh, that my head were a spring of water, and my eyes a fountain of tears, I would weep day and night over the slain daughter of my people.

Jeremiah 14:19
Have You rejected Judah completely? Do You despise Zion? Why have You stricken us so that we are beyond healing? We hoped for peace, but no good has come, and for the time of healing, but there was only terror.

Jeremiah 30:13
There is no one to plead your cause, no remedy for your sores, no recovery for you.

Jeremiah 30:17
But I will restore your health and heal your wounds, declares the LORD, because they call you an outcast, Zion, for whom no one cares."

Jeremiah 46:11
Go up to Gilead for balm, O Virgin Daughter of Egypt! In vain you multiply remedies; there is no healing for you.

Lamentations 2:13
What can I say for you? To what can I compare you, O daughter of Jerusalem? To what can I liken you, that I may console you, O virgin Daughter of Zion? For your wound is as deep as the sea. Who can ever heal you?

Treasury of Scripture

Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?

no balm.

Jeremiah 46:11
Go up into Gilead, and take balm, O virgin, the daughter of Egypt: in vain shalt thou use many medicines; for thou shalt not be cured.

Jeremiah 51:8
Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed.

Genesis 37:25
And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.

no physician.

Matthew 9:11,12
And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? …

Luke 5:31,32
And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick…

Luke 8:43
And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,

why.

Jeremiah 30:12-17
For thus saith the LORD, Thy bruise is incurable, and thy wound is grievous…

recovered.

Isaiah 1:5,6
Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint…







Lexicon
Is there no
אֵ֣ין (’ên)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

balm
הַצֳרִי֙ (ha·ṣo·rî)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6875: Distillation, balsam

in Gilead?
בְּגִלְעָ֔ד (bə·ḡil·‘āḏ)
Preposition-b | Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1568: Gilead -- a region in Palestine, also the name of several Israelites

Is no
אֵ֣ין (’ên)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

physician
רֹפֵ֖א (rō·p̄ê)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7495: To mend, to cure

there?
שָׁ֑ם (šām)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 8033: There, then, thither

Why
מַדּ֙וּעַ֙ (mad·dū·a‘)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4069: Why? for what reason?

then
כִּ֗י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

has the health
אֲרֻכַ֖ת (’ă·ru·ḵaṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 724: Healing, restoration

of the daughter
בַּת־ (baṯ-)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1323: A daughter

of my people
עַמִּֽי׃ (‘am·mî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

not
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

been restored?
עָֽלְתָ֔ה (‘ā·lə·ṯāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5927: To ascend, in, actively
(22) Is there no balm in Gilead . . .?--The resinous gums of Gilead, identified by some naturalists with those of the terebinth, by others with mastich, the gum of the Pistaccia lentiscus, were prominent in the pharmacop?ia of Israel, and were exported to Egypt for the embalmment of the dead (Genesis 37:25; Genesis 43:11; Jeremiah 46:11; Jeremiah 51:8). A plaister of such gums was the received prescription for healing a wound. The question of the prophet is therefore a parable. "Are there no means of healing, no healer to apply them, for the spiritual wounds of Israel? The prophets were her physicians, repentance and righteousness were her balm of Gilead. Why has no balsam-plaister been laid on the daughter of my people? Why so little result from the means which Jehovah has provided?" The imagery re-appears in Jeremiah 46:11; Jeremiah 51:8. The balm which was grown at Jericho under the Roman Empire (Tac, Hist. v. 6; Plin., Nat. Hist. xii. 25), and was traditionally reported to have been brought by the Queen of Sheba, was probably the Amyris Opobalsamum, now cultivated at Mecca, which requires a more tropical climate than that of Gilead. Wyclif's version, "Is there no triacle in Gilead?" may be noted as illustrating the history of a word now obsolete. "Triacle" was the English form of theriacum, the mediaeval panacea for all wounds, and specially for the bites of serpents and venomous beasts.

Verse 22. - No hope or remedy is left; again a proverbial expression. No balm in Gilead. Gilead appears to have been celebrated in early times for its balsam, which was expected by Ishmaelites to Egypt (Genesis 37:25) and by Jewish merchants to Tyro (Ezekiel 27:17). It was one of the most costly products of Palestine (Genesis 43:11), and was prized for its medicinal properties in cases of wounds (comp. Jeremiah 46:11; Jeremiah 51:8). Josephus mentions this balsam several times, but states that it only grew at Jericho ('Antiq.,' 15:4,2), Tristram searched for balsam in its ancient haunts, but in vain; he thinks Jeremiah means the Balsamodendron gileadense or opobalsamum, which in Arabia is used as a medicine both internally and externally. But if Pliny ('Hist. Nat.,' 24:22) may be followed in his wide use of the term "balsam" so as to include the exudations of the "lentisens" or mastick tree, then "balm of Gilead" is still to be found; for the mastick tree "grows commonly all over the country, excepting in the plains and the Jordan valley" ('Nat. Hist. of Bible,' p. 336). Is there no physician there? We hear but little of physicians in the Old Testament. They are only mentioned again in Genesis 1:2 (but with reference to Egypt, where medicine was much cultivated), and in 2 Chronicles 16:12; Job 13:4. From the two latter passages we may, perhaps, infer that physicians were rarely successful; and this is certainly the impression produced by Ecclus. 38:15, "He that sinneth before his Maker, let him fall into the hand of the physician." The remedies employed in the Talmudic period quite bear out this strong saying (see Lightfoot, 'Horae Hebraical,' on Mark 5:26). The physicians of Gilead, however, probably confined themselves to their one famous simple, the balsam. Is not the health... recovered? Gesenius renders, less probably, "hath no bandage been applied to the daughter of my people?"



8:14-22 At length they begin to see the hand of God lifted up. And when God appears against us, every thing that is against us appears formidable. As salvation only can be found in the Lord, so the present moment should be seized. Is there no medicine proper for a sick and dying kingdom? Is there no skilful, faithful hand to apply the medicine? Yes, God is able to help and to heal them. If sinners die of their wounds, their blood is upon their own heads. The blood of Christ is balm in Gilead, his Spirit is the Physician there, all-sufficient; so that the people may be healed, but will not. Thus men die unpardoned and unchanged, for they will not come to Christ to be saved.
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