New Living Translation
I will scatter my people before their enemies as the east wind scatters dust. And in all their trouble I will turn my back on them and refuse to notice their distress."
King James Bible
I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I will shew them the back, and not the face, in the day of their calamity.
Darby Bible Translation
As with an east wind will I scatter them before the enemy; I will shew them the back, and not the face, in the day of their calamity.
World English Bible
I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I will show them the back, and not the face, in the day of their calamity.
Young's Literal Translation
As an east wind I scatter them before an enemy, The neck, and not the face, I shew them, In the day of their calamity.'
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
18:17 East wind - The east wind was in those parts the fiercest wind. As the east - wind scatters the chaff, so saith God, I will scatter them. In their calamity - And when they shall be in great calamity, I will turn my back upon them, I will not regard their prayers.
LibraryJeremiah, a Lesson for the Disappointed.
"Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord."--Jeremiah i. 8. The Prophets were ever ungratefully treated by the Israelites, they were resisted, their warnings neglected, their good services forgotten. But there was this difference between the earlier and the later Prophets; the earlier lived and died in honour among their people,--in outward honour; though hated and thwarted by the wicked, they were exalted to high places, and ruled in the congregation. …
John Henry Newman—Parochial and Plain Sermons, Vol. VIII
Of the Decrees of God.
Degrees of Sin
The east wind carries them away, and they are gone. It sweeps them away.
You destroyed them like the mighty ships of Tarshish shattered by a powerful east wind.
The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.
To an image carved from a piece of wood they say, 'You are my father.' To an idol chiseled from a block of stone they say, 'You are my mother.' They turn their backs on me, but in times of trouble they cry out to me, 'Come and save us!'
"I will scatter you like chaff that is blown away by the desert winds.
My people have turned their backs on me and have refused to return. Even though I diligently taught them, they would not receive instruction or obey.
Egypt's mercenaries have become like fattened calves. They, too, will turn and run, for it is a day of great disaster for Egypt, a time of great punishment.
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