Compare Translations for Jeremiah 16:16

Jeremiah 16:16 ASV
Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith Jehovah, and they shall fish them up; and afterward I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the clefts of the rocks.
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Jeremiah 16:16 BBE
See, I will send for great numbers of fishermen, says the Lord, and they will take them like fish in a net; and after that, I will send for numbers of bowmen, and they will go after them, driving them from every mountain and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.
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Jeremiah 16:16 CEB
I'm going to send hordes of fishermen to catch them, declares the LORD. Afterward I will send a party of hunters to hunt them down on every mountain, hill, and cave.
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Jeremiah 16:16 CJB
"'Look,' says ADONAI, 'I will send for many fishermen, and they will fish for them. Afterwards, I will send for many hunters; and they will hunt them from every mountain and hill and out of caves in the rocks.
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Jeremiah 16:16 RHE
Behold I will send many fishers, saith the Lord, and they shall fish them: and after this I will send them many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill and out of the holes of the rocks.
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Jeremiah 16:16 ESV
"Behold, I am sending for many fishers, declares the LORD, and they shall catch them. And afterward I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the clefts of the rocks.
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Jeremiah 16:16 GW
"I'm going to send for many fishermen," declares the LORD, "and they will catch the people of Israel. After that, I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt for them on every mountain and hill and even in the cracks in the rocks.
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Jeremiah 16:16 GNT
The Lord says, "I am sending for many fishermen to come and catch these people. Then I will send for many hunters to hunt them down on every mountain and hill and in the caves among the rocks.
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Jeremiah 16:16 HNV
Behold, I will send for many fishermen, says the LORD, and they shall fish them up; and afterward I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the clefts of the rocks.
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Jeremiah 16:16 CSB
"I am about to send for many fishermen"-the Lord's declaration-"and they will fish for them. Then I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them down on every mountain and hill and out of the clefts of the rocks,
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Jeremiah 16:16 KJV
Behold, I will send for many fishers , saith the LORD, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.
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Jeremiah 16:16 LEB
Look, I [am] sending for many fishermen,' {declares} Yahweh, 'and they will fish them out, and {afterward} I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and from the clefts of the cliffs.
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Jeremiah 16:16 NAS
"Behold, I am going to send for many fishermen," declares the LORD, "and they will fish for them; and afterwards I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them from every mountain and every hill and from the clefts of the rocks.
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Jeremiah 16:16 NCV
"I will soon send for many fishermen to come to this land," says the Lord. "And they will catch the people of Judah. After that, I will send for many hunters to come to this land. And they will hunt the people of Judah on every mountain and hill and in the cracks of the rocks.
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Jeremiah 16:16 NIRV
"But now I will send for many fishermen," announces the Lord. "They will catch some of these people. After that, I will send for many hunters. They will hunt the others down on every mountain and hill. They will bring them out of the cracks in the rocks.
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Jeremiah 16:16 NIV
"But now I will send for many fishermen," declares the LORD, "and they will catch them. After that I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them down on every mountain and hill and from the crevices of the rocks.
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Jeremiah 16:16 NKJV
"Behold, I will send for many fishermen," says the Lord, "and they shall fish them; and afterward I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.
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Jeremiah 16:16 NLT
"But now I am sending for many fishermen who will catch them," says the LORD. "I am sending for hunters who will search for them in the forests and caves.
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Jeremiah 16:16 NRS
I am now sending for many fishermen, says the Lord, and they shall catch them; and afterward I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the clefts of the rocks.
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Jeremiah 16:16 RSV
"Behold, I am sending for many fishers, says the LORD, and they shall catch them; and afterwards I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the clefts of the rocks.
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Jeremiah 16:16 DBY
Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith Jehovah, and they shall fish them; and afterwards will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them, from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.
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Jeremiah 16:16 MSG
"Now, watch for what comes next: I'm going to assemble a bunch of fishermen." God's Decree! "They'll go fishing for my people and pull them in for judgment. Then I'll send out a party of hunters, and they'll hunt them out in all the mountains, hills, and caves.
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Jeremiah 16:16 WBT
Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the LORD, and they shall fish them; and afterwards will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.
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Jeremiah 16:16 TMB
"Behold, I will send for many fishers," saith the LORD, "and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.
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Jeremiah 16:16 TNIV
"But now I will send for many fishermen," declares the LORD, "and they will catch them. After that I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them down on every mountain and hill and from the crevices of the rocks.
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Jeremiah 16:16 WEB
Behold, I will send for many fishermen, says Yahweh, and they shall fish them up; and afterward I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the clefts of the rocks.
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Jeremiah 16:16 WYC
Lo! I shall send many fishers to them, saith the Lord, and they shall fish them; and after these things I shall send many hunters to them, and they shall hunt them from each mountain, and from each little hill, and from the caves of stones.
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Jeremiah 16:16 YLT
Lo, I am sending for many fishers, An affirmation of Jehovah, And they have fished them, And after this I send for many hunters, And they have hunted them from off every mountain, And from off every hill, and from holes of the rocks.
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Jeremiah 16 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 16

Prohibitions given to the prophet. (1-9) The justice of God in these judgments. (10-13) Future restoration of the Jews, and the conversion of the Gentiles. (14-21)

Verses 1-9 The prophet must conduct himself as one who expected to see his country ruined very shortly. In the prospect of sad times, he is to abstain from marriage, mourning for the dead, and pleasure. Those who would convince others of the truths of God, must make it appear by their self-denial, that they believe it themselves. Peace, inward and outward, family and public, is wholly the work of God, and from his loving-kindness and mercy. When He takes his peace from any people, distress must follow. There may be times when it is proper to avoid things otherwise our duty; and we should always sit loose to the pleasures and concerns of this life.

Verses 10-13 Here seems to be the language of those who quarrel at the word of God, and instead of humbling and condemning themselves, justify themselves, as though God did them wrong. A plain and full answer is given. They were more obstinate in sin than their fathers, walking every one after the devices of his heart. Since they will not hearken, they shall be hurried away into a far country, a land they know not. If they had God's favour, that would make even the land of their captivity pleasant.

Verses 14-21 The restoration from the Babylonish captivity would be remembered in place of the deliverance from Egypt; it also typified spiritual redemption, and the future deliverance of the church from antichristian oppression. But none of the sins of sinners can be hidden from God, or shall be overlooked by him. He will find out and raise up instruments of his wrath, that shall destroy the Jews, by fraud like fishers, by force like hunters. The prophet, rejoicing at the hope of mercy to come, addressed the Lord as his strength and refuge. The deliverance out of captivity shall be a figure of the great salvation to be wrought by the Messiah. The nations have often known the power of Jehovah in his wrath; but they shall know him as the strength of his people, and their refuge in time of trouble.

Jeremiah 16 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 16

Jeremiah 16:1-21 . CONTINUATION OF THE PREVIOUS PROPHECY.

2. in this place--in Judea. The direction to remain single was (whether literally obeyed, or only in prophetic vision) to symbolize the coming calamities of the Jews ( Ezekiel 24:15-27 ) as so severe that the single state would be then (contrary to the ordinary course of things) preferable to the married (compare 1 Corinthians 7:8 1 Corinthians 7:26 1 Corinthians 7:29 , Matthew 24:19 , Luke 23:29 ).

4. grievous deaths--rather, "deadly diseases" ( Jeremiah 15:2 ).
not . . . lamented--so many shall be the slain ( Jeremiah 22:18 ).
dung--( Psalms 83:10 ).

5. ( Ezekiel 24:17 Ezekiel 24:22 Ezekiel 24:23 ).
house of mourning--( Mark 5:38 ). Margin, "mourning-feast"; such feasts were usual at funerals. The Hebrew means, in Amos 6:7 , the cry of joy at a banquet; here, and Lamentations 2:19 , the cry of sorrow.

6. cut themselves--indicating extravagant grief ( Jeremiah 41:5 , 47:5 ), prohibited by the law ( Leviticus 19:28 ).
bald--( Jeremiah 7:29 , Isaiah 22:12 ).

7. tear themselves--rather, "break bread," namely, that eaten at the funeral-feast ( Deuteronomy 26:14 , Job 42:11 , Ezekiel 24:17 , Hosea 9:4 ). "Bread" is to be supplied, as in Lamentations 4:4 ; compare "take" (food) ( Genesis 42:33 ).
give . . . cup of consolation . . . for . . . father--It was the Oriental custom for friends to send viands and wine (the "cup of consolation") to console relatives in mourning-feasts, for example, to children upon the death of a "father" or "mother."

8. house of feasting--joyous: as distinguished from mourning-feasts. Have no more to do with this people whether in mourning or joyous feasts.

9. ( Jeremiah 7:34 , 25:10;,Ezek 26:13 Ezek 25:10 ).

10. ( Deuteronomy 29:24 , 1 Kings 9:8 1 Kings 9:9 ).

11. ( Jeremiah 5:19 , 13:22 , Jeremiah 22:8 Jeremiah 22:9 ).

12. ye--emphatic: so far from avoiding your fathers' bad example, ye have done worse ( Jeremiah 7:26 , 1 Kings 14:9 ).
imagination--rather, "stubborn perversity."
that they may not hearken--rather, connected with "ye"; "ye have walked . . . so as not to hearken to Me."

13. serve other gods--That which was their sin in their own land was their punishment in exile. Retribution in kind. They voluntarily forsook God for idols at home; they were not allowed to serve God, if they wished it, in captivity ( Daniel 3:12 , 6:7 ).
day and night--irony. You may there serve idols, which ye are so mad after, even to satiety, and without intermission.

14. Therefore--So severe shall be the Jews' bondage that their deliverance from it shall be a greater benefit than that out of Egypt. The consolation is incidental here; the prominent thought is the severity of their punishment, so great that their rescue from it will be greater than that from Egypt [CALVIN]; so the context, Jeremiah 16:13 Jeremiah 16:17 Jeremiah 16:18 , proves ( Jeremiah 23:7 Jeremiah 23:8 , Isaiah 43:18 ).

15. the north--Chaldea. But while the return from Babylon is primarily meant, the return hereafter is the full and final accomplishment contemplated, as "from all the lands" proves. "Israel" was not, save in a very limited sense, "gathered from all the lands" at the

16. send for--translate, "I will send many"; "I will give the commission to many" ( 2 Chronicles 17:7 ).
fishers . . . hunters--successive invaders of Judea ( Amos 4:2 , Habakkuk 1:14 Habakkuk 1:15 ). So "net" ( Ezekiel 12:13 ). As to "hunters," see Genesis 10:9 , Micah 7:2 . The Chaldees were famous in hunting, as the Egyptians, the other enemy of Judea, were in fishing. "Fishers" expresses the ease of their victory over the Jews as that of the angler over fishes; "hunters," the keenness of their pursuit of them into every cave and nook. It is remarkable, the same image is used in a good sense of the Jews' restoration, implying that just as their enemies were employed by God to take them in hand for destruction, so the same shall be employed for their restoration ( Ezekiel 47:9 Ezekiel 47:10 ). So spiritually, those once enemies by nature (fishermen many of them literally) were employed by God to be heralds of salvation, "catching men" for life ( Matthew 4:19 , Luke 5:10 , Acts 2:41 , 4:4 ); compare here Jeremiah 16:19 , "the Gentiles shall come unto thee" ( 2 Corinthians 12:16 ).

17. ( Jeremiah 32:19 , Proverbs 5:21 , 15:3 ).
their iniquity--the cause of God's judgments on them.

18. first . . . double--HORSLEY translates, "I will recompense . . . once and again"; literally, "the first time repeated": alluding to the two captivities--the Babylonian and the Roman. MAURER, "I will recompense their former iniquities (those long ago committed by their fathers) and their (own) repeated sins" ( Jeremiah 16:11 Jeremiah 16:12 ). English Version gives a good sense, "First (before 'I bring them again into their land'), I will doubly (that is, fully and amply, Jeremiah 17:18 , Isaiah 40:2 ) recompense."
carcasses--not sweet-smelling sacrifices acceptable to God, but "carcasses" offered to idols, an offensive odor to God: human victims ( Jeremiah 19:5 , Ezekiel 16:20 ), and unclean animals ( Isaiah 65:4 , 66:17 ). MAURER explains it, "the carcasses" of the idols: their images void of sense and life, Compare Jeremiah 16:19 Jeremiah 16:20 . Leviticus 26:30 favors this.

19, 20. The result of God's judgments on the Jews will be that both the Jews when restored, and the Gentiles who have witnessed those judgments, shall renounce idolatry for the worship of Jehovah. Fulfilled partly at the return from Babylon, after which the Jews entirely renounced idols, and many proselytes were gathered in from the Gentiles, but not to be realized in its fulness till the final restoration of Israel ( Isaiah 2:1-17 ).

20. indignant protest of Jeremiah against idols.
and they (are) no gods--( Jeremiah 2:11 , Isaiah 37:19 , Galatians 4:8 ). "They" refers to the idols. A man (a creature himself) making God is a contradiction in terms. Vulgate takes "they" thus: "Shall man make gods, though men themselves are not gods?"

21. Therefore--In order that all may be turned from idols to Jehovah, He will now give awful proof of His divine power in the judgments He will inflict.
this once--If the punishments I have heretofore inflicted have not been severe enough to teach them.
my name . . . Lord--Jehovah ( Psalms 83:18 ): God's incommunicable name, to apply which to idols would be blasphemy. Keeping His threats and promises ( Exodus 6:3 ).