Compare Translations for Jeremiah 9:26

  • Jeremiah 9:26 (ASV) Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and Moab, and all that have the corners [of their hair] cut off, that dwell in the wilderness; for all the nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in heart.

  • Jeremiah 9:26 (BBE) On Egypt and on Judah and on Edom and on the children of Ammon and on Moab and on all who have the ends of their hair cut, who are living in the waste land: for all these nations and all the people of Israel are without circumcision in their hearts.

  • Jeremiah 9:26 (CEB) whether they are Egyptians or Judeans, Edomites or Ammonites, Moabites or the desert dwellers who cut the hair on their foreheads. All these nations are really uncircumcised; even the people of Israel are uncircumcised in heart.

  • Jeremiah 9:26 (CEBA) whether they are Egyptians or Judeans, Edomites or Ammonites, Moabites or the desert dwellers who cut the hair on their foreheads. All these nations are really uncircumcised; even the people of Israel are uncircumcised in heart.

  • Jeremiah 9:26 (CJB) Egypt, Y'hudah, Edom, the people of 'Amon and Mo'av, and all those living in the desert who cut the edges [of their beard]: "For although all the Goyim are uncircumcised, all the house of Isra'el have uncircumcised hearts."

  • Jeremiah 9:26 (CSB) Egypt, Judah, Edom, the Ammonites, Moab, all those who clip the hair on their temples and reside in the wilderness. All these nations are uncircumcised, and the whole house of Israel is uncircumcised in heart."

  • Jeremiah 9:26 (DBY) Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and Moab, and all that have the corners [of their beard] cut off, that dwell in the wilderness: for all the nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in heart.

  • Jeremiah 9:26 (ESV) Egypt, Judah, Edom, the sons of Ammon, Moab, and all who dwell in the desert who cut the corners of their hair, for all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in heart."

  • Jeremiah 9 (GNT) I wish my head were a well of water, and my eyes a fountain of tears, so that I could cry day and night for my people who have been killed. I wish I had a place to stay in the desert where I could get away from my people. They are all unfaithful, a mob of traitors. They are always ready to tell lies; dishonesty instead of truth rules the land. The Lord says, "My people do one evil thing after another and do not acknowledge me as their God." Everyone must be on guard against their friends, and no one can trust their relatives; for all relatives are as deceitful as Jacob, and everyone slanders their friends. They all mislead their friends, and no one tells the truth; they have taught their tongues to lie and will not give up their sinning. They do one violent thing after another, and one deceitful act follows another. The Lord says that his people reject him. Because of this the Lord Almighty says, "I will refine my people like metal and put them to the test. My people have done evil - what else can I do with them? Their tongues are like deadly arrows; they always tell lies. Everyone speaks friendly words to their neighbors, but they are really setting a trap for them. Will I not punish them for these things? Will I not take revenge on a nation like this? I, the Lord, have spoken." I said, "I will mourn for the mountains and weep for the pastures, because they have dried up, and no one travels through them. The sound of livestock is no longer heard; birds and wild animals have fled and gone." The Lord says, "I will make Jerusalem a pile of ruins, a place where jackals live; the cities of Judah will become a desert, a place where no one lives." I asked, "Lord, why is the land devastated and dry as a desert, so that no one travels through it? Who is wise enough to understand this? To whom have you explained it so that they can tell others?" The Lord answered, "This has happened because my people have abandoned the teaching that I gave them. They have not obeyed me or done what I told them. Instead, they have been stubborn and have worshiped the idols of Baal as their ancestors taught them to do. So then, listen to what I, the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, will do: I will give my people bitter plants to eat and poison to drink. I will scatter them among nations that neither they nor their ancestors have heard about, and I will send armies against them until I have completely destroyed them." The Lord Almighty said, "Think about what is happening! Call for the mourners to come, for the women who sing funeral songs." The people said, "Tell them to hurry and sing a funeral song for us, until our eyes fill with tears, and our eyelids are wet from crying." Listen to the sound of crying in Zion: "We are ruined! We are completely disgraced! We must leave our land; our homes have been torn down." I said, "Listen to the Lord, you women, and pay attention to his words. Teach your daughters how to mourn, and your friends how to sing a funeral song. Death has come in through our windows and entered our palaces; it has cut down the children in the streets and the young men in the marketplaces. Dead bodies are scattered everywhere, like piles of manure on the fields, like grain cut and left behind by the reapers, grain that no one gathers. This is what the Lord has told me to say." The Lord says, "The wise should not boast of their wisdom, nor the strong of their strength, nor the rich of their wealth. If any want to boast, they should boast that they know and understand me, because my love is constant, and I do what is just and right. These are the things that please me. I, the Lord, have spoken." The Lord says, "The time is coming when I will punish the people of Egypt, Judah, Edom, Ammon, Moab, and the desert people, who have their hair cut short. All these people are circumcised, but have not kept the covenant it symbolizes. None of these people and none of the people of Israel have kept my covenant."

  • Jeremiah 9 (GNTA) I wish my head were a well of water, and my eyes a fountain of tears, so that I could cry day and night for my people who have been killed. I wish I had a place to stay in the desert where I could get away from my people. They are all unfaithful, a mob of traitors. They are always ready to tell lies; dishonesty instead of truth rules the land. The Lord says, "My people do one evil thing after another and do not acknowledge me as their God." Everyone must be on guard against their friends, and no one can trust their relatives; for all relatives are as deceitful as Jacob, and everyone slanders their friends. They all mislead their friends, and no one tells the truth; they have taught their tongues to lie and will not give up their sinning. They do one violent thing after another, and one deceitful act follows another. The Lord says that his people reject him. Because of this the Lord Almighty says, "I will refine my people like metal and put them to the test. My people have done evil - what else can I do with them? Their tongues are like deadly arrows; they always tell lies. Everyone speaks friendly words to their neighbors, but they are really setting a trap for them. Will I not punish them for these things? Will I not take revenge on a nation like this? I, the Lord, have spoken." I said, "I will mourn for the mountains and weep for the pastures, because they have dried up, and no one travels through them. The sound of livestock is no longer heard; birds and wild animals have fled and gone." The Lord says, "I will make Jerusalem a pile of ruins, a place where jackals live; the cities of Judah will become a desert, a place where no one lives." I asked, "Lord, why is the land devastated and dry as a desert, so that no one travels through it? Who is wise enough to understand this? To whom have you explained it so that they can tell others?" The Lord answered, "This has happened because my people have abandoned the teaching that I gave them. They have not obeyed me or done what I told them. Instead, they have been stubborn and have worshiped the idols of Baal as their ancestors taught them to do. So then, listen to what I, the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, will do: I will give my people bitter plants to eat and poison to drink. I will scatter them among nations that neither they nor their ancestors have heard about, and I will send armies against them until I have completely destroyed them." The Lord Almighty said, "Think about what is happening! Call for the mourners to come, for the women who sing funeral songs." The people said, "Tell them to hurry and sing a funeral song for us, until our eyes fill with tears, and our eyelids are wet from crying." Listen to the sound of crying in Zion: "We are ruined! We are completely disgraced! We must leave our land; our homes have been torn down." I said, "Listen to the Lord, you women, and pay attention to his words. Teach your daughters how to mourn, and your friends how to sing a funeral song. Death has come in through our windows and entered our palaces; it has cut down the children in the streets and the young men in the marketplaces. Dead bodies are scattered everywhere, like piles of manure on the fields, like grain cut and left behind by the reapers, grain that no one gathers. This is what the Lord has told me to say." The Lord says, "The wise should not boast of their wisdom, nor the strong of their strength, nor the rich of their wealth. If any want to boast, they should boast that they know and understand me, because my love is constant, and I do what is just and right. These are the things that please me. I, the Lord, have spoken." The Lord says, "The time is coming when I will punish the people of Egypt, Judah, Edom, Ammon, Moab, and the desert people, who have their hair cut short. All these people are circumcised, but have not kept the covenant it symbolizes. None of these people and none of the people of Israel have kept my covenant."

  • Jeremiah 9:26 (GW) I will punish Egypt, Judah, Edom, Ammon, and Moab. I will punish all who shave the hair on their foreheads or live in the desert. Even though these nations are circumcised, all Israel has uncircumcised hearts."

  • Jeremiah 9:26 (HNV) Mitzrayim, and Yehudah, and Edom, and the children of `Ammon, and Mo'av, and all that have the corners [of their hair] cut off, who dwell in the wilderness; for all the nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Yisra'el are uncircumcised in heart.

  • Jeremiah 9:26 (JUB) Egypt and Judah and Edom and the sons of Ammon and Moab and all <em>that are</em> in the utmost corners, that dwell in the wilderness: for all the Gentiles <em>are</em> uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel <em>are</em> uncircumcised in the heart.

  • Jeremiah 9:26 (KJV) Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and Moab, and all that are in the utmost corners, that dwell in the wilderness: for all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart.

  • Jeremiah 9:26 (KJVA) Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and Moab, and all that are in the utmost corners, that dwell in the wilderness: for all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart.

  • Jeremiah 9:26 (LEB) Egypt, Judah, and Edom, and the {Ammonites}, and Moab, and all those who are trimmed to [the] side, those who live in the desert, for all the nations [are] uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel [are] uncircumcised of heart."

  • Jeremiah 9:26 (MSG) Egypt, Judah, Edom, Ammon, Moab. All these nations are big on performance religion - including Israel, who is no better." The Stick Gods

  • Jeremiah 9:26 (NAS) Egypt and Judah, and Edom and the sons of Ammon, and Moab and all those inhabiting the desert who clip the hair on their temples; for all the nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised of heart."

  • Jeremiah 9:26 (NCV) the people of Egypt, Judah, Edom, Ammon, Moab, and the desert people who cut their hair short. The men in all those countries are not circumcised. And the whole family of Israel does not give itself to serving me."

  • Jeremiah 9:26 (NIRV) That includes the people of Egypt, Judah, Edom, Ammon and Moab. It also includes all those who live in the desert in places far away. None of the people in those nations is really circumcised. And not even the people of Israel are circumcised in their hearts."

  • Jeremiah 9:26 (NIV) Egypt, Judah, Edom, Ammon, Moab and all who live in the desert in distant places. For all these nations are really uncircumcised, and even the whole house of Israel is uncircumcised in heart."

  • Jeremiah 9:26 (NKJV) Egypt, Judah, Edom, the people of Ammon, Moab, and all who are in the farthest corners, who dwell in the wilderness. For all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart."

  • Jeremiah 9:26 (NLT) the Egyptians, Edomites, Ammonites, Moabites, the people who live in distant places, and yes, even the people of Judah. Like all these pagan nations, the people of Israel also have uncircumcised hearts."

  • Jeremiah 9:26 (NRS) Egypt, Judah, Edom, the Ammonites, Moab, and all those with shaven temples who live in the desert. For all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel is uncircumcised in heart.

  • Jeremiah 9:26 (NRSA) Egypt, Judah, Edom, the Ammonites, Moab, and all those with shaven temples who live in the desert. For all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel is uncircumcised in heart.

  • Jeremiah 9:26 (RHE) Upon Egypt, and upon Juda, and upon Edom, and upon the children of Ammon, and upon Moab, and upon all that have their hair polled round, that dwell in the desert: for all the nations are uncircumcised in the flesh, but all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart.

  • Jeremiah 9:26 (RSV) Egypt, Judah, Edom, the sons of Ammon, Moab, and all who dwell in the desert that cut the corners of their hair; for all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel is uncircumcised in heart."

  • Jeremiah 9:26 (RSVA) Egypt, Judah, Edom, the sons of Ammon, Moab, and all who dwell in the desert that cut the corners of their hair; for all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel is uncircumcised in heart."

  • Jeremiah 9:26 (TMB) Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and Moab, and all that are in the utmost corners, that dwell in the wilderness. For all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart."

  • Jeremiah 9:26 (TMBA) Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and Moab, and all that are in the utmost corners, that dwell in the wilderness. For all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart."

  • Jeremiah 9:26 (TNIV) Egypt, Judah, Edom, Ammon, Moab and all who live in the wilderness in distant places. For all these nations are really uncircumcised, and even the whole house of Israel is uncircumcised in heart."

  • Jeremiah 9:26 (WBT) Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and Moab, and all [that are] in the utmost corners, that dwell in the wilderness: for all [these] nations [are] uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel [are] uncircumcised in the heart.

  • Jeremiah 9:26 (WEB) Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and Moab, and all that have the corners [of their hair] cut off, who dwell in the wilderness; for all the nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in heart.

  • Jeremiah 9:26 (WYC) on Egypt, and on Judah, and on Edom, and on the sons of Ammon, and on Moab, and on all men that be clipped on long hair, and dwell in desert; for why all heathen men have prepuce, forsooth all the house of Israel be uncircumcised in heart. (yea, in Egypt, and in Judah, and in Edom, and among the Ammonites, and in Moab, and among all the men who have clipped their long hair, and live in the desert; for all heathen men have prepuces, and all the house of Israel have uncircumcised hearts.)

  • Jeremiah 9:26 (YLT) On Egypt, and on Judah, and on Edom, And on the sons of Ammon, and on Moab, And on all cutting the corner [of the beard], Who are dwelling in the wilderness, For all the nations [are] uncircumcised, And all the house of Israel [are] uncircumcised in heart!

Commentaries For Jeremiah 9

  • Chapter 9

    The people are corrected, Jerusalem is destroyed. (1-11) The captives suffer in a foreign land. (12-22) God's loving-kindness, He threatens the enemies of his people. (23-26)

    Verses 1-11 Jeremiah wept much, yet wished he could weep more, that he might rouse the people to a due sense of the hand of God. But even the desert, without communion with God, through Christ Jesus, and the influences of the Holy Spirit, must be a place for temptation and evil; while, with these blessings, we may live in holiness in crowded cities. The people accustomed their tongues to lies. So false were they, that a brother could not be trusted. In trading and bargaining they said any thing for their own advantage, though they knew it to be false. But God marked their sin. Where no knowledge of God is, what good can be expected? He has many ways of turning a fruitful land into barrenness for the wickedness of those that dwell therein.

    Verses 12-22 In Zion the voice of joy and praise used to be heard, while the people kept close to God; but sin has altered the sound, it is now the voice of lamentation. Unhumbled hearts lament their calamity, but not their sin, which is the cause of it. Let the doors be shut ever so fast, death steals upon us. It enters the palaces of princes and great men, though stately, strongly built, and guarded. Nor are those more safe that are abroad; death cuts off even the children from without, and the young men from the streets. Hearken to the word of the Lord, and mourn with godly sorrow. This alone can bring true comfort; and it can turn the heaviest afflictions into precious mercies.

    Verses 23-26 In this world of sin and sorrow, ending soon in death and judgement, how foolish for men to glory in their knowledge, health, strength, riches, or in any thing which leaves them under the dominion of sin and the wrath of God! and of which an account must hereafter be rendered; it will but increase their misery. Those are the true Israel who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Let us prize the distinction which comes from God, and will last for ever. Let us seek it diligently.

  • CHAPTER 9

    Jeremiah 9:1-26 . JEREMIAH'S LAMENTATION FOR THE JEWS' SINS AND CONSEQUENT PUNISHMENT.

    1. This verse is more fitly joined to the last chapter, as Jeremiah 9:23 in the Hebrew (compare Isaiah 22:4 , Lamentations 2:11 , 3:48 ).

    2. lodging-place--a caravanseral for caravans, or companies travelling in the desert, remote from towns. It was a square building enclosing an open court. Though a lonely and often filthy dwelling, Jeremiah would prefer even it to the comforts of Jerusalem, so as to be removed from the pollutions of the capital ( Psalms 55:7 Psalms 55:8 ).

    3. bend . . . tongues . . . for lies--that is, with lies as their arrows; they direct lies on their tongue as their bow ( Psalms 64:3 Psalms 64:4 ).
    not valiant for . . . truth--( Jeremiah 7:28 ). MAURER translates, "They do not prevail by truth" or faith ( Psalms 12:4 ). Their tongue, not faith, is their weapon.
    upon . . . earth--rather, "in the land."
    know not me--( Hosea 4:1 ).

    4. supplant--literally, "trip up by the heel" ( Hosea 12:3 ).
    walk with slanders--( Jeremiah 6:28 ).

    5. weary themselves--are at laborious pains to act perversely [MAURER]. Sin is a hard bondage ( Habakkuk 2:13 ).

    6. Thine--God addresses Jeremiah, who dwelt in the midst of deceitful men.
    refuse to know me--Their ignorance of God is wilful ( Jeremiah 9:3 , Jeremiah 5:4 Jeremiah 5:5 ).

    7. melt . . . try them--by sending calamities on them.
    for how shall I do--"What else can I do for the sake of the daughter of My people?" [MAURER], ( Isaiah 1:25 , Malachi 3:3 ).

    8. tongue . . . arrow shot out--rather, "a murdering arrow" [MAURER] ( Jeremiah 9:3 ).
    speaketh peaceably . . . in heart . . . layeth . . . wait--layeth his ambush [HENDERSON], ( Psalms 55:21 ).

    9. ( Jeremiah 5:9 Jeremiah 5:29 ).

    10. Jeremiah breaks in upon Jehovah's threats of wrath with lamentation for his desolated country.
    mountains--once cultivated and fruitful: the hillsides were cultivated in terraces between the rocks.
    habitations of . . . wilderness--rather, "the pleasant herbage (literally, 'the choice parts' of any thing) of the pasture plain." The Hebrew for "wilderness" expresses not a barren desert, but an untilled plain, fit for pasture.
    burned up--because no one waters them, the inhabitants being all gone.
    none can pass through them--much less inhabit them.
    fowl--( Jeremiah 4:25 ).

    11. And--omit "And." Jehovah here resumes His speech from Jeremiah 9:9 .
    dragons--jackals.

    12. Rather, "Who is a wise man? (that is, Whosoever has inspired wisdom, 2 Peter 3:15 ); let him understand this (weigh well the evils impending, and the causes of their being sent); and he to whom the mouth of the Lord hath spoken (that is, whosoever is prophetically inspired), let him declare it to his fellow countrymen," if haply they may be roused to repentance, the only hope of safety.

    13. Answer to the "for what the land perisheth" ( Jeremiah 9:12 ).

    14. ( Jeremiah 7:24 ).
    Baalim--plural of Baal, to express his supposed manifold powers.
    fathers taught them--( Galatians 1:14 , 1 Peter 1:18 ). We are not to follow the errors of the fathers, but the authority of Scripture and of God [JEROME].

    15. feed--( Jeremiah 8:14 , 23:15 , Psalms 80:5 ).

    16. nor their fathers have known--alluding to Jeremiah 9:14 , "Their fathers taught them" idolatry; therefore the children shall be scattered to a land which neither their fathers nor they have known.
    send a sword after them--Not even in flight shall they be safe.

    17. mourning women--hired to heighten lamentation by plaintive cries baring the breast, beating the arms, and suffering the hair to flow dishevelled ( 2 Chronicles 35:25 , Ecclesiastes 12:5 , Matthew 9:23 ).
    cunning--skilled in wailing.

    18. ( Jeremiah 14:17 ).

    19. The cry of "the mourning women."
    spoiled--laid waste.
    dwellings cast us out--fulfilling Leviticus 18:28 , 20:22 . CALVIN translates, "The enemy have cast down our habitations."

    20. Yet--rather, "Only" [HENDERSON]. This particle calls attention to what follows.
    teach . . . daughters wailing--The deaths will be so many that there will be a lack of mourning women to bewail them. The mothers, therefore, must teach their daughters the science to supply the want.

    21. death . . . windows--The death-inflicting soldiery, finding the doors closed, burst in by the windows.
    to cut off . . . children from . . . streets--Death cannot be said to enter the windows to cut off the children in the streets, but to cut them off, so as no more to play in the streets without ( Zechariah 8:5 ).

    22. saith the Lord--continuing the thread of discourse from Jeremiah 9:20 .
    dung--( Jeremiah 8:2 ).
    handful . . . none . . . gather them--implying that the handful has been so trodden as to be not worth even the poor gleaner's effort to gather it. Or the Eastern custom may be referred to: the reaper cuts the grain and is followed by another who gathers it. This grain shall not be worth gathering. How galling to the pride of the Jews to hear that so shall their carcasses be trodden contemptuously under foot!

    23. wisdom--political sagacity; as if it could rescue from the impending calamities.
    might--military prowess.

    24. Nothing but an experimental knowledge of God will save the nation.
    understandeth--theoretically; in the intellect.
    knoweth--practically: so as to walk in My ways ( Jeremiah 22:16 , Job 22:21 , 1 Corinthians 1:31 ).
    loving kindness--God's mercy is put in the first and highest place, because without it we should flee from God in fear and despair.
    judgment . . . righteousness--loving-kindness towards the godly; judgment towards the ungodly; righteousness the most perfect fairness in all cases [GROTIUS]. Faithfulness to His promises to preserve the godly, as well as stern execution of judgment on the ungodly, is included in "righteousness."
    in the earth--contrary to the dogma of some philosophers, that God does not interfere in terrestrial concerns ( Psalms 58:11 ).
    in these . . . I delight--as well in doing them as in seeing them done by others ( Micah 6:8 , 7:18 ).

    25. with the uncircumcised--rather, "all that are circumcised in uncircumcision" [HENDERSON]. The Hebrew is an abstract term, not a concrete, as English Version translates, and as the pious "circumcised" is. The nations specified, Egypt, Judah, &c., were outwardly "circumcised," but in heart were "uncircumcised." The heathen nations were defiled, in spite of their literal circumcision, by idolatry. The Jews, with all their glorying in their spiritual privileges, were no better ( Jeremiah 4:4 , Deuteronomy 10:16 , 30:6 , Romans 2:28 Romans 2:29 , Colossians 2:11 ). However, Ezekiel 31:18 , 32:19 , may imply that the Egyptians were uncircumcised; and it is uncertain as to the other nations specified whether they were at that early time circumcised. HERODOTUS says the Egyptians were so; but others think this applies only to the priests and others having a sacred character, not to the mass of the nation; so English Version may be fight ( Romans 2:28 Romans 2:29 ).

    26. Egypt--put first to degrade Judah, who, though in privileges above the Gentiles, by unfaithfulness sank below them . . . Egypt, too, was the power in which the Jews were so prone to trust, and by whose instigation they, as well as the other peoples specified, revolted from Babylon.
    in the utmost corners--rather, "having the hair shaven (or clipped) in angles," that is, having the beard on the cheek narrowed or cut: a Canaanitish custom, forbidden to the Israelites ( Leviticus 19:27 , 21:5 ). The Arabs are hereby referred to (compare Jeremiah 25:23 , 49:32 ), as the words in apposition show, "that dwell in the wilderness."
    uncircumcised . . . uncircumcised in the heart--The addition of "in the heart" in Israel's case marks its greater guilt in proportion to its greater privileges, as compared with the rest.