Jeremiah 49:34-39

Judgment on Elam

34 The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning 1Elam, in the beginning of the reign of 2Zedekiah king of Judah.
35 Thus says the LORD of hosts: "Behold, I will break 3the bow of 4Elam, the mainstay of their might.
36 And I will bring upon 5Elam the four winds from the four quarters of heaven. And I will scatter them to all those winds, and there shall be no nation to which those driven out of 6Elam shall not come.
37 I will 7terrify 8Elam before their enemies and before those who seek their life. I will bring disaster upon them, 9my fierce anger, declares the LORD. 10I will send the sword after them, until I have consumed them,
38 and I will set my throne in 11Elam and destroy their king and officials, declares the LORD.
39 "But in the latter days 12I will restore the fortunes of 13Elam, declares the LORD."

Jeremiah 49:34-39 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO JEREMIAH 49

This chapter contains prophecies concerning the judgments of God on several nations and kingdoms, chiefly bordering on the land of Israel; on the Ammonites, Jer 49:1-6; on the Edomites, Jer 49:7-22; on the kingdom of Damascus, or the Syrians, Jer 49:23-27; on the Kedarenes or Arabians, Jer 49:28-33; and on the Elamites or Persians, Jer 49:34-39.

Jeremiah 49:34-39 In-Context

32 Their camels shall become plunder, their herds of livestock a spoil. I will scatter to every wind those who cut the corners of their hair, and I will bring their calamity from every side of them, declares the LORD.
33 Hazor shall become a haunt of jackals, an everlasting waste; no man shall dwell there; no man shall sojourn in her."
34 The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning Elam, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah.
35 Thus says the LORD of hosts: "Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, the mainstay of their might.
36 And I will bring upon Elam the four winds from the four quarters of heaven. And I will scatter them to all those winds, and there shall be no nation to which those driven out of Elam shall not come.
37 I will terrify Elam before their enemies and before those who seek their life. I will bring disaster upon them, my fierce anger, declares the LORD. I will send the sword after them, until I have consumed them,
38 and I will set my throne in Elam and destroy their king and officials, declares the LORD.
39 "But in the latter days I will restore the fortunes of Elam, declares the LORD."

Cross References 13

  • 1. Jeremiah 25:25; Genesis 14:1; Isaiah 11:11; Isaiah 21:2; Ezekiel 32:24; Daniel 8:2
  • 2. 2 Kings 24:17, 18
  • 3. Isaiah 22:6
  • 4. [See ver. 34 above]
  • 5. [See ver. 34 above]
  • 6. [See ver. 34 above]
  • 7. [Jeremiah 1:17]
  • 8. [See ver. 34 above]
  • 9. See Jeremiah 12:13
  • 10. See Jeremiah 9:16
  • 11. [See ver. 34 above]
  • 12. [Jeremiah 48:47]
  • 13. [See ver. 34 above]