Jeremiah 13:20

20 Look up and see those who are coming from the north. Where is the flock that was entrusted to you, the sheep of which you boasted?

Read Jeremiah 13:20 Using Other Translations

Lift up your eyes, and behold them that come from the north: where is the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful flock?
"Lift up your eyes and see those who come from the north. Where is the flock that was given you, your beautiful flock?
Open up your eyes and see the armies marching down from the north! Where is your flock— your beautiful flock— that he gave you to care for?

What does Jeremiah 13:20 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Jeremiah 13:20

Lift up your eyes, and behold them that come from the north,
&c.] There are a Keri and a Cetib of the words "lift up" and "behold"; they are written in the singular number, and may be considered as directed to the king, as the words following are; and they are read in the plural number, the state and whole body of the people being called upon to observe the Chaldean army, which came from the north; and is represented as on the march, just at hand to invade, besiege, take, and carry them captive. The Septuagint version renders it, "lift up thine eyes, O Jerusalem"; and the Arabic version, "O Israel: where is the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful flock?" that is, the people, as the Targum interprets it, which were committed to the care and charge of the king, as sheep into the hands of a shepherd; and were a fine body of people, chosen of God and precious, distinguished above all others by wholesome and righteous laws and statutes, and special privileges; a people who were a kingdom of priests, a holy nation, and a peculiar people, the glory of the whole earth; but now carried, or about to be carried, captive. It is no unusual thing to represent a king as a shepherd, and his people as a flock, guided, governed, and protected by him, and who is accountable for his trust to the King of kings; see ( Psalms 78:71 Psalms 78:72 ) .

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