Jeremiah 22:24

24 “As surely as I live,” declares the LORD, “even if you, Jehoiachin[a] son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, were a signet ring on my right hand, I would still pull you off.

Jeremiah 22:24 in Other Translations

KJV
24 As I live, saith the LORD, though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah were the signet upon my right hand, yet would I pluck thee thence;
ESV
24 "As I live, declares the LORD, though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, were the signet ring on my right hand, yet I would tear you off
NLT
24 “As surely as I live,” says the LORD, “I will abandon you, Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah. Even if you were the signet ring on my right hand, I would pull you off.
MSG
24 "As sure as I am the living God" - God's Decree - "even if you, Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, were the signet ring on my right hand, I'd pull you off
CSB
24 "As I live," says the Lord, "though you, Coniah son of Jehoiakim, the king of Judah, were a signet ring on My right hand, I would tear you from it.

Jeremiah 22:24 Meaning and Commentary

Jeremiah 22:24

[As] I live, saith the Lord
The form of an oath, used to express the greater certainty of what is after delivered: swearing by his life is swearing by himself; see ( Hebrews 6:13 ) ; though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah;
the same with Jeconiah, so nicknamed by way of contempt; and it may be to denote the diminution of his glory and kingdom, and the shortness of his reign: were the signet upon my right hand;
ever so near to him, or ever so much valued by him, as he had been before, and so constantly cared for and regarded by him; as a ring, with anything respectable engraved on it, is constantly wore by persons, and greatly valued; especially such as had on them the image or picture of a person loved, as was usual in some countries, to which the allusion is by some thought to be: so the friends of Epicurus used to have his image engraved upon their rings, which they wore on their fingers in respect to him, and as an omen of good to themselves F2; see ( Song of Solomon 8:6 ) ( Isaiah 49:16 ) ( Haggai 2:23 ) ; yet would I pluck thee thence:
with great displeasure and indignation: it designs being removed from his throne and kingdom, and out of his native land, and carried into a far country, as follows.


FOOTNOTES:

F2 Vid. Alexand. ab Alex. Genial. Dier. l. 2. c. 19.

Jeremiah 22:24 In-Context

22 The wind will drive all your shepherds away, and your allies will go into exile. Then you will be ashamed and disgraced because of all your wickedness.
23 You who live in ‘Lebanon, ’ who are nestled in cedar buildings, how you will groan when pangs come upon you, pain like that of a woman in labor!
24 “As surely as I live,” declares the LORD, “even if you, Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, were a signet ring on my right hand, I would still pull you off.
25 I will deliver you into the hands of those who want to kill you, those you fear—Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and the Babylonians.
26 I will hurl you and the mother who gave you birth into another country, where neither of you was born, and there you both will die.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S 2 Kings 24:6,8; Jeremiah 37:1
  • 2. S Genesis 38:18

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Hebrew "Koniah," a variant of "Jehoiachin" ; also in verse 28