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Jeremiah 30:16

16 “ ‘But all who devour you will be devoured; all your enemies will go into exile. Those who plunder you will be plundered; all who make spoil of you I will despoil.

Read Jeremiah 30:16 Using Other Translations

Therefore all they that devour thee shall be devoured; and all thine adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity; and they that spoil thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey upon thee will I give for a prey.
Therefore all who devour you shall be devoured, and all your foes, every one of them, shall go into captivity; those who plunder you shall be plundered, and all who prey on you I will make a prey.
“But all who devour you will be devoured, and all your enemies will be sent into exile. All who plunder you will be plundered, and all who attack you will be attacked.

What does Jeremiah 30:16 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Jeremiah 30:16

Therefore all they that devour thee shall be devoured
Thus rendering the words, they are to be connected with ( Jeremiah 30:10 Jeremiah 30:11 ) ; and all between to be put into a parenthesis: but rather, in connection with the preceding words, they should be rendered "nevertheless", or "notwithstanding" F25; though they had sinned at so great a rate, and were so much afflicted and chastened by the Lord, yet their enemies should not go unpunished, and mercy in the issue would be showed to them. Jarchi calls it an oath, that so it should be; the Romans that devoured them, and ate up their substance, were devoured by the Goths and Vandals; for this may be carried further than to the destruction of the Babylonish empire by the Persians; and all thine adversaries, everyone of them shall, fro into captivity;
or be conquered and subdued, as were the Assyrians, Egyptians, Chaldeans, Grecians, Romans; and not only Rome Pagan has been destroyed, but Rome Papal also will go into captivity; see ( Revelation 13:10 ) ; and they that spoil thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey upon thee
will I give for a prey:
they shall be used according to the law of retaliation; the same measure they have measured shall be measured to them again.


FOOTNOTES:

F25 (Nkl) "verumtamen, [vel] nihilominus", Gataker. So Kimchi and Abarbinel.
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