Jeremiah 48:10

10 “A curse on anyone who is lax in doing the LORD’s work! A curse on anyone who keeps their sword from bloodshed!

Jeremiah 48:10 in Other Translations

10 Cursed be he that doeth the work of the LORD deceitfully, and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood.
10 "Cursed is he who does the work of the LORD with slackness, and cursed is he who keeps back his sword from bloodshed.
10 Cursed are those who refuse to do the LORD ’s work, who hold back their swords from shedding blood!
10 Sloppy work in God's name is cursed, and cursed all halfhearted use of the sword.
10 Cursed is the one who does the Lord's business deceitfully, and cursed is the one who withholds his sword from bloodshed.

Jeremiah 48:10 Meaning and Commentary

Jeremiah 48:10

Cursed [be] he that doeth the work of the Lord deceitfully,
&c.] Which is said with respect to the Chaldeans, who were enjoined to destroy the Moabites; which is called the work of the Lord, because he had given them a commission to do it; and which was to be done by them, not by halves, or in a remiss and negligent manner, but fully and faithfully; they were not to spare them, as Saul did the Amalekites, and Ahab Benhadad. This is a general rule, which may be applied to all divine work and service; every man has work to do for God; some in a more public, others in a more private way; all should be done in uprightness and sincerity, with all faithfulness and integrity: it is done deceitfully when men play the hypocrite; and negligently when they are backward to it, lukewarm in it, and infrequent in the performance of it; which brings upon them the curse of God; and which is not a curse causeless, but a legal one; and is no other than the wrath of God in strict justice: and cursed [be] he that keepeth back his sword from blood;
from shedding the blood of the Moabites, when God had given command to do it. The curse is repeated, as Kimchi observes, to confirm the matter, that it might be most assuredly expected; since it would certainly come, if the Lord's work was not done aright.

Jeremiah 48:10 In-Context

8 The destroyer will come against every town, and not a town will escape. The valley will be ruined and the plateau destroyed, because the LORD has spoken.
9 Put salt on Moab, for she will be laid waste ; her towns will become desolate, with no one to live in them.
10 “A curse on anyone who is lax in doing the LORD’s work! A curse on anyone who keeps their sword from bloodshed!
11 “Moab has been at rest from youth, like wine left on its dregs, not poured from one jar to another— she has not gone into exile. So she tastes as she did, and her aroma is unchanged.
12 But days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will send men who pour from pitchers, and they will pour her out; they will empty her pitchers and smash her jars.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Jeremiah 47:6
  • 2. S 1 Samuel 15:11; 1 Kings 20:42; 2 Kings 13:15-19
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