Compare Translations for Jeremiah 5:6

  • Jeremiah 5:6 (ASV) Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, a wolf of the evenings shall destroy them, a leopard shall watch against their cities; every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces; because their transgressions are many, [and] their backslidings are increased.

  • Jeremiah 5:6 (BBE) And so a lion from the woods will put them to death, a wolf of the waste land will make them waste, a leopard will keep watch on their towns, and everyone who goes out from them will be food for the beasts; because of the great number of their sins and the increase of their wrongdoing.

  • Jeremiah 5:6 (CEB) Therefore, a lion from the forest will attack them; a wolf from the desert will destroy them; a leopard prowling around their towns will tear to pieces anyone venturing out— because of their many crimes and countless acts of unfaithfulness.

  • Jeremiah 5:6 (CEBA) Therefore, a lion from the forest will attack them; a wolf from the desert will destroy them; a leopard prowling around their towns will tear to pieces anyone venturing out— because of their many crimes and countless acts of unfaithfulness.

  • Jeremiah 5:6 (CJB) This is why a forest lion kills them, why a desert wolf can plunder them, why a leopard guards their cities - all who leave are torn to pieces - because their crimes are many, their backslidings keep increasing.

  • Jeremiah 5:6 (CSB) Therefore, a lion from the forest will strike them down. A wolf from an arid plain will ravage them. A leopard keeps watch over their cities. Anyone who leaves them will be torn to pieces because their rebellious acts are many, their unfaithful deeds numerous.

  • Jeremiah 5:6 (DBY) Therefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, a wolf of the evenings shall waste them; the leopard lurketh against their cities, every one that goeth out thence is torn in pieces: for their transgressions are multiplied, their backslidings are increased.

  • Jeremiah 5:6 (ESV) Therefore a lion from the forest shall strike them down; a wolf from the desert shall devastate them. A leopard is watching their cities; everyone who goes out of them shall be torn in pieces, because their transgressions are many, their apostasies are great.

  • Jeremiah 5:6 (GNT) That is why lions from the forest will kill them; wolves from the desert will tear them to pieces, and leopards will prowl through their towns. If those people go out, they will be torn apart because their sins are numerous and time after time they have turned from God.

  • Jeremiah 5:6 (GNTA) That is why lions from the forest will kill them; wolves from the desert will tear them to pieces, and leopards will prowl through their towns. If those people go out, they will be torn apart because their sins are numerous and time after time they have turned from God.

  • Jeremiah 5:6 (GW) That is why a lion from the forest will attack them. A wolf from the wilderness will destroy them. A leopard will lie in ambush outside their cities. All who leave the cities will be torn to pieces, because they rebel so often and they become more and more unfaithful.

  • Jeremiah 5:6 (HNV) Therefore a lion out of the forest shall kill them, a wolf of the evenings shall destroy them, a leopard shall watch against their cities; everyone who goes out there shall be torn in pieces; because their transgressions are many, [and] their backsliding is increased.

  • Jeremiah 5:6 (JUB) Therefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, <em>and</em> a wolf of the desert shall destroy them and a tiger shall lie in wait over their cities; anyone that goes out from there shall be torn in pieces because their rebellions have been multiplied, <em>and</em> their backslidings are increased.

  • Jeremiah 5:6 (KJV) Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, and their backslidings are increased.

  • Jeremiah 5:6 (KJVA) Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces : because their transgressions are many , and their backslidings are increased .

  • Jeremiah 5:6 (LEB) Therefore a lion from [the] forest will kill them, A wolf [from the] desert plains will devastate them. A leopard [is] watching their cities, everyone [who] goes out from there will be torn, because their transgressions are many, their apostasies are numerous.

  • Jeremias 5:6 (LXX) Therefore has a lion out of the forest smitten them, and a wolf has destroyed them even to houses, and a leopard has watched against their cities: all that go forth from them shall be hunted: for they have multiplied their ungodliness, they have strengthened themselves in their revoltings.

  • Jeremiah 5:6 (MSG) The invaders are ready to pounce and kill, like a mountain lion, a wilderness wolf, Panthers on the prowl. The streets aren't safe anymore. And why? Because the people's sins are piled sky-high; their betrayals are past counting.

  • Jeremiah 5:6 (NAS) Therefore a lion from the forest will slay them, A wolf of the deserts will destroy them, A leopard is watching their cities. Everyone who goes out of them will be torn in pieces, Because their transgressions are many, Their apostasies are numerous.

  • Jeremiah 5:6 (NCV) So a lion from the forest will attack them. A wolf from the desert will kill them. A leopard is waiting for them near their towns. It will tear to pieces anyone who comes out of the city, because the people of Judah have sinned greatly. many times.

  • Jeremiah 5:6 (NIRV) So a lion from the forest will attack them. A wolf from the desert will destroy them. A leopard will hide and wait near their towns. It will tear to pieces anyone who dares to go out. Again and again they have refused to obey the Lord. They have turned away from him many times.

  • Jeremiah 5:6 (NIV) Therefore a lion from the forest will attack them, a wolf from the desert will ravage them, a leopard will lie in wait near their towns to tear to pieces any who venture out, for their rebellion is great and their backslidings many.

  • Jeremiah 5:6 (NKJV) Therefore a lion from the forest shall slay them, A wolf of the deserts shall destroy them; A leopard will watch over their cities. Everyone who goes out from there shall be torn in pieces, Because their transgressions are many; Their backslidings have increased.

  • Jeremiah 5:6 (NLT) So now a lion from the forest will attack them; a wolf from the desert will pounce on them. A leopard will lurk near their towns, tearing apart any who dare to venture out. For their rebellion is great, and their sins are many.

  • Jeremiah 5:6 (NRS) Therefore a lion from the forest shall kill them, a wolf from the desert shall destroy them. A leopard is watching against their cities; everyone who goes out of them shall be torn in pieces— because their transgressions are many, their apostasies are great.

  • Jeremiah 5:6 (NRSA) Therefore a lion from the forest shall kill them, a wolf from the desert shall destroy them. A leopard is watching against their cities; everyone who goes out of them shall be torn in pieces— because their transgressions are many, their apostasies are great.

  • Yirmeyah 5:6 (OJB) Therefore an aryeh (lion) out of the forest shall slay them, and a ze’ev (wolf) of the deserts shall destroy them, a namer (leopard) shall prowl near their towns; every one that ventureth out from there shall be torn to pieces; because their peysha’im (rebellions) are many, and their meshuvot (backslidings) are increased.

  • Jeremiah 5:6 (RHE) Wherefore a lion out of the wood hath slain them, a wolf in the evening hath spoiled them, a leopard watcheth for their cities: every one that shall go out thence shall be taken, because their transgressions are multiplied, their rebellions are strengthened.

  • Jeremiah 5:6 (RSV) Therefore a lion from the forest shall slay them, a wolf from the desert shall destroy them. A leopard is watching against their cities, every one who goes out of them shall be torn in pieces; because their transgressions are many, their apostasies are great.

  • Jeremiah 5:6 (RSVA) Therefore a lion from the forest shall slay them, a wolf from the desert shall destroy them. A leopard is watching against their cities, every one who goes out of them shall be torn in pieces; because their transgressions are many, their apostasies are great.

  • Jeremiah 5:6 (TMB) Therefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings shall despoil them; a leopard shall watch over their cities. Every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces, because their transgressions are many, and their backslidings are increased.

  • Jeremiah 5:6 (TMBA) Therefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings shall despoil them; a leopard shall watch over their cities. Every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces, because their transgressions are many, and their backslidings are increased.

  • Jeremiah 5:6 (WBT) Wherefore a lion from the forest shall slay them, [and] a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, [and] their backslidings are increased.

  • Jeremiah 5:6 (WEB) Therefore a lion out of the forest shall kill them, a wolf of the evenings shall destroy them, a leopard shall watch against their cities; everyone who goes out there shall be torn in pieces; because their transgressions are many, [and] their backsliding is increased.

  • Jeremiah 5:6 (WYC) Therefore a lion of the wood smote them; a wolf at eventide wasted them, a leopard watching on the cities of them. Each man that goeth out of them, shall be taken; for the trespassings of them be multiplied, the turnings away of them be comforted (Each person who goeth out of them, shall be taken, or shall be torn apart; for their trespassings be multiplied, their turnings away be increased).

  • Jeremiah 5:6 (YLT) Therefore smitten them hath a lion out of the forest, A wolf of the deserts doth spoil them, A leopard is watching over their cities, Every one who is going out of them is torn, For many have been their transgressions, Mighty have been their backslidings.

Commentaries For Jeremiah 5

  • Chapter 5

    The Jews' profession of religion was hypocritical. (1-9) The cruel proceedings of their enemies. (10-18) Their apostacy and idolatry. (19-31)

    Verses 1-9 None could be found who behaved as upright and godly men. But the Lord saw the true character of the people through all their disguises. The poor were ignorant, and therefore they were wicked. What can be expected but works of darkness, from people that know nothing of God and religion? There are God's poor, who, notwithstanding poverty, know the way of the Lord, walk in it, and do their duty; but these were willingly ignorant, and their ignorance would not be their excuse. The rich were insolent and haughty, and the abuse of God's favours made their sin worse.

    Verses 10-18 Multitudes are ruined by believing that God will not be so strict as his word says he will; by this artifice Satan undid mankind. Sinners are not willing to own any thing to be God's word, that tends to part them from, or to disquiet them in, their sins. Mocking and misusing the Lord's messengers, filled the measure of their iniquity. God can bring trouble upon us from places and causes very remote. He has mercy in store for his people, therefore will set bounds to this desolating judgment. Let us not overlook the "nevertheless," ver. ( 18 ) . This is the Lord's covenant with Israel. He thereby proclaims his holiness, and his utter displeasure against sin while sparing the sinner, ( Psalms 89:30-35 ) .

    Verses 19-31 Unhumbled hearts are ready to charge God with being unjust in their afflictions. But they may read their sin in their punishment. If men will inquire wherefore the Lord doeth hard things unto them, let them think of their sins. The restless waves obeyed the Divine decree, that they should not pass the sandy shores, which were as much a restraint as lofty mountains; but they burst all restraints of God's law, and were wholly gone into wickedness. Neither did they consider their interest. While the Lord, year after year, reserves to us the appointed weeks of harvest, men live on his bounty; yet they transgress against him. Sin deprives us of God's blessings; it makes the heaven as brass, and the earth as iron. Certainly the things of this world are not the best things; and we are not to think, that, because evil men prosper, God allows their practices. Though sentence against evil works is not executed speedily, it will be executed. Shall I not visit for these things? This speaks the certainty and the necessity of God's judgments. Let those who walk in bad ways consider that an end will come, and there will be bitterness in the latter end.

  • CHAPTER 5

    Jeremiah 5:1-31 . THE CAUSE OF THE JUDGMENTS TO BE INFLICTED IS THE UNIVERSAL CORRUPTION OF THE PEOPLE.

    1. a man--As the pious Josiah, Baruch, and Zephaniah lived in Jerusalem at that time, Jeremiah must here mean the mass of the people, the king, his counsellors, the false prophets, and the priests, as distinguished from the faithful few, whom God had openly separated from the reprobate people; among the latter not even one just person was to be found ( Isaiah 9:16 ) [CALVIN]; the godly, moreover, were forbidden to intercede for them ( Jeremiah 7:16 ; compare Genesis 18:23 , &c. Psalms 12:1 , Ezekiel 22:30 ).
    see . . . know--look . . . ascertain.
    judgment--justice, righteousness.
    pardon it--rather, her.

    2. ( Titus 1:16 ).
    swear falsely--not a judicial oath; but their profession of the worship of Jehovah is insincere ( Jeremiah 5:7 , Jeremiah 4:2 ). The reformation under Josiah was merely superficial in the case of the majority.

    3. eyes upon the truth--( Deuteronomy 32:4 , 2 Chronicles 16:9 ). "Truth" is in contrast with "swear falsely" ( Jeremiah 5:2 ). The false-professing Jews could expect nothing but judgments from the God of truth.
    stricken . . . not grieved--( Jeremiah 2:30 , Isaiah 1:5 , 9:13 ).
    refused . . . correction--( Jeremiah 7:28 , Zephaniah 3:2 ).

    4. poor--rather, "the poor." He supposes for the moment that this utter depravity is confined to the uninstructed poor, and that he would find a different state of things in the higher ranks: but there he finds unbridled profligacy.

    5. they have known--rather, "they must know." The prophet supposes it as probable, considering their position.
    but these--I found the very reverse to be the case.
    burst . . . bonds--set God's law at defiance ( Psalms 2:3 ).

    6. lion . . . wolf . . . leopard--the strongest, the most ravenous, and the swiftest, respectively, of beasts: illustrating the formidable character of the Babylonians.
    of the evenings--Others not so well translate, of the deserts. The plural means that it goes forth every evening to seek its prey ( Psalms 104:20 , Habakkuk 1:8 , Zephaniah 3:3 ).
    leopard . . . watch . . . cities--( Hosea 13:7 ). It shall lie in wait about their cities.

    7. It would not be consistent with God's holiness to let such wickedness pass unpunished.
    sworn by--( Jeremiah 5:2 , Jeremiah 4:2 ); that is, worshipped.
    no gods--( Deuteronomy 32:21 ).
    fed . . . to the full--so the Keri (Hebrew Margin) reads, God's bountifulness is contrasted with their apostasy ( Deuteronomy 32:15 ). Prosperity, the gift of God, designed to lead men to Him, often produces the opposite effect. The Hebrew Chetib (text), reads: "I bound them (to Me) by oath," namely, in the marriage covenant, sealed at Sinai between God and Israel; in contrast to which stands their "adultery"; the antithesis favors this.
    adultery . . . harlots' houses--spiritually: idolatry in temples of idols; but literal prostitution is also included, being frequently part of idol-worship: for example, in the worship of the Babylonian Mylitta.

    8. in the morning--( Isaiah 5:11 ). "Rising early in the morning" is a phrase for unceasing eagerness in any pursuit; such was the Jews' avidity after idol-worship. MAURER translates from a different Hebrew root, "continually wander to and fro," inflamed with lust ( Jeremiah 2:23 ). But English Version is simpler (compare Jeremiah 13:27 , Ezekiel 22:11 ).

    9. ( Jeremiah 5:29 , Jeremiah 9:9 , 44:22 ).

    10. Abrupt apostrophe to the Babylonians, to take Jerusalem, but not to destroy the nation utterly
    battlements--rather, tendrils [MAURER]: the state being compared to a vine ( Jeremiah 12:10 ), the stem of which was to be spared, while the tendrils (the chief men) were to be removed.

    11. ( Jeremiah 3:20 ).

    12. belied--denied.
    It is not he--rather, "(Jehovah) is not HE," that is, the true and only God ( Jeremiah 14:22 , Deuteronomy 32:39 , Isaiah 43:10 Isaiah 43:13 ). By their idolatry they virtually denied Him. Or, referring to what follows, and to Jeremiah 5:9 , "(Jehovah) is not," namely, about to be the punisher of our sins ( Jeremiah 14:13 , Isaiah 28:15 ).

    13. Continuation of the unbelieving language of the Jews.
    the prophets--who prophesy punishment coming on us.
    the word--the Holy Spirit, who speaks through true prophets, is not in them [MAURER]. Or else, "There is no word (divine communication) in them" ( Hosea 1:2 ) [ROSENMULLER].
    thus, &c.--Their ill-omened prophecies shall fall on themselves.

    14. ye . . . thy . . . this people--He turns away from addressing the people to the prophet; implying that He puts them to a distance from Him, and only communicates with them through His prophet ( Jeremiah 5:19 ).
    fire . . . wood--Thy denunciations of judgments shall be fulfilled and shall consume them as fire does wood. In Jeremiah 23:29 it is the penetrating energy of fire which is the point of comparison.

    15. ( Jeremiah 1:15 , 6:22 ). Alluding to Deuteronomy 28:49 , &c.
    Israel--that is, Judah.
    mighty--from an Arabic root, "enduring." The fourfold repetition of "nation" heightens the force.
    ancient--The Chaldeans came originally from the Carduchian and Armenian mountains north of Mesopotamia, whence they immigrated into Babylonia; like all mountaineers, they were brave and hardy
    language . . . knowest not-- Isaiah 36:11 shows that Aramaic was not understood by the "multitude," but only by the educated classes [MAURER]. HENDERSON refers it to the original language of the Babylonians, which, he thinks, they brought with them from their native hills, akin to the Persic, not to the Aramaic, or any other Semitic tongue, the parent of the modern Kurd.

    16. open sepulchre--(Compare Psalms 5:9 ). Their quiver is all-devouring, as the grave opened to receive the dead: as many as are the arrows, so many are the deaths.

    17. ( Leviticus 26:16 ).

    18. Not even in those days of judgments, will God utterly exterminate His people.
    I will not make a full end with you--( Jeremiah 5:10 , Jeremiah 4:27 ).

    19. Retribution in kind. As ye have forsaken Me ( Jeremiah 2:13 ), so shall ye be forsaken by Me. As ye have served strange (foreign) gods in your land, so shall ye serve strangers (foreigners) in a land not yours. Compare the similar retribution in Deuteronomy 28:47 Deuteronomy 28:48 .

    21. eyes . . . ears, and--Translate, "and yet" (compare Deuteronomy 29:4 , Isaiah 6:9 ). Having powers of perception, they did not use them: still they were responsible for the exercise of them.

    22. sand--Though made up of particles easily shifting about, I render it sufficient to curb the violence of the sea. Such is your monstrous perversity, that the raging, senseless sea sooner obeys Me, than ye do who profess to be intelligent [CALVIN], ( Job 26:10 , Job 38:10 Job 38:11 , Proverbs 8:29 , Revelation 15:4 ).

    23. ( Jeremiah 6:28 ).

    24. rain . . . former . . . latter--The "former" falls from the middle of October to the beginning of December. The "latter," or spring rain in Palestine, falls before harvest in March and April, and is essential for ripening the crops ( Deuteronomy 11:14 , Joel 2:23 ).
    weeks of . . . harvest--the seven weeks between passover and pentecost, beginning on the sixteenth of Nisan ( Deuteronomy 16:9 ). By God's special providence no rain fell in Palestine during the harvest weeks, so that harvest work went on without interruption (see Genesis 8:22 ).

    25. National guilt had caused the suspension of these national mercies mentioned in Jeremiah 5:24 (compare Jeremiah 3:3 ).

    26. ( Proverbs 1:11 Proverbs 1:17 Proverbs 1:18 , Habakkuk 1:15 ).
    as he that setteth snares--rather, "as fowlers crouch" [MAURER].
    trap--literally, "destruction": the instrument of destruction.
    catch men--not as Peter, to save ( Luke 5:10 ), but to destroy men.

    27. full of deceit--full of treasures got by deceit.
    rich--( Psalms 73:12 Psalms 73:18-20 ).

    28. shine--the effect of fatness on the skin ( Deuteronomy 32:15 ). They live a life of self-indulgence.
    overpass . . . the wicked--exceed even the Gentiles in wickedness ( Jeremiah 2:33 , Ezekiel 5:6 Ezekiel 5:7 ).
    judge not . . . fatherless--( Isaiah 1:23 ).
    yet . . . prosper--( Jeremiah 12:1 ).

    29. ( Jeremiah 5:9 , Malachi 3:5 ).

    30. ( Jeremiah 23:14 , Hosea 6:10 ).

    31. bear rule by their means--literally, "according to their hands," that is, under their guidance ( 1 Chronicles 25:3 ). As a sample of the priests lending themselves to the deceits of the false prophets, to gain influence over the people, see Jeremiah 29:24-32 .
    love to have it so--( Micah 2:11 ).
    end thereof--the fatal issue of this sinful course when divine judgments shall come.