Jeremiah 6:17

17 I appointed watchmen over you and said, ‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’ But you said, ‘We will not listen.’

Jeremiah 6:17 in Other Translations

17 Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.
17 I set watchmen over you, saying, 'Pay attention to the sound of the trumpet!' But they said, 'We will not pay attention.'
17 I posted watchmen over you who said, ‘Listen for the sound of the alarm.’ But you replied, ‘No! We won’t pay attention!’
17 I even provided watchmen for them to warn them, to set off the alarm. But the people said, 'It's a false alarm. It doesn't concern us.'
17 I appointed watchmen over you [and said:] Listen for the sound of the ram's horn. But they protested: We won't listen!

Jeremiah 6:17 Meaning and Commentary

Jeremiah 6:17

Also I set watchmen over you
That is, prophets, as Jarchi; true prophets, as Kimchi; such an one was Ezekiel, ( Jeremiah 3:17 ) . The Targum interprets it teachers; such were the apostles and first ministers of the Gospel; and all faithful preachers of it, who teach men good doctrine and watch for their souls, give them warning of their danger, and exhort them to flee to Christ for rest and safety; and these are of the Lord's appointing, constituting, and setting in his churches; see ( 1 Corinthians 12:28 ) . Saying, hearken to the sound of the trumpet;
to their voice, lifted up like a trumpet, ( Isaiah 58:1 ) , to the word preached by them; to the law, which lays before them their sin and danger; and to the Gospel, which is a joyful sound, and gives a certain one, and proclaims peace, pardon, and salvation, by Christ: but they said, we will not hearken;
so the Jews, in the times of Christ and his apostles, turned a deaf ear to their ministry, contradicted and blasphemed the Gospel, and judged themselves unworthy of it, and of eternal life, brought to light by it. Perhaps here it may regard the punishments threatened the Jews by the prophets, which they would not believe were coming upon them, but put away the evil day far from them.

Jeremiah 6:17 In-Context

15 Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush. So they will fall among the fallen; they will be brought down when I punish them,” says the LORD.
16 This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
17 I appointed watchmen over you and said, ‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’ But you said, ‘We will not listen.’
18 Therefore hear, you nations; you who are witnesses, observe what will happen to them.
19 Hear, you earth: I am bringing disaster on this people, the fruit of their schemes, because they have not listened to my words and have rejected my law.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Isaiah 52:8; Ezekiel 3:17
  • 2. S Exodus 20:18
  • 3. Jeremiah 11:7-8; Jeremiah 25:4; Ezekiel 33:4; Zechariah 1:4
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