Jeremiah 4:19

19 My bowels, my bowels! I am pained#stm8799 at my very[a] heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.

Jeremiah 4:19 Meaning and Commentary

Jeremiah 4:19

My bowels, my bowels
These are either the words of the people, unto whose heart the calamity reached, as in the preceding verse; or rather of the prophet, who either, from a sympathizing heart, expresses himself in this manner; or puts on an appearance of mourning and distress, in order to awaken his people to a sense of their condition. The repetition of the word is after the manner of persons in pain and uneasiness, as, "my head, my head", ( 2 Kings 4:19 ) : I am pained at my very heart;
as a woman in labour. In the Hebrew text it is, "as the walls of my heart" F5; meaning either his bowels, as before; or the "praecordia", the parts about the heart, which are as walls unto it; his grief had reached these walls, and was penetrating through them to his heart, and there was danger of breaking that: my heart makes a noise in me;
palpitates, beats and throbs, being filled with fears and dread, with sorrow and concern, at what was coming on; it represents an aching heart, all in disorder and confusion: I cannot hold my peace;
or be silent; must speak, and vent grief: because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm
of war;
Kimchi observes, he does not say "my ears", but "my soul"; for as yet he had not heard with his ears the sound of the trumpet; for the enemy was not yet come, but his soul heard by prophecy: here is a Keri and a Cetib, a reading and a writing; it is written (ytemv) , "I have heard"; it is read (temv) , "thou hast heard", which is followed by the Targum: the sense is the same, it is the hearing of the soul. The prophet, by these expressions, represents the destruction as very near, very certain, and very distressing. The trumpet was sounded on different accounts, as Isidore F6 observes; sometimes to begin a battle; sometimes to pursue those that fled; and sometimes for a retreat.


FOOTNOTES:

F5 (ybl twryq) "parietes cordis mei", Pagninus, Montanus, Cocceius.
F6 Orignum l. 18. c. 4.

Jeremiah 4:19 In-Context

17 As keepers of a field, are they against her round about; because she hath been rebellious against me, saith the LORD.
18 Thy way and thy doings have procured these things unto thee; this is thy wickedness, because it is bitter, because it reacheth unto thine heart.
19 My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.
20 Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains in a moment.
21 How long shall I see the standard, and hear the sound of the trumpet?

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. my very...: Heb. the walls of my heart