Jeremiah 13:20

20 Lift up your eyes and see those who come from the north. Where is the flock that was given you, your beautiful flock?

Jeremiah 13:20 Meaning and Commentary

Jeremiah 13:20

Lift up your eyes, and behold them that come from the north,
&c.] There are a Keri and a Cetib of the words "lift up" and "behold"; they are written in the singular number, and may be considered as directed to the king, as the words following are; and they are read in the plural number, the state and whole body of the people being called upon to observe the Chaldean army, which came from the north; and is represented as on the march, just at hand to invade, besiege, take, and carry them captive. The Septuagint version renders it, "lift up thine eyes, O Jerusalem"; and the Arabic version, "O Israel: where is the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful flock?" that is, the people, as the Targum interprets it, which were committed to the care and charge of the king, as sheep into the hands of a shepherd; and were a fine body of people, chosen of God and precious, distinguished above all others by wholesome and righteous laws and statutes, and special privileges; a people who were a kingdom of priests, a holy nation, and a peculiar people, the glory of the whole earth; but now carried, or about to be carried, captive. It is no unusual thing to represent a king as a shepherd, and his people as a flock, guided, governed, and protected by him, and who is accountable for his trust to the King of kings; see ( Psalms 78:71 Psalms 78:72 ) .

Jeremiah 13:20 In-Context

18 Say to the king and the queen mother: "Take a lowly seat, for your beautiful crown has come down from your head."
19 The towns of the Negeb are shut up with no one to open them; all Judah is taken into exile, wholly taken into exile.
20 Lift up your eyes and see those who come from the north. Where is the flock that was given you, your beautiful flock?
21 What will you say when they set as head over you those whom you have trained to be your allies? Will not pangs take hold of you, like those of a woman in labor?
22 And if you say in your heart, "Why have these things come upon me?" it is for the greatness of your iniquity that your skirts are lifted up, and you are violated.