Jeremiah 6:2

2 I have likened daughter Zion to the loveliest pasture.

Jeremiah 6:2 Meaning and Commentary

Jeremiah 6:2

I have likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate
] That dwells at home and lives in pleasure, and deliciously, in great peace and quietness, in entire ease and security, in no fear of enemies, or apprehension of danger; and so it describes the secure state of the Jews. Kimchi and Ben Melech supply the word "woman" as we do; but others supply "land" or "pasture"; and think that the Jewish nation is compared to pleasant and delightful lands and pastures, which are inviting to shepherds to come and pitch their tents about them; as follows. The words are by some rendered, "O beautiful and delicate one, I have cut off, or destroyed the daughter of Zion" F15; in which sense the word is used in ( Isaiah 6:5 ) ( Hosea 4:5 ) and to this purpose is the Targum,

``O beautiful and delicate one, how hast thou corrupted thy ways? therefore the congregation of Zion is confounded;''
but the former senses seem to be best; in which the word used is understood as having the signification of likening or comparing; for which see ( Song of Solomon 1:9 ) .

F15 So Jarchi and Joseph Kimchi. Vid. Gataker in loc.

Jeremiah 6:2 In-Context

1 Flee for safety, O children of Benjamin, from the midst of Jerusalem! Blow the trumpet in Tekoa, and raise a signal on Beth-haccherem; for evil looms out of the north, and great destruction.
2 I have likened daughter Zion to the loveliest pasture.
3 Shepherds with their flocks shall come against her. They shall pitch their tents around her; they shall pasture, all in their places.
4 "Prepare war against her; up, and let us attack at noon!" "Woe to us, for the day declines, the shadows of evening lengthen!"
5 "Up, and let us attack by night, and destroy her palaces!"

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or [I will destroy daughter Zion, the loveliest pasture]
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