Jeremiah 8:20

20 "The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved."

Jeremiah 8:20 Meaning and Commentary

Jeremiah 8:20

The harvest is past
Which was in the month of Ijar, as Jarchi observes, and answers to part of April and May: the summer is ended;
which was in the month Tammuz, and answers to part of June and July: and we are not saved;
delivered from the siege of the Chaldeans; and harvest and summer being over, there were no hopes of the Egyptians coming to their relief; seeing winter was approaching; and it may be observed, that it was in the month of Ab, which answers to part of July and August, that the city and temple were burnt. These are the words of the people of the Jews, despairing of help and salvation. So the Targum,

``the congregation of Israel said, the time is passed, the end is up, and we are not redeemed.''

Jeremiah 8:20 In-Context

18 My joy is gone, grief is upon me, my heart is sick.
19 Hark, the cry of my poor people from far and wide in the land: "Is the Lord not in Zion? Is her King not in her?" ("Why have they provoked me to anger with their images, with their foreign idols?")
20 "The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved."
21 For the hurt of my poor people I am hurt, I mourn, and dismay has taken hold of me.
22 Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of my poor people not been restored?
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