Jeremiah 8:21

21 For the hurt of my poor people I am hurt, I mourn, and dismay has taken hold of me.

Jeremiah 8:21 Meaning and Commentary

Jeremiah 8:21

For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt
These are the words, not of God, as Jerom; nor of Jerusalem, as the Targum; but of the prophet, as Kimchi observes, expressing his sympathy with the people in their affliction: and they may be rendered, "for the breach of the daughter of my people" F15, which was made when the city was broken up and destroyed, ( Jeremiah 52:7 ) . I am broken;
in heart and spirit: I am black;
with grief and sorrow. The Targum is,

``my face is covered with blackness, black as a pot.''
Astonishment hath taken hold on me; at the miseries that were come upon his people; and there was no remedy for them, which occasion the following words.
FOOTNOTES:

F15 (rbv le) "super contritione", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus; "super confractione", Schmidt; "ob fractionem", Cocceius.

Jeremiah 8:21 In-Context

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?