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Jeremiah 13:12

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13:12 “So tell them, 1  ‘The Lord, the God of Israel, says, “Every wine jar is made to be filled with wine.”’ 2  And they will probably say to you, ‘Do you not think we know 3  that every wine jar is supposed to be filled with wine?’

1 tn Heb “So you shall say this word [or message] to them.”

2 tn Heb “Every wine jar is supposed to be filled with wine.”

sn Some scholars understand this as a popular proverb like that in Jer 31:29 and Ezek 18:2. Instead this is probably a truism; the function of wine jars is to be filled with wine. This may relate to the preceding where the Lord has set forth his intention for Israel. It forms the basis for a ironic threat of judgment because they have failed to fulfill his purpose.

3 tn This is an attempt to render a construction which involves an infinitive of a verb being added before the same verb in a question which expects a positive answer. There may, by the way, be a pun being passed back and forth here involving the sound play been “fool” (נָבָל, naval) and “wine bottle” (נֶבֶל, nebel).



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