13:13 Then 1 tell them, ‘The Lord says, “I will soon fill all the people who live in this land with stupor. 2 I will also fill the kings from David’s dynasty, 3 the priests, the prophets, and the citizens of Jerusalem with stupor. 4 13:14 And I will smash them like wine bottles against one another, children and parents alike. 5 I will not show any pity, mercy, or compassion. Nothing will keep me from destroying them,’ 6 says the Lord.”
1 tn The Greek version is likely right in interpreting the construction of two perfects preceded by the conjunction as contingent or consequential here, i.e., “and when they say…then say.” See GKC 494 §159.g. However, to render literally would create a long sentence. Hence, the words “will probably” have been supplied in v. 12 in the translation to set up the contingency/consequential sequence in the English sentences.
2 sn It is probably impossible to convey in a simple translation all the subtle nuances that are wrapped up in the words of this judgment speech. The word translated “stupor” here is literally “drunkenness” but the word has in the context an undoubted intended double reference. It refers first to the drunken like stupor of confusion on the part of leaders and citizens of the land which will cause them to clash with one another. But it also probably refers to the reeling under God’s wrath that results from this (cf. Jer 25:15-29, especially vv. 15-16). Moreover there is still the subtle little play on wine jars. The people are like the wine jars which were supposed to be filled with wine. They were to be a special people to bring glory to God but they had become corrupt. Hence, like wine jars they would be smashed against one another and broken to pieces (v. 14). All of this, both “fill them with the stupor of confusion” and “make them reel under God’s wrath,” cannot be conveyed in one translation.
3 tn Heb “who sit on David’s throne.”
4 tn In Hebrew this is all one long sentence with one verb governing compound objects. It is broken up here in conformity with English style.
5 tn Or “children along with their parents”; Heb “fathers and children together.”
6 tn Heb “I will not show…so as not to destroy them.”