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Jeremiah 18:20

Context

18:20 Should good be paid back with evil?

Yet they are virtually digging a pit to kill me. 1 

Just remember how I stood before you

pleading on their behalf 2 

to keep you from venting your anger on them. 3 

Jeremiah 18:22

Context

18:22 Let cries of terror be heard in their houses

when you send bands of raiders unexpectedly to plunder them. 4 

For they have virtually dug a pit to capture me

and have hidden traps for me to step into.

1 tn Or “They are plotting to kill me”; Heb “They have dug a pit for my soul.” This is a common metaphor for plotting against someone. See BDB 500 s.v. כָּרָה Qal and for an example see Pss 7:16 (7:15 HT) in its context.

2 tn Heb “to speak good concerning them” going back to the concept of “good” being paid back with evil.

3 tn Heb “to turn back your anger from them.”

sn See Jer 14:7-9, 19-21 and 15:1-4 for the idea.

4 tn Heb “when you bring marauders in against them.” For the use of the noun translated here “bands of raiders to plunder them” see 1 Sam 30:3, 15, 23 and BDB 151 s.v. גְּדוּד 1.



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