28:13 “Go and tell Hananiah that the Lord says, 1 ‘You have indeed broken the wooden yoke. But you have 2 only succeeded in replacing it with an iron one! 3 28:14 For the Lord God of Israel who rules over all 4 says, “I have put an irresistible yoke of servitude on all these nations 5 so they will serve King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. And they will indeed serve him. I have even given him control over the wild animals.”’” 6
1 tn Heb “Hananiah, ‘Thus says the
2 tn The Greek version reads “I have made/put” rather than “you have made/put.” This is the easier reading and is therefore rejected.
3 tn Heb “the yoke bars of wood you have broken, but you have made in its stead yoke bars of iron.”
sn This whole incident (and the preceding one in Jer 28) is symbolic. Jeremiah’s wearing of the yoke was symbolic of the
5 tn Heb “An iron yoke I have put on the necks of all these nations.”