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Jeremiah 2:30

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2:30 “It did no good for me to punish your people.

They did not respond to such correction.

You slaughtered your prophets

like a voracious lion.” 1 

Jeremiah 12:12

Context

12:12 A destructive army 2  will come marching

over the hilltops in the desert.

For the Lord will use them as his destructive weapon 3 

against 4  everyone from one end of the land to the other.

No one will be safe. 5 

1 tn Heb “Your sword devoured your prophets like a destroying lion.” However, the reference to the sword in this and many similar idioms is merely idiomatic for death by violent means.

2 tn Heb “destroyers.”

3 tn Heb “It is the Lord’s consuming sword.”

4 tn Heb “For a sword of the Lord will devour.” The sword is often symbolic for destructive forces of all kinds. Here and in Isa 34:6; Jer 47:6 it is symbolic of the enemy armies that the Lord uses to carry out destructive punishment against his enemies, hence the translation “his destructive weapon.” A similar figure is use in Isa 10:5 where the figure is more clearly identified; Assyria is the rod/club that the Lord will use to discipline unfaithful Israel.

5 tn Heb “There is no peace to all flesh.”



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