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Jeremiah 6:11-12

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6:11 I am as full of anger as you are, Lord, 1 

I am tired of trying to hold it in.”

The Lord answered, 2 

“Vent it, then, 3  on the children who play in the street

and on the young men who are gathered together.

Husbands and wives are to be included, 4 

as well as the old and those who are advanced in years.

6:12 Their houses will be turned over to others

as will their fields and their wives.

For I will unleash my power 5 

against those who live in this land,”

says the Lord.

1 tn Heb “I am full of the wrath of the Lord.”

2 tn These words are not in the text but are implicit from the words that follow. They are supplied in the translation for clarity.

3 tn Heb “Pour it out.”

4 tn Heb “are to be captured.”

5 tn Heb “I will reach out my hand.” This figure involves both comparing God to a person (anthropomorphism) and substitution (metonymy) where hand is put for the actions or exertions of the hand. A common use of “hand” is for the exertion of power or strength (cf. BDB 290 s.v. יָד 2 and 289-90 s.v. יָד 1.e(2); cf. Deut 34:12; Ps 78:42; Jer 16:21).



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