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Jeremiah 6:16-17

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6:16 The Lord said to his people: 1 

“You are standing at the crossroads. So consider your path. 2 

Ask where the old, reliable paths 3  are.

Ask where the path is that leads to blessing 4  and follow it.

If you do, you will find rest for your souls.”

But they said, “We will not follow it!”

6:17 The Lord said, 5 

“I appointed prophets as watchmen to warn you, 6  saying:

‘Pay attention to the warning sound of the trumpet!’” 7 

But they said, “We will not pay attention!”

1 tn The words, “to his people” are not in the text but are implicit in the interchange of pronouns in the Hebrew of vv. 16-17. They are supplied in the translation here for clarity.

2 tn Heb “Stand at the crossroads and look.”

3 tn Heb “the ancient path,” i.e., the path the Lord set out in ancient times (cf. Deut 32:7).

4 tn Heb “the way of/to the good.”

5 tn These words are not in the text but are implicit in the interchange of pronouns in the Hebrew of vv. 16-17. They are supplied in the translation here for clarity.

6 tn Heb “I appointed watchmen over you.”

7 tn Heb “Pay attention to the sound of the trumpet.” The word “warning” is not in the Hebrew text, but is implied.



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