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Jeremiah 4:19

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4:19 I said, 1 

“Oh, the feeling in the pit of my stomach! 2 

I writhe in anguish.

Oh, the pain in my heart! 3 

My heart pounds within me.

I cannot keep silent.

For I hear the sound of the trumpet; 4 

the sound of the battle cry pierces my soul! 5 

Jeremiah 49:2

Context

49:2 Because you did that,

I, the Lord, affirm that 6  a time is coming

when I will make Rabbah, the capital city of Ammon,

hear the sound of the battle cry.

It will become a mound covered with ruins. 7 

Its villages will be burned to the ground. 8 

Then Israel will take back its land

from those who took their land from them.

I, the Lord, affirm it! 9 

1 tn The words “I said” are not in the text. They are used to mark the shift from the Lord’s promise of judgment to Jeremiah’s lament concerning it.

2 tn Heb “My bowels! My bowels!”

3 tn Heb “the walls of my heart!”

4 tn Heb “ram’s horn,” but the modern equivalent is “trumpet” and is more readily understandable.

5 tc The translation reflects a different division of the last two lines than that suggested by the Masoretes. The written text (the Kethib) reads “for the sound of the ram’s horn I have heard [or “you have heard,” if the form is understood as the old second feminine singular perfect] my soul” followed by “the battle cry” in the last line. The translation is based on taking “my soul” with the last line and understanding an elliptical expression “the battle cry [to] my soul.” Such an elliptical expression is in keeping with the elliptical nature of the exclamations at the beginning of the verse (cf. the literal translations of the first two lines of the verse in the notes on the words “stomach” and “heart”).

6 tn Heb “oracle of the Lord.”

7 tn Heb “a desolate tel.” For the explanation of what a “tel” is see the study note on 30:18.

8 tn Heb “Its daughters will be burned with fire.” For the use of the word “daughters” to refer to the villages surrounding a larger city see BDB 123 s.v. I בַּת 4 and compare the usage in Judg 1:27.

9 tn Heb “says the Lord.” The first person is used to maintain the first person address throughout.



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