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Jeremiah 11:18

Context
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The Lord gave me knowledge, that I might have understanding. 1  Then he showed me what the people were doing. 2 

XREF

1Sa 23:11,12; 2Ki 6:9,10,14-20; Jer 11:19; Eze 8:6-18; Mt 21:3; Ro 3:7

NET © Notes

tn Heb “caused me to know that I might know.” Many English versions supply an unstated object “their plots” which is referred to later in the context (cf. v. 19). The presupposition of this kind of absolute ellipsis is difficult to justify and would create the need for understanding an ellipsis of “it” also after “I knew.” It is better to see a bipolar use of the verb “know” here. For the second use of the verb “know” meaning “have understanding” see BDB 394 s.v. ָידַע Qal.5.

tn Heb “Then you showed me their deeds.” This is another example of the rapid shift in person which is common in Jeremiah. As elsewhere, it has been resolved for the sake of avoiding confusion for the English reader by leveling the referent to the same person throughout. The text again involves an apostrophe, talking about the Lord to addressing him.



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