Then 1 tell them, ‘The Lord says, “I will soon fill all the people who live in this land with stupor. 2 I will also fill the kings from David’s dynasty, 3 the priests, the prophets, and the citizens of Jerusalem with stupor. 4
then tell them, ‘This is what the LORD says: I am going to fill with drunkenness all who live in this land, including the kings who sit on David’s throne, the priests, the prophets and all those living in Jerusalem.
then say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD, "Behold I am about to fill all the inhabitants of this land—the kings that sit for David on his throne, the priests, the prophets and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem—with drunkenness!
Then tell them, ‘No, this is what the LORD means: I will make everyone in this land so confused that they will seem drunk––from the king sitting on David’s throne and from the priests and the prophets, right on down to the common people.
"Then you'll say, 'This is what GOD says: Watch closely. I'm going to fill every person who lives in this country--the kings who rule from David's throne, the priests, the prophets, the citizens of Jerusalem--with wine that will make them drunk.
Then you are to say to them, The Lord has said, I will make all the people of this land, even the kings seated on David’s seat, and the priests and the prophets and all the people of Jerusalem, overcome with strong drink.
Then you shall say to them: Thus says the LORD: I am about to fill all the inhabitants of this land—the kings who sit on David’s throne, the priests, the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem—with drunkenness.
"Then you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD: "Behold, I will fill all the inhabitants of this land––even the kings who sit on David’s throne, the priests, the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem––with drunkenness!
Then shalt thou say
unto them, Thus saith
Behold, I will fill
all the inhabitants
of this land
even the kings
and the priests
and the prophets
and all the inhabitants
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them, ‘The Lord
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1 tn The Greek version is likely right in interpreting the construction of two perfects preceded by the conjunction as contingent or consequential here, i.e., “and when they say…then say.” See GKC 494 §159.g. However, to render literally would create a long sentence. Hence, the words “will probably” have been supplied in v. 12 in the translation to set up the contingency/consequential sequence in the English sentences.
2 sn It is probably impossible to convey in a simple translation all the subtle nuances that are wrapped up in the words of this judgment speech. The word translated “stupor” here is literally “drunkenness” but the word has in the context an undoubted intended double reference. It refers first to the drunken like stupor of confusion on the part of leaders and citizens of the land which will cause them to clash with one another. But it also probably refers to the reeling under God’s wrath that results from this (cf. Jer 25:15-29, especially vv. 15-16). Moreover there is still the subtle little play on wine jars. The people are like the wine jars which were supposed to be filled with wine. They were to be a special people to bring glory to God but they had become corrupt. Hence, like wine jars they would be smashed against one another and broken to pieces (v. 14). All of this, both “fill them with the stupor of confusion” and “make them reel under God’s wrath,” cannot be conveyed in one translation.
3 tn Heb “who sit on David’s throne.”
4 tn In Hebrew this is all one long sentence with one verb governing compound objects. It is broken up here in conformity with English style.