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Jeremiah 5:27-28

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5:27 Like a cage filled with the birds that have been caught, 1 

their houses are filled with the gains of their fraud and deceit. 2 

That is how they have gotten so rich and powerful. 3 

5:28 That is how 4  they have grown fat and sleek. 5 

There is no limit to the evil things they do. 6 

They do not plead the cause of the fatherless in such a way as to win it.

They do not defend the rights of the poor.

1 tn The words, “that have been caught” are not in the text but are implicit in the comparison.

2 tn Heb “are filled with deceit.” The translation assumes a figure of speech of cause for effect (metonymy). Compare the same word in the same figure in Zeph 1:9.

3 tn Heb “therefore they have gotten great and rich.”

4 tn These words are not in the text but are supplied in the translation to show that this line is parallel with the preceding.

5 tn The meaning of this word is uncertain. This verb occurs only here. The lexicons generally relate it to the word translated “plate” in Song 5:14 and understand it to mean “smooth, shiny” (so BDB 799 s.v. I עֶשֶׁת) or “fat” (so HALOT 850 s.v. II עֶשֶׁת). The word in Song 5:14 more likely means “smooth” than “plate” (so TEV). So “sleek” is most likely here.

6 tn Heb “they cross over/transgress with respect to matters of evil.”

sn There is a wordplay in the use of this word which has twice been applied in v. 22 to the sea not crossing the boundary set for it by God.



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