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Jeremiah 17:16


But I have not pestered you to bring disaster. 1  I have not desired the time of irreparable devastation. 2  You know that. You are fully aware of every word that I have spoken. 3 


Jer 1:4-10; Jer 4:19,20; Jer 9:1; Jer 13:17; Jer 14:17-21; Jer 18:20; Jer 20:9; Eze 3:14-19; Eze 33:7-9; Am 7:14,15; Ac 20:20,27; Ro 9:1-3; 2Co 1:12; 2Co 2:17; Jas 1:19; Jas 3:1

NET © Notes

tc Heb “I have not run after you for the sake of disaster.” The translation follows the suggestion of some ancient versions. The Hebrew text reads “I have not run from being a shepherd after you.” The translation follows two Greek versions (Aquila and Symmachus) and the Syriac in reading the word “evil” or “disaster” here in place of the word “shepherd” in the Hebrew text. The issue is mainly one of vocalization. The versions mentioned are reading a form מֵרָעָה (meraah) instead of מֵרֹעֶה (meroeh). There does not appear to be any clear case of a prophet being called a shepherd, especially in Jeremiah where it is invariably used of the wicked leaders/rulers of Judah, the leaders/rulers of the enemy that he brings to punish them, or the righteous ruler that he will bring in the future. Moreover, there are no cases where the preposition “after” is used with the verb “shepherd.” Parallelism also argues for the appropriateness of this reading; “disaster” parallels the “incurable day.” The thought also parallels the argument thus far. Other than 11:20; 12:3; 15:15 where he has prayed for vindication by the Lord punishing his persecutors as they deserve, he has invariably responded to the Lord’s word of disaster with laments and prayers for his people (see 4:19-21; 6:24; 8:18; 10:19-25; 14:7-9, 19-22).

tn Heb “the incurable day.” For the use of this word see the note on 17:9.

tn Heb “that which goes out of my lip is right in front of your face.”

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