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Jeremiah 31:36


The Lord affirms, 1  “The descendants of Israel will not cease forever to be a nation in my sight. That could only happen if the fixed ordering of the heavenly lights were to cease to operate before me.” 2 


De 32:26; Ps 72:5,17; Ps 89:36,37; Ps 102:28; Ps 119:89; Ps 148:6; Isa 54:9,10; Jer 33:20-26; Jer 46:28; Am 9:8,9

NET © Notes

tn Heb “Oracle of the Lord.”

tn Heb “‘If these fixed orderings were to fail to be present before me,’ oracle of the Lord, ‘then the seed of Israel could cease from being a nation before me forever (or more literally, “all the days”).’” The sentence has been broken up to conform more to modern style. The connection has been maintained by reversing the order of condition and consequence and still retaining the condition in the second clause. For the meaning of “cease to operate” for the verb מוּשׁ (mush) compare the usage in Isa 54:10; Ps 55:11 (55:12 HT); Prov 17:13 where what is usually applied to persons or things is applied to abstract things like this (see HALOT 506 s.v. II מוּשׁ Qal for general usage).

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