Jeremiah 6:24
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English Standard Version
We have heard the report of it; our hands fall helpless; anguish has taken hold of us, pain as of a woman in labor.

King James Bible
We have heard the fame thereof: our hands wax feeble: anguish hath taken hold of us, and pain, as of a woman in travail.

American Standard Version
We have heard the report thereof; our hands wax feeble: anguish hath taken hold of us, and pangs as of a woman in travail.

Douay-Rheims Bible
We have heard the fame thereof, our hands grow feeble: anguish hath taken hold of us, as a woman in labor.

English Revised Version
We have heard the fame thereof; our hands wax feeble: anguish hath taken hold of us, and pangs as of a woman in travail.

Webster's Bible Translation
We have heard the fame of it: our hands become feeble: anguish hath taken hold of us, and pain, as of a woman in travail.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Judah being thus hardened, the Lord makes known to the nations what He has determined regarding it; cf. Micah 1:2. The sense of "Know, thou congregation," etc., is far from clear, and has been very variously given. Ros., Dahl., Maur., Umbr., and others, understand עדה of the congregation or assembly of the foreign nations; but the word cannot have this meaning without some further qualifying word. Besides, a second mention of the nations is not suitable to the context. the congregation must be that of Israel. The only question can be, whether we are by this to think of the whole people (of Judah), (Chald, Syr., Ew., and others), or whether it is the company of the ungodly that is addressed, as in the phrase עדת קרח(Hitz.). But there is little probability in the view, that the crew of the ungodly is addressed along with the nations and the earth. Not less open to debate is the construction of את־אשׁר־בּם. In any case little weight can be attached to Hitz.'s assumption, that את is used only to mark out the אשׁר as relative pronoun: observe it, O company that is amidst them. The passages, Jeremiah 38:16 (Chet.), and Ecclesiastes 4:3, where את seems to have this force, are different in kind; for a definite noun precedes, and to it the relation את־אשׁרis subjoined. And then what, on this construction, is the reference of בּם, amidst them? Hitz. has said nothing on this point. But it could only be referred to "peoples:" the company which is amidst the peoples; and this gives no reasonable sense. These three words can only be object to "know:" know what is amongst (in) them; or: what is or happens to them (against them). It has been taken in the first sense by Chald. (their sins), Umbr., Maur.: what happens in or amongst them; in the second by Ros., Dahl.: what I shall do against them. Ewald, again, without more ado, changes בּם into בּא: know, thou congregation, what is coming. By this certainly a suitable sense is secured; but there are no sufficient reasons for a change of the text, it is the mere expedient of embarrassment. All the ancient translators have read the present text; even the translation of the lxx: καὶ οἱ ποιμαίνοντες τὰ ποίμνια αὐτῶν, has been arrived at by a confounding of letters (דעי עדה with רעי עדר). We understand "congregation" of Israel, i.e., not of the whole people of Judah, but of those to whom the title "congregation" was applicable, i.e., of the godly, small as their number might be. Accordingly, we are not to refer את־אשׁר בּםto "peoples:" what is occurring amidst the peoples, viz., that they are coming to besiege Jerusalem, etc. (Jeremiah 6:3.). Nor is it to be referred to those in Judah who, according to Jeremiah 6:16 and Jeremiah 6:17, do not walk in the right way, and will not give ear to the sound of the trumpet. The latter reference, acc. to which the disputed phrase would be translated: what will happen to them (against them), seems more feasible, and corresponds better to the parallelism of Jeremiah 6:18 and Jeremiah 6:19, since this corresponds better to the parallelism of Jeremiah 6:18 and Jeremiah 6:19, since this same phrase is then explained in Jeremiah 6:19 by: I bring evil upon this people.

(Note: So that we cannot hold, with Graf, that the reading of the text is "manifestly corrupted;" still less do we hold as substantiated or probable his conjectural reading: וּדעוּ אשׁר הע, and know what I have testified against them.)

Jeremiah 6:24 Parallel Commentaries

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Jeremiah 4:6-9,19-21 Set up the standard toward Zion: retire, stay not: for I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction...

Isaiah 28:19 From the time that it goes forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night...

Ezekiel 21:6,7 Sigh therefore, you son of man, with the breaking of your loins; and with bitterness sigh before their eyes...

Habakkuk 3:16 When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself...

anguish.

Jeremiah 4:31 For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, and the anguish as of her that brings forth her first child...

Jeremiah 13:21 What will you say when he shall punish you? for you have taught them to be captains, and as chief over you: shall not sorrows take you...

Jeremiah 22:23 O inhabitant of Lebanon, that make your nest in the cedars, how gracious shall you be when pangs come on you...

Jeremiah 30:6 Ask you now, and see whether a man does travail with child? why do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail...

Jeremiah 49:24 Damascus is waxed feeble, and turns herself to flee, and fear has seized on her: anguish and sorrows have taken her...

Jeremiah 50:43 The king of Babylon has heard the report of them, and his hands waxed feeble: anguish took hold of him...

Psalm 48:6 Fear took hold on them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail.

Proverbs 1:27,28 When your fear comes as desolation, and your destruction comes as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish comes on you...

Isaiah 21:3 Therefore are my loins filled with pain: pangs have taken hold on me, as the pangs of a woman that travails...

Micah 4:9,10 Now why do you cry out aloud? is there no king in you? is your counselor perished? for pangs have taken you as a woman in travail...

1 Thessalonians 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes on them, as travail on a woman with child...

Cross References
Isaiah 21:3
Therefore my loins are filled with anguish; pangs have seized me, like the pangs of a woman in labor; I am bowed down so that I cannot hear; I am dismayed so that I cannot see.

Isaiah 28:19
As often as it passes through it will take you; for morning by morning it will pass through, by day and by night; and it will be sheer terror to understand the message.

Jeremiah 4:19
My anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain! Oh the walls of my heart! My heart is beating wildly; I cannot keep silent, for I hear the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.

Jeremiah 4:31
For I heard a cry as of a woman in labor, anguish as of one giving birth to her first child, the cry of the daughter of Zion gasping for breath, stretching out her hands, "Woe is me! I am fainting before murderers."

Jeremiah 13:21
What will you say when they set as head over you those whom you yourself have taught to be friends to you? Will not pangs take hold of you like those of a woman in labor?

Jeremiah 22:23
O inhabitant of Lebanon, nested among the cedars, how you will be pitied when pangs come upon you, pain as of a woman in labor!"

Jeremiah 30:6
Ask now, and see, can a man bear a child? Why then do I see every man with his hands on his stomach like a woman in labor? Why has every face turned pale?

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