Jeremiah 18:12
New International Version
But they will reply, ‘It’s no use. We will continue with our own plans; we will all follow the stubbornness of our evil hearts.’”

New Living Translation
But the people replied, “Don’t waste your breath. We will continue to live as we want to, stubbornly following our own evil desires.”

English Standard Version
“But they say, ‘That is in vain! We will follow our own plans, and will every one act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.’

Berean Study Bible
But they will reply, ‘It is hopeless. We will follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.’ ”

King James Bible
And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart.

New King James Version
And they said, “That is hopeless! So we will walk according to our own plans, and we will every one obey the dictates of his evil heart.”

New American Standard Bible
But they will say, ‘It’s hopeless! For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will persist in the stubbornness of his evil heart.’

NASB 1995
“But they will say, ‘It’s hopeless! For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.’

NASB 1977
“But they will say, ‘It’s hopeless! For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.’

Amplified Bible
But they will say, ‘That is hopeless! For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will act in accordance with the stubbornness of his evil heart.’

Christian Standard Bible
But they will say, ‘It’s hopeless. We will continue to follow our plans, and each of us will continue to act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.’ ”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But they will say, ‘It’s hopeless. We will continue to follow our plans, and each of us will continue to act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.’”

American Standard Version
But they say, It is in vain; for we will walk after our own devices, and we will do every one after the stubbornness of his evil heart.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And those said: “We will be strong, and we will go after our thoughts, and we shall do, each man, the pleasures of his evil heart!”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And they said, We will quit ourselves like men, for we will pursue our perverse ways, and we will perform each the lusts of his evil heart.

Contemporary English Version
But I know you won't listen. You might as well answer, "We don't care what you say. We have made plans to sin, and we are going to be stubborn and do as we please!"

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they said: We have no hopes: for we will go after our own thoughts, and we will do every one according to the perverseness of his evil heart.

English Revised Version
But they say, There is no hope: for we will walk after our own devices, and we will do every one after the stubbornness of his evil heart.

Good News Translation
They will answer, 'No, why should we? We will all be just as stubborn and evil as we want to be.'"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"But they will answer, 'It's useless! We'll live the way we want to. We'll go our own stubborn, evil ways.'

International Standard Version
But they'll say, 'It's useless! We will follow our plans and each of us will pursue his own evil desires.'

JPS Tanakh 1917
But they say: There is no hope; but we will walk after our own devices, and we will do every one after the stubbornness of his evil heart.'

Literal Standard Version
And they have said, “It is incurable, For we go after our own plans, And each of us does the stubbornness of his evil heart.”

NET Bible
But they just keep saying, 'We do not care what you say! We will do whatever we want to do! We will continue to behave wickedly and stubbornly!'"

New Heart English Bible
But they say, 'It is in vain; for we will walk after our own devices, and we will do everyone after the stubbornness of his evil heart.'"

World English Bible
But they say, It is in vain; for we will walk after our own devices, and we will do everyone after the stubbornness of his evil heart.

Young's Literal Translation
And they have said, It is incurable, For after our own devices we do go, And each the stubbornness of his evil heart we do.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Potter and the Clay
11Now therefore, tell the men of Judah and the residents of Jerusalem that this is what the LORD says: ‘Behold, I am planning a disaster for you and devising a plan against you. Turn now, each of you, from your evil ways, and correct your ways and deeds.’ 12But they will reply, ‘It is hopeless. We will follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.’” 13Therefore this is what the LORD says: “Inquire among the nations: Who has ever heard things like these? Virgin Israel has done a most terrible thing.…

Cross References
Deuteronomy 29:19
because when such a person hears the words of this oath, he invokes a blessing on himself, saying, 'I will have peace, even though I walk in the stubbornness of my own heart.' This will bring disaster on the watered land as well as the dry.

Isaiah 57:10
You are wearied by your many journeys, but you did not say, "There is no hope!" You found renewal of your strength; therefore you did not grow weak.

Jeremiah 2:25
You should have kept your feet from going bare and your throat from being thirsty. But you said, 'It is hopeless! For I love foreign gods, and I must go after them.'

Jeremiah 7:24
Yet they did not listen or incline their ear, but they followed the stubborn inclinations of their own evil hearts. They went backward and not forward.

Jeremiah 16:12
And you have done more evil than your fathers. See how each of you follows the stubbornness of his evil heart instead of obeying Me.

Jeremiah 23:17
They keep saying to those who despise Me, 'The LORD says that you will have peace,' and to everyone who walks in the stubbornness of his own heart, 'No harm will come to you.'

Malachi 3:14
You have said, 'It is futile to serve God. What have we gained by keeping His requirements and walking mournfully before the LORD of Hosts?


Treasury of Scripture

And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart.

There.

Jeremiah 2:25
Withhold thy foot from being unshod, and thy throat from thirst: but thou saidst, There is no hope: no; for I have loved strangers, and after them will I go.

2 Kings 6:33
And while he yet talked with them, behold, the messenger came down unto him: and he said, Behold, this evil is of the LORD; what should I wait for the LORD any longer?

Isaiah 57:10
Thou art wearied in the greatness of thy way; yet saidst thou not, There is no hope: thou hast found the life of thine hand; therefore thou wast not grieved.

we will walk.

Jeremiah 3:17
At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart.

Jeremiah 7:24
But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.

Jeremiah 11:8
Yet they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but walked every one in the imagination of their evil heart: therefore I will bring upon them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do; but they did them not.









(12) And they said.--Better, But they say, as of continued action. This was the ever-recurring answer (see Note on Jeremiah 2:25) which they made to the prophet's pleas. It was the answer of defiance rather than of despair. "There is no hope, you need not hope, that we will do as you bid us. We will go on our way, and walk after our own devices."

Imagination.--Better, as elsewhere, stubbornness.

Verse 12. - And they said; rather, But they go on saying (comp. Ezekiel 33:17, 20). There is no hope. The rendering may be easily misunderstood. The speakers are not, as we might suppose, despondent about their state and prospects, but they seek to check the troublesome preacher by the warning that he has no chance of success (so Jeremiah 2:25). Imagination; rather, stubbornness (as constantly).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
But they will reply,
וְאָמְר֖וּ (wə·’ā·mə·rū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 559: To utter, say

‘It is hopeless.
נוֹאָ֑שׁ (nō·w·’āš)
Verb - Nifal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 2976: To desist, to despond

We will follow
נֵלֵ֔ךְ (nê·lêḵ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common plural
Strong's 1980: To go, come, walk

our own plans,
מַחְשְׁבוֹתֵ֙ינוּ֙ (maḥ·šə·ḇō·w·ṯê·nū)
Noun - feminine plural construct | first person common plural
Strong's 4284: A contrivance, a texture, machine, intention, plan

and each of us
וְאִ֛ישׁ (wə·’îš)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 376: A man as an individual, a male person

will act
נַעֲשֶֽׂה׃ (na·‘ă·śeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common plural
Strong's 6213: To do, make

according to the stubbornness
שְׁרִר֥וּת (šə·ri·rūṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 8307: Firmness, stubbornness

of his evil
הָרָ֖ע (hā·rā‘)
Article | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 7451: Bad, evil

heart.’”
לִבּֽוֹ־ (lib·bōw-)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre


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