Jeremiah 46:6
New International Version
"The swift cannot flee nor the strong escape. In the north by the River Euphrates they stumble and fall.

New Living Translation
“The swiftest runners cannot flee; the mightiest warriors cannot escape. By the Euphrates River to the north, they stumble and fall.

English Standard Version
“The swift cannot flee away, nor the warrior escape; in the north by the river Euphrates they have stumbled and fallen.

Berean Study Bible
“The swift cannot flee, and the warrior cannot escape! In the north by the River Euphrates they stumble and fall.

King James Bible
Let not the swift flee away, nor the mighty man escape; they shall stumble, and fall toward the north by the river Euphrates.

New King James Version
“Do not let the swift flee away, Nor the mighty man escape; They will stumble and fall Toward the north, by the River Euphrates.

New American Standard Bible
Let not the swift man flee, Nor the warrior escape. In the north beside the river Euphrates They have stumbled and fallen.

NASB 1995
Let not the swift man flee, Nor the mighty man escape; In the north beside the river Euphrates They have stumbled and fallen.

NASB 1977
Let not the swift man flee, Nor the mighty man escape; In the north beside the river Euphrates They have stumbled and fallen.

Amplified Bible
Do not let the swift man run, Nor the mighty man escape; In the north by the river Euphrates They have stumbled and fallen.

Christian Standard Bible
The swift cannot flee, and the warrior cannot escape! In the north by the bank of the Euphrates River, they stumble and fall.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The swift cannot flee, and the warrior cannot escape! In the north by the bank of the Euphrates River, they stumble and fall.

American Standard Version
Let not the swift flee away, nor the mighty man escape; in the north by the river Euphrates have they stumbled and fallen.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He who is fast shall not escape, and he who is mighty in power shall not save himself. They stumbled on the side of the river Euphrates, and they all fell

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Let not the swift flee, and let not the mighty man escape to the north: the forces at Euphrates are become feeble, and they have fallen.

Contemporary English Version
You are strong and run fast, but you can't escape. You fall in battle near the Euphrates River.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let not the swift flee away, nor the strong think to escape: they are overthrown, and fallen down, towards the north by the river Euphrates.

English Revised Version
Let not the swift flee away, nor the mighty man escape; in the north by the river Euphrates have they stumbled, and fallen.

Good News Translation
Those who run fast cannot get away; the soldiers cannot escape. In the north, by the Euphrates, they stumble and fall.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"The infantry can't flee. The warriors can't escape. They stumble and fall in the north by the Euphrates River.

International Standard Version
"The swift cannot flee, nor can the strong escape. In the north, beside the Euphrates River, they stumble and fall.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The swift cannot flee away, Nor the mighty man escape; In the north by the river Euphrates Have they stumbled and fallen.

Literal Standard Version
The swift do not flee, nor do the mighty escape, "" Northward, by the side of the Euphrates River, "" They have stumbled and fallen.

NET Bible
But even the swiftest cannot get away. Even the strongest cannot escape. There in the north by the Euphrates River they stumble and fall in defeat.

New Heart English Bible
"Do not let the swift flee away, nor the mighty man escape; in the north by the river Perath have they stumbled and fallen.

World English Bible
Don't let the swift flee away, nor the mighty man escape; in the north by the river Euphrates have they stumbled and fallen.

Young's Literal Translation
The swift do not flee, nor do the mighty escape, Northward, by the side of the river Phrat, They have stumbled and fallen.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Judgment on Egypt
5Why am I seeing this? They are terrified, they are retreating; their warriors are defeated, they flee in haste without looking back; terror is on every side!” declares the LORD. 6“The swift cannot flee, and the warrior cannot escape! In the north by the River Euphrates they stumble and fall. 7Who is this, rising like the Nile, like rivers whose waters churn?…

Cross References
Isaiah 30:16
"No," you say, "we will flee on horses." Therefore you will flee! "We will ride swift horses," but your pursuers will be faster.

Jeremiah 46:12
The nations have heard of your shame, and your outcry fills the earth, because warrior stumbles over warrior and both of them have fallen together."

Jeremiah 46:16
They continue to stumble; indeed, they have fallen over one another. They say, 'Get up! Let us return to our people and to the land of our birth, away from the sword of the oppressor.'

Daniel 11:19
After this, he will turn back toward the fortresses of his own land, but he will stumble and fall and be no more.


Treasury of Scripture

Let not the swift flee away, nor the mighty man escape; they shall stumble, and fall toward the north by the river Euphrates.

not

Judges 4:15-21
And the LORD discomfited Sisera, and all his chariots, and all his host, with the edge of the sword before Barak; so that Sisera lighted down off his chariot, and fled away on his feet…

Psalm 33:16,17
There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength…

Psalm 147:10,11
He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man…

stumble

Jeremiah 46:12
The nations have heard of thy shame, and thy cry hath filled the land: for the mighty man hath stumbled against the mighty, and they are fallen both together.

Jeremiah 20:11
But the LORD is with me as a mighty terrible one: therefore my persecutors shall stumble, and they shall not prevail: they shall be greatly ashamed; for they shall not prosper: their everlasting confusion shall never be forgotten.

Jeremiah 50:32
And the most proud shall stumble and fall, and none shall raise him up: and I will kindle a fire in his cities, and it shall devour all round about him.

toward

Jeremiah 46:10
For this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood: for the Lord GOD of hosts hath a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates.

Jeremiah 1:14
Then the LORD said unto me, Out of the north an evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land.

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









Verse 6. - Let not the swift flee away. A strong way of expressing that even the swiftest cannot expect to flee, just as, in Isaiah 2:9, "forgive them not" means "thou canst not forgive them." Nothing seems to have struck the Jews so much as the unparalleled swiftness of the Chaldean warriors (Hebrews 1:6, 8; Jeremiah 4:13). They shall stumble; literally, they have stumbled; it is most probably the prophetic perfect ("they shall certainly fall"), though Ewald denies this, and consequently maintains that the prophecy was written after the battle of Car-chemish. Toward the north; i.e. "in the northern region," or, more loosely, "in the north" (comp. ver. 10). Carchemish was, of course, far to the north of Jerusalem.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The swift
הַקַּ֔ל (haq·qal)
Article | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 7031: Light, swift, fleet

cannot
אַל־ (’al-)
Adverb
Strong's 408: Not

flee,
יָנ֣וּס (yā·nūs)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5127: To flit, vanish away

and the warrior
הַגִּבּ֑וֹר (hag·gib·bō·wr)
Article | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 1368: Powerful, warrior, tyrant

cannot
וְאַל־ (wə·’al-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's 408: Not

escape!
יִמָּלֵ֖ט (yim·mā·lêṭ)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 4422: To be smooth, to escape, to release, rescue, to bring forth young, emit sparks

In the north
צָפ֙וֹנָה֙ (ṣā·p̄ō·w·nāh)
Noun - feminine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's 6828: Hidden, dark, the north as a, quarter

by
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the River
נְהַר־ (nə·har-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 5104: A stream, prosperity

Euphrates
פְּרָ֔ת (pə·rāṯ)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's 6578: Euphrates -- a river of west Asia

they stumble
כָּשְׁל֖וּ (kā·šə·lū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 3782: To totter, waver, to falter, stumble, faint, fall

and fall.
וְנָפָֽלוּ׃ (wə·nā·p̄ā·lū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 5307: To fall, lie


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