New American Standard Bible
I looked on the earth, and behold, it was formless and void; And to the heavens, and they had no light.
King James Bible
I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.
Darby Bible Translation
I beheld the earth, and lo, it was waste and empty; and the heavens, and they had no light.
World English Bible
I saw the earth, and, behold, it was waste and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.
Young's Literal Translation
I looked to the land, and lo, waste and void, And unto the heavens, and their light is not.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
In four verses each beginning with "I beheld," the prophet sees in vision the desolate condition of Judaea during the Babylonian captivity.
Without form, and void - Desolate and void (see Genesis 1:2 note). The land has returned to a state of chaos (marginal reference note).
And the heavens - And upward to the heavens. The imagery is that of the last day of judgment. To Jeremiah's vision all was as though the day of the Lord had come, and earth returned to the state in which it was before the first creative word (see 2 Peter 3:10).
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The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.
And it will growl over it in that day like the roaring of the sea. If one looks to the land, behold, there is darkness and distress; Even the light is darkened by its clouds.
The earth is broken asunder, The earth is split through, The earth is shaken violently.
"Be appalled, O heavens, at this, And shudder, be very desolate," declares the LORD.
He has driven me and made me walk In darkness and not in light.
Before them the earth quakes, The heavens tremble, The sun and the moon grow dark And the stars lose their brightness.
In that day there will be no light; the luminaries will dwindle.
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