Jeremiah 12:17
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New International Version
But if any nation does not listen, I will completely uproot and destroy it," declares the LORD.

King James Bible
But if they will not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation, saith the LORD.

Darby Bible Translation
And if they will not obey, I will utterly pluck up and destroy that nation, saith Jehovah.

World English Bible
But if they will not hear, then will I pluck up that nation, plucking up and destroying it, says Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
And if they do not hearken, Then I have plucked up that nation, Plucking up and destroying, An affirmation of Jehovah!'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

I will - destroy that nation - Several of them did not obey, and are destroyed. Of the Moabites, Ammonites, and Chaldeans, not one vestige remains. The sixteenth verse is supposed to be a promise of the conversion of the Gentiles. See Ephesians 2:13-22.

From the thirteenth verse to the end is a different discourse, and Dahler supposes it to have been delivered in the seventh or eighth year of the reign of Jehoiakim.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Psalm 2:8-12 Ask of me, and I shall give you the heathen for your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for your possession...

Isaiah 60:12 For the nation and kingdom that will not serve you shall perish; yes, those nations shall be utterly wasted.

Zechariah 14:16-19 And it shall come to pass...

Luke 19:27 But those my enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring here, and slay them before me.

2 Thessalonians 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:

1 Peter 2:6-8 Why also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious...


Jeremiah 12:14-17 Thus said the LORD against all my evil neighbors, that touch the inheritance which I have caused my people Israel to inherit; Behold...

Jeremiah 18:7 At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it;

Jeremiah 31:28 And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy...

Ezekiel 19:12 But she was plucked up in fury, she was cast down to the ground, and the east wind dried up her fruit...

Daniel 7:4-8 The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth...

Daniel 11:4 And when he shall stand up, his kingdom shall be broken, and shall be divided toward the four winds of heaven; and not to his posterity...

Calms and Crises
'If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and though in a land of peace thou art secure, yet how wilt thou do in the pride of Jordan?'--JER. xii. 5, R.V. The prophet has been complaining of his persecutors. The divine answer is here, reproving his impatience, and giving him to understand that harder trials are in store for him. Both clauses mean substantially the same thing, and are of a parabolic nature. The one adduces the metaphor
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Roman Pilgrimage: the Miracles which were Wrought in It.
[Sidenote: 1139] 33. (20). It seemed to him, however, that one could not go on doing these things with sufficient security without the authority of the Apostolic See; and for that reason he determined to set out for Rome, and most of all because the metropolitan see still lacked, and from the beginning had lacked, the use of the pall, which is the fullness of honour.[507] And it seemed good in his eyes[508] that the church for which he had laboured so much[509] should acquire, by his zeal and labour,
H. J. Lawlor—St. Bernard of Clairvaux's Life of St. Malachy of Armagh

Cross References
Psalm 2:8
Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.

Isaiah 60:12
For the nation or kingdom that will not serve you will perish; it will be utterly ruined.

Daniel 11:4
After he has arisen, his empire will be broken up and parceled out toward the four winds of heaven. It will not go to his descendants, nor will it have the power he exercised, because his empire will be uprooted and given to others.

Zechariah 1:6
But did not my words and my decrees, which I commanded my servants the prophets, overtake your ancestors? "Then they repented and said, 'The LORD Almighty has done to us what our ways and practices deserve, just as he determined to do.'"

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