Jeremiah 13:2
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New International Version
So I bought a belt, as the LORD directed, and put it around my waist.

King James Bible
So I got a girdle according to the word of the LORD, and put it on my loins.

Darby Bible Translation
And I bought a girdle according to the word of Jehovah, and put it upon my loins.

World English Bible
So I bought a belt according to the word of Yahweh, and put it on my waist.

Young's Literal Translation
and I get the girdle, according to the word of Jehovah, and I place it on my loins.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Thus saith the Lord unto me - This discourse is supposed to have been delivered under the reign of Jeconiah, the son and successor of Jehoiakim, who came to the throne in the eighteenth year of his age; when the Chaldean generals had encamped near to Jerusalem, but did not besiege it in form till Nebuchadnezzar came up with the great body of the army. In these circumstances the prophet predicts the captivity; and, by a symbolical representation of a rotten girdle, shows the people their totally corrupt state; and by another of bottles filled with wine, shows the destruction and madness of their counsels, and the confusion that must ensue.

Go and get thee a linen girdle - This was either a vision, or God simply describes the thing in order that the prophet might use it in the way of illustration.

Put it not in water - After having worn it, let it not be washed, that it may more properly represent the uncleanness of the Israelites; for they were represented by the girdle; for "as the girdle cleaveth to the loins of a man, so have I caused to cleave unto me the whole house of Israel, and the whole house of Judah." And as a girdle is as well for ornament as use; God took them for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory, Jeremiah 13:11.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not to your own understanding.

Isaiah 20:2 At the same time spoke the LORD by Isaiah the son of Amoz, saying, Go and loose the sackcloth from off your loins...

Ezekiel 2:8 But you, son of man, hear what I say to you; Be not you rebellious like that rebellious house: open your mouth...

Hosea 1:2,3 The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea, Go...

John 13:6,7 Then comes he to Simon Peter: and Peter said to him, Lord, do you wash my feet...

John 15:14 You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you.

An Impossibility Made Possible
'Can the Ethiopian change his skin?'--JER. xiii. 23. 'If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature.'--2 COR. v. 17. 'Behold, I make all things new.'--REV. xxi. 5. Put these three texts together. The first is a despairing question to which experience gives only too sad and decisive a negative answer. It is the answer of many people who tell us that character must be eternal, and of many a baffled man who says, 'It is of no use--I have tried and can do nothing.' The second text is the grand Christian
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Cavils of the Pharisees Concerning Purification, and the Teaching of the Lord Concerning Purity - the Traditions Concerning Hand-Washing' and Vows. '
As we follow the narrative, confirmatory evidence of what had preceded springs up at almost every step. It is quite in accordance with the abrupt departure of Jesus from Capernaum, and its motives, that when, so far from finding rest and privacy at Bethsaida (east of the Jordan), a greater multitude than ever had there gathered around Him, which would fain have proclaimed Him King, He resolved on immediate return to the western shore, with the view of seeking a quieter retreat, even though it were
Alfred Edersheim—The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah

Cross References
Matthew 3:4
John's clothes were made of camel's hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.

Isaiah 20:2
at that time the LORD spoke through Isaiah son of Amoz. He said to him, "Take off the sackcloth from your body and the sandals from your feet." And he did so, going around stripped and barefoot.

Jeremiah 13:3
Then the word of the LORD came to me a second time:

Ezekiel 2:8
But you, son of man, listen to what I say to you. Do not rebel like that rebellious people; open your mouth and eat what I give you."

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