New International Version
This is the word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah concerning the drought:
King James Bible
The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah concerning the dearth.
Darby Bible Translation
The word of Jehovah that came to Jeremiah concerning the drought.
World English Bible
The word of Yahweh that came to Jeremiah concerning the drought.
Young's Literal Translation
That which hath been the word of Jehovah unto Jeremiah concerning the matters of the dearths:
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The word - that came - concerning the dearth - This discourse is supposed to have been delivered, after the fourth year of Jehoiakim. Concerning the dearth. We have no historic record of any dearth that may fall in with the time of this prophecy, and perhaps it does not refer to any particular dearth: but this was a calamity to which Judea was very liable. They had ordinarily very dry summers, for scarcely any rain fell from April to the middle of October; and during much of this time, the rivers were generally either very low or entirely dry. They kept the rain of the winter in tanks and reservoirs; and if little fell in winter, a dearth was unavoidable. See an account of a dearth in the time of Elijah, 1 Kings 18:5, through which almost all the cattle were lost.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
605. The word. This discourse is supposed to have been delivered after the fourth year of Jehoiakim. The Hebrew Batzaroth, rendered dearth, signifies restraint, that is, when the heaven is shut up that there is no rain; which Houbigant thinks happened early in the reign of Zedekiah.
the dearth. Heb. the words of the dearth, or restraints.
'O Lord, though our iniquities testify against us, do Thou it for Thy name's sake: for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against Thee. 8. O the hope of Israel, the saviour thereof in time of trouble, why shouldest Thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring man that turneth aside to tarry for a night? 9. Why shouldest Thou be as a man astonied, as a mighty man that cannot save? yet Thou, O Lord, art in the midst of us, and we are called by Thy name; leave us not.'--JER. xiv. 7-9. …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Question of the Contemplative Life
I will make it a wasteland, neither pruned nor cultivated, and briers and thorns will grow there. I will command the clouds not to rain on it."
They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit."
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