Jeremiah 15:7
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I will winnow them with a winnowing fork at the city gates of the land. I will bring bereavement and destruction on my people, for they have not changed their ways.

King James Bible
And I will fan them with a fan in the gates of the land; I will bereave them of children, I will destroy my people, since they return not from their ways.

Darby Bible Translation
And I will fan them with a fan in the gates of the land; I will bereave of children [and] destroy my people: they have not returned from their ways.

World English Bible
I have winnowed them with a fan in the gates of the land; I have bereaved [them] of children, I have destroyed my people; they didn't return from their ways.

Young's Literal Translation
And I scatter them with a fan, in the gates the land, I bereaved, I have destroyed My people, From their ways they turned not back.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

I will fan them with a fan - There is no pure grain; all is chaff.

In the gates of the land - The places of public justice: and there it shall be seen that the judgments that have fallen upon them have been highly merited. And from these places of fanning they shall go out into their captivity.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

I will fan.

Jeremiah 4:11,12 At that time shall it be said to this people and to Jerusalem...

Jeremiah 51:2 And will send to Babylon fanners, that shall fan her, and shall empty her land...

Psalm 1:4 The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.

Isaiah 41:16 You shall fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and you shall rejoice in the LORD...

Matthew 3:12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner...


Jeremiah 9:21 For death is come up into our windows, and is entered into our palaces, to cut off the children from without...

Jeremiah 18:21 Therefore deliver up their children to the famine, and pour out their blood by the force of the sword...

Deuteronomy 28:18,32,41,53-56 Cursed shall be the fruit of your body, and the fruit of your land, the increase of your cows, and the flocks of your sheep...

Hosea 9:12-17 Though they bring up their children, yet will I bereave them, that there shall not be a man left: yes...

children. or, whatsoever is dear.

Ezekiel 24:21,25 Speak to the house of Israel, Thus said the Lord GOD; Behold, I will profane my sanctuary, the excellency of your strength...


Jeremiah 5:3 O LORD, are not your eyes on the truth? you have stricken them, but they have not grieved; you have consumed them...

Jeremiah 8:4,5 Moreover you shall say to them, Thus said the LORD; Shall they fall, and not arise? shall he turn away, and not return...

Isaiah 9:13 For the people turns not to him that smites them, neither do they seek the LORD of hosts.

Amos 4:10-12 I have sent among you the pestilence after the manner of Egypt: your young men have I slain with the sword...

Zechariah 1:4 Be you not as your fathers, to whom the former prophets have cried, saying, Thus said the LORD of hosts...

The Northern Iron and the Steel
That being the literal meaning, we shall draw from our text a general principle. It is a proverbial expression, no doubt, and applicable to many other matters besides that of the prophet and the Jews; it is clearly meant to show, that in order to achieve a purpose, there must be a sufficient force. The weaker cannot overcome the stronger. In a general clash the firmest will win. There must be sufficient firmness in the instrument or the work cannot be done. You cannot cut granite with a pen-knife,
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 17: 1871

The Sins of Communities Noted and Punished.
"Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation." This is predicated of the judgments of God on those who had shed the blood of his saints. The Savior declares that all the righteous blood which had been shed on the earth from that of Abel down to the gospel day, should come on that generation! But is not this unreasonable and contrary to the Scriptures? "Far be wickedness from God and iniquity from the Almighty. For the work of man shall be render unto him, and cause every
Andrew Lee et al—Sermons on Various Important Subjects

Cross References
Matthew 3:12
His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire."

Psalm 1:4
Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away.

Isaiah 9:13
But the people have not returned to him who struck them, nor have they sought the LORD Almighty.

Jeremiah 9:21
Death has climbed in through our windows and has entered our fortresses; it has removed the children from the streets and the young men from the public squares.

Jeremiah 18:21
So give their children over to famine; hand them over to the power of the sword. Let their wives be made childless and widows; let their men be put to death, their young men slain by the sword in battle.

Jeremiah 51:2
I will send foreigners to Babylon to winnow her and to devastate her land; they will oppose her on every side in the day of her disaster.

Ezekiel 36:12
I will cause people, my people Israel, to live on you. They will possess you, and you will be their inheritance; you will never again deprive them of their children.

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