Jeremiah 8:3
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New International Version
Wherever I banish them, all the survivors of this evil nation will prefer death to life, declares the LORD Almighty.'

King James Bible
And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue of them that remain of this evil family, which remain in all the places whither I have driven them, saith the LORD of hosts.

Darby Bible Translation
And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue that remain of this evil family, in all the places whither I have driven those that remain, saith Jehovah of hosts.

World English Bible
Death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue that remain of this evil family, that remain in all the places where I have driven them, says Yahweh of Armies.

Young's Literal Translation
And chosen is death rather than life By all the remnant who are left of this evil family, In all the remaining places, whither I have driven them, An affirmation of Jehovah of Hosts.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

They shall bring out the bones - This and the two following verses are a continuation of the preceding prophecy, and should not have been separated from the foregoing chapter.

In order to pour the utmost contempt upon the land, the victorious enemies dragged out of their graves, caves, and sepulchers, the bones of kings, princes, prophets, priests, and the principal inhabitants, and exposed them in the open air; so that they became, in the order of God's judgments, a reproach to them in the vain confidence they had in the sun, moon, and the host of heaven - all the planets and stars, whose worship they had set up in opposition to that of Jehovah. This custom of raising the bodies of the dead, and scattering their bones about, seems to have been general. It was the highest expression of hatred and contempt. Horace refers to it: -

Barbarus, heu, cineres insistet victor, et urbem

Eques sonante verberabit ungula:

Quaeque carent ventis et solibus ossa Quirini

(Nefas videre) dissipabit insolens.

Epod. 16:11.

"Barbarians fell shall wanton with success,

Scatter the city's flaming ruins wide;

Or through her streets in vengeful triumph ride,

And her great founder's hallowed ashes spurn,

That slept uninjured in the sacred urn."


See this judgment referred to, Baruch 2:24, 25.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Jeremiah 20:14-18 Cursed be the day wherein I was born: let not the day wherein my mother bore me be blessed...

1 Kings 19:4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree...

Job 3:20-22 Why is light given to him that is in misery, and life to the bitter in soul...

Job 7:15,16 So that my soul chooses strangling, and death rather than my life...

Jonah 4:3 Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech you, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live.

Revelation 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sits on the throne...

Revelation 9:6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

in all.

Jeremiah 23:3,8 And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries where I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds...

Jeremiah 29:14,28 And I will be found of you, said the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations...

Jeremiah 32:36,37 And now therefore thus said the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning this city, whereof you say...

Jeremiah 40:12 Even all the Jews returned out of all places where they were driven, and came to the land of Judah, to Gedaliah, to Mizpah...

Deuteronomy 30:1,4 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come on you, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before you...

Daniel 9:7 O LORD, righteousness belongs to you, but to us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah...

December 8. "Is There no Balm in Gilead; is There no Physician There?" (Jer. viii. 22).
"Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there?" (Jer. viii. 22). Divine healing is just divine life. It is the headship of Christ over the body. It is the life of Christ in the frame. It is the union of our members with the very body of Christ and the inflowing life of Christ in our living members. It is as real as His risen and glorified body. It is as reasonable as the fact that He was raised from the dead and is a living man with a true body and a rational soul to-day, at God's right
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Desolation of the Earth
"Her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. . . . In the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. And the kings of the
Ellen Gould White—The Great Controversy

The interest of the book of Jeremiah is unique. On the one hand, it is our most reliable and elaborate source for the long period of history which it covers; on the other, it presents us with prophecy in its most intensely human phase, manifesting itself through a strangely attractive personality that was subject to like doubts and passions with ourselves. At his call, in 626 B.C., he was young and inexperienced, i. 6, so that he cannot have been born earlier than 650. The political and religious
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Revelation 9:6
During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.

Deuteronomy 30:1
When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come on you and you take them to heart wherever the LORD your God disperses you among the nations,

Deuteronomy 30:4
Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the LORD your God will gather you and bring you back.

Job 3:21
to those who long for death that does not come, who search for it more than for hidden treasure,

Job 3:22
who are filled with gladness and rejoice when they reach the grave?

Job 7:15
so that I prefer strangling and death, rather than this body of mine.

Job 7:16
I despise my life; I would not live forever. Let me alone; my days have no meaning.

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