And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. 29 This is the text of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders among the exiles and to the priests, the prophets and all the other people Nebuchadnezzar had carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. Jeremiah 13:12-17. Moreover, the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? The words of Jeremiah— This chapter forms an entire section by itself. As a rod, says Dahler, is an instrument of punishment, the rod of the almond may be intended here as the symbol of that punishment which the prophet was about to announce. Jeremiah 13:18-27. (11) The word of the Lord . 25.) A rod of an almond tree, viz. 1. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 1:11-19 God gave Jeremiah a view of the destruction of Judah and Jerusalem by the Chaldeans. an almond tree. Watching. Jeremiah 51:61-62 ‘And Jeremiah said to Seraiah, “When you come to Babylon, then see that you read all these words, and say, ‘O YHWH, Et (hoc est, postea) factus est sermo Jehovae ad me (datus est mihi, fuit, ad verbum,) dicendo, Quid tu vides, Jeremia? Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, And I said, I see a rod of an almond-tree. Above all others, Jeremiah is the "axial" man prepared by God.God told Jeremiah, a prophet not only to Israel and Judah but to the nations and kingdoms, to root out, pull down, destroy, throw down, build, and plant.Many of us understand this verse in light of Jeremiah's influence on the destruction of Judah and the replanting of David's dynasty in Ireland. In contrast to the words of terror, in harmony with the words of hope, he sees the almond-bough, with its bright pink blossoms and its pale green leaves, the token of an early spring rising out of the dreariness of winter. — A form of question many times used to call attention to a prophetic vision. 627 or 626 B.C.—when Zephaniah is also believed to have preached. God also showed whence the intended ruin should arise. Jeremiah 13:1-2 Jeremiah 1:11-19 God Spoke to Jeremiah Through Ordinary Experiences. These two verses, then, are to be taken as explanatory, for no new subject is introduced; but the former part is confirmed — that the Prophets spoke not in vain, or to no purpose, because they were invested with celestial power to plant and to build, and, on the other hand, to pull down and to root up, according to what we have quoted from Paul, who says that true teachers are armed with such power. (14), 11. Commentary for Jeremiah 1:11. I do not, however, deny that the Hebrew word has this meaning. The Targum is, "and I said, a king hastening to do evil I see;'. But it is written here with Kamets; the participle which afterwards follows has Holem: we hence see what affinity there is between the two words. God then proceeds with the same subject when he says, What seest thou, Jeremiah? 1:11 Came unto me - This and the boiling caldron, ver.#13|, is thought to be at the same time, and in the same vision, when he was first appointed to the work. This familiar passage about “The Potter and the Clay” turns the idea of a loving God on its head. saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? Hereby the prophet is animated, though but young, and assured that he shall have the fruit of his so early labours. The entire chosen nation a destroyed girdle. Jeremiah’s father, Hilkiah, was a priest of the line of Ithamar; his home was Anathoth of Benjamin. What does Jeremiah 1:12 mean? The renewed call and the first visions (Jeremiah 1:11-19) Jeremiah 1:1-3. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. The name of the almond-tree (here the poetical, not the common, name) made the symbol yet more expressive. "Moreover, the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? the dirty girdle jeremiah 13:1-11 jeremiah was asked to do some hard things. Jeremiah 18:1-11 Commentary by Alphonetta Wines. Almond-tree — That had leaves, and probably blossoms on it like Aaron's. almond tree — literally, “the wakeful tree,” because it awakes from the sleep of winter earlier than the other trees, flowering in January, and bearing fruit in March; symbol of God‘s early execution of His purpose; Jeremiah 1:12, “hasten My word” (compare Amos 8:3). And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. Jeremiah 27:1-22 God is in Control. Jeremiah 30:1-3. Jeremiah 29:1-14 God Never Forgets His People. Jeremiah 1:6-10. Jeremiah, what seest thou?] 9 Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. 3. The Targum is, "and I said, a king hastening to do evil I see;''. Jeremiah 13:1-11. The nation of Judah had turned their backs upon God. Hence it is a natural symbol of vigilance, and so God uses it to suggest his own ever-wakeful activity. like must of us today times get hard we want to quit. Almond tree - literally, the wakeful tree [ shaaqeed (Hebrew #8247), from shaaqad (Hebrew #8245), to awake], because it awakes from the sleep of winter earlier than the other trees, flowering in January and bearing fruit in March; symbol of God's early execution of its purpose, Jeremiah 1:12 "I will hasten my word to perform it" (cf. It is hence necessary to give another version, except we wish to pervert the passage, and to involve the Prophet’s meaning in darkness. It contains the call of Jeremiah, and the commission given him by God; the purport of which is explained by two … --- Thus God will speedily send his scourge from Babylon, to punish his people. A rod of an almond tree - Many translate “a staff of almond wood.” The vision would thus signify that God - like a traveler, staff in hand - was just about to set forth upon His journey of vengeance. The first three verses introduce us to the person of the prophet, to the time the Word of the Lord came unto him, and to the sphere of his ministry. The particular orders broken pitchers. But now it seems like in the rest of Jeremiah 13, God sets all of that aside and just lays out … 8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD. I It is a reasonable conjecture that `this covenant' refers to the Mosaic covenant of Sinai. The word , (makkel,) though ordinarily meaning “rod,” is here used in the sense of shoot or twig. This was typified by the basket of summer fruits, and by the almond tree in this text. Moreover, the word of the Lord came unto me,.... At the same time as before: saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? almond tree—literally, "the wakeful tree," because it awakes from the sleep of winter earlier than the other trees, flowering in January, and bearing fruit in March; symbol of God's early execution of His purpose; Jer 1:12, "hasten My word" (compare Am 8:3). The word rendered "almond" comes from a root signifying "to be awake;" and as the almond blossoms in January, it seems to be awake while other trees are still Sleeping, and therefore is a fit emblem of activity. It was the watcher, the tree that “hastens to awake” (shâkêd) out of its wintry sleep, and thus expresses the divine haste which would not without cause delay the fulfilment of its gracious promise, but would, as it were, make it bud and blossom, and bear fruit. More Jeremiah commentaries. Wesley's Notes for Jeremiah 1:11. The covenant (Jeremiah 11:1-8) is a reference to the covenant that Yahweh made at the time of the national deliverance of Israel from Egypt, as the condition of God's continued blessing. (Theodoret) (Worthington). Denotes an almond tree staff, corresponding with a vigilant watchman. 11 The word of the Lord came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?” “I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied. Jeremiah was at a very low point in his ministry. The word, ) though ordinarily meaning “rod,” is here used in the sense of, Both Gesenius and Furst give to the root form the meaning. - If we admit a supernatural element in prophecy, visions would be the most simple means of communication between God and man. The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, “Hear the words of this covenant, and speak to the men of Judah and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD God of Israel: “Cursed is the man who does not obey the words of this covenant which I commanded your fathers in the day I brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and do according to all that I command you; so shall you be My people, and I will be your God,’ that I may esta… The word of YHWH was being released in Babylon. God excites and encourages Jeremiah … God confirms in this passage what he had previously said of the power of his word. And the word of Jehovah came to me, saying, “What seest thou, Jeremiah?” and I said, “The rod of a watcher is what I see.”, 12. The name of the almond-tree (here the poetical, not the common, name) made the symbol yet more expressive. Pliny says, Floret prima omnium amygdala mense Januario; Martio vero pomum maturat. Jeremiah was young, had looked but little abroad into the world, and perhaps did not know, nor could have believed, what abominable idolatries the children of his people were guilty of; but God tells him, that he might know what to level his reproofs against and what to ground his threatenings upon, and that he might himself be satisfied in the equity of the sentence which in God’s name he was to pass upon them.II. (4-5) God’s call to Jeremiah. ", To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Moreover, the word of the Lord came unto me, and I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. The almond-tree, which is more forward in the spring than any other, represented the speedy approach of judgments. meaning Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, hastening to bring destruction upon the Jews. He had set before him a staff or a rod of almond, as some render the word: and שקר, shaked, means an almond; but as it comes from a verb which means to watch or to hasten, we cannot fitly render it here, almond. and the beginning of the Babylonian Exile. God also showed whence the intended ruin should arise. And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. (2 Corinthians 10:5) We have in readiness, he says, vengeance against all the unbelieving, however proud they may be: and though their height may terrify the whole world, yet we have a sword in our hands which will stay them; for God’s word has sufficient power to destroy the rebellious. And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree.] Then said Jehovah unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I watch over my word to perform it.". Jeremiad was faced with the task of preaching repentance to a rebellious and backslidden nation. Septuagint, "nut-tree." Jeremiah 29:15-32 It is Dangerous to Take Sides Against God’s Man. The poetry of the symbols is of exquisite beauty. Amos 8:2). In his first vision, Yirmiyahu is shown an almond branch, makel shaked (מקל שקד) in Hebrew. Jeremiah 1:11 - The word of the Lord came to me saying, 'What do you see, Jeremiah?' And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. JKP translated almond-tree here as "`The early-awake tree'; the Hebrew word translated `almond' means this. Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: “Before I formed you … What seest thou? . Jeremiah 1:11-19; God's Presence: When called to a difficult task, we are to rely on God's strength and the promises He has given us in His Word. Jeremiah's ministry began in the 13th year of Josiah (Jeremiah 1:2 Jeremiah 1:2 To whom the word of the LORD came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. And I said, "I see a rod of an almond tree. More Jeremiah commentaries. We are not sure whether chapter 18 was written prior to the Exile (Thompson, 432) or during the Exile (Stulman, 182). A rod of an almond tree - Many translate "a staff of almond wood." (m) He joins the sign with the word, for a more ample confirmation: signifying by the rod of the almond tree, which first buds, the hasty coming of the Babylonians against the Jews. (Theodoret) (Pliny, [Natural History?] The meaning of this vision turns upon the fact of the almond-tree being the first one that puts out blooms in the spring. First comes the command from God to Jeremiah to visit the house of a potter in Jeremiah 18:1-2. The father and mother of the country humbled, driven away, insulted. But the rendering of the King James Version is supported by Genesis 30:37. 1:11 I see a branch of an almond-tree . "[11] Thus, the revelation to Jeremiah was that, just as the almond tree in bloom signified the near-approach of spring, so God was soon to bring his word to pass. Jeremiah saw a visions of "a branch of an almond tree" (verses 11–12) and then a vision of "a boiling pot tilt away from the north" (verses 13–16). Ver. 3. (Haydock) --- The almond-tree flourishes in January, and bears fruit in March. (Read Jeremiah 1:11-19) God gave Jeremiah a view of the destruction of Judah and Jerusalem by the Chaldeans. When people return to the *LORD, they must be genuine 4:1-4. v1 ‘If you will return, Israel, return … Commentary on Jeremiah 18:1-11 View Bible Text In this week’s Old Testament lection, God invites Jeremiah to enter a potter’s shed and there observe the potter working with clay, so that Jeremiah may better hear God’s words (Jeremiah 18:1), understand God’s way with Israel (18:6), and summon God’s people to conversion (18:11). Video Jeremiah 2:1-8; Spiritual Apostasy : We must guard against taking God's love and grace for granted and bowing down to modern-day idols in … T Jeremiah was an active prophet for the four decades leading up to the sack of Jerusalem in 587 B.C. Jeremiah 1:1. Other examples of the sense which seems to be demanded in this text are, Genesis 30:37; Jeremiah 48:17. Jeremiah 3:1-13 Refusing to Be Ashamed of Sin. 2. Jeremiah 1:11 Context. The two visions (1:11–16) Verses 11–16 records the dialogue between Jeremiah, speaking in the first person, and Yahweh (the L ORD), whose words are written as quoted statements. Scholars believe that editors continued to add to the book after Jeremiah’s death. 11. 10 See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant. Jeremiah 30:1-11 God Will Restore His People. that had leaves, and possibly blossoms, on it, like Aaron’s, Numbers 17:8; for without leaves at least it is possible he had not so readily guessed of what kind it had been. It was the watcher, the tree that “hastens to awake” (shâkêd) out of its wintry sleep, and thus expresses the divine haste which would not without cause delay the fulfilment of its gracious promise, but would, as it were, make it bud and blossom, and bear fruit. (Calmet) ---The sense is the same. And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. The almond tree is distinctive, as it is the first tree to blossom in the spring in Israel. Which hath its name in Hebrew from watching, because it watcheth, as it were, to bud and bear before other trees, even in the deep of winter, and when it is at coldest. Another commission introducing two visions. American King James Version ×)—ca. The almond-tree, which is more forward in the spring than any other, represented the speedy approach of judgments. It blossoms in January, when other trees are locked up in their winter's repose; and it bears fruit in March, just at the commencement of spring, when other trees only begin to bud. Jeremiah 29:1-11 New International Version (NIV) A Letter to the Exiles. 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