Ver. "[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. American King James Version ×)—ca. Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: “Before I formed you … The word of YHWH was being released in Babylon. 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. Hence it is a natural symbol of vigilance, and so God uses it to suggest his own ever-wakeful activity. --- Thus God will speedily send his scourge from Babylon, to punish his people. 11.What seest thou — A form of question many times used to call attention to a prophetic vision. let’s look at some reasons why he wanted to quit the ministry. The words of Jeremiah— This chapter forms an entire section by itself. "Moreover, the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? God then proceeds with the same subject when he says, What seest thou, Jeremiah? like must of us today times get hard we want to quit. Amos 8:2). The Lord directed the prophet to observe the branch of an almond tree. God also showed whence the intended ruin should arise. 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. The Septuagint version leaves out the word "Jeremiah": and I said, I see a rod of an almond tree; a dry stick, without leaves or fruit upon it, and yet he knew it to be an almond tree stick; though some think it had leaves and fruit on it, by which it was known. (Read Jeremiah 1:11-19) God gave Jeremiah a view of the destruction of Judah and Jerusalem by the Chaldeans. 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). The name of the almond-tree (here the poetical, not the common, name) made the symbol yet more expressive. The meaning of this vision turns upon the fact of the almond-tree being the first one that puts out blooms in the spring. Jeremiah 18:1-6 . God refers to both kingdoms here—the descendants of the northern kingdom of Israel as well as the southern kingdom of Judah. The Targum is, "and I said, a king hastening to do evil I see;''. Jeremiah 1:11 Context. God confirms in this passage what he had previously said of the power of his word. Anyone who reads Jeremiah 18:1-11 and expects that words from God are always words of comfort and reassurance will have to stop and think again. Many almond trees still grow in Israel, even in the area of old Anathoth, so the tree was probably common to Jeremiah. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. It should be, “I see the rod, “or the staff, “of a watcher.” Let us grant that the almond is intended; yet the tree may be called watchful, according to what etymology requires, and also the sense of the passage, as all must see. 1:11 I see a branch of an almond-tree . 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. (Menochius) --- God's law is outwardly bitter, but the kernel is sweet. This familiar passage about “The Potter and the Clay” turns the idea of a loving God on its head. Then Jehovah said to me, “Thou seest rightly, for I am watching over my word to do it.”, The word of the Lord came to me saying, "What do you see, Jeremiah?" Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? (14), 11. Jeremiah 13:1-2 11. See especially the book of Zechariah. And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree.] But the rendering of the King James Version is supported by Genesis 30:37. 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. JKP translated almond-tree here as "`The early-awake tree'; the Hebrew word translated `almond' means this. It is hence necessary to give another version, except we wish to pervert the passage, and to involve the Prophet’s meaning in darkness. Jeremiah 2:1-19 How to Be Faithful Regardless of Opposition. Jeremiah saw a seething-pot boiling, representing Jerusalem and Judah in great commotion. But now it seems like in the rest of Jeremiah 13, God sets all of that aside and just lays out … ... Jeremiah 1:11 Jeremiah 1:13 Jeremiah 1:12. See especially the book of Zechariah. And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. "The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that [were] in Anathoth in the land of … Jeremiah 13 Commentary | Repent While There’s Time! 12 The Lord said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching[ a] to see that my word … meaning Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, hastening to bring destruction upon the Jews. Jeremiah 29:15-32 It is Dangerous to Take Sides Against God’s Man. The almond tree is distinctive, as it is the first tree to blossom in the spring in Israel. Other examples of the sense which seems to be demanded in this text are, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Hebrew. This is a tree that blossoms early and speedily, and hence hath its name in Hebrew scaked, signifying watchful, forward, nimble, or quick; and so it may point at either God’s readiness to smite, Jeremiah 1:12, which is described elsewhere by summer fruit, Amos 8:1,2; or Israel’s ripeness to be smitten, as we have the like Ezekiel 7:10,11; or both; this rod being like a portentous comet, showing to Jeremiah the miseries that were at hand, as the death of Josiah, which soon followed this vision, 2 Kings 23:29, and the taxing them by Pharaoh-nechoh, 2 Kings 23:35, and presently after the breaking in of the Chaldees, Syrians, Moabites, and Ammonites, 2 Kings 24:2, and then the Babylonian captivity, 2 Kings 24:10, which happened in the eighth year of Jehoiachin, 2 Kings 24:12, when Nebuchadnezzar took him with others, and carried them away, about twenty-three years from hence; and about the fortieth year Jerusalem was taken, and the temple burnt. We are not sure whether chapter 18 was written prior to the Exile (Thompson, 432) or during the Exile (Stulman, 182). Browse Sermons on Jeremiah 1:11. 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 Targum is, "and I said, a king hastening to do evil I see;'. We can compare with this act Jeremiah’s own prophetic action in Babylon (Jeremiah 13:1-11), which in that case affected Israel/Judah. This is a tree that blossoms early, and speedily, and so it may point at either God's readiness, to smite, verse12, or Israel's ripeness to be smitten; this rod being like a portentous comet, shewing to Jeremiah the miseries that were at hand, at the death of Josiah, which soon followed this vision, the taxing them by Pharaoh Necho, presently after the breaking in of the Chaldees, Syrians, Moabites, and Ammonites, and then the Babylonian captivity. 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… 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. 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. As the almond tree, saith another, hath a bitter rind, but a sweet kernel, so hath affliction sanctified; and again, as the almond tree is made more fruitful by driving nails into it, letting out a noxious gum that hindereth the fruitfulness thereof, so is a good man made better by afflictions. A rod of an almond tree, viz. 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. And I said, I see a rod of an almond-tree. The word , (makkel,) though ordinarily meaning “rod,” is here used in the sense of shoot or twig. Jeremiad was faced with the task of preaching repentance to a rebellious and backslidden nation. A rod of an almond tree - שקד shaked, from שקד shakad, "to be ready," "to hasten," "to watch for an opportunity to do a thing," to awake; because the almond tree is the first to flower and bring forth fruit. 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. Jeremiah 13:1-11. Jeremiah 1:6-10. (Haydock) --- The almond-tree flourishes in January, and bears fruit in March. Now, were we to say in Latin, I see a rod or a staff of almond; and were the answer given, Thou hast rightly seen, for I watch, the allusion in the words would not appear, the sentence would lose its beauty, and there would indeed be no meaning. Almond-tree — That had leaves, and probably blossoms on it like Aaron's. 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. First comes the command from God to Jeremiah to visit the house of a potter in Jeremiah 18:1-2. 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. This and the boiling caldron, Jeremiah 1:13, is thought to be at the same time, and in the same vision, when he was first appointed to his work. 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. the dirty girdle jeremiah 13:1-11 jeremiah was asked to do some hard things. Then said Jehovah unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I watch over my word to perform it.". 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. 2. Jeremiah 1:1. 3. The word, ) though ordinarily meaning “rod,” is here used in the sense of, Both Gesenius and Furst give to the root form the meaning. But the rendering of the King James Version is supported by Genesis 30:37. 9 Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. In his first vision, Yirmiyahu is shown an almond branch, makel shaked (מקל שקד) in Hebrew. Jeremiah"s Second Prophecy (see Book comments for Jeremiah). Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 1:11-19 God gave Jeremiah a view of the destruction of Judah and Jerusalem by the Chaldeans. Jeremiah’s father, Hilkiah, was a priest of the line of Ithamar; his home was Anathoth of Benjamin. Moreover, the word of the Lord came unto me,.... At the same time as before: saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? 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. Jeremiah 18:1-11 Commentary by Alphonetta Wines. The vision would thus signify that God - like a traveler, staff in hand - was just about to set forth upon His journey of vengeance. Here we have the parable of the potter. (Theodoret) (Pliny, [Natural History?] 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. Jeremiah, what seest thou?] . a rod = a staff for striking. More Jeremiah commentaries. 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. - If we admit a supernatural element in prophecy, visions would be the most simple means of communication between God and man. Another commission introducing two visions. makkel, as in Jeremiah 48:17 and Genesis 30:37-41. a rod of an almond tree. This familiar passage about “The Potter and the Clay” turns the idea of a loving God on its head. It was great kindness and familiarity thus to parley with him, and to call him by his name. Jeremiah 2:20-37 Irresponsibility is Found in a Fickle Foreign Policy. 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. Jeremiah 1:11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? The Septuagint version leaves out the word "Jeremiah": and I said, I see a rod of an almond tree; a dry stick, without leaves or fruit upon it, and yet he knew it to be an almond tree stick; though some think it had leaves and fruit on it, by which it was known. A rod of an almond tree - Many translate "a staff of almond wood." And I said, I see a, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. The father and mother of the country humbled, driven away, insulted. The almond-tree, which is more forward in the spring than any other, represented the speedy approach of judgments. This was typified by the basket of summer fruits, and by the almond tree in this text. 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. Anyone who reads Jeremiah 18:1-11 and expects that words from God are always words of comfort and reassurance will have to stop and think again. What does Jeremiah 1:12 mean? They were following false prophets and were worshipping idols instead of God. "This glimmer of hope, however faint, that no matter how bad things get the possibility for good remains, is the reason why for generations people return to Jeremiah and his story of the potter and the clay." Jeremiah 13:12-17. Jeremiah 30:1-11 God Will Restore His People. The return of Israel will be the larger migration because, aside from the 70-year captivity in Babylon, some of the descendants … Almond - tree - That had leaves, and probably blossoms on it like Aaron's. And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. Jeremiah 1:1-10 The Lord Chooses Jeremiah. (Calmet) ---The sense is the same. Wesley's Notes for Jeremiah 1:11. Hence it is a natural symbol of vigilance, and so God uses it to suggest his own ever-wakeful activity. God careth not for those arbores autumnales [ 1:12] trees which bud not till the latter end of harvest. So, we’ve seen so far two parts of this message that have been adorned with poetic imagery or symbolic actions. 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. (4-5) God’s call to Jeremiah. meaning Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, hastening to bring destruction upon the Jews. Jeremiah 27:1-22 God is in Control. The particular orders broken pitchers. And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. Watching. Hebrew, "of an almond." 8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD. Denotes an almond tree staff, corresponding with a vigilant watchman. 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). Came unto me — This and the boiling caldron, verse13, is thought to be at the same time, and in the same vision, when he was first appointed to the work. Hashem explains that the branch symbolizes His watching over His word to perform it. When people return to the *LORD, they must be genuine 4:1-4. v1 ‘If you will return, Israel, return … Jeremiah 30:1-3. Scholars believe that editors continued to add to the book after Jeremiah’s death. 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 truth of all his predictions is designed, though little believed by the most; the speediness also of their performance, [Jeremiah 1:12 Ezekiel 7:10-11] a good comment upon this text. When it is a natural symbol of vigilance, and probably blossoms on it like 's... 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