And I said, I see a rod 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. Denotes an almond tree staff, corresponding with a vigilant watchman. Hence it is a natural symbol of vigilance, and so God uses it to suggest his own ever-wakeful activity. 11 The word of the Lord came to me: “What do you see, Jeremiah?” “I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied. It is hence necessary to give another version, except we wish to pervert the passage, and to involve the Prophet’s meaning in darkness. 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. Jeremiah 18:1 ¶ The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, 2 Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I … Moreover = And. Hereby the prophet is animated, though but young, and assured that he shall have the fruit of his so early labours. I do not, however, deny that the Hebrew word has this meaning. (Menochius) --- God's law is outwardly bitter, but the kernel is sweet. (Haydock) --- The almond-tree flourishes in January, and bears fruit in March. 2. meaning Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, hastening to bring destruction upon the Jews. Jeremiah 1:6-10. 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. God careth not for those arbores autumnales [ 1:12] trees which bud not till the latter end of harvest. The return of Israel will be the larger migration because, aside from the 70-year captivity in Babylon, some of the descendants … We are not sure whether chapter 18 was written prior to the Exile (Thompson, 432) or during the Exile (Stulman, 182). 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. The almond tree is distinctive, as it is the first tree to blossom in the spring in Israel. And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. Jeremiah 1:11 Context. (Theodoret) (Worthington). And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. 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. 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. This familiar passage about “The Potter and the Clay” turns the idea of a loving God on its head. 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 30:1-3. (11) The word of the Lord . 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. (14), 11. like must of us today times get hard we want to quit. 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. (Theodoret) (Pliny, [Natural History?] . The word שקר , shaked, an almond, is derived from the verb, שקר, shakad, to watch; and it has been thought that this tree is so called, because it brings forth fruit earlier than other trees; for almonds, as it is well known, flower even in winter, and in the coldest seasons. as a reslut he found himself wanting to quit. Moreover, the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? God also showed whence the intended ruin should arise. In his first vision, Yirmiyahu is shown an almond branch, makel shaked (מקל שקד) in Hebrew. Jeremiah saw a seething-pot boiling, representing Jerusalem and Judah in great commotion. Almond-tree — That had leaves, and probably blossoms on it like Aaron's. 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. Jeremiah 1:1. Jeremiah 18:1-11 Commentary by Alphonetta Wines. Jeremiah 2:1-19 How to Be Faithful Regardless of Opposition. Jeremiah 18 Commentary | Command to Jeremiah. Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: “Before I formed you … God confirms in this passage what he had previously said of the power of his word. Jeremiah 30:1-11 God Will Restore His People. God also showed whence the intended ruin should arise. Jeremiad was faced with the task of preaching repentance to a rebellious and backslidden nation. 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. (a). 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. 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… 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. The word , (makkel,) though ordinarily meaning “rod,” is here used in the sense of shoot or twig. (Calmet) ---The sense is the same. 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 poetry of the symbols is of exquisite beauty. It contains the call of Jeremiah, and the commission given him by God; the purport of which is explained by two … Jeremiah was at a very low point in his ministry. 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. Jeremiah 13:18-27. Jeremiah 2:20-37 Irresponsibility is Found in a Fickle Foreign Policy. 11. And I said, I see a, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. 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. We can compare with this act Jeremiah’s own prophetic action in Babylon (Jeremiah 13:1-11), which in that case affected Israel/Judah. 12 The Lord said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching[ a] to see that my word … It was great kindness and familiarity thus to parley with him, and to call him by his name. The word, ) though ordinarily meaning “rod,” is here used in the sense of, Both Gesenius and Furst give to the root form the meaning. See especially the book of Zechariah. 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. 25.) Hashem explains that the branch symbolizes His watching over His word to perform it. The almond-tree, which is more forward in the spring than any other, represented the speedy approach of judgments. 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. Read commentary on this popular Bible verse and understand the real meaning behind God's Word using John Gill's Exposition of the Bible. 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. Jeremiah 1:1-10 The Lord Chooses Jeremiah. shaked = a watcher, or an early waker, because it is the first of the trees to wake from its winter sleep, and is thus what the cock is among birds. 3. Jeremiah’s father, Hilkiah, was a priest of the line of Ithamar; his home was Anathoth of Benjamin. 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. 9 Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. Jeremiah 29:15-32 It is Dangerous to Take Sides Against God’s Man. let’s look at some reasons why he wanted to quit the ministry. 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). 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. Commentary, Jeremiah 18:1-11, Alphonetta Wines, Pentecost +16, Preaching This Week, WorkingPreacher.org, 2013. The Targum is, "and I said, a king hastening to do evil I see;''. 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. The vision would thus signify that God - like a traveler, staff in hand - was just about to set forth upon His journey of vengeance. I It is a reasonable conjecture that `this covenant' refers to the Mosaic covenant of Sinai. Hence it is a natural symbol of vigilance, and so God uses it to suggest his own ever-wakeful activity. JKP translated almond-tree here as "`The early-awake tree'; the Hebrew word translated `almond' means this. 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. 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. Jeremiah 29:1-11 New International Version (NIV) A Letter to the Exiles. 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. It was here the symbol of that promptitude with which God was about to fulfill his promises and threatening. Jeremiah 1:11-19 God Spoke to Jeremiah Through Ordinary Experiences. What does Jeremiah 1:12 mean? The almond-tree, which is more forward in the spring than any other, represented the speedy approach of judgments. Amos 8:2). Jeremiah 29:1-14 God Never Forgets His People. "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." - If we admit a supernatural element in prophecy, visions would be the most simple means of communication between God and man. 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. God has authority, and power, to form and fashion kingdoms and nations as he pleases. 1. 11.What seest thou — A form of question many times used to call attention to a prophetic vision. Et (hoc est, postea) factus est sermo Jehovae ad me (datus est mihi, fuit, ad verbum,) dicendo, Quid tu vides, Jeremia? The word of YHWH was being released in Babylon. God refers to both kingdoms here—the descendants of the northern kingdom of Israel as well as the southern kingdom of Judah. 3. Jeremiah 13 Commentary | Repent While There’s Time! ", 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. And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. 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. (4-5) God’s call to Jeremiah. Another commission introducing two visions. Hebrew. This was typified by the basket of summer fruits, and by the almond tree in this text. He may dispose of us as he thinks fit; and it would be as absurd for us to dispute this, as for the clay to quarrel with the potter. The Lord directed the prophet to observe the branch of an almond tree. makkel, as in Jeremiah 48:17 and Genesis 30:37-41. a rod of an almond tree. What seest thou? Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Jeremiah 1:11. But the rendering of the King James Version is supported by Genesis 30:37. and is applied to this tree because it wakes up to life, and, blossoms in January, while the other trees are still in their winter’s sleep. 8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD. 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. 627 or 626 B.C.—when Zephaniah is also believed to have preached. Jeremiah 1:11 - The word of the Lord came to me saying, 'What do you see, Jeremiah?' Jeremiah 18:1-6 . .—As before, we have the element of ecstasy and vision, symbols not selected by the prophet, and yet, we may believe, adapted to his previous training, and to the bent and, as it were, genius of his character. Jeremiah 13:12-17. The particular orders broken pitchers. 1:11 I see a branch of an almond-tree . Hebrew, "of an almond." And I said, "I see a rod of an almond tree. 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. The almond-tree, which is more forward in the spring than any other, represented the speedy approach of judgments. Jeremiah 13:1-2 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. But now it seems like in the rest of Jeremiah 13, God sets all of that aside and just lays out … A rod of an almond tree — The word , “almond,” means primarily wakeful, vigilant, and is applied to this tree because it wakes up to life, and blossoms in January, while the other trees are still in their winter’s sleep. 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. The sins of God’s people, saith one, are sooner ripe than of the heathens, because they have the constant light and heat of his Word to hasten their maturity. The nation of Judah had turned their backs upon God. meaning Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, hastening to bring destruction upon the Jews. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 1:11-19 God gave Jeremiah a view of the destruction of Judah and Jerusalem by the Chaldeans. First comes the command from God to Jeremiah to visit the house of a potter in Jeremiah 18:1-2. Almond - tree - That had leaves, and probably blossoms on it like Aaron's. Then said Jehovah unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I watch over my word to perform it.". (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. Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? 11. See especially the book of Zechariah. an almond tree. 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 … Watching. The father and mother of the country humbled, driven away, insulted. 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. 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. The entire chosen nation a destroyed girdle. More Jeremiah commentaries. "Moreover, the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? 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. Jeremiah 1:11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? Hebrew. The name of the almond-tree (here the poetical, not the common, name) made the symbol yet more expressive. Wesley's Notes for Jeremiah 1:11. 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). 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, The entire chosen nation a destroyed girdle. 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?" Jeremiah, what seest thou?] A rod of an almond tree, viz. 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. Humbled, driven away, insulted Judah and Jerusalem by the Chaldeans while Jeremiah upon... 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