Jeremiah 12:9

“Mine heritage is unto me as a speckled bird, the birds round about are against her; come ye, assemble all the beasts of the field, come to devour.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Mine heritage is vnto mee as a speckled bird, the birdes round about are against her; come yee, assemble all the beasts of the field, come to deuoure.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Is My inheritance like a speckled bird of prey to Me? Are the birds of prey against her on every side? Go, gather all the beasts of the field, Bring them to devour!
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Is my heritage unto me as a speckled bird of prey? are the birds of prey against her round about? go ye, assemble all the beasts of the field, bring them to devour.
- American Standard Version (1901)

My heritage is like a brightly coloured bird to me; the cruel birds are attacking her on every side: go, get together all the beasts of the field, make them come for destruction.
- Basic English Bible

My heritage is unto me [as] a speckled bird of prey; the birds of prey round about are against her. Go, assemble all the beasts of the field, bring them to devour.
- Darby Bible

My heritage is to me as a speckled bird, the birds around are against her; come ye, assemble all the beasts of the field, come to devour.
- Webster's Bible

Is my heritage to me as a speckled bird of prey? are the birds of prey against her all around? Go, assemble all the animals of the field, bring them to devour.
- World English Bible

A speckled fowl [is] Mine inheritance to Me? Is the fowl round about against her? Come, assemble, every beast of the field, Come ye for food.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Is My heritage unto Me as a speckled bird of prey? Are the birds of prey against her round about? Come ye, assemble all the beasts of the field, bring them to devour.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Jeremiah 12:9


12:9 The birds round about - It is usual for other birds to flock about a strange coloured bird, such as they have not been used to see.


Discussion for Jeremiah 12

  • R.Adams On verse 16
    " to swear by my name, The LORD liveth" Dont we always swear by Jesus name? Swearing here is more of taking an oath to God and His name being the most powerful of all, by what else would you swear an oath by to God? In His name, of course.
  • It says, "if they obey ". It has not happen yet up to the present. Do not fool me by saying that the present Israel is a prophetic fulfillment of this "return ".
  • It says, "Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard ". Attention all self-ordained pastors not called by God, wolves in sheep 's clothing, your fate is spelled in this chapter.
  • Prophetess Nicola for verse 5
    Verse 5 shows me that there are things in the land contending with us and trying to go ahead and weary us
  • Insight 777
    Verse 16, I think it is important to understand the context in which the word swear is used. There are different meanings to the word swear. Swear is not always the use of offensive language. When one promises to do something they are swearing to do it. However, even when one promises to do something does not mean that they actually can do it because of circumstances beyond their control. This verse is in the context of changing ones beliefs with understanding that yes, the Lord does live. The Lord is unveiling his strength and Bible scripture is being fulfilled. People that do not believe in Jesus are seeing the Bibles truth being revealed exactly as it was written. Jesus is saying understand this and then accept Jesus as Lord. The word swear is not the use of man swearing that he can accomplish something by his own will, strength or merit which are statements as Jesus referred to in Mt.5.34, but instead is a proclamation of the reality that the Lord is ALIVE, he lives and he is in control! Jesus states that man can accomplish nothing on his own that is not the will of God. This swear in verse 16 is pledging acceptance, allegiance and love for the Lord. These people are converts to the truth and leave their false beliefs that the Lord does not live, behind them. If they refuse to love with understanding and continue to hate then they will be destroyed as stated in verse 17.
  • Melanie for verse 16
    I thought we were not supposed to swear at all by heaven or earth according to Christ in the New Testament. Now what made the change from Old ways to the New ways? SO, I wonder am I taking "swear " out of context in my mind. "As the Lord YHWH lives " sounds like something the Father or His Son, Jesus, would like the sound of but so many people with too much time on their hands for them, it was "As the World turns " and so, I say, "Be not of this world,nor of its patterns, but come out of it and be separate. " AND in HIM there is no shadow of turning. As surely as YHWH lives, He convicted me about wasting my time on American soap opera T.V. if only I could be a linen sash around His waist.

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