Jeremiah, what seest thou?] Or watch the painter mix her paints and fill her canvas in the open air. What seest thou — A form of question many times used to call attention to a prophetic vision. when? “And it shall come to pass, that as I have watched over them, to destroy, and to afflict… so will I watch over them, to build, and to plant, says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 31:28). "Commentary on Jeremiah 1:11". https: Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me — Probably at the same time, and in the same vision, wherein he was first appointed to his office; saying, What seest thou — Here, by symbolical representations, the meaning of which God immediately interpreted, future things were presented to his view. All other rights reserved. https: To this day, God tells Jeremiah, God’s people are like clay that has not yet been fired. What does this verse really mean? "Commentary on Jeremiah 1:11". This is a simplified translation of the original Hebrew word. .—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. And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. Later, God repeated the warning through Jeremiah: “Behold, I will watch (shaked) over them for evil, and not for good…” (Jeremiah 44:27). God’s message to Israel was that sin has consequences and there will come a time of reckoning – namely the destruction of Jerusalem and the captivity of Israel. God has planned an end for the kingdom of Judah, but even this future is not fixed. Jeremiah 1:11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, 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). We remain supple. https: Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. Jeremiah 1:11 . "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". The poetry of the symbols is of exquisite beauty. "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". BibliographyCalvin, John. (Haydock) --- The almond-tree flourishes in January, and bears fruit in March. Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew Scripture. The image is not new in the scriptures. "Commentary on Jeremiah 1:11". (Theodoret) (Worthington). We are also resilient, and capable of astonishing goodness and true conversion. What does this verse really mean? 12  Then said the Lord unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten 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. ), or indefinitely what (including whatever, and even relatively, that which); often used with prefixes in various adverbial or conjunctive senses, To see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitive, intransitive and causative), A shoot, i.e., stick (with leaves on, or for walking, striking, guiding, divining), The almond (tree or nut; as being the earliest in bloom). Feel the weaver’s coarse-spun wool as she weaves her tapestry of richly colored threads. The poetry of the symbols is of exquisite beauty. (a). Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, And I said, I see a rod of an almond-tree. It almost seems to be a new subject, for now God is not talking about the house of Israel in particular, but rather about any nation at all. . Copyright StatementThese files are a derivative of an electronic edition prepared from text scanned by Woodside Bible Fellowship.This expanded edition of the Jameison-Faussett-Brown Commentary is in the public domain and may be freely used and distributed. This deceptively simple psalm serves as the introduction to the Psalter and sets before us, the readers, a vision of life as a journey marked by bifurcating paths: turn one way, happiness (1:1), another, destruction (1:6). God’s plans for a nation, a people, or a kingdom, God explains, are not fixed, and they are not determined apart from our own choices (Jeremiah 18:7-10). 1983-1999. 1870. BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. It is specialized. "Commentary on Jeremiah 1:11". Salem Media Group. And I said, I see a rod of an almond-tree. It is hence necessary to give another version, except we wish to pervert the passage, and to involve the Prophet’s meaning in darkness. See Jeremiah 1:11 with its adjacent verses in bold below. A rod of an almond tree - Many translate "a staff of almond wood." God cannot make us do anything. And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. https: He will watch over His word either for curse or for blessing. Well, what does all of that mean? "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". The Targum is, "and I said, a king hastening to do evil I see;''. This Pentecost text has commonly been considered the conclusion to the farewell speech of Moses to the people of Israel (Deuteronomy 29:1-30:20). Popularity relative to other verses in Jeremiah chapter 1 using average monthly Google searches. “Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? Now, in Jeremiah 18, we hear that God did not simply shape us once for all. The Targum is. 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.” 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 will act like the almond-tree respecting my word; Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? At the conclusion of this lection, God asks Jeremiah — asks, not commands, and even says “please” — to speak to the people of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, to summon them to conversion. https: (Calmet) ---The sense is the same. 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. (including how? 1832. BibliographyBeza, Theodore. God confirms in this passage what he had previously said of the power of his word. After Jeremiah’s visit to the potter’s shed, and after God explains to Jeremiah just how God is a potter and just how God’s people are like clay in God’s hand, whom God is able to re-form (Jeremiah 18:6), God changes gears and begins to talk about God’s plans for nations and kingdoms. "Commentary on Jeremiah 1:11". Moreover, the word of the Lord came unto me At the same time as before: saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? It is amazing to see beautiful almond trees blossoming all over Israel every winter. Another commission introducing two visions. BibliographyConstable, Thomas. (11) The word of the Lord . Quotes available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. 1917. And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. "Commentary on Jeremiah 1:11". When you do, you will learn something new about God and you will hear a fresh summons for God’s people. No one of us is only a tile, a pitcher, or a lamp. JKP translated almond-tree here as "`The early-awake tree'; the Hebrew word translated `almond' means this. "Moreover, the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? That’s what God explains in Jeremiah 13:8-11. "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". Through it all, even in the company of others and even in relationship with God, each of us forms our own intentions and exercises our own free will.