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Jeremiah 4:20 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is laid waste: suddenly are my tents destroyed, [and] my curtains in a moment.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled, [and] my curtains in a moment.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Disaster on disaster is proclaimed, For the whole land is devastated; Suddenly my tents are devastated, My curtains in an instant.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is laid waste; suddenly are my tents ruined, [and] my curtains in a moment.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Destruction upon destruction is proclaimed; for the whole land is wasted: suddenly are my tents laid waste, my curtains, in a moment.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Breach upon breach, they cry, For, ruined, is all the land,—Suddenly, are ruined my tents, In a moment, my curtains!
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Destruction on destruction is proclaimed, For spoiled hath been all the land, Suddenly spoiled have been my tents, In a moment—my curtains.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Destruction upon destruction is called for, and all the earth is laid waste: my tents are destroyed on a sudden, and my pavilions in a moment.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Destruction vpon destruction is cried, for the whole land is spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled, [and] my curtaines in a moment.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— for all the land is distressed: suddenly [my] tabernacle is distressed, my curtains have been rent asunder.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled, [and] my curtains in a moment.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Destruction 7667
{7667} Prime
שֶׁבֶר
sheber
{sheh'-ber}
From H7665; a fracture, figuratively ruin; specifically a solution (of a dream).
upon x5921
(5921) Complement
עַל
`al
{al}
Properly the same as H5920 used as a preposition (in the singular or plural, often with prefix, or as conjugation with a particle following); above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications.
destruction 7667
{7667} Prime
שֶׁבֶר
sheber
{sheh'-ber}
From H7665; a fracture, figuratively ruin; specifically a solution (of a dream).
is cried; 7121
{7121} Prime
קָרָא
qara'
{kaw-raw'}
A primitive root (rather identical with H7122 through the idea of accosting a person met); to call out to (that is, properly address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications).
z8738
<8738> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 1429
for x3588
(3588) Complement
כִּי
kiy
{kee}
A primitive particle (the full form of the prepositional prefix) indicating causal relations of all kinds, antecedent or consequent; (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjugation or adverb; often largely modified by other particles annexed.
the whole x3605
(3605) Complement
כֹּל
kol
{kole}
From H3634; properly the whole; hence all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense).
land 776
{0776} Prime
אֶרֶץ
'erets
{eh'-rets}
From an unused root probably meaning to be firm; the earth (at large, or partitively a land).
is spoiled: 7703
{7703} Prime
שָׁדַד
shadad
{shaw-dad'}
A primitive root; properly to be burly, that is, (figuratively) powerful (passively impregnable); by implication to ravage.
z8795
<8795> Grammar
Stem - Pual (See H8849)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 199
suddenly 6597
{6597} Prime
פִּתְאוֹם
pith'owm
{pith-ome'}
From H6621; instantly.
are my tents 168
{0168} Prime
אֹהֶל
'ohel
{o'-hel}
From H0166; a tent (as clearly conspicuous from a distance).
spoiled, 7703
{7703} Prime
שָׁדַד
shadad
{shaw-dad'}
A primitive root; properly to be burly, that is, (figuratively) powerful (passively impregnable); by implication to ravage.
z8795
<8795> Grammar
Stem - Pual (See H8849)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 199
[and] my curtains 3407
{3407} Prime
יְרִיעָה
y@riy`ah
{yer-ee-aw'}
From H3415; a hanging (as tremulous).
in a moment. 7281
{7281} Prime
רֶגַע
rega`
{reh'-gah}
From H7280; a wink (of the eyes), that is, a very short space of time.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Jeremiah 4:20

_ _ Destruction ... cried — Breach upon breach is announced (Psalms 42:7; Ezekiel 7:26). The war “trumpet” ... the battle shout ... the “destructions” ... the havoc throughout “the whole land” ... the spoiling of the shepherds’ “tents” (Jeremiah 10:20; or, “tents” means cities, which should be overthrown as easily as tents [Calvin]), form a gradation.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Jeremiah 4:19-31.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Jeremiah 4:20

Destruction — Good Josiah slain, and four of his successors carried away, or slain. My tents — The enemy makes no more of overthrowing my stately cities, than if he were overturning tents made of curtains.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Jeremiah 4:20

Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is laid waste: suddenly are my (r) tents ruined, [and] my curtains in a moment.

(r) Meaning, the cities which were as easily cast down as a tent.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
upon destruction:

Jeremiah 4:6 Set up the standard toward Zion: retire, stay not: for I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction.
Jeremiah 17:18 Let them be confounded that persecute me, but let not me be confounded: let them be dismayed, but let not me be dismayed: bring upon them the day of evil, and destroy them with double destruction.
Leviticus 26:18 And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.
Leviticus 26:21 And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins.
Leviticus 26:24 Then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins.
Leviticus 26:28 Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins.
Psalms 42:7 Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.
Isaiah 13:6 Howl ye; for the day of the LORD [is] at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.
Lamentations 3:47 Fear and a snare is come upon us, desolation and destruction.
Ezekiel 7:25-26 Destruction cometh; and they shall seek peace, and [there shall be] none. ... Mischief shall come upon mischief, and rumour shall be upon rumour; then shall they seek a vision of the prophet; but the law shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the ancients.
Ezekiel 14:21 For thus saith the Lord GOD; How much more when I send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast?
Joel 1:15 Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD [is] at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.
Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
2 Thessalonians 1:9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

suddenly:

Jeremiah 10:19-20 Woe is me for my hurt! my wound is grievous: but I said, Truly this [is] a grief, and I must bear it. ... My tabernacle is spoiled, and all my cords are broken: my children are gone forth of me, and they [are] not: [there is] none to stretch forth my tent any more, and to set up my curtains.
Isaiah 33:20 Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle [that] shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.
Isaiah 54:2 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;
Lamentations 2:6-9 And he hath violently taken away his tabernacle, as [if it were of] a garden: he hath destroyed his places of the assembly: the LORD hath caused the solemn feasts and sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion, and hath despised in the indignation of his anger the king and the priest. ... Her gates are sunk into the ground; he hath destroyed and broken her bars: her king and her princes [are] among the Gentiles: the law [is] no [more]; her prophets also find no vision from the LORD.
Habakkuk 3:7 I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction: [and] the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble.

in:

Exodus 33:5 For the LORD had said unto Moses, Say unto the children of Israel, Ye [are] a stiffnecked people: I will come up into the midst of thee in a moment, and consume thee: therefore now put off thy ornaments from thee, that I may know what to do unto thee.
Numbers 16:21 Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.
Numbers 16:45 Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them as in a moment. And they fell upon their faces.
Psalms 72:19 And blessed [be] his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled [with] his glory; Amen, and Amen.
Isaiah 47:9 But these two [things] shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, [and] for the great abundance of thine enchantments.
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Ex 33:5. Lv 26:18, 21, 24, 28. Nu 16:21, 45. Ps 42:7; 72:19. Is 13:6; 33:20; 47:9; 54:2. Jr 4:6; 10:19; 17:18. Lm 2:6; 3:47. Ezk 7:25; 14:21. Jol 1:15. Hab 3:7. Mt 10:28. 2Th 1:9.

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