The Bible in Its Traditions

Jeremiah 8:18–23

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18  Though I would take comfort against sorrow, my heart is faint within me.

18  mortally with the pain of your distressed heart.

18  My sorrow is beyond sorrow; my heart mourns within me.

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19  Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people from a land far off: 'Is not YHWH in Zion? Is not her King in her?'-- 'Why have they provoked Me with their graven images, and with strange vanities?'--

19  Behold, there is a sound of the cry of the daughter of my people from a land afar off: Is not the Lord in Sion? is there not a king there? because they have provoked me with their graven images, and with strange vanities.

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20  'The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.'

20  The harvest has passed by, the summer is at an end, and we have not been saved.

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21  For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I seized with anguish; I am black, appalment hath taken hold on me.

21  For the breach of the daughter of my people I have been saddened: in my perplexity pangs have seized upon me as of a woman in travail.

21  Over the destruction of the daughter of my people, I am contrite and saddened; astonishment has taken hold of me.

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22  Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?

22  And is there no balm in Galaad, or is there no physician there? why has not the healing of the daughter of my people taken place?