Jeremiah 13
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1  Thus Hashem said to me: “Go buy yourself a loincloth of linen, and put it around your loins, but do not dip it into water.”

א  כֹּה־אָמַר יְהוָה אֵלַי הָלוֹךְ וְקָנִיתָ לְּךָ אֵזוֹר פִּשְׁתִּים וְשַׂמְתּוֹ עַל־מָתְנֶיךָ וּבַמַּיִם לֹא תְבִאֵהוּ׃

2  So I bought the loincloth in accordance with Hashem’s command, and put it about my loins.

ב  וָאֶקְנֶה אֶת־הָאֵזוֹר כִּדְבַר יְהוָה וָאָשִׂם עַל־מָתְנָי׃

3  And the word of Hashem came to me a second time:

ג  וַיְהִי דְבַר־יְהוָה אֵלַי שֵׁנִית לֵאמֹר׃

4  “Take the loincloth which you bought, which is about your loins, and go at once to Perath and cover it up there in a cleft of the rock.”

ד  קַח אֶת־הָאֵזוֹר אֲשֶׁר קָנִיתָ אֲשֶׁר עַל־מָתְנֶיךָ וְקוּם לֵךְ פְּרָתָה וְטָמְנֵהוּ שָׁם בִּנְקִיק הַסָּלַע׃

5  I went and buried it at Perath, as Hashem had commanded me.

ה  וָאֵלֵךְ וָאֶטְמְנֵהוּ בִּפְרָת כַּאֲשֶׁר צִוָּה יְהוָה אוֹתִי׃

6  Then, after a long time, Hashem said to me, “Go at once to Perath and take there the loincloth which I commanded you to bury there.”

ו  וַיְהִי מִקֵּץ יָמִים רַבִּים וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֵלַי קוּם לֵךְ פְּרָתָה וְקַח מִשָּׁם אֶת־הָאֵזוֹר אֲשֶׁר צִוִּיתִיךָ לְטָמְנוֹ־שָׁם׃

7  So I went to Perath and dug up the loincloth from the place where I had buried it; and found the loincloth ruined; it was not good for anything.

ז  וָאֵלֵךְ פְּרָתָה וָאֶחְפֹּר וָאֶקַּח אֶת־הָאֵזוֹר מִן־הַמָּקוֹם אֲשֶׁר־טְמַנְתִּיו שָׁמָּה וְהִנֵּה נִשְׁחַת הָאֵזוֹר לֹא יִצְלַח לַכֹּל׃

8  The word of Hashem came to me:

ח  וַיְהִי דְבַר־יְהוָה אֵלַי לֵאמֹר׃

9  Thus said Hashem: Even so will I ruin the overweening pride of Yehuda and Yerushalayim.

ט  כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה כָּכָה אַשְׁחִית אֶת־גְּאוֹן יְהוּדָה וְאֶת־גְּאוֹן יְרוּשָׁלִַם הָרָב׃

10  This wicked people who refuse to heed My bidding, who follow the willfulness of their own hearts, who follow other gods and serve them and worship them, shall become like that loincloth, which is not good for anything.

י  הָעָם הַזֶּה הָרָע הַמֵּאֲנִים לִשְׁמוֹעַ אֶת־דְּבָרַי הַהֹלְכִים בִּשְׁרִרוּת לִבָּם וַיֵּלְכוּ אַחֲרֵי אֱלֹהִים אֲחֵרִים לְעָבְדָם וּלְהִשְׁתַּחֲוֺת לָהֶם וִיהִי כָּאֵזוֹר הַזֶּה אֲשֶׁר לֹא־יִצְלַח לַכֹּל׃

11  For as the loincloth clings close to the loins of a man, so I brought close to Me the whole House of Yisrael and the whole House of Yehuda—declares Hashem—that they might be My people, for fame, and praise, and splendor. But they would not obey.

יא  כִּי כַּאֲשֶׁר יִדְבַּק הָאֵזוֹר אֶל־מָתְנֵי־אִישׁ כֵּן הִדְבַּקְתִּי אֵלַי אֶת־כָּל־בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאֶת־כָּל־בֵּית יְהוּדָה נְאֻם־יְהוָה לִהְיוֹת לִי לְעָם וּלְשֵׁם וְלִתְהִלָּה וּלְתִפְאָרֶת וְלֹא שָׁמֵעוּ׃

12  And speak this word to them: Thus said Hashem, the God of Yisrael: “Every jar should be filled with wine.” And when they say to you, “Don’t we know that every jar should be filled with wine?”

v’-a-mar-TA a-lay-HEM et ha-da-VAR ha-ZEH koh a-MAR a-do-NAI e-lo-HAY yis-ra-AYL kol NAY-vel yi-MA-lay YA-yin va’-a-m’-RU ay-LE-kha ha-ya-DO-a LO nay-DA kee khol NAY-vel yi-MA-lay YA-yin

יב  וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵיהֶם אֶת־הַדָּבָר הַזֶּה כֹּה־אָמַר יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל כָּל־נֵבֶל יִמָּלֵא יָיִן וְאָמְרוּ אֵלֶיךָ הֲיָדֹעַ לֹא נֵדַע כִּי כָל־נֵבֶל יִמָּלֵא יָיִן׃

13:12   Every jar should be filled with wine

According to Radak, the metaphor of the jars filled with wine symbolizes the Israelites whose minds will be so preoccupied with the afflictions that will befall them, it will be as if they are intoxicated. In verse 13, Yirmiyahu clarifies that no one will be immune from punishment, and even the leadership of the people – the kings, princes, and prophets – will be punished. The wine imagery is particularly poignant, since Yehuda is associated with wine; Yaakov blessed his son Yehuda that he should be so rich that he will wash his garments in wine (Genesis 49:11). To this day, the hilly area of Yehuda south of Yerushalayim is internationally renowned for its bountiful vineyards.


13  say to them, “Thus said Hashem: I am going to fill with drunkenness all the inhabitants of this land, and the kings who sit on the throne of David, and the kohanim and the neviim, and all the inhabitants of Yerushalayim.

יג  וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵיהֶם כֹּה־אָמַר יְהוָה הִנְנִי מְמַלֵּא אֶת־כָּל־יֹשְׁבֵי הָאָרֶץ הַזֹּאת וְאֶת־הַמְּלָכִים הַיֹּשְׁבִים לְדָוִד עַל־כִּסְאוֹ וְאֶת־הַכֹּהֲנִים וְאֶת־הַנְּבִיאִים וְאֵת כָּל־יֹשְׁבֵי יְרוּשָׁלִָם שִׁכָּרוֹן׃

14  And I will smash them one against the other, parents and children alike—declares Hashem; no pity, compassion, or mercy will stop Me from destroying them.”

יד  וְנִפַּצְתִּים אִישׁ אֶל־אָחִיו וְהָאָבוֹת וְהַבָּנִים יַחְדָּו נְאֻם־יְהוָה לֹא־אֶחְמוֹל וְלֹא־אָחוּס וְלֹא אֲרַחֵם מֵהַשְׁחִיתָם׃

15  Attend and give ear; be not haughty, For Hashem has spoken.

טו  שִׁמְעוּ וְהַאֲזִינוּ אַל־תִּגְבָּהוּ כִּי יְהוָה דִּבֵּר׃

16  Give honor to Hashem your God Before He brings darkness, Before your feet stumble On the mountains in shadow— When you hope for light, And it is turned to darkness And becomes deep gloom.

טז  תְּנוּ לַיהוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם כָּבוֹד בְּטֶרֶם יַחְשִׁךְ וּבְטֶרֶם יִתְנַגְּפוּ רַגְלֵיכֶם עַל־הָרֵי נָשֶׁף וְקִוִּיתֶם לְאוֹר וְשָׂמָהּ לְצַלְמָוֶת ישית [וְשִׁית] לַעֲרָפֶל׃

17  For if you will not give heed, My inmost self must weep, Because of your arrogance; My eye must stream and flow With copious tears, Because the flock of Hashem Is taken captive.

יז  וְאִם לֹא תִשְׁמָעוּהָ בְּמִסְתָּרִים תִּבְכֶּה־נַפְשִׁי מִפְּנֵי גֵוָה וְדָמֹעַ תִּדְמַע וְתֵרַד עֵינִי דִּמְעָה כִּי נִשְׁבָּה עֵדֶר יְהוָה׃

18  Say to the king and the queen mother, “Sit in a lowly spot; For your diadems are abased, Your glorious crowns.”

יח  אֱמֹר לַמֶּלֶךְ וְלַגְּבִירָה הַשְׁפִּילוּ שֵׁבוּ כִּי יָרַד מַרְאֲשׁוֹתֵיכֶם עֲטֶרֶת תִּפְאַרְתְּכֶם׃

19  The cities of the Negev are shut, There is no one to open them; Yehuda is exiled completely, All of it exiled.

יט  עָרֵי הַנֶּגֶב סֻגְּרוּ וְאֵין פֹּתֵחַ הָגְלָת יְהוּדָה כֻּלָּהּ הָגְלָת שְׁלוֹמִים׃

20  Raise your eyes and behold Those who come from the north: Where are the sheep entrusted to you, The flock you took pride in?

כ  שאי [שְׂאוּ] עֵינֵיכֶם וראי [וּרְאוּ] הַבָּאִים מִצָּפוֹן אַיֵּה הָעֵדֶר נִתַּן־לָךְ צֹאן תִּפְאַרְתֵּךְ׃

21  What will you say when they appoint as your heads Those among you whom you trained to be tame? Shall not pangs seize you Like a woman in childbirth?

כא  מַה־תֹּאמְרִי כִּי־יִפְקֹד עָלַיִךְ וְאַתְּ לִמַּדְתְּ אֹתָם עָלַיִךְ אַלֻּפִים לְרֹאשׁ הֲלוֹא חֲבָלִים יֹאחֱזוּךְ כְּמוֹ אֵשֶׁת לֵדָה׃

22  And when you ask yourself, “Why have these things befallen me?” It is because of your great iniquity That your skirts are lifted up, Your limbs exposed.

כב  וְכִי תֹאמְרִי בִּלְבָבֵךְ מַדּוּעַ קְרָאֻנִי אֵלֶּה בְּרֹב עֲוֺנֵךְ נִגְלוּ שׁוּלַיִךְ נֶחְמְסוּ עֲקֵבָיִךְ׃

23  Can the Cushite change his skin, Or the leopard his spots? Just as much can you do good, Who are practiced in doing evil!

כג  הֲיַהֲפֹךְ כּוּשִׁי עוֹרוֹ וְנָמֵר חֲבַרְבֻּרֹתָיו גַּם־אַתֶּם תּוּכְלוּ לְהֵיטִיב לִמֻּדֵי הָרֵעַ׃

24  So I will scatter you like straw that flies Before the desert wind.

כד  וַאֲפִיצֵם כְּקַשׁ־עוֹבֵר לְרוּחַ מִדְבָּר׃

25  This shall be your lot, Your measured portion from Me —declares Hashem. Because you forgot Me And trusted in falsehood,

כה  זֶה גוֹרָלֵךְ מְנָת־מִדַּיִךְ מֵאִתִּי נְאֻם־יְהוָה אֲשֶׁר שָׁכַחַתְּ אוֹתִי וַתִּבְטְחִי בַּשָּׁקֶר׃

26  I in turn will lift your skirts over your face And your shame shall be seen.

כו  וְגַם־אֲנִי חָשַׂפְתִּי שׁוּלַיִךְ עַל־פָּנָיִךְ וְנִרְאָה קְלוֹנֵךְ׃

27  I behold your adulteries, Your lustful neighing, Your unbridled depravity, your vile acts On the hills of the countryside. Woe to you, O Yerushalayim, Who will not be clean! How much longer shall it be?


כז  נִאֻפַיִךְ וּמִצְהֲלוֹתַיִךְ זִמַּת זְנוּתֵךְ עַל־גְּבָעוֹת בַּשָּׂדֶה רָאִיתִי שִׁקּוּצָיִךְ אוֹי לָךְ יְרוּשָׁלִַם לֹא תִטְהֲרִי אַחֲרֵי מָתַי עֹד׃

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