Jeremiah 13:12
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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 יְהֹוָה 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

Vineyard in Yehuda

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.


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