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“Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.”

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Jeremiah 4:4 Translation & Meaning

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Circumcise yourselves הִמֹּ֣לוּ To cut short, i.e., curtail (specifically the prepuce, i.e., to circumcise); by implication, to blunt; figuratively, to destroy Circumcise yourselves
to the Lord, לַיהוָֹ֗ה (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jeho-vah, Jewish national name of God Lord
and take away וְהָסִ֙רוּ֙ To turn off (literally or figuratively) take away
the foreskins עָרְל֣וֹת The prepuce foreskins
of your heart, לְבַבְכֶ֔ם The heart (as the most interior organ) heart
ye men אִ֥ישׁ A man as an individual or a male person; often used as an adjunct to a more definite term (and in such cases frequently not expressed in translation) men
of Judah יְהוּדָ֖ה Jehudah (or Judah), the name of five Israelites; also of the tribe descended from the first, and of its territory Judah
and inhabitants וְיֹשְׁבֵ֣י Properly, to sit down (specifically as judge. in ambush, in quiet); by implication, to dwell, to remain; causatively, to settle, to marry inhabitants
of Jerusalem: יְרוּשָׁלִָ֑ם Jerushalaim or Jerushalem, the capital city of Palestine Jerusalem
lest פֶּן Properly, removal; used only (in the construction) adverb as conjunction, lest lest
my fury חֲמָתִ֗י Heat; figuratively, anger, poison (from its fever) fury
come forth תֵּצֵ֨א To go (causatively, bring) out, in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively, direct and proxim come forth
like fire, כָאֵ֜שׁ Fire (literally or figuratively) like fire
and burn וּבָעֲרָה֙ To kindle, i.e., consume (by fire or by eating) burn
that none וְאֵ֣ין A nonentity; generally used as a negative particle none
can quench מְכַבֶּ֔ה To expire or (causatively) to extinguish (fire, light, anger) can quench
it, (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
because מִפְּנֵ֖י The face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (literally and figuratively); also (with prepositional prefix) as a preposition (before, etc.) because
of the evil רֹ֥עַ Badness (as marring), physically or morally evil
of your doings. מַעַלְלֵיכֶֽם׃ An act (good or bad) doings

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  • 2  And thou shalt swear, The Lord liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; and the nations shall bless themselves in him, and in him shall they glory.

  • 3  For thus saith the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.

  • 4  Circumcise yourselves to the Lord, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.

  • 5  Declare ye in Judah, and publish in Jerusalem; and say, Blow ye the trumpet in the land: cry, gather together, and say, Assemble yourselves, and let us go into the defenced cities.

  • 6  Set up the standard toward Zion: retire, stay not: for I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction.


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