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“But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone.”

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Jeremiah 5:23 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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But this הַזֶּה֙ The masculine demonstrative pronoun, this or that But this
people וְלָעָ֤ם A people (as a congregated unit); specifically, a tribe (as those of Israel); hence (collectively) troops or attendants; figuratively, a flock people
hath הָיָ֔ה To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) hath
a revolting סוֹרֵ֣ר To turn away, i.e., (morally) be refractory revolting
and a rebellious וּמוֹרֶ֑ה To be (causatively, make) bitter (or unpleasant); (figuratively) to rebel (or resist; causatively, to provoke) rebellious
heart; לֵ֖ב The heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the center of anything heart
they are revolted סָ֖רוּ To turn off (literally or figuratively) are revolted
and gone. וַיֵּלֵֽכוּ׃ To walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively) gone

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  • 21  Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:

  • 22  Fear ye not me? saith the Lord: will ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it?

  • 23  But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone.

  • 24  Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the Lord our God, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest.

  • 25  Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you.


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