Jeremiah 5:15 Index
"Lo, I will bring a nation upon you from far, O house of Israel, saith the LORD: it is a mighty nation, it is an ancient nation, a nation whose language thou knowest not, neither understandest what they say."
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" . . . from far . . . "

" . . . House of Israel . . . "

" . . . mighty . . . "

  • Hebrew 'ethan, literally, "ever flowing" (Amos 5:24), and hence metaphorically, "durable," "lasting" (Micah 6:2 where 'ethan is translated "strong"). There would be no escape from this unconquerable people whose numbers seemed never to dwindle or fail, and whose resources appeared inexhaustible. (4BC 377)

" . . . an ancient nation . . . "

  • Babylon's great antiquity seems only to have added to its pride, arrogance, cruelty, and skill in the art of destruction. (4BC 377)

" . . . Language . . . "

  • The language referred to here is probably the Aramaic, which was fast becoming an international medium of diplomacy and commerce. Aramaic is closely related to the Hebrew, but was not at this time understood by the Jewish populace (2 Kings 18:26). Some think the Babylonian language is referred to. (4BC 377)