29:15 “You say, ‘The Lord has raised up prophets of good news 1 for us here in Babylon.’ 29:16 But just listen to what the Lord has to say about 2 the king who occupies David’s throne and all your fellow countrymen who are still living in this city of Jerusalem 3 and were not carried off into exile with you. 29:17 The Lord who rules over all 4 says, ‘I will bring war, 5 starvation, and disease on them. I will treat them like figs that are so rotten 6 they cannot be eaten. 29:18 I will chase after them with war, 7 starvation, and disease. I will make all the kingdoms of the earth horrified at what happens to them. I will make them examples of those who are cursed, objects of horror, hissing scorn, and ridicule among all the nations where I exile them. 29:19 For they have not paid attention to what I said to them through my servants the prophets whom I sent to them over and over again,’ 8 says the Lord. 9 ‘And you exiles 10 have not paid any attention to them either,’ says the Lord. 11
[29:16] sn Jeremiah answers their claims that the
[29:17] 6 tn The meaning of this word is somewhat uncertain. It occurs only here in the Hebrew Bible. BDB 1045 s.v. שֹׁעָר relates it to the noun “horrible thing” (translated “something shocking”) in Jer 5:30; 23:14 and defines it as “horrid, disgusting.” HALOT 1495 s.v. שֹׁעָר relates it to the same noun and define it as “rotten; corrupt.” That nuance is accepted here.