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Jeremiah 12:9

    Jeremiah 12:9 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Mine heritage is unto me as a speckled bird, the birds round about are against her; come ye, assemble all the beasts of the field, come to devour.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    My heritage is to me as a speckled bird, the birds round about are against her; come you, assemble all the beasts of the field, come to devour.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Is my heritage unto me as a speckled bird of prey? are the birds of prey against her round about? go ye, assemble all the beasts of the field, bring them to devour.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    My heritage is like a brightly coloured bird to me; the cruel birds are attacking her on every side: go, get together all the beasts of the field, make them come for destruction.

    Webster's Revision

    Is my heritage unto me as a speckled bird of prey? are the birds of prey against her round about? go ye, assemble all the beasts of the field, bring them to devour.

    World English Bible

    Is my heritage to me as a speckled bird of prey? are the birds of prey against her all around? Go, assemble all the animals of the field, bring them to devour.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Is mine heritage unto me as a speckled bird of prey? are the birds of prey against her round about? go ye, assemble all the beasts of the field, bring them to devour.

    Definitions for Jeremiah 12:9

    Heritage - Allotment; possession.

    Clarke's Commentary on Jeremiah 12:9

    Is unto me as a speckled bird - A bird of divers colors. This is a people who have corrupted the worship of the true God with heathenish rites and ceremonies; therefore, the different nations, (see Jeremiah 12:10; whose gods and forms of worship they have adopted shall come and spoil them. As far as you have followed the surrounding nations in their worship, so far shall they prevail over your state. Every one shall take that which is his own; and wherever he finds his own gods, he will consider the land consecrated to them, and take it as his property, because those very gods are the objects of his worship. The fable of the daw and borrowed plumes is no mean illustration of this passage.

    Dahler translates the whole verse thus: -

    Birds of prey! inundate with blood my heritage.

    Birds of prey! come against her from all sides.

    Run together in crowds, ye savage beasts!

    Come to the carnage!

    Barnes' Notes on Jeremiah 12:9

    Rather, "Is My heritage unto Me as a speckled bird? Are the birds upon her round about? Come, assemble all the wild beasts: bring them to devour her." By "a speckled" or parti-colored "bird" is probably meant some kind of vulture.

    Wesley's Notes on Jeremiah 12:9

    12:9 The birds round about - It is usual for other birds to flock about a strange coloured bird, such as they have not been used to see.