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Jeremiah 2:18

    Jeremiah 2:18 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And now what hast thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor? or what hast thou to do in the way of Assyria, to drink the waters of the river?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And now what have you to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor? or what have you to do in the way of Assyria, to drink the waters of the river?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And now what hast thou to do in the way to Egypt, to drink the waters of the Shihor? or what hast thou to do in the way to Assyria, to drink the waters of the River?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And now, what have you to do on the way to Egypt, to get your drink from the waters of the Nile? or what have you to do on the way to Assyria, to get your drink from the waters of the River?

    Webster's Revision

    And now what hast thou to do in the way to Egypt, to drink the waters of the Shihor? or what hast thou to do in the way to Assyria, to drink the waters of the River?

    World English Bible

    Now what have you to do in the way to Egypt, to drink the waters of the Shihor? Or what have you to do in the way to Assyria, to drink the waters of the River?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And now what hast thou to do in the way to Egypt, to drink the waters of Shihor? or what hast thou to do in the way to Assyria, to drink the waters of the River?

    Clarke's Commentary on Jeremiah 2:18

    What hast thou to do in the way of Egypt - Why dost thou make alliances with Egypt?

    To drink the waters of Sihor? - This means the Nile. See on Isaiah 23:3 (note).

    The way of Assyria - Why make alliances with the Assyrians? All such connections will only expedite thy ruin.

    To drink the waters of the river? - The Euphrates, as נהר nahar or הנהר hannahar always means Euphrates, the country between the Tigris and Euphrates, is termed to this day Maher alnahar, "the country beyond the river," i.e., Mesopotamia.

    Instead of cleaving to the Lord, they joined affinity and made alliances with those two nations, who were ever jealous of them, and sought their ruin. Egypt was to them a broken reed instead of a staff; Assyria was a leaky cistern, from which they could derive no help.

    Barnes' Notes on Jeremiah 2:18

    Sihor - The Nile. To lean upon Egypt was a violation of the principles of theocracy.

    The two rivers are the two empires, and to drink their waters is to adopt their principles and religion. Compare also Isaiah 8:6-7.

    Wesley's Notes on Jeremiah 2:18

    2:18 And now - What business hast thou there? Sihor - The Nile: it signifies black, called Melas by the Greeks, either from the blackness of the land it passed through, or of the soil it casts up. The waters - Here and by the same words before is meant, to seek help from either place. River - Euphrates, often called so by way of eminency.