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Jeremiah 33:17

    Jeremiah 33:17 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For thus saith the LORD; David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For thus said the LORD; David shall never want a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For thus saith Jehovah: David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For the Lord has said, David will never be without a man to take his place on the seat of the kingdom of Israel;

    Webster's Revision

    For thus saith Jehovah: David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel;

    World English Bible

    For thus says Yahweh: David shall never want a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For thus saith the LORD: David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel;

    Barnes' Notes on Jeremiah 33:17

    Read literally, these verses promise the permanent restoration of the Davidic throne and (of the Levitical priesthood. As a matter of fact Zedekiah was the last king of David's line, and the Levitical priest-hood has long passed away. Both these changes Jeremiah himself foretold Jeremiah 22:30; Jeremiah 3:16. In what way then is this apparent contradiction (compare Isaiah 66:20-23; Ezekiel 40-48) to be explained? The solution is probably as follows. It was necessary that the Bible should be intelligible to the people at the time when it was written, and in some degree to the writer. The Davidic kingship and the Levitical priest-hood were symbols, which represented to the Jew all that was most dear to his heart in the state of things under which he lived. Their restoration was the restoration of his national and spiritual life. Neither was so restored as to exist permanently. But that was given instead, of which both were types, the Church, whose Head is the true prophet, priest and King.