The Meaning of Jeremiah 8:15 Explained

Jeremiah 8:15

KJV: We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of health, and behold trouble!

YLT: Looking for peace -- and there is no good, For a time of healing, and lo, terror.

Darby: Peace is looked for, and there is no good; a time of healing, and behold, terror.

ASV: We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of healing, and, behold, dismay!

What does Jeremiah 8:15 Mean?

Verse Meaning

The people had waited for the peace and healing that the false prophets kept promising ( Jeremiah 8:11), but it never came. Instead, "terror" had overtaken them.

Context Summary

Jeremiah 8:4-22 - False Promises Of Peace
This chapter is filled with denunciation of the unreasonable and infatuated obstinacy of Israel. As the horse rushes madly to the fight, so were the people set on evil. The very birds that were sensitive to the laws of migration, and obeyed the call of the sunnier clime, were more impressible than the Chosen People. God often calls us out of the stormy winter blasts to lands of sunny fellowship, but we will not heed. From Jeremiah 5:10 onward we have a description of the desolation about to visit the land. Notwithstanding the promises of false prophets, the invader overran the country and the exiled people might readily begin to question why such a fate had befallen them. To this there was but one answer. Their sin had cut them off from God's protecting care. Is not this the reason why harvests pass and summers end, and the years roll on, and still you are not saved? There is balm for your wounds, and a physician for your healing, but you do not avail yourselves of them; and God's love is powerless, however greatly He desires to help you, until you return. The father would do anything for the prodigal, but He has no chance so long as the prodigal remains in the far-land. [source]

Chapter Summary: Jeremiah 8

1  The calamity of the Jews, both dead and alive
4  He upbraids their foolish and shameless impenitency
13  He shows their grievous judgment;
18  and bewails their desperate estate

What do the individual words in Jeremiah 8:15 mean?

[We] looked for peace but no good [came] and for a time of health and there was trouble
קַוֵּ֥ה לְשָׁל֖וֹם וְאֵ֣ין ט֑וֹב לְעֵ֥ת מַרְפֵּ֖ה וְהִנֵּ֥ה ! בְעָתָֽה

קַוֵּ֥ה  [We]  looked 
Parse: Verb, Piel, Infinitive absolute
Root: קָוָה 
Sense: to wait, look for, hope, expect.
לְשָׁל֖וֹם  for  peace 
Parse: Preposition-l, Noun, masculine singular
Root: שָׁלֹום  
Sense: completeness, soundness, welfare, peace.
וְאֵ֣ין  but  no 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Adverb
Root: אַיִן 
Sense: nothing, not, nought n.
ט֑וֹב  good  [came] 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular
Root: טָבַב 
Sense: good, pleasant, agreeable.
לְעֵ֥ת  and  for  a  time 
Parse: Preposition-l, Noun, common singular construct
Root: עֵת  
Sense: time.
מַרְפֵּ֖ה  of  health 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular
Root: מַרְפֵּא 
Sense: health, healing, cure.
וְהִנֵּ֥ה  and  there  was 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Interjection
Root: הִנֵּה  
Sense: behold, lo, see, if.
! בְעָתָֽה  trouble 
Parse: Noun, feminine singular
Root: בְּעָתָה  
Sense: terror, dismay.

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