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For the land is full of adulterers;
the land mourns because of the curse,
the pastures of the wilderness are dried up.
Their way of life is evil
and their might is not rightly used. Bible

“land mourns” This is the figure of speech personification, speaking of the land as if it was a person. The figure magnifies the emotion of the situation.

“the curse.” This refers to the curse of Deuteronomy 27-28, which stated that if Israel obeyed God the people would be blessed, and if the people disobeyed God they and the land would be cursed.

“the pastures of the wilderness are dried up.” One of the great lessons of the Bible is that the behavior of people affects the land that they live on. This lesson is throughout the Old Testament (cp. Deut. 11:13-17; 28:1, 12, 15, 22-25, 38-40; Lev. 18:24-25; Ps. 107:33-34; Jer. 3:2-3; 12:4; 23:10; Amos 4:6-10). (See commentary on Lev. 18:25).


Commentary for: Jeremiah 23:10