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It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the disaster that I am planning to do to them, so that each one turns back from his evil way; then I will forgive their iniquity and their sin.” Bible

“hear.” This is the full or “pregnant” sense of the word “hear.” It means more than just hear audibly, it means hear, pay attention to, and act upon.

“disaster.” The Hebrew is ra (#07451 רַע), which is the standard Hebrew word for “evil,” here put by metonymy for disaster and all that accompanies it.

“that I am planning to do to them.” This is a good example of the idiom of permission, in which God is said to do something that is actually a consequence of a person’s own actions. [For a brief explanation of the idiom of permission, see commentary on Romans 9:18].


Commentary for: Jeremiah 36:3