Jeremiah 15:2

Hebrew Bible

1 Then the Lord said to me, “Even if Moses and Samuel stood before me pleading for these people, I would not feel pity for them! Get them away from me! Tell them to go away! 2 If they ask you, ‘Where should we go?’ tell them the Lord says this: ‘Those who are destined to die of disease will go to death by disease. Those who are destined to die in war will go to death in war. Those who are destined to die of starvation will go to death by starvation. Those who are destined to go into exile will go into exile. 3 “I will punish them in four different ways: I will have war kill them; I will have dogs drag off their dead bodies; I will have birds and wild beasts devour and destroy their corpses. 4 I will make all the people in all the kingdoms of the world horrified at what has happened to them because of what Hezekiah’s son Manasseh, king of Judah, did in Jerusalem.”

Revelation 13:10

New Testament

8 and all those who live on the earth will worship the beast, everyone whose name has not been written since the foundation of the world in the book of life belonging to the Lamb who was killed. 9 If anyone has an ear, he had better listen! 10 If anyone is meant for captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone is to be killed by the sword, then by the sword he must be killed. This requires steadfast endurance and faith from the saints. 11 Then I saw another beast coming up from the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but was speaking like a dragon. 12 He exercised all the ruling authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and those who inhabit it worship the first beast, the one whose lethal wound had been healed.

 Notes and References

"... Regarding the hardships in Revelation 13:10, interestingly, John the Seer describes them with proverbial sayings, which Aune claims allude to LXX Jeremiah 15:2 or 50:11 ... his comparison offers several suggestions. First, it is clear that John the Seer employs the form of proverbial saying in LXX Jeremiah 15:2, using the protasis and the apodosis with the preposition εἰς to identify each clause. Second, even though John uses LXX Jeremiah 15:2 in Revelation 13:10, he does not follow it strictly word for word. Rather, he adapts it and even intentionally omits the second and fourth lines. Aune offers a good comment on these omissions. He states that in LXX Jeremiah 15:2, the prophet writes this proverbial saying to indicate the punishments of God as consequences for the sins of God’s people. Thus, the punishments include pestilence, the sword, famine, and captivity. But in Revelation, the fate of captivity and the fate of the sword are consequences for those who attempt to practice their faith and maintain endurance. Thus, John the Seer intentionally omits the second and the fourth lines, which do not serve his purpose ..."

Tipvarakankoon, Wiriya The Theme of Deception in the Book of Revelation: Bringing Early Christian and Contemporary Thai Cultures into Dialogue (p. 145) Claremont Press, 2017

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