14 Jerusalem, wash the evil from your heart and be saved. How long will you harbor wicked thoughts?

Other Translations of Jeremiah 4:14

King James Version

14 O Jerusalem, wash thine heart from wickedness, that thou mayest be saved. How long shall thy vain thoughts lodge within thee?

English Standard Version

14 O Jerusalem, wash your heart from evil, that you may be saved. How long shall your wicked thoughts lodge within you?

The Message

14 Jerusalem! Scrub the evil from your lives so you'll be fit for salvation. How much longer will you harbor devious and malignant designs within you?

New King James Version

14 O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, That you may be saved. How long shall your evil thoughts lodge within you?

New Living Translation

14 O├é┬áJerusalem, cleanse your heart that you may be saved. How long will you harbor your evil thoughts?

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Jeremiah 4:14

Commentary on Jeremiah 4:5-18

(Read Jeremiah 4:5-18)

The fierce conqueror of the neighbouring nations was to make Judah desolate. The prophet was afflicted to see the people lulled into security by false prophets. The approach of the enemy is described. Some attention was paid in Jerusalem to outward reformation; but it was necessary that their hearts should be washed, in the exercise of true repentance and faith, from the love and pollution of sin. When lesser calamities do not rouse sinners and reform nations, sentence will be given against them. The Lord's voice declares that misery is approaching, especially against wicked professors of the gospel; when it overtakes them, it will be plainly seen that the fruit of wickedness is bitter, and the end is fatal.