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Jeremiah 6:28-30 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

28 My people have turned against me,
    and they are very stubborn.
    They say bad things about people.
They are like bronze and iron
    that are covered with rust and tarnish.
29 They are like a worker who tried to make silver pure.
The bellows[a] blew strongly, and the fire became hotter,
    but only lead came from the fire.[b]
The worker wasted his time
    trying to make that silver pure.
    In the same way the evil was not removed from my people.
30 My people will be called ‘Rejected Silver.’
    They will be given that name because the Lord did not accept them.”

Footnotes:

  1. Jeremiah 6:29 bellows A tool for blowing air on a fire to make the fire hotter.
  2. Jeremiah 6:29 lead came from the fire Workers melted metals like silver to make the metals pure. Lead was the first metal to melt, so the workers poured the lead out, leaving the other metal pure. Here, Jeremiah is saying the people are all bad—they are all lead and no silver!
Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

Copyright © 2006 by Bible League International

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