The burden of Yahweh (Jer 23:33-23:33)

“When this people,

Or a prophet,

Or a priest asks you.

‘What is the burden of Yahweh?’

You shall say to them.

‘You are the burden.

I will cast you off.’

Says Yahweh.”

What is the burden of Yahweh? Apparently the people of Judah, the priests, and the prophets had the same question. Yahweh’s response, via Jeremiah, is that they themselves are the burden to Yahweh. They need to be cast off because they were too much of a burden. Perhaps it refers to the prophetic difficult speech that is hard to bear.

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