Pun in Jeremiah – SHAQED/SHOQED

Almond Bud - Flikr photo by Ferran Turmo Gort

JPS Jeremiah 1:11-12 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying: ‘Jeremiah, what seest thou?’ And I said: ‘I see a rod of an almond-tree.’  Then said the LORD unto me: ‘Thou hast well seen; for I watch over My word to perform it.’

MAQEL SHAQED = rod of an almond tree
KI-SHOQED ANI AL D’VARI LA-ASOT – for “I-watch” over my word to perform/do it.

See the connection between SHAQED and SHOQED?
SHAQAD – means to be diligent or watchful.
There’s probably a connection why the almond tree is so -called… still working on that.

“Works of their hands” (Jer 1:16) might be a Deuteronomistic phrase.
I did a word search on “work* of hand*” (the star allowing for plurals, and omitting the pronoun), and the phrase occurs 10 times in Deuteronomy, and none in the other four books of the Pentateuch.  There are however over 200 “hits” total, occuring frequently in Psalms, the prophets, Chronicles and Kings.

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