Ein Parath—Why You Should Absolutely Cling to God More

A simple illustration urges us to keep close to the Lord today.

It isn’t easy to cling to God every day. We need help to do so. That’s why the Lord commanded Jeremiah to buy a garment and bury it in the cracks of a beautiful spring called Ein Parath.

Ein Parath—Here's Why You Should Cling to God

(Photo: Ein Parath. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

The Prophet Jeremiah used many illustrations which came from the land around him. The Lord’s command to bury a sash in the cracks of a spring is a great example:

Take the belt you bought and are wearing around your waist, and go now to Perath and hide it there in a crevice in the rocks. —Jeremiah 13:4

Many modern translations render the Hebrew term, prt, in this verse as the “Euphrates River.” Unfortunately, that would have required Jeremiah a 700-mile journey (twice) to perform a visual lesson Judah would never see.

There’s a better translation in context that offered a lesson to the Hebrews at a place much closer to home.

And the lesson hits us close to home as well—reminding us why we should cling to God.

Welcome to Ein Parath

A better translation of the Hebrew prt is Parath—sometimes transliterated as “Prat” or “Perat.” It refers to a spring that flowed only a few miles east of Jerusalem in Jeremiah’s home territory of Benjamin.

  • The beautiful oasis of water and shade trees at Ein Parath offer an excellent example of King David’s famous Psalm 23: “He leads me beside quiet waters.”
  • Through the centuries, Ein Parath provided water to a number of ancient aqueducts and monasteries, some of which have remains still visible today.
Ein Parath pool

(Photo: Ein Parath pool. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

Clinging to God

After Jeremiah bought the sash and wore it a while, God told him to go to Ein Parath and bury it in a crevice of the rocks. After a time, the Lord directed Jeremiah to return and dig up the sash.

So I went to Perath and dug up the belt and took it from the place where I had hidden it, but now it was ruined and completely useless. —Jeremiah 13:7 NIV

God told Jeremiah that the sash represented His people. When they clung to Him, like the sash, they had a place of honor and renown. But when they departed from Him they became “completely useless.”

Ein Parath running water

(Photo: Ein Parath running water. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

The Lord’s words at Ein Parath remind us of the words of Jesus, who would later remind His disciples:

Apart from me you can do nothing. —John 15:5

How essential that we cling to God more today—trusting Him by obedience—and refuse to place our confidence anywhere else.

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  • Loved learning about Jeremiah…who knew he was commanded to do that and it must have made no sense to him at the time. But he was obedient and the Lord’s plan was to unfold due to obedience. Yes, clinging….even when I don’t understand. Thanks Wayne for your insight.

    • Thanks, Colleen. The longer I live, the more befuddling God’s commands often seem. But strangely, the more confident I am that they are the best choice. Only God could orchestrate such chaos. Thanks for your comments.

      • Wayne,
        So good to hear from you again. Candidly, when the Lord says in this life we will have troubles….I’m thinking that may be a bit of an UNDERSTATEMENT! How about chaos mixed with a bit of pandemonium and perplexity and more! = ) Yet, it is His sovereignty that brings peace to it all. Recently, I have watched a friend make the choice to drift away…to believe the “light” of this world holds the answers for eternity and as a result, there is more turmoil in life than ever before. The enemy is such a master at deception. So yes, we must go back to the simplicity of truth, let go of what we may never understand, and trust that He will continue to bring all things together for a greater good than we can imagine. One of the greatest gifts Jon brings to our lives is the example of God’s care for us. Though he may never understand the reasons for my parental guidance, they come from a place of love, understanding, and a desire to help him live as fully as possible. Though I may never understand the mysteries of God’s ways in my life…or in yours or others…they come from a God who loves, understands, and desires to help us live here as fully as possible. It’s an amazing grace to have this daily reminder; replacing what I would typically find frustrating with a peace that goes beyond understanding. Thanks again for being a part of our page and for offering such honest, wise comments. Colleen

  • Mary

    I never knew that Jeremiah did that.
    What makes me cling to GOD ? Is The hearts of people in the world today, And the direction in which our world is going

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  • Very interesting. These days parenting a child with ADD and behavioral challenges is making me cling to the Lord. How do we reach his heart? Through prayer and deep dependence on God to lead us.

    • Yes, Seana, God certainly has ways to keep us close. Our children are one of His best methods! As an encourager of mothers, you have so many opportunities to share.

  • Robert Nash

    Keeps me clinging –

    Reading the Scripture

    Discussing the Scripture with friends and gaining their insights

    Teaching the Scripture

    Congegational worship music

    • Yes, Robert. Those are marvelous ways to stay close to Him. Thanks.

  • Jeanelle Sims

    Thank you for your insight. I love God’s word pictures.

    • You’re welcome, Jeanelle. No doubt, God’s creativity is amazing. Thanks.

  • Michelle thick

    I can’t live without him. I think I would be in a crazy house in a padded cell if I had to do things and make decisions without God. I mess things up and am to tired trying to do it my way. Thanks again for the good word.

    • I’d be in the cell next to you, Michelle! How gracious He is to give us such word pictures and urging us to stay close to Him.

  • mikerrr

    I am not sure what causes me to cling to the Lord, but two things come to mind: seeing the person with spiritual eyes, seeing their need, lostness, fear, suffering, helplessness, or their hardness or arrogance; and the other thing is my burden for those I love and pray for, and their need for me to show them better the truth and grace of Jesus.

    • Your compassion is admirable, Mike. Thank you for seeing others through the eyes of God.

  • ARM BAR

    Well ,to be honest what helps me to cling to God is when i really need Him,sound like a bad person right?, as a christian or the follower of Jesus Christ teaching it is not easy to always cling to Him all the time,but in reality we need Him all the time,and that’s the truth,that’s why God sometimes must bring us into certain situation or condition in order to always cling to Him,i’m not saying that God creates a problem and solution,but what i say is That God in His greater love to us directly or indirectly leave us to enter into a problem in order to bring us closer to Him,but we will never understand God purpose why he is doing that until we have made a close relation with Him,for me personally that’s still a mystery,just as the Roman 8:28 says, all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

    • I couldn’t agree with you more. As the psalmist prayed in Psalm 119: “It was good for me to be afflicted so that I may learn your decrees.” There is great value in struggle, if we’ll allow it to draw us close to the Lord.

  • Bron Savini

    Teaching a bible study and trials. The preparation I need to do to be of service to the 13 women in my bible study group blesses me possibly more than them. And trials of any kind send me right into the arms if my Savior for comfort and reassurance. I welcome trials and count them as good.
    Thank you for these lessons Wayne. They keep me grounded and grateful.

    • I couldn’t agree more, Bron. Teaching is the best way to learn! And trials keep us close to the ultimate Teacher. Well said.

  • Thanks for those insightful comments, Gaylon. I’m grateful for you sharing your experiences. It makes all the difference when God holds our hand.

  • Timisha Burnside

    Hi Wayne, my name is Timisha and I have been receiving your email for a few months. I have been blessed by your article. Getting close to God is something that I am striving for at this time in my life and I am pleased by your interpretation and your revelations of these topics. May God continue to bless you and give you revelation.

    • I’m thrilled to know that the blog has encouraged you, Timisha, these past few months. I’m even more excited that you’re wanting to get closer to God. May He bless you as you do so!