Jeremiah 10:24
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New International Version
Discipline me, LORD, but only in due measure-- not in your anger, or you will reduce me to nothing.

New Living Translation
So correct me, LORD, but please be gentle. Do not correct me in anger, for I would die.

English Standard Version
Correct me, O LORD, but in justice; not in your anger, lest you bring me to nothing.

New American Standard Bible
Correct me, O LORD, but with justice; Not with Your anger, or You will bring me to nothing.

King James Bible
O LORD, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Discipline me, LORD, but with justice-- not in Your anger, or You will reduce me to nothing.

International Standard Version
LORD, correct me, but with justice, not with anger. Otherwise, you'll bring me to nothing.

NET Bible
Correct us, LORD, but only in due measure. Do not punish us in anger or you will reduce us to nothing.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Correct me, O LORD, but please be fair. Don't correct me when you're angry. Otherwise, you'll reduce me to nothing.

Jubilee Bible 2000
O LORD, chastise me, but with judgment; not with thine anger lest thou bring me to nothing.

King James 2000 Bible
O LORD, correct me, but with justice; not in your anger, lest you bring me to nothing.

American King James Version
O LORD, correct me, but with judgment; not in your anger, lest you bring me to nothing.

American Standard Version
O Jehovah, correct me, but in measure: not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Correct me, O Lord, but yet with judgement: and not in fury, lest thou bring me to nothing.

Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.

English Revised Version
O LORD, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.

Webster's Bible Translation
O LORD, correct me, but with judgment; not in thy anger, lest thou bring me to nothing.

World English Bible
Yahweh, correct me, but in measure: not in your anger, lest you bring me to nothing.

Young's Literal Translation
Chastise me, O Jehovah, only in judgment, Not in Thine anger, lest Thou make me small.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

10:17-25 The Jews who continued in their own land, felt secure. But, sooner or later, sinners will find all things as the word of God has declared, and that its threatenings are not empty terrors. Submission will support the believer under every grief allotted to him; but what can render the load of Divine vengeance easy to be borne by those who fall under it in sullen despair? Those cannot expect to prosper, who do not, by faith and prayer, take God with them in all their ways. The report of the enemy's approach was very dreadful. Yet the designs which men lay deep, and think well formed, are dashed to pieces in a moment. Events are often overruled, so as to be quite contrary to what we intended and expected. If the Lord has directed our steps into the ways of peace and righteousness, let us entreat him to enable us to walk therein. Say not, Lord, do not correct me; but, Lord, do not correct me in anger. We may bear the smart of God's rod, but we cannot bear the weight of his wrath. Those who restrain prayer, prove that they know not God; for those who know him will seek him, and seek his favour. If even severe corrections lead sinners to be convinced of wholesome truths, they will have abundant cause for gratitude. And they will then humble themselves before the Lord.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

O Lord, correct me, but with judgment,.... The prophet here represents the body of the Jewish nation, especially the godly among them; he considers the troubles coming upon the nation as a correction and chastisement of the Lord; he does not refuse it, or desire it might not come upon them; he knew the chastisements of a father are for good; he only entreats it might be "with judgment"; not in strict justice, as his and the sins of his people deserved, then they would not be able to bear it; but in measure and moderation, with a mixture of mercy and tenderness in it; and in a distinguishing manner, so as to make a difference between his own people and others, in the correction of them; see Ezekiel 34:16,

not in thine anger; in vindictive wrath, and hot displeasure, which is elsewhere deprecated by the saints, Psalm 6:1,

lest thou bring me to nothing; or "lessen me" (e), or "make me little"; or make us few, as the Arabic version; or bring to a small number, as the Syriac; and so to utter ruin.

(e) "ne imminuas me", Munster, Calvin, Cocceius; "ne diminuere facias me", Pagninus, Montanus; "ne paucum reddas me", Schmidt.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

24, 25. Since I (my nation) must be corrected (justice requiring it because of the deep guilt of the nation), I do not deprecate all chastisement, but pray only for moderation in it (Jer 30:11; Ps 6:1; 38:1); and that the full tide of Thy fury may be poured out on the heathen invaders for their cruelty towards Thy people. Ps 79:6, 7, a psalm to be referred to the time of the captivity, its composer probably repeated this from Jeremiah. The imperative, "Pour out," is used instead of the future, expressing vividly the certainty of the prediction, and that the word of God itself effects its own declarations. Accordingly, the Jews were restored after correction; the Babylonians were utterly extinguished.

know thee … call … on thy name—Knowledge of God is the beginning of piety; calling on Him the fruit.

heathen … Jacob—He reminds God of the distinction He has made between His people whom Jacob represents, and the heathen aliens. Correct us as Thy adopted sons, the seed of Jacob; destroy them as outcasts (Zec 1:14, 15, 21).

Jeremiah 10:24 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jeremiah's Prayer
23I know, O LORD, that a man's way is not in himself, Nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps. 24Correct me, O LORD, but with justice; Not with Your anger, or You will bring me to nothing. 25Pour out Your wrath on the nations that do not know You And on the families that do not call Your name; For they have devoured Jacob; They have devoured him and consumed him And have laid waste his habitation.
Cross References
Psalm 6:1
For the director of music. With stringed instruments. According to sheminith. A psalm of David. LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath.

Psalm 38:1
A psalm of David. A petition. LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath.

Jeremiah 30:11
I am with you and will save you,' declares the LORD. 'Though I completely destroy all the nations among which I scatter you, I will not completely destroy you. I will discipline you but only in due measure; I will not let you go entirely unpunished.'

Jeremiah 46:28
Do not be afraid, Jacob my servant, for I am with you," declares the LORD. "Though I completely destroy all the nations among which I scatter you, I will not completely destroy you. I will discipline you but only in due measure; I will not let you go entirely unpunished."
Treasury of Scripture

O LORD, correct me, but with judgment; not in your anger, lest you bring me to nothing.

correct.

Jeremiah 30:11 For I am with you, said the LORD, to save you: though I make a full …

Psalm 6:1 O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger, neither chasten me in your hot displeasure.

Psalm 38:1 O lord, rebuke me not in your wrath: neither chasten me in your hot displeasure.

Habakkuk 3:2 O LORD, I have heard your speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive …

lest.

Job 6:18 The paths of their way are turned aside; they go to nothing, and perish.

Isaiah 40:23 That brings the princes to nothing; he makes the judges of the earth as vanity.

Isaiah 41:11,12 Behold, all they that were incensed against you shall be ashamed …

bring me to nothing. Heb. diminish me.

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