Jeremiah 15:15
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New International Version
LORD, you understand; remember me and care for me. Avenge me on my persecutors. You are long-suffering--do not take me away; think of how I suffer reproach for your sake.

New Living Translation
Then I said, "LORD, you know what's happening to me. Please step in and help me. Punish my persecutors! Please give me time; don't let me die young. It's for your sake that I am suffering.

English Standard Version
O LORD, you know; remember me and visit me, and take vengeance for me on my persecutors. In your forbearance take me not away; know that for your sake I bear reproach.

New American Standard Bible
You who know, O LORD, Remember me, take notice of me, And take vengeance for me on my persecutors. Do not, in view of Your patience, take me away; Know that for Your sake I endure reproach.

King James Bible
O LORD, thou knowest: remember me, and visit me, and revenge me of my persecutors; take me not away in thy longsuffering: know that for thy sake I have suffered rebuke.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You know, LORD; remember me and take note of me. Avenge me against my persecutors. In Your patience, don't take me away. Know that I suffer disgrace for Your honor.

International Standard Version
You are aware— LORD, remember me, pay attention to me, and vindicate me in front of those who pursue me. You are patient— don't take me away. Know that I suffer insult because of you!

NET Bible
I said, "LORD, you know how I suffer. Take thought of me and care for me. Pay back for me those who have been persecuting me. Do not be so patient with them that you allow them to kill me. Be mindful of how I have put up with their insults for your sake.

New Heart English Bible
"LORD, you know; remember me, and visit me, and avenge me of my persecutors; do not take me away in your longsuffering: know that for your sake I have suffered reproach.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
O LORD, you understand. Remember me, take care of me, and take revenge on those who persecute me. Be patient, and don't take me away. You should know that I've been insulted because of you.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou, O LORD, knowest; Remember me, and think of me, and avenge me of my persecutors; Take me not away because of Thy long-suffering; Know that for Thy sake I have suffered taunts.

New American Standard 1977
Thou who knowest, O LORD,
            Remember me, take notice of me,
            And take vengeance for me on my persecutors.
            Do not, in view of Thy patience, take me away;
            Know that for Thy sake I endure reproach.

Jubilee Bible 2000
O LORD, thou knowest: remember me and visit me and revenge me of my enemies; do not take me away in the prolongation of thy anger, know that for thy sake I have suffered rebuke.

King James 2000 Bible
O LORD, you know: remember me, and visit me, and avenge me of my persecutors; take me not away in your longsuffering: know that for your sake I have suffered rebuke.

American King James Version
O LORD, you know: remember me, and visit me, and revenge me of my persecutors; take me not away in your long-suffering: know that for your sake I have suffered rebuke.

American Standard Version
O Jehovah, thou knowest; remember me, and visit me, and avenge me of my persecutors; take me not away in thy longsuffering: know that for thy sake I have suffered reproach.

Douay-Rheims Bible
O Lord, thou knowest, remember me, and visit me, and defend me from them that persecute me, do not defend me in thy patience: know that for thy sake I have sufferred reproach.

Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah, thou knowest: remember me, and visit me, and avenge me of my persecutors; in thy long-suffering take me not away: know that for thy sake I bear reproach.

English Revised Version
O LORD, thou knowest: remember me, and visit me, and avenge me of my persecutors; take me not away in thy longsuffering: know that for thy sake I have suffered reproach.

Webster's Bible Translation
O LORD, thou knowest: remember me, and visit me, and avenge me of my persecutors; take me not away in thy long-suffering: know that for thy sake I have suffered rebuke.

World English Bible
Yahweh, you know; remember me, and visit me, and avenge me of my persecutors; don't take me away in your longsuffering: know that for your sake I have suffered reproach.

Young's Literal Translation
Thou, Thou hast known, O Jehovah, Remember me, and inspect me, And take vengeance for me of my pursuers, In Thy long-suffering take me not away, Know -- I have borne for Thee reproach.
Study Bible
Jeremiah's Complaint
14"Then I will cause your enemies to bring it Into a land you do not know; For a fire has been kindled in My anger, It will burn upon you." 15You who know, O LORD, Remember me, take notice of me, And take vengeance for me on my persecutors. Do not, in view of Your patience, take me away; Know that for Your sake I endure reproach. 16Your words were found and I ate them, And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; For I have been called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.…
Cross References
Judges 16:28
Then Samson called to the LORD and said, "O Lord GOD, please remember me and please strengthen me just this time, O God, that I may at once be avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes."

Psalm 44:22
But for Your sake we are killed all day long; We are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.

Psalm 69:7
Because for Your sake I have borne reproach; Dishonor has covered my face.

Jeremiah 11:20
But, O LORD of hosts, who judges righteously, Who tries the feelings and the heart, Let me see Your vengeance on them, For to You have I committed my cause.

Jeremiah 12:3
But You know me, O LORD; You see me; And You examine my heart's attitude toward You. Drag them off like sheep for the slaughter And set them apart for a day of carnage!

Jeremiah 15:20
"Then I will make you to this people A fortified wall of bronze; And though they fight against you, They will not prevail over you; For I am with you to save you And deliver you," declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 20:8
For each time I speak, I cry aloud; I proclaim violence and destruction, Because for me the word of the LORD has resulted In reproach and derision all day long.

Jeremiah 20:11
But the LORD is with me like a dread champion; Therefore my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will be utterly ashamed, because they have failed, With an everlasting disgrace that will not be forgotten.
Treasury of Scripture

O LORD, you know: remember me, and visit me, and revenge me of my persecutors; take me not away in your long-suffering: know that for your sake I have suffered rebuke.

thou.

Jeremiah 12:3 But you, O LORD, know me: you have seen me, and tried my heart toward …

Jeremiah 17:16 As for me, I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow you: …

Job 10:7 You know that I am not wicked; and there is none that can deliver …

Psalm 7:3-5 O LORD my God, If I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands…

Psalm 17:3 You have proved my heart; you have visited me in the night; you have …

John 21:15-17 So when they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of …

2 Corinthians 5:11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we …

remember.

Jeremiah 11:18-20 And the LORD has given me knowledge of it, and I know it: then you …

Jeremiah 20:12 But, O LORD of hosts, that try the righteous, and see the reins and …

Nehemiah 5:19 Think on me, my God, for good, according to all that I have done …

Nehemiah 6:14 My God, think you on Tobiah and Sanballat according to these their …

Nehemiah 13:22,31 And I commanded the Levites that they should cleanse themselves, …

Psalm 106:4 Remember me, O LORD, with the favor that you bore to your people: …

Psalm 109:26-29 Help me, O LORD my God: O save me according to your mercy…

Psalm 119:84,132-134 How many are the days of your servant? when will you execute judgment …

Luke 18:7,8 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night to …

Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place to wrath: …

2 Timothy 4:14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according …

Revelation 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true…

Revelation 18:20 Rejoice over her, you heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets; …

take.

Psalm 39:13 O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.

Psalm 102:24 I said, O my God, take me not away in the middle of my days: your …

Isaiah 38:3 And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech you, how I have walked …

know.

Jeremiah 15:10 Woe is me, my mother, that you have borne me a man of strife and …

Jeremiah 11:21 Therefore thus said the LORD of the men of Anathoth, that seek your …

Jeremiah 20:8 For since I spoke, I cried out, I cried violence and spoil; because …

Psalm 69:7-9 Because for your sake I have borne reproach; shame has covered my face…

Matthew 5:10-12 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for …

Matthew 10:22 And you shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that …

Matthew 19:29 And every one that has forsaken houses, or brothers, or sisters, …

Luke 6:22 Blessed are you, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate …

Luke 21:17 And you shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.

Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, …

1 Peter 4:14-16 If you be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are you; for the …

(15) O Lord, thou knowest . . .--The prophet continues in the bitterness of his spirit the complaint that had begun in Jeremiah 15:10. The words remind us of the imprecations of the so-called vindictive psalms (such, e.g., as Psalms 69, 109), and may help us to understand the genesis of the emotions which they express. Not even the promise of Jeremiah 15:11 has given rest to his soul. He craves to see the righteous retribution for the sufferings which men have wrongfully inflicted on him.

Verse 15. - O Lord, thou knowest, etc. The prophet renews his complaints. God's omniscience is the thought which comforts him (comp. Jeremiah 17:6; Jeremiah 18:23; Psalm 69:19). But he desires some visible proof of God's continued care for his servant. Visit me, equivalent to "be attentive to my wants "-an anthropomorphic expression for the operation of Providence. Take me not away in thy long-suffering; i.e. "suffer not my persecutors to destroy me through the long-suffering which thou displayest towards them." "Take away," viz. my life (comp. Ezekiel 33:4, "If the sword come and take him away"). Rebuke; rather, reproach; cutup. Psalm 69:7 (Psalm 69. is in the style of Jeremiah, and, as Delitzsch remarks, suits his circumstances better than those of David). O Lord, thou knowest,.... All persons and things; he knew the prophet and his heart, and all that was in it; his innocence and integrity; all his afflictions, and what he met with from his enemies; and he knew them, and all their malicious designs against him:

remember me; with the favour which he bore to his own people, his covenant with him, his promises to him, and the word on which he had caused him to hope; because of his trials and troubles, he might seem to be forgotten by him:

and visit me; in mercy for good; and so the Targum adds,

"that thou mayest do well unto me:''

and revenge me of my persecutors; not so much for his own sake; unless this is to be attributed to his frailty and infirmity, to the warmth of his spirit, being a man of like passions with others; for private revenge ought not to be sought by good men, but for the sake of God and his glory, in whose cause he was engaged, and on whose account he was persecuted:

take me not away in thy longsuffering; while thou art bearing with others, do not take me away by death; or suffer them, whom thou dost forbear, to take me away, or give them an opportunity thereby so to do; or when thy longsuffering is at an end, do not involve me in the same calamity with them. The Targum is,

"do not give delay to my injury;''

or,

"length to my affliction;''

that is, do not delay to take vengeance on my persecutors; and to this sense Jarchi interprets it,

"do not take my cause, and leave it to thy longsuffering, but hasten and avenge me;''

and De Dieu proposes such a rendering of the words, "to thy longsuffering do not bring me" (q); and which sense is favoured by the Septuagint version:

know that for thy sake I have suffered rebuke; let it appear, and that even to mine enemies, that it is for thy sake that all this reproach is cast upon me; and all these afflictions are endured by me, by thy resentment of their carriage to me.

(q) "ne ad longanimitatem tuam adduc me", De Dieu; "nec me capias ad dilationem irae tua", Gussetius. 15. thou knowest—namely, my case; what wrongs my adversaries have done me (Jer 12:3).

revenge me—(See on [911]Jer 11:20). The prophet in this had regard to, not his own personal feelings of revenge, but the cause of God; he speaks by inspiration God's will against the ungodly. Contrast in this the law with the gospel (Lu 23:34; Ac 7:60).

take me not away in thy long-suffering—By Thy long-suffering towards them, suffer them not meanwhile to take away my life.

for thy sake I have suffered rebuke—the very words of the antitype, Jesus Christ (Ps 69:7, 22-28), which last compare with Jeremiah's prayer in the beginning of this verse.15:15-21 It is matter of comfort that we have a God, to whose knowledge of all things we may appeal. Jeremiah pleads with God for mercy and relief against his enemies, persecutors, and slanderers. It will be a comfort to God's ministers, when men despise them, if they have the testimony of their own consciences. But he complains, that he found little pleasure in his work. Some good people lose much of the pleasantness of religion by the fretfulness and uneasiness of their natural temper, which they indulge. The Lord called the prophet to cease from his distrust, and to return to his work. If he attended thereto, he might be assured the Lord would deliver him from his enemies. Those who are with God, and faithful to him, he will deliver from trouble or carry through it. Many things appear frightful, which do not at all hurt a real believer in Christ.
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