Jeremiah 15:19
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New International Version
Therefore this is what the LORD says: "If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me; if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman. Let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them.

New Living Translation
This is how the LORD responds: "If you return to me, I will restore you so you can continue to serve me. If you speak good words rather than worthless ones, you will be my spokesman. You must influence them; do not let them influence you!

English Standard Version
Therefore thus says the LORD: “If you return, I will restore you, and you shall stand before me. If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless, you shall be as my mouth. They shall turn to you, but you shall not turn to them.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore, thus says the LORD, "If you return, then I will restore you-- Before Me you will stand; And if you extract the precious from the worthless, You will become My spokesman. They for their part may turn to you, But as for you, you must not turn to them.

King James Bible
Therefore thus saith the LORD, If thou return, then will I bring thee again, and thou shalt stand before me: and if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth: let them return unto thee; but return not thou unto them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, this is what the LORD says: If you return, I will restore you; you will stand in My presence. And if you speak noble words, rather than worthless ones, you will be My spokesman. It is they who must return to you; you must not return to them.

International Standard Version
Therefore, this is what the LORD says: "If you repent, I'll take you back and you will stand before me. If you speak what is worthwhile, instead of what is worthless, then you will be my spokesman. People will turn to you, but you aren't to turn to them.

NET Bible
Because of this, the LORD said, "You must repent of such words and thoughts! If you do, I will restore you to the privilege of serving me. If you say what is worthwhile instead of what is worthless, I will again allow you to be my spokesman. They must become as you have been. You must not become like them.

New Heart English Bible
Therefore thus says the LORD, "If you return, then will I bring you again, that you may stand before me; and if you take forth the precious from the vile, you shall be as my mouth: they shall return to you, but you shall not return to them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is what the LORD says: If you will return, I will take you back. If you will speak what is worthwhile and not what is worthless, you will stand in my presence. The people will return to you, but you will not return to them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Therefore thus saith the LORD: If thou return, and I bring thee back, Thou shalt stand before Me; And if thou bring forth the precious out of the vile, Thou shalt be as My mouth; Let them return unto thee, But thou shalt not return unto them.

New American Standard 1977
Therefore, thus says the LORD,
            “If you return, then I will restore you—
            Before Me you will stand;
            And if you extract the precious from the worthless,
            You will become My spokesman.
            They for their part may turn to you,
            But as for you, you must not turn to them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore thus hath the LORD said, If thou wilt return, then I will bring thee again, and thou shalt stand before me; and if thou wilt take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth; let them return unto thee, but return not thou unto them.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore thus says the LORD, If you return, then will I bring you again, and you shall stand before me: and if you take forth the precious from the vile, you shall be as my mouth: let them return unto you; but return not you unto them.

American King James Version
Therefore thus said the LORD, If you return, then will I bring you again, and you shall stand before me: and if you take forth the precious from the vile, you shall be as my mouth: let them return to you; but return not you to them.

American Standard Version
Therefore thus saith Jehovah, If thou return, then will I bring thee again, that thou mayest stand before me; and if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth: they shall return unto thee, but thou shalt not return unto them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore thus saith the Lord: If thou wilt be converted, I will convert thee, and thou shalt stand before my face; and if thou wilt separate the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth: they shall be turned to thee, and thou shalt not be turned to them.

Darby Bible Translation
Therefore thus saith Jehovah: If thou return, then will I bring thee again, thou shalt stand before me; and if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth. Let them return unto thee; but return not thou unto them.

English Revised Version
Therefore thus saith the LORD, If thou return, then will I bring thee again, that thou mayest stand before me; and if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth: they shall return unto thee, but thou shalt not return unto them.

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore thus saith the LORD, If thou shalt return, then will I bring thee again, and thou shalt stand before me: and if thou shalt separate the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth: let them return to thee; but return not thou to them.

World English Bible
Therefore thus says Yahweh, If you return, then will I bring you again, that you may stand before me; and if you take forth the precious from the vile, you shall be as my mouth: they shall return to you, but you shall not return to them.

Young's Literal Translation
Therefore, thus said Jehovah: If thou turnest back, then I bring thee back, Before Me thou dost stand, And if thou bringest out the precious from the vile, As My mouth thou art! They -- they turn back unto thee, And thou dost not turn back unto them.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
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.
Study Bible
The Lord's Promise
18Why has my pain been perpetual And my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Will You indeed be to me like a deceptive stream With water that is unreliable? 19Therefore, thus says the LORD, "If you return, then I will restore you-- Before Me you will stand; And if you extract the precious from the worthless, You will become My spokesman. They for their part may turn to you, But as for you, you must not turn to them. 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.…
Cross References
1 Kings 17:1
Now Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the settlers of Gilead, said to Ahab, "As the LORD, the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, surely there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word."

Jeremiah 4:1
"If you will return, O Israel," declares the LORD, "Then you should return to Me. And if you will put away your detested things from My presence, And will not waver,

Jeremiah 6:29
The bellows blow fiercely, The lead is consumed by the fire; In vain the refining goes on, But the wicked are not separated.

Jeremiah 15:1
Then the LORD said to me, "Even though Moses and Samuel were to stand before Me, My heart would not be with this people; send them away from My presence and let them go!

Jeremiah 35:19
therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, "Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not lack a man to stand before Me always."'"

Lamentations 1:11
All her people groan seeking bread; They have given their precious things for food To restore their lives themselves. "See, O LORD, and look, For I am despised."

Ezekiel 22:26
"Her priests have done violence to My law and have profaned My holy things; they have made no distinction between the holy and the profane, and they have not taught the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they hide their eyes from My sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.

Ezekiel 44:23
"Moreover, they shall teach My people the difference between the holy and the profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.

Zechariah 3:7
"Thus says the LORD of hosts, 'If you will walk in My ways and if you will perform My service, then you will also govern My house and also have charge of My courts, and I will grant you free access among these who are standing here.
Treasury of Scripture

Therefore thus said the LORD, If you return, then will I bring you again, and you shall stand before me: and if you take forth the precious from the vile, you shall be as my mouth: let them return to you; but return not you to them.

return.

Jeremiah 15:10-18 Woe is me, my mother, that you have borne me a man of strife and …

Jeremiah 20:9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name…

Exodus 6:29,30 That the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, I am the LORD: speak you to …

Jonah 3:2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the preaching …

stand.

Jeremiah 15:1 Then said the LORD to me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, …

1 Kings 17:1 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said …

Proverbs 22:29 See you a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; …

Zechariah 3:7 Thus said the LORD of hosts; If you will walk in my ways, and if …

Luke 1:19 And the angel answering said to him, I am Gabriel, that stand in …

Luke 21:36 Watch you therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy …

Jude 1:24 Now to him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present …

take.

Leviticus 10:10 And that you may put difference between holy and unholy, and between …

Isaiah 32:5,6 The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said …

Ezekiel 22:26 Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned my holy things: …

Ezekiel 44:23 And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and …

Hebrews 5:14 But strong meat belongs to them that are of full age…

as my.

Exodus 4:12,15,16 Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth, and teach you what …

Luke 10:16 He that hears you hears me; and he that despises you despises me; …

Luke 12:12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what you ought to say.

Luke 21:15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries …

let them.

Jeremiah 38:20,21 But Jeremiah said, They shall not deliver you. Obey, I beseech you, …

Ezekiel 2:7 And you shall speak my words to them, whether they will hear, or …

Ezekiel 3:10,11 Moreover he said to me, Son of man, all my words that I shall speak …

Acts 20:27 For I have not shunned to declare to you all the counsel of God.

2 Corinthians 5:16 Why from now on know we no man after the flesh: yes, though we have …

Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for …

Galatians 2:5 To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the …

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