Jeremiah 21:12
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New International Version
This is what the LORD says to you, house of David: "'Administer justice every morning; rescue from the hand of the oppressor the one who has been robbed, or my wrath will break out and burn like fire because of the evil you have done-- burn with no one to quench it.

New Living Translation
This is what the LORD says to the dynasty of David: "'Give justice each morning to the people you judge! Help those who have been robbed; rescue them from their oppressors. Otherwise, my anger will burn like an unquenchable fire because of all your sins.

English Standard Version
O house of David! Thus says the LORD: “‘Execute justice in the morning, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed, lest my wrath go forth like fire, and burn with none to quench it, because of your evil deeds.’”

New American Standard Bible
O house of David, thus says the LORD: "Administer justice every morning; And deliver the person who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor, That My wrath may not go forth like fire And burn with none to extinguish it, Because of the evil of their deeds.

King James Bible
O house of David, thus saith the LORD; Execute judgment in the morning, and deliver him that is spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor, lest my fury go out like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.

Christian Standard Bible
House of David, this is what the LORD says: Administer justice every morning, and rescue the victim of robbery from his oppressor, or my anger will flare up like fire and burn unquenchably because of your evil deeds.

Contemporary English Version
Each new day, make sure that justice is done, and rescue those who are being robbed. Or else my anger will flame up like a fire that never goes out.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
House of David, this is what the LORD says: Administer justice every morning, and rescue the victim of robbery from the hand of his oppressor, or My anger will flare up like fire and burn unquenchably because of their evil deeds.

International Standard Version
This is what the LORD says, house of David: "Judge appropriately every morning, and deliver those who have been robbed from the oppressor, so my anger does not break out like fire and burn with no one to put it out because of your evil deeds.

NET Bible
O royal family descended from David. The LORD says: 'See to it that people each day are judged fairly. Deliver those who have been robbed from those who oppress them. Otherwise, my wrath will blaze out against you. It will burn like a fire that cannot be put out because of the evil that you have done.

New Heart English Bible
'House of David, thus says the LORD, "Execute justice in the morning, and deliver him who is robbed out of the hand of the oppressor, lest my wrath go forth like fire, and burn so that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
descendants of David. This is what the LORD says: Judge fairly every morning. Rescue those who have been robbed from those who oppress them. Otherwise, my fury will break out and burn like fire. No one will be able to put it out because of the evil things you have done.

JPS Tanakh 1917
O house of David, thus saith the LORD: Execute justice in the morning, And deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor, Lest My fury go forth like fire, And burn that none can quench it, Because of the evil of your doings.

New American Standard 1977
O house of David, thus says the LORD: “Administer justice every morning; And deliver the person who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor, That My wrath may not go forth like fire And burn with none to extinguish it, Because of the evil of their deeds.

Jubilee Bible 2000
O house of David, thus hath the LORD said: Execute judgment early and deliver him that is oppressed out of the hand of the oppressor lest my fury go forth like fire, and burn so that no one can quench it because of the evil of your doings.

King James 2000 Bible
O house of David, thus says the LORD; Execute justice in the morning, and deliver him that is plundered out of the hand of the oppressor, lest my fury go out like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.

American King James Version
O house of David, thus said the LORD; Execute judgment in the morning, and deliver him that is spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor, lest my fury go out like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.

American Standard Version
O house of David, thus saith Jehovah, Execute justice in the morning, and deliver him that is robbed out of the hand of the oppressor, lest my wrath go forth like fire, and burn so that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.

Douay-Rheims Bible
O house of David, this saith the Lord: Judge ye judgement in the morning, and deliver him that is oppressed by violence out of the hand of the oppressor: lest my indignation go forth like a fire, and be kindled, and there be none to quench it, because of the evil of your ways.

Darby Bible Translation
House of David, thus saith Jehovah: Judge with justice in the morning, and deliver him that is spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor, lest my fury go forth like fire and burn, and there be none to quench it, because of the evil of your doings.

English Revised Version
O house of David, thus saith the LORD, Execute judgment in the morning, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor, lest my fury go forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.

Webster's Bible Translation
O house of David, thus saith the LORD; Execute judgment in the morning, and deliver him that is made desolate out of the hand of the oppressor, lest my fury go out like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.

World English Bible
House of David, thus says Yahweh, Execute justice in the morning, and deliver him who is robbed out of the hand of the oppressor, lest my wrath go forth like fire, and burn so that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.

Young's Literal Translation
O house of David, thus said Jehovah: Decide ye judgment at morning, And deliver the plundered from the hand of the oppressor, Lest My fury go forth as fire, And hath burned, and none is quenching, Because of the evil of your doings.
Study Bible
Message to the House of David
11"Then say to the household of the king of Judah, 'Hear the word of the LORD, 12O house of David, thus says the LORD: "Administer justice every morning; And deliver the person who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor, That My wrath may not go forth like fire And burn with none to extinguish it, Because of the evil of their deeds. 13"Behold, I am against you, O valley dweller, O rocky plain," declares the LORD, "You men who say, 'Who will come down against us? Or who will enter into our habitations?'…
Cross References
Psalm 72:1
A Psalm of Solomon. Give the king Your judgments, O God, And Your righteousness to the king's son.

Psalm 101:8
Every morning I will destroy all the wicked of the land, So as to cut off from the city of the LORD all those who do iniquity.

Isaiah 1:17
Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow.

Isaiah 1:31
The strong man will become tinder, His work also a spark. Thus they shall both burn together And there will be none to quench them.

Isaiah 7:2
When it was reported to the house of David, saying, "The Arameans have camped in Ephraim," his heart and the hearts of his people shook as the trees of the forest shake with the wind.

Isaiah 7:13
Then he said, "Listen now, O house of David! Is it too slight a thing for you to try the patience of men, that you will try the patience of my God as well?

Jeremiah 4:4
"Circumcise yourselves to the LORD And remove the foreskins of your heart, Men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, Or else My wrath will go forth like fire And burn with none to quench it, Because of the evil of your deeds."

Jeremiah 7:5
"For if you truly amend your ways and your deeds, if you truly practice justice between a man and his neighbor,

Jeremiah 7:20
Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, My anger and My wrath will be poured out on this place, on man and on beast and on the trees of the field and on the fruit of the ground; and it will burn and not be quenched."

Jeremiah 17:4
And you will, even of yourself, let go of your inheritance That I gave you; And I will make you serve your enemies In the land which you do not know; For you have kindled a fire in My anger Which will burn forever.
Treasury of Scripture

O house of David, thus said the LORD; Execute judgment in the morning, and deliver him that is spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor, lest my fury go out like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.

house.

Isaiah 7:2,13 And it was told the house of David, saying, Syria is confederate …

Luke 1:69 And has raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;

execute. Heb. judge.

Jeremiah 5:28 They are waxen fat, they shine: yes, they overpass the deeds of the …

Jeremiah 22:2,3,15-17 And say, Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, that sit on …

Jeremiah 23:5 Behold, the days come, said the LORD, that I will raise to David …

2 Samuel 8:15 And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed judgment and …

Psalm 72:1-4,12-14 Give the king your judgments, O God, and your righteousness to the king's son…

Psalm 82:2-4 How long will you judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah…

Isaiah 1:17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the …

Isaiah 16:3-5 Take counsel, execute judgment; make your shadow as the night in …

Isaiah 31:1,2 Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and …

Zechariah 7:9-11 Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and …

morning.

Exodus 18:13 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people: …

Psalm 101:8 I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off …

Ecclesiastes 10:16,17 Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child, and your princes eat …

Zephaniah 3:5 The just LORD is in the middle thereof; he will not do iniquity: …

deliver.

Job 29:17 And I broke the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.

Psalm 82:4 Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.

Proverbs 24:11,12 If you forbear to deliver them that are drawn to death, and those …

Proverbs 31:8,9 Open your mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed …

Isaiah 1:17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the …

Luke 18:3-5 And there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, …

Romans 13:4 For he is the minister of God to you for good. But if you do that …

lest.

Jeremiah 21:5 And I myself will fight against you with an outstretched hand and …

Jeremiah 4:4 Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, and take away the foreskins of …

Jeremiah 5:14 Why thus said the LORD God of hosts, Because you speak this word, …

Jeremiah 17:4 And you, even yourself, shall discontinue from your heritage that I gave you…

Jeremiah 23:19 Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in fury, even a grievous …

Jeremiah 36:7 It may be they will present their supplication before the LORD, and …

Leviticus 26:28 Then I will walk contrary to you also in fury; and I, even I, will …

Deuteronomy 32:22 For a fire is kindled in my anger, and shall burn to the lowest hell, …

Lamentations 2:3,4 He has cut off in his fierce anger all the horn of Israel: he has …

Lamentations 4:11 The LORD has accomplished his fury; he has poured out his fierce …

Ezekiel 20:47,48 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus …

Ezekiel 22:18-22,31 Son of man, the house of Israel is to me become dross: all they are …

Ezekiel 24:8-14 That it might cause fury to come up to take vengeance; I have set …

Nahum 1:6 Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness …

Zephaniah 1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them …

none.

Jeremiah 7:20 Therefore thus said the Lord GOD; Behold, my anger and my fury shall …

Isaiah 1:31 And the strong shall be as wick, and the maker of it as a spark, …

Mark 9:43-48 And if your hand offend you, cut it off: it is better for you to …

(12) Execute judgment in the morning.--The words point to one of the chief duties of the ideal Eastern king. To rise at dawn of day, to sit in the gate and listen to the complaints of those who had been wronged, was the surest way to gain the affection of his people. It was David's neglect of this that gave an opening for the rebellion of Absalom (2Samuel 15:2). Solomon's early fame for wisdom rested on his discharge of this duty (1Kings 3:28). If the king remained slothfully in his palace in those golden hours of morning, the noon-tide heat made it impossible for him to retrieve the lost opportunity. (Comp. 2Samuel 4:5.) Still worse was it when, as with luxurious and sensual kings, the morning hours were given to revelry and feasting (Ecclesiastes 10:16-17).

Verse 12. - O house of David. The "house of David" here, as in Isaiah 7:13, means the various branches of the royal family, the same, in fact, which are called by courtesy "kings of Judah" in Jeremiah 17:20 (see note). They appear from the present passage to have monopolized the judicial function. Deliver him that is spoiled, etc. The poor man would have no advocate to plead for him; in this case the judge was to see that he suffered no injustice in consequence. O house of David, thus saith the Lord,.... This appellation is made use of to put them in mind of their descent, and to observe to them how much it became them to follow the example of so illustrious an ancestor, from whom they had the honour to descend; by doing judgment and justice as he did, 2 Samuel 8:15; or, otherwise, their being his seed would not secure them from ruin and destruction:

execute judgment in the morning; be at it early, and dispatch it speedily; show a hearty regard for it; prefer it to eating and drinking; and do not delay it to the prejudice of persons concerned. The power of judgment with the Jews belonged to the king; he was supreme judge in their courts; they judged, and were judged, the Jews say (q); by whom judgment was executed in a morning, and not in any other part of the day; and the case judged ought, as they say, to be as clear as the morning (r):

and deliver him that is spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor; that had anything taken from him by force or fraud; that was either robbed or cheated of his substance; or was refused what he had lent to or entrusted another with; or was by any ways and means wronged and injured by another in his person or property. This suggests that things of this kind were not done, and were the reason why the Lord would deliver them up into the hands of their enemies, or cause his judgments to fall upon them:

lest my fury go out like fire, and burn that none can quench it; or put a stop to it, by all their prayers and entreaties, or by all that they can say or do:

because of the evil of your doings; it is a sad thing when princes set bad examples; it is highly provoking to God, whose deputies they are; and it becomes them to begin a reformation, and lead it on, or they cannot expect safety for themselves and their people.

(q) T. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 19. 1.((r) Ib. fol. 7. 2.12. house of David—the royal family and all in office about the king. He calls them so, because it was the greater disgrace that they had so degenerated from the piety of their forefather, David; and to repress their glorying in their descent from him, as if they were therefore inviolable; but God will not spare them as apostates.

in the morning—alluding to the time of dispensing justice (Job 24:17; Ps 101:8); but the sense is mainly proverbial, for "with promptness" (Ps 90:14; 143:8). Maurer translates, "every morning."

lest my fury … like fire—Already it was kindled, and the decree of God gone forth against the city (Jer 21:4, 5), but the king and his house may yet be preserved by repentance and reformation. God urges to righteousness, not as if they can thereby escape punishment wholly, but as the condition of a mitigation of it.21:11-14 The wickedness of the king and his family was the worse because of their relation to David. They were urged to act with justice, at once, lest the Lord's anger should be unquenchable. If God be for us, who can be against us? But if he be against us, who can do any thing for us?
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