Jeremiah 3:15
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New International Version
Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding.

New Living Translation
And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will guide you with knowledge and understanding.

English Standard Version
“‘And I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.

New American Standard Bible
"Then I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will feed you on knowledge and understanding.

King James Bible
And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I will give you shepherds who are loyal to Me, and they will shepherd you with knowledge and skill.

International Standard Version
I'll give you shepherds after my own heart, and they'll shepherd you with knowledge and good sense."

NET Bible
I will give you leaders who will be faithful to me. They will lead you with knowledge and insight.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I will give you shepherds after my own heart. They will be shepherds who feed you with knowledge and insight.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I will give you pastors according to my heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

King James 2000 Bible
And I will give you shepherds according to my heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

American King James Version
And I will give you pastors according to my heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

American Standard Version
and I will give you shepherds according to my heart, who shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I will give you pastors according to my own heart, and they shall feed you with knowledge and doctrine.

Darby Bible Translation
And I will give you shepherds according to my heart, and they shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

English Revised Version
and I will give you shepherds according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

Webster's Bible Translation
And I will give you pastors according to my heart, who shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

World English Bible
I will give you shepherds according to my heart, who shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

Young's Literal Translation
And I have given to you shepherds According to Mine own heart, And they have fed you with knowledge and understanding.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:12-20 See God's readiness to pardon sin, and the blessings reserved for gospel times. These words were proclaimed toward the north; to Israel, the ten tribes, captive in Assyria. They are directed how to return. If we confess our sins, the Lord is faithful and just to forgive them. These promises are fully to come to pass in the bringing back the Jews in after-ages. God will graciously receive those that return to him; and by his grace, he takes them out from among the rest. The ark of the covenant was not found after the captivity. The whole of that dispensation was to be done away, which took place after the multitude of believers had been greatly increased by the conversion of the Gentiles, and of the Israelites scattered among them. A happy state of the church is foretold. He can teach all to call him Father; but without thorough change of heart and life, no man can be a child of God, and we have no security for not departing from Him.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 15. - Pastors. In Jeremiah 23:4, the same word is rendered in the Authorized Version "shepherds," which would he less open to misunderstanding here than "pastors," civil and not spiritual authorities being intended (see on Jeremiah 2:8). The prophecy is, of course, not inconsistent with passages like Jeremiah 23:5, but as the national continuance of Israel was guaranteed, it was natural to refer to the subordinate civil authorities. According to mine heart; better, according to my mind; for here, as also in 1 Samuel 13:14, it is something very far from perfection which is ascribed to the chosen rulers. "Heart" is sometimes equivalent to "understanding."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And I will give you pastors according to mine heart,.... Which is to be understood not of political rulers and governors, but ministers of the word; who are "pastors" or "shepherds" under Christ the great Shepherd, and are "gifts" of his to the churches, and "according to his heart"; or "conformable to his mind", as the Arabic version; whom he calls, qualifies, puts into the ministry, and sends forth; whom he holds in his right hand, and keeps as the apple of his eye; who do his will, as the Targum, and feed men according to his heart: and as this prophecy belongs to Gospel times, as appears both by what goes before and by what follows, the apostles of Christ and first ministers of the Gospel are chiefly designed; though it might have some accomplishment in Nehemiah and Ezra, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi, at and after the Jews return from Babylon; but a more complete one in the times mentioned: so Kimchi says, these are they that shall be with the King Messiah, according to Micah 5:5,

which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding; with things worthy to be known and understood; with the solid and substantial truths of the Gospel, and by faithfully administering the ordinances of it; and in all directing to Christ the bread of life: or, "shall rule you" (f) not in an arbitrary way, according to their own ills, but according to the laws of Christ: these words, with knowledge and understanding, may either intend the matter with which these pastors should feed the church; which is what tends to spiritual knowledge and understanding, and an increase thereof; and which is blessed of God to such a purpose, though they themselves cannot give it: or else the manner in which they should feed or rule; that is, wisely and "prudently", as the Arabic version renders it: they feed wisely and prudently when they rightly divide the word of truth, and give to every one their portion of meat in due season; and feed them in proportion to their age and capacity, give milk to babes, and meat to strong men: and they rule with wisdom and prudence when they govern according to the laws of Christ, and take care that they are put in execution; and do all things decently and in order; and, as David, feed the flock according to the integrity of their hearts, and guide them by the skilfulness of their hands, Psalm 78:72.

(f) "regent", Gataker.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. pastors—not religious, but civil rulers, as Zerubbabel, Nehemiah (Jer 23:4; 2:8).

Jeremiah 3:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
Invitation to Repentance
14'Return, O faithless sons,' declares the LORD; 'For I am a master to you, And I will take you one from a city and two from a family, And I will bring you to Zion.' 15"Then I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will feed you on knowledge and understanding. 16"It shall be in those days when you are multiplied and increased in the land," declares the LORD, "they will no longer say, 'The ark of the covenant of the LORD.' And it will not come to mind, nor will they remember it, nor will they miss it, nor will it be made again.…
Cross References
Acts 20:28
Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.

Ephesians 4:11
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,

Jeremiah 23:4
I will place shepherds over them who will tend them, and they will no longer be afraid or terrified, nor will any be missing," declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 31:10
"Hear the word of the LORD, you nations; proclaim it in distant coastlands: 'He who scattered Israel will gather them and will watch over his flock like a shepherd.'

Ezekiel 34:2
"Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy and say to them: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to you shepherds of Israel who only take care of yourselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock?

Ezekiel 34:23
I will place over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he will tend them; he will tend them and be their shepherd.
Treasury of Scripture

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