Jeremiah 3:4
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Have you not just called to me: 'My Father, my friend from my youth,

New Living Translation
Yet you say to me, 'Father, you have been my guide since my youth.

English Standard Version
Have you not just now called to me, ‘My father, you are the friend of my youth—

New American Standard Bible
"Have you not just now called to Me, 'My Father, You are the friend of my youth?

King James Bible
Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father, thou art the guide of my youth?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Have you not lately called to Me, "My Father. You were my friend in my youth.

International Standard Version
Have you not just called out to me, 'My father, you are the friend of my youth—

NET Bible
Even now you say to me, 'You are my father! You have been my faithful companion ever since I was young.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But now you are calling to me. You say, 'Father! You have been my companion ever since I was young.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father, thou art the guide of my youth?

King James 2000 Bible
Will you not from this time cry unto me, My father, you are the guide of my youth?

American King James Version
Will you not from this time cry to me, My father, you are the guide of my youth?

American Standard Version
Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My Father, thou art the guide of my youth?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore at least at this time call to me: Thou art my father, the guide of my virginity:

Darby Bible Translation
Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father, thou art the guide of my youth?

English Revised Version
Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father, thou art the guide of my youth?

Webster's Bible Translation
Wilt thou not from this time cry to me, My father, thou art the guide of my youth?

World English Bible
Will you not from this time cry to me, 'My Father, you are the guide of my youth?'

Young's Literal Translation
Hast thou not henceforth called to Me, 'My father, Thou art the leader of my youth?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:1-5 In repentance, it is good to think upon the sins of which we have been guilty, and the places and companies where they have been committed. How gently the Lord had corrected them! In receiving penitents, he is God, and not man. Whatever thou hast said or done hitherto, wilt thou not from this time apply to me? Will not this grace of God overcome thee? Now pardon is proclaimed, wilt thou not take the benefit? They will hope to find in him the tender compassions of a Father towards a returning prodigal. They will come to him as the Guide of their youth: youth needs a guide. Repenting sinners may encourage themselves that God will not keep his anger to the end. All God's mercies, in every age, suggest encouragement; and what can be so desirable for the young, as to have the Lord for their Father, and the Guide of their youth? Let parents daily direct their children earnestly to seek this blessing.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. Wilt thou not, etc.? rather, Truly from this time thou callest unto me (literally, Dost thou not, etc.? a common way of giving an energetic assurance). The prophet admits the apparent revival of faith in Jehovah which attended the compulsory reformation under Josiah, but denies that it was more than apparent (comp, ver. 10). The guide of my youth; rather, the companion (the familiar associate); so in Proverbs 2:17. Comp. Jeremiah 2:2, and especially Isaiah 54:6, "and a wife of youth" (i.e. married in youth), "that she should be rejected [how incredible a thing!]"

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me,.... These words are either a confirmation and proof of that impudence with which these people are charged; for had they not been impudent, or had not a forehead like a whorish woman; or were they truly ashamed, they would have cried to the Lord henceforward; called upon him; claimed their relation to him; and owned his favours in time past: or, if they had not been impudent, they would not have dared from this time to have called God their Father and their guide, when they had so wickedly sinned against him; so that this is a charge of hypocrisy and deceit, calling God their Father and guide, when they were at the same time worshipping idols: or rather they are expressive of the wondrous grace and goodness of God towards this people, that had so highly offended him, yet he expostulates with them, puts words into their mouths to return unto him with, saying:

my father; I have sinned against thee, and am not worthy of the relation, yet receive me as a returning prodigal:

thou art the guide of my youth; or, "hast been": I acknowledge the favours I have received in time past, which is an aggravation of my sin; reject me not, but receive me graciously into thy favour; see Hosea 14:2, so the Targum interprets the words as a prayer,

"wilt thou not from this time pray before me, saying, thou art my Lord, my Redeemer, which art of old?''

or else they point to them their duty, what they ought to do from henceforward; that seeing the Lord had withheld from them the former and latter rain for their idolatry, it became them to return to him by repentance; and to call upon him, who had been their Father and their guide in time past, to have mercy on them, and avert his judgments from them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. from this time—not referring, as Michaelis thinks, to the reformation begun the year before, that is, the twelfth of Josiah; it means—now at once, now at last.

me—contrasted with the "stock" whom they had heretofore called on as "father" (Jer 2:27; Lu 15:18).

thou art—rather, "thou wast."

guide of … youth—that is, husband (Jer 2:2; Pr 2:17; Ho 2:7, 15). Husband and father are the two most endearing of ties.

Jeremiah 3:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Polluted Land
3"Therefore the showers have been withheld, And there has been no spring rain. Yet you had a harlot's forehead; You refused to be ashamed. 4"Have you not just now called to Me, 'My Father, You are the friend of my youth? 5'Will He be angry forever? Will He be indignant to the end?' Behold, you have spoken And have done evil things, And you have had your way."
Cross References
Psalm 71:17
Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.

Proverbs 2:17
who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant she made before God.

Jeremiah 2:2
"Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem: "This is what the LORD says: "'I remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you loved me and followed me through the wilderness, through a land not sown.

Jeremiah 3:19
"I myself said, "'How gladly would I treat you like my children and give you a pleasant land, the most beautiful inheritance of any nation.' I thought you would call me 'Father' and not turn away from following me.

Jeremiah 31:9
They will come with weeping; they will pray as I bring them back. I will lead them beside streams of water on a level path where they will not stumble, because I am Israel's father, and Ephraim is my firstborn son.

Hosea 2:15
There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. There she will respond as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt.

Malachi 1:6
"A son honors his father, and a slave his master. If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me?" says the LORD Almighty. "It is you priests who show contempt for my name. "But you ask, 'How have we shown contempt for your name?'
Treasury of Scripture

Will you not from this time cry to me, My father, you are the guide of my youth?

wilt thou

Jeremiah 3:19 But I said, How shall I put you among the children, and give you …

Jeremiah 31:9,18-20 They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them…

Hosea 14:1-3 O Israel, return to the LORD your God; for you have fallen by your iniquity…

my father

Jeremiah 2:27 Saying to a stock, You are my father; and to a stone, You have brought …

the guide

Jeremiah 2:2 Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus said the LORD; …

Psalm 48:14 For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even to death.

Psalm 71:5,17 For you are my hope, O Lord GOD: you are my trust from my youth…

Psalm 119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto …

Proverbs 1:4 To give subtlety to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.

Proverbs 2:17 Which forsakes the guide of her youth, and forgets the covenant of her God.

Hosea 2:15 And I will give her her vineyards from there, and the valley of Achor …

Malachi 2:14 Yet you say, Why? Because the LORD has been witness between you and …

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