Jeremiah 31:2
Parallel Verses
New International Version
This is what the LORD says: "The people who survive the sword will find favor in the wilderness; I will come to give rest to Israel."

New Living Translation
This is what the LORD says: "Those who survive the coming destruction will find blessings even in the barren land, for I will give rest to the people of Israel."

English Standard Version
Thus says the LORD: “The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness; when Israel sought for rest,

New American Standard Bible
Thus says the LORD, "The people who survived the sword Found grace in the wilderness-- Israel, when it went to find its rest."

King James Bible
Thus saith the LORD, The people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This is what the LORD says: They found favor in the wilderness-- the people who survived the sword. When Israel went to find rest,

International Standard Version
This is what the LORD says: "The people who survived the sword, found favor in the desert while Israel was seeking rest.

NET Bible
The LORD says, "The people of Israel who survived death at the hands of the enemy will find favor in the wilderness as they journey to find rest for themselves.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is what the LORD says: The people who survived the wars have found favor in the desert. Israel went to find its rest.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thus hath the LORD said, The people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness as I went to cause Israel to find rest.

King James 2000 Bible
Thus says the LORD, The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to give him rest.

American King James Version
Thus said the LORD, The people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest.

American Standard Version
Thus saith Jehovah, The people that were left of the sword found favor in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thus saith the Lord: The people were left and escaped from the sword, found grace in the desert: Israel shall to his rest.

Darby Bible Translation
Thus saith Jehovah: The people [that were] left of the sword have found grace in the wilderness, [even] Israel, when I go to give him rest.

English Revised Version
Thus saith the LORD, The people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thus saith the LORD, The people who were left by the sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest.

World English Bible
Thus says Yahweh, The people who were left of the sword found favor in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest.

Young's Literal Translation
Thus said Jehovah: Found grace in the wilderness Hath a people remaining from the sword Going to cause it to rest -- Israel.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

31:1-9 God assures his people that he will again take them into covenant relation to himself. When brought very low, and difficulties appear, it is good to remember that it has been so with the church formerly. But it is hard under present frowns to take comfort from former smiles; yet it is the happiness of those who, through grace, are interested in the love of God, that it is an everlasting love, from everlasting in the counsels, to everlasting in the continuance. Those whom God loves with this love, he will draw to himself, by the influences of his Spirit upon their souls. When praising God for what he has done, we must call upon him for the favours his church needs and expects. When the Lord calls, we must not plead that we cannot come; for he that calls us, will help us, will strengthen us. The goodness of God shall lead them to repentance. And they shall weep for sin with more bitterness, and more tenderness, when delivered out of their captivity, than when groaning under it. If we take God for our Father, and join the church of the first-born, we shall want nothing that is good for us. These predictions doubtless refer also to a future gathering of the Israelites from all quarters of the globe. And they figuratively describe the conversion of sinners to Christ, and the plain and safe way in which they are led.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - The people which were left of the sword, etc.; literally, the people of those left of the sword. The expression clearly implies that the Jews at the time spoken of had escaped, or were about to escape, in some great battle or some other kind of slaughter. Hence the finding grace in the wilderness cannot refer to the sequel of the passage through the Red Sea, and we must perforce explain it of the second great deliverance, viz. from the Babylonian exile. This view is strongly confirmed by Jeremiah 51:50, where the Israelites who escape the predicted slaughter at Babylon are called "escaped ones from the sword," and exhorted to remember Jehovah and Jerusalem "afar off." The "wilderness" of the present passage, like the "afar off" of ch. 51. (and of the next verse) seems to mean Babylon, which was, by comparison with the highly favoured Judah, a "barren and dry land" (comp. Psalm 63:1), a spiritual Arabia. It may be objected that the tense here is the perfect; but there is abundance of analogy for explaining it as the prophetic perfect. The restoration of the chosen people to favour is as certain in the Divine counsels as if it were already an event past. (It seems less appropriate to understand "the wilderness" of the country which separated Assyria from Palestine. It was in Babylon that the covenant of Sinai was renewed to God's repentant people.) Even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest; rather, when I went to cause Israel to rest (literally, to cause him - Israel - to rest; but the pleonastic pronoun need not be represented in the English). Another possible and perhaps preferable rendering is, I will go to cause, etc. "Rest" could only be had in the consciousness of God's favor. With all the outward property of many of the Jews in Babylon, there was no true "rest." Comp. chap. 16, "Ask for the old paths.., and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls" (the same verbal root in the Hebrew for "rest" in both passages).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Thus saith the Lord, the people which were left of the sword,.... Which were not consumed by the sword of Pharaoh, who perished not through his cruel edicts, and by his sword, when drawn at the Red sea; nor by the sword of the Amalekites and Amorites; or of their own brethren, who sometimes, for their sins, were ordered to slay many, as on account of the molten calf, and joining to Baalpeor: but there was a remnant that escaped, who

found grace in the wilderness; in the sight of God, who went before them, protected and defended them from their enemies; gave them his holy law, his statutes, and his judgments; fed them with manna and quails; clave the rocks, and gave them water to drink; and supplied them with everything necessary for them, Psalm 78:5;

even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest; went before him in a pillar of cloud by day, and in a pillar of fire by night; and in the ark, the symbol of his presence; and not only to search out a resting place for them for a few days, but to bring them to Canaan, the land of rest, which he had promised them, Exodus 13:21; now this past instance of divine goodness is mentioned, to encourage faith in the fulfilment of the above promise. The whole is paraphrased by the Targum thus,

"these things saith the Lord, who gave mercies to the people that came out of Egypt; he supplied their necessities in the wilderness, when they fled from before those who slay with the sword; he led them by his word, to cause Israel to dwell in a place of rest.''

Some render the words in the future, "shall find grace", &c. "shall go to his rest", &c. and so apply it to the Jews that escaped the sword of the Chaldeans, and found favour in the wilderness of the people into which they were brought, and as they returned into their own land from the captivity. And it, nay be also applied to the Jews that were left of the sword of the Romans in their last destruction, who have found much favour among the nations; as they do in ours, and others, now; and who in time will return to their own land, and be in rest, Jeremiah 30:10. Yea, it is applicable enough to the church and people of God in their present state; who are left of the sword of the Papists, and are now in the wilderness, where they are nourished for a time, and times, and half a time; and before long will be brought into a state of settled rest and tranquillity.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. Upon the grace manifested to Israel "in the wilderness" God grounds His argument for renewing His favors to them now in their exile; because His covenant is "everlasting" (Jer 31:3), and changes not. The same argument occurs in Ho 13:5, 9, 10; 14:4, 5, 8. Babylon is fitly compared to the "wilderness," as in both alike Israel was as a stranger far from his appointed "rest" or home, and Babylon is in Isa 40:3 called a "desert" (compare Jer 50:12).

I went to cause him to rest—namely, in the pillar of cloud and fire, the symbol of God's presence, which went before Israel to search a resting-place (Nu 10:33; Isa 63:14) for the people, both a temporary one at each halt in the wilderness, and a permanent one in Canaan (Ex 33:14; De 3:20; Jos 21:44; Ps 95:11; Heb 3:11).

Jeremiah 31:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Mourning Turned to Joy
1"At that time," declares the LORD, "I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be My people." 2Thus says the LORD, "The people who survived the sword Found grace in the wilderness-- Israel, when it went to find its rest." 3The LORD appeared to him from afar, saying, "I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.…
Cross References
Exodus 33:14
The LORD replied, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest."

Numbers 10:33
So they set out from the mountain of the LORD and traveled for three days. The ark of the covenant of the LORD went before them during those three days to find them a place to rest.

Numbers 14:20
The LORD replied, "I have forgiven them, as you asked.

Deuteronomy 1:33
who went ahead of you on your journey, in fire by night and in a cloud by day, to search out places for you to camp and to show you the way you should go.

Joshua 1:13
"Remember the command that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you after he said, 'The LORD your God will give you rest by giving you this land.'

Hosea 11:4
I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them.
Treasury of Scripture

Thus said the LORD, The people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest.

The people.

Exodus 1:16,22 And he said, When you do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, …

Exodus 2:23 And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: …

Exodus 5:21 And they said to them, The LORD look on you, and judge; because you …

Exodus 12:37 And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about …

Exodus 14:8-12 And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he …

Exodus 15:9,10 The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the …

Exodus 17:8-13 Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim…

found.

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

Deuteronomy 1:30,33 The LORD your God which goes before you, he shall fight for you, …

Deuteronomy 2:7 For the LORD your God has blessed you in all the works of your hand: …

Deuteronomy 8:2,3,16 And you shall remember all the way which the LORD your God led you …

Nehemiah 9:12-15 Moreover you led them in the day by a cloudy pillar; and in the night …

Psalm 78:14-16 In the daytime also he led them with a cloud, and all the night with …

Psalm 105:37-43 He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not …

Psalm 136:16-24 To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy …

Isaiah 63:7-14 I will mention the loving kindnesses of the LORD, and the praises …

Ezekiel 20:14-17 But I worked for my name's sake, that it should not be polluted before …

when.

Numbers 10:33 And they departed from the mount of the LORD three days' journey…

Deuteronomy 12:9 For you are not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance, which …

Psalm 95:11 To whom I swore in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest.

Isaiah 63:14 As a beast goes down into the valley, the Spirit of the LORD caused …

Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Hebrews 4:8,9 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have …

Jump to Previous
Cause Desert Favor Find Found Grace Israel Kept Remaining Rest Resting-Place Safe Sought Survive Survived Sword Waste Way Wilderness
Jump to Next
Cause Desert Favor Find Found Grace Israel Kept Remaining Rest Resting-Place Safe Sought Survive Survived Sword Waste Way Wilderness
Links
Jeremiah 31:2 NIV
Jeremiah 31:2 NLT
Jeremiah 31:2 ESV
Jeremiah 31:2 NASB
Jeremiah 31:2 KJV

Jeremiah 31:2 Bible Apps
Jeremiah 31:2 Bible Suite
Jeremiah 31:2 Biblia Paralela
Jeremiah 31:2 Chinese Bible
Jeremiah 31:2 French Bible
Jeremiah 31:2 German Bible

Alphabetical: come desert favor find Found give grace I in is Israel it its LORD people rest says survive survived sword the This Thus to went what when who wilderness-Israel will

OT Prophets: Jeremiah 31:2 Thus says Yahweh The people who were (Jer.) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools

Bible Hub
Jeremiah 31:1
Top of Page
Top of Page