Jeremiah 8:3
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New International Version
Wherever I banish them, all the survivors of this evil nation will prefer death to life, declares the LORD Almighty.'

New Living Translation
And the people of this evil nation who survive will wish to die rather than live where I will send them. I, the LORD of Heaven's Armies, have spoken!

English Standard Version
Death shall be preferred to life by all the remnant that remains of this evil family in all the places where I have driven them, declares the LORD of hosts.

Berean Study Bible
And wherever I have banished them, the remnant of this evil family will choose death over life, declares the LORD of Hosts.

New American Standard Bible
"And death will be chosen rather than life by all the remnant that remains of this evil family, that remains in all the places to which I have driven them," declares the LORD of hosts.

King James Bible
And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue of them that remain of this evil family, which remain in all the places whither I have driven them, saith the LORD of hosts.

Christian Standard Bible
Death will be chosen over life by all the survivors of this evil family, those who remain wherever I have banished them." This is the declaration of the LORD of Armies.

Contemporary English Version
Some of you people of Judah will be left alive, but I will force you to go to foreign countries, and you will wish you were dead. I, the LORD God All-Powerful, have spoken.

Good News Translation
And the people of this evil nation who survive, who live in the places where I have scattered them, will prefer to die rather than to go on living. I, the LORD Almighty, have spoken."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Death will be chosen over life by all the survivors of this evil family, those who remain wherever I have banished them." This is the declaration of the LORD of Hosts.

International Standard Version
"In all the places where the people remain, where I've banished them, death will be chosen over life by all the remnant that remains of this evil family," declares the LORD of the Heavenly Armies.

NET Bible
However, I will leave some of these wicked people alive and banish them to other places. But wherever these people who survive may go, they will wish they had died rather than lived," says the LORD who rules over all.

New Heart English Bible
Death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue that remain of this evil family, that remain in all the places where I have driven them," says the LORD of hosts.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Then the few who remain from these wicked people will want to die rather than live where I will scatter them," declares the LORD of Armies.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue that remain of this evil family, that remain in all the places whither I have driven them, saith the LORD of hosts.

New American Standard 1977
“And death will be chosen rather than life by all the remnant that remains of this evil family, that remains in all the places to which I have driven them,” declares the LORD of hosts.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue of those that remain of this evil generation, in all the places where I have driven those that remain, said the LORD of the hosts.

King James 2000 Bible
And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the rest of them that remain of this evil family, which remain in all the places where I have driven them, says the LORD of hosts.

American King James Version
And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue of them that remain of this evil family, which remain in all the places where I have driven them, said the LORD of hosts.

American Standard Version
And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue that remain of this evil family, that remain in all the places whither I have driven them, saith Jehovah of hosts.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And death shall be chosen rather than life by all that shall remain of this wicked kindred in all places, which are left, to which I have cast them out, saith the Lord of hosts.

Darby Bible Translation
And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue that remain of this evil family, in all the places whither I have driven those that remain, saith Jehovah of hosts.

English Revised Version
And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue that remain of this evil family, which remain in all the places whither I have driven them, saith the LORD of hosts.

Webster's Bible Translation
And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue of them that remain of this evil family, who remain in all the places whither I have driven them, saith the LORD of hosts.

World English Bible
Death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue that remain of this evil family, that remain in all the places where I have driven them, says Yahweh of Armies.

Young's Literal Translation
And chosen is death rather than life By all the remnant who are left of this evil family, In all the remaining places, whither I have driven them, An affirmation of Jehovah of Hosts.
Study Bible
Judah's Sin and Punishment
2They will be exposed to the sun and moon, and all the host of heaven which they have loved, served, followed, consulted, and worshiped. Their bones will not be gathered up or buried, but will become like dung lying on of the ground. 3And wherever I have banished them, the remnant of this evil family will choose death over life, declares the LORD of Hosts. 4So you are to tell them this is what the LORD says: ‘Do men fall and not get up again? Does one turn away and not return?…
Cross References
Revelation 9:6
In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, but death will escape them.

Deuteronomy 30:1
When all these things come upon you--the blessings and curses I have set before you--and you call them to mind in all the nations to which the LORD your God has banished you,

Deuteronomy 30:4
Even if you have been banished to the ends of the earth, He will gather you and return you from there.

Job 3:21
who long for death that does not come, and search for it like hidden treasure,

Job 3:22
who rejoice and greatly exult when they can find the grave?

Job 7:15
so that I would prefer strangling and death over my life in this body.

Job 7:16
I loathe my life! I would not live forever. Leave me alone, for my days are but a breath.

Jeremiah 6:9
This is what the LORD of Hosts says: "Glean the remnant of Israel as thoroughly as a vine. Pass your hand once more like a grape gatherer over the branches."

Jeremiah 23:3
Then I Myself will gather the remnant of My flock from all the lands to which I have banished them, and I will return them to their pasture, where they will be fruitful and multiply.

Jeremiah 23:8
Instead, they will say, 'As surely as the LORD lives, who brought and led the descendants of the house of Israel from the land of the north and from all the other countries to which I had banished them.' They will dwell once more in their own land."

Jeremiah 29:14
I will be found by you, declares the LORD, and I will restore you from captivity and gather you from all the nations and places to which I have banished you, declares the LORD. I will restore you to the place from which I sent you into exile."

Amos 3:1
Hear this word that the LORD has spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the entire clan that I brought up out of Egypt:

Jonah 4:3
And now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live."

Micah 2:3
Therefore, this is what the LORD says: "I am planning against this nation a disaster from which you cannot free your necks. Then you will not walk so proudly, for it will be a time of calamity.

Treasury of Scripture

And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue of them that remain of this evil family, which remain in all the places where I have driven them, said the LORD of hosts.

death.

Jeremiah 20:14-18 Cursed be the day wherein I was born: let not the day wherein my …

1 Kings 19:4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came …

Job 3:20-22 Why is light given to him that is in misery, and life to the bitter in soul…

Job 7:15,16 So that my soul chooses strangling, and death rather than my life…

Jonah 4:3 Therefore now, O LORD, take, I beseech you, my life from me; for …

Revelation 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from …

Revelation 9:6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and …

in all.

Jeremiah 23:3,8 And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries where …

Jeremiah 29:14,28 And I will be found of you, said the LORD: and I will turn away your …

Jeremiah 32:36,37 And now therefore thus said the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning …

Jeremiah 40:12 Even all the Jews returned out of all places where they were driven, …

Deuteronomy 30:1,4 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come on you, …

Daniel 9:7 O LORD, righteousness belongs to you, but to us confusion of faces, …

(3) The residue of them that remain.--Once more the emphasis of re-iteration, "the remnant of a remnant." The "evil family" is the whole house of Israel, but the words contemplate specially the exile of Judah and Benjamin, rather than that of the ten tribes.

Verse 3. - Which remain. The words are certainly to be omitted in the second place where they occur. In the Hebrew they stand after in all the places, and the word for "places" is feminine, whereas the participle, "the remaining," is masculine. The Septuagint and Peshito have nothing corresponding. There is a clerical error in the Hebrew. And death shall be chosen rather than life,.... By them that should be alive in those times, who would be carried captive into other lands, and be used very hardly, and suffer greatly, by the nations among whom they should dwell; see Revelation 9:6. The Septuagint version, and those that follow it, make this to be a reason of the former, reading the words thus, "because they have chosen death rather than life"; see Deuteronomy 30:19, but the other sense is best, which is confirmed by what follows:

by all the residue of them that remain of this evil family; the nation of the Jews, become very corrupt and degenerate; so the people of Israel are called the whole family of Israel, Amos 3:1, now it is foretold, that those which remained of that people, who died not by famine, or were not slain by the sword, yet should be in such a miserable condition, as that death would be more eligible to them than life:

even which remain in all the places whither I have driven them, saith the Lord of hosts: for, though they were carried captive by men, yet the thing was of the Lord, and a just punishment upon them for their sins. 3. The survivors shall be still worse off than the dead (Job 3:21, 22; Re 9:6).

which remain in all the places—"in all places of them that remain, whither I … that is, in all places whither I have driven them that remain [Maurer].8:1-3 Though no real hurt can be done to a dead body, yet disgrace to the remains of wicked persons may alarm those yet alive; and this reminds us that the Divine justice and punishments extend beyond the grave. Whatever befalls us here, let us humble ourselves before God, and seek his mercy.
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