Jeremiah 9:7
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New International Version
Therefore this is what the LORD Almighty says: "See, I will refine and test them, for what else can I do because of the sin of my people?

New Living Translation
Therefore, this is what the LORD of Heaven's Armies says: "See, I will melt them down in a crucible and test them like metal. What else can I do with my people?

English Standard Version
Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts: “Behold, I will refine them and test them, for what else can I do, because of my people?

New American Standard Bible
Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, "Behold, I will refine them and assay them; For what else can I do, because of the daughter of My people?

King James Bible
Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, I will melt them, and try them; for how shall I do for the daughter of my people?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, this is what the LORD of Hosts says: I am about to refine them and test them, for what else can I do because of My dear people?

International Standard Version
Therefore, this is what the LORD of the Heavenly Armies says: "Look, I'm about to refine and test them. Because they're my people, what else can I do?

NET Bible
Therefore the LORD who rules over all says, "I will now purify them in the fires of affliction and test them. The wickedness of my dear people has left me no choice. What else can I do?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is what the LORD of Armies says: I will now refine them with fire and test them. What else can I do for my dear people?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore thus hath the LORD of the hosts said, Behold, I will melt them and try them; for how shall I do for the daughter of my people?

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, Behold, I will refine them, and test them; for how shall I deal with the daughter of my people?

American King James Version
Therefore thus said the LORD of hosts, Behold, I will melt them, and try them; for how shall I do for the daughter of my people?

American Standard Version
Therefore thus saith Jehovah of hosts, Behold, I will melt them, and try them; for how else'should I do, because of the daughter of my people?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts: Behold I will melt, and try them: for what else shall I do before the daughter of my people?

Darby Bible Translation
Therefore thus saith Jehovah of hosts: Behold, I will melt them, and try them; for how else could I do for the daughter of my people?

English Revised Version
Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, I will melt them, and try them; for how else should I do, because of the daughter of my people?

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, I will melt them, and try them; for how shall I do for the daughter of my people?

World English Bible
Therefore thus says Yahweh of Armies, Behold, I will melt them, and try them; for how [else] should I do, because of the daughter of my people?

Young's Literal Translation
Therefore, thus said Jehovah of Hosts: Lo, I am refining them, and have tried them, For how do I do because of the daughter of My people?
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

9:1-11 Jeremiah wept much, yet wished he could weep more, that he might rouse the people to a due sense of the hand of God. But even the desert, without communion with God, through Christ Jesus, and the influences of the Holy Spirit, must be a place for temptation and evil; while, with these blessings, we may live in holiness in crowded cities. The people accustomed their tongues to lies. So false were they, that a brother could not be trusted. In trading and bargaining they said any thing for their own advantage, though they knew it to be false. But God marked their sin. Where no knowledge of God is, what good can be expected? He has many ways of turning a fruitful land into barrenness for the wickedness of those that dwell therein.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 7. - I will melt them. It is the same word as that used in Malachi 3:3 of the "refiner and purifier of silver." Purification, not destruction, is the object of the judgment which is threatened! Strange that mercy should find place, after the offence of the criminal has been found so grievous l But, lest we should expect too favorable an issue, the prophet adds, in the name of Jehovah, For how shall I do? or rather, How should I act? How otherwise should I act? The continuation is a little doubtful. The Hebrew has," by reason of the daughter of my people;" but this can hardly be right. We naturally expect something to justify the preceding statement. The reading of the Septuagint answers to our anticipations by rendering ἀπὸ προσώπου πονηρίας θυγατρὸς λαοῦ μου, and this is confirmed by the parallel passage Jeremiah 7:12 (comp. Jeremiah 11:17; Jeremiah 32:32).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts,.... Because of this deceit and hypocrisy, and lying:

behold, I will melt them, and try them: as the refiner does his gold and silver, by putting them into the fire of afflictions, and thereby remove their dross and corruption from them. So the Targum,

"behold, I will bring distress upon them, and melt them, and try them.''

For how shall I do for the daughter of my people? the sense is, what could be done otherwise or better? what was more fit or proper to be done, than to melt and try them, and purge away their sin, "from the face of the daughter of my people", as the words may be rendered? The Septuagint version is, "what shall I do from the face of the wickedness of my people?" and so the Targum,

"what shall I do from before the sins of the congregation of my people?''

that is, by way of resentment of them, and in order to remove them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. melt … try them—by sending calamities on them.

for how shall I do—"What else can I do for the sake of the daughter of My people?" [Maurer], (Isa 1:25; Mal 3:3).

Jeremiah 9:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
Jeremiah's Continual Tears
6"Your dwelling is in the midst of deceit; Through deceit they refuse to know Me," declares the LORD. 7Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, "Behold, I will refine them and assay them; For what else can I do, because of the daughter of My people? 8"Their tongue is a deadly arrow; It speaks deceit; With his mouth one speaks peace to his neighbor, But inwardly he sets an ambush for him.…
Cross References
Isaiah 1:25
I will turn my hand against you; I will thoroughly purge away your dross and remove all your impurities.

Isaiah 48:10
See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.

Jeremiah 6:27
"I have made you a tester of metals and my people the ore, that you may observe and test their ways.

Hosea 11:8
"How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I treat you like Admah? How can I make you like Zeboyim? My heart is changed within me; all my compassion is aroused.

Malachi 3:3
He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness,
Treasury of Scripture

Therefore thus said the LORD of hosts, Behold, I will melt them, and try them; for how shall I do for the daughter of my people?

I will.

Jeremiah 6:29,30 The bellows are burned, the lead is consumed of the fire; the founder …

Isaiah 1:25 And I will turn my hand on you, and purely purge away your dross, …

Isaiah 48:10 Behold, I have refined you, but not with silver; I have chosen you …

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

Ezekiel 26:11,12 With the hoofs of his horses shall he tread down all your streets: …

Zechariah 13:9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine …

Malachi 3:3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall …

1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold …

1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is …

shall.

Jeremiah 31:20 Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I spoke …

2 Chronicles 36:15 And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, …

Hosea 6:4,5 O Ephraim, what shall I do to you? O Judah, what shall I do to you? …

Hosea 11:8,9 How shall I give you up, Ephraim? how shall I deliver you, Israel? …

Zechariah 1:14-16 So the angel that communed with me said to me, Cry you, saying, Thus …

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