Jeremiah 17:16
New International Version
I have not run away from being your shepherd; you know I have not desired the day of despair. What passes my lips is open before you.

New Living Translation
LORD, I have not abandoned my job as a shepherd for your people. I have not urged you to send disaster. You have heard everything I've said.

English Standard Version
I have not run away from being your shepherd, nor have I desired the day of sickness. You know what came out of my lips; it was before your face.

Berean Study Bible
But I have not run away from being Your shepherd; I have not desired the day of despair. You know that the utterance of my lips was spoken in Your presence.

New American Standard Bible
But as for me, I have not hurried away from being a shepherd after You, Nor have I longed for the woeful day; You Yourself know that the utterance of my lips Was in Your presence.

King James Bible
As for me, I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow thee: neither have I desired the woeful day; thou knowest: that which came out of my lips was right before thee.

Christian Standard Bible
But I have not run away from being your shepherd, and I have not longed for the fatal day. You know my words were spoken in your presence.

Contemporary English Version
Our LORD, you chose me to care for your people, and that's what I have done. You know everything I have said, and I have never once asked you to punish them.

Good News Translation
But, LORD, I never urged you to bring disaster on them; I did not wish a time of trouble for them. LORD, you know this; you know what I have said.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But I have not run away from being Your shepherd, and I have not longed for the fatal day. You know my words were spoken in Your presence.

International Standard Version
I haven't run away from being your shepherd, and I haven't longed for the day of sickness. You know what comes out from my lips, it's open before you.

NET Bible
But I have not pestered you to bring disaster. I have not desired the time of irreparable devastation. You know that. You are fully aware of every word that I have spoken.

New Heart English Bible
As for me, I have not hurried from being a shepherd after you; neither have I desired the woeful day; you know: that which came out of my lips was before your face.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have not run away from being your shepherd, and I have not longed for the day of destruction. You know what came out of my mouth.

JPS Tanakh 1917
As for me, I have not hastened from being a shepherd after Thee; Neither have I desired the woeful day; thou knowest it; That which came out of my lips was manifest before Thee.

New American Standard 1977
But as for me, I have not hurried away from being a shepherd after Thee, Nor have I longed for the woeful day; Thou Thyself knowest the utterance of my lips Was in Thy presence.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For I did not take it upon myself to be a pastor following thee; neither have I desired the woeful day; thou dost know: that which came out of my lips has come forth in thy presence.

King James 2000 Bible
As for me, I have not hastened from being a shepherd to follow you: neither have I desired the woeful day; you know: that which came out of my lips was right before you.

American King James Version
As for me, I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow you: neither have I desired the woeful day; you know: that which came out of my lips was right before you.

American Standard Version
As for me, I have not hastened from being a shepherd after thee; neither have I desired the woeful day; thou knowest: that which came out of my lips was before thy face.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But I have not been weary of following thee, nor have I desired the day of man; thou knowest; the words that proceed out of my lips are before thy face.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I am not troubled, following thee for my pastor, and I have not desired the day of man, thou knowest. That which went out of my lips, hath been right in thy sight.

Darby Bible Translation
But as for me, I have not hastened from being a shepherd in following thee, neither have I desired the fatal day, thou knowest: that which came out of my lips was before thy face.

English Revised Version
As for me, I have not hastened from being a shepherd after thee; neither have I desired the woeful day; thou knowest: that which came out of my lips was before thy face.

Webster's Bible Translation
As for me, I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow thee: neither have I desired the woeful day; thou knowest: that which was uttered by my lips was right before thee.

World English Bible
As for me, I have not hurried from being a shepherd after you; neither have I desired the woeful day; you know: that which came out of my lips was before your face.

Young's Literal Translation
And I hastened not from feeding after Thee, And the desperate day I have not desired, Thou -- Thou hast known, The produce of my lips, before Thy face it hath been,
Study Bible
Jeremiah's Prayer for Deliverance
15Behold, they keep saying to me, “Where is the word of the LORD? Let it come now!” 16But I have not run away from being Your shepherd; I have not desired the day of despair. You know that the utterance of my lips was spoken in Your presence. 17Do not become a terror to me; You are my refuge in the day of disaster.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 12:3
But You know me, O LORD; You see me and test my heart toward You. Drag away the wicked like sheep to the slaughter and set them apart for the day of carnage.

Amos 5:10
you hate the one who reproves in the gate and despise him who speaks with integrity.

Treasury of Scripture

As for me, I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow you: neither have I desired the woeful day; you know: that which came out of my lips was right before you.

I have.

Jeremiah 1:4-10
Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, …

Jeremiah 20:9
Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.

Ezekiel 3:14-19
So the spirit lifted me up, and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the LORD was strong upon me…

to follow thee.

Jeremiah 4:19,20
My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war…

Jeremiah 9:1
Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!

Jeremiah 13:17
But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for your pride; and mine eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears, because the LORD'S flock is carried away captive.

that.

Acts 20:20,27
And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house, …

2 Corinthians 1:12
For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.

2 Corinthians 2:17
For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.







Lexicon
But I
וַאֲנִ֞י (wa·’ă·nî)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 589: I

have not
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

run away
אַ֣צְתִּי ׀ (’aṣ·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 213: To press, to be close, hurry, withdraw

from being Your shepherd;
מֵרֹעֶ֣ה (mê·rō·‘eh)
Preposition-m | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7462: To tend a, flock, pasture it, in, to graze, to rule, to associate with

I have not
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

desired
הִתְאַוֵּ֖יתִי (hiṯ·’aw·wê·ṯî)
Verb - Hitpael - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 183: To incline, desire

the day
וְי֥וֹם (wə·yō·wm)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3117: A day

of despair.
אָנ֛וּשׁ (’ā·nūš)
Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 605: To be frail, feeble, melancholy

You
אַתָּ֣ה (’at·tāh)
Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

know
יָדָ֑עְתָּ (yā·ḏā·‘ə·tā)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3045: To know

that the utterance
מוֹצָ֣א (mō·w·ṣā)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4161: A place or act of going forth, issue, export, source, spring

of my lips
שְׂפָתַ֔י (śə·p̄ā·ṯay)
Noun - fdc | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 8193: The lip, language, a margin

was [spoken]
הָיָֽה׃ (hā·yāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

in
נֹ֥כַח (nō·ḵaḥ)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5227: The front part, opposite, in front of, forward, in behalf of

Your presence.
פָּנֶ֖יךָ (pā·ne·ḵā)
Noun - common plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face
(16) I have not hastened . . .--The words of the English Version are somewhat obscure, and a better rendering would perhaps be, I have not been quick to withdraw from my work in following thee, as a shepherd and guide of the people. A possible meaning, adopted by some commentators, would be, "I have not hastened from my work as a shepherd (in the literal sense) to follow thee," as presenting a parallel to the words of Amos (Amos 7:14-15); and, though we cannot get beyond conjecture, it is quite possible that Jeremiah, in his youth, before the call of Jeremiah 1:4, may have been employed in the pasture grounds that belonged to Anathoth as a city of the priests (Numbers 35:4; Joshua 21:4; Joshua 21:18; 1Chronicles 6:60). It is to some extent in favour of this view, that throughout the book the work of the shepherd, when used figuratively, answers to the work of the ruler, and not to that of the prophet. What he means, if we keep the version given above, is that he had not been too slack in his obedience, but neither had he been over eager. He had no desire to see the woful day that would fulfil his predictions. What had come from his lips was just what he had been bidden to say and no more (Jeremiah 15:16-19), and thus he had spoken as in the sight of God. The interpolated word "right" mars rather than mends the meaning,

Verse 16. - I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow thee; i.e. I have not eagerly withdrawn from following thee as a shepherd (or prophet). The prophet does not follow his own vague inclinations; he is but an under-shepherd, and waits on the will of his superior. He is, as Hosea calls him (Hosea 9:7, Hebrew), "the man of the Spirit." If God leads any one, whether people or individuals, it is through the agency of the Spirit (Isaiah 63:11, 12); and it is the characteristic of the typical prophet that his ear is "wakened morning by morning" to receive his daily lesson. Only by thus "following" the Divine Leader, can a prophet act as pastor to his people. [The construction is, however, rather simplified by the rendering - a perfectly legitimate one... from following thee as a companion.] The woeful day. The word for "woeful" is the same rendered "desperately wicked" (ver. 9); the "day" of Judah's calamity is metaphorically "sick," like the heart of man. So, other words being used, Isaiah 17:11 (end). Was right before thee; rather (since some adjective must be supplied), was manifest before thee. He appeals to the all-seeing Eye as a witness to his fidelity to his mission. 17:12-18 The prophet acknowledges the favour of God in setting up religion. There is fulness of comfort in God, overflowing, ever-flowing fulness, like a fountain. It is always fresh and clear, like spring-water, while the pleasures of sin are puddle-waters. He prays to God for healing, saving mercy. He appeals to God concerning his faithful discharge of the office to which he was called. He humbly begs that God would own and protect him in the work to which he had plainly called him. Whatever wounds or diseases we find to be in our hearts and consciences, let us apply to the Lord to heal us, to save us, that our souls may praise his name. His hands can bind up the troubled conscience, and heal the broken heart; he can cure the worst diseases of our nature.
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