Jeremiah 18:20
New International Version
Should good be repaid with evil? Yet they have dug a pit for me. Remember that I stood before you and spoke in their behalf to turn your wrath away from them.

New Living Translation
Should they repay evil for good? They have dug a pit to kill me, though I pleaded for them and tried to protect them from your anger.

English Standard Version
Should good be repaid with evil? Yet they have dug a pit for my life. Remember how I stood before you to speak good for them, to turn away your wrath from them.

Berean Study Bible
Should good be repaid with evil? Yet they have dug a pit for me. Remember how I stood before You to speak good on their behalf, to turn Your wrath from them.

New American Standard Bible
Should good be repaid with evil? For they have dug a pit for me. Remember how I stood before You To speak good on their behalf, So as to turn away Your wrath from them.

King James Bible
Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have digged a pit for my soul. Remember that I stood before thee to speak good for them, and to turn away thy wrath from them.

Christian Standard Bible
Should good be repaid with evil? Yet they have dug a pit for me. Remember how I stood before you to speak good on their behalf, to turn your anger from them.

Contemporary English Version
I tried to help them, but they are paying me back by digging a pit to trap me. I even begged you not to punish them.

Good News Translation
Is evil the payment for good? Yet they have dug a pit for me to fall in. Remember how I came to you and spoke on their behalf, so that you would not deal with them in anger.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Should good be repaid with evil? Yet they have dug a pit for me. Remember how I stood before You to speak good on their behalf, to turn Your anger from them.

International Standard Version
Should good be repaid with evil? Yet they have dug a pit to take my life. Remember! I stood before you and spoke good on their behalf in order to turn your wrath away from them.

NET Bible
Should good be paid back with evil? Yet they are virtually digging a pit to kill me. Just remember how I stood before you pleading on their behalf to keep you from venting your anger on them.

New Heart English Bible
Shall evil be recompensed for good? For they have dug a pit for my soul. Remember how I stood before you to speak good for them, to turn away your wrath from them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Good should not be paid back with evil. They dig a pit to take my life. Remember how I stood in your presence and pleaded for them in order to turn your anger away from them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Shall evil be recompensed for good? For they have digged a pit for my soul. Remember how I stood before Thee To speak good for them, To turn away Thy wrath from them.

New American Standard 1977
Should good be repaid with evil? For they have dug a pit for me. Remember how I stood before Thee To speak good on their behalf, So as to turn away Thy wrath from them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have dug a pit for my soul. Remember that I stood before thee to speak good for them and to turn away thy wrath from them.

King James 2000 Bible
Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have dug a pit for my soul. Remember that I stood before you to speak good for them, and to turn away your wrath from them.

American King James Version
Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have dig a pit for my soul. Remember that I stood before you to speak good for them, and to turn away your wrath from them.

American Standard Version
Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have digged a pit for my soul. Remember how I stood before thee to speak good for them, to turn away thy wrath from them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Shall evil be rendered for good, because they have digged a pit for my soul? Remember that I have stood in thy sight, so speak good for them, and turn away thy indignation from them.

Darby Bible Translation
Shall evil be recompensed for good? For they have digged a pit for my soul. Remember how I stood before thee to speak good for them, to turn away thy wrath from them.

English Revised Version
Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have digged a pit for my soul. Remember how I stood before thee to speak good for them, to turn away thy fury from them.

Webster's Bible Translation
Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have digged a pit for my soul. Remember that I stood before thee to speak good for them, and to turn away thy wrath from them.

World English Bible
Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have dug a pit for my soul. Remember how I stood before you to speak good for them, to turn away your wrath from them.

Young's Literal Translation
Is evil recompensed instead of good, That they have dug a pit for my soul? Remember my standing before Thee to speak good of them, To turn back Thy wrath from them.
Study Bible HEB ▾ 
The Plot Against Jeremiah
19Give heed to me, O LORD. Hear what my accusers are saying! 20Should good be repaid with evil? Yet they have dug a pit for me. Remember how I stood before You to speak good on their behalf, to turn Your wrath from them. 21Therefore, hand their children over to famine, pour out the power of the sword upon them. Let their wives become childless and widowed, their husbands be slain by disease, and their young men struck down by the sword in battle.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 19:4
Then Jonathan spoke well of David to his father Saul and said to him, "The king should not sin against his servant David; he has not sinned against you. In fact, his actions have been highly beneficial to you.

Psalm 35:7
For without cause they laid their net for me; without reason they dug a pit for my soul.

Psalm 35:12
They repay me evil for good, to the bereavement of my soul.

Psalm 57:6
They spread a net for my feet; my soul was despondent. They dug a pit before me, but they themselves have fallen into it! Selah

Psalm 106:23
So He said He would destroy them--had not Moses His chosen one stood before Him in the breach to divert His wrath from destroying them.

Psalm 109:4
In return for my love they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer.

Proverbs 17:13
If anyone returns evil for good, evil will never leave his house.

Jeremiah 5:26
For My people are among wicked men. They watch like fowlers lying in wait; they set a trap; they catch men.

Jeremiah 15:1
Then the LORD said to me: "Even if Moses and Samuel should stand before Me, My heart would not go out to this people. Send them from My presence, and let them go.

Jeremiah 18:19
Give heed to me, O LORD. Hear what my accusers are saying!

Jeremiah 18:22
Let a cry be heard from their houses when You suddenly bring raiders against them, for they have dug a pit to capture me and have hidden snares for my feet.

Jeremiah 27:18
If they are indeed prophets and the word of the LORD is with them, let them now plead with the LORD of Hosts that the articles remaining in the house of the LORD, in the palace of the king of Judah, and in Jerusalem, not be taken to Babylon.

Lamentations 3:59
You have seen, O LORD, the wrong done to me; uphold my cause.

Treasury of Scripture

Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have dig a pit for my soul. Remember that I stood before you to speak good for them, and to turn away your wrath from them.

evil.

1 Samuel 24:17-19 And he said to David, You are more righteous than I: for you have …

Psalm 35:12 They rewarded me evil for good to the spoiling of my soul.

Psalm 38:20 They also that render evil for good are my adversaries; because I …

Psalm 109:4,5 For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself to prayer…

Proverbs 17:13 Whoever rewards evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

John 10:32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I showed you from my Father; …

John 15:25 But this comes to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is …

digged.

Jeremiah 18:22 Let a cry be heard from their houses, when you shall bring a troop …

Job 6:27 Yes, you overwhelm the fatherless, and you dig a pit for your friend.

Psalm 7:15 He made a pit, and dig it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.

Psalm 35:7 For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit, which …

Psalm 57:6 They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they …

Psalm 119:95 The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider …

Proverbs 26:27 Whoever digs a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolls a stone, …

Ecclesiastes 10:8 He that digs a pit shall fall into it; and whoever breaks an hedge, …

remember.

Jeremiah 7:16 Therefore pray not you for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer …

Jeremiah 11:14 Therefore pray not you for this people, neither lift up a cry or …

Jeremiah 14:7-11,20-22 O LORD, though our iniquities testify against us, do you it for your …

Jeremiah 15:1 Then said the LORD to me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, …

Genesis 18:22-32 And the men turned their faces from there, and went toward Sodom: …

Psalm 106:23 Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen …

Ezekiel 22:30,31 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, …

Zechariah 3:1,2 And he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel …







Lexicon
Should good
טוֹבָה֙ (ṭō·w·ḇāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

be repaid
הַיְשֻׁלַּ֤ם (hay·šul·lam)
Verb - Pual - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7999: To be safe, to be, completed, to be friendly, to reciprocate

with
תַּֽחַת־ (ta·ḥaṯ-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 8478: The bottom, below, in lieu of

evil?
רָעָ֔ה (rā·‘āh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7451: Bad, evil

Yet
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

they have dug
כָר֥וּ (ḵā·rū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 3738: To dig, to plot, to bore, open

a pit
שׁוּחָ֖ה (šū·ḥāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7745: A chasm

for me.
לְנַפְשִׁ֑י (lə·nap̄·šî)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

Remember
זְכֹ֣ר ׀ (zə·ḵōr)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2142: To mark, to remember, to mention, to be male

how I stood
עָמְדִ֣י (‘ā·mə·ḏî)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5975: To stand, in various relations

before You
לְפָנֶ֗יךָ (lə·p̄ā·ne·ḵā)
Preposition-l | Noun - common plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face

to speak
לְדַבֵּ֤ר (lə·ḏab·bêr)
Preposition-l | Verb - Piel - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

good
טוֹבָ֔ה (ṭō·w·ḇāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

on their behalf,
עֲלֵיהֶם֙ (‘ă·lê·hem)
Preposition | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

to turn
לְהָשִׁ֥יב (lə·hā·šîḇ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again

Your wrath
חֲמָתְךָ֖ (ḥă·mā·ṯə·ḵā)
Noun - feminine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2534: Heat, anger, poison

from them.
מֵהֶֽם׃ (mê·hem)
Preposition-m | Pronoun - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1992: They
(20) They have digged a pit for my soul.--The image has become so familiar that we have all but lost its vividness. What it meant here (as in Psalm 57:6) was that the man was treated as a beast, the prophet who sought their good as the wolf or the jackal whom they entrapped and slew.

Remember that I stood before thee.--The phrase is used frequently, though not uniformly, of the act of worship, of the communion of the soul with God (comp. Jeremiah 7:10; Deuteronomy 10:8; Deuteronomy 19:17; Deuteronomy 29:10; 1Kings 19:11), and is clearly used in this sense here. The prophet refers to his repeated though fruitless entreaties for the people in Jeremiah 14, 15. It is interesting to note the description of Jeremiah, in 2 Maccabees 15:14, as "a lover of the brethren who prayeth much for the people and the holy city." Men had come to recognise that the spirit of intercession had been the prophet's dominant characteristic.

18:18-23 When the prophet called to repentance, instead of obeying the call, the people devised devices against him. Thus do sinners deal with the great Intercessor, crucifying him afresh, and speaking against him on earth, while his blood is speaking for them in heaven. But the prophet had done his duty to them; and the same will be our rejoicing in a day of evil.
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