Jeremiah 23:23
New International Version
"Am I only a God nearby," declares the LORD, "and not a God far away?

New Living Translation
Am I a God who is only close at hand?" says the LORD. "No, I am far away at the same time.

English Standard Version
“Am I a God at hand, declares the LORD, and not a God far away?

Berean Study Bible
“Am I only a God nearby,” declares the LORD, “and not a God far away?”

New American Standard Bible
"Am I a God who is near," declares the LORD, "And not a God far off?

King James Bible
Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off?

Christian Standard Bible
"Am I a God who is only near"--this is the LORD's declaration--"and not a God who is far away?

Contemporary English Version
I am everywhere--both near and far,

Good News Translation
"I am a God who is everywhere and not in one place only.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Am I a God who is only near"--this is the LORD's declaration--"and not a God who is far away?

International Standard Version
"Am I a God who is near," declares the LORD, "rather than a God who is far away?

NET Bible
Do you people think that I am some local deity and not the transcendent God?" the LORD asks.

New Heart English Bible
Am I a God at hand,' says the LORD, 'and not a God afar off?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"I am a God who is near. I am also a God who is far away," declares the LORD.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Am I a God near at hand, saith the LORD, And not a God afar off?

New American Standard 1977
“Am I a God who is near,” declares the LORD, “And not a God far off?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Am I a God of the near only, said the LORD, and not a God of the far?

King James 2000 Bible
Am I a God at hand, says the LORD, and not a God afar off?

American King James Version
Am I a God at hand, said the LORD, and not a God afar off?

American Standard Version
Am I a God at hand, saith Jehovah, and not a God afar off?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Am I, think ye, a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off?

Darby Bible Translation
Am I a God at hand, saith Jehovah, and not a God afar off?

English Revised Version
Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off?

Webster's Bible Translation
Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off.

World English Bible
Am I a God at hand, says Yahweh, and not a God afar off?

Young's Literal Translation
A God near am I -- an affirmation of Jehovah, And not a God afar off?
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Lying Prophets
22But if they had stood in My council, they would have proclaimed My words to My people and turned them back from their evil ways and evil deeds.” 23“Am I only a God nearby,” declares the LORD, “and not a God far away?” 24“Can a man hide in secret places where I cannot see him?” declares the LORD. “Do I not fill the heavens and earth?” declares the LORD.…
Cross References
Acts 17:27
God intended that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.

Psalm 139:1
O LORD, You have searched me and known me.

Treasury of Scripture

Am I a God at hand, said the LORD, and not a God afar off?

1 Kings 20:23,28 And the servants of the king of Syria said to him, Their gods are …

Psalm 113:5 Who is like to the LORD our God, who dwells on high,

Psalm 139:1-10 O lord, you have searched me, and known me…

Ezekiel 20:32-35 And that which comes into your mind shall not be at all, that you …

Jonah 1:3,4 But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, …







Lexicon
“Am I [only]
אָ֖נִי (’ā·nî)
Pronoun - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 589: I

a God
הַאֱלֹהֵ֧י (ha·’ĕ·lō·hê)
Article | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

nearby,”
מִקָּרֹ֛ב (miq·qā·rōḇ)
Preposition-m | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7138: Near

declares
נְאֻם־ (nə·’um-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 5002: An oracle

the LORD,
יְהוָ֑ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

“and not
וְלֹ֥א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

a God
אֱלֹהֵ֖י (’ĕ·lō·hê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

far away?”
מֵרָחֹֽק׃ (mê·rā·ḥōq)
Preposition-m | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7350: Remote, of place, time, precious
(23) Am I a God at hand . . .?--This and the two questions that follow are essentially the same in thought. The false prophets acted as if God were far away out of their sight (Psalm 10:11; Psalm 73:11; Psalm 94:7), not knowing or caring what men did, as if their affairs, as it has been epigrammatically said, came under a "colonial department." The true prophet feels that He is equally near, equally God, in all places alike. Familiar as the word omnipresence is to us--so familiar as almost to have lost its power--the fact, when we realise it, is as awful now as it was when it presented itself to the souls of Patriarch, Psalmist, or Prophet. (Genesis 16:13; Psalm 32:6-7; Psalm 73:23-26; Psalm 139:7-12; Amos 9:2-4; Job 11:8-9.

Verses 23-32. - Jehovah has observed and will punish the false pretensions of the prophets. Verses 23, 24. - Am I a God at hand, etc.? ("At hand" equivalent to "near.") Eliphaz may again assist us with an illustration. "And thou sayest " - he is expostulating with Job - "What doth God know? can he judge through the dark cloud? thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; yea, he walketh upon the vault of heaven" (Job 22:13, 14). It might seem, from the preponderance of the false prophets ever the true, as if Jehovah were unaware of the mischief. Not so; Jehovah is omnipresent. 23:23-32 Men cannot be hidden from God's all-seeing eye. Will they never see what judgments they prepare for themselves? Let them consider what a vast difference there is between these prophecies and those delivered by the true prophets of the Lord. Let them not call their foolish dreams Divine oracles. The promises of peace these prophets make are no more to be compared to God's promises than chaff to wheat. The unhumbled heart of man is like a rock; if not melted by the word of God as a fire, it will be broken to pieces by it as a hammer. How can they be long safe, or at all easy, who have a God of almighty power against them? The word of God is no smooth, lulling, deceitful message. And by its faithfulness it may certainly be distinguished from false doctrines.
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