Jeremiah 3:11
New International Version
The LORD said to me, "Faithless Israel is more righteous than unfaithful Judah.

New Living Translation
Then the LORD said to me, "Even faithless Israel is less guilty than treacherous Judah!

English Standard Version
And the LORD said to me, “Faithless Israel has shown herself more righteous than treacherous Judah.

Berean Study Bible
And the LORD said to me, “Faithless Israel has shown herself more righteous than unfaithful Judah.

New American Standard Bible
And the LORD said to me, "Faithless Israel has proved herself more righteous than treacherous Judah.

King James Bible
And the LORD said unto me, The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah.

Christian Standard Bible
The LORD announced to me, "Unfaithful Israel has shown herself more righteous than treacherous Judah.

Contemporary English Version
Even the people of Israel were honest enough not to pretend.

Good News Translation
Then the LORD told me that, even though Israel had turned away from him, she had proved to be better than unfaithful Judah.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD announced to me, "Unfaithful Israel has shown herself more righteous than treacherous Judah.

International Standard Version
Then the LORD told me, "Unfaithful Israel has shown herself more righteous than treacherous Judah.

NET Bible
Then the LORD said to me, "Under the circumstances, wayward Israel could even be considered less guilty than unfaithful Judah.

New Heart English Bible
The LORD said to me, "Backsliding Israel has shown herself more righteous than treacherous Judah.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then the LORD said to me, "Unfaithful Israel was less guilty than treacherous Judah.

JPS Tanakh 1917
even the LORD said unto me--backsliding Israel hath proved herself more righteous than treacherous Judah.

New American Standard 1977
And the LORD said to me, “Faithless Israel has proved herself more righteous than treacherous Judah.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the LORD said unto me, The rebellious Israel has justified her soul in comparison to the treacherous Judah.

King James 2000 Bible
And the LORD said unto me, The backsliding Israel has justified herself more than treacherous Judah.

American King James Version
And the LORD said to me, The backsliding Israel has justified herself more than treacherous Judah.

American Standard Version
And Jehovah said unto me, Backsliding Israel hath showed herself more righteous than treacherous Judah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord said to me: The rebellious Israel hath justified her soul, in comparison of the treacherous Juda.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah said unto me, Backsliding Israel hath shewn herself more just than treacherous Judah.

English Revised Version
And the LORD said unto me, Backsliding Israel hath shewn herself more righteous than treacherous Judah.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the LORD said to me, The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah.

World English Bible
Yahweh said to me, "Backsliding Israel has shown herself more righteous than treacherous Judah.

Young's Literal Translation
And Jehovah saith unto me: 'Justified herself hath backsliding Israel, More than treacherous Judah.
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Invitation to Repentance
11And the LORD said to me, “Faithless Israel has shown herself more righteous than unfaithful Judah. 12Go, proclaim this message toward the north: ‘Return, O faithless Israel,’ declares the LORD. ‘I will no longer look on you with anger, for I am merciful,’ declares the LORD. ‘I will not be angry forever.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 3:7
I thought that after she had done all these things, she would return to Me. But she did not return, and her unfaithful sister Judah saw it.

Jeremiah 11:10
They have returned to the sins of their forefathers who refused to obey My words. They have followed other gods to serve them. The house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken the covenant I made with their fathers.

Ezekiel 16:51
But Samaria did not commit half the sins you did. You have multiplied your abominations beyond theirs, and all the abominations you have committed have made your sisters appear righteous.

Ezekiel 16:52
So now you must bear your disgrace, since you have brought justification for your sisters. For they appear more righteous than you, because your sins were more vile than theirs. So you too must bear your shame and disgrace, since you have made your sisters appear righteous.

Ezekiel 23:11
Her sister Oholibah saw this, yet in her lust and prostitution she was more depraved than her sister.

Treasury of Scripture

And the LORD said to me, The backsliding Israel has justified herself more than treacherous Judah.

the backsliding

Jeremiah 3:8,22 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed …

Hosea 4:16 For Israel slides back as a backsliding heifer: now the LORD will …

Hosea 11:7 And my people are bent to backsliding from me: though they called …

justified

Ezekiel 16:47,51,52 Yet have you not walked after their ways, nor done after their abominations: …

Ezekiel 23:11 And when her sister Aholibah saw this, she was more corrupt in her …







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

said
וַיֹּ֤אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

to me,
אֵלַ֔י (’ê·lay)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

“Faithless
מְשֻׁבָ֣ה (mə·šu·ḇāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4878: Turning back, apostasy

Israel
יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל (yiś·rā·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3478: Israel -- 'God strives', another name of Jacob and his desc

has shown herself
נַפְשָׁ֖הּ (nap̄·šāh)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

more righteous
צִדְּקָ֥ה (ṣid·də·qāh)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6663: To be just or righteous

than unfaithful
מִבֹּגֵדָ֖ה (mib·bō·ḡê·ḏāh)
Preposition-m | Verb - Qal - Participle - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 898: To cover, to act covertly, to pillage

Judah.
יְהוּדָֽה׃ (yə·hū·ḏāh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3063: Judah -- 'praised', a son of Jacob, also the southern kingdom, also four Israelites
(11) Hath justified herself.--Literally, hath justified her soul, has put in a better plea in her defence. The renegade was better than the traitress. Even open rebellion was better than hypocrisy, as the publicans and sinners in the Gospel story were better than the Pharisees (Matthew 21:31).

Verse 11. - It is very noteworthy that Jeremiah should have still so warm a feeling for the exiles of the northern kingdom (more than a hundred years after the great catastrophe). Hath justified herself. "To justify" can mean "to show one's self righteous," as well as "to make one's self righteous," just as "to sanctify" can mean, "to show one's self holy" (Isaiah 8:13), as well as "to make one's self holy." In spite of Israel's apostasy, she has shown herself less worthy of punishment than Judah, who has had before her the warning lesson of Israel's example, and who has been guilty of the most hateful of all sins, hypocrisy (comp. ver. 7). 3:6-11 If we mark the crimes of those who break off from a religious profession, and the consequences, we see abundant reason to shun evil ways. It is dreadful to be proved more criminal than those who have actually perished in their sins; yet it will be small comfort in everlasting punishment, for them to know that others were viler than they.
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