Jeremiah 5:1
New International Version
"Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem, look around and consider, search through her squares. If you can find but one person who deals honestly and seeks the truth, I will forgive this city.

New Living Translation
"Run up and down every street in Jerusalem," says the LORD. "Look high and low; search throughout the city! If you can find even one just and honest person, I will not destroy the city.

English Standard Version
Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, look and take note! Search her squares to see if you can find a man, one who does justice and seeks truth, that I may pardon her.

Berean Study Bible
Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem. Look now and take note; search her squares. If you can find a single person, anyone who acts justly, anyone who seeks the truth, then I will forgive the city.

New American Standard Bible
"Roam to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, And look now and take note. And seek in her open squares, If you can find a man, If there is one who does justice, who seeks truth, Then I will pardon her.

King James Bible
Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it.

Christian Standard Bible
Roam through the streets of Jerusalem. Investigate; search in her squares. If you find one person, any who acts justly, who pursues faithfulness, then I will forgive her.

Contemporary English Version
"Search Jerusalem for honest people who try to be faithful. If you can find even one, I'll forgive the whole city.

Good News Translation
People of Jerusalem, run through your streets! Look around! See for yourselves! Search the marketplaces! Can you find one person who does what is right and tries to be faithful to God? If you can, the LORD will forgive Jerusalem.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Roam through the streets of Jerusalem. Look and take note; search in her squares. If you find one person, any who acts justly, who seeks to be faithful, then I will forgive her.

International Standard Version
"Wander through the streets of Jerusalem. Look and investigate; search through her squares and see whether you find anyone— even one person there—doing justice and seeking truth. Then I'll forgive them.

NET Bible
The LORD said, "Go up and down through the streets of Jerusalem. Look around and see for yourselves. Search through its public squares. See if any of you can find a single person who deals honestly and tries to be truthful. If you can, then I will not punish this city.

New Heart English Bible
"Run back and forth through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places of it, if you can find a man, if there are any who does justly, who seeks truth; and I will pardon her.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Walk around the streets of Jerusalem. Look around, and think about these things. Search the city squares. See if you can find anyone who does what is right and seeks the truth. Then I will forgive Jerusalem.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, And see now, and know, And seek in the broad places thereof, If ye can find a man, If there be any that doeth justly, that seeketh truth; And I will pardon her.

New American Standard 1977
“Roam to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, And look now, and take note. And seek in her open squares, If you can find a man, If there is one who does justice, who seeks truth, Then I will pardon her.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem and see now and find out and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that execute judgment, that seek the truth; and I will pardon the city.

King James 2000 Bible
Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in its broad places, if you can find a man, if there is any that executes justice, that seeks the truth; and I will pardon it.

American King James Version
Run you to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if you can find a man, if there be any that executes judgment, that seeks the truth; and I will pardon it.

American Standard Version
Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that doeth justly, that seeketh truth; and I will pardon her.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Go about through the streets of Jerusalem, and see, and consider, and seek in the broad places thereof, if you can fins a man that executeth judgement, and seeketh faith: and I will be merciful unto it.

Darby Bible Translation
Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broadways thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be [any] that doeth justice, that seeketh fidelity; and I will pardon it.

English Revised Version
Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that doeth justly, that seeketh truth; and I will pardon her.

Webster's Bible Translation
Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in its broad places, if ye can find a man, if there is any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it.

World English Bible
"Run back and forth through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places of it, if you can find a man, if there are any who does justly, who seeks truth; and I will pardon her.

Young's Literal Translation
Go to and fro in streets of Jerusalem, And see, I pray you, and know, And seek in her broad places, if ye find a man, If there be one doing judgment, seeking stedfastness -- Then am I propitious to her.
Study Bible HEB ▾ 
No One is Just
1Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem. Look now and take note; search her squares. If you can find a single person, anyone who acts justly, anyone who seeks the truth, then I will forgive the city. 2Although they say, “As surely as the LORD lives,” they are swearing falsely.…
Cross References
Genesis 18:26
So the LORD replied, "If I find fifty righteous ones within the city of Sodom, on their account I will spare the whole place."

Genesis 18:32
Finally, Abraham said, "May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak once more. Suppose ten are found there?" And He answered, "On account of the ten, I will not destroy it."

2 Chronicles 16:9
For the eyes of the LORD roam throughout the earth to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is fully devoted to Him. You have acted foolishly in this matter. From now on, therefore, you will be at war."

Song of Solomon 3:2
I will arise now and go about the city, through the streets and squares. I will seek the one I love. So I sought him but did not find him.

Jeremiah 2:29
Why do you bring a case against Me? You have all rebelled against Me," declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 44:15
Then all the men who knew that their wives were burning incense to other gods, all the women standing by--a great assembly--along with all the people who were living in the land of Egypt at Pathros, answered Jeremiah,

Ezekiel 22:30
I searched for a man among them to repair the wall and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, so that I should not destroy it. But I found no one.

Daniel 12:4
But you, Daniel, shut up these words and seal the book until the time of the end. Many will roam to and fro, and knowledge will increase."

Treasury of Scripture

Run you to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if you can find a man, if there be any that executes judgment, that seeks the truth; and I will pardon it.

Run ye.

2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth…

Daniel 12:4 But you, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to …

Joel 2:9 They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run on the wall, …

Amos 8:12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to …

Zechariah 2:4 And said to him, Run, speak to this young man, saying…

seek.

Proverbs 8:3 She cries at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.

Songs 3:2 I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the …

Luke 14:21 So that servant came, and showed his lord these things. Then the …

if ye can.

1 Kings 19:20 And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray …

Proverbs 20:6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful …

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

if there.

Genesis 18:23-32 And Abraham drew near, and said, Will you also destroy the righteous …

Psalm 12:1 Help, LORD; for the godly man ceases; for the faithful fail from …

Psalm 14:3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there …

Psalm 53:2-4 God looked down from heaven on the children of men, to see if there …

Micah 7:1,2 Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, …

that seeketh.

Proverbs 2:4-6 If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hid treasures…

Proverbs 23:23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

Isaiah 59:4,14,15 None calls for justice, nor any pleads for truth: they trust in vanity, …

2 Thessalonians 2:10 And with all delusion of unrighteousness in them that perish; because …







Lexicon
Go up and down
שׁוֹטְט֞וּ (šō·wṭ·ṭū)
Verb - Piel - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7751: To push forth, to lash, to row, to travel

the streets
בְּחוּצ֣וֹת (bə·ḥū·ṣō·wṯ)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 2351: Separate by a, wall, outside, outdoors

of Jerusalem.
יְרוּשָׁלִַ֗ם (yə·rū·šā·lim)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3389: Jerusalem -- probably 'foundation of peace', capital city of all Israel

Look
וּרְאוּ־ (ū·rə·’ū-)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7200: To see

now
נָ֤א (nā)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 4994: I pray', 'now', 'then'

and take note;
וּדְעוּ֙ (ū·ḏə·‘ū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3045: To know

search
וּבַקְשׁ֣וּ (ū·ḇaq·šū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1245: To search out, to strive after

her squares.
בִרְחוֹבוֹתֶ֔יהָ (ḇir·ḥō·w·ḇō·w·ṯe·hā)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine plural construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7339: A broad open place, plaza

If
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

you can find
תִּמְצְא֣וּ (tim·ṣə·’ū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4672: To come forth to, appear, exist, to attain, find, acquire, to occur, meet, be present

a single person,
אִ֔ישׁ (’îš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person

[anyone] who acts
עֹשֶׂ֥ה (‘ō·śeh)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

justly,
מִשְׁפָּ֖ט (miš·pāṭ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4941: A verdict, a sentence, formal decree, divine law, penalty, justice, privilege, style

[anyone] who seeks
מְבַקֵּ֣שׁ (mə·ḇaq·qêš)
Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1245: To search out, to strive after

the truth,
אֱמוּנָ֑ה (’ĕ·mū·nāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 530: Firmness, steadfastness, fidelity

then I will forgive [the city].
וְאֶסְלַ֖ח (wə·’es·laḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect Cohortative if contextual - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5545: To forgive, pardon
V.

(1) Run ye to and fro.--The dark shades of the picture seem at first hardly to belong to the reign of Josiah, which is brought before us in 2 Kings 22, 23; 2 Chronicles 34, 35, as one of thorough reformation. It is, of course, possible that parts of the picture may have been worked up when the prophecies were rewritten under Jehoiakim (Jeremiah 36:32); but, on the other hand, it is equally possible that the prophet may have seen even at the time how hollow and incomplete that reformation was. The form in which he utters his conviction reminds one of the old story of the Greek sage, Diogenes, appearing in the streets of Athens with a lantern, searching for an honest man. In the thought that the pardon of the city depended on its containing some elements of good which might make reformation possible, we find an echo of Genesis 18:25; but the picture is of a state more utterly hopeless. There were not ten righteous men found in Sodom (Genesis 18:32); in Jerusalem there was not one.

Verses 1-9. - Gladly would Jehovah pardon, if his people showed but a gleam of sound morality. But they are all deaf to the warning voice - the Law of God is flagrantly violated. In particular the marriage tie, as well the typical one between man and woman as the anti-typical between the people and its God, is openly disregarded (comp. Hosea 4:1; Micah 7:2; Isaiah 64:6, 7; Psalm 14:3). Verse 1. - If ye can find a man. "A man" is explained by the following clauses. It is a man whose practice and whose aims are right, of whom Jeremiah, like Diogenes with his lantern, is in search. (It is evident that the prophet speaks rhetorically, for himself and his disciples, however few, were doubtless "men" in the prophetic sense of the word.) Judgment... the truth; rather, justice... good faith, the primary virtues of civil society. 5:1-9 None could be found who behaved as upright and godly men. But the Lord saw the true character of the people through all their disguises. The poor were ignorant, and therefore they were wicked. What can be expected but works of darkness, from people that know nothing of God and religion? There are God's poor, who, notwithstanding poverty, know the way of the Lord, walk in it, and do their duty; but these were willingly ignorant, and their ignorance would not be their excuse. The rich were insolent and haughty, and the abuse of God's favours made their sin worse.
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