Jeremiah 15:19 - We Often Need To Repent For God To Empower Us For His Service.
Jer.15:19; We Often Need To Repent For God To Empower Us For His
CONTENT; What's in the verse; Translations; Paraphrase; Word
Jeremiah 15:19 (KJV) Therefore thus saith the LORD, If thou
return, then will I bring thee again, and thou shalt stand before me:
and if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as
my mouth: let them return unto thee; but return not thou unto them.
Jeremiah 15:19 (NIV) Therefore this is what the LORD says: "If
you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me; if you utter
worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman. Let this people
turn to you, but you must not turn to them.
Jeremiah 15:19 (NLT) The LORD replied, "If you return to me, I
will restore you so you can continue to serve me. If you speak words
that are worthy, you will be my spokesman. You are to influence them;
do not let them influence you!
Jeremiah 15:19 (AMP) Therefore thus says the Lord [to
Jeremiah]: If you return [and give up this mistaken tone of distrust and
despair], then I will give you again a settled place of quiet and safety,
and you will be My minister; and if you separate the precious from
the vile [cleansing your own heart from unworthy and unwarranted
suspicions concerning God's faithfulness], you shall be My mouthpiece. [But
do not yield to them.] Let them return to you -- not you to [the
Jeremiah 15:19 (CWR) The Lord answered, "If you stop your
complaining, I will restore your courage. If you say things worth saying
instead of feeling sorry for yourself, then you'll continue to be my
messenger and speak for me. The people need to change and turn to you.
Don't feel so sorry for them that you change and end up being like
Jeremiah 15:19 (MSG) This is how God answered me: "Take back
those words, and I'll take you back. Then you'll stand tall before me.
Use words truly and well. Don't stoop to cheap whining. Then, but
only then, you'll speak for me. Let your words change them. Don't
change your words to suit them.
Jeremiah 15:19 (TLB) The Lord replied: "Stop this foolishness
and talk some sense! Only if you return to trusting me will I let
you continue as my spokesman. You are to influence them, not let
them influence you!
Repent . . . restore . . . turn . . . turn. The Hebrew root is
the same for all four words [NIV SB]
If thou return. The Lord assures Jeremiah that if he resumes his
right attitude, "then will I bring thee again." The prophet would be
permitted to "stand before" the Lord in the full meaning of that term. He
would be directed to continue his office as God's spokesman [SDA
If thou take forth. As God's spokesman, Jeremiah must know how
to distinguish between "the precious" and "the vile," between the
gold and the dross, not only in the people to whom he ministers, but
also in himself. [SDA Commentary]
Let them return. While some of the people would hearken to
Jeremiah, and so "return unto" him by obeying his instruction and
ascending to his plane of spiritual experience, the prophet must not allow
any godless opposition or any thought of failure to tempt him to
"return" to the people by compromising his mission in order to secure
their favor. [SDA Commentary]
The Lord commands Jeremiah to repent, then encourages him and
renews his call. [NIV SB]
CONTEXT; What's around the verse; Overview; Topic:
Jeremiah announced Judah's punishment for breaking her covenant
with God (11:1-17). Jeremiah's life was threatened, and God responded
to the angry prophet's appeal (v. 18-12:17). Jeremiah delivered
five symbolic warnings (13:1-27) to a people who "greatly love to
wander" (14:1-15), and then graphically portrayed the coming disaster
(v. 16-15:9). But the prophet, who bore God's name, would be kept
safe (vv. 10-21). [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary]
Jeremiah's Prayer and God's Answer
Jeremiah's Second Complaint
The call of Jeremiah renewed (15:10-21)
CROSS REFERENCES; What's in verses elsewhere.
Exodus 4:12 (KJV) Now therefore go, and I will be with thy
mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.
Leviticus 10:10 (KJV) And that ye may put difference between
holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean;
Ezekiel 44:23 (KJV) And they shall teach my people the
difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between
the unclean and the clean.
Luke 10:16 (KJV) He that heareth you heareth me; and he that
despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that
Luke 12:12 (KJV) For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same
hour what ye ought to say.
Luke 21:15 (KJV) For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which
all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
Luke 21:36 (KJV) Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye
may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come
to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Galatians 1:10 (KJV) For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I
seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the
servant of Christ.
Jude 1:24 (KJV) Now unto him that is able to keep you from
falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory
with exceeding joy,
1 Pet 2:9 (KJV) But ye are a chosen generation, a royal
priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the
praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous
COMMENTARY / APPLICATION: Moving From The Head To The Heart
What is God teaching here? What does it teach about Jesus?
The Hebrew term translated "return" can be rendered "to repent."
Therefore, the challenge implies more than a mere return to a former
position; it indicates instead a new moral and spiritual direction of
life. Jeremiah is faced with the options of either repentance for his
doubting God's love and wisdom, or dismissal from his prophetic office.
The Lord teaches Jeremiah two important lessons about repentance:
(1) it is necessary and volitional; and (2) God must work this
repentance ("I will bring you back"). Only then will Jeremiah be restored
to his prophetic task. [Believer's SB]
The Lord responded to Jeremiah's impassioned inquiry (vv. 15-18)
with a message of repentance and reassurance of Jeremiah's call.
return: Jeremiah is admonished to "repent" (3:1, 7, 12), after which God
would restore him to his prophetic position as God's spokesman. Stand
before means "to serve"; repentance and divine appointment are
necessary for genuine prophetic service. [Nelson SB]
Jeremiah accused God of not helping him when he really needed
it. Jeremiah had taken his eyes off God's purposes and was feeling
sorry for himself. He was angry, hurt, and afraid. In response, God
didn't get angry at Jeremiah; he answered by rearranging Jeremiah's
priorities. As God's mouthpiece, he was to influence the people, not let
them influence him. There are three important lessons in this
passage: (1) in prayer we can reveal our deepest thoughts to God; (2) God
expects us to trust him, no matter what; (3) we are here to influence
others for God. [Life Application SB]
Suffering may make even Christians question why we were born.
Suffering can cause life to lose its sense of meaning. Our obedience to
God seems vain and stupid. We may even ask God if He has tricked us.
God's answer may be more shocking than our questions. He demanded that
Jeremiah repent. Suffering, no matter how severe, must not cause us to
adopt the world's attitudes and lose our trust in God. God's promise
to save His people remains true even as we walk through the darkest
night. Suffering may be God's road for us. See note on 11:18-12:6.
We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
Acts 14:22b (KJV)
Do Not Turn to Them (Jer. 15)
It hurts to be out there, visible--and alone. It always has. I
understand that pressure I mentioned in yesterday's devotional; pressure
that's reflected in our nine-year-old's compulsion to be in style and
just like the other kids in her class. Adults feel the same pressure.
And Christian adults perhaps especially. Many Christians make a real
effort to fit in, and not make too much of their Christian faith or
convictions. Taking any stand, particularly if you seem to be the only one
holding an unpopular position, is a painful proposition.
Jeremiah felt the pain. He took a stand, and announced God's
message of judgment on his society. As a result he was isolated; "a man
with whom the whole land strives and contends" and "everyone curses."
And it hurt. He "sat alone," and as a result felt "unending pain." I
don't suppose that any of us would choose to be in Jeremiah's place,
despite the fact that later generations have honored him.
This chapter tells us, however, what motivated Jeremiah--and what
sustained him. The motivation is explained in verse 16. "When your words
came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart's delight, for I bear
Your name." The prophet took God's words into his heart. They became
part of his very being. As he digested their meaning, he was filled
with joy and delight. And the more he feasted on the words of God,
the more he realized what it means to bear God's name.
This is our primary source of motivation as well. We are to
feast on God's words: to "eat" them, digesting and applying their
meaning. As we do we realize how wonderful it is to bear God's name, and
we are moved to honor Him in all we do and say. Because we do bear
God's name, we will often be moved to represent Him publicly by our
words as well as by our way of life. And the more we "eat" and delight
in God's words, the more clearly we will see those issues on which
we must speak out.
But what sustains us if, as may happen, speaking out brings
ridicule or social isolation? God promised Jeremiah, "I will make you a
wall to this people, a fortified wall of bronze" (v. 20). No one and
nothing could penetrate the wall of protection that God erected around
His servant. But with that promise of protection came a warning.
"Let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them" (v. 19).
Those who oppose us may very well find their way inside the wall, for
God's Word is an open door inviting them to enter. But you and I must
never step outside the wall, by abandoning our complete commitment to
Scripture, in order to adopt the values, beliefs, or ways of a lost world.
Yes, often it does hurt if we take a stand for our faith and
feel ourselves isolated from others. We all want to be popular and to
fit in. Often we can, and without compromise. Yet when a conflict
does come, let's remember that we bear God's name. Let's be guided by
His words. And, as we seek to represent our Lord, let's be sustained
by His words to Jeremiah: "I am with you to rescue and save you"
(v. 20). [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary]
Proverbs 23:7a (KJV) For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:
Proverbs 16:3 (KJV) Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy
thoughts shall be established.