Compare Translations for Jeremiah 34:16

Jeremiah 34:16 ASV
but ye turned and profaned my name, and caused every man his servant, and every man his handmaid, whom ye had let go free at their pleasure, to return; and ye brought them into subjection, to be unto you for servants and for handmaids.
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Jeremiah 34:16 BBE
But again you have put shame on my name, and you have taken back, every one his man-servant and his servant-girl, whom you had sent away free, and you have put them under the yoke again to be your servants and servant-girls.
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Jeremiah 34:16 CEB
But then you went back on your word and made my name impure; each of you reclaimed the men and women you had set free and forced them to be your slaves again.
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Jeremiah 34:16 CJB
But then you changed your minds. You profaned my name when each of you took back his male and female slaves, whom you had set free to live as they wished, and brought them back into subjection as your slaves.'
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Jeremiah 34:16 RHE
And you are fallen back, and have defiled my name: and you have brought back again every man his manservant, and every man his maidservant, whom you had let go free, and set at liberty: and you have brought them into subjection to be your servants and handmaids.
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Jeremiah 34:16 ESV
but then you turned around and profaned my name when each of you took back his male and female slaves, whom you had set free according to their desire, and you brought them into subjection to be your slaves.
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Jeremiah 34:16 GW
Now you have changed again and dishonored me. You brought back the male and female slaves that you had set free to live their own lives. You have forced them to be your male and female slaves again.
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Jeremiah 34:16 GNT
But then you changed your minds again and dishonored me. All of you took back the slaves whom you had set free as they desired, and you forced them into slavery again.
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Jeremiah 34:16 HNV
but you turned and profaned my name, and caused every man his servant, and every man his handmaid, whom you had let go free at their pleasure, to return; and you brought them into subjection, to be to you for servants and for handmaids.
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Jeremiah 34:16 CSB
But you have changed your minds and profaned My name. Each has taken back his male and female slaves who had been freed [to go] wherever they wanted, and you have [again] subjugated them to be your slaves.
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Jeremiah 34:16 KJV
But ye turned and polluted my name, and caused every man his servant, and every man his handmaid, whom ye had set at liberty at their pleasure, to return , and brought them into subjection , to be unto you for servants and for handmaids.
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Jeremiah 34:16 LEB
But you turned back and you profaned my name when you brought back each one his [male] slave and each one his female slave, whom you had let go free according to their desire, and you subdued them to be to you as [male] slaves and as female slaves.'
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Jeremiah 34:16 NAS
"Yet you turned and profaned My name, and each man took back his male servant and each man his female servant whom you had set free according to their desire, and you brought them into subjection to be your male servants and female servants."'
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Jeremiah 34:16 NCV
But now you have changed your minds. You have shown you do not honor me. Each of you has taken back the male and female slaves you had set free, and you have forced them to become your slaves again.
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Jeremiah 34:16 NIRV
But now you have turned around. You have treated my name as if it were not holy. Each of you has taken back your male and female slaves. You had set them free to go where they wished. But now you have forced them to become your slaves again."
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Jeremiah 34:16 NIV
But now you have turned around and profaned my name; each of you has taken back the male and female slaves you had set free to go where they wished. You have forced them to become your slaves again.
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Jeremiah 34:16 NKJV
Then you turned around and profaned My name, and every one of you brought back his male and female slaves, whom he had set at liberty, at their pleasure, and brought them back into subjection, to be your male and female slaves.'
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Jeremiah 34:16 NLT
But now you have shrugged off your oath and defiled my name by taking back the men and women you had freed, making them slaves once again."
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Jeremiah 34:16 NRS
but then you turned around and profaned my name when each of you took back your male and female slaves, whom you had set free according to their desire, and you brought them again into subjection to be your slaves.
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Jeremiah 34:16 RSV
but then you turned around and profaned my name when each of you took back his male and female slaves, whom you had set free according to their desire, and you brought them into subjection to be your slaves.
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Jeremiah 34:16 DBY
but ye have turned and profaned my name, and caused every man his bondman, and every man his bondmaid, whom ye had set at liberty at their pleasure, to return, and ye have brought them into subjection, to be unto you for bondmen and for bondmaids.
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Jeremiah 34:16 MSG
And then you turned right around and broke your word, making a mockery of both me and the covenant, and made them all slaves again, these men and women you'd just set free. You forced them back into slavery.
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Jeremiah 34:16 WBT
But ye turned and profaned my name, and caused every man his servant, and every man his handmaid, whom he had set at liberty at their pleasure, to return, and brought them into subjection, to be to you for servants and for handmaids.
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Jeremiah 34:16 TMB
But ye turned and polluted My name, and caused every man his servant and every man his handmaid, whom he had set at liberty at their pleasure, to return, and brought them into subjection to be unto you for servants and for handmaids.
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Jeremiah 34:16 TNIV
But now you have turned around and profaned my name; each of you has taken back the male and female slaves you had set free to go where they wished. You have forced them to become your slaves again.
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Jeremiah 34:16 WEB
but you turned and profaned my name, and caused every man his servant, and every man his handmaid, whom you had let go free at their pleasure, to return; and you brought them into subjection, to be to you for servants and for handmaids.
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Jeremiah 34:16 WYC
And ye turned again, and defouled my name, and ye brought again each man his servant, and each man his handmaid, which ye delivered, that they should be free, and of their own power; and ye made them subject, that they be servants and handmaids to you. (But then ye turned again, and defiled my name, and each person took back his servant, and his servantess, whom they had let go, so that they could be free, and under their own power; and ye made them subject again, so that they be your servants and your servantesses.)
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Jeremiah 34:16 YLT
And -- ye turn back, and pollute My name, and ye cause each his man-servant and each his maid-servant, whom he had sent forth free, (at their pleasure,) to return, and ye subdue them to be to you for men-servants and for maid-servants.
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Jeremiah 34 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 34

Zedekiah's death at Babylon foretold. (1-7) The Jews reproved for compelling their poor brethren to return to unlawful bondage. (8-22)

Verses 1-7 Zedekiah is told that the city shall be taken, and that he shall die a captive, but he shall die a natural death. It is better to live and die penitent in a prison, than to live and die impenitent in a palace.

Verses 8-22 A Jew should not be held in servitude above seven years. This law they and their fathers had broken. And when there was some hope that the siege was raised, they forced the servants they had released into their services again. Those who think to cheat God by dissembled repentance and partial reformation, put the greatest cheat upon their own souls. This shows that liberty to sin, is really only liberty to have the sorest judgments. It is just with God to disappoint expectations of mercy, when we disappoint the expectations of duty. And when reformation springs only from terror, it is seldom lasting. Solemn vows thus entered into, profane the ordinances of God; and the most forward to bind themselves by appeals to God, are commonly most ready to break them. Let us look to our hearts, that our repentance may be real, and take care that the law of God regulates our conduct.

Jeremiah 34 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 34

Jeremiah 34:1-22 . CAPTIVITY OF ZEDEKIAH AND THE PEOPLE FORETOLD FOR THEIR DISOBEDIENCE AND PERFIDY.

The prophecy ( Jeremiah 34:1-7 ) as to Zedekiah is an amplification of that in Jeremiah 32:1-5 , in consequence of which Jeremiah was then shut up in the court of the prison. The prophecy ( Jeremiah 34:8-22 ) refers to the Jews, who, afraid of the capture of the city, had, in obedience to the law, granted freedom to their servants at the end of seven years, but on the intermission of the siege forced them back into bondage.

1. Jerusalem and . . . all the cities that, in such a desperate position, he should reject admonition.

3. ( Jeremiah 32:4 ).

4, 5. Mitigation of Zedekiah's punishment.

5. the burnings of thy fathers--Thy funeral shall be honored with the same burning of aromatic spices as there was at the funerals of thy fathers ( 2 Chronicles 16:14 , 21:19 ). The honors here mentioned were denied to Jehoiakim ( Jeremiah 22:18 ).
Ah, lord!--The Hebrews in their chronology (Sederolam) mention the wailing used over him, "Alas! King Zedekiah is dead, drinking the dregs (that is, paying the penalty for the sins) of former ages."

7. these . . . retained--alone (compare 2 Chronicles 11:5 2 Chronicles 11:9 ).

8. By the law a Hebrew, after having been a bond-servant for six years, on the seventh was to be let go free ( Exodus 21:22 , Deuteronomy 15:12 ).
Zedekiah made a covenant--with solemn ceremonial in the temple ( Jeremiah 34:15 Jeremiah 34:18 Jeremiah 34:19 ).
them--bond-servants ( Jeremiah 34:9 ).

9. none . . . serve himself of a Jew--( Leviticus 25:39-46 ).

11. During the interruption of the siege by Pharaoh-hophra (compare Jeremiah 34:21 Jeremiah 34:22 , with Jeremiah 37:5-10 ), the Jews reduced their servants to bondage again.

13. The last year of Zedekiah was the sabbatical year. How just the retribution, that they who, against God's law and their own covenant, enslaved their brethren, should be doomed to bondage themselves: and that the bond-servants should enjoy the sabbatical freedom at the hands of the foe ( Jeremiah 52:16 ) which their own countrymen denied them!

14. At the end of seven years--that is, not on the eighth year, but within the limit of the seventh year, not later than the end of the seventh year ( Exodus 21:2 , 23:10 , Deuteronomy 15:12 ). So "at the end of three years" ( Deuteronomy 14:28 , 2 Kings 18:10 ), and "after three days, I will rise again" ( Matthew 27:63 ), that is, on the third day (compare Matthew 27:64 ).

15. in the house . . . called by my name--the usual place of making such covenants ( 2 Kings 23:3 ; compare 1 Kings 8:31 , Nehemiah 10:29 ).

16. polluted my name--by violating your oath ( Exodus 20:7 ).

17. not . . . proclaiming liberty--Though the Jews had ostensibly emancipated their bond-servants, they virtually did not do so by revoking the liberty which they had granted. God looks not to outward appearances, but to the sincere intention.
I proclaim a liberty--retribution answering to the offense ( Matthew 7:2 , Matthew 18:32 Matthew 18:33 , Galatians 6:7 , 2:13 ). The Jews who would not give liberty to their brethren shall themselves receive "a liberty" calamitous to them. God will manumit them from His happy and safe service ( Psalms 121:3 ), which is real "liberty" ( Psalms 119:45 , John 8:36 , 2 Corinthians 3:17 ), only to pass under the terrible bondage of other taskmasters, the "sword," &c.
to be removed--The Hebrew expresses agitation Deuteronomy 28:25 Deuteronomy 28:48 Deuteronomy 28:64 Deuteronomy 28:65 , as to the restless agitation of the Jews in their ceaseless removals from place to place in their dispersion.

18. passed between the parts thereof--The contracting parties in the "covenant" (not here the law in general, but their covenant made before God in His house to emancipate their slaves, Jeremiah 34:8 Jeremiah 34:9 ) passed through the parts of the animal cut in two, implying that they prayed so to be cut in sunder ( Matthew 24:51 ; Greek, "cut in two") if they should break the covenant ( Genesis 15:10 Genesis 15:17 ).

20. I will even give--resuming the sentence begun, but not completed ( Jeremiah 34:18 ), "I will give," &c.
seek their life--implacably: satisfied with nothing short of their blood; not content with booty.
dead bodies--The breakers of the covenant shall be cut in pieces, as the calf between whose parts they passed.

21. gone up--that is, raised the siege in order to meet Pharaoh-hophra ( Jeremiah 37:7-10 ). The departure of the Chaldeans was a kind of manumission of the Jews; but as their manumission of their bond-servants was recalled, so God revoked His manumission of them from the Chaldeans.

22. I will command--Nebuchadnezzar, impelled unconsciously by a divine instigation, returned on the withdrawal of the Egyptians.