Jeremiah 10:24

24 1Correct me, O LORD, but in justice; not in your anger, lest you bring me to nothing.

Jeremiah 10:24 Meaning and Commentary

Jeremiah 10:24

O Lord, correct me, but with judgment
The prophet here represents the body of the Jewish nation, especially the godly among them; he considers the troubles coming upon the nation as a correction and chastisement of the Lord; he does not refuse it, or desire it might not come upon them; he knew the chastisements of a father are for good; he only entreats it might be "with judgment"; not in strict justice, as his and the sins of his people deserved, then they would not be able to bear it; but in measure and moderation, with a mixture of mercy and tenderness in it; and in a distinguishing manner, so as to make a difference between his own people and others, in the correction of them; see ( Ezekiel 34:16 Ezekiel 34:17 ) : not in thine anger;
in vindictive wrath, and hot displeasure, which is elsewhere deprecated by the saints, ( Psalms 6:1 ) ( 38:1 ) : lest thou bring me to nothing;
or "lessen me" F5, or "make me little"; or make us few, as the Arabic version; or bring to a small number, as the Syriac; and so to utter ruin.


F5 (ynjemt Np) "ne imminuas me", Munster, Calvin, Cocceius; "ne diminuere facias me", Pagninus, Montanus; "ne paucum reddas me", Schmidt.

Jeremiah 10:24 In-Context

22 A voice, a rumor! Behold, it comes!-- a great commotion out of the north country to make the cities of Judah a desolation, a lair of jackals.
23 I know, O LORD, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.
24 Correct me, O LORD, but in justice; not in your anger, lest you bring me to nothing.
25 Pour out your wrath on the nations that know you not, and on the peoples that call not on your name, for they have devoured Jacob; they have devoured him and consumed him, and have laid waste his habitation.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Jeremiah 30:11; Jeremiah 46:28; Psalms 6:1; Psalms 38:1
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