Jeremiah 3:1

“They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man's, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

They say; If a man put away his wife, and she goe from him, and become another mans, shall hee returne vnto her againe? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many louers; yet returne againe to me, saith the Lord.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

{God} says, "If a husband divorces his wife And she goes from him And belongs to another man, Will he still return to her? Will not that land be completely polluted? But you are a harlot {with} many lovers; Yet you turn to Me, declares the LORD."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man's, will he return unto her again? will not that land be greatly polluted? But thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith Jehovah.
- American Standard Version (1901)

They say, If a man puts away his wife and she goes from him and becomes another man's, will he go back to her again? will not that land have been made unclean? but though you have been acting like a loose woman with a number of lovers, will you now come back to me? says the Lord.
- Basic English Bible

They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man's, shall he return unto her again? Would not that land be utterly polluted? But thou hast committed fornication with many lovers; yet return to me, saith Jehovah.
- Darby Bible

They say, If a man shall put away his wife, and she shall go from him, and become another man's, shall he return to her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD.
- Webster's Bible

They say, 'If a man puts away his wife, and she goes from him, and become another man's, will he return to her again?' Wouldn't that land be greatly polluted? But you have played the prostitute with many lovers; yet return again to me, says Yahweh.
- World English Bible

Saying, `Lo, one sendeth away his wife, And she hath gone from him, And she hath been to another man, Doth he turn back unto her again? Greatly defiled is not that land? And thou hast committed whoredom with many lovers, And turn again to Me, an affirmation of Jehovah.
- Youngs Literal Bible

...saying: If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man's, may he return unto her again? Will not that land be greatly polluted? But thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; and wouldest thou yet return to Me? saith the LORD.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Jeremiah 3:1


3:1 Shall be - He cannot take her again according to the law, #Deut 24:1 |- 4. Yet I am ready to be reconciled to you. Polluted - Would not so great a sin greatly pollute a nation? Many - Not with one only, but many idols.


Discussion for Jeremiah 3

  • Irene123
    2 Chron. 7:13 - If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; Jer. 3:3 - Therefore the showers hath been withholden, and there hath been no latter rain;
  • Kurt C.
    These verses show a blessed nation under God (Israel) that became world driven. They trade evil lusts and deeds for the one true God. Now under Satanic influences this danger cannot be overstated. God pleads with them to come back to him.The USA is now under these same forces. God blessed our country and now our leaders are the harlot who needs to come back to God. Pray for our government!
  • Irene123
    When I first read v. 1 - I wept. A picture of a man who so loves his wife, that even though she is unfaithful to him - he will take her back. Jeremiah was the 'weeping' prophet - and he made me cry.
  • Anne
    This chapter reminds me of 1 Jn. 1:9 "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
  • Stephen F. Zielski
    PARADOX ! HEAR THE LIVING WORD OF THE LORD THY GOD OH ZION ! FOR THE LORD THY GOD DRAWETH NEIGH UNTO THEE WITH SALVATION AND HEALING FOR THY MESSIAH IS SEATED AT HIS RIGHT HAND IN GLORY HIS CHRIST ! SHALOM ! SHALOM ! SHALOM MY BELOVED !
  • William claggett
    this book is very rich and powerful

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