Jeremiah 7:19
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New International Version
But am I the one they are provoking? declares the LORD. Are they not rather harming themselves, to their own shame?

New Living Translation
Am I the one they are hurting?" asks the LORD. "Most of all, they hurt themselves, to their own shame."

English Standard Version
Is it I whom they provoke? declares the LORD. Is it not themselves, to their own shame?

New American Standard Bible
"Do they spite Me?" declares the LORD. "Is it not themselves they spite, to their own shame?"

King James Bible
Do they provoke me to anger? saith the LORD: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces?

Christian Standard Bible
But are they really provoking me?" This is the LORD's declaration. "Isn't it they themselves being provoked to disgrace?"

Contemporary English Version
But they are not only insulting me; they are also harming themselves by doing these shameful things.

Good News Translation
But am I really the one they are hurting? No, they are hurting themselves and bringing shame on themselves.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But are they really provoking Me?" This is the LORD's declaration. "Isn't it they themselves being provoked to disgrace?"

International Standard Version
Are they provoking me?" asks the LORD. "Is it not themselves, and to their own shame?"

NET Bible
But I am not really the one being troubled!" says the LORD. "Rather they are bringing trouble on themselves to their own shame!

New Heart English Bible
Do they provoke me to anger?" says the LORD. "Do they not provoke themselves, to the confusion of their own faces?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They aren't really provoking me," declares the LORD. "But they are [harming] themselves to their own shame.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Do they provoke Me? saith the LORD; do they not provoke themselves, to the confusion of their own faces?

New American Standard 1977
“Do they spite Me?” declares the LORD. “Is it not themselves they spite, to their own shame?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Shall they provoke me to anger? said the LORD: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces?

King James 2000 Bible
Do they provoke me to anger? says the LORD: do they not provoke themselves to the shame of their own faces?

American King James Version
Do they provoke me to anger? said the LORD: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces?

American Standard Version
Do they provoke me to anger? saith Jehovah; do they not provoke themselves, to the confusion of their own faces?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Do they provoke me to anger, saith the Lord? Is it not themselves, to the confusion of their contenance?

Darby Bible Translation
Is it I whom they provoke to anger? saith Jehovah; is it not themselves, to the shame of their own face?

English Revised Version
Do they provoke me to anger? saith the LORD; do they not provoke themselves, to the confusion of their own faces?

Webster's Bible Translation
Do they provoke me to anger? saith the LORD: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces?

World English Bible
Do they provoke me to anger? says Yahweh; [do they] not [provoke] themselves, to the confusion of their own faces?

Young's Literal Translation
Me are they provoking to anger? an affirmation of Jehovah, Is it not themselves, For the shame of their own faces?
Study Bible
Judah's Idolatry Persists
18"The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead dough to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they pour out drink offerings to other gods in order to spite Me. 19"Do they spite Me?" declares the LORD. "Is it not themselves they spite, to their own shame?" 20Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, My anger and My wrath will be poured out on this place, on man and on beast and on the trees of the field and on the fruit of the ground; and it will burn and not be quenched."…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 10:22
Are we trying to provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?

Job 35:6
"If you have sinned, what do you accomplish against Him? And if your transgressions are many, what do you do to Him?

Jeremiah 8:19
Behold, listen! The cry of the daughter of my people from a distant land: "Is the LORD not in Zion? Is her King not within her?" "Why have they provoked Me with their graven images, with foreign idols?"

Jeremiah 9:19
"For a voice of wailing is heard from Zion, 'How are we ruined! We are put to great shame, For we have left the land, Because they have cast down our dwellings.'"

Jeremiah 15:9
"She who bore seven sons pines away; Her breathing is labored. Her sun has set while it was yet day; She has been shamed and humiliated. So I will give over their survivors to the sword Before their enemies," declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 22:22
"The wind will sweep away all your shepherds, And your lovers will go into captivity; Then you will surely be ashamed and humiliated Because of all your wickedness.

Jeremiah 25:7
"Yet you have not listened to Me," declares the LORD, "in order that you might provoke Me to anger with the work of your hands to your own harm.

Jeremiah 44:3
because of their wickedness which they committed so as to provoke Me to anger by continuing to burn sacrifices and to serve other gods whom they had not known, neither they, you, nor your fathers.

Ezekiel 8:17
He said to me, "Do you see this, son of man? Is it too light a thing for the house of Judah to commit the abominations which they have committed here, that they have filled the land with violence and provoked Me repeatedly? For behold, they are putting the twig to their nose.

Ezekiel 16:26
"You also played the harlot with the Egyptians, your lustful neighbors, and multiplied your harlotry to make Me angry.
Treasury of Scripture

Do they provoke me to anger? said the LORD: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces?

they provoke.

Jeremiah 2:17,19 Have you not procured this to yourself, in that you have forsaken …

Deuteronomy 32:16,21,22 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations …

Isaiah 1:20,24 But if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured with the sword: …

Ezekiel 8:17,18 Then he said to me, Have you seen this, O son of man…

1 Corinthians 10:22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?

the confusion.

Jeremiah 20:11 But the LORD is with me as a mighty terrible one: therefore my persecutors …

Ezra 9:7 Since the days of our fathers have we been in a great trespass to …

Isaiah 45:16 They shall be ashamed, and also confounded, all of them: they shall …

Daniel 9:7,8 O LORD, righteousness belongs to you, but to us confusion of faces, …

(19) Do they not provoke themselves . . .?--The interpolated words, though they complete the sense, mar the abrupt force of the Hebrew. Is it not themselves, to the confusion of their own faces?

Verse 19. - Do they provoke me, etc.? literally, Is it me that they provoke (or, vex)? Is it not themselves Do they provoke me to anger? saith the Lord,.... No: he cannot be provoked to anger as men are; anger does not fall upon him as it does on men; there is no such affection in God as there is in men; his Spirit cannot be irritated and provoked in the manner that the spirits of men may be; and though sin, and particularly idolatry, is disagreeable to him, contrary to his nature, and repugnant to his will; yet the damage arising from it is more to men themselves than to him; and though he sometimes does things which are like to what are done by men when they are angry, yet in reality there is no such perturbation in God as there is in men:

do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces? the greatest hurt that is done is done to themselves; they are the sufferers in the end; they bring ruin and destruction upon themselves; and therefore have great reason to be angry with themselves, since what they do issues in their own shame and confusion. The Targum is,

"do they think that they provoke me? saith the Lord; is it not for evil to themselves, that they may be confounded in their works?'' 19. Is it I that they provoke to anger? Is it not themselves? (De 32:16, 21; Job 35:6, 8; Pr 8:36).7:17-20 The Jews took pride in showing zeal for their idols. Let us learn to be earnest in the service of our God, even from this bad example. Let us think it an honour to be employed in any work for God. Let us be as diligent ourselves, and as careful to teach our children the truths of God, as many are to teach the mysteries of iniquity. The direct tendency of this sin is malice against God, but it will hurt themselves. And they shall find there is no escaping. God's wrath is fire unquenchable.
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