Jeremiah 12:3
New International Version
Yet you know me, LORD; you see me and test my thoughts about you. Drag them off like sheep to be butchered! Set them apart for the day of slaughter!

New Living Translation
But as for me, LORD, you know my heart. You see me and test my thoughts. Drag these people away like sheep to be butchered! Set them aside to be slaughtered!

English Standard Version
But you, O LORD, know me; you see me, and test my heart toward you. Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and set them apart for the day of slaughter.

Berean Study Bible
But You know me, O LORD; You see me and test my heart toward You. Drag away the wicked like sheep to the slaughter and set them apart for the day of carnage.

New American Standard Bible
But You know me, O LORD; You see me; And You examine my heart's attitude toward You. Drag them off like sheep for the slaughter And set them apart for a day of carnage!

King James Bible
But thou, O LORD, knowest me: thou hast seen me, and tried mine heart toward thee: pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and prepare them for the day of slaughter.

Christian Standard Bible
As for you, LORD, you know me; you see me. You test whether my heart is with you. Drag the wicked away like sheep to slaughter and set them apart for the day of killing.

Contemporary English Version
But you know, LORD, how faithful I've always been, even in my thoughts. So drag my enemies away and butcher them like sheep!

Good News Translation
But, LORD, you know me; you see what I do and how I love you. Drag these evil people away like sheep to be butchered; guard them until it is time for them to be slaughtered.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As for You, LORD, You know me; You see me. You test whether my heart is with You. Drag the wicked away like sheep to slaughter and set them apart for the day of killing.

International Standard Version
You know me, LORD. You see me and test my thoughts toward you. Pull the wicked out like sheep for slaughter; set them apart for the day of butchering.

NET Bible
But you, LORD, know all about me. You watch me and test my devotion to you. Drag these wicked men away like sheep to be slaughtered! Appoint a time when they will be killed!

New Heart English Bible
But you, LORD, know me; you see me, and try my heart toward you: pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and prepare them for the day of slaughter.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You know me, O LORD. You see me and test my devotion to you. Drag them away like sheep to be slaughtered. Prepare them for the day of slaughter.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But Thou, O LORD, knowest me, Thou seest me, and triest my heart toward Thee; Pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, And prepare them for the day of slaughter.

New American Standard 1977
But Thou knowest me, O LORD; Thou seest me; And Thou dost examine my heart’s attitude toward Thee. Drag them off like sheep for the slaughter And set them apart for a day of carnage!

Jubilee Bible 2000
But thou, O LORD, dost know me; thou hast seen me and tried my heart toward thee; pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and mark them for the day of slaughter.

King James 2000 Bible
But you, O LORD, know me: you have seen me, and tested my heart toward you: pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and prepare them for the day of slaughter.

American King James Version
But you, O LORD, know me: you have seen me, and tried my heart toward you: pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and prepare them for the day of slaughter.

American Standard Version
But thou, O Jehovah, knowest me; thou seest me, and triest my heart toward thee: pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and prepare them for the day of slaughter.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And thou, O Lord, hast known me, thou hast seen me, and proved my heart with thee: gather them together as sheep for a sacrifice, and prepare them for the day of slaughter.

Darby Bible Translation
But thou, Jehovah, knowest me; thou hast seen me, and proved my heart toward thee. Drag them out like sheep for the slaughter, and set them apart for the day of slaughter.

English Revised Version
But thou, O LORD, knowest me; thou seest me, and triest mine heart toward thee: pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and prepare them for the day of slaughter.

Webster's Bible Translation
But thou, O LORD, knowest me: thou hast seen me, and tried my heart towards thee: pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and prepare them for the day of slaughter.

World English Bible
But you, Yahweh, know me; you see me, and try my heart toward you: pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and prepare them for the day of slaughter.

Young's Literal Translation
And Thou, O Jehovah, Thou hast known me, Thou seest me, and hast tried my heart with Thee, Draw them away as sheep to slaughter, And separate them for a day of slaughter.
Study Bible
The Prosperity of the Wicked
2You planted them, and they have taken root. They have grown and produced fruit. You are ever on their lips, but far from their conscience. 3But You know me, O LORD; You see me and test my heart toward You. Drag away the wicked like sheep to the slaughter and set them apart for the day of carnage. 4How long will the land mourn and the grass of every field be withered? Because of the evil of its residents, the animals and birds have been swept away, for the people have said, “He cannot see what our end will be.”…
Cross References
James 5:5
You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in the day of slaughter.

2 Peter 2:12
These men are like irrational animals, creatures of instinct, born to be captured and destroyed. They blaspheme in matters they do not understand, and like such creatures, they too will be destroyed.

Psalm 7:9
Put an end to the evil of the wicked, but establish the righteous, O righteous God who searches hearts and minds.

Psalm 11:5
The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked; His soul hates the lover of violence.

Psalm 44:22
Yet for your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.

Psalm 139:1
O LORD, You have searched me and known me.

Jeremiah 11:20
But, O LORD of Hosts, who judges righteously, who tests the heart and mind, let me see Your vengeance upon them, for I have committed my cause to You.

Jeremiah 15:15
You understand, O LORD; remember me and attend to me. Avenge me against my persecutors. In Your patience, do not take me away. Know that I endure reproach for Your honor.

Jeremiah 17:16
But I have not run away from being Your shepherd; I have not desired the day of despair. You know that the utterance of my lips was spoken in Your presence.

Jeremiah 17:18
Let my persecutors be put to shame, but do not let me be put to shame. Let them be terrified, but do not let me be terrified. Bring upon them the day of disaster and shatter them with double destruction.

Jeremiah 50:27
Put all her young bulls to the sword; let them go down to the slaughter. Woe to them, for their day has come--the time of their punishment.

Treasury of Scripture

But you, O LORD, know me: you have seen me, and tried my heart toward you: pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and prepare them for the day of slaughter.

knowest.

Jeremiah 11:20 But, O LORD of hosts, that judge righteously, that try the reins …

2 Kings 20:3 I beseech you, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before you …

1 Chronicles 29:17 I know also, my God, that you try the heart, and have pleasure in …

Job 23:10 But he knows the way that I take: when he has tried me, I shall come …

Psalm 17:3 You have proved my heart; you have visited me in the night; you have …

Psalm 26:1 Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in my integrity: I have trusted …

Psalm 44:21 Shall not God search this out? for he knows the secrets of the heart.

Psalm 139:1,23 O lord, you have searched me, and known me…

John 21:17 He said to him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, love you me? …

1 John 3:20,21 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knows …

toward. or, with. pull.

Jeremiah 17:18 Let them be confounded that persecute me, but let not me be confounded: …

Jeremiah 18:21-23 Therefore deliver up their children to the famine, and pour out their …

Jeremiah 20:12 But, O LORD of hosts, that try the righteous, and see the reins and …

Jeremiah 48:15 Moab is spoiled, and gone up out of her cities, and his chosen young …

Jeremiah 50:27 Slay all her bullocks; let them go down to the slaughter: woe to …

Jeremiah 51:4 Thus the slain shall fall in the land of the Chaldeans, and they …

the day.

Jeremiah 11:19 But I was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter; …

Psalm 44:22 Yes, for your sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted …

James 5:5 You have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; you have …







Lexicon
But You
וְאַתָּ֤ה (wə·’at·tāh)
Conjunctive waw | Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

know me,
יְדַעְתָּ֔נִי (yə·ḏa‘·tā·nî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - second person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3045: To know

O LORD;
יְהוָה֙ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

You see me
תִּרְאֵ֕נִי (tir·’ê·nî)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7200: To see

and test
וּבָחַנְתָּ֥ (ū·ḇā·ḥan·tā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 974: To test, to investigate

my heart
לִבִּ֖י (lib·bî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

toward You.
אִתָּ֑ךְ (’it·tāḵ)
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 854: Nearness, near, with, by, at, among

Drag away [the wicked]
הַתִּקֵם֙ (hat·ti·qêm)
Verb - Hifil - Imperative - masculine singular | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5423: To pull, draw, or tear away, apart, or off

like sheep
כְּצֹ֣אן (kə·ṣōn)
Preposition-k | Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6629: Small cattle, sheep and goats, flock

to the slaughter
לְטִבְחָ֔ה (lə·ṭiḇ·ḥāh)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2878: Thing slaughtered, slaughtered meat, slaughter

and set them apart
וְהַקְדִּשֵׁ֖ם (wə·haq·di·šêm)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Imperative - masculine singular | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6942: To be set apart or consecrated

for the day
לְי֥וֹם (lə·yō·wm)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3117: A day

of carnage.
הֲרֵגָֽה׃ (hă·rê·ḡāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2028: A slaughter
(3) Thou, O Lord, knowest me.--Like all faithful sufferers from evil-doers before and after him, the prophet appeals to the righteous Judge, who knows how falsely he has been accused. In words in which the natural impatience of suffering shows itself as clearly as in the complaints of Psalms 69, 109, he asks that the judgment may be immediate, open, terrible. As if recalling the very phrase which he had himself but lately used (Jeremiah 11:19), he prays that they too may be as "sheep for the slaughter," dragged or torn away from their security to the righteous penalty of their wrong.

Prepare.--Better, devote. The Hebrew word, as in Jeremiah 6:4, involves the idea of consecration.

Verse 3. - Hast seen me, and tried; rather, seest me, and triest. Pull them out. Perhaps this is correct, and there is an allusion to the figure of the plant in Ver. 2. But the verb need mean no more than "separate" (comp. Jeremiah 6:29). Prepare them; literally, consecrate them, as victims for the sacrifice. 12:1-6 When we are most in the dark concerning God's dispensations, we must keep up right thoughts of God, believing that he never did the least wrong to any of his creatures. When we find it hard to understand any of his dealings with us, or others, we must look to general truths as our first principles, and abide by them: the Lord is righteous. The God with whom we have to do, knows how our hearts are toward him. He knows both the guile of the hypocrite and the sincerity of the upright. Divine judgments would pull the wicked out of their pasture as sheep for the slaughter. This fruitful land was turned into barrenness for the wickedness of those that dwelt therein. The Lord reproved the prophet. The opposition of the men of Anathoth was not so formidable as what he must expect from the rulers of Judah. Our grief that there should be so much evil is often mixed with peevishness on account of the trials it occasions us. And in this our favoured day, and under our trifling difficulties, let us consider how we should behave, if called to sufferings like those of saints in former ages.
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