New American Standard Bible
That leaves the companion of her youth And forgets the covenant of her God;
King James Bible
Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.
Darby Bible Translation
who forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God;
World English Bible
who forsakes the friend of her youth, and forgets the covenant of her God:
Young's Literal Translation
Who is forsaking the guide of her youth, And the covenant of her God hath forgotten.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The guide of her youth - Better, the familiar friend (compare Proverbs 16:28; Proverbs 17:9). The "friend" is, of course, the husband, or the man to whom the strange woman first belonged as a recognized concubine. Compare Jeremiah 3:4
The covenant of her God - The sin of the adulteress is not against man only but against the Law of God, against His covenant. The words point to some religious formula of espousals. Compare Malachi 2:14.
LibraryNotes on the Fourth Century
Page 238. Med. 1. In the wording of this meditation, and of several other passages in the Fourth Century, it seems as though Traherne is speaking not of himself, but of, a friend and teacher of his. He did this, no doubt, in order that he might not lay himself open to the charge of over-egotism. Yet that he is throughout relating his own experiences is proved by the fact that this Meditation, as first written, contains passages which the author afterwards marked for omission. In its original form …
Thomas Traherne—Centuries of Meditations
Sundry Sharp Reproofs
For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.
"Have you not just now called to Me, 'My Father, You are the friend of my youth?
"Yet you say, 'For what reason?' Because the LORD has been a witness between you and the wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt treacherously, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant.
"But not one has done so who has a remnant of the Spirit. And what did that one do while he was seeking a godly offspring? Take heed then to your spirit, and let no one deal treacherously against the wife of your youth.
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