Friend of my youth

This name appears in a passage in Jeremiah. God pointed out that Israel had just called Him “Friend of my youth.” But Israel was too quick to assume that God would ignore her sins just because He had a long-standing deep relationship with her. God was warning the nation not to assume too much.

The Hebrew word is related to the word for teaching and means more than “friend.” It includes the idea that God was the leader or guide of the nation. Other translations reflect that idea.

Friend of my youth (’Alluf ne‘urai) pictured in the Hebrew text of Jeremiah 3:4.

Friend of my youth in the Hebrew text of Jeremiah 3:4.

Friend of my youth in Hebrew:

’Alluf ne‘urai

Strong’s Concordance numbers: 441a, 5271

Bible reference: Jer. 3:4

Have you not just now called to Me,
“My Father, You are the friend of my youth?

Will He be angry forever?
Will He be indignant to the end?”
Behold, you have spoken
And have done evil things,
And you have had your way.
(Jeremiah 3:4-5)

The KJV calls God the Guide of my youth.

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