Parallel Verses

Bible in Basic English

Your first father was a sinner, and your guides have gone against my word.

New American Standard Bible

"Your first forefather sinned, And your spokesmen have transgressed against Me.

King James Version

Thy first father hath sinned, and thy teachers have transgressed against me.

Holman Bible

Your first father sinned,
and your mediators have rebelled against Me.

International Standard Version

Your first ancestor sinned, and your mediators rebelled against me.

A Conservative Version

Thy first father sinned, and thy teachers have transgressed against me.

American Standard Version

Thy first father sinned, and thy teachers have transgressed against me.


Your first father [Jacob, in particular] sinned, and your teachers [the priests and the prophets -- "your mediators] transgressed against Me.

Darby Translation

Thy first father hath sinned, and thy mediators have rebelled against me.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

Thy first father sinned, and thy teachers have transgressed against me.

Julia Smith Translation

Thy first father slimed, thy interpreter transgressed against me.

King James 2000

Your first father has sinned, and your teachers have transgressed against me.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Your first ancestor sinned, and your {representatives} transgressed against me.

Modern King James verseion

Your first father has sinned, and your teachers have sinned against Me.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Thy first father offended sore, and thy rulers have sinned against me.

NET Bible

The father of your nation sinned; your spokesmen rebelled against me.

New Heart English Bible

Your first father sinned, and your teachers have transgressed against me.

The Emphasized Bible

Thy chief father, hath sinned, And thine interpreters, have transgressed against me;


Thy first father hath sinned, and thy teachers have transgressed against me.

World English Bible

Your first father sinned, and your teachers have transgressed against me.

Youngs Literal Translation

Thy first father sinned, And thine interpreters transgressed against me,


Root Form
ראשׁן ראשׁון 
Usage: 182



Context Readings

Despite The People Of Israel's Past Sin, The Lord Will Forgive Them

26 Put me in mind of this; let us take up the cause between us: put forward your cause, so that you may be seen to be in the right. 27 Your first father was a sinner, and your guides have gone against my word. 28 Your chiefs have made my holy place unclean, so I have made Jacob a curse, and Israel a thing of shame.

Cross References

Jeremiah 5:31

The prophets give false words and the priests give decisions by their direction; and my people are glad to have it so: and what will you do in the end?

Isaiah 28:7

And further, these are uncertain through wine, and have gone out of the right way through strong drink: the priest and the prophet are uncertain through strong drink, they are overcome by wine, they have gone out of the way through strong drink; their vision is false, they go wrong in their decisions.

Ezekiel 16:3

And say, This is what the Lord has said to Jerusalem: Your start and your birth was from the land of the Canaanite; an Amorite was your father and your mother was a Hittite.

Numbers 32:14

And now you have come to take the place of your fathers, another generation of sinners, increasing the wrath of the Lord against Israel.

Psalm 78:8

And not be like their fathers, a stiff-necked and uncontrolled generation; a generation whose heart was hard, whose spirit was not true to God.

Psalm 106:6-7

We are sinners like our fathers, we have done wrong, our acts are evil.

Isaiah 3:12

As for my people, their ruler is acting like a child, and those who have authority over them are women. O my people, your guides are the cause of your wandering, turning your footsteps out of the right way.

Isaiah 9:15

The man who is honoured and responsible is the head, and the prophet who gives false teaching is the tail.

Isaiah 56:10-12

His watchmen are blind, they are all without knowledge; they are all dogs without tongues, unable to make a sound; stretched out dreaming, loving sleep.

Jeremiah 3:25

Let us be stretched on the earth in our downfall, covering ourselves with our shame: for we have been sinners against the Lord our God, we and our fathers, from our earliest years even till this day: and we have not given ear to the voice of the Lord our God.

Jeremiah 23:11-15

For the prophet as well as the priest is unclean; even in my house I have seen their evil-doing, says the Lord.

Lamentations 4:13-14

It is because of the sins of her prophets and the evil-doing of her priests, by whom the blood of the upright has been drained out in her.

Ezekiel 22:25-28

Her rulers in her are like a loud-voiced lion violently taking his food; they have made a meal of souls; they have taken wealth and valued property; they have made great the number of widows in her.

Hosea 4:6

Destruction has overtaken my people because they have no knowledge; because you have given up knowledge, I will give you up, so that you will be no priest to me, because you have not kept in mind the law of your God, I will not keep your children in my memory.

Micah 3:11

Its heads take rewards for judging, and the priests take payment for teaching, and the prophets get silver for reading the future: but still, supporting themselves on the Lord, they say, Is not the Lord among us? no evil will overtake us.

Zechariah 1:4-6

Be not like your fathers, to whom the voice of the earlier prophets came, saying, Be turned now from your evil ways and from your evil doings: but they did not give ear to me or take note, says the Lord.

Malachi 2:4-8

And you will be certain that I have sent this order to you, so that it might be my agreement with Levi, says the Lord of armies.

Malachi 3:7

From the days of your fathers you have been turned away from my rules and have not kept them. Come back to me, and I will come back to you, says the Lord of armies. But you say, How are we to come back?

Matthew 15:14

Let them be: they are blind guides. And if a blind man is guiding a blind man, the two will go falling into a hole together.

Matthew 27:1

Now when it was morning, all the chief priests and those in authority took thought together with the purpose of putting Jesus to death.

Matthew 27:41

In the same way, the chief priests, making sport of him, with the scribes and those in authority, said,

John 11:49-53

But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, You have no knowledge of anything;

Acts 5:17-18

But the high priest and those who were with him (the Sadducees) were full of envy,

Acts 7:51

You whose hearts are hard and whose ears are shut to me; you are ever working against the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you.

Romans 5:12

For this reason, as through one man sin came into the world, and death because of sin, and so death came to all men, because all have done evil:

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