(Verse 18-23.) Is that the correct interpretation? ii. It was designated by Hilkiah as The Book of the Law (properly capitalized here, as should be the case in every mention of it) (See 2 Kings 22:3,8). Jeremiah 14 Commentary | Jeremiah 14:11-12 | The Lord Refuses to Hear Intercession for Judah. Jeremiah 17:24-26 gives Judah a promise if they do keep the Sabbath. b. When you do evil, then you rejoice. “What has My beloved to do in My house, And we have the explanation, verses 9-11. Of this covenant: “It is probable that Jeremiah, when he said thus, held the book in his hand, viz., the book of Deuteronomy.” (Trapp). This is now the second time that God has forbidden Jeremiah to pray any more for the apostate nation (Jeremiah 7:16); and this admonition is still applicable to God's people as in 1 John 5:16. "But O Jehovah of hosts, who judgest righteously, who triest the heart and the mind, I shall see thy vengeance on them; for unto thee have I revealed my cause. Jeremiah gave Zedekiah the advice not to rely on Egypt while opposing to Babylon (Jeremiah 37:6 ff) but to subject to the king of Babylon (chap. ii. "Pray not for this people ..." (Jeremiah 11:14). These references absolutely disprove the falsehood that anything less than the whole Pentateuch constituted that Book of the Law, or Book of the Covenant, which led to the extensive reforms under king Josiah. Hilda Bright. Explanation and Commentary of Jeremiah 11:11 At the time the prophet preached, the people of God had once again allowed themselves to willfully drift into disobedience and idolatry. Jeremiah 11:11… Anyone who reads Jeremiah 18:1-11 and expects that words from God are always words of comfort and reassurance will have to stop and think again. For Jehovah of hosts, who planted thee, hath pronounced evil against thee, because of the evil of the house of Israel and of the house of Judah, which they have wrought for themselves in provoking me to anger by offering incense unto Baal.". “As if a husband should say to his adulterous wife, What maketh this strumpet in my bed, since she hath so many paramours?” (Trapp), ii. These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience. This commentary … a. Jeremiah 11 commentary 1. And the LORD said to me, “A conspiracy has been found among the men of Judah and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem. We have already observed that Jeremiah's long life was most certainly a miracle. What is meant is that the lewd and immoral practices of the people have robbed them (the people) of that "holiness, without which no man shall see God.". The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, “Hear the words of this covenant, and speak to the men of Judah and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD God of Israel: “Cursed is the man who does not obey the words of this covenant which I commanded your fathers in the day I brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and do according to all that I command you; so shall you be My people, and I will be your God,’ that I may establi… i. Do not prophesy in the name of the LORD, lest you die by our hand: This was the threat they made against Jeremiah. i. i. Just like many today, the ancient Jews did not believe it. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. and the holy flesh is passed from thee ..." (Jeremiah 11:15) This refers "to the hypocrisy of cloaking their apostasy by offering sacrifices in the temple and passing themselves off as worshippers of God. It has never been true that obedience to God's commands in any sense, earns, merits, or deserves the promised rewards; but it is also true that disobedience of God's commands can most certainly result in the forfeiture of the promised rewards and benefits. b. Green Olive Tree, Lovely and of Good Fruit. But I was like a docile lamb brought to the slaughter; and I did not know that they had devised schemes against me, saying, “Let us destroy the tree with its fruit, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be remembered no more.”. "[13], "And Jehovah said unto me, Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, saying, Hear ye the words of the covenant, and do them. We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. Jeremiah 11 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this verse-by-verse commentary contain gems of information found nowhere outside the ancient Jewish writings The licentious worship of the Baalim had finally destroyed the whole nation of the Chosen People, morally, nationally, politically, and religiously, the "righteous remnant" alone being excepted. b. Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. For to You I have revealed my cause. Which I commanded your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, from … Jeremiah 29:10-14. God preserved and protected him in a most unusual manner. The day might come when God would allow Jeremiah to lay down his life in faithfulness to the LORD; but that day was not yet. Now the LORD gave me knowledge of it, and I know it: God showed Jeremiah the doings of his enemies. Some feel God's words to Jeremiah are commandsfor His people from that time forward never to pray for the people of the world. Using a figure of speech, God even rising early and exhorting them. Therefore God said, I will bring upon them all the words of this covenant. "[17] That this is really true appears in God's command to Moses (Exodus 32:10), also in God's forbidding Samuel to grieve any longer for Saul (1 Samuel 16:1). Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem: Jeremiah’s assignment was to preach this message of the broken covenant and its consequences in Jerusalem and the other cities of Judah. He added that, "This is a form of writing unique to Jeremiah in the prophetic books. a. Liberty University. One thing Josiah did was to shut down the disobedient and unauthorized sacrifices on the high places, outside the altar at the temple in Jerusalem. In context, Israel means the northern kingdom; and Judah means the southern kingdom, the whole nation. Therefore thus saith Jehovah, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and they shall cry unto me, but I will not hearken unto them. Therefore thus says the Lord: "Behold, I will surely bring calamity on them which they will not be … Now the LORD gave me knowledge of it, and I know it; for You showed me their doings. Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. "Which I commanded your fathers in the day [that] I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, from … You who judge righteously, This is not a reference to the sacrifices and their lack of efficacy, because the sacrifices of hypocrites has no efficacy, or holiness. There was no deep-laid plot, no secrecy behind the apostasy that Jeremiah witnessed, although religiously Judah displayed all that a carefully organized plot would achieve.” (Thompson), ii. a. For I earnestly exhorted your fathers in the day I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, until this day, rising early and exhorting, saying, “Obey My voice.” Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but everyone followed the dictates of his evil heart; therefore I will bring upon them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do, but which they have not done.’”. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. “And the punishment is, Their young men shall die by the sword of the Chaldeans; and their sons and daughters shall die by the famine that shall come on the land through the desolations occasioned by the Chaldean army.” (Clarke), ©2018 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission. i. [1] This would have been about 620. Thus says the LORD concerning the men of Anathoth who seek your life: The village of Anathoth was Jeremiah’s home (Jeremiah 1:1). The king referred to it as The Book of the Covenant (2 Kings 23:21), as did also the inspired author of 2Kings, who called it The Book of the Covenant (2 Kings 23:2). Go to, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, "Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah ...", "Conspiracy ... among the men of Judah ...", "The house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken the covenant ...", "According to the number of the cities of Judah; and according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem ...", "A goodly olive-tree, fair and goodly fruit ...", "What hath my beloved to do in my house, seeing she hath wrought lewdness with many? Their utter ruin. They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, who refused to hear my words; and they are gone after other gods to serve them: the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken my covenant which I made with their fathers. "Surely 2 Kings 22-23 makes it clear that Josiah was not introducing a new covenant but only calling for a reaffirmation of the old Mosaic Covenant. "The righteous remnant" would indeed have preserved countless portions of it. "Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them; for I will not hear them in the time that they cry to me because of their trouble. Then the cities of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem will go and cry out to the gods to whom they offer incense, but they will not save them at all in the time of their trouble. When you do evil, then you rejoice: This is the description of a sin-sick society. “There would have been some strong reason why Jeremiah’s fellow citizens took such strong action against him, although such actions are not unknown even today in the Middle East. You can also change some of your preferences. Which I commanded your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, from … For I earnestly exhorted your fathers: God gave the people of Israel many warnings and encouragements to do what was right under the covenant. He wanted their obedience and did all He could to cultivate and encourage it. Now, in their distress, their many gods and many … i. When finally the Babylonians took Jerusalem Jeremiah … The great significance of God's appeal through Jeremiah to the Israelites at this juncture in their affairs, calling upon them to hear and obey the commandments of the covenant, derived from the fact that, "Whether the promised land would remain in the possession of Israel or not depended upon their observance, or non-observance, of the covenant. The bitter and implacable hatred of Satan and his followers is here revealed in its stark reality. He loved them tenderly and deeply; yet they returned His love with unfaithfulness. "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". i. We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. We have been seeking "the rest of God"'the true Sabbath, … What has My beloved to do in My house, having done lewd deeds with many? The Real Meaning of Jeremiah 29:11 Just because you're a Christian, it doesn't mean you'll never experience suffering. Commentary Read Jeremiah 11… Here, God simply promised that He would enforce the terms of the covenant made in the day I brought them out of the land of Egypt. Another similarity in the lives of Jeremiah and of our Lord is seen in this mention of his being like "a lamb led to the slaughter." Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. For I earnestly protested unto your fathers in the day that I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, even unto this day, rising early and protesting, saying, Obey my voice. Our minds should be at one with God in all that he is doing, even in the rejection of the reprobate. Much of Jeremiah’s work was done during the days of the reforming King Josiah. “So attractive were the depraved Canaanite fertility rites, and so widespread the resultant idolatry in Israel, that it appeared as though the people had deliberately plotted to renounce their covenantal obligations and espouse apostasy.” (Harrison). Hosea's unhappy marriage with Gomer was terminated exactly in the same manner at the time when he bought back his adulterous wife from slavery and returned her to his home, not as his wife, but as his slave. So, that’s the Lord’s word to Jeremiah about the people as a whole. Tremper Longman — Jeremiah, Lamentations (New International Biblical Commentary, 2008). It was the children of Israel who did not obey their obligations of the covenant. “As another Lamb of God observed, a man’s foes shall be those of his own household (Matthew 10:36).” (Harrison). a. I will surely bring calamity on them which they will not be able to escape: This was simply the promise consequence of disobedience under the Mosaic Covenant (Deuteronomy 27:15-26). God by the prophet puts the people in mind of the covenant he had made with their fathers, and how much he had insisted upon it, as the condition of the covenant, … Biblical Commentary Jeremiah 11:18-20 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: In chapters 11-20, Jeremiah proclaims the Lord's judgment on people who have broken their covenant with the Lord. Graybill observed that, "God was now in the act of terminating the covenant and bringing the punishment";[16] but, a better view appears to be that this declaration from God Himself then and there terminated the racial covenant with Abraham finally and irrevocably, except as it should be renewed in the New Israel without any racial overtones whatever. Therefore thus saith the Lord, behold, I will bring evil upon them The evil of punishment for the evil of their sins, such as famine, the sword, captivity, which latter is the evil more especially … It was clear that what they hated was the message from God that he brought. “There is a vast difference between the liturgical ‘Amen’ which is merely conventional, and which in the saying means nothing; and the Amen which comes out of the deep inner agreement of mind and heart and will with the purposes and methods of God.” (Morgan), Then the LORD said to me, “Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem, saying: ‘Hear the words of this covenant and do them.