People will reap what they had sown. They had not lived as disciples of the Most High God. Their sins have caught up with them. Jeremiah grieves for them.
VERSE 1. “At that time,” says the LORD, “they will bring the bones of the kings of Judah, the bones of his princes, the bones of the priests, the bones of the prophets, and the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, out of their graves.
bring the bones of the kings. Even dead people will not escape judgment. The bones of all the officials who had worshiped false gods but who had died before the fall of Jerusalem will be removed from their graves and exposed to the elements they had once worshiped.
VERSE 2. They will spread them before the sun, the moon, and all the army of the sky, which they have loved, which they have served, after which they have walked, which they have sought, and which they have worshiped. They will not be gathered or be buried. They will be like dung on the surface of the earth.
like dung on the surface of the earth. Their bodies will be littered on the ground.
VERSE 3. Death will be chosen rather than life by all the residue that remain of this evil family, that remain in all the places where I have driven them,” says the LORD of Hosts.
VERSE 4. “Moreover you shall tell them, ‘The LORD says: “ ‘Do men fall, and not rise up again? Does one turn away, and not return?
VERSE 5. Why then have the people of Jerusalem fallen back by a perpetual backsliding They cling to deceit. They refuse to return.
fallen back by a perpetual backsliding. Most people learn from their mistakes. But Judah refused to learn.
VERSE 6. I listened and heard, but they didn’t say what is right. No one repents of his wickedness, saying, “What have I done?” Everyone turns to his course, as a horse that rushes headlong in the battle.
VERSE 7. Yes, the stork in the sky knows her appointed times. The turtledove, the swallow, and the crane observe the time of their coming; but my people don’t know the LORD’s law.
my people don’t know the LORD’s law. They had not been taught the ways of discipleship.
In our day, many Christians are in a similar situation. They profess the faith, but they know nothing of living as a disciple. They need somebody to offer them the Ministry of Discipleship. Could that be you?
VERSE 8. “ ‘How do you say, “We are wise, and the LORD’s law is with us?” But, behold, the false pen of the scribes has made that a lie.
NAB translation. How can you say, “We are wise, we have the law of the LORD”? Why, that has been changed into falsehood by the lying pen of the scribes!
the lying pen of the scribes. In those days, the scribes distorted the truth.
In our day, news reporters often do the same. This is true both in the secular mews media as well as in the religious news media.
VERSE 9. The wise men are disappointed. They are dismayed and trapped. Behold, they have rejected the LORD’s word. What kind of wisdom is in them?
VERSE 10. Therefore I will give their wives to others and their fields to those who will possess them. For everyone from the least even to the greatest is given to covetousness; from the prophet even to the priest everyone deals falsely.
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VERSE 11. They have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, “Peace, peace,” when there is no peace.
VERSE 12. Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? No, they were not at all ashamed. They couldn’t blush. Therefore they will fall among those who fall. In the time of their visitation they will be cast down, says the LORD.
VERSE 13. “ ‘I will utterly consume them, says the LORD. No grapes will be on the vine, no figs on the fig tree, and the leaf will fade. The things that I have given them will pass away from them.’ ”
NASB translation. I will surely snatch them away,” declares the LORD; “There will be no grapes on the vine And no figs on the fig tree, And the leaf will wither; And what I have given them will pass away.”
no grapes on the vine And no figs. The prophet Habakkuk said something very similar to this.
Habakkuk 3:17. For though the fig tree doesn’t flourish, nor fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive fails, the fields yield no food; the flocks are cut off from the fold, and there is no herd in the stalls:
VERSE 14. “Why do we sit still? Assemble yourselves! Let’s enter into the fortified cities, and let’s be silent there; for the LORD our God has put us to silence, and given us poisoned water to drink, because we have sinned against the LORD.
because we have sinned against the LORD. Finally they know why they are having all these troubles. It is because of their own sin. They are reaping what they have sown.
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VERSE 15. We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of healing, and behold, dismay!
VERSE 16. The snorting of his horses is heard from Dan. The whole land trembles at the sound of the neighing of his strong ones; for they have come, and have devoured the land and all that is in it, the city and those who dwell therein.”
VERSE 17. “For, behold, I will send serpents, adders among you, which will not be charmed; and they will bite you,” says the LORD.
VERSE 18. Oh that I could comfort myself against sorrow! My heart is faint within me.
VERSE 19. Behold, the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people from a land that is very far off: “Isn’t the LORD in Zion? Isn’t her King in her?” “Why have they provoked me to anger with their engraved images, and with foreign idols?”
VERSE 20. “The harvest is past. The summer has ended, and we are not saved.”
VERSE 21. For the hurt of the daughter of my people, I am hurt. I mourn. Dismay has taken hold of me.
I am hurt. I mourn. Jeremiah was deeply troubled by the terrible things that were happening to his people.
Even though they had brought these troubles upon themselves, it is still human suffering. And Jeremiah grieved for them.
VERSE 22. Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then isn’t the health of the daughter of my people recovered?
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