People will reap what they had sown. Siblings betray each other. Friends deceive one another. Their hearts are hard. They do not know the LORD God.
VERSE 1. Oh that my head were waters, and my eyes a spring of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!
VERSE 2. Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging place of wayfaring men; that I might leave my people, and go from them! For they are all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men.
in the wilderness a lodging place. Jeremiah needed prayer and quiet. He needed a place for solitude. He wanted a cabin in the wild.
In our day, we too need prayer and quiet. A retreat center can be our traveler’s lodge, a quiet place to get away for prayer and relaxation.
VERSE 3. “They bend their tongue, as their bow, for falsehood. They have grown strong in the land, but not for truth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they don’t know me,” says the LORD.
VERSE 4. “Everyone beware of his neighbor, and don’t trust in any brother; for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbor will go around like a slanderer.
don’t trust in any brother. The Lord Jesus also said this:
Mark 13:12. Brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child. Children will rise up against parents, and cause them to be put to death.
VERSE 5. Friends deceive each other, and will not speak the truth. They have taught their tongue to speak lies. They weary themselves committing iniquity.
VERSE 6. Your habitation is in the middle of deceit. Through deceit, they refuse to know me,” says the LORD.
they refuse to know me. Eternal life is knowing God the Father and Jesus Christ. Do you know them? Do you have a love-relationship with them? Read more »
VERSE 7. Therefore the LORD of Hosts says, “Behold, I will melt them and test them; for how should I deal with the daughter of my people?
VERSE 8. Their tongue is a deadly arrow. It speaks deceit. One speaks peaceably to his neighbor with his mouth, but in his heart, he waits to ambush him.
VERSE 9. Shouldn’t I punish them for these things?” says the LORD. “Shouldn’t my soul be avenged on a nation such as this?
VERSE 10. I will weep and wail for the mountains, and lament for the pastures of the wilderness, because they are burned up, so that no one passes through; Men can’t hear the voice of the livestock. Both the birds of the sky and the animals have fled. They are gone.
VERSE 11. “I will make Jerusalem heaps, a dwelling place of jackals. I will make the cities of Judah a desolation, without inhabitant.”
VERSE 12. Who is wise enough to understand this? Who is he to whom the mouth of the LORD has spoken, that he may declare it? Why has the land perished and burned up like a wilderness, so that no one passes through?
VERSE 13. The LORD says, “Because they have forsaken my law which I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice or walked in my ways,
VERSE 14. but have walked after the stubbornness of their own heart and after the Baals, which their fathers taught them.”
after the stubbornness of their own heart. They were hard-hearted.
after the Baals. They worshipped the gods of the neighboring people instead of the LORD God of Israel.
VERSE 15. Therefore the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, says, “Behold, I will feed them, even this people, with wormwood and give them poisoned water to drink.
Deuteronomy 29:18. lest there should be among you man, woman, family, or tribe whose heart turns away today from the LORD our God, to go to serve the gods of those nations; lest there should be among you a root that produces bitter poison;
Proverbs 5:4. but in the end she is as bitter as wormwood, and as sharp as a two-edged sword.
Jeremiah 9:15. Therefore the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, says, “Behold, I will feed them, even this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink.
Jeremiah 23:15. Therefore the LORD of Hosts says concerning the prophets: “Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall; for from the prophets of Jerusalem ungodliness has gone out into all the land.”
Lamentations 3:15. He has filled me with bitterness. He has stuffed me with wormwood.
Lamentations 3:19. Remember my affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the bitterness.
Amos 5:7. You who turn justice to wormwood, and cast down righteousness to the earth
Revelation 8:11. The name of the star is called “Wormwood.” One third of the waters became wormwood. Many people died from the waters, because they were made bitter.
VERSE 16. I will scatter them also among the nations, whom neither they nor their fathers have known. I will send the sword after them, until I have consumed them.”
VERSE 17. The LORD of Hosts says, “Consider, and call for the mourning women, that they may come. Send for the skillful women, that they may come.
the mourning women. What does the Book of Jeremiah say about women? Here are all the verses we found in Jeremiah that mention a woman. Read more »
VERSE 18. Let them make haste and take up a wailing for us, that our eyes may run down with tears and our eyelids gush out with waters.
VERSE 19. For a voice of wailing is heard out of Zion, ‘How we are ruined! We are greatly confounded because we have forsaken the land, because they have cast down our dwellings.’ ”
VERSE 20. Yet hear the LORD’s word, you women. Let your ear receive the word of his mouth. Teach your daughters wailing. Everyone teach her neighbor a lamentation.
VERSE 21. For death has come up into our windows. It has entered into our palaces to cut off the children from outside, and the young men from the streets.
HCSB translation. for Death has climbed through our windows; it has entered our fortresses, cutting off children from the streets, young men from the squares.
Death has climbed through our windows. That’s a creepy image!
VERSE 22. Speak, “The LORD says, “ ‘The dead bodies of men will fall as dung on the open field, and as the handful after the harvester. No one will gather them.’ ”
VERSE 23. The LORD says, “Don’t let the wise man glory in his wisdom. Don’t let the mighty man glory in his might. Don’t let the rich man glory in his riches.
NKJV translation. But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the Lord.
let him who glories glory in this. The following are the things that really count in life.
That he understands and knows Me. Do you know the LORD God?
lovingkindness. Are you a person of loving mercy?
judgment. Do you let God do the judging?
righteousness. Are you anointed with righteousness from God? Are you growing in holiness?
in these I delight. Have you experienced the delight of God?
VERSE 24. But let him who glories glory in this, that he has understanding, and knows me, that I am the LORD who exercises loving kindness, justice, and righteousness in the earth, for I delight in these things,” says the LORD.
VERSE 25. “Behold, the days come,” says the LORD, “that I will punish all those who are circumcised only in their flesh:
VERSE 26. Egypt, Judah, Edom, the children of Ammon, Moab, and all who have the corners of their hair cut off, who dwell in the wilderness, for all the nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in heart.”
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