Jeremiah Chapter 8
"8:21 For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt" is a profound statement of how The Lord intimately shares His children's joy or pain (see the Fact Finder question below). Humans are free to choose the way of life, or the way of death; it has been that way right from the very beginning (see Why Eve?). The Lord, in due time, will do His part by providing the means to make an informed choice; after that, everyone must decide. That's why The Lord pleads with his free children to Choose Life! Humans didn't create "tough love"; God did. There are times when The Lord left His people to reap the destruction of themselves that they have sown.
"8:1 At that time, saith the LORD, they shall bring out the bones of the kings of Judah [see Israelite Monarchy - The Southern Kingdom], and the bones of his princes, and the bones of the priests, and the bones of the prophets, and the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, out of their graves [see What Happens When You Die? and Sheol and Hades]: 8:2 And they shall spread them before the sun, and the moon, and all the host of heaven, whom they have loved, and whom they have served, and after whom they have walked, and whom they have sought, and whom they have worshipped: they shall not be gathered, nor be buried; they shall be for dung upon the face of the earth.
8:3 And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue of them that remain of this evil family, which remain in all the places whither I have driven them, saith the LORD of hosts.
8:4 Moreover thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD [see YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD]; Shall they fall, and not arise? shall he turn away, and not return? 8:5 Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual Backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return. 8:6 I hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright: no man repented him of his wickedness [see Repentance and Remission of Sins], saying, What have I done? every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle. 8:7 Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD [see When Will You Be Judged?].
8:8 How do ye say, We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us? Lo, certainly in vain made he it; the pen of the scribes is in vain [see Doctorates Of Error]. 8:9 The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the LORD [see I Did It My Way]; and what wisdom is in them? 8:10 Therefore will I give their wives unto others, and their fields to them that shall inherit them: for every one from the least even unto the greatest is given to covetousness, from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely. 8:11 For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace. 8:12 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.
8:13 I will surely consume them, saith the LORD: there shall be no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree, and the leaf shall fade; and the things that I have given them shall pass away from them [see Heathens].
8:14 Why do we sit still? assemble yourselves, and let us enter into the defenced cities, and let us be silent there: for the LORD our God hath put us to silence, and given us water of gall [see also Vinegar] to drink, because we have sinned against the LORD. 8:15 We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of health, and behold trouble! 8:16 The snorting of his horses was heard from Dan: the whole land trembled at the sound of the neighing of his strong ones; for they are come, and have devoured the land, and all that is in it; the city, and those that dwell therein. 8:17 For, behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you, saith the LORD.
8:18 When I would comfort myself against sorrow, my heart is faint in me. 8:19 Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people because of them that dwell in a far country: Is not the LORD in Zion? [see Who, What or Where Is Zion?] is not her king in her? Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, and with strange vanities? [see Thou shalt not make any graven image]
8:20 The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.
8:21 For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me. 8:22 Is there no balm in Gilead [see Balm of Gilead]; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?" (Jeremiah 8:1-22 KJV)
Jeremiah Chapter 9
"9:11 And I will make Jerusalem heaps, and a den of dragons" (Jeremiah 9:11 KJV) refers to "dragons" in one of the three ways that the term is used in the Scriptures (see Dragons).
"9:1 Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain [see also Fountains] of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people! 9:2 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 be all adulterers [see Thou shalt not commit adultery to understand how adultery ultimately applies to spiritual faithfulness], an assembly of treacherous men.
9:3 And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD [see Do You Know Him?]. 9:4 Take ye heed every one of his neighbour, and Trust ye not in any brother: for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbour will walk with slanders. 9:5 And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity. 9:6 Thine habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know me, saith the LORD.
9:7 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, I will melt them, and try them; for how shall I do for the daughter of my people? 9:8 Their tongue is as an arrow shot out; it speaketh deceit: one speaketh peaceably to his neighbour with his mouth, but in heart he layeth his wait.
9:9 Shall I not visit them for these things? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? [see Why Babylon?]
9:10 For the mountains will I take up a weeping and wailing, and for the habitations of the wilderness a lamentation, because they are burned up, so that none can pass through them; neither can men hear the voice of the cattle; both the fowl of the heavens [see Heavens Below, Heavens Above] and the beast are fled; they are gone.
9:11 And I will make Jerusalem heaps, and a den of dragons; and I will make the cities of Judah desolate, without an inhabitant.
9:12 Who is the wise man, that may understand this? and who is he to whom the mouth of the LORD hath spoken, that he may declare it, for what the land perisheth and is burned up like a wilderness, that none passeth through?
9:13 And the LORD saith, Because they have forsaken my law [see The Eternal Law] which I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice, neither walked therein; 9:14 But have walked after the imagination of their own heart, and after Baalim [see also Baal-zebub and Beelzebub], which their fathers taught them: 9:15 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will feed them, even this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink. 9:16 I will scatter them also among the heathen, whom neither they nor their fathers have known: and I will send a sword after them, till I have consumed them.
9:17 Thus saith the LORD of hosts [see The Host Of Heaven], Consider ye, and call for the mourning women, that they may come; and send for cunning women, that they may come: 9:18 And 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. 9:19 For a voice of wailing is heard out of Zion, How are we spoiled! we are greatly confounded, because we have forsaken the land, because our dwellings have cast us out.
9:20 Yet hear the word of the LORD, O ye women, and let your ear receive the word of his mouth, and teach your daughters wailing, and every one her neighbour lamentation. 9:21 For death is come up into our windows, and is entered into our palaces, to cut off the children from without, and the young men from the streets.
9:22 Speak, Thus saith the LORD, Even the carcases of men shall fall as dung upon the open field, and as the handful after the harvestman, and none shall gather them.
9:23 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: 9:24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me [see God's Wisdom], that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness [see The Lord's Plumb Line], in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.
9:25 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will punish all them which are circumcised with the uncircumcised; 9:26 Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and Moab, and all that are in the utmost corners, that dwell in the wilderness: for all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart [see A Pure Heart]" (Jeremiah 9:1-26 KJV)
Jeremiah Chapter 10
"10:22 Behold, the noise of the bruit is come, and a great commotion out of the north country [see When North Means East], to make the cities of Judah desolate" (Jeremiah 10:22 KJV) describes the Babylonian (see Ancient Empires - Babylon) onslaught that would be allowed to conquer Judah. Nebuchadnezzar was the king of Babylon at that time; Nebuzaradan was the Babylonian general who carried it, and the people of Judah, out. Nebuzaradan also became well-familiar with Jeremiah (see Nebuzaradan).
"10:1 Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel: 10:2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. 10:3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the ax. 10:4 They deck it with silver and with gold [i.e. "Christmas trees" were and are pagan Origins Of Christmas and Groves]; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. 10:5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.
10:6 Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might. 10:7 Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee. 10:8 But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities.
10:9 Silver spread into plates is brought from Tarshish, and Gold from Uphaz, the work of the workman, and of the hands of the founder: blue and Purple is their clothing: they are all the work of cunning men. 10:10 But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king [see Israelite Monarchy - The Messiah]: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.
10:11 Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens. 10:12 He hath made the earth by his power [see Christ The Creator], he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion. 10:13 When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.
10:14 Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them. 10:15 They are vanity, and the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish. 10:16 The portion of Jacob is not like them: for he is the former of all things; and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: The LORD of hosts is his name.
10:17 Gather up thy wares out of the land, O inhabitant of the fortress. 10:18 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will sling out the inhabitants of the land at this once, and will distress them, that they may find it so. 10:19 Woe is me for my hurt! my wound is grievous: but I said, Truly this is a grief, and I must bear it. 10:20 My tabernacle is spoiled, and all my cords are broken: my children are gone forth of me, and they are not: there is none to stretch forth my tent any more, and to set up my curtains. 10:21 For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered. 10:22 Behold, the noise of the bruit is come, and a great commotion out of the north country, to make the cities of Judah desolate, and a den of dragons.
10:23 O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. 10:24 O LORD, correct me, but with judgment; not in thine anger, lest thou bring me to nothing. 10:25 Pour out thy fury upon the heathen that know thee not, and upon the families that call not on thy name: for they have eaten up Jacob, and devoured him, and consumed him, and have made his habitation desolate." (Jeremiah 10:1-25 KJV)
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