Jeremiah Chapter 23
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2 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD.
8 But, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.
9 Mine heart within me is broken because of the prophets; all my bones shake; I am like a drunken man, and like a man whom wine hath overcome, because of the LORD, and because of the words of his holiness.
12 Wherefore their way shall be unto them as slippery ways in the darkness: they shall be driven on, and fall therein: for I will bring evil upon them, even the year of their visitation, saith the LORD.
14 I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.
15 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets; Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall: for from the prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all the land.
32 Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD.
38 But since ye say, The burden of the LORD; therefore thus saith the LORD; Because ye say this word, The burden of the LORD, and I have sent unto you, saying, Ye shall not say, The burden of the LORD;
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Matthew Henry's Jeremiah Chapter 23 Bible commentary...
The restoration of the Jews to their own land. (1-8) The wickedness of the priests and prophets of Judah, The people exhorted not to listen to false promises. (9-22) The pretenders to inspiration threatened. (23-32) Also the scoffers at true prophecy. (33-40)1-8 Woe be to those who are set to feed God's people, but take no concern to do them good! Here is a word of comfort to the neglected sheep. Though only a remnant of God's flock is left, he will find them out, and they shall be brought to their former habitations. Christ is spoken of as a branch from David's family. He is righteous himself, and through him all his people are made righteous. Christ shall break the usurped power of Satan. All the spiritual seed of believing Abraham and praying Jacob shall be protected, and shall be saved from the guilt and dominion of sin. In the days of Christ's government in the soul, the soul dwells at ease. He is here spoken of as "the Lord our Righteousness." He is so our Righteousness as no creature could be. His obedience unto death is the justifying righteousness of believers, and their title to heavenly happiness. And their sanctification, as the source of all their personal obedience is the effect of their union with him, and of the supply of this Spirit. By this name every true believer shall call him, and call upon him. We have nothing to plead but this, Christ has died, yea, rather is risen again; and we have taken him for our Lord. This righteousness which he has wrought out to the satisfaction of law and justice, becomes ours; being a free gift given to us, through the Spirit of God, who puts it upon us, clothes us with it, enables us to lay hold upon it, and claim an interest in it. "The Lord our Righteousness" is a sweet name to a convinced sinner; to one that has felt the guilt of sin in his conscience; seen his need of that righteousness, and the worth of it. This great salvation is far more glorious than all former deliverances of his church. May our souls be gathered to Him, and be found in him.
9-22 The false prophets of Samaria had deluded the Israelites into idolatries; yet the Lord considered the false prophets of Jerusalem as guilty of more horrible wickedness, by which the people were made bold in sin. These false teachers would be compelled to suffer the most bitter part of the Lord's indignation. They made themselves believe that there was no harm in sin, and practised accordingly; then they made others believe so. Those who are resolved to go on in evil ways, will justly be given up to believe strong delusions. But which of them had received any revelation of God, or understood any thing of his word? There was a time coming when they would reflect on their folly and unbelief with remorse. The teaching and example of the true prophets led men to repentance, faith, and righteousness. The false prophets led men to rest in forms and notions, and to be quiet in their sins. Let us take heed that we do not follow unrighteousness.
23-32 Men cannot be hidden from God's all-seeing eye. Will they never see what judgments they prepare for themselves? Let them consider what a vast difference there is between these prophecies and those delivered by the true prophets of the Lord. Let them not call their foolish dreams Divine oracles. The promises of peace these prophets make are no more to be compared to God's promises than chaff to wheat. The unhumbled heart of man is like a rock; if not melted by the word of God as a fire, it will be broken to pieces by it as a hammer. How can they be long safe, or at all easy, who have a God of almighty power against them? The word of God is no smooth, lulling, deceitful message. And by its faithfulness it may certainly be distinguished from false doctrines.
33-40 Those are miserable indeed who are forsaken and forgotten of God; and men's jesting at God's judgments will not baffle them. God had taken Israel to be a people near to him, but they shall now be cast out of his presence. It is a mark of great and daring impiety for men to jest with the words of God. Every idle and profane word will add to the sinner's burden in the day of judgment, when everlasting shame will be his portion.
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Temple O. Onwere's Jeremiah Chapter 23 comment on 5/11/2013, 3:57am...
From experience in my kingdom race God must fulfill every word of his that has been spoken genuinely on his behalf, for he is a faithful God and he guides his words jealously. He cannot fail.
Monty's Jeremiah Chapter 23 comment about verse 27 on 1/19/2013, 1:14pm...
He wants us to call his name alone, YAHUAH! L-rd means Baal. All through the bible, CALL ON MY "NAME". There is only one name to be saved by! YAH-our salvation YAHUSHUA; HALA-YUAH.
Shane's Jeremiah Chapter 23 comment on 8/29/2012, 1:55pm...
The verses 7,8 are referring to the gathering back of the Jews to their land that took place in 1921.
Bettyamponsah's Jeremiah Chapter 23 comment on 7/21/2012, 9:31am...
May the Good Lord help us to perceive the truth so that we will not fall into de false prophets 's trap.
John Juai's Jeremiah Chapter 23 comment about verse 1 on 7/14/2012, 10:49pm...
Religious division is a sin. It is an open rebellion against God`s call and against the prayer Christ Jesus for unity.(Jn.17:20-23) It is a curse rather than a blessing. Christ Jesus prayed against this very thing. Apostle Paul condemned it. (1 Cor.1:10-13)God hates those who sow discord.(Prov.6:19).Denominationalism is a sin and the tragic result is the destruction or loss of many precious souls.No one can truly respect and obey Christ`s prayer for unity and at the same time be in favor of Denominationalism . Thus some religious people who call themselves christians are engaged in what in God`s sight as abominable as witchcraft and idolatry. (1 Sam.15:23)
Jojo cann's Jeremiah Chapter 23 comment about verse 29 on 3/06/2012, 3:58pm...
the word of the lord is the truth and amen,what he has said he will surely do it
Susan Dalton's Jeremiah Chapter 23 comment on 2/29/2012, 9:36pm...
"Is not my word like as a fire? saith the lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? (Jeremiah 23:29)
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