Jeremiah Chapter 7 (Original 1611 KJV Bible)
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1 Ieremiah is sent to call for true repentance, to preuent the Iewes captiuitie. 8 He reiecteth their vaine confidence, 12 by the example of Shiloh. 17 He threatneth them for their idolatrie. 21 Hee reiecteth the sacrifices of the disobedient. 29 He exhorteth to mourne for their abominations in Tophet, 32 and the iudgements for the same.
18 The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, & the women knead their dough to make cakes to the Queene of heauen, and to powre out drinke offerings vnto other gods, that they may prouoke me to anger.18
20 Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, mine anger and my furie shalbe powred out vpon this place, vpon man & vpon beast, and vpon the trees of the field, and vpon the fruit of the ground, and it shall burne, and shall not be quenched.
31 And they haue built the high places of Tophet which is in the valley of the sonne of Hinnom, to burne their sonnes and their daughters in the fire, which I commanded them not, neither came it into my heart.31
32 ¶ Therefore behold, the dayes come, saith the Lord, that it shall no more be called Tophet, nor the valley of the sonne of Hinnom, but the valley of slaughter: for they shall bury in Tophet, till there be no place.32
34 Then will I cause to cease from the cities of Iudah, and from the streets of Ierusalem, the voice of mirth and the voice of gladnesse, the voice of the bridegroome, and the voice of the bride: for the land shall be desolate.34
View Wesley's Notes for Jeremiah Chapter 7
7:2 The gate - The east gate, which was the publick place of going out and coming in, and where the people were then wont to assemble. Proclaim - Proclaiming signifies both the authority by which he spake, and the divulging of what he spake plainly and boldly; possibly, it might be at some publick time, when all the males were to meet.
7:4 Saying - Because this was God's house, they flattered themselves that he would not suffer the Chaldeans to destroy it, therefore the prophet cautions them not to deceive themselves, trusting to the temple and its buildings, as the two courts and house, and holy of holies implied in the word these, which he doth as it were point to with his finger. The emphasis, in this threefold repetition, seems to relate to the confident, and reiterated boasts of the temple, that were in their mouths. These - The prophet standing in the gate at which the people entered, as it were, points at the several buildings pertaining to the temple.
7:6 Oppress not - Here they are cautioned against three sins, that this people were generally addicted to, oppression, blood, and idolatry; and instances in the worst of oppressions, of such as God hath more especially taken into his immediate protection.
7:9 Will ye steal - Can you think that this can be grateful to me, or advantageous to yourselves, to frequent my house, and yet retain these odious sins. Whom - Such as they had set up new, and never had any experience of, and therefore could have no reason to serve them.
7:10 Delivered - After they had appeared before God with their sacrifices, they thought they were privileged to return to all those wickednesses.
7:11 A den - Do you look upon this house as a sanctuary for robbers and murderers.
7:12 Shiloh - A place in the tribe of Ephraim. Where - Where I did at first give you the pledges of my presence. What I did - He utterly forsook it.
7:15 Even - The ten tribes.
7:16 Pray not - Certainly the prophet did pray that God would save a remnant, though not that he would revoke his decree; or save the body of them.
7:18 The children - Here God shews how busily they are employed from the youngest to the oldest for their idolatry. The queen - As the sun was looked upon as king, so the moon as the queen of heaven.
7:20 Shall not be quenched - He follows the threatening with shewing his resolution is not to be revoked.
7:21 Put - Ironical words, take those that are peculiar, and to be all burnt to me, and do what you will with them, I will have none of them. To your sacrifices - That part of your sacrifices, which you are allowed to eat, they are but as profane food.
7:22 For - God doth not condemn these offerings, save only comparatively in respect of obedience, not so much these, as obeying his commands.
7:25 Since the day - The church of God hath never wanted teachers raised up and sent by God.
7:28 Cut off - There is no believing them in any thing they say.
7:29 Cut off thine hair - This was an usual token of sorrow among the Jews. On high places - Upon the high places where thou wentest a whoring from me. The generation - A generation destined to the wrath of God.
7:30 In the house - It was not enough to have their idols abroad in the hills and groves, but they must bring them into God's house.
7:31 Tophet - It comes from Toph, a drum, because they beat drums to drown the children's screeches, when they burnt them in sacrifice upon the altars, called here high places, to Moloch. Tophet was situate in a pleasant valley near Jerusalem, a place in the possession of the children of one Hinnom, #Josh 15:8|.
Jeremiah Chapter 7 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
3 Chap.26. 13. and 18. 11.
10 Hebr. whereupon my Name is called.
11 Isai. 56.7. , Matth. 21. 13. mar. 11. 17. luke 19. 46.
12 1.Sam.4. 11. psal.78. 60. chap. 26.6.
13 Pro. 1.24. isa. 65.12. and 66.4.
14 1.Sam.4.11. psal.78.60. and 132.6. chap.26.6.
16 Chap.12.14. and 14. 11. exod. 32.10.
18 Chap. 44. 19. , Or, frame, or workmanship of heauen.
21 Isa.1.11. chap 6.20. amos 5.21.
22 Hebr. concerning the matter of.
23 Deut. 6.3. , Exod. 19. 5. leuit.26. 12.
24 Or, stubburnnesse. , Hebr. were.
25 1.Chron. 36.15.
26 Chap.16. 12.
28 Or, instruction.
31 2.Kings 23.10. chap. 19.5. , Heb. came it vpon my heart.
32 Cha. 19.6.
33 Chap.34.20. and .16.4. psal. 79.2
34 Isa.24.7. chap.16.9. and 25.10. and .33.11. eze.26.13. ose.2.11.
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