Jeremiah Chapter 8
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1 At that time, saith the LORD, they shall bring out the bones of the kings of Judah, 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 to drink, because we have sinned against the LORD.
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.
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? is not her king in her? Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, and with strange vanities?
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Matthew Henry's Jeremiah Chapter 8 Bible commentary...
The remains of the dead exposed. (1-3) The stupidity of the people, compared with the instinct of the brute creation. (4-13) The alarm of the invasion, and lamentation. (14-22)1-3 Though no real hurt can be done to a dead body, yet disgrace to the remains of wicked persons may alarm those yet alive; and this reminds us that the Divine justice and punishments extend beyond the grave. Whatever befalls us here, let us humble ourselves before God, and seek his mercy.
4-13 What brought this ruin? 1. The people would not attend to reason; they would not act in the affairs of their souls with common prudence. Sin is backsliding; it is going back from the way that leads to life, to that which leads to destruction. 2. They would not attend to the warning of conscience. They did not take the first step towards repentance: true repentance begins in serious inquiry as to what we have done, from conviction that we have done amiss. 3. They would not attend to the ways of providence, nor understand the voice of God in them, ver. #7|. They know not how to improve the seasons of grace, which God affords. Many boast of their religious knowledge, yet, unless taught by the Spirit of God, the instinct of brutes is a more sure guide than their supposed wisdom. 4. They would not attend to the written word. Many enjoy abundance of the means of grace, have Bibles and ministers, but they have them in vain. They will soon be ashamed of their devices. The pretenders to wisdom were the priests and the false prophets. They flattered people in sin, and so flattered them into destruction, silencing their fears and complaints with, All is well. Selfish teachers may promise peace when there is no peace; and thus men encourage each other in committing evil; but in the day of visitation they will have no refuge to flee unto.
14-22 At length they begin to see the hand of God lifted up. And when God appears against us, every thing that is against us appears formidable. As salvation only can be found in the Lord, so the present moment should be seized. Is there no medicine proper for a sick and dying kingdom? Is there no skilful, faithful hand to apply the medicine? Yes, God is able to help and to heal them. If sinners die of their wounds, their blood is upon their own heads. The blood of Christ is balm in Gilead, his Spirit is the Physician there, all-sufficient; so that the people may be healed, but will not. Thus men die unpardoned and unchanged, for they will not come to Christ to be saved.
Comments for Jeremiah Chapter 8...
James's Jeremiah Chapter 8 comment on 4/03/2013, 11:18am...
Jeremiah 8:8 is only reminding us of how far we have negleted both the law and the word of GOD and how deep wickedness has eating deep into our society. It is a wake up call to our prophets(preachers), religiouse leaders and political leaders.
James's Jeremiah Chapter 8 comment on 4/03/2013, 11:07am...
Jeremiah 8:8 is only reminding us of how far we have neglected both the law and the word of GOD, and how deep wickedness has been eating deep into our society. It is a wake up call to our prophets (preachers), religious leaders and political leaders.
Timothy Wayne George's Jeremiah Chapter 8 comment on 3/24/2012, 5:17pm...
The Judgement of God is soon to come, because priest, and the people are given to coveteousness. The people are not aware of the hour of judgement that is about to come upon them for their wickeness. We too must repent, and turn to the Lord in sathcloth and ashes. Turn from vanity, and give God the glory only for he will not share his glory with any graven image. This is why Jeremiah was weeping for the daughters of Zion because judgement was coming. Preachers should be weeping today in the congregation for the people to return to the Lord.
Morris c engles, jr's Jeremiah Chapter 8 comment on 3/24/2012, 7:20am...
v.3: where? how long? v.7: appointed time? time of their coming? v.11: daughter of my people? v.15: We? v.19: daughter of my people...? that dwell in a far country....?
Ngozi Obinwa's Jeremiah Chapter 8 comment about verse 8 on 8/23/2011, 8:35am...
I was Totally shocked by NIV (and other Bible)translations of Jeremiah 8: 8 as compared with King James version (1984 ed.,).
8 “‘How can you say, “We are wise,
for we have the law of the LORD,”
when actually the lying pen of the scribes
has handled it falsely?
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.
First, I think the error arose from he (KJV)when it should be He (God).
Consequently the verse should literally read thus:
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.
My modern English Translations will then read:
8 How can you say you are wise because you have the law of God ? Indeed God’s (written) law to you is in vain (useless) and the efforts of the scribes (in writing it) were also in vain.
8 How can you say you are wise because you have the law of God ? Indeed God’s law is mocked by you and the efforts of the scribes were therefore in vain.
8 Why do you boast you are wise simply because you have God’s Law? In fact God’s Law mean nothing to you and the scribe’s efforts (in writing it ) was a waste
8 Why do you boast you are wise simply because you have God’s Law? Honestly, God’s Law has achieved nothing with you and the efforts of the scribe in writing it was a waste
As demonstrated in the whole Chapter 8 of Jeremiah, God was rebuking his people (the Jews) for not following the laws he laid down for them. In order not to repeat the whole argument as outlined by the chapter, God says their refusing to follow the laws He caused to be written down for them means that the writer’s (scribe’s) efforts are then in Vain.
God did not say that what the scribes wrote is wrong but that Jews do not follow the writings and thus the writings are in vain; of no use ; not yielding fruit, -in other words they scorn the writing and because of this, God is going to punish them.
PLEASE, PLEASE, what is happening to the Bible? Has SATAN infiltrated and corrupted the Bible beyond rescue? How can these men of ?God supposedly filled with the Holy Ghost be unable to translate simple clear passages like Jer 8:8 where the whole context is repeating the same message over and over again. I am totally FURIOUS with these mistranslations.
All these new translations are causing more HARM than good.
Before these Bible TRANSLATORS produce another version, I strongly suggest they put out a world call to all Christians to submit errors / misrepresentations they found in NIV / other Bible versions(via their Pastors) so that you don't create a bigger BLUNDER next time.
Rev. Francis's Jeremiah Chapter 8 comment about verse 20 on 4/06/2011, 3:43am...
God has brought seasons and diversity of times that we may consider and change our hearts towards Him, but we did not take heed.
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