Chapter 16

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The word of the LORD came also unto me, saying, 2 Thou shalt not take thee a wife, neither shalt thou have sons or daughters in this place. 3 For thus saith the LORD concerning the sons and concerning the daughters that are born in this place, and concerning their mothers that bare them, and concerning their fathers that begat them in this land; 4 They shall die of grievous deaths; they shall not be lamented; neither shall they be buried; but they shall be as dung upon the face of the earth: and they shall be consumed by the sword, and by famine; and their carcases shall be meat for the fowls of heaven, and for the beasts of the earth.

5 For thus saith the LORD, Enter not into the house of mourning, neither go to lament nor bemoan them: for I have taken away my peace from this people, saith the LORD, even lovingkindness and mercies. 6 Both the great and the small shall die in this land: they shall not be buried, neither shall men lament for them, nor cut themselves, nor make themselves bald for them: 7 Neither shall men tear themselves for them in mourning, to comfort them for the dead; neither shall men give them the cup of consolation to drink for their father or for their mother. 8 Thou shalt not also go into the house of feasting, to sit with them to eat and to drink. 9 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will cause to cease out of this place in your eyes, and in your days, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride.

10 And it shall come to pass, when thou shalt shew this people all these words, and they shall say unto thee, Wherefore hath the LORD pronounced all this great evil against us? or what is our iniquity? or what is our sin that we have committed against the LORD our God? 11 Then shalt thou say unto them, Because your fathers have forsaken me, saith the LORD, and have walked after other gods, and have served them, and have worshipped them, and have forsaken me, and have not kept my law; 12 And ye have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, ye walk every one after the imagination of his evil heart, that they may not hearken unto me: 13 Therefore will I cast you out of this land into a land that ye know not, neither ye nor your fathers; and there shall ye serve other gods day and night; where I will not shew you favour.

14 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no more be said, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; 15 But, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.

16 Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the LORD, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks. 17 For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes. 18 And first I will recompense their iniquity and their sin double; because they have defiled my land, they have filled mine inheritance with the carcases of their detestable and abominable things.

19 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit.

20 Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods?

21 Therefore, behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know mine hand and my might; and they shall know that my name is The LORD.

Commentary for Jeremiah 16

Prohibitions given to the prophet. (1-9) The justice of God in these judgments. (10-13) Future restoration of the Jews, and the conversion of the Gentiles. (14-21)

1-9 The prophet must conduct himself as one who expected to see his country ruined very shortly. In the prospect of sad times, he is to abstain from marriage, mourning for the dead, and pleasure. Those who would convince others of the truths of God, must make it appear by their self-denial, that they believe it themselves. Peace, inward and outward, family and public, is wholly the work of God, and from his loving-kindness and mercy. When He takes his peace from any people, distress must follow. There may be times when it is proper to avoid things otherwise our duty; and we should always sit loose to the pleasures and concerns of this life.

10-13 Here seems to be the language of those who quarrel at the word of God, and instead of humbling and condemning themselves, justify themselves, as though God did them wrong. A plain and full answer is given. They were more obstinate in sin than their fathers, walking every one after the devices of his heart. Since they will not hearken, they shall be hurried away into a far country, a land they know not. If they had God's favour, that would make even the land of their captivity pleasant.

14-21 The restoration from the Babylonish captivity would be remembered in place of the deliverance from Egypt; it also typified spiritual redemption, and the future deliverance of the church from antichristian oppression. But none of the sins of sinners can be hidden from God, or shall be overlooked by him. He will find out and raise up instruments of his wrath, that shall destroy the Jews, by fraud like fishers, by force like hunters. The prophet, rejoicing at the hope of mercy to come, addressed the Lord as his strength and refuge. The deliverance out of captivity shall be a figure of the great salvation to be wrought by the Messiah. The nations have often known the power of Jehovah in his wrath; but they shall know him as the strength of his people, and their refuge in time of trouble.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Jeremiah 16

  • Mark Diffin
    Verse 19 - There you have it in simple, clear language. All the religions of the world will at the end of days come to the Jewish people and admit that their religions were false and that Judaism is the only truth. This is the clear meaning and cannot be denied by anyone reading this without an agenda
  • Obbie Beal
    2018, saved or not-saved the wrath of Jehovah / GOD has begun (see above); Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. This old earth is not my home, Jesus speak of mansions and returning for THOSE OF HIS. I will trust HIM instead of a 401K; He feed the birds and 65 years He fed me; WOW! WOW! WOW!
  • Brianna vs. 21
    While the revised King James uses " LORD" several Bibles used the Holy name JEHOVAH. This has lead to research to show that many times where LORD is, the name JEHOVAH/YAHWEH should appear. The Bible says there are many gods and many lords( 1 cor. 8:5), but when we distinguish OUR God by his name, then he will become real to us and we can have a relationship with him. No relationship.
  • Obbie Beal
    Jeremiah recorded this for his generation and the generations of 2017. WOW. WOW, WOW!
  • Meme
    I believe this chapter applies to past and present. All the verses can also be associated with today's society. Because of our disregard for the laws and commands of The Almighty, we will all come to know him before the end of this existence we call life.
  • Grace
    Jeremiah 16 speaks of the consequences of willful sin, which happens when our hearts depart from the Lord and we serve the Gods of this world - the flesh, materialism and godlessness, All the while we may deceive ourselves by having a name that we are alive christians but we long died spritually. Such hypocrisy and departure from the Lord , God will judge. When we sin willfully after having come to the knowledge of truth, there is no more sacrifice for sin but JUDGEMENT. God however gives hope if we repent and serve him truly that he will forgive and restore us back to our rightful place in the kingdom of God, much like the prodigal son who was received back after wasting his life in wanton living.
  • Robert
    Jeremiah is a type of Jew during the Tribulation period. This chapter is reflective of God bringing the children of Israel back before the Tribulation. It is happening now, they call it Alaya. V14-16 is them being brought back by God to go through the worst trial that Israel ever faced. V15 God sends His fishers witnesses out for those who will hear Rev.7:4. Those that won 't come, the hunters will hunt down like the Nazi 's did. Jeremiah is given prophesies concerning AD 70,the Holocaust 1940 's and the same will repeat itself during the Tribulation period. Jacob 's trouble.
  • Andrew for verse 15
    This verse is still future. Now, pastors, stop fooling the sheep that today 's Israel is God 's fulfillment--- it is no fulfillment of God 's promise here, it is man-made, counterfeit of God 's promise to bring them back. It will be no surprise, if they also will have a counterfeit of Jesus Christ 's return.
  • Andrew
    Verse 14 and 15 -- saving of a remnant - a lit of hope in a chapter of curses and woes.
  • Jackie Flowers for verse 19
    The Lord is saying that we have the strenght to carry out anything we accomplish, but we do know that the Lord will be coming back on day. We also have to be obediant to God's words, and allow ourself to go out into the highway and compel our sister and brothers to come in by ministering the words of God to them. Amen!

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Bible Trivia

What does the Lord say Jeremiah must not do, in addition to getting married?
  • Grieve
  • Compromise
  • Explain
  • Laugh