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The Prophets of The Exile

(Category 10 of 16)

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CHAPTER 7 References

2 aJer. 17:19;
3 aJer. 4:1;
18:11; 26:13
4 aJer. 7:8;
Mic. 3:11
5 a1 Kin. 6:12;
Jer. 21:12;
22:3 1justice
6 aDeut. 6:14,
15; Jer. 13:10
7 aDeut. 4:40
bJer. 3:18
8 aJer. 5:31;
14:13, 14
9 a1 Kin.
18:21; Hos.
4:1, 2; Zeph.
1:5 bEx. 20:3;
Jer. 7:6; 19:4
10 aEzek.
23:39 bJer.
7:11, 14;
32:34; 34:15
11 aIs. 56:7
bMatt. 21:13;
Mark 11:17;
Luke 19:46
12 aJosh. 18:1;
Judg. 18:31
bDeut. 12:11
c1 Sam. 4:10;
Ps. 78:60; Jer.
13 a2 Chr.
36:15; Jer.
11:7 bProv.
1:24; Is. 65:12;
14 a1 Sam.
4:10, 11; Ps.
78:60; Jer.
26:6, 9
15 a2 Kin.
17:23 bPs.
78:67; Hos.
7:13; 9:13;

Trusting in Lying Words


1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
2 a“Stand in the gate of the LORD’s house, and proclaim there this word, and say, ‘Hear the word of the LORD, all you of Judah who enter in at these gates to worship the LORD!’ ”
3 Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: aAmend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place.
4 a“Do not trust in these lying words, saying, ‘The temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD are these.’
5 “For if you thoroughly amend your ways and your doings, if you thoroughly aexecute 1judgment between a man and his neighbor,
6 “if you do not oppress the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place, aor walk after other gods to your hurt,
7 a“then I will cause you to dwell in this place, in bthe land that I gave to your fathers forever and ever.
8 “Behold, you trust in alying words that cannot profit.
9 a“Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incense to Baal, and bwalk after other gods whom you do not know,
10 a“and then come and stand before Me in this house bwhich is called by My name, and say, ‘We are delivered to do all these abominations’?
11 “Has athis house, which is called by My name, become a bden of thieves in your eyes? Behold, I, even I, have seen it,” says the LORD.
12 “But go now to aMy place which was in Shiloh, bwhere I set My name at the first, and see cwhat I did to it because of the wickedness of My people Israel.
13 “And now, because you have done all these works,” says the LORD, “and I spoke to you, arising up early and speaking, but you did not hear, and I bcalled you, but you did not answer,
14 “therefore I will do to the house which is called by My name, in which you trust, and to this place which I gave to you and your fathers, as I have done to aShiloh.
15 “And I will cast you out of My sight, aas I have cast out all your brethrenbthe whole posterity of Ephraim.

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16 “Therefore ado not pray for this people, nor lift up a cry or prayer for them, nor make intercession to Me; bfor I will not hear you.
17 “Do you not see what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?
18 a“The children gather wood, the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they bpour out drink offerings to other gods, that they may provoke Me to anger.
19 a“Do they provoke Me to anger?” says the LORD. “Do they not provoke themselves, to the shame of their own faces?”
20 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, My anger and My fury will be poured out on this place—on man and on beast, on the trees of the field and on the fruit of the ground. And it will burn and not be quenched.”
21 Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: a“Add your burnt offerings to your sacrifices and eat meat.
22 a“For I did not speak to your fathers, or command them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices.
23 “But this is what I commanded them, saying, a‘Obey My voice, and bI will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.’
24 a“Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but bfollowed1 the counsels and the 2dictates of their evil hearts, and cwent3 backward and not forward.
25 “Since the day that your fathers came out of the land of Egypt until this day, I have even asent to you all My servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them.
26 a“Yet they did not obey Me or incline their ear, but bstiffened their neck. cThey did worse than their fathers.
27 “Therefore ayou shall speak all these words to them, but they will not obey you.You shall also call to them, but they will not answer you.

Judgment on Obscene Religion

28 “So you shall say to them, ‘This is a nation that does not obey the voice of the LORD their God anor receive correction. bTruth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth.
29 a‘Cut off your hair and cast it away, and take up a lamentation on the desolate heights; for the LORD has rejected and forsaken the generation of His wrath.’
30 “For the children of Judah have done evil in My sight,” says the

16 aEx. 32:10;
Jer. 11:14 bJer.
18 aJer. 44:17
bJer. 19:13
19 aDeut.
32:16, 21
21 aJer. 6:20
22 a[Hos. 6:6] 23 aDeut. 6:3
b[Ex. 19:5, 6] 24 aPs. 81:11
bDeut. 29:19
cJer. 32:33
1walked in
3Lit. they
25 a2 Chr.
26 aJer. 11:8
bNeh. 9:17
cJer. 16:12
27 aEzek. 2:7
28 aJer. 5:3
bJer. 9:3
29 aMic. 1:16
30 aDan. 9:27;
11:31 1defile
31 a2 Kin.
23:10 bPs.
106:38 cDeut.
32 aJer. 19:6 b2
Kin. 23:10
33 aJer. 9:22;
34 aIs. 24:7, 8
bLev. 26:33
2 a2 Kin. 23:5
bJer. 22:19
3 aRev. 9:6
5 aJer. 7:24
bJer. 9:6 cJer.
6 aPs. 14:2
bMic. 7:2

LORD. a“They have set their abominations in the house which is called by My name, to 1pollute it.
31 “And they have built the ahigh places of Tophet, which is in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to bburn their sons and their daughters in the fire, cwhich I did not command, nor did it come into My heart.
32 “Therefore behold, athe days are coming,” says the LORD, “when it will no more be called Tophet, or the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter; bfor they will bury in Tophet until there is no room.
33 “The acorpses of this people will be food for the birds of the heaven and for the beasts of the earth. And no one will frighten them away.
34 “Then I will cause to acease from the cities of Judah and from the streets of Jerusalem the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride. For bthe land shall be desolate.


1 “At that time,” says the LORD, “they shall bring out the bones of the kings of Judah, and the bones of its 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 “They shall spread them before the sun and the moon and all the host of heaven,which they have loved and which they have served and after which they have walked, which they have sought and awhich they have worshiped. They shall not be gathered bnor buried; they shall be like refuse on the face of the earth.
3 “Then adeath shall be chosen rather than life by all the 1residue of those who remain of this evil family, who remain in all the places where I have driven them,” says the LORD of hosts.

The Peril of False Teaching

4 “Moreover you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD:

“Will they fall and not rise? Will one turn away and not return?
5 Why has this people aslidden back, Jerusalem, in a perpetual backsliding? bThey hold fast to deceit, cThey refuse to return.
6 aI listened and heard, But they do not speak aright. bNo man repented of his wickedness, Saying, ‘What have I done?’ Everyone turned to his own course, As the horse rushes into the battle.

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7 “Even athe stork in the heavens Knows her appointed times; And the turtledove, the swift, and the swallow Observe the time of their coming. But bMy people do not know the judgment of the LORD.

8 “How can you say, ‘We are wise, aAnd the law of the LORD is with us’? Look, the false pen of the scribe certainly works falsehood.
9 aThe wise men are ashamed, They are dismayed and taken. Behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD; So bwhat wisdom do they have?
10 Therefore aI will give their wives to others, And their fields to those who will inherit them; Because from the least even to the greatest Everyone is given to bcovetousness; From the prophet even to the priest Everyone deals falsely.
11 For they have ahealed the hurt of the daughter of My people 1slightly, Saying, b‘Peace, peace!’ When there is no peace.
12 Were they aashamed when they had committed abomination? No! They were not at all ashamed, Nor did they know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; In the time of their punishment They shall be cast down,” says the LORD.

13 “I will surely 1consume them,” says the LORD. “No grapes shall be aon the vine, Nor figs on the bfig tree, And the leaf shall fade; And the things I have given them shall cpass away from them.” ’ ”

14 “Why do we sit still? aAssemble yourselves, And let us enter the fortified cities, And let us be silent there. For the LORD our God has put us to silence And given us bwater1 of gall to drink, Because we have sinned against the LORD.

15 “We alooked for peace, but no good came;

7 aSong 2:12
bJer. 5:4; 9:3
8 aRom. 2:17
9 aJer. 6:15
bJer. 4:22
10 aDeut.
28:30 bIs.
56:11; 57:17
11 aJer. 6:14
bEzek. 13:10
12 aJer. 3:3;
13 aJoel 1:17
bMatt. 21:19
cDeut. 28:39,
40 1Or take
them away
14 aJer. 4:5
bJer. 9:15 1Bitter
or poisonous
15 aJer. 14:19
16 aJer. 4:15
bJer. 47:3
17 aPs. 58:4, 5
19 aIs. 39:3
21 aJer. 9:1
bJoel 2:6
22 aJer. 46:11
1 aIs. 22:4
2 aJer. 5:7, 8;
3 aPs. 64:3


And for a time of health, and there was trouble!
16 The snorting of His horses was heard from aDan. The whole land trembled at the sound of the neighing of His bstrong ones; For they have come and devoured the land and all that is in it, The city and those who dwell in it.”

17 “For behold, I will send serpents among you, Vipers which cannot be acharmed, And they shall bite you,” says the LORD.

The Prophet Mourns for the People

18 I would comfort myself in sorrow; My heart is faint in me.
19 Listen! The voice, The cry of the daughter of my people From aa far country: “Is not the LORD in Zion? Is not her King in her?”

“Why have they provoked Me to anger With their carved images— With foreign idols?”

20 “The harvest is past, The summer is ended, And we are not saved!”

21 aFor the hurt of the daughter of my people I am hurt. I am bmourning; Astonishment has taken hold of me.
22 Is there no abalm in Gilead, Is there no physician there? Why then is there no recovery For the health of the daughter of my people?


1 Oh, athat my head were waters, And my eyes a fountain of tears, That I might weep day and night For the slain of the daughter of my people!
2 Oh, that I had in the wilderness A lodging place for travelers; That I might leave my people, And go from them! For athey are all adulterers, An assembly of treacherous men.

3 “And like their bow athey have bent their tongues for lies. They are not valiant for the truth on the earth.

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For they proceed from bevil to evil, And they cdo not know Me,” says the LORD.
4 “Everyonea take heed to his 1neighbor, And do not trust any brother; For every brother will utterly supplant, And every neighbor will bwalk with slanderers.
5 Everyone will adeceive his neighbor, And will not speak the truth; They have taught their tongue to speak lies; They weary themselves to commit iniquity.
6 Your dwelling place is in the midst of deceit; Through deceit they refuse to know Me,” says the LORD.

7 Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts:

“Behold, aI will refine them and 1try them; bFor how shall I deal with the daughter of My people?
8 Their tongue is an arrow shot out; It speaks adeceit; One speaks bpeaceably to his neighbor with his mouth, But 1in his heart he 2lies in wait.
9 aShall I not punish them for these things?” says the LORD. “Shall I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?”

10 I will take up a weeping and wailing for the mountains, And afor the 1dwelling places of the wilderness a lamentation, Because they are burned up, So that no one can pass through; Nor can men hear the voice of the cattle. bBoth the birds of the heavens and the beasts have fled; They are gone.

11 “I will make Jerusalem aa heap of ruins, ba den of jackals. I will make the cities of Judah desolate, without an inhabitant.”

12 aWho is the wise man who may understand this? And who is he to whom the mouth of the LORD has spoken, that he may declare it? Why does the land perish and burn up like a wilderness, so that no one can pass through?
13 And the LORD said, “Because they have forsaken My law which I set before them, and have anot obeyed My voice, nor walked according to it,
14 “but they have awalked accord

3 bJer. 4:22;
13:23 c1 Sam.
4 aMic. 7:5, 6
bJer. 6:28
5 aIs. 59:4
7 aIs. 1:25
bHos. 11:8
8 aPs. 12:2
bPs. 55:21
1Inwardly he
2sets his
9 aJer. 5:9, 29
10 aHos. 4:3
bJer. 4:25 1Or
11 aIs. 25:2 bIs.
13:22; 34:13
12 aHos. 14:9
13 aJer. 3:25;
14 aJer. 7:24;
11:8 bGal. 1:14
15 aPs. 80:5
bLam. 3:15
1Bitter or poisonous
16 aLev. 26:33
bEzek. 5:2
17 a2 Chr.
18 aJer. 9:1;
19 aLev. 18:28
21 aJer. 6:11;
18:21 1Lit.
from outside
2Lit. from the
22 aJer. 8:1, 2
23 a[Eccl. 9:11] bPs. 33:16–18
24 a1 Cor. 1:31

ing to the 1dictates of their own hearts and after the Baals, bwhich their fathers taught them,”
15 therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: “Behold, I will afeed them, this people, bwith wormwood, and give them 1water of gall to drink.
16 “I will ascatter them also among the Gentiles, whom neither they nor their fathers have known. bAnd I will send a sword after them until I have consumed them.”

The People Mourn in Judgment

17 Thus says the LORD of hosts:

“Consider and call for athe mourning women, That they may come; And send for skillful wailing women, That they may come.
18 Let them make haste And take up a wailing for us, That aour eyes may run with tears, And our eyelids gush with water.
19 For a voice of wailing is heard from Zion: ‘How we are plundered! We are greatly ashamed, Because we have forsaken the land, Because we have been cast out of aour dwellings.’ ”

20 Yet hear the word of the LORD, O women, And let your ear receive the word of His mouth; Teach your daughters wailing, And everyone her neighbor a lamentation.
21 For death has come through our windows, Has entered our palaces, To kill off athe children— 1no longer to be outside! And the young men— 2no longer on the streets!

22 Speak, “Thus says the LORD:

‘Even the carcasses of men shall fall aas refuse on the open field, Like cuttings after the harvester, And no one shall gather them.’ ”

23 Thus says the LORD:

a“Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his bmight, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches;
24 But alet him who glories glory in this,

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That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, 1judgment, and righteousness in the earth. bFor in these I delight,” says the LORD.
25 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “that aI will punish all who are circumcised with the uncircumcised—
26 “Egypt, Judah, Edom, the people of Ammon, Moab, and all who are in the afarthest corners, who dwell in the wilderness. For all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are buncircumcised in the heart.”

24 bMic. 7:18
25 a[Rom.
2:28, 29] 26 aJer. 25:23
b[Rom. 2:28]

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The Character of Those Who May Dwell with the LORD

A Psalm of David.

1 LORD, awho may 1abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill?

2 He who walks uprightly, And works righteousness, And speaks the atruth in his heart;
3 He who adoes not backbite with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, bNor does he 1take up a reproach against his friend;

PSALM 15 References

1 aPs. 24:3–5
2 aZech. 8:16;
[Eph. 4:25] 3 a[Lev.
19:16–18] bEx.
23:1 1receive
4 aEsth. 3:2
bLev. 5:4
5 a2 Pet. 1:10

4 aIn whose eyes a vile person is despised, But he honors those who fear the LORD; He who bswears to his own hurt and does not change;
5 He who does not put out his money at usury, Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.

He who does these things ashall never be moved.




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