Jeremiah 5:27

27 Like a cage full of birds, so their houses are full of deceit. Therefore they have grown powerful and rich.

Jeremiah 5:27 Meaning and Commentary

Jeremiah 5:27

As a cage is full of birds
Jarchi and Kimchi understand it of a place in which fowls, are brought up and fattened, what we call a "pen"; and, so the Targum renders it, a house or place of fattening. The word is rendered a "basket" in ( Amos 8:1 Amos 8:2 ) and may here design one in which birds taken in snares, or by hawking, were put. The Septuagint version, and those that follow it, render it, "a snare": which agrees with what goes before. It seems to intend a decoy, in which many birds are put to allure others; and, what with them, and those that are drawn in by them, it becomes very full; and this sense of the comparison is favoured by the rendition or application, which follows: so are their houses full of deceit;
of mammon, gathered by deceit, as Kimchi interprets it; ungodly mammon; riches got in a fraudulent way, by cozening and cheating, tricking and overreaching: therefore they are become great;
in worldly things, and in the esteem of men, and in their own opinion, though of no account with God: and waxen rich;
not with the true riches, the riches of grace, the unsearchable riches of Christ, his durable riches and righteousness; nor indeed with the riches of the world, honestly and lawfully gotten; but with unrighteous mammon.

Jeremiah 5:27 In-Context

25 Your guilty acts have diverted these things [from you]. Your sins have withheld [My] bounty from you,
26 for wicked men live among My people. They watch like fowlers lying in wait. They set a trap; they catch men.
27 Like a cage full of birds, so their houses are full of deceit. Therefore they have grown powerful and rich.
28 They have become fat and sleek. They have also excelled in evil matters. They have not taken up cases, such as the case of orphans, so they might prosper, and they have not defended the rights of the needy.
29 Should I not punish them for these things? [This is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the Lord's declaration. Should I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?