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Jeremiah 15:1

The Lord Will Not Relent

1 Then the LORD said to me, 1"Though 2Moses 3and Samuel 4stood before me, yet my heart would not turn toward this people. Send them out of my sight, and let them go!

Jeremiah 15:1 Meaning and Commentary

Jeremiah 15:1

Then said the Lord unto me
In answer to his expostulations and entreaties, ( Jeremiah 14:19-22 ) , though Moses and Samuel stood before me;
to pray before me, as the Targum; to make intercession for the people. Standing is a prayer gesture. The Jews say there is no standing but prayer, or that is meant when it is mentioned; (See Gill on Matthew 6:5). Moses and Samuel were named, because they were eminent for prayer, and had success in it, for the people of Israel. Of Moses, see ( Exodus 32:11 Exodus 32:31 Exodus 32:32 ) ( Numbers 14:17-19 ) and of Samuel, see ( 1 Samuel 7:9 ) and of both, ( Psalms 99:6 ) . The Arabic version reads "Moses and Aaron", but wrongly. The Palmists make use of this text to prove the intercession of saints in heaven for those on earth; but the words are only a supposition, and not a fact. The meaning is, that supposing that Moses and Samuel were alive, and made intercession for the people, their prayers would not be regarded; and such a supposition, as it suggests that they were not alive, so that they did not stand before him, and make intercession for Judah; wherefore this is against, and not for, the intercession of saints in heaven: yet my mind could not be towards this people;
God could have no good will to them, no delight in them; could not be reconciled to them, or agree to it, that the favours asked for should be granted them, or that they should be continued in their own land; and therefore it was in vain for the prophet to solicit on their account; but, on the other hand, it is ordered as follows: cast them out of my sight;
or presence; as persons loathsome and abominable, not to be borne; I cannot look upon them, or have anything to say to them, in a favourable way: and let them go forth;
from my presence, from the temple, the city, and out of their own land; that is, declare that so it shall be.

Jeremiah 15:1 In-Context

1 Then the LORD said to me, "Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my heart would not turn toward this people. Send them out of my sight, and let them go!
2 And when they ask you, 'Where shall we go?' you shall say to them, 'Thus says the LORD: "'Those who are for pestilence, to pestilence, and those who are for the sword, to the sword; those who are for famine, to famine, and those who are for captivity, to captivity.'
3 I will appoint over them four kinds of destroyers, declares the LORD: the sword to kill, the dogs to tear, and the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy.
4 And I will make them a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth because of what Manasseh the son of Hezekiah, king of Judah, did in Jerusalem.
5 "Who will have pity on you, O Jerusalem, or who will grieve for you? Who will turn aside to ask about your welfare?

Cross References 4

  • 1. Psalms 99:6; [Ezekiel 14:14]
  • 2. [Psalms 106:23]; See Exodus 32:11-13
  • 3. [1 Samuel 7:9; 1 Samuel 8:6; 1 Samuel 12:23; 1 Samuel 15:11]
  • 4. Jeremiah 35:19; [ver. 19]