Jeremiah 5:24

24 They do not say in their hearts, 'Let us fear the LORD our God, 1who gives the rain in its season, the autumn rain and the spring rain, and keeps for us 2the weeks appointed for the harvest.'

Jeremiah 5:24 Meaning and Commentary

Jeremiah 5:24

Neither say in their heart
It came not into their mind, they never once thought of it, namely, of what follows, let us now fear the Lord our God;
they were not influenced and engaged to the fear of God, neither by his power in the preceding instance, nor by his goodness in the following one: that giveth rain;
in common, all the year round, at proper times, for the use of men and beasts. This is a pure gift of God, and an instance of his goodness, and is peculiar to him, what none of the gods of the Gentiles could give, ( Jeremiah 14:22 ) : both the former and the later, in his season;
there were two particular seasons in the year in which the land of Israel had rain; the one was in the month Marchesvan, answering to part of October and part of November, and this was the former rain, after the seed was sown in the earth; and the other was in the month of Nisan, answering to part of March and part of April, just before the time of harvest, and this was the latter rain: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest;
which was reckoned by weeks, because of the seven weeks between the passover and pentecost: the barley harvest began at the former, and the wheat harvest at the latter, called the feast of weeks, ( Exodus 34:22 ) and these were appointed of God, the harvest itself, ( Genesis 8:22 ) and the weeks in which it was gathered in, ( Leviticus 23:15 Leviticus 23:16 ) , and these appointments and promises the Lord carefully observed, and faithfully kept.

Jeremiah 5:24 In-Context

22 Do you not fear me? declares the LORD. Do you not tremble before me? I placed the sand as the boundary for the sea, a perpetual barrier that it cannot pass; though the waves toss, they cannot prevail; though they roar, they cannot pass over it.
23 But this people has a stubborn and rebellious heart; they have turned aside and gone away.
24 They do not say in their hearts, 'Let us fear the LORD our God, who gives the rain in its season, the autumn rain and the spring rain, and keeps for us the weeks appointed for the harvest.'
25 Your iniquities have turned these away, and your sins have kept good from you.
26 For wicked men are found among my people; they lurk like fowlers lying in wait. They set a trap; they catch men.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Jeremiah 14:22; Deuteronomy 11:14; Job 5:10; Psalms 147:8; Matthew 5:45
  • 2. Genesis 8:22