Jeremiah 11:4

4 the terms I commanded your ancestors when I brought them out of Egypt, out of the iron-smelting furnace.’ I said, ‘Obey me and do everything I command you, and you will be my people, and I will be your God.

Read Jeremiah 11:4 Using Other Translations

Which I commanded your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, Obey my voice, and do them, according to all which I command you: so shall ye be my people, and I will be your God:
that I commanded your fathers when I brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, Listen to my voice, and do all that I command you. So shall you be my people, and I will be your God,
For I said to your ancestors when I brought them out of the iron-smelting furnace of Egypt, “If you obey me and do whatever I command you, then you will be my people, and I will be your God.”

What does Jeremiah 11:4 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Jeremiah 11:4

Which I commanded your fathers
To observe and keep: in the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt:
that is, quickly after, when they were in the wilderness, and before they came into the land of Canaan. The "day" seems to include the whole time from their coming out of Egypt, to their entrance into Canaan's land; it was in the first year of their coming out from thence that the law was given them on Mount Sinai, ( Exodus 19:1-11 ) , and it was in the fortieth year, and when they were upon the borders of Canaan, that the covenant was made with them in the land of Moab, ( Deuteronomy 1:3 ) ( 29:1 ) : "from the iron furnace"; meaning Egypt, and their bondage and affliction in it, compared to an iron furnace for the grievousness of it, its long continuance, and the use of it to try and prove them; see ( Deuteronomy 4:20 ) ( 1 Kings 8:51 ) : saying, obey my voice;
in the law: and do them;
the commands of it, the words of the covenant: according to all which I command you;
everything was to be done that was commanded, and as it was commanded; a perfect and uniform obedience is to be yielded to the law, in order to enjoy the blessing, or a penalty is incurred: so shall ye be my people, and I will be your God;
this is the tenor of the covenant of works; covenant interest in God, according to the law, depends upon obedience; that is the condition of it; but the covenant of grace is not clogged with such a condition; but runs absolutely, they shall be my people, and I will be their God,
( Jeremiah 32:39 ) .

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