Jeremiah 16:5

5 For this is what the LORD says: “Do not enter a house where there is a funeral meal; do not go to mourn or show sympathy, because I have withdrawn my blessing, my love and my pity from this people,” declares the LORD.

Read Jeremiah 16:5 Using Other Translations

For thus saith the LORD, Enter not into the house of mourning, neither go to lament nor bemoan them: for I have taken away my peace from this people, saith the LORD, even lovingkindness and mercies.
"For thus says the LORD: Do not enter the house of mourning, or go to lament or grieve for them, for I have taken away my peace from this people, my steadfast love and mercy, declares the LORD.
This is what the LORD says: “Do not go to funerals to mourn and show sympathy for these people, for I have removed my protection and peace from them. I have taken away my unfailing love and my mercy.

What does Jeremiah 16:5 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Jeremiah 16:5

For thus saith the Lord, enter not into the house of mourning,
&c.] On account of his dead relations or neighbours; since they were taken away from the evil to come, and therefore no occasion to mourn for them: moreover, this was to show the certainty of what is before and after said; that, at the time of the general calamity predicted, there would be no lamentation made for the dead. R. Joseph Kimchi says the word here used signifies, in the Arabic F23 language, a lifting of the voice, either for weeping, or for joy F24; and Jarchi, out of the ancient book Siphri, interprets it a "feast"; and it is rendered a "banquet" in ( Amos 6:7 ) , and so may here design a mourning feast, such as were used at funerals, called by the Greeks (perideipnea) , and by the Latins "parentalia", as Jerom observes. Neither go to lament nor bemoan them; neither go to the house of mourning, or the mourning feast; to the houses of the deceased, to condole the surviving relations, and to express sorrow for the dead, by shedding tears, and shaking the head, or by any other gesture or ceremony after mentioned, For I have taken away my peace from this people, saith the Lord;
all peace or prosperity is of God, and therefore called his, and which he can take away from a people when he pleases; and having determined to take it away from this people because of their sins, he is said to have done it, it being as certain as if it was done: even lovingkindness and mercies;
all benefits, which flowed from his favour, love, and mercy, as the whole of their prosperity did.


F23 <arabic> "magna et vehementi voce praeditus", Golius ex Giggeio, col. 979.
F24 So the word is used in the Chaldee language: as Schindler observes in Lex. col. 1722.
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