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Jeremiah 18:12

12 But they will reply, ‘It’s no use. We will continue with our own plans; we will all follow the stubbornness of our evil hearts.’ ”

Read Jeremiah 18:12 Using Other Translations

And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart.
"But they say, 'That is in vain! We will follow our own plans, and will every one act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.'
But the people replied, “Don’t waste your breath. We will continue to live as we want to, stubbornly following our own evil desires.”

What does Jeremiah 18:12 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Jeremiah 18:12

And they said, there is no hope
Or, "but they said" F23; not that there was no hope of the grace and mercy of God, upon their repentance and reformation, for that is before declared; but that they were so hardened in their sins, so fixed in their wicked courses, and so determined to go on in them, that there was no room for the prophet to hope of ever reclaiming them; signifying, that it was to little purpose to talk to them, or exhort them; his labour would be in vain; for they were at a point, and resolved to continue in their evil practices, let the consequences be what they would. Jarchi's note is,

``but I know that they will say to thee concerning thy words, that we do not care for them;''
no, not a rush; you may as well hold your peace and say nothing; we are in no pain about future judgments, these give us no uneasiness. The Targum is,
``we are turned from thy worship;''
and we are resolved to continue as we are, and not to return to say what you will: but we will walk after our own devices;
God may take his way, and we will take ours; he has devised evil against us, you say, and he may bring it if he pleases; we have devised sin, and we shall go on in it: and we will do everyone the imagination of his evil heart;
whatsoever our hearts suggest to us as pleasant and agreeable, that we shall do, let the issue be what it will: it is not to be thought that these people expressed themselves in so many words; but this was the language of their hearts, and of their actions, known unto the Lord, and are put into this form by him, or by the prophet, expressing the real sentiments of their minds.
FOOTNOTES:

F23 (wrmaw) "sed dixerunt", Schmidt; "sed dicunt", Piscator.
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