Jeremiah 19:5

5 They have built the high places of Baal to burn their children in the fire as offerings to Baal—something I did not command or mention, nor did it enter my mind.

Read Jeremiah 19:5 Using Other Translations

They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind:
and have built the high places of Baal to burn their sons in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal, which I did not command or decree, nor did it come into my mind--
They have built pagan shrines to Baal, and there they burn their sons as sacrifices to Baal. I have never commanded such a horrible deed; it never even crossed my mind to command such a thing!

What does Jeremiah 19:5 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Jeremiah 19:5

They have also built the high places of Baal
Or, they have even built and so the words explain what is before suggested of their idolatry; these were the temples in which they placed his image, and the altars on which they sacrificed to him; as follows: to burn their sons with fire, [for] burnt offerings unto Baal;
the same idol that is sometimes called Moloch, the names being much of the same signification; the one signifying a "lord" or "master"; the other a king; and to the idol under each name they burned their children with fire, and offered them as burnt offerings unto it; which was a most cruel and barbarous way of sacrificing. Some think they only caused them to pass through two fires; but the text is express for it, that they burnt them with fire, and made burnt offerings of them, as they did with slain beasts. It seems very likely that they did both: which I commanded not;
in my law, as the Targum adds; and which was intimation enough to avoid it; though this was not all, he expressly forbad it, ( Leviticus 20:2-5 ) ; nor spake [it], neither came [it] into my mind;
and it is marvellous it should ever enter into the heart of man; none but Satan himself could ever have devised such a way of worship.

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