Jeremiah 29:26

26 ‘The LORD has appointed you priest in place of Jehoiada to be in charge of the house of the LORD; you should put any maniac who acts like a prophet into the stocks and neck-irons.

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Jeremiah 29:26 in Other Translations

KJV
26 The LORD hath made thee priest in the stead of Jehoiada the priest, that ye should be officers in the house of the LORD, for every man that is mad, and maketh himself a prophet, that thou shouldest put him in prison, and in the stocks.
ESV
26 'The LORD has made you priest instead of Jehoiada the priest, to have charge in the house of the LORD over every madman who prophesies, to put him in the stocks and neck irons.
NLT
26 “The LORD has appointed you to replace Jehoiada as the priest in charge of the house of the LORD . You are responsible to put into stocks and neck irons any crazy man who claims to be a prophet.
MSG
26 God set you up as priest replacing priest Jehoiadah. He's put you in charge of God's Temple and made you responsible for locking up any crazy fellow off the street who takes it into his head to be a prophet.
CSB
26 The Lord has appointed you priest in place of Jehoiada the priest to be the chief officer in the temple of the Lord, responsible for every madman who acts like a prophet. You must confine him in stocks and an iron collar.

Jeremiah 29:26 Meaning and Commentary

Jeremiah 29:26

The Lord hath made thee priest in the stead of Jehoiada the
priest
The same with Seraiah, who might have more names than one, and Jehoiada be one of them, who either was removed, or carried captive; and this Zephaniah, his sagan of deputy, succeeded him. Some think he refers to the famous Jehoiada in the times of Joash, a great reformer; and that this man was another such an one for his zeal, or at least ought to be, which he would have him exert against Jeremiah; but the former seems most probable: that ye should be officers in the house of the Lord;
or "visitors", or "overseers" F9 there; that is, Zephaniah, and the rest of the priests; or that he should see to it, that there were proper officers set there, to take care of it, and suffer none to come in and prophesy there, to the hurt of the people, as he would insinuate: for every man [that is] mad, and maketh himself a prophet;
or, "against every man" F11; to prevent all enthusiastic persons, and such as are troubled with a frenzy in their brain, and set up themselves for prophets, from speaking in the name of the Lord; so the true prophets of old, and the apostles of Christ, and faithful ministers of the word, have always been represented as beside themselves, and as taking upon them an office that did not belong to them; and therefore should be restrained and persecuted by the higher powers: that thou shouldest put him in prison, and in the stocks;
the former of these words, according to the Hebrew, signifies an engine or instrument, in which the neck was put, like our pillory; and the latter an iron instrument for the hands, a manacle, or handcuff, as Kimchi; see ( Jeremiah 20:2 ) ; though this rather better agrees with the pillory, being a strait narrow place, in which the hands, feet, and neck, were put F12.


FOOTNOTES:

F9 (Mydyqp) "inspectores", Cocceius, Gataker.
F11 (vya lkl) "adversus omnem virum", Calvin; "contra omnem virum", Schmidt.
F12 Vid. Hottinger. Smegma Orientale, l. 1. c. 7. p. 190.

Jeremiah 29:26 In-Context

24 Tell Shemaiah the Nehelamite,
25 “This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: You sent letters in your own name to all the people in Jerusalem, to the priest Zephaniah son of Maaseiah, and to all the other priests. You said to Zephaniah,
26 ‘The LORD has appointed you priest in place of Jehoiada to be in charge of the house of the LORD; you should put any maniac who acts like a prophet into the stocks and neck-irons.
27 So why have you not reprimanded Jeremiah from Anathoth, who poses as a prophet among you?
28 He has sent this message to us in Babylon: It will be a long time. Therefore build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.’ ”

Cross References 2

  • 1. S 1 Samuel 10:11; 2 Kings 9:11; Hosea 9:7; S John 10:20
  • 2. Jeremiah 20:2
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