Jeremiah 5:7

7 “Why should I forgive you? Your children have forsaken me and sworn by gods that are not gods. I supplied all their needs, yet they committed adultery and thronged to the houses of prostitutes.

Read Jeremiah 5:7 Using Other Translations

How shall I pardon thee for this? thy children have forsaken me, and sworn by them that are no gods: when I had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots' houses.
"How can I pardon you? Your children have forsaken me and have sworn by those who are no gods. When I fed them to the full, they committed adultery and trooped to the houses of whores.
“How can I pardon you? For even your children have turned from me. They have sworn by gods that are not gods at all! I fed my people until they were full. But they thanked me by committing adultery and lining up at the brothels.

What does Jeremiah 5:7 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Jeremiah 5:7

How shall I pardon thee for this?
&c.] Because of their manifold transgressions, and multiplied backslidings; or "wherefore, or for what, shall I pardon thee?" F18 as the Targum; can any reason be given why I should? what goodness is there in thee, or done by thee, that I should do this unto thee? The particle (ya) , according to Kimchi, is a word of exclamation; and, according to Jarchi, of admiration; and may be rendered, "oh! for this shall I pardon?" how can it be? R. Menachem; in Jarchi, takes it to be the same with (Nya) , "not"; and to be rendered, not for this will I pardon; and so is an affirmation, and fixed resolution not to pardon, and that for the following reasons: thy children have forsaken me;
my worship, as the Targum interprets it; that is, the children of Jerusalem, the inhabitants of it, the common people, as distinguished from their fathers, the civil and ecclesiastical rulers; see ( Matthew 23:37 ) , though not to the exclusion of them; for they were guilty of the same sin in forsaking the word, worship, and ordinances of God: and sworn by them that are no gods;
by the name of idols, as the Targum; or, "by those things which are not god", as Noldius F19 renders the words; who rightly observes, that there were other things besides idols that they swore by, as the heaven and earth, temple, altar with which the Arabic version agrees; when an oath ought only to be taken in the name of the living God; or, "swore without God"; without making mention of the name of the true God: when I had fed them to the full;
with the good things of life; gave them all things richly to enjoy; the best provisions, and fulness of them; so that they had all that heart could wish for. There is in the Hebrew text a beautiful play on words F20, between the word used for swearing in the former clause, and this for feeding here: they then committed adultery;
either idolatry, which is spiritual adultery; or adultery literally taken; as it seems from the following verse. This is the consequence of their being fullly fed; and that is an aggravation of this their sin against God and their neighbour; see ( Deuteronomy 32:13-16 ) : and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots' houses;
either in the temples of idols, or in the stews or brothel houses, where harlots prostituted themselves; their going thither in troops, or in great numbers, shows both how universal and how public this sin was, and how impudent and barefaced they were in the commission of it.


F18 (Kl xloa tazl ya) "ad quid, [vel] ob quid, [vel] quare parcam tibi?" De Dieu.
F19 Ebr. Concord. Part. p. 199. No. 911.
F20 (webvyw) "et juraverunt", (ebvaw) "cum saturarem".
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