Jeremiah 7:1-11

False Religion Worthless

1 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
2 “Stand at the gate of the LORD’s house and there proclaim this message: “ ‘Hear the word of the LORD, all you people of Judah who come through these gates to worship the LORD.
3 This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Reform your ways and your actions, and I will let you live in this place.
4 Do not trust in deceptive words and say, “This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD!”
5 If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly,
6 if you do not oppress the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm,
7 then I will let you live in this place, in the land I gave your ancestors for ever and ever.
8 But look, you are trusting in deceptive words that are worthless.
9 “ ‘Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury,[a] burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known,
10 and then come and stand before me in this house, which bears my Name, and say, “We are safe”—safe to do all these detestable things?
11 Has this house, which bears my Name, become a den of robbers to you? But I have been watching! declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 7:1-11 Meaning and Commentary


In this chapter the Lord, by the prophet, calls the people of the Jews to repentance and reformation; reproves them for their vain confidence; and threatens them with destruction for their many sins, and particularly idolatry. The preface to all this is in Jer 7:1,2, the exhortation to amendment, encouraged to by a promise that they should dwell in the land, is in Jer 7:3, but this was not to be expected on account of the temple, and temple service; but through a thorough reformation of manners; an exercise of justice, and avoiding all oppression and idolatry, Jer 7:4-7, their vain confidence in the temple is exposed; they fancying that their standing there, and doing the service of it, would atone for their theft, murder, adultery, perjury, and idolatry; and that they might commit these with impunity; wherefore they are let to know, that so doing these they made the temple a house of thieves; and that for such wickedness, what the Lord had done to his place in Shiloh, which they are reminded of, he would to the temple, and to them, reject and cast them off, Jer 6:8-15, and seeing they also had a dependence on the prophet's prayer, he is bid not to pray for them, for his prayers would not he heard; and he is directed to observe their wretched idolatry, of which an instance is given, whereby they provoked the Lord to anger; and therefore he was determined to pour out his fury on man and beast, and on the trees and fruit of the field, Jer 7:16-20 and whereas they trusted in their burnt offerings and sacrifices, these are rejected, as being what were not originally commanded; but obedience to the moral law, and the precepts of it, which they refused to hearken to, though they were oft called upon to it by his servants the prophets, Jer 7:21-26, and it is foretold that the Prophet Jeremy would meet with the same treatment; that they would not hearken to his words, nor answer to his call; and therefore he should declare them a disobedient, incorrigible, and an unfaithful people, Jer 7:27,28 hence, either he, or Jerusalem, is called upon to cut off the hair, as a sign of mourning; for their rejection of the Lord, occasioned by their sins, and especially their idolatry, of which instances are given, Jer 7:29-31 and it is threatened that the place of their idolatry should be a place of slaughter and of burial, till there should be no room for more; and the carcasses of the rest should be the food of fowls and beasts; and all joy should cease from Judah and Jerusalem, Jer 7:32-34.

Cross References 27

  • 1. Jeremiah 17:19
  • 2. Jeremiah 18:11; Jeremiah 26:13; Jeremiah 35:15
  • 3. ver 7
  • 4. S Job 15:31
  • 5. ver 8; Jeremiah 28:15; Micah 3:11
  • 6. ver 3; Jeremiah 18:11; Jeremiah 26:13; Jeremiah 35:15
  • 7. S Exodus 22:22; S Leviticus 25:17; S Isaiah 1:17; Jeremiah 22:3
  • 8. S Jeremiah 5:28; Ezekiel 22:7
  • 9. S 2 Kings 21:16; Jeremiah 2:34; Jeremiah 19:4; Jeremiah 22:3
  • 10. S Exodus 20:3; S Deuteronomy 8:19
  • 11. S Deuteronomy 4:40
  • 12. S Joshua 1:6
  • 13. S Job 15:31
  • 14. S ver 4
  • 15. Exodus 20:15
  • 16. Exodus 20:13
  • 17. Exodus 20:14; S Numbers 25:1
  • 18. Exodus 20:16; S Leviticus 19:12; Zechariah 8:17; Malachi 3:5
  • 19. S Isaiah 1:13
  • 20. Jeremiah 11:13,17; Jeremiah 32:29
  • 21. S Exodus 20:3; Hosea 2:13
  • 22. S Isaiah 48:1
  • 23. ver 30; 2 Kings 21:4-5; Jeremiah 23:11; Jeremiah 32:34; Ezekiel 23:38-39
  • 24. Ezekiel 33:25
  • 25. Isaiah 56:7
  • 26. Matthew 21:13*; Mark 11:17*; Luke 19:46*
  • 27. Genesis 31:50; Judges 11:10; Jeremiah 29:23; Jeremiah 42:5

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or "and swear by false gods"
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