Jeremiah 8:18-22

18 You who are my Comforter[a] in sorrow, my heart is faint within me.
19 Listen to the cry of my people from a land far away: “Is the LORD not in Zion? Is her King no longer there?” “Why have they aroused my anger with their images, with their worthless foreign idols?”
20 “The harvest is past, the summer has ended, and we are not saved.”
21 Since my people are crushed, I am crushed; I mourn, and horror grips me.
22 Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people?

Jeremiah 8:18-22 Meaning and Commentary


In this chapter the prophet goes on to denounce grievous calamities upon the people of the Jews; such as would make death more eligible than life; and that because of their idolatry, Jer 8:1-3 and also because of their heinous backslidings in other respects, and continuance in them, Jer 8:4,5 likewise their impenitence and stupidity, Jer 8:6,7 their vain conceit of themselves and their own wisdom; their false interpretation of Scripture, and their rejection of the word of God, Jer 8:8,9 their covetousness, for which it is said their wives and fields should be given to others, Jer 8:10, their flattery of the people, and their impudence, on account of which, ruin and consumption, and a blast on their vines and fig trees, are threatened, Jer 8:11-13, their consternation is described, by their fleeing to their defenced cities; by their sad disappointment in the expectation of peace and prosperity; and the near approach of their enemies; devouring their land, and all in it; who are compared to serpents and cockatrices that cannot be charmed, Jer 8:14-17 and the chapter is closed with the prophet's expressions of sorrow and concern for his people, because of their distress their idolatry had brought upon them; and because of their hopeless, and seemingly irrecoverable, state and condition, Jer 8:18-22.

Cross References 11

  • 1. Lamentations 5:17
  • 2. Deuteronomy 28:64; Jeremiah 9:16
  • 3. Micah 4:9
  • 4. Jeremiah 44:3
  • 5. S Isaiah 41:24
  • 6. S Deuteronomy 32:21
  • 7. S Psalms 94:5
  • 8. Psalms 78:40; Isaiah 43:24; Jeremiah 4:19; Jeremiah 10:19; Jeremiah 14:17; Jeremiah 30:14; Lamentations 2:13; Ezekiel 6:9
  • 9. S Genesis 37:25
  • 10. Job 13:4
  • 11. S Isaiah 1:6; Jeremiah 30:12

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
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