Jeremiah 7:30-34

30 "For the sons of Judah have done that which is evil in My sight," declares the LORD, "they have 1set their detestable things in the house which is called by My name, to defile it.
31 "They have 2built the high places of Topheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to 3burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I 4did not command, and it did not come into My mind.
32 "5Therefore, behold, days are coming," declares the LORD, "when it will no longer be called Topheth, or the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of the Slaughter; for they will 6bury in Topheth because there is no other place.
33 "The 7dead bodies of this people will be food for the birds of the sky and for the beasts of the earth; and no one will frighten them away.
34 "Then I will make to 8cease from the cities of Judah and from the streets of Jerusalem the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride; for the 9land will become a ruin.

Jeremiah 7:30-34 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO JEREMIAH 7

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.

Jeremiah 7:30-34 In-Context

28 "You shall say to them, 'This is the nation that did not obey the voice of the LORD their God or accept correction; truth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth.
29 'Cut off your hair and cast it away, And take up a lamentation on the bare heights; For the LORD has rejected and forsaken The generation of His wrath.'
30 "For the sons of Judah have done that which is evil in My sight," declares the LORD , "they have set their detestable things in the house which is called by My name, to defile it.
31 "They have built the high places of Topheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command, and it did not come into My mind.
32 "Therefore, behold, days are coming," declares the LORD , "when it will no longer be called Topheth, or the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of the Slaughter; for they will bury in Topheth because there is no other place.
33 "The dead bodies of this people will be food for the birds of the sky and for the beasts of the earth; and no one will frighten them away.
34 "Then I will make to cease from the cities of Judah and from the streets of Jerusalem the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride; for the land will become a ruin.

Cross References 9

  • 1. 2 Kings 21:3; 2 Chr 33:3-5, 7; Jeremiah 32:34, 35; Ezekiel 7:20; Daniel 9:27; Daniel 11:31
  • 2. 2 Kings 23:10; Jeremiah 19:5; Jeremiah 32:35
  • 3. Leviticus 18:21; 2 Kings 17:17; Psalms 106:38
  • 4. Deuteronomy 17:3
  • 5. Jeremiah 19:6, 11
  • 6. 2 Kings 23:10
  • 7. Deuteronomy 28:26; Psalms 79:2; Jeremiah 12:9; Jeremiah 19:7
  • 8. Isaiah 24:7, 8; Jeremiah 16:9; Jeremiah 25:10; Ezekiel 26:13; Hosea 2:11; Revelation 18:23
  • 9. Leviticus 26:33; Isaiah 1:7; Jeremiah 4:27

Footnotes 2

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