Jeremiah 9:6

6 Oppression upon oppression, deceit upon deceit! They refuse to know me, says the Lord.

Jeremiah 9:6 Meaning and Commentary

Jeremiah 9:6

Thine habitation is in the midst of deceit
In the midst of a people of deceit, as Kimchi and Ben Molech. These are the words of the Lord to the prophet, showing what a people he dwelt among, and had to do with; how cautiously and prudently he should act; how little they were to be trusted to and depended upon; and what little hope there was of bringing them to true repentance, since there was so much deceit and hypocrisy among them. The Targum interprets the words not of the habitation of the prophet, but of the people, thus,

``they sit in the house of their own congregation, and talk of their iniquities deceitfully;''
and so Jarchi,
``while they are sitting they devise deceitful devices.''
Through deceit they refuse to know me, saith the Lord:
or, "because of deceit" F20; hypocrisy being a reigning and governing sin in them; they liked not the true knowledge of God, and refused to worship him according to the revelation of his will.

F20 (hmrmb) "ob dolum", Schmidt.

Jeremiah 9:6 In-Context

4 Beware of your neighbors, and put no trust in any of your kin; for all your kin are supplanters, and every neighbor goes around like a slanderer.
5 They all deceive their neighbors, and no one speaks the truth; they have taught their tongues to speak lies; they commit iniquity and are too weary to repent.
6 Oppression upon oppression, deceit upon deceit! They refuse to know me, says the Lord.
7 Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts: I will now refine and test them, for what else can I do with my sinful people?
8 Their tongue is a deadly arrow; it speaks deceit through the mouth. They all speak friendly words to their neighbors, but inwardly are planning to lay an ambush.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Cn: Heb [Your dwelling in the midst of deceit]
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