NASB — Jeremiah 8 — KJV

The Sin and Treachery of Judah

1 “At that time,” declares the LORD, “they will abring out the bones of the kings of Judah and the bones of its princes, and the bones of the priests and the bones of the prophets, and the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem from their graves. 2 They will spread them out to the sun, the moon and to all the ahost of heaven, which they have loved and which they have served, and which they have gone after and which they have sought, and which they have worshiped. They will not be gathered bor buried; cthey will be as dung on the face of the ground. 3 And adeath will be chosen rather than life by all the remnant that remains of this evil family, that remains in all the bplaces to which I have driven them,” declares the LORD of hosts. 4 “You shall say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD,
  “Do [men] afall and not get up again?
  Does one turn away and not Irepent?
  5 “Why then has this people, Jerusalem,
  aTurned away in continual apostasy?
  They bhold fast to deceit,
  They crefuse to return.
  6 “I ahave listened and heard,
  They have spoken what is not right;
  bNo man repented of his wickedness,
  Saying, ‘What have I done?’
  Everyone turned to his course,
  Like a chorse charging into the battle.
  7 “Even the stork in the sky
  aKnows her seasons;
  And the bturtledove and the swift and the thrush
  Observe the time of their Imigration;
  But cMy people do not know
  The ordinance of the LORD.

[1] aEzk 6:5
[2] a2K 23:5; Jr 19:13; Zp 1:5; Ac 7:42 bJr 22:19; 36:30 c2K 9:37; Ps 83:10; Jr 9:22
[3] aJb 3:21, 22; 7:15, 16; Jna 4:3; Rv 9:6 bDt 30:1, 4; Jr 23:3, 8; 29:14
[4] ILit turn back aPv 24:16; Am 5:2; Mi 7:8
[5] aJr 5:6; 7:24 bJr 5:27; 9:6 cJr 5:3
[6] aPs 14:2; Mal 3:16 bEzk 22:30; Mi 7:2; Rv 9:20 cJb 39:21-25
[7] ILit coming aPv 6:6-8; Is 1:3 bSo 2:12 cJr 5:4

  8 ¶ “aHow can you say, ‘We are wise,
  And the law of the LORD is with us’?
  But behold, the lying pen of the scribes
  Has made [it] into a lie.
  9 “The wise men are aput to shame,
  They are dismayed and caught;
  Behold, they have brejected the word of the LORD,
  And what kind of wisdom do they have?
  10 “Therefore I will agive their wives to others,
  Their fields to Inew owners;
  Because from the least even to the greatest
  Everyone is bgreedy for gain;
  From the prophet even to the priest
  Everyone practices deceit.
  11 “They aheal the brokenness of the daughter of My people superficially,
  Saying, ‘Peace, peace,’
  But there is no peace.
  12 “Were they aashamed because of the abomination they had done?
  They certainly were not ashamed,
  And they did not know how to blush;
  Therefore they shall bfall among those who fall;
  At the ctime of their punishment they shall be brought down,”
  Says the LORD.

[8] aJb 5:12, 13; Jr 4:22; Ro 1:22
[9] aIs 19:11; Jr 6:15; 1Co 1:27 bJr 6:19
[10] ILit possessing ones aDt 28:30; Jr 6:12, 13; 38:22f bIs 56:11; 57:17; Jr 6:13
[11] aJr 6:14; 14:13, 14; Lm 2:14; Ezk 13:10
[12] aPs 52:1, 7; Is 3:9; Jr 3:3; 6:15; Zp 3:5 bIs 9:14; Jr 6:21; Ho 4:5 cDt 32:35; Jr 10:15

  13 ¶ “I will asurely snatch them away,” declares the LORD;
  “There will be bno grapes on the vine
  And cno figs on the fig tree,
  And the leaf will wither;
  And what I have given them will pass away.”’”
  14 Why are we sitting still?
  aAssemble yourselves, and let us bgo into the fortified cities
  And let us perish there,
  Because the LORD our God has doomed us
  And given us cpoisoned water to drink,
  For dwe have sinned against the LORD.
  15 [We] awaited for peace, but no good [came];
  For a time of healing, but behold, terror!
  16 From aDan is heard the snorting of his horses;
  At the sound of the neighing of his bstallions
  The whole land quakes;
  For they come and cdevour the land and its fullness,
  The city and its inhabitants.
  17 “For behold, I am asending serpents against you,
  Adders, for which there is bno charm,
  And they will bite you,” declares the LORD.

[13] aJr 14:12; Ezk 22:20, 21 bJr 5:17; 7:20; Jol 1:7 cMt 21:19; Lk 13:6
[14] aJr 4:5 b2S 20:6; Jr 35:11 cDt 29:18; Ps 69:21; Jr 9:15; 23:15; Lm 3:19; Mt 27:34 dJr 3:25; 14:20
[15] aJr 8:11; 14:19
[16] aJg 18:29; Jr 4:15 bJg 5:22 cJr 3:24; 10:25
[17] aNu 21:6; Dt 32:24 bPs 58:4, 5

  18IMy asorrow is beyond healing,
  My bheart is faint [within me]!
  19 Behold, listen! The cry of the daughter of my people from a adistant land:
  “Is the LORD not in Zion? Is her King not within her?”
  “Why have they bprovoked Me with their graven images, with foreign Icidols?”
  20 “Harvest is past, summer is ended,
  And we are not saved.”
  21 For the abrokenness of the daughter of my people I am broken;
  I bmourn, dismay has taken hold of me.
  22 Is there no abalm in Gilead?
  Is there no physician there?
  bWhy then has not the Ihealth of the daughter of my people IIbeen restored?

[18] ISo Gr and versions aIs 22:4; Lm 1:16, 17 bJr 23:9; Lm 5:17
[19] ILit vanities aIs 13:5; 39:3; Jr 4:16; 9:16 bDt 32:21; Jr 7:19 cPs 31:6
[21] aJr 4:19; 9:1; 14:17 bJr 14:2; Jol 2:6; Na 2:10
[22] IOr healing IILit gone up aGn 37:25; Jr 46:11 bJr 14:19; 30:13


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The calamity of the Jews, both dead and alive.

1 ¶ At that time, saith the LORD, they shall bring out the bones of the kings of Judah, and the bones of his princes, and the bones of the priests, and the bones of the prophets, and the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, out of their graves: 2 And they shall spread them before the sun, and the moon, and all the host of heaven, whom they have loved, and whom they have served, and after whom they have walked, and whom they have sought, and whom they have worshipped: they shall not be gathered, nor be buried; they shall be for dung upon the face of the earth. 3 And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue of them that remain of this evil family, which remain in all the places whither I have driven them, saith the LORD of hosts.

[1] 1K 13:2; 2K 23:16, 20; 2Ch 34:4; Jr 7:32; Ezk 6:5; 37:1; Am 2:1.
[2] Dt 4:19; 17:3; 2K 9:36; 17:16; 21:3, 5; 23:5; 2Ch 33:3; Ps 83:10; Ec 6:3; Jr 9:22; 16:4; 19:13; 22:19; 36:30; 44:17; Ezk 8:16; Zp 1:5, 17; Ac 7:42.
[3] Dt 30:1, 4; 1K 19:4; Jb 3:20; 7:15; Jr 20:14; 23:3, 8; 29:14, 28; 32:36; 40:12; Dn 9:7; Jna 4:3; Rv 6:16; 9:6.

He upbraideth their foolish and shameless impenitency.

4 ¶ Moreover thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD; Shall they fall, and not arise? shall he turn away, and not return? 5 Why [then] is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return. 6 I hearkened and heard, [but] they spake not aright: no man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle. 7 Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD. 8 How do ye say, We [are] wise, and the law of the LORD [is] with us? Lo, certainly in vain made he [it]; the pen of the scribes [is] in vain. 9 The wise [men] are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the LORD; and what wisdom [is] in them? 10 Therefore will I give their wives unto others, [and] their fields to them that shall inherit [them]: for every one from the least even unto the greatest is given to covetousness, from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely. 11 For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when [there is] no peace. 12 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.

[4] 1K 8:38; Pv 24:16; Is 44:22; 55:7; Jr 3:1, 22; 4:1; 8:4, 14, 17, 18, 21; 9:1; 23:14; 36:3; Ezk 18:23; Ho 6:1; 7:10; 14:1; Am 5:2; Mi 7:8.
[5] Pv 4:13; Is 1:20; 30:10; 44:20; Jr 2:32; 3:11; 5:3; 7:24; 9:6; Ho 4:16; 11:7; Zc 7:11; Jn 5:40; 1Th 5:21; 2Th 2:9; He 12:25; Rv 2:25.
[6] Jb 10:2; 33:27; 39:19; Ps 14:2; Is 30:18; 59:16; Jr 2:24; 5:1; Ezk 18:28; 22:30; Mi 7:2; Hg 1:5, 7; Mal 3:16; Lk 15:17; 2P 3:9.
[7] Pv 6:6; So 2:12; Is 1:3; 5:12; Jr 5:4.
[8] Jb 5:12; 11:12; 12:20; Ps 147:19; Pv 17:6; Is 10:1; Ho 8:12; Mt 15:6; Jn 9:41; Ro 1:22; 2:17; 1Co 3:18.
[9] Dt 4:6; Jb 5:12; Ps 19:7; 119:98; Is 8:20; 19:11; Jr 6:15; 49:7; Ezk 7:26; 1Co 1:18, 26; 2Ti 3:15.
[10] Dt 28:30; Is 28:7; 56:10; Jr 5:31; 6:12, 13; 23:11, 25; 32:32; Lm 4:13; Ezk 22:27; 33:31; Am 5:11; Mi 3:5, 11; Zp 1:13; Tit 1:7, 11; 2P 2:1.
[11] 1K 22:6, 13; Jr 6:14; 14:14; 27:9; 28:3; Lm 2:14; Ezk 13:10, 22; Mi 2:11.
[12] Dt 32:35; Ps 52:1, 7; Is 3:9; 9:13; 24:2; Jr 3:3; 6:15; Ezk 22:25; Ho 4:5; 5:9; Zp 3:5; Php 3:19.

He sheweth their grievous judgment,

13 ¶ I will surely consume them, saith the LORD: [there shall be] no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree, and the leaf shall fade; and [the things that] I have given them shall pass away from them. 14 Why do we sit still? assemble yourselves, and let us enter into the defenced cities, and let us be silent there: for the LORD our God hath put us to silence, and given us water of gall to drink, because we have sinned against the LORD. 15 We looked for peace, but no good [came; and] for a time of health, and behold trouble! 16 The snorting of his horses was heard from Dan: the whole land trembled at the sound of the neighing of his strong ones; for they are come, and have devoured the land, and all that is in it; the city, and those that dwell therein. 17 For, behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which [will] not [be] charmed, and they shall bite you, saith the LORD.

[13] Lv 26:20; Dt 28:39; Ps 1:3; Is 5:4, 10; 24:21; Jr 17:8; Ezk 22:19; 24:3; Ho 2:8; Jol 1:7, 10; Hab 3:17; Hg 1:11; 2:17; Mt 21:19; Lk 13:6; Jm 1:11.
[14] Lv 10:3; Nu 5:18; Dt 32:32; 2S 20:6; 2K 7:3; Ps 39:2; 69:21; Jr 4:5; 9:15; 23:15; 35:11; Lm 3:19, 27; Am 6:10; Hab 2:20; Zc 2:13; Mt 27:34.
[15] Jr 4:10; 14:19; Mi 1:12; 1Th 5:3.
[16] Jg 5:22; 18:29; 20:1; Ps 24:1; Jr 4:15, 24; 6:23; 47:3; Na 1:4; 3:2; Hab 3:10; 1Co 10:26, 28.
[17] Dt 32:24; Ps 58:4; Ec 10:11; Is 14:29; Am 5:19; 9:3; Rv 9:19.

and bewaileth their desperate estate.

18 ¶ [When] I would comfort myself against sorrow, my heart [is] faint in me. 19 Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people because of them that dwell in a far country: [Is] not the LORD in Zion? [is] not her king in her? Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, [and] with strange vanities? 20 The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved. 21 For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me. 22 [Is there] no balm in Gilead; [is there] no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?

[18] Jb 7:13; Is 22:4; Jr 6:24; 10:19; Lm 1:16; Dn 10:16; Hab 3:16.
[19] Dt 32:16; Ps 135:21; 146:10; 149:2; Is 1:4; 12:6; 13:5; 33:22; 39:3; 52:1; Jr 4:16, 30; 8:5; 14:19; 31:6; Jol 2:32; 3:21; Ob 1:17; Rv 2:1.
[20] Pv 10:5; Mt 25:1; Lk 13:25; 19:44; He 3:7.
[21] Ne 2:3; Ps 137:3; So 1:5; Jr 4:19; 9:1; 14:17; 17:16; Jol 2:6; Na 2:10; Lk 19:41; Ro 9:1.
[22] Gn 37:25; 43:11; Is 1:5; Jr 30:12; 46:11; 51:8; Mt 9:11; Lk 5:31; 8:43.


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