11:3 And say thou to them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel; a Cursed [be] the man that obeyeth not the words of this covenant,
(a) He calls the Jews to the consideration of
God's mercy, who freely chose them, made a covenant of eternal happiness
with them and how he ever performed it on his behalf and how they ever showed
themselves rebellious and ingrate toward him, and broke it on their part, and
so are subject to the curse of the law, (Deuteronomy
11:5 That I may perform the
oath which I have sworn to your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk
and honey, as [it is] this day. Then answered b
I, and said, So be it, O LORD.
(b) Thus he speaks in the person of the people,
who agreed to the covenant.
11:7 For I earnestly
protested to your fathers in the day [that] I brought them out of the land of
Egypt, [even] to this day, c rising
early and protesting, saying, Obey my voice.
(c) Read (Jeremiah
11:8 Yet they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear,
but walked every one in the imagination of their d
evil heart: therefore I will bring upon them all the e
words of this covenant, which I commanded [them] to do; but they did [them] not.
(d) According to his own fantasy, and not as my
word appointed him.
(e) Meaning, the menaces and curses contained in
the law, (Leviticus
11:9 And the LORD said to me, A f
conspiracy is found among the men of Judah, and among the inhabitants of
(f) That is, general consent to rebel against me.
11:11 Therefore thus saith
the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to
escape; and though they shall cry to me, g
I will not hearken to them.
(g) Because they will not pray with true faith
and repentance, but for the pain and grief which they feel, (Proverbs
For [according to] the number of thy cities were thy gods, O Judah; and
[according to] the number of the streets of Jerusalem have ye set up altars to
[that] shameful thing, [even] altars to burn incense to Baal.
(h) Read (Jeremiah
11:14 Therefore i
pray not thou for this people, neither lift up a cry or prayer for them: for I
will not hear [them] in the time when they cry to me for their trouble.
(i) Read (Jeremiah
11:15 What hath my k
beloved to do in my house, [seeing] she hath wrought lewdness with many, and the
holy flesh l is passed from thee? when
thou doest evil, then thou rejoicest.
(k) My people of Israel whom I have greatly loved
(l) Meaning, that they offer not in the temple to
God, but on the altars of Baal and the idols and so rejoiced in their
11:16 The LORD called thy name, A green olive
tree, fair, [and] of goodly fruit: with the m
noise of a great tumult he hath kindled fire upon it, and the branches of it are
(m) Of the Babylonians and Chaldeans.
11:18 And the LORD hath
given me knowledge [of it], and I know [it]: then thou didst show me n
(n) Who went about secretly to conspire my death.
11:19 But I [was] like a lamb [or] an ox [that] is
brought to the slaughter; and I knew not that they had devised plots against me,
[saying], Let us o destroy the tree with
its fruit, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may
be no more remembered.
(o) Let us destroy the prophet and his doctrine.
Some read "Let us corrupt his meat with wood", meaning poison.
11:20 But, O LORD of hosts, that judgest
righteously, that triest the reins and the heart, let me see thy p
vengeance on them: for to thee have I revealed my cause.
(p) Thus he spoke not out of hatred, but being
moved with the Spirit of God, he desires the advancement of God's glory, and
the verifying of his word, which is by the destruction of his enemies.
11:21 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the
men of q Anathoth, that seek thy life,
saying, r Prophesy not in the name of
the LORD, that thou die not by our hand:
(q) That is, both the priests and the rest of the
people: for this town was the priests, and they dwelt in it, (Jeremiah
(r) Not that they could not abide to hear God
named; (for in this they would show themselves most holy) but because they
could not abide to be sharply reproved, and therefore desired to be flattered
30:10), to be maintained in their pleasures (Micah
2:11) and not to hear vice condemned (Amos