7:4 Trust ye not in a lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, [are] these.
(a) Believe not the false prophets, who say that
for the temple's sake, and the sacrifices there the Lord will preserve you,
and so nourish you in your sin, and vain confidence.
7:7 Then b
will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your
fathers, for ever and ever.
(b) God shows on what condition he made his
promise to this temple that they would be a holy people to him, as he would be
a faithful God to them.
Is this house, which is called by my name, become c
a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen [it], saith the LORD.
(c) As thieves hidden in holes and dens think
themselves safe, so when you are in my temple, you think to be covered with
the holiness of it, and that I cannot see your wickedness, (Matthew
7:12 But go ye now to my place which [was] in
Shiloh, d where I set my name at the
first, and see what I did to it for the wickedness of my people Israel.
(d) Because they depended so much on the temple,
which was for his promise, that he would be present and defend them where the
ark was, he sends them to God's judgments against Shiloh, where the ark had
remained about 300 years, and after was taken, the priests slain, and the
people miserably discomfited, (1 Samuel
7:13 And now, because ye have done all these works,
saith the LORD, and I spoke to you, e
rising early and speaking, but ye heard not; and I called you, but f
ye answered not;
(e) That is, I never ceased to warn you, as in (Isaiah
(f) He shows the only remedy to redress our
faults: to allow God to lead us in the way, and to obey his calling, (Isaiah
7:15 And I will cast g
you out of my sight, as I have cast out all your brethren, [even] the whole seed
(g) I will send you into captivity as I have done
Ephraim, that is, the ten tribes.
7:16 Therefore h
pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither
make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee.
(h) To assure them that God had determined with
himself to punish their wickedness, he shows the prayer of the godly cannot
help them, while they remain in their obstinacy against God, and will not use
the means that he uses to call them to repentance, (Jeremiah
7:18 The children gather
wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes
to i the queen of heaven, and to pour
out drink offerings to other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.
(i) That is, they sacrifice to the sun, moon and
stars, which they called the queen of heaven, (Jeremiah
44:17; 2 Kings
For k I spoke not to your fathers, nor
commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt,
concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices:
(k) Showing that it was not his chief purpose and
intent, that they should offer sacrifices, but that they should regard, why
they were ordained: that is, to be joined to the word as seals and
confirmations of remissions of sins in Christ: for without the word they were
vain and unprofitable.
Since the day that your fathers came forth from the land of Egypt to l
this day I have even sent to you all my servants the prophets, daily m
rising early and sending [them]:
(l) Which was about fourteen hundred years.
(m) Read (Jeremiah
7:27 Therefore thou shalt
speak all these words to them; but they n
will not hearken to thee: thou shalt also call to them; but they will not answer
(n) By which he shows that the pastors should not
leave their flocks in their obstinacy, for the Lord will use the means of his
servants to make the wicked more faulty and to prove his.
7:29 Cut off thy o
hair, [O Jerusalem], and cast [it] away, and take up a lamentation on high
places; for the LORD hath rejected and forsaken the generation of his p
(o) In sign of mourning, as in (Job
(p) Against whom he had just opportunity to pour
out his wrath (Micah
7:31 And they have built the
high places of q Tophet, which [is] in
the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the
fire; which I r commanded [them] not,
neither came it into my heart.
(q) Of Topheth, read (2 Kings
(r) But commanded the opposite, as in (Leviticus