14 "Do not pray for this people or offer any plea or petition for them, because I will not listen when they call to me in the time of their distress.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Jeremiah 11:14

Commentary on Jeremiah 11:11-17

(Read Jeremiah 11:11-17)

Evil pursues sinners, and entangles them in snares, out of which they cannot free themselves. Now, in their distress, their many gods and many altars stand them in no stead. And those whose own prayers will not be heard, cannot expect benefit from the prayers of others. Their profession of religion shall prove of no use. When trouble came upon them, they made this their confidence, but God has rejected it. His altar shall yield them no satisfaction. The remembrance of God's former favours to them shall be no comfort under troubles; and his remembrance of them shall be no argument for their relief. Every sin against the Lord is a sin against ourselves, and so it will be found sooner or later.

11 Then the Lord said to me, "Do not pray for the well-being of this people.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Jeremiah 14:11

Commentary on Jeremiah 14:10-16

(Read Jeremiah 14:10-16)

The Lord calls the Jews "this people," not "his people." They had forsaken his service, therefore he would punish them according to their sins. He forbade Jeremiah to plead for them. The false prophets were the most criminal. The Lord pronounces condemnation on them; but as the people loved to have it so, they were not to escape judgments. False teachers encourage men to expect peace and salvation, without repentance, faith, conversion, and holiness of life. But those who believe a lie must not plead if for an excuse. They shall feel what they say they will not fear.