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Jeremiah 14

Introduction

1The grievous famine,
7causes Jeremiah to pray.
10The Lord will not be intreated for the people.
13Lying prophets are no excuse for them.
17Jeremiah is moved to complain for them.

Verse 1

The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah concerning the dearth.
A. M. 3399. B.C. 605. The word. This discourse is supposed to have been delivered after the fourth year of Jehoiakim. The Hebrew {batzaroth,} rendered dearth, signifies restraint, that is, "when the heaven is shut up that there is no rain;" which Houbigant thinks happened early in the reign of Zedekiah
the dearth
Heb. the words of the dearths, or restraints.
17:8
Reciprocal: Genesis 12:10 - was a; Genesis 41:55 - famished; Genesis 47:13 - so that; Leviticus 26:19 - make; Deuteronomy 11:17 - shut up; Deuteronomy 28:23 - General; Joshua 15:57 - Timnah; Ruth 1:1 - a famine; 2 Samuel 21:1 - a famine; 2 Samuel 21:14 - God; 1 Kings 8:35 - heaven; 2 Kings 4:38 - a dearth; 2 Chronicles 6:26 - if they pray; Haggai 1:10 - General

Verse 2

Judah mourneth, and the gates thereof languish; they are black unto the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up.
mourneth
4:28; 12:4; Isaiah 3:26; Hosea 4:3; Joel 1:10
the gates
Isaiah 24:4,7; 33:9
they
8:21; Lamentations 2:9; 4:8,9; 5:10; Joel 2:6
the cry
11:11; 18:22; Exodus 2:24; 1 Samuel 5:12; 9:16; Job 34:28; Isaiah 5:7; 15:5; Zechariah 7:13
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 28:16 - in the field; 1 Kings 18:2 - a sore; Jeremiah 4:26 - the fruitful; Jeremiah 12:11 - it mourneth; Jeremiah 23:10 - the land; Jeremiah 46:12 - thy cry; Lamentations 1:4 - ways; Lamentations 2:8 - he made; Amos 1:2 - the habitations; Habakkuk 3:17 - the fig tree

Verse 3

And their nobles have sent their little ones to the waters: they came to the pits, and found no water; they returned with their vessels empty; they were ashamed and confounded, and covered their heads.
their nobles
1 Kings 18:5,6
pits
2:13; 1 Kings 17:7; 2 Kings 18:31; Joel 1:20; Amos 4:8
they were
2:26,27; 20:11; Psalms 40:14; 109:29; Isaiah 45:16,17
covered
4; 2 Samuel 15:30; 19:4; Esther 6:12
Reciprocal: Genesis 21:15 - the water; Exodus 24:11 - nobles; Job 6:20 - confounded; Psalm 107:33 - watersprings; Isaiah 5:13 - multitude; Isaiah 22:17 - cover; Jeremiah 15:18 - and as; Jeremiah 48:12 - empty; Jeremiah 51:51 - shame; Joel 1:11 - ashamed; 2 Peter 2:17 - are wells

Verse 4

Because the ground is chapt, for there was no rain in the earth, the plowmen were ashamed, they covered their heads.
the ground
Leviticus 26:19,20; Deuteronomy 28:23,24; 29:23; Joel 1:19,20
the plowmen
Joel 1:11,17
Reciprocal: 1 Samuel 9:19 - the seer; 2 Samuel 15:30 - his head covered; Esther 6:12 - having; Job 6:20 - confounded; Job 9:24 - he covereth; Job 36:33 - the cattle; Isaiah 19:7 - every; Jeremiah 3:3 - the showers; Jeremiah 14:3 - covered; Amos 4:7 - I have; Haggai 1:6 - have; Zechariah 14:17 - even

Verse 5

Yea, the hind also calved in the field, and forsook it, because there was no grass.
Job 39:1-4; Psalms 29:9
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 11:15 - And I will; 1 Kings 18:5 - grass; Psalm 104:14 - causeth; Lamentations 1:6 - harts; Joel 1:18 - General; Romans 8:20 - the creature

Verse 6

And the wild asses did stand in the high places, they snuffed up the wind like dragons; their eyes did fail, because there was no grass.
the wild
2:24; Job 39:5,6
they
They sucked in the air, for want of water, to cool their internal heat.
their
1 Samuel 14:29; Lamentations 4:17; 5:17; Joel 1:18
Reciprocal: 1 Kings 18:5 - grass; Job 6:5 - loweth; Psalm 104:14 - causeth; Jeremiah 9:10 - because; Lamentations 1:6 - harts; Romans 8:20 - the creature

Verse 7

O LORD, though our iniquities testify against us, do thou it for thy name's sake: for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against thee.
though
Isaiah 59:12; Hosea 5:5; 7:10
do
20,21; Deuteronomy 32:27; Joshua 7:9; Psalms 25:11; 115:1; Ezekiel 20:9,14,22; Daniel 9:9,18,19; Ephesians 1:6,12
for our
2:19; 3:6; 5:6; Ezra 9:6,7,15; Nehemiah 9:33,34; Daniel 9:5-16
Reciprocal: Genesis 18:20 - the cry; Deuteronomy 9:28 - Because; Judges 20:47 - six hundred; 1 Samuel 12:22 - for his great; 1 Kings 20:28 - therefore will; Job 23:3 - Oh that; Psalm 31:3 - for thy; Psalm 79:9 - for thy; Psalm 106:8 - he saved; Isaiah 48:9 - my name's; Jeremiah 18:20 - Remember; Jeremiah 31:22 - backsliding; Hosea 4:16 - slideth; Hosea 11:7 - are bent; Hosea 14:4 - heal; Amos 7:2 - O Lord; Luke 13:8 - let; John 17:11 - thine; 1 John 2:12 - for

Verse 8

O the hope of Israel, the saviour thereof in time of trouble, why shouldest thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring man that turneth aside to tarry for a night?
the hope
17:13; 50:7; Joel 3:16; Acts 28:20; 1 Timothy 1:1
saviour
Isaiah 43:3,11; 45:15,21
in time
Psalms 9:9; 37:39,40; 46:1; 50:15; 91:15; 138:7; 2 Corinthians 1:4,5
why
Psalms 10:1
a wayfaring
Judges 19:17
Reciprocal: Job 29:5 - the Almighty; Psalm 69:18 - Draw; Song of Solomon 6:1 - that; Isaiah 33:2 - our salvation; Isaiah 63:8 - so he; Jeremiah 3:23 - in the Lord; Jeremiah 16:13 - into a; John 4:40 - they; Romans 15:13 - the God; Ephesians 2:12 - having; Ephesians 4:4 - as

Verse 9

Why shouldest thou be as a man astonied, as a mighty man that cannot save? yet thou, O LORD, art in the midst of us, and we are called by thy name; leave us not.
cannot
Numbers 11:23; 14:15,16; Psalms 44:23-26; Isaiah 50:1,2; 51:9; 59:1
art
Exodus 29:45,46; Leviticus 26:11,12; Deuteronomy 23:14; Psalms 46:5; Isaiah 12:6; Zechariah 2:5; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Revelation 21:3
we are called by thy name
Heb. thy name is called upon us.
15:16; Isaiah 63:19; Daniel 9:18,19; *margins
leave
1 Samuel 12:22; Psalms 27:9; Hebrews 13:5
Reciprocal: Genesis 48:16 - my name; Numbers 6:27 - put my; Amos 9:12 - which are called by my name; Habakkuk 1:2 - and thou wilt not save

Verse 10

Thus saith the LORD unto this people, Thus have they loved to wander, they have not refrained their feet, therefore the LORD doth not accept them; he will now remember their iniquity, and visit their sins.
have they
2:23-25,36; 3:1,2; 8:5; Hosea 11:7,9
refrained
2:25; Psalms 119:101
the Lord
6:20; Amos 5:22; Malachi 1:8-13
he will
31:34; 44:21,22; 1 Samuel 15:2; 1 Kings 17:18; Psalms 109:14,15; Hosea 8:13; 9:9; Hebrews 8:12
Reciprocal: Genesis 19:21 - I; Leviticus 7:18 - it shall; Leviticus 18:25 - therefore; Proverbs 1:15 - refrain; Ezekiel 29:16 - bringeth; Hosea 7:2 - I remember

Verse 11

Then said the LORD unto me, Pray not for this people for their good.
7:16; 11:14; 15:1; Exodus 32:32-34
Reciprocal: Genesis 20:7 - pray; Exodus 32:10 - let me alone; Deuteronomy 9:14 - Let me; 1 Samuel 16:1 - seeing; Job 42:8 - my servant Job shall; Jeremiah 4:28 - because; Lamentations 3:44 - that; Ezekiel 14:14 - Job; Ezekiel 20:4 - judge them; Ezekiel 23:36 - judge; 1 John 5:16 - I do not

Verse 12

When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and an oblation, I will not accept them: but I will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence.
they fast
11:11; Proverbs 1:28; 28:9; Isaiah 1:15; 58:3; Ezekiel 8:18; Micah 3:4; Zechariah 7:13
and when
6:20; 7:21,22; Proverbs 15:8; 21:27; Isaiah 1:11-15
but
9:16; 15:2,3; 16:4; 21:7-9; 24:10; 29:17,18; Ezekiel 5:12-17; 14:21
Reciprocal: Leviticus 7:18 - it shall; Leviticus 10:19 - should; Leviticus 26:25 - will bring; Leviticus 26:26 - General; Deuteronomy 28:22 - a consumption; 1 Samuel 16:1 - seeing; Job 27:9 - Will God; Psalm 18:41 - General; Jeremiah 4:28 - because; Jeremiah 7:16 - pray; Jeremiah 32:24 - because; Ezekiel 14:14 - Job; Ezekiel 14:19 - if I; Ezekiel 20:31 - and shall; John 9:31 - we know; James 4:3 - and

Verse 13

Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, the prophets say unto them, Ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye have famine; but I will give you assured peace in this place.
Ah
1:6; 4:10
behold
5:31; 6:14; 8:11; 23:17; 28:2-5; Ezekiel 13:10-16,22; Micah 3:11; 2 Peter 2:1
assured peace
Heb. peace of truth.
Reciprocal: Genesis 3:5 - God; Leviticus 26:25 - will bring; 1 Kings 22:6 - Go up; 2 Kings 6:25 - a great famine; Isaiah 28:15 - we have made; Isaiah 56:10 - are blind; Jeremiah 5:12 - have belied; Jeremiah 5:13 - the prophets; Jeremiah 7:8 - ye trust; Jeremiah 28:9 - which; Jeremiah 32:17 - Ah; Jeremiah 37:19 - your; Lamentations 2:14 - prophets; Ezekiel 9:8 - Ah; Ezekiel 12:24 - General; Ezekiel 33:8 - if thou; Hosea 9:8 - but; Zephaniah 3:4 - light; Zechariah 10:2 - they comfort; Luke 13:8 - let

Verse 14

Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.
The prophets
23:25,26; 27:10,14; 28:13; 29:21; 37:19; Isaiah 9:15; Zechariah 13:3; 1 Timothy 4:2
I sent
23:14-16,21-32; 27:15; 28:15; 29:8,9,31; Isaiah 30:10,11; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-11
divination
27:9,10; 29:8,9,31; Ezekiel 12:24; 13:6,7,23; 21:29; Micah 3:11; Zechariah 10:2
and the
23:26; Isaiah 30:10; Lamentations 2:14
Reciprocal: Genesis 3:5 - God; Deuteronomy 18:20 - the prophet; 1 Kings 22:6 - Go up; Nehemiah 6:12 - God had; Isaiah 28:7 - err in; Isaiah 56:10 - are blind; Jeremiah 4:10 - surely; Jeremiah 5:12 - have belied; Jeremiah 5:31 - prophets; Jeremiah 7:8 - ye trust; Jeremiah 8:11 - they; Jeremiah 18:18 - for the; Jeremiah 20:6 - thy friends; Jeremiah 23:16 - a vision; Jeremiah 23:17 - Ye; Jeremiah 23:30 - General; Lamentations 4:13 - the sins; Micah 2:11 - a man; Micah 3:5 - concerning; Matthew 7:15 - false; Matthew 24:5 - in; Mark 13:6 - many

Verse 15

Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land; By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed.
Sword and famine shall not
5:12,13; 6:15; 8:12; 20:6; 23:14,15; 28:15-17; 29:20,21; 31,32; 1 Kings 22:25; Ezekiel 14:10; Amos 7:17; 2 Peter 2:1-3,14-17; Revelation 19:20
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 13:5 - prophet; Deuteronomy 18:20 - the prophet; Deuteronomy 19:19 - Then shall; Nehemiah 6:14 - on the prophetess; Isaiah 9:15 - the prophet; Jeremiah 8:11 - they; Jeremiah 16:4 - consumed; Jeremiah 23:30 - General; Jeremiah 24:10 - General; Jeremiah 27:15 - ye; Lamentations 1:19 - my priests; Lamentations 2:20 - shall the priest; Lamentations 4:11 - Lord; Ezekiel 13:14 - ye shall be; Hosea 4:5 - and the prophet; Micah 3:5 - concerning; Luke 6:39 - shall; John 10:1 - He

Verse 16

And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; and they shall have none to bury them, them, their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters: for I will pour their wickedness upon them.
the people
5:31; Isaiah 9:16; Matthew 15:14
be cast
7:33; 9:22; 15:2,3; 16:4; 18:21; 19:6,7; Psalms 79:2,3
for
2:17-19; 4:18; 13:22-25; Proverbs 1:31; Revelation 16:1
Reciprocal: Jeremiah 7:20 - Behold; Jeremiah 24:10 - General; Jeremiah 27:15 - ye; Lamentations 3:51 - the daughters; Lamentations 4:11 - Lord; Hosea 4:5 - and the prophet; Luke 6:39 - shall

Verse 17

Therefore thou shalt say this word unto them; Let mine eyes run down with tears night and day, and let them not cease: for the virgin daughter of my people is broken with a great breach, with a very grievous blow.
let mine
8:18,21; 9:1; 13:17; Psalms 80:4,5; 119:136; Lamentations 1:16; 2:18; 3:48,49
for
Isaiah 37:22; Lamentations 1:15; 2:13; Amos 5:2
with a very
30:14,15; Psalms 39:10; Micah 6:13
Reciprocal: 2 Kings 8:11 - wept; 2 Kings 19:21 - The virgin; 2 Kings 22:19 - wept; Psalm 6:6 - I water; Psalm 44:19 - Though; Psalm 60:2 - broken; Isaiah 23:12 - thou oppressed; Jeremiah 4:11 - daughter; Jeremiah 4:19 - My bowels; Jeremiah 6:14 - hurt; Jeremiah 6:26 - daughter; Jeremiah 9:18 - our eyes; Jeremiah 17:16 - neither; Jeremiah 17:18 - destroy them with double destruction; Jeremiah 18:13 - virgin; Jeremiah 23:9 - heart; Jeremiah 30:12 - General; Jeremiah 31:4 - O; Jeremiah 46:11 - O virgin; Lamentations 2:11 - for; Mark 9:24 - with; John 11:35 - General

Verse 18

If I go forth into the field, then behold the slain with the sword! and if I enter into the city, then behold them that are sick with famine! yea, both the prophet and the priest go about into a land that they know not.
go forth
52:6,7; Lamentations 1:20; 4:9; Ezekiel 7:15
yea
6:13; 8:10; 23:21; Deuteronomy 28:36,64; Isaiah 28:7; Lamentations 4:13-16
go about, etc
or, make merchandise against a land, and men acknowledge it not.
2:8; 5:31; Micah 3:11; 2 Peter 2:3
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 28:16 - in the field; Deuteronomy 32:24 - burnt; 1 Kings 17:12 - that we may eat it; 1 Kings 18:2 - a sore; 2 Kings 6:25 - a great famine; 2 Kings 7:4 - we will enter; 2 Kings 7:13 - they are even; Nehemiah 6:14 - on the prophetess; Psalm 107:5 - General; Psalm 144:14 - no breaking in; Isaiah 3:25 - Thy men; Isaiah 5:13 - honourable men are famished; Isaiah 8:21 - hardly bestead; Isaiah 22:2 - thy slain; Isaiah 51:20 - sons; Jeremiah 4:19 - My bowels; Jeremiah 4:31 - because; Jeremiah 6:25 - Go not; Jeremiah 15:14 - pass; Jeremiah 22:28 - which; Jeremiah 23:9 - heart; Lamentations 3:51 - eye; Ezekiel 6:7 - slain; Micah 2:4 - and lament; Micah 6:9 - hear; Micah 6:13 - I make

Verse 19

Hast thou utterly rejected Judah? hath thy soul lothed Zion? why hast thou smitten us, and there is no healing for us? we looked for peace, and there is no good; and for the time of healing, and behold trouble!
utterly
6:30; 15:1; 2 Kings 17:19,20; Psalms 78:59; 80:12,13; 89:38; Lamentations 5:22; Romans 11:1-6
hath
12:8; Zechariah 11:8,9
no healing
8:22; 15:18; 2 Chronicles 36:16; Lamentations 2:13
we
8:15; Job 30:26; Lamentations 4:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:3
Reciprocal: Leviticus 26:30 - my soul; Isaiah 3:7 - healer; Isaiah 59:9 - we wait; Jeremiah 8:19 - the Lord; Jeremiah 13:16 - while; Jeremiah 14:21 - not abhor; Lamentations 3:17 - thou; Lamentations 5:20 - dost; Ezekiel 9:8 - Ah; Micah 1:12 - waited carefully; Revelation 3:16 - I will spue thee out

Verse 20

We acknowledge, O LORD, our wickedness, and the iniquity of our fathers: for we have sinned against thee.
We acknowledge
3:13,25; Leviticus 26:40-42; Ezra 9:6,7; Nehemiah 9:2; Psalms 32:5; 51:3; 106:6-48; Daniel 9:5-8; 1 John 1:7-9
for
2 Samuel 12:13; 24:10; Job 33:27; Psalms 51:4; Luke 15:18-21
Reciprocal: Jeremiah 14:7 - do; Jeremiah 18:20 - Remember; Lamentations 2:20 - consider; Daniel 9:8 - because; Daniel 9:19 - thine; Amos 7:2 - O Lord

Verse 21

Do not abhor us, for thy name's sake, do not disgrace the throne of thy glory: remember, break not thy covenant with us.
not abhor
19; Leviticus 26:11; Deuteronomy 32:19; Psalms 51:11; 106:40; Lamentations 2:7; Amos 6:8
for
7; Psalms 79:9,10; Ezekiel 36:22,23; 39:25; Daniel 9:7,15-19; Ephesians 2:7
disgrace
3:17; 17:12; Psalms 74:3-7,20; 106:45; Lamentations 1:10; 2:6,7,20; Ezekiel 7:20-22; Ezekiel 24:21; 43:7; Daniel 8:11-13; Luke 21:24; Revelation 11:2
remember
Exodus 32:13; Leviticus 26:42-45; Psalms 74:2,18-20; 89:39,40; 106:45; Isaiah 64:9-12; Zechariah 11:10,11; Luke 1:72; Hebrews 8:6-13
Reciprocal: Genesis 9:15 - remember; Leviticus 26:44 - break; Deuteronomy 4:31 - forget; Deuteronomy 9:26 - prayed; Deuteronomy 9:27 - Remember; Judges 2:1 - I will never; 1 Samuel 12:22 - for his great; Psalm 89:34 - covenant; Psalm 106:8 - he saved; Ezekiel 20:22 - wrought; Daniel 9:19 - thine; Amos 7:2 - O Lord; Zechariah 11:8 - and my; John 17:11 - thine

Verse 22

Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? art not thou he, O LORD our God? therefore we will wait upon thee: for thou hast made all these things.
Are
10:15; 16:19; Deuteronomy 32:21; Isaiah 41:29; 44:12-20
vanities
Deuteronomy 32:21; 1 Kings 17:1; 18:1; Psalms 74:1,2; Zechariah 10:1,2; Acts 14:15-17
Art
5:24; 10:13; 51:16; Deuteronomy 28:12; 1 Kings 8:36; 17:14; 18:39-45; Job 5:10; Job 38:26-28; Psalms 147:8; Isaiah 30:23; Joel 2:23; Amos 4:7; Matthew 5:45
wait
Psalms 25:3,21; 27:14; 130:5; 135:7; Isaiah 30:18,23; Lamentations 3:25,26; Micah 7:7; Habakkuk 3:17-19 Reciprocal: Genesis 2:5 - had not; Genesis 27:28 - of the dew; Leviticus 26:4 - Then I; Deuteronomy 11:14 - General; 1 Samuel 12:21 - vain things; 2 Samuel 21:10 - until water; 1 Kings 16:26 - their vanities; 2 Chronicles 6:27 - send rain; Job 12:15 - Behold; Job 28:26 - he made; Job 36:27 - he; Job 37:12 - it; Job 38:28 - Hath the; Psalm 65:9 - visitest; Psalm 104:13 - watereth; Proverbs 3:20 - the clouds; Isaiah 44:9 - and their; Jeremiah 2:5 - walked; Jeremiah 3:3 - the showers; Hosea 2:7 - for; Micah 5:7 - tarrieth; Zechariah 14:17 - even; Acts 14:17 - and gave; James 5:18 - General

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Jeremiah 14". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/jeremiah-14.html.