BIBLE: Jeremiah Chapter 15 – Headline “Weighed in the Balance and Found Wanting”

Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

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Jeremiah 15:

The Lord Will Not Relent

Jeremiah 15:1 Then the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) said to me, “Even if Moses and Samuel stood before Me, My mind (Lit. soul was not toward) would not be favorable toward this people. Cast them out of My sight, and let them go forth.
Jeremiah 15:And it shall be, if they say to you, ‘Where should we go?’ then you shall tell them, ‘Thus says the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ):
“Such as are for death, to death;
And such as are for the sword, to the sword;
And such as are for the famine, to the famine;
And such as are for the captivity, to the captivity.” ’
Jeremiah 15:“And I will appoint over them four forms of destruction,” says the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ): “the sword to slay, the dogs to drag, the birds of the heavens and the beasts of the earth to devour and destroy.
Jeremiah 15:I will hand them over to trouble, to all kingdoms of the earth, because of Manasseh the son of Hezekiah, king of Judah, for what he did in Jerusalem.
  • The evils of Manasseh were so great that if God were to weigh him in a scale of balances, even the righteousness of Moses and Samuel could offset Manasseh’s sins.
  • II Kings 21:And he did evil in the sight of the Lord, according to the abominations of the nations whom the Lord had cast out before the children of Israel. For he rebuilt the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; he raised up altars for Baal, and made a wooden image, as Ahab king of Israel had done; and he worshiped all the host of heaven and served them. He also built altars in the house of the Lord, of which the Lord had said, “In Jerusalem I will put My name.” And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lord. Also he made his son pass through the fire, practiced soothsaying, used witchcraft, and consulted spiritists and mediums. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke Him to anger. He even set a carved image of Asherah that he had made, in the house (temple) of which the Lord had said to David and to Solomon his son, “In this house and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put My name forever;
  • II Kings 21:16 Moreover Manasseh shed very much innocent blood, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another, besides his sin by which he made Judah sin, in doing evil in the sight of the Lord.
  • II Chronicles 33:Also he caused his sons (plural) to pass through the fire in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom; he practiced soothsaying, used witchcraft and sorcery, and consulted mediums and spiritists.
  • Leviticus 18:21 NOG Never give your children as sacrifices to the god Molech by burning them alive. If you do, you are dishonoring the name of your Elohim. I am Yahweh.
    • Leviticus 18:21 Lit. to Molech to pass through; i.e. to incinerate an infant as a fire sacrifice.
Jeremiah 15:“For who will have pity on you, O Jerusalem?
Or who will bemoan you?
Or who will turn aside to ask how you are doing?

Jeremiah 15:You have forsaken Me,” says the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ),
“You have gone backward.
Therefore I will stretch out My hand against you and destroy you;
I am weary (tired) of relenting!

Jeremiah 15:And I will winnow them with a winnowing fan in the gates of the land;
I will bereave them of children;
I will destroy My people,
Since they do not return from their ways.

Jeremiah 15:Their widows will be increased to Me more than the sand of the seas;
I will bring against them,
Against the mother of the young men,
A plunderer at noonday;
I will cause anguish and terror to fall on them suddenly.
Jeremiah 15:“She languishes who has borne seven;
She has breathed her last;
Her sun has gone down
While it was yet day;
She has been ashamed and confounded.
And the remnant of them I will deliver to the sword
Before their enemies,” says the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ).

Jeremiah’s Dejection

Jeremiah 15:10 Woe is me, my mother,
That you have borne me,
A man of strife and a man of contention to the whole earth (Or land)!
I have neither lent for interest,
Nor have men lent to me for interest.
Every one of them curses me.
Jeremiah 15:11 The Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) said:
“Surely it will be well with your remnant;
Surely I will cause the enemy to intercede with you
In the time of adversity and in the time of affliction.

Jeremiah 15:12 Can anyone break iron,
The northern iron and the bronze?

Jeremiah 15:13 Your wealth and your treasures
I will give as plunder without price,
Because of all your sins,
Throughout your territories.

Jeremiah 15:14 And I will make you cross over (cause you to serve cf. 17:4) with your enemies
  • Hebrew means “to cross over” because they “crossed over” the Jordan. It also seems to be related to serving. (servitude)

Into a land which you do not know;
For a fire is kindled in My anger,
Which shall burn upon you.”
Jeremiah 15:15 O Lord (Yᵊhōvâ), You know;
Remember me and visit (attend to) me,
And take vengeance for me on my persecutors.
In Your enduring patience, do not take me away.
Know that for Your sake I have suffered rebuke.

Jeremiah 15:16 Your words were found, and I ate (consumed) them,
And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart;
For I am called by Your name,
O Lord God of hosts (Yᵊhōvâ ‘ĕlōhîm ṣāḇā’).

Jeremiah 15:17 I did not sit in the assembly of the mockers,
Nor did I rejoice;
I sat alone because of Your hand,
For You have filled me with indignation.

Jeremiah 15:18 Why is my pain perpetual
And my wound incurable,
Which refuses to be healed?
Will You surely be to me like an unreliable stream,
As waters that fail (Or cannot be trusted)?
  • Jeremiah’s personal pain is perpetual. He is called “The Weeping Prophet”.

The Lord Reassures Jeremiah

Jeremiah 15:19 Therefore thus says the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ):
“If you return,
Then I will bring you back;
You shall stand before Me;
If you take out the precious from the vile,
You shall be as My mouth.
Let them return to you,
But you must not return to them.

Jeremiah 15:20 And I will make you to this people a fortified bronze wall;
And they will fight against you,
But they shall not prevail against you;
For I am with you to save you
And deliver you,” says the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ).

Jeremiah 15:21 “I will deliver you from the hand of the wicked,
And I will redeem you from the grip of the terrible.”
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