Study Guide

Book of Jeremiah Chapter 9

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Chapter 9

  • As bad as he feels about his people's destruction, he sometimes wishes he could escape to a desert inn, since they're all such liars and cheats.
  • There's so much deceit in the land that you can't trust anyone, even your friends and neighbors.
  • Since he has no options left, God has to do what he has to do.
  • Everyone outwardly pretends to act nice to their neighbors, but inwardly they're plotting against them. They need to be punished.
  • The people should wail and lament. Jerusalem and Judah will be so thoroughly devastated that the animals and birds will run away.
  • God says again that he's punishing people for disobeying his law by worshipping Baals and other gods.
  • God tells the people to line up some women to sing sad songs about what's going down. Human corpses will be scattered all over the place like dung.
  • The wise, the mighty, and the wealthy should stop feeling so smug: only those who truly love and know the Lord have the right to boast.
  • God says that he'll deal with all the people who are circumcised only in the foreskin, but not in the heart. This includes Egypt, Judah, Moab, the Ammonites, Edom, desert dwellers with shaved temples, and last but not least, Israel, who should know better.

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