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(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.
(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.
(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 21:13).
(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 4:11) ; (Jeremiah 26:6).
(e) That is, I never ceased to warn you, as in (Isaiah 65:2) ; (Proverbs 1:23).
(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 66:4).
(g) I will send you into captivity as I have done Ephraim, that is, the ten tribes.
(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 11:14), (Jeremiah 14:11).
(i) That is, they sacrifice to the sun, moon and stars, which they called the queen of heaven, (Jeremiah 44:17) ; (2 Kings 23:5).
(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.
(l) Which was about fourteen hundred years.
(m) Read (Jeremiah 7:13).
(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.
(o) In sign of mourning, as in (Job 1:20).
(p) Against whom he had just opportunity to pour out his wrath (Micah 1:6).
(q) Of Topheth, read (2 Kings 23:10).
(r) But commanded the opposite, as in (Leviticus 18:21), (Leviticus 20:3) ; (Deuteronomy 18:10).
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Jeremiah 7". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://beta.studylight.org/
the Week of Proper 19 / Ordinary 24