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Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Jeremiah 17:5-18

In the rest of the prophecy Jeremiah dwells upon the moral faults which had led to Judah’s ruin.Jeremiah 17:6Like the heath - Or, “like a destitute man” Psalms 102:17. The verbs “he shall see” (or fear) and “shall inhabit” plainly show that a man is here meant and not a plant.Jeremiah 17:8The river - Or, “water-course” Isaiah 30:25, made for purposes of irrigation.Shall not see - Or, “shall not fear Jeremiah 17:6.” God’s people feel trouble as much as other people, but they do not fear it... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Jeremiah 17:9-10

Jeremiah 17:9-10. The heart is deceitful above all things This passage, considered in connection with what precedes, may be understood in two points of view: 1st, As assigning a reason why we should not trust in man; namely, because he is not only weak and frail, and therefore may want power to help us in our necessities and distresses, but is also false and deceitful. Or, 2d, As giving us a caution to take care lest we deceive ourselves in supposing we trust in God when really we do not;... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Jeremiah 17:1-13

Wrong attitudes and their outcome (17:1-13)Baal worship has become so much a part of the people’s everyday lives that God sees it as engraved on their hearts. It is so widely practised in Judah that it cannot be removed from the land unless the people themselves are removed (17:1-4). Those who ignore God and trust in themselves are likened to a useless stunted bush that tries to grow in barren ground. Those who trust in God are likened to a healthy green tree that flourishes in well-watered... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Jeremiah 17:9

deceitful = crooked. Referring to the old nature of the natural man. desperately wicked = sick unto death = it [is] sick unto death: i.e. it [is] incurable. who can know it? Figure of speech Erotesis , for emphasis. read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Jeremiah 17:9

"The heart is deceitful above all things, and it is exceedingly corrupt: who can know it? I, Jehovah, search the mind, I try the heart, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings. As the partridge that sitteth on eggs which she hath not laid, so is he that getteth riches and not by right; in the midst of his days they shall leave him, and at his end he shall be a fool."The question that surfaces here is, if the one who serves God fares so much better in... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - Jeremiah 17:9

Jeremiah 17:9. The heart is deceitful, &c.— This passage, divided from the context, and considered as an independent proposition, has been applied in a sense different from the design of the author. This will evidently appear, if we consider the connexion, and the general reason that he is pursuing: for, in the 5th verse, God is introduced as denouncing a woe against all those who fix their ultimate dependence on human power and policy. In the 7th and 8th verses are described the wisdom and... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Jeremiah 17:9

9. deceitful—from a root, "supplanting," "tripping up insidiously by the heel," from which Jacob (Hosea 12:3) took his name. In speaking of the Jews' deceit of heart, he appropriately uses a term alluding to their forefather, whose deceit, but not whose faith, they followed. His "supplanting" was in order to obtain Jehovah's blessing. They plant Jehovah for "trust in man" (Hosea 12:3- :), and then think to deceive God, as if it could escape His notice, that it is in man, not in Him, they trust.... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Jeremiah 17:1-18

Judah’s indelible sin and sin’s deceitfulness 17:1-18The next five sections (Jeremiah 17:1-18) continue the theme of Judah’s guilt from the previous chapter. These pericopes have obvious connections with one another, but they were evidently originally separate prophecies. Jeremiah 17:1-4 are particularly ironic. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Jeremiah 17:9

The Old Testament frequently uses "heart" (Heb. leb) to identify the source of a person’s thinking and acting. It describes the root of unconscious as well as conscious motivation.The human heart is deceptive; we may think we know why we do something, but really we may be doing it for another reason. It is naturally incurably sick, really totally depraved, and in need of healing. No one really understands his or her own corrupt heart, nor do we understand why our hearts behave as they... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Jeremiah 17:1-18

1-4. The sin of Judah is indelible. Hence the severity of the punishment.2. Groves] RV ’Asherim,’ wooden pillars, or monuments, set up in honour of Astoreth (Astarte), generally near altars (e.g. Judges 6:25). The Law ordered them to be pulled down (Exodus 34:13). 3. O my mountain in the field] The hill on which Jerusalem is built rises high above the plain. On the other hand, it is lower than the surrounding mountains, hence can be spoken of as a ’valley’ in Jeremiah 21:13. For sin] i.e.... read more

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