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Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - Jeremiah 17:9

(9) The heart is deceitful . . .—The sequence of ideas seems as follows: If the blessing and the curse are thus so plainly marked, how is it that man chooses the curse and not the blessing, the portion of the “heath in the desert” rather than that of the “tree planted by the waters”? And the answer is found in the inscrutable self-deceit of his nature blinding his perceptions of good and evil.Desperately wicked.—Rather, incurably diseased, as in Jeremiah 15:18; Jeremiah 30:12; Jeremiah 30:15;... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - Jeremiah 17:1-27

Jeremiah 17:9 PÈre Pacheu quotes the saying of the Comte de Maistre: 'Whatever the conscience of a criminal may be, I know only the heart of an honest man, and it is a wretched and a fearful thing!' A Bad Heart Jeremiah 17:9-10 I wish, firstly, to prove to you the truth of the words 'the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked'; secondly, to remind you that God knows what is within you 'I the Lord search the heart'; and, thirdly, the only remedy that can do you any good, if... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Bible Commentary - Jeremiah 17:1-27

CHAPTER IXTHE DROUGHT AND ITS MORAL IMPLICATIONSJeremiah 14:1-22; Jeremiah 15:1-21 (17?)VARIOUS opinions have been expressed about the division of these chapters. They have been cut up into short sections, supposed to be more or less independent of each other; and they have been regarded as constituting a well-organised whole, at least so far as the eighteenth verse of chapter 17. The truth may lie between these extremes. Chapters 14, 15 certainly hang together; for in them the prophet... read more

Arno Clemens Gaebelein

Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible - Jeremiah 17:1-27

CHAPTER 17 1. Judah’s sin (Jeremiah 17:1-4 ) 2. The curse and the blessing (Jeremiah 17:5-11 ) 3. The worship of Jeremiah (Jeremiah 17:12-18 ) 4. Concerning the Sabbath (Jeremiah 17:19-27 ) Jeremiah 17:1-4 . The sin of Judah was idolatry, engraven with a pen of iron, the point of a diamond, upon their heart (from whence it proceeded) and upon the horns of their altars. They had destroyed but a few years before the asherim (translated groves, a kind of sacred post), and now their... read more

John Calvin

Geneva Study Bible - Jeremiah 17:9

17:9 {i} The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it?(i) Because the wicked always have some excuse to defend their doings he shows that their own lewd imaginations deceive them and bring them to these hardships: but God will examine their deeds by the malice of their hearts, 1 Samuel 16:7,1 Chronicles 28:9,Psalms 7:10,Jeremiah 11:20; Jeremiah 10:12,Revelation 2:13 . read more

James Gray

James Gray's Concise Bible Commentary - Jeremiah 17:1-27

“ IN THE SWELLING OF JORDAN ” God told the prophet worse was to come. The Swelling of Jordan would be experienced later, and in the present lesson, especially towards the close, we have an illustration of it. There are things of interest to look at in the meantime, for example, an illustration of that symbolic teaching mentioned earlier. In chapter 13 we have what two symbols? See Jeremiah 13:1-11 for the first and Jeremiah 13:12-14 for the second. The prophet acted these out before the... read more

Robert Hawker

Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary - Jeremiah 17:9-10

Had we no other authority than what these verses furnish, here is enough to prove, that after all our knowledge of ourselves, we have not arrived to the perfect apprehension to what a state of sin and self-deception man is reduced by the fall. But however ignorant we are of ourselves to the Lord, the most secret thoughts of our heart are open. What an argument ariseth from hence, to beg the Lord to cleanse us from our secret faults, and to bring us to the fountain opened for sin and for... read more

George Haydock

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary - Jeremiah 17:9

Perverse. Septuagint, "deep." --- Unsearchable. Septuagint, "man, who shall know him?" (Haydock) --- God alone can search the heart by his own power. He enables saints to do it by the light of glory, or of prophecy; as Eliseus and St. Peter knew secret transactions. (Worthington) read more

Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible - Jeremiah 17:5-11

5-11 He who puts confidence in man, shall be like the heath in a desert, a naked tree, a sorry shrub, the product of barren ground, useless and worthless. Those who trust to their own righteousness and strength, and think they can do without Christ, make flesh their arm, and their souls cannot prosper in graces or comforts. Those who make God their Hope, shall flourish like a tree always green, whose leaf does not wither. They shall be fixed in peace and satisfaction of mind; they shall not be... read more

Paul E. Kretzmann

The Popular Commentary by Paul E. Kretzmann - Jeremiah 17:5-18

The Depth of the Nation's Corruption v. 5. Thus saith the Lord, in rebuking the tendency of Judah to rely upon various heathen allies, Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, as the Jews did in relying upon Egypt, and maketh flesh his arm, in depending upon the strength of men, and whose heart departeth from the Lord, this fact explaining the reason for such foolish trust in man. v. 6. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, literally, "like a naked one in the wilderness," one... read more

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