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Jeremiah 7:4

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7:4 Stop putting your confidence in the false belief that says, 1  “We are safe! 2  The temple of the Lord is here! The temple of the Lord is here! The temple of the Lord is here!” 3 

Jeremiah 7:30

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7:30 The Lord says, “I have rejected them because 4  the people of Judah have done what I consider evil. 5  They have set up their disgusting idols in the temple 6  which I have claimed for my own 7  and have defiled it.

1 tn Heb “Stop trusting in lying words which say.”

2 tn The words “We are safe!” are not in the text but are supplied in the translation for clarity.

3 tn Heb “The temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord are these (i.e., these buildings).” Elsewhere triple repetition seems to mark a kind of emphasis (cf. Isa 6:3; Jer 22:29; Ezek 21:27 [32 HT]). The triple repetition that follows seems to be Jeremiah’s way of mocking the (false) sense of security that people had in the invincibility of Jerusalem because God dwelt in the temple. They appeared to be treating the temple as some kind of magical charm. A similar feeling had grown up around the ark in the time of the judges (cf. 1 Sam 3:3) and the temple and city of Jerusalem in Micah’s day (cf. Mic 3:11). It is reflected also in some of the Psalms (cf., e.g., Ps 46, especially v. 5).

4 tn The words “I have rejected them” are not in the Hebrew text, which merely says “because.” These words are supplied in the translation to show more clearly the connection to the preceding.

5 tn Heb “have done the evil in my eyes.”

6 sn Compare, e.g., 2 Kgs 21:3, 5, 7; 23:4, 6; Ezek 8:3, 5, 10-12, 16. Manasseh had desecrated the temple by building altars, cult symbols, and idols in it. Josiah had purged the temple of these pagan elements. But it is obvious from both Jeremiah and Ezekiel that they had been replaced shortly after Josiah’s death. They were a primary cause of Judah’s guilt and punishment (see beside this passage, 19:5; 32:34-35).

7 tn Heb “the house which is called by my name.” Cf. 7:10, 11, 14 and see the translator’s note 7:10 for the explanation for this rendering.



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