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Go to Bible: Jeremiah 14
Jer 14:1(top)
Jer 14:2(top)
Jer 14:3(top)
Jer 14:4

“the ground is cracked.” Israel had a dry season and a wet season. The Fall rain (the “former rain”) usually started in October and softened the ground and began the wet season which lasts usually until April. Usually by the end of April the dry season starts and it does not rain again until October. The hot sun bakes the ground from April to October and it becomes dry, hard, and cracked. The farmers have to wait for the Fall rains to soften the ground so they are able to plow the ground and plant the seed. God promised that if Israel obeyed God the rain would come in its proper season (Lev. 26:3-4; Deut. 11:13-14; 28:12). If the rains do not come, the farmers know something is wrong and they are ashamed and cover their heads.

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Jer 14:11

“Do not pray for the welfare of this people.” God had said this to Jeremiah twice before, Jeremiah 7:16 and 11:14 (see commentary on Jer. 7:16).

Jer 14:12

“I will not accept them.” Sacrifices and offerings made to God by wicked people are detestable to God; He has no respect for them and will not accept them. Sacrifices and offerings were never designed to make a person with an evil heart acceptable in the sight of God. Proverbs 21:27 and 28:9 say that the sacrifices of a wicked person are an abomination to God. Similarly, God will not listen to the prayers of wicked and unrepentant people; they are an abomination to Him (Prov. 28:9). [For more information about the sacrifices of wicked people being of no value, see commentary on Amos 5:22].

Jer 14:13(top)
Jer 14:14

“The prophets prophesy lies in my name.” It was a very serious sin to say that Yahweh said something that He did not say. Being a false prophet at all is a serious sin, but people who say that Yahweh, the God of Israel, told them to say something that He did not tell them to say are sinning very grievously. If a person says he is a prophet of Baal, God’s people can make a choice as to whether they want to listen or not, but if a person pretends to be a prophet of Yahweh, or says he represents Yahweh when he doesn’t, that requires a whole different level of diligence on the part of God’s people. People who say they represent God when they don’t are in danger of serious consequences, as Jeremiah 14:14-16 shows. Other verses that show false prophets prophesying in God’s name are Jeremiah 23:1-40, Ezekiel 13:1-9 and 13:17-22.

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Jer 14:22(top)

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