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Jeremiah Chapter 13

1 Thus the LORD said to me, "Go and buy yourself a linen waistband and put it around your waist, but do not put it in water."

2 So I bought the waistband in accordance with the word of the LORD and put it around my waist.

3 Then the word of the LORD came to me a second time, saying,

4 "Take the waistband that you have bought, which is around your waist, and arise, go to the Euphrates and hide it there in a crevice of the rock."

5 So I went and hid it by the Euphrates, as the LORD had commanded me.

6 After many days the LORD said to me, "Arise, go to the Euphrates and take from there the waistband which I commanded you to hide there."

7 Then I went to the Euphrates and dug, and I took the waistband from the place where I had hidden it; and lo, the waistband was ruined, it was totally worthless.

8 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

9 "Thus says the LORD, 'Just so will I destroy the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem.

10 'This wicked people, who refuse to listen to My words, who walk in the stubbornness of their hearts and have gone after other gods to serve them and to bow down to them, let them be just like this waistband which is totally worthless.

11 'For as the waistband clings to the waist of a man, so I made the whole household of Israel and the whole household of Judah cling to Me,' declares the LORD, 'that they might be for Me a people, for renown, for praise and for glory; but they did not listen.'

12 "Therefore you are to speak this word to them, 'Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, "Every jug is to be filled with wine.' And when they say to you, 'Do we not very well know that every jug is to be filled with wine?'"

13 then say to them, 'Thus says the LORD, "Behold I am about to fill all the inhabitants of this land--the kings that sit for David on his throne, the priests, the prophets and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem--with drunkenness!

14 "I will dash them against each other, both the fathers and the sons together, declares the LORD. "I will not show pity nor be sorry nor have compassion so as not to destroy them."'""

15 Listen and give heed, do not be haughty, For the LORD has spoken.

16 Give glory to the LORD your God, Before He brings darkness And before your feet stumble On the dusky mountains, And while you are hoping for light He makes it into deep darkness, {And} turns {it} into gloom.

17 But if you will not listen to it, My soul will sob in secret for {such} pride; And my eyes will bitterly weep And flow down with tears, Because the flock of the LORD has been taken captive.

18 Say to the king and the queen mother, "Take a lowly seat, For your beautiful crown Has come down from your head."

19 The cities of the Negev have been locked up, And there is no one to open {them;} All Judah has been carried into exile, Wholly carried into exile.

20 "Lift up your eyes and see Those coming from the north. Where is the flock that was given you, Your beautiful sheep?

21 "What will you say when He appoints over you-- And you yourself had taught them-- Former companions to be head over you? Will not pangs take hold of you Like a woman in childbirth?

22 "If you say in your heart, 'Why have these things happened to me?' Because of the magnitude of your iniquity Your skirts have been removed And your heels have been exposed.

23 "Can the Ethiopian change his skin Or the leopard his spots? {Then} you also can do good Who are accustomed to doing evil.

24 "Therefore I will scatter them like drifting straw To the desert wind.

25 "This is your lot, the portion measured to you From Me, declares the LORD, "Because you have forgotten Me And trusted in falsehood."

26 "So I Myself have also stripped your skirts off over your face, That your shame may be seen.

27 "As for your adulteries and your {lustful} neighings, The lewdness of your prostitution On the hills in the field, I have seen your abominations. Woe to you, O Jerusalem! How long will you remain unclean?"

King James Bible


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Matthew Henry's Bible commentary for Jeremiah Chapter 13...

The glory of the Jews should be marred. (1-11) All ranks should suffer misery, An earnest exhortation to repentance. (12-17) An awful message to Jerusalem and its king. (18-27)1-11 It was usual with the prophets to teach by signs. And we have the explanation, ver. #9-11|. The people of Israel had been to God as this girdle. He caused them to cleave to him by the law he gave them, the prophets he sent among them, and the favours he showed them. They had by their idolatries and sins buried themselves in foreign earth, mingled among the nations, and were so corrupted that they were good for nothing. If we are proud of learning, power, and outward privileges, it is just with God to wither them. The minds of men should be awakened to a sense of their guilt and danger; yet nothing will be effectual without the influences of the Spirit. 12-17 As the bottle was fitted to hold the wine, so the sins of the people made them vessels of wrath, fitted for the judgments of God; with which they should be filled till they caused each other's destruction. The prophet exhorts them to give glory to God, by confessing their sins, humbling themselves in repentance, and returning to his service. Otherwise they would be carried into other countries in all the darkness of idolatry and wickedness. All misery, witnessed or foreseen, will affect a feeling mind, but the pious heart must mourn most over the afflictions of the Lord's flock. 18-27 Here is a message sent to king Jehoiakim, and his queen. Their sorrows would be great indeed. Do they ask, Wherefore come these things upon us? Let them know, it is for their obstinacy in sin. We cannot alter the natural colour of the skin; and so is it morally impossible to reclaim and reform these people. Sin is the blackness of the soul; it is the discolouring of it; we were shapen in it, so that we cannot get clear of it by any power of our own. But Almighty grace is able to change the Ethiopian's skin. Neither natural depravity, nor strong habits of sin, form an obstacle to the working of God, the new-creating Spirit. The Lord asks of Jerusalem, whether she is determined not be made clean. If any poor slave of sin feels that he could as soon change his nature as master his headstrong lusts, let him not despair; for things impossible to men are possible with God. Let us then seek help from Him who is mighty to save.


michael's comment on 1/24/2012, 3:32am...

What does Matthew Henry mean by saying that the Almighty is able to chnge the Ethipian Skin?? Is Mr Henry advocating that black skin is the result of sin? Were the Jews white people? God used the anologyof the Ethiopian\'s sking to illustrate that there are many among us who will never change unless they are forced to by God\'s Judgeent; and then they are just reformers who will go back to doing the same thing after the punishment wears off. They will never truly repent! Skin colour My Henry has nothing to do with sin!!


matilda reed's comment on 5/17/2011, 7:15pm...

God is warning His people through Jermiah by letting them know this is what they will be like; this linen girdle as any other soft garment comes apart after being in water for along time. GOD loves them so much and he knows how He is ging to punish themif they don\'t turn back from whoring after other gods (false gods). He knows that the country he plans to punish them is the babyloian kingdom one of the the most ruthless and unmoral kingdom on earth, however they still listen to false prophets, kings and priests that don\'t believe Jeremiah. God always warns us and He love the Isralites they are and still is the apple of His eye.



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