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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Jeremiah 2



Verses 1-5

Jeremiah's First Prophecy Against Jerusalem - Jeremiah 2:1 to Jeremiah 3:5 contains what is likely Jeremiah's first prophecy against the children of Jerusalem. We can date it to the time of Josiah's reign from the statement made in Jeremiah 3:6, "The LORD said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king," which immediately follows this prophecy.

Verses 1-37

Jeremiah 2:8 The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.

Jeremiah 2:8 — "they that handle the Law knew me not" - Comments- Like the days of Jesus, Israel did not understand the Law ( John 5:39-40).

John 5:39-40, "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life."

Jeremiah 2:13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

Jeremiah 2:13Comments- In nature, living water is that water which flows from fresh springs, giving oxygen and life to otherwise stagnant and dead water. The water in these cisterns would be stale and stagnant compared to the fresh, cool spring waters flowing from the mountains. What is worse than stale water in cisterns, but broken cisterns that are empty and dry to a thirsty soul.

Jeremiah 2:22 For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord GOD.

Jeremiah 2:22Word Study on "nitre" - Strong says the Hebrew word "nitre" "nether" ( נֶתר) (H 5427) means, "mineral potash." Webster defines "potash" as "The hydroxide of potassium hydrate, a hard white brittle substance, KOH, having strong caustic and alkaline properties; -- hence called also caustic potash." Webster defines nitre as "A white crystalline semitransparent salt; potassium nitrate; saltpeter." Other English translations for Jeremiah 2:22 use the word "lye" (ASV, RSV). Webster defines lye as "A strong caustic alkaline solution of potassium salts, obtained by leaching wood ashes. It is much used in making soap, etc." This Hebrew word is found only twice in the Old Testament Scriptures, being translated in the KJV as "nitre 2." The other use is found in Proverbs 25:20.

Proverbs 25:20, "As he that taketh away a garment in cold weather, and as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart."


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Jeremiah 2:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. 2013.

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