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Jeremiah 9:14

 

 

but have walked after the stubbornness of their heart and after the Baals, as their fathers taught them,"

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

But have walked after the imagination of their own heart,.... What their own hearts devised, chose, and were best pleased with; See Gill on Jeremiah 7:24,

and after Baalim; the idols of the Gentiles; these they served and worshipped, and not the true God:

which their fathers taught them; which was so far from excusing them, that it was an aggravation of their sin, that they had continued in their wicked ways and idolatrous practices, from age to age, from one generation to another. This then was the cause of their calamity and destruction; they had forsaken the law of the Lord, and had broken that; they had chose their own ways, and had been guilty of idolatrous practices time out of mind; wherefore the Lord had shown much longsuffering and patience with them, and would now no longer forbear he was just and righteous in his doings.


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Gill, John. "Commentary on Jeremiah 9:14". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/jeremiah-9.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

But have walked after the imagination of their own heart, and after Baalim, which l their fathers taught them:

(l) He shows that the children cannot excuse themselves by their fathers: for both father and child if they are wicked will perish.

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Jeremiah 9:14". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/jeremiah-9.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

(Jeremiah 7:24).

Baalim — plural of Baal, to express his supposed manifold powers.

fathers taught them — (Galatians 1:14; 1 Peter 1:18). We are not to follow the errors of the fathers, but the authority of Scripture and of God [Jerome].


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Jeremiah 9:14". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/jeremiah-9.html. 1871-8.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

He then adds,And they have walked after the hardiness, or obstinacy, or imaginations, of their own heart (246) He opposes the imaginations, or hardness of the heart, to the voice of God, as we find in other places, where contrary things are stilted, that is, what men’s minds devise, and what God shews by his word to be right; for there is no less contrariety between the rule of right living and the imaginations of men, than there is between fire and water. Let us therefore know, that our life cannot be rightly formed except we renounce our own imaginations, and simply obey the voice of God: for as soon as we yield the least to our own imaginations, we necessarily turn aside from the right way, which God has made known to us in his word. This contrast, then, between the law of God and the imaginations or the obduracy of men ought to be carefully noticed.

He then more clearly explains how they had sinned, and after Baalim (247) The Prophet here adds nothing new; but by specifying one thing he shews how the Jews followed their own imaginations, by giving themselves up to profane superstitions. What indeed must happen to men, when they forsake God, and allow themselves to follow their own thoughts? what but error and superstition, yea, the abyss of all errors? In short, the Prophet in this clause intended to cut off every occasion for subterfuges; for the Jews, like hypocrites, who sophistically deal with God, might have made this evasion, and said, “Why dost thou object to us our imaginations? what are these imaginations?” Baalim, he says, “Ye have devised idols far yourselves in addition to the only true God; it is hence quite evident, that having forsaken God’s word, ye have followed your own imaginations.” He adds to Baalim, as their fathers have taught them: the relative אשר, asher, is to be taken for כ caph, as. (248) I shall speak of this clause tomorrow.

Which their fathers have taught them.

The verb “to teach,” in Hebrew as well as in some other languages, admits of two objective cases. — Ed.


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Calvin, John. "Commentary on Jeremiah 9:14". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/jeremiah-9.html. 1840-57.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Jeremiah 9:14 But have walked after the imagination of their own heart, and after Baalim, which their fathers taught them:

Ver. 14. But have walked after the imagination of their own heart.] Than the which they could not have chosen a worse guide, since it is evil, "only evil," and "continually" so. [Genesis 6:5] {See Trapp on "Genesis 6:5"}

Which their fathers taught them.] See Jeremiah 7:18.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Jeremiah 9:14". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/jeremiah-9.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Imagination, or stubbornness and obstinacy: see Jeremiah 7:24.

Baalim: see Jeremiah 2:23. The prophet doth not charge them with new crimes, but with their tenacious sticking to their idolatry.

Which their fathers taught them: see Jeremiah 7:18. It seems they might partly thank their education for it, as well as their own natural perverseness: hence we should learn to follow God’s counsel in the Scriptures, and not blindly follow our fathers’ counsel, precepts, or examples, or our own will, which is the worst guide.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Jeremiah 9:14". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/jeremiah-9.html. 1685.

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable

Instead the people had followed their own desires and the Baals, just like their ancestors. "Stubbornness" was one of their chief sins (cf. Deuteronomy 29:18; Psalm 81:13).

"The threat of "stubbornness" still exists today. It has been described as "atrophy of the will." When people stubbornly refuse to do right, the time comes when they cannot do right. Judgment then comes in the form of living in the prison you have erected for yourself." [Note: Ibid, p148.]


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Constable, Thomas. DD. "Commentary on Jeremiah 9:14". "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/dcc/jeremiah-9.html. 2012.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

imagination = stubbornness. Reference to Pentateuch, (see note on Jeremiah 3:17).


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Jeremiah 9:14". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/jeremiah-9.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

But have walked after the imagination of their own heart, and after Baalim, which their fathers taught them:

Walked after the imagination of their own heart - (Jeremiah 7:24).

Baalim - plural of Baal, to express his supposed manifold powers.

Which their fathers taught them - (Galatians 1:14, "I ... profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers;" 1 Peter 1:18.) We are not to follow the errors of the fathers, but the authority of Scripture and of God (Jerome).


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Jeremiah 9:14". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/jeremiah-9.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(14) Imagination.—Stubbornness, as in Jeremiah 3:17.

Baalim.—The generic name for false gods of all kinds, and therefore used in the plural. (Comp. Jeremiah 2:8; Jeremiah 2:23.)


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Jeremiah 9:14". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/jeremiah-9.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

But have walked after the imagination of their own heart, and after Baalim, which their fathers taught them:
walked
3:17; 7:24; Genesis 6:5; Romans 1:21-24; Ephesians 2:3; 4:17-19
imagination
or, stubbornness. which.
44:17; Zechariah 1:4,5; Galatians 1:14; 1 Peter 1:18

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Jeremiah 9:14". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/jeremiah-9.html.

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