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Jeremiah 44

Jer 44, Je 44, Jr 44


Jeremiah 44

1 The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the Jews which dwell in the land of Egypt, which dwell at Migdol, and at Tahpanhes, and at Noph, and in the country of Pathros, saying,

2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Ye have seen all the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, and upon all the cities of Judah; and, behold, this day they are a desolation, and no man dwelleth therein,

3 Because of their wickedness which they have committed to provoke me to anger, in that they went to burn incense, and to serve other gods, whom they knew not, neither they, ye, nor your fathers.

4 Howbeit I sent unto you all my servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, saying, Oh, do not this abominable thing that I hate.

5 But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear to turn from their wickedness, to burn no incense unto other gods.

6 Wherefore my fury and mine anger was poured forth, and was kindled in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem; and they are wasted and desolate, as at this day.

7 Therefore now thus saith the LORD, the God of hosts, the God of Israel; Wherefore commit ye this great evil against your souls, to cut off from you man and woman, child and suckling, out of Judah, to leave you none to remain;

8 In that ye provoke me unto wrath with the works of your hands, burning incense unto other gods in the land of Egypt, whither ye be gone to dwell, that ye might cut yourselves off, and that ye might be a curse and a reproach among all the nations of the earth?

9 Have ye forgotten the wickedness of your fathers, and the wickedness of the kings of Judah, and the wickedness of their wives, and your own wickedness, and the wickedness of your wives, which they have committed in the land of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem?

10 They are not humbled even unto this day, neither have they feared, nor walked in my law, nor in my statutes, that I set before you and before your fathers.

11 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will set my face against you for evil, and to cut off all Judah.

12 And I will take the remnant of Judah, that have set their faces to go into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, and they shall all be consumed, and fall in the land of Egypt; they shall even be consumed by the sword and by the famine: they shall die, from the least even unto the greatest, by the sword and by the famine: and they shall be an execration, and an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach.

13 For I will punish them that dwell in the land of Egypt, as I have punished Jerusalem, by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence:

14 So that none of the remnant of Judah, which are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall escape or remain, that they should return into the land of Judah, to the which they have a desire to return to dwell there: for none shall return but such as shall escape.

15 Then all the men which knew that their wives had burned incense unto other gods, and all the women that stood by, a great multitude, even all the people that dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying,



16 As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the LORD, we will not hearken unto thee.

17 But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.

18 But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine.

19 And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men?

20 Then Jeremiah said unto all the people, to the men, and to the women, and to all the people which had given him that answer, saying,

21 The incense that ye burned in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, ye, and your fathers, your kings, and your princes, and the people of the land, did not the LORD remember them, and came it not into his mind?

22 So that the LORD could no longer bear, because of the evil of your doings, and because of the abominations which ye have committed; therefore is your land a desolation, and an astonishment, and a curse, without an inhabitant, as at this day.

23 Because ye have burned incense, and because ye have sinned against the LORD, and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD, nor walked in his law, nor in his statutes, nor in his testimonies; therefore this evil is happened unto you, as at this day.

24 Moreover Jeremiah said unto all the people, and to all the women, Hear the word of the LORD, all Judah that are in the land of Egypt:

25 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying; Ye and your wives have both spoken with your mouths, and fulfilled with your hand, saying, We will surely perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her: ye will surely accomplish your vows, and surely perform your vows.

26 Therefore hear ye the word of the LORD, all Judah that dwell in the land of Egypt; Behold, I have sworn by my great name, saith the LORD, that my name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, The Lord GOD liveth.

27 Behold, I will watch over them for evil, and not for good: and all the men of Judah that are in the land of Egypt shall be consumed by the sword and by the famine, until there be an end of them.

28 Yet a small number that escape the sword shall return out of the land of Egypt into the land of Judah, and all the remnant of Judah, that are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall know whose words shall stand, mine, or their's.

29 And this shall be a sign unto you, saith the LORD, that I will punish you in this place, that ye may know that my words shall surely stand against you for evil:

30 Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will give Pharaohhophra king of Egypt into the hand of his enemies, and into the hand of them that seek his life; as I gave Zedekiah king of Judah into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, his enemy, and that sought his life.

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Summary and the Meaning of Jeremiah Chapter 44

The 44th chapter of the book of Jeremiah in the King James Version (KJV) of the Holy Bible is one of the most profound narratives that delves into the themes of idolatry, rebellion against God, divine punishment, and the call for repentance. The chapter outlines a dialogue between the prophet Jeremiah and the remnant of Judah that had fled to Egypt, revealing the depth of their rebellion and the impending doom as a result of their idolatrous practices.

The Scene and the Message

Chapter 44 sets the scene in Egypt, where the remnants of Judah had sought refuge after the fall of Jerusalem. Jeremiah, acting as a mouthpiece of God, conveys a message of warning and rebuke to the people. The main theme that is immediately apparent in this chapter is the issue of idolatry. The people of Judah, despite witnessing the wrath of God on their homeland, continue to worship foreign gods, particularly the "Queen of Heaven." This blatant disobedience and refusal to acknowledge the sovereignty of God over their lives is a recurring theme throughout the book of Jeremiah.

The Rebellion of the Remnant

Jeremiah 44 speaks to a people who have not only turned their backs on God but have also defended their actions with flawed logic and stubbornness. This rebellion is not only against the commandments of God but also against the prophetic voice of Jeremiah. Despite the clear warnings and the visible consequences of their actions, the remnant of Judah chooses to cling to their idolatrous practices. This theme of rebellion is not unique to this chapter; it is a thread that runs through the entire book, highlighting the depth of the people's spiritual degradation.

The Consequences of Disobedience

Jeremiah 44 articulates the dire consequences of continued disobedience and rebellion against God. The people of Judah are warned of impending disaster – famine, plague, and sword – if they do not turn away from their idolatrous practices. Despite these warnings, the people remain defiant, even boldly asserting that they will continue to worship the "Queen of Heaven." This hardened stance against God's commands and Jeremiah's prophetic warnings underscores the tragic consequences of turning away from God.

The Call for Repentance

Despite the grim outlook, Jeremiah 44 also carries a message of hope, albeit a faint one. This hope is embedded in the call for repentance. Jeremiah, despite the people's defiance, continues to plead with them to turn away from their idols and return to God. The call for repentance, although largely ignored, is a testament to God's mercy and His desire to restore His people. This theme of repentance is consistent throughout the book of Jeremiah and is a reflection of God's unending love and mercy.

The Meaning and Relevance Today

The 44th chapter of Jeremiah, like the rest of the book, carries a timeless message that resonates even today. It serves as a stark reminder of the consequences of disobedience and rebellion against God. The chapter also underscores the importance of heeding God's word, as conveyed through His prophets. Despite the historical and cultural differences, the themes of idolatry, rebellion, divine punishment, and repentance are as relevant today as they were during the time of Jeremiah. The idolatry of the people of Judah serves as a metaphor for anything that takes the place of God in our lives. In today's world, these idols can take various forms, including material possessions, power, relationships, and even self. Jeremiah 44 cautions us against allowing these "idols" to take precedence over our relationship with God. The theme of rebellion in Jeremiah 44 is also a potent reminder of the dangers of hardening our hearts against God's word. The people's defiance, despite clear warnings and visible consequences, underscores the destructive path of a hardened heart. This theme serves as a warning to us today to remain open to God's word and to be willing to change our ways when we are in the wrong. The consequences outlined in Jeremiah 44 are a stark reminder of the reality of divine justice. God, in His righteousness, cannot ignore sin. The punishment that befalls the people of Judah serves as a warning of the consequences of persistent sin and rebellion against God. However, despite the grim outlook, the message of hope in Jeremiah 44 is a testament to God's mercy and His desire for reconciliation with His people. The call for repentance is a reminder that God is always ready to forgive and restore those who turn back to Him. In conclusion, Jeremiah 44 serves as a timeless reminder of the consequences of disobedience and rebellion against God, the dangers of idolatry, and the importance of repentance. Despite the historical and cultural context, the themes and messages in this chapter are as relevant today as they were during the time of Jeremiah.



This article is informed by the King James Version of the Holy Bible, the authors' personal knowledge, considerations and experience, and additional materials and resources available in internet.

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