Jeremiah 2:11
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New International Version
Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet they are not gods at all.) But my people have exchanged their glorious God for worthless idols.

New Living Translation
Has any nation ever traded its gods for new ones, even though they are not gods at all? Yet my people have exchanged their glorious God for worthless idols!

English Standard Version
Has a nation changed its gods, even though they are no gods? But my people have changed their glory for that which does not profit.

Berean Study Bible
Has a nation ever changed its gods? (though they were no gods at all!) Yet My people have exchanged their Glory for idols that are useless.

New American Standard Bible
"Has a nation changed gods When they were not gods? But My people have changed their glory For that which does not profit.

King James Bible
Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit.

Christian Standard Bible
Has a nation ever exchanged its gods? (But they were not gods!) Yet my people have exchanged their Glory for useless idols.

Contemporary English Version
You will find that no nation has ever abandoned its gods even though they were false. I am the true and glorious God, but you have rejected me to worship idols.

Good News Translation
No other nation has ever changed its gods, even though they were not real. But my people have exchanged me, the God who has brought them honor, for gods that can do nothing for them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Has a nation ever exchanged its gods? (But they were not gods!) Yet My people have exchanged their Glory for useless idols.

International Standard Version
Has a nation ever changed gods when they aren't even gods? But my people have exchanged their glory for that which does not profit.

NET Bible
Has a nation ever changed its gods (even though they are not really gods at all)? But my people have exchanged me, their glorious God, for a god that cannot help them at all!

New Heart English Bible
Has a nation changed its gods, which really are no gods? But my people have changed their glory for that which does not profit.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Has any nation ever exchanged gods? (Their gods aren't really gods.) Yet, my people have exchanged their Glory for something that doesn't help them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Hath a nation changed its gods, Which yet are no gods? But My people hath changed its glory For that which doth not profit.

New American Standard 1977
“Has a nation changed gods, When they were not gods? But My people have changed their glory For that which does not profit.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Has a nation changed their gods? Even though they are not gods. But my people have changed their glory for that which does not profit.

King James 2000 Bible
Has a nation changed its gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which does not profit.

American King James Version
Has a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which does not profit.

American Standard Version
Hath a nation changed its gods, which yet are no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If a nation hath changed their gods, and indeed they are not gods,: but my people have changed their glory into an idol.

Darby Bible Translation
Hath a nation changed [its] gods? and they are no gods; -- but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit.

English Revised Version
Hath a nation changed their gods, which yet are no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit.

Webster's Bible Translation
Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit.

World English Bible
Has a nation changed [its] gods, which really are no gods? But my people have changed their glory for that which does not profit.

Young's Literal Translation
Hath a nation changed gods? (And they are no gods!) And My people hath changed its honour For that which doth not profit.
Study Bible
Israel has Forsaken God
10Cross over to Cyprus and take a look; send to Kedar and consider carefully; see if there has ever been anything like this: 11Has a nation ever changed its gods? (though they were no gods at all!) Yet My people have exchanged their Glory for idols that are useless. 12Be stunned by this, O heavens, be shocked and utterly appalled, declares the LORD.…
Cross References
Romans 1:23
and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images of mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

Galatians 4:8
Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods.

1 Samuel 4:21
And she named the boy Ichabod, saying, “The glory has departed from Israel,” because the ark of God had been captured and her father-in-law and her husband had been killed.

2 Chronicles 13:9
But did you not drive out the priests of the LORD, the descendants of Aaron, and the Levites, and make priests for yourselves as do the peoples of other lands? Now whoever comes to consecrate himself with a young bull and seven rams can become a priest of things that are not gods.

Psalm 106:20
They exchanged their Glory for the image of an ox that eats grass.

Isaiah 37:19
They have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods, but only wood and stone fashioned by human hands. So they have destroyed them.

Jeremiah 5:7
“Why should I forgive you? Your children have forsaken Me and sworn by gods that are not gods. I satisfied their needs, yet they committed adultery and assembled at the houses of prostitutes.

Jeremiah 16:20
Can man make gods for himself? Such are not gods!

Jeremiah 18:13
Therefore, this is what the LORD says: “Inquire among the nations: Who has ever heard things like these? Virgin Israel has done a most terrible thing.

Ezekiel 5:7
Therefore, this is what the Lord GOD says: ‘You have been more insubordinate than the nations around you; you have not walked in My statutes or kept My ordinances; nor have you even conformed to the ordinances of the nations around you.’

Ezekiel 14:5
so that I may take hold of the hearts of the people of Israel. For because of their idols, they are all estranged from Me.’

Treasury of Scripture

Has a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which does not profit.

a nation

Jeremiah 2:5 Thus said the LORD, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, …

Micah 4:5 For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we …

1 Peter 1:18 For as much as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible …

no gods

Jeremiah 16:20 Shall a man make gods to himself, and they are no gods?

Psalm 115:4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.

Isaiah 37:19 And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but …

1 Corinthians 8:4 As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered …

changed their glory

Jeremiah 2:8 The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the …

Deuteronomy 33:29 Happy are you, O Israel: who is like to you, O people saved by the …

Psalm 3:3 But you, O LORD, are a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of my head.

Psalm 106:20 Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eats grass.

Romans 1:23 And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made …







(11) Hath a nation . . .--Emphatically a heathen "nation," as contrasted with the "people" of Jehovah. They were faithful to their false gods; Israel was unfaithful to the true. The words "changed their glory" find an echo in Romans 1:23, though here they express the thought that the worship of Jehovah was the true glory of Israel as a people, and that they had wilfully abandoned it.

Verse 11. - Hath a nation changed their gods? Has any heathen nation ever changed its idol-god for another? The prophet clearly implies a negative answer; and yet it must be admitted that the adoption of a new religion, under the pressure of conquest or a higher foreign civilization is not an unknown phenomenon in the ancient world. Glory; i.e. source of all outward prosperity (comp. Psalm 3:3," my Glory, and the Lifter up Of my head"). Religion was, in fact, the root of national life in antiquity; contrast our own division between the sacred and the secular Jehovah elsewhere receives the title "the Pride of Israel" -Authorized Version, rather weakly, "the Excellency of Israel" -(Amos 8:7; Hosea 5:5. Comp. the parallel passages, Psalm 106:20; Romans 1:23). Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods?.... Though they are not by nature gods which they worship, only nominal and fictitious deities, yet they did not change them for others; but when they once embraced the worship of them, continued therein; so did the Chittim, the inhabitants of the isles, who though they traded to distant countries, from place to place; and so the Kedarenes, who dwelt in tents, and fed cattle, and moved from one desert to another, and from one pasture to another, as Jarchi observes; yet they carried their gods with them, and did not exchange them for new ones where they came. The Jewish writers say (b), that the Kedarenes worshipped water, and the Chittim fire; and though they knew that water would quench fire, yet the latter would not change their gods. Kimchi and Abendana relate it just the reverse, and say the Kedarenes worshipped fire, and the Chittim water, which is most likely; and so it is said elsewhere (c).

But my people have changed their glory; the true God, who is glorious in himself, and whom they should have glorified, and have counted it their highest honour and glory that they knew him, and were the worshippers of him; yet they changed him, their glory, into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass, Psalm 106:20, wherefore it is justly added,

for that which doth not profit; meaning Baal, and such like idols; see the note on Jeremiah 2:8.

(b) T. Bab. Taanith, fol. 5. 2.((c) Yalkut Simeoni, par. 2. fol. 60. 3.11. glory—Jehovah, the glory of Israel (Ps 106:20; Ro 1:23). The Shekinah, or cloud resting on the sanctuary, was the symbol of "the glory of the Lord" (1Ki 8:11; compare Ro 9:4). The golden calf was intended as an image of the true God (compare Ex 32:4, 5), yet it is called an "idol" (Ac 7:41). It (like Roman Catholic images) was a violation of the second commandment, as the heathen multiplying of gods is a violation of the first.

not profit—(Jer 2:8).2:9-13 Before God punishes sinners, he pleads with them, to bring them to repentance. He pleads with us, what we should plead with ourselves. Be afraid to think of the wrath and curse which will be the portion of those who throw themselves out of God's grace and favour. Grace in Christ is compared to water from a fountain, it being cooling and refreshing, cleansing and making fruitful: to living water, because it quickens dead sinners, revives drooping saints, supports and maintains spiritual life, and issues in eternal life, and is ever-flowing. To forsake this Fountain is the first evil; this is done when the people of God neglect his word and ordinances. They hewed them out broken cisterns, that could hold no water. Such are the world, and the things in it; such are the inventions of men when followed and depended on. Let us, with purpose of heart, cleave to the Lord only; whither else shall we go? How prone are we to forego the consolations of the Holy Spirit, for the worthless joys of the enthusiast and hypocrite!
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