Jeremiah 5:27
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New International Version
Like cages full of birds, their houses are full of deceit; they have become rich and powerful

New Living Translation
Like a cage filled with birds, their homes are filled with evil plots. And now they are great and rich.

English Standard Version
Like a cage full of birds, their houses are full of deceit; therefore they have become great and rich;

New American Standard Bible
'Like a cage full of birds, So their houses are full of deceit; Therefore they have become great and rich.

King James Bible
As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Like a cage full of birds, so their houses are full of deceit. Therefore they have grown powerful and rich.

International Standard Version
Like a cage full of birds, so their houses are filled with treachery. This is how they have become prominent and rich,

NET Bible
Like a cage filled with the birds that have been caught, their houses are filled with the gains of their fraud and deceit. That is how they have gotten so rich and powerful.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Like cages filled with birds, their houses are filled with deceit. That is why they become powerful and rich.

Jubilee Bible 2000
As a cage full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit; thus they became great and rich.

King James 2000 Bible
As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they have become great, and grown rich.

American King James Version
As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich.

American Standard Version
As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxed rich.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As a net is full of birds, so their houses are full of deceit: therefore are they become great and enriched.

Darby Bible Translation
As a cage full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and have enriched themselves.

English Revised Version
As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich.

Webster's Bible Translation
As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they have become great, and have grown rich.

World English Bible
As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit. Therefore they have become great, and grew rich.

Young's Literal Translation
As a cage full of fowls, So their houses are full of deceit, Therefore they have been great, and are rich.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:19-31 Unhumbled hearts are ready to charge God with being unjust in their afflictions. But they may read their sin in their punishment. If men will inquire wherefore the Lord doeth hard things unto them, let them think of their sins. The restless waves obeyed the Divine decree, that they should not pass the sandy shores, which were as much a restraint as lofty mountains; but they burst all restraints of God's law, and were wholly gone into wickedness. Neither did they consider their interest. While the Lord, year after year, reserves to us the appointed weeks of harvest, men live on his bounty; yet they transgress against him. Sin deprives us of God's blessings; it makes the heaven as brass, and the earth as iron. Certainly the things of this world are not the best things; and we are not to think, that, because evil men prosper, God allows their practices. Though sentence against evil works is not executed speedily, it will be executed. Shall I not visit for these things? This speaks the certainty and the necessity of God's judgments. Let those who walk in bad ways consider that an end will come, and there will be bitterness in the latter end.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 27. - A cage. The Hebrew word klub is used in Amos 8:1 for a basket such as was used for fruit; it seems to be the parent of the Greek word κλωβός, used in the 'Anthology' for a bird-cage. The root means to plait or braid; hence some sort of basket-work seems to be meant. Connecting this with the preceding verse, Hitzig seems right in inferring that the "cage" was at the same time a trap (comp. Ecclus. 11:30, "Like as a partridge taken in a cage ἐν καρτάλλῳ, a peculiar kind of basket], so is the heart of the proud"). Canon Tristram suggests that there is an allusion to decoy-birds, which are still much employed in Syria, and are carefully trained for their office ('Natural History of the Bible,' p. 163), But this seems to go beyond the text. Deceit; i.e. the goods obtained by deceit.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

As a cage is full of birds,.... Jarchi and Kimchi understand it of a place in which fowls, are brought up and fattened, what we call a "pen"; and, so the Targum renders it, a house or place of fattening. The word is rendered a "basket" in Amos 8:1 and may here design one in which birds taken in snares, or by hawking, were put. The Septuagint version, and those that follow it, render it, "a snare": which agrees with what goes before. It seems to intend a decoy, in which many birds are put to allure others; and, what with them, and those that are drawn in by them, it becomes very full; and this sense of the comparison is favoured by the rendition or application, which follows:

so are their houses full of deceit; of mammon, gathered by deceit, as Kimchi interprets it; ungodly mammon; riches got in a fraudulent way, by cozening and cheating, tricking and overreaching:

therefore they are become great; in worldly things, and in the esteem of men, and in their own opinion, though of no account with God:

and waxen rich; not with the true riches, the riches of grace, the unsearchable riches of Christ, his durable riches and righteousness; nor indeed with the riches of the world, honestly and lawfully gotten; but with unrighteous mammon.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

27. full of deceit—full of treasures got by deceit.

rich—(Ps 73:12, 18-20).

Jeremiah 5:27 Additional Commentaries
Context
Judgment Proclaimed
26'For wicked men are found among My people, They watch like fowlers lying in wait; They set a trap, They catch men. 27'Like a cage full of birds, So their houses are full of deceit; Therefore they have become great and rich. 28'They are fat, they are sleek, They also excel in deeds of wickedness; They do not plead the cause, The cause of the orphan, that they may prosper; And they do not defend the rights of the poor.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 8:5
Why then have these people turned away? Why does Jerusalem always turn away? They cling to deceit; they refuse to return.

Jeremiah 9:6
You live in the midst of deception; in their deceit they refuse to acknowledge me," declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 12:1
You are always righteous, LORD, when I bring a case before you. Yet I would speak with you about your justice: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?

Micah 6:10
Am I still to forget your ill-gotten treasures, you wicked house, and the short ephah, which is accursed?

Zephaniah 1:9
On that day I will punish all who avoid stepping on the threshold, who fill the temple of their gods with violence and deceit.
Treasury of Scripture

As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich.

cage. or, coop. This is, without doubt, a reference to a decoy or trap-cage, as Dr. Blayney renders; in which fowlers place several tame birds, to decoy the others into the snare prepared for them.

Revelation 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great …

so are.

Proverbs 1:11-13 If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk …

Hosea 12:7,8 He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand: he loves to oppress…

Amos 8:4-6 Hear this, O you that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor …

Micah 1:12 For the inhabitant of Maroth waited carefully for good: but evil …

Micah 6:10,11 Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, …

Habakkuk 2:9-11 Woe to him that covets an evil covetousness to his house, that he …

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