Jeremiah 7:4
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New International Version
Do not trust in deceptive words and say, "This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD!"

New Living Translation
But don't be fooled by those who promise you safety simply because the LORD's Temple is here. They chant, "The LORD's Temple is here! The LORD's Temple is here!"

English Standard Version
Do not trust in these deceptive words: ‘This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD.’

New American Standard Bible
"Do not trust in deceptive words, saying, 'This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD.'

King James Bible
Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, are these.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not trust deceitful words, chanting: This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD.

International Standard Version
Don't trust deceptive words like these, and say, 'The Temple of the LORD, the Temple of the LORD, the Temple of the LORD,'

NET Bible
Stop putting your confidence in the false belief that says, "We are safe! The temple of the LORD is here! The temple of the LORD is here! The temple of the LORD is here!"

New Heart English Bible
Do not trust in lying words, saying, "The LORD's temple, The LORD's temple, The LORD's temple, are these."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Do not trust the words of this saying, "This is the LORD's temple, the LORD's temple, the LORD's temple!" It's a lie.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Trust ye not in lying words, saying: 'The temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, are these.'

New American Standard 1977
“Do not trust in deceptive words, saying, ‘This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD.’

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not trust in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD are these.

King James 2000 Bible
Trust you not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, are these.

American King James Version
Trust you not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, are these.

American Standard Version
Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of Jehovah, the temple of Jehovah, the temple of Jehovah, are these.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Trust not in lying words, saying: The temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, it is the temple of the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
Confide ye not in words of falsehood, saying, Jehovah's temple, Jehovah's temple, Jehovah's temple is this.

English Revised Version
Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, are these.

Webster's Bible Translation
Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, are these.

World English Bible
Don't trust in lying words, saying, The temple of Yahweh, the temple of Yahweh, the temple of Yahweh, are these.

Young's Literal Translation
Do not trust for yourselves Unto the words of falsehood, saying, The temple of Jehovah, the temple of Jehovah, The temple of Jehovah are they!
Study Bible
Jeremiah's Message at the Temple Gate
3Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, "Amend your ways and your deeds, and I will let you dwell in this place. 4"Do not trust in deceptive words, saying, This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD.' 5"For if you truly amend your ways and your deeds, if you truly practice justice between a man and his neighbor,…
Cross References
1 Kings 9:7
then I will cut off Israel from the land which I have given them, and the house which I have consecrated for My name, I will cast out of My sight. So Israel will become a proverb and a byword among all peoples.

Isaiah 48:2
"For they call themselves after the holy city And lean on the God of Israel; The LORD of hosts is His name.

Isaiah 59:4
No one sues righteously and no one pleads honestly. They trust in confusion and speak lies; They conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity.

Isaiah 66:1
Thus says the LORD, "Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me? And where is a place that I may rest?

Jeremiah 7:8
"Behold, you are trusting in deceptive words to no avail.

Jeremiah 7:14
therefore, I will do to the house which is called by My name, in which you trust, and to the place which I gave you and your fathers, as I did to Shiloh.

Micah 3:11
Her leaders pronounce judgment for a bribe, Her priests instruct for a price And her prophets divine for money. Yet they lean on the LORD saying, "Is not the LORD in our midst? Calamity will not come upon us."
Treasury of Scripture

Trust you not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, are these.

Trust.

Jeremiah 7:8 Behold, you trust in lying words, that cannot profit.

Jeremiah 6:14 They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, …

Jeremiah 28:15 Then said the prophet Jeremiah to Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, …

Jeremiah 29:23,31 Because they have committed villainy in Israel, and have committed …

Ezekiel 13:19 And will you pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and …

Matthew 3:9,10 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: …

the temple.

Jeremiah 7:9-12 Will you steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and …

1 Samuel 4:3,4 And when the people were come into the camp, the elders of Israel …

Micah 3:11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach …

Zephaniah 3:11 In that day shall you not be ashamed for all your doings, wherein …

Luke 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not …

(4) Trust ye not in lying words . . .--The emphatic threefold repetition of the words thus condemned, "The temple of the Lord," points to its having been the burden of the discourses of the false prophets, possibly to the solemn iteration of the words in the litanies of the supplicants. With no thought of the Divine Presence of which it was the symbol, they were ever harping on its greatness, identifying themselves and the people with that greatness, and predicting its perpetuity. So in Matthew 24:1 the disciples of our Lord point, as with a national pride, to the buildings of the later Temple. The plural "these" is used rather than the singular, as representing the whole complete fabric of courts and porticoes. The higher truth that the "congregation" of Israel was the living Temple (1Corinthians 3:16; 1Peter 2:5), was not likely to be in the thoughts of those whom Jeremiah rebuked.

Verse 4. - The temple of the Lord. Notice the iteration of the phrase, as if its very sound were a charm against evil. It reminds us of the performances of the howling dervishes at Cairo, who "sometimes remain for hours, incessantly shouting the Muslim confession of faith (la ilaha, etc.)" (Dr. Ebers, in Badeker's 'Egypt,' p. 150). The phrase is repeated three times to express earnestness of the speakers (comp. Jeremiah 22:29, "O earth, earth, earth"). These false prophets evidently retained a large amount of the old materialistic faith of the Semitic nations (to whom the Israelites belonged by race), which localized the presence and the power of the divinity. The temple was, in fact, their palladium, and as long as it stood, the national independence appeared to them to be secured. They faithfully handed on the teaching of those prophets of the last generation, who, as Micah tells us (Micah 3:11), were wont to "lean upon the Lord, and say, Is not the Lord among us? none evil can come upon us." How Isaiah met this error we may collect from Isaiah 28:16 (see my Commentary). Are these; i.e. these buildings (comp. 2 Chronicles 8:11, where for "the places" the Hebrew has "these"). Trust ye not in lying words,.... In the words of the lying prophets, as the Targum; and to the same purpose is the Arabic version,

"do not trust in lying words, for the false prophets do not profit you in anything;''

the things in which they trusted, and in which the false prophets taught them to place their confidence, were their coming up to the temple at certain times for religious exercises, and their attendance on temple service and worship, offering of sacrifices, and the like. The Septuagint version is, "trust not in yourselves, in lying words"; see Luke 18:9, in their external actions of devotion, in their ritual performances, taking them for righteousness; and adds, what is not in the Hebrew text, "for they altogether profit you not"; in the business of justification before God, and acceptance with him:

saying, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, are these; that is, the people that hypocritically worshipped there, as the false prophets told them; and so the Syriac version, "ye are the temple of the Lord"; though that begins the next verse, with the last clause of this,

if ye amend your ways, &c. see 1 Corinthians 3:16 or rather the temple of the Lord are those gates through which they entered, Jeremiah 7:2 or those buildings which were pointed at with the finger; or "these", is a clause by itself; and the sense is, these are the lying words that should not be trusted in, namely, the temple and temple services; when all manner of sin and wickedness were committed by them, which they thought to atone for by coming to the temple and worshipping there. The mention of these words three times is, as Jarchi thinks, in reference to the Jews appearing in the temple three times a year, at the feast of passover, pentecost, and tabernacles; and so the Targum,

"who say (i.e. the false prophets), before the temple of the Lord ye worship; before the temple of the Lord ye sacrifice; before the temple of the Lord ye bow; three times in a year ye appear before him.''

Kimchi's father, R. Joseph, is of opinion, that it refers to the three parts of the temple, the porch, the holy place, and the holy of holies; but Kimchi himself takes it that these words are trebled for the greater confirmation of them; and they may denote the vehemence and ardour of affection for the temple. 4. The Jews falsely thought that because their temple had been chosen by Jehovah as His peculiar dwelling, it could never be destroyed. Men think that ceremonial observances will supersede the need of holiness (Isa 48:2; Mic 3:11). The triple repetition of "the temple of Jehovah" expresses the intense confidence of the Jews (see Jer 22:29; Isa 6:3).

these—the temple buildings which the prophet points to with his finger (Jer 7:2).7:1-16 No observances, professions, or supposed revelations, will profit, if men do not amend their ways and their doings. None can claim an interest in free salvation, who allow themselves in the practice of known sin, or live in the neglect of known duty. They thought that the temple they profaned would be their protection. But all who continue in sin because grace has abounded, or that grace may abound, make Christ the minister of sin; and the cross of Christ, rightly understood, forms the most effectual remedy to such poisonous sentiments. The Son of God gave himself for our transgressions, to show the excellence of the Divine law, and the evil of sin. Never let us think we may do wickedness without suffering for it.
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