Jeremiah 8:5
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New International Version
Why then have these people turned away? Why does Jerusalem always turn away? They cling to deceit; they refuse to return.

New Living Translation
Then why do these people stay on their self-destructive path? Why do the people of Jerusalem refuse to turn back? They cling tightly to their lies and will not turn around.

English Standard Version
Why then has this people turned away in perpetual backsliding? They hold fast to deceit; they refuse to return.

New American Standard Bible
"Why then has this people, Jerusalem, Turned away in continual apostasy? They hold fast to deceit, They refuse to return.

King James Bible
Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Why have these people turned away? Why is Jerusalem always turning away? They take hold of deceit; they refuse to return.

International Standard Version
Why has this people turned away? Why does Jerusalem continue in apostasy? They hold on to deceit and refuse to repent.

NET Bible
Why, then, do these people of Jerusalem continually turn away from me in apostasy? They hold fast to their deception. They refuse to turn back to me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The people of Jerusalem turned away from me without ever returning. They still cling to deceit. They refuse to return.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Why then is this people of Jerusalem rebellious with a perpetual rebellion? They hold fast deceit; they refuse to return.

King James 2000 Bible
Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return.

American King James Version
Why then is this people of Jerusalem slid back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return.

American Standard Version
Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Why then is this people in Jerusalem turned away with a stubborn revolting? they have laid hold on lying, and have refused to return.

Darby Bible Translation
Why hath this people of Jerusalem slidden back with a perpetual backsliding? They hold fast deceit, they refuse to return.

English Revised Version
Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return.

Webster's Bible Translation
Why then hath this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return.

World English Bible
Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return.

Young's Literal Translation
Wherefore hath this people of Jerusalem Turned back -- a perpetual backsliding? They have kept hold on deceit, They have refused to turn back.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

8:4-13 What brought this ruin? 1. The people would not attend to reason; they would not act in the affairs of their souls with common prudence. Sin is backsliding; it is going back from the way that leads to life, to that which leads to destruction. 2. They would not attend to the warning of conscience. They did not take the first step towards repentance: true repentance begins in serious inquiry as to what we have done, from conviction that we have done amiss. 3. They would not attend to the ways of providence, nor understand the voice of God in them, ver. 7. They know not how to improve the seasons of grace, which God affords. Many boast of their religious knowledge, yet, unless taught by the Spirit of God, the instinct of brutes is a more sure guide than their supposed wisdom. 4. They would not attend to the written word. Many enjoy abundance of the means of grace, have Bibles and ministers, but they have them in vain. They will soon be ashamed of their devices. The pretenders to wisdom were the priests and the false prophets. They flattered people in sin, and so flattered them into destruction, silencing their fears and complaints with, All is well. Selfish teachers may promise peace when there is no peace; and thus men encourage each other in committing evil; but in the day of visitation they will have no refuge to flee unto.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - Slidden back... backsliding. The verb is the same verb (in another conjugation) as in Ver. 4, and the noun is a derivative from it. The Authorized Version, therefore, has slightly weakened the force of the argument. They hold fast deceit. They cling to a false view of their relation to their God (comp. Jeremiah 4:2; Jeremiah 5:2).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding?.... These people fill into sin, and rise not again by repentance; they turn out of the good ways of God and religion, and return not again; they backslide and revolt from the Lord, and they continue in their revolt and rebellion; their backsliding is an everlasting one; there is no hope of their repentance and recovery: it is a vehement and passionate expostulation about the people of the Jews, founded upon the former general observation, showing them to be the worst of all people: it is a common saying, "it is a long lane that has no turning"; but these people, having departed from the Lord, return no more. A very learned man renders the words, "why does Jerusalem turn away this people with an obstinate aversion?" (b) that is, the rulers and governors of Jerusalem, as in Matthew 23:37 or rather thus, "why does a stubborn aversion turn away this people, O Jerusalem?" and so they are an address to the magistrates and inhabitants of Jerusalem.

They hold fast deceit; practise it, and continue in the practice of it, both with God and man:

they refuse to return: to the Lord, to his worship, and to the right ways of holiness and truth, from whence they had erred; see Jeremiah 5:3.

(b) "quare avertit hunc populum Hierosolyma aversione pertinaci? vel quare avertit populum hunc", O Jerusalem, "aversio pertinax?" De Dieu.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. slidden … backsliding—rather, as the Hebrew is the same as in Jer 8:4, to which this verse refers, "turned away with a perpetual turning away."

perpetual—in contrast to the "arise" ("rise again," Jer 8:4).

refuse to return—in contrast to, "shall he … not return" (Jer 8:4; Jer 5:3).

Jeremiah 8:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Judah's Sin and Punishment
4"You shall say to them, 'Thus says the LORD, "Do men fall and not get up again? Does one turn away and not repent? 5"Why then has this people, Jerusalem, Turned away in continual apostasy? They hold fast to deceit, They refuse to return. 6"I have listened and heard, They have spoken what is not right; No man repented of his wickedness, Saying, 'What have I done?' Everyone turned to his course, Like a horse charging into the battle.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 5:3
LORD, do not your eyes look for truth? You struck them, but they felt no pain; you crushed them, but they refused correction. They made their faces harder than stone and refused to repent.

Jeremiah 5:6
Therefore a lion from the forest will attack them, a wolf from the desert will ravage them, a leopard will lie in wait near their towns to tear to pieces any who venture out, for their rebellion is great and their backslidings many.

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

Jeremiah 7:24
But they did not listen or pay attention; instead, they followed the stubborn inclinations of their evil hearts. They went backward and not forward.

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

Jeremiah 14:7
Although our sins testify against us, do something, LORD, for the sake of your name. For we have often rebelled; we have sinned against you.

Daniel 9:11
All Israel has transgressed your law and turned away, refusing to obey you. "Therefore the curses and sworn judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against you.

Hosea 11:7
My people are determined to turn from me. Even though they call me God Most High, I will by no means exalt them.

Zechariah 7:11
"But they refused to pay attention; stubbornly they turned their backs and covered their ears.
Treasury of Scripture

Why then is this people of Jerusalem slid back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return.

slidden.

Jeremiah 2:32 Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people …

Jeremiah 3:11-14 And the LORD said to me, The backsliding Israel has justified herself …

Jeremiah 7:24-26 But they listened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the …

Hosea 4:16 For Israel slides back as a backsliding heifer: now the LORD will …

Hosea 11:7 And my people are bent to backsliding from me: though they called …

they hold.

Jeremiah 9:6 Your habitation is in the middle of deceit; through deceit they refuse …

Proverbs 4:13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is your life.

Isaiah 30:10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not …

Isaiah 44:20 He feeds on ashes: a deceived heart has turned him aside, that he …

1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power …

Revelation 2:25 But that which you have already hold fast till I come.

they refuse.

Jeremiah 5:3 O LORD, are not your eyes on the truth? you have stricken them, but …

Isaiah 1:20 But if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured with the sword: …

Zechariah 7:11 But they refused to listen, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped …

John 5:40 And you will not come to me, that you might have life.

Hebrews 12:25 See that you refuse not him that speaks. For if they escaped not …

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