Jeremiah 4:22
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New International Version
"My people are fools; they do not know me. They are senseless children; they have no understanding. They are skilled in doing evil; they know not how to do good."

King James Bible
For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.

Darby Bible Translation
For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have no intelligence; they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.

World English Bible
"For my people are foolish, they don't know me. They are foolish children, and they have no understanding. They are skillful in doing evil, but to do good they have no knowledge."

Young's Literal Translation
For my people are foolish, me they have not known, Foolish sons are they, yea, they are not intelligent, Wise are they to do evil, And to do good they have not known.

Jeremiah 4:22 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Destruction upon destruction - Cities burnt, and their inhabitants destroyed.

My tents spoiled - Even the solitary dwellings in the fields and open country do not escape.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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Jeremiah 5:4,21 Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they know not the way of the LORD, nor the judgment of their God...

Jeremiah 8:7-9 Yes, the stork in the heaven knows her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming...

Deuteronomy 32:6,28 Do you thus requite the LORD, O foolish people and unwise? is not he your father that has bought you? has he not made you...

Psalm 14:1-4 The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that does good...

Isaiah 1:3 The ox knows his owner, and the donkey his master's crib: but Israel does not know, my people does not consider.

Isaiah 6:9,10 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear you indeed, but understand not; and see you indeed, but perceive not...

Isaiah 27:11 When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off: the women come, and set them on fire...

Psalm 49:10-12 For he sees that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others...

Jeremiah 42:19,20 The LORD has said concerning you, O you remnant of Judah; Go you not into Egypt: know certainly that I have admonished you this day...

Hosea 4:1,6 Hear the word of the LORD, you children of Israel: for the LORD has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land...

Matthew 23:16-26 Woe to you, you blind guides, which say, Whoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing...

Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

Romans 3:11 There is none that understands, there is none that seeks after God.

they have.

Hosea 5:4 They will not frame their doings to turn to their God: for the spirit of prostitutions is in the middle of them...

John 16:3 And these things will they do to you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.

Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind...

1 Corinthians 1:20,21 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world...

they are wise.

2 Samuel 13:3 But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David's brother: and Jonadab was a very subtle man.

2 Samuel 16:21-23 And Ahithophel said to Absalom, Go in to your father's concubines, which he has left to keep the house...

Micah 2:1 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil on their beds! when the morning is light, they practice it...

Luke 16:8 And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely...

Romans 16:19 For your obedience is come abroad to all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise to that which is good...

1 Corinthians 14:20 Brothers, be not children in understanding: however, in malice be you children, but in understanding be men.

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The Wailing of Risca
You all know the story; it scarce needs that I should tell it to you. Last Saturday week some two hundred or more miners descended in health and strength to their usual work in the bowels of the earth. They had not been working long, their wives and their children had risen, and their little ones had gone to their schools, when suddenly there was heard a noise at the mouth of the pit;--it was an explosion,--all knew what it meant. Men's hearts failed them, for well they prophesied the horror which
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 7: 1861

How to Make Use of Christ for Cleansing of us from Our Daily Spots.
Having spoken of the way of making use of Christ for removing the guilt of our daily transgressions, we come to speak of the way of making use of Christ, for taking away the guilt that cleaveth to the soul, through daily transgressions; "for every sin defileth the man," Matt. xv. 20; and the best are said to have their spots, and to need washing, which presupposeth filthiness and defilement, Eph. v. 27. John xiii. 8-10. Hence we are so oft called to this duty of washing and making us clean. Isa.
John Brown (of Wamphray)—Christ The Way, The Truth, and The Life

The Unseen Watcher
[This chapter is based on Daniel 5.] Toward the close of Daniel's life great changes were taking place in the land to which, over threescore years before, he and his Hebrew companions had been carried captive. Nebuchadnezzar, "the terrible of the nations" (Ezekiel 28:7), had died, and Babylon, "the praise of the whole earth" (Jeremiah 51:41), had passed under the unwise rule of his successors, and gradual but sure dissolution was resulting. Through the folly and weakness of Belshazzar, the grandson
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

Repentance
Then has God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.' Acts 11: 18. Repentance seems to be a bitter pill to take, but it is to purge out the bad humour of sin. By some Antinomian spirits it is cried down as a legal doctrine; but Christ himself preached it. From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent,' &c. Matt 4: 17. In his last farewell, when he was ascending to heaven, he commanded that Repentance should be preached in his name.' Luke 24: 47. Repentance is a pure gospel grace.
Thomas Watson—The Ten Commandments

Cross References
Romans 1:22
Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools

Romans 16:19
Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.

1 Corinthians 14:20
Brothers and sisters, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.

Psalm 36:3
The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful; they fail to act wisely or do good.

Psalm 53:4
Do all these evildoers know nothing? They devour my people as though eating bread; they never call on God.

Psalm 82:5
"The 'gods' know nothing, they understand nothing. They walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

Jeremiah 2:8
The priests did not ask, 'Where is the LORD?' Those who deal with the law did not know me; the leaders rebelled against me. The prophets prophesied by Baal, following worthless idols.

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