Jeremiah 5:9
Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)
5:1-9 None could be found who behaved as upright and godly men. But the Lord saw the true character of the people through all their disguises. The poor were ignorant, and therefore they were wicked. What can be expected but works of darkness, from people that know nothing of God and religion? There are God's poor, who, notwithstanding poverty, know the way of the Lord, walk in it, and do their duty; but these were willingly ignorant, and their ignorance would not be their excuse. The rich were insolent and haughty, and the abuse of God's favours made their sin worse.In the morning - Render, they rove about. Some prefer, "(horses) from Mesech." 9. (Jer 5:29; Jer 9:9; 44:22). Visit, i.e. punish, Psalm 89:32. Should I connive at such things, the wicked would say, I did not see them, or take notice of them, Psalm 50:21, much to the same purpose with Jeremiah 5:7, beginning; and punishment may be termed visiting, as implying the equity of God’s procedures, that he first sees and considers the case, before he inflicts punishment; as in the case of Sodom, Genesis 18:21; spoke after the manner of man.

My soul, for I; it speaks the greatness of God’s displeasure, Shall not my very soul be in this work of vengeance? Psalm 11:5.

Shall I not visit for these things? saith the Lord,.... For such adulteries and lasciviousness, and that in a way of punishment. The Targum adds,

"to bring evil upon them;''

the evil of punishment for the evil of sin:

and shall not my soul be avenged upon such a nation as this? which cannot delight in sin, but hates it; and therefore must punish for it; vindictive and punitive justice is essential to God; as sin is contrary to his nature, it is agreeable to it to punish for it; he cannot but do it; and he does avenge all sin, either on the sinner himself, or on his surety.

Shall I not visit for these things? saith the LORD: and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?








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