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

New Living Translation
"But my people would not listen to me. They kept doing whatever they wanted, following the stubborn desires of their evil hearts. They went backward instead of forward.

English Standard Version
But they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and the stubbornness of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward.

Berean Study Bible
Yet they did not listen or pay attention, but they followed the stubborn inclinations of their own evil hearts. They went backward and not forward.

New American Standard Bible
"Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and went backward and not forward.

King James Bible
But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.

Christian Standard Bible
Yet they didn't listen or pay attention but followed their own advice and their own stubborn, evil heart. They went backward and not forward.

Contemporary English Version
But your ancestors refused to listen. They were stubborn, and whenever I wanted them to go one way, they always went the other.

Good News Translation
But they did not obey or pay any attention. Instead, they did whatever their stubborn and evil hearts told them to do, and they became worse instead of better.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Yet they didn't listen or pay attention but followed their own advice and according to their own stubborn, evil heart. They went backward and not forward.

International Standard Version
But they didn't listen, nor did they pay attention. They pursued their own plans, stubbornly following their own evil desires. They went backward and not forward.

NET Bible
But they did not listen to me or pay any attention to me. They followed the stubborn inclinations of their own wicked hearts. They acted worse and worse instead of better.

New Heart English Bible
But they did not listen nor turn their ear, but walked in their own counsels and in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But they didn't obey me or pay attention to me. They followed their own plans and their stubborn, evil ways. They went backward and not forward.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in their own counsels, even in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and went backward and not forward,

New American Standard 1977
“Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and went backward and not forward.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But they did not hearken, nor incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels in the imagination of their evil heart and went backward, and not forward

King James 2000 Bible
But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil hearts, and went backward, and not forward.

American King James Version
But they listened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.

American Standard Version
But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in their own counsels and in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear: but walked in their own will, and in the perversity of their wicked heart: and went backward and not forward,

Darby Bible Translation
But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels, in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and went backward and not forward.

English Revised Version
But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in their own counsels and in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and went backward and not forward.

Webster's Bible Translation
But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.

World English Bible
But they didn't listen nor turn their ear, but walked in [their own] counsels [and] in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.

Young's Literal Translation
And they have not hearkened, nor inclined their ear, And they walk in the counsels, In the stubbornness, of their evil heart, And are for backward, and not for forward.
Study Bible
Judah's Idolatry Persists
23but this is what I commanded them: Obey Me, and I will be your God, and you will be My people. You must walk in all the ways I have commanded you, so that it may go well with you. 24Yet they did not listen or pay attention, but they followed the stubborn inclinations of their own evil hearts. They went backward and not forward. 25From the day your fathers came out of the land of Egypt until this day, I have sent you all My servants the prophets time and time again.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 29:19
because when such a person hears the words of this oath, he may invoke a blessing on himself, saying, 'I will have peace, even though I walk in the stubbornness of my own heart.' This will bring disaster on the watered land as well as the dry.

Psalm 81:11
But My people would not listen to Me, and Israel would not obey Me.

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 9:14
Instead, they have followed the stubbornness of their hearts and gone after the Baals, as their fathers taught them."

Jeremiah 11:8
Yet they would not obey or incline their ears, but each one followed the stubbornness of his evil heart. So I brought on them all the curses of this covenant I commanded them to follow but they did not keep.'"

Jeremiah 13:11
For just as a loincloth clings to a man's waist, so I have made the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah cling to Me, declares the LORD, so that they might be My people for My renown and praise and glory--but they did not listen.

Jeremiah 15:6
You have forsaken Me, declares the LORD. You have turned your back, so I have stretched out My hand against you to destroy you; I am weary of showing compassion.

Jeremiah 16:12
And you have done more evil than your fathers. See how each of you was following the stubbornness of his evil heart, instead of obeying Me.

Jeremiah 17:23
Yet they would not listen or incline their ear, but they stiffened their necks and would not listen or receive My discipline.

Jeremiah 18:10
and if it does evil in My sight and does not listen to My voice, I will relent of the good I had intended for it.

Jeremiah 18:12
But they will reply, 'It is hopeless. We will follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.'"

Jeremiah 35:15
Time and time again I have sent you all My servants the prophets, proclaiming: 'Turn now, each of you, from your wicked ways, and correct your actions. Do not go after other gods to serve them. Live in the land that I have given to you and your fathers.' But you have not inclined your ear or listened to Me.

Ezekiel 20:8
But they rebelled against Me and refused to listen. None of them cast away the abominations before their eyes, and they did not forsake the idols of Egypt. So I resolved to pour out My wrath upon them and vent My anger against them in the land of Egypt.

Ezekiel 20:13
Yet the house of Israel rebelled against Me in the wilderness. They did not follow My statutes and they rejected My ordinances--though the man who does these things will live by them--and they utterly profaned My Sabbaths. Then I resolved to pour out My wrath upon them and put an end to them in the wilderness.

Hosea 10:6
Yes, it will be carried to Assyria as tribute to the great king. Ephraim will be seized with shame and Israel ashamed of its wooden idols.

Micah 6:16
You have observed the statutes of Omri and all the practices of Ahab's house; you have followed their traditions. Therefore I will make you a desolation, and your inhabitants an object of contempt; you will bear the scorn of the nations."

Treasury of Scripture

But they listened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.

they.

Jeremiah 7:26 Yet they listened not to me, nor inclined their ear, but hardened …

Jeremiah 11:7,8 For I earnestly protested to your fathers in the day that I brought …

Exodus 32:7,8 And the LORD said to Moses, Go, get you down; for your people, which …

Nehemiah 9:16-20 But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their necks, …

Psalm 81:11,12 But my people would not listen to my voice; and Israel would none of me…

Psalm 106:7 Our fathers understood not your wonders in Egypt; they remembered …

Ezekiel 20:8,13,16,21 But they rebelled against me, and would not listen to me: they did …

walked.

Jeremiah 23:17 They say still to them that despise me, The LORD has said, You shall …

Deuteronomy 29:19 And it come to pass, when he hears the words of this curse, that …

imagination. or, stubbornness.

Jeremiah 3:17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and …

went. Heb. were backward.

Jeremiah 7:26 Yet they listened not to me, nor inclined their ear, but hardened …

Jeremiah 2:27 Saying to a stock, You are my father; and to a stone, You have brought …

Jeremiah 8:5 Why then is this people of Jerusalem slid back by a perpetual backsliding? …

Jeremiah 32:33 And they have turned to me the back, and not the face: though I taught …

Nehemiah 9:29 And testified against them, that you might bring them again to your …

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







(24) Imagination.--Better, stubbornness, as in Jeremiah 3:17.

Went backward and not forward.--The whole sacrificial system, even at its best, to say nothing of its idolatrous corruptions, was accordingly, from Jeremiah's point of view, a retrograde movement. The apostasy of the people in the worship of the golden calf involved a like deflection, necessary and inevitable though it might be as a process of education, from the first ideal polity, based upon the covenant made with Abraham, i.e., upon a pure and spiritual theism, the emblems and ordinances of which, though "shadows of good things to come," were in themselves "weak and beggarly elements" (Hebrews 10:1; Galatians 4:9).

Verse 24. - Imagination; rather, stubbornness (see on Jeremiah 3:17). Went backward, and not forward; rather, turned their back, and not their face (literally, became backwards, and not forwards). But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear,.... Neither to the law that was given them, nor to the promises that were made unto them, this was the case of the Jewish fathers, and also of their posterity, to whom belonged the law, and the promises, and the service of God:

but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart; what their evil heart imagined, advised and directed to, that they attended to, walked in, and pursued after. The heart of man is evil; it is desperately wicked, even wickedness itself; and so is every thought and every imagination of the thoughts of it and all its counsels, machinations and contrivances; and therefore the consequence of walking in these, or steering the course of life according to them, must be bad:

and went backward, and not forward; they went backwards from the ways of God, and walked not in them. The Targum is,

"they turned the back in my worship, and did not put my fear before their face;''

or else this may design, not their sin, but their punishment, as Kimchi interprets it; they did not prosper, but suffered adversity; a curse, and not a blessing, attended the works of their hands. 24. hearkened not—They did not give even a partial hearing to Me (Ps 81:11, 12).

imagination—rather, as Margin, "the stubbornness."

backward, etc.—(Jer 2:27; 32:33; Ho 4:16).7:21-28 God shows that obedience was required of them. That which God commanded was, Hearken diligently to the voice of the Lord thy God. The promise is very encouraging. Let God's will be your rule, and his favour shall be your happiness. God was displeased with disobedience. We understand the gospel as little as the Jews understood the law, if we think that even the sacrifice of Christ lessens our obligation to obey.
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