Jeremiah 44:17
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New International Version
We will certainly do everything we said we would: We will burn incense to the Queen of Heaven and will pour out drink offerings to her just as we and our ancestors, our kings and our officials did in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. At that time we had plenty of food and were well off and suffered no harm.

King James Bible
But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.

Darby Bible Translation
but we will certainly do every word that is gone forth out of our mouth, to burn incense to the queen of the heavens, and to pour out drink-offerings to her, as we have done, we and our fathers, our kings and our princes, in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem; and we had plenty of bread, and were well, and saw no evil.

World English Bible
But we will certainly perform every word that is gone forth out of our mouth, to burn incense to the queen of the sky, and to pour out drink offerings to her, as we have done, we and our fathers, our kings and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem; for then had we plenty of food, and were well, and saw no evil.

Young's Literal Translation
for we certainly do everything that hath gone out of our mouth, to make perfume to the queen of the heavens, and to pour out to her libations, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our heads, in cities of Judah, and in streets of Jerusalem, and -- we are satisfied with bread, and we are well, and evil we have not seen.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Then all the men - and all the women - We have not seen the women in determined rebellion before. Here they make a common cause with their idolatrous husbands.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

whatsoever

Jeremiah 44:25 Thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying; You and your wives have both spoken with your mouths...

Numbers 30:2,12 If a man vow a vow to the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word...

Deuteronomy 23:23 That which is gone out of your lips you shall keep and perform; even a freewill offering...

Judges 11:36 And she said to him, My father, if you have opened your mouth to the LORD...

Psalm 12:4 Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?

Mark 6:26 And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath's sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her.

queen of heaven. or, frame of heaven As the Sun was worshipped, not only under the name of baal shamayim, `Lord of heaven,' but also by that of Molech, or King; it is likely also that the Moon was adored as melecheth hashshamayim, `the Queen of heaven.' So the Orphic hymn addressed to the Moon begins [], Hearm goddess Queen. And Homer, in his Hymn to the Moon, addresses her, [] All hail, Queen, goddess. In Epiphanius, we find some women of Arabia, towards the end of the fourth century, had set up another queen of heaven, the Virgin Mary, too well known since under that name and character, whom they likewise worshipped as a goddness, by holding stated assemblies every year to her honour, and by offering a cake of bread in her name; whence these heretics were called Collyridians, from the Greek [], a cake.

Jeremiah 7:18 The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven...

2 Kings 17:16 And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove...

as we

Jeremiah 19:13 And the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses of the kings of Judah, shall be defiled as the place of Tophet...

Jeremiah 32:29-32 And the Chaldeans, that fight against this city, shall come and set fire on this city, and burn it with the houses...

2 Kings 22:17 Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense to other gods...

Nehemiah 9:34 Neither have our kings, our princes, our priests, nor our fathers, kept your law...

Daniel 9:6-8 Neither have we listened to your servants the prophets, which spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers...

1 Peter 1:18 For as much as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold...

in the cities

Jeremiah 44:9,21 Have you forgotten the wickedness of your fathers, and the wickedness of the kings of Judah, and the wickedness of their wives...

then

Exodus 16:3 And the children of Israel said to them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt...

Isaiah 48:5 I have even from the beginning declared it to you; before it came to pass I showed it you: lest you should say, My idol has done them...

Hosea 2:5-9 For their mother has played the harlot: she that conceived them has done shamefully: for she said, I will go after my lovers...

Philippians 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

victuals [heb] bread

Library
God's Patient Pleadings
'I sent unto you all my servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, saying, Oh, do not this abominable thing that I hate.'--JER. xliv. 4. The long death-agony of the Jewish kingdom has come to an end. The frivolous levity, which fed itself on illusions and would not be sobered by facts, has been finally crushed out of the wretched people. The dreary succession of incompetent kings--now a puppet set up by Egypt, now another puppet set up by Babylon, has ended with the weak Zedekiah. The
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Man's Inability to Keep the Moral Law
Is any man able perfectly to keep the commandments of God? No mere man, since the fall, is able in this life perfectly to keep the commandments of God, but does daily break them, in thought, word, and deed. In many things we offend all.' James 3: 2. Man in his primitive state of innocence, was endowed with ability to keep the whole moral law. He had rectitude of mind, sanctity of will, and perfection of power. He had the copy of God's law written on his heart; no sooner did God command but he obeyed.
Thomas Watson—The Ten Commandments

Cross References
Philippians 3:19
Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.

Exodus 16:3
The Israelites said to them, "If only we had died by the LORD's hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death."

Deuteronomy 23:23
Whatever your lips utter you must be sure to do, because you made your vow freely to the LORD your God with your own mouth.

2 Kings 17:16
They forsook all the commands of the LORD their God and made for themselves two idols cast in the shape of calves, and an Asherah pole. They bowed down to all the starry hosts, and they worshiped Baal.

2 Chronicles 28:23
He offered sacrifices to the gods of Damascus, who had defeated him; for he thought, "Since the gods of the kings of Aram have helped them, I will sacrifice to them so they will help me." But they were his downfall and the downfall of all Israel.

Nehemiah 9:34
Our kings, our leaders, our priests and our ancestors did not follow your law; they did not pay attention to your commands or the statutes you warned them to keep.

Jeremiah 1:16
I will pronounce my judgments on my people because of their wickedness in forsaking me, in burning incense to other gods and in worshiping what their hands have made.

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