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Jeremiah 8 - NIV

1 “‘At that time, declares the Lord, the bones of the kings and officials of Judah, the bones of the priests and prophets, and the bones of the people of Jerusalem will be removed from their graves.

2 They will be exposed to the sun and the moon and all the stars of the heavens, which they have loved and served and which they have followed and consulted and worshiped. They will not be gathered up or buried, but will be like dung lying on the ground.

3 Wherever I banish them, all the survivors of this evil nation will prefer death to life, declares the Lord Almighty.’

Sin and Punishment

4 “Say to them, ‘This is what the Lord says:

“‘When people fall down, do they not get up?
When someone turns away, do they not return?

5 Why then have these people turned away?
Why does Jerusalem always turn away?
They cling to deceit;
they refuse to return.

6 I have listened attentively,
but they do not say what is right.
None of them repent of their wickedness,
saying, “What have I done?”
Each pursues their own course
like a horse charging into battle.

7 Even the stork in the sky
knows her appointed seasons,
and the dove, the swift and the thrush
observe the time of their migration.
But my people do not know
the requirements of the Lord.


“‘How can you say, “We are wise,
for we have the law of the Lord,”
when actually the lying pen of the scribes
has handled it falsely?

9 The wise will be put to shame;
they will be dismayed and trapped.
Since they have rejected the word of the Lord,
what kind of wisdom do they have?

10 Therefore I will give their wives to other men
and their fields to new owners.
From the least to the greatest,
all are greedy for gain;
prophets and priests alike,
all practice deceit.

11 They dress the wound of my people
as though it were not serious.
“Peace, peace,” they say,
when there is no peace.

12 Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct?
No, they have no shame at all;
they do not even know how to blush.
So they will fall among the fallen;
they will be brought down when they are punished,
says the Lord.


“‘I will take away their harvest,
declares the Lord.
There will be no grapes on the vine.
There will be no figs on the tree,
and their leaves will wither.
What I have given them
will be taken from them.[a] ’ ”


Why are we sitting here?
Gather together!
Let us flee to the fortified cities
and perish there!
For the Lord our God has doomed us to perish
and given us poisoned water to drink,
because we have sinned against him.

15 We hoped for peace
but no good has come,
for a time of healing
but there is only terror.

16 The snorting of the enemy’s horses
is heard from Dan;
at the neighing of their stallions
the whole land trembles.
They have come to devour
the land and everything in it,
the city and all who live there.


“See, I will send venomous snakes among you,
vipers that cannot be charmed,
and they will bite you,”
declares the Lord.


You who are my Comforter[b] in sorrow,
my heart is faint within me.

19 Listen to the cry of my people
from a land far away:
“Is the Lord not in Zion?
Is her King no longer there?”

“Why have they aroused my anger with their images,
with their worthless foreign idols?”


“The harvest is past,
the summer has ended,
and we are not saved.”


Since my people are crushed, I am crushed;
I mourn, and horror grips me.

22 Is there no balm in Gilead?
Is there no physician there?
Why then is there no healing
for the wound of my people?


a. Jeremiah 8:13 The meaning of the Hebrew for this sentence is uncertain.
b. Jeremiah 8:18 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.

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Shared by: Gerald Roberts on Sep, 2016
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Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
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Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
Scripture: Jeremiah 8:19-20
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Shared by: Gerald Roberts on Sep, 2013
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Scripture: Jeremiah 8:18-9:1
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Shared by: Paul Davis on Sep, 2013
Summary: Repent to be Saved From Self
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Shared by: Robert Nacci on Jun, 2013
Summary: Don't be like Judah who refused to return and suffered God's judgment because of it! Simply return!
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Shared by: Jim Butcher on Mar, 2013
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Scripture: Jeremiah 8:12
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Shared by: Nokomis Jackson on May, 2012
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Shared by: Joseph Smith on Feb, 2011
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Shared by: Antonio Silveira on Jan, 2010
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Shared by: Randy Bataanon on Jan, 2010
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Shared by: James May on Oct, 2009
Summary: The pattern, or Legend, of the fall of a man, or a nation, into judgment never changes. Neither does the sorrow of the Man of God as he watches it happen even though he does all he can to stop it.
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Shared by: Jack Martin on Sep, 2009
Summary: A reminder of what we missed God saying in 2001, and a call back to repentence.
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Shared by: Dr.W.Samuel Legon on Jul, 2009
Summary: Words that soak into your ears are whispered---not yelled
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Views: 1,264
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Shared by: Wayne Searls on May, 2009
Summary: PROPOSITION: To motivate the hearer to seek to win the lost to Christ.
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Scripture: Jeremiah 8:20
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Views: 3,341
Matthew Bordes avatar
Shared by: Matthew Bordes on Mar, 2009
Summary: Continuation from sermon What have I done? Asking the questions no one asks anymore.
Scripture: Jeremiah 8:6
Denomination: Independent/Bible
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Shared by: Matthew Bordes on Feb, 2009
Summary: In response to Jeremiahs words we look at and answer the question: What have I done.
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Scripture: Jeremiah 8:6
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Views: 1,143
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Shared by: Joseph Smith on Jan, 2009
Summary: Peace is secured if a nation will repent, think realistically, and work to produce righteousness. The support of Christian missions is a step for peace.
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Scripture: Jeremiah 8:4-13
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Views: 842
Kellie Rupard-Schorr avatar
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Shared by: Kellie Rupard-Schorr on Oct, 2007
Summary: Jeremiah asks about healing for the people of Israel. How can we find our own healing?
based on 35 ratings
Scripture: Jeremiah 8:18-9:1
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The Greatest Nations
Shared by: Craig Benner on Sep, 2007
Summary: There are nations that are great and then there are nations that change the course of your world. You may be surprised to know what these nations are.
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Scripture: Jeremiah 8:20
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 1,059
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Shared by: Jose R. Hernandez on Jul, 2007
Summary: Today we are going to speak about placing all that we are in His hands, and allow him to shape us according to His will.
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Shared by: Howard Strickland on May, 2006
Summary: Jesus can do anything where there is faith!
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