Jeremiah 11:18 - 12:4
And the LORD hath given me knowledge [of it], and I know [it]: then
thou shewedst me their doings.
19: But I [was] like a lamb [or] an ox [that] is brought to the
slaughter; and I knew not that they had devised devices against me,
[saying], Let us destroy the tree with the fruit thereof, and let us
cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be no more
(Several translations place 20-23 after 12:1-4)
|18. In chapter 11, verse 1 Jeremiah has
been commanded by God to teach the covenant as found in Deuteronomy;
i.e. The Ten Commandments along with the blessings and coursings. The
Powers-that-be did not like Jeremiah's message. Men in government
conspired to kill Jeremiah. (Verse 9) God told Jeremiah about the
ambush. (Like a lamb led to the slaughter.)
(19) A lamb or ox that is led to the slaughterhouse is silent because
it is ignorant of its destiny. Likewise Jeremiah did not know that the
government was plotting against him.
Jeremiah 12:1-3 Righteous [art] thou, O LORD, when I plead with
thee: yet let me talk with thee of [thy] judgments: Wherefore doth the
way of the wicked prosper? [wherefore] are all they happy that deal
(2) Thou hast planted them, yea, they have taken root: they grow, yea,
they bring forth fruit: thou [art] near in their mouth, and far from
(3) But thou, O LORD, knowest me: thou hast seen me, and tried mine
heart toward thee: pull them out like sheep for the slaughter, and
prepare them for the day of slaughter.
(4) How long shall the land mourn, and the herbs of every field wither,
for the wickedness of them that dwell therein? the beasts are consumed,
and the birds; because they said, He shall not see our last end.
|(1) This begins Jeremiah's imprecatory
prayer for justice.
(2) Like many modern day politicians, they thought of themselves as
good, God fearing people (thou art near in their mouth) while rejecting
God's Law. (and far from their reins.)
(3) Jeremiah prayed that the wicked would meet the same fate as they
had prepared for him.Compare verse 19 with verse 3.In the book of
Esther, the wicked Hayman was hanged on the gallows he had prepared for
Mordicai. This is in line with God's Law, for example; the law of the
Then shall ye do unto him, as he had thought to have done unto his
brother: so shalt thou put the evil away from among you.
In 2 Samuel 3:39 David said,
And I [am] this day weak, though anointed king; and these men the
sons of Zeruiah [be] too hard for me: the LORD shall reward the doer of
evil according to his wickedness.
(4) They, the
wicked do not come to repentance or give up easily as reflected in the
last words of verse 4, because they said, "you haven't seen the last of
But, O LORD of hosts, that judgest righteously, that triest the reins
and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for unto thee have I
revealed my cause.
Therefore thus saith the LORD of the men of Anathoth, that seek thy
life, saying, Prophesy not in the name of the LORD, that thou die not by
Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, I will punish them: the
young men shall die by the sword; their sons and their daughters shall
die by famine:
And there shall be no remnant of them: for I will bring evil upon the
men of Anathoth, [even] the year of their visitation.
|Here is how another version reads:
(20) But, O LORD Almighty, you who Judge righteously and test the
heart and mind, let me see your vengeance upon them, for to you have I
committed my cause. (NIV)
(21) The authorities said, "Shut up or we will kill you."
Here is how another version reads:
(1) You are always righteous, O LORD, when I bring up a case
before you. Yet I speak with you about your justice: (NIV)
Righteous are You, O LORD, that I would plead my case with You;
Indeed I would discuss matters of justice with You: (NAS)
If someone tries to kill
you, what do you do? You can't take the law into your own hands? You are
expected to go to the authorities for protection and to bring charges. But what
do you do when it is the authorities who are the criminals?
What would you do if you are a preacher
and the authorities do not like what you have to say and are persecuting you? What do
you do when the evil doer's are the authorities, or the rich and powerful?
What did Jeremiah do? Jeremiah
committed the cause unto The Lord. Jeremiah took his complaint to God. A court
of divine justice. "I bring my case before You."
Public Imprecatory Worship Services
The government is to close houses of
prostitution, close places selling drugs, close abortion clinics. If the
government refuses to close an abortion clinic, but instead protecting the
doctor and building, would a Jeremiah shoot the doctor? Would Jeremiah burn the
building to the ground?
Absolutely not! That would be taking
the law into your own hands. That would put Jeremiah into Florus hands. And
Florus would love that. Florus would even have an undercover agent give Jeremiah
the gun and matches. To find out about Florus, read the article titled,
Worldly Rulers Love Vigilantes And Trouble-Makers.
So what is a Christian to do? Would
Jeremiah, in imprecatory prayer, ask God to kill the abortionist and strike the
building with lightning? What do you think? Would Jeremiah organize a public
worship service on the sidewalk where he and the others would pray publicly, and
in the hearing of the doctor and staff, calling God's curses down upon the
criminals? What is the 'curse of the law' for murder?
Deuteronomy 11:29 A Bible Example of Public Imprecatory
"And it shall come to pass, when the Lord thy God hath brought thee in
unto the land whither thou goest to possess it, that thou shalt put the blessing
upon mount Gerizim, and the curse upon mount Ebal. ( Look in the Bible for
the rest of this ceremony.)