The Geneva Bible Translation Notes, , at sacred-texts.com
jer 17:1The sin of Judah [is] (a) written with a pen of iron, [and] with the point of a diamond: [it is] graven upon the (b) tablet of their heart, and upon the horns of your (c) altars;
(a) The remembrance of their contempt of God cannot pass, although for a time he defers the punishment, for it will be revealed to men and angels.
(b) Instead of the law of God, they have written idolatry and all abomination in their heart.
(c) Your sins appear in all the altars that you have erected to idols.
jer 17:2(d) While their children remember their altars and their idols by the green trees upon the high hills.
(d) Some read, "So that their children remember their altars", that is, follow their father's wickedness.
jer 17:3(e) O my mountain in the field, I will give thy substance [and] all thy treasures to the spoil, [and] thy high places for sin, throughout all thy borders.
(e) Zion that was my mountain, will now be left as a waste field.
jer 17:4And thou, even (f) thyself, shall discontinue from thy heritage that I gave thee; and I will cause thee to serve thy enemies in the land which thou knowest not: for ye have kindled a fire in my anger, [which] shall burn for ever.
(f) Because you would not give the land rest, at such times, days and years as I appointed, you will after this be carried away and it will rest for lack of labourers.
jer 17:5Thus saith the LORD; (g) Cursed [be] the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.
(g) The Jews were given to worldly policies and thought to make themselves strong by the friendship of the Egyptians, (Isa 31:3) and strangers and in the mean time did not depend on God, and therefore he denounces God's plagues against them, showing that they prefer corruptible man to God, who is immortal, (Isa 2:22; Jer 48:6-7).
jer 17:8(h) For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and [that] spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be anxious in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
(h) Read (Psa 1:3).
jer 17:9(i) The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it?
(i) Because the wicked always have some excuse to defend their doings he shows that their own lewd imaginations deceive them and bring them to these hardships: but God will examine their deeds by the malice of their hearts, (Sa1 16:7, Ch1 28:9, Psa 7:10, Jer 11:20, Jer 10:12, Rev 2:13).
jer 17:11(k) [As] the partridge sitteth [on eggs], and hatcheth [them] not; [so] he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.
(k) As the patriarch by calling gathered others who forsake her when they see she is not their mother: so the covetous man is forsaken of his riches because he comes by them falsely.
jer 17:12A glorious (l) high throne from the beginning [is] the place of our sanctuary.
(l) Showing that the godly ought to glory in nothing, but in God who exalts his, and has left a sign of his favour in his temple.
jer 17:13O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, [and] they that depart from me shall be written (m) in the earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters.
(m) Their names will not be registered in the book of life.
jer 17:14Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; (n) save me, and I shall be saved: for thou [art] my praise.
(n) He desires God to preserve him that he fall not into temptation, considering the great contempt of God's word, and the multitude that fall from God.
jer 17:15Behold, (o) they say to me, Where [is] the word of the LORD? let it come now.
(o) The wicked say that my prophecy will not come to pass, because you deferred the time of your vengeance.
jer 17:16As for me, (p) I have not hastened from [being] a shepherd to follow thee: neither have I desired the woeful day; thou knowest: that which was uttered by my lips was [right] before thee.
(p) I am assured of my calling, and therefore know that the thing which you speak by me will come to pass, and that I speak not of any worldly affection.
jer 17:17Be not (q) a terror to me: thou [art] my hope in the day of evil.
(q) However the wicked deal rigorously with me, yet let me find comfort in you.
jer 17:18Let them be confounded that persecute me, but let not me be confounded: let them be dismayed, but let not me be dismayed: bring upon them the day of evil, (r) and destroy them with double destruction.
(r) Read (Jer 11:20).
jer 17:19Thus said the LORD to me; Go and stand in the (s) gate of the children of the people, by which the kings of Judah come in, and by which they go out, and in all the gates of Jerusalem;
(s) While your doctrine may best be understood both by high and low.
jer 17:21Thus saith the LORD; Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the (t) sabbath day, nor bring [it] in by the gates of Jerusalem;
(t) By naming the Sabbath day, he comprehends the thing that is signified by it, for if they transgressed in the ceremony, they must be guilty of the rest, read (Exo 20:8) and by the breaking of this one commandment, he makes them transgressors of the whole law, as the first and second table are contained in it.