Dave Burnette's Commentary

Jeremiah Chapter 13

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Jeremiah
Date Penned: (627-586 BC)
Overview: To Urge God's People to Turn from Sin to God (c 1-52)
Theme: God's Judgement on Judah (c 1-45)
Message: The People Threatened with Captivity (v 1-27)

Jeremiah 13 Commentary 

(13:1-11) Pride - Actions speak louder than words. Jeremiah often used vivid object lessons to arouse the people's curiosity and get his point across. This lesson of the linen girdle (or loincloth) illustrated Judah's destiny. Although the people had once been close to God, their pride had made them useless. Proud people may look important, but God says their pride makes them good for nothing, completely useless. Pride rots our hearts until we lose our usefulness to God. 

(13:1) The Loincloth - A linen girdle (or loincloth) was one of the more intimate pieces of clothing, clinging close to the body. It was similar to underwear. Jeremiah's action showed how God would ruin Judah just as Jeremiah had ruined the linen girdle. 

(13:12-14) Judging the People - Jeremiah used the picture of bottles of wine to show how God planned to judge the people. This was the opposite of what would be expected by Jeremiah's audience because full bottles of wine were normally a sign of blessing. Instead, the full bottles of wine represented the drunken confusion and numbness of the people. Destruction would surely come, and the Lord resolved to have no mercy. 

(13:15) Pride's Payment - When is pride harmful? When it causes us to (1) look down on others; (2) be selfish with our resources; (3) force our solutions on others' problems; (4) think God is blessing us because of our own merits; or (5) be content with our plans rather than seeking God's plans. 13:18 The king was Jehoiachin, and his mother was Nehushta. The king's father, Jehoiakim, had surrendered to Nebuchadnezzar but later rebelled. During Jehoiachin's reign, Nebuchadnezzar's armies besieged Jerusalem, and both Jehoiachin and Nehushta surrendered. Jehoiachin was sent to Babylon and imprisoned (2 Kings 24:1-15). Jeremiah's prophecy came true. 

(13:19) Cities of the South - The "cities of the south" were in the Negev region, the dry wasteland stretching southward from Beer-sheba. The cities in this area would be closed to any refugees fleeing the invading army. 

(13:23) Continual Evil - Not even the threat of captivity could move the people to repent. The people had become so accustomed to doing evil that they had lost their ability to change. God never rejects those who sincerely turn to him. God was warning his people to repent before it became impossible to change. We must never put off until tomorrow changes God wants us to make. Our attitudes and patterns for living can become so set that we lose all desire to change and then no longer fear the consequences of remaining as we are.


Dave Burnette's Life Application


Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Jeremiah with chapter 13. In our text today, we see the people of the Lord are threatened with captivity as they allow their pride to control their lives, which takes them to a path of destruction. In making an application, we see that pride is a form of self-worship where we elevate ourselves above God and others. Today, our world's system teaches pride from the day we are born with "believe in yourself," Which advances to "self-help" and achievement-based self-worth, which leads a person to an empty, unfulfilled life. How about you? Have you let pride rule in your life? Let us learn from our text today and the warning of Jeremiah that Pride always comes before a fall.


Jeremiah 13

Jeremiah 13

 1Thus saith the LORD unto me, Go and get thee a linen girdle, and put it upon thy loins, and put it not in water.

 2So I got a girdle according to the word of the LORD, and put it on my loins.

 3And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time, saying,

 4Take the girdle that thou hast got, which is upon thy loins, and arise, go to Euphrates, and hide it there in a hole of the rock.

 5So I went, and hid it by Euphrates, as the LORD commanded me.

 6And it came to pass after many days, that the LORD said unto me, Arise, go to Euphrates, and take the girdle from thence, which I commanded thee to hide there.

 7Then I went to Euphrates, and digged, and took the girdle from the place where I had hid it: and, behold, the girdle was marred, it was profitable for nothing.

 8Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

 9Thus saith the LORD, After this manner will I mar the pride of Judah, and the great pride of Jerusalem.

 10This evil people, which refuse to hear my words, which walk in the imagination of their heart, and walk after other gods, to serve them, and to worship them, shall even be as this girdle, which is good for nothing.

 11For as the girdle cleaveth to the loins of a man, so have I caused to cleave unto me the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah, saith the LORD; that they might be unto me for a people, and for a name, and for a praise, and for a glory: but they would not hear.

 12Therefore thou shalt speak unto them this word; Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Every bottle shall be filled with wine: and they shall say unto thee, Do we not certainly know that every bottle shall be filled with wine?

 13Then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will fill all the inhabitants of this land, even the kings that sit upon David's throne, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, with drunkenness.

 14And I will dash them one against another, even the fathers and the sons together, saith the LORD: I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy, but destroy them.

 15Hear ye, and give ear; be not proud: for the LORD hath spoken.

 16Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while ye look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death, and make it gross darkness.

 17But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for your pride; and mine eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears, because the LORD's flock is carried away captive.

 18Say unto the king and to the queen, Humble yourselves, sit down: for your principalities shall come down, even the crown of your glory.

 19The cities of the south shall be shut up, and none shall open them: Judah shall be carried away captive all of it, it shall be wholly carried away captive.

 20Lift up your eyes, and behold them that come from the north: where is the flock that was given thee, thy beautiful flock?

 21What wilt thou say when he shall punish thee? for thou hast taught them to be captains, and as chief over thee: shall not sorrows take thee, as a woman in travail?

 22And if thou say in thine heart, Wherefore come these things upon me? For the greatness of thine iniquity are thy skirts discovered, and thy heels made bare.

 23Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.

 24Therefore will I scatter them as the stubble that passeth away by the wind of the wilderness.

 25This is thy lot, the portion of thy measures from me, saith the LORD; because thou hast forgotten me, and trusted in falsehood.

 26Therefore will I discover thy skirts upon thy face, that thy shame may appear.

 27I have seen thine adulteries, and thy neighings, the lewdness of thy whoredom, and thine abominations on the hills in the fields. Woe unto thee, O Jerusalem! wilt thou not be made clean? when shall it once be?