Jeremiah 2:14
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English Standard Version
“Is Israel a slave? Is he a homeborn servant? Why then has he become a prey?

King James Bible
Is Israel a servant? is he a homeborn slave? why is he spoiled?

American Standard Version
Is Israel a servant? is he a home-born'slave ? why is he become a prey?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Is Israel a bondman, or a homeborn slave? why then is he become prey?

English Revised Version
Is Israel a servant? is he a homeborn slave? why is he become a prey?

Webster's Bible Translation
Is Israel a servant? is he a home-born slave? why is he laid waste?

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

And He has done yet more. He has brought them into a fruitful and well-cultivated land. כּרמל, fruitful fields, the opposite of wilderness, Jeremiah 4:26; Isaiah 29:17. To eat up its fruit and its good; cf. the enumeration of the fruits and useful products of the land of Canaan, Deuteronomy 8:7-9. And this rich and splendid land the ungrateful people have defiled by their sins and vices (cf. Leviticus 18:24), and idolatry (cf. Ezekiel 36:18); and the heritage of Jahveh they have thus made an abomination, an object of horror. The land of Canaan is called "my heritage," the especial domain of Jahveh, inasmuch as, being the Lord of the earth, He is the possessor of the land and has given it to the Israelites for a possession, yet dwells in the midst of it as its real lord, Numbers 25:34. - In Jeremiah 2:8 the complaint briefly given in Jeremiah 2:6 is expanded by an account of the conduct of the higher classes, those who gave its tone to the spirit of the people. The priests, whom God had chosen to be the ministers of His sanctuary, asked not after Him, i.e., sought neither Him nor His sanctuary. They who occupy themselves with the law, who administer the law: these too are the priests as teachers of the law (Micah 3:11), who should instruct the people as to the Lord's claims on them and commandments (Leviticus 10:11; Deuteronomy 33:10). They knew not Jahveh, i.e., they took no note of Him, did not seek to discover what His will and just claims were, so as to instruct the people therein, and press them to keep the law. The shepherds are the civil authorities, princes and kings (cf. Jeremiah 23:1.): those who by their lives set the example to the people, fell away from the Lord; and the prophets, who should have preached God's word, prophesied בּבּעל, by Baal, i.e., inspired by Baal. Baal is here a generic name for all false gods; cf. Jeremiah 23:13. ,לא those who profit not, are the Baals as unreal gods; cf. Isaiah 44:9; 1 Samuel 12:21. The utterances as to the various ranks form a climax, as Hitz. rightly remarks. The ministers of public worship manifested no desire towards me; those learned in the law took no knowledge of me, of my will, of the contents of the book of the law; the civil powers went the length of rising up against my law; and the prophets fairly fell away to false gods, took inspiration from Baal, the incarnation of the lying spirit.

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Exodus 4:22 And you shall say to Pharaoh, Thus said the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn:

Isaiah 50:1 Thus said the LORD, Where is the bill of your mother's divorce, whom I have put away?...

he a home-born

Genesis 15:3 And Abram said, Behold, to me you have given no seed: and, see, one born in my house is my heir.

Ecclesiastes 2:7 I got me servants and maidens, and had servants born in my house...

spoiled. Heb. become a spoil

Cross References
Exodus 12:49
There shall be one law for the native and for the stranger who sojourns among you."

Jeremiah 5:19
And when your people say, 'Why has the LORD our God done all these things to us?' you shall say to them, 'As you have forsaken me and served foreign gods in your land, so you shall serve foreigners in a land that is not yours.'"

Jeremiah 17:4
You shall loosen your hand from your heritage that I gave to you, and I will make you serve your enemies in a land that you do not know, for in my anger a fire is kindled that shall burn forever."

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