New International Version
You have planted them, and they have taken root; they grow and bear fruit. You are always on their lips but far from their hearts.
King James Bible
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 their reins.
Darby Bible Translation
Thou hast planted them, they also have taken root: they advance, yea, they bring forth fruit: thou art near in their mouth, but far from their reins.
World English Bible
You have planted them, yes, they have taken root; they grow, yes, they bring forth fruit: you are near in their mouth, and far from their heart.
Young's Literal Translation
Thou hast planted them, yea, they have taken root, They go on, yea, they have made fruit, Near art Thou in their mouth, And far off from their reins.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Thou art near in their mouth - They have no sincerity: they have something of the form of religion, but nothing of its power.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
grown. Heb. go on. Near.
LibraryCalms and Crises
'If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and though in a land of peace thou art secure, yet how wilt thou do in the pride of Jordan?'--JER. xii. 5, R.V. The prophet has been complaining of his persecutors. The divine answer is here, reproving his impatience, and giving him to understand that harder trials are in store for him. Both clauses mean substantially the same thing, and are of a parabolic nature. The one adduces the metaphor …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Roman Pilgrimage: the Miracles which were Wrought in It.
They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.
I myself have seen a fool taking root, but suddenly his house was cursed.
I have seen a wicked and ruthless man flourishing like a luxuriant native tree,
The Lord says: "These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.
In spite of all this, her unfaithful sister Judah did not return to me with all her heart, but only in pretense," declares the LORD.
The LORD Almighty, who planted you, has decreed disaster for you, because the people of both Israel and Judah have done evil and aroused my anger by burning incense to Baal.
But the LORD has told me to say to you, 'This is what the LORD says: I will overthrow what I have built and uproot what I have planted, throughout the earth.
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