Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.
They sit before thee as my people
As the people cometh
In the sixth year, in the sixth month, on the fifth of the month, as I was sitting in my house with the elders of Judah sitting in front of me, the hand of the sovereign Lord seized me.
Then some men from Israel's elders came to me and sat down in front of me.
In the seventh year, in the fifth month, on the tenth of the month, some of the elders of Israel came to seek the Lord, and they sat down in front of me.
She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to what he said.
Therefore I sent for you at once, and you were kind enough to come. So now we are all here in the presence of God to listen to everything the Lord has commanded you to say to us."
They sit before thee as my people
The Lord said to his people: "You are standing at the crossroads. So consider your path. Ask where the old, reliable paths are. Ask where the path is that leads to blessing and follow it. If you do, you will find rest for your souls." But they said, "We will not follow it!"
Jeremiah finished telling all the people all these things the Lord their God had sent him to tell them.
"We will not listen to what you claim the Lord has spoken to us!
"Everyone who hears these words of mine and does them is like a wise man who built his house on rock.
He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep, and laid the foundation on bedrock. When a flood came, the river burst against that house but could not shake it, because it had been well built.
But he replied to them, "My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it."
But he replied, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it!"
But be sure you live out the message and do not merely listen to it and so deceive yourselves.
When the Lord heard you speaking to me, he said to me, "I have heard what these people have said to you -- they have spoken well.
But they deceived him with their words, and lied to him.
The sovereign master says, "These people say they are loyal to me; they say wonderful things about me, but they are not really loyal to me. Their worship consists of nothing but man-made ritual.
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but does not have works? Can this kind of faith save him?
1 John 3:17
But whoever has the world's possessions and sees his fellow Christian in need and shuts off his compassion against him, how can the love of God reside in such a person?
Shew much love
So the Lord's word to them will sound like meaningless gibberish, senseless babbling, a syllable here, a syllable there. As a result, they will fall on their backsides when they try to walk, and be injured, ensnared, and captured.
The Lord said to me, "Jeremiah, when one of these people, or a prophet, or a priest asks you, 'What burdensome message do you have from the Lord?' Tell them, 'You are the burden, and I will cast you away. I, the Lord, affirm it!
The Pharisees (who loved money) heard all this and ridiculed him.
"No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.
The seed sown among thorns is the person who hears the word, but worldly cares and the seductiveness of wealth choke the word, so it produces nothing.
But when the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he was very rich.
Then he said to them, "Watch out and guard yourself from all types of greed, because one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."
For you can be confident of this one thing: that no person who is immoral, impure, or greedy (such a person is an idolater) has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
1 Timothy 6:9
Those who long to be rich, however, stumble into temptation and a trap and many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.
He replied to them, "Stay here tonight, and I will bring back to you whatever word the Lord may speak to me." So the princes of Moab stayed with Balaam.
Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to the words of knowledge.
The man said to him, "Teacher, I have wholeheartedly obeyed all these laws since my youth."
For if someone merely listens to the message and does not live it out, he is like someone who gazes at his own face in a mirror.