Jeremiah 7:28-34 Truth Had Perished – So Would The People.
Truth had perished and was not spoken by the people, because they refused to listen to the voice of the LORD through the law and the prophets, including Jeremiah (v. 28). The LORD looks for truth (5:3), and those valiant for it (9:3). Those interested in the truth needed to cut off their hair and lament this loss of truth, for that entire generation was rejected and forsaken and subject to the wrath of the LORD (v. 29 Cf. 1:16). The people were guilty of setting up abominations in the house of the LORD, symbols of their paganism (v. 30 Cf. Dan. 9:27; 11:31). They had also built cultic points on high places in the Valley of the son of Hinnom or Tophet, where the practice was to sacrifice one’s offspring in fire (v. 31 Cf. II Kgs. 17:17; 23:10), in clear violation of the law (Lev. 18:21; Dt. 17:3; Ps. 106:38). However, in judgment it would come to be known as “the Valley of Slaughter,” where the corpses of the people would become food for birds and beasts (vv. 32-33 Cf. 9:22; 19:6, 11; Ezek. 6:5). There will be no more rejoicing in the normal things of life, in Judah or Jerusalem, “for the land shall be desolate” (v. 34 Cf. 4:27; 16:9; 25:10; Is. 1:7; 24:7-8; Ezek. 26:13; Hos. 2:11). This is what happens when people reject the truth – covenantal cursing (Lev. 26:33).