Jeremiah 9:17-26 A Time For Mourning.
So deep and extensive was the lost condition of the people that it warranted the call for professional mourners, perhaps also because the people even forgot how to mourn (vv. 17-19). They needed to receive the word of the LORD, for the next generation was about to perish (vv. 20-21). Jeremiah then has a couple of “Thus says the LORD.” One is a declaration that corpses would fall to the ground as refuse (v. 22). The other is the proclamation that one should not trust in the wisdom of the so-called wise, or the strength of the mighty, nor the wealth of the rich, but one must glory in understanding and knowing the LORD. The understanding here is of a personal relationship of trust in the LORD “exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth.” (v. 24). This is what the LORD delights in. This is what should exist in the covenant relationship. Only as we know things about the LORD, given by revelation, can we have this kind of knowledge of a true covenant relationship. However, this was not the desire of the vast majority of the people. Circumcised and uncircumcised together would dwell in the wilderness, for Israel was uncircumcised in their hearts (vv. 25-26).