The chapter and verse divisions in our modern Bibles did not exist in the original and ancient scrolls. Jeremiah continues sharing God’s reasons for bringing judgement on Israel.
Before Israel could take possession of the land of her inheritance, she had to cleanse it of the defilement of the inhabitants. Today God’s command to kill every man, woman and child seems to be horrible and unfair; but it shows how intolerant God is of sin and the devastation it causes.
God was telling Israel that now they were polluting the land and were in terrible danger of the same judgment. But in His grace He was offering them forgiveness if they would repent.
“I brought you into a bountiful country,
To eat its fruit and its goodness.
But when you entered, you defiled My land
And made My heritage an abomination.
The priests did not say, ‘Where is the Lord?’
And those who handle the law did not know Me;
The rulers also transgressed against Me;
The prophets prophesied by Baal,
And walked after things that do not profit.
“Therefore I will yet bring charges against you,” says the Lord,
“And against your children’s children I will bring charges.
“They say, ‘If a man divorces his wife,
And she goes from him
And becomes another man’s,
May he return to her again?’
Would not that land be greatly polluted?
But you have played the harlot with many lovers;
Yet return to Me,” says the Lord.
Today the land of Israel is still being polluted not only by the sins and rebellion of the Jewish people, but also by the aliens in the land who worship a false God.
PRAY FOR ALL THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, BOTH JEW AND GENTILE, TO REPENT AND RETURN TO THE GOD OF ISRAEL SO THE LAND WILL BE CLEANSED.