Jeremiah "Saying, Peace, Peace; When There Is No Peace"

"Saying, Peace, Peace; When There Is No Peace"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: Jeremiah, a prophet of the Lord sanctified before conception, foretells the coming destruction of Jerusalem by a force from the north. Reminding the Israelites of their faithfulness to the Almighty during the harsh times before the entrance into the land of Canaan, he reproves them for their present wickedness and pleads for their return to God. Appointed by God to find in Jerusalem one man of justice and truth, for whose presence He would deliver the city, the prophet fails in his search. Although the wealthy are sinful, the prophets are false, and the priests are covetous, the people do not object. Warning them to flee Jerusalem, Jeremiah again searches for one good man. In words also used by a later writer concerning false wise men (Jeremiah 8:11), the Lord, through Jeremiah, speaks of the iniquity and false hopes of the people of Jerusalem ("the daughter of my people"):

For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.
They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.