Jeremiah 29:11

I have previously commented on the common misuse of Jeremiah 29:11:

“For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for good and not for harm to give you a future and a hope.'”

People are using this as though Jeremiah was talking to every individual rather than to Judah threatened by Babylon.  In other words, people take it out of its context in Jeremiah and see the plural you s as singular.  Then they treat the verse like a slogan to put in a Hallmark card.

Thom Turner has dared to point this out at an evangelical site here.

Look at all the blowback he gets in the comments.

A lot of people, when they read the Bible, apparently first consider “what did I feel when I read this?” not “what does this mean?”

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I have many interests, but will blog mostly about what I read in the fields of Bible and religion.
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