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Jeremiah 8:8: Is the Bible corrupted?

Many Muslims claim that the Bible is corrupted and some refer to the following verse:

"’How can you say, "We are wise, for we have the law of the Lord," when actually the lying pen of the scribes has handled it falsely? (Jeremiah 8:8)

1. Wise men who are not so wise
"We are wise” is connected with educated people, the learned elite, who made their own explanation of the written Law of Moses instead of following the written Law of Moses in the book Deuteronomy. The wise people who are not so wise had therefore a false possession of their interpretation of the Law of Moses [1]. Jeremiah is addressing the priests and false prophets. He accused them many times that they were destroying the country with their actions (Jeremiah 2:8, 26; Jeremiah 4:9; Jeremiah 5:31; Jeremiah 8:10).

2. False interpretation of the Scriptures
"The lying pen of the scribes" refers to the writers who tried to describe the Law of Moses in international acceptable wisdom. In fact the scribes tried to change the faith in the Most High into a human tradition [2]. “Scribes” is in Hebrew Soferim, it are all those who practiced the art of writing. They are therefore, if not all, of the priests and false prophets of whom Jeremiah speaks. The interpreters of the Scriptures called scribes have, by their false comments and inferences, made the Scriptures, including the Law of Moses into a lie, so that it has ceased to represent the divine will and teaching [3].
Next verse, Jeremiah 8:9 shows that the wise men will be very ashamed.
The contrast is between the written and oral Law of Moses. The oral explanation of the Law of Moses was done by scribes and educated and intelligent men, who changed the written Law of Moses according to the book Deuteronomy. Jeremiah attacks the false wisdom [4].

3. Conclusion
After a review of the Gospel verse the conclusion can be drawn that Jeremiah 8:8 does not say that the Bible was corrupted, but that false written commentaries were distributed about the Scriptures. The prophet Jeremiah warned not to follow false teachings.


Notes:

[1] Jack R. lundbom, The Anchor Bible, Jeremiah 1-20, A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary, Volume 21A, Doubleday, New York, 1999, 513.
[2] Peter C. Craigie, Page H. Kelly, Joel F. Drinkard, jr, Word Biblical Commentary, Volume 26, Jeremiah 1-25, Word Books, Dallas, 1991, 515.
[3] Pulpit Commentary, Jeremiah 8.
[4] Peter C. Craigie, Page H. Kelly, Joel F. Drinkard, jr, Word Biblical Commentary, Volume 26, Jeremiah 1-25, Word Books, Dallas, 1991, 134.