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Jeremiah 19:5 states:

They have built high places to Baal on which to burn their children in the fire as offerings to Baal— something I never commanded or mentioned, nor did it even enter My mind.

Why does G-d, blessed be He, say that something did not enter His mind when we know that He is all-knowing (e.g. Psalm 147:5).

My understanding is that it did not enter His mind as a valid action. I.e. this is not something that He would ever consider a valid course of action. But this is just my personal subjective interpretation that I came up with. The reason I'm asking this is because I need something more authoritative.

I tried looking at some commentaries on Sefaria, but given that I can't really read any advanced Hebrew, I couldn't understand them and when I tried to translate them using online tools, they (e.g. Radak's commentary) come out as something incoherent.

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    I think you're overthinking it. It's a figure of speech that means "out of the question".
    – shmosel
    Sep 22, 2023 at 3:15
  • @shmosel Oh I didn't know. Maybe I am overthinking it, idk. If you have any authoritative source for that, just post it as an answer and I'll choose it I guess
    – setszu
    Sep 22, 2023 at 3:19

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My understanding is that it did not enter His mind as a valid action. I.e. this is not something that He would ever consider a valid course of action.

That's basically correct. Metzudas Dovid translates it as "never entered My mind to ask such a thing." Radak references a few similar verses (7:31, 32:35) where the same language is used and translated by Targum as "was undesirable to me."

He also brings an interpretation (apparently from Tanchuma) that עלתה is an allusion to the human sacrifice (עולה) brought by King Mesha of Moab in a misguided attempt to appease Hashem. Taanit 4a expounds the verse similarly but ties that clause to Avraham's sacrifice of Yitzchak, making the point that it was only commanded as a test and it never entered Hashem's mind that the sacrifice should occur.

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    More simply -- "I never intended."
    – Shalom
    Sep 22, 2023 at 8:36

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