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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Jeremiah 2:29-37

The prophet here goes on in the same strain, aiming to bring a sinful people to repentance, that their destruction might be prevented. I. He avers the truth of the charge. It was evident beyond contradiction; it was the greatest absurdity imaginable in them to think of denying it (Jer. 2:29): ?Wherefore will you plead with me, and put me upon the proof of it, or wherefore will you go about to plead any thing in excuse of the crime or to obtain a mitigation of the sentence? Your plea will... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Jeremiah 2:33

Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love ?.... To seek the love, and gain the affections and esteem, of the idolatrous nations; as a lascivious woman dresses herself out in the best manner to excite the lust and move the affections of her lovers; and as Jezebel, who painted her face, and tired her head, 2 Kings 9:30 or dressed it in the best manner, where the same word is used as here; so the Targum, "why dost thou make thy way beautiful, to procure loves (or lovers) to be joined to the... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Jeremiah 2:33

Why trimmest thou thy way - Ye have used a multitude of artifices to gain alliances with the neighboring idolatrous nations. Hast thou also taught the wicked ones thy ways - Ye have made even these idolaters worse than they were before. Dr. Blayney translates, "Therefore have I taught calamity thy ways." A prosopopoeia: "I have instructed calamity where to find thee." Thou shalt not escape punishment. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Jeremiah 2:33

Verse 33 This verse is differently explained: but the Prophet simply means; that the Jews were like lascivious women, who not only despise their husbands at home, but ramble here and there in all directions, and also paint their faces and seek for themselves all the charms of wantonness. He says that the Jews had acted in this way; and hence he says that they made beautiful their ways The verb in Hebrew has a wide meaning: it means to prepare, to conciliate favor. But its import here is, as... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 2:1-37

It is always interesting to notice how later inspired writers hasten to do honor to their predecessors. Originality is not an object with the prophets, but rather the developing and adapting the truths long ago "delivered." The whole group of prophecies to which Jeremiah 2:1-37 . belongs contains numerous points of contact, in ideas or phraseology, with the song of Hoses ( Deuteronomy 32:1-52 .). The following have been indicated:—Cf. Jeremiah 2:5 with Deuteronomy 32:4 ; ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 2:20-37

Jehovah's indictment against Israel. Note— I. ITS MANY COUNTS . 1. Their sin of outrageous character . It is spoken of as in Jeremiah 2:20 , because it so commonly involved the grossest fleshly sins, and because it involved shameful denial of God. Cf. Jeremiah 2:27 , "Saying to a stock, Thou art my father," etc. And it was chargeable with numerous and shameful murders ( Jeremiah 2:30 ). Killing the prophets of God; Jeremiah 2:34 , "In thy skirts is found the blood... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 2:33

Why trimmest thou thy way I rather , How well thou contrivest thy way , etc.? Therefore hast thou also taught , etc. The meaning which floated before our trans-labors seems to be this: " so utterly immoral is thy course of life, that even the worst of women ['wicked ones' is in the feminine] have been able to learn something from thee". But a more natural rendering is, "Therefore [i.e. to gain thine ends] thou hast accustomed thy ways to those evil things." Nemo repente fuit... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Jeremiah 2:33

Why trimmest thou thy way - literally, “Why makest thou thy way good,” a phrase used here of the pains taken by the Jews to learn the idolatries of foreign nations.The wicked ones ... - Or, “therefore thou hast taught” thy ways wickednesses.” read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Jeremiah 2:33-34

Jeremiah 2:33-34. Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love “The prophet,” says Lowth, “alludes to the practices of common harlots, who deck themselves, and use all inveigling arts, that they may recommend themselves to their gallants; in like manner,” the prophet intimates, “the Jews tried all methods to gain the friendship and assistance of foreign idolaters, who are called their lovers:” see Jeremiah 3:1; Jeremiah 22:22. Houbigant’s translation of this verse is, “Why dost thou strew thy... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Jeremiah 2:20-37

Idolatry and immorality (2:20-37)In associating with Baal and other gods, Judah has broken the covenant bond with Yahweh. Judah’s unfaithfulness is likened to adultery (20). (Throughout the following chapters, Jeremiah makes repeated reference to the beliefs and practices of Baalism, and to the significance they had in leading God’s people into spiritual adultery and prostitution. For information that will help to understand Jeremiah’s teaching, see introductory notes to Judges, subheading ‘The... read more

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