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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Jeremiah 19:1-9

The corruption of man having made it necessary that precept should be upon precept, and line upon line (so unapt are we to receive, and so very apt to let slip, the things of God), the grace of God has provided that there shall be, accordingly, precept upon precept, and line upon line, that those who are irreclaimable may be inexcusable. For this reason the prophet is here sent with a message to the same purport with what he had often delivered, but with some circumstances that might make it... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Jeremiah 19:1

Thus saith the Lord, go and get a potter's earthen bottle ,.... From the potter's house, where he had lately been; and where he had been shown, in an emblematic way, what God would do in a short time with the Jews; and which is here further illustrated by this emblem: or, "go and get", or "buy, a bottle of the potter, an earthen one" F11 וקנית בקבק יוצר חרש "emas, vel emito oenophorum a figulo testaceum", Munster, Tigurine version. So Kimchi and Ben Melech. ; so Kimchi;... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Jeremiah 19:1

Go and get a potter's earthen bottle - This discourse was also delivered some time in the reign of Jehoiakim. Under the type of breaking a potter's earthen bottle or jug, Jeremiah shows his enemies that the word of the Lord should stand, that Jerusalem should be taken and sacked, and they all carried into captivity. Ancients of the priests - The chiefs of the twenty-four classes which David had established. See 1 Chronicles 24:4 . read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Jeremiah 19:1

Verse 1 We see that the Prophet was sent by God to shew the people that there was no firmness in that state of which hypocrites boasted; for God, who had favored the people of Israel with singular benefits, did no less retain them in his own possession than the potter. The Prophet had before shewn to the Jews that the potter formed his vessels as he pleased, and also, that when he had taken the clay and the vessel did not please him, he formed another. This prophecy has a similar import, yet it... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 19:1

A potter's earthen bottle . Dr. Thomson speaks of the extreme cheapness and brittleness of the common pottery of Palestine (comp. Isaiah 30:14 ). The ancients of the people . The natural popular representatives (comp. Exodus 3:16 ; 2 Samuel 19:11 ; 1 Kings 8:1 ; 1 Kings 20:7 ). It was an announcement concerning the whole people that Jeremiah was about to make. The ancients of the priests . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 19:1-11

The breaking of the potter's vessel. Another symbolic action, but in this case the revelation to the mind of the prophet was not dependent upon its being performed. It is because of the public significance of it he is enjoined to perform it. The "elders of the priests" and the "elders of the people" are invited to the scene. I. THE SYMBOL . This was a "potter's earthen bottle [or ' vessel ']," and thus had to be carefully distinguished from the "clay" spoken of in Jeremiah... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 19:1-13

The broken bottle. That was a strange scene—the royal family, the nobles, the chief priests, together with the populace of Jerusalem, gathered, at the summons of a prophet whose power could not be ignored though his teaching was opposed, in the valley of Hinnom, now reeking with the odors of foul crime; and the prophet facing them, alone and fearless, with a common potter's vessel in his hand, while he draws a most awful picture of impending calamity, and sternly charges his audience with... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 19:1-13

The breaking of the potter's vessel. I. THE PRELIMINARIES OF THE BREAKING . Spectators of the proper sort needed to be deliberately gathered together in the proper place. We may suppose that the elders of the people and of the priests were peculiarly responsible for all that concerned the safety of the city. This symbolic action was best performed before the select responsible few. As they went forth with the prophet they had time to ask themselves what the meaning of this... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 19:1-15

Denunciations of doom. This chapter is filled with these awful warnings of the prophet. And they are made the more awful by the reflection that, fitted as they were to rouse the most careless and hardened, yet they failed with those to whom they were addressed. And so this sad chapter teaches us such lessons as these: 1. The earnest purpose of God to save man from his sin . Hence these warnings. 2. The awfully hardening power of the sin which could despise them . 3. What... read more

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