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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Jeremiah 10:1-16

The prophet Isaiah, when he prophesied of the captivity in Babylon, added warnings against idolatry and largely exposed the sottishness of idolaters, not only because the temptations in Babylon would be in danger of drawing the Jews there to idolatry, but because the afflictions in Babylon were designed to cure them of their idolatry. Thus the prophet Jeremiah here arms people against the idolatrous usages and customs of the heathen, not only for the use of those that had gone to Babylon, but... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Jeremiah 10:12

He hath made the earth by his power ,.... The Targum considers these words as a continuation of the answer of the Jews to the Chaldeans, paraphrasing them thus, "and so shall ye say unto them, `we worship him who hath made the earth by his power':' who stands opposed to the gods that made not the heavens and the earth, that had no title to deity, nor right to worship; but the true God has both; and his making the earth out of nothing, and hanging it upon nothing, and preserving it firm... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Jeremiah 10:13

When he uttereth his voice ,.... Declares his will and pleasure, issues out his commands; or when he thunders, for thunder is his voice, Job 37:2 , there is a multitude of waters in the heavens ; they are covered with clouds, and these clouds full of water; which is brought about by the following means: and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth ; from the north and south, as Kimchi observes from the philosophers; or from all parts of the earth, the most... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Jeremiah 10:13

When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters - This is a plain allusion to a storm of thunder and lightning, and the abundance of rain which is the consequence. Water is composed of two gases, hydrogen and oxygen: the electric or galvanic spark decomposes them, and they become air; when recomposed, they form water. The lightning acts upon the hydrogen and oxygen, which are found In the atmospheric air: they are decomposed, and water or rain is the consequence; which, being... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Jeremiah 10:12

Verse 12 Jeremiah speaks now again in Hebrew, for he on purpose spoke in Chaldee, to shew that the ungodly were not to be given way to, if they blasphemed and wantonly derided the holy name of God. But as it is necessary that the confession of the mouth should proceed from faith, as fruit from the root, the Prophet here reminds the Israelites that there is but one true God; for, besides him who created the earth, set in order the world, and extended the heavens, there is no other to be found.... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Jeremiah 10:13

Verse 13 The Prophet then descends to the other works of God, to those which are changeable, for there is in nature a perpetual constancy as to the heavens and the earth; and there are many things subject to changes; as when God darkens the air, when he raises winds, when he pours down rain. These things happen not according to the settled order of the world of which he had spoken. We see then that the Prophet has hitherto referred to the fixed and regular government of the world, to what had... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 10:1-12

What men fear and what they ought to fear. I. WHAT MEN FEAR . They fear mere images of theft own manufacture . Note the connection between Jeremiah 10:2 and Jeremiah 10:3 . In Jeremiah 10:2 the heathen are spoken of as being dismayed at the signs of heaven. Probably these signs, considered in their more particular and direct connection with the dismay, were really images on earth, representing the supposed Divine dignity. of the bodies in the heavens. The heavenly... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 10:1-17

Idolatry. This section of Jeremiah's prophecy is one of the notable passages in the. Scriptures concerning idolatry. It is like that in Psalms 115:1-18 ; and in Isaiah 40:1-31 ; Isaiah 44:1-28 . It states or suggests much of great interest on this subject, and which deserves to be well considered by us. There is— I. THE TREMENDOUS FACT OF IDOLATRY . See: 1. The multitudes of mankind who have avowed such worship. 2. The wide extent of the world's inhabited... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 10:10-13

The nature of God. The true nature of God is seen in contrast with the objects of heathen worship. Error is sometimes serviceable in furnishing an occasion for a clearer definition of truth. Christian theology has grown up through controversies with heresy and unbelief. I. THE NATURE OF GOD . 1. God is real . Jehovah is the true God. He is not only superior to heathen deities. They are non-existent. He alone is, Religion is based on facts. Its first affirmation is... read more

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