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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Jeremiah 17:19-27

These verses are a sermon concerning sabbath-sanctification. It is a word which the prophet received from the Lord, and was ordered to deliver in the most solemn and public manner to the people; for they were sent not only to reprove sin, and to press obedience, in general, but they must descend to particulars. This message concerning the sabbath was probably sent in the days of Josiah, for the furtherance of that work of reformation which he set on foot; for the promises here (Jer. 17:25, 26)... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Jeremiah 17:26

And they shall come from the cities of Judah ,.... That is, men shall come from all parts of the land of Judea to the city of Jerusalem, and to the temple; especially at the times of their solemn feasts, three times a year, as the law directed: and from the places about Jerusalem ; and from all the towns and villages adjacent to it, such as Bethany and Bethphage, and many others: and from the land of Benjamin ; which tribe continued with the tribe of Judah when the rest revolted, and... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Jeremiah 17:26

Verse 26 Here he mentions the second part of the blessing; for the whole people would be preserved safe in the possession of their kingdom and priesthood, as in both the favor of God appeared; for both the king and the priest were types of Christ. For as by the priesthood they knew that God was propitious to them, they being reconciled to him by sacrifices, and as by the kingdom they knew that God was the protector and guardian of their safety, so these two things constituted a real and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 17:19-27

An exhortation to a more strict observance of the Sabbath. The reward held out is Jerusalem's continuance in all its old pomp, both temporal and spiritual, and the penalty the destruction of the city by fire. This passage stands in absolutely no connection with the preceding and the following prophecies; and we have just the same sense of suspicion in meeting with it here, in the midst of perfectly general exhortations, as in reading the parallel exhortations to Sabbath-keeping in Isaiah... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 17:19-27

The Sabbath. As Gentiles we were never under the special regulations of the Jewish Law, and as Christians we are free from all formal laws of "ordinances," and called to free spiritual obedience. Like St. Paul, we may be able to see that no one day is more sacred than other days ( Romans 14:5 ); and if we are unable to go so far as this, we must admit that there is, in the New Testament, no direct command to Christians to observe the first day of the week just as the Jews observed the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 17:19-27

The Sabbath and its obligation. I. IT WAS OF UNIVERSAL OBLIGATION . The prophet was to stand in "the gate of the children of the people" and "all the gates" to proclaim its sanctity. The laity and the priests, the princes and the people, were all bound to observe it, as one of the patriarchal and Mosaic institutions. It is expressly enjoined in one of the "ten words," and without reservation of any class. II. HOW IT SHOULD BE OBSERVED . 1. By rest . Labor... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 17:19-27

Sabbath sanctification. I. IN WHAT IT CONSISTS . Not in the mere Judaic strictness of the Old Testament Law, or of that set forth in these verses. All that might be, and yet in its true sense the Sabbath be flagrantly violated and its purpose destroyed. But in: 1. Rest . This to be both of body and mind. The student may no more pursue his studies than the laborer his toil. Rest both of body and mind from their ordinary pursuits; rest, not mere slothfulness, but such as... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 17:19-27

The hallowing of the Sabbath day. I. THE PLACE FOR ANNOUNCING THE MESSAGE . 1. It was a place where the king , as much as the people , would hear . Whatever else may be signified by "the gate of the children of the people" it seems clear that it was a gate in which, at certain times, the king would be found. In his own house it might be impossible to gain access to him; but the gate was open to all; and there he could not choose but listen to a man who would... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 17:26

Parallel passage for the catalogue of the districts of Judah, Jeremiah 32:44 . Three divisions are mentioned. read more

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