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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Jeremiah 25:30-38

We have, in these verses, a further description of those terrible desolations which the king of Babylon with his armies should make in all the countries and nations round about Jerusalem. In Jerusalem God had erected his temple; there were his oracles and ordinances, which the neighbouring nations should have attended to and might have received benefit by; thither they should have applied for the knowledge of God and their duty, and then they might have had reason to bless God for their... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Jeremiah 25:35

And the shepherds shall have no way to flee ,.... Or, "and flight shall perish from the shepherds" F21 ואבד מנוס מן הרעים "et peribit fuga a pastoribus", V. L. "effugiumperibit", Schmidt; "perfugium", Cocceius. ; though they may attempt it, they shall not be able to accomplish it; neither the dignity of their persons, the greatness of their power, or the abundance of their riches, would make a way for them; their enemies being so numerous, powerful, and watchful: nor the... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Jeremiah 25:35

Verse 35 He explains what we have now observed, for he had bidden the pastors to howl and the choice of the flock to roll or to prostrate themselves in the dust; he now gives the reason, even because they could not preserve their lives, no, not by an ignominious flight. It is indeed very miserable, when any one cannot otherwise secure his life than by seeking exile, where he must be poor, and needy, and despised; but even this is denied by the Prophet to the king and his counsellors, as well as... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 25:30-38

The vision of final judgment. A sublime and terrible description; corresponding with many others throughout the Old and New Testaments. I. IT SERVES A GREAT ETHICAL PURPOSE . The sense of wrong-doing is thereby intensified, and some idea is given of the awful consequences of sin and its hatefulness to the mind of God. II. AN EVIDENCE OF THE HISTORIC SIGNIFICANCE OF SIN AND SALVATION . By such visions as these the ages of the world are linked together... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 25:34-38

Howling shepherds. In the general calamity of the nation the shepherds are especially called upon to howl and cry and wallow in the dust. The shepherds are the leaders of the people. These leaders, therefore, are not to be exempt from the distresses of the common people; on the contrary, trouble is to fall upon them in an aggravated degree. I. HIGH RANK IS NO SECURITY AGAINST TROUBLE . It may free a man from many annoyances, it cannot defend him from all kinds of... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Jeremiah 25:34-36

Principal of the flock - i. e., noble ones.Wallow yourselves in the ashes - Rather, roll yourselves on the ground.For ... - Read; “for your days for being slaughtered are accomplished, and I will scatter you” (or, (dash you in pieces).Fall like a pleasant vessel - The comparison suggests the idea of change from a thing of value into worthless fragments.Jeremiah 25:36Hath spoiled - Or, spoileth. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Jeremiah 25:34-35

Jeremiah 25:34-35. Howl, ye shepherds, and cry The imperative is here also put for the future: see Jeremiah 25:27. Shepherds are here the same with kings, princes, or generals. In pursuance of the same metaphor, by the principal of the flock are meant the great and rich men of each nation. Though such are wont to be the most courageous and secure, yet of these it is foretold, that their hearts should so fail them that they should howl, and cry, and wallow in ashes. Seeing... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Jeremiah 25:15-38

Judgment on various nations (25:15-38)God is righteous and holy, and in justice pours out his wrath on those who arrogantly defy his authority. His judgment upon wicked nations is likened to a cup of wine given to a person to make him drunk so that he staggers and falls (15-16). Through the spreading conquests of the Babylonian armies, God has punished Judah (17-18), along with a variety of other nations far and near (19-25). But in the end Babylon, the agent God has used to carry out his... read more

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