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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Jeremiah 28:10-17

We have here an instance, I. Of the insolence of the false prophet. To complete the affront he designed Jeremiah, he took the yoke from off his neck which he carried as a memorial of what he had prophesied concerning the enslaving of the nations to Nebuchadnezzar, and he broke it, that he might give a sign of the accomplishment of this prophecy, as Jeremiah had given of his, and might seem to have conquered him, and to have defeated the intention of his prophecy. See how the lying spirit, in... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Jeremiah 28:13

Go and tell Hananiah, saying, thus saith the Lord ,.... Whose name he had abused; whose prophet he had ill treated; and whose prophecies he had contradicted, and the symbols of them had contumeliously used: thou hast broken the yokes of wood : or, "bonds", or "the thongs" F17 מוטת עץ "lora lignea", Junius & Tremellius. ; with which the yokes of wood were bound and fastened, as Kimchi interprets it: but thou shall make for them yokes of iron ; not Hananiah, but Jeremiah;... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Jeremiah 28:13

Yokes of iron - Instead of Nebuchadnezzar's yoke being broken, this captivity shall be more severe than the preceding. All these nations shall have a yoke of iron on their neck. He shall subdue them and take all their property, even the beasts of the field. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Jeremiah 28:13

Verse 13 Now it is an abrupt sentence when he says, Go and speak to Hananiah, saying, Thus saith Jehovah, Thou hast broken the wooden bands; but make to thee iron bands; Jeremiah does not keep to the same point; for in the first clause he relates what he had been commanded to say to Hananiah; and in the second he relates what God had commanded him to do, even iron bands. But there is no obscurity as to the meaning; for doubtless the Prophet might have arranged his words thus, “Thou hast broken... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 28:1-17

The story of Hananiah the prophet. Hananiah, priest and professional prophet, now presents himself as the rival and opponent of Jeremiah. A rude and shallow man, he probably thrusts himself forward unasked, as the representative of the popular prophets of smooth things whom it is the true prophet's painful duty to refute and rebuke. His own conduct and Jeremiah's behavior to him are both clearly brought before us in this chapter. I. THE CONDUCT OF HAVANIAH . 1. He utters a ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 28:1-17

How to answer those who oppose the truth. Where the light is there will be the deepest shadow; the truth is ever sharply defined against falsehood. Just when it was most important that the will of God and the real position of Israel should be ascertained, there were many striving to deceive and misrepresent. The behavior of Jeremiah on this occasion was twofold. I. ACCORDING TO HUMAN KNOWLEDGE AND JUDGMENT . 1. With moderation . "Amen: the Lord do so." Under such... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 28:1-17

A false prophet and his fate. I. HANANIAH 'S PRESUMPTION . Note his direct challenge to the true prophet . He seeks out Jeremiah in the house of Jehovah, "in the presence of the priests and of all the people." A prophet was, of course, bound to make his utterances in public, but Hananiah waited his chance until he found an opportunity of bearding the hated Jeremiah in as open a way as possible. He speaks explicitly in the Name of Jehovah . He is not afraid to take the great... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 28:12-17

No long time after this the prophet is commissioned to tell the bitter truth more fully than he had done before, and to warn Hananiah of his coming punishment. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 28:13

The yokes of wood ; rather, a yoke of wood . The word rendered in the Authorized Version" yokes" means properly "poles," two of which, with the "bands," composed a "yoke" (see on Jeremiah 27:2 ). But thou shalt make ; rather, but thou hast made. The sense in which Hananiah is said to have made "a yoke of iron" (we should render in the singular) comes out in Jeremiah 28:14 . The point is that there was a certain justification for Hananiah's violent act, but not that which he... read more

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