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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 28:14

For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel ,.... Under which titles he is often spoken of; and which he uses, when he delivered anything to his prophets to declare in his name to others: I have put a yoke of iron upon the neck of all these nations : mentioned in Jeremiah 27:3 ; that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and they shall serve him ; directly contrary to what Hananiah had prophesied, Jeremiah 28:11 ; that his yoke should be broke off from them; but... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Jeremiah 28:14

Verse 14 It would have been a vain spectacle, had Jeremiah brought only his iron band around his neck; but when he added an explanation of the symbol, he no doubt prevailed on many to believe his prophecy, and rendered those inexcusable who had hardened themselves in their wickedness. But it is worthy of being observed, that God replaced the wooden bands with iron bands; and he did this, because the whole people had through their foolish and wicked consent approved of the madness of that... 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 28:13-14

Yokes of iron. Hananiah broke the wooden yoke which Jeremiah wore in token of the approaching servitude of the Jews. In return he was told that the real yoke of Babylon would be much more severe—a yoke of iron. I. FACTS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN OPINIONS . If the rule of Babylon really would be as a yoke of iron, what was the use of circulating milder views of the future? We are too much inclined to judge of ideas by their fitness for our own previous notions, instead of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 28:14

The beasts of the field (see on Jeremiah 27:6 ). read more

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