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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Jeremiah 41:1-10

It is hard to say which is more astonishing, God's permitting or men's perpetrating such villanies as here we find committed. Such base, barbarous, bloody work is here done by men who by their birth should have been men of honour, by their religion just men, and this done upon those of their own nature, their own nation, their own religion, and now their brethren in affliction, when they were all brought under the power of the victorious Chaldeans, and smarting under the judgments of God, upon... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Jeremiah 41:2

Then arose Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and the ten men that were with him ,.... After they had eat and drank well, they rose up from their seats at table: and smote Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan with the sword , and slew him ; they all drew their swords and thrust at him, and were assisting in the murder of him; though it is probable that it was Ishmael that gave him the mortal wound, since the phrase, "and slew him", is singular. Josephus F4 Antiqu. l. 10. c.... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Jeremiah 41:2

Smote Gedaliah - See the preceding chapter, Jeremiah 41:14 . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 41:1-3

The assassination of Gedaliah. I. HIGH POSITION BRINGS GREAT DANGER . Kings are little to be envied. The world sees their state and majesty. It does not see the apprehensions which would make some of them willingly exchange places with the humblest peasant. Nevertheless, it is as cowardly and selfish to refuse to occupy a high position when duty calls to it as it is to fail in fulfilling one's mission in any of the lower walks of life. II. A GOOD MAN WILL PREFER TO ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 41:1-10

Devils incarnate. 1. If ever there was such a one, this Ishmael was of whom these verses tell. His atrocities remind us of the Indian Mutiny, its leader, and the well at Cawnpore (cf. Jeremiah 41:9 ). Treachery, ingratitude, murder, massacre, greed, cowardice,—all are gathered in this detestable character (cf. Mr. Grove's article "Ishmael," Smith's 'Dictionary of the Bible'). 2 . And such men are permitted to be. So clearly seen is this, that every drama has its villain; they are... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 41:1-18

A great crime and its consequence. I. A GREAT CRIME . The slaying of Gedaliah was accompanied by circumstances making it peculiarly atrocious. 1 . The breach of good fellowship. There had been professions of amity before. Gedaliah shows by deed his confidence in Ishmael, sitting down with him at a common meal. 2 . The subsequent slaughter. The slaying of Gedaliah was not enough to serve the purpose. A man, once entered on the ways of crime, cannot say, "So far I will go,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 41:2

Smote Gedaliah. The day of the murder of Gedaliah (the third day of the seventh month) was kept as a fast day by the post-Captivity Jews (see Zechariah 7:5 ; Zechariah 8:19 ). It was the day on which the hope of living a separate life in the promised land, for a time at least, vanished; and the murder was avenged by a new captivity (see above). read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Jeremiah 41:1-18

Ishmael’s plot against Gedaliah (40:13-41:18)One of the former army commanders, Ishmael, was opposed to Gedaliah’s policy of submission to Babylon. With Ammonite support he plotted to kill Gedaliah. So sincere and trusting was Gedaliah, that when told of the plot, he refused to believe it (13-16). Gedaliah apparently took no precautions against the reported treachery, and when a suitable time arrived Ishmael carried out his brutal plot. He murdered Gedaliah, along with all the Judean officials... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Jeremiah 41:2

Ishmael. See note on Jeremiah 40:8 . had made. Compare Jeremiah 40:5 . read more

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