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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Jeremiah 8:4-12

The prophet here is instructed to set before this people the folly of their impenitence, which was it that brought this ruin upon them. They are here represented as the most stupid senseless people in the world, that would not be made wise by all the methods that Infinite Wisdom took to bring them to themselves and their right mind, and so to prevent the ruin that was coming upon them. I. They would not attend to the dictates of reason. They would not act in the affairs of their souls with the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Jeremiah 8:10

Therefore will I give their wives unto others ,.... To strangers, to the Gentiles; than which nothing could be more disagreeable to them, or a sorer punishment, of a temporal one: and their fields to them that shall inherit them ; or, to the heirs F9 ליורשים "haeredibus", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus. ; other and new ones; and who should possess them as if they were the true and rightful heirs of them. For everyone from the least even to the greatest is given to covetousness;... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Jeremiah 8:10

Therefore will I give their wives - From this to the end of Jeremiah 8:15 ; is repeated from Jeremiah 6:13-15 . read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Jeremiah 8:10

Verse 10 GOD here threatens punishment, because he found that he effected nothing, and that he had to do with an obstinate people, having before tried whether they were reclaimable. Having seen that exhortations were of no avail, he now comes to extreme severity, I will give, he says, their wives to strangers. He sets forth, by a particular instance, the evils which usually accompany wars: and nothing is more distressing than when the wife is snatched away from her husband; for if husbands had... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 8:4-11

Backsliding in its worst forms. All departures from God are evil, but some are only temporary, and are quickly followed by repentance, return, and restoration. There are others, however, of a far more serious kind, and we have in these verses a great deal told us concerning them. We are told of some of— I. THEIR CHARACTERISTICS . 1. So contrary to men ' s wonted ways . For when men find that they have brought evil on themselves, they will at once seek to undo such evil ( ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 8:8-12

Peace, peace; when there is no peace. The present condition of the country, the evils that lowered upon the horizon,—these alike bore their message even to the natural conscience. If Israel was in the right way, and really understood the will of the Lord to do it, why these scandals, miseries, and impending evils? Again, the better to reach the perception of those who were thus unable to draw the inference for themselves, the condemnation was to be in kind—a sort of elementary lesson in... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 8:8-12

The exposure of pseudo-wisdom. I. THE CLAIM MADE . Those on whom Jeremiah presses his appeals for a change of purpose reply, if not by plain words, at all events by equally plain actions, that they are so wise in their own conceits as to need no guidance from an outsider. A profound belief in one's own insight and skill may of course be justified by results; such a belief has been a very important factor in many great achievements. But it is also to be noticed that to have this... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 8:10-12

These verses are almost the same as Jeremiah 6:12-15 ; the differences are in Jeremiah 6:10 . They are omitted in the Septuagint, and Hitzig regards them as an interpolation, at any rate from the point where the present passage coincides verbally with its parallel. His grounds are: Verses 8:13-9:1 Further description of the judgment; grief of Jeremiah. read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Jeremiah 8:10-12

These verses are almost identical with Jeremiah 6:12-15.Jeremiah 8:10To them that shall inherit them - Rather, “to those that shall take possession of them, i. e., “to conquerors who shall take them by force. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Jeremiah 8:10-12

Jeremiah 8:10-12. Therefore will I give their wives unto others See on Jeremiah 6:12; and their fields to them, that shall inherit, or possess, them For the word inherit is sometimes taken for any sort of possession. See Psalms 32:8. So Israel is called the Lord’s inheritance, chap. Jeremiah 10:16, and elsewhere. The expression, however, implies that their fields should not only be taken possession of by the victorious Chaldeans, should be ravaged and stripped of their crops and... read more

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