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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Jeremiah 9:12-22

Two things the prophet designs, in these verses, with reference to the approaching destruction of Judah and Jerusalem:?1. To convince people of the justice of God in it, that they had by sin brought it upon themselves and that therefore they had no reason to quarrel with God, who did them no wrong at all, but a great deal of reason to fall out with their sins, which did them all this mischief. 2. To affect people with the greatness of the desolation that was coming, and the miserable effects... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Jeremiah 9:13

And the Lord saith ,.... The Septuagint version adds, "to me"; there being no wise and understanding man, nor prophet F2 Vid. T. Nedarim, fol. 81. 1. & Bava Metzia fol. 85. 1, 2. , to take up this affair, and open the cause of it, therefore the Lord undertakes it himself: the question was put to them, but they not answering it, the Lord does it, because they have forsaken my law, which I set before them ; in a plain and easy manner, so as to be readily understood; yet this they... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Jeremiah 9:13

Verse 13 Jeremiah now confirms what I have stated, and more fully explains it, — that though no teacher or a disciple was found in the land, yet there was sufficient power in God’s word alone, and that his judgment depended not on the will or the perceptions of men. After having then complained that all were foolish, and that there were no prophets to reprove their security and indifference, he adds, Thus saith Jehovah Here he sets God in opposition to all men, to the king and his courtiers, as... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 9:2-22

Complaint of the treachery and folly of the people; lamentation over their consequences. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 9:10-22

The terrible threatenings of love. There are few more awful passages of Scripture than this. The doom denounced on the guilty people is indeed dreadful. Nevertheless that doom had not yet descended. There was a merciful pause, during which space was given for repentance. Meanwhile the prophet was bidden to utter these threatenings. Notice— I. How TERRIBLE THEY ARE . 1. In themselves . The fertile hills and pastures of their country shall be laid waste, so that no living... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 9:12-15

The inquest on the slain of Judah and Jerusalem. I. GOD DEMANDS IT . 1. For his righteousness is impugned. Men had not failed, could not fail, to notice the terrible judgments which God had sent upon Judah and Jerusalem, and, as is implied by his own declaration of their causes ( Jeremiah 9:12 ), they had either not seen or had denied the righteousness of what had been done. This questioning of the Divine righteousness and equity is a procedure all too common still. 2. ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 9:12-16

The causes of national disaster. I. IT IS PROFITABLE TO INQUIRE INTO THE CAUSES OF NATIONAL DISASTER . 1. Intellectually , this is a subject of profound interest, dealing with fundamental principles and the vast issues to which they lead when working on the largest scale. 2. Morally , it is of great practical importance for the warning it supplies to all nations. The sight of terrible ruin rushing down upon a people is appalling, but the awe with which... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 9:12-16

The affliction of God's professed people an enigma to be explained. I. THE MYSTERY . This consists partly in the particular subjects of it, and partly in the degree to which it has gone. It is spoken of here prophetically as a future thing that has already taken place; and the problem is stated accordingly as a realization, and not a thing only conceived of. From time to time the history of Israel and Judah presents such scenes. It is by no means one of uninterrupted progress. There... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Jeremiah 9:13

There is no answer, for the wise men are ashamed ( Jeremiah 8:9 ); so Jehovah himself takes up his speech. My law which I set before them ; not in reference to the publication of the Law on Sinai, but, as Keil rightly points out, to the oral exhibition of the Torah by the prophets. Neither walked therein ; viz. in the Law. (On the precise contents of the term here rendered "Law," see note on Jeremiah 8:8 .) read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Jeremiah 9:10-22

The punishment described in general terms in the preceding three verses is now detailed at great length.Jeremiah 9:10The habitations i. e - the temporary encampments of the shepherds (see Jeremiah 6:3).So that none can ... - Or, “They are parched up, with no man to pass through them; neither do they hear the voice of cattle; from the birds of the heaven even to the beasts they “are fled, they are gone.”Jeremiah 9:11Dragons - Rather, jackals.Jeremiah 9:12For what the land perisheth ... - This is... read more

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