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Jer 16:1-21. CONTINUATION OF THE PREVIOUS PROPHECY.
2. in this place--in Judea. The direction to remain single was (whether literally obeyed, or only in prophetic vision) to symbolize the coming calamities of the Jews (Eze 24:15-27) as so severe that the single state would be then (contrary to the ordinary course of things) preferable to the married (compare 1Co 7:8, 26, 29; Mt 24:19; Lu 23:29).
(Eze 24:17, 22, 23).
7. tear themselves--rather, "break bread," namely, that eaten at the
"Bread" is to be supplied, as in
compare "take" (food)
8. house of feasting--joyous: as distinguished from mourning-feasts. Have no more to do with this people whether in mourning or joyous feasts.
10. (De 29:24; 1Ki 9:8, 9).
11. (Jer 5:19; 13:22; 22:8, 9).
12. ye--emphatic: so far from avoiding your fathers' bad example, ye
have done worse
13. serve other gods--That which was their sin in their own land was
their punishment in exile. Retribution in kind. They voluntarily forsook God for idols at home; they were not allowed to serve God,
if they wished it, in captivity
(Da 3:12; 6:7).
14. Therefore--So severe shall be the Jews' bondage that their deliverance from it shall be a greater benefit than that out of Egypt. The consolation is incidental here; the prominent thought is the severity of their punishment, so great that their rescue from it will be greater than that from Egypt [CALVIN]; so the context, Jer 16:13, 17, 18, proves (Jer 23:7, 8; Isa 43:18).
15. the north--Chaldea. But while the return from Babylon is primarily meant, the return hereafter is the full and final accomplishment contemplated, as "from all the lands" proves. "Israel" was not, save in a very limited sense, "gathered from all the lands" at the return from Babylon (see on Jer 24:6; Jer 30:3; Jer 32:15).
16. send for--translate, "I will send many"; "I will give the
commission to many"
18. first . . . double--HORSLEY
translates, "I will recompense . . .
once and again"; literally, "the first time repeated": alluding to
the two captivities--the Babylonian and the Roman.
MAURER, "I will
recompense their former iniquities
(those long ago committed by their fathers) and their
(own) repeated sins"
(Jer 16:11, 12).
English Version gives a good sense, "First (before 'I
bring them again into their land'), I will doubly (that is, fully
19, 20. The result of God's judgments on the Jews will be that both the Jews when restored, and the Gentiles who have witnessed those judgments, shall renounce idolatry for the worship of Jehovah. Fulfilled partly at the return from Babylon, after which the Jews entirely renounced idols, and many proselytes were gathered in from the Gentiles, but not to be realized in its fulness till the final restoration of Israel (Isa 2:1-17).
20. indignant protest of Jeremiah against idols.
21. Therefore--In order that all may be turned from idols to Jehovah,
He will now give awful proof of His divine power in the judgments He