The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJeremiah 2:10
For pass over the isles of Chittim, and see…
Or, "to the
isles of Chittim" F26; so called from Kittim the son of Javan, (Genesis 10:4)
who, as Josephus says F1, possessed the island of Chethima, now called
Cyprus; and, from that, all islands, and most maritime places, are, by
the Hebrews, called Chittim, he observes: it may regard all the islands
in the Aegean and Mediterranean seas:
and send unto Kedar;
which was in Arabia, and lay to the east, as
Chittim to the west; and so the Targum paraphrases it,
``send to the provinces of the Arabians:''
and consider diligently, and see if there be such a thing;
as what is
inquired about in the following verse, a change of deities. All this is
to be understood of the contemplation of the mind, and not of any
corporeal journey to be taken, to inquire into this matter.
F26 (Myytk yya wrbe) (eiv nhsouv) Sept. "transite ad insulas
Cethim", V. L. "ad insulas Cypriorum"; so some in Vatablus;
"in insulas", Schmidt.
F1 Antiqu. l. 1. c. 6. sect. 1.