The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJeremiah 2:11
Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods?
Though they are not by nature gods which they worship, only nominal and
fictitious deities, yet they did not change them for others; but when
they once embraced the worship of them, continued therein; so did the
Chittim, the inhabitants of the isles, who though they traded to distant
countries, from place to place; and so the Kedarenes, who dwelt in
tents, and fed cattle, and moved from one desert to another, and from
one pasture to another, as Jarchi observes; yet they carried their gods
with them, and did not exchange them for new ones where they came. The
Jewish writers say F2, that the Kedarenes worshipped water, and the
Chittim fire; and though they knew that water would quench fire, yet the
latter would not change their gods. Kimchi and Abendana relate it just
the reverse, and say the Kedarenes worshipped fire, and the Chittim
water, which is most likely; and so it is said elsewhere F3.
But my people have changed their glory;
the true God, who is glorious
in himself, and whom they should have glorified, and have counted it
their highest honour and glory that they knew him, and were the
worshippers of him; yet they changed him, their glory, into the
similitude of an ox that eateth grass, (Psalms 106:20) , wherefore it is
for that which doth not profit;
meaning Baal, and such like idols; see
the note on (Jeremiah 2:8) .
F2 T. Bab. Taanith, fol. 5. 2.
F3 Yalkut Simeoni, par. 2. fol. 60. 3.