The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJeremiah 2:14
Is Israel a servant?
&c.] That he does not abide in the house,
in his own land, but is carried captive, becomes subject to others, and
is used as a slave; so the Targum,
``as a servant;''
is he not the Lord's first born? are not the people of Israel called
the children of the living God? how come they then to be treated not as
children, as free men, but as servants? this cannot be owing to any
breach of covenant or promise on God's part, or to the failure of the
blessing of national adoption bestowed on them; but to some sin or sins
of theirs, which have brought them into this miserable condition:
is he a home born slave?
or born in the house, of the handmaid, and so
in the power of the master of the family in whose house he was born,
(Exodus 21:4) or the sense is, either Israel is a servant,
or a son of the family
F4, as some render the words; not the former,
being not only the son of a free woman, but Jehovah's firstborn; if
why is he spoiled?
why is he delivered up to the spoilers? as the
Targum; why should he be given up into the hands of the Babylonians, and
become their prey? is it usual for fathers to suffer their children, or
those born in their house, to be so used? some reason must be given for
F4 (tyb dyly) "filius familias", Munster.