The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJeremiah 2:33
Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love?
&c.] To seek the love,
and gain the affections and esteem, of the idolatrous nations; as a
lascivious woman dresses herself out in the best manner to excite the
lust and move the affections of her lovers; and as Jezebel, who painted
her face, and tired her head, (2 Kings 9:30) or dressed it in the best
manner, where the same word is used as here; so the Targum,
``why dost thou make thy way beautiful, to procure loves (or
lovers) to be joined to the people?''
or the sense is, why art thou so diligent and industrious to make thy
way, which is exceeding bad, look a good one, by sacrifices and
ceremonies, oblations and ablutions, in order to seek and obtain my
love and favour, which is all in vain? it is not to be gained by such
therefore hast thou also taught the wicked ones thy ways;
idolatrous nations, to whom they joined themselves; these they taught
their ways of sacrificing, their rites, ceremonies, and superstitions;
or, as Jarchi interprets it, thou hast taught thyself the worst way
among them all; that is, thou hast used thyself to it: there is a
double reading in this clause. The Cetib, or writing, is (ytdml) , "I have
taught"; as if they were the words of God, saying, "wherefore I have
taught"; or, "will teach"; that is, by punishing thee;
that thy ways are evil;
or, as Kimchi explains it,
``I have taught thee by thy ways that they are evil, and evil
shall come unto thee because of them.''
The Keri, or reading, is (tdml) , "thou hast taught"; which is confirmed
by the Targum; and is followed by the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, and
other versions. It is by some rendered, "seeing thou hast taught others
thy evil ways" F16; not content to sin themselves, but taught others to
do so, and yet would be thought good.
F16 "Quandoquidem etiam (alios) malas docuisti vias tuas", Noldius, p.
507. vid. No. 1998.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Jeremiah 2:33". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=jer&chapter=002&verse=033>. 1999.