The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJeremiah 6:17
Also I set watchmen over you…
That is, prophets, as
Jarchi; true prophets, as Kimchi; such an one was Ezekiel, (Jeremiah 3:17) .
The Targum interprets it teachers; such were the apostles and first
ministers of the Gospel; and all faithful preachers of it, who teach
men good doctrine and watch for their souls, give them warning of their
danger, and exhort them to flee to Christ for rest and safety; and
these are of the Lord's appointing, constituting, and setting in his
churches; see (1 Corinthians 12:28) .
Saying, hearken to the sound of the trumpet;
to their voice, lifted up
like a trumpet, (Isaiah 58:1) , to the word preached by them; to the law,
which lays before them their sin and danger; and to the Gospel, which
is a joyful sound, and gives a certain one, and proclaims peace,
pardon, and salvation, by Christ:
but they said, we will not hearken;
so the Jews, in the times of Christ
and his apostles, turned a deaf ear to their ministry, contradicted and
blasphemed the Gospel, and judged themselves unworthy of it, and of
eternal life, brought to light by it. Perhaps here it may regard the
punishments threatened the Jews by the prophets, which they would not
believe were coming upon them, but put away the evil day far from them.