The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJeremiah 6:29
The bellows are burnt…
Which Kimchi interprets of the
mouth and throat of the prophet, which, through reproving the people,
were dried up, and become raucous and hoarse, and without any profit to
them; and so the Targum,
``lo, as the refiner's blower, that is burnt in the midst of
the fire, so the voice of the prophets is silent, who
prophesied to them, turn to the law, and they turned not;''
or the judgments and chastisements of God upon the Jews may be meant,
which were inflicted upon them to no purpose:
the lead is consumed of the fire;
lead being used formerly, as is
said F6, instead of quicksilver, in purifying of silver; which being
consumed, the refining is in vain: or it may be rendered,
out of the fire it is perfect lead
F7; or wholly lead, a base metal,
no gold and silver in it, to which the Jews are compared:
the founder melteth in vain;
to whom either the prophet is likened,
whose reproofs, threatenings, and exhortations, answered no end; or the
Lord himself, whose corrections and punishments were of no use to
reform this people:
for the wicked are not plucked away;
from their evil way, as Jarchi; or
from good men, they are not separated the one from the other; or,
"evils (sins) are not plucked away" F8; from sinners: their dross is
not purged away from them; neither the words of the prophet, nor the
judgments of God, had any effect upon them. The Targum of the latter
part of the verse is,
``and as lead which is melted in the midst of the furnace, so
the words of the prophets which prophesied to them were
nothing in their eyes; and without profit their teachers
taught them and they did not leave their evil works.''
F6 By Mathiolus, Agricola and others, in Poli Synops.
F7 (trpwe Mtvam) "ab igne, et integrum est plumbum", Munster,
Calvin, Tigurine version.
F8 (wqtn al Myerw) "et mala non sunt evulsa", Piscator, so some in
Vatablus; "mala avelli non pussunt", Junius & Tremellius.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Jeremiah 6:29". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=jer&chapter=006&verse=029>. 1999.