The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJeremiah 9:20
Yet hear the word of the Lord, O ye women…
mourning women, but others who had lost their husbands and their
children, and had just reason for real mourning; and therefore they are
called upon to it, not only because they were more tenderhearted than
men, as Kimchi observes; or because they were more attentive to the
hearing of the word of God than men; but because of the paucity of men,
such numbers being slain in the siege, and by the sword; and of the
loss the women had sustained, see (Jeremiah 9:22) :
and let your ear receive the word of his mouth;
by his prophets; so the
``let your ear hearken to the words of his prophets:''
and teach your daughters wailing.
The Arabic version, "a mournful
song"; but not the daughters of the mourning women are meant; but the
real daughters of those who had lost their husbands or children; since
and everyone her neighbour lamentation;
signifying that the mortality
among them would be very universal, not a family escaping; which is
described in the next verses. This wailing and lamentation was made by
responses, according to the Jews; for they say F4,
``what is lamentation? when one speaks, and all the rest answer
after her, as it is written in (Jeremiah 9:20) .''
F4 Misn. Moed Katon, c. 3. sect. 9.