The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJeremiah 16:7
Neither shall men tear themselves…
Either their flesh, or
their clothes: or, "stretch out" F25; that is, their hands, and clap
them together, and wring them, as persons in great distress do: or
"divide", or "break", or "deal unto them" F26; that is, bread, as at
their funeral feasts. Thus the Septuagint version, neither shall bread
be broken in their mourning; and to the same sense the Targum; so the
word is used in (Isaiah 63:7) , a practice that obtained among the Heathens;
see (Deuteronomy 26:14) and now with the Jews, as it seems: which they did
for them in mourning, to comfort them for the dead;
they used to carry
or send food to the surviving relations, and went and ate with them, in
order to comfort them for the loss of their friends; but this now would
not be done, not because an Heathenish custom, but because they would
have no heart nor leisure for it: see (Ezekiel 24:17) .
Neither shall men give them the cup of consolation to drink for their
father or for their mother:
not give them a cup of good liquor to
comfort and cheer their spirits, overwhelmed with sorrow, on account of
the death of a father or mother; which was wont to be done, but now
should be omitted; the calamity would be so great, and so universal,
that there would be none to do such offices as these; see (Proverbs 31:6,7) .
F25 (worpy alw) "et non expandent, [sub.] manus suas", Vatablus,
Montanus; "extendent", Pagninus, Calvin. So Kimchi and Ben Melech.
F26 "Non divident", Tigurine version; "neque impertientur, [sub.] cibum",
Junius & Tremellius; "partientur panem", Piscator; "neque cibum
dabunt", Schmidt. So Jarchi, Joseph Kimchi, and Abarbinel.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Jeremiah 16:7". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=jer&chapter=016&verse=007>. 1999.