The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJeremiah 16:16
Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the Lord, and
they shall fish them…
Which some understand of the Egyptians,
who lived much on fish, and were much employed in catching them, to
which the allusion is thought to be; but rather the Chaldeans are
intended, whom God, by the secret instinct of his providence, brought
up against the Jews; who besieged Jerusalem, and enclosed them in it,
and took them as fishes in a net; see (Habakkuk 1:14-17) , though some
interpret this, and what follows, of the deliverance of the Jews by
the Medes and Persians under Cyrus, who searched for them in all
places, and sent them into their own land; or of Zerubbabel, and
others with him, who used all means to persuade the Jews in the
captivity to go with them, and build the house of the Lord in
Jerusalem; and there are not wanting others, who by the "fishers"
think the apostles are meant; who were fishers by occupation, and
whom Christ made fishers of men, and sent forth to cast and spread
the net of the Gospel in the several parts of Judea, for the
conversion of some of that people; see (Matthew 4:18,19) (Ezekiel 47:9,10) :
and after will l send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from
every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks;
either the same persons, the Chaldeans, are meant here, as before; who,
as they should slay those they took in Jerusalem with the edge of the
sword, as fishes taken in a net are killed, or presently die, which is
the sense of the Targum, and other Jewish commentators; so those that
escaped and fled to mountains, hills, and holes of the rocks, to hide
themselves, should be pursued by them, and be found out, taken, and
carried captive: or, the Romans F5. So Nimrod, the beginning of whose
kingdom was Babel, being a tyrant and an oppressor, is called a mighty
hunter, (Genesis 10:8-10) .
F5 Vid. Joseph de Bello Jud. l. 7. c. 9. sect. 4.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Jeremiah 16:16". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=jer&chapter=016&verse=016>. 1999.