The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJeremiah 18:15
Because my people hath forgotten me…
Or, "that they have
forgotten me" F26; this is the horrible thing they have done, which was
unheard of among the Gentiles, who were always tenacious of their gods,
and the worship of them; and that foolish and unwise thing, which was
like leaving pure flowing streams of water for dirty puddles. This is
to be understood of their forsaking the worship of God, as the Targum
interprets it, and following after idols:
they have burnt incense to vanity;
to idols, which are vain empty
things, and which cannot give their worshippers what they expect from
them: or, "in vain they burn incense" F1; even to the true God, while
they also sacrificed unto idols; which to do was an abomination to the
Lord, (Isaiah 1:13) ; and especially burning incense to idols must be a vain
thing; and so the Targum,
``to no profit a they burn incense or spices:''
and they have caused them to stumble in their ways;
that is, either the
idols they worshipped, or the false prophets caused the professing
people of the Jews to stumble and fall in the ways into which they led
[from] the ancient paths;
or, "the paths of eternity" F2; which lead
to eternal life; or which were of old marked out by the revealed will
of God for the saints to walk in; and in which the patriarchs and
people of God, in all former ages, did walk; and which were appointed
from everlasting, and will remain for ever; and these are the good old
paths in (Jeremiah 6:16) ;
to walk in paths, [in] a way not cast up;
a new way, unknown in former
times; an unbeaten track, which the saints had never walked in; a rough
path, unsafe and dangerous; and hence they stumbled, and fell, and came
to ruin; as follows:
F26 (ynxkv yk) "quod obliti sunt", Schmidt.
F1 (wrjqy awvl) "frustra adolebunt, [vel] adolent", Pagninus, Calvin.
F2 (Mlwe ylybv) "semitae [quae a] seculo, [seu] antiquo", vid. Schmidt;
so Targum; "semitis jam olim praescriptis", Piscator.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Jeremiah 18:15". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=jer&chapter=018&verse=015>. 1999.