The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJeremiah 23:13
And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria…
tribes of Israel, among whom, in Ahab's time there were many false
prophets, Baal's prophets, even four hundred and fifty; whose "folly"
the Lord had formerly taken notice of; even their idolatry and impiety
for giving into which the ten tribes had been carried captive years
ago. The word F18 here used signifies that which is "unsavoury":
something very unsavoury in their doctrines, and in their lives; they
were as salt which has lost its savour and is good for nothing; to
which bad ministers are compared, (Matthew 5:13) . These words are to be read
in connection with the following, and may be rendered, "indeed I have
seen folly in the prophets of Samaria"; of Israel in times past; "but I
have seen in the prophets of Jerusalem" F19 that which is far worse;
and therefore they must not expect to escape; or, as the Syriac
version, "as I have seen in the prophets of Samaria--so have I seen in
the prophets of Jerusalem"… so that here is a comparison run
between them; and the latter are represented as worse than the former,
though they were bad enough; as follows: for
they prophesied in Baal;
in the name of Baal, whose prophets they were;
so the Targum,
``they prophesied in the name of idols:''
or, "they prophesied by Baal", as the Septuagint version F20; they
pretended to be inspired by him, and to receive their prophecies from
him: or, "they prophesied concerning Baal"; what he would do for them,
for those that worshipped him. The Arabic version is, "they prophesied
in my name to Baal"; which seems to be foreign from the sense of the
and caused my people Israel to err;
by following their directions and
instructions, and worshipping Baal.
F18 (hlpt) "insulsitatem", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Schmidt;
"intulsa", Pagninus; "insulsam rem", Munster, Vatablus; "insulsum",
F19 So Schmidt.
F20 (lebb) , (dia ton baal) , Sept. "per Baalem", Schmidt. So Junius &
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