The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJeremiah 23:14
I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible
Or "but", or "so have I seen", &c. as before observed; even
in the prophets of Jerusalem, where the temple was, and where the pure
worship of God was professed to be observed, and that now, at the
present time; as he had formerly seen and observed what was foolish,
ridiculous, and impious, in the prophets of the ten tribes, and had
punished them for it; so now at this instant he sees that in the
prophets of Judea which was enough to make a man's hair stand an end,
as the word F21 signifies; or, as it may be derived from another root,
what was "filthy" F23 and obscene; as follows:
they commit adultery;
or, "in committing adultery" F24; with their
neighbours' wives; for this rather than idolatry or spiritual adultery
seems to be meant:
and walk in lies;
or, "walking in lies" F25; constantly speaking lies
in their common talk and conversation; so that they were not to be
believed in anything they said; which was monstrous; and delivering
out false doctrines in the name of the Lord, pretending they received
them from him; which was worse than prophesying in the name of Baal:
they strengthen also the hands of evil doers, that none doth return
from his wickedness;
they hardened them in sin; partly by their false
doctrines, extenuating their sins, putting a false gloss upon them, and
promising them peace, though they lived in sin; and partly by their own
wicked examples; the people concluding that what the prophets did they
might do also; so that they never thought of repentance for their sins,
or amendment of their lives; but went on in sin without remorse or
reformation; not thinking anything about it, and not seeing any need
of it; see (Ezekiel 13:22) ;
they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as
the prophets were all of them in God's account as the men of
Sodom; who were exceeding great sinners before the Lord, daring and
impudent in sinning; and the people, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, that
were led by them into the same wicked sentiments and practices, were
like unto Gomorrah; and as they were like to them in sinning, So they
would be in punishment; or a like punishment would be inflicted upon
the prophets and people of Jerusalem as were upon Sodom and Gomorrah;
see (Isaiah 1:9,10) .
F21 (hrwrev) a (rev) , "pilus".
F23 "Turpitudinem", Munster, Montanus.
F24 (Pwan) "adulterando", Junius & Tremellius, Schmidt.
F25 (rqvb Klhw) "et eundo in mendacio", Schmidt; "et ambulando in
falsitate", Junius & Tremellius.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Jeremiah 23:14". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=jer&chapter=023&verse=014>. 1999.