The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJeremiah 23:15
Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts concerning the
Concerning the false prophets, as the Targum; their sin
is before declared, and now their punishment:
behold, I will feed them with wormwood;
with some bitter affliction and
calamity; so the Targum,
``behold, I will bring upon them distress bitter as wormwood;''
they that have been fed with dainties, and lived upon the fat of the
land; their views in pleasing the people with their lies being to serve
their own bellies; now they shall fare after another manner:
and make them drink the water of gall:
or, "the juice of hemlock", as
some; or "poison", as others; "the savour of death", so Kimchi; as they
poisoned the people with their false doctrines, they shall drink poison
themselves; they shall not only have that which is bitter and
unpleasant, but that which is noxious and hurtful; not only a bitter
potion, but a destructive one. The Targum is,
``I will cause them to drink a cup of the curse, bad as the
heads of serpents;''
as pernicious as poison; see (Jeremiah 8:14) (9:15) ;
for from the prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all
by their false doctrines, and bad examples, debauchery,
irreligion, and wickedness of all kinds, were encouraged, and spread
all over the land; Jerusalem, the metropolis of the nation, being
infected by them, the contagion spread from thence throughout the
country. Evil teachers have a bad influence all around them; from whom,
and from whence, true doctrine and real religion should have been
propagated; from them, and thence, was the source of all impiety and
pollution. Some render it, "hypocrisy" F26, or "flattery"; as if by
means of the hypocrisy and flattery of these false prophets, all manner
of sin was countenanced; and the like hypocritical spirit and behaviour
F26 (hpnx) "hypocrisis", Vatablus, Piscastor, Cocceius, Schmidt.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Jeremiah 23:15". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=jer&chapter=023&verse=015>. 1999.