The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJeremiah 23:25
I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my
Or, "I hear what the prophets say" F7, &c. though they
thought God was at a distance from them, in the highest heavens, and
neither saw, nor heard, nor took any notice of what was done on earth,
they were greatly mistaken; he heard and observed with indignation the
false doctrines and lying prophecies which they delivered out in his
name to the people, whether in public or in private; for he is the Lord
God omniscient and omnipresent; and therefore, though they deceived the
people, they could not deceive him; who knew all their schemes and all
their designs, from what principles they acted, and with what views;
saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed;
not a common dream, but a
divine dream; this was one way in which the Lord formerly made known
his mind and will to his servants, (Numbers 12:6) ; wherefore these false
prophets, in imitation of the true ones, and in order to gain credit
from the people, pretended they had a dream from the Lord, in which
such and such things were revealed to them; and this is repeated by
them for the greater certainty of it, and to raise the people's
attention as to something very uncommon and extraordinary. So the
``saying, a word of prophecy has been shown to me in a dream.''
Now, though the people could not contradict them, or know any otherwise
than as they might observe that they agreed not with the word of God,
or with his will, as made known by the true prophets of the Lord; for
if a man says he has dreamed so and so, another cannot say he has not;
because no man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of a man that
is in him; yet God, that knows all things, knew that these were all
lies and impostures, and that they had never had a dream from him, or
any revelation of his will in that way.
F7 (wrma) "dicunt", Calvin, Cocceius.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Jeremiah 23:25". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=jer&chapter=023&verse=025>. 1999.