The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJeremiah 23:33
And when this people, or a prophet, or a priest, shall ask
Any of the people, who were grown very profane; or any of
the false prophets, who encouraged them in their irreligion and
impiety; or any of the priests, who were in combination with them
against the true prophets of the Lord; when any of these, in a scoffing
jeering manner, should ask the Prophet Jeremiah,
saying, what [is] the burden of the Lord?
or prophesy in the name of
the Lord, as the Targum; and because some of the prophecies are called
"burdens", see (Isaiah 13:1) ; hence, by way of derision, they called every
one so; and because many of these, though not all, were predictions of
judgments and calamities that were to come on men; therefore they
accounted all that the true prophets brought from the Lord as such, and
sneering asked, what bad news do you bring now? what calamities are now
to befall us? as if he was always a bringer of evil tidings;
thou shalt then say unto [them], what burden?
making as if he was
ignorant of what they meant; or rather as expressing indignation and
resentment at the question; do you ask me such a question? I will tell
you what it is, as follows: though the words may be rendered without an
interrogation, "thou shalt then say unto [them], that which is a
burden" F20; which will fall heavy upon them, and be a burden unto
them, and sink them down into ruin and destruction;
I will even forsake you, saith the Lord;
so that they should have no
more of his presence among them, or of prophecy with them, or of his
protection of them.
F20 (avm hm ta Mhyla trmaw) "dicito ad eos quodnam onus sit",
Schmidt. So the Tigurine version, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.