The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJeremiah 37:7
Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel…
Which are the
usual titles and characters the Lord takes to himself, when he spake by
the prophet; see (Jeremiah 34:2,13) ;
thus shall ye say to the king of Judah, that sent you unto me, to
inquire of me;
in an oracular way; for by this it seems that they were
not only sent to desire the prophet to pray for them, but to obtain an
oracle from the Lord, confirming it to them, that the Chaldean army
which was gone would not return any more; this they were willing to
believe, but wanted to have a confirmation of it from the Lord; and so
``to seek an oracle from me;''
or to ask instruction or doctrine from me: now these messengers are bid
to go back and tell the king, his nobles, and all the people of the
land, what follows:
behold, Pharaoh's army, which is come forth to help you, shall return
to Egypt, into their own land;
being afraid to face the Chaldean army;
or being defeated and driven back by it. Josephus F1 says there was a
battle fought between the Egyptians and Chaldeans, in which the latter
were conquerors, and put the former to flight, and drove them out of
all Syria. Jarchi relates a fable, how that the Egyptian army came by
ships, and that at sea they saw strange appearances, upon which they
said one to another, what means this? they replied, these are our
fathers, whom the fathers of those we are going to help drowned in the
sea; and immediately returned to their own land.
F1 Anitqu. l. 10. c. 7. sect. 3.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Jeremiah 37:7". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=jer&chapter=037&verse=007>. 1999.