The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJeremiah 49:7
Concerning Edom, thus saith the Lord of hosts…
Edom" F9, thus saith the Lord; or, "against Edom" F11; all which is
true, as observed on (Jeremiah 49:1) ; meaning the Idumeans, the posterity of
Esau, who was called Edom. Kimchi thinks this respects time yet future,
and points at the destruction of Rome, and the Romans, who with the
Jews frequently go by the name of Edom; and Abarbinel is of the same
mind. And Cocceius is of opinion that the Jews are meant, and their
destruction, with whom the Idumeans were incorporated before the coming
of Christ, and had Herod, an Idumean, king over them; but it is best to
understand the prophecy properly and literally of the Idumeans
[is] wisdom no more in Teman?
a city in Edom, which had its name from
Teman, a grandson of Esau, (Genesis 36:11) ; whose descendants were called
Temanites; one of which was Eliphaz, a friend of Job's, (Job 2:11) ; it
was a principal city, famous for men of wisdom; such an one was the
person just mentioned: perhaps the grand senate of the country, or the
chief counsellors, dwelt here; where schemes were formed for the good
of the country in times of war or peace; or schools were kept here for
the instruction of persons in various arts and sciences; and which had
continued to this time, but now would be no more. The Targum is,
``is there no more wisdom in the south?''
but Jarchi better interprets it of Edom, which lay south to the land of
is counsel perished from the prudent?
it was so, even from those that
were the most famous for being prudent and understanding men; they were
now at their wits' end, and knew not what course to take, nor what
advice to give, in this their time of distress. The Targum renders it
"from the children"; the sons of the Temanites, strangely degenerated
from their ancestors;
is their wisdom vanished?
or corrupted, as the Targum; or does it
stink? according to the Rabbinical sense of the word; or infatuated,
and become good for nothing? verily it was, it was useless, disregarded
F9 (Mwdal) "ad Idumeam", V. L. "ad Edom", Pagninus, Montanus.
F11 "Contra", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Schmidt.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Jeremiah 49:7". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=jer&chapter=049&verse=007>. 1999.