The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJeremiah 49:31
Arise, get you up unto the wealthy nation…
Or, "to the
nation [that is] at ease" F19; the people that live quietly and in
peace; have no wars with their neighbours, nor any among themselves;
which seems to be the better sense of the word, for these Kedarenes
were not a very wealthy people: these words do not express the counsel
and purpose of Nebuchadnezzar; or are an address of his to his army,
commanding them to arise, and invade the country of Arabia; for they
are the words of the Lord, and are addressed to him and his army to go
up in a hostile manner against the Kedarenes, here described:
that dwelleth without care, saith the Lord;
not without the care of
their flocks, or without providing things necessary for themselves and
families; they were not an indolent people, that lived an idle and
inactive life; but they dwelt "confidently", or "securely" F20, as it
may be rendered; they had no thought nor care to defend themselves from
an enemy; they had no fear of any, imagining that no one would think it
worth while to give themselves any trouble to invade them; their
meanness they supposed was a protection to them:
which have neither gates nor bars;
to their cities, or to their houses,
being in no fear of an enemy to come and plunder them:
[which] dwell alone;
being in no alliance with other nations; nor
dwelling together in cities, towns, and villages, at least the common
people; the greater part of them being scattered up and down, a few in
one place, and a few in another; they dwelt for the convenience of
feeding their flocks.
F19 (wylv ywg la) "ad gentem quietam", V. L. Munster, Schmidt;
"tranquillam", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "pacificam", so some
in Vatablus, Pagninus, Montanus.
F20 (hjbl bvwy) "habitantem confidenter", V. L. Pagninus; "in fiducia",
Montanus; "in fiducia magna", Vatablus; "secure", Junius &
Tremellius, Piscator, Schmidt.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Jeremiah 49:31". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=jer&chapter=049&verse=031>. 1999.