The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJeremiah 2:25
Withhold thy foot from being unshod…
That it may not be
unshod, be naked and bare. The sense is, either, as some, do not take
long journeys into foreign countries for help, as into Assyria and
Egypt, whither they used to go barefoot; or wore out their shoes by
their long journeys, and so returned without; or refrain from idolatry,
as Jarchi interprets it, that thou mayest not go naked into captivity;
or this is an euphemism, as others think, forbidding adulterous
actions, showing the naked foot, the putting off of the shoes, in order
to lie upon the bed, and prostitute herself to her lovers; and is to be
understood of idolatry:
and thy throat from thirst;
after wine, which excites lust; abstain
from eager and burning lust after adulterous, that is, idolatrous
practices; so the Targum,
``refrain thy feet from being joined with the people, and thy
mouth from worshipping the idols of the people.''
The words are paraphrased in the Talmud F5 thus,
``withhold thyself from sinning, that thy foot may not become
naked; (the gloss is, "when thou goest into captivity") refrain
thy tongue from idle words, that thy throat may not thirst:''
this was said by the Lord, or by the prophets of the Lord sent unto
them, to which the following is an answer:
but thou saidst, there is no hope;
of ever being prevailed upon to
relinquish those idolatrous practices, or of being received into the
favour of God after such provocations: no; I will never refrain from
them; I will not be persuaded to leave them:
for I have loved strangers;
the strange gods of the nations:
and after them will I go;
and worship them; so the Targum,
``I love to he joined to the people, and after the Worship of
their idols will I go.''
F5 T. Bab. Yoma, fol. 77. 1.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Jeremiah 2:25". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=jer&chapter=002&verse=025>. 1999.