The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJeremiah 7:16
Therefore pray not thou for this people…
These are the
words of the Lord to the Prophet Jeremiah, forbidding him to pray for
the people of the Jews; which he either was doing, or about to do, and
which, from the great affection he had for them, he was inclined unto;
wherefore, to show how much the Lord was displeased with them, and how
determined he was to punish them with captivity, he orders the prophet
not to make any supplication for them:
neither lift up cry nor prayer for them;
referring to the gestures of
lifting up the eyes and hands in prayer, and also to the frame of the
heart, in the exercise of faith and holy confidence: "cry" and "prayer"
are put together, because prayer is sometimes made, especially when
persons are in great distress, with strong cryings and tears; see
(Hebrews 5:7) :
neither make intercession to me;
or, "meet me" F15; or come between him
and this people, and so act the part of a mediator, of which office
intercession is a branch; it properly belongs to Christ. The Jews say
F16 there is no (heygp) , "meeting", but prayer, or that is always intended
by it; for proof of which they cite this passage:
for I will not hear thee;
on the behalf of them, being so highly
provoked by them, and determined they should go into captivity; see
(Jeremiah 15:1) .
F15 (yb egpt law) "et ne oecurras mihi", Calvin; "et ne obsistas
mihi", V. L. "et ne intervenias apud me", Tigurine version.
F16 T. Bab. Beracot, fol. 26. 2. Taanith, fol. 7. 2. & 8. 1. Sota, fol.
14. 1. & Sanhedrin, fol. 95. 2.