The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJeremiah 8:6
I hearkened and heard…
These are either, the words of the
prophet, as Kimchi and Abarbinel think; who listened and attended to,
and made his observations upon, the words and actions, conduct and
behaviour, of this people, of which he gives an account: or of the Lord
himself, as the Targum; who hearkened to the language of their hearts
and actions, and heard the words of their mouth; all that they spoke
against him, against his prophets, and those that feared his name; all
their lying words, their false swearing; all their oaths and curses,
and every idle expression that dropped from them; all which he takes
notice of, and men are accountable to him for them:
but they spake not aright:
what is so in the sight of God and good men;
what is agreeable to right reason, and the word of God; they spoke what
was contrary to all this. Wicked men neither think aright, nor act
aright, nor speak aright.
No man repented him of his wickedness:
of his heart, of his lips, and
of his life; no man can repent of himself; no man truly does, without
the grace of God:
saying, what have I done?
which question an impenitent man does not
put; but when it is made, the true answer to be returned to it is, that
which is contrary to the nature of God; which is a breach of his law;
which a man has reason to be ashamed of; at which he may be astonished,
it being so exceeding sinful; that which cast the angels out of heaven,
Adam out of paradise, and wicked men down to hell; which is deserving
of the wrath of God, and eternal death; for which a man can never make
atonement himself; and by which he is undone, to all intents and
purposes, without an interest in Christ, and salvation by him.
Every one turneth to his course:
which is not a good, but a bad one;
sin is a way, a road, a path, in which men walk; a course, a series of
sinning, a progress and persisting in it; such as the course of this
world, and this course is evil, (Ephesians 2:2) :
as the horse rusheth into the battle,
which denotes their swiftness to
commit sin, the pleasure they take in it, and their inattention to
danger, and death by it; see (Job 39:21-25) , or overflows F3; the
impetuosity of the horse is expressed by the overflowing of a river.
F3 (Pjwv owok) "quasi equus ferox", Heb. "inundans", Piscator;
"sisut equus effundens se", Schmidt. So Kimchi and Ben Melech
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Jeremiah 8:6". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=jer&chapter=008&verse=006>. 1999.