The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJeremiah 9:3
And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies…
tongues were like bows, and their lying words like arrows, which they
directed against persons to their injury; see (Psalms 11:2) (64:3) , or, "like
their deceitful bow" F16; to which the Targum agrees,
``they teach their tongues words of falsehood, they are like to
a deceitful bow.''
Most agreeably to the accents the words may be rendered, "they bend
their tongues, their bow is a lie" F17; either deceitful, or carries a
lie in it, and shoots one out of it:
but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth;
which a man
should do everything for, and nothing against; and which he should
earnestly contend for, and not part with or give up at any rate; not
only for the truth of doctrine, for faith, as the Targum; for the
doctrine of faith, the truth of the Gospel, and as it is in Christ; but
for truth between man and man, for veracity, rightness, and integrity:
for they proceed from evil to evil; from one sin to another, growing
worse and worse, as wicked men and deceivers usually do. Kimchi
observes, it may be interpreted, as of evil works, so of the evil of
punishment, from one evil of the enemy to another; or this year they
are smitten with blasting, another with mildew, or with the locust, and
yet they turn not from their evil ways:
and they know not me, saith the Lord;
the God of truth, and without
iniquity, and who will severely punish for it; they did not serve and
worship him as the only Lord God. The Targum is,
``the knowledge of my fear they learned not.''
F16 (rqv Mtvq) "veluti acum falsum", Munster; "quasi arcum mendacii",
F17 "Et tetenderunt linguam suam, arcus ipsorum mendacium est", De
Dieu; "qui tendunt linguam suam, arcus eorum est mendacium",
Schmidt. Approved by Reinbeck. De Accent. Heb. p. 437.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Jeremiah 9:3". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=jer&chapter=009&verse=003>. 1999.