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John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible

Chapter 8

Chapter Overview

The calamity of the Jews, both dead and alive, verse 1-3.
Their brutish impenitency, verse 4-7.
Their vain boast of wisdom: their covetousness, security, impudence, verse 8-12.
Their grievous judgments, verse 13-17.
Bewailed by the prophet, verse 18-22.

Verse 1
The bones - This denotes the utter desolation of the city, not only rasing the walls, but turning up the very sepulchres which were accounted sacred, and not to be violated.

Verse 4
Not arise - Will they never think of rising again? Not return - Will he wander for ever?

Verse 5
Deceit - Their false prophets, encouraging themselves in their wickedness, and pleasing themselves, that their miseries should not come upon them.

Verse 6
I - God.

Verse 7
Appointed time - The seasons of her going and coming. The judgment - God's vengeance, hovering over Jerusalem, and Judea.

Verse 8
How - These things considered where is your wisdom? He speaks to the whole body of the people. The Lord - This may have a more special eye to the priests. In vain - For any use they made of it; neither need it ever have been copied out by the scribe. A scribe was a teacher, one well versed in the scripture, or esteemed to be so.

Verse 13
Pass away - Shall be taken away by their enemies.

Verse 14
Why - The people at length seem to bethink themselves, and thus to bespeak each other. Silent - Keep close within our walls.

Verse 16
The snorting - The fury of the Chaldeans march is described by the snorting of their horses, which is a noise they make through their nostrils. Heard - Even to Jerusalem. Have devoured - It is spoken in a prophetical style, who use to express the certainty of what shall be, as if it actually were already.

Verse 17
Shall bite - There will be no appeasing their fury by any method.

Verse 18
Sorrow - The prophet now seems to speak, how greatly the calamity of this people affected him.

Verse 19
Why - As if God should seem to reply; let them not think it strange, seeing they have turned their backs upon me, and trusted to idols.

Verse 21
Am I hurt - The prophet here shews how deeply he is affected with the peoples misery. Black - I am as those that are clad in deep mourning.

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Bibliography Information
Wesley, John. "Commentary on Jeremiah 8". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/wen/view.cgi?book=jer&chapter=008>. 1765.