John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible
- Jeremiah represents to the people in Egypt, the former sins and punishment of Judah, verse 1-10.
- He prophesies of their destruction in Egypt, verse 11-14.
- Their obstinacy, verse 15-19.
- Threatened, verse 20-28.
- For a sign, the destruction of Egypt is foretold, verse 29, 30.
At Migdol - It seems the Jews that went into Egypt had planted themselves at these four places. Migdol was a city upon the borders of the Red Sea. Noph was a city, which the Greeks and Latines called Memphis; it is thought to be that, which is now called Cairo. Pathros was the province, since called Thebais.
For none - Only such shall escape, as have been forced into Egypt against their wills; and as did not fall in with the idolatry of the Egyptians.
All the men - It should seem those that did it were mostly women, and that they did it with some privacy, so that all their husbands did not know of it.
The Lord liveth - There shall not any be left alive of the Jews that are in Egypt, to swear The Lord God liveth.
This shall be a sign - Signs are usually antecedent to the thing signified, but the word is taken in a larger notion in this place for that which should attend the thing signified by it.