The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJeremiah 17:23
But they obeyed not…
Or, "heard not" F3; so as to
observe and do; that is, their fathers did not; this command was very
early disobeyed, and more or less in all intervening times:
neither inclined their ear;
or listened attentively to what was said to
them; but if they heard at all, it was in a very indifferent and
careless manner, as if they cared not whether they heard or not; whereas
persons intent on hearing bow the head, and turn the ear; and if they
have one better than another, will turn that, in order to take in what
they are attentive to; but so did not the Jewish fathers:
but made their neck stiff;
or "hard" F4; and would not bend it, to
take upon them the yoke of the commandments: a metaphor taken from
untamed oxen, that will not submit the neck to the yoke, but draw back
from it. The Septuagint and Arabic versions understand all this, not of
the Jewish fathers of old, but of their children, even of the then
present generation, rendering the words, "but hardened their neck more
than their fathers"; they were more stiffnecked, refractory, and
disobedient than they were; this was always the character of this
people; as were the fathers, so were the children, if not worse; see
(Acts 7:51) ;
that they might not hear nor receive instruction;
about the command of
the sabbath, or any other: or "correction", or "discipline" F5; the
yoke of which they were as unwilling to bear as the yoke of the
commandments, (Jeremiah 31:18) .
F3 (wemv al) "non audiverunt", Pagninus, Montanus, Schmidt.
F4 (Mpre ta wvqyw) "sed obturarunt cervicem suam", Junius &
Tremellius, Piscator; "indurarunt", Pagninus, Montanus, Schmidt.
F5 (rowm) "discliplinam", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Schmidt.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Jeremiah 17:23". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=jer&chapter=017&verse=023>. 1999.