43:2 Then spoke a Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the b proud men, saying to Jeremiah, c Thou speakest falsely: the LORD our God hath d not sent thee to say, Go not into Egypt to sojourn there:
(a) Who was also called Jezaniah, (Jeremiah
(b) This declares that pride is the cause of
rebellion and contempt of God's ministers.
(c) When the hypocrisy of the wicked is
discovered, they burst forth into open rage: for they can abide nothing but
flattery, read (Isaiah
(d) He shows what is the nature of the
hypocrites: that is, to pretend that they would obey God and embrace his word,
if they were assured that his messenger spoke the truth: though indeed they
are most far from all obedience.
43:3 But Baruch the son of Neriah e
setteth thee on against us, to deliver us into the hand of the Chaldeans, that
they may put us to death, and carry us away captives into Babylon.
(e) Thus the wicked not only contemn and hurt the
messengers of God, but slander and speak wickedly of all them that support or
favour the godly.
43:5 But Johanan the son of
Kareah, and all the captains of the forces, took all the remnant of Judah, that
had returned from all f nations, where
they had been driven, to dwell in the land of Judah;
(f) As from the Moabites, Ammonites and Edomites,
43:6 [Even] men, and women, and children, and the
king's daughters, and every person that Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard
had left with Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Jeremiah the g
prophet, and Baruch the son of Neriah.
(g) When these wicked lead away by force.
43:7 So they came into the land of Egypt: for they
obeyed not the voice of the LORD: thus they came [even] to h
(h) A city in Egypt near to Nilus.
43:9 Take great stones in thy
hand, and i hide them in the clay in the
brickkiln, which [is] at the entrance of Pharaoh's house in Tahpanhes, in the
sight of the men of Judah;
(i) Which signified that Nebuchadnezzar would
come even to the gates of Pharaoh, where his brick kilns for his buildings
43:10 And say to them, Thus saith the LORD of
hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will send and take Nebuchadnezzar the king
of Babylon, k my servant, and will set
his throne upon these stones that I have hid; and he shall spread his royal
pavilion over them.
(k) Read (Jeremiah
43:11 And when he cometh, he shall smite the land
of Egypt, [and deliver] l such [as are]
for death to death; and such [as are] for captivity to captivity; and such [as
are] for the sword to the sword.
(l) Everyone will be slain by the means that God
has appointed, (Jeremiah
43:12 And I will kindle a fire in the houses of
the gods of Egypt; and he shall burn them, and carry them away captives: and he
shall array himself with the land of Egypt, as a m
shepherd putteth on his garment; and he shall go forth from there in peace.
(m) Meaning most easily and suddenly will he
carry the Egyptians away.