16:2 Thou shalt not take a thee a wife, neither shalt thou have sons nor daughters in this place.
(a) Meaning that the affliction would be so
horrible in Jerusalem that a wife and children would only increase his sorrow.
For thus saith the LORD, b Enter not
into the house of mourning, neither go to lament nor bemoan them: for I have
taken away my peace from this people, saith the LORD, [even] lovingkindness and
(b) Signifying that the affliction would be so
great that one would not have leisure to comfort another.
16:6 Both the great and the small shall die in this
land: they shall not be buried, neither shall [men] lament for them, c
nor cut themselves, nor make themselves bald for them:
(c) That is, should not tear their clothes in
sign of mourning.
16:7 Neither shall [men] tear [themselves] for them
in mourning, to comfort them for the dead; neither shall [men] give them the d
cup of consolation to drink for their father or for their mother.
(d) For in these great extremities all
consolation and comfort will be in vain.
And it shall come to pass, when thou shalt show this people all these words, and
they shall say to thee, Why hath the LORD pronounced all this great evil against
us? or what [is] e our iniquity? or what
[is] our sin that we have committed against the LORD our God?
(e) Because the wicked are always rebellious and
conceal their own sins and murmur against God's judgments, as though he had
no just cause to punish them, he shows him what to answer.
But, The LORD liveth, that brought the children of Israel from the land of the
north, and f from all the lands where he
had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave to
(f) Signifying that the blessing of their
deliverance out of Babylon would be so great that it would abolish the
remembrance of their deliverance from Egypt: but he has here chiefly respect
to the spiritual deliverance under Christ.
16:16 Behold, I will send for many g
fishermen, saith the LORD, and they shall fish them; and afterwards will I send
for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every
hill, and out of the clefts of the rocks.
(g) By the fishers and hunters are meant the
Babylonians and Chaldeans who would destroy them in such sort, that if they
escaped the one, the other would take them.
16:18 And first I will
recompense their iniquity and their sin double; because they have defiled my
land, they have filled my inheritance with the h
carcases of their detestable and abominable things.
(h) That is, their sons and daughters, who they
offered to Molech.
16:19 O LORD, my i
strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles
shall come to thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers
have inherited k lies, vanity, and
[things] in which [there is] no profit.
(i) He wonders at the great mercy of God in this
deliverance which will not only extend to the Jews but also to the Gentiles.
(k) Our fathers were most vile idolaters
therefore it comes only of God's mercy that he performs his promise and has
not utterly cast us off.
16:21 Therefore, behold, I
will this once l cause them to know, I
will cause them to know my hand and my might; and they shall know that my name
(l) They will once again feel my power and mercy
for their deliverance that they may learn to worship me.