8:1 At that time, saith the LORD, they shall bring the bones of the kings of Judah, and the bones of his princes, and the bones of the priests, and the bones of the prophets, and the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, out of their a graves:
(a) The enemy for greediness will rifle your
graves and lay you before those idols, who in your life you worshipped, to see
if they can help you.
8:3 And death shall be chosen b
rather than life by all the remnant of them that remain of this evil family, who
remain in all the places where I have driven them, saith the LORD of hosts.
(b) Because of the afflictions that they will
feel through God's judgments.
8:4 Moreover thou shalt say to them, Thus saith the
LORD; Shall they c fall, and not rise?
shall he turn away, and not return?
(c) Is there no hope that they will return?
8:6 I hearkened and heard,
[but] they spoke not aright: no man repented of his wickedness, saying, What
have I done? every d one turned to his
course, as the horse rusheth to the battle.
(d) They are full of hypocrisy, and everyone
follows his own fantasy without any consideration.
8:7 Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her
appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time
of their coming; but my people know not the e
judgment of the LORD.
(e) He accuses them in that they are more
ignorant of God's judgments, than these birds are of their appointed seasons
to discern the cold and heat.
8:8 How do ye say, We [are] wise, and the law of the
LORD [is] with us? Lo, certainly in vain he hath made [it]; f
the pen of the scribes [is] in vain.
(f) The law does not profit you neither need it
to have been written for all that you have learned by it.
8:9 The g
wise [men] are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the
word of the LORD; and what wisdom [is] in them?
(g) They who seem wise may be ashamed of their
ignorance for all wisdom consists in God's word.
8:11 For they have healed the
hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, h
Peace, peace; when [there is] no peace.
(h) See Jeremiah
Why do we sit still? i assemble
yourselves, and let us enter into the fortified cities, and let us be silent
there: for the LORD our God hath put us to silence, and given us water of k
gall to drink, because we have sinned against the LORD.
(i) He speaks in the person of the people, who
when the enemy comes will turn about to hide themselves and acknowledge that
it is God's hand.
(k) That is, has brought us into extreme
affliction, and thus they will not attribute this plague to fortune, but to
God's just judgment, (Jeremiah
8:16 The snorting of his
horses was heard from l Dan: the whole
land trembled at the sound of the neighing of his strong ones; for they have
come, and have devoured the land, and all that is in it; the city, and those
that dwell in it.
(l) See Geneva
8:17 For, behold, I will m
send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which [will] not [be] charmed, and they
shall bite you, saith the LORD.
(m) God threatens to send the Babylonians among
them who will utterly destroy them in such sort, as by no means they will
8:18 [When] I would n
comfort myself against sorrow, my heart [is] faint in me.
(n) Read (Jeremiah
8:19 Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of
my people because of them that dwell in a distant country: [Is] not the LORD in
Zion? [is] not her king in her? Why o
have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, [and] with foreign
(o) Thus the Lord speaks.
8:20 The p
harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.
(p) The people wonder that they have for so long
a time looked for comfort in vain.
8:21 For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I
q hurt; I am black; astonishment hath
taken hold on me.
(q) The prophet speaks this.
8:22 [Is there] no balm r
in Gilead; [is there] no physician there? why then is not the health of the
daughter of my people recovered?
(r) Meaning,that no man's help or means could
save them: for in Gilead was precious balm, (Jeremiah
46:11) or else deriding the vain confidence of the people, who looked to
their priests for help, who would have been the physicians of their soul, and
dwelt at Gilead, (Hosea