9:1 O that my head were a waters, and my eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!
(a) The prophet shows the great compassion that
he had toward this people, seeing that he could never sufficiently lament the
destruction that he saw to hang over them, which is a special note to discern
the true pastors from the hirelings. See Jeremiah
9:2 O that I had in the wilderness a b
lodging place of wayfaring men; that I might leave my people, and go from them!
for they [are] all c adulterers, an
assembly of treacherous men.
(b) He shows that there was more peace and
greater safety for him to dwell among the wild beasts than among this wicked
people except that God has given him this charge.
(c) Utterly turned from God.
9:3 And they bend their tongues [like] their bow
[for] d lies: but they are not valiant
for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know
not me, saith the LORD.
(d) To belie and slander their neighbours.
9:4 Take ye heed every one of his neighbour, and
trust ye not in any e brother: for every
brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbour will walk with slanders.
(e) Meaning, that all were corrupt, and none
could find an honest man.
9:5 And they will deceive every one his neighbour,
and will not speak the truth: they f
have taught their tongue to speak lies, [and] weary themselves to commit
(f) They have so practised deceit, that they
cannot forsake it.
9:6 Thy habitation [is] in the midst of deceit; g
through deceit they refuse to know me, saith the LORD.
(g) They would rather have forsaken God than left
their wicked trade.
9:7 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold,
I will h melt them, and try them; for
how shall I do for the daughter of my people?
(h) With the fire of affliction.
the i mountains will I take up a weeping
and wailing, and for the habitations of the wilderness a lamentation, because
they are burned up, so that none can pass through [them]; neither can [men] hear
the voice of the cattle; both the fowl of the heavens and the beast have fled;
they are gone.
(i) Signifying that all the places about
Jerusalem would be destroyed.
9:12 Who [is] the k
wise man, that may understand this? and [who is he] to whom the mouth of the
LORD hath spoken, that he may declare it, for what the land perisheth [and] is
burned up like a wilderness, that none passeth through?
(k) Meaning that they are all without sense and
understanding and that God has taken his spirit from them.
9:14 But have walked after
the imagination of their own heart, and after Baalim, which l
their fathers taught them:
(l) He shows that the children cannot excuse
themselves by their fathers: for both father and child if they are wicked will
9:15 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the
God of Israel; Behold, I will feed them, [even] this people, with wormwood, and
give them water of gall m to drink.
(m) Read (Jeremiah
9:17 Thus saith the LORD of
hosts, Consider ye, and call for n the
skilful women, that they may come; and send for skilful [women], that they may
(n) Seeing you cannot lament your own sins, call
for those foolish women, whom of a superstition you have to lament for the
dead, that they by their feigned tears may provoke you to some sorrow.
9:19 For a voice of wailing
is heard out of Zion, How are we laid waste! we are greatly confounded, because
we have forsaken the land, because our dwellings o
have cast [us] out.
(o) As though they were weary of us, because of
our iniquities, (Leviticus
9:20 Yet hear the word of the LORD, O ye women, and
let your ear receive the word of his mouth, and p
teach your daughters wailing, and every one her neighbour lamentation.
(p) He derides the superstition of the women who
made an art of mourning, and taught to weep with feigned tears.
9:21 For death hath come up into our q
windows, [and] hath entered into our palaces, to cut off the children from
outside, [and] the young men from the streets.
(q) Signifying that there is no means to deliver
the wicked from God's judgments: but when they think to be most sure, and
most far off, then they are soonest taken.
9:23 Thus saith the LORD, Let
not the r wise [man] glory in his
wisdom, neither let the mighty [man] glory in his might, let not the rich [man]
glory in his riches:
(r) As none can save himself by his own labour,
or any worldly means, he shows that it is vain to put our trust in it, but
that we trust in the Lord, and rejoice in him, who only can deliver.
9:24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that
he understandeth and knoweth me, that I [am] the LORD who s
exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these
[things] I delight, saith the LORD.
(s) These three points are necessary to know
correctly his mercy, in which consists our salvation: his judgment, which he
executes continually against the wicked, and his justice, by which he defends
and maintains the faithful.
9:25 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I
will punish all [them who are] t
circumcised with the uncircumcised;
(t) Meaning, both Jews and Gentiles, as in this
next verse he shows the cause, (Jeremiah