17 Then rose up certain of the elders of the land, and spake to all the assembly of the people, saying,
17 Some of the elders of the land stepped forward and said to the entire assembly of people,
17 And certain of the elders of the land arose and spoke to all the assembled people, saying,
17 Then some of the respected leaders stood up and addressed the crowd:
17 Then certain of the elders of the land rose up and spoke to all the assembly of the people, saying:
17 Then some of the wise old men stood and spoke to all the people assembled there.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on Jeremiah 26:17
Commentary on Jeremiah 26:16-24
(Read Jeremiah 26:16-24)
When secure sinners are threatened with taking away the Spirit of God, and the kingdom of God, it is what is warranted from the word of God. Hezekiah who protected Micah, prospered. Did Jehoiakim, who slew Urijah, prosper? The examples of bad men, and the bad consequences of their sins, should deter from what is evil. Urijah was faithful in delivering his message, but faulty in leaving his work. And the Lord was pleased to permit him to lose his life, while Jeremiah was protected in danger. Those are safest who most simply trust in the Lord, whatever their outward circumstances may be; and that He has all men's hearts in his hands, encourages us to trust him in the way of duty. He will honour and recompense those who show kindness to such as are persecuted for his sake.