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Bible Commentaries

Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Jeremiah 6

Verse 1

Strengthen. Hebrew also, "Flee, Benjamites, from the midst," &c. Jerusalem belonged partly to this tribe, which prided itself on its valour. --- Thecua was in the lot of Juda, 15 miles south of Jerusalem. --- North. The Chaldeans approach, chap. i. 13. (Calmet)

Verse 3

Shepherds. So captains are styled, because they feed and govern soldiers. (Worthington)

Verse 4

Prepare. Literally, "sanctify." Observe the usual formalities of demanding reparation, offering victims, &c. The Chaldeans thus encourage one another, and will allow themselves no rest day or night, ver. 5.

Verse 7

Cold. Hebrew, "come forth." All the citizens imitate her vices.

Verse 8

Instructed, by afflictions and prosperity, by public and internal admonitions. Willful ignorance is criminal, and drives God away, chap. li. 9., and Psalm lxxx. 12.

Verse 9

Basket. Chaldeans, destroy all. Nabuchodonosor took Joakim twice, and afterwards Jechonias and Sedecias, chap. xxix. 2.

Verse 10

Uncircumcised. Impure and deaf. (Calmet) --- Non vocat impossibilitas supplicio quæ de contemptu et infidelitate descendit. (St. Jerome)

Verse 11

In. Jeremias is indignant. The Lord then orders him to pour, or declare what will ensue. (Calmet)

Verse 13

Prophet. Septuagint, "false prophet," chap. iv. 31. (Haydock)

Verse 14

Disgracefully. They shall be ashamed, when the contrary to what they declared shall come to pass, chap. viii. 11.

Verse 16

Paths, of patriarchs, and of Moses. Avoid novelty in religion. (Calmet) --- This advice is very applicable to the present generation. (Haydock)

Verse 17

Watchmen. Prophets, Ezechiel iii. 17., and xxxiii. 2.

Verse 18

Congregation. Septuagint, "shepherds feeding their flocks have heard." The Chaldeans are apprised of my resolution against Juda. (Calmet) --- After the Jews had been called repeatedly in vain, the Gentiles obey, Matthew x. 5. (Worthington)

Verse 20

To me. For want of proper dispositions; otherwise the offerings of the best things were enjoined, and commendable. The Jews are taught not to depend on external observances, while they neglect the heart. (Calmet)

Verse 22

North. As Babylon lay with respect to Jerusalem, (Worthington) or rather to the east. (Haydock)

Verse 26

Only son. Let thy grief be extraordinary, Amos viii. 10., and Zacharias xii. 10.

Verse 27

Trier of my people, as of gold in the furnace, Job xxii. 25.

Verse 29

Bellows, or crucible. --- Lead, which was intermixed to purify the dross (St. Jerome) of gold and silver. But brass and iron could not be thus purified. All would be lost labour. Afflictions do not correct the obstinate. (Calmet)

Verse 31


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Jeremiah 6". "Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". 1859.