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The Bhagavad Gita

Anonymous


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Commentaries on the book of the prophet Jeremiah and the Lamentations

by Jean Calvin

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THE LAMENTATIONS.

BY JOHN CALVIN.

TRANSLATED FROM THE LATIN, AND EDITED

BY THE REV. JOHN OWEN,

VICAR Os TBRUSSinOTOK. LEICESTRRKHIRE.

VOLUME SECOND.

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COMMENTARIES

THE PROPHET JEREMIAH.

CHAPTER X.

1. Hear ye the word which the 1. Audite verbum quod loquitur Lord spcaketh unto you, O house of (sermonem quem profert) Jehova Israel; ftd vos, dooms Israel:

2. Thus saith the Lord, Learn 2. Sic dicit Jehova, Viam gentium not the way of the heathen, and be ne didiceritis, et a signis coelorum not dismayed at the signs of heaven ; ne metnatis; quoniam metuunt ab forthe heathen are dismayed at them. illis gentes.

Jeremiah enters here on a new subject. Though he had, no doubt, taught this truth often. yet I consider it as distinct from what has gone before; for he begins here a new attack on those superstitions to which the Jews were then extremely addicted. He exhorts them first to hear the word of Jehovah; for they had so hardened themselves in the errors which they had derived from the Gentiles, and the contagion had so prevailed, that they could not be easily drawn away from them. This, then, is the reason why he used a sort of preface, and said, Hear ye the word of Jehovah, which he speaks to you, 0 house of Israel.1

He then mentions the error in which the Chaldeans and the Egyptians were involved ; for they were, we know, very attentive observers of the stars. And this is expressly stated, because the Jews despised God's judgments, and greatly feared what were foolishly divined. For when any one, by looking at the stars, threatened them with some calamity, they were immediately terrified ; but when God denounced on them, as with the sound of a trumpet, a calamity by his Prophets, they were not at all moved. But it will be better to examine the very words of the Prophet, as then we shall more plainly see the drift of the whole.

1 Here the preceding lecture ends in the original; but in order to keep the chapters distinct, this section has been transferred to the present lecture. A similar arrangement is adopted as to the last lecture in tins volume.—fid.

Learn not, he says, the way of the nations. The Hebrew grammarians take 1^, al, for HX, at.1 Way, we know, is everywhere taken for all those customs and habits by which human life is regulated. He then forbids them to pay attention to the rules of life observed by the Gentiles. And one thing he specifies, Be not terrified by celestial signs. He afterwards shews how vain were the practices of the Gentiles; being devoted to idols, they worshipped them in the place of God, though framed by the skill of man. But there are other words added, For the heathens are terrified by them. There is a threefold exposition of this clause. Some take *3, ki, properly a causative, in the sense of 3, caph, which denotes likeness, " as the Gentiles are terrified by them." Others regard it as an adversative, " though," and TD, ki, has often this meaning. There are also others who give this explanation, " For it is the case with the Gentiles, that they are terrified by them ;" as though God had said, that it was extremely absurd in the Jews to be terrified by celestial signs, for they ought to have left this folly, or rather madness, to the Gentiles, as God regarded them as wholly blind. Let us now come to the subject.


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