13:4 Take the sash that thou hast bought, which [is] upon thy
loins, and arise, go to a Euphrates, and hide it there in
a cleft of the rock.
(a) Because this river was far from Jerusalem, it is
evident that this was a vision, by which it was
signified that the Jews would pass over the Euphrates
to be captives in Babylon, and there for length of time
would seem to be rotten, although they were joined to
the Lord before as a girdle about a man.
13:12 Therefore thou shalt speak to them this word; Thus saith
the LORD God of Israel, Every b skin shall be filled
with wine: and they shall say to thee, Do we not certainly
know that every skin shall be filled with wine?
(b) Every one of you will be filled with spiritual
drunkenness, and be without all knowledge to seek how
to help yourselves.
13:14 And I will c dash them one against another, even the
fathers and the sons together, saith the LORD: I will not
pity, nor spare, nor have mercy, but destroy them.
(c) It will be as easy for me to destroy the greatest and
the strongest as it is for a man to break earthen
13:16 Give glory to the LORD your God, before he shall cause d
darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark
mountains, and, while ye look for e light, he shall turn
it into the shadow of death, [and] make [it] gross
(d) That is, affliction and misery by the Babylonians,
(e) Meaning, for help and support of the Egyptians.
13:17 But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall f weep in
secret places for [your] pride; and my eye shall weep
bitterly, and run down with tears, because the LORD'S
flock is carried away captive.
(f) You will surely be led away captive and I, according
to my affection toward you, will weep and lament for
13:18 Say to the g king and to the queen, Humble yourselves,
sit down: for your principalities shall come down, [even]
the crown of your glory.
(g) For Jehoiachin and his mother rendered themselves by
Jeremiah's counsel to the king of Babylon,
13:19 The cities of h the south shall be shut up, and none
shall open [them]: Judah shall be carried away captive all
of it, it shall be wholly carried away captive.
(h) That is, of Judah, which lies south of Babylon.
13:20 Lift up your eyes, and behold them that come from the
north: where [is] the i flock [that] was given thee, thy
(i) He asks the king, where his people is become.
13:21 What wilt thou say when he shall punish thee? for thou
hast k taught them [to be] captains, [and] as chief over
thee: shall not sorrows take thee, as a woman in travail?
(k) By seeking to strangers for help, you have made them
skilful to fight against you.
13:22 And if thou shalt say in thy heart, Why come these things
upon me? For the greatness of thy iniquity are thy skirts
l uncovered, [and] thy heels made bare.
(l) The cloak of hypocrisy will be pulled off, and your
13:26 Therefore will I uncover thy skirts upon thy face, m
that thy shame may appear.
(m) As your iniquities have been revealed to all the
world, so shall your shame and punishment.
13:27 I have seen thy adulteries, and thy n neighings, the
lewdness of thy harlotry, [and] thy abominations on the
hills in o the fields. Woe to thee, O Jerusalem! wilt
thou not be made clean? when [shall it] once [be]?
(n) He compares idolaters to horses inflamed after mares.
(o) There is no place so high nor low, where the marks and
signs of your idolatry do not appear.