26:2 Thus saith the LORD; Stand in the a court of the LORD'S
house, and speak to all the cities of Judah, which come to
worship in the LORD'S house, all the words that I command
thee to speak to them; diminish not a word:
(a) That is, in that place of the temple to which the
people resort out of all Judah to sacrifice.
(b) To the intent that they should pretend no ignorance, as
in (Ac 20:27).
26:3 It may be they will hearken, and turn every man from his
evil way, that I may c repent of the evil, which I
purpose to do to them because of the evil of their doings.
(c) )See Geneva "Jer 7:12")
26:6 Then will I make this house like d Shiloh, and will make
this city e a curse to all the nations of the earth.
(d) )See Geneva "Jer 7:12")
(e) So that when they would curse any, they will say, "God
do to you as to Jerusalem."
26:9 Why hast thou prophesied in the name of the LORD, saying,
f This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be
desolate without an inhabitant? And all the people were
gathered against Jeremiah in the house of the LORD.
(f) Because of God's promises to the temple,
(Ps 132:14) that he would forever remain there,
hypocrites thought this temple could never perish and
therefore thought it blasphemy to speak against it,
(Mt 26:61, Ac 6:13) not considering that this was
meant of the Church where God will remain forever.
26:10 When the princes of Judah heard these things, then they
came up from the king's house to the house of the LORD,
and sat down in the entrance of the g new gate of the
(g) So called, because it was repaired by Jotham,
26:12 Then Jeremiah spoke to all the princes and to all the
people, saying, The LORD h sent me to prophesy against
this house and against this city all the words that ye
(h) He both shows the cause of his doings plainly and also
threatens them that nothing would help, though they
should put him to death, but heap greater vengeance
on their heads.
26:18 Micah the Morasthite prophesied in the days of Hezekiah
king of Judah, and spoke to all the people of Judah,
saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Zion shall be plowed
[like] a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the
mountain of the i house as the high places of the
(i) That is, of the House of the Lord, that is, Zion, and
these examples the godly alleged to deliver Jeremiah
out of the priests hands, whose rage else would not
have been satisfied but by his death.
26:19 Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him to death?
did he not fear the LORD, and beseech the LORD, and the
LORD repented of the k evil which he had pronounced
against them? Thus might we procure great evil against our
(k) So that the city was not destroyed, but by a miracle
was delivered out of the hands of Sennacherib.
26:22 And Jehoiakim the king l sent men into Egypt, [namely],
Elnathan the son of Achbor, and [certain] men with him
(l) Here is declared the fury of tyrants who cannot stand
to hear God's word declared but persecute the
ministers of it, and yet in the end they prevail
nothing but provoke God' judgments so much more.
26:23 And they brought forth Urijah from Egypt, and brought him
to Jehoiakim the king; who slew him with the sword, and
m cast his dead body into the burial place of the common
(m) As in the first Hezekiah's example is to be followed,
so in this other Jehoiakim's act it to be abhorred:
for God's plague descended on him and his household.
26:24 Nevertheless the hand of Ahikam n the son of Shaphan was
with Jeremiah, that they should not give him into the hand
of the people to put him to death.
(n) Which declares that nothing could have appeased their
fury if God had not moved this noble man to stand
valiantly in his defense.