9:1 O that my head were a waters, and my eyes a fountain of
tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the
daughter of my people!
(a) The prophet shows the great compassion that he had
toward this people, seeing that he could never
sufficiently lament the destruction that he saw to hang
over them, which is a special note to discern the true
pastors from the hirelings. )See Geneva "Jer 4:19")
9:2 O that I had in the wilderness a b lodging place of
wayfaring men; that I might leave my people, and go from
them! for they [are] all c adulterers, an assembly of
(b) He shows that there was more peace and greater safety
for him to dwell among the wild beasts than among this
wicked people except that God has given him this charge.
(c) Utterly turned from God.
9:3 And they bend their tongues [like] their bow [for] d lies:
but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for
they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith
(d) To belie and slander their neighbours.
9:4 Take ye heed every one of his neighbour, and trust ye not in
any e brother: for every brother will utterly supplant,
and every neighbour will walk with slanders.
(e) Meaning, that all were corrupt, and none could find
an honest man.
9:5 And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not
speak the truth: they f have taught their tongue to speak
lies, [and] weary themselves to commit iniquity.
(f) They have so practised deceit, that they cannot forsake
9:6 Thy habitation [is] in the midst of deceit; g through
deceit they refuse to know me, saith the LORD.
(g) They would rather have forsaken God than left their
9:7 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, I will h
melt them, and try them; for how shall I do for the daughter
of my people?
(h) With the fire of affliction.
9:10 For the i mountains will I take up a weeping and wailing,
and for the habitations of the wilderness a lamentation,
because they are burned up, so that none can pass through
[them]; neither can [men] hear the voice of the cattle;
both the fowl of the heavens and the beast have fled; they
(i) Signifying that all the places about Jerusalem would be
9:12 Who [is] the k wise man, that may understand this? and
[who is he] to whom the mouth of the LORD hath spoken, that
he may declare it, for what the land perisheth [and] is
burned up like a wilderness, that none passeth through?
(k) Meaning that they are all without sense and
understanding and that God has taken his spirit from
9:14 But have walked after the imagination of their own heart,
and after Baalim, which l their fathers taught them:
(l) He shows that the children cannot excuse themselves by
their fathers: for both father and child if they are
wicked will perish.
9:15 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel;
Behold, I will feed them, [even] this people, with
wormwood, and give them water of gall m to drink.
9:17 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Consider ye, and call for n
the skilful women, that they may come; and send for skilful
[women], that they may come:
(n) Seeing you cannot lament your own sins, call for those
foolish women, whom of a superstition you have to
lament for the dead, that they by their feigned tears
may provoke you to some sorrow.
9:19 For a voice of wailing is heard out of Zion, How are we
laid waste! we are greatly confounded, because we have
forsaken the land, because our dwellings o have cast [us]
(o) As though they were weary of us, because of our
iniquities, (Le 18:28,20:22).
9:20 Yet hear the word of the LORD, O ye women, and let your ear
receive the word of his mouth, and p teach your daughters
wailing, and every one her neighbour lamentation.
(p) He derides the superstition of the women who made an
art of mourning, and taught to weep with feigned tears.
9:21 For death hath come up into our q windows, [and] hath
entered into our palaces, to cut off the children from
outside, [and] the young men from the streets.
(q) Signifying that there is no means to deliver the wicked
from God's judgments: but when they think to be most
sure, and most far off, then they are soonest taken.
9:23 Thus saith the LORD, Let not the r wise [man] glory in
his wisdom, neither let the mighty [man] glory in his
might, let not the rich [man] glory in his riches:
(r) As none can save himself by his own labour, or any
worldly means, he shows that it is vain to put our
trust in it, but that we trust in the Lord, and rejoice
in him, who only can deliver.
9:24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he
understandeth and knoweth me, that I [am] the LORD who s
exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in
the earth: for in these [things] I delight, saith the LORD.
(s) These three points are necessary to know correctly his
mercy, in which consists our salvation: his judgment,
which he executes continually against the wicked, and
his justice, by which he defends and maintains the
9:25 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will punish
all [them who are] t circumcised with the uncircumcised;
(t) Meaning, both Jews and Gentiles, as in this next verse
he shows the cause, (Jer 4:4).