Ver. 1. Priests. They were to furnish the vessel, and accompany the prophets. v. 10. Sept. "and thou shalt take some of," &c. H.
--- Words and actions together instruct most powerfully. S. Jer. W.
Ver. 2. Gate, which must have been to the south-east of Jerusalem, leading to the valley. C.
--- Sept. "Charseith gate." H.
--- Here the common people were buried, after the reign of Josias, who contaminated the place where the idol Moloc had been adored.
Ver. 3. Tingle, as if he had heard a sudden noise or clap of thunder. C.
Ver. 4. Profaned. Lit. "rendered strange." H.
--- I have no farther regard for it.
--- Innocents: their own children. v. 5. C. vii. 31.
Ver. 5. Mind. Perhaps the people stupidly thought thus to honour him; but God pointedly condemns such sacrifices.
Ver. 6. Valley. Sept. "burial-place of slaughter." v. 2. Here the Chaldees slew many.
Ver. 9. Sons, to punish them for their cruel sacrifices. S. Jer.
--- This was verified under Sedecias. Lam. ii. 10. and iv. 10. Ezec. v. 10.
Ver. 11. Again. The captives indeed returned, so that this must not be urged too much. C.
--- Yet the Romans strictly fulfilled this prophecy, (S. Jer. Sanctius) and the city was built in another place, and styled Ælia. H.
--- God can perform what is impossible to man. C. xviii. 3. Mat. xix. W.
Ver. 13. Topheth. This sentence was not in S. Jerom's Hebrew copy, but in the Sept. (C.) with some variations: (H.) "All the houses of the kings of Juda, like the place of Topheth," is added by the Sept. S. Jer.
--- In Grabe they agree with the present Heb. and Chal. only rendering, "shall be as a place in ruin, for the defilements in all," &c. H.
--- Of heaven: the moon, &c. 4 K. xxiii. 12. Josias could not entirely root out this impiety. C. xxxii. 29. His wicked son Joachaz or Sellum, was probably now on the throne, when the prophet went to the potter, &c. C. xviii. to xxi.
Ver. 14. People. Many still resorted to the temple. C.