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Jeremiah 10:4

 

 

"They decorate it with silver and with gold; They fasten it with nails and with hammers So that it will not totter.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

They deck it - It was covered with plates of gold and silver, and then fastened with nails in its place, that it might not “more, i. e.” tumble down.

The agreement in this and the following verses with the argument in Jeremiah 9:23-24) their true glory is their God, not an idol of wood, but the King of nations. Then comes the sad feeling that they have rejected God and chosen idols Jeremiah 10:17-18; then the nation‘s deep grief Jeremiah 10:19-22 and earnest prayer Jeremiah 10:23-25. It is quite possible that only portions of the concluding part of Jeremiah‘s templesermon were embodied in Baruch‘s scroll, and that had the whole been preserved, we should have found the thoughts as orderly in development as those in Jeremiah 79.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Jeremiah 10:4". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/jeremiah-10.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

They deck it with silver and with gold,.... Cover it with plates of silver and gold, for the sake of ornament, that it may look grand, majestic, and venerable; and by this means draw the eye and attention, and so the devotion of people to it:

they fasten it with nails and hammers, that it move not. The sense is, either that the idol was fastened to some post or pillar, or in some certain place on a pedestal, that it might not fall, it not being able otherwise to support itself; or the plates of silver and gold, as Kimchi thinks, were fastened to the idol with nails and hammers, that so they might not be taken away from it; for, were it not for the nails, the god would not be able to keep his silver and golden deckings.


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Bibliography
Gill, John. "Commentary on Jeremiah 10:4". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/jeremiah-10.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

They deck it c with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it may not move.

(c) The prophets use thus plainly and simply to set forth the vile absurdity of the idolaters that men might learn to be ashamed of that to which their corrupt nature is most subject, (Isaiah 44:12).

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Jeremiah 10:4". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/jeremiah-10.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

move not — that is, that it may stand upright without risk of falling, which the god (!) would do, if left to itself (Isaiah 41:7).


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Bibliography
Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Jeremiah 10:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/jeremiah-10.html. 1871-8.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Jeremiah 10:4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

Ver. 4. They deck it with silver and with gold.] Gild it over to make it sightly; goodly gods there while. See Isaiah 4:4.

That it move not.] Ut non amittat, saith Tremellius: that it lose not the cost bestowed upon it.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Jeremiah 10:4". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/jeremiah-10.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

A further description of their workmanship, having no other comeliness but what they confer upon it, and they no greater security or certainty of it than as they can with hammer and nail make it fast, and fix it to some place, the wooden god being not able to preserve itself from falling; therefore it is rather to be meant of fastening to some wall or pillar, than of fastening their parts together, because they seem to be cut out of one entire piece, and therefore need it not.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Jeremiah 10:4". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/jeremiah-10.html. 1685.

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable

They decorated their idols with precious metal and nailed them in place so they would not fall over. How ridiculous it is to worship something that cannot even keep itself upright, much less its devotees!


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Constable, Thomas. DD. "Commentary on Jeremiah 10:4". "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/dcc/jeremiah-10.html. 2012.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Asunder. Isaias xliv. 8., Baruch vi. 3., and Wisdom xiii. 11. The pagans themselves laughed at such folly. (Calmet) --- If such things were gods, the makers and tools deserved more adoration: Fabri deorum vel parentes numinum, says Prudentius. The vanity of such idols was more easily discerned than that of the stars. (Worthington)


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Jeremiah 10:4". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/jeremiah-10.html. 1859.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

They fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not - i:e., that it may stand upright without risk of falling, which the god (!) would do if left to itself (Isaiah 41:7).


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Jeremiah 10:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/jeremiah-10.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
deck
Psalms 115:4; 135:15; Isaiah 40:19,20
fasten
Isaiah 41:6; 44:12; 46:7

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Jeremiah 10:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/jeremiah-10.html.

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