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Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Jeremiah 10:6

 

 

There is none like You, O LORD; You are great, and great is Your name in might.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

For as much as - Or, “No one is like unto thee, O Jehovah.” In Jeremiah 10:6-11, the prophet contrasts God‘s greatness with the impotence of idols.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Jeremiah 10:6". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/jeremiah-10.html. 1870.

Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible

"There is none like unto thee, O Jehovah; thou art great, and thy name is great in might. Who should not fear thee, O King of the nations? for to thee doth it appertain; forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their royal estate, there is none like unto thee. But they are together brutish and foolish: in instruction of idols! it is but a stock. There is silver beaten into plates, which is brought from Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of the artificer and of the hands of the goldsmith; blue and purple for their clothing; they are all the work of skillful men. But Jehovah is the true God; he is the living God, and an everlasting King; at his wrath the earth trembleth, and the nations are not able to abide his indignation."

This is a contemptuous description of idols as contrasted with the eternal and almighty God. Tarshish is thought to have been in Spain. Uphaz is unknown; and Harrison thought that it might even be, "a metallurgical term meaning `refined gold.' "[14] No matter how expensive were the decorations applied to idols, they were nevertheless "essentially nothing," unable either to harm or to benefit their worshippers.

Although he missed the truth about Jeremiah 10:11, calling it "a gloss,"[15] Thompson nevertheless made a significant contribution to the proper understanding of this passage. He wrote:

"In view of many attempts to rearrange Jeremiah 10:1-66, we might ask if such is really the right procedure. It may be far better to try to make sense out of what lies before us in the text ("Amen," J.B.C.). We discern a reasonable pattern in which alternating assertions are made about idols and Yahweh."

Jeremiah 10:1, introductory statement.

Jeremiah 10:2-5, a warning against idols.

Jeremiah 10:6-7, the supremacy of Yahweh.

Jeremiah 10:8-9, the futility of idols.

Jeremiah 10:10-13, the creative power of Jehovah.

Jeremiah 10:14-15, idols and their makers judged.

Jeremiah 10:16, final acknowledgment of Yahweh's supremacy.

Seen in this way, the whole passage has coherence and order.[16]

This is a perfect demonstration that the passage does not need any rearrangement at all. It is perfectly logical and appropriate right where it is.


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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Jeremiah 10:6". "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/jeremiah-10.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O Lord,.... None like him, for the perfections of his nature, for the works of his hands, and for the instances of his kindness and beneficence, both in a way of grace and providence; there is none like him for doing good, or doing evil; that is, for bestowing favours, or inflicting punishments; there is none like him for goodness or greatness, as follows:

thou art great; in his nature; of great power, wisdom, faithfulness, truth, and goodness; and in his works of creation and providence, and in everything in which he is concerned; and greatness is to be ascribed to him, and greatly is he to be praised; and all the glory due unto his name is to be given him:

and thy name is great in might; his name is himself, and his greatness much appears in the exertion of the attribute of his power and might; in making all things out of nothing, in upholding the whole creation, and in the government of the universe; or the fame of him is great through the effects of his power, which are to be seen throughout the earth.


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Gill, John. "Commentary on Jeremiah 10:6". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/jeremiah-10.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

Forasmuch as [there is] none like thee, O LORD; d thou [art] great, and thy name [is] great in might.

(d) He teaches the people to lift up their eyes to God, who has all power and therefore ought only to be feared: and in this he shows them not only the evil that they ought to hate: but the good which they ought to follow, (Revelation 15:4).

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Jeremiah 10:6". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/jeremiah-10.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

none — literally, “no particle of nothing”: nothing whatever; the strongest possible denial (Exodus 15:11; Psalm 86:8, Psalm 86:10).


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Jeremiah 10:6". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/jeremiah-10.html. 1871-8.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

As the truth respecting the gods of the heathens, that they are mere figments, would be useless and of no moment, were not the knowledge of the, true God added, the Prophet now introduces God himself. And there is another reason; for no one could know that these wooden and stony gods are of no account, were not the truth respecting the true God to shine forth. Whosoever does not understand that there is a God, and does not know who or what he is, can never be really influenced by this truth, that the gods of the heathens are demons, and that all their superstitions are sacrilegious.

We now then perceive why the Prophet turns to the true God: it was, that the brightness of God’s glory might dissipate the darkness in which the Gentiles were involved, and also, that true religion might really influence the hearts of men, so that by acknowledging the one true God, to whose power we ought to submit, they might not only despise and repudiate all idols, but also hate and abhor them. The rest to-morrow.


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Calvin, John. "Commentary on Jeremiah 10:6". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/jeremiah-10.html. 1840-57.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Jeremiah 10:6 Forasmuch as [there is] none like unto thee, O LORD thou [art] great, and thy name [is] great in might.

Ver. 6. Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee.] None of all these dii minutuli, these dunghill deities, are worthy to be named in the same day with thee.

Thou art great.] God is great; [Psalms 77:13] greater; [Job 33:12] greatest; [Psalms 95:3] greatness itself. [Psalms 145:3] He is a degree above the superlative. Think the same of other his names and attributes, many of which we have here mentioned in this and the following verses; which are therefore highly to be prized, and oft to be perused. Leonard Lessius, a little before his death, finished his book concerning the fifty names of almighty God; often affirming, that in that little book he had found more light and spiritual support under those grievous fits of the stone which he suffered, than in all his voluminous commentaries upon Aquinas’s sums, which he had well nigh fitted for the press. (a)


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Jeremiah 10:6". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/jeremiah-10.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Jeremiah 10:6. Forasmuch, &c.— There is nothing comparable to thee, O Lord; thou art great, and great is thy name in power. Houb.


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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Jeremiah 10:6". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/jeremiah-10.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Forasmuch; this particle Nj min, is to be taken here causally, and refers either to what goes before, showing there is no comparison between God and idols; or rather, to what follows, as the ground and reason of all due subjection to God, as in the next verse.

Thy name is great, or, thou art transcendently great,

in might, i.e. though idols may have something of a name in the world among the heathen, yet there was nothing of their real power or might seen; or if the devil might act something through them to delude the world, yet nothing to be compared with that might that hath manifested itself in God’s works, Psalms 106:8 111:6. All the works of idols are either none, or feeble and weak, Jeremiah 10:8.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Jeremiah 10:6". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/jeremiah-10.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

THE INCOMPARABLE JEHOVAH, Jeremiah 10:6-11.

6. Forasmuch — A complete misapprehension of the force of the original, which is a double negative, doubtless employed for purposes of emphasis — none like unto thee. It is a fitting introduction to this strophe, (Jeremiah 10:6-11,) in which the almighty power of God is set forth in contrast with these dumb idols.


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Jeremiah 10:6". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/jeremiah-10.html. 1874-1909.

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable

Yahweh, on the other hand, is unique among the deities that people worship. He is great, and He had a reputation for acting mightily.


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Constable, Thomas. DD. "Commentary on Jeremiah 10:6". "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/dcc/jeremiah-10.html. 2012.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

There. Septuagint omit the three following verses; and from ver. 9., all these, &c., to the end of ver. 10., which Grabe inserts in a different character. (Haydock)


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Jeremiah 10:6". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/jeremiah-10.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

there is none like, &c. See note on Exodus 15:11.

Thy name. See note on Psalms 20:1.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Jeremiah 10:6". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/jeremiah-10.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD thou art great, and thy name is great in might.

None - literally, no particle of nothing: nothing whatever; the strongest possible denial (Exodus 15:11, "Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?")


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Jeremiah 10:6". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/jeremiah-10.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(6) Forasmuch as.—A somewhat flat addition to the Hebrew text, which opens with a vigorous abruptness, None is there like unto thee . . .

Great in might.—The latter is an almost technical word (as in Isaiah 33:13; Psalms 21:13; Psalms 145:11) for the Divine Omnipotence. (Compare “the Mighty God” of Isaiah 9:6.)


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Jeremiah 10:6". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/jeremiah-10.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.
there
Exodus 8:10; 9:14; 15:11; Deuteronomy 32:31; 33:26; 2 Samuel 7:22; Psalms 35:10; 86:8-10; Psalms 89:6-8; Isaiah 40:18,25; 46:5,9
thou
32:18; Nehemiah 4:14; 9:32; Psalms 48:1; 96:4; 145:3; 147:5; Isaiah 12:6; Daniel 4:3,34; Malachi 1:11

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Jeremiah 10:6". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/jeremiah-10.html.

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