The Geneva Bible Translation Notes, , at sacred-texts.com
jer 13:4Take the sash that thou hast bought, which [is] upon thy loins, and arise, go to (a) Euphrates, and hide it there in a cleft of the rock.
(a) Because this river was far from Jerusalem, it is evident that this was a vision, by which it was signified that the Jews would pass over the Euphrates to be captives in Babylon, and there for length of time would seem to be rotten, although they were joined to the Lord before as a girdle about a man.
jer 13:12Therefore thou shalt speak to them this word; Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Every (b) skin shall be filled with wine: and they shall say to thee, Do we not certainly know that every skin shall be filled with wine?
(b) Every one of you will be filled with spiritual drunkenness, and be without all knowledge to seek how to help yourselves.
jer 13:14And I will (c) dash them one against another, even the fathers and the sons together, saith the LORD: I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy, but destroy them.
(c) It will be as easy for me to destroy the greatest and the strongest as it is for a man to break earthen bottles.
jer 13:16Give glory to the LORD your God, before he shall cause (d) darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while ye look for (e) light, he shall turn it into the shadow of death, [and] make [it] gross darkness.
(d) That is, affliction and misery by the Babylonians, (Isa 8:22).
(e) Meaning, for help and support of the Egyptians.
jer 13:17But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall (f) weep in secret places for [your] pride; and my eye shall weep bitterly, and run down with tears, because the LORD'S flock is carried away captive.
(f) You will surely be led away captive and I, according to my affection toward you, will weep and lament for your stubbornness.
jer 13:18Say to the (g) king and to the queen, Humble yourselves, sit down: for your principalities shall come down, [even] the crown of your glory.
(g) For Jehoiachin and his mother rendered themselves by Jeremiah's counsel to the king of Babylon, (Kg2 24:12).
jer 13:19The cities of (h) the south shall be shut up, and none shall open [them]: Judah shall be carried away captive all of it, it shall be wholly carried away captive.
(h) That is, of Judah, which lies south of Babylon.
jer 13:20Lift up your eyes, and behold them that come from the north: where [is] the (i) flock [that] was given thee, thy beautiful flock?
(i) He asks the king, where his people is become.
jer 13:21What wilt thou say when he shall punish thee? for thou hast (k) taught them [to be] captains, [and] as chief over thee: shall not sorrows take thee, as a woman in travail?
(k) By seeking to strangers for help, you have made them skilful to fight against you.
jer 13:22And if thou shalt say in thy heart, Why come these things upon me? For the greatness of thy iniquity are thy skirts (l) uncovered, [and] thy heels made bare.
(l) The cloak of hypocrisy will be pulled off, and your shame seen.
jer 13:26Therefore will I uncover thy skirts upon thy face, (m) that thy shame may appear.
(m) As your iniquities have been revealed to all the world, so shall your shame and punishment.
jer 13:27I have seen thy adulteries, and thy (n) neighings, the lewdness of thy harlotry, [and] thy abominations on the hills in (o) the fields. Woe to thee, O Jerusalem! wilt thou not be made clean? when [shall it] once [be]?
(n) He compares idolaters to horses inflamed after mares.
(o) There is no place so high nor low, where the marks and signs of your idolatry do not appear.