16. Therefore thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will cast thee from off the face of the earth: this year thou shalt die, because thou hast taught rebellion against the Lord.
16. Propterea sic dicit Jehova, Ecce ego emitto to (hoc est, projicio) e superficie terrae hujus (vel, terrae; potius indefinite accipitur hoc loco pro tota terra:
Here is added the punishment which confirmed the prophecy of Jeremiah; for it was God's purpose to have regard to the ignorance of many who would have otherwise stumbled, or made their ignorance a pretext, for they could not determine which of the two had been sent by God, Hananiah or Jeremiah. It was then God's design, in his paternal indulgence, to stretch forth his hand to them, and also in an especial manner to render inexcusable the unbelieving who had already given themselves up, as it were, to the devil; for the greater part were not moved by an event, so memorable;1for it follows immediately, --
1 The last clause of this verse is not here explained. Calvin's version is, "revolt hast thou spoken against Jehovah;" the Vulg., "against the Lord hast thou spoken;" the Syr., "iniquity hast thou spoken before the Lord;" and the Targ., "perverseness hast thou spoken before Jehovah." Blayney's version is, "thou hast spoken prevarication concerning Jehovah." Gataker renders it the same with Calvin, and explains it thus, -- "Because by thy lying tales thou hast heartened and encouraged men to stand out against God's word, and against his admonitions and menaces by his prophets." Henry gives the same view.
Blayney says that,
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