Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts concerning the
Concerning the false prophets, as the Targum; their sin is before declared, and now their punishment: behold, I will feed them with wormwood;
with some bitter affliction and calamity; so the Targum,
``behold, I will bring upon them distress bitter as wormwood;''they that have been fed with dainties, and lived upon the fat of the land; their views in pleasing the people with their lies being to serve their own bellies; now they shall fare after another manner: and make them drink the water of gall:
or, "the juice of hemlock", as some; or "poison", as others; "the savour of death", so Kimchi; as they poisoned the people with their false doctrines, they shall drink poison themselves; they shall not only have that which is bitter and unpleasant, but that which is noxious and hurtful; not only a bitter potion, but a destructive one. The Targum is,
``I will cause them to drink a cup of the curse, bad as the heads of serpents;''as pernicious as poison; see ( Jeremiah 8:14 ) ( 9:15 ) ; for from the prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all
by their false doctrines, and bad examples, debauchery, irreligion, and wickedness of all kinds, were encouraged, and spread all over the land; Jerusalem, the metropolis of the nation, being infected by them, the contagion spread from thence throughout the country. Evil teachers have a bad influence all around them; from whom, and from whence, true doctrine and real religion should have been propagated; from them, and thence, was the source of all impiety and pollution. Some render it, "hypocrisy" F26, or "flattery"; as if by means of the hypocrisy and flattery of these false prophets, all manner of sin was countenanced; and the like hypocritical spirit and behaviour everywhere prevailed.
F26 (hpnx) "hypocrisis", Vatablus, Piscastor, Cocceius, Schmidt.