The Lord hath made thee priest in the stead of Jehoiada the
The same with Seraiah, who might have more names than one, and Jehoiada be one of them, who either was removed, or carried captive; and this Zephaniah, his sagan of deputy, succeeded him. Some think he refers to the famous Jehoiada in the times of Joash, a great reformer; and that this man was another such an one for his zeal, or at least ought to be, which he would have him exert against Jeremiah; but the former seems most probable: that ye should be officers in the house of the Lord;
or "visitors", or "overseers" F9 there; that is, Zephaniah, and the rest of the priests; or that he should see to it, that there were proper officers set there, to take care of it, and suffer none to come in and prophesy there, to the hurt of the people, as he would insinuate: for every man [that is] mad, and maketh himself a prophet;
or, "against every man" F11; to prevent all enthusiastic persons, and such as are troubled with a frenzy in their brain, and set up themselves for prophets, from speaking in the name of the Lord; so the true prophets of old, and the apostles of Christ, and faithful ministers of the word, have always been represented as beside themselves, and as taking upon them an office that did not belong to them; and therefore should be restrained and persecuted by the higher powers: that thou shouldest put him in prison, and in the stocks;
the former of these words, according to the Hebrew, signifies an engine or instrument, in which the neck was put, like our pillory; and the latter an iron instrument for the hands, a manacle, or handcuff, as Kimchi; see ( Jeremiah 20:2 ) ; though this rather better agrees with the pillory, being a strait narrow place, in which the hands, feet, and neck, were put F12.
F9 (Mydyqp) "inspectores", Cocceius, Gataker.
F11 (vya lkl) "adversus omnem virum", Calvin; "contra omnem virum", Schmidt.
F12 Vid. Hottinger. Smegma Orientale, l. 1. c. 7. p. 190.