Therefore thus saith the Lord
Because he prophesied without being sent of God, and prophesied lies, by which the people were deceived: behold, I will punish Shemaiah the Nehelamite, and his seed;
not him only, but his posterity also: thus God sometimes visits the sins of parents on their children, they being, as it were, a part of themselves, and oftentimes partners with them in their iniquities: he shall not have a man to dwell among this people;
either at Babylon, or at Jerusalem, whither he had promised a speedy return: neither shall he behold the good that I will do for my people, saith
by returning them, after seventy years captivity, to their own land, and to the enjoyment of all their privileges, civil and religious: because he hath taught rebellion against the Lord;
or, "a departure F14 from [him]"; taught men to revolt from him, and not give heed to his prophets; to disbelieve what he said by them, concerning their continuance in Babylon; which is called a rebellion against him; and being so heinous a crime, deserved the punishment denounced on him and his; rebels and their offspring are punished among men.