Then shall thou break the bottle in the sight of the men
that go with thee.
] The earthen bottle he was bid to get of the potter, ( Jeremiah
19:1 ) ; this he is ordered to break in pieces before the
eyes of the ancients of and of the priests that went with him out
Jerusalem to Tophet, as an emblem of the easy, sure, and utter
destruction of Jerusalem; for nothing is more easily broken than
an earthen vessel; and so easily was Jerusalem destroyed by the
Chaldean army; nor can an earthen pot resist any force that is
used against it; nor could the inhabitants of Jerusalem withstand
the force of Nebuchadnezzar's army; and an earthen vessel once
broken cannot be put together again; a new one must be made;
which was the case both of the city and temple; and which, upon
the return from the captivity, were not repaired, but rebuilt.