Jeremiah 8:16

16 The snorting of their horses is heard from Dan; at the sound of the neighing of their stallions the whole land quakes. They come and devour the land and all that fills it, the city and those who live in it.

Jeremiah 8:16 Meaning and Commentary

Jeremiah 8:16

The snorting of his horses was heard from Dan
That is, was heard at Jerusalem. It seems to be a hyperbolical expression, showing the certainty of the coming of the Assyrian monarch and his army, to invade Judea, and besiege Jerusalem; the news of which was brought from Dan, which lay in the further part of the land; see ( Jeremiah 4:15 ) , and pointing at the way in which they should come northwards, through Phoenicia and the tribe of Dan, with a numerous cavalry of horses and horsemen: for, by "his" horses are meant Nebuchadnezzar's; unless, with Calvin, it can be thought that they are called the Lord's, because ordered and sent by him, whose war it was against the people. The Targum paraphrases the words thus,

``because they worshipped the calf that is in Dan, a king with his army shall come up against them, and carry them captive;''
and so Jarchi interprets it. The whole land trembled at the sound of the neighing of his strong
ones;
his horses, strong and mighty; see ( Judges 5:22 ) where we read of the prancings of the mighty ones; and here the Targum,
``at the voice of the treading of his strong ones, all the inhabitants of the earth shall be moved;''
and by the land trembling undoubtedly are meant the inhabitants of the land, filled with dread and consternation at the noise and near approach of the Chaldean army. For they are come, and have devoured the land, and all that is in it;
or, "the fulness of it"; which because of the certainty of it, is represented as then done: the city, and those that dwell therein; meaning not only the city of Jerusalem, and the inhabitants of it, but other cities also, the singular being put for the plural; and so the Targum,
``the cities, and they that dwell in them.''

Jeremiah 8:16 In-Context

14 Why do we sit still? Gather together, let us go into the fortified cities and perish there; for the Lord our God has doomed us to perish, and has given us poisoned water to drink, because we have sinned against the Lord.
15 We look for peace, but find no good, for a time of healing, but there is terror instead.
16 The snorting of their horses is heard from Dan; at the sound of the neighing of their stallions the whole land quakes. They come and devour the land and all that fills it, the city and those who live in it.
17 See, I am letting snakes loose among you, adders that cannot be charmed, and they shall bite you, says the Lord.
18 My joy is gone, grief is upon me, my heart is sick.