Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Jer 8

In honor of my friend's birthday today, I'll be going through the One Year Bible with a glance at Calvin's commentaries, and the ESV.

In Jer 8:8, how is the "lying pen" (ESV) or "false pen" (ASV, RSV) capable of making what the scribes had (the law of the Lord) into a lie (ASVmg, ESV) by what they wrote? The answer may be in the pen, the image Jeremiah uses to describe their writings! The writings are so false and lying that the explanation of easiest resort would be something horribly evil in the pen! What a metaphor for the evil done by the scribes! Calvin adds a colorful image: "in short, their whole life proclaimed them to be wholly insane."

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