To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? behold, their ear [is] uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the word of the LORD is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it. (Jeremiah 6:10)

To whom shall I speak and give warning? Heb., Protest – q.d., I know not where to meet with one teachable hearer in all Jerusalem.

Behold, their ear is uncircumcised. Obstructed and stopped with the “superfluity of naughtiness,” worse than any ear wax, or thick film overgrowing the organ of hearing. Tanquam monstra marina, surda aure Dei verba praetereunt.

The word of the Lord is unto them a reproach. They take reproofs for reproaches. {as “Then answered one of the lawyers, and said unto him, Master, thus saying thou reproachest us also“, Luke 11:45}

The painting: David, The Death of Socrates