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dah (a), and speak there this word. 11 “ for him that goeth (d) away: for he shall « 2. And say, “Hear the word of the LORD, l « return no more, nor see his native coun“ O king of Judah, that sittest upon the “ try. 11. For thus saith the LORD touch“ throne of David, thou, and thy servants, “ ing Shallum (e), the son of Josiah king " and thy people that enter in by these of Judah, which reigned in stead of " gates; 3. Thus saith the LORD, Exe “ Josiah his father, which went forth out of “ cute ye judgment and righteousness, and " this place; “ He shall not return thither " deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the « any more : 12. But he shall die in the “ oppressor : and do no wrong, do no vio l « place whither they have led him captire, “ lence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor " and shall see this land no more.” 13. Wi « the widow, neither shed innocent blood “ unto him that buildeth (f) his house by " in this place. 4. For if ye do this thing “ unrighteousness, and his chambers « indeed, then shall there enter in by the “ wrong ; that useth his neighbours service “ gates of this house, kings sitting upon « without wages, and giveth him not fa “ the throne of David, riding in chariots, « his work : 14. That saith, " I will built " and on horses, he, and his servants, and « me a wide house, and large chambers “ his people. 5. But if ye will not hear « and cutteth him out windows, and it i 's these words, I swear by my self, saith “ ceiled with cedar, and painted with re. 66 the LORD, that this house shall become “ million.” 15. Shalt thou reign because - a desolation. 6. For thus saith the LORD “ thou closest thy self in cedar? did not " unto the king's house of Judah, “ Thou " thy father (g) eat and drink (b), and do « art Gilead (6) unto me, and the head of “ judgment and justice, and then it ex “ Lebanon : yet surely I will make thee a « well with him? 16. He judged the “ wilderness, and cities which are not inha “ cause of the poor and needy, then it eu “ bited. 7. And I will prepare destroyers 6 well with him: was not this to know me! « against thee, every one with his weapons, ~ saith the Lord. 17. But thine eyes and " and they shall cut down thy choice ce " thine heart are not but for thy cofetousi dars (c), and cast them into the fire. “ ness, and for to shed innocent blood, and * 8. And many nations shall pass by this « for oppression, and for violence, to do it. "city, and they shall say, every man to his 6 18. Therefore thus saith the LORD CON“ neighbour, « Wherefore hath the LORD “ cerning Jehoiakim the son of Josial is done thus unto this great city ?” 9. Then « king of Judah, « They shall not lamen " they shall answer, « Because they have for him, saying, “ Ah my brother, or a “ forsaken the covenant of the LORD their “ sister (i): they shall not lament for his " God, and worshipped other gods, and " saying, ah Lord, or ah his glory. 199 "s served them.” 10. Weep ye not for the u shall be buried with the burial of a « dead, neither bemoan him, but weep sore “ ass (k), drawn and cast forth beyond ti

(a) v. 1. “ The king of Judah," i.e.“ Je 1) v. 13. “ That buildeth, &c.” referri “ hoiakim, the son of Josiah.”

Il to Jehoakim, “ he did that which was erit (b) v.6. “ Gilead,” and “ the head of Le " the sight of the Lord. 2 Kings xxii. “ banon,” figurative, intimating the delight he (8) v. 15.“ Thy father,”'i.e." Josiah." 1 was disposed to take in the King's house or “ did that which was right in the sight at family, from the delight these places were cal. " Lord, and walked in all the ways of her culated to inspire.

" his forefather, and turned not aside to (c) v.7. “ Thy choice cedars," i. e. “ thy || “ right hand, or to the left. 2 Kings XI “ princes, thy chief men."

() v. 15. “ Eat and drink," i. e. " hive (d) v. 10. - Goeth,” rather " is gone ;" || “ plenty.” referring to Shallum, mentioned in verse 11. į v. 18.“ Ah my brother, or ah sister:"1]

(e) v. 11. “ Shallum," called “ Jehoahaz || There shall not be the ordinary lamenta “ 2 Kings xxiii. 30.31.and 2 Chron. xxxvi, 1. 2." for his loss : people, when they meet, shall He was a younger son of Josiah, but the peo. || make it a topic of regret. ple made him king before Jehoiakim : Pharaoh 1 (k) v. 19.“ Burial of an ass,” explained Necho king of Egypt put him down, and car || a further prophecy against him, Jer, XXI". ried him to Egypt, where he died. 2 Kings || post 652. “ His dead body shall be cast out xxiii. 31. 33. 34. and 2 Chron. xxxvi. I. 3. 4. l« the day to the heat, and in the night to

6 gates of Jerusalem.” 20. Go up (l) to l « to return, thither shall they not return.

Lebanon, and cry and lift up thy voice “ 28. Is this man Coniah a despised broken in Bashan, and cry from the passages : " idol? is be a vessel wherein is no plea

for all thy lovers (m) are destroyed. 21,1 « sure? wherefore are they cast out, he • spake unto thee in thy prosperity, but thou " and his seed, and are cast into a land " saidst,“I will not hear:” this hath been thy which they know not? 29. O earth, manner from thy youth, that thou obey “ earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD. edst not my voice. 22. The wind shall “ 30. Thus saith the LORD, “Write ye this eat up all thy pastures, and thy lovers shall “ man childless, a man that shall not pros

go into captivity, surely then shalt thou « per in his days : for no man of his seed * be ashamed and confounded for all thy u shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of

wickedness. 23. O inhabitant of Le “ David, and ruling any more in Judah.”

banon (n), that makest thy nest in the * cedars, how gracious (o) shalt thou be

CHAP. XXXV. (9) when pangs come upon thee, the pain as THE word which came unto Jeremiah

of a woman in travail ? 24. As I live from the LORD, in the days of Jehoia" saith the LORD, though Coniah () the kim(r) the son of Josiah king of Judah, say* son of Jehoiakim king of Judah were the ing, 2. “ Go unto the house of the Re

signet upon my right hand, yet would I « chabites, and speak unto them, and bring

pluck thee thence; 25. And I will give “ them into the house of the LORD, into 's thee into the hand of them that seek thy “ one of the chambers, and give them wine - life, and into the hand of them whose face « to drink.” 3. Then I took Jaazaniah

thou fearest, even into the hand of Ne | the son of Jeremiah, the son of Habaziniah, buchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into || and his brethren, and all his sons, and the

the hand of the Chaldeans. 26. And I whole house of the Rechabites. 4. And " will cast thee out, and thy mother that I brought them into the house of the LORD, « bare thee, into another country, where || into the chamber of the sons of Hanan, the " ye were not born, and there shall ye die. son of Igdaliah, a man of God, which was * 27. But to the land whereunto they desire | by the chamber of the princes (s), which

frost." And accordingly Josephus relates, (n) v. 23. “ Inhabitant of Lebanon, &c." a hat Nebuchadnezzar slew him, after he had figurative expression for “ the Jews" in the eigned 11 years, and caused his body to be height of their pride. ast from the top of the walls of Jerusalem, ) v. 23. “Gracious,” or “ humble,” in a ad vouchsafed him no sepulchre. Joseph. temper how different from that mentioned in Kotiq. B. 10. c. 7.

verse 21 ? (1) v. 20.“ Go up, &c.” sarcastically, 6) v. 24. 28. “ Coniah,” also called Jeco. ascend your highest mountains, and look for niah and Jehoiachin ; he succeeded his father help from your allies, it will not come." An Jehoiakim, and reigned three months; and then timation too, that they would be in such Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon carried him fficulties as would make them look anxiously to Babylon, and made his uncle Zedekiah king, raid.

He did that which was evil in the sight of the (m) v. 20. 22. “ Thy lovers," i. e. “ the Lord, and continued in captivity at Babylon nations who are friendly towards you: who 37 years. 2 Kings xxiv. 8. 9. 17.-xxv. 27. have given you assistance :" referring pro -2 Chron. xxvi. 9. 10. bly to Egypt, the king of which had put () From the example of the Rechabites in hoiakim upon the throne. 2 Kings xxiii. 34. obeying the injunctions of their forefather, God hese passages may also be considered as fore takes occasion to denounce vengeance upon the lling a great diminution of the Egyptian Jews for their disobedience to his commandwwer before the completion of the Babylonish ments. ptivity : we find accordingly, after the reign (g) v. I. “ Of Jehoiakim," in the 3d year Jehoiakim, that “ the king of Egypt came of whose reign the Babylonish captivity comnot again any more out of his land : for the menced. The date ascribed to this chapter is king of Babylon had taken from the river of the 2d year of his reign, 607 years before Egypt" (the Nile) “ unto the river Euphrates || Christ. all that pertained to the king of Egypt.” (s) v. 4. “ Princes," or “ great mean of the Kings xxiv. 7.

ll « sanhedrin." i Lightf. 1063.

was above the chamber of Maaseiah the son of Shallum, the keeper of the door. 5. And I set before the sons of the house of the Rechabites, pots full of wine, and cups : and I said unto them, “ Drink ye “ wine." 6. But they said “ We will “ drink no wine: for Jonadab (t) the son of « Rechab our father (t) commanded us, 6 saying, “ Ye shall drink no wine, " neither ye, nor your sons for ever. « 7. Neither shall ye build house, nor sow o seed, nor plant vineyard, nor have any ; “ but all your days ye shall dwell in tents, « that ye may live many days in the land « where ye be strangers.” 8. Thus (u) “ have we obeyed the voice of Jonadab “ the son of Rechab our father, in all " that he hath charged us, to drink no 56 wine all our days, we, our wives, our “ sons, nor our daughters; 9. Nor to « build houses for us to dwell in; neither “ have we vineyard, nor field, nor seed. ( 10. But we have dwelt in tents, and “ have obeyed, and done according to all 66 that Jonadab our father commanded us.

11. But it came to pass when Nebu“ chadrezzar king of Babylon came up o into the land, that we said, “Come, and « let us go to Jerusalem for fear of the “ army of the Chaldeans, and for fear of « the army of the Syrians ; so we dwell « at Jerusalem.” 12. Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying, 13. “ Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the « God of Israel, “ Go, and tell the men of « Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, 66 will ye not receive instruction to hearken co to my words ? saith the LORD. 14. The “ words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, " that he commanded his sons not to drink “ wine, are performed; for unto this day

« they drink none, but obey the « commandment; notwithstanding! « spoken unto you, rising eariz “speaking, but ye hearkened not on « 15. I have sent also unto you al “ servants the prophets, rising i “ and sending them, saying, “ Rau " ye now every man from his eti “ and amend your doings, and go na 6 other gods to serve them, and a 66 dwell in the land which I have a “ you and to your fathers ;" but « not inclined your ear, nor basi « unto me. 16. Because the sons d « nadab, the son of Rechab, he « formed the commandment ! “ father, which he commanded thesi 66 this people hath not hearkened ang - 17. Therefore thus saith the Lal 66 of hosts, the God of Israel, da " I will bring upon Judah and operath e inhabitants of Jerusalem, all that 66 that I have pronounced against 66 because I have spoken untos

" they have not heard, and lad 1 « unto them, but they have not a

18. And Jeremiah said unto the la the Rechabites, “ Thus saith the Le “ hosts, the God of Israel, “ Becere “ have obeyed the commandmentdi “ dab your father, and kept all his people " and done according unto all that he « commanded you:' 19. Therefore « saith the LORD of hosts, the GA « Israel, “ Jonadab the son of Rechaley « not want a man to stand before me “ ever (a).”

CHAP. XXXVI. (6) ND it came to pass in the year (c) of Jehoiakim the sonda

v. 6. “ Father,” rather“ forefather," || “ should be invaded, and carried into “ Jehonadab the son of Rechab,” probably the See ante 602, Is. v. 26. and Jer. v. 16 person here intended, is mentioned 2 Kings x. ante 646-7. 15.; and the transaction there stated occurred

(a) v. 19. “ For ever,'' i e. " for at near 290 years before Jehoiakim's reign.

“ time, for many generations." (u) v.8. “ Thus," or " and," šs accord. (b) A merciful attempt by God to me ingly,"

the king and the people. (x) v. 14. “ Rising early," a figurative ex

(c) v. 1. Fourth year." In the third to pression to denote extraordinary pains.

of Jehoiakim, Nebuchadnezzer king. * * (y) v. 15. “Return, &c.” many of the warn- || bylon, came up against Jerusalem, and best ings God gave them occur in Isaiah, and the If it, and the Lord gave Jehoiakim inte book of Jeremiah abounds with them.

hand. Dan. i. 1. 2. Nebuchadnezzar bar () v.17. “All the evil,&c." j.e. “that they Jehoiakim in fetters, to carry him to Baba

i Judah, that this word came unto || before the LORD to all the people in ah from the LORD, saying, 2. " Take | Jerusalem, and to all the people that

a roll of a book, and write therein came from the cities of Judah unto Jethe words that I have spoken unto rusalem. 10. Then read Baruch in the

against (d) Israel, and against (d) Ju. book, the words of Jeremiah, in the , and against(d) all the nations, from house of the LORD, in the chamber of

day I spake unto thee, from the Gemariah the son of Shaphan the scribe, 5 of Josiah even unto this day. in the higher court, at the entry of the It may be that the house of Judah new gate of the LORD's house, in the I hear all the evil (e) which I pur ears of all the people, 1. When e to do unto them; that they may Michaiah the son of Gemariah the fon irn every man from his evil way, that of Shaphan had heard out of the book lay forgive their iniquity and their all the words of the LORD, 12. Then ;" 4. Then Jeremiah called Baruch | he went down into the king's house, into on of Neriah; and Baruch wrote 1 the scribes chamber, and lo, all the

the mouth of Jeremiah all the princes sat there, even Elishama the 5 of the LORD, which he had spoken scribe, and Delaiah the son of Shemaiah, him, upon a roll of a book. 5. And and Elnathan the son of Achbor, and niah commanded Baruch, saying, and Gemariah the son of Shaphan, and im shut up, I cannot go into the house Zedekiah the son of Hananiah, and all

the LORD: 6. Therefore go thou the princes. 13. Then Michaiah declared id read in the roll which thou hast unto them all the words that he had heard ritten from my mouth, the words of when Baruch read the book in the ears le LORD in the ears of the people in of the people. 14. Therefore all the le LORD's house upon the fasting day: princes sent Jehudi the son of Nethaniah, nd also thou shalt read them in the ears the son of Shelemiah, the son of Cushi, of all Judah, that come out of their cities. unto Baruch, saying, “ Take in thine hand 1. It may be they will present their sup " the roll wherein thou hast read in the lication before the LORD, and will “ ears of the people, and come,” So Baruch eturn every one from his evil way; for the son of Neriah took the roll in his freat is the anger and the fury that the hand, and came unto them. 15. Ani LORD hath pronounced against this they said unto him, “ Sit down now, and eople.” 8. And Baruch the son of " read it in our ears.” So Baruch read it in iah did according to all that Jere their ears. 15. Now it came to pass when h the prophet commanded him, read they had heard all the words, they were

in the book the words of the LORD afraid both one and other, and said unto the Lord's house. 9. And it came Baruch, “ We will surely tell the king of pass in the fifth year of Jehoiakim « all these words.” 17. And they asked

son of Josiah, king of Judah, in the Baruch, saying, “ Tell us now, How didst th month, that they proclaimed a fast ll « thou write all these words at his mouth

hron. xxxvi. 7. It does not appear, how and 13 to 17.-ix. 11.--xi. 11 to 23.-xiii. 13. , that he carried him thither, but Jehoia 14. 24.-Xv. I to 9.-xvi. I to 14.-xvii. I to i became his servant three years, and then 4.-xviii. 11. 16. 17.-xix. 3 to 9.-xxv. 8 to rebelled against him. 2 Kings xxiv. 1. II. &c. In the preceding year, part of God's is commission therefore to Jeremiah and denunciations against the Jews began to be uch, and the reading of the roll, was pro fulfilled. Nebuchadnezzar had besieged Jely after the people had suffered the horrors of rusalem, and made Jehoiakim prisoner, and car. ege, and after Jehoiakim had felt the power ried away to Babylon part of the vessels of the iis adversary, but after Nebuchadnezzer had house of God, and many of the children of the ased him. Before Christ 605.

king's seed and of the princes, amongst whom d) 0. 2. “ Against,” or “ concerning." was Daniel the prophet. See Dan. i, i to 6. e) v.3. "All the evil,&c." See ante 646-7, Jer. but all the evil's God had threatened had by 15.--and see Jer. vii. 31 to 34.viii. i to 3. || no means been accomplished.

18. Then Baruch answered them, “ He | the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah “ pronounced all these words unto me with after that the king had burnt the roll, and « his mouth, and I wrote them with ink the words which Baruch wrote at the mouth " in the book.” 19. Then said the princes of Jeremiah,) saying, 28. “ Take thee unto Baruch, “Go hide thee, thou and « again another roll, and write in it all “ Jeremiah, and let no man know where " the former words, that were in the first “ ye be.” 20. And they went ir to the king “ roll, which Jehoiakim the king of Judah into the court, but they laid up the roll in “ hath burnt. 29. And thou shalt say to the chamber of Elishama the scribe, and " Jehoiakim king of Judah, “ Thus saith told all the words in the ears of the king. “ the LORD, « Thou hast burnt this ral, 21. So the king sent Jehudi to fetch the roll, 6 saying, “Why hast thou written theran, and he took it out of Elishama the scribe's “ saying, “ The king of Babylon shall ceohamber, and Jehudi read it in the ears of the “ tainly come and destroy this land, and king, and in the ears of all the princes which " shall cause to cease from thence man and stood beside the king. 22. Now the king “ beast ?” 30. Therefore thus saith the sat in the winter house in the ninth month; « LORD of Jehoiakim, king of Judah," he and there was a fire on the hearth burning « shall have none to sit upon the throne of before him. 23. And it came to pass that “ David, and his dead body shall be cast when Jehudi had read three or four leaves, “ out (8) in the day to the heat, and in the he (f) cut it with the pen-knife, and cast “ night to the frost. 31. And I will punish it into the fire that was on the hearth, until « him and his seed, and his servant for all the roll was consumed in the fire that ~ their iniquity, and I will bring upon was on the hearth. 24. Yet they were not “ them, and upon the inhabitants of Jernafraid, nor rent their garments, neither the “ salem, and upon the men of Judah, al king, nor any of his servants that heard all “ the evil that I have pronounced against these words. 25. Nevertheless Elnathan, " them, but they hearkened not." 32. Thea and Delaiah and Gemariah had made inter took Jeremiah another roll, and gave it to cession to the king, that he would not burn Baruch the scribe, the son of Neriah, who the roll, but he would not hear them. wrote therein from the mouth of Jeremiah, 26. But the king commanded Jerahmeel the all the words of the book which Jehoiakim son of Hammelech, and Seraiah the son of king of Judah had burnt in the fire, and Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel, there were added besides unto them many to take Baruch the scribe, and Jeremiah the || like words. prophet: but the LORD hid them. 27. Then

) v. 23. “ He,” i. e. the king.

“ Jerusalem ;" and accordingly Nebuchadnez(8) v. 30. “ Cast out, &c.” God had before | zar caused his body to be cast from the top of denounced against him, Jer. xxii. 19. ante 648. the walls of Jerusalem, and vouchsafed him a that he should be buried with the burial of an sepulchre, Josephus's Antiquities, B. 10. C. 7.

ass, drawn and cast forth beyond the gates of

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