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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes
Jeremiah 32

 

 

Verse 1

The Twenty-First Prophecy of Jeremiah (see book comments for Jeremiah).

The word that came, &c. This chapter commences an historical part of the book, describing the incidents of the two years preceding the capture of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar. See Jeremiah 32:2.

the LORD. Hebrew. Jehovah. App-4.

the tenth . . . eighteenth year. Another contact between Biblical and secular chronology. See App-86.


Verse 2

besieged = was besieging.

the court of the prison: to which Jeremiah had access. Compare verses: Jeremiah 32:8, Jeremiah 32:12, Jeremiah 32:1.


Verse 3

had shut him up. One of the eleven rulers who were offended with God"s messengers. See note on Exodus 10:28.


Verse 4

his eyes shall behold his eyes: he should go to Babylon (Jeremiah 34:3). Yet Ezekiel (Jeremiah 12:13) declared that he should not "see" Babylon. Both statements were true; for we read that Zedekiah did "see" the king of Babylon at Riblah, but his eyes being put out there (2 Kings 25:6, 2 Kings 25:7), he never saw Babylon, though he was led there. See Jeremiah 52:10, Jeremiah 52:11.


Verse 5

saith the LORD = [is] Jehovah"s oracle.


Verse 7

The Twenty-Second Prophecy of Jeremiah (see book comments for Jeremiah)

Behold: Figure of speech. Asterismos. App-6.

thine uncle: i.e. Shallum, not Hanameel, who was Jeremiah"s cousin. See next verse.

my field. Accusative case to Numbers 35:5, this would be within 2,000 cubits of Anathoth.

the right, &c. Reference to Pentateuch (Leviticus 25:24, Leviticus 25:25, Leviticus 25:32). Compare Ruth 4:6.


Verse 9

shekels. See App-51.


Verse 10

the evidence = the deed.


Verse 11

according to the law. See notes on Jeremiah 32:7.


Verse 12

uncle"s son. Hebrew text reads "uncle". But some codices, with Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate, read "uncle"s son", as in verses: Jeremiah 32:8, Jeremiah 32:9.

subscribed. Some codices, with three early printed editions, Aramaean, Syriac, and Vulgate, read "[whose names] were written".

before. Some codices, with Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate, read "and before".


Verse 14

the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel. See note on Jeremiah 7:3.

God. Hebrew. Elohim. App-4.

many days: i.e. the seventy years, of which fifty two years had yet to run (deducting eighteen years from the fourth of Jehoiakim to the tenth of Zedekiah).


Verse 17

Lord GOD = Adonai Jehovah.

Thou hast made, &c. Reference to Pentateuch (Gen 1). Compare Jeremiah 27:5.

nothing too hard for Thee. Reference to Pentateuch (Genesis 18:14). App-92.


Verse 18

Thou shewest lovingkindness, &c. Reference to Pentateuch (Exodus 20:6; Exodus 34:7. Deuteronomy 5:9, Deuteronomy 5:10). App-92.

lovingkindness = grace. Hebrew. hesed.

iniquity. Hebrew. "avah. App-44.

children = sons.

after them. Compare Exodus 34:6, Exodus 34:7.

the Mighty. Reference to Pentateuch (Deuteronomy 10:17). App-92. Compare Isaiah 9:6.

GOD. Hebrew El (with Art.) App-4. Occurs in Jeremiah only here and Jeremiah 51:56.

the LORD of Hosts. See note on Jeremiah 6:6.


Verse 19

Thine eyes. Figure of speech Anthropopatheia.

men. Hebrew. "adam. App-14.


Verse 20

signs and wonders. Reference to Pentateuch (Exodus 7:3. Deuteronomy 4:34; Deuteronomy 6:22; Deuteronomy 7:19; Deuteronomy 13:1, Deuteronomy 13:2; Deuteronomy 26:8; Deuteronomy 28:46; Deuteronomy 29:3; Deuteronomy 34:11). App-92. Elsewhere only in Psalms 78:43; Psalms 105:27; Psalms 135:9; and Nehemiah 9:10.

other men = mankind. Hebrew. "adam. App-14.

made Thee a name. Reference to Pentateuch (Exodus 9:16).


Verse 21

with a strong hand, &c. Reference to Pentateuch (Exodus 9:6). App-92. See note on Jeremiah 27:5.


Verse 22

milk and honey. Reference to Pentateuch (Exodus 3:8, Exodus 3:17). See note on Jeremiah 11:5, and App-92.


Verse 23

law. Hebrew text has "laws" in margin, with some codices and three early printed editions.

evil. Hebrew. ra"a". App-44.


Verse 24

mounts. Erections of earth raised by the enemy to overtop the walls. Compare Jeremiah 6:6, and Jeremiah 33:4.


Verse 25

for the city is given, &c. An expression of surprise at the command to buy the field under such circumstances.


Verse 26

The Twenty-Third Prophecy of Jeremiah (see book comments for Jeremiah).

Jeremiah. Septuagint reads "me": for Jeremiah"s answer to Zedekiah took in not only verses: Jeremiah 32:16-25, but verses: Jeremiah 32:27-44.


Verse 27

the God of all flesh. Reference to Pentateuch (Numbers 16:22). App-92.


Verse 29

upon whose roofs, &c. Compare Jeremiah 19:13.

to provoke Me to anger. Reference to Pentateuch (Deuteronomy 4:25; Deuteronomy 9:18; Deuteronomy 81:29; Deuteronomy 32:21). App-92.


Verse 30

evil. Hebrew. ra"a". App-44.


Verse 32

men. Hebrew. "ish. App-14.


Verse 33

rising up early, &c. See note on Jeremiah 7:13.


Verse 34

which is called by My name = upon which My name is called.


Verse 35

to pass through the fire. Reference to Pentateuch (Leviticus 18:21).

came it into My mind. Compare Jeremiah 7:31; Jeremiah 19:5.

sin. Hebrew. chata". App-44.


Verse 36

the LORD, the God of Israel. See note on Jeremiah 11:3.


Verse 37

I will gather them out, &c. Reference to Pentateuch (Deuteronomy 30:3, the same word).

I will cause them to dwell safely. Hiphil of yashab = to settle down. Reference to Pentateuch (Leviticus 23:43). App-92. Compare Ezekiel 36:11, Ezekiel 36:33. Hosea 11:11. Zechariah 10:6.


Verse 39

fear = revere.

for ever = all the days.


Verse 40

everlasting covenant. See note on Genesis 9:16. Reference to Pentateuch (App-92).

shall = may.

not depart. This must refer to millennial days: for Israel did depart; and that is why the nation is still "scattered", and not yet "gathered".


Verse 41

I will rejoice, &c. Reference to Pentateuch (Deuteronomy 30:9).

plant. Compare Jeremiah 1:10.

soul. Hebrew. nephesh. App-13. Figure of speech Anthropopatheia.


Verse 43

man. Hebrew. "adam. App-14.


Verse 44

Men. Not in Hebrew Should be in italic type.

mountains = hill country.

captivity. Put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Subject), for captives.

 


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Jeremiah 32:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/jeremiah-32.html. 1909-1922.

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