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Bible Commentaries

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Jeremiah 27

Introduction

In Jer. 27–29 we see with what energy, and yet thoughtfulness, Jeremiah enforced the lessons of Jeremiah 25:0. These chapters belong to the first four years of Zedekiah.

The spelling of certain proper names in these chapters has led some to argue that they were revised and corrected in Ezra’s time, if not by Ezra himself. Others think the fact of no importance whatever.

Verse 1

Of Jehoiakim - Really, of Zedekiah, as the Syriac reads (see Jeremiah 27:3). In the Septuagint the verse is missing. Some scribe has confused the title of this chapter with that of Jeremiah 26:0.

Verse 2

Yokes - Two curved pieces of wood, the one put over the neck of the ox, the other under, and then fastened together by bonds or cords (compare Psalms 2:3). Compare the marginal references.

Verse 3

Come - Or, are come. The ambassadors of these five kings had probably come to Jerusalem to consult about forming a league to throw off the Babylonian supremacy. The attempt failed.

Verse 7

His son, and his son’s son - Evil-Merodach and Nabonadius (see Daniel 5:1 note).

Shall serve themselves of him - See the marginal reference. After long servitude to the Persian and Median kings, the Selucidae ruined the remains of Babylon.

Verse 9

Dreamers - literally, as in the margin. People dream dreams for themselves, and go to diviners to ask the explanation of them.

Verse 10

To remove you far ... - That would be the result of their vaticinations.

Verse 11

Nations ... - Rather, the nation.

Verses 13-15

Zedekiah was restless under the Babylonian yoke, and the false prophets found only too ready a hearing from him. He is addressed in the plural because his feelings were fully shared by the mass of the officers of state and by the people.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Jeremiah 27". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bnb/jeremiah-27.html. 1870.