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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Jeremiah 16

Verse 1

Jeremiah"s Eleventh prophecy (see book comments for Jeremiah).

the LORD. Hebrew. Jehovah. App-4.

Verse 4

earth = ground, or soil.

Verse 5

taken away. Hebrew. "asaph. A Homonym, with two meanings: (1) to protect, or heal (Numbers 12:14, Numbers 12:15; 2 Kings 5:6. Psalms 27:10); (2) to snatch away (Psalms 26:9. Psalms 16:5).

peace: or, blessing.

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

mercies = compassions, or tender mercies.

Verse 6

cut themselves . . . make . . . bald. Reference to Pentateuch (Leviticus 19:28; Leviticus 21:5. Deuteronomy 14:1). Compare Jeremiah 41:5; Jeremiah 47:5.

Verse 7

men tear themselves = break [bread]. Hebrew. paras, to break, used of breaking bread, as in Isaiah 58:7. Ezekiel 24:17. Hosea 9:4, and Revised Version. The Ellipsis, is wrongly supplied in Authorized Version. See the margin there.

Verse 9

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

God. Hebrew. Elohim. App-4.

Behold. Figure of speech Asterismos. .

the bride. Compare Jeremiah 7:34; Jeremiah 25:10; Jeremiah 33:11

Verse 10

Wherefore . . . ? Figure of speech Erotesis, App-6. Reference to Pentateuch (Deuteronomy 29:24, Deuteronomy 29:25). Compare Jeremiah 5:19.

evil = mischief, or calamity. Hebrew. ra"a". App-44.

iniquity. Hebrew. "avah. App-44.

sin. Hebrew. chata". App-44.

Verse 11

not kept My law. Reference to Pentateuch (Ex. 20). App-92.

Verse 12

imagination = stubbornness. Reference to Pentateuch, (see notes on Jeremiah 3:17; Jeremiah 7:24; Jeremiah 9:14; Jeremiah 13:10). App-92.

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

Verse 13

serve other gods. Reference to Pentateuch (Deuteronomy 4:26-28; Deuteronomy 28:36). App-92.

Verse 14

children = sons.

out of. Egypt. Reference to Pentateuch (Ex. Jeremiah 12:15).

Verse 15

north. Babylon on the east; but entrance thence into the Land was by the north.

Verse 16

many fishers . . . hunters. Reference to Judah"s enemies. Compare Jeremiah 16:18. Amos 4:2. Ezekiel 12:13. Habakkuk 1:14.

Verse 18

double. See note on Isaiah 40:2.

Verse 19

Strength = strength (for protection). Hebrew. "azaz.

Gentiles = nations.

Verse 20

man. Hebrew. "adam. App-14.

Verse 21

My name. Reference to Pentateuch (Exodus 3:15; Exodus 15:3). App-92.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Jeremiah 16". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bul/jeremiah-16.html. 1909-1922.