Bible Commentaries

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.

Copyright Statement
These files are public domain.
Text Courtesy of Used by Permission.
Bibliographical Information
Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Jeremiah 32". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.