Bible Commentaries

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible


Book Overview - Jeremiah

by Matthew Henry

Jeremiah was a priest, a native of Anathoth, in the tribe of Benjamin. He was called to the prophetic office when very young, about seventy years after the death of Isaiah, and exercised it for about forty years with great faithfulness, till the sins of the Jewish nation came to their full measure and destruction followed. The prophecies of Jeremiah do not stand as they were delivered. Blayney has endeavoured to arrange them in more regular order, namely, ch. 1-20; 22; 23; 25; 26; 35; 36; Jeremiah 45:1-5; Jeremiah 24:1-10; 29; 30; 31; 27; 28; Jeremiah 21:1-14; 34; 37; 32; 33; 38; 39; (Jeremiah 39:15-18, Jeremiah 39:1-14.) 40-44; 46-52. The general subject of his prophecies is the idolatry and other sins of the Jews; the judgments by which they were threatened, with references to their future restoration and deliverance, and promises of the Messiah. They are remarkable for plain and faithful reproofs, affectionate expostulations, and awful warnings.